Saturday, May 29, 2010

President Obama to attend Indian Foreign Minister Krishna reception to make a point

may 29th, 2010

vacuous gesture to flatter stupid indians. exactly like the vapid First State Visit (TM). reminds me of First Prime Minister of India (TM). yeah, that and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee.

o'bummer the manchurian's (america's First Mohammedan President (TM)) heart is in the sino-mohammedan axis. but he got kicked in the teeth by both hans and mohammedans, so he's now licking his wounds and pretending to be interested in others.

just like he is sucking up to the new limey government (see 'poodle' article posted earlier on this blog) after having imperiously ignored the previous limeys.

moral: even though barack hussein 'chamberlain' obama thought he had unlocked the keys to Whirled Peas by sucking up to america's worst enemies (the hans and the mohammedans), he was wrong. america's best bets continue to be the europeans, the japanese and the indians, all of whom he has dissed. the hans and the mohammedans are looking to destroy america and feast on its carcass.

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Dear Rajeev:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-to-attend-Krishna-reception-to-make-a-point/articleshow/5989755.cms  

THE TIMES OF INDIA 

Obama to attend Krishna reception to make a point 

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN, May 30, 2010, 12.10am IST


WASHINGTON:
It's a question that is posed at every preview and review of current US-India relations in Washington DC: Is President Obama – and his administration – sidelining/downgrading/undermining ties with New Delhi?

No, not at all, not true, say US officials and their Indian counterparts. The perception is wrong, the premise is faulty, the analyses are flawed, they insist. But doubts and inquiries continue to float around the commentariat.

This week, in background conversations and on-record briefings on the eve of the first so-called "Strategic Dialogue" between the two sides from June 1-4, officials, particularly Americans, made strenuous efforts to counter the perception of the slideback, and set the stage for an autumn visit to India by President Obama that is all but penciled into the diplomatic calendar.

"The Obama administration attaches great importance to our relations with India, and as President Obama himself has said, this will be one of our signature partnerships in the 21st century," the US pointman for region Robert Blake said on Friday.

Not convinced? Well, in that case, Obama himself will make the point again.

Dispensing with the previous rite of very senior Indian cabinet ministers getting a Presidential drop-in during White House meetings or a walk-through the Oval office for brief chats with the President, Obama, in a rare gesture, will drive down to State Department in Foggy Bottom on Thursday to attend a reception Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be hosting for External Affairs Minister S M Krishna. He will also speak on the occasion.

"On Thursday, the President will attend and deliver remarks at the Secretary of State's reception in honour of the Indian delegation to the United States-India Strategic Dialogue, which will meet at the state department earlier that day," the White House said in its scheduling note for the media next week.

"The President's strong support of the Strategic Dialogue and of this inaugural meeting reflects his commitment to furthering a strategic partnership with India as we seek to address global challenges," it added in an unusual addendum.

Obama also telephoned Singh on Friday to discuss the upcoming dialogue, the White House said separately.

"The two leaders agreed that the Dialogue is an important milestone in the development of the US-India strategic partnership and looked forward to its results. President Obama and Prime Minister Singh also expressed their hope that the Dialogue will initiate a regular exchange of ideas and discussion between their governments and both pledged their support toward that end," a White House readout on the call said.

US officials are almost peeved at the nagging doubts many commentators seem to harbor about Obama's India outreach, and appalled that they don't recognize the importance he gives to New Delhi, including by way of hosting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the first state guest of his term in the White House.

Some Indian analysts see this as merely a sop that lacks policy substance, but White House officials say the President is deeply committed to the India relationship, and pundits should not read too much into his cool style compared to the bonhomie exhibited by his predecessor when it came to New Delhi.

One senior official spoke of the enormous admiration and respect Obama had for Prime Minister Singh, "not that our foreign policy is personality-based." There are a lot of countries President Obama has said he has to work on, but India is a country he wants to work on, he said.

Ahead of the strategic dialogue, US officials made a series of statements to reflect the President's view of India's growing regional and global relevance.

Among them was a suggestion that Pakistan and India can put the Kashmir issue on the backburner and first address confidence-building measures, including advancing trade and commerce, an approach favored by India.

Asked about the Kashmir issue at a briefing in the Foreign Press Center, Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said: "I think that's not going to be an issue that's going to be addressed right away. What's most important is first to get these talks going again and to focus on – once they've gotten beyond the immediate counterterrorism issues, to focus on some of the important opportunities like trade that exist between these two countries."

"And once they have developed a degree of confidence, they might then be able to take up some of these more sensitive territorial issues," he added.

Other US officials said there was no US pressure on India to talk to Pakistan; Prime Minister Singh was ahead of the curve when it came to dialogue with Pakistan. If anything, there was pressure on Pakistan to eliminate its home-grown terror groups in response to India's initiative, they said.

Many Indian analysts had second-guessed that Obama will change Washington's policy on Kashmir on the basis of his remarks before he assumed office and had projected "pressure" on India to make concessions. There were also apprehensions that Washington will ask New Delhi to downsize its initiatives in Afghanistan in deference to Pakistani sensitivities, which US officials now suggest are overblown.

Officials also once again endorsed New Delhi's role in Afghanistan and privately rubbished Pakistani allegations of a subversive Indian role in Afghanistan and its overheated rhetoric on water issues.

On Friday, William Burns, the third-ranking official in the State Department noted in a diplomatic blog that the "rise of India is important and positive for American interests," and said his wide-ranging conversation with Indian interlocutors "reminded me a lot of conversations with some of our closest allies."

"The planeload of "Blue Beret" Indian peacekeepers I saw waiting to embark at the airport when we arrived (in New Delhi recently) reminded me of India's growing military reach and its role as a provider of security in the Indian Ocean and beyond," he noted. 

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For the excellent item by Under Secretary Burns titled, "An Indispensable U.S. Partnership With the World's Largest Democracy", just posted on the State Department's Dipnote blog, please click:
http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/indispensable_partnership_india .

It's clear that America is thinking ambitiously about the relationship with India in a way one hopes will refute the skeptics.

Cheers,

Ram Narayanan
US-India Friendship
http://usindiafriendship.net/ 

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vatican's hands are bloody -- they supported genocide in rwanda

may 29th, 2010

RajeevSrinivasa 
allafrica.com: vatican godmen/women complicit in tutsi genocide in rwanda. 
http://bit.ly/...
 church also implicated in other genocides

they branded the tutsi as 'different' from hutus and incited the latter to massacre the former.

sounds exactly like what godman + DMK are doing in tamil nadu, inciting random tamils to attack and harass brahmins.

similarly they are paying/inducing the so-called maoists to kill random people in tribal areas, like the train that was derailed.

this is standard church maneuver.

it is unclear who is more bloodthirsty, the church or the jihadis. both have killed off 100 million people in their bloody history.  the communists have tried valiantly but haven't quite made those numbers. yet.

