French Open Highlights, Day 10: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to move into the semis

Order of play for Day 11:

Veronika Kudermetova vs Daria Kasatkina

Iga Swiatek vs Jessica Pegula

Andrey Rublev vs Marin Cilic

Casper Ruud vs Holger Rune

Djokovic dethroned as World No 1

With the loss, Djokovic will not be World No 1 come 13 June and drop to World No 3. If Zverev wins the title, he will be the new top-ranked player. If Zverev doesn’t, Medvedev will be the new World No 1

Nadal in the on-court interview: “It was a very tough match. Djokovic is one of the toughest players. To win against Novak is to play your best from start to end. I’m super happy so thank you very much!”

? @RafaelNadal ?#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/xY7bD2EuSo

— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros)

May 31, 2022

Nadal now 110-3 at Roland Garros

Nadal beats Djokovic in 4 hours 12 minutes to bring their head-to-head to 30-29.

Nadal at #RolandGarros: 110-3pic.twitter.com/BS6n0daeLU#RolandGarros Live: https://t.co/ZfsY1w4aN4

— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports)

May 31, 2022

Game, set, match Rafael Nadal!

Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to move into the 2022 French Open semi-final where he will face Alexander Zverev. Djokovic saving three match points but unable to make it four.

Tiebreak

Nadal is taking Djokovic apart. Takes the early minibreak and now has the match on his racquet. Djokovic has the court at his mercy but Nadal stands, waits and the ball comes at him. Plays it for a winner and takes a 3-0 lead

Djokovic sends his forehand long as Nadal continues to fight, continues to defend. The Spaniard 4-1 up now

Djokovic with a missed backhand and Nadal is cruising to the win. 5-1 now for Rafa

Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal (* denotes next server)

Both players go through their serves with relative ease. And we’re headed for the tiebreak. Nadal hasn’t won a tiebreak vs Djokovic since 2018.

From 2006-2012: Djokovic 2-7 Nadal

From 2013-2022: Djokovic 7-2 Nadal

Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 5-4 *Nadal (* denotes next server)

Both players raising their level as the fourth set nears conclusion. Djokovic and Nadal both hitting the ball and connecting perfectly. Djokovic now serving for the fourth set. Nadal makes it 0-15 with a drop shot. Djokovic brings it to 15-15 with a 191kmph ace, his fifth of the match. Nadal makes it 15-30 with a perfectly placed backhand winner down the line. Yet another handy serve, 189kmph, down the T and it is put away for a forehand winner. Another serve down the T brings up set point. Djokovic nets his backhand and that’s a chance gone begging. On deuce, Djokovic with a well placed serve and then went behind Nadal to set up the point and bring up a second set point. And this one is saved as well. Djokovic comes up to the net but the approach isn’t good enough and Rafa sends a winner past the Serb. Nadal runs up and finishes the point off with a forehand winner. Break point. Saved! Djokovic with a very brave drop shot and then a two-handed drive volley winner. Djokovic looks to find the sideline with the backhand but sees the ball go wide. Second break point. BREAK! Nadal slaps a forehand winner on a short ball by Djokovic’s backhand.

This could make a difference in the end considering it does look like we’re going the distance

Interesting insight from Rui Machado, the Portuguese Davis Cup captain who’s commentating & just heard Nadal saying he’s only have one left. Most likely to be talking about his racquets. Wondering if he (almost unprecedently) changed his tension considering tonight’s conditions.

— Gaspar Ribeiro Lan?a (@gasparlanca)

May 31, 2022

Djokovic* 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 4-2 Nadal (* denotes next server)

Nadal (?@eurosport) pic.twitter.com/7MvB8yD6gw

— doublefault28 (@doublefault28)

May 31, 2022

French Open Live Score Update, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: Rafa through to the semis

Nearing 12.30 AM. Based on how things are going, we’re going to be here for at least an hour. The players are going to have to do press, cool downs and dinner after this. No way are they getting in bed before 5 AM

Impressive scheduling of the Rafa Novak epic. 845pm start time for a best of 5 set match involving two of the three greatest players ever to pick up a racket ? Oh tennis stop doing it to yourself ?

— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray)

May 31, 2022

Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 3-0 *Nadal (* denotes next server)

Djokovic holds to love. Dispatches a short serve return for a volley winner and he’s off to a 3-0 lead. Looks like we’re going the distance!

Djokovic* 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 2-0 Nadal (* denotes next server)

Djokovic puts Nadal under pressure with deep groundstrokes and has a break point opportunity. Nadal pushed side to side and then goes for a gorgeous, surprise drop shot that no one saw coming. But on deeper look, it is wide. BREAK!

Djokovic really upset after net had his shot sit up nicely for Nadal to get into the point

(?@eurosport) pic.twitter.com/ixOm9gSrgt

— doublefault28 (@doublefault28)

May 31, 2022

Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 *Nadal (* denotes next server)

SET 1: Djokovic serves first, broken

SET 2: Djokovic serves first, broken

SET 3: Djokovic serves first, broken

SET 4: Djokovic serves first, holds

Nadal in command

Nadal when leading 2-1 in sets at Roland Garros: 20-0.

Only twice has he gone to five in those situations — vs. Djokovic in 2013 (9-7 in the 5th, the famous net touch) and…two days ago vs. Auger-Aliassime.

— Ravi Ubha (@raviubha)

May 31, 2022

Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-2

Nadal takes the third set 6-2 in 40 minutes and is two sets to one in this quarter-final. Djokovic with a wild forehand that goes well wide and the 13-time champion has turned things around from an errant end to the second set

Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 1-4 *Nadal (* denotes next server)

Double break now Rafael Nadal! This set going very much like the first except the rally length has reduced. Djokovic has all to do now. Meanwhile, Nadal gets newly strung racquets out as the temperature starts to drop and the conditions become cooler. Looser tension in those strings to help there is good amount of zip on the shots

Djokovic* 2-6, 6-4, 1-3 Nadal (* denotes next server)

Nadal comes through another lengthy game. Saves a break point and maintains his break advantage in the third set as Djokovic misses a drop shot down game point

Two hours and 40 minutes played in this evening match. It is 15 minutes to midnight in Paris.

If this goes five, Nadal/Djokovic may start after 9p…if they plau the usual 3:30-hour match at it’s 1a. Media, cool-down, and it’s a 4a bedtime…love the first @rolandgarros Sunday session. But the night session is a cash grab that materially disadvantages the best players….

— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim)

May 31, 2022

India in better place than many other nations, don’t see prospect of recession: CEA

As far as India is concerned, I do not see the prospect of recession as defined in the west, in the US, or even as understood in context of developing countries, the CEA said

Chief Economic Adviser V Anantha Nageswaran. ANI

Despite the sequential decline in Q4 growth, Chief Economic Adviser V Anantha Nageswaran on Tuesday said he does not see a prospect of recession in India in FY23, adding that India is in “better place than many other nations.”

“Recovery has been consolidated. Pre-pandemic levels of activity have been captured in several sectors. India is in a better place than many other nations and financial sector is in far better shape to support growth,” Nageswaran said.

“As far as India is concerned, I do not see the prospect of recession as defined in the west, in the US, or even as understood in context of developing countries… I do not see a recession for the Indian economy for 2022-23,” he added.

The CEA stated that the Central Government is “proactive in countering inflation pressures.”

“RBI raised repo rate. We have record foodgrain productions, states set up price stabilization funds, reduction of petrol-diesel prices, subsidy in cylinders, export duties imposed on steel and iron core,” he said.

“India isn’t an island with respect to inflation. It is global today. Germany which is most anti-inflation country is experiencing inflation at unprecedented levels. In UK, inflation is expected to be in double digits in 2nd half of year. India at 6 per cent is much better than others… Tightening happening in central banks in developed world, possibility of commodity prices going up further due to war situation may pose challenges. There are multiple ways that could lead to growing inflation, but again, it’d be harder for other countries than it is for India,” he added.

India’s GDP is estimated to have grown by 8.7 percent in FY22 after growth slid to 4.1 percent in January-March quarter (Q4FY22), data released on May 31 by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed.

