Women Empowerment in India

Women empowerment in India is a challenging task as we need to acknowledge the fact that gender based discrimination is a deep rooted social malice practiced in India in many forms since thousands of years. The malice is not going to go away in a few years or for that matter by attempting to work at it through half-hearted attempts. Formulating laws and policies are not enough as it is seen that most of the times these laws and policies just remain on paper. The ground situation on the other hand just remains the same and in many instances worsens further. Addressing the malice of gender discrimination and women empowerment in India is long drawn battle against powerful structural forces of the society which are against women’s growth and development.

Women empowerment in India: The need for ground level actions

We have to accept the fact that things are not going to change overnight but because of this we cannot stop taking action either. At this juncture the most important step is to initiate ground level actions however small it might seem. The ground level actions should be focussed towards changing the social attitude and practices prevalent in the society which are highly biased against women. This can be initiated by working with the women at the root level and focusing on increasing women’s access and control over resources and increasing their control over decision making. Further working on the aspect of enhanced mobility and social interaction of women in the society would positively influence all round development and empowerment of women in India.

Women empowerment in India: Reality check at the ground level

Today there are lot of things that is happening in the name of women empowerment in India and lot of resources are spent in this direction. Keeping this in mind it is crucial to have a reality check on what is happening on paper and what is the actual ground situation. It is worthwhile to ponder on the fact that we are one of the worst in terms of worldwide gender equality rankings. In India women are discriminated and marginalized at every level of the society whether it is social participation, economic opportunity and economic participation, political participation, access to education or access to nutrition and reproductive health care. A significant few in the society still consider women as sex objects. Gender disparity is high, crimes against women are increasing and violence against women is all time high and in most cases go unreported. Dowry related problems and death is increasing and is profoundly manifesting in the urban population. Workplace harassment of women is another phenomenon which is rapidly increasing as more women join the workforce. Early age marriages are still taking place in large numbers and the number of girls going to school is abysmally low. Moreover majority of the girls who join the school drop out by the age of puberty to get married and live a life of drudgery. Female feticide and infanticide …

3 Weird But True Internet Laws

There are all kinds of internet laws; good ones, bad ones, and some that are just plain weird. The weird but true internet laws are what we are going to focus on today. These three laws come from all around the world, and can really make you shake your head in wonder at the sheer insanity of it all.

#1: It is illegal in the State of Tennessee (USA) to post/send “distressing” images using the internet

Yes, you heard that correctly. As of mid-2011 it is illegal to “transmit or display an image” anywhere online that is likely (yes, likely) to “frighten, intimidate, or cause emotional distress” to anyone who sees it. Yes, anyone, regardless of whether or not the person in question was the target of the image. This takes the crown for most ridiculous internet laws ever made! Under this law, anyone, from anywhere in the world, can see an image, and no matter what that image is depicting, or if the uploader even had an ulterior motive for posting it, if the image can be traced back to its user, they could face up to a year in jail and over two-thousand dollars in fines.

#2: It is illegal to own an “unregistered” modem in Burma

The Burmese government takes the internet very seriously… so much so that they have a stranglehold on internet access all throughout the country. Internet access is limited by means of hardware and software restrictions, i.e. unregistered modems. Visitors from outside of the country may bring a single laptop computer in with them, but it will have to be declared upon arrival, and it is safe to assume that every mouse click you make with it is being carefully watched.

#3: In Uxbridge, Ontario it’s illegal to have an internet connection faster than 56k!

This is a popular favorite online and can be validated in a number of places. This is one of those strange cases of severely out-dated laws that are still technically enforceable. It is comical to think of a place where it is illegal to have an internet connection that is faster than dial-up! Out of these three weird internet laws, this one has to win the award for most absurd.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg; there are many other strange but true internet laws on the books all around the world that make many people sit back and wonder what the heck these lawmakers were thinking when they wrote them and made them into law.…

What Are the Karmic Consequences For Abortion

There is a big difference between what the so-called experts are telling us and what the true masters and sages are warning us about. You first must very quickly realize you are not dealing with Roe v. Wade, moral codes, ethics or constitutional rights; But with cosmic laws and magnetic forces that most people are unaware of and have little understanding. Second, erase from your dictionary the word innocent if a cosmic law is committed out of ignorance, fear, or any other possible motive.

