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Nov 16 (14:36) The culture war against meat-eaters (
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News Entry# 470140  Blog Entry# 5127449   
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Nov 16 2021 (14:36)
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It is part of a concerted attempt to codify a rigid, monolithic idea of Indian culture
An NGO called the Sattvik Council of India has announced that it has tied up with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for awarding "sattvik" certificates to some trains, especially those serving pilgrim spots and religious destinations. Apparently, the IRCTC wants to make these trains 100 per cent vegetarian in all respects, and the said certificates are supposed to guarantee their righteous and morally pure (hence, sattvik) status.
Though the IRCTC itself has not issued
any statement to this effect as yet, the plan does not sound implausible, given the frequency and ferocity with which meat-eating has been opposed — and vegetarianism advanced — in recent days. Last week municipal bodies in Rajkot, Vadodara and Junagarh in Gujarat issued orders to remove all roadside carts selling non-vegetarian food unless kept "properly covered". The reason cited was that the sight of meat, fish, poultry and eggs offended religious sentiments and that the carts were causing traffic snarls. ('Traffic snarls' have become a handy pretext for banning this or that — the permission to hold Friday namaz in several areas of Gurugram in BJP-ruled Haryana has been cancelled ostensibly because they were a serious impediment to the flow of traffic.)
It is not just Rajkot, Vadodara and Junagarh which have launched a crusade against the sale of non-veg food. Close on their heels, the Ahmedabad Municipal Commission revenue committee chairman, Jainik Vakil, wrote to the municipal commissioner, urging similar prohibitory orders in the city. "Keeping in mind Gujarat's identity and Karnavati (Ahmedabad) city's cultural tradition, it is important to immediately clear encroachment by illegally proliferating non-vegetarian food carts on city's public roads…" he said in the letter.
The question is, can one person or group's idea of a state's identity and culture be uniformly applied to the incredibly diverse body of people who make up this land? Can that idea be imposed on those who may subscribe to a completely different set of cultural values and dietary habits, and which they have a right to practise by virtue of the fact that India is a democracy that enshrines one's freedom of choice in such matters?
According to the Government of India's Sample Registration System Baseline Survey 2014, as much as 71 per cent of Indians eat non-vegetarian food. In other words, strict vegetarians are a minority in this country. And yet, states ruled by the Hindu nationalist BJP have been leading a charge against meat-eaters and trying to portray non-vegetarianism as unclean and against Indian culture.
Earlier this year, the Municipal Commission of Gurugram, a bustling cosmopolitan city, banned the sale of meat on Tuesdays, apparently in deference to Hindu sentiments. It also approved the proposal to double the licence fee for meat shops from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. Many states direct meat shops to stay shut during Hindu festivals like Navaratri. Not content with outlawing cow slaughter and the sale of beef, BJP-ruled states have been whipping up a visceral hatred towards meat itself, which is perhaps why the once numerous biryani shops in Gurugram have dwindled in recent times. Thuggish right-wing groups tend to lynch first (on suspicion that the biryani contains beef) and test the meat later.
The repeated attempts to demonise non-vegetarianism — a BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh had once declared that children would turn into cannibals if they were given eggs in their mid-day meals — and project it as anti-Hindu and contrary to Indian culture are, of course, a brazen distortion of facts, since meat-eaters outnumber, and, no doubt, have always outnumbered, the abstainers by a huge margin.
The idea that a vegetarian diet is pure and morally superior is a narrow, Brahminical construct. Hence, identifying it with Indian culture in general, and Hinduism in particular, while carrying on an increasingly militant campaign against the consumption and sale of meat, is really forcing the will of a few down the throats of millions. It strikes at the heart of India's vigorous cultural diversity and propagates the dangerous notion that there is only one "right" kind of Indian — someone who conforms to the attributes of culture as laid down by the state.
