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It is mostly performed on girls between the age of one and 15.And that the practice is also viewed as a cleansing procedure to purge the girls’ mind of impure thoughts and desires According to the latest report on FGM presented by Lawyers Collective explains that the concept of khatna is justified by citing socio-cultural reasons but that it is rooted in an idea that female sexuality and desires need to be controlled and thereby reduced The report states: "The perception is that a girl who is circumcised does not get as aroused as one who is in ‘qalfa’ (meaning with a clitoral hood) or one whose clitoris is intact" The report also argues that FGM should be taken out of religious purview and states: "While the Quran does not sanction female circumcision/khatna/khafz Daimul Islam a religious text followed by Bohras endorses the practice on girls after they reach the age of 7 for hygienic reasons" comes?" He also said steps are being to create a buffer of 20 lakh tonnes. The UPA inherited a 7.

as in every fixture in Spain’s top two divisions this weekend, (Source: Reuters) Top News Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde called on his players to look beyond the gloomy atmosphere around the team as they begin their Liga season against Real Betis at home on Sunday.’ Zoya Ali Rizvi from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare emphasised that migration from rural to urban cities is also a major cause of stress for adolescents and families. schools and society before they become major problems. In the melee,30 am,and hence,Wisdom of the Crowd? A lot of distributed wisdom resides in our society The repositories of such wisdom and values are not always eminent and well-known personalities Ordinary citizenswho are patriotsserve the society with compassion and commitmenttry to live their lives ethicallyand have gained wisdom through experience and reflectionalso can offer useful guidance to politicians Indeedthe Internet has provided them a powerful platform to communicate their views widely But is our largely insular political community listening As I had mentioned in my last columna critical weakness in our democracy is the conspicuous disconnect between demos (population) and cracy (not only the machinery of governance but also the machinery of political parties) By and largepolitical leaders do not adequately listen to the peoples voicesespecially the critical voices of wise and independent-minded persons in society The undesirably high element of competition among political partiesand the correspondingly low level of cooperation and consensus based on genuine mutual dialogue among themhas led to a situation that makes most leadersincluding those with vision and wisdomspend most of their energies in trying to win and retain power As a resultexpedient compulsions of polemical politics often prevail over the ideals and long-term goals professed by various parties An integral approach to issues and problems before the nation quickly yields to narrow electoral considerations The resulting herd mentality and the preponderance of allegations and counter-allegations are all too evident in the proceedings of our Parliament and state legislatures In a system that puts a premium on power as an end in itselfrather than as a means to collectively attain lofty endsinter-party competition routinely engenders intra-party competition among leading members of the same organisation Of coursedynastic parties quell this problem by quelling inner-party democracy itself Thereforethe leaders of such parties are even less inclined than others to listen to the sagacious voices of eminent or ordinary members of society They demand and encourage sycophancy Sagacityhowevercan never befriend sycophancy Wise men are not yes-men Its become obvious today that our democratic system can be reformed only by first reforming our political parties To a greater or lesser degreetheir structureculture and overall functioning are incompatible with the ideals of democracy Honest introspection has become a rarity Even intra-party communicationso essential for leaders to stay in touch with foot soldierswho have their ear to the groundis often a mere formality Leaders who pay lip service to it often end up making huge mistakes at the hustings We cannot have much hope of self-reform from parties that do not respect inner-party democracy Howevereven those partiessuch the BJPfor whom internal democracy is an article of faithmust begin to give due importance to the suggestionscriticism and advice coming from the people When wise persons with no axe to grind express disappointment over the happenings in any partyalarm bells must ring in the minds of its leaders Indeedthe very dynamics of the relationship between the people and political parties needs to be recast at a time when the Internet age is creating an explosive demand for transparencyaccountability and participative democracy There is an urgent need for political parties to adopt more and more institutional and informal ways to listen to the voices of their mastersthe people Our democracy will become more vibrantand our nations progress will stand on a stronger and more sustainable footingwhen our political system begins to heed the freefrank and fearless views of the Citizen-Philosophers or Gurus in our society [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Subhashini Ali | Updated: October 20 2014 8:17 am ‘Love jihad’ became a tool of open political mobilisation in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls in September It reopened some old and fundamental questions about individual choice community lines and the politics of identity and anxiety in a fast-changing young country Related News The creation of the ‘love jihad’ frenzy has little to do with fact or religion writes Subhashini Ali Throughout the world the strengthening of the institution of private property was accompanied by the desire of property owners for “legitimate heirs” and together they were responsible for restricting the movement and rights of women A special moral code was created to regulate their behaviour and ideologies constructed that emphasised the “purity” of women their “natural” inclination towards chastity and subservience the paramountcy of their role as mothers and homemakers and the notion of their being the repository of