Wednesday, 30 March 2016

7 Social Media Tools For Small Businesses

7 Social Media Tools For Small Businesses To Manage Their Social Presence

With the positive effects of social media marketing becoming more and more apparent, most small businesses have started working on a social media marketing strategy.

One of the main aims of social media marketing is to stay relevant to your audience. This might be harder for small businesses as they have more to juggle, in terms of handling tasks. Social media tools and apps can help reduce the stress of multi-tasking and keep your social media activities consistent. Below are social media tools for small business to help make your life as a social media marketer easier.
Social Media Tools for Small Business

DrumUp is a must have app for managing your social media presence on multiple accounts. For small businesses, content curation can be a life saver when it comes to maintaining consistency. Curation allows you to seem knowledgeable by posting others’ content with a mix of your own.

DrumUp has multiple functions that are great for content curation and sharing like content recommendations, feeds, scheduling and re-posting. It delivers a list of fresh, relevant content based on your keywords — straight to your dashboard. You can also add feeds to get content from. You can then schedule out posts with a single click or plan it out specifically.

While scheduling, it suggests a list of hashtags you can use with the posts. You can also create custom posts effortlessly and schedule them out. The app allows you to re-post your content over a period of time so your queue is never empty.

DrumUp has a Chrome extension that recommends content and lets you schedule it while you’re reading other material.

Social media automation can save small businesses a ton of time — it eliminates mundane tasks, so you can focus on more important ones. IFTTT stands for If This Then That — it’s a tool that takes social media automation to a whole new level.

As the name suggests, IFTTT lets you create functions or “recipes” that make apps work together. For example, if you have a blog on Blogger, you can create a recipe that automatically schedules tweets every time a new post is published. You can have an unlimited number of recipes to perform functions as simple as keeping your profile pictures in sync to saving photos to Dropbox.

For beginners, the app also suggests recipes that are useful based on a niche of your choice. It works with over 280 channels/services and is a must have tool for serious marketers.

RiteTag is a social media management toolkit that works across 14 major websites including Twitter, Facebook and Tweetdeck. The app is most useful for Twitter as it can enhance your tweets with a single click. While creating a tweet, clicking on the RiteTag button lets you add images, hashtags, GIFs, emojis and customized CTAs on all your shared links.

One of its main features is the ability to analyze hashtags — it shows you recommended hashtags, which ones are most used, which ones are trending, and which ones aren’t popular. You can also automate sharing by connecting it with your favorite content curation services or RSS feeds.

The app also has a Chrome extension to make it more accessible. is a Twitter tool that is a favorite among big brands but is extremely valuable for smaller businesses as well. The tool eliminates all the noise from your timeline so you can see the most important updates.

It’s most important feature is the ability to show you whom to follow and unfollow. It lists users into three groups: Influencers, Supporters and Engaged Members, based on a variety of factors — this enables you to target your audience more efficiently.

It also provides free Twitter analytics, allows team members to manage your account and recommends people whom you should respond to.

As mentioned before, content curation is vital for small businesses. Feedly is one of the best tools for discovering great content from a variety of sources. It is an RSS reader that can gather feeds from multiple sites based on your preferences. You can add feeds from publications, blogs and even YouTube channels. You can also monitor news about your company, product and competitors by plugging in Google Alerts.

Feedly also gives you secure access to your company’s internal portals and SaaS applications. All your feeds can be organized into collections so that they are easily accessible in the future.

You can integrate Feedly with a multitude of other apps that enable you to save content for later and share it on your social accounts.

With social media, visuals are a great way to grab your user’s attention. However, social media managers for small businesses rarely have enough time to create detailed visuals — this is where Canva comes in. Canva is the easiest way to design beautiful images to go along with your social media posts.

The tool provides features that make it easy to turn ideas into visuals. You can create images with quotes, conversation bubbles, custom icons, and stickers. It can enhance images further with it’s various amazing filters/effects and the ability to straighten, crop and resize images. In case you’re too busy to start from scratch, it comes loaded with a ton of customizable layouts that can be changed to suit any occasion.

