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India state minister on rape: ‘Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong’

Home minister in BJP-run Madhya Pradesh state describes rape as a ‘social crime’ in comments playing down rapes

Women in Uttar Pradesh protest against the state goverment after two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged. Photograph: Hindustan Times/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

A state minister from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has described rape as a “social crime”, saying “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong”, in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape.

The political leaders of Uttar Pradesh, the state where two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged last week, have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story.

A regional politician from Modi’s own Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), said that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police.

“This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong,” said Babulal Gaur, the home minister responsible for law and order in the BJP-run central state of Madhya Pradesh.

“Until there’s a complaint, nothing can happen,” he told reporters.

Gaur also expressed sympathy with Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the regional Samajwadi party that runs Uttar Pradesh. In the recent election, Mulayam criticised legal changes that foresee the death penalty for gang rape, saying: “Boys commit mistakes: will they be hanged for rape?”

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Opinion:

This minister should be dismissed and flogged.

The world’s ‘poorest’ president

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Jose Mujica

It’s a common grumble that politicians’ lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president – who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

Laundry is strung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds. Only two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, keep watch outside.

This is the residence of the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, whose lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other world leaders.

President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife’s farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo.

The president and his wife work the land themselves, growing flowers.

This austere lifestyle – and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

“I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”

“I’ve lived like this most of my life,” he says, sitting on an old chair in his garden, using a cushion favoured by Manuela the dog.

“I can live well with what I have.”

His charitable donations – which benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs – mean his salary is roughly in line with the average Uruguayan income of $775 (£485) a month.

All the president’s wealth – a 1987 VW Beetle

In 2010, his annual personal wealth declaration – mandatory for officials in Uruguay – was $1,800 (£1,100), the value of his 1987 Volkswagen Beetle.

This year, he added half of his wife’s assets – land, tractors and a house – reaching $215,000 (£135,000).

That’s still only about two-thirds of Vice-President Danilo Astori’s declared wealth, and a third of the figure declared by Mujica’s predecessor as president, Tabare Vasquez.

Elected in 2009, Mujica spent the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Uruguayan guerrilla Tupamaros, a leftist armed group inspired by the Cuban revolution.

He was shot six times and spent 14 years in jail. Most of his detention was spent in harsh conditions and isolation, until he was freed in 1985 when Uruguay returned to democracy.

Those years in jail, Mujica says, helped shape his outlook on life.

“I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more,” he says.

“This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself,” he says.

“I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”

The Uruguayan leader made a similar point when he addressed the Rio+20 summit in June this year: “We’ve been talking all afternoon about sustainable development. To get the masses out of poverty.

“But what are we thinking? Do we want the model of development and consumption of the rich countries? I ask you now: what would happen to this planet if Indians would have the same proportion of cars per household than Germans? How much oxygen would we have left?

“Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.”

Mujica accuses most world leaders of having a “blind obsession to achieve growth with consumption, as if the contrary would mean the end of the world”.

Tabare Vasquez, his supporters and relatives on a balcony at Uruguay's official presidential residence Mujica could have followed his predecessors into a grand official residence

But however large the gulf between the vegetarian Mujica and these other leaders, he is no more immune than they are to the ups and downs of political life.

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A Shock about Diabetes Type 1

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This is a rant. I know this is not my political blog, but the word needs to get out about this.

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Insulin

Diabetes

It has been assumed that this condition, once it developed, was essentially incurable. Treatment is a life long process of insulin injections.

I do not have diabetes, although my mother does in a mild form, so I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I do know enough to be aware that a life with diabetes is not pleasant.

Essentially Incurable

I have just found out that this is a lie.

There has been a cheap vaccine available for 90 years, albeit a tuberculosis vaccine, it has the side effect of kick-starting the pancreas into producing insulin. It is the pancreas’ failure to produce insulin that causes diabetes.

More recently researchers have been working on producing this vaccine and getting it on the market.

Before you go further, I want you to read this post: If You Wonder Why Medical CURES Are So Rare…  My source: Running ‘Cause I Can’t Fly

Good, now do you see what my gripe is?

It’s all about profit, NOT people

Big Pharma are not interested in this vaccine because there’s no profit.

It’s more profitable to “control” a disease than cure it.

Which in turn, raises the issue; Are all these chronic conditions that we suffer from truly incurable?

Big Pharma is not interested in anything that does not make money, that doesn’t make a profit.

Your suffering is of no interest to them. Why should you have a vaccine that can cure diabetes in a short time by helping your body repair itself, when they can make money out of you for the rest of your life?

Big Pharma

Profits, not people

These and all the other pharmaceutical companies are a blight on medicine

Oh, and the interesting thing is, your governments allow this, not only allow it, they encourage Big Pharma to do it, because the more money Big Pharma makes, the more generous are their political bribes donations.

The politicians are only interested in re-election, if the Big Pharma companies pay for that, then they must be okay.

Big Pharma

owns your government

make no mistake about that. Only you, the people, have the power to stop this travesty.

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Big Pharma is screwing you!

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Look at that!

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It’s true, politicians have absolutely no idea what they are destroying.

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