Time and again, we humans have killed other humans for various reasons such as religion, land, wealth, and women. There have been times when someone murders a large number of people either during a shootout or with a bomb. However, what we fail to realize is how media represents it. This equation is present in every country on this planet, where people of color and Muslims are labeled as terrorists when they are involved in any such act, and a white person is called a mad-man or mentally disturbed.

We have always been so busy in our lives, and we forgot to ask why? Today, let us find out, who and why?

Terrorist, according to Oxford means a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political, ideological or religious aims. There have been hundreds of debates out there to question what stands for terrorism?

My understanding is straightforward, a terrorist is a person who kills innocents to dictate his ideology to the world. He/She doesn’t need to belong to a religion or a terrorist group. We have seen multiple cases when people start shooting in a crowded place without any logic or reasoning.

We have heard people call followers of Islam by the word “Terrorist.” Terrorist is a word which is used as a common phrase in schools, colleges just because a certain group exists in a war-torn country which reportedly represents all the Muslims of the world.

There has been a far more number of attacks in the US alone which were committed by white men who were shot down before they could represent their ideology. Who is to say, what was their intent? Who is to say what they wanted?

An American Journalist stated facts:

Don Lemon of CNN, stated a few months back, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” this raised a lot of, and people trolled and criticized him for days.

He continued, “There is no travel ban on them, there is no ban on—you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban.”

There was a statement from FBI and Homeland Security who acknowledged the fact that white supremacist groups have carried out more violent attacks than any other. A suspect list was registered by the U.S. which clears shows white men to be in the highest rather than anyone else.

Terrorist by Race in the US

I am not here to show my support to anyone. Any person that commits an act of violence against humanity is a terrorist that doesn’t mean you get to tag the entire community with a label of terrorist.

True, there have been crimes by some radical Islamic Terrorist who had their links with ISIS or al-Qaeda. However, there have been men who belonged to KKK, if you remember this was the largest white supremacist group that killed hundreds of people of color.

Someone who kills innocents is a Terrorist – Right or Wrong?

There have been cases where an ISIS-inspired man open fired in a gay nightclub in Orlando or the car-ramming attack in Edmonton. However, there are other cases where;

A 64-year-old white man from Nevada opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, where he killed more than 50 and wounded more than 800.

A 20-year-old white Nazi sympathizer from Ohio sped his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring at least 19 others.

Hindutva activists have carried out several massacres of Muslims, as in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1992 and Gujarat in 2002, and set off bombs in neighborhoods and towns that are predominantly Muslim, even in their places of worship.

Mob lynching has become a widespread phenomenon in India, which have led to 24 death in just one year.

Funny isn’t it? We have always labeled the Muslim community as terrorists as if they have the copyright for the word “Terrorist.” Are these people not terrorist who kill innocent men, women, and children to ensure that their ideology is followed?

Forty-nine people were brutally murdered by Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian citizen. He has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with two attacks. Two other people were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shootings.

It wasn’t a random shooting, it was carefully planned and executed. The first shooting took place just after 1:30 PM at Al-Noor Mosque. The terrorist not only planned it executed by streamed it live one social media for about 17 minutes. Which raises a question, why wasn’t that live video reported to the authorities by Facebook?

Right after the livestream, a second attack was initiated at Linwood mosque where at least seven people were killed. The names of other perpetrators have not been released.

A 87 page manifesto was released on twitter and 8chan, before the terrorist attack and it was posted to an account in Tarrant’s name. This raises a question on Twitter, how did this go unnoticed?

A lot of the people who died in the attacks were the breadwinners for their families, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Miss Ardern told the reporters that “The victims were predominantly from the ages of 20 to 60ish — and a large number of men”

She also said a government compensation system would help families of those left without income. In the meantime, mosques would continue to get extra security.

“The commissioner has advised that police security will continue at mosques around New Zealand until it is determined that it is no longer a threat,” she said, as she referred to the country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush.

But the question still raises why is there such a rise in hatred against one religion and why has the media been calling him – a shooter, mad man, attacker. Call him what he is – A terrorist.