Canva is great for creating visuals for anything from social media to blog posts.

As you grow your social presence on Twitter, it is necessary to keep track of your followers, your reach and analytics. ManageFlitter has numerous features, including PowerPost — which shows you the best time to post your Tweets for maximum reach. It also provides you with free analytics to make sure your campaigns are getting the desired engagement.

One of ManageFlitter’s best known features is the group Unfollow or Follow option that lets you unfollow/follow a large number of people based on a number of criteria including influence, date of follow and many more. The search feature also comes in handy when you want to find influencers.

At the end of the day, social media is about connecting with your audience and creating new opportunities for business growth. You can use all the tools in the world but if you’re not being smart, then it’ll all go to waste. Using a combination of these tools can free up your schedule and give you time for new ventures.

Just remember to choose social media tools for small business wisely and to use them smartly.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Indian History Textbooks Are Brainwashing Our Kids

ICSE History Textbooks Are Brainwashing Our Kids With Wrong And Anti-India Information
March 24th, 2016
TopYaps Associate Editor

NCERT history textbooks, which underwent a drastic makeover during the UPA rule, tell us that Bhagat Singh was a terrorist. One of the many reasons why some eminent historians are demanding that the books be corrected.

That is only one of the hundreds of misleading and objectionable information they give to young students who rely on those books to understand India. A little more exploration, done by Amit Thadani – a doctor by profession, reveals that the ICSE textbooks are no different.

In a series of tweets, Thadani exposes the biased, inaccurate, and even falsified information that ICSE history textbooks teach young students from sixth to eighth grades.

As usual, it begins with Aryan bashing:

A factual inaccuracy pointed out.

Thadani highlights that there is no mention of Hinduism before the arrival of Gupta Dynasty.

This means that according to ICSE books, Hindus did not exist in India before 319 AD.

Thadani points out that Seventh standard books appear to be preaching on Christianity than educate on history.

Like NCERT, ICSE too wraps up a 500 period of Indian history before Islamic invasion in two pages.

Truth is that the ‘Arabs’ never ‘invaded’ India. They arrived as merchants on the shores of Kerala.

India was invaded by Turkic-Afghani conquerors. Thadani is right: there was no cultural exchange.

Mahmud of Ghazni was one of the biggest barbarians in history but he has been presented as a ruler who was forced to attack another country so that his own would survive.

Other Islamic rulers of the Delhi Sultanet have been portrayed as benevolent and merciful. They were anything but.

Babur destroyed temples and build mosques on them. It is a fact.

The caste system has been portrayed in the books as if it was the only evil in the then Indian society.

The entire history of three major powers – Jats, Rajputs and Sikhs – has been written in as many paragraphs.

Tipu Sultan receives glowing tributes and undue praises in ICSE books.

Thugees, a cult that was nothing more than dacoits of contemporary times, have been presented as barbarians crueller than the Islamic State.

And this is how Indian reformers have been belittled.

Revolutionary leaders get cursory mention.

There is no dearth of misleading information.

And while the entire country is talking about Subhash Chandra Bose, our school students know nothing more about him than this.

So who is behind the writing of such a hogwash retelling of Indian history?

Bhagat Singh Was A ‘Terrorist’, This Is What NCERT History Books Teach U
In the recent past there has been a lot of talk about how many school and college-level course books in India are teaching students a wrong version of history and how at times even some prominent people are missing from these course books.

The recent controversy is on an NCERT text book for class V student that was issued under the UPA Government and found some glaring factual errors in it.

Here is what the book tells us about Bhagat Singh:

What Bhagat Singh did was a ‘revolutionary terrorist’, according to the book.

Gujarat massacre was being blamed on ‘fundamental Hindus’ who are the ‘filth of the human race’

Mature and Confident Rahul Gandhi at 45 years of age is still Congress Party’s ‘bright young politician’

Besides this textbook, there were some other bizarre things that were written in other NCERT textbooks:

The role of ‘Netaji’ Subhas Chandra Bose in Indian history books was missing.


