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Tulsi Gabbard resigns from DNC post to endorse Bernie Sanders

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Washington: Tulsi Gabbard was the first Hindu to be selected for the United States Congress. Her resignation comes before Super Tuesday which will be very important in the US Presidential elections later this year.

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman, Tulsi Gabbard, resigned from her post on Sunday to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, following months of rising tensions within the group.

Gabbard, one of five vice chairs, and her committee colleagues have butted heads over a thin debate schedule in the months leading to Democratic voting contests for the party’s nomination, with Gabbard calling for the group to add more debates to the calendar.

Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, is competing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to run for president on Nov. 8. Critics have said the scheduling of the debates has favored Clinton, who is better known than Sanders and is favored to win the nominating contest.

Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement accepting Gabbard’s resignation, calling her a friend and praising the active-duty veteran for her service in the armed forces.

“Congresswoman Gabbard is a role model who embodies the American ideal that anyone can dream big and make a difference,” Wasserman said in the statement.

“She is also a colleague in Congress and a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside her when our Party unites behind whoever emerges as our nominee.”

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Security and Counter-Terrorism Key to Strengthening India-US Ties: Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the Congress, was in conversation with the Indian envoy to the US, Navtej Sarna, at the event

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  • Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the Congress, was in conversation with the Indian envoy to the US, Navtej Sarna
  • Gabbard also said there’s still a lot of excitement in Washington around Modi’s visit
  • Sarna pointed out at the ongoing Malabar joint naval exercise, which is aimed at enhancing interoperability between the navies of India, US and Japan

– by Radhika Bhirani

New York, July 15, 2017: A stronger partnership in dealing with counter-terrorism will give an impetus to India-US relations, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has said.

“The number of military-to-military engagement and exercises between US and India exceeds any other partner in the region and it is only continuing to grow,” the Hawaiian Democrat said at a Ficci-IIFA Global Business Forum here on Friday.

Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the Congress, was in conversation with the Indian envoy to the US, Navtej Sarna, at the event.

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They discussed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last month to meet President Donald Trump and how opportunities must be explored to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Stressing the need to boost counter-terrorism, Gabbard said: “There is a recognition of the benefit to continuing to strengthen the partnership and engagement, to ensure the countries are stable and that we deal with unconventional counter-terror threats together… Because then we will be stronger.”

Sarna pointed out at the ongoing Malabar joint naval exercise, which is aimed at enhancing interoperability between the navies of India, US and Japan. “Aircraft carriers from India and US are exercising together with submarines. This year, India has been designated as a major defence partner by the US… We need to fight this together, and we appreciate the personal reactions we got on the recent attack on pilgrims in India,” he added.

Gabbard also said there’s still a lot of excitement in Washington around Modi’s visit.

“For those of us on the India-US Caucus and those who have been working on India-US partnership for years, everyone is saying it that these are the most exciting times for friendship between both the countries.

She mentioned that economic partnerships were flourishing and so too were relationships in technology, education, culture and the Arts. “Having the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) celebrations here is appropriate given how much interest not just the Indian-American audience has, but the Americans as a whole have in films coming from India. This is increasing the understanding and affinity between the people of the two countries,” she said.

Sarna appreciated how the support for India-US engagement is “bipartisan and across the political spectrum”. He even said that during Modi’s visit to meet Trump, they “hit it off in terms of understanding, engaging each other and listening to each other’s concerns”. (IANS)

 

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How advertisements in India are defying gender cliche

Ads playing an effective medium in moulding opinions of society

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How Indian advertisement industry is breaking the gender stereotype

Feb 27, 2017: The most important part of advertisements is the story line and it gives a spur on the social media when the lessons from the story line are timeless. Needless to say, every time a free-spirited ad is released, it not only sparks conversations over the internet but also leaves a viral trail of debates. Just in the same way, some of the Indian advertisements did when they strove to change the mindset of people with regard to gender difference. We often tend to slur women not realizing the essence of being a woman, it takes strength and an indomitable spirit to be a woman. This article will talk about how advertisements in India are leading by example and discarding gender difference.

Let’s recall some of the advertisements that did away with gender difference.

Nike’s recent ‘Da Da Ding’ ad starring Deepika Padukone as one among other female athletes is a powerful ad which got the people talking about giving importance to female athletes as well. It showcased females of a real athletic figure which is not animated and has got nothing to do with ‘legs and butts’.

(A still from Nike’s Da Da Ding advertisement)

The ad portrayed women as fierce and passionate about sports. Once upon a time, Nike’s product catered almost exclusively to marathon runners and then, a fitness craze emerged –and the folks in Nike’s marketing department knew where to mark their next move, an applause for Nike for initiating a spellbinding effort.

