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India is killing the Ganges, and Modi can do nothing about it

India is killing the Ganges, and Modi can do nothing about it | Upsetment | Scoop.it
India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges is killing India. The waterway that has nourished more people than any on earth for millennia is now so polluted it is a menace to public health
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Water is at the core of many of the world's great religions. Certainly it is right at the beginning of the world as seen through the eyes of Christianity and Judaism. Allah clearly provides water to the world in the Quran. For Hindus the River Ganges is a living extension of Lord Shiva and is itself a god. 

You would think all that religious awareness would make us humans more careful of the water we have, more careful of its cleanliness and potability, more careful of its preservation. Well, not quite. In fact, we defile and dirty our water supplies as if our very existence were not hanging in the balance. Nowhere is that disregard for planning and care when it comes to water than in the holy city of Varanasi. 

Can India's government take control of the situation? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, the very existence of the world's most populous democracy hangs in the balance, especially as the ice and snow atop the Himalayas shrinks. 

Water, water everywhere and not enough conservationists to go around. 
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Rumors on WhatsApp Ignite 2 Mob Attacks in India, Killing 7

Rumors on WhatsApp Ignite 2 Mob Attacks in India, Killing 7 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Seven men were beaten to death last week by mobs stirred up by false reports of child kidnappers, underscoring the lawlessness that still plagues India.
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This is one of the most dramatic and clearest examples of how easily rumors can spread in the age of social media. Remember what Abe Lincoln said, "Even if you read it on the social media, it may still not be true." Or, as Ben Franklin put it, "Twitter, Twitter, bullshit meter." So, please take time to check out supposed information before taking action. It's one thing to share a story on Facebook without being sure of the facts, but it's another to start beating people to death.
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‘If They Kill Even One Hindu, We Will Kill 100!’

‘If They Kill Even One Hindu, We Will Kill 100!’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
‘If They Kill Even One Hindu, We Will Kill 100!’ « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Kenneth Weene's insight:
In many ways the state of Uttaar Pardesh is the capital of Hinduism in India. It includes the sacred city of Varanasi, the place where Hindus go to bathe in the sacred River Ganges and Agra where one finds the Taj Mahal. It was also historically very much dominated by Islam, for example the Red Fort, the greatest Islamic fort, was built in Old Delhi. Delhi sits on the state's border. It was, understandable, an area of great tension at the time of Independence. Modi is a sharp politician playing to the ages old resentment against Muslims in this area, but he is also playing with fire. Just as medieval Popes used crusades to unify their power and prove they were righteous pontiffs and Muslim leaders ginned up attacks on Iberia, Constantinople, Jerusalem,  and the Balkans to prove that they were doing Muhammed's work, many of today's demagogues have made the fault line between Islam and other religions a battlecry. To which I say, "A pox on all those who claim to serve their god by attacking the followers of other deities." What do you think, is their one true faith that has the right and even obligation to attack the others?
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You’re more likely to die from air pollution in India than China, study says

You’re more likely to die from air pollution in India than China, study says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study finds that air-pollution levels have risen dramatically across northern India and Bangladesh since 2010.
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Speaking of pollution, while the Chinese are at least trying to clean up their act, it seems that India's air is getting dirtier. I've been to New Delhi, and let me say it was hard to breathe, very hard and that was some time back. 
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India 'hate speech' MP keeps job

India 'hate speech' MP keeps job | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused to sack a minister who used an abusive term to refer to non-Hindus.

Niranjan Jyoti had told crowds at a rally in Delhi that they faced a choice between a "government of followers of Rama and a government of bastards".

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Is it enough for a government official to apologize for overt bigotry? Is this the beginning of the feared anti-Muslim bias of the Modi government or just a moment of stupidity. Can the world's largest democracy get beyond sectarian hatred and rise to greatness?

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The Rise and Fall of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

The Rise and Fall of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The long, tricky frenemyship of Asia’s two biggest powers.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We Americans tend to forget that there are other great countries and that other countries have their own agendas. In the long future, these two mega-populations, China and India, will assuredly have great sway in world events. While they are moving towards friendship now, the coming changes in climate and especially water availability may change that. How will they feed their billions? The hunger of Chinese and Indian people will be a key to the 2020s and 30s.

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How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border

How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dozens of Sikh men fleeing political persecution showed up on the Texas border last year—and U.S. immigration allegedly outed them to their home government.
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In addition to being a clear violation of our laws, this act by ICE is against everything our country stands for. Perhaps we can send the people responsible to India or some other place and keep these Sikh refugees here, where they can become good American citizens. Don't get me wrong, I am pro India in most things, but I do know that in many areas the Sikhs face terrible treatment.

