Sunday, July 5, 2015

Delivering the waterwheel to rural India - Inspirational story

Read this inspirational story below and if you feel yourself indebted towards this backdrop/destitute of rural India, who are dying of thirst. Please, Please, Please CONTRIBUTE.

At the end, the whole process to contribute something to this cause is given, if anyhow you can't afford contributing your part, please do share so that some others can.

Excerpts from the cause listed on Ketto Organisation's site.

In 2011 Max Chandra embarked on a journey of a lifetime. An ambitious 12,000km walk through India. It challenged him physically and emotionally and tested his resolve and passion in showing that one person can make a difference no matter what obstacles they may face. On the 1st November 2011 Max took the first step of his epic walk through each of India’s 29 states to learn of the country that he loves and to service some of the India’s underprivileged people that live from hand to mouth in abject poverty. During his walk Max initiated 6 humanitarian projects in 5 states of India that served over 3,000 individuals. In early 2013 his efforts gianed recognition from 'Real Icons of Change', a lecture series conceived by 'Social Access' and the Times Now TV show, 'Amazing Indians'. After walking 6,186km through 15 states Max’s walk came to an abrupt halt. In September 2013 he was struck by a heart attack thatt has taken him the best part of 18months to recover from . And, having now recovered, he is ready to continue his service to India's underprivilage with his new project - The Waterwheel.


The Project : The Waterwheel
delivering the waterwheel to rural India
delivering the waterwheel to rural India

This is a waterwheel. Its purpose, as its name suggests, is to be filled with water and wheeled from the water source to where the water is needed. Simple. And in its simplicity it has two other huge benefits. First, it eliminates the physical strain and the risk of serious injury for the water carrier from carrying a jug or pot filled with water on the head, day after day, year after year – as tradition dictates. Secondly, it carries 45litres of water at a time, that’s four times more than a traditional pot or jug. This translates to the water carrier also gaining the gift of time. Time to perform other tasks within his/her community, at work, in education or to follow another dream that would otherwise remain just that, a dream. The waterwheel is a life changer for millions of people. And some traditions are meant to be broken. Right here and Right now.


How to contribute to the cause?

Go to this link Max Chandra Page.

Waterwheel to rural India
Waterwheel to rural India

Click on Contribute now button, A window with the amount you wish to contribute will appear.
Enter the amount there.
Delivering waterwheel contribution page
Delivering waterwheel contribution page

Click Contribute Now after entering the amount.
You will be redirected to the payment page, enter the payment details and you are done.
Please do share this cause of delivering water to thirsty rural Indians.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

An open letter to Narendra Modi by TV actress Shruti Seth

Shruti Seth, an Indian television, VJ and film actress, best known for her role as Fatima "Fatty" in Fanaa (2006) with Aamir Khan and Kajol. She starred in Tara Rum Pum, produced by Yash Raj Films and made an appearance in Prakash Jha's film Raajneeti in 2010. 
As a model she did several commercials including Clean and Clear moisturiser, TATA Home Finance, Ponds Talc, Frooti, Lifebuoy Soap, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, LG, Airtel, Mrs. Marino Hair Softener, Stayfree Secure, Dominos etc.

But what made her trend across social media is her tweet Hashtag #selfieobsessed. Most probably referring to Prime Minister and for this she had been challenged and been questioned by social media all around the world. To which she later tweeted

I had made an unsavoury comment about our Prime Minister by calling him - gasp - ‪#‎selfieobsessed‬ and asking him to choose reform over gimmickry. Was I wrong? Was I too harsh?.

This led to furious otrage against her by the Narendra Modi's Followers who like always started abusing her on the social network platform twitter.
To which Shruti Seth wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is now regarded as the first tight slapt to the #AndhBhakts or #BlindFollowers of Modi.

