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#पर्सनल_सुरक्षा #personal_security

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This post of Our Young friend, Rachana, sharing a lot of info from one ‘Premaram,’ speaks about Security arrangements in India.

After the death of a (Girl) Student, and an Acid Attack, the home minister of Haryana, India, had said that it is Not possible to provide security for Each, Individual Citizen.

Now for some Data (as per site):

No of police personnel in India, (at the time of writing, of course), 1.926 Million.

No of Vacancies in police dept: About 500,000.

Excluding police personnel on VIP duty, India has ONE police man/woman per 663 Citizens.

No of VIPs in

Britain: 84,

France: 109,

Japan: 125, etc.

No of VIPs in India, …hold Your breath: 579,092 as of July, 2018.

Now let’s put it under Our hats.

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From Riz Akhtar`s post in Facebook.

Modi does not work like this.

If you see the sting video done on Babu Bajrangi from 2002 Gujarat Muslim Genocide, you’ll understand how Modi works. Babu Bajrangi led a mob that killed men, women, children and did not even spare pregnant women. On the sting video he says that he felt like Maharana Pratap as he slit through the stomachs of pregnant women and held unborn fetuses on the tip of his sword. Maybe he was exaggerating but the fact remains that he was convicted in these crimes.

To get him off the hook, Modi kept changing judges in the courts. He assured Babu Bajrangi that he will get him off the hook. Babu Bajrangi speaks about this. The first judge told him that he is now finished. That judge was replaced. Modi kept replacing the judges till he found one who would let Babu Bajrangi off the hook.And that is how Modi operates.

So dear Arnab, now that you have gotten into this mess, give Modi some time. He will find a judge, sooner or later, transfer your case, get the Supreme Court involved in some way or another and then he will get you off the hook. That is a time consuming process. Meanwhile better reconcile to the fact that you are going to spend some good amount of time in the jail. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself. Don’t sully the name of a party that already has seen many Sorryvarkars in its ranks. Don’t cry. You might think that your life is under threat but live with that. Best is to sit in the corner and sulk to yourself.

DG Vanzara and a host of other cops did that for 8 years before they could be got off the hook by a CBI judge who retired the very next day after setting them free. In the meanwhile Vanzara wrote a stinker of a letter that almost got Modi into trouble. Now don’t do that.

Now that you have invited this trouble, give your masters some time. They will get you off the hook but it can’t be blatant. There is a whole state of Maharashtra at stake and you have defaulted on payment to a Marathi Manoos, who committed suicide along with his mother and has named you in the suicide note. Now that note is part of police record. It is not in dispute. Your default is not in dispute. You should have have thought of these consequences when you went hammer and tong against Maharashtra Police and Government. You see, politicians don’t love anybody other than power and themselves. if you thought otherwise then you are the fool.

Vinod Chand ✍️

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The catholic church, sex scandals, and solutions

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This post, long in my mind, is inspired by my Good Friend, Anna Waldherr. I had gone through two of her posts on the page/category: catholic church sex scandals:

https://avoicereclaimed.com/tag/catholic-church-sex-scandal/

The two are given below,

Another Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

(image from the post), and

https://avoicereclaimed.com/2020/04/26/witness-to-evil/.

My thoughts:

Virginity and Celibacy Fascinates mankind, precisely because Everyone knows just How Difficult it is to Refrain from Sex.

In India, those who are close to a priest might ask: “How do You Sleep?” …I have been asked that.

You go to a Homeopathic doctor. He comes to know You are a priest. He asks: “What do You do for Sex?” (I know that patients are routinely asked about sexual behaviour in this treatment).

That is Why those who refrain from it, or claim they refrain from it(!) are held in such Awe, to the point of Veneration.

Yet there have been, and there Are those who gave up sex (sublimated, as some like to emphasise), for higher purposes, including religion. …Naughty man that I am, in the above I would include those who are Just Not Interested in sex for various reasons.

So far I was trying to point out that the Sex Drive is one of the Strongest.

