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    Union Water resources minister Uma Bharti has ordered scientists to study if River Ganga takes birth at Kailash Mansarovar.   According to Hindu mythology, Ganga descended on Shiva's locks at Kailash Mansarovar, though Gaumukh near Gangotri in Uttarkhand has been regarded as the point of origin of Hinduism's most sacred river.
    Where Ganga originates - Gaumukh near Gangotri
    in Uttarkhand 

    October 29, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Union Water resources minister Uma Bharti has ordered scientists to study if River Ganga takes birth at Kailash Mansarovar.

    According to Hindu mythology, Ganga descended on Shiva's locks at Kailash Mansarovar, though Gaumukh near Gangotri in Uttarkhand has been regarded as the point of origin of Hinduism's most sacred river.

    A year ago the Haryana Government began excavations to explore if the mythological river Saraswati, which is mentioned in the vedas, actually flowed through the state.

    But unlike Haryana, which is digging earth in pursuit of Saraswati, scientists at National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) would study water isotopes to explore Ganga's Kailash connection.

    A comparison of isotopes pattern of water samples taken from Mansarovar and Gangotri would confirm the origin of the river, R D Singh, director, NIH, told The Economic Times.

    Related
    ASI, Central Government keeping quiet on discovery of Saraswati river in Haryana (with video) 



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    India's top airline IndiGo has landed in a controversy for not allowing  a woman to board a plane for wearing inappropriate dress.  The incident occurred on Monday when the the Indigo staff at Mumbai stopped the unidentified passenger, forced her to change into trousers and take a later plane to New Delhi.
    Indigo says woman violated dress code that applies to those travelling
    on staff leisure travel privileges

    October 29, 2015, NewsCrunch

    India's top airline IndiGo has landed in a controversy for not allowing  a woman to board a plane for wearing inappropriate dress.

    The incident occurred on Monday when the the Indigo staff at Mumbai stopped the unidentified passenger, forced her to change into trousers and take a later plane to New Delhi.

    In a mail to Indian Express, IndiGo confirmed the incident and identified the woman as a former employee whose sister was also currently employed by the airline.

    Indigo said the woman had violated a “specific dress code” that applies to its employees and their family members when they travel using the “staff leisure travel privileges” offered by the airline. It did not elaborate what the dress code was.

    An eyewitness account posted by a fellow passenger Purabi Das on Facebook states that there was nothing inappropriate in the dress worn by the woman, who was in a knee length frock.

    Indigo's stewardesses also wear frocks of the same length, Purabi Das pointed out.

    The Indigo staff also reportedly harassed a male passenger who tried to intervene on behalf of the woman.



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    The wedding took place according to Sikh rituals and included a dramatic moment when his Harbhajan Singh went down on his knees to show his love for his wife. The video shows him Harbhajan Singh saying he and his wife were both happy and excited.
    Harbhajan weds Geeta (Video below)


    October 29, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Indiacricketer Harbhajan Singh married long-time girlfriend and actor Geeta Basra in a gurudwara at Phagwar.


    The wedding took place according to Sikh rituals and included a dramatic moment when his Harbhajan Singh went down on his knees to show his love for his wife. The video shows him Harbhajan Singh saying he and his wife were both happy and excited.

    Harbhajan and Geeta dated for five years before deciding to marry.

    The marriage was attended by close relatives and friends, including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali.  


    The couple would throw a grand reception on November 1 in New Delhi which is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



    Wedding video of Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra (ANI via Quint)


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    Women are more  nuanced as a Sortedd video finds out. Ask them the same question – they crawl all over the place – eyes, hands, shoulders, legs, abs, hairy chest, smooth chest, even the lowly fingers.  Many of them fall for the eye and none of them mention the butt, which most men pay attention to.
    A screenshot of Sorted video  - What girls like in a man
      
                                           
    October 29, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Which part of a women’s body appeals to men most? Ask this to any man, you are likely to get the same bulging answer.