There is picture of a Frenchman smoking a cigar in a Class X book.


A Class IX book gives ‘greater prominence’ to cricket than the French Revolution.


If children learn such misleading history and contorted socio-cultural lessons, wonder what future of India are we building.

PM Modi Promised Declassification Of Bose Files But Netaji Is Nowhere In NCERT Textbooks
Narendra Modi has promised to begin declassification of files related to Netaji on the latter’s birth anniversary on January 23 next year.

In a meeting with Bose’s family members on the evening of October 14, Modi assured he will also take up the matter with countries which maintained a database on Subhash Chandra Bose and but have not yet declassified the files.

By saying that one should not “strangle history”, the Prime Minister was perhaps referring to a previous revision of NCERT history books that saw the omission of the contribution by Netaji in India’s struggle for Independence.

This was another major issue for the family. They are trying to ensure that Netaji gets his due in history books across schools.

“Netaji has no place in NCERT books. We want people to know about his freedom struggle and also about the role of the Indian National Army (INA) and the Azad Hind provincial government which was formed under his leadership. History should be written by giving due credit to him,” Abhijit Ray, Netaji’s grand-nephew told Indian Express.

On June 24 this year, the NDA government had set out to rectify “errors” in NCERT history textbooks introduced by the UPA.

Some recommendations that were made included adding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s role in history and omitting a picture of a Frenchman smoking a cigar on page 44 of the Class 10 book.

Given the fact that one of India’s greatest leaders finds no place in history text books of the country underlines the political controversy surrounding him.

A few days ago, UK had technically rejected a plea by Bose’s family members to declassify files on one of India’s greatest sons.

Modi said he’ll ask foreign governments such as Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Russia to release documents available with them. He is due to be in Russia later this year.

Most of the family members have debunked the air crash theory.

“A story that he escaped to Russia has been there for sometime but the Bengal government files show that there could be a new Chinese angle to the story. And then some say he came back to India in disguise as ‘Gumnami Baba’. We do not have clinching evidence to prove any of these theories,” Chandra Bose another grand-nephew of Netaji said.
Netaji’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff welcomed Modi’s decision to declassify the files, saying it would put to rest speculation on her father’s disappearance.

“I am very happy that the Prime Minister has finally agreed that… files on my father would be declassified. It was indeed very gratifying that he received many members of our family for that occasion,” Pfaff told PTI from Berlin.

“A study of the files will hopefully give us insight into some of the historically interesting developments of decades ago and put to rest some of the varied speculations.”

Credit behind this sudden speed in the Netaji files could be given to West Bengal government which declassified 64 files related to Bose kept in their possession.

Though described as ‘chicken feed‘ by prominent Netaji researcher Anuj Dhar, the files nevertheless confirmed that India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru had ordered snooping on Bose family members, which continued for 20 years.

It is highly likely that files with the Centre, though some of them were destroyed by Indira Gandhi, still contain explosive details that might strike with a grey brush the impeccable image of some of India’s other great leaders.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

There’ll never be another MS Dhoni

India vs Bangladesh: We can’t decide if it’s luck or tactical genius but there’ll never be another MS Dhoni

Mar 24, 2016

What is luck? One of Oxford Dictionary's definitions of the word describe it as "chance considered as a force that causes good or bad things to happen".

For years, since he won that first World T20 in 2007 and ushered in a new era in Indian cricket, MS Dhoni has been given a street name of "lucky captain". Take a trip around India and you'll find the Indian captain's name intertwined with myth, lore, love and luck among the cricket faithfuls.

In fact, according to them, Dhoni is India's own Midas. Everything he touches turns to gold. He has been appreciated, admired, worshipped and often criticised in his innings as the captain of the Indian cricket team. He has assimilated trophies of all kinds, won the World Cup, chased down improbable targets, snatched victories while walking a tightrope, balancing eight earthen pots on his head, juggling five Kookaburra balls, and charming a snake simultaneously. Lucky.

