Er… No Hindus? Twitter Calls Out Donald Trump On Diwali Post


Donald Trump’s Diwali tweet missed any reference to Hindus.

New York: 

US President Donald Trump’s tweets on Diwali, a week after the festival, caused a flap on Twitter with an omission that was widely called out. The first tweet described Diwali as a “holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains”, missing any reference to Hindus.

However, in another tweet, he wrote: “It was my great honour to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at the @WhiteHouse this afternoon. Very, very special people!”

Reports say the problem was that Donald Trump’s tweets, based on his prepared speech, were out of sequence and his first tweet was deleted and reposted.

His first tweet was from the second part of the Diwali speech. The second also didn’t mention Hindus. It took three tries.

The gap between the tweets, though miniscule, was enough to fire up Twitter.

One user, Jeff Young, tweeted: “Hey, whoever wrestled Trump’s phone away to post this: Pretty sure Hindus also have some interest in Diwali.”

Trump began his Diwali speech saying, “I’m thrilled to be here for the celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.” But he left Hindus out later while listing the communities that celebrate the festival.
He told the small gathering at the White House Diwali celebration that they were a “very impressive group”. “Now I know you are very important, very impressive”, Trump read out from his prepared text: “I am thrilled to be here for the celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and I am honoured to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House.”

Then veering off his text, he added, “Very, very special people.”

He interrupted the speech to talk about the wildfires that have killed more than 40 people in California.

The President then resumed his Diwali speech and continued: “We are gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains throughout the US and around the world.”





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US President Donald Trump At White House Diwali Celebrations


Ivanka Trump has great respect for India and the Indian people: Donald Trump at Diwali celebrations (AFP)

Washington: 

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is “grateful” for his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans and described India as “very good negotiators“. 

“The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi,” President Trump said before lighting the ceremonial Diya in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House. It is the second consecutive year that Donald Trump has celebrated the largest festival of India and Indian Americans in the White House.

Along with nearly two dozen top Indian American officials of his Administration, present in the room with President Trump was his daughter Ivanaka Trump. 

“Modi is my friend and now her (Ivanka) friend and has great respect for India and the Indian people that I can say,” said the US President as he introduced his daughter to the audience, who was present in the room. “Absolutely,” replied Ms Ivanka, who had visited India last year. She was the first top official of the Trump Administration to travel to India.

President Trump also invited the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, his wife Dr Avina Sarna, and his special assistant Pratik Mathur to be present during the White House Diwali celebrations, a rare.

“India is the world’s largest democracy and the relationship between our two countries connect as a bulwark for freedom, prosperity, and peace,” Donald Trump said.

Navtej Sarna in his brief remarks thanks the President for this great honour for India. “They feel very welcome here and so integrated with the American society,” he said. 

“I think, we are looking at one of the best times we ever had in India-US relationship,” Mr Sarna said, which was agreed by Donald Trump. “I think, that’s true. Very close, closer than ever before,” said the US President.

In his remarks, Donald Trump welcomed senior Indian American officials gathered at the White House for Diwali celebration.

“As we light the Diya in the White House we are joined by in a fellowship with all of those who light lamps in their own home, cities and places of worship. America is a land of faith and we are truly fortunate to have these wonderful traditions woven into the tapestry of our national life. And that is true,” he said.

Mr Trump said that he is thrilled to celebrate Diwali at the White House.

“I’m honored to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House. Very, very special people. We’re gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhist, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family and friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New year: very special new year,” he said.

“Our nation is blessed to be home to millions of hardworking citizens of Indian and South East Asian heritage to enrich our country in countless ways. Together we are one proud American family. Do we agree with that? I think so. I think we do. Right? Better, believe it,” he said.

President Trump said Americans of Indian and South East Asian heritage have done an incredible job and identified several of them by name including the chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai; Manisha Singh, Acting Under Secretary of the Department of State; Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services; Uttam Dhillon, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Neil Chatterjee, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Raj Shah, the Deputy White House Press Secretary.