Growth likely slowed down in the first quarter of the calendar year 2022 because of the hit to activity from the Omicron variant-led third COVID-19 wave and the Russia-Ukraine war.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Separated by parents, reunited by Kerala High Court: Love story of a lesbian couple

Fathima Noor and Adhila Nazrin fell in love while studying in Saudi Arabia. They continued their relationship despite stiff opposition from their families and even sought refuge at a shelter home. Then, their parents turned up

Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, the Kerala High Court, striking a blow for modernity and tolerance, reunited a lesbian couple who had been forcibly separated by their disapproving parents.

Let’s take a closer look at the court ruling, how they were separated, and the couple’s love story:

When did they meet?

Fathima Noor and Adhila Nazrin met while studying in Saudi Arabia and fell in love. When their parents found out, they lied that they would discontinue it. However, they continued with their relationship after returning to India.

They subsequently researched same sex or LGBTIQ community and collected contact details of various groups, organisations and people who could offer support.

What happened next?

Noor, a resident of Kozhikode, reached Aluva.

The women then took shelter in a home run by Vanaja Collective, which works for the welfare of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community.

However, both their families turned up at the collective.

As per Onmanorama, Noor’s family created a scene but Adhila’s parents reassured them that they would be taken care of.

The women then left with Adhila’s parents. However, things took a turn for the worse – they were subjected to emotional torture and blackmail and not even allowed to sleep at night, as per the report.

Noor’s mother, sister and some others known then turned up with a petition claiming she had been abducted and was being held against her will, Adhila claimed.

They asked Adhila’s father to hold her back and forcibly dragged Noor away.

Adhila then took to social media to detail her claims. She said even approached the Thamarassery police station with a complaint, but they took no action.

“The Thamarassery Police mocked us and even refused to let us file a complaint,” Adhila said, as per Onmanorama.

As per Onmanorama, Adhila was backed up by Gargi H, whose Facebook profile says she works for Vanjana collective.

“On May 27, when Vanaja Collective enquired with the Thamarassery Police Station, cops said nothing can be done for parents beating their children,” Gargi wrote on Facebook while posting audio clips of Adhila.

However, the police had claimed that it had intervened in the matter right from the start and that Noor had given in writing that she was leaving with her parents willingly.

The police had also claimed that it was ready to take whatever steps necessary to protect the rights of Nazrin who is presently staying away from her parents in a short-stay home.

The court ruling

The court ruled that the women – Noor and Adhila- could live together after Adhila moved a habeas corpus petition seeking directions to the police to produce Noor.

As per Live Law, the division bench of Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice C Jayachandran held the proceedings in camera with only the couple present.

Nazrin in her appearance told the court she wished to live with Noor, following which the court passed the order in their favour.

With inputs from agencies

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FY22: Centre lowers GDP growth estimate to 8.7% as growth slides to 4.1% in Q4

Growth likely slowed down in the first quarter of the calendar year 2022 because of the hit to activity from the Omicron variant-led third COVID-19 wave and the Russia-Ukraine war

Representational image. ANI

India’s GDP is estimated to have grown by 8.7 percent in FY22 after growth slid to 4.1 percent in January-March quarter (Q4FY22), data released on May 31 by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed.

Growth likely slowed down in the first quarter of the calendar year 2022 because of the hit to activity from the Omicron variant-led third COVID-19 wave and the Russia-Ukraine war.

The high growth figure is largely due to a favourable base effect, with the economy having contracted by 6.6 percent in FY21 because of the Coronavirus pandemic and intermittent lockdowns, which restricted economic activity.

If the GDP for FY22 is compared to that of FY20 – before the pandemic hit the economy – the growth rate is a mere 1.5 percent.

The statistics ministry’s latest growth estimate for FY22 is 20 basis points lower than its second advance estimate of 8.9 percent, announced in February.

Nominal GDP growth in FY22 was 19.5 percent.

At 8.7 percent, India’s real growth for FY22 is the highest in at least 17 years for which comparable data is available. However, at 4.1 percent, the growth for January-March is the lowest in four quarters.

The last time India’s quarterly growth was lower than 4.1 percent was in January-March 2021, when it had come in at 2.5 percent as the economy continued its emergence from a technical recession following the imposition of a nationwide lockdown in late March 2020.

A country is in a technical recession when its GDP contracts on a year-on-year basis for two consecutive quarters.