    Women are more  nuanced as a Sortedd video finds out. Ask them the same question – they crawl all over the place – eyes, hands, shoulders, legs, abs, hairy chest, smooth chest, even the lowly fingers.

    Many of them fall for the eye and none of them mention the butt, which most men pay attention to.

    How will these videos ever make money? First clues emerge here, Sortedd merchandise make their  appearance towards the end of the video.

    Watch Sorted video - Girls Answer Sexiest Part About A Guy


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    Communist leaders M A Baby, Nilotpal Basu and V Sivadasan eating beef at Kerala House surrounded by photographers. Pic shared by a Reddit user
    October 29, 2015, NewsCrunch

    After the Delhi police raid for allegedly serving beef, Kerala House put buffalo menu back on the menu the very next day.

    The publicity and controversy ensured that there would be a mad rush on Wednesday to order beef dishes by those opposed to the ban.

    Kerala House announced that beef was sold out within 45 minutes of the lunch time and the kitchen staff had to cook again.

    Many politicians also went to Kerala House to order food to show their solidarity. As CPI(M) politburo member M A Baby, party leader Nilotpal Basu and SFI president V Sivadasan sat down for lunch the media photographers jumped in, ironically themselves creating a memorable photo moment.

    Nothing perhaps captures the intensity of the beef controversy in the country than the media frenzy to capture three communist politicians ordering small plates of beef.


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    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    On Karva Chauth Indian wives fast for the well being of their husbands. The day-long fast, which follows an ancient tradition, ends when the moon is sighted and a celebratory dinner follows.

    Indians celebrates Karva Chauth in various ways: it is expression of love,  celebration of tradition or a photo opportunity, depending on your point of view.

    Whether you fast or not, Karva Chauth is in the air and it would be hard to miss it.

    Here are top 10 tweets that celebrates the spirit of  Karva Chauth













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    The Films Division of India has refused permission to screen Caste on the Menu Card at Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival.  The documentary, made by Masters students of Media and Cultural Studies at TISS, deals with beef-eating practices in Mumbai.
    A screenshot of Caste on the Menu Card (Video below) 

    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    The Films Division of India has refused permission to screen Caste on the Menu Card at Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival.

    The documentary, made by Masters students of Media and Cultural Studies at TISS, deals with beef-eating practices in Mumbai.

    Media reports quoted government officials saying it was too "risky" to screen the documentary in the charged atmosphere prevailing in the country.

    The synopsis of Caste on The Menu Card shows how caste differences impinge upon the food choices of people and how the weaker groups find it difficult to assert their preferences. Beef is a metaphor here to analyse the issues related to livelihood, social inclusion and human rights.

    Mumbai Mirror quoted  a Ministry of Information and Broadcasting saying as the organisers had made the application very late, there was lack of information about a film dealing with a topic like this.

    The organisers refuted the claim and said all 35 documentaries had been sent for clearance to the Films Division earlier this month.

    Caste on the Menu Card was inspired by a controversy that broke out at TISS in August 2014, when a group of Dalit students, demanded beef to be served on canteen, to protest brahminical domination over them.

    A slickly edited trailer of the documentary shows a wide spectrum of opinions on eating beef. One of the interviewees says it is important to put the issue in public domain for discussion. That is what the Films Division of India does not seem to want.

    Video: Watch Trailer of Caste on the Menu Card - a documentary on beef eating practies in Mumbai



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    An American couple watch hit trailer of Indian movie Baahubali, Telugu version, to review it.  There are no subtitles and they have no clue on where the plot is taking them. Add to it, their lack of familiarity  with Indians, who bring to their mind  images of native Americans.
    A screenshot of The Reel Rejects review on Baahubli The Beginning trailer  

    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    An American couple watch hit trailer of Indian movie Baahubali, Telugu version, to review it.

    There are no subtitles and they have no clue on where the plot is taking them. Add to it, their lack of familiarity  with Indians, who bring to their mind  images of native Americans.

    They smirk, are skeptical on what they are going to see and ready to ravage some unknown Third World movie.

