Why is Trump good to the U.S?

Being an extremely rich businessman, Trump knows to build a castle. With the U.S. having debts of trillions of dollars, this is the sort of leader that might be able to turn it all around. He might not be politically correct. But he has never feared to say what he thinks, and he can certainly voice an opinion. If he has an issue with you, he will say it to your face. It is always good to have a politician in the office with that level of transparency. The important aspect that is good for America with Trump is his loyalty to the nation to be great again. He mentioned in his presidential debate that “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created, I tell you that. I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Japan, from Mexico, and from so many places. I’ll bring back our money. … Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”

Trump’s promise to impose tariffs on trade partners such as China and Mexico and the tax cuts will boost the U.S economy. “Trump’s plan to overhaul the U.S. tax system and increase infrastructure spending should accelerate growth in the world’s biggest economy over the next two years,” said International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

In an economic update last week, the IMF bumped up its forecast for U.S. growth by 0.1 percentage point this year and 0.4 points for 2018. “The U.S. economy will expand by 2.3 percent in 2017 before accelerating to a 2.5 percent rate in 2018,” the fund said.

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Why Trump is not good to the U.S?

The choice of the Muslim countries that Trump banned the entry to the United States to prevent terrorism is totally a shameless act of spreading Islamophobia. The countries who were banned are Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sweden, Iran, and Libya. Let me take some examples where terrorists were from America. The San Bernardino shooting that killed 14 people was carried out by an American-born US citizen of Pakistani descent and a lawful permanent US resident of Pakistani descent. The Orlando nightclub shooter who murdered 49 people was an American-born US citizen of Afghan descent. The Boston marathon bombers, who identified as ethnic Chechen, came to the US from Kyrgyzstan and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before carrying out attacks that left three dead. The militant who killed four Marines during a shooting spree in Tennessee was a Kuwaiti-born US citizen whose parents were Palestinian and Jordanian.

And the 9/11 attackers? – Were they from the above mentioned banned countries? Fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Lebanon, and one was Egyptian. Osama bin Laden was a Saudi citizen, and his top deputies — including the current leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were Egyptian. None of the countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is on the list.

The real threat to the United States is not terrorists but Trump and the people in the U.S. The FBI said that “As of September 2016, approximately 1,000 potential ‘home-grown violent extremists’ were under surveillance across all 50 states. Between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by home-grown right-wing extremists than by Islamist terrorists.”

Ronald Reagan’s son said before election results that he will not vote for Trump as he is not qualified.  “Mr. Trump if he is nominated, starting with the fact that he would be the most unqualified president in the American history. Every one of our 44 presidents has had either government or military experience before being sworn in. Mr. Trump, a real estate mogul, and former reality-television star haven’t served a day in the public office or the armed forces,” he added.

Technology helps find home

Staying away from your loved ones is always quite difficult at times especially when you have not met them for long. I decided to spend my Saturday evening by watching a movie which evades my bad mood. I chose the “Dev Patel” to entertain me.

Lion

The dialogues in this two-hour long movie are delivered in two languages-Hindi and English, sequentially. Adapted from a book ‘A long way home’, this true story brings tears by narrating the life of a lost boy in 1986. The movie has a deep sense of music and silence which enables us to realize and sense the emotion that is intended to convey. I was wondering the reason for the name lion until I watched the climax. The movie tells us a tale of life through minimal dialogues. While watching the movie, tears welled in eyes for the small boy. I am just fascinated by the simple yet though provoking way the story was narrated. The second part of the movie was complex when the 25-year-old boy, staying oceans away from his home, gets a flash of his old memories frequently. The movie edges to how technology helped him find his home. The screenplay in the second part was amazing that you can’t keep your eyes off the screen.

An awesome must watch movie!!! Day attributed to the ‘Lion’!!!:)

Regulation of freedom of speech in India dilutes the democracy

In a democratic country, freedom should be absolute. The moment a restriction is placed on its head, the meaning of democracy vanishes.

In February 2016, police in Delhi arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, a student union leader at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, after members of the student wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused him of making anti-national speeches during a meeting organized on campus. This unjustified act of filing sedition cases over him dilutes the form of democracy. The sedition law, section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), was introduced by the British in 1870. The British used the law as a tool of repression to maintain colonial control, including against Indian freedom fighters. The regulation of free speech provokes dictatorship.

Another example is the frequent use of criminal defamation charges by the Tamil Nadu state government, led by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, against journalists, media outlets, and rival politicians is illustrative of how the law can be used to criminalize critics of the government. “The Tamil Nadu government reportedly filed nearly 200 cases of criminal defamation between 2011 and 2016. The Tamil-language magazines Ananda Vikatan and Junior Vikatan, both published by the Vikatan group, face charges in 34 criminal defamation cases, including for a series of articles assessing the performance of each cabinet minister” reported Human rights watch in one of their articles. The Supreme Court judges replied that “These criticisms are with reference to the conceptual governance of the state and not individualistic. Why should the state file a case for individuals? Defamation case is not meant for this.”Any stringent guideline on free speech is outrageous and is disgraceful to the democracy.

