Monday, February 28, 2011
So now it's come out that Pakistan, which the US funds with billions of dollars and calls its close ally in the war on AlQaeda, wants to free this murderous AlQaeda terrorist as a trade for the life of the CIA agent.
From: Radha Rajan
Subject: Ultimatum to UPA govt at Baba Ramdev's grand rally in Delhi
Sonia Gandhi's minions in the english print and electronic media seem to have blacked out this news. And this notwithstanding the presence of arch-secularists Agnivesh and Kejriwal. Some minions are giving more space to her NAC the dysfunctional, moribund body now being resuscitated to give the lady some space in the media, and created only to park all Sonia's NGO activist-loyalists as a privilige post with little weight. Just to be allowed to stand in the corner waiting for crumbs from the high table is high honour. RR
भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ बाबा रामदेव का शंखनाद
अभियान में समाजसेवी अन्ना हजारे, वरिष्ठ अधिवक्ता राम जेठमलानी, सुब्रमण्यम स्वामी, गोविंदाचार्य, पूर्व महिला पुलिस अधिकारी किरन बेदी, आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट अरविंद केजरीवाल, ऑल इंडिया ऊलेमा काउंसिल के अध्यक्ष मौलाना मकसूद हसन कासमी, पूर्व आयकर आयुक्त विश्वबंधु गुप्ता, स्वामी अग्निवेश आदि उपस्थित थे। काले धन की लिस्ट में विलासराव और पटेल के भी नाम : गुप्तारैली में पूर्व आयकर आयुक्त विश्वबंधु गुप्ता ने कांग्रेस के कई शीर्ष नेताओं पर गंभीर आरोप जड़े। उन्होंने आरोप लगाया कि विदेशों में काला धन जमा करने वालों में देश के कई शीर्ष नेता भी शामिल हैं। इनमें केंद्रीय मंत्री विलासराव देशमुख और वरिष्ठ कांग्रेस नेता अहमद पटेल का भी नाम है। इनकी वजह से ही कांग्रेस सरकार इस मुद्दे पर चुप बैठी है। गृह मंत्री पी. चिदंबरम भी कार्रवाई की बात पर सिर्फ इसलिए चुप बैठ गए, क्योंकि इन दो लोगों के नाम लिस्ट में उजागर हो गए। हालांकि विदेशी बैंक में ‘दाऊद’ कंपनी के करीबी हसन अली द्वारा एक लाख करोड़ रुपए जमा किए जाने के मुद्दे पर चिदंबरम कार्रवाई करने वाले थे, लेकिन उन्हें इसी वजह से चुप रहना पड़ा। जब वित्त मंत्री प्रणब मुखर्जी से मिलने पर उन्होंने इस धन को स्विटजरलैंड से वापस लाने के लिए कहा था, तो प्रणब दा का कहना था कि स्विस सरकार अपने कानून के मुताबिक न ही पैसा वापस कर सकती है और न ही वह इन लोगों के नाम उन्हें बताएगी। 2007 में स्विस बैंकर्स एसोसिएशन का सरकार ने पक्ष लिया और उन्हें भारत में बैंक खोलने की अनुमति दी, नतीजतन देश में 4 स्विटजरलैंड के और आठ इटली के बैंक भी खुल गए। उनका यह भी आरोप था कि बोफोर्स मामले का आरोपी होने के बाजवूद इटली के व्यवसायी ओत्तावियो क्वात्रोच्ची के बेटे मलिसमा को ईएनआई इंडिया नामक कंपनी के नाम से अंडमान निकोबार में तेल की खुदाई का ठेका दे दिया गया।
Pundita comments on Amrullah Saleh interview on details of ISI complicity in 11/26; and on @majorbuttretd
Egypt's Ikhwan wants Indian EVMs; paks already asked for it: totalitarians love them. Of course they would
Sunday, February 27, 2011
From: Arvind Kumar
Global Warming has caused a snow fall in San Francisco after 35 years.
From: Saraswati Mandiram
(Institute of Holistic Health, Music, Yoga, Science and Philosophy)
Invites you to
Maha Shivratri Pujan
Wednesday March 2, 2011
Spiritual Discourses (Pravachan)
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For more information or interest in sponsoring a service,
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From: Ramakrishna Math Ulsoor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Subject: Invitation for Maha Shivaratri and Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti Celebrations
To: Ramakrishna Math Ulsoor Subscriber <email@example.com>
Maha Shivaratri will be celebrated at our Math on Wednesday, 2nd March, 2011, 5.30pm to 5.00am as per the programme given below.
