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Devouring the unpalatable to survive, mud now an addiction for Jharkhand farmer

Jan 21: The revelation that a farmer from Jharkhand Karu Paswan has subsisted on mud since he was eleven to stave of poverty is shocking and brings to the fore how the underprivileged in the country are compelled to find ways and means just for their survival. Karu Paswan has now developed a liking for mud which has turned into an addiction of sorts and his mature age of 99 in which he is fit and strong makes many wonder whether the secret to his long life is the consumption of the filth as is commonly referred to by the advantaged classes. . The fact that Karu has been consuming mud since he was 11 prompts one to ponder over the fact how people can go to any extent to fulfill their hunger.

Though Karu Paswan is fit and healthy even after eating mud which in common parlance is often labelled as dirt, it does not necessarily mean that such habits should be encouraged. There are weird reports in India even today of the deprived surviving on leaves which are not commonly eaten and even grasses and weeds. Bizarre instances of the starving, eating fruits unfit for consumption have also come to the fore. While India boasts of many technological accomplishments and grand progress made on the economic front both the rural as well as the urban poor continue to be victims of a system where their voice is seldom heard. Before every election political outfits make significant electoral promises for the voters especially the poor who form the bulk of the electorate only to forget the pledges once in power.

It is high time that the people at the helm of affairs give a serious thought to the progress of the underprivileged class who can go to any extent to consume food unfit for human consumption for satisfying their hunger and fulfilling the demands of the family. Karu Paswan took to eating mud as he had a large family to feed. Such a pathetic tale should goad the politicians to review their strategy about the welfare of the poor and not rely merely on publicity stunts.


Government order to restrict benefits to armed fotces personnel slammed

December 4:A section of army personnel are peeved by the decision of the centre to cap the educational aid to children of matyrs at Rs10,000 a month.Following the move,the government hopes to restrict the flow of funds from the government exchequer by Rs 400 crores, a sum considered a pittance againt the backdrop of the immense sa rifices of soldiers in safeguarding the country from malevolent forces.

Terming the order as draconian an officer who served in a senior position in the Indian Army observed that such a measure would have a demoralizing effect on the armed forces and discourage youth from joining the army.

Speaking to exoticecho.com from Delhi the veteran army personnel said that the defence ministry should immediately revoke the order so that the interest of soldiers are not compromised with.He slammed the bureacrats for misleading the government and appealed to the defence minister to reconsider the order

Sources close to the BJP leadership in New Delhi did not rule out the possibility of a rollback of the order if pressure kept on mounting from personnel of the armed forces.

Another top serving official explained that there existed a subtle covenant between the establishment and army personnel under which a soldier would lay down his life for the country under the assurance that the government would take sufficient care of his next of kith and kin in his absence.The government was violating the bond by this unfortunate step.

Ironically the government order comes at a time when the nation is observing a week devoted in highlighting the supreme sacrifices of armed forces personnel and creating public awareness about the need to stand by them.


Great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi snubs Rahul Gandhi on comments about RSS in open letter

Dear Mr. Rahul Gandhi,

Gandhiji was my great grandfather. He was assassinated by Mr. Nathuram Godse.

Many inquiry commissions have researched the case and none has implicated the RSS.

My grandfather Ramdas Gandhi wrote to the then Home Minister, Sardar Patel to spare Mr. Godse the capital punishment.

Our family had moved on even then... but...just for your information..when Ramdas Gandhi lay dying in Mumbai (1969), Mr. Gopal Godse, the younger brother of Mr. Nathuram Godse did pay him a visit.

So as it stands, this issue is squarely in the past and my family has moved on........

My humble suggestion -- your folks who own Congress (I) and your goodself...should move on AND QUIT milking the name of Gandhi and this issue for YOUR SELFISH BENEFITS.

Have the magnanimity to accept the verdicts of the various commissions. To keep harping that the RSS killed Gandhi is akin to saying the Sikhs killed your GRANDMOTHER ... which would be such a petty falsehood is not it?