The extent of free speech and expression in itself is limited in India. In 2012, two girls in Mumbai were arrested for their facebook (Social Media) post questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray’s funeral. In 2015, the Tamil Nadu state police arrested a folk singer Kovan for composing songs that criticized the government for allegedly profiting from state-run liquor shops at the expense of the poor. He was released on bail after a year.

The sudden demonetisation move by the prime minister remains unquestionable till today.The democratic nation created by the people will be in jeopardy with regulations imposed on the free speech.

 

Source: Human Rights watch, scroll.in

Playback Diaries

In the heart of the Bangalore city in Indira Nagar, there was an event, Playback diaries scheduled at 6.30 pm on a Sunday at Lahe Lahe.

The atmosphere was peaceful and welcoming. The show was planned on the fourth floor and on the way through the stairs the walls were filled with writings like ‘Enjoy. It’s fun’. The entrance had some printed photographs of the performers stuck on the wall. A board at the entrance said, “Please leave your ego and footwear here.” Hopes were bottling up in audience’s mind.

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The show began at 6.30 in the evening. Playback diaries are theater shows where the team enacts the incidents given by the audience on the spot. The nine performers introduced themselves by enacting what type of characters they were. They described themselves as motivational, calm, sensitive, nothing-to-say type and so on.

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The play started. The audience were asked to narrate any story or life incident and the performers acted it out. The first one who raised the hand was Ishaan, a 5-year-old child.

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He narrated his story how did attempt a stunt ‘a few years ago’ and how he fell down from the ladder. The acting was amazing and Ishaan thanked them heartily. The next one still lies close to my heart. A man from the crowd narrated his Marathon story. “I practiced vigorously for three months for the Mumbai marathon. On the marathon day I could not perform well, as I had got cramps,” said Rajat. It was liberty to choose one person among the stage players to take up our role in the story. Rajesh, the co-ordinator of the play waved the flag to them by saying, “Let’s watch it out for Rajat.”

“Du tut um,” the play began with the drum beats. “Imaginary Rajat” started running in the marathon and suddenly one person came and jumped on him and held him tightly saying “Hey, I’m your CRAMPS, I love you.” There was a roar of applause from the crowd.

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More than acting the co-ordination among them was amazing. They did not talk discuss the roles they take or the positions. It was spontaneous and that’s what playback diaries are famous for. The spontaneity, team-playing skill, communication and the presence of mind everything pooled to showcase a perfect show.

Rajesh later questioned the audience as to what they wanted to do in 2016 but could not do. Latha(name changed), a 23-year-old female raised her hand and said “Archery.” “Oooh, awesome, Latha could not do archery and let’s watch it out for her,” said Rajesh, a catalyst to a chemical reaction (the play). They performed which conveyed, “Go for it if you really wanted to.”

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These performances were followed by conflict-type stories. A fair old lady raised her and said “I’m leaving India tomorrow. I want to go home, the U.S just because my family is there and ‘for nothing else’. However, I do not want to leave Bangalore.” The performer on one side of the role began saying “I do not want to leave Bangalore and blow the TRUMPhet, I do not want to go to that WALL. I want to stay in Bangalore.  The other side said “Oh, my family. It’s been years since I spent time with you. I want to meet you and be with you.” The conflict stories were not judgemental but intended pun was added without harming the audience and to make the show hilarious and live.

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While discussing with members of the crowd and sharing their opinion on the show, one of the performers said, “It’s not necessary to accept the bread and butter giving career as your passion. Follow it for the satisfaction of your soul.”

This event happens on the last Sunday of every month at the same location. Tickets can be found in bookmyshow.com

 

 

The South Remembers

It is one of the world’s oldest sports surviving since the Indus valley civilisation. There are several poems written about “Eru Thazhuvuthal” in the sangam literature of tamil. The state of Tamil Nadu celebrates, pongal festival, to mark the winter harvest and to begin a fresh harvest for the upcoming year. The second day is observed as ‘mattu pongal’ where bulls play a significant role in raising the crops to help farmers. This 5000-year-old, ancient sport is celebrated on the mattu pongal. Virile bulls are in great demand as they are used to sire calves. During the sport, the bull’s horn is tied with bag of coins (these days it’s a cloth) and the herder is supposed to slow down the bull and embrace the hump removing the bag. It requires a great valour to calm down a bull running at a high speed from the vaadi vaasal (entrance) towards the person, who is ready to tackle bull. There were allegations that the animal is let in an open area, as young men throw themselves onto the bull, in an effort to “tame” it and grab prizes or cash affixed on the animal’s body. Jallikattu, do not offer any major monetary benefit like other sports. If that is the case, then why do we have cricket matches? Isn’t there a price set for players in the team ? But still we have cricket matches.

