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The same category of citizens who had put their trust in me to rescue them from a force they could not comprehend have now come out of the woodwork to condemn me for practising a religion that is different from theirs I am not an Indian anymore at least in the eyes of the proponents of the Hindu Rashtra Is it coincidence or a well-thought-out plan that the systematic targeting of a small and peaceful community should begin only after the BJP government of Narendra Modi came to power last May “Ghar wapsi” the declaration of Christmas as “Good Governance Day” the attack on Christian churches and schools in Delhi all added to a sense of siege that now afflicts these peaceful people Christians have consistently punched above their weight — not as much as the tiny Parsi community but just as noticeably Education in particular has been their forte Many schools colleges related establishments that teach skills for jobs have been set up and run by Christians They are much in demand Even diehard Hindus have sought admission in such centres of learning and benefited from the commitment and sincerity of Christian teachers Incidentally no one seems to have been converted to Christianity though many many have imbibed Christian values and turned “pseudo-secularist” Hospitals nursing homes hospices for dying cancer patients needing palliative care — many of these are run by Christian religious orders or Christian laymen devoted to the service of humanity Should they desist from doing such humanitarian work for fear of being so admired and loved that a stray beneficiary converts of his or her own accord Should only Hindus be permitted to do work that could sway the sentiments of stricken people in need of human love and care The Indian army was headed by a Christian general the navy more than once and same with the air force The country’s defence forces have countless men and women in uniform who are Christians How can they be declared non-Indians by Parivar hotheads out to create a pure Hindu Rashtra It is tragic that these extremists have been emboldened beyond permissible limits by an atmosphere of hate and distrust The Christian population a mere 2 per cent of the total populace has been subjected to a series of well-directed body blows If these extremists later turn their attention to Muslims which seems to be their goal they will invite consequences that this writer dreads to imagine I was somewhat relieved when our prime minister finally spoke up at a Christian function in Delhi a few days ago But the outburst of Mohan Bhagwat against Mother Teresa an acknowledged saint — acknowledged by all communities and peoples — has put me back on the hit list Even more so because BJP leaders like Meenakshi Lekhi chose to justify their chief’s remarks What should I do What can I do to restore my confidence I was born in this country So were my ancestors some 5000 or more years ago If my DNA is tested it will not differ markedly from Bhagwat’s It will certainly be the same as the country’s defence minister’s as our ancestors arrived in Goa with the sage Parshuram at the same time Perhaps we share a common ancestor somewhere down the line It is an accident of history that my forefathers converted and his did not I do not and never shall know the circumstances that made it so What does reassure me in these twilight years though is that there are those of the predominant Hindu faith who still remember my small contribution to the welfare of the country of our birth During a recent trip to Rajgurunagar in the Khed taluka of Pune district to visit schools that my NGO The Bombay Mothers and Children Welfare Society had adopted I stopped at Lonavla for idli and tea A group of middle-aged Maharashtrians sitting on the next table recognised me and stopped to greet and talk A Brahmin couple returning from Kuwait (as I later learnt) also came up to inquire if I was who I was and then took a photograph with me It warmed the cockles of my heart that ordinary Hindus not known to me still thought well of me and would like to be friends 25 years after my retirement when I could not directly serve them It makes me hope that ordinary Hindu men and women will not be swayed by an ideology that seeks to spread distrust and hate with consequences that must be avoided at all cost The writer a retired IPS officerwas Mumbai police commissionerDGP Gujarat and DGP Punjaband is a former Indian ambassador to Romania [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sonalde Desai | Published: March 11 2013 2:57 am Related News Setting up women-only banks overlooks the reasons for their exclusion The women-only bank mentioned in the finance ministers budget speech is like flowers and chocolates a sweet thought but just as unsubstantial Financial exclusion of women is a real problem It deserves far greater effort than sops like a women-only bank Such a bank also runs counter to the logic of mainstreamingrather than ghettoisinggender issues It is assumed that a women-only bank will have a positive gender impact by ensuring financial inclusion for women and increasing their incomes through better access to credit While both are important goalsit is necessary to examine whether the policy instrument being offered can ensure the desired outcome The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) of 2005carried out by the National Council of Applied Economic Research and the University of Marylandfound that 60 per cent of households had no bank accountbut the financial exclusion of women was even greater More than 80 per cent of them went without bank accounts This exclusion is even more pronounced in rural India barely 13 per cent of women in rural areas have bank accountscompared to 28 per cent in urban areas These findings would urge the case for financial inclusionbut the setting up of separate banks for women seems to overlook the reasons for exclusion A complex set of institutionalcultural and psychological factors intersect in the financial exclusion of women They may find it harder to provide proof of residence and identitysince homes and utility bills are often in the name of the male head of the household; IHDS data shows that only 15 per cent of women have their names on ownership or rental papers of the household The lack of independent income may make it difficult for women to meet minimum deposit requirements; only 19 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 59 earn any cash income Cultural restrictions on physical movement may reduce womens ability to get to bank branches; just 34 per cent of women are able to go alone to a local health centre Thusensuring financial inclusion for women requires a different way of doing business than our