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Pakistan channels showing morphed clips of casualties, say Army
New Delhi, Sep 30: Some Pakistani channels were playing "morphed" video clips showing Indian casualties in surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads across the LoC as only one soldier involved in the operation received "minor injury" during exfiltration, army sources said

Cognizant probes graft charges as senior executive quits
Bengaluru, Sep 30: US-based software major Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation on Friday announced an internal investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act into certain payments made to facilities in India.The probe led the company to appoint its IT Services Chief

Pakistan compelled to recognise regional sentiment against terrorism: India
New Delhi, Sep 30: With Pakistan announcing on Friday that Saarc Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November has been cancelled, India said that its South Asian neighbour has been compelled to recognise regional sentiment against terrorism."We note Pakistan's

Army Chief compliments Northern Command for anti-terror op
New Delhi, Sep 30: Army Chief Dalbir Singh today complimented all ranks of Udhampur-based Northern Command for successfully conducting the "surgical strike" on terrorist launchpads across the LoC in which "significant casualties" were inflicted on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.

Raj Thackeray slams Salman Khan for supporting Pak artistes
Mumbai, Sep 30: MNS chief Raj Thackeray today slammed Salman Khan for supporting Pakistani artistes, saying he was only concerned about his movies doing well in that country. Thackeray, whose party had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes last week,

SC refuses to enterain PIL seeking pan-India liquor ban
New Delhi, Sep 30: The Supreme Court today refused to enterain a plea seeking complete ban on alcohol in the country, saying the courts cannot venture into the policy domain of states. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and N

India, Pak should take measures to avoid military escalation: AIFB
New Delhi, Sep 30: The All India Forward Bloc today said the surgical strike carried out by the army has sent the message that New Delhi was not soft towards terrorism and asked India and Pakistan to take "all possible" measures

Terrorists may step up activities in J-K
New Delhi, Sept 30: Security agencies were apprehending that militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir could step up attacks against security forces and civilians following the surgical strike conducted by the Army targeting terror launch pads in PoK. Quoting intelligence inputs,

States warned of attacks in civilian areas
The Union government on Friday warned states against possible terror strikes in the hinterland in retaliation to the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.The ministry of home affairs issued advisories asking the states to be on alert for the next 10-15 days, following inputs from the Intelligence Bureau. Official sources said they do not want to leave any stone unturned in ensuring the safety of citizens. The inputs suggest that Pakistan’s retaliation to the surgical strikes could be in civilian areas. With the festive season round the corner, security

Pak postpones Saarc summit; now Lanka also pulls out
With Sri Lanka too joining India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan to underline that the situation is not conducive for holding the Saarc summit in Pakistan, Islamabad on Friday formally postponed the conclave.Pakistan, however, stated that it remained committed to hosting the 19th summit of the eight-nation bloc in its capital itself, albeit on later dates. “A new set of dates for holding the 19th Saarc summit in Islamabad will be announced soon, through the chair of the Saarc (Nepal),” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pakistan government announced, while accusing India of deraili

Pak briefs P5 over cross border firing at LoC
Pakistan today said it has briefed the envoys of the P5 -- the US, China, Russia, the UK and France -- over "unprovoked firing" by India on the LoC and asked the countries to play their role in ensuring the maintenance of peace and security in the region.Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry accompanied by the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) briefed the Ambassadors of Permanent Members of UN Security Council about the "frivolous Indian claim of carrying out surgical strikes on the LoC", the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.DGMO Major Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza gave a detailed b

No one will be allowed to cast an evil eye on Pakistan: Sharif
Terming "Indian aggression" as a threat to the entire region, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today warned that Pakistan is also capable of executing surgical strikes and will not allow anyone to "cast an evil eye" on it.Chairing a special Cabinet meeting to review the security situation in the country, Sharif said that Pakistan will take all necessary steps to protect its people and territorial integrity in case of any aggression or violation of the Line of Control (LoC). He said that Indian aggression constituted a threat to the entire region and Pakistan would take all measures to protect its t

SC gives state one 'last chance' to release water
The Supreme Court on Friday gave Karnataka one “last chance” to comply with its order to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day for six days to Tamil Nadu. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit also slammed Karnataka for flouting the order, saying, “Karnataka should not maintain any obstinate stand of defiance as one knows not when the wrath of law shall fall on one.” Though the court asked the Union government to set up the Cauvery Management Board by October 4 to assess the ground situation in the river basin areas, it again ordered the state to release 6,000 cusecs of

Patna HC quashes Nitish order on liquor ban
The Patna High Court on Friday quashed the Bihar government order banning the sale and consumption of Indian-made foreign liquor. This has come as a severe jolt to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who relentlessly pursued the prohibition policy and had made Bihar a dry state from this fiscal.  Besides, the high court termed the government notification “ultra-vires to the Constitution” and hence, was “not enforceable”. The order was passed by the division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Navniti Prasad Singh. With this, the April 5 notificatio

