Is India Safe For Foreign Women Tourists? How are Tourists Treated in India?

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Attitude of Indian Men towards Foreign Women Tourists

Foreign women tourists in India often find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. Even though India’s Ministry of Tourism has adopted the tagline “Atithi Devo Bhavah” or “Treating Guests as God”, the treatment which the foreign women tourists get in India more or less remain the same. India has a not-so-friendly attitude towards female tourists, in particular, varies in different regions. Southern and Western India ranks favorably, however, in Northern India, problems like eve-teasing and constant staring are the most rampant.

Certain sections of Indian society brand women from the west as being low on morals. This false notion is the root of all problems, which women tourists face in India and it perpetuates the crime. Several tragic incidents pertaining to women tourists have led to foreign government’s issuing travel advice for its citizens travelling to India. Foreigners, especially women, are generally advised not to travel alone while in India. Also, they are cautioned against taking public transport after dark.

Safety of Foreign Women Tourists: The Grim Situation in India

  • Delhi, despite being the country’s capital and a representative territory, tops the list of crimes against foreign women tourists.
  • Goa has reported 245 deaths in last 12 years. The rape and murder of a 28-year-old Irish Woman Danielle McLaughlin this year is the latest on the list.
  • A 15-year-old British school girl Scarlett Keeling was raped and killed in 2008 in Goa. India’s judicial system let the entire country down by acquitting the two accused from all charges. Police tried to cover the case by reporting the death as an accident, for protecting the local gangs of Goa. It was later when Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlet, pushed for a second autopsy, it was revealed that she was drugged and raped.
  • Instead of making the country safe India’s minister’s give irresponsible statements like foreign women should not wear skirts or walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities “for their own safety.” This stupid remark clearly displays “the syndrome of blaming women” for what they were wearing and where they were.
  • A Japanese woman was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in 2014 in Bihar. An Israeli national was sexually assaulted by a group of men at Manali in 2016. A Russian woman was assaulted by an auto-rickshaw driver in Delhi in 2015. There are many reports of female tourists getting drugged and raped. The list is long and endless and keeps on growing.
  • Post-December 2012, Delhi gang-rape, the perception of India drastically changed amongst all foreign countries and all of them advised their female citizens against travelling to India. A long list of instructions was issued if they really have to travel. All these reflect the dark side of Indian Tourism.

The Conclusion | Things Are Not As Bad As They Seem to Be

Yes! It is definitely advised to be cautious when you are travelling in India. Since every country has a different culture, it is advised to every foreign tourist, irrespective of their gender, to abide by the country’s tradition and customs.

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Every country has good or bad people. All men are not the same. There are countless men with a good mindset that won’t treat women as sex objects. However, keeping in view the horrible crimes that have been committed to past few years against foreign tourists it is definitely expected, not only from the government to take steps, but from each and every citizen to realize that their behavior represents the entire country.

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Women & HIV Connected Blemish In India

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Over 40% HIV Afflicted in India are Women

“I got HIV from my husband who never told me that he has it. Relatives hid it too. After my husband’s death, I was thrown out of the house and my parents didn’t come to my rescue”

This is the voice of a woman who contracted HIV from her husband post marriage. Though the latest government statistics and estimates show that the number of HIV positive cases in India has declined by about 60%, still two-fifths of the total number of HIV infections are among women. This really presses the fact that awareness programmes need to focus on women. Many things can be attributed to this scenario like social inequalities and low awareness. I have discussed them below:

Reasons Behind The Numbers | Women In India At Far Greater Risk of Infection

Social Inequalities:
  • In India, HIV Epidemic is impossible to disentangle or separate from the social and cultural values. A vast majority of women are still least powerful as major sections of Indian society advocates patriarchy.
  • Women are not allowed to make choices regarding the use of condom and even to have sex. If a woman tries; she is considered to be low in morals.
  • According to recent reports, about 95% of HIV positive married women in India report being monogamous i.e. they have sexual relations with only one partner. So the most likely culprit is their husband’s extramarital behavior which includes unprotected sex outside marriage and having sex with sex workers.
  • Women who are domestically abused by their husbands are at more risk of contracting an HIV infection due to their husband’s sexual practices both outside, as well as inside marriage. Therefore this leaves a woman with a double hazard as she is not in control of her husband’s extramarital behavior and neither she has a say in the abusive sex practices of her husband inside the marriage.
Low Awareness & HIV Testing Considered a Taboo:
  • Women don’t go out and get tested for HIV as it is considered a social stigma.
  • HIV/AIDS is a silent epidemic as most of the Indians, irrespective of the gender, are still not aware whether they have the virus or not.
  • According to a survey, only 4 out of 10 Indian women of reproductive age knew about AIDS. This is due to vast sections of women still being illiterate.
  • As of now, the infection has expanded its boundaries by covering adolescent girls (married and single); married women of reproductive age; sexually active single women; sex workers; college and university students; pregnant women; and women survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

