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Are the volunteers of BJP, working both online and offline paid?

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Looking at the comments posted on various articles of popular news websites such as Firstpost, Times of India etc., these BJP supporters go too far just to make a point. They are willing to fight with you for as long as you want them to without even making sense most of the time. I will request somebody having some knowledge about this to explain the nitty-gritty of this matter.  Can somebody shed some light over this business?
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Indeed, some of them are paid. 

Mr Narendra Modi, using taxpayer money, employs a company named APCO overtly for managing the Vibrant Gujarat campaign. See: 
  1. Mechanics of Narendra Modi’s PR agency : APCO Worldwide – Orchestrating our Future
  2. The Modi Machine: Makeover gurus (Edit: fixed broken link).


APCO has been employed by dictators and lobbyists previously. As discussed in the article 2., it is unclear whether APCO officials double up as Modi’s spokespersons, or perform other functions as well, but it is plausible that APCO has been a key contributor to Modi’s propaganda. To be fair, APCO has denied working for Vibrant Gujarat campaign now, and for Modi at any time: Apco Worldwide denies working for Narendra Modi

One must be quite naive to believe that all or most of Modi’s Twitter followers are genuine. No they’re not (see Narendra Modi eyes Obama in battle for cyber world). Modi’s Social Media management team uses sophisticated technologies (see BJP’s online warriors listen to critics carefully – Hindustan Times) and has done an elaborate work to unethically bias the Social Media in Modi’s favor in the same spirit as Congress biased the Mainstream Media (see Modi’s Operandi | Rana Ayyub | Tehelka.com). 

As the previous article explains, Modi’s is no soft power—all those who wish to work with Gujarat government must surrender to Modi’s propaganda. This might be one reason of alienation of allies within NDA (another example: in Maharashtra). From about 20 allies at the time of Vajpayee, BJP is left with just 3 now. Modi’s camp has not spared even the rest of BJP (see The Social Media Massacre By Team Modi) with even some core values of BJP having been suppressed. Journalists too better be careful or risk losing their job (see: Clogging The Ink). 




Personally, my experience with commenting on various news sites in India has been interesting in one aspect: while on Firstpost (FP) almost all comments are pro-Modi, in general views are much more diverse on other news sites. Why is this so? There is no rational explanation, other than the possibility that FP’s comment section is rigged either with or without co-operation of moderators there. This issue has been researched in depth by fellow commentators; see: Trollfest. I have personally experienced the official FPEditors handle make one-line, slanderous, anti-anti-Modi comments on more than one occasions. Does FP also employ APCO (or some other pro-Modi PR firm) for “moderation”?




Use of PR firms would have been acceptable to an extent if there were transparency in BJP’s funding. However, since about 80% of BJP’s funds come from “unknown sources”, what corporate deals are baked behind the scenes is totally unclear. The problem of “paid news” is connected; under our laws, “paid news” is a minor offence and our toothless election commission cannot take strong action against paid news. Read more about paid news here: The Shocking Reality About Paid News And How The Media Is Silently Letting It Run [Part 2] | Youth Ki Awaaz.  

In short, paid news and Crony capitalism are made for each other. The following steps are involved:
  1. Corporates fund politicians.
  2. Politicians fund media with corporate money.
  3. Paid media help client politicians get elected.
  4. Elected politicians favor corporates that funded them (2G, coalgate, etc.).
  5. Go to 1.


Some people have the view that all parties have PR firms that act similarly. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Most parties have an IT Cell. However, a few parties support RTI for political parties and transparency of funding; BJP is not one of them. Some parties do not take funds from corporates but only from individuals, thus they are less vulnerable to fall prey to crony capitalism; they do not spend more than the expense limits defined by EC; is BJP one of them? No, even their own MPs say so (refer: the Youth ki Awaz article above). 

Living under decades of mis-rule, such people do not find anything wrong with paid campaigners. How about paid audience? Or, even if they find paid campaigners or paid audience wrong, they have the false belief that every party is doing it! 

“Paid news” is the biggest problem facing humanity and such statements claiming “everyone is doing it” is a thorough travesty to those who have taken the courageous, right path.




Some people are confused about “official” team of Modi and the “unofficial” one, as if only the later is responsible for the use of all the unethical means. Even though a lot can be said about the unethical means used officially by Modi, like criminals in his cabinet, I will refrain from that since the focus of this article is on media. First, isn’t it Modi’s responsibility to highlight and oppose the use of unethical means being used by his supporters? Second, how do we draw the line between the official team and the unofficial? Third, since Modi is not very good in transparency and accountability (even not having a strong Lokayukta, snooping allegations, etc.), how do we know that Modi is not covertly assisting the unofficial team? 




Here are a few FAKE pics prepared by BJP fans or workers. Whether these are paid workers or not is anyone’s guess, but BJP would do best to take steps to reign in on them, including the FB/Twitter accounts that post them. 

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Even Wikileaks had to clarify that Assange’s alleged endorsement of Modi is a fraud. 


Big B had to clarify too. 