FY22 saw the manufacturing sector make a robust return, expanding 9.9 percent. However, as per the latest data for January-March, the sector contracted by 0.2 percent year-on-year, likely reflecting the hit to activity from the third wave and the fallout of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The agriculture sector, meanwhile, continued its steady growth, posting an expansion of 3.0 percent in FY22 and 4.1 percent in the last quarter.

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Karnataka: Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai announces construction of 18 lakh homes under PMAY

Karnataka chief minister said that the prime minister launched these initiatives so that the working class and farmers of the nation could also lead a life of dignity and self-respect

File image of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. ANI

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, during his interaction with the beneficiaries of centrally-sponsored welfare schemes on Tuesday announced the construction of about 18 lakh homes in the next three years under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

“The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana aims at ensuring a roof over the head for each family in the country, for which about 18 lakh homes would be built in Karnataka under the scheme in the next 3 years,” he said.

Bommai also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, and Ayushman Bharat Yojana for the welfare of the marginalised section and said that his big heart beats for the welfare of the last man in the social order.

He said that the prime minister launched these initiatives so that the working class and farmers of the nation could also lead a life of dignity and self-respect.

“In the last 8 years, he has worked tirelessly for the social and economic upliftment of the marginalised sections,” he added.

Stating that the funding for welfare programmes never reached the bottom segment, the chief minister added, “The welfare programmes should be formulated with a bottom to top approach. However, the funding should percolate from the top to bottom.”

He further said that the Modi has completely changed the welfare programme funding system through the Direct Benefit Transfer system.

“No prime minister in the past could show the political courage to supply tap water to each household. Modi not only announced the project but also ensured that all the states are involved in its implementation,” he added.

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Israel seizes 58 tonnes of watermelons smuggled from West Bank

Two trucks left from the same point in the West Bank and diverged prior to entering Israel

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Inspectors of Israel’s Agriculture Ministry have seized around 58 tonnes of watermelons which were smuggled from the Palestinian Authority into the country.

According to The Jerusalem Post, two trucks were detained at the Jordan Valley border crossing, located on Highway 90, and the az-Za’ayyem checkpoint near Jerusalem respectively after the ministry’s Central Unit for Enforcement and Investigations gathered intelligence.

The trucks left from the same point in the West Bank and diverged prior to entering Israel, the ministry stated.

The report added that during a check made by the inspectors, fake certificates were shown claiming the watermelons were grown in the Jordan Valley, where all agricultural products grown are regulated and approved for sale across Israel.

It further informed that the watermelons were intended to be sold at a large Israeli supermarket chain, according to an initial investigation of the truck drivers, who were detained. Further legal action will be initiated against the drivers.

After thorough inspection by relevant professionals, all 58 tonnes of watermelons will be exterminated.

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Is there a link between osteoarthritis and obesity? Here’s what expert says

Increased weight adds stress to weight-bearing joints, particularly hips and knees

Osteoarthritis of the knee. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

After a certain age, our bones start becoming weaker and more susceptible to other health issues. One of the most common bone health issues is osteoarthritis which affects millions of people all over the world. It is a condition in which the protective cartilage that cushions the end of the bones and joints, deteriorates over time. It most commonly affects the joints of hands, knees, hips, and spine causing chronic pain along with stiffness. Carrying extra body weight plays a direct role in triggering this progressive condition and increasing the risk factors.

Increased weight adds stress to weight-bearing joints, particularly hips and knees. It has been seen that due to obesity, the risk of osteoarthritis increases by four times and can even progress to other joints. The fat tissues are responsible for producing proteins that can cause harmful inflammation in and around the joints. This protein travels to different parts of the body causing joint destruction in the hands and knees. Obesity can cause a breakdown of the joint tissues more easily taking a toll on the daily activities of a person. Moreover, the progression of the disease becomes faster in obese patients and increases the chances of surgical intervention.

Obesity-related damage in Osteoarthritis is not limited to joints but are linked to other major health problems including cardiovascular ailments, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Exercise is among the best ways to prevent heart and blood sugar problems, but most people suffering from osteoarthritis struggle to get enough physical activity. The combination of inflammation, obesity and lack of exercise creates an endless cycle of weight gain, disability, depression, and poor health.