    Their heads spin and opinion shifts fast with the establishing shot itself - Prabhas running towards the waterfall and hanging on to the cliff. Everything that follows - the characters, the fights, the city, the water fall - stuns them.

    They find Bahubali visually captivating, with CGI not overblown, and a plot that blends fantasy with reality.

    They manage to guess the storyline, a vendetta movie, and give full marks to music, direction and performances.

    They say they don't understand a word of what the characters are saying, but are moved by the emotional body language.

    The Reel Rejects:  American critics review Bahubali






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    Makuta reveals Bahubali visual effects secrets - the waterfall scene was made in studio 



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    Narendra Modi studiously skipped any reference to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his two speeches at the Indo-African summit on Thursday.   But several African leaders found the occasion fit to pay tribute to Nehru probably embarrassing Modi and BJP, who see it as their mission to wipe India clean of any Congress influence.
    Nehru: Ignored by India but remembered byAfrica

    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Narendra Modi studiously skipped any reference to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his two speeches at the Indo-African summit on Thursday.

    But several African leaders found the occasion fit to pay tribute to Nehru, probably embarrassing Modi and BJP, who see it as their mission to wipe India clean of any Congress influence.

    Nehru, who contributed immensely to Africa's anti-colonial struggle and Non Aligned Movement, remains a popular figure in Africa.

    In the conference attended by 40 African nations, as many as six visiting leaders made glowing references to Nehru in their speech, reports The Telegraph.

    South African President Jacob Zuma called Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi "visionary" Prime Ministers, while Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe praised the Congress.

    Morocco's King Mohammed VI, Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Ghana President John Dramani Mahama and Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth were others who recalled the leadership Nehru provided to developing countries.

    Congress had boycotted the Prime Minister's dinner for visiting leaders on Wednesday complaining that Modi was trying to sideline Nehru's contribution to building India's relationship with Africa.



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    With good help from a fitness forum, Jesse Shand, who weighed 653 pounds just two years ago, has managed to lose a good deal of it.  He was so fat he could not take bath, get into a car or get out of the trailer, where he lived with his mom.
    Jesse Shand’s transformation in two years
    – where there is a will there is fitness (Video below)

    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    With good help from a fitness forum, Jesse Shand, who weighed 653 pounds just two years ago, has managed to lose a good deal of it.

    He was so fat he could not take bath, get into a car or get out of the trailer, where he lived with his mom.

    He spent all his time inside the trailer playing video games, surfing and trolling others as he says to spread negativity all around.

    While in one of his dark moods, Jesse Shand posted his pictures on www.Bodybuilding.com, just to invite a backlash. Instead of that, he found sympathy, expert advise and goading from strangers to get active and lose weight.

    He started by walking around his trailer, then running slowly, increasing the number of laps steadily. He started doing squats, working out with dumbbells gifted by community members.

    He walked, cycled and changed diet, and was able to fit into the car and could drive to a nearby gym, whose membership again was a gift from the members.  There Jesse Shand got into anything he could lay his hands on - racquetball, weightlifting, cardio, basketball, swimming. And there was no turning back.

    Jesse Shand has lost more than half of his original weight and plans to go under the knife to get rid of the sagging skin. He is applying for jobs and is hopeful of getting one which will let him move out of his mother’s trailer and live independently.


    Jesse Shand: An incredible story of weight loss


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    Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s second marriage to television journalist Reham Khan has lasted for less than 10 months.  The couple failed to hit it off reportedly due to Reham’s political ambitions which created irritation within Imran Khan’s party, PTI. Imran Khan’s continued proximity with Jemima his first wife was also reportedly  a cause of friction.
    Grainy footage shows Imran and Reham playing cricket
    with other family members. (Video below)

    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Pakistancricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s second marriage to television journalist Reham Khan lasted for less than 10 months.

    The couple failed to hit it off reportedly due to Reham’s political ambitions, which created irritation within Imran Khan’s party, PTI. Imran Khan’s continued proximity with Jemima his first wife was also reportedly  a cause of friction.