Other than that a serious question should be raised on the social media platforms and their authority. When everyone had access then why didn’t anyone of them report to the authorities regarding this terrorist?

And we as humans, have we forgotten what compassion meant to us? Have we actually forgotten what life means?

Every youngster thinks of joining the defense forces of their country to ensure that they can serve the country. The best possible way to do it is by protecting the country from external threats. One can always fulfill their dream right after 12th.

ARMY:

There are two ways of joining the Indian Army:

  1. NDA Examination

The requirements for entry into NDA are:

  1. Age: Should be more than 16, but less than 19
  2. Qualification: Only passing marks in 12th standard
  3. Training Duration: 3 years in NDA and 1 year in IMA, Dehradun
  4. Application link: https://upsc.gov.in/examinations/active-exams
  5. Application dates:

6.Selection Procedure: 1. Written Exam
                                         2. Service Selection Board Interview
                                         3. Physical Test

 2. TES (Technical Entry Scheme):

              The requirements for TES are

  1. Age: Should be more than 16, but less than 19
  2. Qualification: 70% in physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics in 12th
  3. Training Duration: Total training will be 5 years.
    (a) Basic Military Training. 1 year (Officer Training Academy Gaya)
    (b) Technical Training. (i) Phase-I (Pre-Commission Training): 3 Years
    (CME Pune or MCTE Mhow or MCEME Secunderabad)
     (ii) Phase-II (Post Commission Training): 1 year at CME Pune or MCTE Mhow or MCEME Secunderabad
  4. Application Link: www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  5. Application Dates: Yet to be announced
  6. Selection Process: 1. Written Exam
                                      2. Service Selection Board Interview
                                      3. Physical Test. 

AIR FORCE

You can join Air force only by entering NDA

  1. Age: Should be more than 16, but less than 19
  2. Qualification: Passing marks required in 12th
  3. Training Duration: Technical Trades: 16 months(8+8) training in two 
                                     parts
                                     Non- Technical Trades: 12 months(8+4) training
  4. Application Link: upsc.gov.in/examinations/active-exams
  5. Application Dates: Yet to be announced
  6. Selection Process: 1. Written Exam
                                      2.Physical Test
                                      3.Adaptability Test – 1
                                      4.Adaptability Test – 2
                                      5.Medical Examination
                                      6.All India Select List

NAVY

There are two ways of joining the Indian Navy,

  1. NDA

The requirements to get in NDA are:

  1. Age: Should be more than 16, but less than 19
  2. Qualification: Passing marks required in 12th
  3. Training Duration: 18 months
  4. Application Link: https://upsc.gov.in/examinations/active-exams
  5. Application Dates: Mentioned above
  6. Selection Process: 1. Written Exam
                                      2. Physical Test
                                      3. Adaptability Test – 1
                                      4. Adaptability Test – 2
                                      5. Medical Examination
                                      6. All India Select List

2. Graduate Cadet Special Entry Scheme

The requirements to get in are:

  1. Age: Should be more than 16, but less than 19
  2. Qualification: Atleast 70% in PCM
  3. Training Duration: 44 Weeks – Naval Orientation Course
                                     06 Months – Officers Sea Training
                                     06 Months – Sub-Lieutenant
                                     32 Weeks – Sub – Lieutenant with Technical Skills
                                     06 to 09 Months – Final Certification Course
  4. Application Link: https://upsc.gov.in/examinations/active-exams
  5. Application Dates: 04/02/2019 – Passed
  6. Selection Process: 1. Written Exam
                                       2. Physical Test
                                       3. Interview by Service Selection Board

We wish you all the best and may your want to serve the country lead you to success. Success or not, your name will be remembered in our history and we will always thank you for your service.

Love is the feeling that has been existent from the beginning of time. There has been various myths and stories that have been written on the immortal love between two people time and again. These stories have lived over centuries and inspired people to do crazy things that they would never do in their sane mind.

