Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Internet Crackdown in the Valley for a Month

Chief Minister Mufti has officially banned internet services in the valley for a month. The order was issued by Home department on Wednesday saying all Internet services shall not be permitted to be transmitted for a period of one month.

The banning has taken place due to the increasing misuse of Facebook, Twitter etc, for posting objectionable content and spreading dissatisfaction among public against the state administration and security forces, and disturbing peace and tranquility in the Kashmir. The govt. claims that the anti-national and inimical elements have largely succeeded in spreading unverified, questionable and inflammatory content through Social Media. Social Media apps such as Whatsapp, Reddit, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Skype, Viber, Line, Google+, Baidu, Youtube etc have been banned.

The ban doesn’t come up as a surprise because this isn’t the first time internet services have been banned in Kashmir. In 2008, PDP govt. banned SMS services. Internet mobile services (2G,3G) are already banned in Kashmir since April 17 after mass student protests were reported all across Kashmir. This month the valley has woken up to fresh violence fanned by several video clips which purportedly show human rights abuse by security forces including the use of a Kashmiri man as a human shield. Dozens of pictures of young girls seen pelting stones at CRPF jawans have gone viral on Social Media and they have become the face of protests in Kashmir.


It is true the biggest source of mobilization to the militants is social media and Whatsapp. Will banning social media curb anti-social and militant activities in the valley? Was there no better short term strategy Mufti could come up with? What if the banning leads to something more adverse? Lets hope for the best. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

THE GIRL YOU LEFT

The girl you left
Like a shipwreck in the middle of the storm
Drowned a thousand times
For a single breath of air
Swam through riptides and hurricanes
And lived to become
The Queen of the Sea
A woman with the abruptness of upturning waves
The empress of All-that-could-go-wrong-and-did.
The lips that parted once to
Taste the magic YOU made everyday
Do not belong to you anymore.
A hundred years later:
YOU will wake up with a mouth full of drought
The sand will replace your skin
The ocean will blind your eyes
You will clutch your vivace heart
Panting her name.
And you will fall and fall and fall.
You will scribble HELP on the shore
Without any rescue boat or life vest
No airplane will fly above your head
What will become of you then?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

WHERE TO ADOPT A CAT FROM IN DELHI NCR

I really don't understand why people have prejudices when it comes to adopting cats. Cats are as cute and lovable as dogs. Cats teach all of us a little something about confidence and attitude which, let's face it, dogs cannot. There are a hundred reasons you should adopt a cat but if you are reading this you already want to adopt one but don't know where from and how, I am here to help you.

There are these three reliable organizations I can vouch for if you are looking to adopt cats. They are 

1) FRIENDICOES

They have been here for a long time now, helping the strays and the abandoned pets. Very reliable. The adoption process is easy. To adopt you can write them to adoption@friendicoes.org or connect with them on Facebook. 

2) EVERYTHING MEOW

Although it is still a personal blog on Facebook, it's mission is to find every cat a human friend. They help to connect abandoned and rescued cats and kittens in the Delhi NCR region with permanent, adoptive or in some cases foster parents. So you can get in touch with them even if you just want to foster a feline for a couple of weeks or months. 
They have been awarded The Best cat Community & Blog 2016 by Pet Fed India. They keep making regular cat adoption updated on their Facebook page. 
Like them on Facebook, text them there or email at everythingmeow.contact@gmail.com
Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/indiaeverythingmeow/?ref=br_rs

3) SANJAY GANDHI ANIMAL CARE CENTER

SGACC is India's oldest and Delhi's largest all-animal shelter. It is Asia's largest hospital cum shelter facility and home to over 3000 animals at any time. Their primary mission is to provide sick, wounded and abandoned animals with food, shelter, medication, kindness, safety and love for as long as they need it. You sure are to find a lot of cats here ready for adoption. 
Contact details: Emailsgacc1980@gmail.com
Website link: http://www.sanjaygandhianimalcarecentre.org/index.html#

PS: DO NOT QUIKR if you want to adopt cats or any animal for that matter. 

Have fun being a cat parent. Meow. 


Monday, 20 March 2017

YOGI-YUG IN UP

Meet the new CM of UP- Yogi Adityanath. 
A surprise and controversial CM pick by BJP, Yogi ji, has been MP from Gorakhpur for five consecutive years since 1998. A man clad in Saffron, the star campaigner for the BJP has a very notorious image of a hatemonger. He's a yogi and a politician and the founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini which is a Militant Youth Organization known for its violent activities, charged by police in MAU riots and Gorakhpur riots in UP.
Yogi Adityanath has been called a propagator of hardcore Hinduvta so much so that in 2005 he led a purification drive which involved the conversion of Christians to Hinduism. He accused Mother Teresa of converting Hindus to Christians. He has been repeatedly accused of promoting communal disharmony in UP and rightly so. He shared the stage with a speaker who asked people to dig graves of Muslim women and rape their corpses. His hate speeches are now going viral. He even compared Shah Rukh Khan to the Mumbai carnage mastermind Hafiz Saeed. He is also a supporter of Trump's Muslim ban. No wonder why many Muslims, Christians and secular Hindus who voted for the BJP for development are disappointed and let down.
These are things that trouble me. I have an objection to polarization and divide of any kind. Is this the kind of bent of mind we expect from a member of parliament and now the CM? There is a lot of negative opinion about him and for apparent reasons. The fear that his growth in power is a disaster for peace and pluralism in India is understandable. But let's hope that the responsibilities and opportunities of high office would make him act responsibly and not treat elected office as an opportunity to spread communism and hatred to spread fear and disorder. Time will tell.