    But the marriage seems to have had its moments. On the day Imran Khan announced his separation from Reham, Pak TV cannel ARY aired a footage of Imran and Reham playing cricket with other family members.

    Imran Khan in shorts and T-shirt bowls a slow ball without any run-up, which Reham in a pink kurta promptly hits for a four.

    Video: Watch Imran Khan and Reham playing cricket with other family members.



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    A screenshot of Being Indian’s Karva Chauth (Video below)
    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    If you think Karva Chauth is the foundation of Hindu families, this Being Indian Video is definitely not for you.

    Saving Men’s life since 5,000 BC is the tagline of this two-minute clip that lampoons the festival, which sees North Indian women keeping a day-long fast for their husband. They believe that the fast would work as a shield to protect their men from harm.

    Being Indian’s Karva Chauth latches on to this concept and unfolds scenes of men testing their spiritual shield to the limit. Funny to watch if it does not offend you.


    Being Indian’s Karva Chauth -  Saving Men’s life since 5,000 BC





    Related
    Best tweets: Top photos of Karva Chauth, an ancient tradition that celebrates love 



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    Britain is going crazy over two strangers, who look like identical twins, and found themselves sitting next to each other in a plane.   Neil Douglas, from Glasgow, took a Ryanair flight last Thursday. Sitting next to him was a stranger looking exactly like him.
    Glasgow's Neil Douglas met his doppelganger in plane. Courtesy Twitter 

    October 30, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Britainis going crazy over two strangers, who look like identical twins, and found themselves sitting next to each other in a plane.

    Neil Douglas, from Glasgow, took a Ryanair flight last Thursday. Sitting next to him was a stranger looking exactly like him.

    A selfie taken by them has gone viral. From hair to beard and from eyes to nose and even the sparkling smile – they look like identical twins.

    The eerie coincidence continued when they found that they had booked rooms in the same hotel and went for a drink. A photo they took in the pub brings out a crucial difference between them. The much taller stranger towers over Neil.

    The stranger-doppelganger remains unidentified and the UK media has launched a man hunt to get him out.



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    A screenshot of Robert Mugabe stumbling
    on stage in New Delhi (Video below)
    October 31, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Zimbabwe's 91-year -old President Robert Mugabe stumbled and almost fell during a meeting with Indian PM Modi during Africa Summit at New Delhi.

    A video shows a frail Mugabe getting on to the stage to meet Modi, who is waiting for him. Mugabe trips over and struggles to find balance as an aide rushes to help him. A concerned Modi also moves closer to the African leader to reach out.

    The video comes as an embarrassment to Mugabe who claims that he is fit as a fiddle despite his advanced age. Ruling Zimbabwe since 1987, he has not put any succession plan in place.

    The leader, who is widely reviled in the Western media over human rights violations, is touchy about his public image. In February this year, Mugabe suspended his bodyguards after they failed to prevent him from falling during a public function.

    Video: Watch Robert Mugabe stumbling on stage in New Delhi 


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     The Centre has directed IIT Delhi to host a five-day science festival being organised by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-linked body Vijnana Bharati.    The India International Science Festival to be held from December 4 would be be attended by over 4,000 scientists and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports The Telegraph
    IIT-Delhi has been asked to assist Vijnana Bharati
    in organising the festival. 


    October 31, 2015, NewCrunch

    The Centre has directed IIT Delhi to host a five-day science festival being organised by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-linked body Vijnana Bharati.

    The India International Science Festival to be held from December 4 would be be attended by over 4,000 scientists and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports The Telegraph

    Besides providing the venue, IIT-Delhi has also been asked to assist Vijnana Bharati in other ways in organising the festival. Vijnana Bharati is headed by Dr Vijay Bhatkar, who incidentally is also the chairman of IIT Delhi.

    Vijnana Bharati documents and propagates indigenous knowledge and organises conferences on subjects such as Vedic science and Ayurveda.