“We’re trying very hard to make better trade deals with India. But, they’re very good traders. They’re very good negotiators. You would say right. The best. So we’re working. And it’s moving along,” Mr Trump said referring to the India-US trade deal negotiations that have started between the two largest democracies of the world.

The first White House Diwali celebrations was held in 2003 under the then US President George W Bush, who never attended the celebrations in person. A senior administration official represented him. It was mostly held in the India Treaty Room of Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex.

Since 2003, Diwali celebrations at the White House has become an annual tradition. In 2009, President Barack Obama lighted the ceremonial lamp in the East room of the White House. The event was attended by about 200 guests.

In 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated Diwali in the East Room. Immediately before the celebrations, she participated in a Bollywood dance with local students in the State Dining Room. In 2016, Obama celebrated Diwali in the Oval Office with a group of Indian Americans officials from his administration.

In 2016, Vice President Biden hosted a Diwali reception at his official residence Number One Observatory Circle. In 2017 President Trump celebrated his first Diwali in the Oval Office with Amb Nikki Haley, senior officials from his administration and a small group of Indian Americans.

Over the years, it is being celebrated by the Indian Americans in Pentagon and the State Department. For the past several years, Diwali is also being celebrated at the US Capitol by Rep and Senators, being hosted by India Caucus. 





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At White House Diwali Celebration, Donald Trump Says India A Tough Trade Negotiator


“I’m honored to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House,” Donald Trump said. (File)

Washington: 

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described India as “very good negotiators” as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans and said he is “grateful” for his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi,” Trump said before lighting the ceremonial Diya in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House. It is the second consecutive year that Trump has celebrated the largest festival of India and Indian Americans in the White House.

“We’re trying very hard to make better trade deals with India. But, they’re very good traders. They’re very good negotiators. You would say right. The best. So we’re working. And it’s moving along,” Trump said referring to the India-US trade deal negotiations that have started between the two largest democracies of the world.

Along with nearly two dozen top Indian American officials of his Administration, President Trump had invited the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, his wife Dr Avina Sarna, and his special assistant Pratik Mathur to be present during the White House Diwali celebrations.

 

“I’m honored to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House. Very, very special people. We’re gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhist, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family and friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New year: very special new year,” Donald Trump said.

The first White House Diwali celebrations was held in 2003 under the then US President George W Bush, who never attended the celebrations in person. A senior administration official represented him. It was mostly held in the India Treaty Room of Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex.





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Family, Including Teens, Fire Gun Shots In Noida On Diwali; FIR Filed


In the video, a man is also seen firing shots in the air from a pistol. (Representational)

Noida: 

A video surfaced on social media platforms on the internet showing a family, including women and children, taking turns to fire from a pistol. 

The Noida Police registered a case and launched a probe into the matter today.

The video was allegedly captured on the night of Diwali on the terrace of a house in Harola village in Noida.

A man, identified as Manoj Jain, 42, is seen sitting on a cot brandishing his licenced pistol.

Mr Jain, who runs a small shop in the area, is seen firing shots in the air from a pistol which is then used by two children and two women, all of whom take turns and repeat the act. 

Officials said the police have taken cognisance of the purported video that went viral today and registered an FIR against Mr Jain.

“The incident took place on November 7, the night of Diwali festival. By what is seen in the video, it is clear violence of the arms licence. A case has been registered under Section 30 of the Arms Act,” said Inspector Manoj Kumar Pant.

Police officials said a recommendation has been made to the district administration for suspension of Mr Jain’s arms licence. 





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Police filed case against bjp leader rashmi sharma on harsh firing in mathura on diwali


 पुलिस उनके खिलाफ शस्त्र अधिनियम के अंतर्गत मामला दर्ज कर जांच कर रही है. इस प्रकरण में पुलिस को कार्रवाई के लिए पुख्ता सबूत खुद पार्षद रश्मि शर्मा के ही फेसबुक वॉल से मिला. 