A little note to India,
I write this to an entire nation because no one individual can be held responsible for bringing about change in the mindset of a billion odd people. Change can only happen if there is awareness at an individual level.
On the morning of 28th June, I made the grave mistake of expressing my views on an initiative called #selfiewithdaughter which had been blessed by our PM. Most people found it to be a sweet gesture and a means to create awareness about female infanticide. I, sadly, didn’t find the idea very palatable. Keep in mind that I have an eleven-month daughter of my own. But I expect more from the man who’s supposed to usher in a new era of change, not just tenuous surface-level initiatives.
I then made a graver mistake of posting this opinion on Twitter. So not only did I dare to think, I also dared to place my thoughts in the public domain.
And then, at the risk of sounding overly-Shakespearean, the floodgates of hell opened. I was subjected to a tsunami of hate tweets. 48 hours of non stop trolling. The tweets were targeted at me, my family, my ‘Muslim’ husband, my 11 month old daughter and, of course, my non-existent, dwindling, no-good career as an actor.
I had made an unsavoury comment about our Prime Minister by calling him – *gasp* – #selfieobsessed and asking him to choose reform over gimmickry. Was I wrong? Was I too harsh? Apparently, for those who support him and the ruling government, unquestioningly so. I, as a member of the tax-paying electorate of India, did not have the right to comment on his policy. I had dared to challenge his authority. I had abused the highest office of the country (which is the President, by the way).
And so I deserved to be punished. And punished In a manner commensurate with the vitriol that the anonymity & access of Twitter so easily provide.
Men and women alike said the most vile things about me, stripping me of all my dignity as someone’s daughter, wife and mother and most importantly a woman. Men who were busy hash-tagging their selfies with their daughters one minute called me slanderous names the next. Asked me if I knew who my real father was. Questioned if I had been sexually abused as a child and hence was opposed to the idea of a selfie with my father. And these are the relatively polite ones. Well done, gentlemen. Your daughters must be so proud.
Women, who are meant to empower each other, asked me if I was a prostitute and if I was planning on doing the same with my daughter. Whether I was trying to gain some fame and resurrect my failed career by using the prime minister’s name. I shudder to think of the deep respect your sons will have for the opposite sex.
So here’s the thing. What is the point of taking selfies with your girls when you’re also responsible for creating the most toxic environment for them to grow up in? How will taking a photograph nullify the misogyny and patriarchy that is so deeply entrenched in our society? Why bother to increase the number of girls being born when you choose to treat them with such indignity and disrespect?
All those who trolled me incessantly for forty eight hours, did you for once stop and think that I, too, am someone’s daughter? Did you ever ask yourselves how you’d feel if it were your daughter at the receiving end of all that hate? I’m guessing the answer is a big, resounding “No”. Because, you know, you were too busy pouting for the camera & getting ‘likes’ and ‘RT’s to your #selfiewithdaughter.
As for our esteemed PM, I have this to say to him:
Dear Sir,
If you truly wish to empower women I urge you to condemn this kind of hatred being spread in your name.
Regretfully, I deleted my initial tweet because of the backlash. But I stand by what I said and I’ll reiterate it here: “Selfies don’t bring about change, reform does. So please try and be bigger than a photograph. Come on!”
And as for my initial reservation about the initiative being nothing more than eyewash, I am deeply saddened to see that, in the end, I was proved right.
Touché!

One day symbolic fast during Ramadan by Ex SC Judge Markandey Katju and other non muslims

An initiative by Ex Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju to keep one day symbolic fast to bring communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims, during the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims keeps fast for whole month of Ramadan.

Here is what Markandey Katju had to say on his sysmbolic 'roza' and 'vrat' initiative.
Why do I keep one day roza ?
4.7.2015, Fremont, California
It is 3.40 a.m. and I am about to do my sehri ( breakfast during Ramzan ).
Why do I, a confirmed atheist, keep one day symbolic roza during every Ramzan, and appeal to non Muslims to do the same, while also appealing to non Hindus to keep one day Navratri fast ?
My answer : It is one dose of the antidote to the communal poison which was injected into us since 1857.
I have already mentioned that communalism was injected into us by the British since 1857. after the Great Mutiny.
By 1857 communalism had almost entirely disppeared in India. Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully like brothers, and helped each other in times of distress.The letters of Mirza Ghalib to his Hindu friends Hargopal Tofta, Shiv Narain Aram, etc attest to the great affection between the two communities upto 1857.
In 1857 the Great Mutiny broke out, in which Hindus and Muslims jointly fought against the British. After suppressing the Mutiny the British decided that the only way to control India was divide and rule ( see online ' History in the Service of Imperialism ' by B.N. Pandey, and my article ' The Truth about Pakistan ' online and on justicekatju.blogspot.in ).
After 1857 the British policy of divide and rule came from the British Govt. in London to the British authorities in India. B.N. Pande's speech refers to many of such letters.
All communal riots start after 1857. The British Collector would secretly call the Hindu Pandit, give him some money, and tell him to start speaking against Muslims, and similarly, he would call the Muslim Maulvi, give him money, and tell him to start speaking against Hindus.
Agent provocateurs were hired to incite communal hatred e.g. by playing loud music before mosques during namaz time, and throwing carcasses of cows at night in Hindu temples, and writing on the wall 'Allaho Akbar '..
This poison was injected into our body politic year after year, decade after decade. In 1909 the Minto Morley 'Reforms' provided for separate electorates for Hindus and Muslims.
These, and many other steps, aggravated by Gandhi and Jinnah, loyal stooges of the British, led inevitably to Partition in 1947.
Even after 1947 certain wicked vested interests have been inciting communal hatred. among us.
Now the time has come to administer the antidote.
This antidote cannot be administered in one single injection. Several doses will be required, and over several years. The poison which has been systematically injected into us for 158 years will not be neutralized by a single shot. The antidote has to be administered again and again for over a decade.
This symbolic one day roza by non Muslims, just like one day vrat by non Hindus, will be a dose of that antidote, though, as I have said, many doses will be required to get rid of the poison completely