For lack of a better word, people call Dhoni lucky. So he is, by definition, a force that causes good or bad things to happen. Good for India, bad for opponents. Good for India, bad for Bangladesh.

Now, when we have reached the bridge, let's get a few flagrant but true statements from THAT game out of the way before we cross it.

Mashrafe Mortaza was the better captain on the night.

Hardik Pandya didn't win India the game, in fact all his earnest efforts in that last over misfired and the promising youngster could've ended up as the villain.

India don't have a strong batting line-up, they just have Virat Kohli.

There has never been, nor will there ever be another Mahendra Singh Dhoni in cricket.

Dhoni wasn't his usual self as a captain on the night. In fact he hasn't been himself in all of World T20 so far. For instance, in the game against Pakistan, he didn't play his spinner card well . Against Bangladesh, there was a time in the match when every Indian fan was wondering, "Why isn't he giving Yuvraj the ball? Aren't spinners doing the trick?"

MS Dhoni stumps Tamim Iqbal during India's World T20 clash against Bangladesh in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Solaris ImagesBut Dhoni continued with Pandya, whose first two overs were very costly and almost derailed the carefully laid plans. Mortaza, on the other hand, came out with a plan: he was lucky to win the toss but thereafter used his bowlers really well, made excellent field placements and restricted India to a sub-150 total. A job well done.

His batting plans were executed really well too, at least till the scoreboard read 19.3. In fact, until those last three balls in the final over, Bangladesh stayed true to the script, didn't panic and for all purposes, were over the finishing line when they needed just two off the last three ball. India should have lost the game, they had no business winning it. Pandya was all around the park under pressure and Dhoni was staring at pointed questions at the post-match media conference and scathing articles over his captaincy.

But instead, the legend of Dhoni has another chapter to it after Wednesday night. Another bit of myth attached to the man.

So, what happened? For lack of a better phrase, luck kicked in. Dhoni kicked in.

Dhoni didn't have a particularly good time with the bat. No one from India did. Neither was he a shining example of leadership throughout the game. But behind the stumps, Dhoni was a demi-god.

It was not Dhoni the captain who won India the game, it was Dhoni the wicket-keeper, Dhoni the phenomenon, Dhoni the anomaly, Dhoni the force.

The Indian captain's stumpings to send Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman back to their dressing room were top-of-the-line stuff. Him running-out Mustrafizur Rahman (he literally outran him) on that last delivery was even better.

Dhoni, in anticipation that he may need to effect a run-out, already had his right glove out as Pandya ran in to bowl that last ball. The youngster was smiling nervously and it didn't seem as if he had a very clear idea of what he was about to do. You know how sometimes particular postures restrict blood-flow to our feet and you get all the needles and pins, like Pop-Rocks? That was all of Pandya in that last over. He was a nervous wreck.

Dhoni on the opposite end of the pitch was cool. It seemed he had mapped every little detail before the ball was even delivered. That newcomer Shuvagata Hom would swing and miss and he would sprint and take out the stumps than taking aim and throwing the ball at it.

Dhoni has one of the smartest cricketing brains. He plays it like a game of chess, always thinking a few steps ahead. Even his spontaneous actions and decisions look premeditated. And doing all that with a poker face beats everything makes him the captain cool.

The photo that shows him standing like a cool cucumber as the team frantically celebrates around him after the win tells the story. His ability to maintain his wit under duress makes you believe he would be good at anything he did. And no one would still have any clue as to how he manages to do so.

There is an elemental thing about Dhoni. Something very immeasurable, undefinable, something beyond the limits of discussion and debate. 

Virat Kohli's technique, his drive through the covers, his consistency can be talked and written about. But Dhoni's "X-factor", another term that is just thrown about to shroud our inability to explain certain things, is still beyond our grasp.