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When one feels no shame in telling a deliberate lie, there is no evil he will not do. –Buddha


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Demand grows for halal food as industry evolves

 

This Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 photo shows a visitor talking with a representative of a halal food producer from Saudi Arabia during a halal food exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The global halal food and lifestyle industry is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying in size as Muslim populations around the world grow. Producers outside the Muslim world _ from Brazil to the U.S. and Australia _ are eager to tap into that market. (AP Photo/Aya Batrawy)
This Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 photo shows a visitor talking with a representative of a halal food producer from Saudi Arabia during a halal food exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The global halal food and lifestyle industry is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying in size as Muslim populations around the world grow. Producers outside the Muslim world _ from Brazil to the U.S. and Australia _ are eager to tap into that market. (AP Photo/Aya Batrawy) The Associated Press
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This Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo shows visitors passing by the stand of the Brasil Food Company, which is among the world’s largest food companies, during a halal food exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The global halal food and lifestyle industry is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying in size as Muslim populations around the world grow. Producers outside the Muslim world _ from Brazil to the U.S. and Australia _ are eager to tap into that market.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)The Associated Press
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This Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo shows visitors and exhibitors stand in front of a halal food company stand during a halal food exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The global halal food and lifestyle industry is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying in size as Muslim populations around the world grow. Producers outside the Muslim world _ from Brazil to the U.S. and Australia _ are eager to tap into that market. (AP Photo/Aya Batrawy) The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The global industry for halal food and lifestyle products — ones that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture — is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow. Producers outside the Muslim world, from Brazil to the U.S. and Australia, are eager to tap into the market.

The United Arab Emirates is positioning itself to be their gateway, part of its push to become a global center of Islamic business and finance.

UAE officials announced last month that the city of Dubai has dedicated around 6.7 million square feet of land in Dubai Industrial City for a “Halal Cluster” for manufacturing and logistic companies that deal in halal food, cosmetics and personal care items.

Dubai Industrial City CEO Abdullah Belhoul said the idea to create a zone just for halal manufacturers was driven by the increased demand locally and internationally for such products.

“This industry itself, we know it is growing,” Belhoul told The Associated Press. He said the industry is expected to double in terms of value within five years. “So we think there is a lot of opportunity… and we need to capitalize on this.”

The world’s Muslim population is estimated at around 1.6 billiion, and the majority is believed to adhere to or prefer to adhere to halal products when possible. The general understanding is that halal products should not be contaminated with pork or alcohol and that livestock is slaughtered in accordance with Islamic Shariah law. Similar to kosher practices, Islam requires the animal is killed with single slash to the throat while alive. It is intended as a way for animals to die swiftly and minimize their pain.

However, as with most issues in religion, opinions vary greatly over what is permissible and what is not. Despite attempts by international Islamic bodies, such as the World Halal Food Council, to achieve worldwide guidelines, there are no global standards for halal certifications.

Stricter interpreters of Shariah say chicken must be slaughtered by hand to be considered halal. Others say it is acceptable if the chicken is slaughtered by machine, as is the case in much of the fast-paced food industry around the world. To accommodate various Muslim consumers, several companies even specify on their packaging how the chicken was slaughtered.

Belhoul said that if halal products are manufactured in the UAE, they will need to be certified halal by the government body that oversees this. But, as with most countries, if the halal products, such as livestock or raw material, are being imported from abroad for processing in the UAE, then the stamp of approval comes from Islamic organizations in the exporting country.

This is where organizations such as Halal Control in Germany have an important role to play, said General Manager Mahmoud Tatari. He said that when the company started 14 years ago in Europe, there was little awareness or demand for halal products. Today, Halal Control has 12 Islamic scholars who offer guidance on certifications to international companies such as Nestle and Unilever who want to do business in the Muslim world.

Halal Control, which concentrates on products made in Europe, does not certify meat and poultry, but almost everything else from dairy products to food ingredients. Tatari said Muslims around the world may think they are eating halal-certified food, but that often raw materials may include alcohol or pork gelatin in candies and soups, or may have been cross-contaminated during production.

“It is a process and this will take maybe now five to 10 years (until) we can more safely eat halal,” he said.

Malaysia is the global leader in developing the halal industry and putting forth the highest standards, said Tatari and others in the industry.

Malaysia exported $9.8 billion worth of halal products in 2013, the Oxford Business Group said. That makes it one of the largest suppliers in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an international group with 57 members.

U.S. manufacturers, such as Kelloggs and Hershey, plan to build halal-compliant plants in Malaysia. The Oxford Business Group says Indonesia, with the world’s largest Muslim population, plans to establish a center for the halal industry in 2015. In Thailand, more than a quarter of food factories are already making halal products.

But it is in the Gulf, where countries almost entirely rely on food imports, where the halal industry seems to have the biggest potential for growth in the coming years.

Brazil is the world’s second top exporter of meat and poultry to Muslim-majority countries after the U.S. The Brasil Food Company, which is among the world’s largest food companies, plans to open its first manufacturing site in the Middle East in UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, in June. The factory will process poultry from Brazil for repackaging and shipping to other countries.

“Having the factory will allow us to be closer to the market and will allow us go to different markets that today we cannot export to from Brazil,” BRF Quality Assurance Supervisor Tiago Brilhante said. The company already exports 70,000 tons of chicken to the Middle East each month, making the region its biggest export market.

Datamonitor, a company that provides market and data analysis, says halal food already accounts for about a fifth of world food trade, and the Muslim market is growing substantially. According to a Global Futures and Foresights Study, 70 percent of the world’s population increase from 7 billion today to 9 billion people by 2050 will be born in Muslim countries.

Already in Muslim-majority countries, outlets like McDonald’s, Subway and Papa John’s pizza serve halal to their customers.

In the U.S., the family-run Midamar Corporation, based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been tapping into the halal market since 1974. Midamar exports American beef and chicken to around 35 countries.

Jalel Aossey said the company’s halal certification comes from an organization his father started called the Islamic Services of America, which he says was the first of its kind in the U.S.

Today there are around 30 halal certification bodies in the U.S. and several mainstream supermarkets that carry halal food items.