200 Jihadists try to attack Dr Pravin Togadiya at Hyderabad.

may 29th, 2010

another godhra in the making. mohammedans asserting their right to kill. 

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Date: Sat, May 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Subject: 200 Jihadists try to attack Dr Pravin Togadiya at Hyderabad.
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Urgent PRESS STATEMENT OF VHP PRESIDENT SRI ASHOK SINGHAL

200 Jihadists try to attack Dr Pravin Togadiya at Hyderabad.

 

New Delhi, May 29, 2010 - About 200 Jihadists led by one Salim Javed and armed with sticks, stones and swords raising their war cry of "Allah O Akbar" laid siege to a house under S.R. Nagar Police Station at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh at 10.15 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010 to launch a pre-planned attack on Dr. Pravinbhai Togadiya, Secretary General of Vishva Hindu Parishad. Dr Togadiya was at the house of a VHP sympathiser for dinner. Dr Togadiya was on the Hyderabad leg of his routine All Bharat tour conducting peaceful organizational programmes. He had no public programme at Hyderabad city – he came there only in the evening after attending an organizational camp programme far away from the city.

VHP President Sri Ashok Singhal has sounded the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister, Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the Chief Minister and the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh about the incident drawing their attention to the fact that this Jihadi posture has very serious implications. "After the Godhra incident, this is the first time that Jihadi elements tried to repeat their terrorist act of this nature.", Sri Singhal reminded them. Sri Singhal informed that the Hyderabad police was very lethargic in taking action. It came after 45 minutes and quelled the Jihadists.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad and all its Chapters have taken this threat very seriously. VHP has requested the Central and the State Governments to bring to book the anti-national Jihadists and take stern action taken against them, so that such incidents do not recur anywhere in the country.

 -         Released by Vishva Hindu Parishad

 


Jai Sri Ram
Hanuman Mandir, Sec.-6, R.K.Puram
New Delhi-22

wharton on 3G auction and related topics

may 29th, 2010

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/india/article.cfm?articleId=4480

Conference on Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore - December 8-10, 2010

may 28th, 2010

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Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 at 8:34 AM
Subject: Conference on Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore - December 8-10, 2010
To:


Conference on Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore - December 8-10, 2010
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From: Lakshmi Subramaniam <nilgiri98@gmail.com>
Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS
DEADLINE – MAY 31, 2010


WORKSHOP TITLE:

Old Histories, New Geographies: Contrapuntal Mobilities of Trade and State across Asia


WORKSHOP DIRECTORS:
Engseng Ho
Duke University
engseng.ho@duke.edu
Lakshmi Subramanian
Jamia Millia Islamia
nilgiri98@gmail.com


This workshop aims to foster dialogue between past connections and contemporary ones which are changing the social shape of Asia. We seek to plumb the historical resonances that lend excitement and confidence (and at times concern) to new exchanges with old acquaintances across Asia. Such dialogue necessarily revisits the idea of the region, one of the most vibrant areas of study to emerge in recent years. If imperialism created new geographies and indeed new histories, recent global currents are reworking older regional connections and generating new relationships. We invite papers which study historical or contemporary inter-Asian exchanges, or that reflect on both.

The different ways in which business/labour and government interact provide a rich empirical base and theoretical frame for thinking about how such new connections are reshaping Asia. While the British empire provided a common administrative and security frame for new connections across the Indian Ocean, the connections being remade across Asia today do not share such a common frame. States often lag behind their mobile citizens: labour-exporting PhilippinesIndonesia and India are challenged to construct intergovernmental labour regulations with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia/the Persian Gulf and Malaysia/Singapore. In industry, chip foundry makers of Taiwan have completely relocated to the PRC despite a lack of diplomatic and regulatory protections agreed between their governments. How are labour and capital able to make such leaps out of their national spaces, where they have little recourse to national rights and legal protection? In other ways, states are being entrepreneurial ahead of their populations. Saudi King Abdullah headed east --to China, India, MalaysiaPakistan rather than Washington-- on his inaugural overseas trip, with businessmen and women in tow; Singapore's foreign minister in turn went west in a historic first visit to Yemen, with businessmen and Singaporean members of the Yemeni diaspora in tow.


Across Eurasia, former Soviet bloc states delicately renegotiate their mutual relations as oil pipelines snake across new borders, while their Central Asian subjects seek new silk routes of trade as soviet industrial jobs disappear. The concrete social shapes of these new exchanges seldom correspond to globalization's classic liberal conditions of free-flowing trade and finance, alienable property and legal protection for foreigners. Instead, they subsist on a broader range of social relations. We invite papers that explore what these broader relations look like. Such a paper might be one that examines old associations like Chinese lineage temples, once stigmatized under communist rule, but now revivified in bringing together clansmen who are national communist party officials, local landholders, and overseas Chinese investors, to transform paddy fields into export zones. Others may look at ways in which older connections – of culture, language, education, kinship, religion, trade – are being reworked to engage with more contemporary concerns of circulation in South and Southeast Asia. Yet others may attempt new theorizations of space that offer very new challenges to notions of entitlement and citizenship. Such concerns may help break the older limits of regions be it Asia or Eurasia, and allow us to ask whether new modalities of circulation of capital and labour are being created, that will drive the reconfiguration of the regions.

Through the papers and discussion, we plan to collectively theorize how long distance connections based on reciprocal ritual and economic transactions, and their retrospective reflections, may be producing new, expanded notions of space and subjectivity, reprising older ones, or transforming them. We hope to understand how such spaces and subjectivities interpenetrate with those of national and transnational states, and their constituent categories of citizenship and subject-hood.


For additional details and application guidelines, please visit the Conference website:
http://www.ssrc.org/pages/conference-on-inter-asian-connections-ii-singapore-december-8-10-2010/.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Performance of PM's men by T N Ninan and some light hearted comments

may 28th, 2010

bunch of underperforming retards. but then that's typical of the kkkangress and dmk. the sad part is there is no accountability. otherwise some of these should have been sent to chinese gulags (the initials a r come to mind).