SC tells Bihar Police to take Shahabuddin into custody
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Bihar Police to take former RJD MP Shahabuddin into custody immediately after setting aside a Patna High Court order granting him bail.A bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy considered the criminal antecedents of the gangster-turned-politician and the interest of the society to hold that the high court was not justified in granting bail to him.Within hours, Shahabuddin, the four-time MP from Siwan, surrendered before a court in Siwan, which sent him to the divisional jail. He is likely to be shifted to Bhagalpur jail, from where he was released on

DGCA lifts ban on Samsung Note 7 sold after September 15
Three weeks after banning the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in flights, the DGCA has partially lifted the restrictions allowing fliers to use the smartphone that has a “green battery charge indication”.The existing restrictions do not apply to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 purchased after September 15, 2016, which have a green battery charge indication on their screen, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a notice issued on Thursday.The ban on the smartphone units manufactured before September 15 with a white battery charge indication on the screen, will however, continue. On Se

In a first, bulk SMS service launched for Amarnath Yatra
New Delhi: Jammu & Kashmir Governor and Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board NN Vohra inaugurated the Shrine Board's Bulk Short Message Service (SMS). This is for the first time that such service has been...

Pakistan high commissioner to host Iftar party for Hurriyat leaders
Srinagar: Separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have been invited by the Pakistan High Commission for the annual Iftar party in New Delhi on Saturday. Most of...

Sants receive threat calls over Kairana 'exodus' report
Ghaziabad: Three sants who visited Kairana as part of a fact-finding team complained of receiving threatening calls on their way back home in Ghaziabad, police said on Saturday. The three sants, Pramod Krishnam, Swami Chakrapani and...

25th June News in Nutshell: Important stories of the day
National News Five CRPF troopers martyred, two millitants killed in Kashmir highway attack Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and two guerrillas were killed on Saturday in a gunfight after guerrillas ambushed a CRPF convoy on...

Defence Ministry nod to buy 145 artillery guns from US
New Delhi: New Delhi: In an advanced approval to induct new artillery guns, the defence ministry on Saturday paved way for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers, worth about $750 million (28,000 crores), from the...

Urea balls found in mid-day meal rice bag in Gujarat’s Valsad
Surat: In yet another a shocking incident that highlights poor condition of government’s mid-day meal scheme, urea balls were found in the bag of rice which was supposed to be served to the kids in...

For the first time, Su-30 flies with supersonic BrahMos missile
Nashik: For the first time,  Su-30 fighter jets of Indian Airforce was today flown with  supersonic  BrahMos missile. The demonstration flight, carried out at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) here, involved carriage of Brahmos missile on...

Bihar board topper Ruby Rai arrested after appearing for re-test
Patna: Bihar's Class 12 "topper" in Arts Rubi Rai was arrested when she appeared for a re-test at the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) office in Patna. "Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Bihar police probing into...

Maldives urges for conducive environment for holding Saarc summit
Male/New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Maldives on Friday condemned terrorism and urged for creation of an environment conducive for holding the now-cancelled 19th Saarc Summit. In a statement, the Maldives Foreign Office said the appeal follows the decisions by some of the Saarc member states who have expressed their inability to attend the Summit scheduled for November due to terrorism, and threats to regional and international peace. The Maldives condemns international terrorism, especially those originating from outside.

Pakistan's UN representative tells Ban India's surgical strikes claim "false"
United Nations, Oct 1 (IANS) Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi told Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that India's claim of carrying out a surgical strike across the Line of Control was false, according to the Pakistan mission here. At the same time, however, she also asserted during the meeting that India had by its own admission committed aggression against Pakistan, the mission's statement said. Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the meeting was held at the request of Lodhi.

UN observers have not directly witnessed firing across LoC: Ban spokesperson
United Nations, Sep 30 (IANS) UN military observers have not directly witnessed any firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said on Friday. Briefing reporters, spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said: "UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan) has not directly observed any firing across the line of control relating to the latest incidents." However, he added: "The UN Observer Group in India and Pakistan is aware of the reports of the presumed ceasefire violations and is liaising with the concerned authorities to obtain further information." When a reporter said that India had said it had carried out "surgical strikes" across the LoC, Dujarric replied: "What I am saying is that UNMOGIP has not directly observed any firing.

Mayawati lauds Army for surgical strikes, raps Modi for delayed action
Lucknow, Sep 30 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday lauded the Indian Army for conducting successful surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement issued here, the former UP Chief Minister said the army had come true to its promise of revenge on perpetrators of Uri attack and should hence be appreciated. Mayawati also slammed BJP President Amit Shah's statement after the surgical strikes wherein he had said this was the "dawn of a new India".