An Extraordinary journey to realize the inner strength led to a feat in aviation history

At 62 years of age, Swiss Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg has made aviation history with a record breaking solo flight across the Pacific that he has called "an interior journey".
After travelling more than 8,000km on the latest leg of the round-the-world trip, he arrived in Hawaii on Friday. His Pacific flight from Japan totalled 118 hours, almost five full days, smashing the previous record for the longest nonstop solo flight of 76 hours and 45 minutes set by US adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006.

The Swiss pilot's arduous journey was by no means in the lap of luxury.
It’s minus 20 degrees celsius, and you are at the height of Mount Everest. In 12 hours it will be plus 40 degrees and you will have repressurised to below 3,000m, only to repeat this cycle for five days! How do you survive?
For the pilots of Solar Impulse, the lifesaving techniques can be found in the asanas and pranayams of yoga. Working with Sanjeev Bhanot, a professional yoga trainer with over 20 years professional experience, André Borschberg has been able to address the difficulties of warming the body with little available oxygen, and cooling the body in the heat of the sun.
"Among these technical innovations of Solar Impulse is the calm of yoga, including a modified sun salutation," said André Borschberg. "Sanjeev’s training in collaboration with Hirslanden Clinics has given us the best preparation for the upcoming challenge, and his expertise has been invaluable in finding practical solutions within the constraints of the cockpit."

Andre Borschberg Cockpit Yoga
Si2’s single seater cockpit acts as a yoga mat – no need at all for carry-on luggage for pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. The seat has been specifically designed to be lowered into a horizontal position, providing enough space for the pilot to fully stretch out. Sanjeev has been able to train with André to identify other points in the cockpit that the pilots can use to push against and support themselves during the flights of up to 120 hours.

His plane runs on solar power alone, so its weight had to be kept to a minimum.

Borschberg flew alone in a cockpit where he could only sit or lie down, and slept for intervals of 20 minutes with a vibrating armband waking him up in case of an anomaly.

Before taking off, the pilot said that this journey would be an "extraordinary occasion to discover myself".

Indeed the journey was extraordinary which led Andre Borschberg write a new chapter in aviation history, but who is the man behind Andre Borschberg who let the Borschberg touch this feat. The Yoga instructor who taught the psychologist Andre Borschberg to believe in the inner strength which can overcome any turbulence and uneasiness outside from his customized yoga Asanas, Pranayams specially tailored for the pilot and meditation which constantly kept fuelling the pilot for as long as 118 hours in air.

Here is a short bio of Sanjeev Bhanot from his blog.

From a small desert town called Dungargarh in Rajasthan to the alpine slopes of Switzerland, it has been a long but beautiful journey for Sanjeev Bhanot, Founder, YogaLife Foundation.
Sanjeev facilitates progressive yogic wisdom through dynamic asanas, pranayams, lectures and reflective actions.
As a little boy, Sanjeev frequent interactions with the mystics of Dungargarh introduced him to yoga at the tender age of five. Sanjeev has been spreading the magic of yoga throughout the world for almost 16 years now. In 1990, Sanjeev earned a degree in Biology and Chemistry (BSc) and learned traditional Naturopathy in Delhi. Since 1992, Sanjeev has worked as a professional yoga trainer/therapist.
The pleasant aura that surrounds him is testimony to years of practice devoted to understanding physiology and psychology of the human body. His knowledge of the human anatomy gives him an edge while teaching yoga asana. Sanjeev’s yoga transforms the way you look at life, making you more positive, healthy and totally empowered.
Sanjeev is working in Switzerland, India, USA, UK, Italy, France and Germany. He has been working with international organizations like the UN, World Bank, UNHCR, the World Meteorological Organization, Proctor & Gamble, Nokia/Siemens, Microsoft and Deutsche Bank.
Today, he is presenting yoga sessions on Indian national television and he is running the YogaLife studio in Delhi. He is the principle designer of special programmes, such as couples yoga, facial yoga, kids yoga, sports yoga and corporate yoga. He is also the lead designer and implementer of the regular YogaLife teachers training programme.

