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.
“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.
Ever since Modi government took place, their policies have received extreme reactions from the public. Initially they were seen as a progressive group of leaders which now turns out to be nothing more than a religiously motivated, anti democratic and self righteous bigots. Until now their decisions have mostly impacted people economically however, with the recent events their decisions are going to hamper the education of children, higher education and even scientific research.
Disclosure of UP budget by the CM Yogi Adityanath has revealed highest cuts on the secondary education. It is not something welcomed among the educated people, but surely it doesn’t matter to many with less education and awareness. Yogi bhakts are instead praising Yogi for his decision to increase budgets for primary education. Their argument is that primary education is more important than secondary or higher education. In my opinion also getting primary education is a fundamental right of every child in the country, but if you look at the bigger picture then primary education can only teach children how to read, write and speak. It doesn’t provide them with the ability to reason, understand complex political agenda, contribute in science and technology or make a decent living for themselves. This is what BJP is looking for to education people enough to make them capable of casting votes for BJP and do not question their policies.
In addition to hike in primary education budget they have also increased support for students hailing form backward classes, which is again a vote bank politics. Supporting poor and needy is important in any society, but supporting one group of people on the basis of their caste rather than economic condition is just trying to create a divide among the people. BJP has always been very good in clustering people into groups of their own and others.
Apart from the cuts in secondary education budgets BJP has also severely decreased funding for scientific research. Many of the projects have been shut down including some of the pilot projects that were running for more than a decade and were at their final stages of completion. Budget cuts had costed the jobs of many brilliant research associates forcing them to quit their scientific career.
Every government in India proclaims that they will remove corruption from the society and BJP boasts about it. However, they have forgotten that corruption is a mindset and culture of uneducated people and it can only be eradicated by supporting education at every level of a persons developmental stage.
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.
One of my friends lashed on me yesterday on a joke which I cracked on him with words which he should have not used. I was baffled why is he talking to me like this for no big reason. It was a lame joke which anyone could take on him/her self happily. While he was being rude to me and saying things he reminded me of a past incident where I made fun of him and he got offended, but he never told me and kept bottled up for the right moment. He said rude words to me now because he wanted to make me realize how he felt that time
Quite often all of us do the same when we get offended by someone. Instead of standing up in front of them to say that we did not like what they said/did or we were hurt and felt unhappy, we bottle up our anger for the right moment to pay off. I felt very sad for myfirend that he had to do that because of me and I am really sorry that I didn’t realize that I was offending him before. But now when I think about it, I feel none of us need to be rude or bottle up our anger waiting for the right moment to tell others that we got offended once. To me, it’s being cowardly and not being courageous enough to speak about ones feeling.
I have learned from my bitter experience in the past that it’s always better to be upfront with people you interact with. If I like something about someone I try to go to him/her and say it and it is the same with if I do not like something that someone did or said to me, I try to make sure that I convey them myself in a polite and respectful manner. I do not feel right to bottle up my anger for later use, because it not only come out in a very ugly way but also it troubles me till it’s inside me. I also feel that my friendships give me the right to speak about my feelings openly and I do not need to be rude to them to let them know that I am not happy about something.