Patients of rare diseases hold silent march
New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Patients suffering from Lysosomal Storage Disorders, or rare genetic diseases, organised a silent protest march to seek that the government frame a policy on the issue and allocate funds for their costly treatment, a release said. Holding placards and banners to highlight their plight, over two dozen patients and their caregivers participated in the march from Jantar Mantar to Connaught Place, organised by the Lysosomal Storage Disorders Support Society (LSDS). "Two committees have been formed this year to address the concerns of patients with rare diseases including LSDs but nothing concrete has emerged in terms of providing free treatment, the primary demand of patients and families," said the release.

All data on GM mustard should be made public, says French scientist
New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) The people of India should ask for all data on Gernetically Modified (GM) mustard to be made public, said French molecular biologist and activist Gilles-Eric Seralini here on Friday. "I am shocked that they are about to commercialise GM mustard and yet no one has asked the university for blood analysis or the feeding studies," Seralini, an activist on genetically modified organisms and foods, said at a Round Table conference on GM mustard. "I strongly urge the people of India to be scientific and ask for all data to be made public," he said at the conference organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) to present a "united front against the unscientific bio-safety report" on GM mustard.

China urges India, Pakistan to cool down situation
Beijing, Sep 30 (IANS) Urging India and Pakistan once again to exercise restraint, China on Friday maintained that New Delhi and Islamabad can "properly settle disputes through dialogue and consultation to cool down the situation", an official here said. Voicing its concern, the Chinese foreign ministry said that as a neighbour and friend to both India and Pakistan, "we are concerned about the tension and rivalry between them. Tensions between India and Pakistan have become strained after New Delhi on Thursday announced that it had launched surgical strikes at terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

South Korea supports India's stance against terror
Seoul, Sep 30 (IANS) South Korea on Friday supported India's stance against terrorism emanating from Pakistan as Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan briefed its President Park Geun Hye about the action taken by the Indian army at the terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC). Informing Park about the "strong action" taken by India against terrorism, Mahajan apprised the Korean President about the continuous terrorist activities being carried out from Pakistan's territory. "Supporting India's strong views on terrorism, Park condemned terrorism of every type," the statement added.

Viewpoint: 'Strikes' will not trigger war
India's 'strikes' in Kashmir was limited in scope, firepower and duration, and is not likely to escalate into a full-blown conflict, argues analyst Sumit Ganguly.

Kashmir attack: Villagers evacuate after India 'surgical strikes'
Indian villagers living close to the border with Pakistan are fleeing, one day after India said it launched strikes targeting militants in Kashmir.

India's Bihar alcohol ban struck down
A court strikes down a ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in India's eastern state of Bihar.

The cost of India's unregulated coal industry
Photographer Subrata Biswas documents the fallout of India's dependence on coal to meet its energy requirements.

How has India changed a year after Dadri beef lynching?
The BBC's Ayeshea Perera looks at the ramifications of the lynching of a Muslim man in northern India over rumours that his family had slaughtered a cow and eaten beef.

Bidder 'hopeful' of Tata UK steelworks deal
A bidder for three Tata UK steelworks hopes to reach a deal "within weeks", according to industry sources.

India leads pull-out from summit hosted by Pakistan
A South Asian summit due to be held in Pakistan may be called off after India and three other countries pull out amid tensions over Kashmir.

Google pushes into India with free wi-fi
Google is expanding a free wi-fi network in India as part of a bid to target the "next billion" internet users.

Isolation complete, Pakistan forced to put off Saarc meet
The Saarc summit scheduled for November in Islamabad formally folded up with Pakistan blaming India for derailing the meeting but failing to mention that Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan — joined by Sri Lanka on Friday — had pulled out citing concerns over terrorism.

Delhi on high alert over possible Pak revenge strike
Anticipating a strike by Pakistan-based terror outfits in the country, particularly the metros, in the aftermath of Army’s surgical strikes in PoK, the home ministry on Friday issued an alert seeking stepped up vigil at strategic installations, industrial complexes, crowded places, airports, historical monuments and government buildings across the country.

Hillary worries about Jihadi coup, Pak bombers
Pakistan’s nuclear adventurism and domestic vulnerability are never far from the mind of the American leadership. In comments at a fundraiser in Virginia, Clinton is heard worrying about Pakistan "running full speed to develop tactical nukes in their continuing hostility with India."

'Pak kept Indian official out of Lahore event'
India alleged on Friday that Pakistan denied it participation in the recently held Asian Trade Promotion Forum CEO meeting by not allowing the Indian representative to travel to the venue in Lahore.

Joblessness at 5-year high, reveals survey
Joblessness in India is running at a five-year high of 5% of the 15-plus-years work force. Over a third of working people are employed for less than a year and 68% of households are earning up to only Rs 10,000 per month, according to a new employment-unemployment (EU) survey report conducted by the Labour Bureau.