As is my usual practice, shall speak Only of the catholic church.

We see in the Bible that ancient or even contemporary beliefs and practices were taken as a basis, but in Every case, Astonishingly New Conclusions were drawn.

The catholic priesthood and the Bible.

Christ had Not made ‘the Unmarried state’ a ‘condition’ for being one of His Apostles (by definition, chosen from among the chosen).

True, He had remained Unmarried, and people (particularly the church) will quote Matthew 19.12, the one about ‘Eunuchs for sake of the kingdom.’

Except for John the apostle, all the others are said to have been married.

(Above: depiction of Jesus healing Peter’s Mother in law. Luke 4:38-41.)

Hardly surprising in a society which considered marriage ‘Obligatory,’ vide:

‘…Male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” (Gen 1.27-8).

On the other side, the idea of ‘unmarried clergy’ started Many centuries after the Apostolic times. The people liked it, and the ‘church’ obliged. What the people like, the church is Eager to give.

The Laity like it!

A third element, if I may call it that, has to be considered. …THE LAITY would not like it if the church considers changes in this regard.

I state that the catholic church took up and promoted ‘celibacy,’ seeing the fascination it held for the masses.

Like a Bull dog, it is holding On to it.

All the above can be called

THE REASONS FOR THE UNMARRIED CLERGY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

As an Interlude, consider these:

Popes who were married

St. Peter, Apostle
St. Felix III 483-492 (2 children)
St. Hormidas 514-523 (1 son)
St. Silverus (Antonia) 536-537
Hadrian II 867-872 (1 daughter)
Clement IV 1265-1268 (2 daughters)
Felix V 1439-1449 (1 son)


Popes who were the sons of other popes, other clergy
Name of PopePapacySon of
St. Damascus I366-348St. Lorenzo, priest
St. Innocent I401-417Anastasius I
Boniface418-422son of a priest
St. Felix483-492son of a priest
Anastasius II496-498son of a priest
St. Agapitus I535-536Gordiaous, priest
St. Silverus536-537St. Homidas, pope
Deusdedit882-884son of a priest
Boniface VI896-896Hadrian, bishop
John XI931-935Pope Sergius III
John XV989-996Leo, priest
Popes who had illegitimate children after 1139
Innocent VIII1484-1492several children
Alexander VI1492-1503several children
Julius1503-15133 daughters
Paul III1534-15493 sons, 1 daughter
Pius IV1559-15653 sons
Gregory XIII1572-15851 son

(From: https://www.futurechurch.org/brief-history-of-celibacy-in-catholic-church).

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Now let us examine

THE EFFECTS OF THE UNMARRIED CLERGY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

I remember Our Dear Father De’Cyper of Our Theologate in Ranchi telling Us:

“The vow of Chastity does not mean just being Celibate (Unmarried), but being ‘Chaste,’ [Not having (Any Kind of) Sex].”

Given that, unable to speak of times 30-40 years ago, I would say that

A mere 30% of priests (bishops and cardinals are priests) might not be having some kind of sex. In other words, 70% Do practise some kind of sex. (All ‘my’ numbers, of course!)

[ Before some ‘wise’ person tells me: ‘Stop washing Your dirty linen in public,’ let me say that this article goes Much further; towards a solution, albeit old, definitely Ignored. ]

Whatever the effects of this at the Pearly Gates, I want to focus on:

The EFFECTS of The Unmarried Priesthood Right here on Earth.

…When I was in the seminary, there was this guy one year my senior, (real case, You see), – who would invariably run his hand over the bum of anybody in front of him, particularly while climbing stairs. The last I checked, he is a senior priest, a well liked ‘preacher,’ to boot.

Once ‘I’ got his attention. Here come the ‘effects.’ I almost brought up (vomited, for those without the degree).

Those who have been Molested in More serious ways would laugh at me, for citing this.

Yes, a mere touch had been / could be So Repugnant, (I took to making Serious effort to avoid his ‘attentions’). Anybody who has had these kinds of Negative (sexual) experiences would understand.

