#Me Too in India – Long Awaited Movement

On religion and worship, a facet of Sanatan Dharma (colloquially Hinduism) characteristically stands out, all mother Goddesses are in the Sanctum Sanctorum, all are depicted at the same level as Men Gods. Give my expression but let us revisit Lord Ram and Sita, Lord Krishn and Radha, Lord Shiv goes a step further, he says he is incomplete without Lord Parvati. Such is the legacy we all inherit, wherein religion has built our ethos to respect ladies with that adoration and equal respect. Just to highlight the contrary, I haven’t seen a single temple wherein the female consort is outside Sanctum Sanctorum.

Not sure at what point in time have we mutated this legacy but irrespective of when it happened, we dealt a severe body blow to our culture and heritage. I am not a well read person like several of you are. However, I can see a transition of another facet, the Ghungat/padar/burqh. If you observe carefully, you will notice it prominently in Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. As you go south towards Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, you see that size of Ghunghat decreasing. Not sure if you guys concur with me?

Sometimes that makes me wonder, has it changed after the Mughal onslaught? Those barbaric marauders attacked the western border and we see that tradition more on that side. They had least respect for the land, ladies or the people and they pretty much plundered heinously everything. That moght have changed our custom and culture.

But again, second citizen treatment for women has its genesis on the nature (of procreation), their intrinsic physical vulnerability and mens attitude to dominate with coercion. It is an exploitation that we embedded and made it ritualistic.

Just look at our Hindu Temples, men can visit temple anytime but women cannot, while they are menstruating. We consider that less spiritual time. Never understood the logic. Aren’t we all born out of that physiologic process? Why consider it lesser (and probably dirty)?

A lot has to do with women’s own submission. They should support their own equality. They should break those taboos created as aberrations over a period of millennia. Just assert and walk confidently. Men will simply follow.

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What is wrong with us? Despite our value system and religious ethos, we such heinous crimes? Of course, this is an outlier and can be counted as rarest of the rare reporting by the open sensationalizing media. However, even if we bar this incidence, crimes against women are much common place in India, compared to western standards though we are a shade better than Muslim world. How can we as a doctor community help this problem?
India outcry after eight-month-old baby raped
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-42869010

 

Republic Day – A Mirage or Illusion

Below, I have taken a clip from a movie, wherein Sunil Dutt sang a song that remains an apt as a vision for india.

 

Another is a satire, that is circulating on the internet, though sublime, provides a vitriolic criticism of a India as a nation and the general psyche.

(Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to convert it into a format to upload)

 

 

The last one is the Jana Gana Mhana… a poem written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1911 and first sung at the Indian National Congress (except for name, no relationship with Indira Congress). Apart from its rich lyrics, exceptional creativity in articulating the vision in verbs that is easily understood by the common man, it provides the ethos and captures the essence of the conceptualizing nationality. This song will remain eternal in the minds of generations to come.

 

A democratic shutdown

Well, you may ask, what has this to do with us in India.

Macabre outcome to unrelenting duel, wherein one wins – either in bedlam or a wordy fistfight of self declared winner. That’s democracy, friends!

… and I trust, despite its evolution, it is likely to be severely multipartite, more obnoxious and time irrelevant bonhomie… what do we do? Just watch AAP or Merkel in Germany or Farange in UK, and count yourself hapless… 😂

Government shutdown: The winners and losers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42755808

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Yes, we (have) trump 😂 but…

They agree to disagree but there is no bedlam, no fights, no broken furniture…

 

A picture from the shutdown that will make you believe government can still actually work
http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/20/politics/shutdown-analysis-cillizza/index.html

India – an emerging reality

An interesting clip, possibly a revelation of emerging cohabitation. Below clip was shared by Dr. Evelina Mujumdar.

The speaker is Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President, All India Imams Organisation
This clip is from function of launch of book, encyclopedia of Hinduism was held on Oct 2014.

These days, unlike our childhood, it is unheard. Deep rooted secularism and accommodation of varied perspectives (that includes faith) is a true characteristic that distinguishes this magnificent land. It is irony, India is fast losing this perspective since pragmatist label this tenet of Indianness as idealism or liberalism.

As the speaker mentioned, we all belong to one common ethnic stalk (that also includes Pakistan) and appreciating that solidarity is the only way towards nationhood. This Muslim speaker is walking the true path of pragmatism, may be there is a deeper realization of coexistence as the only option. However, the majority faith should not disavow this idea of coexistence.

While this is true for the majority faith, the minority faith has a reflection to do and adjust. As I said earlier, there is a great deal of resilience built in the ethos of this land. However, while the greater majority is asserting itself, Muslims should reconcile and acknowledge this element of Indianness. There is a deeper acceptance of diverse perspective within the ethos of this land and it is the trait that has primarily lead to proliferation of the Islam.

Peace and prosperity goes both ways, it is built with efforts and all these spiritual leaders are taking one step at time, in that direction. As individuals, our contribution towards this growing philosophy is support to the momentum that these religious leaders are gradually building.