How does he do it? What's the secret? How can he be so cool, so calm when everyone else is imploding? It's like he consciously keeps a billion hearts in a billion mouths by stretching the game to the final ball, and then does something so utterly awesome, so utterly Dhoni that the collective "phew" generated warms the entire country. No one can do that. There nothing, no one quite like him.

And the aura, the mystery around him is self-explanatory. Dhoni doesn't let much on. He talks mostly in riddles. He is the sort of guy you engage in a conversation and then come out knowing less about him than he does about you. There are hardly any good interviews of him. There are hardly any interviews of him at all.

So, while we all saw it on television as our jaws fell to the floor, the truth is we really will not be able to gauge how Dhoni did it. How did he decide to throw the ball to Pandya to bowl the last over when the young all-rounder had been smacked around earlier? 

How did he know to put Ravindra Jadeja at mid-wicket before the fifth ball so he could take that blinder of a catch of Mahmudullah? 

How did India clinch one of the greatest T20 victories in the last three balls when Bangladesh had been winning it for the first 239 (counting wides) of them? 

Until we know better, let's just call it luck.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Editorial on Mother Teresa for which a Marathi newspaper had to apologize

Translated: The Editorial on Mother Teresa for which a Marathi newspaper had to apologize
ByOpIndia Staff
Posted on March 22, 2016

Last week something unprecedented in Indian mainstream media happened. A leading Marathi daily named Loksatta, of the Indian Express group, had to apologize for its editorial on Roman Catholic missionary Mother Teresa, who was recently pronounced “Saint Teresa” by the Vatican for curing diseased people with “miracles”.

In a brief note, Loksatta editor Girish Kuber has apologized for “hurting the sentiments” of readers and taken the editorial off the newspaper’s website. It is worth mentioning that most of Loksatta’s readership is Marathi and there was no visible outrage from the reader community over the “controversial” editorial असंतांचे संत (saints of non-saints).

We now have the entire editorial translated in English and reproduced below:

Saints of the non-saints

Mother Teresa’s work in India got glorified because of help from the hypocrisy of our politicians

The so called religious leaders who cling to the political power of the day to run their shops are as ordinary as the normal mortals. Be it Baba Ramdev or Sri Sri Ravi shankar or Mother Teresa. All religions have traditions to anoint such fake religious leaders as saints. Mother Teresa is the latest instance. 

The Vatican Church on Monday confirmed the so-called sainthood for Mother Teresa. What this decision underlines is the mutual interdependence of the system. 

This interdependence is manifest in the system declaring those favourable to it ‘saints’ and these neo-saints then through their so-called social service making sure this blind religious order is further strengthened. 

Others outside the system had to wait till the 21st century to understand the cleverness demonstrated by Christianity in deploying this fraud and its fraudulent means. 

To understand this enterprise of Christianity one must look into the history of the expansion of Christianity. 

Christianity expanded not because of the so-called collective religious power of the priests but because the religious head was also the head of the State at one point of time. 

This was the time when the reins of the Roman empire were in the hands of the Pope. So the religious power and the political power were concentrated in a single entity. 

Other religions too have such instances. A reference could be made to the current discourse about the spread of Wahhabism within Islam. The Islamic State (ISIS) is the symbol of the Wahhabi religious streak. 

Wahhabism spread because its founder Mohammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab struck an alliance with Mohammad bin ibn Saud, the founder of a new and likely nation. 

Saud who wanted to settle in politics needed a religious cover that would condone his sins and violence while Mohammad Wahhab was looking for the political patronage for the expansion of his religious thought. 

Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia emerged out of this mutually beneficial alliance. Same could be said of the spread of Buddhism. It spread during the reign of Ashoka precisely for this reason. So the political power is always eager to confer sainthood on those who are considered beneficial to it. This should explain the reason why sainthood has been conferred on Mother Teresa.

In Christianity a prospective saint must have performed at least two miracles to be anointed saint. But this eligibility itself is fundamentally fraud. 