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Whisper, Touch the pickle ad

(A still from Whisper Touch the pickle advertisement)

Whisper, Touch the pickle ad is another exemplary of breaking taboos surrounding women’s menstrual cycle. The whisper #Touchthepickle campaign makes an attempt to purge the baseless superstitions owing to Dos and Dont’s in menses. The ad showcases a young girl who dares to touch the pickle while she is on her periods. It conveys a sensible meaning to its viewers to break away these taboos. The ad was lauded internationally and awarded ‘Glass Lion Grand Prix’ award at Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Many advertisements over the years have sold the cosmetic product but fewer have tried to change the societal conception of beauty. Even fewer have tried to do both, Joy Cosmetic is the brand that did it in India.

(A still from Joy beauty advertisement)
The ad begins with showcasing a well renowned oversized comedian, Bharti Singh asking the viewers “What did you expect, 36-24-36?”, and shuts down body shamers who presumed it to be an ideal body size. The ad conveys effortlessly that an Ideal beauty has nothing to do with body and shape.The advertisement has a sensitive message and is meaningful to its consumers.

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While there is a lot of chaos regarding section 377 in India, Ebay India took an audacious stance through its ad titled “Things don’t judge”.

(A still from Ebay India advertisement)

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Diwali Commemorative Stamp: Tulsi Gabbard’s initiative to include Hindu Festival in US Postal Service

Tulsi Gabbard launched a signature campaign in 2014 to ensure that the United States Postal Service prints a stamp recognizing the Hindu Festival of Diwali

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  • Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu Congresswoman of the US had renewed the efforts of bringing out a stamp recognizing Diwali as a special event
  • Efforts had previously been taken by the Indians settled in America and many other organisations as well. But none of them had been entirely successful
  • Gabbard says that now, they are almost at the point of winning this battle

Hinduism is probably the only religion in America whose festivals remain unrecognized. In spite of the fact that thousands of Indians in America celebrate the festival of lights every year, American Postal Services refuse to bring out a stamp which pays heed to the special days of Diwali. Other major religions of the world have some sort of recognition and mark in the American calendar and lives. Hinduism seems to have gotten the worst of it all. It stands almost unnoticed amidst all other religions of the world, as far as U.S is concerned. In spite of the fact that a huge number of Indians and specifically a huge number of Hindus settle down in the United States of America, there is not even a small postal stamp recognizing or celebrating the spirit of Hindu festivals.

Hinduism seems to have gotten the worst of it all. It stands almost unnoticed amidst all other religions of the world, as far as U.S is concerned. In spite of the fact that a huge number of Indians and specifically a huge number of Hindus settle down in the United States of America, there is not even a small postal stamp recognizing or celebrating the spirit of Hindu festivals.

Congresswoman Gabbard. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
Congresswoman Gabbard. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu woman to be a part of the United States Congress. Her love for Indian culture and festivals led her to launch a signature campaign back in 2014 to ensure that the United States Postal Service prints a stamp recognizing the Hindu Festival of Diwali. Last year too, in 2015, many of the Indian-American communities in the U.S. had tried to bring about the stamp recognizing Diwali as a special day but they did not succeed. It is unfortunate that being an Indian-American is not enough to bring this small change. The demand for Diwali Stamp got push only after Gabbard started the campaign- it came under the spotlight and people started taking the issue seriously.

Gabbard said, “After decades of progress towards creating a postage stamp that recognizes the festival of lights, finally, we’re almost there”.

She further asserted that even though this is one of the final moments of struggle for the campaign, she definitely needs solidarity from Indians all over the world to succeed in her endeavour. “Every year when we get together and we celebrate Diwali, the beautiful festival of lights, we’re celebrating the triumph of good over evil, of right over wrong. Now, a lot of people having been working hard to try to get a Diwali stamp here in the United States, but we need your help,” she said.

“Please join me in signing this petition so that we can increase the volume of all of our voices all across the country in urging the United States Postal Service to create a Diwali stamp to recognize this special day and to further increase and enrich our nation’s tapestry of religious and cultural diversity,” Gabbard appealed to people in her un-dated video message in 2014.

Gabbard with PM Modi. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
Gabbard with PM Modi. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

A media release had previously mentioned that PM Narendra Modi too had agreed to write to President Obama, supporting the cause.

Hopefully, this time, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will succeed in bringing out a stamp in the honour of the Indian festival of lights. That way, the efforts made by the other Indians previously will not go in vain and Hinduism will finally get some sort of token recognition and appreciation in America.

To view the petition and the video, click here.

– prepared by NewsGram team.

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