Also Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti will be celebrated at our Math on Sunday, 6th of March, 2011 as per the programme given below.
You along with your relatives and friends are cordially invited to participate and receive the blessings of the Lord.
Yours in service,
MAHA SHIVARATRI PROGRAMME
05.30 p.m. Bhajans
06.45 p.m. Arati and Bhajans
07.30 p.m. Bhajans
09.00 p.m. Ist prahara puja and Bhajans
10.00 p.m. Bhajans
11.00 p.m. IInd prahara puja and Bhajans
12.00 a.m. Shiva Ashtottara Archana
12.30 a.m. Offering of Billva by Devotees
01.00 a.m. Visit to Someshwara Temple and IIIrd Prahara Puja
02.00 a.m. Bhajans
03.00 a.m. IVth Prahara Puja and Bhajans
04.00 a.m. Homa
05.00 a.m. Mangalarati to Sri Ramakrishna and Shiva
SRI RAMAKRISHNA JAYANTI PROGRAMME
05.00 a.m. Mangalarati
07.30 a.m. Special Worship
08.00 a.m. Vishnu Sahasranama Parayana
08.30 a.m. Sri Ramakrishna Sankirtana
09.30 a.m. Bhajans
10.30 a.m. Homa
11.40 a.m. Pushpanjali
11.50 a.m. Sri Ramakrishna Ashtottara Archana
12.00 noon Discourse
12.30 p.m. Bhogarati
05.30 p.m. Bhajans
06.45 p.m. Arati and Bhajans
You can go through the various celebration moments by this link https://picasaweb.google.com/rkmathulsoor/Celebrations#slideshow/5530775928337742530
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From: Ram Narayanan
This is an important article and I hope GOI and RBI will quickly act upon its recommendations.
Have mobile, will travel
Ashok Jhunjhunwala , Feb 22, 2011,
Dictators in Tunisia and Egypt have fallen. Internet technologies played their small part in this. India is not like Tunisia and Egypt. Its economy has belied expectations and grows at 8 to 9% year after year. As large sections do not benefit adequately from this growth, there has been considerable focus on government programmes to make it inclusive. At the same time, our press has demonstrated its independence. The RTI Act enables citizens to demand and get information. Our CAG stands tall, just as our Election Commission and courts do. Yet India is in a crisis. Its citizens are tired of governance deficit, corruption, black money and an inspector-raj.
Everyday we see scams (sometimes even when they are not there) being exposed in the media, demonstrations, Parliament jams and court orders. But there is little positive action. What is needed is action against black money, the driver of all corruption. Are we citizens ready to move beyond protests and take a small step that could hit at the heart of black money?
Black money thrives in the cash economy. If we introduce traceability in financial transactions, it will be difficult to hide. We can do this using some simple available technologies. It is possible to carry out all transactions in electronic form, where money is transferred from the payer's bank account to the payee's. The back-end core banking system of almost all banks allows that. ATM withdrawals, any-branch banking and internet banking thrive on it. The internet, however, is used by a small section. Credit card (and debit card) based payments and transaction could be another way, but have not caught on much (except for use of debit cards for cash withdrawals).
But India has over 750 million mobile phone connections, and growing at 15 million per month. Over 500 million invididuals are believed to have mobiles. In a few years, mobile telephony could touch most of India's adult population. It is now possible to link one's mobile phone to a bank account. So, it is possible to carry out most transactions including money transfer, bill payments, balance enquiry and checks on past transactions. A bank's computer uses the caller line identification (CLI) and a customer's PIN to authenticate her, following which any transaction can be carried out using an application loaded on her phone. End-to-end encryption makes transactions secure. Transactions are instantaneous: for example, any payment is notified by sending an SMS to the payer as well as payee.
The Mobile Payment Forum of India, RBI and National Payment Corporation of India worked with banks, telecom operators and technology providers to make money transfer possible between customers of any two banks, any two operators and any two technology providers. One does not even need the bank account number to make payments, as the payee's mobile number and a mobile money ID (MMID) uniquely map to her bank account.
Mobile payments would make cash redundant. One could pay a vegetable vendor who displays a mobile number and MMID at the shop. Similarly, auto fare or kirana shop payments can be made instantaneously. Money can be transferred whether the recipient is near or far. Doing so from Mumbai to an Orissa village would now be a simple matter. A single day amount could be small, say Rs 50, or as much as Rs 50,000.
