Vayanakkaran 2015-10-01 13:14:05 News
Vasudev is telling the truth. There are no differnce between Anezhthu or penazhthu (Men writing or female writing). If there 10 male writers there are only 3 female writers, that percentage difference is only there. If the lady come forward to lead any lityerary organization as president or secretary they are most welcome {lease do not make much hue and cry and fuss over it. Here in literary world ladies as much much favoured. Even if they are few, they get much importance and prominence. Their work will appear in top of the publication and remain there for time flashing with colorful photos. Under their work you also will see much appreciation or congratulation remarks. Just observe my dear friends from all genders and find the truths in real way without beating the bush around. Whether men or women the truth must prevail. Congratulaion to all the writers regardless gender. All down trodden writers must be considerd. The quality of the work should be considerd. This is just remarks. please do not give much attention to spelling or sentence structure. You can correct and read yourself.
Observer 2015-10-01 12:53:39 News
These are all usual things happening every where in USA and in India also. Look at the Madani's case how many years he was in Coimbatore Jail and now again in Bangal;ore Jail waiting for trial. The days are fixed or postponed not based on many Associations or organization members conveniences to assemble in front of the judges. chamber or in in the court. The cases are not determined based on the musicle power of the people or the organization. That is not justice or justice for all. Try and fight for all the people's justice regardless of faith, religion, creed and nationality. OK
വിദ്യാധരൻ 2015-10-01 12:31:54 News
തെറ്റ് തെറ്റാണ് അത് വാസുദേവായാലും M.T. വാസുദേവൻ  ആയാലും.  മലയാള സാഹിത്യം പേരും പെരുമയ്ക്കും വേണ്ടിയുള്ളതല്ല.  പഴയ ചില കീഴ്വഴക്കങ്ങളിൽ സാഹിത്യത്തെ മോചിപ്പിച്ചു പുതിയ തലമുറകളെ ഉൾക്കൊണ്ട് പുതിയയുഗത്തിലേക്ക് കൈ പിടിച്ചു നടത്തവണ്ടർ വന്ന കയ്പിഴ സമ്മതിക്കാതെ അതിനെ ന്യായികരിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്നതാണ് ഏറ്റവും വലിയ തെറ്റ്. അതു സാഹിത്യ വൃത്തിയുടെ ഉദ്ദേശ്യത്തിൽ നിന്ന് വഴിതെറ്റിപോകുകയാണ്. അതിനെയാണ് ന്യുയോർക്ക് എഴുത്തുകാരി അവരുടെ അഭിപ്രായത്തിലൂടെ സാധൂകരിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്നത്. പെണ്ണായാലും ആണായാലും അവർക്ക് ഉൾക്കാഴ്ചയില്ലാതെ ബാഹ്യമായ കണ്ണ് മഞ്ഞളിച്ചുപോയാൽ മനുഷ്യരാശിക്ക് ശാപം എന്നല്ലാതെ എന്ത് പറയാൻ.

MOHAN MAVUNKAL 2015-10-01 10:03:30 News
I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!AMAZING ARTICLE MORE THAN THAT I LOVE THAT STYLE.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
secularist 2015-10-01 10:01:16 News
വെള്ളാപ്പള്ളിയും ബി.ജെ.പിയും ദിവാസ്വപ്നം കണുന്നു. കുളം കലക്കാനും വര്‍ഗീയത സ്രുഷ്ടിക്കാനുമല്ലതെ ഇരു കൂട്ടര്‍ക്കും കേരളത്തില്‍ കഴിയില്ല. കാരണം ജനസംഖ്യയിലെപ്രത്യേകത തന്നെ.
പക്ഷെ കേരളത്തിലെ ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികള്‍ അവസരവാദികള്‍ ആയതിനാല്‍ (സക്കറിയയൊടു കടപ്പാട്) ഇക്കൂട്ടരോടു കൂടി സ്ഥിതി മാറ്റി കൂടായ്കയുമില്ല. 
Hawkeye 2015-10-01 09:44:13 News
പാവാട ഇട്ട് വന്നു എഴുത്തുകാരിയാണെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞാൽ വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നവരല്ല  വായനക്കാർ.  പിന്നെ ന്യുയോർക്ക് ആയതുകൊണ്ട് അവിടെ ഇതുപോലെ ഒത്തിരി ഉണ്ടല്ലോ
Mohan Parakovil 2015-10-01 08:55:07 News
പാലിക്കാൻ കഴിയാത്തത് പ്രദര്സിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിൽ എന്ത് ഗുണം . ജയ്‌ അമേരിക്ക..
New York എഴുത്തുകാരി 2015-10-01 08:40:10 News
There is not much sense in blaming Sri. Vasudev. When പെണ്ണ് എഴുത്ത് ഫോറം  was hosted by Lana, many learned men  advised women writers to boycott it. I too was against it. But the women writers ignored me and eliminated me and went ahead and went to Lana meeting.
Don't blame men for women's  slavery. 
വക്രദൃഷ്ടി 2015-10-01 06:52:03 News
ഈ ഗ്രാമത്തിൽ ജീവിക്കുന്ന മനുഷ്യർ മിക്കവരും പോത്തുകളാണ് അതുകൊണ്ടാണ് പശു ഇറച്ചി തിന്നവനെ കൊന്നത് 
Texan American 2015-10-01 06:20:32 News