Even in markets where Muslims are not the majority, there are billions of dollars to be made in the halal industry. The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, a not-for-profit halal certification organization, said the domestic U.S. halal market is estimated at $20 billion.

Mark Napier, director of the Gulfood trade show that brings together more than 4,500 food and beverage vendors from around the world to the Dubai World Trade Center annually, said producers of halal products want to serve markets where their supply is not keeping up with demand. Many Muslims in the West buy Jewish kosher products when their halal counterparts are not available.

“Food business is big business,” Napier said. “Producers are increasingly aware of the need for halal standards and certification and bringing that to the fore of their export promotions.”

 

The 13 Best Android Widgets for 2014

 

New additions and old favorites to make your Android home screen more useful

Widgets are a classic example of where Android can go right and wrong. Pick some great widgets, and your phone transforms into a more powerful tool. Pick bad ones, and your home screen becomes an abomination.

We’re here to help. After doing these Android widget roundups for a couple years, our list for this year includes both new additions and old favorites, so your home screen can be as useful–and as attractive–as possible. Here are 13 of the best Android widgets to have on your phone in 2014:

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    1Weather


    OneLouder Apps

    1Weather includes your choice of six home screen widgets, the best of which is the “1Weather Tabbed” option pictured here. With this widget, you can get all the essential info of your local forecast, and switch between extended, detailed and hourly views. The appearance is also customizable, letting you choose from light, dark or “live weather” backgrounds. The app is free, but you can upgrade to an ad-free version for $1.99.

    [Get 1Weather from Google Play]

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    BaconReader for Reddit


    OneLouder Apps

    That funny cat picture your aunt will share on Facebook next week? You can probably find it right now by scrolling through BaconReader’s slick Reddit client. The “BaconReader Scroll” widget includes light and dark themes, and lets you create separate widgets for subsections if you like. And it’s resizeable, so you can dedicate as little or as much of your home screen as you want to the so-called “front page of the Internet.” The app is free, with a $1.99 upgrade to remove the ads.

    [Get BaconReader from Google Play]

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    Directions


    Google

    Using the Directions widget for Google Maps, one tap can get you instant directions to your usual haunts. Just drag the “Directions” widget onto your home screen, enter the address and a nickname for the location, and specify whether you want driving, walking, biking or public transit directions. This widget is part of Google Maps, which is probably pre-loaded on your phone, but here’s the Google Play Store listing just in case.

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    Google Keep


    Google

    We’ve sung the praises of Google Keep before. It’s not a comprehensive note-taking app, but rather a fast way to jot down thoughts, lists, images and audio. Google Keep is even faster when you install the widget on your home screen, as it includes shortcuts to your latest notes and buttons for creating new ones. The app is free, and you can also access your notes from any web browser.

    [Get Google Keep from Google Play]

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    Holo Bulb


    GekkoSteam

    This 1-by-1 widget serves just one purpose: Tap it, and it’ll turn on your phone’s camera flash. A handy prompt then appears at center-screen so you can turn it off again. It’s the only Android flashlight functionality you need, and it’s free.

    [Get Holo Bulb from Google Play]

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    Contact


    Google

    This little widget is great for keeping a close friend or loved one within easy reach. When you drop the widget onto your home screen, you then choose the contact you want it to represent. This widget is available in some form on most Android devices, but its name and appearance may vary depending on the phone maker. (HTC, for instance, calls it the “Person” widget, and gives you several options for what happens when you press the button.)

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    Slider Widget – Volumes


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    You may think that pressing your phone’s volume button down makes everything quieter, but then you start playing a video and for some reason it’s blaring. That’s because different functions on Android phones each have their own individual volumes, and you can’t normally control them all at once without going into the settings menu. Slider Widget gives you greater control over all your volumes straight from the home screen, and it throws in brightness adjustment for good measure.

    [Get Slider Widget – Volumes from Google Play]

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    Flipboard


    Flipboard

    Flipboard is still the king of news reading apps, and its widget has gotten better lately. It no longer has the annoying bug where tapping on a story doesn’t take you directly to that story, so you can just mash that little reload button until you find something worth reading and dive right in. As always, the app is free, and there are two widget sizes to choose from.

    [Get Flipboard from Google Play]

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    LinkedIn Pulse


    LinkedIn

    LinkedIn Pulse’s widget isn’t as pretty as some other news widgets, but it’s packed with information so you can catch up with the latest headlines. After adding your favorite news sources to Pulse, you can pick one of them to include in the widget, which always shows a few headlines at once. Pulse’s larger widget also gives you a snippet of the story you’re looking at, so you can decide whether to dive in further.

    [Get LinkedIn Pulse from Google Play]

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    Shazam


    Shazam

    Shazam is an app that identifies songs and TV shows as they play, and having the widget on your home screen can be the difference between successfully tagging a song and just barely missing it. There’s really no good reason to have the standard app on your home screen instead.

    [Get Shazam from Google Play]

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    App Dialer


    Aleksey Masny

    If you’re overwhelmed by all the apps you’ve downloaded over the years, App Dialer can help you get to them just a little faster. Instead of a typical keyboard search, App Dialer displays a numeric keypad, with each number representing a trio of letters. As you type, the dialer suggests a few apps that match, so you can find them without digging through folders or running a full-blown search. The app is free, and there’s a $3 Pro version with extra features.

    [Get App Dialer from Google Play]

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    Cal


    Any.do

    It was sort of agonizing to choose a calendar widget for this list. The Play Store is filled with them, many of which are crammed with features, such as multiple views, sizes and color themes. Ultimately, Cal stuck out because it doesn’t try to do all of those things. Instead, it recognizes that what you need to glance at the most is your agenda for the next few days, and that if you need to see more, you can just open the app. The app also supports Exchange as well as Google Calendar.