Safe, secure, simple, instantaneous, and with a complete list of payments and receipts in one's passbook, there is no reason why anyone would not use this method. Using mobile payments instead of cash could be our way to bring in traceability and say no to the black money economy.
Do all banks provide mobile-to-mobile payments? About 10 banks do and another 15 will by the end of next month. Will there be teething troubles? Sure, but nothing that can't be handled. Will transaction charges be too much? Banks and telecom operators can make transactions below Rs 1,000 free and charge one or two rupees for transactions up to Rs 10,000. Will SMS come in real time? Telcos can ensure that.
One may argue that many in rural India and some in urban India do not have bank accounts. With financial inclusion initiatives, no-frill accounts can be opened quickly. In fact, mobile payments would incentivise people to open such accounts. Further, telecom operators are tying up with banks to come up with phone-based pre-paid cards (mobile wallets) for making payments and transferring money as in mobile banking. Will illiteracy be a bottleneck? Several banks and technology providers use mobile voice banking: one just has to speak to carry out a transaction. So, there may be some hiccups, but there are technological answers.
Many of us will remember that computerisation of railway reservations in the 1980s dealt a blow to rampant corruption. As an example of technology being used to bring in transparency, mobile payments give us a much bigger opportunity. In due course, we would demand that government recalls 500 and 1,000 rupee notes and makes it mandatory for all shops and vendors to accept only electronic payments. But let us take the initiative. Let us get our MMID and start making mobile payments instead of using cash. Let shops start displaying their mobile numbers and MMID. That would be a big statement against black money.
The writer teaches electrical engineering at IIT Madras and is on the PM's Scientific Advisory Committee.
Date: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Subject: Hindus must learn to cultivate similar Chutzpah ("astounding hubris")
The key to understanding organized Islamic behavior—not the actions of every Muslim by any means, but the groups that represent them and the individuals most formed by Islamic cultural attitudes—is, ironically, chutzpah. In Hebrew, that term means something like "astounding hubris," although as it came into Yiddish it took on some more positive connotations. Leo Rosten, author of The Joy of Yiddish, defines chutzpah as "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan." There is no other way to characterize the way professional Muslims begin to act when they scent weakness in their rivals; conversely, when they meet a show of strength that exceeds their own, they turn almost instantly into craven, self-pitying victims. Just think of how Palestinian activists alternate between empty boastfulness about their power to "drive the Zionists into the sea," and puling complaints about the indignities imposed on them by Israel's greater power.
This should be no surprise to us. As I've written before, Islam is a religion of power, which worships a god whose first and foremost attribute is power, absolute and arbitrary power so boundless by definition that no one and nothing can "chain Allah's hand," not even his previous promises. In the single-minded quest to depict their god as limitless, Muslim theologians have managed to portray Allah as something actually less impressive than any human being who does keep his word; recall that in ancient cultures, oath-keeping was the virtue held in highest esteem. Without it, human action is impossible to predict, trust relationships cannot be formed, and lasting love is impossible. Allah cannot be said to love his creatures, because they can never trust him. Their love for him at best can only ever be servile, the trembling devotion of a whipped dog hoping for mercy.
While that may be the Muslim attitude toward their god, activist Muslims adopt quite the opposite posture toward non-Muslims, whenever they feel sufficiently powerful to get away with it. Robert Spencer told me a story he'd heard of an American convert to Islam (dressed like any other American) who sat down at a cafe, only to be greeted from a neighboring table with "Assalaamu 'alaykum!" The American was stunned, and he turned to the Arab immigrant at the neighboring table to ask, "How did you know I was a Muslim?" His newfound friend replied, "You hold and carry yourself like a Muslim. You hold your head high, as if you bow before no man, but only before Allah."