'India may deploy N-capable Rafales on Pak borders'
China apprehends that India will deploy the 36 nuclear-capable Rafale fighter jets to be acquired from France in the border regions of China and Pakistan to enhance its deterrence capability, a media report said.

Sachin used to hit 100 and then shop: Sourav
"Tendulkar would only bat and shop. He would get a Test hundred and the next day you would see him shopping in an Armani or Versace and you will see them hanging in his wardrobe," Sourav Ganguly remembered.

US slams terror, tacitly backs India
Pakistan is being blamed for the escalation of tensions in the Indian subcontinent. Its coddling of UN-designated terror groups and initiation of cross-border attacks on India are being seen by the Obama administration as the provocation — if not the justification — for New Delhi’s decision to conduct a onetime, demonstrative, surgical strike across the LoC.

'Fed up', says Lucknow typist after images of cop abuse go viral
An elderly man who became an overnight star when an image of a policeman kicking his typewriter went viral has said he is fed up with all the attention and just wants to go back to typing letters
RSS is like Supreme Court for BJP: Nitish Kumar on quota row
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced the list of 242 candidates for the Grand Alliance on the last day for filing nominations for the first phase of assembly elections
Woman jumps off moving train with kid, husband to escape molestation
A 27yearold woman jumped out of a moving train with her 10monthold baby and husband after she was allegedly molested by a group of inebriated copassengers in West Bengals Alipurduar police said on Wednesday
In post-midnight notice, Gujarat HC asks govt to ‘find’ Hardik
In a postmidnight development the Gujarat High Court directed the state government to find Hardik Patel leader of the reservation agitation after an aide moved a habeas corpus petition alleging that Hardik had been illegally detai
Republican Jeb Bush says multiculturalism wrong for US
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards
Somnath Bharti an embarrassment to party, should surrender: Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday described his former law minister Somnath Bharti as an embarrassment to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party AAP and said he should surrender in a case of attempt to murder and domestic viol
'1 second cost me 20 years': Tandoor murder convict Sushil Sharma
Twentyyears onemonth and two days that is the time convict number 31 spent behind bars in Tihars jail number 2 Convicted for the murder of his wife in the infamous Delhi tandoor case Sushil Sharma is out on parole after 20 years H
Modi set to ignite a start-up brainstorm in Silicon Valley
Flights from India to the United States these days have a younger braver tinge Several startup founders are on their way to Californias Silicon Valley for a halfday session on September 27 that will culminate with Prime Minister N
Hillary Clinton Moves To Cement Post-Debate Lead In Pivotal Florida
Hillary Clinton embarked on a lightning swing through Florida on Friday, trying to strengthen a newly minted lead in the pivotal swing state and capitalize on a spasm of setbacks for her presidential...
There Were 'Issues' With Donald Trump's Microphone: Debate Organizers
When Donald Trump complained about his microphone after his televised presidential debate Monday with Hillary Clinton, few people believed him -- viewers had no trouble understanding his words.
Dutch Summon Russian Ambassador Over MH17 Comments
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has summoned Russia's ambassador over "unacceptable" comments by Moscow criticising a report into the downing of flight MH17, officials said on Friday.
Abbas Attendance At Peres's Funeral Reminder Of Need For Peace: Obama
US President Barack Obama said on Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's attendance at the funeral for Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres was a reminder of the "unfinished business of peace"...
5 Soldiers Killed, 10 Wounded In Ambush In Northern Mexico
An armed attack on a military convoy in Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa left five soldiers dead and at least 10 wounded, the local prosecutor's office said on Friday.
Clinton Leads Donald Trump By 5 Points In US Presidential Race: Report
Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 5 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential race, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, roughly the same...
Adnan Sami Trolled For Praising Indian Army For Surgical Strikes
Pakistan-origin singer Adnan Sami, who is now an Indian citizen, has hailed the Indian Army for conducting surgical strikes on terror labs across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. On...
Investigators Seek Clues On Why New Jersey Train Failed To Stop
Investigators on Friday examined the black box recorder recovered from twisted wreckage of a New Jersey commuter train for clues as to why it plowed into a landmark terminal, killing a woman on the...
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Revealed: How the surgical strikes ops unfolded
'A couple of hours before the H-Hour, the Kupwara division opened small arms and mortar fire on posts opposite its area of operation.''This was a diversionary tactic.''As Pakistani forces began to react to the firing, special forces teams began to slowly cross the LoC into PoK.'Nitin Gokhale reveals how planning for the surgical strikes began hours after the Uri attack.

US confirmed Uri attackers were from Pakistan
Immediately after India launched its surgical strikes, sources said, it had informed the US of its action.

Army Chief likely to visit J & K today
He is expected to review security and border situation in the state as also along border line after the surgical strikes, which will also come up in the discussion.

Review: MS Dhoni is a high-scoring success
'The film doesn't challenge our perception as much as amiably pat it into place, yet -- thanks largely to a remarkably committed performance by the leading man -- the film scores like a champ,' feels Raja Sen.