    NewsCrunch had earlier noted that a group of IIT-Delhi professors had been collaborating with several Sangh-associated organisations such as Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram and Patanjali Trust of Baba Ramdev.

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    Core group of IIT Delhi professors to promote Hindutva research; Indian cow, vedic technology among focus areas (With video) 




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    Reserve Bank Chief Raghuram Rajan raised his voice against intolerance and said India needed tolerance and mutual respect to grow.  Speaking at the convocation of IIT Delhi on Saturday he called upon the students to remember that India had a tradition of debate, respect and tolerance. He urged them to repay their teachers and parents by upholding these values.
    A screenshot of Raghuram Rajan’s convocation address
    at the IIT Delhi 

    October 31, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Reserve Bank Chief Raghuram Rajan raised his voice against intolerance on Saturday and said India needed tolerance and mutual respect to grow.


    Speaking at the convocation of IIT Delhi, he called upon the students to remember that Indiahad a tradition of debate, respect and tolerance. He urged them to repay their teachers and parents by upholding these values.

    He also said actions that damage any group's participation in the marketplace for ideas, should not be allowed.


    Opposing the growing government tendency to impose bans, he said, they had the effect of chilling all debate as everyone would be anguished by ideas they dislike.

    Here is the full text of Raghuram Rajan’s convocation address at the IIT Delhi:



    Thank you very much for inviting me back to the Institute to deliver the convocation address. I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering 30 years ago. I was overly anxious then about what the future held for me, because I did not realise that the Institute had prepared me so well for what lay ahead. Our professors – and I will not single out any to avoid a disservice to those I do not name – were dedicated professionals. They asked a lot of us, knowing that in challenging us they allowed us to learn what we were capable of. Equally important, our Electrical Engineering class – in those days, Computer Science was part of Electrical Engineering in IIT Delhi -- had some of the smartest people it has been my privilege to know. After working with them as colleagues, and competing with them for grades, I learned what it took to succeed in the fiercest environments; very hard work, friendship, and boatloads of luck. Those lessons have stayed with me since.


    IIT Delhi then, as I am sure it is now, was not only about studies – it was about growing up. We were, with a few notable exceptions, the proverbial school nerds who had been excluded from all school sports by the macho sports cases. With almost everyone in the same boat at IIT, for the first time in our lives we got a chance to bat and bowl at the nets, instead of being posted at deep long on to retrieve the odd six by the stars. Everyone did something, ranging from photography to publishing. Of course, we all aspired to join dramatics, where you got to spend long hours with members of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, I was no good at acting, so I had to look for self-actualisation elsewhere. But there were enough places to look.


    Student politics was vibrant, with plenty of scheming, strategising, and back-stabbing. It was an intellectual pastime, however, without the violence and corruption that plagues student politics elsewhere in our country. You had to convince the small intelligent electorate to vote for you, and in figuring out how to get that vote, we all learnt the art of persuasion.


    So we grew up in the classrooms, in the squash courts at the RCA, in the civilising SPIC Mackay overnight classical music concerts and in the over-crowded rock concerts at the OAT. Some of us spent long hours waiting hopefully outside Kailash Hostel, and when occasionally our wait was rewarded, beautiful autumn nights with our friends, chatting and gazing at the stars while sitting on the roof of Convocation Hall. The Institute replaced our naivety with a more confident maturity. We came in as smart boys and girls and left as wiser young men and women. I am confident that the Institute has done to you what it did to us. You will thank it in the years to come for that.


    In speaking here today, I am aware that most convocation addresses are soon forgotten. That creates a form of moral hazard for the speaker. If you are not going to remember what I say, I don’t have the incentive to work hard at crafting my words. The net effect is what economists refer to as a bad equilibrium; my speech is forgettable, and you therefore forget it soon. If so, we are all probably better off with me skipping the rest of the speech, and all of us going on to other pressing duties.


    Nevertheless, I am going to look beyond my personal incentives and fulfil my dharma as Chief Guest. I will speak on why India’s tradition of debate and an open spirit of enquiry is critical for its economic progress. Let me explain.