The miracle rubbish is merely the stated reason for public consumption to justify the decision to confer sainthood. The real eligibility criterion is the number of conversions the prospective saint has carried out. 

Mother Teresa was well known for this work. Charity was only the cover for this work. Her real face was of a person craving conversions. 

This bitter truth has been brought out well by historian Vijay Prasad and Christopher Hitchens and many others. 

In an essay in his book titled ‘White Woman in Racialized Spaces’ Vijay Prasad explains in detail why Mother Teresa got so much of importance in India. 

Hitchens goes a step forward describing Mother Teresa as ‘fanatic, fundamentalist, and fraud’. “If this woman is chosen for sainthood the number of the poor and the sick would in fact rise,” Hitchens says. “The decision to confer sainthood on Mother Teresa is Roman Catholic Church’s surrender to superstition and superficiality” is Hitchen’s observation and no intellectual person will disagree with this observation. 

Mother Teresa was interested in glorification of the poor, the destitute, the abject, and the sick. She claimed that she was serving such downtrodden lot. 

A reference is made, by way of evidence of this service to the poor, to the many medical aid centres that she founded. But these medical aid centres were deliberately kept inefficient. 

Several Western writers have shown that apart from the shortage of equipment and facilities these centres also did not have basic sanitation facilities. They did not even have basic pain killers. The most serious aspect of all this was that this was all done deliberately. 

Despite being flush with funding and perennial sources of funding, Mother Teresa and the institutions she set up did not fully equip their medical centres with facilities precisely because they were more attracted towards the exhibition of pain and poverty. 

Her joy was in showing off how compassionately she caressed the faces so contorted by pain and poverty. “This pain is so beautiful. The world learns so much from it,” is what Mother Teresa herself said in an interview to Hitchens.

Mother Teresa and her work have branches in nearly 100 countries yet she is known as an Indian. The reason for this is the slave mentality in this country. 

Even today the educated in this country are fascinated by a white person showing sympathy for us. So one can imagine how mesmerised the illiterate people in Bengal felt by Mother Teresa. She deftly exploited this very fascination for her and under the innocent cover of charity carried out large scale conversions.

What came in handy for Mother Teresa was the hypocrisy of our politicians. Initially her glorification happened because of the foreign-friendly and westernised Congress leadership. 

Later the Indian politics got stuck in the secular-non-secular narrative. Denying our Hindu roots became the default setting for secularism and by inference liberalism for our liberals and media functionaries. 

These half liberals rarely criticised the hypocrisy within other religions. They attacked hypocrisy within Hinduism but became mute when it came to criticising the same within other religions. 

All this indirectly helped Mother Teresa and her glorification. So much so that any criticism of Mother Teresa was considered akin to criticising humanity itself. 

As a consequence of this hypocrisy within other religions also started increasing with great force. A picture got created that any religious thought and the self-appointed religious leaders were beyond scrutiny and criticism. 

Hence the justification that sainthood is being conferred on Mother Teresa because she performed the miracle of curing cancer has no meaning whatsoever. 

The sainthood is a reward for a conduct beneficial to both, the religious power and the political power, and for serving the right ends in both material and metaphysical worlds. 

If real power indeed lied with such fake saints, then the western civilisation from where Mother Teresa comes would not have wasted time in science and research.

All this only shows that while human talent strives to scale greater heights in scientific research, progress, and technology, the religious power continues to take pride in being stuck in its backwardness. 

The Christian priests who harassed Galileo in the 15th century for concluding that the earth is round and not flat and the Christian priests who promote fake stories of Mother Teresa’s miracles represent the same age. 

Such backward religious leaders are the only net contribution of all religions to humanity. Be it a Balaji who sells some Garbha Sanskar for a male child or a Baba or Bapu who calls himself an avatar of Ram, younger brother Laxman, and his jewellery-laden wife Sita and carries out economic or sexual exploitation of his intellectually inefficient devotees. 