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Blame Ultimately Falls on Women
  • A study has indicated that a vast majority of people who shared their being HIV positive to their near and dear ones, only men received care. Women were discarded by their families and in-laws.
  • Women who contracted HIV from their husbands are blamed for their husband’s HIV diagnosis. Nobody blames men.
  • Also if a man admits to having sexual relationships with sex workers; then also a blame is put on a woman as she failed to “satisfy” her husband.

The Conclusion | Breaking Down Barriers

All this instills fear in a woman’s mind. Fear of being discarded by her in-laws. Fear of getting aggressive and unfriendly reactions from society. As a result, she fails to realize that the hollow social values of our so-called culture would ultimately lead to her doom. Even if she realizes and wants to take some steps; the fear of getting no support from her family, consequently, discourages her from taking any.

To counter this problem, first of all, strategies must be framed especially for women health care. In addition to this, education and awareness regarding AIDS must be spread across entire nation including rural and backward areas. Women must have a say in their social life.

“Finally what is required is the widening of the narrow horizons of a big chunk of Indian mindset which has made our beautiful culture an absolute mess by embroiling it with their vacuous views.” 

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Golden Temple Honored With ‘Most Visited Place of The World’ Award

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Golden Temple Awarded ‘Most Visited Place of the World’

Being an Indian and a local of Amritsar along with makes me feel proud to know that Golden Temple is now officially the ‘Most Visited Place of The World.’ The award has been given by a London Based Organization ‘World Book of Records’ (WBR) that catalogs and verifies world records. The award was given by WBR’s General Secretary of India Chapter, Surbhi Kaul, and President of Punjab Chapter, Randeep Singh Kohli to Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee’s (SGPC) Chief Secretary, Roop Singh.

Golden Temple is amongst the most prominent heritage sites in India. Since the completion of Heritage Street Project; Golden Temple has witnessed a further increase in the already huge number of devotees visiting the shrine every day. The peace and the tranquillity which you witness here at Golden Temple is incomparable. This heavenly place definitely cleanses your soul. Golden Temple is popularly known as ‘Sri Harimandir Sahib,’ which basically means the temple of God.

Things to Know About the Golden Temple

  • Golden Temple was founded by Fourth Sikh Guru; Sri Guru Ramdas; and was constructed under the aegis of Fifth Sikh Guru; Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.
  • The temple’s foundation stone was laid by famous Sufi Muslim Saint, Mian Mir. As the temple was to be thrown open for people of all religion, caste, creed, and gender; Sri Guru Arjan Dev invited Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone for one of the holiest places of the Sikhs. Never before that and never after, the foundation stone of the highest religious seat of a religion has been laid by the head of another religion.
  • The man-made water body around the temple is known as ‘Amrit Sarovar’  translated as ‘The Pool of Nectar.’ Pilgrims of all religious faiths, visit Golden Temple, and take a dip in the ‘Amrit Sarovar.’ The water here is believed to have therapeutic properties.

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  • The exterior of the temple is covered with pure gold. Initially, the temple was built without gold. It was, during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the temple underwent renovation.
  • The first edition of ‘Guru Granth Sahib,’ the sacred literature of Sikh religion, was installed here in 1604 and Baba Buddha was appointed as the first ‘Granthi’ of the book.
  • Before the Golden Temple was constructed, the first Sikh Guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev, used to meditate on this site.
  • The free kitchen or the ‘Langar’ serves almost up to 50,000 people in a day, delicious and nutritious food. The number often goes up to as much as 1,00,000 during religious holidays or festivals.
  • The Golden Temple has 4 entrances from 4 sides; hence further reinforcing the fact that the everyone, no matter what the religion, caste, creed or gender the person is, is allowed to pay obeisance here.

The Golden Temple: A True Symbol of Faith & Spirituality

In conclusion, I will like to say that mere reading about the place, to which legends and miracles are connected, won’t give you the same experience as visiting the same. Hence, I highly recommend all to pay a visit to the Golden Temple. It is rightly said in the holy words of Sri Guru Arjan Dev:

‘Dithe sab thav nahi tudhjehia’.