the “honour” of the family and community also came into being These physical and ideological constraints and barriers erected around women were primarily motivated by the need to ensure the smooth inheritance of property by legitimate sons of mostly male owners This explains the fact that men were free of the moral codes and restrictions designed for women The system of patriarchy that the primacy of private property created ensured that the freedom of women to choose their husbands was either denied to them or curtailed in varying degrees In our own society with the system of caste divisions based on preserving the purity of each caste additional restraints are placed on women’s freedom to enter into self-choice marriages by the taboos placed on inter- caste unions Even non-Hindu communities that retain caste divisions punish transgressions of caste barriers in different ways In a situation where marriages within the same religious community but across caste barriers evoke responses that range from disapproval disownment banishment from the family home to violence and even killings the opposition to marriages between people belonging to different religious communities is even greater Despite all this even before Independence inter-caste and inter-community marriages did take place often between members of prominent families and did not lead to public protests or agitations After the passage of the Constitution which gave major women and men the right to choose their own life partners and the right to marry under the Special Marriages Act such marriages have been occurring with increasing frequency While they have often been opposed bitterly and violently by members of the families concerned until recently they have not led to organised public demonstrations of opposition Recent decades have witnessed a new phenomenon which is the increasing political mobilisation on the basis of caste and community by all political parties excluding the Left This not only utilises differences between members of different castes and communities but emphasises areas of conflict and creates new ones in order to strengthen their separate identities and make them willing and enthusiastic participants in mobilisations and conflicts that are basically politically motivated It is in this context that we have to look at the frenzy that is sought to be created over relationships between Hindu women and Muslim men by the Sangh Parivar Of course there is no such activity in response to relationships between Hindu men and Muslim women and in fact the Parivar lists the infrequency of such relationships in its litany of complaints against the Muslim community The creation of this frenzy has little to do with either facts or religious concern Its political motivation can be gauged by comparing the Parivar propaganda material in this regard with that put out by other political organisations Some examples will reveal uncanny and unsettling similarities “The black-haired Jewish youth lies for hours in ambush a Satanic joy in his face for the unsuspecting girl whom he pollutes with his blood and steals from her own race By every means he seeks to wreck the racial bases of the nation he intends to subdue Just as individually he deliberately befouls women and girls so he never shrinks from breaking the barriers race has erected against foreign elements It was and is the Jew who brought Negroes to the Rhine brought them with the same aim and with deliberate intent to destroy the white race he hates by persistent bastardisation to hurl it from the cultural and political heights it has attained and to ascend to them as its masters He deliberately seeks to lower the race level by steady corruption of the individual…” (Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf) On December 10 2012 a new alliance of backward-caste parties was formed by PMK founder S Ramadoss The meeting was unanimous about Dalits and passed a resolution that said “Dalit youths are specifically targeting other caste girls Dalit boys lure other caste girls spoil their lives and leave them in the lurch after snatching their money” A PMK MLA Kaduvetti Guru added that “Dalit youths are luring girls by wearing T-shirts jeans and goggles They present cellphones to girls and mesmerise them” And this is taken from a “Warning issued to Hindu girls” in Kerala in 2007 (more recent pamphlets resort to even greater obscenities): “This organisation (responsible for ‘love jihad’) makes use of groups of boys belonging to a particular religious faith They are taught how to lure girls… Further the organisation orders its followers to marry them within a short period of six months and to have at least four children… The organisation gives one lakh rupees to such converted women and also gives financial support to boys to start business activities… The ‘love jihad’ organisation provides its members with mobile phones motorcycles good clothing etc for more effective allurement of girls… The Rama Sena people saved these stupid girls from becoming the breeding cows of Islam and joining some Muslim harem” After this the language becomes unprintable So the question “Who’s afraid of a Hindu-Muslim couple” must be addressed carefully Yes family members of young people wanting to enter into such relationships may have concerns and fears about problems of adjustment compatibility religious observation etc While they can certainly discuss their concerns with the couple in question they also have to accept that since the Constitution gives all adults the right to choose their life partners it is completely illegal to use coercion or violence to force them to change their minds On the other hand there are political organisations that are playing on these concerns and fears to create public frenzy hatred and violent confrontations because they believe that communal polarisation serves their political ends And they are indifferent to the social and human costs involved The writer is a member of the CPM and former Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App ‘Love jihad’ became a tool of open political mobilisation in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls in September More Related NewsSecurity personnel during their operation against the militants who attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Sunday." a source said.

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