Ways to manage

Although it is impossible to evade the risk of osteoarthritis but managing a healthy weight can surely make a difference in reducing the risk factors. These include:

Weight management: Though it is difficult for obese people suffering from osteoarthritis to exercise due to persisting pain, one can always try to start with some form of physical activity like stretching or walking for at least 30 minutes. One can also take weight-loss therapies based on the doctor’s recommendation.
Diet management: Diet plays a crucial role in reducing weight in patients suffering from osteoarthritis. One must avoid inflammatory foods including sugar, fried foods, saturated fats, full-fat dairy, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and preservatives like MSG. It is recommended to add anti-inflammatory foods in the daily diet as it helps in relieving pain from osteoarthritis. These include fruits, vegetables, lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and whole grains.
Routine check-ups: Monitoring the progression of osteoarthritis is important. Apart from weight management and exercise, it is recommended to stick to the medication prescribed by your doctor to manage the pain. People suffering from this condition must timely visit their doctors to know about their condition. Depending on the progression of the disease, the doctors may suggest an alteration in medication and proper measures can be taken on time.

The author is a Consultant – Orthopedics, Manipal Hospital, Ghaziabad. Views are personal.

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UCC debate: Muslim clergy voted for Pakistan, remained in secular India, and are now seeking Islamic laws

India can’t be intimidated by those who recently assembled at Deoband and gave threatening messages on the Uniform Civil Code. We cannot allow such forces to drag the nation down

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind passed a resolution in an all-India meeting held in Deoband on 28-29 May 2022 expressing deep concern over the attempts to ‘deprive constitutional rights’ to Muslims and enforce a uniform civil code. The resolution is troubling for many reasons, including the threatening language used in it. There were many provocative speeches too. But, for the present, let us focus only on what was passed as the official resolution to avoid turning a national issue into a political debate.

First, I quote below the resolution as it is so there is no claim of selective copy paste. Highlights are mine:

“Matters covered under the Muslim personal law such as marriage, divorce, khula, inheritance, etc, are not framed by any society, individual or group, etc. Nor are they parts of culture and customs, etc. But they are essential parts of Islam like prayers, fasting and Hajj, etc., derived from the Holy Qur’an and hadiths. Therefore, any change in the rules or regulations sanctioned by Islam or preventing anyone from following them is against the basic principles of Islam and sheer interference in the provision guaranteed in Article 25 of the Constitution of India.

But the present government intends to abolish Muslim personal law by enacting a uniform civil code sidestepping the true spirit of the country’s Constitution.

This session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind warns the Government of India that Muslims of the country cannot accept any change in Muslim Personal Law. That is why when the Constitution of India came into force then under the fundamental rights, it was guaranteed in an unequivocal term that every citizen of the country has the fundamental right to practice and propagate a religion of his/her choice. Therefore, we demand that a clear ordinance be issued regarding the protection of Muslim personal law keeping in view the basic provisions of the Constitution of India.

If the government of India makes an attempt to enforce a uniform civil code, the Muslims of India and other sections of society will not tolerate this great injustice and will be compelled to take all possible steps within the constitutional framework.

On this occasion, we draw the attention of Indian Muslims to the fact that the door of undue interference in the Shariat only opens up when Muslims deny to abide by Shariat injunctions. If Muslims adhere to the Shariat in their practical life, then no power on this earth can prevent them from doing so. Therefore, all Muslims should firmly practice Shariat injunctions and not succumb to the pessimism and the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind appeals to Indian Muslims to remain steadfast in following Islamic law and not get disappointed and subdued.

Now let us analyse each paragraph to understand the mindset and how they try to deviate the debate with half-truths and fear mongering to keep the flock under their control and play upon their fears and emotions.

Matters covered under the Muslim personal law such as marriage, divorce, khula, inheritance, etc, are not framed by any society, individual or group, etc. But they are essential parts of Islam …derived from the Holy Qur’an and hadiths.