Saturday, February 26, 2011
From: Ram Narayanan
http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-budget-2011-why-india-will-be-the-number-1-economy-in-the-world-by-2050/20110224.htm REDIFF.COM Why India will be world’s No. 1 economy by 2050 Last updated on: February 24, 2011 08:22 IST The 10 largest economies by 2050 (in trillion 2010 PPP dollars) will be very different from what they are now. Read on to find out which are these nations and why India will be the largest economy. . . In view of its continuing robust growth, India is expected to be the world’s largest economy by 2050, surpassing China and the United States, a Citi report said. "China should overtake the US to become the largest economy in the world by 2020, then be overtaken by India by 2050," financial services group Citi said the report.
feb 26th, 2011 CE
From: Delhi vhp VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD
Sankat Mochan Ashram, RamKrishna Puram-VI, New Delhi-110022
Tel.-011-26178992, 26103495 Fax % 011-26195527
Date : 25-02-2011
PRESS STATEMENT OF VHP PRESIDENT SRI ASHOK SINGHAL
ALLAHABAD: In order to shield the Central Government and the Congress
Party that are neck deep in corruption and also to corner the Muslim
votes, the Congress general secretary Sri Digvijay Singh has off late
been, as a measure of diversionary tactics, blindly and falsely
targeting the Hindu organizations and Sadhu-Sants. The 2-G spectrum
scam causing a loss to the national exchequer an amount of Rs. 176,000
crores, the ISRO scam causing a loss of 200,000 crores and the CWG
scam are now the hot topics of discussion in all nooks and corners of
the country. This Government is not willing to disclose the names of
those that have stacked away huge black money in the Swiss Bank. This
issue has been hanging fire for many years now. The people of India
shall ensure that the Congress Government comes clean on the issue of
all black money. Digvijay Singh has recently commented on Baba
Ramdevji. The contributions that Baba Ramdevji has made towards the
causes of globalization of the Patanjali Yoga system and the Ayurvedic
system of medicine makes not only India but the entire world thankful
Wildly attributing black money to the contributions in cash and kind
made by the people of the country for running the spiritual and
service activities by our Sadhu-Sants, Sri Digvijay Singh can neither
save the dwindling image of the Congress nor can he ensure deliverance
for it. Pointing fingers at the government machinery in the matter of
the Batala House terrorist incident, visiting and encouraging people
at Sanjarpur in Azamgarh that were involved in terrorist activities,
making Pakistan happy by misleading the Indian nation about the 26/11
Mumbai terrorist act and unwittingly making a mockery of Sri Hemant
Karkare’s martyrdom by trying to misquote the latter, are a few of his
perverted actions that give the impression that he is playing to the
galleries of Pakistanis and other foreign forces.
Regarding the Godhra episode, I have to say that the Court of Law has
clearly accepted it that it was the result of a big conspiracy that
was meticulously carried out. But even then how could the kingpins of
the conspiring circle get release orders – it is now a topic of
discussion in the whole country. Truly speaking, in order that all
such attacks on the Hindu society do never recur in future, it is
necessary that all the convicts be hanged to death. The Congress
spokesperson Digvijay Singh has been promoting the activities of
Jihadis, and the country must beware of him. The Hindu society would
give fitting reply to any humiliation heaped on the Sant fraternity.
Issued by : Vishwa samvad kendra
From: Savarkar.org Team
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
feb 24th, 2011 CE
Dr. S. KALYANARAMAN
(SARASVATI RESEARCH CENTRE)
INVITES YOU FOR A SERIES OF LECTURES BY/INTERACTION SESSIONS WITH
RENOWNED VEDIC SCHOLAR PROF. NICHOLAS KAZANAS,
(Director OMILOS Meleton Cultural Institute,Greece)
1. Date : 26th February 2011 (Saturday)
Time : 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Venue : Central Lecture Theatre (CLT), near Gajendra Circle, IIT Madras, Chennai
Topic : “The Collapse of Aryan Invasion Theory and the prevalence of Indigenism”
Chair person: Prof. Govardhan, Dean Students, IIT Madras (Viswanath: 9092684801)
2. Date : 27th February 2011
Time : 10:30 A.M. to 12 Noon
Venue : Jagadguru Vallabhacharya Auditorium,D.G Vaishnav College Campus, Gokulbagh, 833 Periyar EVR High Road, Arumbakkam, Chennai
Topic : “Vedic civilization and its relevance to modern times”
Chairperson: Dr S. Narasimhan, Principal, DG Vaishnav College, Chennai. (24751264)
3. Date: 28 February 2011
Time: 3: 30 PM to 5 PM
Topic: Interaction session with Vedic-Sanskrit studies research scholars
Venue: Kuppuswamy Sastri Research Institute, Sanskrit College, Luz, Mylapore, Chennai 600004
Chairperson: Dr. Kameshwari, Director (24985320)
4. Date : 1st March, 2011
Time : 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Venue : ORI. Platinum Jubilee Auditorium, Marina Campus,
University of Madras, Chennai.
