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Mahatma Gandhi look-alike Mahishasura idol in Kolkata creates controversy



Calcutta: A small puja organized by Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha in Kasba, on the southern outskirts of Kolkata, sparked controversy after the idol of Mahishasura was found to resemble that of Mahatma Gandhi with a shaved head and wearing a spectacle.

On Sunday night, when some people noticed the idol, they complained to the state administration. The activities of the state administration began in the late afternoon when protests began to flow from political parties and civil society demanding that the organizers of the puja stop projecting Mahatma Gandhi in this way.

The police contacted the organizers and asked them to take some initiative so as not to hurt the feelings of Gandhi’s followers. Initially, the organizers were unwilling to make any changes. However, after increasing pressure, the organizers finally brought some changes to the external appearance of the idol Mahishasura. The spectacle was removed and a wig was placed on the idol’s head to give him a normal Mahishasura look.

However, the Puja organizers stood firm claiming they did nothing wrong by putting up a Mahishasura idol resembling Mahatma Gandhi.

One of the main organizers of the puja, Sundargiri Maharaj, who claims to be the state chairman of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, said that they did not make any mistake as the time has come to tell the truth publicly. “I think it is the duty of every Hindu to tell the truth now,” he said, without taking direct reference to the whole development related to the Mahishasura idol.

Another Puja organiser, Chandrachur Goswami, said: “We received threatening calls. The police administration threatened us to shut down the Puja unless we made some changes to the appearance of the Mahishasura idol. Finally, we had to introduce some changes to avoid more tension.”

Meanwhile, Congress and the CPI-M leadership in the state have criticized the state administration for acting so late on the matter. CPI-M politburo member and state secretary of the party in West Bengal, Md Salim, said that Mahatma Gandhi, whose contribution to the Indian freedom movement was unquestioned, was assassinated by a Hindutva fanatic. “Now, every day there is an attempt to slaughter Gandhi’s philosophy. This was a deliberate attempt to hurt the sentiment of the vast number of people involved in a universal festival,” Salim said.

The Chairman of the State Congress in West Bengal and a long-time member of the party. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that Mahatma Gandhi has been insulted in Kolkata itself, the city where he held fasting agitations during the time of the Independence movement to stop communal violence. “It is unfortunate that the state administration acted so late,” he said.

Until the report was filed, there were no reports of any administrative action taken against the Puja organizers.


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187 coins removed from 58-YO man’s stomach in Karnataka



Bangalore: A peculiar medical case at Nijalingappa Medical College’s HSK Hospital and Research Center has drawn attention after a team of doctors surgically removed as many as 187 coins from the stomach of a 58-year-old man here.

A Dyamappa Harijan from the Lingasugur area of ​​Raichur city was reportedly rushed to hospital after complaining of acute abdominal pain and vomiting. When performing an ultrasound of the abdomen of the old man, who is also schizophrenic, the report left everyone surprised because coins were found in his abdominal cavity.

On Saturday, a two-hour surgery was performed on Dyamappa and the foreign particles were removed.

Dr. Ishwar B Kalaburgi, who led the surgery, said the indian express that the 58-year-old schizophrenic patient was questioned on this matter on Monday after his recovery. When asked by the doctors, the old man said that he was a beggar and that every time he received a coin he swallowed it and drank water. That gave him a kind of pleasure and he thought the coins would be digested.

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Of the 187 coins that surgeons removed from Dyamappa’s stomach, 56 were 5 rupees, 51 were 2 rupees and 80 were 1 Re, Kalaburgi said.

Speaking briefly about the surgery, he further said that schizophrenic patients think, feel and behave abnormally.

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Apple threatens to withhold Twitter from App Store: Musk



San Francisco: Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Apple has “threatened to withhold” the micro-blogging platform from its App Store without giving a reason.

Musk’s accusation came shortly after he tweeted late Monday that Apple has “mostly stopped advertising” on Twitter following a survey that asked users whether the iPhone maker should “publish all shares of censorship that it has taken that affect its customers”.

In a series of tweets, Musk said: “Apple also threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.

“Did you know that Apple puts a 30 percent secret tax on everything you buy through its App Store?”

Several users expressed their thoughts on Musk’s claim.

While one user commented, “Apple doesn’t support free speech,” another said, “because it’s violating the rules about moderating extremist content.”

Meanwhile, Yoel Roth, who resigned from Twitter as head of trust and safety earlier this month, said that while Musk perpetuates the lack of legitimacy through his impulsive changes and lengthy tweet pronouncements about the platform’s rules, Twitter it now faces close scrutiny from Apple and Google. app stores

In a New York Times article amid the #RIPTwitter trend on social media, Roth said that “Twitter will have to balance its new owner’s goals with the practical realities of Apple’s and Google’s internet life, a no-brainer.” easy for employees who have chosen to stay.

“And when I left the company, the calls from the application review teams had already started,” Roth wrote.


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After furore for slurring women, Ramdev regrets and apologises



Mumbai: Just 72 hours after his comments about women sparked a furor, a chastened yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, expressed his regret and apologized for his comments.

Ramdev emailed Maharashtra State Commission for Women Chairman Rupali Chakankar in response to her letter on Friday demanding an explanation of his remarks within 72 hours.

Confirming the developments, the MSCW boss reported that Ramdev sent him the reply, expressing regret and offering an apology, but also stating that his comments were allegedly twisted out of context.

“We have received your response to our notice… However, if there are any further objections or complaints, we will conduct a full investigation and obtain the full video recording of the show made last week,” Chakankar warned, while speaking to IANS. .

Addressing a free women’s yoga training program in Thane, Ramdev Baba blurted out to the mostly women gathering: “Women look good in sarees, they look great in salwar suits and, in My opinion, they look good even if they are not wearing anything.

At the time, Ramdev was flanked by Balasahebanchi MP Shrikant Shinde Shiv Sena Thane, son of Prime Minister Eknath Shinde, and singer Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Bharatiya Janata Party Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other prominent personalities.

The blatant statements prompted calls for Ramdev to “slap, kick and admonish” them from various locations in Maharashtra and other parts of India.

Agitated top leaders from various parties, including Sanjay Raut, Dr. Manisha Kayande, Kishore Tiwari, Mahesh Tapase, women activists like Aparna Malikar, Trupti Desai and others, pounced on Ramdev, seeking an unconditional apology, framing him for demoting women and other demands. even as the MSCW slapped a notice.


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