Circumcision is a Human Rights Violation

Mutiliation

Even in this century many parents believe that getting their child circumcised is not only their religious duty but also a social responsibility. Should this not be the decision of the person who owns the organ? Does performing such a procedure on non-consenting adults (mostly infants) makes this an in-humane act?

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is surgical removal of skin from the very tip of the penis.

Benefits of getting circumcised?

One of the epic benefit that people acclaim about circumcision is that they have a less chance of catching an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). The important thing to remember is that this procedure has questionable safety against protecting an individual from STDs. Also, many people would agree that there are many better things to do in life than being a whore-monger, and having unprotected sex with multiple partners.

Dangers of getting circumcised?

Below are the few complications that may arise:

  1. Bleeding, people suffering from haemophilia may even die.
  2. Infection or improper healing.
  3. Blockage of the urethra, the opening where urine leaves the body.
  4. Removal of too much or too little foreskin.

Religion and circumcision

The reason circumcision is performed is because it symbolises faith in God. Although Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs do not get their children circumcised but they are as religious and God fearing as people practicing other faiths, who get their infants circumcised.

While circumcision is primarily done for religious reasons, but this necessary does not make a person a good human being. If that was the case radical Sunni Islamic believers wouldn’t be killing Shias and waging a global war against all non-believers of Islam, or those who do not agree with their Wahhabi and Salafi ideology.

Message

We live in the 21st century where even an animal has rights and culling an animal on the road is not only considered uncouth but is also a punishable offence. While a blanket ban on circumcision would be unnecessary, but circumcising non-consenting adults and infants is also not civilized. Since we neither live in a theocratic society or in the dark ages, religious rituals should not eclipse the fundamental right to bodily integrity.

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The Rest is Just Sand

Dunes

A philosophy professor stood before his class with a few items on the table in front of him. He picked up a large glass jar and started to fill it with rocks.

The professor then asked his students. “Is the jar full?”

The students nodded their heads and agreed that the jar was full.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again. “Is the jar full?”

The students again nodded their heads and agreed that the jar was full.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more. “Is the jar full?”

The students this time responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now” said the professor. “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.

“If you put the sand into the jar first” he continued. “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

Building a smarter India

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Driving in India is a challenge, especially in a city. But once you overcome the initial challenge you are able to see the roadside trees, buildings, traffic lights and small groups of people living on the footpath or nearby ground. Their children definitely do not chase fair skinned people, as depicted in quite a lot of English movies, but nonetheless they are poor and they surely need our help and attention.

One of the popular topic of discussion these days in India is the construction of smart cities. These cities will have easy access to schools, libraries, transportation, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. It is a step towards sustainable living, and something that will surely decrease our carbon footprint. But seeing the way things happen in our country, either these projects will never be completed or mid-way through we would realize that we are implementing outdated ideas, and that the world has moved eons ahead.

Like any other country, India has its own unique challenges. As such it would be a futile effort copy-pasting the ideas implemented by our western counterparts. We need an Indian solution to an Indian problem, and instead of just constructing smart cities, we should give priority to developing our villages and slowing down the exodus from villages to cities.

As for the cities, we should construct shelters for the homeless. Illegal construction should be stopped, and new projects sanctioned must follow the stipulated guidelines. Steps should be taken so that rivers and lakes do not end up as dumping grounds. Also, new cities should be constructed rather than expanding and over-burdening the resources of the already big cities.

While it is primarily the duty of the elected representatives of the people to develop their region and the country as a whole, but this is not possible without the help of private organizations and concerned citizens groups. Let’s make an effort and improve the place we live in, unless we want the impoverished to chase foreigners and beg for money.