You probably have asked yourself when it is a human being a human being. Some of our greatest minds in this century can still not comprehend what the sages and masters are telling the people. The very second the spermatozoon of the father fuses with the ovum of the mother there is a large flash of light in the astral plane that's when the soul enters into a vehicle of light and enters the body of the mother at the base of the spell. Only because the soul has entered the body that it is allowed to develop. The intelligence of the soul develops the body.

Next you must understand what actually happens when there is an abortion. You are interfering with the progress or spiritual evolution of that soul. By killing it you are retarding and inhibiting the development of the ego of that entity. By thwarting this process of growth this living entity must again wait in the astral world for its chance to complete its designated karma in another body. One of the consequences for having an abortion is in their future incarnations they will have to suffer the sorrow of being aborted themselves and experience the same loss of spiritual evolution.

It does not make a bit of difference whatever you believe in karma or not. The karmic laws of cause and effect operates with or without your consent. The "unseen controllers" are the cosmic laws of justice that are watching everything we do twenty four hours a day and we can not hide anywhere to escape our actions. Those who have broken this law should not consider themselves innocent or free. At the very inception when this cosmic law is committed the sin couches itself in the sub-consciousness of the executor as a cause-effect impression that predecessors inevitable justice.

Instead of acting according to the laws of justice there is a subconscious present inner fear from the consequences which comes through the executor's conscience "do unto others as you would have others do unto you, Thou shall not kill." Immediately the executive is haunted and inwardly turned inside with the mental horror of the loss of life forced upon the entity.

Everyone should be spiritually educated by parents about cosmic and universal laws. Most mothers and fathers of our day do not know these laws; Consequently we must become our own doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and lawyers to understand all of these laws and know that one moment of violence begets violence …

Satiric Verses in Sanskrit Language

According to the Oxford Dictionary the meaning of the word Satire is, “The use of humor, irony, exaggeration or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

We know very well that Benjamin Franklin was the first to bring out cartoons to criticize the social happenings constructively. But in literature very few such poems or verses are available in most of the languages.

But in Sanskrit literature we find hundreds of satiric verses in the great works of poets for the past many centuries.

Take the case of son-in-law. Here is a verse!

More oft than not he’s crooked-true And ever and anon adverse too; In Virgin’s house he always stands And austere worship ever demands, Friends! What should be this object Pshaw! A planet tenth, the son-in-law (Sanskrit verse translated by Dr Velluri Subba Rao).

In the above verse the virgin’s house has two meanings. One is the house of the Virgin whom the son-in-law marries. The second meaning is the Virgin’s house indicates the Virgo of the Zodiac. And rightly the son-in-law is called as the tenth planet. Everybody normally fearfully worship the nine planets namely Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Kethu. Now we have to fearfully respect the tenth planet also, the son-in-law.

The poet drives his point in a satire manner here.

We have one whole work of the great poet Nilakantha Dikshita titled KaliVidambana containing 100 satiric verses in Sanskrit.

Nilakantha Dikshita lived in the seventeenth century. He was the son of Narayana Dikshitha and grandson of Accan Dikshita II, brother of the well-known poet Appaya Dikshita. He moved to the temple city Madurai and the great king Thirumalai Nayaka was attracted to him. He was the Prime Minister to this great king. He was a prolific writer. As many as eighteen works are known to have been composed by him.

In Kalividambana we may enjoy the satiric verses on various social characters in the family and outside, as well as quacks, doctors, poetasters, astrologers etc.

Adverting to the astrologers Nilakantha says that they are very clever in interpreting or forecasting things. If a man asks about the sex of the future child, the astrologer should reply that a son would be born: for a lady, the reply should be in favor of a daughter. This is the clue for the astrologer’s success.

If one asks about one’s span of life, the reply should be that one would live for long. By such a reply, those who are alive will naturally be pleased. Even if the person concerned dies, there is no harm because those who are dead will never ask the astrologer as to why prediction went wrong.

Regarding the creditors, he says that even the God of death waits for the time of death to demand the life of persons; but there is no time-limit whatever for the creditor to demand back the debt owed to him.

Coming to poets, with a slight dig at …

Law of Attraction – Step by Step to Attracting Job Promotion

The Law of Attraction can be used for a number of things apart from the obvious money, which everyone wants to attract more of. If you're working for a company and there is a job promotion, you can apply the law of attraction to attract that job promotion for yourself. Here are the steps.

