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Dog Meat Festival

In China there is tradition of Dog Meat Festival. Some oppose it. They call themselves animal lovers or animal rights activists.
Food habits vary. I do not know how many fruitarians are there. There are vegans. There are vegetarians who do not eat eggs, fish and meat. There are different types of non-vegetarians. Some do not eat beef. Some do not eat pork. Burmese, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Vietnamese and some others eat meat of cats, dogs, rats, snakes and so on.
People who want to hold meat festivals should not be prevented. Otherwise somebody or the other will find something or the other objectionable. From ban on meat festivals there will be demand for ban on eating meat. Some will want ban on beef; some on pork; some on chicken; some on mutton; some on meat of cats, dogs, rats, snakes and so on. There will be people who will demand a ban on eggs and fish. Some will demand ban on onions, garlic, potatoes and tomatoes. Some will demand ban on milk and dairy products.
If a species is endangered there is justification for ban on hunting or killing any being that belongs to that species. Ban on whaling or hunting of endangered wild animals is just. Poaching is a crime. However if animals of a species multiply and become a problem, ban on killing them may be lifted. Many years ago there was a ban on killing kangaroos in Australia. Kangaroos multiplied and created problems for people. Australia lifted the ban on killing kangaroos. There are many stray dogs. They bark at all times. At night they disturb sleep. Ban on eating meat will result in multiplication of birds and animals and life will be difficult for human beings.

Football teams 2014

Football World Cup 2014 is going on. The teams are Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon in Group A; Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia in Group B; Colombia, Greece, Japan, Ivory Coast in Group C; Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy in Group D; Switzerland, France, Ecuador, Honduras in Group E; Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F; Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA in Group G; and Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea in Group H.
Russia is spread over Asia and Europe. Iran, Japan, South Korea are from Asia. Australia is the only team from that continent. Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria are from Africa. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay are from South America. Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA are from North America. Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland are from Europe.
Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland form one compact area. Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia were part of Yugoslavia. Apart from Russia no country from former USSR is in Football World Cup.
India is good enough to play in Hockey World Cup which has 12 teams but not good enough to play in Football World Cup which has 32 teams. In cricket, being a Test-playing nation, it has a place in ODI and Twenty20 World Cups.
China is the most populous nation and does well in sports. In Olympics it is first or second. It is not in Football World Cup.
South Africa, host of 2010 World Cup, is not in Football World Cup.
At one time UK had four teams in Football World Cup. Now England is the only team and Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland are out.
There is no team from SAARC and ASEAN.
India’s Football Association can host a tournament similar to Football World Cup. It can invite teams from China and 30 more populous nations that are not part of Football World Cup. Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Angola, Mozambique, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan and Canada can be some of those countries. India need not worry about FIFA standards and build new stadia. Two stadia are enough. That is because last two matches are to be held simultaneously to avoid match-fixing. Confining matches to two stadia will cut travel expenses and security. Money to be spent on tournament can be earned by telecast rights.

Narendra Modi is Prime Minister

Narendra Modi is India’s 14th prime minister. His predecessors were Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Chandra Shekhar, P. V. Narasimha Rao, Atal Behari Vajpayee, H. D. Deve Gowda, Inder Kumar Gujral, and Manmohan Singh.
On 26/5/2014 at 6.10 p.m. Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India. Swearing-in of ministers was scheduled at 6 p.m. He arrived at the forecourt at 5.59 p.m. Vice President Hamid Ansari followed. President Pranab Mukherjee appeared at 6.07 p.m. Swearing-in began after the playing of national anthem.
By 6 p.m. on 16 May it was clear that BJP had majority in Lok Sabha. After that Modi took 10 days for swearing-in. BJP Parliamentary Party meeting elected him leader on 20 May. After that six days gap was incomprehensible. The reason became clear when news came out that Modi has invited SAARC leaders for swearing-in. This was unprecedented. Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam was also invited.
Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Sadananda Gowda, Uma Bharti, Najma Heptullah, Gopinath Munde, Ram Vilas Paswan, Kalraj Mishra, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashok Gajapati Raju, Anant Geete, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Jual Oram, Radha Mohan Singh, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan took oath as cabinet ministers.
Vijay Kumar Singh, Inderjit Singh, Santosh Kumar Gangwar. Shripad Naik, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarbananda Sonowal, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Jitendra Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman took oath as minsters of state with independent charge.
G. M. Siddeshwara, Manoj Sinha, Nihal Chand, Upendra Kushwaha, Pon Radhakrishnan, Kiren Rijuju, Krishan Pal, Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, Mansukhbhai Vasava, Raosaheb Patil Danwe, Vishnu Deo Sai, Sudarshan Bhagat took oath as minsters of state.
Most ministers took oath in Hindi. Venkaiah Naidu, Sadananda Gowda, Najma Heptullah, Maneka Gandhi, Ashok Gajapati Raju, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Sarbananda Somwal, Nirmala Sitharaman, G. M. Siddeshwara, took oath in English.
The council of ministers has prime minister, 23 cabinet ministers, 10 MoS (independent charge), 12 MoS, total 46 ministers.
Swearing-in got over at 7.28 p.m. Then there was group photo of ministers with President and Vice President. After that Modi had a group photo with SAARC leaders.
Manmohan Singh was present. Sonia Gandhi was present. Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were present. Salman Khan and Salim Khan were present. Zafar Sareshwala was present. Vivek Oberoi was present. Gautam Adani, target of Rahul Gandhi’s attacks, was present. Anil Ambani was present. Mukesh Ambani was present. Prannoy Roy and Vikram Chandra were present. Ram Madhav, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sadhvi Rithambhara were present. Uddhav Thackeray was present.
Subramanian Swamy was not seen. Mamata Banerjee, Navin Patnaik, Jayalalitha, Oomen Chandy and Siddaramaiah had made it clear they will not attend. Some other chief ministers were not seen.
SAARC leaders were present. Bangladesh Speaker represented Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Other leaders were present in person. Tamil Nadu parties had opposed invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Modi ignored them. Nawaz Sharif took time to accept the invitation. Media focussed on invitation to Nawaz Sharif. BJP spokespersons had hard time to convince journalists that the invitations were for SAARC leaders.
Arun Jaitley and Smriti Irani have made it to cabinet. They lost Lok Sabha elections but continue to be Rajya Sabha members. Nirmala Sitharaman is not an MP and did not contest elections. Some BJP MPs who were previously ministers have not made it to the cabinet. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod Khanna are among them.
There will be disappointment among ministers who did not get desired portfolios and MPs who did not become ministers. They will wait for their chance to hit at Modi. Modi does not have to worry about allies since BJP has majority of its own. He has to tackle inflation and price rise.

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