    [Get Cal from Google Play]

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    DashClock


    Roman Nurik

    DashClock can technically serve as a home screen widget, but where it really shines is on your phone’s lock screen (provided you’re running Android 4.2 or higher). At a glance, DashClock can show a count of unread e-mails and messages, battery status, weather and a lot more using a variety of DashClock extensions. Essentially, it’ll let you know when your phone needs to come out, and when it can safely go back in your pocket.

    [Get DashClock from Google Play]

Egypt Stops International Women’s Day Delegation to Gaza

OpEdNews Op Eds 3/12/2014 at 11:26:40

Detained, Deported, but not Deterred: Egypt Stops International Women’s Day Delegation to Gaza

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Women activists protest at Cairo airport in support of the women of Gaza
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On International Women’s Day, although I woke up in America, my heart was in Gaza. After having been detained for over 22 hours in the Cairo airport without explanation, I had been deported to London and ultimately sent back to America. I was the youngest American of an International Women’s Day Delegation bound for Gaza to answer the call of the women of Gaza issued to the women of the world to come and stand with them in solidarity. We were “armed” with microscopes for hospitals, toys for children, chocolate gifts, and solar lamps as a gesture to give them light in the darkness caused literally and figuratively by the Israeli blockade. As I sat stuck with an amazing group of forty women from around the world between passport control and the arrival gates exit, our thoughts were constantly with the women we were on a mission to visit.

Tired from my seventeen-hour flight and looking forward to finally crashing in a bed at the hotel, I was surprised when the guard at passport control picked up the phone after stamping my passport and then told me to go sit down without giving my passport back to me. I knew that it would be difficult to get into Gaza, but I did not think it would be difficult to get into Cairo at least.

At first I was still optimistic about getting in. Within the first hour of my detention, a large group of French women arrived, joining the eight French women who had been on my flight, all of them hoping to get to Gaza. When they learned that the French who had initially arrived had their passports taken while they were detained, the new group refused to even try to get in. They made it clear from the start: all of them were getting in or none of them were. They made it difficult for the authorities because they did not hand over their passports.

I was at first surprised by their solidarity and did not join in when they started to chant and sing and wave Palestinian and French flags. However I quickly realized they had the right idea; by forming a group and making one loud and unified demand, the authorities were forced to listen to us. If we had tried our luck, one by one, we would have been swiftly shut down. It made me realize that in this fight to speak the truth and shed light on the countless injustices committed against the Palestinians by the Israelis, we cannot do it alone — we must join as many hands as possible and lift up our voices together.

No one at the airport seemed capable of decision-making, not even the small redheaded man bopping around who was supposedly the owner. It quickly became clear that nothing was going to happen anytime soon, so I, along with my fellow American delegate, Donna, who had been on the same flight, abandoned trying to look like mere tourists and we slowly joined in with clapping, singing, and dancing.

 

We relinquished our hope that we would be able to get to Gaza and we shifted to a hope that we could somehow make a difference right there, stuck between passport control and the arrival gates exit in the Cairo airport. The authorities roped off the area around us, attempting to separate us from the rest of the airport.

Ironically, it was not our efforts but theirs that were in vain. Their attempt to contain us only inspired us to clap longer and sing louder. Passersby took photos and videos; some even clapped and danced or cheered. A pilot jetting by us even stopped for a second to give us a thumbs-up.

We were eventually given food and clean water, but as we brought out the solar lamps intended for the women of Gaza, we could not help but think how those women are constantly denied these simple things. The people of Gaza cannot treat their sewage and they must pump it back into the sea. Because there are electricity shortages every single day up to 18 hours a day, they sometimes cannot even do that. The sewage contaminates the aquifer and their drinking water and sometimes it floods entire towns and people and babies drown — yes, they die — in sewage.

We were eventually all deported, not one of us let in even to Cairo, let alone Gaza. A few delegates had gotten in to Cairo before our large group, but they also will not make it to Gaza. As the authorities prepared to deport those of us in the airport, there were vague mutterings that we were “security threats,” but when I asked how I, as a twenty-year-old college student who has never been to Egypt, qualified as a “security threat,” no one could answer me.

It breaks my heart that the women of Gaza, contained in the largest open-air prison in the world, cannot even have visitors. In America we would call this cruel even for some of our worst criminals, yet we continue to pay for this oppression with our tax dollars by giving $3 billion a year to Israel, one of the world’s wealthiest nations.

Although we did not get in, we hope that our message has been heard by the women of Gaza and the people around the world: we have not forgotten the women of Gaza and we will continue to carry them in our hearts and speak, yell, and sing the truth until there is justice and accountability for what is being done to the Palestinians.

Muslim Hijab Draws Attention at Oscars

Muslim Hijab Draws Attention at Oscars

 

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Abdul-Nabi is considered the first ever veiled woman to appear on the Oscars red carpet.

CAIRO – A young Muslim woman donning Islamic headscarf and modest dress has attracted camera lights at the Oscars academy awards ceremony last Sunday, Sayidaty.net reported on Wednesday, March 6.

Appearing on the red carpet, Zainab Abdul-Nabi, a student at Screen Arts and Cultures University of Michigan, faced huge applause from attendants.

She was among six college students selected nationwide to join “Team Oscar”.

The young American Muslim made it to the Oscars ceremony after participating in a video and essay competition open to US college students with a creative video that was selected by Oscar producers and the Academy.

Abdul-Nabi is considered the first ever veiled woman to appear on the Oscars red carpet.