A couple of guys do not make for a community.... So please stop charade stop this opportunistic usage of the Gandhi name.


Feroze Gandhi was in reality Feroze Khan, son of a Gujarati Pathan Nawab Khan of Junagadh and his wife was a Parsi who had converted to Islam.

Your grandmother Indira was also a Muslim having converted to Islam to marry Feroze.

You are a mixture of Muslim and Christian.

There is no Rahul or Gandhi in you. YOU are nowhere close to being a HINDU but a combination of MUSLIM/CATHOLIC DNA - with due respect to all the communities.

I am putting this in the public domain as someone from the Gandhi family has to call your bluff. Stop fooling people, you are no Gandhi.

- Krishna Kulkarni

Big jolt to TMC; Veteran leader Mukul Roy Joins BJP

New Delhi, Nov 3: In a significant political development that could have considerable ramifications in the political scenario of West Bengal, Mukul Roy, once a close confidante of Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee joined the saffron brigade on Thursday. Earlier Roy had resigned from the Trinamool party following a series of incidents that had reduced him to a virtual non entity in the political outfit.

Roy a founder member of the party was known for his organizational skills in mobilizing party workers and utilizing them to good effect during the time of electoral activities.

Roy joined the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. Sources close to the top BJP leadership told exoticecho.com that the veteran’s inclusion in the party would give the much needed fillip to the West Bengal unit of the BJP.

Roy was suspended from the Trinamool for six years in the wake of his revelation that he would quit the party in October. After the TMC decided to strip Roy of the various positions he enjoyed, the veteran TMC leader relinquished his Rajya Sabha membership and resigned from the TMC earlier this month.

Some political observers feel that Roy’s decision to join the BJP could put the TMC in an awkward position as he was once considered the second most important leader in the party next to Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee while others are of the opinion that Roy’s decision to join the saffron brigade could force Mamata to chalk out a strategy to offset this development.

A senior leader in the TMC told exoticecho.com that though the TMC is claiming that Mukul’s decision to quit the party could have little or no impact on the functioning of the TMC, it could in effect be jittery about this abrupt turn of events.

By Anjishnu BIswas

Congress MLA wants cow to be acknowledged as National Animal to prevent social misgivings

April 11: In a significant development a Congress MLA in Gujarat has urged that the cow ought to be acknowledged as a national animal and a law should be ordained to prohibit cow slaughter throughout the nation.

"What stops the BJP from bringing a law banning cow slaughter in states like Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, West Bengal and Goa?" a statement citing Dariyapur MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh revealed in Ahmedabad.

"As per the Hindu belief, 33 crore gods and goddesses reside in the body of a cow, and therefore the BJP government should declare it as a national animal," Shaikh asserted. He also censured the BJP’s tactics of taking advantage of the cow to divide society.

He observed that while the Congress government led by Chimanbhai Patel was the first to introduce the law prohibiting the slaughter of cow in Gujarat, the BJP government revised the act twice but has taken no measures to aid sustain cows.

"Gujarat BJP government sold off grazing land to industrialists, forcing cows to roam on the road and eat plastic garbage. BJP government gives no fund to cow shelter homes. BJP is only trying to polarise votes in the name of cows," he further stated.

Articulating his disgust over the means in which people are being slain in the name of cows, Gyasuddin revealed, "Muslims respect Hindu religious sentiments and do not indulge in slaughtering cows. But police declare they have seized beef even without FSL test which hurts Hindu religious sentiments. Police should understand the sensitive nature of the issue."

"The way people are killed by groups in the name of cows is a serious matter...even when our Constitution gives us right to food and follow our religion in our own way, but Muslims still do not indulge in cow slaughter in order not to hurt Hindu religious sentiments," he as well stated.

Shaikh disclosed there are numerous Muslims who are engaged in nurturing cows and have even been acknowneldged for their work by the state government as well as the Swaminarayan Gurukul.


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