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Hera Pheri (2000)

On the afternoon of March 29, 1857, Mangal Pandey, a handsome, mustachioed soldier in the East India Company’s native regiment, attacked his British lieutenant. His hanging a week later sparked a subcontinental revolt known to Indians as the first war of independence and to the British as the Sepoy Mutiny. Retribution was swift, and though Pandey was a Hindu, it was the subcontinent’s Muslims, whose Mughal King nominally held power in Delhi, who bore the brunt of British rage. The remnants of the Mughal Empire were dismantled, and 500 years of Muslim supremacy on the subcontinent came to a halt.

Muslim society in India collapsed. The British imposed English as the official language. The impact was cataclysmic. Muslims went from near 100% literacy to 20% within a half-century. The country’s educated Muslim élite was effectively blocked from administrative jobs in the government. Between 1858 and 1878, only 57 out of 3,100 graduates of Calcutta University — then the center of South Asian education — were Muslims. While discrimination by both Hindus and the British played a role, it was as if the whole of Muslim society had retreated to lick its collective wounds.

Quoted from "India’s Muslims in Crisis," TIME Magazine, November 29, 2008 (via badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista)


World’s Largest Turban – Indian Man Wears Headgear That Weighs 100 Pounds

Avtar Singh Mauni, from Punjab, India, is the proud owner of the world’s largest turban. The devout Sikh’s enormous headgear consists of no less than 645 meters of fabric, weighing 100 pounds. It took him a staggering 16 years to assemble, and he needs to spend six hours just to put it on. And you thought you had problems getting ready in the morning!

The 60-year-old is rather proud of his unusual, multi-colored turban; he declared that he will continue to wear it until he has no strength left in his limbs to carry it. “I don’t consider it a burden. I’m most happy when I wear it,” he explained.

In fact, Avtar Singh is so used to the turban that he finds it odd when he isn’t wearing it. “On the rare times I don’t have my turban on, I keep getting this feeling of being incomplete, that some part of me is missing,” he said. “I get afraid that I may fall and I keep wondering ‘have I lost something, where is my turban?’”

The 645m creation has taken 16 years to assemble and looks set to smash the existing Guinness World Record of 400m.

It means the 60-year-old holy man is carrying 100lb on his head every day; about the weight of a moped.

Photo: NBT Mumbai/Facebook

Wacth the video:

Tunak Tunak Tun by Daler Mehndi



It’s time again

"Tunak Tunak Tun" (Punjabi: ਤੁਣਕ ਤੁਣਕ ਤੁਣ) or "Tunak", is a bhangra/pop love song by Indian artist Daler Mehndi released in 1998. At the time, critics complained that Mehndi’s music was only popular due to his videos that featured beautiful women dancing. Mehndi’s response was to create a video that featured only himself.

also gosh the lyrics to this are actually really sweet & great i never realised



India replaces the Ice Bucket Challenge with the much more sustainable Rice Bucket Challenge 

After seeing the dramatic results from the Ice Bucket Challenge, Indian journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi was compelled to start something similar, but with an Indian slant. “I felt like doing something more locally tangible. Rice is a staple here,” Kalanidhi told CNN. “We eat it every day, we can store it for months. Why not donate rice to someone who is hungry?”

It’s fairly simpleFollow micdotcom

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Tibetan Monks living in exile in India flew to Ferguson to show support for Mike Brown and community.















Tibetan monks from India to #Ferguson.



This Unique Anti-Rape Protest by Women in India Has Shocked Kerala.

A group of women created a furore in India’s southern state of Kerala when they stood in public, wrapped in banners with anti-rape messages on them. But what message got conveyed through their unique protest?

India is still coming to terms with the news of the rape and lynching of two teenage Dalit girls in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, last month. The graphic images of the bodies hanging from a tree were widely circulated both online and offline heightening outrage and controversy around the incident.

The family of the two girls, who were cousins, alleged that men from the Yadav community (who are higher in the order of the Indian caste system vis-a-vis Dalits but are themselves classified under ‘Other Backward Castes’ or OBCs in many states) brutally raped the two girls when the two had gone to the fields to relieve themselves as they did not have a toilet in their home. Afterwards, they were hanged from a tree, which is where they were discovered the next morning.

Farah Naqvi, an activist working on public policy for rights of the most marginalized, wrote an op-ed in The Hindu newspaper, where she pointed out why lynching is done in societies.

these hangings were part of a public drum-beating semiotic of power; unspoken racial social laws enforced by terror.

While there were candlelight vigils, massive outpouring of sympathies and protests for the Delhi rape victim, most of the citizen voices have been strangely silent despite the many instances of rape that have come to light across the country since then.This incident too would have perhaps faded to the background, as is seen all the time when rape happens to Dalit women in India’s villages. However this time, since the photographs were widely circulated on social media (even though their circulation led to controversy) it jolted some from their slumber.

The sounds of the deafening silence, reverberated through Kerala as well, forcing people to question this overall lack of public outcry after this incident.

