Let’s try to make the world a better place

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14th February, a day dedicated to express love, companionship and passion for our loved once. There are different forms of love. The love we share with our parents, Kids, friends, life partner and of course between lovers. There is no religion or nationality attached to this wonderful day. A pure celebration of Love.

Even though it’s a day for everyone, it’s more celebrated among couples. So all the pretty ladies out there, how did you feel when u wore that awesome sexy outfit you bought the other day? Did you find the right red lipstick? Finding the accurate red shade is devastating. And… Hey… you, Handsome what did you do? Did you buy nice red roses and chocolates? I assume you planned a nice romantic day for your Love from morning to night. Dinner at a nice romantic restaurant which plays nice background music, not too over powering just like a soft silk shawl carried in the breeze. Most probably you had a light Mediterranean meal with a smooth, balanced, velvetly red wine. I know it may sound cheesy and cliché; ultimately I am exceptionally girly and a hardcore lover of romantic movies 😉1in3women

In one way or other we all spent some quality time with our loved once. Unfortunately there is another group of people who might never be able to have this special moment. Who might never be able to express their emotions and try to hide their entire life. I am talking about victims of sexual assault and rape. I recently read an article in the telegraph about an Indian teenage rape victim, who was allegedly sexually assaulted a second time while in hospital receiving treatment for the original attack.

Headlines about sexual abuse and rape aren’t a rarity anymore. Few of the incidents catch more public attention and go viral but the majority remains untold and is hidden far away from the public. Blaming victim’s is another common behavior in our society. As soon as we talk about an incident the first few statements will be like:

“Victim was not appropriately dressed!”

”Something like this will never happen to someone from a good family!”

“Victim must have provoked them!”

Victims are silenced by a process that heaps shame, fear and guilt on them. The demoralizing experience is not alien to victims in India, who choose to speak out against sexual attacks.

Sexual violence is not only taking place in India. Since I am an Indian my focus is automatically set to “on what’s happening in India.” According to WHO recent global prevalence figures indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

Being a victim of any kind of crime can be frightening and upsetting. However, rape and sexual assault are particularly distressing crimes for the victim and the effects can last for a long time.

Let’s take action to help those instead of pointing fingers at them. Donate whatever you can to a nonprofit organization of your trust. Each and every penny counts. My personal choice is this project, which is started by Smita Sharma. She has started a Kickstarter page, where she is raising funds for two groups, including one based in London, which work in the community educating people to make people aware about sexual violence. There are many other nonprofit organizations worldwide, which helps victims to build a life after. Donating money is not the only way to help. If you know anyone from your circle, then be there for that person. Accompany the victim in their daily activities and highlight to them various institution where they can avail professional help. If needed raise your voice for them and protect them.

So don’t hesitate and let’s try to make the world a better place; You and I, we are the ones who can make this change!

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The Holy Cow – #BeefBan in India

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Last Friday after work I went to an Indian family who lives across the road, joining other friends who were also invited. During the evening we covered a lot of topics. They started to talk about the Beef Ban in India. My contribution to this was: “I too saw the FB posts. It is really funny and I admire the creative mind behind it.”  All of sudden everyone stopped talking and there was a weird silence in the room, everyone was staring at me. I broke the silence by asking them: ”it’s just a joke, right? No one was really killed, right?” Apparently it was not a joke.

I don’t want to mention any names or take sides. This blog is  about the frustration and disappointment of a young Indian, of origin.

In the past few months, political parties are abusing each other and taking decisions on what one should eat. Everyone has given ridiculous  statements about consuming beef. The intolerant society even ended up murdering an innocent man who was blamed for eating BEEF, which by the way turned out to be false after the investigation. In other words the current Indian politics are killing its own people.  Keep in mind that we are not talking about a country/state governed by a dictatorship. On the contrary, we are talking about the biggest democratic country on the earth. 

Government of an Indian State banned beef citing, it is hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindu community. Seriously guys…are you kidding me???!!!  Does the Hindu community feel better after a man was killed?  How would the Hindu community feel, If they were forced to eat beef somewhere else in the world?  I don’t believe the community or a common man’s religious spirit is hurt when others consume beef.  Everyone is entitled to practice their own religion and has the rights to decide on what to eat or not. I think the politicians are using this to cover something else, much bigger. Who knows  what they really want.

Abandoned cattle is a common thing in India and people don’t think 2s before hitting a cow found in the middle of the road.  A lot of cows die because of eating  filthy waste (plastic bags, etc.). How about introducing a government policy to keep them safe?  How is this ban going to protect the Holy Cows?

You murdered  a man because you assumed  he consumed  “holy cow” (beef).  You go to temple and worship  Goddesses, but as soon as you see one in front  of you, you just rape her to death. A Nation which  worships Cow, is willing to go to any extend to protect the Holy Cow, what are you doing to protect the women, your goddesses? How many girls did you protect this year? How many  abuses were reported? Which actions did you take? Did you kill all the rapists?

While  browsing  I came across a very interesting blog.  Where the blogger’s friend,  a Secret Advisor(SA) to Prime Minister (PM) of India, explains  the real reason for banning beef was to protect India and the WORLD from the water stress. According to the logic mentioned in that blog, the government of India is also going to ban butter, cheese, milk etc. Basically anything which is very water intensive.

If you want to read that blog please click here, it’s incredibly amusing.

Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance. Are you patriotic?

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Pledge Allegiance.

My initial reaction to this question would be to say “no” because the pictures coming up in my mind are of War, Soldiers and a lot of blood. So I thought today’s blog will be a one liner something like: No, I am not a patriotic.

My mind couldn’t rest. These two questions haunted me for couple of hours. I decided to ask my best friend Google about it. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary Patriotic means

partiotic

Oh well this was not a great help. In fact I got more confused because I was thinking about all the people with dual Nationalities. Suppose both countries are competing against each other, which country one should choose? Country of origin or where you was born?

Even though I am no longer an Indian, at least on paper, I was deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It felt like someone in my family died.
When I watched the documentary “India’s daughter”, on BBC, it left me feeling very angry. Words are not enough to fully express my grief and anger. The fact that Indian government officials banned “India’s Daughter” made the situation even worse. Though I am not an “Indian”, I felt ashamed.

To shed some honest light on this, When Austria wins a gold medal in Winter Olympic, I will be jumping around like a child and say: “Look we did it, WE won” :-). I guess what I am trying to say is, we are evolving or progressing to being global citizens.

Here’s another complication. How should we feel about the country we choose to live? In my case that would be Switzerland. You won’t believe how often I say to friends:”…and you people put your money in OUR banks.” or “WE have the best chocolate” etc. While those listening to me, clearly see that I am not of European decent. Still, I choose to speak this way, they accept.

On the other side I don’t consider myself patriotic in the sense that I’d be willing to die for any of these countries. I have huge respect to all the brave men, who fight for us and protect us threats. I personally would never do that, you may call me “Chicken”. There are many ways to express patriotism, I’m afraid I’d be more of a burden, rather than add value – if I joined the armed forces of any country.

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Now back to the original question: Am I a Patriotic? I am considering myself as a citizen of the world and I love my world and I am willing to engage myself in activities which will make my world to a better place. What do you think dear reader? Am I Patriotic?

Concluding today’s blog with a famous quote of Albert Einstein: “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”