UPSC 2014 exam results, girls hold the top 4 positions, complete results list

UPSC 2014 exam results, girls hold the top 4 positions
UPSC 2014 exam results, girls hold the top 4 positions













UPSC Civil Services 2014 examination results are out, girls hold the first 4 positions.
This result of UPSC creates history with first four rank holders being girls and first among boys holds the 5th position.

List of Top 50 ranker of Civil Services Examination 2014.
S.NO. ROLL NO NAME
1 497480 IRA SINGHAL
2 030694 RENU RAJ
3 003241 NIDHI GUPTA
4 033399 VANDANA RAO
5 655142 SUHARSHA BHAGAT
6 434671 CHARUSREE T
7 519805 LOK BANDHU
8 149709 NITISH K
9 564786 ASHISH KUMAR
10 005630 ARVIND SINGH
11 421227 SANSKRITI JAIN
12 889291 NEELABH SAXENA
13 082606 NISHANT JAIN
14 080562 SAKETA RAJA MUSINIPALLY
15 327792 ABHIJEET KAPLISH
16 006901 ANANYA DAS
17 582086 AJAY KUMAR DWIVEDI
18 063885 C M SAIKANTH VARMA
19 302641 ADITYA UPPAL
20 275061 AMAN MITTAL
21 070722 LAKSHMIKANTH REDDY G
22 018490 NEHA
23 257218 DHAMELIYA ANILBHAI TULASHIBHAI
24 892226 AYUSH PRASAD
25 054111 MANISH MISHRA
26 003344 NEHA KUMARI
27 550033 PATEL MIHIR PRAVINKUMAR
28 168820 KHUSHAAL YADAV
29 869335 PARAMVIR SINGH
30 005663 GOWTHAM POTRU
31 442889 B FOUZIA TARANUM
32 209036 MERCY RAMYA I S
33 095810 DEEPSHIKHA SHARMA
34 882894 ARUNRAJ S
35 07899 MUHAMMED ABDAAL AKHTAR
36 118373 BALAJI D K
37 564554 SEEMA PUJANI
38 145463 LINGRAJ PANDA
39 946685 VIVEKANAND T S
40 042309 ASHA AJITH
41 779136 ARJUN SHARMA
42 006064 HIMANSHU KHURANA
43 045753 PAVAN AGARWAL
44 427883 MOHAMMAD ROSHAN
45 007661 GARGI JAIN
46 348578 BASEER UL HAQ
47 724707 PRASANTH M S
48 032299 ABHIJIT SHUKLA
49 213842 RAJA GOPAL SUNKARA
50 142411 KRANTHI KUMAR PAT

अतुल्य भारत | Incredible India



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rahul chawda, son of a farmer Ramesh Chawda from Chhattisgarh designed a drone

Rahul chawda, son of a farmer Ramesh Chawda from Chhattisgarh has designed a drone. Rahul says he got inspired to make a drone by watching the movie 3 Idiots. Rahul says he learned about drone, watching YouTube and reading about it on internet. He says his drone is a perfect example of 'Jugaad' technology, as much of his drone's spare parts consist of our daily use things.
Rahul Chawda used some spare parts found in garbage dumps and some parts he had to import from Japan and USA which cost him around 2 lac. 
Rahul uses his drone to spread the fertilizer in his 15 acres of land. Earlier it used to take lot of time and some laborers to do the task, but using drone the work gets done within half an hour. 
Farmer operating the drone
Farmer operating the drone


Farmer Rahul Chawda with his drone

Drone spreading fertilizer in the field



Romantic exchanges between SC Judge Markandey Katju and Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen turned bitter

Romantic exchanges between Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju and Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen turned bitter.

A ‘romantic’ exchange on Twitter between Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who is now a Swedish citizen and living in exile since 1994, and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju had created ripples in the social media last month May 2015.
Katju, who was also Press Council chairman till some time ago, sent a tweet asking Taslima Nasreen if their date was still on, to which she replied in the affirmative.
Justice Katju then posted this exchange between himself and the controversial author on his blog and also his Facebook page.
On his FB page and blog, the former PCI chief wrote:
Date with Taslima still on !