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

 
 
 
 
 
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രാജ്യത്തെ ആദ്യ ഇലക്ട്രിക് ബസ് ബംഗലൂരുവില്‍

ബംഗലൂരു: പൊതുഗതാഗത രംഗത്ത് രാജ്യത്തിന് തന്നെ മാതൃകയായ കര്‍ണാടക റോഡ് ട്രാന്‍സ്‌പോര്‍ട്ട് കോര്‍പ്പറേഷന്‍ മറ്റൊരു ചരിത്രനേട്ടം. ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ ഇലക്ട്രിക് എയകര്‍ണ്ടീഷന്‍ബസ് ബംഗലൂരുവില്‍ പരീക്ഷണ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ ഓടിത്തുടങ്ങി. കര്‍ണാടക ഗതാഗത മന്ത്രി രാമലിംഗ റെഡ്ഡിയാണ് ആദ്യബസ് യാത്ര ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തത്.

അന്തരീക്ഷ, ശബ്ദമലിനീകരണങ്ങളില്ലാതെ തികച്ചും പരിസ്ഥിതി സൗഹാര്‍ദ്ദമായ ബസാണ് ബി.വൈ.ഡി കെ.9 സീരീസ് ഇലക്ട്രിക് ബസ്. ബാംഗ്ലൂര്‍മെട്രോപൊളിറ്റന്‍ ട്രാന്‍സ്‌പോര്‍ട്ട് കോര്‍പ്പറേഷനും ചൈനീസ് കമ്പനിയായ ഉട്യോപ്യാ ഓട്ടോമേഷന്‍ കണ്‍ട്രോളും സംയുക്തമായി 3 മാസത്തെ പരീക്ഷണ ഓട്ടമാണ് രാജ്യത്തെ ഐ.ടി തലസ്ഥാനത്ത് തുടങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. മജസ്റ്റികില്‍ നിന്നും കാഡുഗൊഡി വരെയാണ് ബസ് സര്‍വീസ് നടത്തുന്നത്. രാവിലെ 7 മുതല്‍ വൈകീട്ട് 7 വരെ 6 സര്‍വീസുകളാണുള്ളത്. 

കര്‍ണാടക ഗതാഗത മന്ത്രി രാമലിംഗ റെഡ്ഡിക്ക് പുറമെ ഉട്യോപ്യാ ഓട്ടോമേഷന്‍ കമ്പനിയുടെ ഇന്ത്യയിലെ മാനേജിംഗ് ഡയറക്ടര്‍ പ്രസന്ന ദേശ്മുഖും ഉദ്ഘാടന ചടങ്ങില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു. ആറുമണിക്കൂര്‍ വരെ ചാര്‍ജ് നില്‍ക്കുന്ന നാലുബാറ്ററികളാണ് ബസിലുള്ളത്. 250 കിലോമീറ്റര്‍ വരെ ഇതുവഴി ഓടാം.18,000 കിലോഗ്രാം ഭാരമുള്ള ഈ ബസിന് മണിക്കൂറില്‍ 96 കിലോമീറ്റര്‍വരെയാണ് പരമാവധി വേഗത. 

െ്രെഡവര്‍ക്കുള്‍പ്പെടെ 31 സീറ്റാണ് ബസിലുള്ളത്. ഓട്ടോമൊബൈല്‍ റിസര്‍ച്ച് ഇന്‍സ്റ്റിറ്റിയൂട്ട് ഓഫ് ഇന്ത്യ നേരത്തെ തന്നെ ബസ് സര്‍വീസിന് ബിഎംടിസിക്ക് അനുമതി നല്‍കിയിരുന്നു. വോള്‍വോ ബസില്‍ ഈടാക്കുന്ന നിരക്കാണ് ഇലക്ട്രിക് ബസ് യാത്രക്കും ഈടാക്കുക. സ്‌റ്റോപ്പുകളുടെ വിവരങ്ങള്‍ നല്‍കാന്‍ എല്‍ഇഡി ഡിസ്‌പ്ലേയും ഇംഗ്ലീഷ്, കന്നഡ ഭാഷകളില്‍ അനൗണ്‍സ്‌മെന്റും ഉണ്ട്. 

സി.സി ടി.വി ക്യാമറകള്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടെ അത്യാന്താധുനിക സാങ്കേതിക വിദ്യകളാണ് ബി.വൈ.ഡി കെ9 സീരീസ് ഇലക്ട്രിക് ബസിലുള്ളത്. ചൈനയില്‍ ഇത്തരം 300ഓളം ബസുകള്‍ സര്‍വീസ് നടത്തുന്നുണ്ട്. സിംഗപൂരിലും മലേഷ്യയിലും വിജയകരമായ ശേഷമാണ് ഇന്ത്യയിലേക്കും ഇലക്ട്രിക് ബസുകള്‍ എത്തുന്നത്. സൗരോര്‍ജ്ജം വഴിയും ബാറ്ററികള്‍ ചാര്‍ജ് ചെയ്യാനാവും എന്നതാണ് മറ്റൊരു പ്രത്യേകത. 2 കോടി രൂപയാണ് ബസിന്റെ വില.

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Bhagat Singh Writes to Narendra Modi

Bhagat Singh Writes to Narendra Modi

By ASAD ASHRAF

Sun Mar 2, 2014 

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Recently, I heard that you told my countrymen at one of your public meetings that I was in the Andaman Jail. I don’t know if I should be annoyed at you or be laughing at you for your poor knowledge of ‘Modi-fied’ historical facts. Let me just correct you that I was never in the Andaman Jail, I spent my final days in the Lahore jail which is in Pakistan now (Pakistan, eww. Now don’t respond hysterically in a bid for votes. Read me patiently! Calculate your votes later). It was your Maha-Veer Savarkar who was in the Andaman Cellular Jail from where he wrote an apology to the British Government.