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Dear Zindagi: Dayashankar Mishra Explaining we remove evils of the mind on Diwali


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Dear Zindagi: Life talk on Diwali, Crackers ban and Children behavior by Dayashankar Mishra


बच्‍चे कैसे सीखते हैं. इसके बारे में हम अक्‍सर बातें करते रहते हैं. हमें लगता है कि वह न जाने किस ‘ग्रह’ से चीजें सीखकर आते हैं. कैसे, कहां से वह ऐसी बातें करने लगते हैं, जिनकी हम उनसे अपेक्षा, उम्‍मीद भी नहीं करते. 

यह दीपावली बच्‍चों की परवरिश के लिहाज से काफी कुछ सिखाने वाली रही. इस दिवाली हमने अपने ही अलग-अलग चेहरे देखे. हम एक को समझते, उससे पहले दूसरे में उतर गए, उसके बाद यह सिलसिला चलता रहा. 

हमने जीवन में धर्म, राजनीति का इतना अधिक घालमेल कर दिया कि अब यह हमारे लिए भष्‍मासुर की तरह हो गया है. हम बच्‍चों को वैज्ञानिक सोच, चिंतन देने की जगह रोबोटिक, जैसा कहा जा रहा हैजैसा बताया गया वैसा करने की तरफ धकेल रहे हैं.

ये भी पढ़ें: डियर जिंदगी: दूसरे के हिस्‍से का ‘उजाला’!

इस दिवाली से तीन कहानियां मिलीं…

पहली कहानी: टीवी, अखबार सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आदेश से लदे पड़े थे. बच्‍चे भी यह सब देख रहे थे कि कैसे बढ़ते प्रदूषण के बीच ग्रीन पटाखे की बात, पटाखों की पाबंदी की बात हो रही थी. ऐसे में इंदिरापुरम के शर्मा परिवार ने जब यह निर्णय लिया कि उन्‍हें पटाखों से दूर रहना है, तो उनने दस, पंद्रह बरस के बच्‍चों को प्‍यार से बात समझाने की कोशिश की.

बच्‍चों ने जब दूसरों के पटाखे छोड़ने की बात कही, तो उनने बच्‍चों से कहा, ‘दूसरे अगर हमारी बात नहीं मानते, तो क्‍या आप भी नहीं मानेंगे! पड़ोस की आंटी के छह महीने के बच्‍चे, हमारे डॉगी जेम्‍स, बालकनी के कबूतर, सबसे बढ़कर हमारी सांस में जो हवा घुल रही है, वह हमारे पटाखों से दूर रहने से बहुत थोड़ी, मगर साफ तो रहेगी. शर्मा परिवार में किसी ने पटाखे नहीं जलाए. बच्‍चों ने उनकी बात सरलता से समझी. बड़ों ने थोड़ी सख्‍ती भी दिखाई कि नहीं का अर्थ पूरी तरह ‘न’ होता है.’

ये भी पढ़ें: डियर जिंदगी : ऐसे ‘दीपक’ जलाएं…

सबक: बच्‍चों ने समझा कि हमें अपनी तरह होना है. सबके जैसा नहीं. घर में नियम सबके लिए हैं. केवल बच्‍चों के लिए खास नियम नहीं हैं! यह परवरिश की सबसे अच्‍छी, सुंदर सीख, शिक्षा शैली है.

दूसरी कहानी: दिल्‍ली के वर्मा परिवार के बच्‍चे भी सु्प्रीम कोर्ट के आदेश, प्रदूषण से अच्‍छी तरह परिचित थे. उनके स्‍कूल में भी प्रदूषण के बारे में निरंतर संवाद हो रहा था. इसलिए परिवार के सभी छह बच्‍चों ने तय किया कि इस बार पटाखे नहीं जलाने हैं. इन बच्‍चों ने पिछली दिवाली पटाखे चलाए थे, लेकिन इस बार मीडिया, सुप्रीम कोर्ट, स्‍कूल ने मिलकर उनका मन बदला. लेकिन चाचा, पिता इस विचार से सहमत नहीं थे. वह कोर्ट के आदेश को बहुत सख्‍त, हिंदू रीति-रिवाज में दखलंदाजी मानते हैं. उनने पटाखे फोड़े, खूब फोड़े. इस परिवार के कुछ लोग पुलिस में भी हैं. उनने ‘रौब’ से दीवाली मनाई.