This is how America is being shamed by these fundamentalists in USA. Once it was called MODERN. See the fate now. India looks better now a days Indian.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/30/us/polygamist-flds-warren-jeffs-update/index.html

Watch an encore presentation of "This is Life with Lisa Ling: Children of the Prophet," Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT or watch the episode right now on CNNGo.

(CNN)Oct 1 - 2015 It's hard to imagine that a convicted child rapist would be allowed to lead a church from prison, but that's exactly what's going on with Warren Jeffs.

Jeffs leads a polygamist sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It gained worldwide attention in 2006 when authorities accused Jeffs of sexual offenses against girls he took as wives. At one point Jeffs disappeared, prompting the FBI to put him on its 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list until he was captured.

In 2008, authorities raided the church's sprawling Texas ranch. Police removed more than 460 children from the property, including mothers under 18 years old. Authorities seized and shut down the ranch last year.

Eventually, Jeffs was convicted in 2011 of "sexual assault" and "aggravated sexual assault" of two girls ages 12 and 15. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.

Exclusive: Jeffs' children allege sexual abuse

The FLDS broke away from the mainstream Mormon church more than a century ago because its members refused to renounce polygamy.

The church allegedly exercises control over the adjacent towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah -- an area informally known as Short Creek. Other enclaves exist in Mancos, Colorado; Boise City, Oklahoma; Custer County, South Dakota; and a Canadian community known as Bountiful, British Columbia.


FLDS leaders seldom speak with the news media and did not respond to CNN's multiple requests for comment on this story.

So, what's the status of FLDS today? Several key issues continue to play a role in the church's future:

'Seed bearers' and ritualistic sex

Although day-to-day leadership of the church is run mostly by Jeff's brother, Lyle Jeffs, Warren Jeffs actively directs church matters from prison, said Sam Brower, a private investigator who's been closely following FLDS activities for 10 years.

Brower's New York Times best-selling book "Prophet's Prey" inspired a documentary of the same name, which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival. He played a key role in the FBI's investigation of Jeffs' and his eventual conviction.

First obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune, a child custody petition filed in a St. George, Utah, juvenile court by Lyle Jeffs' estranged wife Charlene Jeffs describes a group of followers called "seed bearers." "A seed bearer is an elect man of a worthy bloodline chosen by the Priesthood to impregnate the FLDS woman," according to Charlene Jeffs' petition. Under a new doctrine, "FLDS men are no longer permitted to have children with their multiple wives. That privilege belongs to the seed bearer alone," the petition said. "It is the husband's responsibility to hold the hands of their wives while the seed bearer 'spreads his seed.' In layman terms, the husband is required to sit in the room while the chosen seed bearer, or a couple of them, rape his wife or wives," according to the document.

Utah juvenile court records are not usually available to the public, so it's unknown if anyone filed documents disputing any details in Charlene Jeffs' petition, or the veracity of the petition's allegations. Lyle Jeffs eventually agreed to share custody of their two teen children with Charlene Jeffs -- the Salt Lake Tribune reported -- with the children living with their mother.

Roy Jeffs: Why I left my father's church

Brower said he was able to confirm similar reports of "seed bearers" through his own sources. "It's ritualistic procreation," Brower said, "performed on a ritualistic bed-slash-altar." As part of this new system, Warren Jeffs has withheld any relationships between husbands and wives, Brower said. Any touching between spouses outside rituals like these, even a simple handshake, can now be considered adultery in the church.

When asked about his sources for this information, Brower would only say he didn't want to violate confidences. "I'm 100% satisfied as a private investigator that it exists," he said.

There has been no response to CNN's multiple attempts to connect with an FLDS representative to get their side of the story.

A convicted child rapist still leads the church ....

Tom Abraham 2015-10-01 05:06:38 News

Good news that they won a legitimate argument in the Court. What is more important for those who uphold the expensive display is to  obey the Ten Commandments. Impossible for them or anyone in the materialistic US. Also, Jesus himself compressed the Ten Commandments into" Love your Neighbour as thyself"  the most significant. Why they cause conflict without adhering to Jesus s new message for loving and helping the poor ? Will they tolerate if other religions display theirs too ? Faith and Rationality must coexist. Law  is for Man, Man not for the Law. Thanks, p.p.c.


Indian 2015-10-01 03:54:13 News

See reports: How India is being shamed. Once India was called the land of snake charmers. now it will be called fundamentalists and obsucurantists


http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/10/01/dadri-lynching_n_8224506.html

Dadri Lynching: Isolated In Their Grief, Muslim Family Contemplates
Moving Out Of Village
HuffPost India | By Rituparna Chatterjee
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Posted: 01/10/2015 08:32 IST Updated: 2 hours ago

As the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) sought a report from
the district administration after a Muslim man was beaten to death
over rumours that he killed and ate a cow, his despairing family said
they are thinking of leaving the village they've lived in for two
generations, according to reports.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Askari, the 75-year old mother of
victim Mohammad Akhlaq, said no one from the village had come to share
their grief even two days after her son was lynched by a Hindu mob.

"Once our child (Danish) is treated and he is in a stable condition,
we need to make arrangements to live somewhere else. Who will buy this
house? The government should help us out," Askari told IE. Danish,
Akhlaq's son, was also beaten up by the raging mob on Monday night
after it dragged both father and son out of their homes.

The NCM stated it was monitoring the measures being taken by the
district administration to bring the perpetrators of the "ghastly"
crime to justice, reported PTI.

Also Read: Hindu Mob Lynches Muslim Man Suspected Of Killing And Eating A Cow

"The NCM strongly condemns this cowardly and reprehensible attack on
an innocent Muslim which also resulted in severe injury to his
23-year-old son. The Chairman, NCM has already spoken to DM, Dadri and
asked him to send a report on the incident to the NCM at the earliest.
After receipt of the report, we will be taking up the matter with both
the Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister. It will also be
discussed in the next weekly meeting of NCM," Commission member
Praveen Davar said.

Tension prevailed in the village, where nearly 40 percent of the 1,500
residents are Muslims, after some cows and buffaloes went missing. A
temple priest stoked the communal fire by allegedly announcing that
the family had slaughtered cows and stored the beef in their house, an
AP report said, quoting District Magistrate Nagendra Pratap Singh.

Singh said the mob dragged Akhlaq and his son from their home and beat
them with sticks and bricks. Akhlaq was declared dead at a nearby
hospital, while his son was being treated for serious injuries.

A group of protesters also torched police vehicles after the arrests,
forcing police to open fire, the Indian Express reported.

An FIR has been filed against 10 people for attacking the family, six
of whom were arrested, police said.

Meanwhile, a report in the Times of India said that there is no
mention of beef in the FIR filed by the police. Police is were looking
for two youths who had allegedly forced the village priest to announce
over the temple loudspeaker that the family had beef in the house, the
report said.

"We have lodged an FIR under sections 147, 148, 149, 302, 307, 458,
504 and 7 of the IPC. So far, 10 people have been named in the FIR and
six were arrested. All the accused are in the age group of 22 to 28
years. Four of the accused are graduates and employed in the private
sector, while others are unemployed," DSP Anurag Singh told TOI.

II/III.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/09/30/a-mob-in-india-just-dragged-a-man-from-his-home-and-beat-him-to-death-for-eating-beef/?tid=sm_tw

A mob in India just dragged a man from his home and beat him to death
— for eating beef

By Michael E. Miller September 30 at 6:50 AM

An Indian woman sprinkles yoghurt paste onto a cow’s forehead during a
Hindu Bach Baras ritual to bless the animal in the Rajasthan city of
Udaipur on September 9, 2015. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammad Akhlaq was in bed when the mob arrived.

The commotion began in the distance, but crept closer and closer like
encroaching thunder. Suddenly, there was a pounding at the door. Then
the door broke inwards and men dragged the 50-year-old farmer from his
sheets and into the street, according to the Indian Express.

They beat him with bricks found underneath his own bed; beat him until
the bricks broke in their hands; beat him until Mohammad was dead.

Akhlaq’s alleged crime?

Eating beef.

The attack on Monday night in the northern Indian city of Dadri has
shocked the country, but it wasn’t exactly a surprise. For the past
six months, meat has been a matter of major debate in India.

Eighty percent of the country’s of 1.3 billion inhabitants are Hindu —
many of whom avoid beef for religious reasons. Roughly 250 million
Indians are not. That tally includes almost 25 million Christians and
up to 140 million Muslims, like Akhlaq.

The issue has raged in India for years. Since Prime Minister Narendra
Modi came to power last May, however, incidents have increased, as
they tend to do whenever a conservative government has been in power.

Cows are seen at the Shree Gopala Goshala cow shelter on Sept. 7 in
Bhiwandi, India. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Modi is a Hindu nationalist who, as chief minister of Gujarat state,
presided during religious riots in 2002 in which more than 1,000
people — most of them Muslims — were killed. For years afterwards,
Modi was blocked from visiting the United States because of his role
in the riots.

[New Indian leader draws cheers, criticism from diaspora as he arrives
in the U.S.]

All that changed last year, however, when Modi and his Hindu
nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power. Modi
campaigned on a vision of India finally fulfilling its economic
potential — a promise highlighted by his recent tour of Silicon
Valley.

Yet, critics claim Modi’s tenure also has been marked by a concerted
cultural shift that undermines secularism and threatens to drag India
back into sectarian bloodshed.

In the past, Modi has complained about India’s “pink revolution” of
rising meat exports and backed the idea of a national ban on cow
slaughter, according to the BBC.

Since Modi’s election, Muslims have grown worried about a string of
inflammatory statements and actions by Hindu nationalist leaders.
Accused Islamist terrorists have been executed ahead of non-Muslims,
stirring anger. Meanwhile, BJP lawmakers have openly called for Hindus
to out breed Muslims to “protect Hindu religion.” That same
politician, Sakshi Maharaj, invited outrage when he called Mahatma
Gandhi’s assassin a “patriot.” (Nathuram Godse was a militant Hindu
activist who killed Gandhi for “appeasing” Muslims.) Finally, India’s
foreign minister has called for the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture,
to be declared a “national scripture.”

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
(Saurabh Das/AP)

Hindu leaders have also launched efforts to convert Muslims and
Christians to Hinduism and warned against romantic relationships with
members of other religions.

It is beef that has drawn the most blood, however.

India’s 36 states and territories have long been a patchwork quilt
when it comes to their laws regarding beef. Some said that only old
cows could be killed. Others allowed only bulls or bullocks to be sent
to the butcher.

In the past 15 months, however, many states have tightened their laws
— with encouragement from Modi’s political party.

The most prominent example is the western state of Maharashtra, home
to the bustling metropolis of Mumbai and many of the country’s
Muslims. Under BJP leadership, the state passed the Maharashtra Animal
Preservation Bill back in 1996 but it was blocked from becoming law
because president Shankar Dayal Sharma of the Opposition Congress
Party refused to approve it.

With Modi’s election last year, however, times have changed. And in
March of this year, BJP members in Maharashtra convinced the current
president to approve the law.

The move effectively banned beef overnight, putting thousands of
predominantly Muslim butchers out of a job and putting anyone eating
beef in the state at risk of arrest.

A woman packages toothpaste made from cow waste at the Keshav Srushti
cow shelter on Sept. 7 in Thane, India. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Despite legal challenges to the ban, the new law immediately brought
results. Just days after the law’s implementation, two people were
arrested for allegedly slaughtering two calves, the BBC reported. Last
month, four more people were accused of smuggling beef into Mumbai,
according to the Indian Express.

The crackdown on cow-eating is driven by a desire for
religious/national purity, but critics point out that it’s already
creating political and practical problems.

“Some Hindu hard-liners insist the idea of eating beef was introduced
by Muslim invaders, despite references to its consumption in ancient
texts like the Vedas, written more than a millennium before the time
of Muhammad. By eradicating this ‘alien’ practice, they hope to return
the country to values they hold dear as Hindus,” wrote novelist Manil
Suri in a New York Times op-ed.

Suri said it was part and parcel of a broader conservative cultural
shift under Modi and the BJP.

“With the recent re-criminalization of gay sex, bans on controversial
books and films and even an injunction against the use of the
colonial-era name ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’ in a Bollywood song,
the new laws join a growing list of restrictions on personal freedom
in India,” he warned.