Contrary to their claim, except Holy Quran which is accepted by the Muslims as the sacred inviolable ‘revealed’ message from Allah to the Prophet, neither Hadiths nor Shariah (Shariat) are holy revelations. They were compiled and written much later after the death of the Prophet and revised and rewritten many a times. There are multiple versions of Hadith. Now Saudi Arabia, the custodian of Sunni Islam has called for re-examining the Hadiths. Similarly, Shariah has been modified in different Islamic countries many a times. (Source: The Missing Introspection –A Critique of Current Muslim approaches, The way Forward, Sultan Shahin) Thus, claim of Shariah and Hadiths being sacred and inviolable doesn’t stand the test of history.

But the present government intends to abolish Muslim personal law by enacting a uniform civil code sidestepping the true spirit of the country’s constitution. What is the true spirit of the Constitution? Are Directive Principles not part of the constitution?

Doesn’t UCC form the part of these Directive Principles that are unanimously accepted by the Constituent Assembly? Where was the spirit of the Constitution when the Shah Bano case was overturned with a constitutional amendment? If it is supreme then why these same groups oppose CAA which had nothing against the Muslim personal laws or against the Indian Muslim community itself?

If Parliament is supreme and has amended the Constitution more than 100 times, are amendments against this ‘spirit’ of the Constitution?

This session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind warns the Government of India that Muslims of the country cannot accept any change in Muslim Personal Law… Therefore, we demand that a clear ordinance be issued regarding the protection of Muslim personal law keeping in view the basic provisions of the Constitution of India.

I have serious issues with ‘warning’. How can a citizen group warn a government and by that logic the elected institution of Parliament? This shows utter contempt for democratic norms. There was nothing ‘unequivocal’ about Muslim personal law in any constitutional proceedings. Right to practice and propagate religion doesn’t include laws which are not essential as noted above. If it were so, forget Western democracies, Islamic countries too would not have outlawed many of the avowed personal laws including provisions of talaq, etc.

Again ‘demand’ is highly objectionable. When they are sure of the Constitution, why do they ‘demand’? If and when the Government of India and Parliament discuss UCC as laid out in the Constitution and pass a law, they can go to courts against the said laws, as they did in case of Triple Talaq and CAA.

If the Government of India makes an attempt to enforce a uniform civil code, the Muslims of India and other sections of society will not tolerate this great injustice…

How is a UCC an injustice to Muslims? For all we know, it may be unjust to Hindus. The Hindu Code Bill was supposedly a step towards UCC but leaders, afraid of losing their certificate being ‘secular’, forced it down the throats of Hindu community, without even once seeking its opinion or the opinions of Hindu scholars.

‘Will not tolerate’ language from the alleged top leaders at the national level is not a language of democracy. This is a dog whistle to the amenable flock to decide the fate of this country on the streets. Democracy runs on discussions and mutual acceptance of different points of view. All this when the content of the proposed UCC is not even known.

If Muslims adhere to the Shariat in their practical life, then no power on this earth can prevent them from doing so…. Therefore all Muslims should firmly practice Shariat injunctions … Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind appeals to not get disappointed and subdued.

This is an attempt to force non-confirming Muslims to return to the hard version of Shariah. If one were to compare Shariah of different Muslim societies, it may turn out that the Shariah advocated by the Indian maulvis is harsher than most of the Islamic countries. The word ‘not to be subdued’ is again a message that Shariah is above the Constitution and to defy the state and democracy.

In the 20th century, over 20 countries adopted Egypt’s decree of divorce, including Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Other countries like Malaysia, Brunei, UAE, Indonesia and Qatar have also rejected the concept of triple talaq. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/photos/muslim-countries-which-have-banned-triple-talaq/ss-BBB8yVy#image=12) Funnily, polygamy is valid only for Muslims in Pakistan, and so also in India. Why this discrimination against non-Muslims in an Islamic country and in a pronounced secular country?

Now, let me address a few points that arise out of this resolution. Those Muslims who felt that they should be living a life under Shariah voted for division of this nation and one-third land was handed over to them to live life as they wished. Those who did not leave were very clear that they would be living in a Hindu-dominated, democratic, non-theocratic country with equal rights to all communities but no privileges. The right to veto any political decision expired the day they chose to bathe the nation in blood to create Pakistan. Their veto won’t work. To be frank, Pakistan and Bangladesh are still open to them. They can’t have their cake and eat it too.