They all are of the same type. Of late such fake saints have mushroomed in India and this is symptomatic of a larger social malaise. The true saints advise us all to stay away from the fake ones lest their company might cost us our lives. The decision to call a non-saint saint may just prove to be the same.

What Hindus can learn from destruction of Chinese culture

What Hindus can learn from destruction of Chinese culture by CCP
March 22, 2016

From our visit to China , it seems that the Western conversion of Chinese civilisation is over or atleast, it will be in a few years. Going by the rate of deracination in the Chinese people, it seems that Chinese are fast loosing their connect with their 4000 years old civilisation and are now being reduced to being merely a cheap copy of the yellow skinned Americans, who have no culture of their own left.Typical pre-marriage photo-ops in the Temple of Heaven, China

There is no better way to understand the direction where they are headed than looking at their marriage ceremony and photos. The above picture is a typical marriage photo in today’s China and it demonstrates the Westernisation of China pretty well. Notice that Chinese have completely thrown out their own customs during marriage along with their dresses, which have now been reduced to museums. The Chinese in the marriage setting are wearing Western dresses and the customs followed in their marriages are increasingly getting westernised. It is increasingly common these days to see Chinese couples doing pre-marriage photo-ops , in western attire from Beijing to Paris, demonstrating that they have completely fallen to consumerism and narcissism of the West. Soon, China will look like South Korea, which already looks like a yellow skinned American state , where the only place you will find Chinese civilisation will be in their museums with the young Chinese deracinated to the point that they don’t want to connect with their civilisation even in a special day like wedding.

What makes the above picture even more ridiculous is the fact that the place where the above photo was taken is ‘Temple of Heaven’ in Beijing. Even Beijing, which is the heart of the Chinese civilisation, could not protect one of its most important civilisations symbols like Temple of Heaven , which has now been reduced to a spot for securing wedding photographs. Temple of Heaven is a 600 year old temple in Beijing, China. It was used by the Chinese kings to offer rituals and sacrifices to the Gods, thanking them for their bountiful harvest and for blessing their society. This temple, which was a spiritual and cultural icon of China just 100 years back has been reduced to merely being a glorified museum today, filled with card playing old people and selfie hungry young people jumping up and down at the sacrificial alter. Can you expect similar defilement and sacrilege of Rome or Mecca? No one notices how the Communists of China have destroyed hundreds of Pagan/Buddhist temples of China in the last 100 years. 1000s of years of civilisation and history being reduced to mere selfie spots fuelling narcissistic consumer culture. The Western dressed wedding picture is just the last brick in the wall capturing the fall of Han identity and Culture.

Defaced statues inside Longmen Grottoes, China

Longmen caves of China is another example of Talibanism of Communist govt under Mao. This is a 2000yr old Buddhist temple , where the locals destroyed most of the statues inside the caves during the “Cultural Revolution” under state pressure, except the large ones. The large statues survived only because of the superstition of the locals whose fear that the gods would punish them if they destroyed the statues was bigger than their fear of the Communist state. This temple stands today , barely surviving only because of the superstition of the locals. Once again this only shows how eager the Communists were in destroying their own past. Recent news seems to suggest that conversion industry is working on a overdrive in China. Given how eager the Chinese have been in destroying their own culture and past, it is pretty safe to say that the Evangelicals will reap rich harvest of souls on their investment souls harvesting programs in China. With no culture to fall back on, church has a much easier job in converting the Chinese .

One can already see a large number of Chinese people who are starting to use Western names like Peter, Jack, Steven etc to please their Western masters. 

Though it appears as an insignificant issue on the surface, it actually is a very important step in losing your own identity , when large number of people start doing it in your locality. 

This act of changing names to suit Western civilisation is another example of Western domination of Chinese thought and civilisation, who are all but Chinese in name only. 

Conversion to Christianity now is only a formality for Chinese people. Also, given how most Chinese are not yet fluent in English, this problem is going to go worse once most Chinese become more fluent in English than today. It will only speed up the process of deracination of Chinese. Chinese will soon look like yellow niggers from South Korea or Phillipines.
How is it relevant to us Indians?