    New ideas


    Robert Solow, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for work that showed that the bulk of economic growth did not come from putting more factors of production such as labour and capital to work. Instead, it came from putting those factors of production together more cleverly, that is, from what he called total factor productivity growth. Put differently, new ideas, new methods of production, better logistics – these are what lead to sustained economic growth. Of course, a poor country like ours can grow for some time by putting more people to work, by moving them from low productivity agriculture to higher value added industry or services, and by giving them better tools to do their jobs. As many of you who have taken economics will recognise, we in India are usually far from the production possibility frontier, so we can grow for a long while just by catching up with the methods of industrial countries.


    But more intelligent ways of working will enable us to leapfrog old methods and come more quickly to the production possibility frontier – as for example, we have done in parts of the software industry. And, of course, once you are at the frontier and using the best methods in the world, the only way to grow is to innovate and be even better than others in the world. This is what our software firms are now trying to do.


    Our alums, whom you students will shortly join, are leading India’s charge to the frontier and beyond. Take the fantastic developments in E-commerce, ranging from the creation of electronic market places to new logistics networks and payments systems. Today, a consumer in a small town can have the same choice of clothing fashions that anyone from the large metros enjoy, simply because the Internet has brought all the shops in India to her doorstep. And while her local shop no longer can sell shoddy apparel, it now focuses on the perishable items she needs in a hurry, even while sub-contracting to provide the last leg of the logistic network that reaches her. Economic growth through new ideas and production methods is what our professors and alums contribute to the nation.


    So what does an educational institution or a nation need to do to keep the idea factory open? The first essential is to foster competition in the market place for ideas. This means encouraging challenge to all authority and tradition, even while acknowledging that the only way of dismissing any view is through empirical tests. What this rules out is anyone imposing a particular view or ideology because of their power. Instead, all ideas should be scrutinised critically, no matter whether they originate domestically or abroad, whether they have matured over thousands of years or a few minutes, whether they come from an untutored student or a world-famous professor.


    Alternative viewpoints



    I am sure many of you have come across Richard Feynman’s Lectures on Physics, a must-read when we were at IIT. The Nobel prize-winning physicist was one of the giants of the twentieth century. In his autobiography, though, he writes how he found the atmosphere at the Instituteof Advanced Studies at Princeton stultifying. Now, as you know, the Institute of Advanced Studies brings together some of the finest scholars in the world to ponder problems in a multi-disciplinary environment. But he found the atmosphere sterile because there were no students to ask him questions, questions that would force him to rethink his beliefs and perhaps discover new theories. Ideas start with questioning and alternative viewpoints, sometimes seemingly silly ones. After all, Einstein built his theory of relativity pondering the somewhat wacky question of what someone travelling in a train at the speed of light would experience. So nothing should be excluded but everything should be subject to debate and constant testing. No one should be allowed to offer unquestioned pronouncements. Without this competition for ideas, we have stagnation.


    This then leads to a second essential: Protection, not of specific ideas and traditions, but the right to question and challenge, the right to behave differently so long as it does not hurt others seriously. In this protection lies societal self-interest, for it is by encouraging the challenge of innovative rebels that society develops, that it gets the ideas that propel Solow’s total factor productivity growth. Fortunately, India has always protected debate and the right to have different views. Some have even embedded these views in permanent structures. Raja Raja Chola, in building the magnificent Brihadeeswara Shaivite temple at Thanjavur, also incorporated sculptures of Vishnu as well as the meditating Buddha thus admitting to alternative viewpoints. When Shahenshah Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar invited scholars of all manner of persuasion to debate the eternal verities at his court, he was only following older traditions of our Hindu and Buddhist kings, who encouraged and protected the spirit of enquiry.


    What then of group sentiment? Should ideas or behaviour that hurt a particular intellectual position or group not be banned? Possibly, but a quick resort to bans will chill all debate as everyone will be anguished by ideas they dislike. It is far better to improve the environment for ideas through tolerance and mutual respect.