The Uniform Civil Code is already working fine in Goa. No Muslim has had any problem with it. And they are a sizeable number in Goa. It doesn’t interfere with their ‘essential religious practice to worship’. What part of personal law can be equated to civil laws, not practising of a religion.

What are the practices listed above in the resolution going to hurt the community? Right of easy divorce for men, but very difficult for women? Custom of ‘halala’ that is being misused and exploited by the local clergy and corrupt immoral families blatantly, as many news outlets tell us openly? Equal inheritance rights like other Indian women? How does not allowing adoption make a society or Islam better? Suppose UCC disallows multiple wives, how does it affect practice of their religion? It was a wartime necessity of a tribal society, but how does it benefit now, except a few? If Shariah has been modified in different Islamic countries, why is Indian Muslim clergy hidebound? Hindus too practised polygamy but they surrendered the right for the common good.

I keep talking about Islamic societies because they wish to be more Islamic than Islamic countries despite choosing a secular country, not a Shariah-compliant country (Pakistan) born out of their own wish.

UCC has not been framed yet. On what ground is it being challenged? Why shouldn’t a nation not discuss various ways to uplift the society, find ways to make every citizen’s life better? UCC is not a Muslim issue. It is also an issue that affects Christians in case of divorce and adoption and other communities too.

Why don’t religious leaders demand separate criminal laws, as per Shariah? Muslim clergy fears losing its hold over captive flock if their stranglehold with Shariah ends. That’s the crux. We cannot allow such organisations, who display anti-democratic mindset and wish the society to live as per 7th century norms set in a tribal desert society to set our national agenda. A society that remains static and refuses to evolve and reform becomes a relic of the past and loses dynamism. No one can clip the wings of a society that wishes to rise. We cannot allow such forces to drag the nation down.

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Explained: What is horse therapy that helps US veterans struggling with mental health?

To address the mental health issues faced by active military personnel and veterans, some organisations have started offering horse therapy or equine-assisted therapy. It involves the participants to engage in activities such as grooming, feeding, and leading a horse

In the small town of Jay Em, Wyoming, a program called Project Remount Corporation pairs veterans or first responders with wild mustangs, a variety of horses. Wyoming National Guard

Every 30 May is observed as Memorial Day in the United States, commemorating those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. While those who survived have remained among the worst victims of mental health issues.

According to the Fox News, more veterans have died by suicide since the 9/11 attacks than in combat.

The report cites research from Brown University and Boston University. It found that more than 30,000 American active military personnel and veterans involved in post-9/11 wars are estimated to have died by suicide – a figure at least four times greater than the 7,000 service members who were killed in combat during that time.

From 2006 to 2021, the US Department of Veterans Affairs found that mental health needs increased by about 98 per cent.

To address the mental health issues faced by active military personnel and veterans, some organisations have started offering horse therapy or equine-assisted therapy.

What is horse therapy and how it helps with mental health

According to Fox News, in the small town of Jay Em, Wyoming, there’s a program called Project Remount Corporation that pairs veterans or first responders with wild mustangs, a variety of horses.

Horse therapy involves a range of activities with horses to promote human physical and mental health. To use horses in the therapeutic process, people are encouraged to engage in activities such as grooming, feeding, and leading a horse while being supervised by a mental health professional.

Operation Remount was started by Kelly Alexander and his wife, Karen. Alexander is a veteran who served over 20 years in the Army and Army National Guard. The program stemmed from his own experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as multiple traumatic brain injuries.

According to the Wyoming Military Department’s website, Alexander came across a program in Texas called Veterans and Mustangs through the Mustang Heritage Foundation.

It was there that he found the tools needed to find the way back to his normal self.

He started Operation Remount with an aim to duplicate his experience and allow veterans who suffer from traumatic issues like PTSD to find their way back as he did.

The six-week program pairs the participant with a wild mustang. The horses also have experienced trauma when they are pulled away from their herds and placed in overcrowded pens and immunized.

The shared experience between a participant and a horse helps in the healing process. They work to build a trusting and bonding relationship through one on one training.

According to Fox News, Operation Remount allows the veterans to keep the wild horse for themselves after they complete the six-week course. The Alexanders hope to have eight vets and first responders on the ranch next year, and to continue to grow.

With inputs from agencies

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