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BY SALIL GEWALI
We should always be alert to the thunder of lies and deceit. They often tear the social structure to pieces. There are innumerable people who have become the “victims” of such falsity and propaganda. In the last three years, many leaders in West Bengal (India) have thus been attacking the Gorkha citizens with the brute forces of false narratives, apart from the heartless killing of 15 innocent people during 2017 Gorkhaland peaceful agitation. Without one iota of knowledge of “history”, they branded Gorkhas in India as infiltrators, sometimes as terrorists. In the common parlance of Indian jurisprudence, this amounts to a serious case of defamation and a criminal act of high order. Hearts.
Yet again, a few days back another TMC activist — Ms. Tanvi Das stirred the hornet’s nest. In her TV panel discussion, Ms. Tanvi rudely roared to belittle Gorkhas as “infiltrators” and insisted on deporting them all out of India. She talked down other participants in that talk show. Though she was vehemently criticized, but she appeared outrageously unapologetic. However, very coincidentally, on the same day, two Gorkha soldiers were “martyred” while fighting the “infiltrators” on LOC in Tangdhar, Kashmir. How do we describe these incredibly paradoxical situations?
Let’s look at history. Even small kids know that India was ruled by the British for almost two centuries. This imperialist British had also eyed Nepal. But keeping in view the rising military power of the British Raj, then the Nepal Kingdom decided to strike a deal with East India Company. It was a deal to break the ice of hostility between the two neighboring nations. Under the Treaty of Sugauli 1815-16, Nepal Kingdom ceded the major portions of its territories to the British India which include a huge swathe of the mountainous, hilly and plain terrains.
Thus consequently, areas like Sikkim, Darjeeling, Nainital, Kumaon, and Garhwal had come under the East India Company.
Here comes a question for sober thought and introspection. All intellectuals and leaders must first get down to study the core history of Gorkhas before being judgmental. The situation in which Gorkhas are living in India certainly calls for a reasonable amount of compassion and rationality. If the vast range of mountains, beautiful hills, rivers, flora and fauna, and all animals and birds therein can be regarded as Indian then why not two-legged human beings inhabiting these areas? Is it not outrageous? Of course, comparatively a very small portion of land that Gorkhas in India are now demanding as Gorkhaland. Moreover, it is only after the Indian Independence in 1954, Darjeeling was merged into West Bengal (India) for easy administrative purposes, prior to that it was marked out as the “Excluded Area”. Not even 5% Indians are aware of this brief history of Gorkhas. It is a big tragedy. The Central and State Governments should immediately consider incorporating the lessons on the history of brave Gorkhas and their sacrifice in all academic school textbooks.
Truly, it is Gorkhas’ valor and their military skills over which India always takes pride in. The record has it that, prior to India Independence, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had always fondly cherished Gorkha Armies and held them in high esteem. Needless to say, they were the backbone of Netaji’s Azad Hind Fauz. INA’s patriotic song – “Qadam Qadam Badhaye Ja” was composed by none other than a Gorkha patriot – Captain Ram Sigh Thakur. The life story of a Gorkha soldier, Major Durga Malla of INA, who was sent to gallows in 1944 by the British on sedition charges, is very awe-inspiring. In honor of his sacrifice, the Indian Parliament houses a huge statue of Major Malla. Equally significate is the supreme sacrifice of Subedar Harka Bahadur Rana who fiercely fought with Pakistan to save Kargil immediately after India independence in 1948. There is a huge memorial dedicated to Harka Bahadur Rana and a bridge in Kargil named after him. What more certificate of integrity does one need? Yes, these courageous “Gorkha army regiments” had been the “first choice” to be sent to fight against the Sino-Indian War in 1962, the Indo-Pakistani War in 1971, Battle of Sylhet, Kargil War in 1999. And there hardly a month goes without a couple of valiant Gorkha warriors being martyred while fighting against the enemy.