    Mutual toleration


    Let me explain. Actions that physically harm anyone, or show verbal contempt for a particular group so that they damage the group’s participation in the marketplace for ideas, should certainly not be allowed. For example, sexual harassment, whether physical or verbal, has no place in society. At the same time, groups should not be looking for slights any and everywhere, so that too much is seen as offensive; the theory of confirmation bias in psychology suggests that once one starts looking for insults, one can find them everywhere, even in the most innocuous statements. Indeed, if what you do offends me but does not harm me otherwise, there should be a very high bar for prohibiting your act. After all, any ban, and certainly any vigilante acts to enforce it, may offend you as much, or more, than the offence to me. Excessive political correctness stifles progress as much as excessive license and disrespect.


    Put differently, while you should avoid pressing the buttons that upset me to the extent possible, when you do push them you should explain carefully why that is necessary so as to move the debate forward, and how it should not be interpreted as a personal attack on me. You have to tread respectfully, assuring me that a challenge to the ideas I hold is necessary for progress. At the same time, I should endeavour to hold few ideas so closely intertwined with my personality that any attack on them is deemed an intolerable personal affront. Tolerance means not being so insecure about one’s ideas that one cannot subject them to challenge – it implies a degree of detachment that is absolutely necessary for mature debate. Finally, respect requires that in the rare case when an idea is tightly associated with a group’s core personality, we are extra careful about challenging it.


    Tolerance can take the offence out of debate, and indeed instil respect. If I go berserk every time a particular button is pressed, rebels are tempted to press the button, while mischief-makers indeed do so. But if I do not react predictably, and instead ask button pressers to explain their concerns, rebels are forced to do the hard work of marshalling arguments. So, rebels do not press the button frivolously, while the thuggish mischief makers who abound in every group are left without an easy trigger. Tolerance and respect then lead to a good equilibrium where they reinforce each other.


    For example, rebellious youth in the United Statesused to burn the American flag. It was calculated to upset the older generation that had fought in America’s wars, for the flag was a symbol of all they had fought for. And the police, many of whom were veterans, used to react with violence, which was precisely the reaction the rebels sought to further their cause. Over time, though, U.S. society has become more tolerant of flag-burning. Because it no longer triggers a reaction, it is no longer used as an instrument to shock. In sum, if group sentiment becomes more tolerant and less easily hurt, the actions that try to hurt it will diminish. As Mahatma Gandhi said “The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragments and from different points of vision.”



    Let me conclude. IITans like you will lead India’s race for ideas. The India that you will graduate into is much more capable of using your technological prowess than the Indiawe graduated into. I wish you unlimited ambition, and forecast great success for those of you who continue thinking and challenging. But as you go out in the world, remember our tradition of debate in an environment of respect and tolerance. By upholding it, by fighting for it, you will be repaying your teachers in this great institution, and your parents who worked so hard to send you here. And you will be doing our country a great patriotic service. Thank you and good luck.







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    A man from Alwar, Rajasthan, has set an inspiring record, in showing devotion to his bed-ridden wife.   Kailash Jain dresses up his wife with fine fabrics and jewels every karva chauth.
    A touching story of love from Rajasthan.
    Image for representaion

     

    October 31, 2015, NewsCrunch

    A man from Alwar, Rajasthan, has set an inspiring record in showing devotion to his bed-ridden wife.

    Kailash Jain dresses up his wife with fine fabrics and jewels every karva chauth.

    His wife Chandrakala met with an accident in 2008 and has been in come since then. He recalls that before the accident she observed the fast steadfastly for his wellbeing. Now that she cannot, it is his turn to ensure she still takes part in the ritual in the best way she can.

    Kailash Jain also takes care of her routine care  - feeding, washing and exercising her. When there is a special occasion, he makes sure she turns up looking good.

    DNA, which aggregated a Dainik Bhaskar report, has him saying:  "When Chandrakala was conscious and healthy, she took care of me, encouraged me for little things. How can I give up on her?"