The Chinese experiences greatly teach us the importance of rituals and traditions in preserving our identity and traditions. 

Christians and Marxists know it well and that is why they attack our rituals constantly, be it our Sabarimala temple or be it our Mangal Sutra or be it Our Durga pujas. 

Christians attack our rituals like Pongal, Onam, Durga pooja and want them to be secularised to deracinate us and it is easy for them to convert us to their own rituals like ritualistic cannibalism of the zombie Jew’s flesh and blood. 

Marxists want our rituals and traditions destroyed, sometimes even masquerading as Hindus (Like CPM in Kerala organising Sanskrit and Vedic festivals or CPM of West Bengal organising ‘secular’ durga puja) with intellectual pretensions about how rituals and traditions are backward and hold us back. 

But the truth is, they understand the power of our rituals and ceremonies much better than we do. They know that if we lose our rituals , traditions and ceremonies, we have nothing to fight for and would be rich for harvesting by soul vultures.

So the question is, are we Hindus going to learn from the Chinese experience? That is, are we going to become brown niggers to masters in Rome by discarding our rituals , just like how the Adarsh liberals today want? Or should we start preserving our culture by preserving our tradition and rituals? The choice is ours to make. 

But if you do choose the former, be prepared for our Tirupathi Devastanam, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Thanjai Big Temple, Mahabalipuram Temple and other cultural and spiritual icons and centers to be trampled by the next generation.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The top 20 richest people on the planet

The top 20 richest people on the planet

Many names are the same, but the pecking order has (mostly) changed. Blame volatile stock markets and a stronger dollar for the reshuffling
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The ranks of the planet’s 20 wealthiest shuffled over the last year, with only Bill Gates (No. 1) and Warren Buffett (No. 3) holding their spots. Spain’s Amancio Ortega of fashion retailer Zara moved from fourth to second, swapping places with Carlos Slim Helu; the Mexican magnate lost $27.1 billion last year, more than anyone else.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, each a big gainer, joined the top 10 for the first time, while Buffett’s Brazilian partner, Jorge Paulo Lemann, and Chinese investor Wang Jianlin—who owns AMC Entertainment Holdings and is buying moviemaker Legendary Entertainment—made their top 20 debuts. Altogether, this group is worth $827 billion, or $49 billion (6 percent) less than last year’s group. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Demand for engineering seats is plummeting in South India

Five charts show how demand for engineering seats is plummeting in South India. Across India, more than 8 lakh seats remained vacant in 2014-15.Soumya Chatterjee| Monday, March 21, 2016 - 15:21

With thousands of engineering colleges mushrooming in the country over the past few decades, the number of seats available for aspiring engineers saw a steep rise to meet the increasing demand. Especially in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, technical education sector saw a huge boom. But it is also a well-known that in recent years, there has been a fall in demand, leaving several lakh of engineering seats empty across the country.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in December 2015 that across India, more than 8 lakh seats remained vacant in 2014-15.

In the five southern states alone, more than two lakh engineering seats lie vacant for the current academic year (2015-16).

Tamil Nadu fares the worst among the southern states with nearly two-thirds of the seats lying vacant.

In Kerala, although 90% of computer science, IT and electronics and communication students in Cochin University got campus placement in the current year, only 20 of the 60 eligible mechanical engineering students got placed.

In Karnataka, about 11 colleges in and around Bengaluru have had either single-digit and two-digit admissions in the academic year 2015-16.

The picture is bad for Telangana too. However, MCA saw a hike of 42% in the number of students taking admission in this academic year.

Industry body NASSCOM following a 2011 survey said only 17.5 % engineering graduates were employable.

The vacancies are not only limited to engineering, more than 18 lakh seats of all AICTE courses were unclaimed in the last four years. For the first time in several years, the overall number of engineering seats has come down by about 30,000 seats in 2015, according to AICTE. They would further like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh from a little over 16.7 lakh now.

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