Is it not an absolute madness of our certain leaders who greet the Gorkhas with scorn and derision? Very absurdly, here in India, there are leaders who choose to sing a welcome song for the dreaded insurgent groups and terrorists while they criticize and humiliate those who stand up to protect the country.
One professor from New Delhi has rightly said — “It is a total injustice to the Gorkhas in India. Such apathy of the Indian Nation towards those brave and loyal soldiers who “came with the land” is undesirable. Even UNO or World leaders will be shocked when they know how Gorkhas are being demonized in their own land.” Are Tanvi Das and her types listening? No joke, what will happen to the sovereignty of the NATION if “Tanvi Das and her party” recruit their “invited citizens” from Bangladesh in the army and give them all arms and ammunition to fight the infiltrators? There will be a secret jamboree of rock-n-roll and jubilation along the borders. Hope you have understood. It will be an open invitation to the disaster.
Alas, should the leaders with ulterior motive be thus allowed to let the common citizens down! So sadly, having lost their power of discretion, they hardly can now differentiate between true friends and sworn enemies. Their narrow party policies have literally bruised the hearts of the patriots, and also damaged the integrity of the nation.
Frankly speaking, it is so important that the scream of the grievance of the aggrieved Gorkhas now must reach up to the UNO. The world leaders must be made aware of that Gorkhas’ loyalty to the nation has thus far been undervalued, and their identity crisis is merrily overlooked. Is it not that patriotism comes from within the heart that has been well cared for and loved? It seems the wounded Gorkhas now have to turn to the UNO for the healing balm.
Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.
"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself | Flickr
This announcement could be part of the fast-tracked, "future-focused culinary and packaging innovations" that Steve Cornell, president of Kraft Heinz's US grocery business unit, hinted at earlier this year amid a shortage of ketchup. A surge in takeout and delivery food orders during the pandemic led to a scarcity of ketchup packets, the report said.
In April, Heinz pledged to increase production of ketchup by 25 per cent to 12 billion packets annually. "Gone are the days of fumbling with ketchup packets, pants ruined by mustard disasters, and minutes taken off your life trying to get to the bottom of that mayo packet. With the patent-pending Heinz Packet Roller, what was once taxing becomes simple -- just snip and roll to squeeze out every drop of your sauce of choice," the website says
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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, who is recovering from a right-knee surgery he underwent last month, said on Sunday that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right-knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was "really unhappy" with his performance in reaching the quarterfinals, Federer opted to go through with it.
Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by atptour.com. On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. | Wikimedia Commons
"I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court. But it's going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year. "I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I took the time and, I don't know, I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former world No. 1 has played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup. "I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players," Federer said. "That's what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that's going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year." (IANS/ MBI)
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By Hitesh Rathi
Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.
Used for Anti-Ageing and Healing
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties.| Flickr
Antioxidant and Nutrient-Rich
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It contains vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, Omega 3, and 6. These properties together make it a rich ingredient when it comes to skin treatment. Moreover, vitamin D is another important ingredient for human skin, and the primary source to get it is through UV exposure. At the same time, too much of that leaves an adverse effect on the skin. Here is when donkey milk acts as a great substitute as it naturally contains vitamin D. All in all, if this milk is applied frequently, it brings a glowing effect while making the skin look brighter.
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients.| Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash
Moisturizer and Softener
By now it's a well-known fact that this milk works as a powerful moisturizer for the skin. Besides, if donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.
If donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft. | Photo by febri sym on Unsplash
Therefore, donkey milk with its healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties for the skin is rapidly emerging as a key ingredient for skincare. These are also driving several leading players to roll out personal care products such as soap, cream, etc. manufactured using donkey milk. Moreover, the global donkey milk market is expanding rapidly with the market value projected to reach $68,139.0 thousand by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.4 per cent from 2021 to 2027. And the growing use of donkey milk as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products will significantly contribute toward the growth of this market in the years to come. (IANS/ MBI)
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