In last few years I have been noting that you and your people have been trying to cash in on my name. Essays are being written in my name claiming that I was on your side of the ideology during my struggle against the imperialist powers. Let me just narrate some facts: When we were struggling against the colonizers in India, your ideological forefathers were busy being collaborators; when our men were being killed, your icon Veer Savarkar was pleading to be released from jail by writing apologies to the British Government. Not just him many others from your side of the ideology were doing the same. Though I am sure had you been there you would have shown courage to join the struggle against the Britishers and would have happily embraced the gallows like us or maybe I am wrong, if you had that courage you would not butcher innocents on the streets of Gujarat in 2002 or ask people to take out their revenge on innocent people. You would not propel neo liberal policies on the pretext of ‘development’ while so many poor kids in your state die of malnourishment and hunger. You must have heard this quote of my guru Karl Marx , “The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” That’s what you have done in Gujarat.

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You too would have been a typical collaborator with the imperial powers as you are today with the Neo Imperialist Lobbies from America and Europe, selling them all that belongs to the people of this mighty and vast country. In this light let me clarify that all your attempts to hijack my struggle by you and your men to en cash some votes will be ruptured as we both have always stood against each other in the history of many societies while you have always advocated subjugation of the masses and domestication of women, we have always fought for their liberation. In these dire situations it must need a fool like you to even attempt any measure to use me as a symbol for your vote bank politics, this ridicules your commitment to your own ideology. I have written a detailed essay on ‘Why I am an Atheist’ while you have been calling yourself a Hindu nationalist. I would recommend you to read that essay although I have a strong reservation on your capacity to understand what I have written. You should probably take the help of Advani Jee in understanding that but who knows if he really will be willing to help you in anything at this moment ? I suggest you get some help from the self proclaimed RSS ideologue Mohan Bhagwat but for that you might have to wear your old Khaki Kaccha (Shorts) for another day.

No matter how hard you strive to flaunt my posters and use my symbols for your political mileages, we will always stand poles apart from each other. You will be always on the right and I firmly stand on the left. Had I been alive today? In your eyes I would be a terrorist. A dreaded terrorist! That’s how you term those fighting for their democratic rights.

Before I delve into details, I guard you with a red salute!

I have carefully chosen to guard you a Red salute after much political analysis rather than to greet you in your Hindu nationalist style. For Red salute stands to fight against the tyranny of the ruling class, I am sure you are fighting against the ruling class within your own bourgeoise party dominated by the upper caste lobbies of the likes of Advani, Sushma and Arun Jaitley . I congratulate you so far being able to do that with much effectiveness. I am overwhelmed to see how you have punctured the swelling balloon of Lal Krishna Advani who is with many others responsible for shattering the dreams of the India I saw with my fellow comrades such as Ashafqullah Khan, Batukeshwar Dutt, Chandrashekhar Azad and many other. I am overwhelmed to see that the party which represented a whole set of fascists once is reduced to a blabber represented by you and your small Stuarts like Amit Shah, you punctured the theoretically equipped fascists flat while projecting yourself as one without much theoretical understanding of the fascist political ideology. I am sure you have raised the alarms for destruction of many ideological traces of fascism by your emergence being perceived as fascism. Red Salute again before I proceed further.

You might not know but your emergence will prove to be the beginning to the end of a long era of darkness enveloping us, it takes night to set in properly for a new sunny day to start. You have become the symbol of that dark night. This might bring some cyclones before you are reduced to dust. Here by your getting reduced to dust does not mean that you will personally be reduced to dust or who knows? (Turn back to look at Hitler and Mussolini) but rather your ideas will have to meet death. Don’t target me for making such a statement in your next public meeting where you pretend to roar, I am only contextualizing what Karl Marx had analyzed( I hope you have at least heard about him),” Before socialism reaches its final stage it passes through cycles of feudalism and capitalism.”You are just making things simpler for the Indian revolutionaries.

You must be wondering that if I am writing to you from heaven or hell? As you perceive it to be but let me clarify it to you once again that I still exist very much within every particle of my motherland and my own people, as some would sing, “O! Bhagat singh tum zinda ho kheto mein khaliyon mein inqualab ke naro mein”. (O! Bhagat singh, you are alive in the fields of farmers and in the war cry of revolutions).

I rest assured that the people of this great country who have idealized me for over sixty years will never let a person like you kill the idea of the nation of what me my comrades had dreamt of while you keep on destroying the many fascists in your own party.

Lal Salam !….

Comrade Bhagat singh

Eighth-grader wins Nevada state spelling bee second year in a row

Clark County eighth-grader wins state spelling bee second year in a row

Under heavy spotlights, 29 edgy but smiling middle school students sat ready to compete for Nevada’s State Spelling Bee title and a chance to compete on a national stage.

The group became smaller as those eliminated scampered off into seats set aside for them, some shocked, others visibly upset.

At the end of Saturday’s three-hour-long bee at the Summerlin Library Theater in Las Vegas, only Amna Raza walked away with a huge grin on her face.

Just like she did last year, her first year as winner of the state spelling bee.

“I felt more nervous this year than I did last year,” Raza said. “I felt slightly more prepared, but I still had the pressure of winning. It was all through hard work and prayer that I won.”

The eighth-grade student from Omar Haikal Islamic Academy in Las Vegas fought through 32 exhausting rounds, including six champion rounds, to defeat 28 other competitors to win the State Spelling Bee. The competition was sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

New this year was the addition of two vocabulary rounds, where students had to choose the correct meaning of a word.