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    A police band started playing National Anthem after Naik administered oath to the new ministers of Akhilesh Yadav government. To the surprise of everyone on the stage, Naik spoke into the mike asking the band to stop playing the National Anthem.  The band, which had already begun playing Jana Gana Mana, stopped it after the first stanza.
    Ram Naik spoke into the mike asking the band to stop playing the anthem. (Video below)

    October 31, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik stopped National Anthem mid-way at Raj Bhawan in Lucknowon Saturday.


    A police band started playing National Anthem after Naik administered oath to the new ministers of Akhilesh Yadav government. To the surprise of everyone on the stage, Naik spoke into the mike asking the band to stop playing the National Anthem.

    The band, which had already begun playing Jana Gana Mana, stopped it after the first stanza.

    It turned out that Naik wanted to administer the pledge of national unity on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Due to lack of communication, the police band started playing the anthem right after the ministers’ oath taking irking him.

     
    An official blamed the incident on confusion and said there was no intention to insult the national Anthem.

    But according to a parliamentary act, once the National Anthem begins it cannot be disrupted for any reason.

    The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, prohibits insult to the country's national symbols, including the National Flag, The Constitution, and the National Anthem.


    The Section 3 of the Act states persons intentionally preventing the singing of Jana Gana Mana shall be punished with a jail term of up to three years.


     Video: ABN Live report captures  Ram Naik asking police band to stop playing the National Anthem



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     The long suppressed communist in Narayana Murthy surfaced on Saturday prompting him to speak out strongly against the growing culture of intolerance in the country.  Taking part in an NDTV discussion, the former Infosys chairman said before we could even talk about growth, strife should be stamped out.
    Narayana Murthy says peace first growth next  (Video below)

    October 31, 2015, NewsCrunch

    The long suppressed communist in Narayana Murthy surfaced on Saturday prompting him to speak out strongly against the growing culture of intolerance in the country.

    Taking part in an NDTV discussion, the former Infosys chairman said before we could even talk about growth, strife should be stamped out in the country.

    Murthy said while he was not a politician, he could not ignore the rising intolerance, which was making minorities – both religious and regional – live in fear.

    “Reality is that there is considerable fear in the minds of minorities in India,” he said.  The situation reminds him of late 1960s when Shiv Sena targeted South Indians in Mumbai, he added.

    That was also the time Murthy lived in Mumbai working for Patni.

    He cited Kalburgi’s murder as a great example of the rising tide of intolerance in the country.

    Murthy said the first priority of any government should be to build trust in every Indian and make him feel that this was his country where he had all the rights and felt safe. Only then people would work for the betterment of India, he added.

    If the government failed to build an environment of trust, peace and harmony, growth would not take place, poverty would remain and farmers would continue to commit suicide, he said.

    That was the lesson of the last 300 years of development, he noted.

    Narayana Murthy’s statements are significant as he had supported Modi all along. Last year, he had famously said that Gujaratriots did disqualify Mod from becoming PM.

    Video: Watch Narayana Murthy saying government’s first priority is to tackle intolreance



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    An eye-catching video shows a real-life Tom and Jerry encounter with the mouse successfully outsmarting the cat.   The mouse makes its way to the rim of a parked car and hides there successfully. The cat, which is in hot pursuit, circles the tire but fails to spot its prey. It gives up and moves away.
    A screenshot of  mouse outsmarting the cat 
    October 31, 2015, NewsCrunch

    An eye-catching video shows a real-life Tom and Jerry encounter with the mouse successfully outsmarting the cat.

    The mouse makes its way to the rim of a parked car and hides there successfully. The cat, which is in hot pursuit, circles the tire but fails to spot its prey. It gives up and moves away.

    The video, shared by Viral Hog, has no information on where it was shot.

    Video: Watch mouse hides in rim of car as cat hunts for it


    A clever mouse took to the tire in an attempt evade the cat and escape his fate.
    Posted by ViralHog on Friday, October 30, 2015

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