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Here we go!
Now, Italian-born Antonia Edvige Albina Maino has written to the Pope on behalf of every Indian, including our nearly 20 million Catholics!
Sorry for this tongue twister name, I am sure the majority of my Indian brethren (including me) will find difficult to remember. However, she is also known as Sonia Gandhi.
Today on September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa is being canonized, ie, a sainthood is being conferred upon her by the Pope Francis in Rome. Vatican Church is a powerful body in the world and thus no wonder , world leaders are lining up to witness the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi -whose BJP party is known to sympathize with Hindus (perceptibly!)- has asked his Minister of External Affairs Shrimati Sushma Swaraj to hurry up to Rome lest India look poor in the ‘eyes of the world’. And, yes, Swaraj’s airplane with as many as 22 delegates has already dashed on the Italian ground!
Naturally, Swaraj madam has gleefully boasted about this as if there is nothing else to do in this world!
Indian delegation leaving for Rome to attend the canonisation of Mother Teresa. pic.twitter.com/Z3eEz07PRQ
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 2, 2016
To which a concerned and awake Indian asked:
@SushmaSwaraj Ma’am, diplomatic etiquette apart, is there any need to publicize this trip?
— Antithesis (@_antithesis_1) September 2, 2016
It seems this whole canonization is being made an earth shattering event!
Coming back to Sonia Mania Maino Gandhi!
Why is she writing on behalf of EVERY citizen of India? And then on behalf of OUR nearly 20 million Catholics!
Note her exact sentences:
“Every citizen of India, including our nearly 20 million Catholics, takes immense pride and joy on the recognition by your Holiness and the Catholic Church of Mother Teresa’s profound nobility of soul, purity of purpose, and service to God through service to humanity.”
Ms. Sonia Gandhi adds: “Mother Teresa was one of the most revered, loved and admired figure in India and she was given Bharat Ratna — the country’s highest civilian award.”
Ok, guys here is my take on this whole process:
- Sorry, Sonia Gandhi ji, I do not authorize you to represent me or my India on this canonization of Mother Teresa. Your letter simply emboldens the evangelist tendencies of the Church. One of the most lethal activity the evangelists do is to CONVERT the religion of non-Christians to Christianity. Thus, it follows that they serve people in order to convert. This does not sell with me and my value system!
- Mother Teresa no doubt served the poor and the destitute on Kolkata, but India has paid (and continues to) a heavy price for religious conversions. As Swami Vivekananda said hundreds of years ago: “Every man going out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less but an enemy one more”. From my blog post as back as in 2011, I raised a few points. Reproducing for your convenience:
- Indians have a great sense of reverence for Mother Teresa. The popular impression is that Teresa was a foreigner lady who came to our country and devoted her life to the service of mankind. She did, no doubt, serve the sick and poor people by providing a healing touch, love, and care. However, there was much more than that. She had an incentive in her heart to serve such people: a motive to bring these people closer to God. But the problem is that she wanted them to be closer to her chosen God (Jesus) by weaning them from their current faith. I strongly believe that we (Indians) need to expose the misdeeds of Mother Teresa -who in the name of serving the poor and destitute- exploited the situation to CONVERT their faith.
- In a book “Hindus Under Seige: The Way Out” by Subramanian Swamy, a mention comes of Mr. Keating -who donated millions of dollars to her charity working in India. Mr. Keating had looted public money and was being convicted for the crime in the USA. The communication between Teresa and the American court will give you an insight about the morality of Mother Teresa whose deeper design was to convert Hindus and others to Christianity.
- There is a dichotomy between her resolve to help the poor and the sick, yet she opposed abortions (her religious conviction). In a way, she was opposed to birth control. And, needless to say, overpopulation has a direct relationship with poverty. Many would agree that Mother Teresa needed poverty to glorify her deeds.
Canadian researchers have discovered an overlooked gene that plays a major role in the development of antibodies, which help the immune system recognize and fight viruses including SARS-CoV-2, bacteria and other causes of infectious disease. The gene -- FAM72A -- facilitates production of high-quality antibodies by enabling the effect of an enzyme called AID (for Activation-Induced Deaminase), the researchers showed.
