Michael Safi and agencies, report the following in the ‘The Guardian’ on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 under the caption “Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings”(https://www.theguardian.com/ world/2017/mar/21/ganges-and yamuna/)– The Ganges river, considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians, has become the first non- human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people. A court in… Read More Ganga and Yamuna, sanctifying rivers accorded living status
“Make the cow a national animal”, declared Maulana Syed Ashrad Madani, president of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. He said this not so much to buy peace as to bring sanity to the issue of beef eating. Both sides have misplaced priorities, and this is bad for our brains. Those who argue that minorities are being pampered should ask themselves, why then, in aggregate terms,… Read More The Holy Cow Debate
Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed grew up in a 460,000-square-foot palace in Riyadh, the son of one of the world’s wealthiest people. He ate meat, wore animal skin, and slept under goose down blankets. He also went on a trophy- hunting excursion in South Africa. The experience of killing those animals is something that he has never forgotten, and he now calls what he… Read More Saudi Prince on a Mission to Veganize the Middle East
Leandro Blanco, the acclaimed filmmaker with National Geographic who was in Kolkata to experience and document the Durga Puja, says it surpasses all festivals and carnivals he has witnessed around the world. Blanco told TOI the festival evoked the joy of celebrating life. “I have travelled all over the world and been to many celebrations, fiestas and rituals. But I have never… Read More Floored, Spanish director to ‘unveil’ Durga Puja to world
Shri Ashok Kapur/New Delhi writes in The Statesman, Kolkata, 30th April, 2017 under the caption ‘Discovery of Bharat–I’ as follows: The British were amazed to discover that this ancient land is dotted all over with priceless remains of several magnificent civilizations, dead and gone. Unhonoured and unsung, and, most tragically, undocumented. None of the ‘natives’ knew, or cared to notice and document when it… Read More English Deformers Awed by Magnificent Civilization
1.Chief Justice of India J S Khehar said on Wednesday that making strict laws was not sufficient to prevent crimes against women. Gender sensitization has to start from home (TNN–TOI Mar 9, 2017). He emphasized that the mindset of society had to change to ensure women enjoy equal status as men. ..“A man goes outside house… Read More Restoration of Hindu mind set– call of the hour
Vivek.Waghmode@timesgroup.com reports the following from Kolhapur, under the caption–“Padmavati” set in Maharastra torched, crew beaten up (The Times of India dated March 16, 2016): A group of 10-15 masked attackers torched the base camp of the sets of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much awaited movie, Padmavati at Masai plateau in Panhala taluka,35 km from here, around 1 am… Read More “Padmavati” – A deliberate distortion?