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Yankee Doodle as in Uncle Sam's Panorama of Rip Van Winkle

Yankee Doodle Came to Town is a rhyme that immediately brings to mind striped pants, a white wig, and a man riding a pony with a feather in his hat. That's as far as the illustration for this rhyme goes. Often the term Yankee Doodle is understood to be a joke because of how ridiculous it sounds, but interestingly, it is something that defined America as it stands today.

When America was a colony of the British Empire, fighting for its independence, the British often conducted searches in the countryside for weapons. The American country folk hid guns, gunpowder, and secret letters in their farm equipment, barns, and the woods. It was their way of revolting against British authority and preparing for a great war.


Once, when such a raid took place, the farmer folk decided to fight the British soldiers. Manned with nothing but the measly weapons they had collected, they counter-attacked the heavily armed British. The soldiers did not take this agitation seriously and called them 'Yankees. They made a song about them, which is very different from the version that is sung today. They chanted what they considered a derogatory term all the while the farmers fought. Many even lost their lives but did not back down.

The first stanza of the original song that is popularly sung Image source: wikimedia commons


Much later, in the thick of the revolution, when the Americans had learned how to fight, they charged at British troops and defeated them. They then rephrased the insulting song and sang it back to the British. Since then, this rhyme, or rather, part of the original song, has become associated with the American War of Independence. 'Yankee Doodle' is now a term used for a victorious American.

When the rhyme is sung today, it does not carry across this patriotic image, perhaps because a large part of it has not been passed down. Yet, the 'feather in the cap' is always understood across cultures as an act of victory and valor.

Keywords: Rhymes, Yankee Doodle, American Revolution, Farmer Folk


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A notification issued by the authority states that it has been receiving numerous complaints from viewers who believe that the content being depicted in dramas does not represent the "true picture of Pakistani society".

"PEMRA finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn't 'true depiction of Pakistani society and must not be 'glamourized'. Our 'culture' is control, abuse, and violence, which we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values," said Reema Omer, Legal Advisor, South Asia, International Commission of Jurists.

"Hugs, caress scenes, extramarital affairs, vulgar and bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society," PEMRA stated, as per the report.

The authority added that it has directed channels time and again to review content with "indecent dressing, controversial and objectionable plots, bed scenes and unnecessary detailing of events".

Most complaints received by the PEMRA Call Centre during September concern drama serial "Juda Huay Kuch is Tarah", which created quite a storm on social media for showing an unwitting married couple as foster siblings in a teaser for an upcoming episode. However, it only turned out to be a family scheme after the full episode aired, but by that time criticism had mounted on HUM TV for using the themes of incest to drive the plot, the report said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Pakistan, Islam, Serials, Dramas, Culture, Teachings.


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Dozens of female high school and university students in Afghanistan have joined vocational centers to learn tailoring and cosmetology

Dozens of female high school and university students in Afghanistan have joined vocational centers to learn tailoring and cosmetology as the women and girls have been banned from school and university since the Taliban took over the country, Tolo News reported.

According to these girls, sitting at home is very difficult for them, therefore they are willing to learn a profession.

"It has been a couple of months that we are at home since schools and universities were closed. We have to learn a profession or a job because we can't sit like this at home," said Samira Sharifi, a student.

"I want to learn a profession for my future to help my family, we want our schools to be opened so that we can carry on with our education," said Mahnaz Ghulami, a student.

Most of the trainees in the vocational centres are students of high schools and universities.

After the closure of high schools and universities across Afghanistan, Herat female students have started gaining vocational training in the province.

"We have decided to learn tailoring along with our education," said Shaqaiq Ganji, a student.

"It's necessary for every woman to learn tailoring to help her family and her husband, especially in this bad economic situation," said Laili Sofizada, a teacher.

Due to the closure of schools and universities, the number of students in vocational centers doubled compared to recent years, the report added.

"Our classes had the capacity of 20 to 25 students but we increased it to 45 students, because most of the students have lost their spirit, and their schools and universities have closed," said Fatima Tokhi, director of technical and professional affairs at the Herat department of labour and social affairs.

The Labour and Social Affairs department of Herat said the department is working to provide more opportunities for Herat girls and women to learn vocational training.

"The art and professional sector and the kindergarten departments have started their activities, we support them and supervise their activities," said Mulla Mohammad Sabit, head of the labour and social affairs of Herat.

During the past two months, most of the women and girls who worked in state and private institutions lost their jobs and are trying to learn handicrafts and vocational training. (IANS/JB)


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