Be it the story of Radha Krishna or the modern play of Romeo Juliet. “Love survives the most challengings situation” we have been hearing this for long. It will always exist as an immortal feeling. However, the question here is, “Are all these stories true?”. The expectations set by the long lost history show a beautiful side to the feeling of love.

Millennia later, we still live and fall in love. However, the definition of love has changed from that period to ours. We have heard of the stories where couples die in love, now does that love really exist?

As the title suggests, Love these days is more about sex and money rather than the feeling of being together. It is a give and take relationship, where one would expect sex and others would expect gifts. Involving in some unattached sex isn’t bad, but naming that lust towards each other as love is tainting the ideals of love.

Physical intimacy isn’t wrong at all when you are in love you eventually come closer. We know for a fact that hormones make you feel attracted towards the other gender and it is entirely natural. However, there are a lot of people out there who use the word love to satisfy their body hunger. Sometimes they end up hurting people to such an extent that their trust is completely shattered.

There have been hundreds of definitions for love. But, my favorite is to define it as an intense feeling of affection towards a person. I have known from experience that love and sex don’t necessarily go hand in hand. However, sex works as a catalyst for enhancing their love.

It is time we talk about what we know and what we feel with someone who is a little mature than the age of crazy sex. Using the word “love” can break someone’s heart to such an extreme level that they will not be able to trust someone else. Be clear about your intentions when you start dating. Are you actually in love with the person or starting this relationship for sex?

Think before you say “I love you” out loud carefully.

February is a high time when parents, teachers and students tighten their belts in terrifying wait of the board examination. This is the time when teenager belonging to 10th and 12th standards are stressed out and scared to death. Be it a high achiever or someone who has been sulking on his/her studies, both, have a ticking time bomb inside their minds trying to figure out, how to get the best scores to their abilities.

What we forget this stress exists for a reason, you can either choose to let it be the cause of your downfall or use it as a driving force to improve your results. But, to fight exam stress, first you need to understand the reasons behind it, and you can establish ways to turn it into driving force. The major reasons for stress can be, either you lack the preparation & planning or competition among each other. We do not realize, but high expectations from parents are the major cause of exam stress.

All of us go through the same stress, but I will share the ways I kept my stress levels in check during my board.

1. Plan your study routine:

This is the easiest thing to do on the list. It is shocking to see the number of students who think creating a study plan is a waste of time. The ones that create it have a tough time following it. But with some effort, in the beginning, you can be more productive and motivated with each passing day. You just have to plan on:
“How many hours to study for board exams?”
“Which subject deserves the priority?”
“How to separate your leisure time?”

2. Avoid distractions:

I can bet on the fact that you don’t even realize how many times you check your social media accounts. Studies have shown that people between the age of 15 and 22 spend their 67% of the time of various social media accounts. I know most of the things that you love exist in the world of social media, but ask yourself is it really that important? It can be hard to detach but keeping the goal in mind can ease the process.

Teenager social media usage

3. Get enough sleep

There are a lot of us who spend late nights trying to study, and it works for most of us as well, but a lot of us underestimate the benefits of proper night’s sleep. Sleep helps us assimilate knowledge into a long term memory so that we can recall it later. It is stated that people between 14 and 18 should sleep for at least 8 hours. You don’t have to sleep for 8 hours but give yourself enough rest that your mind doesn’t feel tired.

4. Pick a relaxing activity:

Mind in constant pressure ends up exhausting you in such a way that your subconscious mind finds ways to deflect you by picking a distraction. Do what you love other than sitting in front of a computer or TV screen. Meditate if that keeps your mind calm, listen to music if it helps, go for a run outside, or just drink a cup of coffee. This will help you keep your mind focussed and reduce stress.

Brain activity after walk

5. Talk to someone:

It does affect your studies when you aren’t able to concentrate due to anxiety and stress. It does help when you speak with someone who could give you some useful advice. I understand the advice our parents give us at this point will have no effect. You can always talk to an elder brother, friend, teacher or a senior who would sit down with you and tell you how easy it reduces the stress and still get better scores.

