POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 16, 2015 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 16, 2015 19:58 IST

An Australian woman, aboard a train in Sydney, stood up for a Muslim woman who was allegedly being harassed for wearing a hijab. 

A report in the Independent says:

Stacey Eden claimed an older woman was accusing the unidentified Muslim woman and the man sat next to her of being an Isis supporter because she was wearing a hijab.

Ms Eden, from Sydney, said the alleged tirade began "a good ten minutes" before she started filming the woman, later uploading the video on to her Facebook page.

The footage shows the older woman who has not been named so far, sitting opposite to the Muslim woman on the train, asking "why do you wear it [a hijab] for a man that marries a six year-old girl?" 

The couple chose to remain silent but Eden responded: "She wears it for herself, OK? She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her."


The older woman continued: :Your kids behead people in Syria. […] Read the newspapers, 148 people, Christians murdered in Kenya. They’re killing each other in Syria."

Eden interrupted again at this point, telling her angrily: "Don't sit there disrespecting someone that has nothing to do with it. Have some respect. If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything."

The video has gone viral and Stacey Eden has been praised for raising her voice against Islamophobia and racism. 

In December 2014, after several people were taken hostage by an armed man at a popular cafe in Sydney and forced to display an Islamic flag, Australians had come up with a heart warming reaction on social media in the face of adversity.

In a show of solidarity against a possible racist backlash on the Muslim community in Australia, #illridewithyou started as a movement to protect Muslims against Islamophobia.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 16, 2015 AT 19:58 IST, Edited At: Apr 16, 2015 19:58 IST
POSTED BY Landing Lights ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 23:21 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 23:21 IST

Most newspapers all over the country have large advertisements marking the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, the politician-jurist who helped draft the Indian constitution and became an iconic figure for the country's Dalits. These ads proclaim, in a matter of fact manner, that this is the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar's.

They are wrong. Actually, they've just skipped a year. Just like that.

According to this article in the Telegraph, this is Ambedkar's 124th birth anniversary. His official date of birth is April 14, 1891, you see. Bureaucrats in government are aware of this numerical jugglery.

"They said the drive was the brainchild of a few prominent Dalit faces in the BJP, who wanted the hoardings and ads on the anniversary to mark it as Ambedkar's 125th — a more "rounded" figure and a standard subject of year-long celebrations. Dalit activists said the government's purported willingness to discuss the point in itself betrayed the BJP's desperation to co-opt the Ambedkar legacy."

The paper then contacted numerous Dalit politicians and activists. All of them agreed that this wasn't the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar's, and that this was just an indication of the desperation of the BJP to ingratiate themselves with the Dalits.

"There's also no doubt that this level of (government) celebrations for Dr Ambedkar is unprecedented in the history of India."

Ilaiah said: "Compared with the Congress, the BJP has had no history with Dalits. It's trying to build that history from scratch."

He suggested the alleged attempt to co-opt Ambedkar was part of the Sangh's idea of "consolidating Hinduism".

So, after leaping from 123rd to 125th year, what will the government do next April 14?

So while Delhi government totally fell for it, the Haryana government and the Dr. Ambedkar foundation, managed to keep out of the controversy by simply going neutral.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government got it absolutely right.

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POSTED BY Landing Lights ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 23:21 IST, Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 23:21 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 20:27 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 20:27 IST

Amidst a raging debate over net neutrality, the All India Bakchod has come up with a video raising awareness about the importance of the same. AIB which has often made videos on raging social issues appeals its viewers to save the internet. Needless to say, the video has gone viral.

 

If you want to save the internet, then tell TRAI you need net neutrality.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 20:27 IST, Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 20:27 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 10, 2015 AT 23:25 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 10, 2015 23:25 IST

Recently the Supreme Court lifted the 1990 ban which had been imposed on the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, preventing it from being staged in Kerala. 

The court said that since Jesus Christ Superstar had already been produced all over the world and is available online, a ban, based on an order by the district collector, serves no purpose.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 10, 2015 AT 23:25 IST, Edited At: Apr 10, 2015 23:25 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 09, 2015 AT 21:45 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 09, 2015 21:45 IST

Government today barred Greenpeace India from receiving foreign funds by suspending its licence for six months and froze its seven bank accounts with immediate effect,alleging it has "prejudicially" affected country's public and economic interests.

A few months back Greenpeace India activist Priya Pillai was barred by the government from travelling to the UK. The Home Ministry said that according to intelligence reports she had planned to testify on the alleged poor state of tribal people in Mahan and the manner in which the government had allegedly increased efforts to rob the tribal people of their rights, which is an absolutely a false allegation.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 09, 2015 AT 21:45 IST, Edited At: Apr 09, 2015 21:45 IST
     
 
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