Twitter post: I had set up a dinner date with Taslima Nasreen in Delhi after my return to India. She promised to cook fish for me in sarson oil, which I love.
Today I sent her the following email from Vancouver, Canada:

Facebook post: Dinner with Taslima
I am likely to have a dinner date with Taslima Nasreen when I return to India.
What happened was that while watching twitter today in Columbus, Ohio I saw Taslima's tweet " Khabe ? ", and there was a photo of Taslima with some fruits. I responded " Khabo. Kintu ki kore khava jaye ? Ami to Americae aachi ".
This clean bowled Taslima. who responded by tweeting " Wow,you know Bengali "
I then sent her this tweet " In your book ' Lajja ' you bravely wrote against atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh. I have been fighting atrocities on Muslims in india.". She graciously responded that it will be an honour to have dinner with me.
Then I sent her this tweet " And I must confess that I am a supporter of Sharad Chandra Chattopadhyaya, and am opposed to that British stooge Tagore. So don't hit me with a danda when we meet ( as many Bengalis are prone to do when anyone criticizes 'Gurudev' ).
i hope this does not so much upset her so that she cancels our date ! I am really looking forward to it.

Facebook post: Differences with Taslima Nasreen
I had differences with Taslima Nasreen on Twitter today, pursuant to my appeal to non Muslims to observe one day's roza on 4th July ( and to non Hindus to observe one day's fast during Navratri ).
I admire Taslima for her bravery in highlighting the atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh in her novel ' Lajja '. Like her, I too am against atrocities on anyone, and like her, I too am an atheist.
But with respect to her I wish to say that she has no scientific understanding of the social basis of religion.
In her tweet she says " Religion is anti women, anti science, anti human and anti progress "
Even assuming that much of what she says is correct, what she overlooks are two things :
1. Most people in the world are very poor and live in such terrible and miserable conditions that were it not for religion they would go mad. Religion gives them the psychological support, without which they would go crazy or commit suicide.
So we cannot abolish religion : it will disappear automatically when people get decent lives. Then they will have no need for religion or God.
2. Even for people who are not poor, e.g. businessmen, the chance factor is such an important factor that it gives rise to the belief in supernatural forces which control our lives.
For example, there may be losses in a business for various reasons beyond the control of the businessman. So he believes in some god and propitiates him, to avoid losses.
The chance factor is still a very powerful factor in our lives. We plan something, but something else happens. So we believe that there is some supernatural force ( or forces ) controlling our lives.
The truth is that the chance factor is still important because we are still at a very primitive stage of scientific development, as compared to the situation 100 years or 200 years hence, when science will have grown enormously. Then we will be able to largely control our lives, and what we plan will happen. And then there will be no need of god or other supernatural entities.
Taslima, though a brave person, has no understanding of all this, and by her sometimes emotional intemperate remarks damages the great cause ( of women's emancipation and scientific thinking ) which she is fighting for.
I have said that all religions are superstitions. But I have also said that I respect all religions. Some people find a contradiction here. I submit there is none.
When I say I respect all religions, I mean that I respect the right of everyone to believe whatever he/she wants to believe, and therefore I am a strong supporter of religious freedom. But as for myself, I am a purely scientific person, and so have a materialistic belief.

Our poor Indian politicians, their miseries and their low profile salaries

Our poor politicians, their miseries and their low profile salaries.

A parliamentary panel has recommended doubling the salary of law makers and also increasing pension of former MPs by almost 75%. (haha Great!!) The joint committee, which has submitted its recommendations to the government, has also proposed an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees.The panel has also recommended that the daily allowance of Rs 2,000, which they get for attending the House during Parliament sessions should be increased substantially.

How much they are currently receiving:

Each member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is entitled to receive a salary of Rs 50,000 per month during the whole term of office. If an MP signs the Parliament register every day, he is entitled to a daily allowance of Rs 2,000.

And look who is heading the panel? :P

Panel headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has recommended that former MPs should also be entitled for 20-25 free domestic air travel in a year and increase in pension from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 per month.

There is another recommendation that each sitting MP should get an additional free air conditioned first class railway pass for their companion, such as private secretary. At present, only the MPs and their spouses are entitled for first class AC travel. Moreover, there is a proposal that the MPs should get an amount equal to first class rail ticket, which is informally known as pocket money. Parliamentarians now get allowance equivalent to fare of one second class AC ticket.

Adding extra toppings to it :C , you must be knowing the subsidy they availing in Parliament's canteen.


Parliament house canteen menu :

Tea Re. 1
Soup Rs.5.50
Dal - one katori Rs.1.50
Veg thali (dal, subzi,4 chapatis, rice/pulao, curd and salad) Rs.12.50
Non-veg thali Rs.22
Curd rice Rs.11
Veg pulao Rs.8
Chicken biryani Rs.34
Fish curry and rice Rs.13
Rajma rice Rs.7
Tomato rice Rs.7
Fish fry Rs.17
Chicken curry Rs.20.50
Chicken masala Rs.24.50

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