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Now, Jadavpur varsity students raise pro-Afzal and 'azadi' slogans
Kolkata : Amid the row over anti-India slogans at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, slogans eulogising parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru and demands for "azadi" echoed in Jadavpur University here on Tuesday.
 
Slogans like "Afzal bole azadi, jab tum na doge azadi, to cheen lenge azadi, arey cheen ke lenge azadi" were heard during a torchlight procession brought out at Jadavpur University in protest against the "atrocities" perpetrated on JNU students by the Narendra Modi government.
 
They also raised slogans chanting the names of S.A.R. Geelani, a former professor of Delhi University who was arrested on Tuesday for raising anti-India slogans at the Press Club in Delhi.
 
Another slogan heard was "Jo ishrat ne manga, azadi/Jo Manipur mange azadi/To Cheen ke lenge, azadi".
 
The rally, convened by students unions of the three faculties -- science, arts and engineering -- of Jadavpur University in the campus, was well attended.
 
The students also spoke out against the arrest of JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar, and the "ill-treatment" meted out to Hyderabad University Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula that "forced him to take his own life".
 
All India Students Association (AISA) leader Anumita Mitra justified the slogans saying these only questioned the lack of transparency in Afzal's trial and his subsequent death penalty.
 
"The slogans demand azadi from making Indian laws like khap panchayat.
 
"If slogans protesting against the branding of scholars like Rohith Vemula as anti-national and terrorist by the Modi government for challenging cast exploitation are anti-national, then we are all anti-nationals," said Mitra, a third year student.
 
However, Nirjhar Mukhopadhay, another student leader who was at the forefront of the rally, blamed "some fringe elements" for the slogans raised supporting Afzal Guru and Geelani.
 
"Various types of people are present at rallies. Some fringe elements gave these slogans. But that does not reflect the stand of the majority of students. They don't reflect my opinion."
 
But he admitted that he had said: "Kashmir mange azadi/Manipur mange azadi".
 
"Please let me tell you in what context I have said that. We all love our country. 'Azadi' for us signifies freedom from atrocities, atrocities of the Modi government, and freedom from intolerance," he added.
 
In a separate statement, the Students Federation of India opposed the slogans, saying "such slogans should not be raised from processions of students which directly or indirectly support any act of terrorism or a terrorist". 
 
"At a time efforts are on to peddle a fundamentalist brand of nationalist across the country, and brign about communal polarisation, and undermine left student politics, such irresponsible acts will strengthen the hands of the fascist forces. And harm the ongoing movements."
 
"SFI is determined to oppose secessionism, communalism, as also fundamentalist brand of nationalism and efforts at communal polarisation," said SFI president Maadhuja Sen Roy.
 
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'The Jungle Book' to hit Indian screens a week before US
New Delhi : Disney's "The Jungle Book", starring 12-year-old Indian-American Neel Sethi as Mowgli, has a special treat in store for Indian fans of the timeless tale. The film will come out in the Indian theatres on April 8, a week before it releases in the US.
 
"We are thrilled to confirm that Disney's all-new live-action epic, 'The Jungle Book', will be out in Indian theatres a week prior to the US release. We have a few more surprises in store for 'The Jungle Book' fans in India," Amrita Pandey -- vice president, Studios, Disney India, said in a statement.
 
Directed by "Iron Man" fame Jon Favreau, and featuring voices by iconic actors like Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Christopher Walken, "The Jungle Book" is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves.
 
Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he is forced to abandon the only home he has ever known.
 
It is based on the adventure stories penned by Rudyard Kipling and inspired by Disney's animated adaptation.
 
The movie blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using high-end technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences.
 
"Tales of 'The Jungle Book' have been an intrinsic part of most of our growing up years. Adventurous stories of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa and Shere Khan are so beloved by the Indian audience," Pandey added.
 
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Bury your BP in the kitchen
Don't let the high blood pressure that you have been diagnosed with scare you out of your wits. It is not exactly a disease, but only a warning sign that the food you have been eating and the lifestyle you have been leading have clogged your blood vessels and your heart is having to exert extra pressure to keep blood moving through it.
 
Just as the bad lifestyle caused it, the good one can cure it. Medicines are only an aid. The main job has to be done by your food and those are quite tasty to boot. So please go into your kitchen for treatment. Certain bounties of nature are excellent in opening up your arteries and those should be a regular part of your diet from now.
 
The most potent of them is beetroot juice. A glass of this shimmering liquid should be a daily part of your intake for life. Treat this as your daily medicine. You might see a drop in your readings in as little as three hours.
 
Beets are full of nitrates which cause blood vessels to expand. Besides reducing BP, these eliminate toxins. Taking nitrate in natural form is a hundred times better than taking a nitrate tablet.
 
Nitrites in killer foods like hot dogs gave you the disease; nitrates will cure it.
 
Those who happen to have kidney issues should mix it with carrot juice. Regular use may give a sharp colour to your urine. Don't be scared. That is completely harmless.
 
Please note that the results will not come in a day. It took you some 15 years to clog your arteries. Please give your system at least 15 months to undo the damage. Of course, medicines can show results in a matter of days but you have to account for side-effects also. So follow a two-pronged strategy. Let medicines do the SOS job. The long-term cure will come only through dietary wisdom.
 
Another prescribed diet is blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Natural compounds in them called anchocyanins are your insurance against hypertension. Eat them like crazy every day of your life. Fresh will be the best but the dried ones will also do. Besides, those are full of antioxidants.
 
I know it will not make you very popular with friends but garlic too has to be added to your menu. The organosulphur compound allicin that it has reduces hypertension and is also antibacterial and anti fungal. The pungent clove is also very good for those with heart conditions.
 
Other good foods for those with BP are bananas, dark chocolate (and I mean really dark, at least 85 percent), spinach, cabbage and coconut water. Plus spice up your food with rosemary, cumin seeds, cinnamon, basil, bay leaves, saffron, turmeric, ginger and black pepper.
 
But the best antidote for blood pressure is weight management. If you are on the plump side, you are almost sending a written invitation to BP.
 
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COMMENTS

Raja Laks

1 year ago

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Strange food habits among Brahmins and some sections of Gujjus. They shun Garlic and Onions just because it is grown underground and it is considered inferior.

Ramesh Poapt

1 year ago

Very good one indeed!!! Thanx

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