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An Angel Was Brutally Raped
Sunitha was brutally gang raped when she was 15 by 8 men. " I dont remember the rape part of it so much as much as the anger part of it. " This gang rape had stigmatized her for several years and had let her become isolated. She says in her speech sighting the plight of the victims "In [India] and across the globe, hundreds and thousands of children, as young as three, four, are sold into sexual slavery. But that’s not the only purpose that human beings are sold for. They are sold in the name of adoption. They are sold in the name of organ trade. They are sold in the name of forced labor, camel jockeying, anything, everything." And when they are resucued they are considered as victims and isolated from the society. “My biggest challenge is society. It’s you and me. My biggest challenge is your blocks to accept these victims as our own. It’s very fashionable to talk about human trafficking in this fantastic AC hall. It’s very nice for discussion, discourse, making films and everything. But it is not nice to bring them to our homes. It’s not nice to give them employment in our factories, our companies. It’s not nice for our children to study with their children. … That’s my biggest challenge.”
Sunitha was inspirational because even though she was a victim she did not let it get the best of her life and ruin everything that she has dreamed of. Today Sunitha talks to people about sex slavery and helps them build confidence for a better future and to take away the power of the pain that they are faced with. Sunitha Krishnan has recused over 3, 200 girls, as young as 3 years of age to 40 years of age. Many minors who were rescued after gang rape succumbed to death because of brutal sexual abuse. It is people like Sunitha that have a big heart to take a stand and help project others from what she has been through and to help build confidence to the ones who have been through it.
Dr. Suntha Krisahnan is the co-founder of ‘Prajwala’, an organization which rescues and provides shelter for sexually abused and trafficked women and children. Most of the rescued victims were forced into prostitution by their own relatives and hence go through sex slavery and are faced with the life time disease of either HIV, AIDS, gonorrhea, or other sorts of disease.
I was raped, but it didn't end my life,
I'm a phoenix. listen to her speach:
To all the citizen of the world who are reading this, this is not a piece of wonderful literature, this is not a note to create social media attention, but this is a hand-out to all those who believe they can be instrumental in changing this barbaric social stigma, before it becomes the part of our deteriorating civilization. It’s easy to say “Bravo, Sunitha you a doing a good job” or “Hats off to you”, but the question is how many of you can be a Sunitha or rather how many of you can bring in a society like Prajwala. It’s time to act than to sit and applaud.
It’s my right to protect,
I’ll do it,
|Rajiv - Sonia File Photo Courtsey https://www.facebook.com/malayalamlive|
In fact, the personal and emotional turmoil Sonia was forced to face on account of her own personal choices are harsher than those experienced by many of India's great saints.
Today, Sonia Gandhi, like her countryman Caesar, had to do the ultimate sacrifice by taking a double stab for the sake of India, a country of saints, which must earn her sainthood.
In a single speech, Sonia had to acknowledge the cause of the Tamils who murdered her husband for their cause and denounce Italy, her country of birth which is in a dispute with India, a country she has adopted.
Many in India believe, based on the western media which has proclaimed her the 4th richest politician and powerful woman in the world, that Sonia is a corrupt foreign intruder, out to destroy India. Her detractors however cannot explain what she and her family are doing in the heat and dust of Delhi, leading a frugal lifestyle, rather than basking on a sunny Mediterranean Island if she owns billions.
Not a lot is known about the circumstances in which Sonia met Rajiv, the scion of the Gandhi family and agreed to marry him despite great cultural and social differences. For a young Italian bride, hardly aware of the prejudice and taboo of archaic India, the very thought should have given nightmares.
Yet, to the credit of the young Rajiv, who made good on his promise and took her home, it turned out to be a story of great romance, sacrifice, tolerance and a great Indian tradition of welcome and acceptance of foreigners as their own.
No one called Sonia an Italian waitress at that time. If anything, it is a measure of how much the Indian society has reneged in to narrow minded nationalism and its insecurity that, fanned by parochial politics and ill education, Sonia is often referred to as an Italian waitress, especially on the social media.
In a country where hardly any work is respected and students, pampered by parents, never have to work to pay for their own education, it is relatively unknown that if you visit Cambridge, the waitress who serves you could be a student of the great university, though Sonia was just a language student.
If you are the leader of the ruling alliance, it is doubtful which Indian will stand being abused like that.
Oh My God! My Mother in law is shot and dying in my lap!
Not many women had to cry that out to themselves, except during the wars.
When you are close to the pinnacle of power and personal security is something one takes for granted, the enormous shock of something like the assassination of Mrs Gandhi is not something many Indian women would have taken.