(I have seen all places, there is not another like thee).

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Vedas : The Embodiment of Eternal Knowledge & Wisdom

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The Treasure of Vedas

The word ‘Veda’ has been derived from the root word “vid” which means “to know.” Hence Vedas means knowledge. Vedas, truly personifies a vast universe of knowledge. Vedas can teach a man the highest truths and enable him to find ‘God’ within his/her soul. According to Hindu mythology, when Brahma was given the charge of ‘Creation’, he became the recipient of the Vedas, which are believed to be uttered by the Supreme God. Hence, Vedas are primarily in the form of sound itself. They are not termed as man-made but the ‘heard-ones.’ That’s why Vedic Mantras are sensitive to vibrations and when uttered properly will have the desired effect.

Vedas, not only offers us the true knowledge of Nature, but also a genuine and honest cognition of one’s own self which is highly necessary to gain the ultimate liberation. There are four primary aims of human life; meeting religious duties, earning wealth, a quest for pleasure, and finally gaining liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Vedas teach us the way to live our life with a perfect balance between these four primary purposes.

The Structure And The Constitution of The Vedas

The four Vedas are Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda. Each one of these is further sub-divided into four parts namely the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. 

  • Rig-Veda: Knowledge of the Hymns of Praise.
  • Sama-Veda: Knowledge of the Melodies.
  • Yajur-Veda: Knowledge of Sacred Formulas; a set of rules for performing a religious ceremony.
  • Atharva-Veda: Knowledge of the Magic Formulas.

The Rig-Veda is the largest of all. It is further sub-divided into ten books known as Mandalas and contains 1028 hymns. The Sama-Veda’s content is mostly from the Rig-Veda itself. But the content of Sama-Veda is written and arranged in a different way as it is meant to be chanted. Yajur-Veda is further sub-divided into White Yajur-Veda and Black Yajur-Veda and contains an explanation as to how to perform religious rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices. The Atharva-Veda has charms and conjurations in it. It consists of a ritual recitation of words that are believed to have magical effects.

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The Four Parts of The Vedas

  • The Samhitas:

    • They contain hymns which are used for religious prayers or offerings.
    • The Samhitas of the Rig-Veda are mostly chants while of the Sama-Veda has poetic and musical quality.
    • Though several mythological accounts are listed in Vedas, a majority of the hymns are in reference to Indra, Varuna, Agni and Soma (a holy plant whose juice was considered sacred).
    • The Samhitas of the Yajur-Veda depicts rules for performing a religious ceremony. For Atharva-Veda, the Samhitas go more towards the Tantra side. It consists of various spells and charms.
  • The Brahmanas:

    • This part deals with the knowledge of performing rituals.
    • It contains accounts that a ritual must be performed correctly in order to garner its full benefit.
  • The Aranyakas:

    • As the name tells these are forest books.
    • These books served as guides to the ascetic groups, hermits or individuals who lived in the forests.
    • The Atharva-Veda doesn’t contain Aranyakas of its own.
    • They mainly contain the philosophical and technical sides of Vedic practices.
    • These books were a tool for people who used to leave their homes and proceeded towards living in forests.
    • The Aranyakas has mystical and significant knowledge of birth, breath, liberation, self, and re-birth.
  • The Upanishads:

    • The fourth part of the Vedas is collectively known as Vedanta means the end of Vedas.
    • Upanishads means “sitting near.”
    • They are said so as they contain secret knowledge which is not meant to be distributed to all.
    • Major subjects which are talked about in the Upanishads are liberation, a journey of the soul after death, food, rituals, spells, the importance of bodily organs and rebirth.
    • The knowledge contained in the Upanishads is deep and penetrating. They tell oneself how to live a life of spirituality. Yoga and meditation are also discussed elaborately in the Upanishads.

Finally, I will like to conclude that Vedas are a storehouse of all worldly knowledge. In addition to it, knowledge of one’s own self is contained in them. However, the authority of the Vedas is fast decreasing in present day world and new ideas are taking over. But still for living a harmonious, proportionate and a symmetrical life the Vedas are especially relevant because all the queries which a rational mind can ask are answered beautifully in the Vedas.

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Siachen : Most Arduous & Herculean Call of Duty for the Indian Soldier

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Highest War Zone on Planet Earth: Siachen

At an altitude of over 5,400 meters; brave soldiers of Indian Army; stay atop the 76 kilometers long glacier of Siachen, watching out for the Pakistani forces, all year round. A temperature of even 15 degrees Celsius makes the majority of us take out our sweaters and jackets. But these true heroes protect our country, in a place where temperature goes down to negative 60 degrees Celsius, every day.