ये भी पढ़ें: डियर जिंदगी : जीवन के गाल पर डिठौना!

सबक: बच्‍चे, दुविधा, संशय में हैं. उन्‍हें लगता है कि बड़ों का आचरण ठीक नहीं था. उन्‍हें यह कहकर चुप करा दिया गया कि यह धर्म का विषय है, इसमें उन्‍हें राय देने की जरूरत नहीं. काश! वर्मा परिवार के बड़े यह समझते कि जब बच्‍चे अपने निर्णय लेने लगेंगे, तो उनके अनुचित व्‍यवहार को भी रोकना संभव नहीं होगा.

तीसरी कहानी: दिल्‍ली से अधिक पटाखे एनसीआर में जलाए गए. वसुंधरा का परिवार जो अब तक हर दीपावली में परिवार के साथ पटाखे खरीदने जाया करता था. इस बार उनके यहां काफी बहस होती रही. वह भी इस आदेश को कभी हिंदू त्‍योहार, तो कभी प्रदूषण से जोड़कर देखते रहे. आखिर तक वह पटाखों को प्रदूषण के लिए पूरी तरह जिम्‍मेदार मानने से भी इंकार करते रहे. लेकिन आखिर में कुछ ऐसा हुआ कि उन्‍होंने एक भी पटाखा नहीं जलाया.

ये भी पढ़ें: डियर जिंदगी : मीठे का ‘खारा’ होते जाना

उनके एक नए पड़ोसी, जो पुराने परिचित भी हैं, की तबियत अचानक खराब हो गई. उन्‍हें अस्‍थमा का दौरा पड़ा. उसके बाद बात ब्रेन स्‍ट्रोक तक पहुंच गई. किसी तरह जान बची. उम्र केवल चालीस बरस थी.

डॉक्‍टर ने बताया कि अस्‍थमा की शिकायत उन्हें पहले से थी. लेकिन उनकी दिवाली पटाखों के बिना नहीं बीतती थी. वह हमेशा यही कहते कि अकेले मेरे पटाखे नहीं चलाने से क्‍या होगा!

सबक: पड़ोसी की मेडिकल इमरजेंसी ने साबित कर दिया कि असल में अंतर एक-एक कदम से ही पड़ता है! हम सब मिलकर ही दुनिया को बेहतर, बदतर बनाते हैं. हमारी हवा, पानी जैसे भी हैं, सबमें हमारी भूमिका है!

ये भी पढ़ें: डियर जिंदगी : ‘बलइयां’ कौन लेगा…

दीपावली की यह तीन कहानियां समाज की सोच, समझ, व्‍यवहार का सरल उदाहरण हैं. हम क्‍या होना चाहते हैं, हम कैसी दुनिया चाहते हैं, यह कोई ‘रॉकेट साइंस’ नहीं है, जो आम आदमी को समझ न आए. सबकुछ अंतत: हमें ही तय करना है.

ये भी पढ़ें: डियर जिंदगी : ‘पहले हम पापा के साथ रहते थे, अब पापा हमारे साथ रहते हैं…’

पटाखों का शोर एक गंभीर चेतावनी है. इसने साबित कर दिया कि जीवन हमारे लिए कितना कम मायने रखता है. प्रकृति की मर्यादा, पर्यावरण के लिए आदर आहिस्‍ता-आहिस्‍ता कम होता जा रहा है. हम रीति-रिवाज, त्‍योहार में मनुष्‍यता के लिए जगह नहीं निकालेंगे, तो हर बरस और खाली, खोखले होते जाएंगे!

