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Malayalathamma: In a temple in Kalpetta, People worship Mother Malayalam

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November 6, 2016: In an era where our ethnicity is lost in the whirlwinds of globalisation, we find ourselves drowning in the everyday urban life. In this confusion of a life, we often forget who we originally are and what we represent. The British while ruling over us for decades exposed our civilisation to an open land of opportunities and industrialisation without which we probably would not have been on such a mantle right now. But in the process of taking our country forward, did we forget what it means to be an Indian?

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Today, students in our country can graduate high school without even knowing the groundwork of their mother tongues. Our identities as citizens of this nation is defined by the diversity in our culture. But who are we if we are not familiar with the primary features of our culture?

In this juncture, our citizens are unaware and uninterested in the most trivial historical facts or mythological fables prevalent in the nation but have been mesmerised by the popular western culture. The youth in our country has been swept away by this huge wave of the western culture that they refuse to accept their traditional culture.

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In this mess of a generation, there are numerous instances of people fighting for their traditions, beliefs, and ethnicity. There are people who want to keep the essence of their country alive. Amidst such uprisings, there exists a temple in Kalpetta situated in the Wayanad district of Kerala where the preached deity is named after the mother tongue of the state, Malayalam. The deity is named Malayalathamma which means Mother Malayalam.

The deity of this temple on Rattakoli road close to the Kalpetta bypass has multiple stories owing to the explanation for her naming.

Legend says that Malayalathamma rescued the folks of the northern district of Wayanad sharing its limits with Tamil Nadu from smallpox.

The locals believe that the goddess reciprocates offerings by blessing the women who anxious about their marriages. After the establishment of Lord Shiva’s idol in the temple it became known as the Shiva-Bhadrakali temple now looked after the Kalpetta Ayyappa Kshetram Trust.

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It is invigorating to know that some of us are still rooted in our traditions and culture and take pride in it. No matter how successful we become, we should never forget our true identities and stay connected to our culture as who we are and what we represent is what matters ultimately.

– by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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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)

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