Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not
been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving
stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by three
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.

– Rabindranrath Tagore

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Rakshabandhan : some interesting & unknown facts

RAKSHA BANDHAN :

According to the Hindu Mythology, Indrani, the wife of Lord Indra tied a thread around his wrist when he was going to fight with the demons. Gradually, the significance of the relationship changed and the thread was then tied by a sister to her brother’s wrist.

It is believed that Lord Vishnu granted a boon to demon King Bali that he would stay at his palace, but Goddess Lakshmi did not want to do so. She tied a rakhi to Bali and asked that he should allow Lord Vishnu to leave, in return.

When Lord Ganesha’s sons, Shubh and Labh, saw his sister trying a rakhi to Ganesha, they asked him for a sister, so that they could also celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Lord Ganesha granted their wish and created a daughter’s from the fire, who came to be known as Goddess Santoshi.

Another legend about Raksha Bandhan is that once Lord Krishna cut his hand while flying a kite, Draupadi immediately tore a piece of cloth from her saree and ties it on his hand. In return, Lord Krishna promised to protect Draupadi and he did so during her Cheer Haran.

There is another historical story about Raksha Bandhan, it is said that King Porus restrained from killing Alexander the Great in the battlefield because Alexander’s wife had sent a rakhi to Porus.

It is said that Rani (Queen) Karnavati of Chittor sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun seeking protection for her kingdom as it was attacked by the Sultan (King) of Gujarat, Badahur Shah. Humayun embarked to help her but reached too late. Though Queen died by performing Johar, Humayun defeated Bahadur Shah and gave the kingdom to her son.

The great freedom fighter and poet, Rabindranath Tagor tried to strengthen the ties between Hindus and Muslims by asking them to tie Rakhis to each other. He wanted to unify them in the struggle against the colonial rule.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the occasion of Sharva Purnima every year, which usually falls on the full moon day in the month of August.

The festival is celebrated with great joy and fervor all over the country, Sisters visit their brothers, tie rakhi to them and give them sweets and desserts. Brothers also give them gifts and shagun in return.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in a unique. Besides getting rakhi tied on this day, Brahmin Men change the scared thread called janeu too.

(I did change my janeu (scared thread) today early morning )

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Raksha Sutra

‘येन बद्धो बलि राजा, दानवेन्द्रो महाबल:
तेन त्वाम् प्रतिबद्धनामि रक्षे माचल माचल:।’

अर्थात्

जिस रक्षासूत्र से महान शक्तिशाली दानवेन्द्र राजा बलि को बांधा गया था, उसी रक्षाबंधन से मैं तुम्हें बांधता हूं, जो तुम्हारी रक्षा करेगा| हे रक्षे!(रक्षासूत्र) तुम चलायमान न हो, चलायमान न हो।

अर्थात: जिस रक्षासूत्र से दानवों के महापराक्रमी राजा बलि धर्म के बंधन में बांधे गए थे उसी सूत्र से मैं तुम्हें बांधता हूं, यानी धर्म के लिए, धर्म की रक्षा के लिए प्रतिबद्ध/बचनबद्ध करता हूं, हे रक्षे तुम स्थिर रहना, स्थिर रहना।

“सामाजिक सद्भाव व समरसता का प्रतीक पवित्र उत्सव “रक्षाबंधन” की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।”

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Happy Rakshabandhan 😊🙏🏻

Raksha Bandhan, or simply called Rakhi is celebrated in India and Nepal.

Rakshabandhan means ‘Bond of Protection’. The festival celebrates the love between brothers and sisters.

On Rakshabandhan, sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness.

This symbolizes the sister’s love. The brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her.

Rakhi is not mere thread but it symbolises selfless & pious bond between brother & sister. It binds family together. A bond of love, togetherness & trust.

A Love Between A Brother And A Sister Is One Of The Beautiful Relationship . And Rakhi Is The Festival Which Make It More Stronger….

The bond between a brother and a sister is one of the purest we have ever known. Softer than a feather, stronger than the strongest steel.

Rakhi its not merely a thread,it’s a bond of love, affection and security among all the brothers and sisters. every brothers and sisters should give full support (as a gift) to each other so that they can become self-respected, self-reliant and self-employed in their life.

