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Muslims no tool for votes, says PM Narendra Modi

Modi said it was high time we extended a helping hand to the last man- the poorest man in each corner of the country

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Kozhikode (Kerala), Sept 25, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the need for creating an alternate politics as advocated by Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya who had always suggested that no section of people should be left neglected or considered as tools to garner votes.

Citing the “vikrut paribhasha (distorted definition)” of secularism propagated in the country, he recalled that long back, Upadhyaya, founding father of the Jan Sangh — the predecessor of the ruling BJP — had said that Muslims should not be mere tools to garner votes nor neglected.

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Deendayal had said Muslims should not be treated as “substance of vote market”, said Modi.

“It is in this context, we have launched our developmental programmes based on the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” Modi said in his address at the concluding session here of the BJP’s National Council meet.

“We have always tried to uphold his principles and today we again pledge ourselves to rededicate for the cause of such inclusive development,” he said.

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Modi said it was high time we extended a helping hand to the last man — the poorest man in each corner of the country.

“A country such as ours — full of young people — should have youthful dreams and youthful pace”, he said and added that the BJP’s original character was based on principles of welfare of the people and the party had never compromised with its ideals. (IANS)

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Hinduism Acts As a Boundary for the Spread of Radical Islam in India: Chinese Media

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism in India

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Sep 03, 2014: Muslims in India generally stayed unaffected from the radicalization of Muslim gatherings in different parts of the world in light of the strong impact of Hinduism in the nation, which has established a mark of itself by going past a religion to end up plainly as a lifestyle and a social establishment, said the state-run Chinese media on Wednesday.

Adulating Hinduism for helping India setting up an ever lasting attachment towards the religion among different sects, an article in Global Times, titled – “Hinduism tied to India’s geopolitical standing” said that Hinduism made India a boundary for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

The article asserted that-

Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? Indian Muslims seldom have extreme organizations compared with groups in many other Asian countries. In the southern part of the Philippines, extremists backed by Islamic State have turned their occupied cities into horrible places. In southern Thailand, terror attacks staged by Muslim extremists take place almost every week.

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism, the dominant religion of India while answering the question: Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? 

“Like many other religions, Hinduism has its extreme side, but for the most part, its more moderate side has the strongest influence. Perhaps it is this more moderate influence that has helped establish India’s lasting cohesion and is one of the reasons that the country has not separated”

Indians take pride in the Mughal Dynasty, the time of history which was built up by Muslims, not even by the Hindus, however, there was a strong Hindu influence in that time also.

“In the long history of India, Hinduism has gone far beyond a religion to become a lifestyle and social institution. Both its extreme and tolerant sides have constituted the foundation for its relationship with Muslims and this dual character is going to exist for a long time,” it said.

The consequence of this relationship has made India a hindrance for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

Also Read: How Hinduism is Interpreted by Western Indologists-David Frawley. Wendy Doniger. Koenraad Elst

The article brought up that the absence of Islamic fanatics in India has established its role in Asia and it has been thought about by the US, Japan, Russia and European nations as well.

“In the future, India is sure to continue to stand out in geopolitical significance when it comes to increasing religious and ethnic conflicts around the world. Where China is concerned, this significance should not be ignored”, the article concluded.


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#BalochGenocide: An Unfortunate Reality to which the World must Pay Attention to

The United Nations has failed to break the ice. Human right violations have failed to bring the attention of global organizations

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Pakistan is committing inhumane crimes against its own people in the Balochistan province creating an environment of genocide. Twitter
  • The Balochistan province of Pakistan is going through the worst Humanitarian crisis
  • The atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces as well insurgent groups have resulted in destruction of families of the Baloch community
  • It is important that the world community stands with Balochistan and investigate the human rights violations

Balochistan, August 18, 2017: The Balochistan province of Pakistan is in dire need of help from the international community. Ignored by its government at the center and oppressed by the military, the Baloch community is taking desperate measures to call for help from outside.

Balochistan has been an area of instability. Additionally, the coming of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is estimated to have adverse consequences for Balochistan.

ALSO READ: World Baloch Organisation Activist Azghar Baloch brings Human Rights Violations to the notice of International Community

The United Nations has failed to break the ice. Human right violations have failed to bring the attention of global organizations.

Abductions and murders surround the lives of Balochistan people. The Chairman of Human Rights Commission in Balochistan, Taj Baloch, has blamed the Pakistan army behind the Balochistan Genocide.

