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The Butterfly Effect



It was on 23rd March 1940, Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution demanding a separate country for them.

In this context it will be worth reading the following part from Freedom at Midnight.

*The Butterfly effect*

“Sometimes a very small and insignificant event can lead to a huge effect later on.

It’s called *Butterfly Effect*.

It can also lead to the creation of (i) a new country; (ii) the displacement of twelve million people; (iii) the loss of around two million lives; and (iv) permanent animosity amongs people who used to share their bread and ancestry at one point of time.

If we study the *life of Muhammed Ali Jinnah*, the founder of Pakistan, we will find *three incidents* which led to the *butterfly effect*, resulting into one of the most significant and bloodiest midnights in the world history.

To know these three small events, we will have to start with *Jinnah’s Grandfather, Premjibhai Meghji Thakkar*, who was a prosperous Hindu Merchant from Kathiawar, Gujarat. He had made his fortune in the fish business, but he was ostracized from his vegetarian Lohana caste because of their strong religious beliefs.

When he discontinued his fish business and tried to come back to his caste, he was not allowed to do so because of the huge egos of the self-proclaimed protectors of Hindu religion.

Resultantly, his *son, Punjalal Thakkar* (the father of Jinnah), was so angry with the humiliation that he changed his and his four sons’ religion, and converted to Islam.

This was not the first incident when a Hindu had tried to come back to his religion and they was not allowed to do so by the priest class.

When Islamic invasion began in India in 12th century, many Hindus had lost their religion because of petty rules like drinking the water poured by a Muslim in their ponds, being forcibly converted to Islam or going to places outside India.

When they tried to reconvert to Hinduism, the stubborn priests blocked their path and branded them as permanent dharmabhrashta.

This led to animosity in them for Hindus, and they converted to Islam and taught a lesson to those priests by killing them mercilessly.

Today, a lot of Indian Muslims don’t want to accept their Hindu ancestry, and the humiliation their ancestors felt centuries ago could be the reason behind it.

That’s the *first butterfly effect*.

If Jinnah’s grandfather were allowed to come back to his caste and religion, Jinnah would have remained a Hindu, and he won’t have used his genius in creating a new country for Muslims.

In 1929, *Jinnah’s wife, Rattanbai Petit*, died due to a digestive disorder. He was so devastated at her death that he moved to London. He led a very private life, lived in a large house, played billiards and attended theatre.

But things took a drastic turn when he heard a comment made by his arch-rival, Jawahar Lal Nehru.

In a private dinner party, Nehru had remarked that Jinnah was *‘finished’*. It made Jinnah so furious that he packed up and headed back to India with the intent to *‘show Nehru’*. He fired up the Muslim League, and transformed it from a scattered band of eccentrics to the *second most powerful political party of India*.

That’s the *second butterfly effect*.

If Nehu hadn’t made that remark, Jinnah would have stayed in London, Muslim League won’t have become so powerful and India might have stayed united.

Just *one year before the partition* and independence of India, Jinnah’s doctor, Dr. J.A.L. Patel, discovered something in the X-ray report of Jinnah which could have destroyed the *gigantic efforts* to create Pakistan. Dr. Patel discovered two dark circles in the report which could have upset the Indian political equation and would have almost changed the course of history.

Jinnah was suffering from *Tuberculosis*, which left him only two or three years to live at most.

He pushed Mountbatten for a speedy freedom and partition of India to make sure he made the mark in history before he died.

The secret of Jinnah’s disease and imminent death stayed between him and his doctor, ensuring the bloody historical event.

That’s the *third butterfly effect*.

That grey film had the secret to block the partition, and it was stopped from coming out by a Hindu doctor who thought *his professional ethics* was more important than the lives of millions.

Had this report become public knowledge, Gandhi and Mountbatten might have delayed the independence of India to let the gentleman die and avoid the partition.

In the movie, *Gladiator*, the main character, Maximus says, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

We have no idea what eternal effect can come from something insignificant we are doing today.

Jinnah’s Grandfather would have never thought that his decision to *go into fish business* would have impacted the lives of millions one century later.

SOURCE: *Freedom at Midnight* (Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins)

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HW News Network and South Live join hands to target 10 percent of Digital Audience in India

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As an ongoing strategic process, HW News tied up with South Live, one of the Top 5 digital portals for news in Kerala. The coalition as such, is a great privilege for it forms to be an association of two digital portals that are bold, unbiased and clear in their respective brand communications.

HW News, being an upright news channel that shatters all stereotypes and South Live being a prime digital platform that brings about an innovation in the sphere of news with the power of fearless journalism came together to take their vision of providing impartial and evocative news to new levels.