1. Do Whatever Is Necessary To Get The Promotion

As soon as you know about the possible promotion, start to concentrate on doing whatever is necessary to make yourself stand out from others. Take your job even more seriously and try to make a perfect job of it. If possible, try to over-deliver on the output with whatever you're doing.

When you're doing some particular work in the company, say to yourself that your superior or the main boss, will be very pleased when they see the end-result. This is self affirmation and one technique that you need to use to apply the law of attraction.

Believe that whatever you're doing is useful and meaningful for the company. With this self affirmation and belief, you'll find yourself very motivated to do the job well. You'll feel the energy flowing out of your body.

This is how you give off your vibrations. These are positive vibrations that you are releasing and the Universe will receive your instructions and act on it.

2. Visualize The Gratitude Of Your Superiors

When you're visualizing, imagine your superiors looking at your work which you just handed to them and imagine them talking among themselves. Look at their smiling faces as they feel relieved that they can actually trust an employee to the work completely.

Imagine your superiors speaking to themselves that they've got no other option but to promote you since you're producing work that is ahead in quality compared to the others.

Visualize them writing down your name to confirm that you're going to get the promotion.

3. Imagine Getting The Promotion On The Day

Before you go to sleep every night, imagine yourself going to the company with all your colleagues congratulating you on getting the promotion and that you need to buy them dinner.

See yourself going inside your superior room and listen to them telling you how much they appreciate your hard work in the company. Listen to their voices as they tell you about the promotion and see yourself thanking them and shaking their hands.

4. Visualize You Already Got The Promotion

Through the day, when you're working, believe and act as though you already got the promotion. See yourself doing the extra work and see yourself sitting on the new desk and speaking to your staff who now reports to you.

Imagine yourself with a new business card with your new title on it. Start paying attention to the projects or work which the new job requires.

Remember that you need to act as if you already got the promotion. The Law of Attraction works the quickest when you actually believe you already have what …

Mother Knows Best – The Shocking True Story That Inspired the Movie

Hatred and Disgust

Lee Goldsmith, a well respected, Boca Raton, socialite of 67 years, hated her son in law so much that she hired someone to kill him. Goldsmith, anxious to find a suitable husband for her daughter, Arleen, a Delray Beach nurse, took out an in the local paper: “Nice Jewish Girl Wants to Meet Nice Jewish Boy.” David Brownstein is the man who answered the ad, and the two became inseparable. However, Mrs. Goldsmith could not bear the thought of her daughter marrying Brownstein because he was not professional. An air conditioning auto repairman would not have been impressive enough for Goldsmith’s socialite friends, so she concocted a plan to ruin his life. According to state testimony, Goldsmith, tried everything in the book, from falsifying letters and threatening to cut Arleen out of her will, to accusations of beatings and extortion from Brownstein. But nothing would fuel her hatred more than not being able to attend her own daughter’s wedding, nor see her grandson. So she decided that it was time to have David Brownstein out of their lives for good.

The Plot

The carpet cleaner seemed like the perfect guy to ask about where to find a contract murderer. He was hired to clean the carpet in the Goldsmith’s home when Lee asked him about helping her find someone to kill her son in law. The man said he would see what he could do to help her out, and instead he informed the police of the plot and received a $750 cash reward. The police then devised a plan to trap Goldsmith into paying an undercover cop for the job. The plan was to meet near a restaurant where Lee Goldsmith would give explicit instructions on how the murder should be carried out. The intended victim would be shot in the head and have drugs planted on his body to make it look like a drug related murder. She paid Thomas Brennen $1,000 up front, and then once the death was confirmed she would pay the remaining $9,000.

On February 8, 1989, David Brownstein kissed his wife Arleen before entering work without knowing that his life was about to change forever. The police notified him of his mother in law’s plans to kill him, and he agreed to play along. The county morgue was also in on the plot. They were told to confirm the death of David Brownstein when Goldsmith called. On February 15, 1989, Brennen told Goldsmith that her son in law was dead. She then paid the balance, thanked the officer, and chuckled as she remarked how happy everyone would be “except the one in the morgue.” Undercover Police Officers videotaped Lee paying them to kill David while meeting in Lee’s CADILLAC. She told the undercover cop that she would have another job for him in six months. She wanted the mother of David Brownstein to have acid poured onto her face. She laughed and laughed as she described exactly how she wanted …

The Scottish Court Process From a Road Traffic Law Perspective

Road Traffic Solicitors in Scotland often observe that most clients charged with a serious road traffic offence share the same apprehensions about court, including the process involved and what is to be expected of them when in court. This is because most clients contesting a road traffic case such as drink driving offences, speeding offences, illegal mobile phone use, and careless or dangerous driving offences have not been to court before and is therefore unfamiliar with the preparation required and the process involved.

This article therefore has two objectives:

First it aims to provide a greater understanding of the basic elements required in the preparation, procedure and processes involved to defend a road traffic case.

Secondly, it should also provide the reader with enough information to be able to select a solicitor who truly specialises in road traffic cases. The importance of this process cannot be over stated. You only get one shot at defending your case. While there are many solicitors who might not take certain road traffic cases on because of the intricacies involved, others sadly may simply be happy to muddle there way through a case. This article provides enough information to be able to probe the experience and qualifications of any solicitor, and in particular to form your own view to verify the road traffic solicitor is really a specialist.

The article is set up in a question and answer format to help answer actual questions received from both prospective and new clients.

Q1. What is the difference between a solicitor, a lawyer and a solicitor advocate?

The Law Society of Scotland is the regulatory body for solicitors who must have a practicing certificate to represent clients in court. The term lawyer is general and more universal description of one who practices in the legal profession. The two terms are really interchangeable. A solicitor advocate however is a special class of solicitor who has been authorised by the Law Society to appear for clients in the high court of justiciary. They have been granted rights of audience after passing extensive advocacy exams. This allows them to appear in court in very serious and complex cases.

Q2. Which court am I appearing in and will there be a jury?

Most road traffic cases are dealt with either in the Sheriff court or in the Justice of the Peace Court either with a sheriff or a magistrate sitting without a jury. The more serious charges such as dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified or drink driving will call in the sheriff court and speeding cases insurance offences, careless driving and Tachograph cases are usually raised in the justice of the peace court. In fact over the years the number of road traffic prosecutions in justice of the peace courts is forever increasing and now form the majority of cases calling in such courts throughout Scotland. Generally these cases start off by way of a summons or a citation posted or served at your home address with a date for …

The Power of Praise and Worship by Terry Law – Book Review

The Sacrifice of Praise and the Blessing of Worship

"The Power of Praise and Worship" is a story of tragedy, healing, and of the resultant blessings of worship through the sacrifice of praise. Terry Law shares the lessons he learned as he moved into a new dimension of ministry by combining praise and worship as a lifestyle. This is an updated and revised edition of Terry's earlier book. The earlier edition was written primarily as a teaching tool. In this expanded edition Terry has asked his long time friend Jim Gilbert to cooperate with him in providing the biographical background of two practicedies that impacted his life and ministry in dramatically different ways.

Terry tells of moving from the dark night of despair after Jan's death into the crucible of praise which followed. He helps the reader understand the five stages of spiritual warfare. He uses scripture, illustrations from his own ministry and experiences, and those of other anointed ministers and ministries to reinvigorate his message. Terry goes on to emphasize the importance of the Word of God, the Name of Jesus, and the Blood of Jesus as the three war heads needed to combat satan's attacks.

In Part II Terry, again, calls on Jim Gilbert to record another devastating occurrence. Jim relates the stigma and trauma experienced by Terry when his second wife Shirley sued for divorce. A four year court room scene followed that left Terry nearly insolvent with a illegally ruined world ministry.

The experiences that followed include lessons learned from the sacrifice of praise, a lifestyle of praise, as well as those other elements of praise important to establishing a pattern of praise.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 978-0768426762

As reviewed for Midwest Book Review …

Fidel Castro And the Cuban Revolution – 51 Years of Tyranny

1960s A Pro-Soviet Tyranny

1959-1960: Following Fidel Castro’s overthrow of the dictatorial Batista administration, a host of people, including children and women, welcomed the arrival of guerrillas, but they turned the Island — about the size of Tennessee– into a place of repression. On the other side, Raúl Castro had been hand-picked by his brother, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, as the second leader of the Cuban Revolution. In the meantime, in the early years of the new regime, up to 3,200 Cubans had been slaughtered by Fidel Castro and his family. On the economic side, Castro nationalized all U.S. businesses (without compensation). In fact, these events marked the beginning of one the world’s worst undemocratic governments. Toward the end of 1960, Washington imposed an embargo on Cuba.

