Betting and Gambling is one of the age-old games being played in India. Originally started for entertainment Gambling has radically evolved into a full-time money earning business over the years. However, in India the Casino Gambling is being run without any strict actions in key cosmopolitan cities and even in 2nd, 3rd tier towns and villages.
What the Law Says?
“The Public Gambling Act of 1867 is a central law that prohibits running or being in charge of a public gaming house. The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of ₹200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months. Additionally, this Act prohibits visiting gambling houses. A fine of ₹100 or imprisonment of up to one month is the penalty.”
This light-hearted law is only a hogwash. Politically backed and moderated by local goons, business houses run highly systematic casino gambling in casino clubs, online casino gambling websites and even casino game apps.
Lottery is again another multi-crore gambling business that is run by several state governments while being officially banned in other states of India. Not sure, why Lottery it is legal and illegal in various states. The people who spend money in buying Lottery are mostly illiterates, daily labors and lower middle-class citizens. The idea of Winning Lottery and becoming rich shackles their belief system in rightfully sweating hardwork and earning steady income by undertaking regularized jobs.
Kerala state Lotteries run by Government of Kerala is a popular and profitable lottery business engine. From a humble INR 20 Lakhs revenue in 1967, during the financial year 2013- 2014, The department reported a profit of Rs 788.42 crore.
In India Tamilnadu State has banned all forms of Lottery business in the year of 2003 being sold within or from outside the state.
Don’t read it wrong. It is not fighting with the Dogs. It is a barbaric blood sport being organized in remote villages and secret undergrounds in metro cities where two Voracious Dog Breeds are allowed to fight each other, tear flesh, break bones until they are pronounced dead. In India, Dog fights are often staged in barns, outdoor pits, garages, basements, warehouses, abandoned buildings, back alleys, neighborhood playgrounds, or even in the streets. Local Officials are being “Handled” to not act or report these games.
Animal Welfare Organizations such as PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India are not able to report or act against or entirely ban these blood sport as these events are being organized and followed by a loyal fan base using posters, local adverts and SMS or WhatsApp groups for their sickening amusement.
Though it is legally banned in India, Indian states such as Punjab, Haryana, Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Delhi one can regularly come across Dog Fighting events.
Sports Gambling Betting
What’s sickening is while most of our generation teens and youngsters are already lacking physical fitness and start catching up lifestyle diseases, politically backed corporate companies are launching disguised Sports Betting schemes, online betting games and betting mobile apps in a loosely-framed legal system.
Sports Gambling and Betting is highly detrimental for a healthy ecosystem, business economics and following crimes.
In India, several times Sports Betting incidents have been reported, caught red-handed and punishments have been levied. In the promise of earning money or satisfying instant income gratification, these quick rich schemes loot masses of people in a jiff. FICCI reported that the market for underground or illegal sports betting has been pegged at over ₹300,000 crore. A report by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), illegal betting and gambling revenue market in India is valued at $150 billion. Experts say that nearly 80 per cent of this is being contributed by cricket.
Kites are an amazing form of scientific experiment where we learnt to fly kites sky high for mere entertainment. Over the period this too got corrupted by the introduction of variations, skills demonstration, racing and now uncontrollable criminal activities that follow such kite flying events.
Kite Running, Kite Flying Race, Kite Fighting and there are several other deadly variations in India. Flying Kites and getting into serious racing lead people into several dangers like injuries, bleeding, accidents, fights and even murders. Every year in India several people are reportedly killed by Manja, the glass powder coated kite flying. Kite flying also poses threat to low flying planes and copters.
There is blanket ban for this deadly motivated kite flying that poses deadly risks and disrupts normal lives. Kite Flying is banned in several cities though being practiced in most parts of the country because of the lack of regular authorities.
Once known as motherland to several thousand rare animal species that other countries in the world were envious of. But thanks to the enlightenment behind the animal trafficking business and bloody entertainment affairs, people are lured into developing a flair for Animal Hunting. Many rare animal species are now in the danger of becoming extinct due to the volume of animal hunting activities.
Popular animal species that are being hunted are deers, tigers, elephants, rhinos, snakes, crocodiles, peacocks and several other birds. These animals are mostly hunted dead or alive for their peculiar features in their skin, horns, feathers, meat or just for entertainment.
Cocks are by nature aggressive. But that is mainly for establishing territories, claiming mating rights and for displaying genetic dominance among the bird community. This natural past time of watching cocks fight has become a blood sport now. Today Cockfighting is an illegal sport banned in several states of India.
Cock Fighting was originated in the Southern India and spread across the entire Indian sub-continent. The sport has become banned once people started tying 3 to 4 inches blades to legs of the birds and allowed them to fight, poke each other until they die or retract from fighting.
Exclusively for Cockfighting, special fighting cock breeds are bred, grown and trained to create bloody entertainment for the onlookers.
Banned Video Games
Who could have guessed that even video games would create havoc in the society. Several video games released over the years have been banned and shut down by the Government.
Several video games like Manhunt Series, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, Dragon Age inquisition, Overwatch, Smite, Pokemon Go were reported and found to be spreading violence, sexual orientation, disrupts religious beliefs and create public havoc.
BlueWhale is another game that jolted the World by inducing players to kill themselves. Without adequate regularization laws and acts video games create quick damage before their aftermath is realized and controlled.
Bullfight and Jallikattu
Bullfight is a form of animal fighting between two strong bulls in certain parts of the country. Sair fair is the traditional bull fight. In India the bull fight event is organized at Arki in Solan, Himachal Pradesh and certain other parts of the country.
Jallikattu has been practiced in India for Thousands of years and is a part of the culture to demonstrate courage. This practice of Jallikattu is unharmful for the bulls and promotes breeding of native cow breeds which is a backbone for the agricultural ecosystem in India. Often being misunderstood and politically played out, in 2014 the sport Jallikattu was outlawed by the Supreme Court following objections from animal rights activists who say it is cruel. But later in 2017 January after the protests by people of Tamilnadu, the ruling was withheld.
Bikes and Car racing is another deadly sport in India. Following the popularization of F1 Car racing and sports bike racing events in the western world, India too picked up the lead and started running racing events across many states. With a strong purchasing power, teens and youths are buying, importing high performance vehicles for their personal gratification and indulge in life threatening racing events in an unorganized manner. Several paining accidents have been reported and hundreds of people die due to these street racing events on bikes or cars.
Let us be vigilant enough in spreading awareness among youth and the overall society about the harm these banned games present.
Each year we come across few breaking news in India, which often seems to be an annual phenomena. Even in 2018 these topics apparently sound afresh. Here are some of biggest breaking news events we keep coming across every year. Strangely the interest for these topics has always increased year over year.
Himalayan level corruption and scandals
Year after year, corrupt business men or politicians or even scandalous civilians have continued surprised us by upping their scandal game. Due to lack of adequate consumer rights protection and lack of severe punishments being executed by the legal system, corruptions are exceeding their magnitude. From the Mundhra Scandal to Bofors Scandal, Harshad Mehta’s securities scam, Kargil Coffin Scam, Stamp Paper Scam, National Herald Land Scam to the present Rafale Fighter Plane Scandal, no ruling party has exempted itself from scams so far. Read about the Biggest Scandals that were reported just in this Narendra Modi led BJP Government.
India Pakistan Border Shoot out
The India Pakistan Border or locally called as International Border was formed in the year 1947, right after the independence. The border between India and Pakistan is a highly complex zone with a length of 2,900 Kilometers that runs in the midst of deserts, urban areas and fertile lands. The separation of Pakistan from British India has created a permanent rift between the two Nations. Illegal Border crossings, minor agitations or even simple media duels between the politicians of two nations create border shoot outs, bomb attacks or attempts of suicide bombings across the border. Thousands of Jawans and innocent people have been killed due to these border shoot outs so far. Hopefully in some point of time, we would like this particular news item not resurface again in the news.
Mysterious Deaths, Celebrity Suicides and Lost Forever
From actresses to politicians to civilians India witnessed a long list of people and celebrities who died either mysteriously or lost permanently without getting traced ever after. Actress Divya Bharathi, Actress Jiah Khan, Nafisa Joseph, Actress Sridevi, Actress Soundarya, Parveen Babi, Actor Sai Prashanth, Uday Kiran, Sunanda Pushkar the wife of Minister Shashi Tharoor and few others have been found dead due to suicide or mysterious circumstances.
Biased Justice for Rich and Poor
The pendency rate stands with 3.3 crore cases pending in Indian courts with many of them waiting for justice for more than 20 years. The Indian Justice System has got one of the greatest legal foundations to maintain peace in the civilian system. However after Independence the number of crimes and criminal cases has increased drastically year after the year. Often times referring to the way justice has been served differently to different part of the society, question arises whether the justice system has been fair and uniform to one and all. Take examples of Salman Khan’s 20 years of bail plea, Vijay Mallya extradition requests, Nirav Modi escape across Indian borders and others when compared to the instant punishments of a common man who couldn’t pay a mere 1 lakh rupees loan.
Rich Poor Divide
In 2017, the richest 1% of 1.3 Billion Indians own 73% of the Nation’s wealth while the wealth of the poorest half of Indians some 67 crore rose by only one per cent. This fact will be able to paint the picture in your mind. Each year the Indian Economy and GDP Growth % has been impressive. Naturally this should mean the collective growth of the economy and the people inclusive of the economy were supposed to have grown. This has not been the case in India. The wealth of Indian billionaires has been increased by Rs 4,891 billion – from Rs 15,778 billion to over Rs 20,676 billion. That amount of Rs 4,891 billion was sufficient enough to finance 85 per cent of the budget on health and education in all Indian states. But these are just mere knowledge that may not be put into good use.
India’s nuclear mission programme was initially conceived for generating nuclear energy to supplement and reinforce their energy requirements. But over the years nuclear missions have been largely perceived by countries as the main stream of protection to keep themselves safe from nations. India too followed the lead and started building a systematic phased nuclear missions to improve its’ stature in the world arena. India built nuclear power reactors, nuclear missiles and weapons to strengthen the national security. Thought it is said India has at least 110 nuclear weapons, India maintains a “no-First use” nuclear policy.
India is the 6th largest economy in the World by nominal GDP and 3rd largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Indian GDP Growth rate stands at 8.2% year on year in the 2nd quarter of 2018. GDP Annual growth rate in India averaged 6.16%. The Indian economy grew 8.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, above 7.7 percent in the previous three months and beating market expectations of 7.6 percent. It is the strongest growth rate since the first quarter of 2016, boosted by household spending, financial, real estate and manufacturing activities across its states. Read about the Top 10 Indian States by their contribution to India GDP. Multiple income opportunities for middle class people and regulations free cross-border trade have boosted Indian economy to a greater extent. This by all means, Indian economy is in a fast growth track. Let us only not give up the hope that good times will come to average Indian families.
In the field of beauty and fashion, Indian Nation has marked its presence in the field of beauty and fashion in the World. So far three out of the Big Four international beauty pageants India has won nine victories. India has won two Miss Universe Crowns , Six Miss World Crowns and One Miss Earth Crowns so far. Starting with Reita Faria, Sushmita Sen Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey have won several laurels. Later Lara Datta, Priyanka Chopra, and Dia Mirza won international beauty pageants. After them Nicole Faria and Manushi Chhillar won international beauty pageant events. Their titles meant a lot to boost the Indian brand in fashion world.
Petrol, Diesel and Fuel Price Hike
It is a very touchy subject in India. From middle class families to large scale traders Indians are now used to rely on personal vehicles and commercial vehicles for transportation. For household use of LPG, Petrol for personal light motor vehicles and Diesel for Heavy motor vehicles the Indian economy relies on fuels a lot. Indians pay a lot of taxes on using Fuels too. Hence a few paise increase every day, means a severe blow to Indian Citizens who consume several millions litres of Fuels. In 1988, the petrol fuel price stood at just INR 8.5. Today, the Petrol price stands at INR 86 rupees. This continued inflation of Fuel prices have increased the price of every-day needs such as grocery, vegetables, transportation and even Water. 80% of fuel for India have been bought from foreign countries. India should adopt more eco-friendly fuel alternatives within the country and regulating public, private transportation to curb rising fuel prices.
Cricket and Movie Blockbusters
Without doubt, Cricket from the Sports Industry and Movie Industry have got their reputation upped over the years after independence. Today Indian Movie Industry has become one of the Indian Identities. In Sports world, Cricket and India are almost Unanimous. Having won multiple World Cups in the Cricket Sport, India has got the biggest fan base for the sport. Indian Films are released Worldwide and have won few Oscar Awards and received international accolades. Celebrities from Cricket and Movies have become faces of India in several Industries across the World. Read the Top ten movie industries of India.
I may have missed covering some other sensational breaking news items. I look forward to recall them in your comments below.
No previous Government in India is exempted from any severe allegations on conducting immoral business practices, scams, scandals and creating rifts in the social-economic layers of our country. Narendra Modi let BJP Government is no exception as well. Below are just the Top ten scandals that are being discussed by Media and public. We will leave it to Time to judge the parties, business men and corrupt officials and take action appropriately.
Rafale Controversy (2018)
The Rafale Deal Controversy is a political controversy in India related to the purchase of 36 multirole fighter aircraft Rafale from France’s Dassault Aviation. This controversy discusses a multi-year scandal that has been going on for several years even before BJP took the power in hand. The controversy began when questions were raised on why indigenous state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was not chosen to build these flights when Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigns about Make in India. Also, the fact that Reliance brother Ambani has partnered with the Dassault Aviation. Following the accusations made by Congress Party, BJP took an U-Turn and accused back Congress Rulers whose negotiations with the alleged French Aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation. Dassault Aviation has however denied these accusations. Time will uncover the truth.
Bank Loan Scam – Year -2104 -2108
Rs 77,000 cr Bank loan fraud took place under Modi Government. This is something as common public, we all can understand and relate to as the amount of bank frauds, loan scams torrent on a daily basis in partnership with politicians and influential business magnets. Based on an RTI Plea, it has come out to light that to a tune of Rs. 77,000 Crore worth of Bank Loan Frauds has been reported ever since the Narendra Modi Government took the reign. The RBI response and data only shows that the bank loan and scams have been increased disproportionately under Modi Government. The cases of Nirav Modi and Mekul Choksi are few examples of how influential business people are protected against legal action.
Vijay Mallya Escape Year – 2016
Vijay Mallya was involved Bank loan fraud of INR 9000 and wanted by Govt of India, but he escaped from India to London under Modi’s Government. It has been SIX years since the Bank Loan scandals by Vijay Mallya have been brought out to daylight. But even now he seems to be roaming freely across the Globe without having to go through any legal action. It is indeed surprising how injustice and inequality plays well in the ever-increasing rich poor divide in India.
Nirav Modi Escape 2018
Diamond Merchant Nirav Modi was involved Bank loan fraud of INR 13000 and wanted by Govt of India, but he escaped from India to London under Modi’s government. With so many properties, jewelleries, bank accounts with crores of money, This influential merchant again has followed the lead of Vijay Mallya and simply waved his hands to the legal institutions of India. Though his properties and bank accounts in India have been seized by the Government that amounts just to (Rs.674 Crore) 5% of his overall scam contribution (INR 13000 Crores). The government has been trying to seek help from foreign institutions to seize his overseas properties and to bring back to India.
Adani power scam – 2014
INR 50,000-crore scam engineered by a subsidiary of the Adani Enterprises and shell companies by over-invoicing imported power plant equipment that resulted in inflated electricity tariffs. This inquiry was initiated by the Congress Party way back in 2013 to expose BJP Government’s beneficiaries. However the Narendra Modi let BJP Government has been taking it slowly and this investigation will not seem to reach a conclusive stage.
Chikki Scam 2016
The scam is about awarding of chikki contracts worth Rs206 crore for school children without following proper procedures. These accusations are about the Devendra Fadnavis Government, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Till date the accusations have gone diluted and no strong actions have been taken against the state government.
Dal Scam 2015
A staggering Rs. 250000 lakh crore by Adani and company is quoted as the reason behind skyrocketing dal prices in India massively. Hoarding Pulse Stocks in Foreign Ports and creating artificial demand in India to skyrocket pulse prices is the chief technique played out in this modus operandi. Imagine the devastating effect for farmers, consumers, poor and middle class families across India. Also importing locally available pulses from Mozambique in bulk for utter cheap prices and selling locally in exorbitant prices is detrimental to Indian Economy.
Zubin Irani Land Scam 2017
Purchase of an alleged ‘school playground’ in Kuchwahi, over 500 km from Bhopal. Zubin Irani is the husband of Union Minister Smriti Irani. The land was said to be donated to the Government by an affluent local villager several years back. Until now, the land had been used by the School as a Playground by the school. Now that it has been purchased, strong fences have been laid out in a warfoot basis that started blocking the passage for students and local people to reach the school itself. Lot of fraudulent document forgeries have been taken place in this scam. People outcry have attracted no legal action against wealthy politicians.
SSC Scam 2018
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Question has been the institution that is given the responsibility of fulfilling government positions for several state and central government departments across the country. The fact that SSC Question Papers getting leaked has become a regular incident raised the question of what kind of scam is going behind this racket. Cancelling exams quoting unrelatable reasons by the SSC, lakhs of aspiring students and candidates have started protesting to normalize the operations of the recruitment board exams. Social Media brought to light many examples of how question papers have been leaked for cash and though media companies have blown it up, till date no severe mandates have been taken on this matter.
E-tender Scam – 2018
BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is under scanner for the 3,000-crore e-tenders for its rural water supply in March 2018. Apparently this is a technical scam where they have manipulated the e-tender platform to favor their blessed private companies against public. Though cases have been admitted, the technical vendors behind maintaining the tendering platform have been blamed and as usual Netas have been well protected behind this multi-crore scandal.
There are several more scandals that are being unearthed as usual every day in an average Indian life. Only time has to change where the legal system need to execute criminal punishments instead of inquiring for several years.
The 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games has officially begun. This is also the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games that is hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6 to October 18 2018.
This grand educational and sport event will feature 32 different sports and 241 sub-events. Almost 206 Countries send their contingents to participate in this prestigious Summer Youth Olympic Games.
Indian Olympic Association in association with Department of Sports and Ministry of Youth Affairs is sending 46 Athletes and 19 Coaches and Officials. Indian Team participates in at least 13 Sports Categories such as Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Sport climbing, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling.
Let’s wish the Indian Summer Youth Olympic Games Athletes all the very best to win laurels for India and themselves.
DAY 1 Schedule: Team India Contingent at Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018
Below is the official schedule for Day 1. The timings are mentioned in Indian Standard Time (IST).
5.30pm: 10m Air Rifle Men Qualification: IND Shahu Tushar
6.30pm: Women’s -44kg Elimination Round of 16 : IND Tababi vs BHU Wangmo
7.08pm: Men’s 100m Backstroke Heats : IND Srihari Nataraj
8.15pm: Men’s Preliminary Round Pool B : IND vs BAN
10.30pm: Women’s Preliminary Round Pool A : IND vs AUT
8.25pm: Women’s Singles Group F : IND Vaishnavi vs ESP Andreu
10.00 pm: Men’s Singles Group F : IND Sen vs EGY Mostafa
9.30pm: Men’s Singles Preliminary Stage Group E : IND Manav vs LTU Stankevicius
10.15pm: Women’s Singles Preliminary Stage Group F : IND Archana vs SGP Goi Rui
12.40am: Junior Men’s Pair Round 1 : IND
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Why should I start it so pessimistically? The great land of Indian Nation is still fertile and can yield to billions of people with its unlimited natural resources. For this very reason the nation has been attacked, invaded, looted and now being ransacked by multi-national companies with support of our very own people.
This practice of adulteration may have never existed 40 to 60 years ago in India. People started picked up greediness for better profits, lesser expenses, minimal wages, stashing away money for unnatural spending habits. Before we realize we are now in the midst of a greatly banged-up, messed-up, adulterated food and nutrition supply chain.
Here are the Top ten adulterated foods in India.
What is considered as the purest food of all from ancient days is fast becoming the slow poison for all of us. In India Milk is a major constituent of our regular diet three times a day. Without Milk or it’s bye-products like curd, butter, cheese, paneer, our Children, kids, adults or even elderly people can’t really survive. Milk offers a steady balance of nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Would you believe if 70% of all the milk sold and consumed are adulterated and contaminated?
This is a fact from a recent country wide survey. Who is to blame? Whether the Farmers, Traders, Milk bottling plant manufacturers or the careless Government institutions? Definitely not the poor Cows or Buffaloes!
Main Milk Adulterant Agents – Detergents, Melamine, water, chalk, urea, caustic soda and skimmed milk
Next adulterated food item on our list is the Bee Honey. Bees teach us about the hard work. But Man can be super greedy in simply grabbing all the bees’ hardwork in few minutes and yet worse, adulterating the purest output of those poor honey bee colonies.
Let’s be careful in identifying pure honey from adulterated honey using several tests and ensure its quality before consuming ourselves or feeding it to children.
Adulterants – water, table sugar, sweetening agents, high fructose corn syrup
This is a favorite topic when it comes to food adulteration in India. Adulterated spices in India affect all economic classes of people in India. Originally implemented by Traders who did it for gaining extra revenue, Adulteration in Spices is now epidemic even among the farmers community. Adulteration happens across the entire food chain from farming to production to storing to packaging.
Consuming adulterated spices will lead us to short-term and long-term ailments like nausea, vomiting, ulcer, cancer, blurred vision, infertility etc.
- Turmeric powder – “Metanil Yellow’ dye, corn flour, saw dust, lead chromate
- Pepper – Papaya Seeds
- Chilli powder – Brick Powder
- Asafoetida – Soap Stone
- Saffron – Maize Cob
- Cinnamon – Cassia Bark
- Mustard Seed – Argemone Seed
- Many more…
What we refer to Ice Creams in general are all not truly Ice Creams. True. Trust me! In a tropical country like India, Ice Creams have become one of the favorite foods and part of their everyday routine. In India, Amul ice cream brand is most famous and widely consumed Ice cream which owns whole manufacturer to retailer line of business. There are many other Ice Cream vendors sell something in the name of Ice Creams.
They sell technically frozen food items that are typically contaminated with the following adulterants – pepperonil, ethylacetate,butraldehyde, emil acetate, nitrate, washing powder etc.
Food grains and flour
Staple foods like Rice and Wheat are the major food crops in India. Rice and Wheat are consumed in various formats. The powdered rice and wheat is usually adulterated with starch. Rice is being adulterated with small ‘grains of stones’ to increase the overall weight per quintal by unscrupulous retailers. Rice, Wheat, Maize, Jawar, Barley, Channa etc. are being contaminated with Dust, pebble, Stone, Straw,weed seeds, damaged grain, weevilled grain, insects, hair and excreta of rodents.
Indians consume Coffee and Tea as refreshment beverages during several occasions a day. Coffee seeds are mixed with so many other adulterants before it comes as strongly flavored packing.
Coffee Adulterants include husks, sticks, corn, cocoa seed, barley, wheat middling, chicory, brown sugar, maltodextrins, glucose syrups, soybean, triticale and acai seeds.
Fast food culture has introduced us modern Chinese, continental dishes and snacks. Tomato Sauces go well with fried rice, samosa, chat items, sausages and Manchurian dishes.
Adulterants of Tomato Sauces include Pumpkin pulp’, ‘sugar’, ‘non-edible colours and flavours that are highly carcinogenic.
Tea is the most preferred refreshment beverage in Indian families. There are people who simply can’t begin and end their days without having a cup of strong tea. Some like tea with milk, some like it without milk, with lemon, without sugar etc. Drinking actual tea leaves does bring lot of excitement and energy to souls to lead tasks. Due to climatic conditions, poor economic wages, greed, lack of government regulations, consumer rights and profit motive, Tea is also getting adulterated.
Tea Adulterants are Bismark Brown, Potassium Blue, Turmeric, Indigo, Plumbago etc. to impart some favourite color or glossiness. Prussian Blue is a toxic substance that is used to color tea.
Mustard Seeds are adulterated with Argemone Seeds and Papaya seeds to add volume and weight. Consuming edible oils from such adulterated oil crops will lead to diseases like glaucoma. Often we hear reports of using petroleum bye-products in edible oils can help us imagine the level of adulteration in this highly priced and much needed food product.
Sugar is derived from Sugarcane, palm trees, coconut trees for getting us sweetening agents. Without sugar or sweetener agents, we couldn’t have tried and tasted many interesting food recipes.
Adulteration in sugar leads to kidney failure, weakening of bones, abnormal weight gain, food poison, cancer and other diseases.
Adulterants in Sugar include Chalk powder, Washing soda, White sand, Plastic, crystals, Urea, White/ Yellow color, Insects, Rawa/ Suji, Stones, Metanil yellow,
Bacterial and fungal contamination.
Let us be very careful in procuring and consuming food products and save our health.
When you think of Tamilnadu, many unique facts and pictures may paint your mind. Here are top 10 unique things about the Tamil People, very often called as Madrasis.
Favorite Idli Sambar
First thing when you land on Tamilnadu’s airport or the Railway station, your ideal breakfast could be their favorite Idli Sambar or Dosa with Sambar. This is also perhaps the most eaten food in this region.
- Idly: Well grinded flour rice and urad dhal is fermented overnight, then steamed as round ice cakes, AKA Idlis. Even Doctors prescribe Idli as the healthiest food to rely on.
- Dosa: Grinded rice flour is fermented for a night to gain maximum natural nutrients, laid on Tavas in a circular motion, shallow baked with rich Ghee or oil and flavors like aloo masala, podi, chillies, onions, rava are added as preferred.
- Sambar: Sambar or Dhal is the best companion for Idli and Dosa. When Idlis and dosas are served with sambar and coconut chutney, that defines a typical South Indian breakfast or dinner.
Flavorful Filter Coffee
No breakfast, lunch or dinner is considered complete, if it is not followed with a freshly brewed Filter Coffee. Three states of South India i.e., Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka grow Coffee plantations and export across the world. Madrasis are fans of strong Coffee, often prepared with cow milk and sugar. Some like having Tea as well.
Arts, Music and Bharathanatiyam
South India is often considered as a pioneer for rich, divine arts and culture. Tamilians are known for their interest and knowledge when it comes to Arts, music and Dance. Eminent personalities and legends in Arts, Music and Dance have been born from Tamilnadu. Theirs is perhaps one of the oldest and strongest culture in India. Till date, they spread the greatness of their culture across the world and even help others learn them as well.
Dhotis, Sarees and Dhavanis
Their traditional dress for men is Dhoti’s, a lengthy white cloth worn in the waist. For Women, it’s the World Famous Sarees. Sarees do come in 1000s of varieties. The famous Kanchivaram Silk Sarees is their outcome. Brides across the nation admire the silk woven Sarees for their wedding occasion. For girls, it is “Dhavani”, often called as “Half-Sarees”. It is indeed a beauty to watch their traditional clothing on weddings, family gathering and religious festivals.
Hindi is a Foreign Language
The one state in the entire Indian Nation that still don’t speak Hindi is Tamilnadu. It is actually a myth that Madrasis don’t speak Hindi. Many do learn to read, write and speak in Hindi. It is just that a greater fraction of Tamilnadu people, especially from interior and rural Tamilnadu still haven’t learnt to speak the common language, Hindi.
1 in Education
Some may question about the status Number 1. When it comes to literacy, Tamilnadu is not certainly the number 1 state. But in general, Madrasi’s are indeed highly educated. They are intelligent people who pursue education to greater depths in respective field and climb greater heights.
Fans of Rajinikanth
This is certainly a myth that all Madrasis are fans of the actor Rajinikanth. Madrasis are huge fans of movies. They have made many successful actors as politicians and even their chief ministers. Rajinikanth is the super star of Tamil Cinema world. Recently Rajinikanth has announced that he is starting a political party and wishes to serve the state. Let us wait and see if Rajinikanth’s campaign into politics is a successful one or not.
Rice Meals on Banana Leaf
It is a great experience to even watch the festive meals of Madrasis. A long banana leaf is widespread and an array of food types like boiled rice, ghee, sambhar, vegetables, pickles, rasam, curd milk, payasam, banana fruit are served in a scientific manner. One who finishes the meals often chew beetle leaves to ease their digestion.
Eating with Hand
Madrasis are often portrayed in movies as people who eat their meals using hands. It is indeed a fact that they do that and food tastes good when eaten with hand. It is also an art to eat food with bare hands and in a fashion that it doesn’t paint a bad picture in front of other people.
The Harvest Festival and Sweet Pongal
The harvest festival is being celebrated across several states in India. But the Pongal Festival celebrated in Tamilnadu is something special. It is a festival that celebrates the hardwork of farmers, the cattle and the entire agricultural ecosystem. Tamilians prepare a special dish called Sweet Pongal, made of freshly harvested rice, jiggery, ghee, milk and cashews. It is a divine food when taken after puja to the Sun God and the Cattle that helps in agriculture.