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Hinglaj Mata temple is in Pakistan near Karachi. Here are some devotees. These kids are bonded labourers who work on the farms of the feudal lords in Pakistan. It is sad that kids are even today in bonded labor. How the feudal lords (fundamentalist in their own right) treat Hindu poor kids is beyond imagination.
I,nevertheless, loved the extremely expressive faces of these kids with innocence showing so clearly!
For children, it is great fun – especially for Thari children who remain confined to agricultural farms where many of them work as bonded labourers the whole year round.
Given their precarious social position in a feudal-dominated system, many of them will never be able to return to Hinglaj for a long time. But they can cherish the memory. (Pic courtesy: BBC)
Significance of Hinglaj Temple….
Hinglaj is a Hindu holy place, about 120Km NE of Karachi, on the Hingol
river in the Makran. The reputation of Hinglaj as a holy place precedes
the Arab invasion and the advent of Sufism to the Sindh region.
It is not going well for Arjun Singh and his cronies .. is it? First the Supreme Court gives its verdict to stay the OBC admissions and now when the minister goes to JNU – the hot bed of Leftists and the most sympathetic place for such laws.. and gets BOO-ED!! Serves this bastard right!! How I wish someone could give Dr. Manmohan Singh also a piece of their mind.. for playing such divisive politics and then justifying it!!
Whenever I have looked at the American "Democracy", I have thanked God (or whoever) that India is a BETTER democracy! One of the most foundational principle of a democracy is independence of the three branches: Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary, such that there are adequate checks and balances on each. Well.. US doesn’t even pretend to have the any modicum of that independence! Just as the last 8 years have amply shown – the Executive is the king and Legislature and Judiciary live at his pleasure.. literal pleasure!! In India, despite the rampant corruption in our judiciary, the Supreme Court has redeemed itself AND the country from several embarrasing and highly political sell-outs time and again! Here is Supreme Court intervening again.. and setting a proper legal context to this highly political debate…. but the Executive is not to be easily controlled.. however, THANK GOD Indian Cabinet does NOT have the purging powers that the US President has – if the Judiciary doesnt toe its line!!
Virginia is "sorry" for its role in slavery. Well… making such meaningless statements is one… being prepared to reflect that mindset is another. Remember this is the state where George Allen represented in the last elections for Senate and lost by just a little.. and he was the one who became famous for the "Macaca" remarks on an Indian person. Well this is the state where he ran for Senate nevertheless and almost won! Apology my foot!
Remember we talked about discrimination against the Hindus yesterday?
According to the law, when one embraces Islam, there is no provision that allows him to take another religion or go back to his former religion,
Here is another example from Malaysia. All those who shout hoarse about religious freedom.. ought to get up now. This is absolute bottom when it comes to religious independence!
Two siblings of ethnic Indian origin claiming to be Hindus have demanded that Malaysian authorities change their religion on their birth certificates that show them as Muslims.
We have been talking of the racism that Shilpa Shetty faced recently on the Big Brother Show.
She shouted “Go back to your country!”
But, what about the racism that others, and even insiders, face IN INDIA by the Indians? Tarquin blogs on such experiences… It is easy to not notice such obvious things which we have all seen, and perhaps guilty of ourselves in India! What do you say?
A few days ago, I had to renew my Indian visa and found myself standing in line in the appropriate Delhi ministry behind a Nigerian. When it came his turn to approach the ‘incharge’ and make his application, the treatment he received was shocking.
Oprah Winfrey has started a school in South Africa which is going to educate many little girls and provide them a future that they never could dream of. Great gesture.
What I found intriguing is that it cost her $40 million and counting! That is quite a lot for a school in that part of the world! Anyways she is doing her best there. She recounted – in tonight’s Anderson Coopers program – the time when Quincy Jones talked to her when she got the contract for her program – the famous Oprah Winfrey Show and told her:
“Your future is so bright that my eyes are burning”! That is what she said to the girls of the school!
A student at IIT Bombay in Powai killed himself by hanging! Why? He couldn’t cope with the study load and the exams there at the IIT. Fact: He was a student who got in through the reserved seats category. He was an average student who happened to be at IIT due to his caste as opposed to his merit!
I feel I could not make it because of the backlog of exams that I need to clear. But I want to thank all my professors who helped me immensely and I am sorry for causing all these things.
This is an interesting story of how Black Entrepreneurs are so conscious of their image and their race when they deal because they assume that there will be discrimination! Yes, there is a perception gap and I feel part of that has to do with the media and partly with the Black community itself!
Yes, America has racism.. but those who crib about its racism have not gone to Europe or Australia where racism takes a whole different dimension! US is as good as it gets to tolerance on race as it can possibly come in the Western world.
Read these statements – who do you think is saying these? Here this guy is asking why the Muslim leaders and the celebrities did not come out to condemn the Jehadi Islam and also collect moneys for the displaced Kashmiri Hindus? Who is this guy?
The biggest one was the recent one — July 11. I was extremely perturbed because (despite) whatever I had been told by the so-called leaders, those leaders have not come out against these bomb blasts, or the carnage of tourists in Srinagar. They have not come out in support of the Kashmiri Pandits living in refugee camps.