Raza won the bee with the word “paraphrasia,” which means a speech defect characterized by incoherence in arrangement of words. She will represent Nevada at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 25-31.

Second runner-up was 12-year-old Eshaan Vakil, a sixth-grade student from Hyde Park Middle School, which also is in Las Vegas.

“I was really nervous. I really wanted to win,” Vakil said. “I searched the Internet to find different resources to help me study and I studied for five months. I had my eye on the prize.”

Vakil misspelled “literatim,” which means of the copying of a text letter by letter. He said the word is now carved in his mind and he plans to be back next year, this time more prepared.

Many students and their families stayed until the end to support their competitors until the end. Some students listened intently, hoping to brace themselves for next year’s competition.

Melinda Brown, Nevada State Spelling Bee coordinator, said the spelling bee was the longest it’s been since she could remember. The spelling bee pronouncer, Kendall Tenney, ran out of words and had to switch to using additional words that were not in the guide.

“I get more nervous doing this event than any other speaking engagements,” Tenney said. “I have to pronounce the words right and some words I’ve never even seen before. These kids are really talented.”

The students had to finish first in bees at their schools and again in county or regional bees to make Saturday’s finals.

Some students used strategies such as using their hand to write the word down before spelling it and pronouncing it to make sure they heard it right. Most fidgeted with their fingers in anticipation.

Raza, on the other hand, had a calm and cool demeanor. She admitted she did not come in with a plan and said she’s always been good at spelling.

Among the words the two finalists got right: “balalaika” (a Russian folk stringed musical instrument); “edelweiss” (a European mountain plant); “mukhtar” (the head of local government of a town or village); and Anschluss (political or economic union of one government or territory with another).

Raza’s mother and father, Nureen and Ali Raza, attributed their daughter’s success to her hard work, her teachers and Allah.

“We’re very proud of her,” Nureen said. “We’ve always believed in prayers. First we tell Amna to work hard and then leave the rest up to prayer.”

Raza said she looks forward to going to the nation’s capital where she hopes to win the national title.

“I’ve received a lot of strong support from my religious community,” Raza said. “Everyone has been really encouraging of me, which has made me confident. Now I can go prepare myself for Washington, D.C.”

Contact View reporter Sandy Lopez at slopez@viewnews.com or 702-383-4686
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RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, knew about the conspiracy to bomb civilian targets, says Aseemanand

By The Caravan | 5 February 2014
 

Swami Aseemanand Says the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Sanctioned Terrorist Attacks

Swami Aseemanand, incarcerated in Ambala Central Jail for abetting terrorist attacks on various targets between 2006 and 2008—Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Hyderabad Mecca Masjid (May 2007), Ajmer Dargah (October 2007) and two attacks in Malegaon (September 2006 and September 2008)—which together took the lives of 119 people, has made a revelation to The Caravan which has been published in the latest issue of the magazine. In the course of over two years, Aseemanand granted four exclusive interviews to The Caravan journalist Leena Gita Reghunath inside Ambala jail, the total duration of which ran into 09 hours and 26 minutes. In the last two interviews, Aseemanand repeated that his terrorist acts were sanctioned by the highest levels of the RSS—all the way up to Mohan Bhagwat, the current RSS chief, who was the organisation’s general secretary at the time.

Aseemanand told The Caravan that Bhagwat said of the violence, “It is very important that it be done. But you should not link it to the Sangh.” (A list of questions was sent to Bhagwat, but he has not responded.)

Extract from the 11,200-word-long The Caravan article:

Over the course of our conversations, Aseemanand’s description of the plot in which he was involved became increasingly detailed. In our third and fourth interviews, he told me that his terrorist acts were sanctioned by the highest levels of the RSS—all the way up to Mohan Bhagwat, the current RSS chief, who was the organisation’s general secretary at the time. Aseemanand told me that Bhagwat said of the violence, “It’s very important that it be done. But you should not link it to the Sangh.”

Aseemanand told me about a meeting that allegedly took place, in July 2005. After an RSS conclave in Surat, senior Sangh leaders including Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar, who is now on the organisation’s powerful seven-member national executive council, travelled to a temple in the Dangs, Gujarat, where Aseemanand was living—a two-hour drive. In a tent pitched by a river several kilometres away from the temple, Bhagwat and Kumar met with Aseemanand and his accomplice Sunil Joshi. Joshi informed Bhagwat of a plan to bomb several Muslim targets around India. According to Aseemanand, both RSS leaders approved, and Bhagwat told him, “You can work on this.” Indresh added, “You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved, but if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you.”

Aseemanand continued, “Then they told me, ‘Swamiji, if you do this we will be at ease with it. Nothing wrong will happen then. Criminalisation nahin hoga (It will not be criminalised). If you do it, then people won’t say that we did a crime for the sake of committing a crime. It will be connected to the ideology. This is very important for Hindus. Please do this. You have our blessings.’”

Chargesheets filed by the investigative agencies allege that Kumar provided moral and material support to the conspirators, but they don’t implicate anyone as senior as Bhagwat. Although Kumar was interrogated once by the CBI, the case was later taken over by the NIA, which has not pursued the conspiracy past the level of Aseemanand and Pragya Singh. (Joshi, who was allegedly the connecting thread between several different parts of the conspiracy—including those who assembled and those who planted the bombs—was killed under mysterious circumstances in December 2007.)

