LGBT Pride Parade In Guwahati

February 7th, 2016 was marked as memorable day for LGBT community and its supporters alike in the whole of north-east region as they gathered in Guwahati at Diglipukhuri Lake near the High Court. for the Queer Pride Parade of 2016 organized by an independent group known as XUKIA.

The LGBTQ+ community is a community of people which is mostly oppressed by the society and is seen as a taboo in many cultures, even though India, which has its roots connected to facts that involved people of that community in a positive way, for example Mahabharata, the great epic of India has referenced transgender as a part of the society, not only transgender but homosexuality is also a part of Indian mythology that people of India today deny to believe in because it "defames" their religion.

The Pride Parade is held yearly by an social-activist group known as XUKIA. The motive of the pride parade is to spread awareness among people that the penal code 377, which was actually imposed by the British during their rule, is like a cancer in the society against the LGBT+ community. 

A Parade Worth Remembering

I have had followed up news about pride parades all over the World constantly since marriage equality rights were introduced in US last year, and this year I planned to visit the Pride parade in Guwahati to encourage the LGBT community of my city and learn more about their motive and what is their aim. 

The Pride parade was as already mentioned organized by the open group XUKIA. The venue was the Dighulipukri Lake in Guwahati. Over a hundred people joined the parade, security was provided by the state police to diminish and chances of mishaps in the process, which is important looking at the sensitivity of the topic of the pride parade in our society. 

Before the parade started, people gathered near the starting point of the parade i.e the Dighulipukhri park entrance, and did a little carpet walk program which was performed by the "Enlighten" group, glorious people walked among gathering. 

A model walking among the gathering for the short carpet walk show.

After the short but amazing show by the group the group began its preparations to parade through the area, starting from the Dighulipukhri park and back en route BSNL office through Handique Girls College

A great enthusiasm was visible among the community and the supporters who despite of not actually belonging to the community joined the parade to stand for equal rights for them, which included me, on a personal note.

An Indian parade and no Bhangra? How could one even think of it, drums were rolling and legs were in controlled of the drummers! Bhangra all the way! With occasional slogans on the way, out of which the most prominent was "Konsa kanoon sabe battar? Teen sow Sattatarr Teen sow Sattatarr" which translates to "Which law is the worst? 377.", only in Hindi it rhymes, so it became the best slogan. 

(More photos coming soon..)

The pride lasted for more than 1 hour, I personally was in the parade supporting my friends and the whole community for the event that mattered to them and which is supposed to matter to everyone else who wish for a country where we all, regardless of our identity are accepted and treated equally.

News Clippings and Footages

Follow are some news clippings and video footage for the Queer Pride 2016 in Guwahati


About 377 And Its History

IPC 377 is a law prohibiting  "against the order of nature",  in which if a person is found guilty can be locked up in prison for 10 years! 

377 was introduced early in the 1860 during British Rule, during the time of its introduction in India it was also introduced in other countries ruled by the British. If a person at that time was found to be guilty they would either end up in prison for life or would have to go through a medical treatment which eventually made the person ill despite of working the other way, but in 1967 the UK decriminalized homosexual acts in private (when both of the partners attained the age of 21). 

India and Homosexuality, Religion and Society.

But India still has not yet disposed the law that goes against India's own ancient and (holy) text for many people, the Rig Veda, which itself states that "Anything that seems unnatural is still natural.". 

The ancient India is seen to have no social problems with the LGBT community, the ancient text even depicted the mythological deities Shiva & Vishnu engaging in sexual acts, that being said is not to hurt the sentiments of any person who belongs to the religion who looks upon the God mentioned, but to state that the stories we all see and read, from childhood has a background which involves homosexual behavior, if anybody doesn't recall what I am talking about, it is the incarnation of Vishnu as Mohini, who was persuaded by Shiva for sexual desire. 

Next in line is the duality nature of Shiva, the god of ultimate destruction, the God who is known as the God of Gods itself, (whom I personally admire) is one God who has been depicted in the mythological text to have a dual personality, he consists of both Male & Female properties, he binds it all together as one and is the God we know as. Though the topic of God is just a belief, what is being tried to imply here is that it is and was in our culture way before the British came and imposed the rules that criminalized homosexuality. Who is the one has both the properties of a male and female? A transgender, the people who are oppressed in the society and are not given equal rights all for their identity.

