Showing posts with label India. Show all posts
Showing posts with label India. Show all posts

September 6, 2019

On This Friday I Will Give You The India

If you bitch as much as I do about pot holes maybe this will make you feel better but I most confess, it didn't work for me but it still makes for a good story worthy of 
and you my reader.

An astronaut in a space suit and helmet bounces in slow motion over what look like gaping craters on the surface of the moon. The figure moves slowly, as if there's zero gravity, through dusty haze.
But when the camera pans out, a tuk-tuk (aka rickshaw) whizzes past in the background. This is not outer space. It's a crater-pocked road in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore.
The video was created and posted online this week, on September 2, by Baadal Nanjundaswamy, an artist and activist based in Bengaluru. He tagged the city's municipal authorities when he uploaded the video on social media. He wanted to draw their attention to local streetscapes that are so riddled with potholes that, in his estimation, they look more like the surface of the moon than asphalt roads.
Even though the video has a humorous tone, potholes are a serious matter in India. In the past five years, some 15,000 people have died in pothole-related accidents across India. In Bengaluru this April, a 28-year-old motorcyclist died when he collided with a car while trying to avoid a pothole. Since then, local police have identified 350 potentially deadly potholes in the city and started filling them in. 
With his video, Nanjundaswamy sought to send the municipality a message: They are not fixing the potholes fast enough.
"I was not expecting it to go so viral!" the 40-year-old artist tells NPR.
Nanjundaswamy's tweet has been liked or retweeted more than 34,000 times; his Facebook post has been shared, liked or commented on more than 64,000 times. The video has since been re-shared by multiple sites.
The plan seems to have worked: A day after he tweeted the video, Nanjundaswamy went back to the same street where he filmed it — Tunganagar Main Road in North Bengaluru — and was delighted to see construction equipment at work. The municipality was filling in the potholes. He tweeted a short video of the work on Sept. 3.
A government spokesperson told local media that they promptly took action after the artist's complaint.
Netizens have erupted into virtual applause on social media, praising Nanjundaswamy's creativity. They've even started debating which Indian city has the most "moon-like" roads. Some have suggested a new social media challengehighlighting abysmal roads across the country.
Another Twitter user jokingly suggested using Bengaluru's roads to train astronauts from India's space agency (which hopes to land an unmanned rover called Chandrayaan-2 on the lunar surface early Saturday India time.)
Another fan invited Nanjundaswamy to make a similar video of the potholes of his city, Mumbai, claiming deeper craters than in Bengaluru. A contest appears to be underway.
The fan base of those who love Nanjundaswamy's video — and hate potholes — apparently extends beyond India's borders. Another Twitter user invited the artist to Denver, to make a similar video there.
This isn't the first time Nanjundaswamy has turned potholes into art. The artist has been flagging potholes in his projects for the past five years. It's made him a well-known figure in Bengaluru.
In the past, he's drawn the face of Yamraj, the Hindu god of death, around a pothole, to make it look like the god's mouth. Around another pothole, he drew a caricature of a politician with his hands pressed together in namaste gesture.
Two years ago, Nanjundaswamy designed an art installation with a pool of blue water and a mermaid in a puddle on another busy Bengaluru street corner.
"Potholes are one of the major problems in Bengaluru. They are everywhere! People get hurt every day," Nanjundaswamy says.
In a way, his pothole art is asking to be destroyed. It sacrifices itself for people's safety. When authorities pave over rutted roads, Nanjundaswamy's creations are often wiped away.
"I think the authorities know who I am. We've never contacted each other," the artist explains. "But they have been nice to me."
It is a non-verbal form of dialogue but it appears to be a meaningful conversation. He makes pothole art — and they fill in the holes.

August 9, 2019

Witches in Our Time, Lets Burn!