Sixty-three-year-old Aseemanand dedicated almost his entire adult life to the tribal arm of the RSS, the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA). At the time he planned the terrorist attacks, he had been the national head of the VKA’s religious wing, the Shraddha Jagran Vibhag—a position created especially for him—for a decade. In honour of Aseemanand’s service to the Sangh, in December 2005, he was awarded a special Guruji Samman on the occasion of the birth centenary of MS Golwalkar. The award came with a one-lakh-rupee cash prize and the veteran BJP leader and former party president Murli Manohar Joshi gave the ceremony’s keynote address. Not only have the RSS and the BJP never disowned Aseemanand for his roles in the terrorist attacks, or taken back the awards, Aseemanand confessed to The Caravan that RSS-affiliated lawyers are providing his legal aid.

Knowing the national relevance of the sensitive information that Aseemanand revealed to The Caravan journalist, in an interview which was conducted with the full consent of Aseemanand, we place these facts in front of the public, along with a tape recording and transcript of parts of the conversation that mention Mohan Bhagwat. The full story is at caravanmagazine.in/reportage/believer

                                                         Date: 5 February, 2014

Truly yours,

Mr. Anant Nath Dr. Vinod K Jose
Editor, The Caravan and Director, Delhi Press Executive Editor, The Caravan

Total number of interviews: 4

Dates taken: 10 January 2012, 22 June 2013, 9 January 2014, 17 January 2014

Place taken: Ambala Central Jail, Haryana

Total duration of all interviews together: 9 hours, 26 minutes, 51 seconds

Relevant audio related to Mohan Bhagwat:

Interview 3:  1:40 – 1:42

THE CARAVAN TRANSCRIPTS
File: ASEEMANAND
Writer: Leena Gita Reghunath
Editors: Vinod K Jose (reporting and content) and Alex Blasdel (structure and story)
Copy Editor: Ajay Krishnan
Fact Checker: Manas Roshan
Transcribed on: third interview—10 January 2014; fourth interview—17 January 2014
Transcription extracts / highlights on Mohan Bhagwat:

From third interview with Aseemanand, 10 Jan 2014, Ambala Central Jail, Haryana:

@ 1 hr: 40 min:

Aseemanand: Mohan Bhagwat, Indresh and Sunil, they all came to meet me in Shabari Dham.

Sunil said to Bhagwatji: Thoda hindu ka akraman hona hai. Sangh se jude hue log hai jo yeh vichar rakhte hai. Jo bhi hoga hum tak hi rakhenge. Sangh se inko jho denge bhi nahin. Aap se koi madat nahi lenge. Aap adhikari hai is liye aap ko bata rahe hai. Is liye aap ko bata raha hai, ki hum log soch rahe hai. [We should do some violence in the name of Hindus. There are many in the Sangh who feel so. Whatever happens it will be limited to us. We will not link the Sangh with this. We won’t take any help from you for this. We are letting you know because you are the top officials of the Sangh that we are planning to do this.]

Then Mohanji and Indresh, both said: Yeh bahut achcha hai. Zaroori hai. Sangh se nahi jodna. Sangh nahi karenge. [unclear] Hindutva ke liye bhi aisa koi hai. Sangh ka yeh vichar nahi hai.  [This is great. It’s very important that it be done. But the Sangh will not do this … (unclear) … That now Hindus will also have someone to do this. But don’t link this to the Sangh. Because this not the ideology of the Sangh.]

Then told me: Swamiji aap yeh karenge toh hum nishchint hoga. Koyi galat nahi hoga. Criminalization nahi hoga. Aap karenge toh crime karne keliye kar rahe hai aisa nahin lagega. Ideology ke saath juda rahega. [unclear] Bahut zaruri hai yeh hindu ke liye. Aap log karo. Aashirwad hai. Is se aage kuch bhi nahi. [If you will do this, we will be at ease with this. Nothing wrong will happen then. This will not be criminalized then. If you do it then people won’t say that we did a crime for the sake of doing a crime. It will be connected to the ideology. This is very important for Hindus. Please do this. You have our blessings. Nothing more than that from us.]

1:42:38
Interview 4: 2:29  – 2:30

Extract from fourth interview January 17, 2014:

2:29:02

Aseemanand: Phir kya hua ki Mohanji bola ke [So then Mohanji told me that] “aap kaam kar sakte hai.” Indreshji bola ki “haan aap kaam kar sakte hai. Sunil ko leke aap kaam kar sakte hai. Par ham log nahi rahenge. Aap hai to ham log aapke saath hai yeh aap maan lena. Aap jo karenge galat nahi hoga. Disha teekh rahega.” [You can work on this. You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved. But if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you on this. If you do this we are ensured that nothing wrong will happen. This will be on the right course (with your presence).]

2:29:15
This I had told Bharat and Bharat had told this to the CBI. I was surprised how CBI got to know all these things. That only me, Sunil, Bhagwatji and Indresh had met in a camp at the Shabri Dham. Yeh yeh baat hua tha [we had talked about these particular topics] – it was very surprising to me that how CBI knew about this. [In] 2005, after the Surat meeting this happened, close to Diwali.

Corrections: 1) |5 February, 2014| This press release previously stated that the reporter’s first interview with Aseemanand was in December 2011. The reporter met Aseemanand at a hearing that month. The first interview took place on 10 January 2012. 2) |9 February, 2014| An earlier line from the story, also excerpted in the press release, contained a transcription error. The line originally read:  ‘According to Aseemanand, both RSS leaders approved, and Bhagwat told him, “You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved, but if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you.”’ This line has been modified to: ‘According to Aseemanand, both RSS leaders approved, and Bhagwat told him, “You can work on this.” Indresh added, “You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved, but if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you.”’ The Caravan regrets the errors.

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