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Ten-year-old Indian-Origin Girl Rhea wins ‘Child Genius 2016’ in UK

The ten-year-old Indian origin girl has been crowned as Britain's brightest child after she won a popular television quiz competition in the UK

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“It’s meant getting up early, going to sleep late, studying. It just feels really, really great,”
                                            Rhea after the win

Rhea, a schoolgirl from west London, correctly spelled the word ‘eleemosynary’, meaning charitable, to claim the title of ‘Child Genius 2016’ on August 2, after passing through four weeks of tough rounds in the competition.

Rhea now lives in UK with her family after she moved from the United States, six years ago. Rhea with six correct answers drew equal with her opponent Saffy on nine points as they entered the final head-to-head question round in the competition, reported PTI reports.

The ten-year-old Indian origin girl has been crowned as Britain’s brightest child after she won a popular television quiz competition in the UK.

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The move triggered some social media backlash against Sonal, who was branded as too “pushy”.

Child Genius winner Rhea with her parents. ‘The news that the clincher determining the award was the ability to spell “eleemosynary” reawakened an ancient sense of impotent fury’, writes Peter Roland. Image source: Channel 4
Child Genius winner Rhea with her parents. ‘The news that the clincher determining the award was the ability to spell “eleemosynary” reawakened an ancient sense of impotent fury’, writes Peter Roland. Image source: Channel 4

One Twitter comment read: “Rhea is such a smart young lady but her mother is shocking! This isn’t about you…”. “Rhea’s parents are ridiculously pushy, poor kid,” read another tweet.

According to the PTI reports, during her daughter’s 20 questions round – in which the five children were battling for a place in the final – Rhea’s answer to a Florence Nightingale question was rejected by quiz master Richard Osman.

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But her mum Sonal argued the question was too general and that her daughter’s answer was still correct.” Rhea loved doing it. The show gives them a chance to be with kids like them, to be in that room and feel normal,” Sonal said.

Earlier, Sonal had rejected concerns that programmes such as ‘Child Genius’ can put too much pressure on youngsters. The quiz show is hosted by Richard Osman, who described this year’s show as “the greatest final in the history of Child Genius”.

– prepared by Yajush Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: yajush_gupta

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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

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Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

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Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean