INDIAN MAID: But She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

By Promod Puri I don’t know if she belongs to the class of housemaid, aka “bai”. If so, then her status could be upgraded in India’s class and caste society. She had a regular assignment at our home around 11 every morning and finishing her limited but reserved task in 15 to 20 minutes. It … Continue reading INDIAN MAID: But She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

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Under Canada’s Immigration Detention System Deaths & Human Rights Violations

Two refugee children from Eritrea sit in the back of a police cruiser after crossing the border from New York into Canada in March 2017 near Hemmingford, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) Petra Molnar, University of Toronto and Stephanie J Silverman, University of TorontoLucia Vega Jimenez, 42, Mexico.Jan Szamko, 31, Czech Republic.Melkioro Gahungu, 64, Burundi.Abdurahman … Continue reading Under Canada’s Immigration Detention System Deaths & Human Rights Violations

Seeking Evolution In Religions

Rituals, customs, and traditions provide bulk and mostly false identity to a religion. If these are detached from all the religions, then we can see fundamentals of moral and righteous teachings are the same in each of them. Pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles, and noble deeds. Many meaningless … Continue reading Seeking Evolution In Religions

Does Religion Has Its Role In Politics

Whereas rituals, customs and traditions furnish symbolic and distinctive identity to a religion, the pathways to divinity which are paved with morals and ethics, are often debased by its despicable ceremonial rites and practices. It is in this context that the contemporary and progressive political ideologies disdain religion. Its nature is customarily interpreted thru inherent … Continue reading Does Religion Has Its Role In Politics

Niqab, Burqa And Myanmar Rohingya Refugees

Whereas, Rohingya Muslims refugees from Myanmar, over half a million in number, are battling terror, exhaustion, and hunger in Bangladesh, here in Canada Muslim-right women, with the support of so-called anti-racist progressive activists, and vote-hungry opportunist politicians, are battling to save their right to wear burqa and niqab as against the upcoming ban in Quebec. … Continue reading Niqab, Burqa And Myanmar Rohingya Refugees

WHY IDOL WORSHIPPING IN HINDUISM

One of the most outstanding and contemplating icons of Hinduism is the worship of murtis (idols). The Divine Spirit is perceived in an image. In this perceptive role murtis are an integral part of Hindu institutions and traditions. In its colorful and expressive craftmanship, a murti is an adorable symbol of identity in Hindu iconology. From … Continue reading WHY IDOL WORSHIPPING IN HINDUISM

Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail

Excerpts from an essay in the Conversation by Jay L. Zagorsky Economist and Research Scientist, The Ohio State University A cashless society that solely uses credit cards, debit cards and electronic transfers is dependent on a complex network to replace physical money. This network requires three things to work all the time. First, there always has to … Continue reading Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail

Diwali Mubarak Message To Canada’s PM

Dear Hon. Prime Minister Trudeau: In celebration of the popular Indian festival of lights, I also wish you, Diwali Mubarak. Your selection of Diwali Mubarak expression in your tweet is my choice as well. I noticed that some people tweeted and objected to your use of the word ‘Mubarak’, asserting that it is not a … Continue reading Diwali Mubarak Message To Canada’s PM

DIWALI MUBARAK

DIWALI MUBARAK is my choice of greetings on the happy occasion of Diwali, the universal festival of lights. In the picture Canada’s  prime minister Justin Trudeau lighting the traditional Diwali lamp along with India’s High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and members of the Indo-Canadian community in Ottawa October 16, 2017.  The prime minister in his tweet greeted … Continue reading DIWALI MUBARAK

Networking Is Not A New Concept

Networking is not a new concept, but has been practised for hundreds of years. But historians did not recognise it. It was networking by great leaders, saints or gurus within a select group of people who otherwise were called “followers”, to spread ideas and messages. These are excerpts from an article from my fellow blog … Continue reading Networking Is Not A New Concept

The spirit of Jammu In Revolutionary Martyr Udham Singh

By Promod Puri One of my Facebook friends’ last name is Jammu. It intrigues me little as that is the name of the city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir known for its beauty as well as the still unresolved “Kashmir Problem”. My FB friend, in fact, belongs to Patiala in Punjab, and now … Continue reading The spirit of Jammu In Revolutionary Martyr Udham Singh

BJP’s Strategies In India’s Politics Of Caste

Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University India is still not able to do away with its caste politics as demonstrated by recent attacks on members of lower caste in south-western state of Gujarat during … Continue reading BJP’s Strategies In India’s Politics Of Caste

Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front

By Promod Puri      He is dynamic. He is bold. He is the inspiration and hope.  He is man of conviction based on his Sikh beliefs. His appearance and dressing are guided by his self-confidence rather than from a fashion consultant, which is quite a norm for most political leaders. He is Jagmeet Singh, … Continue reading Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front

Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”

By Promod Puri Let me first position myself as if I were present at the Las Vegas country music show on the night of October 1st. Although, I am not a concert-going enthusiast, but I could join with the joyous music lovers attending the Route 91 musical festival. It was like a celebration, and when … Continue reading Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”

TRUMP WALL HAS SOME MERITS

By Promod Puri The Trump Wall between the USA and Mexico is not a dead issue as far as Trump’s most promised election agenda is concerned. In some lighter but brighter thinking, the Trump Wall has some merits in his ambitious project, a legacy which will be lot more wider and taller than any other … Continue reading TRUMP WALL HAS SOME MERITS

Benefits Of Colonialism Or A Disaster

A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.   Joseph McQuade, University of Toronto Recently an academic article, asserting the historical benefits of colonialism, created an outcry and a petition with over 10, … Continue reading Benefits Of Colonialism Or A Disaster

Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like Alicia de la Cour Venning, Queen Mary University of London The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The latest UN figures show a staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August 25. An unknown number have perished. Around 26,000 non-Muslims have … Continue reading

Pakistan Underground Water Arsenic Polluted, Will Run Dry, In India Too

Drilling a groundwater well by hand, near Lahore, July 2017. A_noina / ShutterstockFazilda Nabeel, University of Sussex More than 50m people in Pakistan are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater. That’s according to a study recently published in the journal Science Advances, based on samples from 1,200 wells across the country. Arsenic cannot … Continue reading Pakistan Underground Water Arsenic Polluted, Will Run Dry, In India Too

Trump Wall Can Be A No.1 Tourist Attraction

By Promod Puri The Trump Wall between the USA and Mexico is not a dead issue as far as Trump’s most promised election agenda is concerned. In some lighter but brighter thinking, the Trump Wall has some merits in his ambitious project, a legacy which will be lot more wider and taller than any other … Continue reading Trump Wall Can Be A No.1 Tourist Attraction

How British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful<

Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It … Continue reading How British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful<

“Essay” On Best Friend Revives School Days Memories

By Promod Puri In split second, rather much sooner, memories can take us to revisit some interesting spots in our lives. For me, one of such repeat visits is to the primary class where I graduated myself from grade 5th to grade 6th and started learning English from alphabets to making small sentences. Towards the … Continue reading “Essay” On Best Friend Revives School Days Memories

Rakshabandan’ – the festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond

A sister tying the protective thread. Vikram Verma, CC BY-NDMathew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross This year, Monday, August 7 marks one of the most important celebrations for Hindus throughout the world: Rakshabandhan, a ceremony honoring the bond between sisters and brothers. The date of Rakshabandan varies from year to year since Hindus follow … Continue reading Rakshabandan’ – the festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond

‘COW ECONOMICS’ ARE KILLING INDIA’S WORKING CLASS

Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India’s Muslims. “Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their cycle-repairing job,” he … Continue reading ‘COW ECONOMICS’ ARE KILLING INDIA’S WORKING CLASS

Arundhati Roy’s new novel lays India bare

Arundhati Roy, in 2010. jeanbaptisteparis/Flickr" , CC BY-ND Malavika Binny, Jawaharlal Nehru University Wearing two hats at once can be an uncomfortable fit, but it does not seem to bother the author Arundhati Roy, who for most of her life has railed against state excesses and corporate exploitation while also wielding the pen.Maybe she does … Continue reading Arundhati Roy’s new novel lays India bare

Omar Khadr Is A Political Harvest For Tories

  By Promod Puri Unfortunately, there are no laws in Canada which bar the lawyers who on behalf of government, pursue a legal battle not to seek justice but to influence the justice with directions from the ruling party for its own political motives. The case in point is the role of the Conservative Party … Continue reading Omar Khadr Is A Political Harvest For Tories

Indian Girls Love For Light Skin

By Neha Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law, Reva University of Bangalore and Ronald Hall, Professor of Social Work, Michigan State University Bleached girls: India and its love for light skin In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products. Adam Jones/Flickr, CC BY-SA … Continue reading Indian Girls Love For Light Skin

Past, Present And Future

By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favored in-vogue quotes. The popular quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and enjoy … Continue reading Past, Present And Future

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

Courtesy The Conversation People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe. Michael Gavin, CC BY-ND Michael Gavin, Colorado State University The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather … Continue reading Why do human beings speak so many languages?

