By Utkarsh Tripathi
The death of a 7-month-old old infant after a stray dog attack in Noida has brought back the eternal fear of stray dogs in the country. The attack in Noida comes after a very brief lull in similar incidents most of them involving pedigreed dogs lurching at Swiggy delivery men and the such. To add insult to injury, a PETA spokesperson blamed the infant’s construction worker parents for leaving the child unattended. She is very popular among trolls as this piece is being written.
This is not to ignore the dog menace in Kerala with several videos viral showing dogs attacking or biting humans. It reached a saturation point after which multiple accounts came to light where many Keralites resorted to taking the law into their own hands, often killing the animals.
The incidents also saw advocates move the Supreme Court to allow culling of the dogs. Following such killing of dogs, the Pinarayi Vijayan government urged the people to not to resort to such behaviour. The state government also started a state-wide vaccination drive from mid-September to mid-October. It also mandated pet owners to get a pet licence from the citizen portal website.
There has been debate on the ethical way to go about dealing with it without humans turning animals. But is that the only way? The Delhi High Court had last year said RWAs should not evict strays and instead should vaccinate them and keep them. But in the North of the country where the standard reaction to a dog is “Kaatega”, there is not much hope apart from a few good samaritans, who often end up making enemies of their neighbours. Twitter user gaurav Sabnis, who gets his fair share of trolling, points to a solution.
Apart from Pablo Escobar, cocaine and Bogota’s famous bus transit system which flunked in Delhi as the BRT, the land of Simon Bolivar has a woof-olution.
In Colombia, stray dogs are dealt with empathy where people of a particular area take charge of providing for and sustaining the dogs. According to different accounts, stray dogs are taken care of by locals with food and other necessities. The local restaurants also help by giving the strays leftover food, hygienic mind you. Not heaps of it in the garbage!
The cultural phenomena of community ownership of dogs in different areas of Colombia help the dogs be accustomed to humans while also conditioning them not to perceive humans as threats. Community ownership also conditions stray dogs to feel comfortable in the company of humans and not resort to feral behavior to an extent.
Sabnis’s tweet thread talked about how people of Colombia said that if dogs are fed, they don’t get territorial, implying dogs felt domesticated and trained to a certain degree. In the not-very-long thread, there is a picture of a dog paying back a college canteen with leaves since the animal had seen students pay for their food!
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Bihar: Government releases caste-based survey report, 27% backward classes, 36% extremely backward classes
Union Minister Giriraj Singh mentioned that the caste census will do nothing more than spreading confusion among the poor and public of the state.
Nitish Kumar led Bihar government released a caste-based survey report on Monday. The report indicated that 36 per cent of the state’s population are from Extremely Backward Classes, 27.1 percent are from Backward Classes, 19.7 per cent are from Scheduled Castes and 1.7 per cent are from Scheduled Tribes. The general population accounts for 15.5 per cent.
Scheduled caste accounts 19.65% and Scheduled Tribe consists of 1.68% of the population. Among the OBCs, Yadavs comprise 14.26% of the surveyed population, Kushwaha 4.27% and Kurmi 2.87%. The release of the caste based survey data comes at a time when the Supreme Court continues to hear petitions challenging a Patna High Court’s judgement that paved the way for this controversial caste-based headcount.
Speaking about the caste survey report, Union Minister Giriraj Singh mentioned that the caste census will do nothing more than spreading confusion among the poor and public of the state. He added that the Bihar government should have given a report card that Nitish Kumar ruled the state fr 18 years and Lalu Yadav ruled the state for 15 years but they did not develop the state.
Earlier today Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he plans to call all nine parties that are part of the ruling coalition, including Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, to discuss next steps, which could include dealing with decisions to increase OBC quotas at 27 per cent.
Reports said that around 2.64 lakh enumerators fanned out across the state, documenting the details of 29 million registered households on 17 socio-economic criteria, ranging from employment, education, marital status, land holding and property ownership and caste. Enumerators will have to choose between 214 pre-registered castes that have been allotted to individual codes.
Congress left no stone unturned to loot Rajasthan: PM Modi in Chittorgarh rally
PM Modi asserted that the paper leak mafia will be held accountable and will be given harshest punishment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a scathing attack on Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the infighting of Congress in the state. He slammed the state government over multiple issues, including crime against women. He claimed that the Congress government in the state has left no stone unturned to loot Rajasthan.
Addressing a public rally in Chittorgarh in poll-bound Rajasthan, PM Narendra Modi stated that the state has decided to save themselves by bringing back the BJP government. He asserted that the Congress formed the government by misleading people but could not run it, adding that CM Gehlot was busy saving his chair, whereas half of the Congress leaders were actively trying to unseat him.
The Prime Minister further claimed that CM Ashok Gehlot has accepted defeat and is requesting BJP to not stop schemes. He assured that on coming to power in Rajasthan, BJP will not stop any public scheme but will try to improve it. He also accused the Ashok Gehlot led Congress government of destroying the state in the last five years by not taking adequate steps to combat crime against women.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed that it pains him that the state tops in the crime list. He continued that he is pained when atrocities take place against daughters anywhere in the country but Congress has made this a tradition in Rajasthan. He added that the message of people of Rajasthan has reached Congress leaders and that the Chief Minister is also aware that the countdown of Congress government’s farewell has begun.
Speaking on the alleged paper leak issue, PM Modi asserted that the paper leak mafia will be held accountable and will be given harshest punishment. He noted that they will go to the bottom of the paper leak matter and actions will be taken against those who have committed corruption and looted money of the poor.
While addressing the gathering in the poll bound Rajasthan, PM Modi underlined that they are witnessing how leaders of Congress alliance are issuing derogatory remarks about women. He claimed that the alliance is very angry with the Women’s Reservation Act and that they don’t want women to get their rights.
He remarked that there is only one face in elections and that is (Kamal) lotus. The 2023 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be held in or before November.
Gandhi Jayanti: President Droupadi Murmu, PM Modi pay tribute at Rajghat
Mahatma Gandhi’s influence is global and inspiring the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion, said PM Modi.
On the occasion of the 154th Gandhi Jayanti, President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid flowers to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the nation’s capital on Monday.
According to the PM Modi, Mahatma Gandhi’s influence is global and inspiring the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion. He also led the tributes to Gandhi on social media.
PM Modi wrote on X, formerly Twitter, he bows to Mahatma Gandhi on the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. PM also appreciated Gandhi’s teachings as he wrote, his timeless teachings continue to illuminate our path. He further said, may we always work towards fulfilling his dreams. May his thoughts enable every youngster be the agent of change he dreamt of, fostering unity and harmony all over, the Prime Minister added.
At Rajghat, vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, presented floral tributes at Rajghat and said Mahatma Gandhi is not just an individual, but an idea, an ideology, and the moral compass of our great nation.
The congress president shared a post on X, in which he saluted Bapu’s values and ideologies as he wrote, his ideals of truth, non-violence, freedom, equality and coexistence have eternal value. We bow in reverence to Bapu’s ideals on his Jayanti.
Meanwhile, the Congress party’s official X account posted, on Gandhi Jayanti, we pay a billion tributes to the Mahatma, whose lifelong commitment to the cause of freedom won India her Independence. Let us promise to continue following his principles, which are the cornerstone of our country and are peace, unity, and nonviolence.
Gandhi Jayanti, observed annually on October 2, commemorates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. To remember the values of nonviolence and tolerance that Mahatma Gandhi stood for, the day is also observed as the International Day of Nonviolence.