Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fwd: Email Campaign to "Headlines Today" CEO to fire Rajdeep Sardesai from his job for assaulting Indians abroad

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From: Ravi
Date: Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 3:26 AM
Subject: Email Campaign to "Headlines Today" CEO to fire Rajdeep Sardesai from his job for assaulting Indians abroad

Please write an email to "Headlines Today" CEO to sack Rajdeep Sardesai from his job for assaulting Indians abroad. 

The CEO's email is: ashish.bagga@intoday.com

Did you know? After being sacked from CNN-IBN, Sardesai has been in his new job at "Headlines Today" for only around two weeks (since Sept 11, 2014) and he has already behaved like a street-goonda and a disgrace to his employers (TV Channel) by throwing punches with Indians abroad. 

Please send a link to this video link below:

P.S: Here are the CEO's details: http://www.indiatodaygroup.com/contact.php

Ashish Bagga,  Group CEO, 
Headlines Today,
FC-8, SECTOR - 16A, 
Tel: +91-120-4807100 
Email: ashish.bagga@intoday.com

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM, Ravi <curved.sabre@gmail.com> wrote:
(Video) Rajdeep Sardesai throws the first punch at NaMo supporters and then claims victim-hood ?

See video here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=579832775479779

P.S: You can login to Facebook to see follow-up videos and comments of this attack in the thread below.

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Fwd: Formal Complaint - BBC Asian Network programme by Nihal on Fri 26/9/14 on Caste & Navratri

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The British authorities, incited by the church, are implying that all Hindu religious festivals are casteist and inviting legal action under the new anti-caste provisions of the Equality Bill. Some prominent Hindus are supporting the authorities!


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From: British Hindu Voice <britishhinduvoice@gmail.com>
Date: 29 September 2014 04:39:15 GMT+05:30
To: Tony Hall BBC <tony.hall@bbc.co.uk>
Cc: Mark Stripple- Asian Network <Mark.Stripple@bbc.co.uk>, Kevin Silverton - BBC Asian network <kevin.silverton@bbc.co.uk>
Subject: Formal Complaint - BBC Asian Network programme by Nihal on Fri 26/9/14 on Caste & Navratri

Dear Lord Hall

I am writing to express my concern about the way the presenter Nihal presented and handled the discussions and the phone in on the above subject on Fri. 26th Sept 2014.

The link to listening the broadcast is : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hl07y

The shocking implication or the underlying thread of the BBC's view/radio discussion  seems to be  that the Caste legislation would seek to ban such a key religious events as Navratri on the grounds of alleged caste discrimination!

I am sure you are aware that a significant number of Hindus and  Jains feel very hurt with the way the House Of Lords handled the debate on Caste amendment legislation several months ago when some of them expressed very hostile and derogatory views about Hindus  and Hindu faith. If you want, we can send  the details of this to you.

Since then Hindus have  been requesting that whichever publicly funded body wants to discuss Caste , they should first be totally aware of the current  Caste Debate following the abuse dished out to Hindus in Houses of parliament and be unbiased in the way they handle, approach, coordinate and manage the Caste debate.

You may also be aware that the Parliament  supported  the  legislation on Caste without first agreeing a definition of Caste! This has caused serious problems, challenges and concerns. This matter of definition of caste, we believe, is now being  scrutinised by many organisations both Governmental and non governmental. 

We are not saying there should be no debate but given BBC's hostility, real or perceived, towards India and Hindus it is important that whoever is making a decision to host this caste debate within a British context should ensure they have proper and full knowledge to begin with,  that the discussion be conducted with fairness and in an unbiased approach. On this bases, we hold that the BBC has failed.

So within this context, could you please give your response to the following questions?

1) How was this topic considered, the reasons for considering it  and by whom?

2) Could you let us know which definition of Caste BBC was using in the broadcast?

3) What research was conducted by your researchers and journalists into how organisations celebrate and organise Navratri?   Which Gujarati organisations did you consult/approach to get details of their policy and approach to this Navratri festival?

