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Matter of time before Geeta is forgotten: Pakistani daily

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Islamabad: It is only a matter of time before speech and hearing impaired Indian woman Geeta “will be forgotten and we will return back to our usual, toxic selves”, said a Pakistani daily on Wednesday.

An editorial ‘Geeta Says Farewell’ in The Nation said that young Indian woman who strayed into Pakistan more than 12 years ago flew to Delhi to be reunited with the people she believes are her family, after a Bollywood movie galvanized a campaign to bring her back.

Known only as Geeta, she was unable to identify herself or say where she came from when she wandered over one of the world’s most militarized borders from neighbouring India. Now believed to be in her early 20s, she remained in Pakistan under the care of the country’s largest welfare organisation, the Edhi Foundation, living in a shelter in the port city of Karachi.

Accompanied by members of the Edhi family and her friends, Geeta’s bags were filled with new clothes as well as gifts for her family in India, when she left for her home.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a photo of Geeta, saying, “Welcome Geeta. It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today.”

To show his gratitude, the Indian prime minister offered to donate Rs 10 million to Edhi.

“However, the humanitarian organisation politely declined to accept his announced financial help – claiming that they do not accept any aid from government and donor agencies. This was a blessing for the Pakistan security establishment that the Edhi Foundation declined, as it would have opened huge debate that would further polarize opinion – the Pakistan versus India discussion,” said the daily.

The editorial observed that these heart-felt feelings towards Pakistan can only be seen as temporary. “Perhaps Modi was using this tactic to soften his image globally?”

“Relations between Pakistan and India are at their lowest ebbs with allegations of ceasefire violations and involvement in terrorism from both sides. While India rejected the peace plan, accusing Pakistan of promoting terrorism in the region, Pakistan handed over three dossiers of Indian involvement in terrorism inside Pakistan to the UN chief,” it said.

“It is only a matter of time that Geeta will be forgotten and we will return back to our usual, toxic selves,” it added.

(IANS)

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Muslim Youths Belittle Hindu Religion on Social Media to Create Communal Tension

Muslim youths have been belittling Hindu religion and ideologies from a long time now to fuel communal hatred amongst the communities

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Sep 29, 2017: Ahmed, a Muslim youth was arrested in Hamirpur on Wednesday for posting obscene and communally sensitive posts on Hindu holy textbooks through a fake account of Sundaram, former district coordinator of RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The incident angered the community in Maudaha, Uttar Pradesh.

Following the episode, Sundaram filed a police complaint after which Ahmed was arrested. According to Opindia, Ahmed admitted that he wanted to create communal tension among the community and start a communal riot in Maudaha.

Ahmed has also posted obscene posts on Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Yogi in the past and surfaced similar content on the various social media platforms.

Lately, a FIR was registered against a Delhi University professor, Kedar Kumar Mandal for his lewd Facebook post parallelling Goddess Durga to a ‘sexy prostitute.’

Also Read: Is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian? 

Another incident where seven Muslims were arrested in Chamba, Uttarakhand for ostensibly making fake profiles likely under Hindu names and passing obscene comments at girls on the social media platform. The accused identified as- Rizwan Khan, Salman, Mohammed Warish, Salman, Shabir Kasim, Abul Kalam and Mohammed Shabir – were charged with making obscene comments and disturbing communal harmony, mentioned the Amar Ujala.

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Fishermen caught inbetween the India-Pakistan rivalry

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Karachi, Pakistan: In Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, every day a group of fishermen go out into the waters where they are more likely to come across their best catch. Unfortunately, they also end up getting caught in the rivalry between India and Pakistan.

This water body, where they sail in daily, lies between the borders of two fierce South-Asian rivals, India and Pakistan.

The fishermen, lacking any physical boundary or proper markings to guide them, often cross to the other side of the border. It is known that recently, the governments have been providing them with the GPS navigational systems. Still there are more than hundred fishermen living their days inside the jails at any given time. The hostile relationship between the two countries has complicated the process of their release, further.

One of the Indian fishermen, who got released after spending almost 9 months in the custody, tells that he is very happy as he is finally going to see his family after such a long gap. Though, he adds, that he wants to request the Indian government to take an immediate action to acknowledge the rights of his Pakistani counterparts as well.

It will not be even considered as surprising to say that spending a few months in the custody is quite a normal phenomenon for the fishermen clans, on both the sides.

The term spent in the jails, can actually be extended without any prior warning. For instance, on the Pakistani side, Hazarat’s son has been in the Indian custody for almost three years. Her son left, when he was only 15, on a fishing expedition against Hazarat’s wishes. The mother has not seen the face of her son since.

Though, both the governments struck a deal last year, permitting the release of the fishermen within two weeks, Hazarat is yet to see her son’s arrival. (The news is brought to you by NewsGram in association with VOA)

 

 

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Pookuttys ‘India’s Daughter’ grabs Golden Reel Award

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New Delhi: Resul Pookutty, Oscar-winning sound designer, has filled his bag with the best sound award for documentary, “India’s Daughter” at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards.

44-year-old Pookutty was nominated in two categories at Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards for the films “Unfreedom” and “India’s Daughter”, both of which are banned in India.

He not only won the award for Best Sound but also for Music Editing: Television Documentary Short Form.

“And we won the 63rd Golden Reel Award for ‘India’s Daughter’! First in Asia a Golden reel coming home to India!” Pookutty wrote on his Twitter page on Sunday.

“India’s Daughter”, which trended among the Indians through youtube, is directed by Leslee Udwin and tells about the brutal gang rape of a 23 yr old trainee physiotherapist which took place on December 16, 2012, in a moving bus. The incident took place in Munirka in south Delhi.

It kicked up a storm after one of the convicts Mukesh Singh was interviewed in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Pookutty dedicated the award to “Nirbhaya’s soul”.

“Is it true that I really got it… It’s for the true spirit of the youth of India. This goes to Nirbhaya’s soul..!” he wrote in another Twitter post.

The award ceremony was held at Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on Saturday. (IANS) (Image Courtesy: bollywoodreality.in)