A temple and ashram in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district were “purified” and the idols in it cleansed with Ganga-water after a BJP woman MLA visited it.Local tradition bars women from entering the Dhurm Rishi temple. According to locals, Manisha Anuragi, a legislator from the reserved seat Rath, had visited the village Muskura Khurd on July 12 to attend a school function in her constituency. She also offered prayers at the local temple.Following her visit, the village residents called for a meeting, where they decided that the premises of the ashram would have to be “purified.” The idols were sent to Allahabad to get “purified” with the waters of the Sangam.“How could she be allowed to enter the temple. No woman has ever gone there,” a villager told journalists. The villagers believe that if a woman enters the temple, a natural calamity would befall them. They claimed that after the visit, they have stopped getting rainfall.Ms. Anuragi said she was hurt by the incident, calling it an “insult” to women.“There is no ban on women from entering any temple. There should not be any discrimination on the basis of gender,” said the first-time MLA.
A BJP leader in Assam has quit his post in the party’s Information Technology and Social Media department after his praise for a Leftist woman from Assam, who won in the Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union polls, drew criticism.In a letter to Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass on Tuesday, Suranjan Dutta said he was resigning from the post of co-convenor of the party’s social media wing for causing “hurt” to party workers for praising the election of Srijani Bhaswa Mahanta as a councillor for the university’s School of International Studies.Ms. Mahanta, who represented the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), is the daughter of Assam’s Additional Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Manahta. She was elected councillor along with another woman from Assam — Karabee Kakati of the All India Students’ Association (AISA).Members of SFI, AISA, and the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) contested as United Left to defeat the BJP’s youth wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), in this year’s JNUSU polls.Many party workers and supporters had panned Mr. Dutta when he took to Facebook to praise Ms. Mahanta’s victory, accusing him of taking a Left turn.“…one of my Facebook posts have demoralised and hurt our karyakartas (workers) and I am also in mental agony now. I have admitted my moral responsibility for that Facebook post and hence, asking for apology from everyone,” he wrote in his resignation letter.Assam BJP’s general secretary Dilip Saikia accepted Mr. Dutta’s resignation letter.
Scores of students from a number of high schools in the Corporate Area turned out for the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Ninth Annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum held recently at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.The event was part of a cadre of activities in observation of Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Month.While the key focus of the event was on tobacco use, other unhealthy practices such as poor eating habits and physical inactivity were also addressed.Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who addressed the students, urged them to make wise choices as it relates to their health.He lamented that there is a growing prevalence of physical inactivity among the youth.“Youngsters today are more interested in engaging with their electronic devices, and so they are living a more sedentary lifestyle than their predecessors,” he pointed out.Dr. Tufton encouraged the students to take the information garnered back to their homes and communities.He said they should encourage those they care about to practise a healthy lifestyle, including adopting good eating habits and getting annual check-ups.Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, for her part, charged the young people in attendance to be responsible in their decision-making as it relates to their well-being, and avoid the dangerous practice of tobacco smoking.She indicated that tobacco-related illnesses globally have severely impacted healthcare systems, and a number of countries, including Jamaica, have moved to implement tobacco regulations to minimise the overall impact of tobacco use.Ms. Gordon further appealed to those who may have already begun using tobacco to take advantage of a cessation programme that is available through the JCS and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA). Ms. Gordon further appealed to those who may have already begun using tobacco to take advantage of a cessation programme that is available through the JCS and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA). Story Highlights Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, for her part, charged the young people in attendance to be responsible in their decision-making as it relates to their well-being, and avoid the dangerous practice of tobacco smoking. Scores of students from a number of high schools in the Corporate Area turned out for the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Ninth Annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum held recently at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.