Message from my friend, Dr. Anand Kawade, “Good message from Imam Umar,

धर्म शब्दाच्या मुळाशी “धारणा” आहे.आणि ही धारणा मानवाच्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित आहे.
जेव्हा ती तुमच्या स्वत़़च्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित असते त्यावेळी तो तुमचा धर्म होतो.सहाजिकच तो धर्म दुसऱ्यांचे अस्तित्व नाकारतो. ज्यावेळी ही धारणा दुसऱ्यांच्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित व्हायला लागते,मान्य करायला लागते त्यावेळी तो धर्म inclusive व्हायला लागतो.

मग तुमच्या श्रद्धा, lifestyle,वर्ण, रंग काहीही असो. हिंदू धर्म, बौद्ध धर्म, जैन धर्म

यांच्या बाबतीत हे already झालेले आहे. Pope Francis यांचे विचार हेच दाखवून देते की ईसाई धर्माची ही प्रक्रिया चालू झाली आहे आणि ईमाम यांचे भाषणातून दिसते की इस्लाम धर्मात नवी पहाट झाली आहे.
आपण सगळेच एकाच परब्रह्माचे अंश आहोत हा अनुभव निरंतर येऊन तदनुसार वागणे यालाच आध्यात्म किंवा spiritually म्हणतात.बाकी सगळं मग “बोलाचीच कढी आणि बोलाचा चालू भात”

Pope – neoclassical religious leader

Pope Francis is unique amongst religious leaders, not many leaders of other faith would dare to care for followers of other faith but he does. He was the first one to support Rohingya Muslims and now, he is highlighted the plight of Amazonian irrespective of country and religion, as the Amazon delta is under attack by economic vultures.

Skeptics always have an ulterior interpretation of Pope Francis but if we are to take facts as prima facie without colluding with our biases, we would see a perspective embracing humanity as a sublime tenet from his protest. I look forward to my religious (political) leaders to come forward and express similar solidarity for humanity.

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-42755422

Sweden – where jihadist overruled immigrant norms

This is an article from 2016 but the way the immigrants have trampled the law and order and enforced their own rituals sidelining the value of immigrant community is deplorable.

It is this trait that is creating a counter reaction that helps consolidate idiots to rule the best. Can we control such practices at the root cause? Can this religious group practice the fundamental tenets (as espoused by Parsis when they arrived in India)? Can there be a collective and governance around this? In fact this would truly help the cause of their faith and practice. Also, it would protect those innocent that are affected because of reactionary forces.
How Sweden became an exporter of jihad
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37578919

Flu – What you still need to do

On Sept. 4 2017, I shared a blog on the severity of flu for this season (starting Oct 2017 – March 2018). This wasn’t a prophecy but explanation based on scientific evidence two aspects –

The history of the mutations occurring in the virus, as collected from the evidence from Southern hemisphere (Australia is the target country).

The nature of the virus genome that makes turns on the infrequent genomic shifts and genomic drifts. The flu season for the fall of 2017 saw a antigenic shift rather than an antigenic drift.

If you haven’t vaccinated, it is time to get it done. Also, read some simple tips on how best to prevent flu.

Unlike most respiratory virus, flu is a systemic disease with high morbidity and occasional mortality in extremes if age. Even if the outlook is bleak, you should still definitely get a flu shot if you haven’t already, as it does provide effective protection against several strains, and a quick shot with minimal side effects is worth it to avoid days of being stuck in bed.

Hydrogen Peroxide – the best first remedy to prevention.

To some, it may seem primal but from my personal experience, I have always benefited by doing Hydrogen Peroxide gargles at those early stages when you identify that throat discomfort. As always, talk with your doctor to understand its usage.

But best remember to wash your hands too. Here is a reason…

Another things that helps to prevent flu and any other viral disease is to wash hands frequently, it is wise to be paranoid to think your hands are carrying the bugs if you haven’t washed those for some time now. It definitely makes sense not to touch any of the organs above your neck. If you haven’t washed your hands, it is safe to presume they will transmit those viruses.

Antigenic Shift versus Antigenic Drift

Because circulating flu virus strains change, it’s difficult for health agencies to predict how bad flu season will be in a given year. Despite a lack of certainty, health officials generally agree that the best way to protect a population is for as many people as possible to get the shot and participate in what scientists call “herd immunity.” When more people in a society become immune to a virus—or any disease—chances decrease that someone who isn’t immune will be exposed. That could mean the difference between life and death for some people who have weaker immune systems—including the elderly, young children, and people with chronic medical conditions.

The trouble is, the makeup of the viruses can change in the blink of the eye, because virus strains constantly mutate. Although researchers have clues about what a virus did previously, they’re usually guessing what specific changes will happen next. Viruses don’t grow naturally in eggs. They need to mutate in order to do so. Usually, these mutations don’t affect the vaccine later on. But when they do, they can render them effectively useless. This seems to be the case with the batch of flu vaccines given out this year.

Current vaccines are only 10% effective against this year’s main flu strain, called H3N2. The authors theorized that this was in part due to this mutation and in part because of a complication with the antibody serums used to make the vaccine fit for people.

H3N2 is also a particularly nasty strain, which historically is always the worse influenza.

Why Flu may be bad for 2017-2018. https://wp.me/p7XEWW-Xf.

A virus mutation has made this year’s flu vaccine less effective https://qz.com/1143420/the-2017-2018-flu-vaccine-is-less-effective-than-usual/

https://theconversation.com/3-ways-the-us-should-prepare-for-the-next-flu-pandemic-91300