The bullet won’t kill you here, but the cold will. A place where instead of Sun; life is prolonged and kept up by Kerosene; our soldiers present a perfect example of strength and courage by defying death in its face and protecting our country’s frontiers every single day of the year.

We sleep in peace in our warm blankets and wake up to the warm morning sun and a cup of coffee. Never ever we think of living conditions in a place where hot water bottles don’t work, sleep doesn’t come at night and our bodies start to deteriorate. A place where you couldn’t even survive for a minute; these strong men, leaving their families behind, protect every inch of our land from our distrustful neighbor at the cost of their own lives.

 

Things You Should Know About Indian Soldiers in Siachen

  • At such a high altitude the levels of oxygen in the blood of a healthy soldier are similar to a person with severe lung disorder at sea level. Now at sea level person would be admitted to hospital’s intensive care unit. But our soldiers remain in bone-freezing cold ready to battle 24/7.
  • Fresh food is a rarity at Siachen. A place where an apple freezes to the hardness of a cricket ball in no time our soldiers survive on tinned and preserved foods.
  • Army pilots deployed for dropping food at Siachen usually have less than a minute to do their task as the enemy is quite nearby. That too, if conditions are bad, half of the food is eaten up by snow.
  • Clean drinking water is obtained by melting snow.
  • Army men are constantly under the exposure of high levels of ultraviolet radiation.
  • Apart from harsh environmental conditions soldiers have to battle severe isolation. Where we live in the warmth of heater in winters; our soldiers have to cramp up in a small igloo; with kerosene stove; being the only source of warmth.
  • Soldiers use special anti-frostbite gloves as touching a piece of metal, like a gun trigger, with bare hands for over fifteen seconds could result in severe frostbite that could lead to amputation of fingers or toes.

“A Local Saying: The Land is so Barren and the Passes so High that Only the Best of Friends and Fiercest of Enemies come by”

  • Snowstorms in Siachen can last up to 3 weeks with yearly snowfall over 3 dozen feet. At the time of snow storms, minimum 3-4 soldiers have to constantly use shovels to remove snow. Otherwise, the military post will be history.
  • Sometimes even sweat inside the gloves freezes to ice. This too can lead to finger amputations. Soldiers when brought down to sea level often suffer from problems related to eyesight, hearing problems and memory loss.
  • Speech problems, nausea, sleep deprivation and even depression are common. Even with such great difficulties, Indian soldiers stay strong over Siachen.

 

Even with such inhospitable and life-threatening conditions, there has been never a shortage in Indian Army of volunteers for Siachen. Indian Army has even built the world’s highest helipad at Sonam in Siachen to bring in supplies all year round.

“A Devout & Sincere Salute To These Super Soldiers Who For Our Tomorrow Gave Their Today”

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What India Has Offered To The World? Influence of Indian Culture on the World

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The Charm of Indian Culture on the World

Mostly we hear about the contribution of other countries to India. But we never talk or think about the impact of Indian Culture on the world. You might think that our contribution towards the world would be minimal. You are right in your conclusion as we are a developing nation and still lack proper growth in major areas. But reality speaks otherwise. Ours being the oldest civilization in the world has offered a lot to the world.

This is what we are going to talk about. In this post, I am shedding light on certain major aspects of Indian culture which have carved for them a commonplace in cultures across the globe. If you have visited a foreign nation in the nineties, you would have been surprised to find a major contrast in their lifestyle and ours. But as of now, many things local to our country have built up their second home in nations all over the world. Let us talk in more detail now about Influence of Indian Culture on World.

What India Hands To The World? Impact of Indian Culture on The World

  • Yoga and Meditation

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    • Yoga is taken up by people across the globe for their mental and physical well-being.
    • You go to any gym in foreign nations and you will definitely find a Yoga Class in it.
    • A Yoga Session is always there on the cards of almost all fitness enthusiastic.
    • In fact, we must not be surprised, when we visit a foreign nation, if people ask us to teach them Yoga.
    • Pilates is a fitness system which helps you develop strength without putting on excess bulk. Even it is influenced by ancient Indian spiritual exercises.
    • Meditation, popularized by Indian Gurus, is a technique through which you can find your inner peace. This is adopted by many persons outside India to achieve a sense of peacefulness in their hectic lives.
  • Colorful Clothes