And this ties in with the growing trend of clamping down on personal liberties and freedom of choice that we are witnessing in every sphere of Indian society today. The effort to dictate what we eat is no different from the effort to control what we wear, whom we love, what we read, what we say or write, and so on. It is all part of a concerted attempt to codify, as it were, a rigid, monolithic idea of Indian culture, which, by definition, is non-inclusive, anti-liberal, and a monstrous distortion of the spirit of the Constitution.
The rule of the mob, which have become violent flag-bearers of this culture war, is only a short step from here. On Monday, members of the Bajrang Dal, a Hindu right-wing group, set fire to Congress leader Salman Khurshid's house in Nainital to punish him for having drawn a parallel between Hindu extremism and Islamic terror. And that's just one example of the innumerable instances of vicious cultural vigilantism that we have witnessed in the last few years.
The hallmark of modern society is openness. It is about letting in and being tolerant of diverse influences, ideas and inclinations and becoming enriched by them. The obsession with racial purity in Germany in the 1930s led to the human catastrophe called the Holocaust. We will have to wait and see where a perverted vision of India's "cultural purity" takes us.
Jan 21 (08:16) 133 वर्ष पहले पहली बार जूनागढ़ पहुंची थी ट्रेन (
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भास्कर वैद्यप्रभास पाटण. जूनागढ़ में पहली बार आग गाड़ी (कोयले से संचालित इंजन से जुड़ी ट्रेन) 133 वर्ष पहले 19 जनवरी 1888 संवत 1944 महावद छठ गुरुवार के दिन अपराह्न 3 बजे सिटी बजाते हुए पहुंची थी। जूनागढ़ रेलवे स्टेशन पर ट्रेन के प्रवेश के साथ ही तत्कालीन नवाब बहादुरखान व नागरिकों ने स्वागत किया।उस समय रेलवे स्टेशन से पूरा शहर, दुकानों, चौक, गलियों (शेरियों), मकानों को आकर्षक ढंग से सजाया गया। तत्कालीन नगर शेठ कानजीभाई लवाभाई, दिवंगत बचुभाई दादा की पेढ़ी से विदेशी कांच के सुहाने झुमरों से शहर को श्रृंगारित किया गया था। जूनागढ़ निवासी नौतम दवे व परिमल रूपाणी के अनुसार रेलवे स्टेशन से तत्कालीन नवाब बहादुरखान हाथी पर सवारी करते हुए शोभायात्रा के रूप में राजमहल पहुंचे। उस समय रेलवे स्टेशन से मार्ग पर राजमहल तक और राजमहल को भी रोशनी एवं ध्वजा-पताकाओं से सजाया गया था।ऐसे पहुंची ट्रेनजूनागढ़ के तत्कालीन नवाब महोबतखान के समय विकास की...
शुरुआत हुई। उस समय रेलवे को भी विकसित किया गया। वर्ष 1862 में स्वतंत्र जूनागढ़ राज्य की सत्ता संभालने के बाद उनके कार्यकाल में रेलवे लाइन को राजकोट से धोराजी तक पहुंचाया गया और उस लाइन को जूनागढ़ तक पहुंचाने की योजना उन्होंने वर्ष 1867 में तैयार करवाई। ए.डब्लयू. फो. नामक अधिकारी ने धोराजी-जूनागढ़ रेलवे लाइन का सर्वे किया। इसके लिए पक्का मार्ग बनवाया गया। तार की लाइन भी बिछाई गई।उस समय भावनगर-धोराजी लाइन तैयार होने पर धोराजी-जूनागढ़ लाइन की योजना को लंबित रखा गया और जेतलसर-जूनागढ़ लाइन बिछाने का राज्य की ओर से निर्णय किया गया। गोंडल के रेलवे इंजीनियर डेन्डार फाल्ड व नि. नोकसन को यह कार्य सौंपा गया। सर्वे पूरा होने के बाद 11 दिसंबर 1886 को जेतलसर-वेरावल लाइन का भूमिपूजन मुंबई के तत्कालीन गवर्नर लोर्ड रे ने किया।कार्य पूरा होने पर 30 दिसंबर 1887 को जेतलसर से जिले की पहली ट्रेन रवाना हुई और जूनागढ़ राज्य की सीमा में रेलवे की चौकी रेलवे स्टेशन पहुंची थी। लार्ड रे ने उसका स्वागत किया। इसके बाद एक वर्ष की अवधि में कार्य पूरा होने पर पिछली 19 जनवरी 1888 को भाप से चलने वाले इंजन से धुआं निकालती हुई सिटी बजाते हुए पहली बार ट्रेन जूनागढ़ रेलवे स्टेशन पहुंची थी।जूनागढ़ जिले में बिछाई गई रेलवे लाइनरेलवे स्टेशन दूरी (मील) शुरुआत की तारीखजेतलसर-जूनागढ़ 16.00 19.01.1888जूनागढ़-वेरावल 51.53 01.12.1889शापुर-माणावदर 15.86 15.12.1910माणावदर-बाटवा 03.45 25.12.1910बाटवा-सराडिया 07.00 15.05.1915जूनागढ-बिलखा 13.64 20.05.1912बिलखा-विसावदर 12.92 15.02.1913वेरावल-तालाला 14.70 02.04.1918तालाला-जांबुर 04.86 17.03.1920जांबुर-प्राची रोड 07.64 13.11.1928विसावदर-धारी 19.49 15.12.1932प्राची रोड-जामवाला 07.05 18.04.1932जामवाला-देलवाडा 24.22 10.01.1935
Nov 15 2019 (01:39) ECoR To Complete 2 Railway Line Electrification By Year-End (
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Nov 15 2019 (01:52)
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Nov 15 2019 (01:40)
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Nov 15 2019 (01:40)
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Bhubaneswar: The Railways is targetting to complete the electrification of the Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh and Naupada-Gunupur lines in Odisha by the end of 2019, an East Coast Railways (ECoR) official said here on Thursday.
The work in the 56-kilometre Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh branch line of the Vizianagaram-Titilagarh-Raipur route and 90-kilometre Naupada-Gunupur branch line of Howrah-Chennai route is being done on a war footing, he said.
While the electrification of the Lanjigarh Road- Junagarh line will cost Rs 62 crore, that of the Naupada- Gunupur line will cost Rs 105 crore, the official said.
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Electrification in the main line sections of the Sambalpur division — Jharsuguda-Sambalpur, Sambalpur-Angul, Sambalpur-Titilagarh, Titilagarh-Singapur Road and Titilagarh-Raipur — has been completed, he said.
The work at Belsonda-Komakhan-Khariar Road in Titilagarh-Raipur railway section will be completed by the end of November 2019, the official said.
He said electrification of the under-construction 289 kilometre Khurda Road-Balangir railway line project has been started and Rs 265 crore has been earmarked for it.

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Nov 18 2019 (08:56)
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His complaining attitude will never stop. Actually he is jealous of any development in Odisha

Nov 18 2019 (11:08)
Karnataka Express
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But in Karnataka more than 90% of the routes are getting electrified only because of Modi Government as Late Anant Kumar (EX MP B'lore South) was the close friend of Ex RM Suresh Prabhu he pressurized a lot and got sanctioned for electrification of all routes in Karnataka otherwise at present even SBC MYS section wouldn't have been electrified if we were depended on RB. Even KJM DLS is been upgraded to ELS because of PC Mohan who insisted to setup an ELS at Banaswadi but it will be at KJM and BAND will be a MEMU shed. And now if KLBG comes under SWR then 95% of thr requirements of Karnataka regarding rail infrastructure will be fulfilled. MoSR also pressurised officials to upgrade tracks in SBC UBL section and run trains at 130 kmph by 2022 after completion of doubling and electrification.

Nov 18 2019 (19:38)
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Nov 19 2019 (22:12)
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Now, not sure how much of electrification [%] is done in Karnataka. I havent seen Blore Miraj electrification tender

Nov 19 2019 (22:19)
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Between Ubl to Alnawar poles have been laid for almost entire stretch. Between Bgm to mrj for entire stretch poles have been laid leaving few kms inbetween. This work was done by PGCIL's contracts so tender was not released
Sep 07 2019 (11:56) तत्परता / चलती ट्रेन से बैग चोरी, हंगामा करने पर पुलिस खोज लाई (

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क्या ट्रेन रोेकने पर ही सामान वापस आएगा? उधना की घटना यात्रियों ने 5 बार रोकी ट्रेन
Dainik Bhaskar
सूरत. चलती ट्रेन किसी यात्री को अपना चोरी सामान वापस पाने के लिए ट्रेन को रोकना पड़ेगा, क्योंकि जब तक ऐसा नहीं करते आरपीएफ खोजबीन ही नहीं करती। शुक्रवार तड़के भी ऐसा ही हुआ। उधना के पास चलती ट्रेन में एक यात्री का बैग चोरी हो गया तो सैकड़ों यात्रियों ने पहले उधना उसके बाद सूरत में ट्रेन को चेन पुलिंग कर पांच बार रोका। उन्होंने कहा कि जब तक बैग वापस नहीं मिलता तब तक
ट्रेन को आगे नहीं बढ़ने देंगे। उसके बाद आरपीएफ ने एक घंटे में बैग को बरामद कर यात्री को दे दिया। 
एक घंटे में पुलिस बैग ले आईशुक्रवार तड़के करीब 3.30 बजे पुणे से वेरावल जा रही 11018 पुणे-वेरावल एक्सप्रेस के एस 9 स्लीपर कोच में एक यात्री का बैग उधना के पास चलती ट्रेन में ही बदमाशों ने चुरा लिया। इससे सैकड़ों यात्रियों ने हंगामा कर दिया और चोर को पकड़ने के लिए उधना के पास बीच रास्ते में ही चेन पुलिंग कर ट्रेन रोक दी। चोर अंधेरे का फायदा उठाकर भाग गया। उसके बाद ट्रेन जब सूरत स्टेशन पहुंची तो फिर से यात्रियों ने चेन पुलिंग कर दी। आरपीएफ और रेल अधिकारियों ने यात्रियों को समझाने की कोशिश की, लेकिन वे मानने को तैयार नहीं हुए और ट्रेन को रोके रखा। उसके बाद ने एक घंटे में आरपीएफ के जवान बैग को बरामद कर सूरत स्टेशन लेकर आए। संबंधित यात्री को उसका बैग लौटाया गया तो यात्रियों ने हंगामा करना बंद किया। फिर पुणे-वेरावल एक्सप्रेस को रवाना किया गया। उसके पीछे एक के बाद एक खड़ी 7 ट्रेनों को भी रवाना किया गया।
बैग से मोबाइल व 3000 रुपए गायब पुणे से जूनागढ़ जाने के लिए लगभग 100 यात्रियों का दल ट्रेन के एस 9 कोच में सवार था। उधना के पास जब ट्रेन पहुंची तो बैग चोरी हो गया। उसके बाद चेन पुलिंग कर पांच मिनट तक ट्रेन रोके रखी। आरपीएफ का कहना है कि जब ट्रेन वहां से चली तो आरपीएफ की नाइट पेट्रोलिंग टीम ने देखा कि दो अज्ञात लोग ट्रैक पर ट्रॉली बैग लेकर जा रहे हैं। उसके बाद टॉर्च लाइट से उनका पीछा किया तो दोनों बैग छोड़कर भाग निकले। बैग से 3000 रुपए और मोबाइल फ़ोन गायब था। पेट्रोलिंग टीम ने बैग अपने कब्जे में ले लिया। बैग यात्री वी मेहता का था। सूरत के रेल अधिकारियों को जब इसकी सूचना मिली तो उन्होंने बैग सूरत स्टेशन मंगाया।