The farmers spend huge amount in bringing up a bull and their only gain is the incentive by letting the bull participate in the sport. I have heard from my grandparents that it takes huge money and great patience to rear the cattle. The male bovines which displays their agility and celerity in the field are the main reason for the existence of native off-springs. Tamil Nadu had six native cattle breeds a century ago out of which the alambadi breed is now extinct. According to the data released in 2012 by livestock and poultry population of the Animal Husbandry department of Tamil Nadu, there has been a 21.22% decline in the cattle growth. The districts popular for the Jallikattu— mainly Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Theni, Pudukkottai and Dindigul had recorded a decline in the growth of cattles by 38%, 17%, 22%,23% and 70% respectively. The native cattle serve multiple purposes: they provide milk and farmyard manure, they are used for ploughing and transportation.
With the reduced availability of the native male breeds, farmers are opting for artificial insemination. This has lead to the increase in the production of artificially yield milk as the quality of the native breed cows is declining yet the latter is still considered more healthy. The cows of the native breed do not yield good quality of milk as artificial one’s produce milk yet they are healthy. Some cattle research organisations claim “The cross-breed cows produce high quantities of milk (not necessarily healthy- mostly A1 type -cause of a number of major diseases.) They cannot withstand the high temperature in India. Most of them suffer in silence to produce more milk to cater to our greed. In most cases the banned drug “oxitocin” is injected to the cows to produce more milk further weakening them and affecting our health.”
Here is my view- I agree to respect the arguments given by the PETA in videos, showing in some parts of the country, bulls are ill-treated. In that case, we should figure out ways to test, bulls before they participate in the sport. I would not agree with the ban. If they want to ban the sport, reasoning the animal cruelty, here are my further opinions. Some women in the country are being raped by men every day, so kill the male infants at birth.There are some unnoticed and uninformed incidents of a man being harassed and raped. Kill the female infants too from this day on.
There are ways to treat a sport and give justice to it. Does the centre expect to protest for years as we did for Hindi-not-to-be-a-national language?

Women do not deserve equal rights as men

It is remarkable to see women achieving and excelling in different fields. They go to space (Kalpana Chawla), are appointed at Governance (Hillary Clinton, Nirmala Sitharaman), are journalists (Burkha Dutt), break Olympic records (PV Sindhu), own companies (Indra Nooyi, Christine Lagarde) and are lawyers, doctors, artists, musicians, dancers.

Article 15(1) of the Indian constitution mentions equality of opportunities for all citizens on the grounds of employment.  However, there is no constitutional law that states the equality of men and women. There are ministries such as Women and Child welfare in the constitution. There is no Ministry of welfare for men. Both are different sex and indeed women are physically the weaker sex. Let me substantiate it with a reason why women should not be allowed to go to temples during their menstrual cycle and should be deprived of equality. Women are impure and unholy at those times as they shed blood which renders weakness. According to ancient Indian Science, humans’ existence and movement were recognized with “Energy.” According to the 5000-year-old, Ayurveda, menstruation is the process of monthly cleansing. Scientifically, within hours of bleeding, estrogens level slowly begins to rise and women tend to feel discomfort as it removes all impure, waste blood from the body. This is considered as removing negative energy from the system. Based on the law of attraction, during this time it is obvious to attract all the positive forces. To be precise, positive energies rise up from the temples (through light and idol), and negative energy goes downwards in menstruation. More than discomforting the body of women, it neutralizes the energy in the idol. Hence they should not be allowed to the temples when they bleed.

 

It is not the battle of sex. It is the battle of practicality. However, women are the reasonable existence of creating the other. According to the physical definition of equality, “Two quantities or things are approximately equal when they are close enough in value so the difference is inconsequential in practical terms.” Men and women differ widely in their values both physically and mentally and thus the concept of equality is a false notion. Apples are not equal to oranges. They are fruits, but not all oranges make an apple pie and neither the converse is true.  It is worth remembering that the term ‘gender’ came about in the early 1960’s in an attempt to differentiate between one’s biological sex and imposed socio-cultural roles.

According to me, women should not demand equality. They should continue to achieve at greater heights to prove that they are not equal and are just greater than men. India, “Bharat Matha”, by name gives a high reverence to women. When a society fails to understand the nature of men and women, everything turns unfair and the demand of equality rises.