Casting more light onto this tactical shift, Mr. Sujit Nair, Chairman of HW News Network, says, “As a strategy, HW News Network brings under one umbrella regional news networks to:

  1. To bring about authentic news, on-ground reality, and understanding with the help of regional brand leaders.
  2. To create distribution web for the network platforms.
  3. To target 10 percent of digital audience in India in the next one year by getting together like-minded digital news portals
  4. To accelerate digital news growth in India”.

With monthly page views that cross 1.7 crores and having a concrete base of close to 18 lakh unique users, this collaboration is just as astounding and this is just the start. As per a recent survey conducted, the total digital population is 20 crores out of which the number of people that consume news is as huge as 16.8 crores.  Considering the numbers to be this striking, this collaboration of HW News and South Live would certainly make an extensive impact on consumption of news.

Both the platforms, that roll out a horde of news items across different genres, with HW News specializing in churning out political stories, aim to have a far-reaching impact of authentic journalism especially in the stream of politics.

South Live with its News Interactive and HW News Network with its positioning of Unbiased and Authentic news together will only open doors to a new world of News that will change the age-old perception of unilateral biased media to an interactive and unbiased one, thus changing the way news is both rolled out and consumed.

Marking his content on the collaboration, Dr. Sebastian Paul, Chairperson of South Live, says, “South Live which is an Interactive News Channel, is indeed happy to tie up with HW News Network which shares our views and ideologies. We are sure this partnership will fuel growth for both the parties and the industry as a whole.”

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Creating employment is not as easy as making ‘pakodas’

Santosh Nair



Creating employment is undoubtedly one of the most crucial activities which call for immediate intervention from the government.

All forms of evading or deferment will be detrimental to its popularity and could impact the vote share.

Addressing the issue of unemployment calls for greater insight into the crux of the problem.

Investments are scarce to come and so are businesses to grow. Investment is backed by savings that are inadequate and hence does not provide the stimulus for employment.

Stringent employment laws need to be retained. Retrenchment of the work force by identifying excessive manpower should be curbed. Manpower requirement is subject to proper planning and does not hinge on the business interest of the organization.  Employers like King Fisher, Mahindra tech need tougher legislation in order to protect the interest of its employees.

It is imperative to align training to the needs of the industry.  Education could add value to your being but employability is something that provides you a job. There is a mismatch between qualification and skills. While it is essential to qualify based on one’s skills it is crucial for businesses to work more closely with training institutes to assess and hire relevant skills.

Reservations have dented our capability to engage the right candidate for the job. Albeit the same being prevalent only in government sectors, the impact is felt everywhere transcending all barriers across the spectrum. It is obnoxious at this time and age to hire people based on religion and caste without considering their competence.

Only a growing economy can cater to a growing population. An impetus to growth can be factored in only through economic reforms that have a bearing on the weaker sections of the people. Increase in the population should be deemed as the country’s strength and not its weakness. Despite the emphasis on industrialization, the avenues for employment are meager!!

The cottage and small industries were replenished by large business houses. Their products had a mammoth cost advantage both in terms of machinery used and manpower unused. Many of the artisans were rendered jobless.

Agriculture is a seasonal occupation and hence employment too is seasonal. A substantial part of the population is agriculture dependent and would have to look elsewhere for the rest of the time. A whopping 40% of cultivable land lack irrigation facilities as a result of which only one crop can be grown in a year. The farming population thus have to move on to cities during such times.

India’s huge diversity and climatic variations have an impact on the mobility of labour. Bonding with one’s family is paramount and hence greater priority is accorded to the same. Immobility also marginally accounts for unemployment.

Employment is mandatory and an inescapable duty of the ruling dispensation. It has the potential to lead to the lawlessness that could mar the existing peace and harmony!!


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NIA to file chargesheet in Kashmir alleged funding next week



According to court sources, during the in-camera proceedings, the National Investigation Agency told Additional Sessions, Judge Tarun Sherawat, that the final report in the case will be filed next week.

The NIA on Friday told a court here that it will file a charge-sheet next week in the case of alleged funding in the Kashmir Valley as a court extended till January 18 the judicial custody of seven Kashmiri separatists and a businessman.

“The investigation of the case is at concluding stage and the evidence on record is being summed up,” NIA said.

The agency urged the court to extend the judicial custody of the eight accused for another seven days. The court did so, via video conferencing.

The eight have been charged with receiving funds from across the border to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 24, 2017, the NIA arrested seven of them — Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah — on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

Businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, accused of acting as an alleged conduit for channelling funds in the Kashmir Valley, was arrested on August 17 last year.

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