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Women in Iran protest a legal ruling that forbids them to ride Bicycles in Public

Women have been encouraged to post images and videos on a social media and on a website called My Stealthy Freedom

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Women throughout Iran are protesting a legal ruling forbidding them from riding bicycles in public — by riding their bikes in public. The ruling, or fatwa, was issued Sept. 10 by the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. But that’s not the end of the protest. Since the fatwa was delivered, women in Iran have taken….repubhubembed{display:none;}


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#EbobmeetsBeyonce: Singer Beyonce Knowles used video calling app FaceTime to connect with young cancer patient Ebony Banks

Knowles, who has five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with her husband Jay Z and is pregnant with twins, learnt about Banks's dream to meet her through her school friends

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Singer Beyonce Knowles attends the Tidal X: 1015 benefit concert, hosted by Tidal and the Robin Hood Foundation, at the Barclays Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP), VOA

Los Angeles, March 24, 2017: Singer Beyonce Knowles used video calling app FaceTime to connect with young cancer patient Ebony Banks, after a social media campaign under the hashtag #EbobmeetsBeyonce grabbed her attention.

Beyonce surprised the teenager, who has been battling with a rare form of the disease, with a video call on Wednesday, because it has always been her lifelong dream to meet her “idol”, reports usmagazine.com.

Speaking to KHOU channel about her last wish, Banks, who is also known as Ebob, said: “She’s (Beyonce) like my everything and my idol. And if I ever met her, I would probably pass out.”

Knowles, who has five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with her husband Jay Z and is pregnant with twins, learnt about Banks’s dream to meet her through her school friends, who started the campaign on social media. (IANS)

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Kalash of Pakistan: The only Pagan Minority Community in Islamic Republic is under Threat

The Kalash community is believed to be descendants of Alexander the Great and his troops who invaded Kalash

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From the higher Rumbur valley of Pakistan, the Kalash community is a traditional sect of pagan people from North-West Pakistan with a rich, yet threatened culture. A place which is certainly cut off from the rest of the nation, Rumbur valley has no electricity or newspapers and no phone networks. They have one thing in abundance, which is militancy.

There are numerous reasons as to why the Kalashis are under threat, and one of them is Paganism. They worship one ‘creative God’ as refuse to accept Islam while the rest of Pakistan constitutes Muslims. And because they call everyone else Pakistani (despite the fact that they too belong to Pakistan), this community is too prone to sudden violence by Muslims. The security is heightened in the valley, especially during the Kalash festival Joshi, celebrated on the onset of Spring, mentioned voa.com reports.

A young Kalashi girl. Image source: albumofuniverse.blogspot.com
A young Kalashi girl. Image source: albumofuniverse.blogspot.com

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People wear traditional clothes, beat drums and sing traditional songs, drink wine and make merry under this liberating sky. The concern for security or disapproval from other communities doesn’t lessen their celebrations. The ‘Chilam Joshi’ festival is a four-day festival that starts from the Rumber Valley and ends at Bhamboriyat.

A group of Kalashis during the Joshi festival. Image source: thekalashatimes.wordpress.com
A group of Kalashis during the Joshi festival. Image source: thekalashatimes.wordpress.com

Military forces create another trouble across the valley. After every few metres can be found a militant from the ATS to secure the foreign tourists from majorly Taliban; abductions were common here a few years ago. After recent earthquakes and other calamities, the Kalash community highly depends on tourism for an earning. Cattle and livestock or agricultural activities cannot be held here, reported voa.com.

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Conversion is a recurring problem for people belonging to this community. Many women convert from Kalash to Muslim or others after marriage, and men often accept Islam to reach their material goals. Another major reason for conversion is usually that Kalash is an ‘expensive’ culture- where ethnic clothes, weddings and funerals are expensive. The newer generation doesn’t want to learn about their group, they are not interested in learning their traditional songs.

The Kalash community is believed to be descendants of Alexander the Great and his troops who invaded Kalash. They are fairer people with bright coloured eyes, as opposed to comparatively darker skinned Pakistanis. There are not more than 3500 Kalashis in Rumbur and Chitral in total, and they are under constant threat of Taliban.

– prepared by Chetna Karnani, at NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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One response to “Kalash of Pakistan: The only Pagan Minority Community in Islamic Republic is under Threat”

  1. The Kalash of Pakistan may become the next Yazidi.

    Any genuine and distinctive minority in the World is under threat. Empires, whether Communist, Islam, British or Roman, or the Social Engineering Indian Republic are a threat to spirituality and cultural identity. Islam is an overt, self declared and vicious threat to all who are outside its intestines. That is the very proclamation of this “religion” in the Quran and the Hadiths.

    I might add, as just a few out of myriad examples, that Sabarimala, the Jalykattu, Kohlapur Mahalakshmi, Shaneeshwara Temple and the Brahmin way of life are being eradicated by the Indian Republic and its vicious Constitution, ugly laws a confiscation of other people’s property and religious freedoms, and, even more vicious courts.

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