An early response would be appreciated

Mukesh Naker

British Hindu Voice
143 Cavendish Rd, Leicester, Leicestershire LE2 7PJ   
cc Mark Stripple & Kebin Silverton

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Fwd: Spontaneous combustion deja vu in America

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From: K

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/narendra-modi-visit-111394.html#ixzz3Ei0npXSX

In 2002, while he was chief minister of Gujarat, violence broke out across the state after ****the death of 58 Hindu pilgrims in a train fire*****.

Minor concession to fact:
The clashes resulted in the death of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus...

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Fwd: Ajai Shukla: Pakistan's new spymaster+Hong Kong SAR time to stand with the people+The Challenges of Global Terrorism + MORE

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From: sanjeev nayyar
Date: Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM
Subject: Ajai Shukla: Pakistan's new spymaster+Hong Kong SAR time to stand with the people+The Challenges of Global Terrorism + MORE

'Yet in 2008, when Lt Gen Akhtar was a brigadier attending a one-year course at the US Army War College, he wrote a 6,313-word paper entitled: "US-Pakistan trust deficit and the war on terror". This spelt out his views on America; militant Islam; the roiling Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, where Pakistan's army is currently fighting; and Pakistan's relations with India.'
2. The Challenges of Global Terrorism 29/9/14 by maj gen sheru thapliyal http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/the-challenges-of-global-terrorism/
'The rise of non-state actors in terrorism can be traced back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. At that time, apart from Pakistan taking the lead and becoming a frontline state in the fight against the Soviet invasion, they encouraged, religiously motivated youth to come under the umbrella of various terrorist organisations and that is where Al Qaeda under Osama Bin Laden came into being. Pakistan thought that it would be able to control these Jihadi groups but the script went awry.
A slump in economic activity since the fall of 2007 and then constantly falling economic indices (e.g. the fall of Lehman Brothers in the US). The credit market collapsed in tandem with rising military budgets of some of the developing and developed nations.
Terrorism is a double-edged weapon. It is like a wicked dog, which often bites the hand that feeds it.' India experienced it with Bhindranwale and LTTE of Sri Lanka during the 1980s. Pakistan is realising it now, after sponsoring the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s and the 1990s. Even the Pakistan military, which supported and controlled them earlier, is finding it difficult to control the situation in FATA and other areas of the NWFP'.
My take – How does one deal with Governments using NGO's to create unrest in a country and overthrow governments. India receives over $ 2 billion from the U.S.& Europe, what comes thru the Hawala route is unknow.
4. India will not be a major player in America's game of 'rebalancing the Asia-Pacific' 30/9/14 http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/0930/c98649-8789925.html
'In fact, no matter how close the relationship between India and the U.S. grows, India will not be a major player on the American team. The 'rebalancing' strategy consists of three parts - politics, economy and security. However, Indian national power is not sufficiently strong in any one of the three aspects. The unsolved territorial disputes will not affect the development of Sino-India relations. China and India vowed to forge a closer development partnership when Chinese President Xi Jinping finished his state visit to India a week ago. It is unrealistic for America to rely on India to play a leading role in its "rebalance in Asia-Pacific" strategy. There is little prospect of India and the U.S. reaching consensus on Chinese issues.'
5. Hong Kong SAR time to stand with the people 30/9/14 http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2014/09/hong-kong-sar-time-to-stand-with-people.htmlThe following statement issued by Occupy Central with Love and Peace in Response to the Chief Executive. ( September 29, 2014, Hong Kong SAR, Sri Lanka Guardian) Since Hong Kong citizens began to use civil disobedience as a means to struggle for universal suffrage, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has refused to enter direct dialogue with the public. Instead, he has unilaterally spoken on television to criticize the Occupy Central movement. The Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) movement strongly condemns this, and believe Leung 's non-response to the people's demands has driven Hong Kong into a crisis of disorder. OCLP strongly demands that Leung Chun-ying resign to create a space for political reform and to defuse the crisis in our society.'
6. Modi makes rockstar debut in the U.S. 30/9/14 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/884225.shtml
'Pointing to US leaders' statements that Asia will dominate the 21st century, Modi said: "And some say it will be India's century. India has the capacity to achieve that potential."
7. Words are not enough, only action can dismantle the barriers by ashok v desai 30/9/14 http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140930/jsp/opinion/story_18861267.jsp. GOOD READ.
8. Modi has to offer more to Obama than vice versa by C R gharekhan 29/9/14 http://www.rediff.com/news/column/modi-in-us-modi-has-more-to-offer-to-obama-than-vice-versa/20140929.htm
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
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Fwd: Modi should get a better media/speech advisor

well, it's always risky when you try to delve into an alien culture. who's this bleeding brit, anyway? but atanu is right, the gap with american pop culture is a bit much to bridge. 