Instead of fainting herself, Sonia had the courage and presence of mind to carry and rush her to the hospital revealing the innate strength of her personality to face toughest of situations in life.
However, no can correctly fathom the personal trauma the family had to undergo, though the anger of the collective nation against the Sikh community who members committed the assassination and the angst of the world on that day will never be erased from living memory.
Yet, when the time and need arose years later, Sonia showed no compunctions in renunciation of the power of the Prime minister and in foisting a very deserving Dr Man Mohan Singh, a Sikh, to that position without batting an eye lid.
There aren't many saints who can be credited with much lesser personal sacrifice.
It is your husband madam, in the bag!
Lightening strikes once in many peoples lives.
But in the case of Sonia it struck twice, with the assassination of her Husband Rajiv Gandhi by the Tamil militants of neighbouring Sri Lanka. (One might say it struck thrice with the accidental death of Sanjay Gandhi, her brother in law and brother of Rajiv).
Not many women had to welcome husbands literally in parts, in a body bag. Not many people can even take a guess of what might have gone through the mind of Sonia Gandhi on that fateful day, especially about the Tamil terrorists who sent her husband in smithereens.
Still, over the years, Sonia and her children have publicly come to terms with the Tamil Elam issue and, Sonia's daughter Priyanka has even visited the culprits in prison, in a sign of conciliation and forgiveness.
It is a real tragedy that despite all that, Sonia Gandhi, as the chair person of the ruling alliance has to undergo the political brinkmanship of an alliance partner, who has decided to leave in support of the very Tamil issue which took her husband's life.
The fact that Sonia Gandhi had to take the brunt of the political manipulation of a party who was the sole source of corruption charges which put her own Congress party in great difficulties and stalled her programmes for the poor of the country is a real personal tragedy, only compounded by the fact that they stand for her husband's assassinators.
What can you call this lady who perhaps is bearing a cross heavier than the one Jesus himself carried?
You too Brutus?
If all that is not enough, Sonia has finally put an end to "You are Italian" cry of hysteria of the Indian masses, heightened by the recent diplomatic stand off between India and Italy by publicly warning |Italy not to take India for granted.
The fact that, Italy actually has case in its favour against India, from the fact that its marines were just doing a job protecting from Somali Pirates, in international waters, makes Sonia's sacrifice even more adorable.
No woman of any country ever had to take such a stance against her country of birth for the sake of the country of her dead spouse.
History will no doubt one day record that as the perfect love of a leader for her people, worthy of sainthood, though the current generation of Indians can't see because they refuse to see.
Six Hallowed Indians Who Could be Lynched by a Billion of India's Poor if They Knew Simple Economics.
"They that have done this deed are honourable: What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it: they are wise and honourable, And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you."
Who are they? They are all honourable leaders of modern India who collectively brought down the Indian GDP growth from 9% to 5% in a couple of years, sabotaging any chance a billion of its poor had to come out of poverty and a miserable life. There are even Harvard educated among them, but the plight of the poor and down trodden was not their concern and the need for GDP growth was not their business.
The damage and the back stabbing they have collectively done to India is nothing short of the treachery and guile in the Shakespearian drama, because as highly educated they are, they can't pretend not to know the damage they have caused to the plight of a billion poor Indians who earn barely a dollar a day, in their own quest for glory.
These pretentious leaders, each one of them with a hidden agenda, pretend to uphold morality in life and politics and fight for it, in various forms, as if it is the only thing India needs. Disregarding the damage they will cause to the country's image and growth, they have latched on to every opportunity, every accusation of impropriety to obstruct the functioning of the government inside and outside the parliament, bringing total paralysis.
In a short span of two years they have managed to sabotage every attempt of the minority government of Dr Man Mohan Singh and all reform measures he has tried to bring to maintain the high growth trajectory his reforms and governance has brought for India.
On the top of this list of these self serving Indians who have appropriated morality for themselves is India's CAG, Vinod Rai, himself a Harvard educated government servant, who has dealt the first and heaviest of blows, with accusations of ludicrous amounts of loss to the government. Though the hollowness of his accusations have since been exposed by an auction and revelation by a subordinate, it too late as enormous damage has been done to investor confidence.
Arvind Kejriwal, the "Indian Romney" who claim that the direct disbursement of income benefit to the poorest people of India amounts to bribing, can claim a prominent position. Kejriwal, who shot himself to fame by training his guns on the popular Gandhian Anna Hazare to appropriate some popularity for himself has since been exposed by declaring his own political party, of all things to fight corruption, of course.