12 people you'll MEET this Navratri season
Met these distinctive personalities during Navratri, asks Tista Sengupta.

Petrol price hiked by 36 paise/litre, diesel cut by 7 paise
This is the third increase in two months

Rahane thinks it was not a typical Kolkata wicket...
Batting was a challenge on an atypical Eden Garden wicket said Ajinkya Rahane but also conceded that he and Cheteshwar Pujara were guilty of notmaking their partnership big enough.

Kangana, Huma, Diana look straight out SEXY
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday condemned Congress' decision to override...

Here’s The Empowering Journey of Feminism through the Ages in India

Here’s The Empowering Journey of Feminism through the Ages in IndiaA hard hitting film that underlines a woman’s freedom to her body and sexuality, the recently released movie Pink has been making people sit up and ask questions that were long forgotten. Taking consent as its central theme, the film addresses society’s unmistakable double standards: the pre-conceived notions of male privilege, moralising and misogyny that women across the country face or are likely to face on a daily basis. Although patriarchy is deeply entrenched in modern-day India, the country has a long tradition of women who resisted conformity, even under severe societal pressure. These stories of feminism are as multicultural and diverse as India itself. Here is a look at the fascinating journey of feminism through the ages in India. Photo Source In the literature of the early Vedic period, there are several mentions of female scholars like Lopamudra, Maitreyi and Gargi. Among the educated women of the era, Gargi Vachaknavi is believed to be a pioneer. In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad , she has been credited for having drawn forth from philosophers some of the most profound questions of Vedanta - the nature of the Soul ( Brahman ) and the origins of the universe - during a public debate with Vedic philosopher Yajnavalkya. In a court filled with male philosophers, Gargi fired question after question at the great sage, stumping a man who had never before been left at a loss for words. At one point, Yajnavalkya even warned Gargi that her head would fall off if she continued but when others failed to elicit the answer she was clearly aiming for, she continued her bold questioning. As Brian Black writes in his book, The Character of the Self in Ancient India ,"Gargi was, in fact, Yajnavalkya’s strongest opponent, stronger than even her male counterparts." Years later, Queen Didda, who had a leg disability, ruled Kashmir with an iron hand for more than four decades during the 10th century. Her tremendous political survival skills, her ability to rule and her achievement of stability in the fractious kingdom she had inherited is why she is sometimes called the Catherine of Kashmir, referring to the ruthless Catherine the Great (the longest ruling female leader of Russia). In the 17th century, Bibi Dalair Kaur, a Sikh woman, formed an all-woman army to fight Mughal forces. [caption id="attachment_70192" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bibi Dalair Kaur[/caption] Photo Source When taunted by Mughal commander Wajir Khan about the weakness of women in the battlefield, she is believed to have replied fiercely with the following words: "We are the hunters, not the hunted. Come forward and find out for yourself!" Rani Velu Nachiyar of Sivaganga ruled her kingdom for over a decade, led her kingdom's army in numerous battles and even formed a special women's army named Udaiyaal after her daughter. After succeeding her father to the Kakatiya Throne at the age of 14, Rani Rudrama Devi led several battles against the nobles in her kingdom who opposed her rule because of her gender. [caption id="attachment_70193" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Rani Rudramma Devi[/caption] Photo Source Rani Chenamma of Kittur, a princely state in Karnataka, was the first Indian female ruler to lead an armed rebellion against the British East India Company. In Maratha history, Tarabai of Kolhapur, Anubai of Ichalkaranji and Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi are well known for their skill, efficiency, diplomacy, and bravery in fighting against their rivals. During the 19th century, the Indian woman's quest for civil, political and religious rights arose from the belly of the great social and religious reform movements of the era. Historians refer to the abolition of Sati as the first watershed moment in India’s modern feminist movement. A lot of the early struggle saw educated middle class men such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy (who crusaded against social evils like Sati , polygamy and child marriage), Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (who championed the cause of widow remarriage) and DD Karve ( who worked towards eradicating the bias against widows) take a feminist stand. Mahadev Govind Ranade founded the Widow Marriage Association in 1861 while Behram Malabari launched a campaign against child marriage and demanded legislature to prevent it. [caption id="attachment_70195" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] From left: Raja Rammohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and DD Karve[/caption] Photo Source: Raja Rammohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, D D Karve During this time Indian women also continued to challenge the status quo  in the background, struggling for their place in the sun. Some of the women who went on to become feminist ideals include Anandibai Joshi – the first Indian woman to study abroad, Kamini Roy - who spearheaded India’s suffragist movement and fought for a woman’s right to education, Kadambini Ganguly - the first woman to study Western medicine and, one of India's first two women graduates, Muthulakshmi Reddy - who studied in a men's college to become a doctor and went on to abolish the devadasi system. Others included Pandita Ramabai – who started a centre to support widows and studied the Kindergarten method of education, Rukmabai - who defied her child marriage to become India's first practising lady doctor and Cornelia Sorabjee - the first Indian woman lawyer. You May Like: In the 1800s, She Broke Barriers in Education, Medicine and Law and Abolished the Devadasi System A special mention must be made of the inspiring woman who is often described as one of the first modern Indian feminists. At a time when people hardly acknowledged the grievances of women in India, Savitribai Phule, along with her husband Jyotirao Phule, fought injustices against women with all they had. [caption id="attachment_70194" align="aligncenter" width="647"] Savitribai Phule[/caption] Photo Source In those days, widows used to shave their heads, wear a simple white sari and live a life of austerity. It was Savitribai who decided to stand up against this practice and organized a strike against the barbers in order to persuade them to stop shaving the heads of the widows, most of whom were still children. She also noticed the plight of sexually exploited women who, after becoming pregnant, either committed suicide or killed the newborn due to fear of banishment by society. To cater to such women, she opened a care centre (called Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha or Infanticide Prohibition House) for pregnant rape victims and helped deliver their children. She also founded the first school for women at Bhide Wada in Pune in 1848. The early 20th century