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Neo-Slavery: An Introduction to Forced Labor in China

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What would you do if you were separated from your family, denied your identity, and trapped into forced labor?


Communism


Communism rears its ugly face once more as thousands of people from the minority groups of China are forcibly detained in ‘camps’ in an attempt to ‘re-educate’ them; to strip away their cultural identify and assimilate them into the majority Han Chinese population. Most of the victims are form the Uygur/ Uighur community, a minority Muslim community in China. Parents are separated from children and whole families are brought even for just being related to someone who is slightly religiously radical.


Who Is Exploited?


Chinese officials claim that there are no adverse psychological effects on the children who are separated from their parents; being housed in separate boarding schools. There is evidence to show hundreds of schools and building being constructed of recent to house these minority communities, including the Uighurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz.


Who Benefits?


Major companies such a Nike, BMW, Samsung and others have been implicated in a report on forced labor of ethnic minorities from Xinjiang. Most of these have responded to the allegation except Apple, Esprit, Fila, and Victoria’s Secret.


The Crackdown


However the crackdown on the Uighur community has been a long time in the making. In July 2014, some Xinjang government departments banned Muslim civil servants from fasting during the holy month of Ramdan.


Chinese officials claim that the crackdown is a form of ‘anti-terrorism’. One report shows how Chinese Communist Party supporters were given the task of befriending certain members of the minority community and keep detailed records of their activities. Things commonly noted were whether they prayed or not, what sites they used on the internet, what language they spoke etc.


The Fear


People from the area are reluctant to speak about the atrocities to reporters as they are constantly being watched. There is a strict regulation on filming in China, enabling only a few glimpses into the atrocities, but these are enough to raise concern. One crew was asked to stop filming as they approached a camp where the minorities were held.


Back Home


When one hears about the Orwellian predicament in China, it is easy to forget that big brother is watching, he has eyes and ears everywhere. As we read and philosophize about the situation in China, let us open our eyes to what is happening around us, in our neighborhoods and workplaces; in our streets.


A writer, poet, lyricist, and musician who is in his early twenties and is pursuing his MA in English Literature at Goa University. His work deeply reflects his Christian faith and the testimony of all the good that Jesus Christ has done in his life once he accepted Him as his Lord and Saviour. He hopes that through his work others would know Jesus the way he has come to know Him.

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Mirror Image Man of INDIA- Piyush Goel

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Mirror Image Man of INDIA, Piyush Goel. This title was given by media and his readers, for his writing in the mirror image style. He is an Indian Writer, Author, Mechanical Engineer, Public Speaker. He has written several books in the mirror image form. He is the world record holder and well known for his writing books in the mirror image form.

In 2012, he set the world record by writing world’s first needle book MADHUSHALA of HARIVANSH RAI BACHCHAN by using needle in mirror image. Piyush has written several books in Mirror image, including Bhagavad Gita, Sundara Kanda from Ramcharitmanas, Sai Satcharitra, Durga Saptashati, Meri Ikyavan Kavitayein of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India. He also wrote the World’s first Bhagavad Gita in mirror image, reportedly by Hindustan Times.

Piyush Goel was born on 10th Feb 1967 in the lap of Mother Ravi Kanta and Father Dr. D.K. Goel. Piyush Goel always believes in new Creation and Imagination, by profession, he is a Mechanical Engineer but by passion, he is Motivator, Cartoonist, Local Cricket Umpire, and Mirror Image Writer. He has the experience of more than 25 years in Various Companies. His three mathematics papers were published in International Research Journal. He also wrote a book that contains 110 motivational quotes – “Sochana to Padega Hi”.


He started writing in 2003 and had written 16 books in certain Mirror Image style up to now. He even had written the famous book ‘Gitanjali’ of Rabindranath Tagore using Mehandi Cone, ‘Chanakya Neeti’ using Wooden Pen and Ink, and his own book ‘Piyush Vani’ using the Liner Fabric Cone Liner.


Piyush made 600 caricatures in one frame using only single pen. By now Piyush Goel has completed 16 books in Mirror Image with different Objects like Pen Needle Carbon Paper Mehandi Cone Fabric Cone Liner and Iron Nail …and Fours books have been published …and hope his 5th Book(Fiction) in 2021.

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Why K-Pop is becoming so popular?

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K-Pop means Korean-Pop (Here I’m not talking about the dictator’s North Korea; I’m talking about South Korea!) It is a genre of music which is now popular among the youths and also it is becoming a global phenomenon on. So, now scroll and you’ll get to know more about K-Pop.

K-Pop is much different than other industries, there’s no nepotism in it. South Korean Music Production selects the pure talent and trains them. They make the things which are mostly liked by today’s youths. There lyrics aren’t ‘cringe’ like most of the Bollywood songs. They don’t just sing about cars, Gucci gangs, girls, wealth, drugs, etc; they sing about life and things that are relatable to the current situation.
Here’s one song’s lyrics which matches the current situation
Life goes on by BTS-

K-Pop stars (also called as idols) just don’t have looks, they have ‘talent’ and people are easily attracted to talent because, they want to see such more specific talent. But wait, K-Pop is not just this; it is lot more than this.

K-Pop stars have style and fashion which is much different than others and attract more people.

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Now before you say “Oh! Many of them look like girls”, please stop! That’s part of Korean culture. Most of the Korean people like the innocent and feminine look and it is not unusual for guys to wear makeup in South Korea.

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Dancing is one of the biggest components of K-Pop, almost all K-Pop stars dance unless it’s solo artist. Of course it adds to the talent factor because not everyone is able to do this:

Song ‘Dope’ by ‘BTS’
Song ‘Black on Black’ by ‘NCT’

I understand that you may not like some of the music, but there’s almost every genre in K-Pop.

Pop – ‘Playing with fire’ by ‘BlackPink’

Electronic – ‘DNA’ by ‘BTS’

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Rap- ‘Chain’ by ‘NCT’

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Rock- ‘Baby’ by ‘The Rose’

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Latin- ‘Airplane part’ 2 by ‘BTS’

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Vibey- ‘Baby don’t stop’ by ‘NCT U’

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Classical- ‘Lie’ by ‘Jimin’

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Therefore, there’s something for you in K-Pop that you would like.

All the music are extremely catchy and they always have a good beat. This is what attracts most K-Pop fans. You may tell now that “Why listen to music you can’t understand”. Then explain Despacito! After Justin Bieber sang it, it became more popular not for the lyrics but because it was catchy. Overall, No one is asking you to have same opinion like all the K-Pop fans, they are just asking you to understand it!

But after finding out what the idols are saying, most of the K-Pop lyrics tend to be pretty deep. Looking up the lyrics and after realizing the beautiful message they were singing about, it makes the song 10x better and more meaningful than before.
Song Blue and Grey from BE album by BTS-

You may feel much comforted and motivated after listening these songs with lyrics. ‘K-Pop is more about the music, the message and inspiration they send.’


All in all, K-Pop is just simply a genre of music that is more than just music. There lyrics, love towards their fans, music, looks, style, choreography and great MVs(Music videos) combine together makes K-Pop masterpiece’

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Who is Disha Ravi?

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WHO IS DISHA RAVI ? WHY DELHI POLICE ARRESTED HER ?

Disha Ravi is a 22 year old climate activist. She was recently arrested by the Cyber Cell team of Delhi Police from Bengaluru for allegedly sharing with Greta Thunberg the toolkit related to the farmer’s protest against the Centre’s three farm laws. Disha Ravi is a graduate in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru . On her social media handles, she described herself as the co-founder of a group named Fridays For Future India.

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, the activist was picked up from her house for questioning and was arrested later . A senior police officer said that this was the first arrest in connection with the ‘toolkit case’. And here the ‘Toolkit’ is a term activists use for a campaign information document . The Delhi Police took it to Twitter and stated that Ravi was the one who shared the toolkit document with Greta Thunberg, a teen climate activist, who had shared the toolkit to lend her support to the farmers’ agitation against three farm reform laws.
Disha Ravi , as claimed by the police force was an editor of the ‘Toolkit Google Doc’ and ‘Key Conspirator’ in the document’s formulation and dissemination. The police also said that Ravi and others collaborated with pro-khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State. In an interview with Auto Report Africa in 2020, Ravi spoke about how she found her passion for the climate activism and said,“My motivation to join climate activism came from seeing my grandparents, who were farmers, have struggled with the effects of the climate crisis.” Disha’s role came under a suspicion by Delhi Police after climate activist, Greta Thunberg tweeted a toolkit document which the police alleged led to the January 26 violence in New Delhi. Without naming Thunberg in the FIR, the Delhi Police went ahead to register the case against the authors of the toolkit.

“At the time, I wasn’t aware that what they were experiencing was the climate crisis because climate education is non-existent where I am from. Only when I did my research, I find out about it,” she said.
Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg has extended her support to Disha Ravi, the 22 year old environmental activist, who has been charged with sedition for allegedly editing an advocacy toolkit on the farmers’ protest and sharing it with Ms. Thunberg. The Swedish activist’s earlier tweets, first sharing and then deleting the toolkit, had brought the advocacy document to the public attention.
On Friday, Ms.Thunberg’s statement of support was posted as part of a tweet thread by Fridays For Future ( FFF ) India, the environmental group that Ms. Ravi was aligned with.

Around 50retired judges, top police officers and bureaucrats have sent a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind,denouncing attempts of individuals and organisations to set a narrative against national interest in the Disha Ravi case. These eminent citizens are of the view that it’s the onerous duty of every citizen to unite against forces of disruption in the country and support government action to protect sovereignty and integrity of India. Therefore, these citizens have written in memorandum that it is sickening to note that a few Indian citizens have actively engaged with banned elements/organisations who coordinated and perfected a plan to organise protests in front of all Indian embassies, high commissions and consul-general offices in leading cities in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe to defame the Government of India by spreading a false propaganda.

They also appeald to the central government to ensure that Delhi Police is able to do its investigation in a free and fair manner without any undue pressure from the vested interests, and, to bring to book all those rogue elements who have allowed themselves to be used by secessionist forces in India and abroad, trying to spread anarchy and provide intellectual cover to antinational forces to serve their own selfish ends. In a significant observation, it added that citizens were conscience keeper of the government in any democratic nation and cannot be put behind bars simply because they choose to disagreed with the state’s policies. In an 18 page bail order, additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana said: “The offence of sedition cannot be invoked to minister to the wounded vanity of governments. Difference of opinion, disagreement, divergence, dissent, or for that matter, even disapprobation, are recognised legitimate tools to infuse objectivity in state policies. An aware and assertive citizenry, in contradistinction with an indifferent or docile citizenry, is indisputably a sign of a healthy and vibrant democracy.

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