See Ardhanarishvara for more on this.

This is what our ancient text has depicted and still.

The question goes to all the people in India who is against LGBT - Why do you believe in a religion, who itself has encouraged and depicted homosexual and transgender in most, and not just most, but the majority of their ancient text and myths? 

British left, and we continued to believe that homosexuality is a threat against our society, our children, how would you be able to make your children's life better when you wouldn't even let them discover the versatility of nature, the complexities of people in our society when you are against the simple fact that LGBT exists and the members of the community are not disease but people who is just different than what most people are, still, be it different, they are among us, they are the people who make us complete, who makes our India not great, but greatest!

Join In Harmony, Let 377 Die

It's time for the British laws to go away, it's never too late. If the religion of yours taught you to love and respect everyone equally then why are we looking down upon those with an identity which you can't understand, what would this World be if we divided just because we were different. 

(blog post was not proof read, please ignore silly errors.)


Leopard Intrudes NF Railway Maligaon Head Quarters in Guwahati

Leopard intrusions in the hilly area of Maligaon, Guwahati has become very common, due to it being near the forest hill area Leopards are easily able to get into the city which becomes a threat for themselves for than the humans.

In the morning of 18 December 2015 the news of a leopard breaking into the NF Railway Head Quarters spread like fire in a forest. The beast got into the HQ area at about 4 in the morning and attacked at least two security guards who were at their duty.

Later in the morning after the authorities learnt about a leopard breaking into the area, the area was completely sealed and no one from the outside were allowed. Forest department's people arrived with their equipment to make sure the leopard gets out without getting hurt or hurting anyone.

The leopard had occupied the canteen, the canteen was blocked from all sides so that it would not escape, after hours of struggle the forest department had finally manage to take down the beast at about 1pm and took it away.

Here's a small footage of the leopard being taken away by the forest department.



Is Cyanogen Breaking Ties with YU Televentures?

The new popular brand in the smartphone market in India shook the whole market with their low priced but high in performance phones and with pre-installed CyanogenOS, that is YU Televentures.

YU has released four phones as yet, YUreka, YUphoria an YUreka Plus, YUnique all three came with CyanogenOS with guaranteed update and probably this is was main reason why many chose an YU phone over another stock android smartphone.

The phones were and are still sold online, exclusively on Amazon and YUnique is sold on Snapdeal. Recently the Yunique, YU's budget smartphone came available on stock android, no CyanogenOS at all.

And a few days later all the available smartphones of YU with CyanogenOS became unavailable and now comes with stock Android.

What Special in CyanogenOS?

Stock Android is good but CyanogenOS is a bliss. It comes with a lot of inbuilt security and customizability functions that you don't see in stock android, even the latest versions. CyanogenOS is maintained by an independent and open group of developers known as 'Cyanogen'.

CyanogenMods are ROMs that can be flashed on almost any phone, but CyanogenOS is built to function perfectly with a phone and that is why people loved the YU phones and so do I, as a I own an Yuphoria with CyanogenOS 12.

Wouldn't be Cyanogen available for us?

It is an open source project and anyone with any phone capable of running it can run! And the special thing about YU is that your warranty of the phone is not void if you flash your ROM unlike other brands, you have the full freedom to do any hacking and still claim the warranty during it's period!

You don't know how to flash ROM? No worries, YU will help install CyanogenOS 12 from 825+ service centers around the country. 

Buy the phone, keep the Stock android if you like but if you want to experience an even advanced YU phone then go to a service center and get your phone the CyanogenOS 12

So really Cyanogen is no longer available with YU?

There has not been any official statements. The Wikipedia page says that YU holds the official rights of CyanogenOS in India and if it were to break the ties for any reason there would have been an official statement of some kind, but there are none.

We did a small research to make sure it wasn't true and what we find doesn't leave any hint of them breaking ties.

