#AceHistoryNews -Nov.23 –There is a little corner of Jerusalem that is forever India. At least, it has been for more than 800 years and its current custodian has plans for his family to keep the Indian flag flying for generations to come. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30122030
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Despite differences in physical appearance, language, and other ethnological features, the people of South Asia share to a considerable degree a common cultural heritage. Sanskrit and Prakrit, the languages of the region’s most ancient texts, the Mahabharataand Ramayana, great epics dating from ca. 500-300 B.C.E., reinforce cultural links and a sense of shared tradition throughout the region.
South Asia preferred the use of draped garments, regional variations occur throughout the areas. These are influenced by geo-climatic conditions, and socio-cultural environment. religious rituals and classical learning. Wrapped and draped garments appear to be the oldest form of attire in South Asia. Nevertheless, awls found at archaeological sites of the Harappan civilization, in the Indus Valley in present day Pakistan (third millennium B.C.E.) indicate that leather stitching and embroidery were practised there. Stitched garments entered the region with ancient migrations of people from Central Asia.
The assumption made by some European scholars that Muslims introduced tailoring to South Asia is baseless and incorrect. For the earliest local literature preserves words for the needle (suchi), the thimble (pratigraha), scissors (sathaka), and even for the sewing bag, showing that tailoring was practised in ancient times.
South Asia has the distinctive characteristic that women have maintained their traditional way of dress. The elite younger generation does wear Western dress and the universal jeans, but for special occasions many would prefer to mark the occasion in a local dress. The debate is always open for discussing the clothing for women in the region as a way of compliance and subversion of women into the stereotypical South Asian women that is based on the our way of dressing.
However, south asian women are very strongly aware of these notions and this has led to the discursive positioning that we maintain. Therefore, our use of traditional dressing does not necessarily imply compliance, but on the contrary it is a statement against oppression and existing patriarchy. As noted very intuitively by South Asia’s Dr. Shaminder Takhar in her book Gender, Ethnicity and Political Agency: South Asian Women Organizing.
Those of us, who are feminists have always used one form or other of traditional dresses to make profound statements on women rights, status and equality struggles. Women’s bodies have throughout time been a tool on which societies carry out their agendas (mostly anti-women friendly) but before dismissing me, or my strong, suave south Asian sisters, please remember that “there is more to us” then just our modest and bright colourful dresses.
Because when I or countless others wear any traditional local dress, we are usually making a strong statement that we are not ashamed to carry forward our traditions and neither ashamed to set right society’s shenanigans.
After all, we are the carriers of strength that comes into forms of resilience, rebellion and retributions.
Featured Writer Post: South East Asia News
Date: November 23 2014
#AceHistory2ResearchNews – Nov.16 – The Horse Protection Act of 1970 is a United States federal law, under which the practice of soring is a crime punishable by both civil and criminal penalties.
Soring is the practice of applying irritants (including objects such as nails, example pictured) or blistering agents to the front feet or forelegs of a horse, making it pick its feet up higher in an exaggerated manner that creates the "action" desired in the show ring, giving practitioners an unfair advantage over other competitors.
The Act makes it illegal to show a horse or enter it at a horse show, to auction, sell, offer for sale, or transport a horse for any of these purposes if it has been sored. It is enforced by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Violations are detected by observation, palpation and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to identify chemicals on horses’ legs.
Certain training techniques and topical anesthetics can be used to avoid detection by the first two methods. In 2013, an amendment to the Act was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives to toughen penalties and outlaw "stacks", or layers of pads attached to the front hooves.
#AceHistoryNews – Nov.16 – Hurricane Claudette was the third tropical storm and first hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. A fairly long-lived July Atlantic hurricane, Claudette began as a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean.
It moved quickly westward, brushing past the Yucatán Peninsula before moving north-westward through the Gulf of Mexico.
Claudette remained a tropical storm until just before making landfall in Port O’Connor, Texas, when it quickly strengthened to a strong Category 1 hurricane.
Forecasting its path and intensity was uncertain, resulting in widespread and often unnecessary preparations along its path.
Claudette was the first hurricane to make landfall in July in the United States since Hurricane Danny in the 1997 season.
The hurricane caused one death and moderate damage in Texas, mostly from strong winds, as well as extensive beach erosion.
Because of the damage, President George W. Bush declared portions of South Texas as a Federal Disaster Area, allowing the affected citizens to apply for aid.
Claudette also caused significant rainfall and minor damage in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, as well as minor damage on Saint Lucia.