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Despite Poor Reviews, Amitabh Bachchan And Aamir Khan’s Diwali Release ‘Smashes Records’ With 52 Crore Opening


Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan in Thugs Of Hindostan (Image courtesy: Instagram)

New Delhi: 

Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan’s big Diwali release Thugs Of Hindostan might have not impressed the critics, but the cine-goers have made the film a blockbuster at the theatres. In just a day, Thugs Of Hindostan earned over Rs 50 crore and with this, it now stands on #1 on the list of top five opening day business of films in 2018. Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju previously headlined the list. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh reports that Thugs Of Hindostan collected Rs 50.75 crore and adding the business of its Tamil and Telugu releases, the current total comes to Rs 52.25 crore. (Whoa!).

Thugs Of Hindostan smashes all records (Hindi films) as it breaches Rs 50 crore on Day 1. Sets new benchmarks in some circuits. Big holiday (Diwali) + tremendous hype + massive screen count help put up a sensational total,” tweeted Mr Adarsh.

Here’s the box office report of Thugs Of Hindostan.

 

 

Thugs Of Hindostan‘s earning is so far the highest for any Diwali release, for any Yash Raj Film and also for a Hindi film.

 

 

Taran Adarsh gave a detailed explanation of the records Thugs Of Hindostan now holds. He also added that the ‘real test’ for the film begins from Friday and it will have to ‘maintain the pace over the weekend and weekdays too.’

 

 

 

 

Thugs Of Hindostan, also starring Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, released to poor reviews. In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee gave Thugs Of Hindostan 2.5 stars out of 5. “Big, bloated, bombastic, Thugs Of Hindostan is a period saga that banks solely upon action and spectacle for impact. It might entertain large swathes of the audience, but it is ultimately too tacky and unconvincing to lay legitimate claims to being India’s answer to Pirates of the Caribbean. It isn’t even a poor copy,” he wrote.

Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan’s Thugs Of Hindostan is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya.





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Empire State Building, New York Lights Up In Orange To Celebrate Diwali 2018


Happy Diwali 2018: This was the first time that Diwali celebration lit up the Empire State Building

New York: 

For the first time, the iconic Empire State Building was lit orange in celebration of Diwali. The world famous structure turned orange on Wednesday night as Indians across the world celebrated the festival of lights. The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the largest non-profit umbrella organisation in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut of the Indian community, lit up the monument in a special ceremony.

It was organised by the FIA in cooperation with the Empire State Realty Trust and attended by key members of the Indian diaspora. A special dance performance and cultural show was also presented on the occasion.

Federation of Indian Associations President Srujal Parikh said this was the first time that Diwali celebration lit up the iconic building and was “witnessed by thousands of people, including tourists from all over the world.”

At the November 7 ceremony, Miss America 2014 Nina Devuluri and popular singer Jay Sean along with Srujal Parikh flipped the switch to turn on the orange lights on top of the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Realty Trust or ESRT and the FIA have been illuminating the Empire State Building in August every year in the colours of the Indian tricolour – orange, white and green – for the past two decades to mark India’s Independence Day.

The FIA said such gestures by the ESRT help in spreading the ancient Indian philosophy of Vasudeva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and also demonstrates a great harmony in spirit and deeds between people of the world’s largest and oldest democracies.

For Srujal Parikh, that was the central message when he organised the India Day parade this year, bringing together for the first time communities from other South Asian and Caribbean nations.





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BJP leader Rashmi Sharma harsh firing in Mathura on Diwali 2018


सुप्रीम कोर्ट के तमाम आदेशों की धज्जियां उड़ाते हुए मथुरा की बीजेपी पार्षद रश्मि शर्मा ने दिवाली के मौके पर हर्ष फायरिंग की.

मथुरा बीजेपी पार्षद पर चढ़ा सत्ता का नशा, दिवाली पर की हर्ष फायरिंग

रश्मि शर्मा के नाम से किसी भी गन का लाइसेंस नहीं है.





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