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From: Sanjeev Nayyar 

The title of the editorial 'All the PM's men' means that the respected Ninan has excluded women from the PM's team not when UPA harps on Inclusiveness.
Kamal Nath is nowwhere close to the promise of 20kms per day. He should take tips from NDA's Brig Khanduri.
The POWER situation has only worsened, Shinde's home state is reeling under major cuts forget the privileged residents of Mumbai.
The problem with being UPA only problem solver is showing on Pranabda's performance - he is not getting younger either.
Sharad Pawar can write a book 'How to mess up India's food economy'.
A Raja can write a article 'How to play favorites yet get away'.
Murli Deora can give talks in B schools 'All for a friend' real life experiences of the RIL-RNRL saga.
Kapil Sibal has done great work in getting the foreign universities bill passed.
Rural Development is like a bottomless pit. Can someone collate how many thousands of crs were spent in rural India since the year 2000 - the figure could stun you.
Jairam Ramesh has done some good work in protecting the enviornment.
Lastly respected Pradhan Mantri seems lost. Do not envy him because a CEO is only as good as his team!
rgds sanjeev
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/t-n-ninan-allpm/s-men/395686/
T N Ninan: All the PM's men
The UPA-II government has underperformed in its first year
T N Ninan / New Delhi May 22, 2010, 1:14 IST

A government cannot be much better than the sum of its parts. So, one year into the new UPA term, it may be instructive to look at how 15 economic ministers have performed — starting with the finance minister, who is doing so many things in the government that he is de facto the deputy prime minister, and should probably be called that. But in his role as finance minister, his record is very patchy. He has not been able to deal with inflation, and failed to introduce the goods and services tax in April, as he had promised. His fiscal correction plan has been inadequate, and may come unstuck despite the 3G bonanza. And the draft direct tax code had to be sent back to the drawing board.

Anand Sharma is lucky because he can bask in the flattering numbers for industrial production and exports. The challenge will be to demonstrate continued growth after the cushion provided by a low base disappears. And in food and agriculture, it is not clear what Sharad Pawar can claim to have done, given how he mismanaged the price issue. Agricultural growth in the last three years has been 2 per cent, or half the target rate.

As for the physical infrastructure sectors, Kamal Nath is nowhere near delivering on his promise of 20 km of new highways per day. Sushil Kumar Shinde, in the power ministry, has been underwhelming too. The power shortage is worse than five years ago, and new capacity in the 11 th Plan (2007-12) is likely to be barely half the target. The railways have seen deterioration in performance, while in telecom the 3G auctions have been a success — but that draws even more attention to the indefensible manner in which the communications minister handed out 2G licences earlier. And in civil aviation, Praful Patel is half-heartedly trying to undo the damage to his reputation in the first UPA, but his heart is not in it.

In the social infrastructure area, Kapil Sibal has been active, voluble and visible at human resource development. The initiatives on right to education, entry of foreign universities, exam and curriculum reform and expansion of professional education (the new IITs and IIMs), all promise change. But there is legitimate criticism that Mr Sibal's thrust will come in the way of private schools delivering education to poor children. In contrast, Ghulam Nabi Azad at health is neither seen nor heard from, though at least the Medical Council of India is being cleaned up.

C P Joshi at rural development is getting a lot of money, but is it spent well? In the mines ministry, B K Handique has still not pushed through a long-awaited law to mandate auctions for mines allocation, just as oil and gas blocks (and now spectrum) are handed out through auctions. Since mine allocations have spawned large-scale corruption (remember Madhu Koda of Jharkhand), this is a signal failure. Murli Deora in petroleum failed to get bids for half the oil blocks in the eighth round of bidding under the "new" exploration policy. Jairam Ramesh, meanwhile, could be called the Scarlet Pimpernel of Indian politics. He could become the best environment minister the country has had, but the task is as difficult as the one that faced Pimpernel in the story. Other ministers, like Salman Khursheed and Jaipal Reddy, have not made a mark, while the amazing Mr Azhagiri has been simply AWOL.

This list makes clear that the government has underperformed in its first year. As to which of these ministers are real assets for the prime minister, my guess would be Pranab Mukherjee, Kapil Sibal and Jairam Ramesh.

EOM

Indian/Hindu dhimmi implements Manchurian's agenda

may 28th, 2010

o'bummer practically wetting himself in his eagerness to suck up to the saudi king has been commented on derisively by a lot of conservatives already. but it's worth checking out again.

of coursed, double-plus-good doublespeak is an o'bummer specialty. "mohdan terror" has morphed into "human-created unfortunate incident, not that it was anybody's fault"

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From: K


Nice picture to install in the Oval office

Creative linguistics in America
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-rids-terror-lexicon-of-Islamic-radicalism/articleshow/5982965.cms




President Obama's new National Security Strategy: references to India, China and Russia

may 28th, 2010

o'bummer mouths more meaningless platitudes when he talks about india. if you want to read the thing, ram narayanan has put it up on his site, see link below

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From: Ram Narayanan


Dear Rajeev Srinivasan:

President Barack Obama's new National Security Strategy, just released, says:


"The United States and India are building a strategic partnership that is underpinned by our shared interests, our shared values as the world's two largest democracies, and close connections among our people. India's responsible advancement serves as a positive example for developing nations, and provides an opportunity for increased economic, scientific, environmental, and security partnership. Working together through our Strategic Dialogue and high-level visits, we seek a broad-based relationship in which India contributes to global counterterrorism efforts, nonproliferation, and helps promote poverty-reduction, education, health, and sustainable agriculture. We value India's growing leadership on a wide array of global issues, through groups such as the G-20, and will seek to work with India to promote stability in South Asia and elsewhere in the world." 

Other references specifically to India, China and Russia: 

... a bunch of stuff deleted

To read the full text of the National Security Strategy document, please log on to http://usindiafriendship.net/  and turn to the top left hand corner of the page.

Cheers,

Ram Narayanan
US-India Friendship
http://usindiafriendship.net/ 

birth anniversary of vir savarkar: Savarkar in Bhagur: the formative years

may 28th, 2010

unheralded patriot. an awesome guy by all accounts. but those outside maharashtra never hear of him, as he has been 'erased' from history by the 'eminent historians'. 

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Date: Fri, May 28, 2010 at 2:24 AM
Subject: Savarkar in Bhagur: the formative years
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Bhagur is an obscure village around 6-7 miles from Nashik in Western Maharashtra. It would have remained a mere speck on the map had it not been for the fact that it is the birthplace of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (b 28 May 1883). Originally from Savarwadi, a small hamlet in Guhagar tehsil in Konkan (coastal Maharashtra), Savarkar's ancestors migrated to Bhagur during the time of Peshwa Bajirao I. In recognition of their valour, Savarkar's ancestors had received Bhagur and Rahuri villages as prize. On one occasion, Savarkar's ancestors defeated a band of dacoits and brought home a 45 cm high copper idol of the eight-armed Ashtabhuja Devi. This goddess thus became the family deity of the Savarkars. Bhagur was also the birthplace of Savarkar's illustrious brothers, the elder Ganesh or Babarao and the youngest Narayan or Balarao and also that of his younger sister Maina or Mai. Thus, Bhagur has the distinction of being the birthplace of three heroic patriots.

Savarkar spent the first fourteen years of his life in Bhagur. The self-sacrificing patriot, social reformer, scholar, organizer, poet, playwright and orator in Savarkar was born and nurtured in Bhagur. His father Damodarpant (pant is a Marathi honorific) or Anna as he was called was fond of English and Marathi poetry. Savarkar's maternal uncle Govindpant Manohar was a poet and a wrestler of sorts. Family meetings at dinnertime would be invariably marked by Damodarpant reciting tales from Ramayana and Mahabharata or poems of Marathi poets such as Waman Pandit and Moropant or passages from Homer and Pope. It was inevitable that the young Savarkar would soon start composing his own poems. It was at the tender age of twelve that Savarkar composed his first-ever poem 'Shrimant Sawai Madhavravaancha rang' on the Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao. His poem 'Swadeshicha phatka' dealing with Swadeshi and composed when he was merely fifteen was published in the Jagadhitechchu periodical from Pune. The young lad was already dreaming of writing a magnum opus called Durgadas Vijay. It was as a child that Savarkar would hungrily devour back issues of Tilak's Kesari and Vishnushastri Chiplunkar's Nibandhmala (garland of essays) and read them aloud to others.

Being landholders, the Savarkar family commanded respect in the village. But young Vinayak knew no distinctions of rich and poor, high and low when it came to choosing friends. His friends were drawn from all castes. They would stage mock fights between Shivaji's Marathas and the Mughals. In 1893-94, Muslim riots erupted in parts of Maharashtra. Enraged by this, Savarkar and his teenaged friends attacked a mosque. In retaliation, students from the Urdu school attacked Savarkar's friends but were roundly beaten up. The Muslim students vowed to corrupt the Hindu teenagers by forcing them to eat meat. This never happened. Later, Savarkar would go on to demolish the theory that a man's religion is corrupted by his diet. Savarkar organized a public Ganeshotsav and delivered a public speech while he was still fourteen.

Vinayak lost his mother Radhabai while he was only nine. His brother Babarao was married to Yashoda Phadke of Trimbakeshwar when Vinayak was eleven. Yashoda or Yesuvahini as she was called, took the place of Radhabai. To Vinayak, Yesuvahini was his dear friend and colleague in revolution. Indeed, she became his mother and source of inspiration. The unlettered Yesuvahini was fond of poetry. Soon Vinayak and Yesuvahini would recite poems in tandem and try to best each other. Vinayak taught his sister-in-law and her friends to read and write.

In 1897, plague struck India and claimed millions of lives. The British used the pretext of plague to inflict atrocities on the people. To avenge these atrocities, the Chapekar brothers, Damodar Hari and Balkrishna Hari killed Special Plague Committee Chairman Rand and his military escort Lt. Ayerst on 22 June 1897 as they were returning from the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the coronation of Queen Victoria at Government House, Pune. The two brothers embraced the gallows in 1899. Their brother Vasudeo Hari and his friend Mahadev Ranade were also hanged for killing an informant. These hangings stirred Maharashtra. The young Vinayak was moved to write a play on Tilak and Chapekar brothers. But it was considered too inflammable by the village elders to be enacted publicly. When all the other family members went to sleep, Vinayak would get up in the dead of the night and write a ballad on the Chapekars and Ranade under the light of a lantern. Disturbed by the light, Damodarpant once woke up to find his son single-mindedly composing this ballad. "You are too young for all this. Forget it. All this can wait till you grow up" said the anxious father to Vinayak. The ballad was so inflammable that it could not be published even in its watered down version. It saw the light of day only in 1946.

"If Chapekar's work needs to be carried forward, why should'nt I be the one to do it?" thought the teenaged Vinayak. In the dead of the night, he approached the deity of Ashtabhuja Devi and pledged thus: "For the sake of my country's freedom, I shall embrace death while killing the enemy in armed revolution like the Chapekars or become victorious like Shivaji and place the crown of freedom on my motherland's forehead. I shall unfurl the flag of armed revolution and fight unto the last". In later years, Savarkar narrated that this oath had a lasting impact on him. Its effect never dimmed in his darkest hours.

Savarkar did the first four standards of primary school in a school in Bhagur. He completed the next two academic years at home. In 1897, Savarkar left Bhagur for Nashik for his middle school education. While there, the plague claimed the lives of Savarkar's father and uncle in 1899.

Savarkar retained his affection for Bhagur till the end. In 1953, he went to Nashik to inaugurate the Abhinav Bharat Mandir. From there, he travelled to Bhagur and spent some time in his ancestral house which now belonged to someone else. He remained silent for some time. The streets were too narrow to allow a vehicle. Savarkar's legs were aching. But he insisted on walking through the streets of bhagur and visiting the homes of the ex-untouchables.

Places such as the Cellular jail, Andamans and the Patitpavan Mandir, the first pan-Hindu temple in Ratnagiri which are associated with Savarkar's life have become places of pilgrimage. Likewise, his birth-place Bhagur shall be always remembered as the place which made the man.

Today, on 28 May, Savarkar's birth anniversary, we remember the man and his mission. On this occasion, we are pleased to announce that work is in progress to make our website truly multi-lingual - it will soon have Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati and Tamil content. We plan to add more content in these and other languages, both Indian and foreign.

You can now follow us on twitter and become a fan on facebook.


The Savarkar.org Team
http://www.savarkar.org

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fwd: India should be America’s key strategic partner in 21st-century Asia, says Professor Raja Mohan.

may 27th, 2010

not a chance. o'bummer only wants indian troops as cannon fodder. 

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From: Ram Narayanan



http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=803  

THE AMERICAN INTEREST ONLINE

From the May - June 2010 issue:

The Return of the Raj

C. Raja Mohan
 
It is not clear what French President Nicolas Sarkozy had in mind when he invited a contingent of 400 Indian troops to march down the Champs-Élysées for the Bastille Day parade in 2009. But Paris might be on to something that Washington has missed, in spite of its more intensive military engagement with India in recent years. Although Paris does not have the power to engineer international structural changes in New Delhi's favor, it has often been ahead of Washington in strategizing about India. In its effort to build a partnership with India, ongoing since the mid-1990s, France has helped India renegotiate its position in the global nuclear order: It provided diplomatic cover when India defied the world with nuclear tests in May 1998, promoted the idea of changing the global non-proliferation rules to facilitate civilian nuclear cooperation with India, and worked with the Bush Administration to get the international community to endorse India's nuclear exceptionalism.

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love jihad 2.0 is labor jihad

may 27th, 2010

RajeevSrinivasa 
love jihad's new version: labor-jihad -- hindu employees coerced into converting per kerala paper. see hindu helpline 
http://bit.ly/...

the hindu helpline can help and has rescued a number of girls who have been victimized by love jihad and labor jihad. 

see writeup in malayalam from janmabhumi paper: 

തിരുവനന്തപുരം : ലൗജിഹാദെന്ന ഇസ്ലാമിക തീവ്രവാദ പദ്ധതിക്കു പുറകെ ലേബര്‍ ജിഹാദും. മുസ്ലീം യുവാക്കളെ ഉപയോഗിച്ച്‌ ഹിന്ദു-ക്രിസ്ത്യന്‍ പെണ്‍കുട്ടികളെ വലയിലാക്കി മതപരിവര്‍ത്തനം നടത്തി ഇസ്ലാമിക ഭീകരവാദത്തിനുപയോഗിച്ചിരുന്നതു പോലെ മുസ്ലീം തീവ്രവാദ സംഘടനകള്‍ മറ്റൊരു പദ്ധതി ആവിഷ്കരിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. മുസ്ലീം സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളില്‍ ജോലിയെടുക്കുന്ന ദരിദ്ര ചുറ്റുപാടുള്ള ഹിന്ദു പെണ്‍കുട്ടികളെ ലക്ഷ്യമിട്ട്‌ നടപ്പാക്കുന്ന പുതിയ പദ്ധതിക്ക്‌ നല്‍കിയിരിക്കുന്ന പേരാണ്‌ ലേബര്‍ ജിഹാദ്‌. ഇതിന്‌ ഇരയായിരിക്കുകയാണ്‌ തിരുവനന്തപുരം കരമന സ്വദേശി ഇരുപത്തിരണ്ടുകാരിയായ സയാന.

കരമനയിലെ ലത-ജയകുമാര്‍ ദമ്പതികളുടെ രണ്ടാമത്തെ മകളാണ്‌ സയാന. ഖുറാനിലൂടെ മാത്രമേ മോചനവും സ്വര്‍ഗപ്രാപ്തിയുമുള്ളൂ എന്നു വിശ്വസിപ്പിച്ച്‌ സയാനയെ കോഴിക്കോട്‌ മുഖദാറിലെ തര്‍തീത്ത്‌ എന്ന ഇസ്ലാം മതപരിവര്‍ത്തന കേന്ദ്രത്തിലെത്തിച്ചത്‌ തിരുവനന്തപുരം ആറ്റുകാല്‍ ഷോപ്പിംഗ്‌ കോംപ്ലക്സില്‍ വ്യാപാര സ്ഥാപനം നടത്തുന്ന അയിഷ കുഞ്ഞബ്ദുള്ളയാണ്‌. സയാനയുടെ ബന്ധുക്കളുടെ പരാതിയെ തുടര്‍ന്ന്‌ മുഖദാറിലെത്തിയ പോലീസ്‌ സംഘത്തിനൊപ്പം വിടാതെ ഇസ്ലാമിക തീവ്രവാദികള്‍ സയാനയെ ബലമായി പിടിച്ചു വച്ചിരിക്കുകയാണ്‌. സയാനയുടെ മോചനത്തിന്‌ ബന്ധുക്കള്‍ ഹൈക്കോടതിയെ സമീപിക്കാനിരിക്കുകയാണ്‌.

പര്‍ദ, ഊദ്‌, അത്തര്‍ എന്നിവ വില്‍ക്കുന്ന അയിഷയുടെ അറേബ്യന്‍ ഫ്രാഗ്രന്‍സ്‌ എന്ന കടയിലെ ജീവനക്കാരിയായിരുന്നു സയാനയും ചേച്ചി സന്ധ്യയും. കോഴിക്കോട്‌ മിഠായിത്തെരുവിലെ ചില സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളിലും എറണാകുളം, കണ്ണൂര്‍ എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലെ ചില മുസ്ലീം സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളിലും ഇത്തരത്തില്‍ ആസൂത്രിത മതപരിവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ നടക്കുന്നതായി റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടുണ്ട്‌. 

ഇക്കഴിഞ്ഞ തിങ്കളാഴ്ച വെളുപ്പിന്‌ മൂന്നു മണി മുതലാണ്‌ സയാനയെ കാണാതായതെന്ന്‌ അമ്മ ലത തിരുവനന്തപുരം സിറ്റി പോലീസ്‌ കമ്മീഷണര്‍ക്ക്‌ നല്‍കിയ പരാതിയില്‍ പറയുന്നു. മുമ്പു പല തവണ കടയുടമ അയിഷ സന്ധ്യയെയും മതംമാറ്റത്തിന്‌ പ്രേരിപ്പിച്ചിരുന്നു. ഇസ്ലാം മതം സ്വീകരിക്കാന്‍ നിരവധി മോഹന വാഗ്ദാനങ്ങള്‍ നല്‍കിയെങ്കിലും സന്ധ്യ അതെല്ലാം അതിജീവിച്ചു. മാത്രമല്ല ശല്യപ്പെടുത്തിയാല്‍ ഭര്‍ത്താവ്‌ ഷാജിയോടു പരാതിപ്പെടുമെന്നും അനുജത്തി സയാനയോട്‌ ഇത്തരത്തില്‍ പെരുമാറരുതെന്നും സന്ധ്യ അയിഷയ്ക്കു മുന്നറിയിപ്പു നല്‍കിയിരുന്നു. 

കുറച്ചു മാസങ്ങളായി സന്ധ്യ ജോലിക്കു പോകാറില്ലായിരുന്നു. ഈ അവസരം മുതലെടുത്ത്‌ അയിഷ സയാനയെ വശീകരിച്ച്‌ മനസ്സു മാറ്റുകയായിരുന്നു. അമ്മ ലത കരിക്കുകച്ചവടം നടത്തിയാണ്‌ കുടുംബം പോറ്റുന്നത്‌. ഇളയ മകള്‍ സയാനയെ നല്ല നിലയില്‍ വിവാഹം ചെയ്തയയ്ക്കണമെന്നായിരുന്നു ലതയുടെ ആഗ്രഹം. കടയില്‍ സാധനങ്ങള്‍ വാങ്ങാന്‍ വരുന്ന മുസ്ലീങ്ങളോട്‌ സയാന മതം മാറാന്‍ തയ്യാറാണെന്ന്‌ അയിഷ വ്യക്തമാക്കിയിരുന്നു. തന്നെ അള്ളാഹു ശപിക്കുമെന്നും അവര്‍ പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നതായി സന്ധ്യ പറഞ്ഞു. ഇതിനു മുമ്പ്‌ അവിടെ ജോലി ചെയ്തിരുന്ന പ്രിയ എന്ന ഹിന്ദുപെണ്‍കുട്ടിയെ അയിഷ ചതിയില്‍ പെടുത്തി ഒരു മുസ്ലീമിന്‌ വിവാഹം ചെയ്തു നല്‍കി. അയാളാകട്ടെ കല്യാണ പിറ്റേന്നു....തന്നെ പ്രിയയുടെ സ്വര്‍ണാഭരണങ്ങളും ഒരു ലക്ഷം രൂപയുമായി കടന്നു കളഞ്ഞു. ഇതേ ചൊല്ലി പ്രിയയും അയിഷയും തമ്മില്‍ കടയില്‍ വച്ച്‌ വഴക്കുണ്ടായതായി സന്ധ്യ പറയുന്നു.

ചൈനയില്‍ താമസിക്കുന്ന ഷെയ്ക്‌ സല്‍മാനാണ്‌ അയിഷയുടെ ഭര്‍ത്താവ്‌. ഇയാള്‍ക്ക്‌ വേറെയും ഭാര്യമാരുണ്ട്‌. ഇവരുടെ മൂത്ത മകള്‍ നാന്‍സി ഭര്‍ത്താവ്‌ ഷാര്‍ഫിയുമൊത്ത്‌ ദുബായിലാണ്‌. ഇളയമകള്‍ നെയ്സി ഭര്‍ത്താവ്‌ ഡോ.സിദ്ദിഖുമൊത്ത്‌ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്താണ്‌ താമസം. ഡോ.സിദ്ദിഖ്‌ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്ത്‌ ദന്തല്‍ ക്ലിനിക്‌ നടത്തുകയാണ്‌. 

മകളെ കാണാതായതിനെ തുടര്‍ന്ന്‌ ലതയും സഹോദരന്‍ മണികണ്ഠനും അയിഷയുടെ കടയിലെത്തി വിവരം തിരക്കി. വ്യക്തമായ ഉത്തരം നല്‍കാതെ ഒഴിഞ്ഞു മാറിയ അയിഷ ലതയും ബന്ധുക്കളും തന്നെ ആക്രമിച്ചതായി ഫോര്‍ട്ട്‌ പോലീസില്‍ പരാതി നല്‍കി. എന്നാല്‍ അല്‍പ സമയത്തിനു ശേഷം സയാന ചേച്ചി സന്ധ്യയുടെ മൊബെയിലില്‍ ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട്‌ തന്നെ അന്വേഷിക്കേണ്ടെന്നും ഇനി തിരിച്ചു വീട്ടിലേക്കു വരില്ലെന്നും അയിഷ ചേച്ചിയെ ശല്യപ്പെടുത്തരുതെന്നും പറഞ്ഞു. വിളിച്ച 04956952345 എന്ന നമ്പരിലേക്ക്‌ ഉടന്‍ തന്നെ ബന്ധുക്കള്‍ തിരിച്ചു വിളിച്ചെങ്കിലും പ്രതികരണമുണ്ടായില്ല. തുടര്‍ന്ന്‌ ലത കരമന പോലീസ്‌ സ്റ്റേഷനില്‍ മകളെ കാണാനില്ലെന്ന്‌ പരാതി നല്‍കുകയായിരുന്നു.

കമ്മീഷണര്‍ നടത്തിയ പ്രാഥമിക അന്വേഷണത്തിലാണ്‌ സയാന കോഴിക്കോടുണ്ടെന്നു മനസ്സിലായത്‌. കമ്മീഷണര്‍ പരാതി തമ്പാനൂര്‍ സി.ഐക്കു കൈമാറുകയും അന്വേഷണത്തിനുള്ള ഏര്‍പ്പാടുണ്ടാക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. തിരുവനന്തപുരത്തു നിന്നും ഒരു സംഘം പോലീസുകാര്‍ സി.ഐയുടെ നേതൃത്വത്തില്‍ കോഴിക്കോട്ടേക്കു തിരിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്‌. ഇവരോടൊപ്പം ലതയും അടുത്ത ബന്ധുക്കളും പോയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌. സയാനയെ എത്രയും വേഗം കണ്ടെത്തി തിരികെ ബന്ധുക്കളെ ഏല്‍പിക്കണമെന്നും കുറ്റക്കാര്‍ക്കെതിരെ ശക്തമായ നടപടികള്‍ സ്വീകരിക്കണമെന്നും ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ട്‌ ഹിന്ദുഐക്യവേദിയും ഇതര ഹിന്ദു സംഘടനകളും രംഗത്തെത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌.

rajeev on rediff about the thai insurgency and how the same can happen in india with the ELM and JNU's support

may 27th, 2010

No caviling at Gujarat’s hard facts

may 27th, 2010

excellent example of using the dhimmis' own numbers against them!

if sachar is right, then gujaratis are better off in gujarat than elsewhere in india.

we already know average mohammedans are better off, that is, they have more rights, in india than anywhere else in the world. 

if sachar is wrong, then the entire edifice of reservations to mohammedans that he champions is bogus.

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From: Gujarat India


No caviling at Gujarat's hard facts


To an editorial published in the Indian Express on May 22 titled "Hard facts to face" the Gujarat Government had sent a letter in response stating the factual position regarding the status of Muslim in Gujarat. A part of the letter was published in the Indian Express dated May 26, 2010. The complete version of the letter that was sent to the Editor Indian Express is enclosed herewith so that you will be conversant with the real hard facts.

No caviling at Gujarat's hard facts

How do Muslims fare in Gujarat? They fare much better compared to other states. The objective study by the Prime Minister's high-level committee headed by Justice Rajendra Sachar, appointed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2006, indicates that Muslims in Gujarat perform and fare much better when compared with other states in several key indicators such as education, employment, income and access to critical infrastructure. The editorial in the Indian Express dated May 22, 2010 is mostly based on perceptions and anecdotal evidences rather than hard facts. However the facts below speak for themselves.

In trying to make out a case for Muslim children being given a raw deal in primary and upper primary school enrolment facts that has placed Muslims in Gujarat on the top of literacy ladder have been totally ignored. According to Sachar committee report the percentage of literacy of Muslims in Gujarat is 73.5 per cent, the highest in India. It is pertinent to note that this is much higher than that of national average of 59.1 per cent and also the percentage of literacy of Hindus in Gujarat which is 68.3 per cent. Even Muslim women in urban areas of Gujarat have average literacy rate 5 points higher than the national average and rural Muslim women are far much better with their literacy rate of 57 per cent as compared to the national average of 43 per cent. If Muslim children are not provided education how can Muslims in Gujarat attain the highest literacy rate in the country?

During 2009-10 the enrolment of Muslim children has been 6.45 per cent (as against 4.7 per cent reported). It should be kept mind that this percentage excludes the enrolment in Madarsas and also some of the private schools which do not provide segregated data. The very fact that Muslims in Gujarat have the highest literacy rate in the country proves that they have access to education much better than in other states. If you look at Muslim education attainment those who have passed the primary stage are 74.9 per cent way ahead of the national average 60.9 per cent. In the category of those who passed secondary education Gujarat at 45.3 is ahead of the national average of 40.5 per cent. Even in the category of those who have passed higher secondary level Gujarat with 26.1 per cent is ahead of the national average of 23.9 per cent. In the average years of secondary schooling provided between the age group of 7-16 once again Gujarat with 4.29 per cent is ahead of the national average of 3.26 per cent. All the above figures in Gujarat are also ahead of states like West Bengal, UP, Bihar and many other states.

Your reference to Juhapura area of Ahmedabad lacking schools due to "gradual disentitlement and ghettoisation of Gujarat's Muslims" is specious to the say the least as the facts prove otherwise. There are eight high schools out of which three are government-aided schools. In Juhapura and surrounding areas there are 13 municipal primary schools funded by the state government and also 15 private schools. Far from being ghettoized there is ample opportunity for the Muslim children to enroll themselves.

Secondly it has become a knee-jerk habit of secularists to pooh-pooh the good governance of the state of Gujarat. And as to your question if "his fabled governance genius translate into a better life for those his politics rejects?" the answer is clearly in the Sachar report which has called the bluff of those who have tried to besmirch Gujarat.

In the very social sectors which your editorial cites as the indicator of percolation of development to the minorities, Sachar Committee report reveals the performance of Gujarat is far better than many other states. The document also reveals Gujarat is far ahead in terms of providing education facilities and health facilities. If we take the case availability of schools in villages where there is Muslim population Gujarat is far ahead of the national average. In the category of villages with population of Muslims more than 2000 all the villages have education facility as against 98.7 per cent national average. In the category of 1000 to 2000 population, 99.9 per cent villages have education facilities as against the national average of 95.4 per cent. In the category of less than 1000 population 98.6 per cent of the villages have education facility as against the national average of 80.4 per cent.

When we consider the availability of medical facilities in villages, where Muslim population is more 2000, 89.9 per cent of the villages have medical facilities as against the national average of 70.7 per cent. In the category of 1000-2000 population, 66.67 per cent of villages have medical facilities against the national average of 43.5 per cent. In the category of villages less than 1000 population, 53 per cent of the villages have medical facilities as against the national average of 20.2 per cent.

Even in the case of other indicators such as road connectivity, availability of pucca approach road etc Gujarat is far ahead of national average and many other states. Even on per month per capita income of Muslims is more than the Hindus of Gujarat in rural areas. For Muslims it stands at Rs 668 compared to Rs 644 for Hindus (SCs Rs 527 and OBCs Rs 594). This is much higher than many other states for example Andhra Pradesh (Rs 610); West Bengal (Rs 501); UP (Rs 509); Karnataka (Rs 532); MP (Rs 475) . The per capita income of Muslims in urban areas is also higher than the national average and many other states. (see Sachar report). The prosperity of Muslims in Gujarat when compared with other states is reflected in terms of the bank account wise average deposit. For instance Gujarat it is Rs 32,932 compared to West Bengal Rs 13, 824, Assam Rs 26,319 to cite a few examples.

If you take the employment of Muslims in critical departments of government such as home department, state transport dept and even in public sectors the percentage of Muslims occupying high posts is higher in Gujarat when compared with other States. Just to cite an example in Gujarat where the percentage of Muslims is 9.1 the proportion of Muslims in high posts is 8.5 per cent whereas in West Bengal where the Muslim population is 25.2 per cent the proportion of Muslims is merely 1.2 per cent.

To discuss on each and every parameter to establish that Muslims fare far better in Gujarat is neither required nor possible to enumerate in a letter. Your editorial mentions that Modi should be open to verification of his claims of inclusive development. The above mentioned facts clearly demonstrate that better governance in Gujarat has been translated into a better life for all the people in Gujarat, including the minorities. Your editorial recommends open verification of the claims. The high-powered committee appointed by the Prime Minister has to a great extent not only verified the claims but also clearly established that these claims are true.

Spokesperson
Government of Gujarat

We Are Proud to be In Gujarat

US WARNING TO PAKISTANIS: CHECK YOUR FAMILY FOR TERRORIST TIES

may 27th, 2010

despite all this shadow-boxing, obama continues to play footsie with the ISI. which means the US is ok with some number of civilian casualties in the US: the ISI is important enough to obama to take some, ahem, collateral damage. 

important enough for what, that is the question. quite likely to ensure the collapse of india.

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 Uma:
  I highlighted the important points below. See whether you can pass on THE FULL REPORT to Pakistan News Paper that accused India.
 
1. The Pakistani-born man who is reported to have confessed to the failed Times Square attack, Faisal Shahzad, 30 years old and a naturalized American citizen, is the son of a retired Pakistani vice air marshal, Bahar ul-Haq. The father, who is reported to have gone into hiding since his son's arrest, was one of Pakistan's most accomplished pilots and flight instructors; he was stationed overseas in Britain and Saudi Arabia. Several other family members have served in the small, close-knit Pakistani Air Force.
 
2. In the Chicago case, Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani to make it easier to cross borders as a terrorist, has confessed to involvement both in the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and in a foiled plot to attack a Danish newspaper that had ran cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. In the Mumbai rampage, nearly 170 people were killed, including six Americans.
His ties to the Pakistan elite are deep. His father is a retired Pakistani diplomat who is reported to have served at the Pakistani embassy in Washington. He attended a Pakistani military academy, the Hasan Abdal Cadet College, where he mixed with young men who would later go on to the run key elements of the Pakistani military and the civilian government, including the diplomatic corps.
 
Read the full story below
 
 
NEW YORK – In the wake of the Times Square bomb case, the feds just issued a chilling warning to Pakistani leaders: check your family and staff for terrorist ties. Philip Shenon reports.
The United States has warned civilian and military leaders in Pakistan that they need to worry about a newly uncovered breeding ground for anti-American terrorists—their own families.
A senior federal law enforcement official tells The Daily Beast that the Obama administration has sent a "clear, if carefully worded warning" to Pakistani leaders in recent days that their own children and others relatives, as well as their subordinates in the government, should be scrutinized for possible terrorist ties.

"We've got elements of the Pakistani gentry—people who can get in and out of the United States with ease, if they're not already citizens here—who are getting roped into terrorism," says an American diplomatic official.