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This is a story I wish I was not posting and for Americans they might be shocked that the practice we gave up two hundred years ago still healthily being practice in nations we considered our allies or friends. I need to eat it up as a gay man and have you read it. Adam

On 20 July, four elderly people were lynched by a mob in the Gumla District of Jharkhand, India after being accused of practicing witchcraft. According toreports, the victims were accused of causing a man's death and they were eventually found guilty of witchcraft by a Panchayat (a village assembly). The victims were dragged out of their homes and beaten to death by masked men wielding sticks. Eight of the attackers were subsequently arrested by police.
According to police data published by The Times of India, witch-hunting in Jharkhand has claimed 123 lives from May 2016 to May 2019.  Across the country, 134 people were killed for the alleged use of “black magic” in 2016, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

A Perpetual Malady

“Witch-hunting is not new in Jharkhand,” says Prem Chand, the Founding Chairman of the Free Legal Aid Committee (FLAC) in Jharkhand, in a telephonic interview. FLAC has been instrumental in bringing about legislation against witch-hunting in Jharkhand. The organisation first began working in this area in 1991 when a woman was accused by her neighbour of causing a boy’s death. An irate mob attacked her and killed her husband and son. She sustained injuries.
When Prem Chand and his colleagues visited the offenders in the prison, they were met with defiance:
They told us that they stood by their accusation. They also shared a belief that when the blood of a woman branded as a witch falls on the ground, she loses her so-called powers of sorcery.
Prem Chand says that it affects specific sectors of the population:
Usually, it is the women from the weaker sections of the society and economically backward regions that are targeted. The victims are mostly Adivasis, Harijans and Dalits. It is an assault on the dignity of women and a violation of constitutional rights for a dignified life for every human being.

The Social and Political Realities

Activists say that deeply rooted superstitions prevalent in the hinterlands are a major cause behind the practice. A lack of education, poor health facilities and economic backwardness mark the regions where these practices are prevalent.
The cases so far show that often a rumor started by someone is enough to get the ball rolling. Despite the laws enacted by various Indian states which declare witch-hunting to be illegal, participants in these cases see it as a form of self-defense.
The premise is that once you brand a woman as a witch, you can subject her to any treatment. However, it is important to note that the practice is used as a justification for exploitation and is not a cause behind it per se.
Ironically, the panchayat often provides tacit approval for branding a person a witch even if does not pass ruling on the punishment to be meted out.
In addition to the elected panchayat, there are self-styled caste panchayats with no legal mandate whatsoever that operate in certain parts of the country. These bodies pass verdicts and mete out punishments and remain largely unchallenged. An incident in Ajmer district of Rajasthan in 2017 reported involvement of caste panchayat leading to the death of a 40-year-old woman.
Legally, the courts can take action against such verdicts in case of both elected panchayats and caste panchayats. However, the victims seldom get the opportunity to reach a court of law before they become targets of mobs.
Witch-hunting across India
Jharkhand has recorded the highest number of crimes committed in the name of witch-hunting but it is not the only state.
  • Cases of witch-hunting have been reported from Chattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, West Bengal Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra and Rajasthan too.
  • In a chilling incident in 2014, Debjani Bora, an Indian athlete had become a target in Assam. According to Debjani’s statements, she was accused of being the cause of several deaths in Cherekali village located 180 km from Guwahati, the capital of the eastern state in India. She was allegedly named by a headman of a village prayer hall and brutally assaulted by the villagers.
  • 2017 witnessed several cases in the state of Rajasthan. Among these, a 40-year-old woman Kanya Devi was attacked and beaten to death after being accused by her family members in Ajmer district of the state.

Victims and Survivors

People blame accused witches for causing a slew of misfortunes: the death of a person or animal, droughts, crop failures, etc. The attacks on these women (and some men) are vicious and inhuman. At times, the accusations and punishment are meted out by their families.
Some have lived to tell the tale and fight. Chutni Mahato of Saraikela in Jharkhand is one of them. People from the region call her a ‘tigress’. She was accused of practicing witchcraft in 1995. Since then, she has transformed into an activist crusading against the victimization of women in the name of witch-hunting with the help of NGOs working to end the practice.
Chutni expresses how the lack of resources often makes it a struggle to fight against the practice. “I wish there was more support from the authorities and government for the work that we are doing here. However, I have suffered because of this practice. When someone comes to me for help, I am always going to stand by them,” she said in a telephonic interview.