When I was at a certain ashram in North India, a group of young Nuns who had been raped were brought in for a time of peace and quiet. They were walking Zombies, fearsome examples of the ‘effect’ under discussion here.

(Inserting this pic in an effort to keep things interesting. The Dear Sisters were Nowhere as meaningless as this).

I know at least two grown men today, who, though ‘successful’ in their fields, are literally broken inside. Every sort of Decorum forbids Us to say anything More about them.

Do We Need such ‘Effects?’

This is the Most Important point here.

The Effects, which Include seemingly unerasable Shame, unnecessary Guilt, and Anger, produce Serious side effects of their own.

In short, give Rise to Sin.

When Christ has said, “”If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18.6, NIV.,

WHY have not this Abominable law, those who brought it into being, and those who keep it so, been Abolished?

What has happened is this:

Over this issue and many others, churches have catered to the ‘wishes’ of the people, (as had Aaron with the golden calf, (Exodus 32)), and to people through the ages saying: “Give Us Pleasant things.”

Moses had been Man enough to practise what he believed in and preached, that day. Today’s hierarchy proves to the world that they Are Eunuchs (with Apologies to Eunuchs; No offence intended. Just using age old examples).

About ‘pleasant things,’ a few quotes.

‘They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.’ (Isaiah 30.10).

‘For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.’ (2 Timothy 4.3).

(About Jesus), ‘On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”‘ (John 6.60).

Christian Hierarchy, for a Long time, has fallen prey to mammon.

Showing You a couple of pics that have interested me very much.

Those who are interested in Cricket will remember that many cricket sportsmen, esp from the Caribbean, sport thick, heavy, silver(?) chains. …These gentlemen, seemingly priests, are rolling in gold.

But who am I to comment on that? …The ‘vatican bank,’ it seems, is a Major shareholder in Beretta Arms; which produces not just hand guns, but Military Rifles.

From the picture it seems Beretta produces even (Military) helicopters and Tanks!

The lifestyle of cardinals,


From search on: Residences of cardinals.


bishops, and even priests is luxurious.

The money for all this comes, and will keep coming from the ‘mass,’ as in the strength of the congregation.

The church does not want to lose its name as ‘The Most Numerous.’ …Loss in these numbers would also bring a Solid dent in the revenue. The church is More worried about these things than the Wrath of its Founder and Master.

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Solutions to the issue of ‘Unmarried priesthood’ in the catholic church.

The catholic hierarchy, the leaders, have ‘conveniently‘ forgotten the words at the end of their favourite quote:

“The one who can accept this should accept it.” (Matthew 19.12, end).

The authorities would say, “Of course, if You can accept celibacy come forward for priesthood.”

But the point is, WHO gave them the authority to conjoin celibacy and priesthood, when, in Every case (in All translations), Christ made it a choice?

Ergo, Here’s what I call my ‘Solution.’

  1. Those joining for the priesthood, and even those already ordained, cannot and Should Not have Celibacy forced upon them. If they wish to marry, they should be allowed that; without being asked to forego the priesthood.
  2. Married Priesthood Should be allowed in the catholic church.
  3. Subsequently, those who think they want to ‘give up’ sex, (among the priests), cannot and Should Not be given Any higher regard.

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‘Foreigners.’

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So it seems today We have to talk about ‘foreigners.’ This word does not allude to the literary, or geographical foreigner, as in everyone from outside my country is a foreigner to me; but to People living IN my country.

The Israelites were living IN Egypt AS foreigners, and were treated as such.

THE MEANING OF TODAY’S LESSON IS: DO NOT OSTRACISE ANYBODY.

Catholic Christianity has been brought to the Low of Dishing out a little physical help, – money, food or/and clothes, – and, at the most, ‘praying’ for others.

To me, the 25th chapter of Matthew, and the questions found there, are the Culmination of Christianity. The ‘haves’ have ‘Systematically’ reamed the have-nots, and the church has not been just a mute spectator, but has actually and Actively Aided and Abetted the guilty.