too saw the rise of many courageous and strong-willed women who were instrumental in India's freedom struggle. The stories of these women revolutionaries, trade union activists, and nationalists have long been an unsung part of the historical legacy that independent India inherited. A little known story is that of Rabindranath Tagore's sister, Swarnakumari Devi. A committed social worker, Swarnakumari started an initiative, Sakhi Samiti, in 1896, to help widows, orphan girls and poverty stricken women of Bengal. She also played an active role in the Indian nationalist movement. Her daughter, Sarala Devi, also grew up to be an independent and confident woman who believed in following her convictions. [caption id="attachment_70196" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] From Left: Swarnakumari Devi, Sarala Devi[/caption] Photo Source: Swarnakumari Devi, Sarala Devi  An accomplished musician and poetess, Sarala Devi completed her education at Calcutta University and challenged the social conventions of her time by taking up a job in a school in Mysore at the age of 23. After she returned to Bengal, she actively participated in the militant nationalist movement of the state. She also attended meetings of societies that had all male members and presided over boxing, judo, swordplay and wrestling matches organised by her. The era also saw the rise of many women’s organizations like the All India Women’s Conference (AIWC). Women within the national movement had begun insisting on greater political and economic participation. These pioneering organizations included the Bharat Stri Mandal in Calcutta, formed in 1910 by Sarala Devi, and the Women’s India Association founded in 1917 by Annie Besant, Dorothy Jinarajadasa, Malati Patwardhan, Ammu Swaminathan, Mrs Dadabhoy, and Mrs Ambujammal. Annie Besant also led the Home Rule League and was elected President of the Calcutta Congress session in 1917. The year 1917 was also significant as Sarojini Naidu led a delegation of women to meet the Montagu-Chelmsford Committee to demand a series of reforms in the condition of Indian women. In 1925, Sarojini Naidu was elected President of Indian National Congress, the first Indian woman to hold that post. Also Read: From a Child Bride to India’s First Practising Woman Doctor: The Untold Story of Rukhmabai  It is easy to dismiss some of these achievements by pointing out that most of these women came from affluent, educated and urban households. But even within their spheres, they all fought uphill battles to establish themselves as different and to speak out against the norm. Post Independence, the question of women's rights appeared to retreat from public discourse for a few years. The second wave of the women’s rights movement began in the mid 1970s. The issues raised this time were wide ranging - from land rights and political representation to divorce laws and child custody to sexual harassment at work, dowry and rape. The women’s movement interrogated the existing laws, with their questions becoming central in public discourse. Indian feminist writings, especially those by Toru Dutt, Lalithambika Antharajanam, Ismat Chugtai, and Mahashweta Devi, also made their presence felt globally. [caption id="attachment_70200" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] From Left: Ishmat Chugtai, Toru Dutt[/caption] Photo Source: Ishmat Chugtai, Toru Dutt In 1974, the Committee on Status of Women presented its findings in the form of a watershed report Towards Equality  that laid the foundation of women's movement in independent India, highlighting discriminatory socio-cultural practices, political and economic processes.  Its authors included Vina Mazumdar and Lotika Sarkar, the duo who later founded the Centre for Women’s Development Studies in Delhi. In 1980, an anti-rape campaign was launched that led to emergence of autonomous women's organisation in several cities of India. There was Saheli in Delhi, Vimochana in Bengaluru, and Forum Against Oppression of Women in Mumbai among others. Special Interest Groups that focused on legal aid for women also came into existence and several legal reforms took place. A great example is that of the landmark Vishaka Guidelines that came into being in 1997, outlining the process for dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace (later superseded by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013). Entering the 21 st century, Indian feminism engaged with a whole host of issues - from domestic violence and rape to victim shaming and consent. Indira Jaisingh's tireless work was instrumental in the framing of the Domestic Violence Act (2005). Jaisingh was also the first woman to be appointed as an Additional Solicitor General of India in 2009. Senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India, Meenakshi Arora's persistent efforts led to the framing of the Vishakha Guidelines, which later culminated in the legislation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act (2013). [caption id="attachment_70203" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] From Left: Meenakshi Arora, Vrinda Grover, Indira Jaisingh[/caption] Photo Source: Meenakshi Arora, Vrinda Grover, Indira Jaisingh Activist Kavita Krishnan set in motion a series of protests and uproar after the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, which eventually led to the legislation of the Criminal Law Amendment 2013 that made changes in the existing rape laws in the nation. Identified by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in 2013, lawyer Vrinda Grover was also influential in the drafting of the Criminal Law Amendment of 2013. Even though there still remains a lot of work to be done, the movement to secure rights for women in India has come a long way thanks to these inspiring and fierce personalities who made it possible by relentlessly fighting the forces of patriarchy. There were and still are many other individuals and organizations who are also working for gender equality and justice in India and their efforts are paying off. Feminism in present-day India has been showing some encouraging trends. First, increasing economic liberty is allowing women to fight stereotyping. Second, what women want is changing - from economic rights to social and sexual rights. Third, women are not vacating their spaces - they are negotiating harder to expand them. Fourth, there is genuine partnership and collaboration among men and women, particularly youngsters, to embrace meaningful gender equality. Finally, the internet and information revolution is helping women form communities and networks, giving them a bigger voice and tools to organize themselves, forge partnerships and demand their rights. Most academics attribute the growth of feminism in India to western influence, disregarding the fact that feminism is multicultural - the needs and problems of women who live in different countries are dissimilar. However, Indians did not have to borrow feminism from the West. Throughout history, Indian women have asserted themselves in multiple ways and broken free of oppressive social norms. These whispers of rebellion were bypassed or ignored by patriarchal documentations, but they were always there and they must be remembered. Also Read: Do You Know What Made Anandi Joshi Become India’s First Lady Doctor At A Time When No Girl Was Educated In India? Like this story? Have something to share? Email:, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). NEW! Log into to get positive news on Whatsapp.