Since the beginning of time, Humankind has always looked for options to explore and expand their wealth. We started with the barter system and now we are living in a world of digitalized money. We have always wanted to grow and understand the working of the technology in various ways possible. Here we are in an era of machines where everything can just be handled from the web. Let’s have a look at one such currency to understand what is it actually worth.

Cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange, created and stored electronically in the blockchain, using encryption techniques to control the creation of monetary units and verily transfer of funds. The best example is BITCOIN.

Understanding blockchain isn’t that difficult once you understand the working diagram.

Now let’s actually talk about Bitcoin. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency created by Satoshi Nakamoto using blockchain and had been a significant player in the crypto market. The cryptocurrency, denoted by bitcoin or BTC, can be accepted as payment for goods and services or bought either from other people or directly from exchanges/vending machines. These bitcoins can be transacted via software, apps, or various online platforms that provide wallets. Another way to obtain bitcoin is through mining. The Bitcoin system runs on a P2P network, and transactions happen directly between users with no intermediary. Bitcoin decentralizes the responsibilities of verifying the validity of transactions to the entire network.

How does this currency come into your hand? As specified above, It can be earned after transfers, but there is another way. Transactions you make are recorded in the public ledger called blockchain and are verified by network nodes, which could be any individual using a computer system with Bitcoin software installed. Once you have made a transfer, the transaction will be broadcast between various people and confirmed by the network. Upon verification, it will be recorded in the blockchain, and then the transfer is completed. This record-keeping process is referred to as mining, and people offering the computing power to do so are called miners. Bitcoins are created as an incentive for solving the cryptography puzzle using transaction data; thus, successful miners are rewarded with the newly created bitcoins, on top of transaction fees. So if you know about computing and able to solve a few puzzles, you will be able to earn a few bitcoins and make some money. This is very similar to working hard in a gold mine, but at the end of the day, you get the money, not the mine owners.

As everything in this world has pros and cons, let’s find out what are for these types of currencies.

Pros

1. It is transparent: It is an open ledger on which all transactions are recorded and monitored. Hence, Transactions are available for verification by anyone, anytime.

2. Portability: Unlike heavy bags full of money. You can carry billions on just a single device with you.

3. Independent: Since you are in control in of transactions without a third party involved, this helps to keep it safe. This protects you from identity theft.

Cons

1. Understanding: This currency is based on computer understanding, and a lot of people find it hard to understand technology hence it would be hard for them to trust such a tech.

2. Gone if lost: We live in a world which is connected to web and money like this easy catch for some hacker who knows you and has a deep understanding of blockchains. Hence, Once lost they can’t be recovered in case of security issue. Always keep your money away from the web.

There is one point which has been bothering me. You decide if it’s good or bad.

Transactions can’t be traced: So, there is no fear of anyone tracing the money through any organization. Hence, you can buy anything you want without being traced, and this is a boon for countries under a dictator’s rule. But it also makes a perfect tool for criminal transactions. A drug dealer could have someone dealing with a tremendous amount of money without being caught.

All the facts have been laid down. The decision is yours to make now.

Is it a myth or a possibility for the future?

All of us have a dream to be a millionaire, start a business, be happy. We have always wanted to be our own boss. This is a path only a few dare to take, but the risks it involves are great hence a few with a strong will, manage to succeed. I had my ups and downs when I ventured. I have failed more than I have achieved, but this made me realize all of us are scared deep down to take risks. We all want to have a safe career where our families are well provided, but we still keep dreaming. There are hundreds of article out there explaining how to be an entrepreneur. I am not going to talk about how to be one. I am here writing about 10 things to do before you venture the cutthroat competition of entrepreneurship.

1. Self Motivate:

There are a very few people who would motivate you, but there would be a whole lot of them out there who would bring you down. When I decided to go down this path, I got a lot of negatives, and I realized that I need to keep motivating myself. Some people kept trying their best to keep me down. No one said, “it’s a good thing to take a risk.” No one said, “I am the best, and I can do it.” The question comes how do I motivate myself. Read a book, Watch videos, listen to speeches, all of these are a great help but the most important step would be to remind yourself that you are the best and you can do great things. You came into this world to do great things. Every morning is a new beginning, and there is no mistake huge enough to bring you down. You did something wrong that’s alright. Tell yourself mistakes happen, and you need to fix it.