1960-1980: As a consequence of the totalitarian policies, over one million Cubans had fled to America (chiefly Florida), Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain and Italy.

1960-1982: Inspired by the People’s Republic of China, Albania and other Communist tyrannies, Cuba’s undemocratic state had decimated the country’s tourism industry.

1960-2007: In one of Fidel Castro’s many dictatorial reforms, hemade his sister-in-law, Vilma Espín, President of the Federation of Cuban Women –a key organization on Cuba. Espín, Raúl Castro’s wife, was leader of the feminist organization until her abrupt death on June 18, 2007.However in time, she, a former Marxist guerrilla, was known as the “First Lady of the Cuban Revolution”. Over the decades of the Soviet Empire, she had strong links with radical feminist movements from Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

1960-2010: World-famous dancer and choreographer Alicia Alonso Martínez became one of the key women, alongside Haydée Santamaria Cuadrado, Vilma Espín Guillois, Celia Sánchez Manduley and Mireya Luis Hernández, in the Cuban Revolution. Since then, she used her fame and prestige to clean up the Island’s bad image. By the early 60s, Fidel Castro gave Alonso $200,000 to set up the Cuban National Ballet. From then on, the Ballet Nationalbecame an open door for Cuban influence in the Third World and Europe.

1961: The Island’s history took sudden turn in this year as the provisional rule declared the country a Marxist stateand began a close relationship with the Kremlin -the USSR was one of the first states to recognize Cuba’s tyranny–and their allies, including the German Democratic Republic (GDR), North Korea and Czechoslovakia. From then on, Moscow played a key role in the Cuban Revolution. Nonetheless, after Cuba became a pro-Soviet dictatorship, the political relationship between the States and the Island worsened. On January 3, 1961, the tensions between both governments came to a head as America severed diplomatic ties with the rule of Cuba.

1962: The Republic of Cuba was suspended from the Organization of American States (OAS), which was founded on April 30 1948 in Bogotá (Colombia), over its dictatorial rule.

1962- 1990: Unlike many Marxist states in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including Ethiopia (the world’s poorest nation), Guinea, Laos and Cambodia (Asia’s poorest country), the Island’s human development, from employment …

Lexington Law – Credit Attorneys

The confusing world of credit repair can be stressful and time consuming. Lexington is billed as a consumer advocacy law firm with over 20 years experience. They offer a network of attorneys and paralegals throughout 18 states to work for you using their knowledge of consumer law.

Initially, you will be offered a consultation. From there a level of service is recommended based on your needs. For each, there is a flat monthly fee. The benefit to this is that there is no billing per deletion so you always know what you will pay each month. Those considering this should also be aware of the First Work fee. This fee is $99.95 regardless of the service you choose and is charged after the first round of disputes is completed.

At the Regular level, $59.95, you can expect to receive unlimited number of disputes, and no charge for phone, email and chat support, as well as a same day consultation. They will begin gathering information about your case the day you sign the retainer agreement.

The Concord Standard is $79.95 a month and offers the above assistance as well as Goodwill Interventions. These are non-confrontational interventions that are recommended for mildly late accounts. According to Lexington, these interventions help your relationship with the lender and can positively impact the reporting of your record to the bureaus.

Concord Standard also offers Escalated Information Requests. This is recommended for seriously late accounts and requests information concerning compliance with consumer protection legislation, as well as a request for a change in the way the information is reported. Debt Validation is also offered at this level. It is used for charged-off and collection accounts in which a complete history of the debt is demanded as well as its removal from your report if necessary.

At the highest level, Concord Premier at $99.95 per month. Offers you the aforementioned services and TransUnion report monitoring, a monthly score analysis and Identity Theft Assurance. You also receive ReportWatch, in which alerts of changes to your report are sent through email. These alerts notify you of both positive and negative changes that will impact your score. Another feature of the Concord Premier is Inquiry Assist. Inquiries can have an impact on your score and they will help you address any of these that are questionable.

They recommend that you retain their services for 12 months to receive the maximum benefit; however, you are free to cancel at anytime without penalty. You should be aware that you are able to submit disputes on your own free of charge, as often as you would like. Further, if you feel that you can not afford these services, they also offer a free guide so that you can begin working on it immediately, and keep them in mind should you find the process overwhelming and feel the need for assistance. However you choose to fix your fico score realize that you are fully capable and legally able to do this.…