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Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt | TIME.com

Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Melting glaciers and rising temperatures are forming a potentially destructive combination in the deep ravines of Nepal’s Himalayan foothills, and the Phulping Bridge — on the Araniko Highway linking Kathmandu with the Chinese border — is a good...
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And when the glaciers are gone, the great rivers of India will be reduced to streams. What then for the millions of people who need that water to live? We live in a scary time if we bother to think about the environment.

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China is telling India to accept changing realities

China is telling India to accept changing realities | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, o
Kenneth Weene's insight:
China sees India more as a block to her designs in Africa than a direct threat. Other than the Tibetan plateau, they really have little real conflict. The northeast portion of India, which juts through a small pass, is mostly composed of impoverished tribes. While they are as Chinese in ancestry as they are Indian, I doubt that Beijing really wants to take on the responsibility for their futures. And the small countries of the Himalayas are also not part of historic China and therefore are of little real interest to Beijing. They really don't need to control the climbing rights to Mount Everest or the market in yak dung. The big goal for China is quite simply to bypass India and to make sure that Delhi is never a threat in Tibet or anywhere else and to make sure that passage through the Indian Ocean is under Chinese control. With that comes domination over Western Africa and access to much needed raw materials.

One part of Beijing's plan has been closer ties with Pakistan. Of course, this has its own perils, especially as the militant Muslims of that country reach out to their co-religionists in China. And, lord only knows what mischief Islamabad might wreak be it in Kashmir or perhaps in some exporting of terrorism to countries of Central Asia that lie to China's west. With threats from both China and Pakistan, India has little choice but to bind more closely with America and our central ally in the region, Japan. I'm sure that treaties with Australia and New Zealand will soon be added as Delhi looks for ways to feel secure so close to the Giant Panda.  
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Indian court allows 10-year-old rape victim to have an abortion

Indian court allows 10-year-old rape victim to have an abortion | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 India registers an average of 6 rapes a day. This girl had crossed 20-week legal limit after which terminations are usually only allowed if there is danger to life of mother or baby.

Kenneth Weene's insight:
We hear so much of the way in which Muslims mistreat women, but sadly abuse is not limited to followers of Muhammad. Take India, where the Hindu population has a horrendous record on rape. So, here we have in this one case a microcosm of moral decisions. Should this 10 year old girl be forced to carry her child to term? And if she does, what would happen to the child? Who would take care of either the young mother or the baby? Then there is the plea of the girl's own mother that the rapist, the stepfather, be freed from jail because who will take care of her and the children, presumably including this 10 year old victim. Finally, let us consider the worst—for me—insight in the story. No matter what else happens, this child of ten's life is ruined. Such disgust, such sorrow, such a sense of helplessness. Sometimes the depravity and misery of humanity overwhelms. 
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Shooting in Kansas bar sends shockwaves through India

Shooting in Kansas bar sends shockwaves through India | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Suspect Adam Purinton reportedly shouted ‘go back to your country’ before shooting dead Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Let's face it, guns, alcohol, and Alt_Right stupidity make for a dangerous cocktail. And, yes, the level of hate in this country is going up, not from Muslims and certainly not from engineers from India but from god-damned stupid Americans who think they're going to "take their country back." So horribly sad and dumb. 
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Gujarat remains tense after Patel caste violence - BBC News

Gujarat remains tense after Patel caste violence - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Tension prevails in India's Gujarat state where two days of caste-related violence leaves eight people dead.
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Tribalism — be it about ethnicity, nationality, religion, or caste — is an ugly side of human nature. It allows people to collect grievances and to scapegoat others.

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India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir. What happened to the relationship reset?

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir. What happened to the relationship reset? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded fire over the disputed Kashmir border, killing nine and causing thousands to flee. The altercation comes just months after outreach from Indian Prime Minister Modi sparked hopes of a detente.
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It seems every time humans take a step forward towards understanding they manage to jump backward towards hatred. What a sad species we are.

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Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America

Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A depleted marine population in Indian waters forces fishermen to illegally ply their trade in Sri Lanka
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Another example of how technology has negative consequences in the real world and how government planning has to include environmental concerns if mankind is going to survive. Sadly, in this story it is some of the poorest people on earth who are suffering and whose livelihoods are being threatened by what was thought of as progress. 

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In Modi, Indians hope for an economic miracle-worker | Al Jazeera America

In Modi, Indians hope for an economic miracle-worker | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Indians overlook new PM's hardline, sectarian rhetoric in hopes he can revitalize the slumping economy
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I think this is wishful thinking on the part of the press and perhaps many Indians. There are two things going on, and one of them is definitely the desire for a Hindu state, not necessarily religious but certainly cultural instead of non-sectarian. Second, is a hope for economic growth. However, his secret to date has been to more his state into a better competitive position against other states in India. This model is very much like the model in the U.S., a model in big business has ended up getting all the real benefits as states compete.  As a love of India, I wish Mr. Modi well, but as a realist and skeptic, I wait to see.

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