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Why US President Obama keeps Hindu God Hanuman totem in pocket? Find Out!

Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion

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U. S. President revealed the insides of his pocket. And a small statue of Hindu god Hanuman was one of the few totems that he carries in his pocket all the time, posted by Cape Code News on Youtube.

Lord Hanuman is a Hindu deity and devotee of Lord Rama. In Epic Ramayana, he participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana. He is also presented as the incarnation of Lord Shiva in several texts.

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The totems which Obama carries includes- rosary beads which Pope Francis gave him during his visit to the US in 2015; a tiny Buddha idol which was given by a monk; a silver poker chip that was once a lucky charm of a mustachioed biker in Iowa; and a small statue of Lord Hanuman, according to the CNN reports.

source: Youtube
source: Youtube

Obama said they reminded him of the people he met along the way, he further added that “I’m not that superstitious, so it’s not like I think I necessarily have to have them on me at all times.”

But he admitted that he find solace in the totems. 

“If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that’s something I can overcome, because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to affect them,” he said.

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Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion.

During his visit to India later this year, in 2016, President Obama showed a Hanuman’s idol to LK Advani’s daughter, Pratibha when she asked about his devotion towards the Hindu god at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Republic day.

Then, he delved in his pocket and took out a 4cm Hanuman’s statue that startled everyone.

In 200, the Economic Times reported that Obama the first-ever Black-American representative of a major US party for Presidential elections always keeps a gambler’s lucky chit, a bracelet belonging to an American soldier deployed in Iraq, a tiny monkey god and tiny Madonna and child.

In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama unveiled the fact that his step-father Lolo Soetoro introduced him to Lord Hanuman when he lived in Indonesia. He wrote, “There standing astride the road was a towering giant at least ten stories tall wth the body of a man and a face of an ape. That’s Hanuman, Lolo said as we circled the statue, the monkey-god. I turned around in my seat, mesmerized by the solitary figure, so dark against the sun, poised to leap into the sky as puny traffic swirled around his feet.”He’s a great warrior,” Lolo said firmly,”strong as a hundred men. when he fights the demons, he’s never defeated.”

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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Star ICC Asks Anonymous Accuser Of Sexual Assault Charges To Step Forward

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were "clear instructions" given to make the sales team fulfil the targets.

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#MeToo: Star India internal panel writes to anonymous accuser to come forward

The Internal Complaints Committee of Star India on Sexual Harassment (Star ICC) has written to the anonymous accuser — who had alleged “sexual exploitation” of women employees — asking her to reach out to the committee or its external member on allegations made by her in tweets.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Star ICC, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 said it had reached out to the accuser through two emails on the ID provided by her through her tweets. The committee’s external member is Veena Gowda, a Mumbai-based woman rights lawyer.

The accuser, who tweeted through handle @ApurvaS17 — saying she would remain anonymous — had made sexual harassment allegations against the company’s officials in an open letter.

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Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt.

Asked to comment on the allegations, a Star India spokesperson said in a statement that despite no response by the anonymous accuser to the messages sent, the Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy” in respect of the allegations.

“We strongly urge any genuine complainant to approach the Star ICC. At Star, we stand with women in drawing the line on any behaviour that violates human dignity or the ability for women to pursue their dreams with respect and freedom. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” read the statement in response to an email query by IANS.

It also said that the anonymous tweet shared on October 13 raised an allegation that “runs completely counter to everything we believe in and the norms and values that we deeply embrace.”

The statement further said: “Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt to malign and defame the reputation of the company and the CEO.” It said that Star reserves its right to initiate appropriate legal proceedings in this regard.

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The Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy.

The accuser in her tweets had said that the #MeToo movement had encouraged her to come forward and that she had quit her job at Star India in the Airtime Sales section after 26 months and nine days and was now a homemaker, “taking care of my baby and hubby in a beautiful country, far away from Mumbai.”

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were “clear instructions” given to make the sales team fulfil the targets in case they want to continue with their employment contract, “for which even if you have to take the clients to a hotel room and sleep with them for days.”

She said there were many instances when she and three of her female colleagues (interns) had clear instructions to reach a hotel after office hours for a private party hosted for influential friends.

Also Read: India’s Junior Foreign Minister M.J. Akbar Quits Following #MeToo Harassment Allegation By Women

She says the influential friends were “mostly bureaucrats and sometimes politicians and foreign nationals” who were “all ready to violate you, force you to dance against your wishes, drink with them, make drink(s) for them, exchange your numbers and even quietly accompany them to their respective rooms if they want you to”.

Veteran writer-director Vinta Nanda, who earlier this month accused actor Alok Nath of sexually violating her 19 years ago, wrote on Twitter: “I’m neither shocked nor surprised. I salute your courage to have come out and spoken out. The rot runs deep.” (IANS)