but i must confess i have always hated xmen, never been a fan of hugh jackman (or of star wars for that matter). the great aussie imports into hollywood included brian "breaker morant" brown, russell "gladiator" crowe, the gorgeous nicole kidman, mel "mad max" gibson. 

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From: Atanu Dey
Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 1:50 AM
Subject: Modi should get a better media/speech advisor

This little clip from John Oliver. He is pretty funny. Of course it should not be taken seriously but it points to a serious matter: Modi should avoid opening himself to ridicule. If he indeed intended to be funny, he needs to smile to indicate he was kidding. Otherwise it seems as if he is clueless that he has misinterpreted the meaning of what he said.


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NYT Cartoon Caricatures India Over Space Ambitions

The New York Times couldn't resist caricaturing Indians even during their moment of Mars triumph:



To them, we look like 3rd-world bumpkins trying to get into a posh social club where we don't fit in. We'll just have to work harder to prove them wrong.

Op-Ed Piece by Narendra Modi and Barack Obama

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have jointly authored an op-ed piece published in the Washington Post:


John McCain, famous for his pragmatism and realpolitik, also chimes in with his opinion:


Monday, September 29, 2014

Quick notes: Giving back, Tired Jaitley...

  • Giving back: Anil Agarwal pledges 75% of his wealth to charity

  • Arun Jaitley: Serious health issues. Burdened by three key ministries.

  • Anand Kumar: Super 30 founder to speak at MIT and Harvard

  • Gross: Fried cockroach found with French fries in McDonald's Bangalore.
    Grosser: Choosing to go to McDonald's for your daughter's birthday.

  • Bill Clinton: "GDP growth doesn't lead to growth in median incomes because company after company takes more of its profits and spends it on dividends, stock buybacks, management increases ... and less on sharing it with the employees broadly."

  • Abandon all hope: Hopelessness from a spiritual point of view can also be termed choicelessness,ie. having no other choice than to honor the present moment completely and gracefully. As Eckhart Tolle describes in The Power of Now, “Waiting is a state of mind which makes you want the future, not the present. You don’t want what you have got, and what you have is what you don’t want. With every kind of waiting you create conflict between your here and now, where you don’t want to be and the projected future where you want to be. This greatly reduces the quality of your life making you lose the present.”

    So when we embrace hopelessness we cease to look for exit routes, and instead honor, acknowledge and accept the now as it is. We let go of our inner resistance and surrender to the moment with complete acceptance.

Mars in Full Glory - Courtesy of MOM

MOM has snapped a picture of Mars in its entirety, from a distance of 74500km out:


A large dust storm can be seen in the upper left of the image. Because of MOM's unique elongated orbit, majestic pictures of the entire planet can be taken routinely - something which none of the other orbiters sent from Earth are able to do. The details in this image are superior to images provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Fwd: PLEASE SIGN and pass on! Petition to kick this abusive brawler out: He disgraced India!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

hemu was killed, and a battle was lost

similarly, 90 year old rama raya was killed in the battle of talikota, which led to the utter defeat of vijayanagar.

here this story suggests that hemu's freak accident caused his defeat at the second battle of panipat.

this shows a dangerous dependence hindu troops have on one commander. there must be a succession plan in place. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

MOM's First Snaps of Mars

Here are the first pictures of Mars taken by India's Mars Orbiter Mission, using its Mars Colour Camera(MCC):

And what region have ISRO and MOM chosen to snap in the first picture? The Indus Vallis, of course.

modi at UN general assembly

gave a good speech, did not shy away from pakistan issue. told them patronizingly (and this is aimed at the US too) that there is no such thing as a good terrorist vs. a bad terrorist. 