    • You might be surprised to know that Colorfast dyes were invented by Indians.
    • Colorfast is a term used in the textile industry that determines the cloth’s color’s resistance to fading or running.
  • Spices and Ayurveda

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    • A vast variety of spices are truly an essence of our nation.
    • It is not unknown to you that Indian spices and seasonings are tremendously popular on every continent.
    • They are used widely for putting up exquisite taste in food.
    • Various spices, like Turmeric, are considered to be anti-inflammatory.
    • These spices are used since ages in our households for their health benefits.
    • They are known for preventing cancer and are termed as protectors of the aging brain.
    • Many spices are an integral part of Indian Ayurveda which is a branch of medicine that uses herbs to cure various diseases.
    • Indian Ayurveda is rapidly growing as an industry, not only in our country but also all over the world.
    • As of now the demand for Ayurvedic Medicines is on the rise in countries other than India.
    • Most of these Ayurveda Industries are even manufacturing items like shampoos and toothpastes using herbal extracts.
    • These herbal toiletry items are immensely popular both inside as well as outside India due to their beneficial effects on the body.
  • Indian Music and Dance/Bollywood

    • Bollywood movies are very popular nowadays in almost every nation.
    • Indian movies, dubbed in a local language, are watched with great enthusiasm outside our country.
    • This fact needs no explanation as it is evident from the fact that all major Bollywood releases are released outside India also.
    • We all know that Bollywood movies and music is especially popular in the Middle East, Russia and the Caribbean.
    • Bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance, is included in gym workouts. It is considered as a very effective cardio exercise.
    • You can find tons of videos on YouTube showing foreign nationals doing The Bhangra on the tunes of Punjabi music.
  • Indian Festivals

    • We are there in all parts of the world and are indulged in almost every occupation.
    • Even in foreign politics, you can find many Indians who had settled abroad long ago.
    • Consequently, Indian Festivals are immensely popular. Diwali is celebrated even in White House in the USA.
    • Holi is celebrated by many ethnic groups who come together to play it with their Indian friends.
    • Furthermore, if we go South, Onam, is no longer a festival of Kerala, but it has earned many patrons all over the world.

These are the major trends which rightly show the Influence of Indian Culture on World. Furthermore, there are various other things have positively impacted the world like Indian Cuisine, Vedic Mantras, and Henna, which are being used almost worldwide for creating temporary body patterns.

The factor that Indians are not confined to their own country is really beneficial in spreading our culture even more as wherever we go; our culture is carried with us spontaneously.

In conclusion, I will like to say that we must be proud of our culture which has created a widespread optimistic impact on other cultures. Hence it is our duty to protect and preserve this rich cultural heritage of ours. The most noteworthy contribution to this is expected from the younger generation as they hold the key to India’s future. Therefore they must strive for making India a perfect example of Unity in Diversity.

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Why India Needs Feminism? Why India Needs To Embrace Feminism?

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Feminism in India:

Majority of us out there consider ‘Feminism’ to be a woman supremacist movement. Let me tell you how wrong you are with your typical notions. Feminism is not anti-men; but it is to define, establish and achieve equality of the sexes. Feminism doesn’t advocate to teach your sons to behave and stuff like that. It, in fact, says to remove gender as a judgment evaluation method. Why do we still need justification for India to embrace feminism because time has long passed that country like India, where about a million baby girls are killed every hour, should realize that feminism is not something that puts women above men but it is about eliminating the common Indian thinking of associating gender with everything.

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I am not saying that women are facing issues in India itself but the difference is in the critical situation in our country. As of now India only has 940 women to every 1000 men and with every census, the condition remains the same. More than 35% of women in India are illiterate and the majority are forced to leave their career once they get married. Every hour a woman is raped and her very own parents shut her lips and plead her to digest the horrendous torture she went through and live rest of her life in fear with a traumatized soul. Even if a voice is raised the cases languish in Indian courts of law for years. It’s sad that for a country where ‘Durga’ is worshipped, we do the worst job in terms of respecting women in our own lives.