Topic : "All inclusiveness of Veda".
Chair person: Dr. Siniruddha Dash, Professor and Head Department of
Sanskrit, University of Madras. (9444469505)
5. Date : 2nd March 2011
Time : 11:45 AM to 1 PM
Venue : College Auditorium, Vivekananda college, Mylapore,
Chennai 600 004.
Topic : “Vedic Civilisation and its spread”
Chair person: Dr S. Swaminathan, Principal, Vivekananda College. Chennai. (Dr. Ramachandran 9444079958)
6. Date : 2nd March 2011
Time : 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Venue : International Headquarters Hall of the Theosophical
Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020.
Topic : “The All Inclusiveness of Rig-Veda”
Chair person: Smt.G.Sundari, President, Adyar Lodge, Chennai. (24912474)
About the speaker
Prof. Nicholas Kazanas, is a scholar of Vedic Studies. http://www.omilosmeleton.gr/en/nk_cv_en.asp
Prof. Nicholas Kazanas was born in the Greek island Chios in 1939. He studied English Literature at University College, Economics and Philosophy at the School of Economic Science and Sanskrit at the School of Oriental and African studies - all in London; also post-graduate at SOAS and at Deccan College in Pune. (India). He taught in London and Athens and since 1980 has been Director of Omilos Meleton Cultural Institute.He is on the Editorial Board of Adyar Library Bulettin (Chennai). He has also produced a three-year course of learning Sanskrit for Greeks. From 1997 he has turned towards the Vedic Tradition of India and its place in the wider Indo-European culture. This research comprises thorough examination of Indo-European cultures, comparing their philosophical ideas and values, their languages, mythological issues and religions. He has translated in Greek many Gnostic texts (Gospel of Thomas, etc) and has composed an extensive study on Christ's original teaching (one in Greek and one in English). He has also translated the ten principal Upanishads (ISA, KENA, KATHA, MANDUKYA, BrHADARANYAKA, etc.) from the original Sanskrit text into Greek. He is on a promotional tour for a new world-class, peer-reviewed, academic journal to be edited by him, called Vedic Venues: Journal of the Continuity of Vedic Culture.
Contact: Mr.Ajith S. Ranganathan: 9840337088; Mr.Kalivaradan : 9382817652
feb 24th, 2011 CE
Rajeev - Fwding a mail and flyer from a friend at IISc
From: Rajath V
Technology in Early and Classical India at IIT-Kanpur in February and
March. The details are in the attached file. If you have contacts at
IIT-K, please feel free to pass on the information.
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 9:41 PM
Subject: "Indian Culture and India's Future"
This is to inform you of the release of a new book of mine, Indian Culture and India's Future, published by D.K. Printworld.
If you happen to have a look at it, I will value your comments.
With best regards,
Indian Culture and India's Future
Binding : Paperback
10 Digit ISBN : 812460567X
13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605677
Pages : 248p.
List Price : INR 300.00
Sale Price : INR 270.00
Can Indian civilization be compared to a "thousand-branched tree"? What have been its outstanding achievements and its impact on the world?
These are some of the questions this book asks. But it also deals with issues confronting more and more Indians caught in an identity crisis: What does it mean to be Indian? What is specific to the worldview developed by Indian culture? How has it dialogued with other cultures? Is it built on durable foundations, or is it little more than colourful religiosity and quaint but outdated customs? And what are the meaning and application of secularism and tolerance in the Indian context?
The French-born author, who has been living in India for 33 years, argues that Indian culture is not some exotic relic of the past, but a dynamic force that still has a role to play in defining India's identity and cohesion, and in proposing solutions to today's global challenges.
Written in a crisp and engaging style, this thought-provoking volume challenges received ideas on India's culture and invites us to think afresh.
Introduction: Is Indian Culture Obsolete?
Part One: A Thousand-Branched Tree
1. India's Scientific Mind
2. India's Gifts to the World
3. India in France
4. For the Love of Nature
Part Two: Indian Culture at the Crossroads
5. The Colonized Indian Mind
6.The Age of Confusion
7.The Gita and the Problem of Action
Part Three: India and the World
8. Wounded Identity
9.The Conqueror and the Conquered
10. Dialogue among Civilizations: an Indic Perspective
Suggested Further Readings
(The book is also available as a hard-bound edition: