Friday, April 30, 2010

Invitation for the Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha at Thiruvananthapuram on 2nd May

apr 30th, 2010

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Subject: Invitation for the Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha at Thiruvananthapuram on 2nd May
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    Invitation for the Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha at Thiruvananthapuram on 2nd May

 
    Date : 2 May  2010
    Time : 5.00 PM - 8.00 PM
    Venue: N.S.S. Taluk Union Hall, Near S.P. Fort Hospital, Fort, Thiruvananthapuram.

    For More information please click here : http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/9162.html
 

Forbes: Why Baluchistan is important for China

apr 30th, 2010

china's pakistani colony.

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China's Pakistan Corridor

Maha Atal

Forbes Asia Magazine dated May 10, 2010

Balochistan is treacherous territory for many, but Beijing keeps buying its way in.

 

In the Pakistani province of Balochistan, South Asia and central Asia bleed into the Middle East. Bordered by Afghanistan, Iran and the Persian Gulf, and well endowed with oil, gas, copper, gold and coal reserves, Balochistan is a rich prize that should have foreign investors battering at the gates. But for a half-century it has been the exclusive playground of the Pakistani government and its state-owned Chinese partners. China would prefer it to stay that way.

China is Pakistan's oldest military and political ally, but in the last two decades it is the economic component of the alliance that has taken center stage. Pakistan, and in particular Balochistan, is China's physical link to its sizable investments in Iranian gas, Afghan hydropower and Gulf oil. Explains Andrew Small, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, the Sino-Pak relationship "matters more now, because of India's economic growth. Pakistan being a trade and energy corridor means that possible pipelines and projects [in Pakistan] have a strategic significance beyond the specific investments." Chinese control of Pakistan's commodities corridor can "bind India down in South Asia, restricting its capacity to operate elsewhere."

Chinese companies have poured at least $15 billion into Baloch projects: an oil refinery, copper and zinc mines and a deepwater port at Gwadar, in the Gulf of Oman. "They wanted Gwadar to be another Dubai," says Khurram Abbas, the port's managing director, "to capture the transit trade with countries that are landlocked, like Afghanistan, and to encourage transshipment trade from the Persian Gulf to East Africa."

China's Tianjin Zhongbei Harbor Engineering has invested $200 million to build the first three berths and plans to invest a total of $1.6 billion to expand the port in the future. But business at Gwadar has been slow. Though the three berths have the capacity to handle $2 billion worth of cargo a year, the port saw only $700 million in 2009. "The challenge," says Abbas, "is that Gwadar is not yet linked to the rest of the country. The government was supposed to provide road connectivity. Without roads there can be no commercial activity [in Balochistan]. And we need commercial activity, investors to set up factories around Gwadar, to get cargo for the port."

China is taking matters into its own hands, starting to build a highway from Gwadar to the capital of Balochistan, Quetta, on the Afghan border, where it will connect to Pakistan's national highway network, and from there to the Karakoram Highway that leads into China. China's Harbor Engineering Corps is also working on a new airport at Gwadar, due to open in 2013.

Infrastructure is not the only challenge that Chinese investors in Balochistan face. The province is a key battleground in the wars currently threatening Pakistan. Quetta is rumored to be hiding wanted leaders from the Afghan Taliban. Small towns in the Baloch heartland, meanwhile, are a launchpad for a decades-old separatist movement that capitalizes on populist resentment of federal agencies and foreign investment.

Chinese firms can usually weather these threats. Explains the German Marshall Fund's Small, "They are less concerned about security than the U.S. because they have faith in the Pakistani military's ability to look out for their interests, a level of faith that Chinese workers will get privileged levels of protection even amidst destabilizing [political] circumstances." Unsaid: China is willing to play in the bribery culture traditional to the area.

Moreover, China recruits local figures as managers. Muhammad Sanjrani, the managing director of China's Saindak copper mine in Chagai, Balochistan, is also the head of the local tribe, with historic control of the Chagai region, and has worked to sell the project to the populace.

Beijing is willing to play hardball to protect its position in Balochistan. That's a lesson learned the hard way for Tethyan Copper, a joint venture between Canada's Barrick Gold ( ABX - news - people ) and Chile's Antofagasta. In 2006 Tethyan signed a deal to survey, and then develop, the Reko Diq reserve in Balochistan, estimated to hold $70 billion in copper and gold.

Though the provincial government holds a 25% stake in the venture, the deal was signed between the federal government and Tethyan's foreign execs, and no prominent tribal authorities are involved. As a result, the mine has been unusually unpopular, exacerbating threats to other foreign investments in the province, including China's highway project.

In January the Baloch government, struggling politically and looking to appease separatist hardliners, announced it would cancel Tethyan's license and force investors to absorb a $3 billion loss. Almost immediately the U.S. intervened, putting pressure on the Pakistani central government to dissuade Quetta from doing this. U.S. diplomats believe the sanctity of the Tethyan deal is essential to its efforts to encourage Western investment in Pakistan as a counterterror tool.

For China, however, American intervention was an alarm bell, confirming longstanding suspicions in Beijing that Pakistan's alliance with the U.S. in Afghanistan would come at the expense of China's relationship with the Pakistani military establishment and its exclusive access to Pakistan's wealth and strategic location.

But the confrontation between Pakistan's central government, responding to U.S. pressure, and a more intransigent provincial leadership also presented China with an opportunity. The giant Metallurgical Corp. of China, which controls the Chinese stake in the Saindak site, bid to take over the Reko Diq site from Tethyan, too.

Though the provincial and federal governments have yet to agree, MCC made a compelling case. In private meetings with Baloch leaders the Chinese representatives agreed to build a railroad and a power plant in Balochistan as well as to waive any requirements for sovereign guarantees. Says a frustrated William N. Center, the U.S. State Department's foreign commercial attaché in Pakistan, "These are terms that no private company could compete with."

Push to the Sea

A highway from Gwadar to Quetta will serve as a pipeline for China. Metallurgical Corp. of China, a stakeholder in the Saindak copper mine, is aiming to take over Barrick's Reko Diq site.


Why media does not cover poverty related issues in India

apr 30th, 2010

because it would show how the kkkangress has been responsible for a crime against humanity -- forcing 500 million indians to live in dire poverty.

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A call for missionary journalism
 
http://www.dnaindia.com/opinion/column_a-call-for-missionary-journalism_1369086

Madhu Jain
Friday, April 9, 2010

The words of my boss still rankle, decades later. "Look, forget all this missionary journalism. Nobody likes to read about poverty." There was a major drought going on that summer in Rajasthan. I had just returned to Delhi after over a week in the remotest corners of the state — barely a stone's throw from the Pakistan border— on the trail of famine deaths.

The government of the day was almost going blue in the face denying famine deaths. But I had found several such incidents, mostly children who had died after successive years of malnutrition — heart-rending stories, each one of them.

Yet, nobody seemed interested. My story didn't make the cover. Shrunk considerably at the desk, it got middling billing. I was even called in by a bureaucrat in the PMO (the Prime Minster's Office) and gently ticked off for imagining things. There was only a little malnutrition, he told me, genially offering me a cup of overly sweet tea and some glucose biscuits.

Two things happened recently that have made me bring up such an old anecdote: a front page lead story in a daily about hungry children eating silica-laced mud to survive in Ganne village not far from Allahabad; and the massacre on Tuesday in which about 76 Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed in an ambush by Maoists in the dense forests of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.



I see the two issues as related. Both have to do with poverty. The children go to sleep hungry and try to stop the gnawing hunger in their swollen bellies by eating mud. The thought of children eating mud is bad enough. But it is probably worse elsewhere: I've seen people picking out undigested food from cow dung to satiate their hunger.

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China breaks the Himalayan barrier: amb bhadrakumar

apr 30th, 2010

manmohan must be confused: who does he genuflect to first? yanks or hans? not to forget mohammedans.

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China breaks the Himalayan barrier

China has ascended to become South Asia's leading interlocutor on regional cooperation, as events at a summit in Bhutan this week show, and may make India look an ineffectual power in its own backyard. The countdown has begun for a point when China leapfrogs India in terms of substantive cooperation, a jump Beijing has already made on Japan and the United States in Southeast Asia. - M K Bhadrakumar (Asia Times, Apr 30, '10)

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LE01Df03.html


Indian politicians and Gulf money....

apr 30th, 2010

not to mention this is where pakistani counterfeit indian rupees come from. in containerloads.

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The Telegraph, April 28, 2010

THE EDGE OF A PRECIPICE

Everything that is rotten in India has a Dubai angle

K.P. NAYAR

The sleaze from the Indian Premier League's gutter, which has significantly diminished the country's political class and others in authority — such as the chairman and managing director of Air India, Arvind Jadhav, who willingly converted the airline into a private carrier for the IPL — is a warning that for the Indian State, Dubai continues to be a curse.

My first direct exposure as a young journalist to the depth and range of corruption and wrong-doing in the Indian government was in Dubai, where I lived in the 1980s. I used to frequent the office of the owner of a big bank in Dubai. His chief hatchet man, his CEO of sorts — although such fancy corporate designations were unknown in Dubai then — was an Indian from Kerala, who constituted my access to the bank owner, a multi-billionaire businessman whose sprawling global business empire included everything from hotels and car dealerships to newspapers and real estate.

It is only an incidental aside to the main narrative of this column that at that time, the bank owner, whose family had huge business and personal stakes in Pakistan, was providing refuge to an exiled Benazir Bhutto in one of his three houses off London's Mayfair and simultaneously running businesses under various names for the head of one of the 22 families which controlled 66 per cent of Pakistani industry and owned 87 per cent of that country's banking and insurance prior to nationalization of those by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. While Benazir was running her campaign against General Zia-ul-Haq from this Dubai businessman's London property — where I first met her — the irony is that the man for whom the same entrepreneur was running benami ventures was one of the most powerful ministers in General Zia's cabinet.

The general manager of the bank owned by the Dubai businessman was an amiable Scotsman, who was totally trusted by the owner to look after his wide-ranging interests. One day, the general manager was summoned by the owner and told that a fairly large sum of money needed to be withdrawn from the account of 'Mr Crow' and that the Scotsman should deliver the money to the owner. It would be collected by 'Mr Crow' whom the owner would be seeing in the next two days while he was visiting the Emirate.

I sat quietly in a corner of the room, sipping gahwa, a ritual coffee preparation in Arab communities, and wondering who 'Mr Crow' may be. I did not have to wait long to discover his identity: 'Mr Crow' was a very senior civil servant who later became India's foreign secretary.

For a journalist with a 'nose' for information, Dubai is one of the most open places in the world. Once a newsman has won the trust of an Arab, howsoever sensitive his position may be, he will share information with you which will be wrapped in multiple layers of secrecy in most other countries. In my decade-long experience in Dubai, people share information with trusted journalists in the full knowledge that it will not be written about — until after decades, as in the case of this narrative. Unless, of course, the journalist is seeking a one-way plane ticket out of the Emirate.

So, I found out that the arrangement with 'Mr Crow' was merely the tip of an iceberg of questionable activities in this once-thriving bank, which fell on bad times during one of the Gulf region's cyclical downturns and was taken over by the Emirate's government to be merged with a bigger bank, which was wholly owned by the sheikhdom of Dubai. It is not known what subsequently happened to the secret account of 'Mr Crow'. But the future foreign secretary was not the only prominent Indian to have his illicit wealth stashed away in undisclosed accounts abroad in those days of severe foreign exchange controls at home.

Only a few people at the top in the family-owned, poorly-regulated, unaudited banks in Dubai in those days knew the true identity of account-holders like 'Mr Crow'. I have heard the general manager and the owner of the bank in question discuss with the Malayali CEO of the conglomerate the accounts of a 'Mr Frog' or a 'Mr Cat'. I was told in absolute confidence 25 years ago that a rising politician then, who subsequently became a member of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet, was the holder of one such account while another member of Singh's previous council of ministers had a fat account under a similarly fictitious name.

During much of the 13 years when Win Chadha, arms-agent-turned-accused in the Bofors scandal, lived as an absconder in Dubai, India's emissaries who went to the Emirate ostensibly to have him repatriated repeatedly told Dubai authorities that although they were serving papers seeking Chadha's return, in reality they did not want to lay their hands on him. Over the years, such duplicity by New Delhi has cost India the respect of the Dubai government. When Chadha finally returned to India in 2000 during National Democratic Alliance's rule, the then Indian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, K.C. Singh, successfully used his persuasive powers, not legal coercion to facilitate his return. By then, New Delhi had so completely lost credibility with Dubai in the Chadha case that no Indian official with a modicum of integrity or sensitivity could look the Emirate's authorities in the eye or demand the repatriation of the former Bofors agent.

It is no surprise that Dubai became home to the so-called D-Company, the gang of fugitive smuggler and drug dealer, Dawood Ibrahim, who eventually contracted his services to organize terrorist attacks on India on behalf of Pakistan. Or that Dubai was the transit point from India to Pakistan for some members of the Memon family, who planned the serial bomb attacks on Mumbai in 1993. How could the Dubai government be expected to believe that India was serious about getting Dawood back to Mumbai when it has been plain as daylight to the UAE and to Bahrain that at least on two occasions in the 1990s when there was real chance that Dawood — and his brother Anees Ibrahim in the case on Bahrain — would be extradited, New Delhi blew the opportunities to do so.

Everything that is rotten in India has a Dubai angle: human trafficking, gold smuggling, money laundering and terrorist financing through the hawala or parallel banking system, and now, the IPL. It is symptomatic of Dubai's dubious importance for India's political class that during every election season in India, the value of the rupee shoots up in the Emirate's money market where the Indian currency is freely available and is actively traded. Not only does its value go up: currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination suddenly become short in supply, obviously because they are physically transported to India to finance the elections with black money.

In the 1980s, when a surge in complaints about exploitation and mistreatment of Indian workers forced New Delhi to offer more institutional protection to immigrant workers, an Indian consul-general in Dubai who sought to ensure such protection was threatened by recruiting agents, Indians who supply labour to the Gulf states. When the consul-general stood his ground, the agents plainly told him that they would go to New Delhi and get their way. Not only did they get their way, but soon enough, the ministry of external affairs instituted several enquiries against the consul-general who eventually left his post under a cloud.

The situation has only got worse and more serious since then as Dubai's hold over India deteriorates into a stranglehold. More recently, another consul-general in Dubai, a very senior officer who is currently serving elsewhere abroad, paid with his reputation after South Block instituted investigations against him based — believe it or not — on allegations levelled against him by known frontmen for Dawood Ibrahim. Relying on 'evidence' provided by Dawood's henchmen in moving against the senior diplomat was like relying on a thief's testimony in a case of robbery against himself!

Last week, speaking about the rot in the IPL and Indian cricket's Dubai connection in the Lok Sabha, Abdul Rahman, the MP from Vellore, singled out for praise two officers, Yash Sinha and Venu Rajamony, who were recently consuls-general in the Emirate. Given the unfair treatment of some of their predecessors by New Delhi which surrendered to cabals in Dubai, it was just as well that Rahman, who lived in Dubai before contesting from Vellore last year, put his impressions on record.

Because more and more of India's rich and powerful are increasingly beholden to Dubai one way or another, the Emirate has now come to believe that India can be treated like another banana republic that Dubai, in fact, is. Last month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler, accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker at a conclave organized by a media group, then used that invitation to wangle a meeting with the prime minister and left without addressing the conclave. True, the government had nothing to do with the conclave, but the Dubai ruler's behaviour betrays a lack of decency which ought to inject an element of caution in any future dealings with the sheikh whose policies have brought Dubai to the edge of a precipice.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the real i.e. actual idea of India

www.outlookindia.com | The India Banquet

I loved Naipaul's analogy of Benares with Washington DC - India's cosmic (and not just political) capital. what a way to look at the past!

the more I read Aatish Taseer - the more respect I come to feel for the guy. I have read his Islamic travelogue and it's probably the best observation on Islam since Naipaul himself. Of ocurse - because he does not do gutter inspection of the Slumdog kind - he will never win any Booker's like Suzie

Anyone here read Taseer's latest book about Delhi?

Congress B-team [sic] scores a self-goal

apr 28th, 2010

even without kulkarni (former card-carrying communist) in the picture, bjp honchos are perfectly capable of saying unnecessary things that will boomerang on them!

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http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20100426/818/tnl-congress-did-not-initiate-anti-sikh.html

Obviously he has forgotten the proverbial adage about falling trees and ground tremors...


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Quotas and Women in India

Notice how the NYT will disparage left-wing socialist-backed quotas in Latin America, but will support the use of quotas in India? It once again shows the double standards of the Atlanticist mouthpieces.

Monday, April 26, 2010

han proliferation: China opens missile plant in Iran

apr 26th, 2010

obummer has no problem with this, of course. as successive yank presidents certified that china was *not* sending nuclear materials to pakistan.

sino-mohammedan axis ki jai.

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China opens missile plant in Iran

TEHRAN, April 23 (UPI) -- China inaugurated a missile plant in Iran last month, even as the United States and its allies were pressing Beijing to support a new round of tough economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, Jane's Defense Weekly reports.

It's a military relationship that goes back two decades and, in light of Russia's reluctance to provide the Iranians with advanced air-defense missile system to counter possible U.S. or Israeli airstrikes, is set to expand.

Robert Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons, reported that the factory for assembling and producing Iran's Nasr-1 -- Victory 1 -- anti-ship missile was opened March 7.

The Nasr is identical to China's C-704 anti-ship missile, Hewson says. Iran's burgeoning defense industry, much of it controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, has been producing Chinese-designed anti-ship missiles such as the C-801 since the early 1990s.

The C-704, developed by China Aerospace Group, targets ships of 1,000-4,000 tons displacement and is the equivalent of the U.S. AGM-119 anti-ship missile. With a range of 106 miles and a 240-pound warhead, the C-704 has a kill probability of 95.7 percent.

The Iranians, possibly with Chinese assistance, have even developed improved versions such as the Noor, an upgraded version of China's C-802, with a longer range than the original and over-the-horizon capabilities.

Indeed, Hewson observed that "Iran has gone further than China in fielding the C-802, taking what was previously a land- and ship-launched weapon and producing an air-launched version that can be carried by Mi-17 helicopters and fast-jet types."

Over the years Iran has developed a range of anti-ship missile systems from the Chinese weapons that gives the Islamic Republic's regular navy and the IRGC's naval arm the capability to exert a considerable degree of control over waters in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

This is the area from which U.S. naval forces would strike if hostilities erupt.

On Saturday, the IRGC concluded its annual three-day Great Prophet exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, the choke point gateway to the Gulf and a key energy artery, in a show of defiance against the United States.

The Nasr is a medium-range weapon that can be launched from warships or shore batteries and its development and planned mass production has been trumpeted by Tehran at a time when Iran's military forces are making preparations to counter possible attacks.

"In a methodical and deceptively modest manner China has helped Iran take charge of all its surrounding waters and this work between the two nations continues," Hewson reported.

"Follow-on versions of the Nasr are being developed to include an air-launched variant.

"There are other cooperative tactical missile programs under way and China's design bureaus have displayed several 'export only' weapons (such as the C-705 lightweight cruise missile) that would seem set to follow the established route into Iran," Hewson added.

"With such a solid relationship established between the two countries it is not difficult to see why China has been reluctant to commit to the Western push for sanctions against Iran."

China, ever hungry for energy sources to fuel its expanding economy, imports around 12 percent of its oil from Iran and seeks to secure Iranian natural gas through overland pipelines -- another reason it has shown little enthusiasm for new U.N. sanctions on Iran.

Hewson said no Chinese envoys were seen at the opening of the Nasr factory conducted by Iran's hard-line defense minister, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, but the event marked "another milestone in the continuing military/industrial bond between the two countries."

Hewson observed that unlike Russia, China "has been very successful in offering Iran technology and capabilities that are actually wanted, as opposed to those that might be 'nice to have.'

"A path has been found through the factions within Iranian officialdom (and its armed forces) to deliver products that build trust in Beijing. In return, China gains influence with Tehran that can be parlayed into access to Iran's natural resources."

While these Chinese-origin systems have provided Iran with invaluable missile technology, this has had little or no impact on the development of its ballistic missile capabilities.

"Iran's strategic weapons can only (ultimately) involve it in a losing battle with the United States,' Hewson concluded, "but its tactical weapons have already altered the regional balance of power in a much more practical way."


Fwd: Trinetra April Issue

apr 26th, 2010

forwarding information about this journal. this is the first time i have seen it.

hope the lovely images come through when this is posted on blogger.

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TriNetra -Where the glory & beauty of Hindu Dharma & heritage come alive.....

April 2010 Vaisakhi Edition

Trinetra wishes all its visitors & readers a Very Auspicious Vaisakhi 2010

Hinduism & the Environment

The Pagan element in Hinduism advocated Sustainable Development through living a simple way of life inclusive of a very simple diet, without causing any harm to one's natural environment which included the flora & fauna on Earth. Click on image to Read More..

 

Hindu Festivals - Vaisakhi 2010

Vaisakhi, April 13 - 15. The Hindu Solar New Year. Celebrated with bathing in holy waters, especially the Ganges. Click on image to Read More...

Bollywood = Hindu Culture?

Reena Mathur looks at Bollywood & its destructive influence on Hindu youngsters through movies and Bollywood dance schools.

Click on image to Read More..

 

Hindu History

Abhimanyu & The Kurukshetra War

We begin our section on Hindu history with Abhimanyu, a key personality and one of the greatest warriors mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Click on image to Read More..

Hindu Temples Around The world..

This month we explore the famous landmark of Bangladesh - Dhakeshwari Mandir. Click on image to Read More..

Trinetra Blog April 2010

How will Hindus vote in UK elections next month?

Read More...








Sunday, April 25, 2010

The theft of yoga - By Dr. Aseem Shukla

apr 25th, 2010

just as the christists are stealing all sorts of other hindu inventions and customs. in kerala, lots of churches now sport 'dwajasthambhas' -- the traditional copper-clad flagpoles. now why aren't they thinking these are, gasp, lingas? gasp, gasp, christists worshipping lingas?

also, on vidyarambham, the day when children are initiated into the word by writing 'om hari sri ganapataye namah:' on a bed of rice, now christists are initiating their kids by writing some nonsense about jesus. 

these are cultural thefts. well, christists have no culture, so they have to steal from others, just as they stole christmas (the alleged birthday of the non-existent jesus) from the druids' and persians' and hindus' winter solstice celebration of mitra-utsav.

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The theft of yoga

By Dr. Aseem Shukla

Nearly 20 million people in the United States gather together routinely, fold their hands and utter the Hindu greeting of Namaste -- the Divine in me bows to the same Divine in you. Then they close their eyes and focus their minds with chants of "Om," the Hindu representation of the first and eternal vibration of creation. Arrayed in linear patterns, they stretch, bend, contort and control their respirations as a mentor calls out names of Hindu divinity linked to various postures: Natarajaasana (Lord Shiva) or Hanumanasana (Lord Hanuman) among many others. They chant their assigned "mantra of the month," taken as they are from lines directly from the Vedas, Hinduism's holiest scripture. Welcome to the practice of yoga in today's western world.

 

Christians, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, agnostics and atheists they may be, but they partake in the spiritual heritage of a faith tradition with a vigor often unmatched by even among the two-and-a half-million Hindu Americans here. The Yoga Journal found that the industry generates more than $6 billion each year and continues on an incredible trajectory of popularity. It would seem that yoga's mother tradition, Hinduism, would be shining in the brilliant glow of dedicated disciples seeking more from the very font of their passion.
Yet the reality is very different. Hinduism in common parlance is identified more with holy cows than Gomukhasana, the notoriously arduous twisting posture; with millions of warring gods rather than the unity of divinity of Hindu tradition--that God may manifest and be worshiped in infinite ways; as a tradition of colorful and harrowing wandering ascetics more than the spiritual inspiration of Patanjali, the second century BCE commentator and composer of the Yoga Sutras, that form the philosophical basis of Yoga practice today.
Why is yoga severed in America's collective consciousness from Hinduism? Yoga, meditation, ayurvedic natural healing, self-realization--they are today's syntax for New Age, Eastern, mystical, even Buddhist, but nary an appreciation of their Hindu origins. It is not surprising, then, that Hindu schoolchildren complain that Hinduism is conflated only with caste, cows, exoticism and polytheism--the salutary contributions and philosophical underpinnings lost and ignored. The severance of yoga from Hinduism disenfranchises millions of Hindu Americans from their spiritual heritage and a legacy in which they can take pride.
Hinduism, as a faith tradition, stands at this pass a victim of overt intellectual property theft, absence of trademark protections and the facile complicity of generations of Hindu yogis, gurus, swamis and others that offered up a religion's spiritual wealth at the altar of crass commercialism. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, under whose tutelage the Beatles steadied their mind and made sense of their insane fame, packaged the wonders of meditation as Transcendental Meditation (TM) just as an entrepreneur from here in Minneapolis applied the principles of Ayurveda to drive a commercial enterprise he coined as Aveda. TM and Aveda are trademarked brands--a protection not available to the originator of their brand--Hinduism itself. And certainly these masters benefited millions with their contributions, but in agreeing to ditch Hinduism as the source, they left these gifts orphaned and unanchored.
The Los Angeles Times last week chronicled this steady disembodying of yoga from Hinduism. "Christ is my guru. Yoga is a spiritual discipline much like prayer, meditation and fasting [and] no one religion can claim ownership," says a vocal proponent of "Christian themed" yoga practices. Some Jews practice Torah yoga, Kabbalah yoga and aleph bet yoga, and even some Muslims are joining the act. They are appropriating the collective wisdom of millenia of yogis without a whisper of acknowledgment of yoga's spiritual roots.
Not surprisingly, the most popular yoga journals and magazines are also in the act. Once yoga was no longer intertwined with its Hindu roots, it became up for grabs and easy to sell. These journals abundantly refer to yoga as "ancient Indian," "Eastern" or "Sanskritic," but seem to assiduously avoid the term "Hindu" out of fear, we can only assume, that ascribing honestly the origins of their passion would spell disaster for what has become a lucrative commercial enterprise. The American Yoga Association, on its Web site, completes this delinking of yoga from Hinduism thusly:
"The common belief that Yoga derives from Hinduism is a misconception. Yoga actually predates Hinduism by many centuries...The techniques of Yoga have been adopted by Hinduism as well as by other world religions."
So Hinduism, the religion that has no known origins or beginnings is now younger than yoga? What a ludicrous contention when the Yoga Sutras weren't even composed until the 2nd Century BCE. These deniers seem to posit that Hinduism appropriated yoga so other religions may as well too! Hindus can only sadly shake their heads, as by this measure, soon we will read as to how karma, dharma and reincarnation--the very foundations of Hindu philosophy--are only ancient precepts that early Hindus of some era made their own.
The Hindu American Foundation (Disclosure: I sit on the Foundation's Board) released a position paper on this issue earlier this year. The brief condemns yoga's appropriation, but also argues that yoga today is wholly misunderstood. Yoga is identified today only with Hatha Yoga, the aspect of yoga focused on postures and breathing techniques. But this is only one part of the practice of Raja Yoga that is actually an eightfold path designed to lead the practitioner to moksha, or salvation. Indeed, yogis believe that to focus on the physicality of yoga without the spirituality is utterly rudimentary and deficient. Sure, practicing postures alone with a focus on breathing techniques will quiet the mind, tone the body, increase flexibility--even help children with Attention Deficit Disorder--but will miss the mark on holistic healing and wellness.
All of this is not to contend, of course, that yoga is only for Hindus. Yoga is Hinduism's gift to humanity to follow, practice and experience. No one can ever be asked to leave their own religion or reject their own theologies or to convert to a pluralistic tradition such as Hinduism. Yoga asks only that one follow the path of yoga for it will necessarily lead one to become a better Hindu, Christian, Jew or Muslim. Yoga, like its Hindu origins, does not offer ways to believe in God; it offer ways to know God.
But be forewarned. Yogis say that the dedicated practice of yoga will subdue the restless mind, lessen one's cravings for the mundane material world and put one on the path of self-realization--that each individual is a spark of the Divine. Expect conflicts if you are sold on the exclusivist claims of Abrahamic faiths--that their God awaits the arrival of only His chosen few at heaven's gate--since yoga shows its own path to spiritual enlightenment to all seekers regardless of affiliation.
Hindus must take back yoga and reclaim the intellectual property of their spiritual heritage--not sell out for the expediency of winning more clients for the yoga studio down the street.


El Popa of the Church of Child Buggery - running away from lawsuit

looks like ratzy is running scared of hitchens and dawkins lawsuit. i am not sure what is so offensive about the memo. it is full of the only redeeming british trait - english humor.

reminds me of that great song in python's Meaning of Life - Every Sperm is sacred

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/7632259/Pope-could-cancel-UK-visit-over-offensive-Foreign-Office-memo.html

interesting that a memo appears as if by miracle to save El Popa the blushes. Miracle memo. verily - behold - the memo is born of a virgin!

the irony is not lost on anyone. the church claims that reassigning the civil servant is not punishment enough. but reassigning child-rapists - is well... ahem. nevermind.

this benedictine church is one sick collection of gangsters...

Govt Wiretapping Phones

The crooked and paranoid Kaangress One Party State has been caught tapping the phones of opposition members and even its own cabinet ministers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

china builds blue-water navy, while manmohan farts around on cricket

apr 25th, 2010

RajeevSrinivasa 
China builds up powerful navy, while GoI starves defense forces 
http://s.nyt.c...

in a case of fiddling while rome is burning, manmohan "mohdans have first rights to india's resources" singh is using the cricket garbage to divert attention from the real problems that are facing the country:

1. increasing military threat from china
2. pakistan's de facto occupation of afghanistan and intense pressure from obama for india to exit kashmir
3. inflation with food prices going up by 20%
4. de facto occupation by china's proxies of half of the country. the communist terrorists are han proxies
5. children in uttar pradesh eating mica-laden clay because they are starving

it's as aditya sinha said in the new indian express, there is an 'indian proxy league' patronized most by the kkkangress. this is far more wicked than the cricket league

godman doublespeak du jour: vatican wants 'transparency' ROTFLMAO!

apr 24th, 2010

just like mohammedans, christist also have their own peculiar vocabulary.

what the padre means by 'transparency' here is 'opaqueness'. truly orwellian! they want all their shenanigans to be kept hidden from the public and from the courts. lots of chutzpah to talk about transparency! n fact it is transparency that's got ratzy in trouble and all the pedophile godmens' knickers in a twist.

RajeevSrinivasa 
Orwellian: they actually want an iron curtain. Vatican Seeks 'Transparency' in Cases 
http://s.nyt.c...

(Video) Hindus react as Muslim mob kills Hindu youth in Surendranagar, Gujarat

apr 24th, 2010

peas in action.

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From: Ravi


See News Video of Hindu Anger in Patdi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UaaC7K1reE&feature=channel


http://deshgujarat.com/2010/03/17/tense-patdi-observes-bandh-continuously-on-second-day/

Tense Patdi observes bandh continuously on second day

Surendranagar, DeshGujarat, 17 March, 2010

Surendranagar district's Patdi village observed complete strike on continuously second day following a death of Hindu Thakor youth attacked by a group of Muslims.

Hindus in angry mood pelted stones over houses of Muslims involved in attack on Hindu youth.

Patdi's Hemant Thakor was attacked by group of Muslims on 5 March after verbal argument over occupying seat at a circus show. This had triggered a clash between two communities on 6 March.

Hemant was taken to hospital in Ahmedabad for treatment where he died yesterday. Traditionally women do not take part in funeral procession, but yesterday even village women joined Hemant's funeral after which the incidents of stone pelting compelled local police to lobb a couple of rounds of teargas shells to control the crowds.

Fresh communal clash broke out today in Patdi town of Gujarat's Surendranagar district after a Hindu youth, who was attacked by a group of local Muslims on 6 March, died today at a hospital in Ahmedabad.

Police rounded up more than 50 persons from Patdi and brought them to Dasada police station to control the situation.

The culprits Anwar Riyaz Pathan, Iqbal Abu Vora, Sakir Ibrahim Khan, Inayat Khan Ibrahim Khan, Chatur alias Salim Daval, Abbas Abdul Mohammad Khan, Abbas Abdul Mohammad Khan's son, and Abbad Abdul Mohammad Khan's another son are arrested. One culprit, the son of Abbas Abdul Mohammad Khan's driver's son is still at large.





Links: Buddhism under siege by Christian converts in South Korea; photos of destroyed temples & deities.

apr 24th, 2010

what samuel reddy and co have in mind for hindus.

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From: Ishwar
Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM
Subject: Links: Buddhism under siege by Christian converts in South Korea; photos of destroyed temples & deities.
To:


See what Christians have done to Buddhist temples in South Korea. 

1] Photos of destroyed temples and deities: http://www.buddhapia.com/eng/tedesco/pic1/list.html
2] Buddhism under siege 1982-96 by Christian converts: http://www.buddhapia.com/eng/tedesco/2.html
3] Chronology of events 1997-98: http://www.buddhapia.com/eng/tedesco/3.html

These links are also posted at "Kanchi Acharya: No more conversions" http://bharatabharati.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/kanchi-acharya-no-more-conversions-indian-express/

wsj: a dangerous belief that all religions are the same

apr 23rd, 2010

see the quotes. it is only idiot hindus who claim all religions are the same. they are not. some are better (much better) than others (hint: eastern, forest religions are much better than arab, desert religions).


this can be added to several other stupid beliefs in india:

1. we go to the olympics to be part of the scenery ie. "to participate is the thing, not to win"
2. cricket is not fixed and is better than the world wrestling federation
3. 'saint' thomas came to india (hard to do, unless he had two skeletons. his skeleton is in ortona, italy. his other skeleton is in chennai, india)
4. jesus came to india (hard to do, as jesus did not exist)
5. hindus wiped out buddhism in india (no, it was mohammedans who literally beheaded all the monks and burned all their monasteries)
6. nehru brought india its independence
7. the nehru dynasty has sacrificed a lot for india
8. mohammedans are a poor, woebegone oppressed group in india (no, they flex their muscles and oppress hindus)
9. communism and socialism are good for the oppressed (no, their objective is to *keep* the oppressed oppressed)
10. poverty is somehow dignified (no, it's not. otherwfse rich white people would be dying to become poor. i don't see any of them giving their money away and becoming wandering penniless mendicants).

Friday, April 23, 2010

hitchens: bring ratzy to justice

apr 23rd, 2010

ah, when pigs fly. or hell freezes over. el popo knows how to take care of himself.

but then augusto pinochet thought he too could swagger around.

RT 
@hitchbitch
: Bring the Pope to Justice (NEWSWEEK, Apr. 23, 2010) 
http://bit.ly/...
 

also see slideshow on some offending godmen (this is mild stuff compared to the orgies and incest the blighters indulged in).

this is so ironic! it was cedric "2000 mohammedans" prakash, a catholic godman in gujarat, who pushed for the revocation of narendra modi's visa to the US. it is only poetic justice that cedric's boss is now likely to be served with an arrest warrant if he shows his face in britain. i do hope hitchens and dawkins and their lawyers will hound ratzy and make him an international criminal-fugitive.

i also like hitchens' deconstruction of the fiction of the vatican as a 'state'. what state? it's smaller than the stanford campus! darn -- interesting thought -- will the hoover institution at stanford secede from o'bummer's US and declare itself a sovereign state? 

Pak Army sends Politico Military Signals to India thru 'EX AZM-E-NAU' by Dr Subhash Kapila

apr 23rd, 2010

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From: Sanjeev 



PAKISTAN ARMY SENDS POLITICO-MILITARY SIGNALS TO INDIA THROUGH "EX AZM-E-NAU" 

By Dr. Subhash Kapila 

Introductory Observations 

Pakistan Army's massive war-readiness exercise codenamed "EX AZM-E-NAU III (New Resolve)" has been underway since April 10, 2010 and scheduled to culminate on May 15, 2010.  The massive exercise involving more than 50,000 troops began in the Bhawalpur desert area of South Punjab and will culminate in Northern Sindh. 

The Pakistan Army has significantly gone much out of the way to highly publicise "EX AZM-E-NAU III" for both the domestic audience and the international media, more specifically India.  Hence this Paper has no intention to repeat military details of EX AZM-E-NAU III which stand covered in the media already. 

Massive military exercises of this magnitude are held periodically to validate war doctrines and operational strategies.  However, the Pakistan Army has not conducted an exercise of this magnitude for 20 years.  This draws more attention as to what impelled the Pakistan Army to go in for such a massive military exercise when at least 70,000 – 1,00,000 troops of the Pakistan Army are currently deployed in military operations in South Waziristan, Orakzai and Khyber regions.  This in addition to Pakistan Army deployments in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Baluchistan. 

Pakistan Army EX AZM-E-NAU III further draws attention in that it is being held contextually in the backdrop of United States pressures on Pakistan Army to divert more troops from India's border to the Afghanistan border. 

One has also to take note that in EX AZM-E-NU a fair share of United States supplied military hardware is being employed, especially offensive strike assets like F-16 fighter aircraft and Attack Helicopters.  With EX AZM-E-NAU III being publicly proclaimed as an 'India Threat-Centric'  exercise it follows that despite US protestations to the contrary, US supplied military hardware would be used against India. 

EX AZM-E-NAU III also incorporates the Pakistan Air Force Ex-HIGH MARK in which the entire Pakistan Air Force assets from Skardu in the North to Karachi in the South are dovetailed. 

EX AZM-E-NAU III timing, magnitude, the contemporary contextual backdrop and more importantly the much publicised 'India Threat-Centric' operational orientation of this Exercise suggest that the Pakistan Army intends to send politico-military signals to India, more pointedly. 

This Paper would accordingly like to examine the following issues: 

  • EX AZM-E-NAU III: Operational Features are "India Threat-Centric"

  • EX AZM-E-NAU III: The Afghanistan Connection

  • Pakistan Army's Politico-Military Signals to India through EX AZM-E-NAU

  • Strategic Reality Check for Indian Policy Establishment

EX AZM-E-NAU III: Operational Features are "India Threat-Centric" 

Expectedly, the Pakistan Army cannot provide any other operational orientation to such a massive Exercise.  Pakistan Army's primacy in Pakistan's history and its numerous coups have taken place by whipping-up anti-India hysteria. 

The major operational features of EX AZM-E-NAU III that need reiteration are: 

  • Pakistan Army has emphasised, directly and implicitly, that this Exercise has been designed to validate military doctrines to meet an Indian military threat and to neutralise India's much vaunted COLD START War Doctrine. The Pakistan Army to assuage Western concerns is emphasizing that this Exercise is purely a defensive warfare exercise focussing on conventional warfare only.

  • This is misleading on both counts.  It is learnt, and is logically so, that Pakistan's use of strategic assets are built-in in the exercise.  Similarly, EX AZM-E-NAU, on available information, is focussing on "counter-offensives" (offensive warfare) as opposed to "counter-attacks" (defensive warfare).

  • The geographical extent of this Exercise extending from South Punjab to Sindh with a secondary threat in the Sialkot Sector incorporated in EX AZM-E-NAU suggests that it is intended to defeat India's multiple thrusts as part of COLD START WAR Doctrine and also an Indian diversionary Corps strike launched against Sialkot.

EX AZM-E-NAU III: The Afghanistan Connection 

Strangely, one cannot but help observing that Pakistan Army's two major and massive exercises have an Afghanistan connection. 

Pakistan Army conducted EX ZARB-E-MOMIN(1989) in its first flush of victory of claiming that it was instrumental in forcing the exit of Soviet Army from Afghanistan, as the cats-paw of the United States. 

Twenty years later, the Pakistan Army is now conducting EX AZM-E-NAU III with a heady sense of personal satisfaction of COAS Gen Kayani that he has single- handedly re-oriented the United States in a U-turn in favour of the Pakistan Army.  In this case too the quid-pro-quo is that Pakistan Army will facilitate the US military exit from Afghanistan and the United States conceding' strategic space' in Afghanistan to the Pakistan Army. 

In the present context, the conduct of EX AZM-E-NAU against the Afghanistan backdrop, the sidelining of India by the United States on Afghanistan, all carry politico-military implications for India.  In both cases American military hardware and financial largesse flowed-in preceding Pakistan Army major exercises.

Pakistan Army's Politico-Military Signals to India Through EX AZM-E-NAU

Pakistan Army's political signals to India through EX AZM-E-NAU have to be viewed as more tangential than direct.  The following need to be considered: 

  • India may rejoice and revel in its infatuation with the US-India Strategic Partnership, but when the chips are down, the United States will always throw its dice in favor of the Pakistan Army.

  • Pakistan Army, its strategic sensitivities and interests in Afghanistan would be upheld by the United States, disregarding India's objections to the contrary.

  • Pakistan Army could prevail over the United States to make India yield on the Kashmir issue. 

Can one blame the Pakistan Army for having such perceptions and the claim of the Pakistan Army on priority attention and tilt of the United States?   The facts speak for themselves.

Militarily, the signals that emanate from the Pakistan Army to India through EX AZM-E-NAU are more direct.  These are: 

  • Pakistan Army, notwithstanding its commitments on the Afghan border and a de-stabilizing internal situation is militarily capable of repelling any Indian military offensives emanating from India's COLD START War Doctrine.

  • Pakistan Army will not confine itself to defensive "counter-attacks" in its operational doctrines.  Pakistan Army will resort to "counter-offensives" against India to force it to recoil from its COLD START War Doctrine multiple trusts.

  • Overall, therefore today, Pakistan Army is operationally trained, organizationally structured, and well equipped with military hardware to fight a "one and a half front war" or even a "two front war" with India.

Strategic Reality Check for Indian Policy Establishment 

The Indian policy establishment needs to recognize Pakistan Army's EX AZM-E-NAU as a wake up call.  The politico-military signals are clear. 

In fact, Pakistan Army's politico-military signalling to India is taunting in nature.  It has signalled, we are prepared to effectively defeat India's COLD START War Doctrine, but are you (India) ready with the political will to launch COLD START War Doctrine and are the Indian Armed Forces well-equipped to successfully execute this war doctrine? 

Perceptions between military adversaries count and the Pakistani perception reflected in the Pakistani Newspaper DAWN Editorial of April 20, 2010 should be an eye-opener for the Indian policy establishment:
 

              "While Cold Start does raise new and troubling questions about the possibility of war between India and Pakistan, it has not quite captured the imagination of the civilian bosses of the Indian Armed Forces.  Major technical and resources questions aside, there is some uncertainly about whether the politicians and bureaucrats in India are committed to new doctrine as Pakistan side suggests." 

Reticently, on a sensitive issue that has grave implications for India's national security, all that one can say is that the Indian policy establishment needs a strategic reality check on the following issues:

  • India's current Pakistan policy of peace at all costs.  Do such political postures prompt the above perceptions in Pakistan?

  • India's war readiness for successful implementation of COLD START War Doctrine.  Is Pakistan Army seeing glaring voids in India's offensive warfare capabilities?

  • India's political will for hard decisions.  Has Pakistan Army drawn wrong lessons from India's lack of strong response to Mumbai 9/11 and earlier major incidents of terrorism?

  • In the highly surcharged and current tense India-Pakistan relations, is India's war-readiness receiving a 24X7 political scrutiny and oversight?

The answers can best be given by India's policy establishment. 

Lastly since the United States and Afghanistan are the predominating factors in the Pakistan Army strategic calculus, does the Indian policy establishment need to recalibrate and carry out mid-term corrections in its United States and Afghanistan policies.  What perceptions are being generated when the Pakistan Army sees India being sidelined by the United States on Afghanistan and India withdrawing 30,000 troops from Kashmir, because Pakistan Army made USA prevail over India on this issue. 

Concluding Observations 

The Pakistan Army was badly in need of refurbishing its professional image both domestically and externally.  Domestically, the Pakistan Army image was dented as till a few months back it was reluctant to take head-on the internal threats that were looming large.  Externally, the reluctance of the Pakistan Army to undertake ground offensives to tackle insurgents in the frontier regions and instead rely only on F-16 fighter aircraft strikes, attacks helicopter strikes and heavy artillery bombardment spoke poorly of its professional capabilities and its propensity for ethnic genocide reminiscent of its record in then East Pakistan.

EX AZM-E-NAU III has provided an opportunity for the Pakistan Army to redeem its image.  Publicizing the Exercise widely was intended to shore up its image domestically.

Publicizing it widely externally has enabled the Pakistan Army to send politico-military messages and particularly to India.  The central message to India was that Pakistan Army is ready in all respects to offset India's military advantages and especially those centered on the COLD START War Doctrine.

(The author is an International Relations and Strategic Affairs analyst.  He is the Consultant, Strategic Affairs with South Asia Analysis Group.  Email: drsubhashkapila.007@gmail.com) 

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