Soon after Narendra Modi was featured on the cover of Time magazine last month, his media managers went into overdrive saying the Gujarat chief minister was the firstIndian OBC leader to get this distinction.
Surprising this from a former poster-boy of Hindutva who has shunned the caste tag for wider acceptance in the majority community.
But as he faces assembly polls later this year – and aspires for a larger national role later – Modi is clearly positioning himself as an OBC leader for two reasons. First, he is wooing the OBCs to offset a deviant Patel vote-bank. At another level, he is pitching himself against two possible NDA contenders for prime ministership – Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan – both OBC leaders. The strategy makes sense. OBCs constitute about 30% and Patels around 20 % of the population in Gujarat.
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej is a Hindu and Jain holy day, that falls on the third Tithi (Lunar day) of Bright Half(Shukla Paksha) of the pan-Indian month of Vaishakha. Auspicious for performing child marriage in India!
This DAY is considered AUSPICIOUS and is the most Famous / Chosen day for PERFORMING Child Marriages…CHILD MARRIAGES is a common custom in Indian Villages and some cities, Its a custom, a tradition of sorts, and even the cops are Helpless against it
UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2012 report says that more than 40 per cent of the world’s child marriages happen in India.
So why is this day SO CHOSEN … Why is it considered for conducting CHILD MARRIAGES ? .. .it’s not that child marriages are not carried out on other DATES … Then why did I choose TODAY ???
"Akha Teej is considered an auspicious day, when one does not have to
consult any astrologer. This is the best time for marriages ...
Even our epics mention about child marriages.
There is no harm in performing it, as the children do not live together
and stay together only after attaining adulthood."
- Priest in Rajasthan
“In many communities where child marriage is practiced, girls are not valued as much as boys – they are seen as a burden,” Laura Dickinson, communications officer for Girls Not Brides said.
Read full article: http://therealmack.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/india-hotbed-of-child-marriages/
A board outside Ahmedabad’s Chamatkarik Hanuman Temple
says that special poojas will be performed for getting visa to go abroad
If you are one of those longing
to get a visa to fly abroad,
then instead of standing in a
long queue outside the visa
office, try standing in a queue
outside the ‘Sidhdheshwer
Chamatkarik Hanuman Temple’. Locals believe that the
God in the temple helps all
those who aspire for a visa.
The temple is located in the
city of Ahmedabad in the state
of Gujarat. All you have to do
is bring your visa documents
to the temple and wait for your
turn to keep your plea in front
of ‘Visa Hanuman’.
The temple is 400 years
old, where hundreds of devotees throng at the temple to
pray for a visa. Every Saturday
about 4,000 devotees arrive
at the temple, out of which 50
percent are those, who come to
pray for a visa. The devotees
have to come with their papers
and passports, which are laid at
the feet of the god by the priest.
The priest then asks the devotee to recite a prayer of Lord
Hanuman. The locals believe
that if the prayer is done with
true heart, then the devotee
will get his visa within a month.
Apart from the city, people from
all over the state come to pray
for their visas. Now, that’s one
belief that is deep.
“It is believed that if the
ritual is performed in earnest,
the devotee gets the visa within
a month,” says Bhushan Bhatt,
a local corporator. “Apart from
Ahmedabad, devotees from
Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, and
smaller towns and villages
across the state come in large
numbers to this temple. It’s
a matter of belief. Devotees
have firm faith that after visiting
the temple, their visa will be
granted,” adds Bhatt