traditional banking system Howeverit is not clear that a separatewomen-runwomen-focused bank is going to be sufficient to address this vast challenge The IHDS documents that rural women who live within five kilometres of a bank branch are 50 per cent more likely to have a bank account than those who live farther away Proximity to banking services matters far more to women than to men A new nationwide bank may be less effective than enhancing the existing banking services to ensure ease of access Some interesting experiments are already in place These may provide models for expanding access The Bank of Barodafor examplehas set up a large number of low-costnano-brancheseach with only two staff members in a 100-200 square feet spaceusually located within the panchayat office An Aadhar-enabled payment system managed by business correspondents is another possible innovation to ensure doorstep delivery of banking services A focus on incorporating women within the existing public and private banking systems can harness vast energies in them A brand new women-only bank may not have these resources to tap Compare the market valuation of the State Bank of Indiaat Rs 147000 croreand the promised Rs 1000-crore investment for the women-only bank The difference in scale is evident Given the importance of setting up close-to-home bankingthis size difference also translates into a vast difference in potential effectiveness Womens exclusion from the formal banking system also results in their being kept out of formal credit marketsparticularly since they often need relatively small loans A women-only bank wouldby definitionincrease their access to credit but it may well focus on loans that are smaller than those offered by other public sector banks This may increase the costs of loan servicingbut that is a relatively minor issue It is the effectiveness of this credit that deserves greater scrutiny Research by the economist Abhijit Banerjee and his colleagues at the MIT Poverty Action Lab in Hyderabad shows that microcredit by itself has virtually no impact on povertyhealtheducation and other welfare outcomes Howeverit does result in the expansion of business investments and may have beneficial impacts on income in the long term Unfortunatelywomen entrepreneurs have needs that go far beyond credit Success stories in womens bankinglike the Grameen Bank and BRAC in Bangladesh and the Sewa Bank in Indiasupplement credit programmes with mentoringtraining and social mobilisation Any banking service that emphasises microcredit but does not include social mobilisation is not particularly effectiveparticularly for women The cost of servicing small loanscombined with the need for social mobilisationthrows up challenges An evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the Grameen Bank in 2003 noted that operating costs for the bank were subsidised by the amount of $20 per person per year of membership and formed 22 per cent of the borrowing per year covered mostly through grants from donors Thuswe need to be prepared for the high cost of a system that offers a variety of servicesof which normal banking and credit facilities are just a small part Such a bank will need to have its operating costs subsidised on a routine basis Unless the programming and financing of a nationwide women-only bank is geared to meet this challengeits ultimate utility remains doubtful A better option may be to focus on setting up special cells within large public sector bankswhere profits generated by other banking programmes may be used to cross-subsidise a women-focused credit programme as well as social mobilisation The writer is senior fellow at NCAER and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland Views are personal [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsJustin Timberlake announces ‘Man of the Woods’ tour to promote his latest record PTI Jan09 2018 12:31 05 IST Comment 0 Tweet Actor-singer Justin Timberlake has announced Man of the Woods tour to promote his new LP The 36-year-old star announced in a video that he will be embarking on a brand new tour Justin Timberlake File Image "The outdoors is the inspiration for a lot of these songs That’s the main idea The tour will be able to bring the outside in" Timberlake explained in the clip "How can we bring that to life I want people to see the inspiration for how it ended up sounding I’ve never seen that done before – bring the outside in" he added The Man of the Woods Tour #MOTWTour https://tco/oydnUMzBE8 pictwittercom/GGkWqW8rDa — Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 8 2018 The announcement comes days after the singer released the first single Filthy from his latest album According to People magazine the tour will kick off on 13 March in Toronto and will stop in 27 cities including Los Angeles Miami and New York City The trek ends in Timberlake’s hometown Memphis on 30 May Published Date: Jan 09 2018 12:31 PM | Updated Date: Jan 09 2018 12:31 PM tags: #Justin Timberlake #Man of the Woods also see Justin Timberlake’s fifth solo studio album Man of the Woods to release on 2 February Watch: Justin Timberlake turns into Steve Jobs in music video for new song ‘Filthy’ New Delhi: As many as 216 crore bogus rationcards have been detected and around Rs 13000 crore whichwould have otherwise been diverted would now be available forthe beneficiaries thegovernment said on Tuesday Minister of State for Consumer Affairs CR Chaudhary toldthe Lok Sabha that in 34 states and union territories about60 percent of the ration cards have been linked with Aadhaar During Question Hour he said that as many as 216 crorefake bogus or duplicate ration cards have been detected Around Rs 13000 crore which would have otherwise beendiverted would now go to the beneficiaries Representational image Reuters The government has completed digitisation of rationcards he said Responding to a query on concerns about adulteration ofmilk Chaudhary said it was "really a problem" and steps werebeing taken to deal with adulteration Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said thegovernment has already moved a Bill to amend the ConsumerProtection Act which is many decades old In a written reply Paswan said thegrant is given fromConsumer Welfare Fund (CWF) to the states and unionterritories for setting up thecorpus fund of Rs 10 crore towardsundertaking consumer awareness activities Centre provides 75 percent share of the corpus fund andthe rest is taken care of by the state In the case of specialcategory states/union territories the funding ratio is 90:10 "So far corpus fund has been set up in 11 states/unionterritories viz Gujarat Andhra Pradesh Odisha West Bengal? updates and results on IndianExpress. 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