2. Work for an Entrepreneur:

Before you jump into the field, learn the moves from the side. Work with an entrepreneur. I am not talking about someone who made their money years ago, but someone who is starving at the moment but making a success into the market. I am talking about someone who didn’t just bring their idea into the market but making it better every day and expanding their business. That is someone from whom you can learn the moves and mistakes. The market is here and today, what he is doing might be obsolete in a few years, but you can always learn what not to do. So, to be honest, there is an upside to the slope.

3. Research and learn fast:

In order to succeed you need to keep learning and updating yourself every minute of your life. Study how you need to build your network, research what other products are available in the market, research who would be interested in your idea, learn how to modify and develop your idea better, learn how the competition is working. It comes down to this point where it is all about learning and building your place. This will make you ready for what is next to come.

4. Work more than 11 hours every day for a year:

I have seen people do a 9 to 5 job and run away as soon as they can to their home. That’s not a business will work. A lot of people think that once you own a business, you can take off whenever you want, you can leave whenever you want. What people don’t realize is, that is not as easy as it looks, it takes more effort to start and run a business than just working as an employee. Take a step, work more than 11 hours in your present job, see if you can make it happen. Stop making excuses to stay out and party, work harder than the CEO of the company. This would bring terrific results, you will end up being noticed by the higher management. Staying in office doesn’t mean you take as many breaks as you want to along with your friends. Work to make things happen, see how hard you can push yourself. Practice pushing yourself a little more every day.

5. Save money:

Saving money is the most crucial part. A few ideas get investors hyped up, but no one will jump out their seat to invest their money into your project. The project needs work before it can take form and get investments. How are you going to bring your idea into a form? You would need money. Do not take a loan from your parents! Save some money every month while you are working as an employee in a firm. Master the skills, you would need them in the future. Make sure you save your own money.

6. Learn to sell:

Before making the plunge learn to sell yourself first. Every personality development course is going to tell you that you need to sell yourself to selected during an interview. I am saying you, you need to sell yourself every step of the life. A friendly customer gets more discount than an irate one. Ever thought what makes that happen? The lovely customer was able to sell himself as a nice person who gained the salesman’s empathy. Since you want your idea to be sold into the market, you need to sell yourself first. Sell yourself to the investor, sell yourself to the team, sell yourself to the customer. It’s all in the sales, my friend.

7. Build Network, establish relationships:

You want your idea to reach a broader market learn to expand your relationships. Everything in this competitive world is about the network. You might not be very good at making friends, but you need to learn to influence people and build relationships if your idea to reach the right people. It happens at times that your idea reaches, bouncing around on different ears, to someone who would like your project and be actually interested in investing money and help you expand your business. You never know who is going to connect you to an investor.

8. Build an audience:

Build an audience with people surrounding you. Talk to people about your idea, talk to your friends and their friends about your plan. There is a technique in psychology called seeding, you keep talking about an idea again and again in front of others and when it comes to action people are automatically drawn to it. You already have built an audience all you need to do is sell your idea, and at the right time with the effort, it will reach the right ears.

9. Explore the industries and learn your strength:

When you start exploring the industry, you learn more and more every day. Every industry you work for will give you a new perspective of looking at things. I have worked with every industry out there to see what I could learn from them and where I could fit in. I was not only growing but also able to think of ways to improvise things. You learn where your strengths are and what are your weaknesses. A little work on it every day will fix everything right up.

10. Get on Ground Zero:

Take a risk, a project where everybody is afraid to fail. Take that project and do everything to make that project happen. Finish the deadlines, work harder than everyone else, research and learn more and more every day about the project. Get down where the action is real. What will happen if you fail? Nothing! You will learn something from your failure and will make sure it is not repeated next. But, can you imagine what happens if you succeed in making it a success? A project where no one was ready to take a step, but you made things happen. You would be the best employee in the organization on the fast track to promotions.