The official CyanogenOS web page still displays the YU phones with CyanogenOS in the list of their CyanogenOS phones: https://cyngn.com/get-cyanogen-os

The model of the phones with stock android are suffixed with an "A", whereas the initial model name is still in use and it says it comes with CyanogenOS

We aren't still sure of why YU has planned on releasing stock Android phones but this doesn't mean it has broken up their ties with Cyanogen, at least not as yet. CyanogenOS will be available to you if you want it, just go to a service center and ask for it.

New CyanogenOS 12.1 is coming

On the contrary YU has announced the release of CyanogenOS 12.1. It will be soon available on all YU phones with CyanogenOS 12 as an OTA update. 

Yes, check the official announcement on the blog: http://blogs.yuplaygod.com/index.php/2015/09/28/get-ready-to-play-god/

Don't worry just get your phone.

If the sole reason for buying an YU handset was CyanogenOS then go and order an YU phone from Amazon and take it to a service center near you to get the much loved CyanogenOS on your phone.

Also be sure to check for ongoing deals on these phones. Recently Yuphoria (with stock Android) is now being sold for Rs. 5999 in an lighting deal. Check back to get deals and offs.


Plans for Chief Minister Special Award Scheme for Matriculation 2015 Students [Assam]

CMSAS, short for Chief Minister Special Award Scheme is an initiative started by the Assam state education board SEBA to award the Matriculation or HSLC (High School Leaving Certificate) students who secured more than 50% marks in the examinations.

The awards for CMSAS were presented in January 2015 for the students who passed the 2014 Matriculation Exams, and the eligible students were award an Android Tablets, total 46,300 units were awarded as per the official source.

This Years CMSAS Award

The news from the official source confirms the award for Chief Minister Special Award Scheme will be presented for the 2015 Matriculation students who secure above 50% parks from the SEBA board.

This year the estimate number of tablets has increase from 46,300 (2014) to  54,400! 
An estimate of fifty four thousand and four hundred students this year will be rewarded the tablets as per CMSAS.

Congrats to every student who has secured above 50% marks and are eligible for the award, we hope you a bright future.

Other Initiatives and News

The Assam state education board has two initiatives to encourage the students to involve themselves in the technological field and thus awards them with Desktop/Laptops/Tablets.

ARBAS (Anundoram Boroah Award Scheme) is also an initiative by the Assam state education board which awards the students who secure 1st Division in the Matriculation exams and are presented Laptops. (before Desktops were presented and with an option for cheque of equal amount)

CMSAS is for students who secure over 50% marks but less than 1st Division.

Top Web Host Services in India to pay with Net Banking [2015]

With the burst of Internet use more and more professionals and businesses are looking to go online. There are a lot of ways to get online, either a Facebook page, or a social profile, or better than the best getting a website up!

But there's one problem that many Indian faces: Payment method! Most of the best hosting services are based in other countries and you can pay only with a credit or debit card, but even if you have one it has to be activated to be used for overseas transaction and that's the main problem.

In the following list we have highlighted some of the best web hosting services providing Linux Hosting, WordPress Hosting, Windows Hosting etc. for which you can pay using Internet Banking easily without any hassle.

1. Bluehost - Quality Web Hosting in India

BlueHost is one of the most popular web hosting service in the World. It is a reliable web host, it provides good up times and the prices are low as well even for multiple site hosting. 

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You can use different hosting in BlueHost like Linux Hosting, Windows Hosting, and/or specialized hosting for WordPress with 30 day money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied. BlueHost also provides low cost VPS for your large scale applications.  

>> You can pay using Credit Card/ Debit Card and Net banking easily. 

2. BigRock - Rock solid web hosting in India

BigRock is India one of the most popular web hosting service. BigRock as most other web host provides Linux, Windows Hosting, WordPress hosting, CMS Hosting (Joomla etc.) and e-Commerce hosting.


Choose the one which suits you need at very low prices.

>> And you can pay in number of payment methods like Credit/Debit Card, Internet Banking, Demand Draft or Cheque, Direct Bank Deposit.

So it is very convenient to buy with BigRock and get a solid web hosting for your work.

There are a lot of other options but we recommend you these two as they have great support team and also has simple and straightforward money-back guarantee policy which will keep you secure if you just want to try out these hostings.