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This Pakistani Comedian Has the Best & Most Hilarious Reasons Why India-Pak Should Not Go to War

Kolkata Organisation Works Round the Clock to Rescue & Rehabilitate Thousands of Street ChildrenAmidst increasing tension after the Uri terror attack and the surgical strikes on terrorist camps, a Karachi-based comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh took to Facebook to share reasons why he thinks India and Pakistan should not go on war. “Why are some people in Pakistan suggesting we go to war with India? They are the only country in the world with Katrina Kaif. Have they not seen her mango drink advertisements?” he asks. In a Facebook post that went viral after he posted it on September 22, Shehzad also gives hilarious alternatives to war like, “Tahir Shah and Himesh Reshamiya can have a singing competition. There is potential for superhit duets like Eyes dikhla ja and Dil kee soorkh deewaron par eyes hai teri teri.” In times when terror and hatred seem to have the upper hand, a humorous take on the issue should bring a sense of respite and hope for those who are looking forward to friendship. Read the post here: Why go to war with India? Why are some people in Pakistan suggesting we go to war with India? They are the only... Posted by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh on  Thursday, September 22, 2016 Why go to war with India? Why are some people in Pakistan suggesting we go to war with India? They are the only country in the world with Katrina Kaif. Have they not seen her mango drink advertisements? On the other hand, India too should be mindful about escalating tensions on the Line of Control. If we ask Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar to come back, Indian ladies will have to go back to swooning over the likes of Sunil Shetty and Ajay Devgan. India and Pakistan should share a friendlier border so that it is easier for Sania Mirza to travel back and forth between her sasural and maika. Maybe that way, Shoaib Malik might also get a chance to play a little cricket while Sania is away visiting her parents. We have lived next to each other as neighbours for 67 years now. Sure, when I moved into my own neighbourhood, I would throw lemons at my neighbour and he would play cricket on my porch claiming that he had rights over it; but we eventually found a way to live together. Now, we are living off the sugar and potatoes borrowed from each other every other day. We even get together and gossip about the neighbourhood. India and Pakistan should do the same; discussing how Bangladesh is now old enough to get married and find a reasonable superpower suitor for her or how they saw Sri Lanka shopping at Sunday Bazaar despite claiming she only wears “designer joras”. If either sees that the Chinese ambassador is sneaking into the embassy late every night, they can conjecture over what new country it might be having an affair with. India and Pakistan should also do the number one thing that makes a neighbour just the absolute best: sending leftover biryani from functions at their house. Households in both countries have forged friendships with their neighbours and healthy communities. You can even say that it is a Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki. If India feels that they have the upper hand right now and they can exploit that, it should not forget that Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahoo Thi. They should become a good Humsafar to us rather than acting like Mera Sultan. And if both the countries keep insisting on competing, instead of co-operating, then, there are still better alternatives to war available. Here are some ideas: Shahrukh Khan and Sahir Lodhi can compete against each other for the ‘Best Sahir Lodhi Impersonator Award'. Tahir Shah and Himesh Reshamiya can have a singing competition. There is potential for superhit duets like Eyes dikhla ja and Dil kee soorkh deewaron par eyes hai teri teri. They can play a game of Gullu Danda, combining the powers of the non-violence of Gandhi’s Danda and the non-non-violence of Gullu Butt. A spelling bee competition between Bilawal Bhutto and Rahul Gandhi where they would be asked to spell words in Urdu and Hindi respectively. A Master Chef style competition between India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, famous for starting