Since his election, Modi has said he is committed to secularism at the
same time members of his party openly push to outlaw beef, the BBC’s
Justin Rowlatt pointed out in April.

“That’s why while the idea of cow mug shots may be amusing, the beef
ban is deadly serious,” he said. “India’s triumph has been forging a
nation in which Hindus and Muslims can live happily together. The fear
is that the beef ban is part of a process that is gradually
undermining the compromises that made that possible.”

Kashmiri Muslim protesters and Indian police and paramilitary soldiers
during protests after the Eid al-Adha prayers in Srinagar, India on
Sept. 25. (Farooq Khan/EPA)

Rowlatt’s words proved prescient when protests erupted earlier this
month in India-administered Kashmir, where the Supreme Court suddenly
enforced a 83-year-old beef ban on the Muslim-majority state.

Beef again became a pretext for violence during Monday’s mob attack in
Dadri, a city of roughly 60,000 near New Delhi in the northern state
of Uttar Pradesh, where a near-total ban on beef is in effect.

The attack allegedly came moments after an announcement at a nearby
Hindu temple that Mohammad Akhlaq had slaughtered a calf. The calf had
gone missing several weeks earlier, according to the Indian Express.
Rumors quickly spread around the neighborhood that Akhlaq was the
culprit.

Incited by the announcement, the mob broke down Akhlaq’s door and
dragged him into the street, where 100 men beat him to death with
bricks, his family members told the Express. The invaders also dragged
Akhlaq’s 22-year-old son, Danish, outside, beating him until he was
close to death as well.

“They accused us of keeping cow meat, broke down our doors and started
beating my father and brother,” Akhlaq’s daughter, Sajida, told the
Express. “My father was taken outside the house and beaten to death.
My brother was dragged to the courtyard downstairs and they used
bricks to hit him on the head and chest, leaving him unconscious. They
also tried to molest me and hit my grandmother on her face. They
threatened to kill me if I said a word to the police.”

A cow looks on with colored dyes and paste on its forehead after being
blessed by Indian women during a Hindu Bach Baras ritual in the city
of Udaipur on Sept. 9. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

വായനക്കാരൻ 2015-09-30 19:16:12 News
‘1950 കളിൽ ചെറുകഥാ പ്രസ്താനത്തിന്റെ മുൻ‌പന്തിയിൽ‘ എന്ന മുഖവുര വേണ്ടിയിരുന്നില്ല.
Vayanakkaran 2015-09-30 15:28:17 News
Here Mr. Vidhyadharan's opinion is important and valuable to me, even though the story is not so impressive. Here our White Khader juba or Kaavi wearng so called USA Malayalee  leaders are ready to carry and give all american public reception  to any political corrupted, polluted or rapist leaders. These so called leaders can escape any kinds of criminal acts with their political, money musicle power.  They are here in USA to inagurate our Onam festival, our publication our TV channels etc. They are here to give us lectures and advise. So many fakes and hipocrats. These kinds of political or religious celebrites must be boycotted. The other day during a conversation I was refering to a visiting corrupted rapist politician by hearing that two three  overseas juba politicians shouted on me and pushed me around. The truth is still cruscified here. That is what Vidhydhran says. There is a small hint about that in this story. 
വായനക്കാരൻ 2015-09-30 14:57:05 News
വാസുദേവ് സൌകര്യപൂർവ്വം നേതൃസ്ഥാനങ്ങൾ സ്ത്രീകളുമായി പങ്കുവെക്കാത്തതിനെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള എന്റെ കമന്റിന്റെ ആദ്യപകുതിമാത്രം ലേഖനത്തിൽ ഉപയോഗിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. വിട്ടുകളഞ്ഞ ഭാഗം ഇങ്ങനെയായിരുന്നു: തലപ്പത്തുള്ള ആണുങ്ങൾ പേരിനും മാത്രം ഒരു ചെറിയ പദവിയോ ഒരു ‘വിമൻസ് ഫോറമോ‘ എല്ലിൻ കഷ്ണം പോലെ പെണ്ണുങ്ങൾക്ക് എറിഞ്ഞു കൊടുക്കും’.  

പറയൂ, അമേരിക്കയിലെ ഏതു സാഹിത്യ സംഘടന, വിചാരവേദി ഉൾപ്പെടെ, ഏതുകാലത്ത് സ്ത്രീകളുമായി നേതൃത്വം പങ്കുവെച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്?