Past, Present And Future

By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favored in-vogue quotes. The popular quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and enjoy the … Continue reading Past, Present And Future

Apology From Govt. of Canada

"Today, we are announcing that the government of Canada has reached a settlement with Mr. Omar Khadr, bringing this civil case to a close, "On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting … Continue reading Apology From Govt. of Canada

Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

By Ashok Sharma Ashok Sharma, University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. When U.S. President Donald Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26, Trump chose to draw attention to something the leaders have … Continue reading Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

Dharma, Karma & Moksha

An outstanding feature of Hinduism is the doctrine of “purusarthas”, advocating four complementary engagements in an individual’s life. These are dharma, artha, kama and moksha.   Dharma seeks conscious conduct of life on moral values of honesty, compassion, truthfulness, and purity of body and mind. It is a behavior toward ethical living. Dharma involves austerity, … Continue reading Dharma, Karma & Moksha

no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark

by Warsan Shire no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old … Continue reading no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark

FAKE NEWS DAMAGES GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE

  By Promod Puri Education does not stop after school, college, or university studies. Rather it continues. Pursuing knowledge in the fields already studied along with new interests of learning are part of lifelong schooling. As the formal education ends in early part of life, the journey to explore and gain knowledge goes on. At … Continue reading FAKE NEWS DAMAGES GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE

Life is a Dangal too

Film Review: by Promod Puri Life is a Dangal too. It is a tense play of strategies, techniques and actions, excitement, and madness, defense, and offense, frustrations, and rewards. It is a fight against societal wrongs. It is a game of emotions, tears, and joys. This is the package Aamir Khan has delivered on the … Continue reading Life is a Dangal too

A BRIEF UNDERSTANDING OF HINDUISM

By Promod Puri Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in … Continue reading A BRIEF UNDERSTANDING OF HINDUISM

Racism Is More Than White,Black Or Brown

By Promod Puri Despite its global image of being a tolerant society, racism, and bias towards major ethnic communities are still the rooted aspects of Canada. Added to that, ethnic communities also have mindset racist sentiments among themselves. Moreover, some or most of them exercise bigotry and dislike within their own group. A recent poll … Continue reading Racism Is More Than White,Black Or Brown

Chandra Bodalia: The Man who Captures Smiles

By Promod Puri Chandra Bodalia is a living legend in the South Asian community of B.C. The man who has captured “a million smiles” in the last over 25 years thru his zest for clicks, has also captured the hearts of the community. Chandra-Bhai, as I affectionately call him, is an icon who is almost … Continue reading Chandra Bodalia: The Man who Captures Smiles

Daily Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

Yes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. We may even tire of hearing about exercise and weight from family, friends and the media. But an equally … Continue reading Daily Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

RELIGION HAS GUIDING ROLE IN POLITICS

By Promod Puri Whereas rituals, customs and traditions furnish symbolic and distinctive identity to a religion, the pathways to divinity which are paved with morals and ethics, are often debased by its despicable ceremonial rites and practices. It is in this context that the contemporary and progressive political ideologies disdain religion. Its nature is customarily … Continue reading RELIGION HAS GUIDING ROLE IN POLITICS

Would You Buy Banana Hanger As X-Mas Gift Item

By Promod Puri Ever since it was first introduced in the kitchen accessories section of departmental stores I am still debating to buy it or not. Over the last 10 years or more, when the object of my curiosity was first displayed as an innovative and somewhat bizarre item, it has been a challenge to … Continue reading Would You Buy Banana Hanger As X-Mas Gift Item

Leader of the Free World

“We are dealing with a world – especially after the American election – which first needs to be sorted out", German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking re-election, and if she wins she will be the "leader of the free world".

He Fought To Uproot Caste System

Dr. Bhumirao Ramji Ambedkar was a fearless and dedicated soldier who fought to uproot casteism from the contaminated soil of India's social and religious culture.   Combating religious wrongs is more challenging than tackling other social, economic and political issues. Ambedkar was one of those rare personalities in the history of humankind who consciously ruffled with … Continue reading He Fought To Uproot Caste System

Hinduism, Diwali and swastikas: Explained

by Douglass Todd The Vancouver Sun, November 1, 2016 With Canada’s 500,000 Hindus celebrating Diwali throughout this week, the awkward topic of the religion’s swastika symbol has again arisen. One young North American Hindu has confessed in a revealing, tender-hearted piece how he often tries to convince his mother not to put Hinduism’s swastika symbol … Continue reading Hinduism, Diwali and swastikas: Explained