In Berlin, exiled Baloch activists and leaders organized an event titled ‘China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – It’s Adverse Impact on Balochistan & the region’ in which speakers expressed their concerns over the economic reform.

Even the World Balochistan organization has made serious attempts in gathering support for Balochistan from foreign nations. Recently, Azghar Baloch, an activist for the organization, made an appeal from outside the White House called on the international community to stand for the human rights of Baloch people.

Nawab Akbar Bugti was a strong opposer to Pakistan atrocities in Balochistan. He was vocal about the need for Balochistan to separate itself from the inhumane behavior of Pakistan. Nawab Bugti was assassinated on 26 August 2006 by the Pakistani military. To commemorate the anniversary of the martyr, Baloch Republican Party has called for a Balochistan wide strike.

This year when the G20 Summit was held in Germany, Baloch activists turned up outside the venue to protest for Baloch genocides and investigation into

– Compiled by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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India Celebrates its 71st Independence Day: What People Want Freedom From?

The country pays the tribute to those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country, for freedom of the Indians from the ‘British Raj’

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Dawn of Independence Day, Red Fort, August 15, 1947. Wikimedia
  • The Independence Day is observed annually in India on 15th August with pomp and vigor
  • The country pays the tribute to those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country, for freedom of the Indians from the ‘British Raj’
  • The nation indulges in celebrating the occasion with multiple events and activities on this national holiday

August 15, 217: Independence Day holds immense significance for any nation. India commemorates the liberation of the country from the British Government on 15th August. The Independence Day is observed annually in India on 15

The Independence Day is observed annually in India on 15th August with pomp and vigor. It becomes an event involving national security, national programs evoking patriotic sentiment, and multiple events in various states and institutes celebrating the spirit of freedom. The country pays the tribute to those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country, for freedom of the Indians from the ‘British Raj’, and became immortal in history due to their path-breaking contributions.

Apart from the flag raising ceremony, garlanding the portraits of the freedom fighters, playing the national anthem and other patriotic music, the Indians also indulge in various other activities to celebrate the occasion. Quiz shows, charity events, blood-donation camps, game shows, poetry reading, functions, and contests are also held in order to commemorate India’s independence.

On the morning of 71st Independence Day, the honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi raised the national flag at 7 am followed by addressing the nation and delivering a speech. The nation then indulges in celebrating the occasion with multiple events and activities on this national holiday.

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The Independence Day raises the underlying irony of independence in the context of whether the nation is enjoying liberty as per the truest sense of the term. If we follow the regularities of the daily humdrums of the Indian life, it is evident that we, the Indians are free of shackles. Be it the society, the people, the government, or one’s own ideologies, a person is hardly free of all fetters and “independent”. The country has definitely been liberated from the control of the British, but the citizens are not free and liberal completely.

Here is what youth of the country feels about FREEDOM- 

“I want to be free from the societal shackles of judgments. The ever-judgmental society makes freedom a parody in an independent country,” Diyali Banerjee (21), a journalism student from Bangalore says, this is the true scenario and the truth behind the façade of “independence”. This is not the outcry of one person, but she voices the thoughts of millions around the country that suffer from the void of freedom, one way or another.
Another post graduate student Debdutta Mondal (24) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata says, “It is not about societal freedom, I want to work on myself and be the change that I want to see in the world. I want freedom from my negative thoughts and do something fruitful for the society.”
A market researcher in a kolkata based organisation, Anindita Gupta (27) says, ” I should be able to do what my heart desires, I want to live my dreams.”
A BBA student, Kingshuk Kumar Das (21) from Amity University, Delhi says, ” reservations in the education system have always been a big obstacle for students. If you want to give equal opportunities to children, then bring transparency in the system.”
A dancer and theatre practitioner, Satarupa Chakroborty (26) says, “Moral policing is a problem for many youths in India, lynching too. If two people are willing to make a choice for themselves, people should respect that. Everyone should have the right to pick up what is good for themselves.”
 Ishita Gomes (27) who teaches in a kolkata-based school says, “I want freedom from small, narrow or conforming thoughts. It is a great privilege to be born free but a greater good awaits if we can free our hearts and minds from fears, insecurities, and judgment.”

 

So, on this Independence Day, let us promise to ourselves and each other to protest against all that confine us and all the unjust that befall upon us. Let the Independence Day be celebrated with absolute respect to the truest meaning of the term ‘Independence.’

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL!