Archive | December, 2014

Can’t Believe it! Sunny dated 100 men

Posted on 25 December 2014 by admin

As many as 100 men dined and wined with actress and adult star Sunny Leone as part of the grand finale of Mankind Pharma’s AdictionDeo Contest.

The brand launched its three-month online contest on the two variants of the deodorant – Greece and Brazil – proposing that 100 lucky winners would get a chance to dine, interact and know more about their favourite star.

The contest commenced on July 1 and lasted till Oct 8. In the scratch-and-win contest, the winners were chosen every day and the names were announced on the brand’s official Facebook page.

The grand finale took place at The Orchid hotel here Saturday.

During the event, Sunny signed autographs and posed for pictures with them. She said her association with Mankind Pharma’s Adiction Deo and Manforce condoms has been a gratifying two years.

She said she was “excited” about the contest and was looking forward to meeting these handsome, young and confident men who are go-getters.

“Being part of this exciting contest has been one lovely and memorable event in my life,” Sunny said in a statement.

Talking about the event, Rajeev Juneja, CEO, Mankind Pharma, said they received close to 10,000 entries for contest.

“We are delighted to offer a unique experience to the winners to have a date with the gorgeous and stunning Bollywood star, Sunny Leone. We are extremely excited to bring this power-packed entertainment

extravaganza to our customers.”

 

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Oh Really? Mallika has not got her due in Bollywood

Posted on 25 December 2014 by admin

Director K.C. Bokadia is impressed with Mallika Sherawat’s work in his directorial venture “Dirty Politics” and feels that her talent has not been tapped properly in Bollywood.

He said: “I know her capacity and I can get better work from her, better than that in ‘Dirty Politics’. I have seen her capacity as an actor. She is an atom bomb.”

“It is just that she hasn’t got the deserved percentage in Bollywood,” he added.

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Karishma Kotak to star opposite Arjun Rampal in ‘Love Affair’

Posted on 25 December 2014 by admin

Karishma Kotak has been signed by Pooja Bhatt & Bhushan Kumar to play a key role in ‘Love Affair’ opposite Arjun Rampal.

‘Love Affair’,directed by Soni Razdan & written by Anvita Dutt is set in 1950′s Mumbai and the producers

are leaving no stone unturned to put together an exciting ensemble cast to ensure the film looks

unique.

Say Pooja Bhatt & Bhushan Kumar- Karisma plays a movie star from the 1950′s in ‘Love Affair’ and is perfectly suited for the role we have cast her in. She is paired opposite Arjun Rampal & we are certain they

will look great together.

‘Love affair’ stars Arjun Rampal,Kalki Koechlin & Gulshan Devaiah as the three main leads. The film also stars Akshay Anand ,Mayank Anand & Diandra Soares in key roles.

‘Love Affair’ goes on floor in March 2015 in a start to finish schedule. The rest of the cast is being finalized.

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Why I Can’t Remain Silent About What Jian Did to Me

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

By Reva Seth

Toronto

Yesterday I went into the CBC building and for the first time in the six years that I’ve been back inCanada, I didn’t feel the pang of stress at the thought of running into Jian. Or see the giant image of his smiling face looming above me.

I debated all week whether or not to write this for all the same reasons that most women don’t publicly or even privately share similar experiences: judgment, online trolls, the questioning of all your other choices, the accusation that it wasn’t that bad, that it was so long ago, and the fact that I don’t have the time and ultimately, is there any value in adding my voice or story in a public domain?

The reason I ultimately decided to share this is two-fold: The first is that it shows a pattern that has certainly escalated since I knew him.

Additionally, I feel that while it is exceedingly difficult to publicly put your name forward and open yourself up to all of the accompanying criticism, if you are in the position that you can do so without fearing the ramifications in terms of your family, marriage, personal or professional trauma, then you should do it. Having this conversation can help build a public understanding of the complexity around these issues.

I’ve been married for 11 years to an incredible man. We have three kids, and I know that I am very lucky to be at that place where this feels possible.

I also decided not to write about this experience abstractly, as I had initially planned. I care deeply about my three boys, who are two, five and eight, and making them understand when they are older that a woman shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of something a man does to her without her consent. I want them to understand that every woman they meet is someone’s daughter, mother or sister and they need to remember that. Always.

I first met Jian in the late spring of 2002. I was 26 and after two years with the firm, was just leaving a job as aBay Streetlawyer (ironically at what is now Dentons, the firm Jian has retained for his case). I was about to start a job atTorontoCity Hallas well as a Masters in Trade and Competition Law at Osgoode. I share this because one of the themes that his supporters seem to suggest is that the women now accusing him all wanted something professionally from him at the time or were somehow star-struck by him.

Not so with me.

When we met, Jian was hosting a show on CBC called “Play” that I’d never heard of before. I wasn’t overly into the music or arts scene and had been too young for the Canadian heyday of his band, Moxy Fruvous. My world at the time was far more about law and politics. The men I tended to date were also engaged on those fronts.

I met Jian at the old Loblaws on the Danforth on a weekend afternoon. We started talking in the water aisle. He was very funny and charming and invited me to come to a taping of the show (which I think was at the old Movenpick restaurant downtown). I never bothered to go to a taping, but I did agree to meet him a few days later for a week night dinner on the Danforth.

We met at the restaurant and it was fun. I remember he thought I was Persian (I’m South Asian) and I think we talked about immigrant parents, sex and shame, as well Love In The Time Of Cholera. After dinner I just walked myself home.

Over the course of the summer we hung out very occasionally. I went to a couple of parties with him and watched a movie at his house. It was all very low key. I was seeing other people and I’m pretty sure he was also. We never talked about anything related to BDSM and had only very casually fooled around — a bit of kissing.

The incident that changed everything was on a Sunday night. Oddly, I actually remember exactly what I was wearing and the purse I had with me. The evening started out fine. We had a drink, we smoked some pot and we hung out chatting. A while later we started kissing. Suddenly, it was like he became a different person. He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated.

I distinctly remember the jarring sense of suddenly being abruptly shaken out of my reverie. I remember thinking “what the fuck is going on here? What’s wrong with him?” Jian had his hands around my throat, had pulled down my pants and was aggressively and violently penetrating me with his fingers. When it was over, I got up and it was clear I was really angry. My sexual interactions until then had always been consensual, enjoyable and fun.

I remember he gave me some weird lines about how he couldn’t tell if I was actually attracted to him or not, and somehow this was meant to explain his behaviour. I called a cab and I left right away. In the car, I remember feeling sort of stunned, like I couldn’t wrap my head around what had just happened. He acted like it was all totally normal and came to the door to watch me go down the stairs and get into the cab.

So why didn’t I do anything?

This is the part that I think is so important to understand if we are ever going to change the context in which rape culture and violence against women is perpetuated. I didn’t do anything because it didn’t seem like there was anything to do.

I hadn’t been raped. I had no interest in seeing him again or engaging the police in my life. I just wanted to continue on with my life as it was. And even if I had wanted to do something, as a lawyer, I’m well aware that the scenario was just a “he said/she said” situation. I was aware that I, as a woman who had had a drink or two, shared a joint, had gone to his house willingly and had a sexual past, would be eviscerated. Cultural frameworks on this are powerful.

Equally important, however, was that it also didn’t feel like it was worth my effort. Most of my girlfriends had a story about an uncomfortable, sleazy, angry or even scary encounter with a guy. No one really did anything other than avoid them and tell their girlfriends to also stay away. And that’s what I did. I never intended to see him again. I felt fine. I was busy and I just put the night and him out of my mind. I ignored his calls and messages over the next few weeks.

It was maybe six or seven weeks later that I next saw him. My mom was in town to attend my call to bar the next day and she was staying with me. We were on our way out when the phone on my desk rang. Without thinking, I picked it up. It was Jian. I told him I couldn’t talk since I was going with my mom to get a bottle of wine for a dinner she was attending that night.

A short time later, Jian turned up at the LCBO on the Danforth. I remember being both annoyed, confused and creeped out at him for doing that.

I don’t remember much about what was said at the LCBO. We left the store fairly quickly. The next year I got married and moved to theU.K.It was only when I came back toTorontoin 2008 that I realized he was now a huge CBC star. We have never spoken directly since. He once reached out to me on Twitter with a “Hi” and I responded really neutrally, mentioning my three boys.

Last year while my husband was running for the Liberal nomination in Don Valley North, I ran into Jian at a Persian Community event. We were seated at adjacent head tables. His body language made it clear that he recognized me. He seemed angry. I avoided him and we left as soon as it was appropriate to do so.

This morning, I listened to Lucy DeCoutere on The Current sharing her remarkably similar experience and calling for women to not be afraid to tell their own stories and, if they can, share their names. After much thought, I decided to answer her call. I hope it helps in some way.

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Canadian household debt burden rises to record level

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

Canadians carried a record debt burden in the third quarter – but the load actually looks a little lighter than we previously thought.

StatisticsCanadasaid household total credit-market debt (mortgages, consumer credit and non-mortgage loans) rose to 162.6 per cent of disposable income in the quarter, as consumers’ continued borrowing for home purchases outweighed the tepid growth in their disposable incomes.

It’s the biggest debt-to-disposable-income figure on record forCanada– a result of a major downward revision to the previous records.

Last week, the Bank of Canada cautioned that “high consumer debt loads and imbalances in the housing market” are makingCanada’s financial system more vulnerable, and “remain a concern.” The housing market remains stubbornly strong, despite prices that, by the central bank’s new estimates, are between 10 and 30 per cent overvalued.

Total credit market debt rose 1.5 per cent to $1.81-trillion in the latest quarter, a pace that exceeded that of disposable income, Statscan said. The bulk of the $27.4-billion in borrowing in the quarter was for mortgages.

But other measures of consumers’ capacity for debt looked more encouraging. The debt-service ratio – defined as interest paid on mortgage and non-mortgage debt as a percentage of disposable income, an indicator of buyers’ ability to make their payments – dipped to a record low of 6.8 per cent in the third quarter, reflecting low interest rates. The ratio of credit market debt to household net worth rose slightly to 21.8 per cent from 21.7 per cent, but remained near six-year lows, as the strong housing market has boosted the value of household assets.

Household net worth rose 1.3 per cent in the third quarter to a record $8.3-trillion, but the growth pace slowed from 2.2 per cent in the second quarter. On a per-capita basis, household net worth rose to a record $232,200.

Craig Wright, chief economist at Royal Bank ofCanada, noted that household debt accumulation has already cooled considerably in the past few years, from double-digit growth in the pre-recession years to 13-year lows of just over 4 per cent today. Meanwhile, an improving labour market should temper the debt risk and lift the income side of the debt-to-income ratio.

“We’re still elevated, [but] I think we’ll see more moderate debt growth, moving in line with income,” he said.

But other economists worry that the recent sharp drop in oil prices could elevate the risks surrounding household debt, as it poses a threat both to the country’s total incomes and to the health of some of the country’s more bloated regional housing markets.

“The recent collapse in oil prices is likely to have an adverse effect onCanada’s growth over the next year, and particularly on incomes in oil-producing regions,” said Toronto-Dominion Bank economist Leslie Preston.

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RATHIKA SITSABAIESAN READY TO DEFEAT CONSERVATIVES IN 2015

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

 The NDP continued building toward 2015 this evening with the nomination of Rathika Sitsabaiesan as the candidate for Scarborough North at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

“Rathika has a formidable combination of strength, conviction, and integrity,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “The people of Scarborough North have already seen her focus her talents toward building a more fair, equal and just society. That commitment is what will continue making her a great addition to our team and an exceptional representative for the people of her riding.”

First elected in 2011, Sitsabaiesan has already helped over 700 constituents through immigration casework and recently introduced a motion in the House of Commons to eliminate child poverty.

“Coming from an immigrant background, I recognize the importance of giving more opportunities to the next generation,” said Sitsabaiesan. “That’s why I introduced a motion to eliminate child poverty inCanada. I want to continue fighting forScarboroughon this issue.”

Sitsabaiesan pledged to fix our immigration system by making family reunification a priority. She also pointed to the fact that in addition to the 103 New Democrats elected in the 2011 election, 106 NDP candidates came second to the elected Conservatives and she’s ready to defeat Stephen Harper.

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CANADIANS LOOK FOR SOME HOPE & AMBITION

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

The Hon Ralph Goodale

Ottawa

Since his campaign promise in 2011 to benefit primarily wealthier Canadians through an Income Splitting scheme “just as soon as the federal budget is balanced”, Stephen Harper has focused all of his economic attention in that one direction.

 The push for Income Splitting has trumped every other policy possibility. For example, important services for veterans have been sacrificed, including the timely treatment of mental health issues. Public safety is another field that’s been shortchanged – in rail, marine and air safety, search-and-rescue, emergency preparedness, environmental protection and food inspection. The list goes on.

 $10-billion in community infrastructure investments got postponed. Defence department procurements have been delayed. Federal assets like community pastures across the prairies and the historic tree farm at Indian Head, Sk., have been unceremoniously dumped. Forensic labs, immigration offices, trade services, National Parks – they’ve all been hit. And employment insurance payroll taxes were inflated and are now frozen at artificially high levels.

 What was all this for? To position Mr. Harper to claim a surplus so he could impose Income Splitting. As the late Jim Flaherty warned, it’s a costly scheme at $2-billion every year, and it’s unfair because 85% of Canadian households won’t gain a cent. And it does absolutely nothing to stimulate more growth or better employment.

 That isCanada’s biggest economic challenge – a growth rate that is far too mediocre, compounded by a federal government that is far too complacent and unambitious.

 In a thoughtful essay published just yesterday,Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, noted our economy is just “muddling along” and he made a number of crucial observations:

 *  “…the Canadian economy is not firing on all cylinders and we are failing to address major long-term issues…”

 *  “…median after-tax incomes for all families (or real GDP per capita) has been virtually flat since 2007…”

 *  “…Why are we taking resources out of federal labour market training at a time of weak employment…”

 *  “…faster growth is going to require higher investment rates and sustainable public finances…”

 *  “…The austerity approach set out in the 2012 federal budget will succeed in generating a balanced budget, but at a cost: slower growth and degraded public services like support for veterans…”

 Our country can and should aim so much higher than Mr. Harper’s mediocrity. He holds us back.

 Instead of Income Splitting, Canadians would be further ahead with a vigorous plan for investments in community infrastructure and housing; post-secondary learning and skills; research and innovation; smart, clean sustainable energy and resource development; a diversified, more value-added economy; and aggressive global branding and marketing to rebuild a consistent trade surplus forCanada.

 These are some of the elements of a better growth agenda – with hope, ambition and hard work, we can regain our economic momentum and rebuild that legitimate expectation of progress among Canadians, from one generation to the next.

 

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Naval Bajaj gets stamp of approval from Kenney for , Brampton East Conservative nomination candidacy

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

Naval Bajaj announced his Conservative party candidature for the nomination for Brampton East

 The key highlight of his announcement was the presence of Hon. Jason Kenney Minister for Social and Economic Development and Multiculturism.

 Mr. Bajaj is a very active member in community ofBramptonand the immediate past President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce. He mentioned his association with various organizations such as ICCAD, RANA, GTBA , Rajasthan Foundation, Jaipur Foot, Panorama and his successful role as the immediate past president of Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce whereby he was instrumental in acquiring an office space amongst the heart of the city. He has played keyed role in promotingBramptonglobally. He promised to be equally dedicated and tenacious for winning the conservative nomination for Brampton East. He was also one of the proud recipients for the top immigrant award for 2014. He said “I have found public services incredibly satisfying and would love to continue doing so and wants to make a difference in the lives of people by solving their problems.”

 Mr. Kenney who was present there also encouraged and supported Mr. Bajaj for his decision to be the conservative party candidate for the nomination for the member of Parliament from Brampton East.