Rupesh Kumar, a filmmaker and a Dalit activist, asks about the silence of the media and of the society.

Are the candle shops closed? Or did an earthquake happen in Delhi? Or someone choked you? Your front pages were leased for something else? I am sure those are the reasons why there is this silence about the dalit women and I am sure it is not because they are Dalit. Only when it suits you, how disgustingly the word humanity is used.

A group of women, angry that nothing has been done yet, held a protest in the city of Ernakulam in Kerala, covering themselves with banners that were in tri-colors symbolizing the Indian flag. The ‘sthreekoottayma’ group that consisted of a small group of women, arranged this protest event.

People in Kerala were shocked to see women protesting by standing in the open wrapped in banners that left their shoulders and legs bare. Unfortunately, instead of mobilizing large-scale support for the case of the Dalit teenage girls, this unique act of protest was what caught eyeballs and was widely talked about. The police even arrested the protestors for indecent exposure.

Thasni Banu, who took part in the protest had this to explain.

We used our bodies to protest against people who are using women’s bodies as a political weapon. Without hearing our voices of protests and slogans, without understanding the apolitical climate which is permeating in the society, people are more worried about our bare shoulders and legs.

To those people who still think female bodies are the reason for rape, we mock at all those people, in the name of those girls who were raped and lynched in Uttar Pradesh.

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He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons’ actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong.

"When we hear about these rapes our heads hang in shame," Mr Modi said.

"Young girls are always asked so many questions by their parents, like ‘where are you going?’. But do parents dare to ask their sons where they are going?" he asked.

Those who commit rape are also someone’s sons. It’s the responsibility of the parents to stop them before they take the wrong path,” he added.


Okay, say what you want about him, but this is a big deal. This is Prime Minister Modi’s first Independence Day address since being elected. And instead of using this time to talk about Pakistan, like every other Independence Day speech in the past, he stood up there and talked about INDIA’s need for improvement. And amongst his topics, he talked about rape.

And he didn’t describe it as “accidental” or “boys making mistakes”, and he didn’t state that women need to “dress more dignified”, all of which have been said by other Indian politicians. For once, we’re hearing someone put the blame on the rapist, and actually calling out parents to raise their sons properly. Like everyone else, I’m still hoping Modi isn’t another PM who is all talk.

In Kashmir, there are thousands of unmarked graves in secret cemeteries created by the army and the police to hide their crimes. Even when civilian officials confirm that innocents were slaughtered, nothing is done. “We have all these great human rights institutions, but still nobody in India gets justice when the state murders one of their family members,” said Henri Tiphagne, chairman of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development based in Bangkok. “That’s true all over the country, not just in Kashmir.”

[…]Perhaps because of the limited attention given this remote part of the world, soldiers and police officers do not even bother to hide the evidence when they murder and rape innocents, said Babloo Loitongbam, founder of Human Rights Alert in Imphal.

“The political leadership and judiciary here have created an ecosystem where state-sponsored killing is routine, and they do it with complete callousness,” Mr. Loitongbam said. “They don’t plan it; they don’t hide it; they just kill people.”

An investigation last year by a panel appointed by India’s Supreme Court into six representative cases from Manipur State found official explanations of killings so entirely at odds with common sense and available evidence that it concluded that the victims, including a 12-year-old boy killed in view of his parents, had all been murdered. Still, no one has been arrested. One of the suspect officers was given India’s highest peacetime honor for bravery.
Gardiner Harris, In Remote Corners of India, Immunity for Soldiers Who Kill and Rape Civilians. (cw for descriptions of rape, murder, abuse). (via inlovewiththepractice)
It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh. Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.”

Remembering India’s Forgotten Holocaust. 

Sarah Waheed notes: “One of the students in my modern South Asia history class a few years ago, was extremely upset that the book we were reading referred to the Bengal famine as a holocaust, calling the author ‘biased’. When I asked him to clarify and elaborate upon what he meant by ‘biased’, he exclaimed, inflamed, “There was only one holocaust!” The rest of the students were, however, more open to the idea of the 20th century being a century of multiple holocausts. The terms ‘holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, however, continue to elicit trauma envy.”

(via mehreenkasana)


The classical dance form Bharatanatyam

Performed by disabled people on wheelchairs from the Ability Unlimited Foundation in India.

They write: “Today it is our privilege that the most respected classical dance form Bharatanatyam can be performed by disabled people on wheel chairs. The complete adavu (steps), jathi (combination of advus), thirmanams (sequence of pure rhythmic dance composed of adavu-jathis) are reinvented on wheels and these are performed with absolute precision. Wheel chairs have great advantage to perform many steps, to mention a few like rangakramana adavu (covering the stage), bhramari (spins), jaru adavu (sliding), with speed and precision. The spinning speed of a wheel chair is faster than an accomplished dancer’s spins! The speed on wheel chairs is about 100 kms/hr. They have excelled both in Nritta and Nritya.”

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