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Trinetra May Issue

may 27th, 2010

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

 

May 2010

Hinduism & Spirituality

Vedic Marriage Customs

With the Hindu wedding season now just around the corner, we take a closer look at the deep meanings behind this colourful ceremony that dates back to antiquity.

 

 

Importance of Gayatri Mantra

Shukla Yajur Veda was brought to this world by the great ancient Rishi Yagnavalkya who first prayed to Sri Gayatri Devi by doing severe penance amidst the Panchagni. Sri Gayatri Devi pleased by his penance guided Rishi Yagnavalkya to obtain it from Lord Surya Bhagavan (Sun God).

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What is Dharma?

What is Dharma? Why is it relevant to us, in the modern world? Why did the sages of old, of every civilisation, insist that Dharma is the only TRUE path to fulfilment? Read More....

The Shiva Linga & its Meaning

An excellent article by Dr David Frawley explaining the Cosmic nature of Shiva & Parvati in the form of the Linga & Yoni & misconceptions of Hindu Gods as sexual symbols .

 

 

Hindu Temples Around The World..

This month we explore the famous Mother Temple of Bali known as Besakih Temple which was built in an area with panoramic scenerey. Click on image to Read More..

 
 
 

Articles

Life as a Hindu/Sikh in Afghanistan

Despite its ancient historical roots in Afghanistan, Hindu minorities have been pushed to the fringe.Sikh & Hindu minorities feel "disappointed, isolated and oppressed'' in Taliban dominated Afghanistan where even arranging the cremation of their dead is being denied as a basic right. Click on image to Read More...

India's Matchmaking Websites

By Mridu Khullar

In India it seems the NRI Groom has become less popular than the Indian groom.

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Trinetra Blog May 2010

Indian Court convicts Kasab for Mumbai Terror attacks

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Hindu History

Ekalavya the Nishada Prince

We continue our section on Hindu history with Ekalavya, one of the greatest warriors mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Click on image to Read More..


What Ratan Tata did for his employees and others after 11/26

may 27th, 2010

i don't know if the following is true. if it is, then ratan tata is a great guy and the tatas are an ethical group.

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See forward below. If this is true about the Tatas, it deserves some recognition.

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What Ratan Tata did for the Mumbai victims.... what every Indian should know!
 Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:23am
Ratan Tata is the chairman of Indian Hotels who own the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai, which was the target of the terrorists on 26/11/08.

Hotel President a 5 star property also belongs to Indian Hotels.

The following is really touching.

What Ratan Tata did for the Mumbai victims.... Don't miss!!!!!!

SALUTE TO MR. RATAN TATA

A. The Tata Gesture

1. All category of employees including those who had completed even 1 day as casuals were treated on duty during the time the hotel was closed.

2. Relief and assistance to all those who were injured and killed

3. The relief and assistance was extended to all those who died at the railway station, surroundings including the "Pav- Bha ji" vendor and the pan shop owners.

4. During the time the hotel was closed, the salaries were sent by money order.

5. A psychiatric cell was established in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences to counsel those who needed such help.

6. The thoughts and anxieties going on people's mind was constantly tracked and where needed psychological help provided.

7. Employee outreach centers were opened where all help, food, water, sanitation, first aid and counseling was provided. 1600 employees were covered by this facility.

8. Every employee was assigned to one mentor and it was that person's responsibility to act as a "single window" clearance for any help that the person required.

9. Ratan Tata personally visited the families of all the 80 employees who in some manner – either through injury or getting killed – were affected.

10. The dependents of the employees were flown from outside Mumbai to Mumbai and taken care off in terms of ensuring mental assurance and peace. They were all accommodated in Hotel President for 3 weeks.

11. Ratan Tata himself asked the families and dependents – as to what they wanted him to do.

12. In a record time of 20 days, a new trust was created by the Tatas for the purpose of relief of employees.

13. What is unique is that even the other people, the railway employees, the police staff, the pedestrians who had nothing to do with Tatas were covered by compensation. Each one of them was provided subsistence allowance of Rs. 10K per month for all these people for 6 months.

14. A 4 year old granddaughter of a vendor got 4 bullets in her and only one was removed in the Government hospital. She was taken to Bombay hospital and several lacs were spent by the Tatas on her to fully recover her.

15. New hand carts were provided to several vendors who lost their carts.

16. Tata will take responsibility of life education of 46 children of the victims of the terror.

17. This was the most trying period in the life of the organization. Senior managers including Ratan Tata were visiting funeral to funeral over the 3 days that were most horrible.

18. The settlement for every deceased member ranged from Rs. 36 to 85 lacs [One lakh rupees tranlates to approx 2200 US $ ] in addition to the following benefits:

a. Full last salary for life for the family and dependents;

b. Complete responsibility of education of children and dependents – anywhere in the world.

c. Full Medical facility for the whole family and dependents for rest of their life.

d. All loans and advances were waived off – irrespective of the amount.

e. Counselor for life for each person

B. Epilogue

1. How was such passion created among the employees? How and why did they behave the way they did?

2. The organization is clear that it is not something that someone can take credit for. It is not some training and development that created such behaviour. If someone suggests that – everyone laughs

3. It has to do with the DNA of the organization, with the way Tata culture exists and above all with the situation that prevailed that time. The organization has always been telling that customers and guests are #1 priority

4. The hotel business was started by Jamshedji Tata when he was insulted in one of the British hotels and not allowed to stay there.

5. He created several institutions which later became icons of progress, culture and modernity. IISc is one such institute. He was told by the rulers that time that he can acquire land for IISc to the extent he could fence the same. He could afford fencing only 400 acres.

6. When the HR function hesitatingly made a very rich proposal to Ratan – he said – do you think we are doing enough?

7. The whole approach was that the organization would spend several hundred crore in re-building the property – why not spend equally on the employees who gave their life?

This is NOT COVERED BY Any NEWS CHANNELS !

I Salute Mr. Ratan Tata..


this is the guy who will root out communist terrorists? P Chidambaram's Communist roots

may 27th, 2010

interesting. chidambaram, apparently a card-carrying comrade, nevertheless attended harvard business school (which of course produced many other notables like rebecca marx, late of enron). in other words, chidambaram has a 'principle deficit' like pak has a 'trust deficit'. 

how can anyone who is a friend of n ram and p karat be trusted with anything? n ram is funded by the hans, and obviously, p karat is too. 

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Despite being born in a God-fearing Tamil Iyengar family, N. Ram had developed an atheistic, Left-leaning personality as a student. His friends, P. Chidamabaram and Prakash Karat, had similar fire in them and they together started a journal called Radical Review, America's doomed war in Vietnam providing fodder for its content. Ram also became a vice president of the communist-linked Students Federation of India.