Protests against romantic twist in historical drama. Yesterday, members of the Braj section of the All India Ksatriya Rajput Mahasabha gathered at Krishna Nagar to protest against the film Padmawati.
A person dressed as film director Sanjay Leela Bansali, rode around on a donkey and dozens of protesters blocked roads with their motorbikes. Hindu activists, especially those of the Ksatriya community, are furious at the portrayal of Queen Padmawati as being flirtatious and involved with Muslim men.
Ever since the previews of the film were released, protesters started harassing the director. Letters have been written to PM Modi, however, the PM stated that he is not in favour of heavy censorship of art. Read more (Hindi)
Anna Hazare gives his Children’s Day speech by phone. Anna Hazare promised to make an appearance at a program for orphans, however, Hazare was unable to attend the event, which was a great disappointment to the children. The event was organized by The Smile Revolution to celebrate Children’s Day.
Hazare gave a speech by phone in which he told the children that all of them have a Bhagat Singh inside them – they must fight injustice and see God not only in the temple but in every person who cries out for help. The children launched their own protest by attempting to walk out when they heard that Hazare would be making his speech by phone, not in person.
Anna Hazare has been named Mumbai’s most influential person. One of the leading members of the anti corruption campaign, he has received several awards for helping to unite and inspire people, especially rural youth. His hunger strikes in the name of justice have inspired people to call him today’s Mahatma Gandhiji. Read more (Hindi)
60kg of waste and plastic removed from cow’s stomach. On Tuesday, the doctors at Goseva Dham hospital, Koshikalan, removed 60 of waste from a cow’s stomach. Palwal resident, Gagendra, brought his cow to the hospital after she stopped eating. The doctors X-rayed her stomach and, saw that it was clogged with polythene and other waste material. Doctors told Gagendra that his cow will not survive, unless she undergoes immediate surgery. The operation was successful and Gagendra’s cow has regained full health.
Incidents like this are a common occurrence at the Goseva Dham hospital, which rescues cows from untimely deaths caused by the polythene menace every day. Despite awareness campaigns, cows continue to eat plastic bags because, even if rubbish is collected in one area, cows move to the dumping area wanting to eat the food remains that are inevitably mixed with the plastic. Read more (Hindi)
Government schools will fire 54 teachers holding fake degrees. During the 2014-15 session, corrupt officials at Agra University issued over 4000 fake B’ed degree certificates. Teachers who used these degrees to gain government employment are now being hunted down. To date, 54 teachers have been given notice to immediately quit their positions. Read more (Hindi)
Passengers complain about monkeys, politicians plan to install TV’s. In the midst of local politicians talking about beautifying Mathura train station, passengers are complaining about monkeys stealing food and terrorizing passengers by biting and showing teeth. Passengers are also unhappy about trains being late, and the situation is set to get worse as the winter smog-fog slows down the trains even further. The latest beautification plan for the station is to install TVs, so that people can watch Krishna Lila and take virtual temple tours while waiting at the station. Read more (Hindi)
Sports adventure camp at Heritage School. On Saturday, Heritage Public school held an adventure training activities day and awards festival. Activities included a tent maze, rope walk and tunnel crawl. The activities were hosted by Guragaon organization, Rock Sport. The school’s principal, Mr Atal Diwedi said that the aim of the adventure sports and awards ceremony was to inspire children to work hard and to give them the confidence to try different activities.