New Year Musings

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Today is Varsha Pratipada, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. It is also called  Yugadi ( first day of the era),  or Gudhi Padwa [here in Maharashtra].

Gudhis  are bamboo sticks with a coloured silk cloth and a garlanded metal vessel on top, symbolising victory.

A very interesting year has come to an end and now we look forward to what the coming one holds for us.

It promises to be an interesting one, too- particularly in the political sphere! Continue reading New Year Musings

Opening School Gates to Molesters

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“A 9-year-old girl studying in a BMC school at Govandi was allegedly molested in the school’s toilet by an unknown man on Thursday.

The 2nd standard student, who studies in the Urdu-medium section of Shivaji Nagar Mahapalika School, went to use the toilet at about 5.30 in the evening, half an hour before classes got over for the day.

According to her, a middle-aged man followed her in. He then put his hand on mouth to prevent her from shouting and then touched her inappropriately. While struggling to free herself, the girl managed to scream, alerting school staff who rushed in to see what had happened.

However, in the mean time, the man allegedly managed to escape.” Continue reading Opening School Gates to Molesters

Of Names and Identities

 

This morning’s  newspaper brought the interesting news that

“a 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother.

Apparently, Iceland has specific rules regarding what names can be given to a baby. There are 1,853 female names and 1712 male names that parents can choose from. Continue reading Of Names and Identities

Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?

Why are rapes taking place in Haryana with such alarming frequency??

According to the Haryana State Congress chief Phool Chand Mulana, the rape of 11 women in the last one month (is) a “conspiracy to malign the government.”

“Such incidents happened earlier also, we condemn them …but no accused has been protected and all the culprits have been extended… I can say that this could be a conspiracy.” Continue reading Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?