Still Not Convinced Of The Need for Feminism in India? I Hope Following Questions Give You The Answer

  • Why a girl has to decide her clothes based on anyone else rather than herself?
  • Why does a girl need to pay a dowry to a man to marry her?
  • Why is a daughter still considered a liability and not an asset?
  • Why do we tell our sons to have fun and our daughters to be safe?
  • Why a girl has to fear for her life in our country if she has to stay out late?
  • Why a lot of people in our country think of women exercising their own judgment to be against Indian culture?
  • Why the majority of the girls have to behead their ambitions?
  • Why a woman needs a son or a brother to feel safe?
  • Why is a woman told to “try for a son” when she has a daughter?
  • Why are a vast majority of Indian women not given the right to choose their life partner themselves? A woman is taught not to talk to strangers, but in the end; she is married off to a stranger only under the pretext of “arranged marriage.”
  • Why a girl’s voice is suppressed when she tries to stand up for her rights?
  • Why in India is a girl leading a single life looked down upon?
  • Why in India; to every girl; it is told that she has to go to a new home and she should be within her limits? What are those so-called limits?
  • Why in the name of Indian Culture a girl is made to live within boundaries defined by this society having a sick mindset?

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My Personal Experiences

The list is endless and I am sure none of you is having a valid answer to any of the above-asked questions. You all must have seen and experienced these things happening around you. Let me share a few of my personal experiences:

  • A friend of mine was mentally harassed by her senior. My friend and I stood up and shared everything with a concerned person who is a woman too. What happens in the end? My friend is evicted from her role and she is said that she should learn to accept things. I am told that there is no proof of the harassment. Who is laughing at the end? Obviously; the monster who harassed her. He gets more courage now to do the same thing again with some other person. The agony behind this is that in my country; a woman herself is suppressing another woman.
  • A friend of mine got married and she proudly announces to me that they gave 30 Lakh INR to the groom. Why are girls raised up believing that they are inferior? Why Indian parents spend fifty times more funds on their daughter’s marriage rather than on her education? Sad thing is that when I asked her the reason behind this; she says that in our home it is customary.

The Good That Feminism Will Bring in Our Lives

  • Feminism can make both sexes to effectively stick together and work towards the achievement of a common objective; ‘Mutual Welfare.’ As women will be given equal opportunities and social status it will build their self-respect.
  • Feminism can make men understand that roles are not segregated according to gender. Both sexes have an equal role to play inside as well as outside the house. This develops better sharing of feelings and a sense of belongingness.
  • Feminism promotes equality in all kinds of relationships and a balanced life is always happier.
  • Feminism not only protects the rights of a specific group of women but it incorporates the entire women of the nation. Certainly, our country will prosper if women from every section of society are given the status of being equal with men.
  • Feminism can definitely put an end to crime against women in our country.

However, the major challenge for feminism in our country is to change the underlying attitude of men towards women. Courtrooms are always there but to bring about a complete change the entire society needs to be revamped.

India Needs To Adopt Feminism | The Conclusion

A woman deserves to be treated equally with respect to men. Rather than raising your daughter to be perfect at cooking and household chores; one must raise their daughters to become independent and to achieve their ambitions. Indian culture doesn’t say that women need to stay inside four walls and men should go out and earn for their family.

Why have we divided our society into two sections? One is men’s area of work and other is women’s area of work and if a woman tries to enter into a men’s area it hurts ego of men. Come on! This is really a sick mentality. The fact that a group of people can threaten other people and force them to do things that they don’t wish to; says a lot about the society we live in. It is high time that we should stop asking a girl about her marriage date and a woman about her husband. Change your thoughts!

In the end, I will like to say to everyone “DON’T WAIT FOR THE CHANGE TO HAPPEN. YOU BE THE CHANGE.”

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30 Million Cases Pending in Indian Courts | The Plight of Indian Judicial System

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Indian Judiciary Not In Its Pink of Health:

The saying “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied,” sadly, holds true in India. With over 3 crore cases pending in different courts of India; the country is failing to provide social, economic and political justice to its citizens. We are more aware of our rights now but our faith in the judiciary system is failing. Many trials are undergoing for years and for some even one generation is not enough. Very recently, a simple case of divorce took 32 years to reach its conclusion.

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You are lucky if you haven’t walked through the corridors of any Indian court. What will you see? Tons of people waiting in lines to get their problems heard; to find a lawyer or waiting for their next date of hearing. Indian Judiciary has only 13 judges against a population of million; however; under ideal situations, it must be at least 50 against a million. What could be the reasons behind these sad state of affairs? Let us explore:

Millions Waiting for Justice | Indian Judiciary | Why So Slow?

