Baba Ramdev, NCBI, Mineral Oil

Bab Ramdev is a figure head of Yoga and Patanjali Ltd. in India. He became famous for his yoga teachings around the country and due to  his liaising with influential people. Through his yoga and public appearances he earned popularity among the people and gained the capability of manipulating them by using their nationalist emotions. He has a staunch pro Hindu and pro BJP stance.

Though he gained his popularity because of his Yoga classes, but now he is known more for his company called Patanjali. He himself does advertisements for many of Patanjali’s products and because of his image as a yoga guru people blindly fall for his products. He boasts about his food and cosmetics products being all natural and condemns all the similar products being sold by other companies for being just harmful chemicals.

In one of his advertisements regarding Mustered oil he claims that a USA based agency called NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has proven that adding mineral oil to Mustered oil leads to cancer and hence Patanjali is the only company that is preparing Mustered oil that is free from mineral oil and is prepared by natural process. There are few things that Mr. Ramdev ignorantly doesn’t know about, that NCBI is not the kind of research center that does such kind of research. It is a federal government center that maintains several databases to store publicly available biotechnology related data. The research paper that is shown in the Patanjali’s advertisement is actually a research paper that is stored in NCBI’s PubMed/PubMed Central literature database. The actual research is done by someone else and not by the NCBI itself. Ramdev did not even bother to show the title of the research paper that claims such an evidence and nobody even knows if there is a statistically strong evidence to support this hypothesis.  Claiming that NCBI has proven something is actually stupid. It is similar to saying that Google tell us that cancer is a disease. Google doesn’t tell anything it just gives you a list of websites that carry your searched terms. Google itself doesn’t have those pages. However, people in India are so blinded by his aura that they just given into whatever he says on the national television.

Apart from Ramdev’s mineral oil nonsense, he is also very loud about his food products being FSSAI approved as though every other food product in the Indian market is not FSSAI approved. His biggest bullshit is that every other product is made up of chemicals that are not good for humans. One should explain to him that even natural products are chemicals themselves and not all of the them are good for humans. Snake venom is a natural product, is it good for humans? Pathogenic bacteria and virus are natural, are they good for humans? No, not everything thing that comes out of nature is good for humans.

One of the things that really irritates me is that he doesn’t like to call India as “India” instead he prefers to call it by its Hindi version “Bharat”. According to him India is a word given to us by the Britishers and he despises it. Ironically all his products are named in English and on their packages everything is written in English including the phrase “Made in Bharat”. He simply uses nationalist and Hinduism stance to emotionally manipulate people to fall into his prey.

I don’t know how long would it take for India to eradicate such phony people out of the country. It may probably never happen because the divide in India due to caste and religion is so deep that people would always find one or the other way to hack into the hearts and brains of Indian masses.

Changing gender for acceptance in the society

“Iwillbegirl” was the IRC nickname of a guy compelled to turn himself into a girl through medical procedures for getting accepted in the society as a normal couple. Why would he want to do so? The answer is, he is gay and according to him it’s easier to change his gender than to alter his feelings towards men. A 30 year old man with whom I started chatting accidentally turned out to be listening to a person who wants acceptance in the society and is willing to go to lengths. According to him gender transformation doesn’t hurt physically but it does put a lot of mental pressure. He wants to find a gay or straight man who can accept him as a girl and can have a straight relationship afterwards. I was surprised to know that with all of these pride parades and legalizing of gay marriages there are still few gay people who want to change themselves in some fashion to be accepted as normal. I am not going to talk about for or against gay relationships and I am putting my words from purely non religious point of view. In my opinion definition of normality is indeed something that exists in majority and probably that doesn’t impair you from carrying out your life. We call ADHD a disorder because it impairs a person to concentrate effectively and is also not found among the majority of population. But we do not consider homosexuality as a disorder rather an orientation though homosexual population is a minuscule as compared to the total number of human population and it does impair you from a very fundamental role of living beings is to reproduce. People can argue that a gay female can have sex with a guy or can do IVF just to get a baby or gay men can adopt children to start a family, but these methods are purely in vitro and it can only give a synthetically constructed family structure. Chatting with this gay man I got this impression that even they are proud of who they are, there is still a sense of normality that they are worried about. Right now its purely on the basis of society structure but in future it might come up naturally.