Rakhi is the combination of Five Meaningful Words. R-Rock Strong Relationship A-Acceptance. All Along K-kindness to The Core H-heartwarming Presence I-idealistic Relationship.

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.

A small piece of thread has more power than everything that is known as Rakhi.

Brother : A male who beats up his sister for touching his stuff ; but will sacrifice his life if someone else touches her..

Bonding eliminates fear and wisdom brings freedom. May your life be bound to values and your spirit be free.

Everytime you feel like abusing a woman on social media or in real world, think of your sister and keep her in that woman’s place. You will never ever abuse a woman again.

Today, let us inculcate respect for not just our own sisters, but for all the women who have been let down one way or the other Safety of women should not just be the responsibility of brothers, It is the onus of entire society.

Celebrate the bond of protection in Truest Sense.

Promise to Protect
Your Sister
Every Sister
Every Girl is someone’s sister or daughter. This Rakhi gift them a “Promise of Protection” to prevent crimes against women.

Wish You All A Very Happy Raksha Bandhan. Let’s All Pledge To Respect Girls Of Not Only Our Own Family,
But Our Society As Well. Let’s All Work Towards A Better, Secure And Safer Mother India.

#HappyRakhi

#HappyRakshaBandhan

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Shelter Home Horror 😡

What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre. As per the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) data, 38,947 cases of rape were reported in 2016 which means four women are raped every day,”

Shelter homes over the last few months have become synonymous with scandals of unimaginable proportions. With the number of homeless people in India constantly rising, shelter homes were meant to be a safe place, especially for children. However, the reality is something entirely different.

Shelter homes are horror houses for women.From Rohtak’s Apna ghar in HR to Bihar’s #Muzaffarpur to UP’s #Deoria to MP’s #Bhopal
All speak volumes of heinous acts! Women being raped, forced into sex trade, all kinda child atrocities! Is it so difficult for our govt to keep a check on them? Shame!

PATNA: A Bihar shelter home has turned into a house of horror as the survivors give testimonies of being drugged, starved and raped night after night. Girls between the ages of 7-18, many suffering from speech-impairment, have alleged that they were fed food mixed with sedatives, made to sleep naked and beaten mercilessly at the slightest sign of protest. The number of girls who have been raped went up to 34 on Saturday, according to recent medical reports.

“Sedatives were mixed in my food due to which I used to feel dizzy. I was asked by the aunties to sleep in Brajesh sir’s room and they used to talk about some visitor coming there. I used to find my pant thrown on the floor when I got up in the morning.”

Other girls also testified to the beatings. One girl who worked as a domestic help said that a man with a big potbelly would hit her if she refused to take the ‘medicine’ while another said that the accused Brajesh used to take her to the office and scratch her private parts. “He used to scratch so badly that it used to lead to cut marks,” she told the court.

The survivors also related incidents where boiling water and oil had been thrown on them. In desperation, a survivor spoke about how she and other girls would cut themselves with shards of broken glass on their hands and legs to prevent being forced into “gaanda kaam”(sexual abuse).

The police estimate that 470 girls have been brought to the shelter in the last five years.

Neighbours heard the “deafening” screams of the girls but no one appears to have complained or raised an alarm. Naseema Rashid (name changed), a resident, said the girls were never seen moving around the campus of the shelter home or its rooftop. She added that the girls’ quarters had no windows, just ventilators. “Sounds of screaming and yelling were heard frequently from the home. However, I never got the courage to intervene as Brajesh Thakur was a dabbang person (muscleman),” she said.

Another neighbour, Sulekha (name changed) also admitted that she used to hear the girls’ screams. “They were scary,” she told the police.

Amidst all the news that has been coming in from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh about shelter homes being shut down because of the nefarious activities, there is one story of a brave 10-year-old who saved not just herself but 24 other girls from Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, a women’s shelter home in Deoria, east Uttar Pradesh.

The young girl reached the police station by herself and said that girls from the shelter home used to be taken away in “white, black and red” cars at night and brought back early the next day.

Recounting the manner in which she escaped, the girl told the publication that she found an opportune moment and fled from the home without turning to look back. What is important to mention here is the swift action taken by the police as well.