The War Between Government and the Judiciary:
  • How should the judges be selected? A decision regarding this process is currently under an ever-raging war between the executive and the judiciary.
  • The government proposed a Memorandum of Understanding that it has the power to shoot down any name which it finds to be a threat to national security.
  • However, this proposal was rejected by the Supreme Court and this war for power is still on. Currently, the old process is being followed where names are sent to Intelligence Bureau. Upon clearance from the bureau, the list reaches the government for its approval.
  • But here the scenario is that Intelligence Bureau takes months to file its report thus delaying the entire procedure. Ultimately a large number of vacancies for judges continues to exist.
Not Enough Courts:
  • With the government allocating as less as 0.1% to 0.4% of its total budget to the judicial system it becomes clear and transparent that it is not interested to increase the expenditure on the improvement of Judiciary.
  • Our country requires a lot more courts. Even the existing majority lack proper infrastructure and computerization.
  • However, with the present budget allocation, it is nearly impossible to improve upon this factor.
Indian Government: The Largest Litigant:
  • Yes, it is true! About half of the pending cases are related to Indian Government.
  • The cases are related to various government departments playing blame game amongst each other.
Fast Track Courts:
  • Fast-track courts were launched with great enthusiasm and they did their job perfectly too by closing almost all the cases put upon them.
  • But in 2011, the funding for the fast track courts was cut-off and it was entrusted to State Government to run and maintain them.
  • Since then, 60% of the fast track courts are either closed or lying non-operational.
Quality of Justice in Lower Courts:
  • Citizens are fed up with the quality of justice being provided in the lower courts.
  • With corruption on the rise; the subordinate courts are the most affected.
  • This is the reason why in past years the number of pending cases have gone down for High Courts and Supreme Court, but the Subordinate Courts account for at least 2.5 crores pending cases.
  • This scenario leads to more appeals being made to higher courts. This is, in turn, increasing the number of cases in Upper Courts too.

The Problem of Pending Cases in Indian Courts | The Bright Side

So we can see that many reasons are behind this huge backlog of cases in Indian Judiciary. But there is one good thing amongst all bad. The present number of judges is enough to tackle a fresh case. So the number of pending cases are not rising. They are constant.

All we need is some steps like increasing the number of courts and judges plus allocating more amount from the budget to judiciary to tackle this problem once and for all. Ultimately the government and the judiciary needs to come to a mutual understanding and handle this issue together before the citizens lose their faith entirely in the system.

WhatsApp Messenger In-Chat Payment Feature To Be Rolled Out in India | WhatsApp Payment Service India

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Now Send Money to Your Loved Ones Through WhatsApp:

With technology advancing every day, we are using mobile wallets to pay for goods and services quite often. Now, with over 200 million WhatsApp users in India, the Facebook-owned company is going to launch peer-to-peer payment services with Unified Payment’s Interface (UPI) integration through which you will be able to send money digitally to your contacts through WhatsApp itself. UPI has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). This partnership of WhatsApp Payment and UPI would definitely have a significant impact on India’s Digital Economy.

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Expected to be rolled out very soon; the WhatsApp Payment Service is currently in testing stage as of now. However, a WhatsApp Payment Beta version will be launched soon; according to different sources. You can expect the final launch by the end of this year. Since WhatsApp is going to collaborate with indigenous technology to launch the payment interface; this surely brings about a positive boost to the ambition of Digital India.

Expected Way of Operation for The WhatsApp Payment Service | Functioning of WhatsApp Payment India

A news is out that the company is going to collaborate with three major banks in India namely, State Bank of India, ICICI, and HDFC. However, no official confirmation is there from the banks or WhatsApp as of now.

According to various sources, following are the expected ways of how WhatsApp Payment will work in India. No final affirmation regarding its way of operation is there yet.

  • In addition to the options of sending images or contacts, a new ‘Pay’ option showcasing Rupee Symbol will be available.
  • Users can hit the new option for either requesting for some bucks or sending money.
  • Post-entering the amount, a Personal Identification Number will be required to finalize and confirm the transaction.
  • The user, on the other end, will receive a communication regarding the receipt of funds.This will be quite similar to receiving a contact and he/she can either accept or reject it.

WhatsApp Payment India: A Rigid Competition To The Digital Wallet Companies

Now the question is, whether WhatsApp Payment will be able to compete against the likes of Paytm? Well! As of now, WhatsApp will only launch peer-to-peer payment facility. However, it can still be a threat to other digital wallet companies as WhatsApp has one of the largest user bases in India. People will absolutely love to use the in-chat money sending facility without switching to a new application for the task.

Now, there is one more factor which predicts the successful roll-out of the new feature in India. It will be absolutely costing nothing for the company to attract customers as people are using WhatsApp already. It has become a significant part of our daily life. Every individual owning a smartphone uses WhatsApp to stay in touch with his/her loved ones. So, cost of marketing will be almost zero for the company.

