Remember puffing on red-tipped Phantom Sweet Cigarettes as a child, to look cool?
With huge advertising, smoking was made a fashionably acceptable social behaviour, at work, in bars, cinemas
homes etc; imposing all activities being incomplete without a #Cigarette !
Smoking #cigarette was legitimated, celebrated & glamourized on Hollywood screen through stars like Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney
Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper
Humphrey Bogart,Lauren Bacall Marlene Dietrich etc, ensuring that it’d never lose its sophisticated lofty significance
#Cigarette was ‘imposed’ across all social classes & women!
In 1925, #Marlboro was introduced as a woman’s cigarette, ‘Mild as May’
The poison was thus transported to the rest of the world!
By 17th cent, 🇮🇳, China,SE Asia
Middle East, WAfrica started growing #tobacco
Pipes were introduced into Asia,soon they were made from clay, wood, bamboo, jade, ivory, metal, porcelain. Hookahs were then taken up by Arabs, Persians, Indians, Chines as a necessary activity with conversation, tea, coffee!
#NoSmoking #NoTobacco
Originally sold as an expensive handmade luxury item for the European elite, 12% of the world’s smokers today, are in India!
Over 10 lakh deaths in India per year are due to #SMOKING #Tobacco chewing!
Why do you think #GuruGobindSingh ji prohibited #SMOKING ?
#tobacco was the premium sources of revenue for Mughals, its consumption was hence prohibited to hit them where it hurt; economically!
And yes, the Guru wanted us to be free of such ills!
#TobaccoFreeIndia #nosmokingday
Phantom/ candy #cigarettes are still sold on @amazon
@swiggy_in delivers them do your doorstep
rolling papers, joint, chillum- youth lost in cloud of smoke- #HimachalPradesh
Who’s to be held accountable, the system, governments, Bollywood, parents or all?

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May 26
A Hindu refugee’s grocery shop & house near bakra mandi, Jodhpur has been attacked by around 300 muzlims 30 minutes back!
Bhoora migrated few years ago from Pakistan, I can vouch for him, have been buying grocery for refugees from him & supporting him since 2018.
The police from Boranada thana has just arrived, I demand justice for Bhoora ( & all the Hindu refugees all over Rajasthan) who’ve been harassed by this community endlessly! @ashokgehlot51 @inderojeet
Please help @gssjodhpur ji
Please report @ashok_aajtak
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How seriously should we take @ASIGoI
Respectful handling of the Sanchi Stupa in Vidisha
Neglected, locked 2,400+ yrs old Vishnu Mandir Stambh with Brahmi inscription venerating Vasudeva & glorifying Hindu Raja as "Saviour Bhagabhadra" in Vidisha
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@MinOfCultureGoI @Vishnu_Jain1

Desecration didn't just happen.
It was & till date is Ideological & perpetuated‼️
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Why this Suppressive #AntiHindu Bias ?
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जाकी रही भावना जैसी..
हर कंकड़ में शंकर हैं, आँख के अन्धों को दिखाई नहीं देते !

मनुष्य जीवन पा के भी जो जानवर की योनि में रहना चाहे उसे क्या कहेंगे?
Don’t worry your wish will be fulfilled, images of #HinduRashtra you shall see everywhere, waking & in sleep! 🤓
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We would hound the life out of the courts & @ASIGoI to open all the rooms in all the seven stories of #tejomahalaya
Why aren’t they eager to find out the hidden evidences, or are they only deceptive ornamental bodies?
Did @ASIGoI ever open & study evidences in all the rooms barred by Shahjahan with brick & lime?
Are they hiding the fact,that Shahjahan’d brow beaten Jaisingh to surrender #Tejomahalay
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Baba #Kedarnath doli reaching #kedarnathdham
The Aastha, the Devotion,
the Eternal #SanatanaDharma
Jai Baba #Kedarnath
Tomorrow, May 6, #Kedarnath Mandir Kapaats will be opened at 6•25am for the devotees.
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At Lucknow food stall @hunarhaat BKC Mumbai, guy on the counter very proudly bragged to me repeatedly,
“मैं शुजा उद दौला की 14वीं पीढ़ी हूँ, लखनऊ नाम उन्होंने ही दिया लक्ष्मणपुरी से बदल के”
An average muzlim still believes Hindus are his subjects!
Realize yet,what we are in for?
Says @naqvimukhtar , @hunarhaat provides employment to craftsmen & traditional culinary experts- indeed to Shuja-ud-Daula’s descendent (from 1000th concubine)😅
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