The young girl is said to have reached the police station at around 10.30 p.m., and by 11 p.m., the police had reached the said shelter home to ascertain what was happening. The manager of the property, Girija Tripathi, along with her husband, Mohan Tripathi, were arrested immediately.

BHOPAL/INDORE: With the country reeling from rapes at shelter homes in Bihar and UP, Bhopal has added to the horror. The director of a government-run hostel for the disabled was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a deaf-mute inmate and molesting several others.

The survivor, a 19-year-old tribal girl, was suffering in silence until another inmate — who the accused had allegedly molested — ran away and told her parents that teen needed to be rescued. Alarmed, the teenager’s brother rushed to Bhopal and took her out of the hostel. Unsure of what to do next, they approached the deaf-mute help desk at Tukoganj in Indore, where she narrated her ordeal in sign language.

Bhopal: A preliminary investigation into the alleged rape of a speech and hearing impaired girl in a shelter home here by its director has led to disclosure that the “sexual predator” had outraged modesty of total four inmates of the women hostel.

“The fourth victim of shelter home’s director Ashwin Sharma has surfaced and she has been identified. We have talked to her parents. She is going to file a FIR in connection with the incident in a day or two,” counsellor of the deaf and mute help desk, the one of its kind opened by the Madhya Pradesh police at Tukoganj in district headquarters town of Indore said on Friday.

The 19-year-old speech and hearing impaired girl, who filed an FIR with the police in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday. The victim alleged that the director raped her during her stay at the Bhopal shelter home to complete her course in local industrial training institute (ITI). She also told the police that another inmate of the hostel had also fallen victim to the sexual predator.

In a shocker from Bhopal, a 4th hostel survivor has revealed that the director of the establishment had forced the girl to watch porn & had raped her for 6 months daily. The girl told Indore police that the accused even brutally tormented her to give in to his demands & threatened her to remain mum. The horrifying truth was exposed when a 20-yr old deaf and dumb girl complained to the police.

Earlier, two sisters, both deaf and mute, fled the shelter home in the first week of this month following alleged sexual harassment by the accused.

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Stop Rape

Father raped his own minor daughter and made her pregnant in Kerala. This horrible news was splashed in media last year. But during the investigation into the incestuous rape case it was found that a Catholic church father Robin Robin Vadakkuncheril had raped a minor girl.

She got pregnant and even delivered a child Robin and few others who abetted this pedophilic rape including a nun were arrested. The church had compelled the Father to accept the crime to save the rapist priest.

Paedophile Rapist Moulavi Madrassa Teacher Harshad Moulavi under arrest on rape charges in Taliparamba, Kannur Victims – 4 Minor girls of his class.

Brajesh Thakur, the man arrested for the rape and torture of more than 30 girls at a shelter home in Bihar managed by his NGO, is not in a jail cell but resting in the hospital wing. That’s how they treat a criminal.

Disgusting, horrendous. But why public in general is showing apathy?

Rape & Atrocities r real Heineous crimes which is deeply routed in our society.

No female or male child in this world is safe from prying predators at school, street or confines of own home. Nonetheless, even compared with dismal national record, the Muzaffarpur incident must make us as a nation collectively put our head to shame.

Approx.34 minor girls raped at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur! Little girls aged 7 to 14 went through rape abortion and torture!.
What kind of a totally insensitive society have we become that not a word is being uttered when 34 girls, some very young children are raped and tortured over months by those who are supposed to protect them! The entire govt should been brought down by now!!

I am feeling sick in the stomach just listening to the news of the Bihar, UP, MP Shelter Home Child Rape horror how can those responsible for protecting them go home to their families & lead normal lives!!!

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RIP ATALJI 😔

My Lord, Never let me climb so high
That I am unable to embrace another stranger,
Deliver me ever from such arrogance!
Why shouldn’t I live every moment to the fullest
Why shouldn’t I admire the beauty in every fragment?
Everything is at stake,
there’s no option to stop now
We can break at this point,
but we cannot bend now!
Let the adversities strike,
Let there be catastrophes dire
Let there be embers under our soles,
Let it shower flare,
With that fire in our hands,
Smiling, we have to burn We have to move forward, together!

-Atalji

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