यात्री ने चलती ट्रेन में दर्ज कराई एफआईआरयात्री वी मेहता ने कहा कि उनका बैग तो मिल गया, लेकिन मोबाइल और 3000 रुपए गायब थे। हालांकि बैग में जरूरी कागजात थे, जो मिल गए। मोबाइल व नकदी की चोरी हुई थी, इसलिए ट्रेन में दो जीआरपी और दो आपीएफ के जवान उसके साथ भरूच तक गए और चलती ट्रेन में बयान लेकर मामला दर्ज कर लिया।
जैसे ट्रेन आगे बढ़ती चेन पुलिंग कर देते यात्रीपुणे-वेरावल एक्सप्रेस तड़के 3.50 बजे सूरत स्टेशन पहुंची। 3.55 बजे उसके रवाना होने का समय हुआ। जैसे ट्रेन चली वैसे कोच एस 9 में चेन पुलिंग कर दी गई। उसके बाद फिर सिग्नल हुआ तो फिर अलग-अलग समय पर तीन बार चेन पुलिंग की गई। बैग लौटाए जाने के बाद ही सुबह 4.55 बजे ट्रेन रवाना हो पाई।
पुणे-वेरावल के पीछे 50 मिनट तक रुकी रहीं 7 ट्रेनेंपुणे वेरावल ट्रेन को यात्रियों ने लगभग 1 घंटे तक सूरत स्टेशन पर रोके रखा। आरपीएफ ने यात्री का बैग लौटाया उसके बाद यात्री जाने को तैयार हुए। इस दौरान सूरत आने वाली कुल सात मेल ट्रेनें लगभग 50 मिनट एक के पीछे एक खड़ी रहीं। इनमें हमसफर एक्सप्रेस, बांद्रा-भुज, भुसावल पैसेंजर समेत कुल सात ट्रेनें देरी से चली।
हमने बैग ढूंढकर दिया तो यात्री हुए संतुष्टयात्रियों का ग्रुप था, जो पुणे-वेरावल एक्सप्रेस से जा रहा था। उनके एक सदस्य का बैग चलती ट्रेन में चोरी हो गया। इस बात को लेकर उन्होंने सूरत स्टेशन पर चेन पुलिंग कर हंगामा किया। उनका बैग हमने ट्रैक से ढूंढ कर वापस दे दिया। उसके बाद यात्री संतुष्ट हुए तो ट्रेन को रवाना किया गया। -ईश्वरसिंह यादव, प्रभारी आरपीएफ, सूरत 
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Nostalgia and human stories drive a photo project that chronicles what remains of India’s meter gauge train network.
Growing up in a house overlooking the Byculla railway yard in Mumbai, Nandakumar Narsimhan would watch red-coloured trains clang in every day. The seven-year-old had memorised the timetable of the outstation trains and knew their frequency, route and the time at which each arrived at the yard, after concluding their journey at the nearby Victoria Terminus.
He was fascinated that the trains could transport so many people to faraway destinations, places he knew only by
name. By the time he grew up and left for Singapore in 1999, there were no red trains trundling into the yard anymore. “Two years ago, I saw a video on YouTube that traced the journey of a metre gauge train from Patalpani to Kalakund Ghat in Madhya Pradesh. The line had been laid in 1876 by the Holkar dynasty that ruled Indore at the time.” As he saw the train from his childhood travel through scenic ghats and past waterfalls, he was intrigued. “I looked up the train on the internet and realised it covers one of the last remaining routes on the metre gauge train network,” says Narsimhan.