his career selling chais and Pakistan’s President, Mamnoon Hussain, rumoured to have started his career selling dahi bhallas. Both the leaders can set up food stalls to see who can outsell the other. Alternatively, we can even create a Pacman style game where Nawaz Sharif eats everything. Raghu Ram of MTV Roadies honour and Waqar Zaka of Living on the Edge dishonour can audition each other for their respective shows to see who is the most ‘daring’. I would also suggest a competition to see which country has the better Coke Studio, but then even Pepsi agrees that Pakistan’s Coke Studio is the best. These are just some suggestions; we can incorporate all the ideas to have an Olympic style competition between the countries; anything to bring the two closer together. Hopefully, we do not have to see another scene of Meera and Ashmit Patel kissing on screen to make that happen. Celebrities of both countries should come forward to volunteer themselves for these competitions. The Tahirul Qadri of India (popularly known ‘Zakir Naik’) can compete in a memory test against our sports anchor, Mirza Iqbal Baig. Both of them have the uncanny ability to remember the minutest of details. Mirza Iqbal Baig often greets his guests on the show with intros like, “17th October kee duphayr 4 bajay Karachi kay National Stadium kay Javed Miandad Pavilion kay ground floor kay bathroom kay 4th stall mai aap nay jab 20 minute kay baad cheekh mari toh phir mai Rose Petal ka 17 rupay ka 2-ply Toilet Paper 8 steps le kar aap kay pass laya.” On the other hand, the following is an excerpt from an actual conversation between Zakir Naik and a waiter at a restaurant in India: Waiter: “Hello sir, what may I get you?” Zakir Naik, “I will have item number 47 on page number 7.” Waiter: “Sure sir, that is the Chicken Burger, would you like any fries with that?” Zakir Naik, “Why? Why would I order fries brother? It is written, on Page number 7, line number 8, it states all burgers come with fries.” Waiter: “Alright sir, that would be Rs 500.” Zakir Naik: “Why 500? It is written on Menu Page 7 that the cost of the chicken burger is Rs 427. India Act of Taxation 1965 page number 45 Clause Number 7 part B clearly states that charging more than 16 per cent GST is haram. 16 per cent of Rs 427 is Rs 68.32, so total is Rs 495.32. Why are you charging 4 rupees and 68 paisas extra? It is haraam, brother.” It is rumoured that Zakir Naik even reached out to Imran Khan to organise a dharna over the 'dhandlee' at the restaurant. The Olympics could even feature a dharna competition between PTI and Anna Hazare. We have reached out to India on numerous occasions to improve relations between the two countries. We even let them win a World Cup semi-final, when Sachin Tendulkar was batting, all Pakistani fielders were busy pretending they were Kamran Akmals. Oh by the way, the latest research says Kamran Akmal can potentially help cure many Ebola patients; he is apparently the only person who is unable to catch it. India needs to treat Pakistan as equals. We are not far behind them in any field. Modi met Obama and we had Osama, we are literally just a letter away from them. They sent a satellite to Mars and I just sent Fazlu kaka to the store to get me a Mars bar. We even made a car that runs on water. Now, only if we had water to run that car. Somebody needs to make a car that runs on pan ki peek for Karachi. India is also known for the Taj Mahal but I doubt that impresses any Pakistani. Our country has made a national hobby out of putting women in walls. There is a saying in Punjab, "Jinay deewar mai chuniya hee nahee o jamiya hee nahee". Pakistan is the Yin to India's Yang; we are the aman in their asha; we are the lawn print to their fashion; the rice to their biryanis; the Disney Prince to their Disney Princess. India, your movies taught me that “pyar dosti hai” so despite the fact that we are fighting with each other, you need to understand that kuch kuch hota hai, tum nahee samjho gay. Do not wait till this Kajol becomes all beautiful and gets wooed by a Salman Khan. Let us try to be friends and if things work out, maybe some years down the line, our parents will meet each other and pave the way for our everlasting happiness. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us:, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

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