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CAN PAKISTAN CHANGE FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICIES?

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

  Pakistanwill be dealing with a changed regional security situation in 2015 becauseUnited Statesand NATO troops will be out ofAfghanistanby the end of December.

  This increases the responsibility ofPakistan’s security forces for dealing with the possible fallout of the internal strife inAfghanistan. WillPakistanbe helpful toAfghanistanto cope with the threat of the Afghan Taliban or look for some allies among the competing Afghan groups ifAfghanistan’s internal security situation deteriorates?

  The security and diplomatic developments since mid-2014 show thatPakistanis revising its strategy for countering terrorism and it wants to avail of the new diplomatic opportunities. If these trends stay effective over the next six months,Pakistan’s security and diplomatic profile will undergo a significant change.

   There are four major features of Pakistan’s current security and diplomatic profile: a forceful security operation in North Waziristan by the Army; the targeting of all kinds of Taliban groups and their allies, including non-Pakistanis based in the tribal areas; efforts to expand the diplomatic interaction at the global level without prejudice to the existing diplomatic ties; and a stalemate in Pakistan-India relations.

  It was by early 2014 that the Army authorities came to the conclusion that Pakistani Taliban and their allies as well as non-Pakistani militants based in the tribal areas had to be knocked out of their safe-haven. However, the hesitancy on the part of civilian government delayed the initiation of the military operation in the tribal areas.

  It was in mid-June 2014 that the Army authorities decided on their own to go ahead for a full-fledged military action inNorth Waziristan. Later some operations were conducted in other tribal agencies. The civilian government was left with no option but to support it.

  The military operation that involved the Army, the Air Force and the paramilitary forces has been a success to the extent that it has dislodged Pakistani Taliban and their allies from their safe-havens inNorth Waziristan, destroyed their weapons storage, bomb manufacturing arrangements and training centres. This has drastically weakened the capacity of Pakistani Taliban and their affiliates to strike back with force.

   The current military operation inNorth Waziristanand the adjacent tribal agencies is targeting all kinds of Pakistani and non-Pakistani militant groups.Pakistan’s Army Chief and the military’s official spokespersons have repeatedly maintained that the on-going security operation is being conducted against all groups in a non-discriminatory manner. The empirical evidence available so far shows that all Pakistani, Afghan and activists from other countries have been equally targeted. The Haqqani group and other Afghan or Pakistani Taliban that focused only onAfghanistanhave also been dislodged fromNorth Waziristan.

  The security operation in the tribal areas has enabled the Pakistan Military (especially the Army) to rehabilitate its reputation as a professional force at the international level. This has negated the widely shared perception at the global level that the Army top command was selective in taking tough action against militant groups because it was said to be cultivating some of them.

  It seems that the Pakistani Taliban and their affiliates overplayed their hand by resorting to violence not only against civilians but also targeted all the major state institutions, including three services.

The military leadership came to the conclusion that Pakistani Taliban and other militant elements will have to be challenged ifPakistanis to function as a coherent state capable of asserting its primacy.

  The non-discriminatory military operation strengthenedPakistan’s diplomatic position at the global level.Pakistan’s traditional allies like theU.S.,China,Great Britainand the European states realized that the military has the capacity to deal effectively with the militants that employ violence to pursue their religious-political agendas. Therefore they began to look towards thePakistanmilitary as integral to promoting peace and stability inAfghanistan. TheU.S.has now been seeking the cooperation of thePakistanmilitary for helpingAfghanistan’s new government to cope with the challenge of the Afghan Taliban.

   The attitude of the new Afghan government under President Ashraf Ghani towardsPakistanshows a friendly and conciliatory disposition towardsPakistan. TheU.S.andAfghanistannow seekPakistan’s cooperation for meeting the challenge of the Afghan Taliban.Afghanistanand theU.S.also wantPakistanto encourage the Afghan Taliban leadership or some of their leaders to engage in a dialogue for political accommodation with theKabulgovernment.Pakistanis expected to extend such a cooperation.

