Monday March 19, 2018

Why US President Obama keeps Hindu God Hanuman totem in pocket? Find Out!

Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion


U. S. President revealed the insides of his pocket. And a small statue of Hindu god Hanuman was one of the few totems that he carries in his pocket all the time, posted by Cape Code News on Youtube.

Lord Hanuman is a Hindu deity and devotee of Lord Rama. In Epic Ramayana, he participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana. He is also presented as the incarnation of Lord Shiva in several texts.

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The totems which Obama carries includes- rosary beads which Pope Francis gave him during his visit to the US in 2015; a tiny Buddha idol which was given by a monk; a silver poker chip that was once a lucky charm of a mustachioed biker in Iowa; and a small statue of Lord Hanuman, according to the CNN reports.

source: Youtube
source: Youtube

Obama said they reminded him of the people he met along the way, he further added that “I’m not that superstitious, so it’s not like I think I necessarily have to have them on me at all times.”

But he admitted that he find solace in the totems. 

“If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that’s something I can overcome, because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to affect them,” he said.

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Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion.

During his visit to India later this year, in 2016, President Obama showed a Hanuman’s idol to LK Advani’s daughter, Pratibha when she asked about his devotion towards the Hindu god at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Republic day.

Then, he delved in his pocket and took out a 4cm Hanuman’s statue that startled everyone.

In 200, the Economic Times reported that Obama the first-ever Black-American representative of a major US party for Presidential elections always keeps a gambler’s lucky chit, a bracelet belonging to an American soldier deployed in Iraq, a tiny monkey god and tiny Madonna and child.

In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama unveiled the fact that his step-father Lolo Soetoro introduced him to Lord Hanuman when he lived in Indonesia. He wrote, “There standing astride the road was a towering giant at least ten stories tall wth the body of a man and a face of an ape. That’s Hanuman, Lolo said as we circled the statue, the monkey-god. I turned around in my seat, mesmerized by the solitary figure, so dark against the sun, poised to leap into the sky as puny traffic swirled around his feet.”He’s a great warrior,” Lolo said firmly,”strong as a hundred men. when he fights the demons, he’s never defeated.”

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Pentavalent vaccine: Doctors raise red flag

In spite of the data presented in this paper from a large cohort, the authors point out that the evidence is merely circumstantial and not conclusive

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India's PV to be reexamined because of its harmful effects. .
  • Pentavalent vaccine was introduced in India six years ago
  • It is since then have been a cause of many deaths
  • Doctors want it to be reexamined before continuing its use

Pentavalent vaccine (PV), that was introduced by India a little over six years ago, doubled the deaths of children soon after vaccination compared to the DPT (Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus) vaccine, according to a new study that calls for a “rigorous review of the deaths following vaccination with PV”.

Health officials have launched a campaign targeting nearly 24 million people with a one-fifth dose of the vaccine. Wikimedia Commons
PV has been cause of many deaths in past years. Wikimedia Commons

Government records show that there were 10,612 deaths following vaccination (both PV and DPT) in the last 10 years. There was a huge increase in these numbers in 2017, which the Health Ministry has promised to study. “The present analysis could be a starting point in the quest to reduce the numbers of such deaths,” authors of the new study say.

The study by Dr Jacob Puliyel, Head of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital, and Dr V. Sreenivas, Professor of Biostatistics at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), both in New Delhi, is published in the peer-reviewed Medical Journal of Dr D.Y. Patil University.

PV is a combination of the DPT vaccine and two more vaccines against Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and hepatitis B. Starting December 2011, PV was introduced into India’s immunisation programme to replace DPT vaccine in a staged manner with a view to adding protection against Hib and Hepatitis B without increasing the number of injections given to infants.

Doctors have raised concerns over these vaccines. Wikimedia Commons
Doctors have raised concerns over these vaccines. Wikimedia Commons

But sporadic reports of unexplained deaths following immunisation with PV had been a matter of concern. Puliyel, Sreenivas and their colleagues undertook the study to find out if these deaths were merely coincidental or vaccine-induced.

The authors obtained data of all deaths reported from April 2012 to May 2016 under the Right to Information Act. Data on deaths within 72 hours of administering DPT and PV from different states were used.

For their study, the authors assumed that all deaths within 72 hours of receiving DPT are natural deaths. Using this figure as the baseline, they presumed that any increase in the number of deaths above this baseline among children receiving PV must be caused by this vaccine.

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According to their analysis of the data provided by the government, there were 237 deaths within 72 hours of administering the Pentavalent vaccine — twice the death rate among infants who received DPT vaccine.

Extrapolating the data, the authors have estimated that vaccination of 26 million children each year in India would result in 122 additional deaths within 72 hours, due to the switch from DPT to PV.

“There is likely to be 7,020 to 8,190 deaths from PV each year if data from states with the better reporting, namely Manipur and Chandigarh, are projected nationwide,” their report says.

It is important to make sure that these vaccines are reexamined peroperly. VOA

The authors note that while the study looks at the short-term increase in deaths (within three days of vaccination) it does not calculate the potential benefits of PV on infant mortality, for example by protection against lethal diseases like Haemophilus influenza.

In spite of the data presented in this paper from a large cohort, the authors point out that the evidence is merely circumstantial and not conclusive. “These findings of differential death rates between DPT and PV do call for further rigorous prospective population-based investigations,” the study concludes. IANS