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126th Death Anniversary of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule: Few facts about the Social Reformer

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November 28, 2016: It’s the 126th death anniversary of social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule. Jyotirao Phule. Here are a few of the facts you would like to know about him:

  • Jyotirao Phule was born in Satara district of Maharashtra. His father was a vegetable vendor, Govindrao his mother’s name was Chimana.

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  • Phule understood the importance of education and felt that the society will remain in darkness if each and every individual doesn’t get a proper education.
  • In 1848, he gave a shape to his aspirations and started the first ever school for girls.
  • He, who educated his wife asked her to teach the girls and since she shared the same idealistic beliefs as her husband gladly agreed to do so.
  • The society was however not ready to accept it. Phule and his wife were forced to leave their house.

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  • In 1851, he opened up a bigger girls’ school and for girls of all castes, religions, and sections of the society. He too started teaching there.
  • He was also against child-marriage and believed in widow remarriage, but these initiatives were unaccepted by the orthodox community.
  • He also strongly opposed untouchability. He and his wife always open-heartedly welcomed the so-called lower caste people. This made the people of their own caste angry, but it never bothered them.
  • In 1873, Jyotirao Phule established the ‘Satya Shodhak Samaj’. Its main aim was to liberate the so-called lower castes from all kinds of exploitation.
  • Jyotirao Phule tried his best to create a society based on equality and unity.
  • In May 1888, Rao Bahadur Vithalrao Krishnaji Vandekar, the great reformer from Mumbai gave Jyotirao Phule the title of “Mahatma” for his selfless services to humanity.

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  • In July 1888, he suffered a paralytic stroke. He suffered from ill health for the next couple of years and died in November 1890, surrounded by family and friends.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?