Formulating Public Opinion

Both the survivors and activists feel that there is a lack of public opinion in support of ending witch-hunting. The activists who were interviewed for this story expressed a paucity of political will and intellectual engagement to provide the momentum required for the campaign against the heinous practice to succeed.
A silver lining in this dark cloud is that people working against the practice believe that the situation can be turned around. According to Prem Chand:
The efforts for ending witch hunting can be modeled on the same principles that the government has used for promoting other social problems such as the literacy mission. Also, the intellectuals would have to lend their support to the cause to mold the public opinion.

June 29, 2019

In India Men Shave the Heads of These Women for Resisting Rape

The two women had their heads forcibly shaved
Two people have been arrested in India's Bihar state after a group of men shaved the heads of two women as "punishment" for resisting rape.

 Until India Resolves the problem of women and gays being attack, on women because they wont let men rape them and for gays because they wont let others attack them so they look for changes in the law to protect them.Until India resolves this problem India should not see itself as a nation of the 21 century. They are still behaving like people did 100 years ago.

India has billion dollars to spend on Nucear subs, the latest in technology, nice and shiny to spend thier lives underwater but they can't take care of rapes on the streets. Just like their first nuclear submarine was almost sunk by a crew member leaving a hatch open, their answer was to replace that sub with two more of the same. What is my point? 

You need to have priorities.  If your priorities are not to have law and order in the streets and to have the laws that protect all citizens nothing else will work out right. They need to clear those books of laws from past centuries and come up to todays enlighted nations and understand what otheer people know about gays, women and even cows. If we could be critical because we are ciizens of the same world, let me ad some of that defense money should go to hire and train professional police forces. Adam

Two people have been arrested in India's Bihar state after a group of men shaved the heads of two women as "punishment" for resisting rape.

The group, which included a local official, ambushed the mother and daughter in their home with the intent of raping them, police said.
When the women resisted, they assaulted them, shaved their heads and paraded them through the village.

Police say they are searching for five others involved in the incident.
"We were beaten with sticks very badly. I have injuries all over my body and my daughter also has some injuries," the mother told the ANI news agency.

The women also said that their heads were shaved in front of the entire village.

The attempted rape is a sexual crime, but the subsequent assault, tonsuring the women's heads and parading them through the village is an assertion of male power in a community, deeply entrenched in patriarchy.

What is most worrisome is that the assaulting mob was led by a government official - an elected representative whose job is to look after the welfare of his people, not attack them. 

The audacity of the crime shows how in parts of India there's no fear of law.

To begin with, poor marginalised groups find it hard to even convince the police to lodge complaints. Then their cases are shoddily investigated and an overburdened slow-paced judicial system mean the powerful often get away with blue murder.

Public anger and outrage, that occurs every time a crime of this nature occurs, is short lived.
What is needed is much more consistent action from the authorities, bringing swift justice to the victims of such crimes and restoring the rule of law in remote rural areas of the country. 

"Some men entered the victims' home and tried to molest the daughter," a police officer told local media, adding that her mother helped her fight off the men.
India woman en route to police set on fire by 'molesters'

The state's women commission has also condemned the incident, saying that "further action" will be taken.

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred in the state.
In April, a teenage girl was attacked with acid for resisting an attempted gang rape.

And a few months back, a woman in Bihar was assaulted, stripped and paraded naked through the village market.

Public outrage over sexual violence in India rose dramatically after the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

The issue became a political flashpoint again in 2018, after a string of high-profile attacks against children.

However incidents of rape and violence against women continue to be reported from across the country.

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