Unethical behavior of Indian cellular operators

I have been recently traveling in India and since I stayed in India for a couple of months I had no choice but to switch to an Indian cellular service provider. There are many things that are great about Indian phone companies, one of them is that they are quite reasonable with many different plans to choose from. But I did find some unethical behavior in many of their operational methods. The most annoying one is sending unsolicited advertisements either via SMS or through a recorded phone call. This is something that I have never witnessed during my travels to the western world.

Recently, I tried calling one of my friends who uses Idea sim card (@ideacellular) and I was shocked to hear that they preferred to play an advertisement about their new 3G plan rather than letting me connect to my friend’s phone. This is ridiculous, what if I was in an emergency and I need to talk to someone at that moment. And even if I am not in an emergency why should I have to listen to their advertisements, I am paying my phone bills and my friends is paying his phone bills then we should only get the facility that we are paying for. Why are we being forced to listen to their advertisement?

I am sure that this is also the case with other cellular companies as well in India, though I have received better reviews about Airtel and Vodafone in such regard.

I am not criticizing India as whole, it is a big and vibrant country but when it comes to ethical issues I must say that India lack that culture. People as well as companies are very self centered, corrupt and does not bother about whether their actions can hurt someone directly or indirectly.

Porn, sex and twitter!!

Similar to my previous experiment on finding incestuous culture among people through IRC chat channels, I did another experiment to find out how popular it is to use twitter for porn sharing and sex chats. To be honest, initially I joined twitter with a fake account to follow some porn stars. I always had this curiosity to know what they talk about in their day to day life. So I followed some famous and some not so famous porn actress and sadly the only reason they use twitter is to promote their movie release or to tell people when they are coming online for cam chat or when they are performing in a strip club or that they are tested for STDs and can be booked for movies. I found following porn actresses as the most boring experience on twitter. The only porn actress who talks about anything else than when she is getting fucked is Mia Khalifa @miakhalifa.

After getting disappointed from porn actresses I tried to search what else I can find if I search for sex or porn. Interestingly, I bumped into many users with Indian or Pakistani names with a popular word “Bhabhi” in many accounts. These people, presumably with fake accounts are there for sleaze chats, porn pic and animated gifs exchange. I followed around 400 users and shared tweets with pics attached to many of them. I also chatted with personal messages with few of the “Bhabhis”. In Hindi this word means the wife of your elder brother and for some reason in India it can be used in a very naughty way. So all these women are married and are either not happy with their married life or are just looking for some extra spice by anonymously talking to strangers. There were a few accounts with very submissive females who want others to abuse or call out names to them. Most of the tweets sent to them were written using English alphabets but with words from different language presumable Hindi or Urdu.

Some of the popular and very active members I remember were:

@rekhabhabhi @bhabhi_pooja @bhabhi_for_u @madhu_bhabhi @SabaBhabhi @SlutPreeti @chhamiyarani @hema_patel87 @komal_bhatiya @kuttiyaruta @priasen24 @sexipreeti @simran20521 @sissy_candy @randi_aisha @gpinky091 @hottie_simmi86

These experiments have really shown me a very different side of Indian and Pakistani cultures. When it comes to sex, openly they do not appreciate the idea of promiscuity, pre-marital sex or casual sex, but secretly they do fantasize about these things and the internet has given them a way to let their heart out. Although the number of people I followed on twitter is negligible in comparison to the population of these nations so drawing any conclusion for the whole country will be pointless. But considering the low literacy rate and the lack of opportunity to use web technologies for everyone, does indicate that there might be many more with similar ideas whom we can never know about. Anyway, I think these things are there in every community and country around the world, in some cultures they are more open and acceptable in others they are not.