The Lord said, and would say today again:”But I have seen the prophets in Jerusalem do even worse: they commit adultery and tell lies; they help people to do wrong, so that no one stops doing what is evil. To me they are all as bad as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.” Jer 23.14.

People want to practise a ‘Comfortable Christianity’ today. The Lord does not like it; and He is a Very Hard Task master.

In pics: The ‘Boat People,’ and India preparing Concentration camps, for those who do not pass its CAA, NRC, etc.

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Courts Invite, and Beg for, Contempt.

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The #courts of India BEG for, and INVITE, #Contempt. …I Freely offer it to them.
Many (bjp) ministers are on record, inciting- ‘Goli maro salon ko,’ (Shoot them). This does not prompt action from the courts.
Rape threats are starting to come freely; Dhoni’s daughter, now Vijay Sethupathi. ‘This’ does not disturb our judges.
But WEAK targets like oppn politicos (Kamal Nath), and of the film world (latest… Kangana) – not that I support them, – but, as I was saying, Weak targets are ‘Boldly’ targeted by the courts.

They all seem to think We are still living in the uneducated 1930-40s.
For all that, Changes are not going to come in 2 years; not even in 50, I would say.
But, when it does, these same judges will be literally spat upon, and Driven from their own houses, and have Every photograph of theirs removed from their walls, by their Own Grandchildren. I will not be here on this earth to enjoy that, (am 73).
But the Bally judges Will enjoy, read that as Suffer it, IN their lifetimes. That’s my Curse and Wish.

I saw that the fourth one did not load. Here’s another attempt:

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anna waldherr’s ‘restraint.’

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Could not get this ‘Reblogged,’ even after going to Firefox. Doing it by main force, with the following words, shared also on Facebook.

I find this, – particularly referring to the graphic in Anna’s post, – Absolutely Inhuman. In India, they treat the ‘Real’ criminals with TLC (Tender Loving Care),

The man in white is one ‘Dara Singh,’ killer of Pastor Staines AND his family.

and Badly beat up those whom We would call The Innocent.

Above, beaten By the police, Thank You.

Abroad, I have not seen photographs of Carlos, the Drug lord and Mass killer, being treated this way.

My Blogging friend Anna, who is a Lawyer, keeps raising these issues.

These can be stopped Only if a Million voices rise against these.Simpler would be for Religious leaders, like the Pope, the Cardinals, Bishops, the Dalai Lama to speak up. …The Jesuit authorities in India spoke up for Fr. Stan; …for their Own.

Does it not make Your heart ache to see this, as it does mine?

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done so openly, & in a supposed democracy

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(Before I proceed, had added ‘content,’ maybe foolishly in the ‘classical’ editor; all of which material is lost. Typing laboriously again.)

Re ‘Hathras,’ see here.

Re ‘Activist,’ the Latest. 83 yo Fr Stan sj arrested.

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everyday!

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Everyday I ‘decide’ (how feeble my decisions are, at least in this regard!) to visit, and work on my blog.

In my opinion, the blogging world has deep thinkers, twitter affords very quick news, facebook somewhere in between, and whatsapp for the feeble (You can complete that word). I use all four platforms.

While perhaps 0.5% of the world is Alive, Active and Kicking, most particularly in twitter, the rest of the 99.5% behaves as did people in the times of Noah. Luke 17:26-28.

Perhaps a month ago, a 19-20 yo girl of the ‘supposed’ lower caste, was Gang raped, had her tongue cut out, her back broken. All these 30 days the Indian police saw fit to do nothing. Then immediately after her death, they saw fit to burn (‘cremate’) her body at 2.30 AM, locking up her family in their compound.

Now, with the body burnt, officials, administrative and police are denying charges of rape.

When Jesus had said that He had been Hungry, He had not meant Himself. Using that, I had written (in Tamil) that Jesus had been raped.

I also added, sarcastically, let’s go watch a video. …Not even 0.5% response to that.

This gets me down; it should not, but it does.

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