  Pakistanis seeking the cooperation of theU.S.andAfghanistanfor a firm punitive action against the leadership of Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan currently based inAfghanistan. It also seeks to build military to military cooperation withAfghanistanfor strengthening border control on the Pakistan-Afghan border and increased professional and training interaction between the two militaries. The indications are that 2015 will witness increased Pakistan-Afghanistan cooperation for countering terrorism and joint efforts to promote peace and stability.

  Another diplomatic gain is the increased prospect of cooperation betweenPakistanandRussia. In NovemberRussiaandPakistansigned a framework agreement for cooperation in a host of fields, including defence and security and counter-terrorism.Pakistanmust avail of the latest Russian offer to expand the scope of its diplomacy.Russiais expected to supply military helicopters and some other security equipment to strengthenPakistan’s capacity for countering terrorism.

 MeanwhilePakistan’s relations have stalemated with the new Indian government led by Narendra Modi because of its emphasis on ultra-nationalism with strong imprint of hard line Hindu vision ofIndia’s strident role.

 One major implication of such mindset is tough posture towardsPakistanin order to show withinIndiathatIndiacan wield its power to pressurePakistan. Therefore, there are little chances of normal working interaction withIndia.

 Pakistanshould therefore freeze its relations withIndiaat the current level and wait for subsiding of the Modi government’s ultra-nationalism. InsteadPakistanshould expand its relations withRussiaand other countries to strengthen its diplomatic clout to counterIndia’s belligerent diplomacy.

 Pakistan should seize the opportunity in 2015 to strengthen the new trends in its policies regarding countering terrorism and expanding the scope of diplomacy.

It is expected to gain respectability and negate anti-propaganda at the global level by sustaining its new counter-terrorism strategy of taking a determined action against all militant groups in a non-discriminatory manner. This will strengthen peace inPakistanand increase its diplomatic impact at the global level.

 

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Indian Hindu groups banned from holding Christmas conversions

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have said they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.

Mohit Agarwal, senior police official inAligarhtown where the ceremony is planned, said “strict action” would be taken against the organisers.

Conversions are legal if they do not involve force, fraud or inducement.

Last week, more than 50 Muslim families were reportedly converted to Hinduism against their will in the town ofAgra.

Those who were converted were poor rag-pickers from a slum and many of them told the BBC they had been promised food ration cards if they attended the ceremony. They also said they had no idea they were going to be converted to Hinduism.

The Hindu groups denied the charges, saying the conversions had been voluntary.

The issue caused outrage in parliament, with opposition MPs accusing hardline Hindus of underminingIndia’s unity and secular nature.

Critics say Hindu hardline groups are flexing their muscles under the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Recently, a row broke out after government minister Niranjan Jyoti used an abusive term to refer to non-Hindus, by asking people at a public rally to choose between Ramzada (children of the Hindu God Ram) and Haramzada (bastards).

Mr Modi said he disapproved of her language but refused to sack her.

On Friday a BJP MP apologised in parliament after praising the killer of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi as a “patriot”.

Strict warning

Aligarhhas a substantial Muslim population and police said they would not give permission for any religious conversion ceremony to be held there as it could create a law and order problem.

“No event will be allowed on 25 December, whether it is conversion or anything similar to it,” deputy inspector general of police in Aligarh Mohit Agarwal told reporters on Sunday.

Police have issued an order banning “assembly of four or more people” on the day and “strict action will be taken against any cadres of any party found involved in conversions”, he added.

The Hindu hardline group Bajrang Dal has threatened to hold street protests if they are not allowed to go ahead with the ceremony and BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has said he plans to attend it.

Correspondents say religious conversions have been a topic of passionate debate inIndiafor many years.

Hindu groups have often accused Christian missionaries and Muslims of converting poor, low-caste Dalits – formerly untouchables – and tribespeople with promises of a better life.

In the past few years, Hindu hardline groups have started organising reconversion rituals they call “ghar vapasi” – which means “returning home”.

Critics say the conversions – and re-conversions – in most cases allegedly involve force, fraud or inducement.

 

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