I think it is better to wait for the final roll-out. It all depends on the response to WhatsApp Payment Feature; whether the Facebook-owned company will dive deeper into the market of digital payments technology or not.

Indian IT Industry Hit By Lifestyle Diseases | The IT Boom & Growing Pressure on Employees

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Private Workers Majorly Afflicted By Lifestyle Related Ailments in India| Are You One of Them? So you work in IT Industry? Oh! You work at a very senior position? Boasting about your pay package? Well! What about your Health Package? Confused? Clueless as to what ‘Health Package’ I am referring to? No I am not referring to the so called Health Insurance that you have. Let me clear it out for you. I am talking about the most priceless possession of yours which is your HEALTH. What are you doing for it? Most of you will say one single word; ‘NOTHING’ or you will say two sentences; ‘I AM HEALTHY. I DON’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING.’

According to a survey nearly 85% of employees in Indian Private Sector are afflicted to lifestyle, chronic diseases and acute ailments and IT Industry is the worst hit. If you are not one of them then the sedentary lifestyle of yours will make you one of them soon. You work hard to meet deadlines and to get your appraisals. I agree that it is vital to work hard but not at the expense of your health. It is of utmost importance to carve out a daily part of your routine for the wellness of your body as you will only be able to work hard if you are physically fit.

Spiraling Profits; Higher Incomes But No Quality Of Life And Health Levels At All Time Low

Following are the lifestyle diseases which are the most prevalent and have made the Indian IT Sector their very own comfy and comfortable home:

  • Hypertension: You eat badly. You sleep badly. You work night shifts. You eat at irregular hours. What is the result? Your arteries start getting clogged with all the bad cholesterol you are ingesting. Your heart finds it more difficult to send blood to your organs. Your income gets a boom and so as your blood pressure surpassing its systolic and diastolic healthy levels. Congratulations!! You have set yourself a very good foundation of obesity, heart disease, kidney ailments and diabetes.

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  • Obesity: You eat junk food as you say that you don’t have sufficient time to have healthy meal. But have you ever considered the fat percentage in your body? Obesity is the main cause of almost all lifestyle related ailments.

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  • Diabetes: So you kept on toiling your body even though you knew you are suffering from Hypertension and Obesity. Welcome to Diabetes then. Increased levels of fat in your body has made your cells more resistant to insulin so carbohydrates are not efficiently used up and the result is in front of you. If you get diabetic you are more prone to many other conditions like kidney diseases, blindness etc.

 

Almost all of us are running a rat race in this global environment of stiff competition which is adding pressure on our health leading to silent diseases and various other effects like daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, back pain, arthritis, knee problems, psychological stress, regular headaches, depression, general anxiety disorders leading to further deterioration in performance as we lose our self-confidence and ultimately pressure increases more.

I have seen many employees smoking outside the company premises. Some take it as a style and some say that it helps relieve pressure and I ask only one question; ‘What about your lungs? To this they have no answer or they say with their so-called style “Oh! Nothing will happen.”

Steps Taken Up By IT Industry To Curb The Menace of Lifestyle Diseases

Good thing is that the realization has finally dawned upon us and various measures are being taken up by the private sector to promote health and well-being amongst its employees:

  • Corporate companies have their own gyms and yoga centres inside the office premises itself and their membership is provided to the employees at a very nominal cost or free.
  • Corporate wellness programs are hosted in which the employees are given counselling regarding diet, nutrition, fitness, personal life and relationships, importance of regular workouts and maintaining a positive work-life balance.
  • Infosys has a 24 hours hotline for employees who are suffering from depression to contact psychiatrists.
  • Regular health check-ups are conducted and the employees who are on verge of getting afflicted or are already afflicted are provided guidance to improve their lifestyle.
  • Team outings are promoted every once in a while so as to free our minds from stress.

These wellness programs have many benefits like reduced absenteeism, reduction in increasing health care costs thereby improving productivity and an increase in employee’s loyalty thus an overall positive increase in work performance.

In the end I will like to say that everything is ultimately in our hands. No matter what the organization does to improve the well-being of its employees; if we don’t take initiative ourselves we are ultimately heading to our inevitable doom.

So quit being a rat and quit taking part in the rat race. We are humans and not rodents. If you really want to be like an animal; there are many great animals out there. Be like a lion! Be like a tiger! So folks take initiative yourself and sit on the driver seat of your car of health