Immunologists have known for two decades that AID is essential to produce antibodies capable of clearing infections, but the full mechanism of its effect has remained unknown. "Our findings answer the long-standing question of how AID does its work," said Alberto Martin, a professor of immunology at the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. "FAM72A helps AID to promote mutations in antibody genes that are essential for the development of effective antibodies," he added.
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. | Pixabay
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. In the context of antibody development, mutagenesis unfolds largely through the AID-driven mechanisms called somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination -- both of which help antibodies gain the diversity and potency they need to counter a wide range of pathogens.
The results published in the journal Nature will help researchers better understand antibody development broadly, but they also have implications for cancer. Uncontrolled mutagenesis in B cells that produce antibodies is linked to B cell lymphoma, and FAM72A is present at very high levels in other cancers such as gastrointestinal, breast, lung, liver and ovarian cancers.
"Our data show that high levels of FAM72A promote mutations in antibody genes, so increased levels of FAM72A could spur cancer development, progression or drug resistance by increasing mutagenesis,a Martin said. Martin's team is now exploring those possibilities. Intriguingly, unlike other mammals, humans have four gene versions of FAM72A and their roles in cancer and antibody production are still unknown. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: researchers, cancer, mutagenesis, antibody, development, antibodies, canada, COVID
Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India will set up a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Odisha's Sambalpur at a total cost of Rs 301.92 crore, moving steadily towards its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. MCL has placed a turnkey order to set-up a 50 MW solar power plant with a Chennai-based firm M/s Hild Energy Ltd, which will establish this green energy project within a timeline of 10 months, the MCL said in a statement on Saturday.
This solar plant would cater to the captive power requirement of MCL. The Central PSU had successfully set-up a 2MW solar power plant in Sambalpur in 2014. The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024 in order to become a net zero energy company, aligning itself to use cleaner forms of energy for coal production.
The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024. | Photo by Mariana Proença on Unsplash
This 50 MW solar power project will reduce CO2 emission by 91,020 tonnes per annum and carbon offsets of around 24,824 tonnes per annum, claimed the MCL. MCL is the leading production subsidiary of Coal India, having mining operations in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts of Odisha. Having achieved the highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 2,419 crore in the financial year 2020-21, the company has coal production and dispatch targets of 163 million tonnes and 182 million tonnes, respectively.
MCL was the coal mining company to introduce environment-friendly surface miner technology, which contributes over 95 per cent in coal production. As another environment-friendly initiative, the company has successfully introduced vertical rippers for blast-less over-burden removal in Hingula and Kaniha opencast projects. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: solar plant, carbon neutrality, Odisha, Sambalpur, Coal India, subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, solar energy
As the nation celebrated the 114th birth anniversary of his father - renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan - megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered his dad as he penned a heartfelt note for him. The actor took to his blog where he poured his heart out and also shared an unseen photo with his father. The image in question is from Big B's wedding in 1973, where the two are caught in a sweet moment as they look at each other.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog,
"My Father , my all .. November 27th his birth in the year 1907 .. Which makes it his 114th Anniversary .. He is in the heavens, with my Mother and they celebrate .. as do we , in thought word and deed .. (sic). But first."
He then posted the picture followed by elaborate paragraphs. The megastar wrote,
"Those rare moments when one would find himself rushing against the winds to prevent the distance between us and to close it down as soon as it can be. The day of my wedding and his expression of fulfilment to not just be in congratulation but instead to be in the face of a belief, a chime, an ultimate season of love and great passion, of the quarries of the fears and conditionings of these deprived gym routines kart ..(sic)". "This could have been unknown for long facilitating years, to give not expected versions and lastly large scale informations of the insides ; but as time passed by, as does now , they explained purposely, the values of education and similarity .. Be in peace and love .. (sic)",
the veteran actor concluded his note. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, actor, blog, birth anniversary, 114th birthday