The 35-year-old photographer has since been working on a photo project chronicling what remains of India’s metre gauge train network. Taking a break from his work as a commercial photographer, Narsimhan visits India once every few months in pursuit of the trains. “Till the 1970s, the metre gauge trains formed over 50 per cent of the rail network in India. As broad gauge trains, with higher carrying capacity, rapidly replace them, only two per cent of the metre gauge network now remains,” says Narsimhan, who has been researching the subject since April 2016. The handful of routes still working are in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.
Initially, the project was driven by nostalgia. But Narasimhan was soon hooked by the stories of the people he met on the journeys. He recounts a meeting with a sadhu on the Mhow-Sanawad train that passes through the holy town of Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh. “Usually, passengers don’t accept food or water from a stranger. But I suppose the hermit had nothing to lose. He took a swig of water from my bottle and we got chatting. He allowed me to photograph him and when I asked him where I could find him if I returned, he said this train is his weekly address. He takes the same compartment of the 8 am train every Tuesday,” he says. Stories like these now dominate the narrative of the project, shot in black and white on film. These will later be handpainted using oil colours for an antiquated look.
The photographs focus on the integral role the metre gauge trains play in the lives of the people who travel on them. Like the children in Kalakund who take the train to school 25 km away in Mhow. Or a tea vendor who takes the 4.22 am train from Palia Kalan to Dudhwa, to set up a tea stall, and returns by the 7.27 pm train.
There are people who have witnessed the railway system transform, like the owner of a samosa stall in Kalakund, who has spent 80 years of his life working at the station. “He started selling tea at the age of five. Today, he is older than independent India and will fondly recount stealing coal from locomotives of yore, the two years he spent in Mumbai and the peanuts at Chowpatty that he thoroughly enjoyed,” says Narsimhan.
Some pictures capture the quaint villages and towns that remain untouched by technology. During his recent trip in November, Narsimhan discovered Kansiya Nes. On the Talala-Visavadar segment of the network in Gujarat, this little town sits in the middle of the Gir National Park. It is home to the Maldhari community members who take the train to either Talala or Junagadh station to purchase their provisions.
Most of these trains pass through remote villages and scenic routes. This, Narsimhan reasons, owes to the fact that metre gauge trains are able to navigate treacherous, steep and winding routes, which broad gauge trains cannot. Once a major junction on the North Eastern Railway between Lucknow Charbagh and Gonda, Dudhwa was where trains to Gouriphanta and Chandan Chowki on the border with Nepal would branch out from. “Today, it stands isolated with no mobile network and only a few trains passing through each day. The only phone line available is in the station master’s office and it can either dial the station after and before Dudhwa, or connect to the Lucknow railways headquarters,” says Narsimhan, who spent a few nights at the station.
He fears that most of these routes and stations will be closed down forever. The broad gauge trains won’t be able to ply the tricky routes and the number of passengers they carry won’t be significant enough to consider an alternative. “It makes practical sense for the railways to homogenise the entire network but the move will impact the lives and livelihood of the people who take these trains every day. A tea vendor who sets up his stall at Patalpani waterfall has already had to switch to the longer, cumbersome road route for his purchases at Mhow after the 9.05am train was cancelled,” he says.
The project is a work-in-progress and Narsimhan is undecided as to how he will publish it. For now, it is a race against time for the photographer as he hopes to finish it before either his funds run dry or the entire metre gauge network is closed down. “Patalpani and Kalakund were originally on a 292km line from Akola to Mhow and I took one of the last sleeper trains to ply on it. Since January, only 65km of it is now functional, from Mhow to Sanawad.”
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* In the late 19th century, Lord Mayo, then Viceroy of India, introduced the metre gauge. He picked the metre-width for the track gauge as a compromise between the narrow gauges of less than three feet and the broad gauge. This was to chiefly serve areas with less commuter traffic.
* The first line was built in 1870 and connected Delhi with Farukhnagar in present-day Haryana.
* The Kacheguda-Akola-Mhow-Indore-Ajmer route was built in the 1960s. Today, however, it runs only 65km of the stretch, from Mhow to Sanawad.
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