Mamta Banerjee, the main coalition partner of Dr Man Mohan Singh who has vetoed every one of his reform measures should be honoured as the Nero of modern India as she spends her time in art and writing poetry as India's GDP had been tumbling down the drain and her own state of West Bengal had been sinking more and more in to the Bay of Bengal with debt burden of over populist governance.
If the Indian parliament had been totally dysfunctional since the last election, the credit almost entirely is that of Sushma Swaraj, the leader of the opposition, in title and action. Sushma Swaraj, who would like to be a future Prime Minister of India, has almost single headedly destroyed the biggest democracy in the world by instigating and leading sheer unruly and disgusting behaviour of elected representatives in parliament.
Dr Subramanian Swamy, an ex professor at Harverd must be credited with finding a life time occupation in filing cases against the Indian Government he can never win. But this doesn't preventSwamy in filing a new case every time he finds an old sheet of news paper with some ludicrous mention of corruption.
Dr Mulrali Manohar Joshi, a leader of the BJP has long since proven his penchant to erase and rewrite history when, as the Human resources Minister, he meddled with school text books, to remove and absolve the cold blooded assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, by Hindu fundamentalists. He has now been exposed as the main instigator of fictitious losses to the government by corrupt practices, which is no surprise at all.
There are of course a bigger list of supporters and collaborators, who the mob may search out on a second wave, for reprimand.
Fortunately, the Indian masses probably have never read Shakespeare, especially Julius Creaser. The chances are they will never ever grasp the importance of GDP or the rating agencies.
Article first published as Six Hallowed Indians Who Could be Lynched by a Billion of India's Poor if They Knew Simple Economics. on Technorati.
If Sonia Gandhi is the World's Fourth Richest Politician with $ 19 Billion, Why Should Her Son in Law Robert Vadra Steal Peanuts from Mango People? Something Doesn't Quite Add Up Here.
Sonia Gandhi is 6th in the Forbes list of most powerfulwomen in the world. As per Business Insider, Sonia Gandhi is also the 4th richest politician who has stashed away $19 billion, a litany her political opponents and distracters had been singing ever since the Business Insider Published the list.
Now Robert Vadra, who is married to her daughter Priyanka Gandhi, is being targeted by a group which call themselves 'India Against Corruption' of making some fast bucks in the Indian property market, using his proximity to the Gandhi family.
Fortunately Robert Vadra is a cool guy with some sense of humour, a rare commodity in India, especially among the politicians. He declared through his Facebook account that he can handle the negativity. Then he went on to lament the whole attempt as a ploy by "mango people" in a banana republic, by merely naming his accusers who call themselves "Aam Admi" by its verbatim translation. When he got fed up with all the negativity and the fuss it was creating, he simply closed his Facebook account with a statement:
"Obviously it seems I have people on my Facebook account who do not have a sense of humour. Everything I write becomes news and further debates on television?? I have decided to delete my account."
A recent song which has hit the charts with a theme of a mother in law baking buns for her son in law has given rise to inevitable comparison, parodies and cartoons which are doing the rounds on the social media. Though the government of Sonia Gandhi's United Progressive Alliance has tried to curb the excesses on the social media, it looks like an almost impossible task.
At the bottom of the problem is the impunity with which accusations can be hurled at your political opponents in India without sound proof and basis and the irresponsibility of the Media in general in latching on to and sensationalising these charges without editorial or other scrutiny.
It is indeed anybody's guess to work out the money to be made in India by foreign companies to shell out kick backs amounting to $19 billion and check the reality on ground though no one can claim that such corrupt practices, very common elsewhere in the world, was never part of the Indian politics.
In reality, due to various obstructionist steps by allies and political opposition of the government, the foreign investment has trickled down in recent months bringing India's the growth rate down forcing the government to take many unpopular measures. Obviously If Kick back was the norm and could have brought foreign funds there shouldn't have been any dearth of investors.
However, for the Gandhi family, fighting to tear down the mantle of the Bofors affair which brought down the government and popularity of Sonia's martyred Husband Rajiv Gandhi over a lifetime, it is inconceivable to leave any reasons for new accusations.
This doesn't stop the Indian political opposition and media, which can find very little if at all to question the probity of the famous political family of India, to dig for dirt. The dealings between DLF, a struggling real estate multinational in India and Robert Vadra might have been on account of his position in the family, but crucially there is no evidence that DLF has benefited in any way or any undeclared deals.
The United Nations has opined that women leaders of India will help in the emancipation of women in India who undergo a variety of deprivations from rape to discrimination. In reality Sonia Gandhi must be commented for her courage and rectitude to claim her rightful position in the Indian society, fighting bigotryalone in an alien land every hour of the day. This alone makes her real worth greater than the $19 billion she is supposed to have stolen from her compatriots. Though Forbes or Business Insider has not provided proof of Sonia Gandhi's total assets, for anyone interested in her bank balance, there is published informationavailable, which appears to be closer to the truth.
How the Politics of Corruption Will Ensure a Third Term for Dr Man Mohan Singh as India’s Prime Minister.
Monumental ignorance of its politicians like Akin, Palin, Ryan and Romney, exposed through their statements, shape public opinion and the course of the presidential election in the US.
In India, the ignorance of the electorate and their inability to grasp complex issues, which the political opposition try to capitalise to portray Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh as India's most corrupt leader, are likely to get him elected for a third term, despite his reticence to fend off unethical and motivated charges of corruption.
In all fairness, the eighty years old Singh, who boosted India's growth rate by bold fiscal action and little ado, must be looking forward to a quiet life at the end of his term ending in 2014. However, the bizarre Indian "politics of allegations of corruption" is shaping and fostering a third term of incumbency on this reluctant economist, who the rest of the world look towards as a Guru and an honest man.
This favour will be done to him by the BJP, the main political opposition to the Congress party headed bySonia Gandhi. The BJP tried to portray the soft spoken Singh as a "weak Prime Minister" by personal attacks in the last election and failed miserably to convince the "ignorant" Indians who promptly elected him and his party for a second term.
However the BJP refuses to learn from the experience and has mounted another campaign, asking for the resignation of Dr Singh on allegations of favouring private investors, hoping to force and benefit from an early election. This time their ploy is based on a disputed report of India's Comptroller and Auditor General, who has a penchant to interpret Government's policy decisions as reasons for assumed loss of billions of dollars.
Dr Singh himself is to blame for his plight. It was his brave admission, as India's finance minister that the country was nearly bankrupt and can't survive without opening its markets to foreign investment, and his bold fiscal steps which lead to the recent spurt in growth of the Indian economy.
This growth has lead to unprecedented demand for electric power and the need to expedite mining of vast resources of coal required to generate power, the same logic behind his push for the nuclear deal.
His government's attempts to expedite the availability of coal by auctioning the mines which hit legal obstacles and objection from states owning the mines, have lead to the new accusations of presumptive losses and corruption, which Dr Singh has contested with strong defence, politically supported by Sonia Gandhi and her Congress party.
However, despite the smear campaign of the BJP, like the complicated nuclear deal, which was the contentious issue projected against Dr Singh in the last election, the subject of alleged corruption in spectrum distribution and coal mining will have little bearing on the voting priorities of rural India. The majority of the Indian population can hardly understand the complicated issues or really bother about them. For example, A Raja, a minister accused and sent to Jail in the 2G spectrum case was actually received with adoration by huge masses of his electorate, on his return from the imprisonment.
Recently, the party of Jagan Mohan Reddy of the state of Andhra Pradesh, who was actually in jail over land deal scams, won several seats in the assembly elections. The party of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the state of Uttar Pradesh, an accused in several corruption cases, won a landslide victory in the state elections. As far as corruption is concerned, the more the better is the norm in India.
If Jesus was alive today he couldn't have safely challenged the 1.3 billion people of India to cast a stone on anyone corrupt. He would have to argue with them because an average Indian can't see the corruption they willingly live with. From the dirty money they deal with on a day to day basis for a rail ticket to the education, employment, and the dowry for their children, every Indian is guilty of corruption in some form or the other. But Jesus would be lucky if he could make any honest Indian to admit it.
Frankly, the Indians are merely jealous about the huge sums they think some other Indian is making which they themselves can't lay their hands on. In fact the state Governments run by BJP are facing corruption charges in land deals and mining. Taking the "presumptive" accounting of the CAG of India, the BJP and the opposition would like to convince the Indians that Dr Singh has looted them an astounding 40 billion USD without an iota of shame.
So far the BJP's gamble has not only failed but also has in fact increased the credibility of Dr Singh, with massive support from the party president Sonia Gandhi. Whether Dr Singh is willing or not, fighting the current allegation of corruption has become his call, foisting him as the best candidate for the position of the Prime Minister after the next election.
The demand of the BJP for the resignation of Dr Singh is not supported by its own coalition partners or the left front. If anything, the recent massive power failures, which all Indians can understand, will only increase the urgency and demand to produce the required coal by any means and vindicate the government's action.