QWrap: CM Yogi Enters Taj Mahal Debate; Women Online Say #MeToo
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1. Taj Mahal Built By Blood & Sweat of Indians: Yogi Adityanath
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appears to have issued a rebuttal to BJP MLA Sangeet Som’s comment that the Taj Mahal was built by "traitors", and should find no place in the Indian history.
“It does not matter who built the Taj Mahal and for what reason. It was built by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers,” Adityanath said, two days after Som made the now-controversial remark.
Adityanath is scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra during his visit on 25 October.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan also weighed in, saying, “Why just Taj Mahal? Demolish all other signs of slavery?”
2. Women Are Sharing Stories on the Horror of Harassment Using #MeToo
If you have been remotely active on social media, you might have seen women using the words ‘me too’ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And there’s just one thing that made so many women from different parts of the world come together and write about the same thing – sexual harassment.
The trend started when Alyssa Milano, an American actress tweeted a picture asking people to reply ‘me too’ if they’ve been subjected to sexual harassment or assault at any point in their life. The primary reason behind that was to let people know the magnitude of the problem.
3. How to Say No, Yes & I Don’t Care, the Suchitra Krishnamoorthi Way
Actor Suchitra Krishnamoorthi’s “daringly candid solo” ‘Drama Queen,’ produced by AGP World, opened the Old World Theatre Festival in Delhi last week. We caught up with Krishnamoorthi to talk about how to say ‘No’, ‘Yes’ and ‘I don’t care’, dolloped with a large dose of her ‘love ka gyaan’.
4. Manual Scavenging in Delhi: No Records, But Plenty of Deaths
On 20 August 2017, a Sunday, Rishi Pal, who was employed with the Lok Nayak hospital as a sanitation worker in Delhi, was asked to help with cleaning the sewer inside the hospital. This was not unusual for the 45-year-old as he was often called in by Prem Sagar, who works as a storekeeper in the hospital, to help with cleaning the sewers.
With three teenagers to support, Pal did not mind taking up such jobs .
But that fateful Sunday, within minutes of entering the sewer without any protective gear, Pal fell unconscious and was soon declared dead.
5. This Diwali, The ‘Golmaal Again’ Team Says #PatakhaHayeHaye
What happens when Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade come together? Some jhol, some Golmaal. Right?
Correct! But this time, it was different. The team got together to wish the readers a very Happy Diwali and to say no to crackers.
So this Diwali, sing along with the Golmaal Again crew and say #PatakhaHayeHaye!
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