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jayalalitha bites the dust

100 crore fine, 4 years jail, 6 more years barred from active politics, in disproportionate assets case. 

tamil nadu will be in flames.

pretty sad for the south. the telangana mess. congress misrule in KA and KE. now this in TN. sigh. investors better migrate northwards. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quick notes: White House dinner, Solar opportunity...

Fwd: China failed to capitalise on Xi's Delhi visit+ Keeping China at bay is key to protect Lanka+Daniel Twining: India, the global swing state for US and China

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1. Research in China by Claude Arpi 24/9/14 http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/research-in-china/
2. China failed to capitalise on Xi's Delhi visit by kanwal sibal 23/9/14 http://www.indiandefencereview.com/china-failed-to-capitalise-on-xis-delhi-visit/
'India's willingness to endorse China's Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor has been puzzling, as it risks propelling our northeast into China's orbit. Modi has added a caveat by declaring "our efforts to rebuild physical connectivity in the region would also require a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment. As a condition for opening Nathu La for the Mansarovar Yatra, we seem to have yielded to China's cajolement to indirectly accord recognition once again to the Tibetan Autonomous Region being an integral part of China through an awkward and peculiar formulation. Almost all the "agreements" signed during the visit, including on railway cooperation, are non-binding MOUs.
3. Liberalise border trade practices Myanmar can be the gateway of India to the East by G Parthasarathy http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140925/edit.htm#4
'Or border trade regulations are crafted by mandarins in North Block and Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi, who have no idea either of the ground situation along the India-Myanmar border or the pragmatism that China shows in treating the markets across its land borders with its neighbours, not as foreign markets, but as extensions of China's own markets.
Moreover, the "Kaladan Multimodal Corridor" linking our north-eastern states to the Bay of Bengal through the Port of Sittwe in Myanmar will be useful only if Sittwe becomes the key port for India-Myanmar trade.
In the mid-1990s Myanmar offered us hydro-electric projects across rivers near our borders. We took over a decade to scrutinise these projects, which companies in South Korea had earlier offered to construct. After nearly two decades, we backed off. Our private companies similarly have not been able to avail offers of land for agriculture across Myanmar. India was offered hundreds of acres of land with bamboo plantations for making paper pulp'.
4. Keeping China at bay is key to protect Lanka 23/9/14 by Pearl Thevanayagam http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2014/09/keeping-china-at-bay-is-key-to-protect.html
What is the SC trying to become. What are the issues of law in the flood situation. They should focus on clearing backlog of cases.
'A China-India axis would tilt the balance of power against the United States, calling into question the future of its alliances with nations like Japan, and the ability of the U.S. to lead globally. By contrast, a U.S.-India partnership would make it more difficult for China to challenge American leadership in Asia and the world.
As one Indian strategist put it: "We didn't seek a strategic partnership with America because we thought you'd go into decline but because we expected you to remain strong -- and to lead." Obama should heed this message when he meets India's prime minister.'
'Xi has also either selected, or approved the selection, of senior PLA commanders. Particularly, the commander of the Lanzhou military region which includes the Ladakh region in its overall area of responsibility, was promoted by Xi and has publicly expressed fealty to him. The political commissar of the Lanzhou region has also benefited from a promotion given by Xi this July.'
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
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Fwd: Mr Modi goes to Washington

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From: Atanu Dey
Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 7:40 AM
Subject: Mr Modi goes to Washington

Jacques Rousseau wrote in The Social Contract (1762), "To yield to force is an act of necessity, not of will; it is at best an act of prudence." 

I see Modi's visit as an act of necessity and prudence. My blog post http://bit.ly/1pt3tjL on the subject.



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GSLV Mark-III to Fly in Oct/Nov

India's next-generation rocket, the GSLV Mark-III will be making its maiden flight sometime in late October or November:


The rocket will be carrying the new Indian crew capsule on a suborbital flight.

Meanwhile, here is the full speech given by PM Narendra Modi at ISRO congratulating its scientists on the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mangalyaan Reaches Mars!

A few minutes ago (although actually more like 15 minutes ago, when you subtract the lightspeed delay), the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft ('Mangalyaan') successfully inserted itself into Mars orbit. Jai Hind!