Archive for July, 2009

Message of Ramayana to contemporary life – Dr Shatavadhani R Ganesh

Message of Ramayana to contemporary life – Dr Shatavadhani R Ganesh

Lecture and discussion series 4th – 7th August 2009, 7 – 8.15 PM.
(Venue: 21/B, 9th Main, Shankara Nagara Mahalakshmi Puram, Bangalore 560096 Phone 23575866 / 23371758)

Our life today has become tense, competitive, and complex. Tension, anxiety, and stress is accumulated in each of the activities we take up. Ramayana provides a basis to endure the difficulties in life, and a methodology to face the challenges. Issues of leadership, friendship, partnership, collaboration, goal setting and mission accomplishment, inter-personal relations are all dealt in intricate detail in Ramayana. Several characters in Ramayana portray personality traits and attributes that are very much an essential requirement of today’s life. Lecture and discussion will be focusing around these aspects.

Directions to the venue: From Mahalakshmi Lay out Swimming pool bus stop, go towards Kanteerava Studio. After about 300 meters, On right side see Ashok Leyland Apartment complex. This is for reference only.. Make left on 6th main. Take 2nd right turn. Make left on 9th main (behind a park in shankara nagar.

YUGAYATRI is a non-profit trust working for the preservation and promotion of Indian Culture. Yugayatri conducts a variety of research activities (for example on scientific and technology heritage of India, socio-cultural interactions, epics) and training activities. Yugayatri is developing a theme park based on Ramayana near Srirangapatna, on Bangalore – Mysore highway. Yugayatri solicits the support and assistance of all the people interested in the same.

Why this silence on organised anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh?

Why this silence on organised anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh?

By Dr. Richard Benkin Thursday, July 23, 2009
Reports began trickling out of Bangladesh this spring about an anti-Hindu violence in the heart of its capital carried out in three stages: March 30, April 17, and April 29. A community of approximately 400 Hindus was reportedly going about its business when “hundreds of Muslims” suddenly descended on them and demanded they quit the homes where they and their families had lived for the past 150 years. Witnesses also report that police watched passively while attackers beat residents and destroyed a Hindu temple.
And although every Hindu, as well as the international community, should have reacted with horror and outrage, neither did.
The Bangladeshi Government denied that any such thing happened, and local police captain Tofazzal Hossain declared, “No demolition of temple occurred. There was no temple there, only a few idols.” Yet, sources for the charge — Global Human Rights Defence at The Hague and the Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist, Christian Unity Council, as well as several local human rights groups and newspapers — are highly credible, prompting our two-month investigation that confirms something terrible did occur, even if not exactly as described by initial reports.
For while not all 400 Hindus were made homeless, a significant number were, which is tragic enough, especially since many remain so months later. Nor has the Bangladeshi Government even bothered to deny that Hindus were beaten, some religious desecration occurred, or that police were present during the attacks. We also confirmed that the area attacked was located directly behind the Sutrapur Police Station in Dhaka and the Shiv Mandir only about 18 m from it; yet, the police did nothing to stop its destruction.
This is not about one terrible event, but about a system of legalised ethnic cleansing that has proceeded non-stop for decades and which places every one of Bangladesh’s 13,000,000-15, 000,000 Hindus at risk. For despite Government protestations to the contrary, normal legal protections are suspended for Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh who are often subject to arbitrary actions by the Muslim majority.
Two Hindus, Jogesh Chandra and Taraknath Das, originally owned the land in Sutrapur. They migrated to India in 1947 but before doing so, gifted it to the remaining Hindus; most of them their former servants. A local Muslim, Mahbubur Rahman, tried for years to seize it but could not produce the necessary legal fiction. But after Rahman’s death, his brother and nephews determined to do what he could not because they were politically well-connected.
They used their position to prevail upon police to demand written proof of ownership from the Hindus, which all parties knew they could not provide given their impoverished state and the nature of partition-era transactions. Nevertheless, that was all the Government needed to secretly void the Hindus’ title using Bangladesh’s Vested Property Act. This empowers the Government to declare any ‘non-Muslim’ land vested once its ownership is questioned, no mater how flimsy the pretext, and award it to any Muslim who then can seize it, as was done in Sutrapur.
Next, the police refused to pursue any prosecution in the matter, even though at least three separate crimes were committed: Land seizure, beatings, and religious destruction. The GHRD and other groups have lodged formal protests and brought the matter to Dhaka’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner, but he also “refused to take any action against the perpetrators of crime,” according to GHRD’s Jenny Lundstrom.
Nor did the cover-up stop there. Mr Zakir Hossain, chief executive of local human rights group, Nagorik Uddyog, told me that his organisation appealed to the Bangladeshi Parliament and Awami League MP Shuranjit Sengupta, but neither he nor his party has taken any action. All of the Bangladeshi officials I contacted refused to comment on the incident.
It would appear that these enforcers of the law have become enforcers of lawlessness, abetting crimes against minorities and sending a message that Bangladesh is a country where the law gives Muslims preferential treatment even if it means ignoring elementary standards of justice.
This explains how Muslims have been able to seize 75 per cent of all Hindu-owned land in Bangladesh. It also means that the reduction of Hindus from almost 30 per cent of the population to nine per cent has been no accident but a deliberate process of ethnic cleansing, which if unchecked, will rid Bangladesh of its remaining Hindu population in our lifetime. And nobody seems to care; the world’s self-appointed human rights arbiters remain shamefully silent.
Meanwhile, dozens of Hindu victims from Sutrapur, including mothers and their children, remain homeless. The lucky ones are flopping in different slums each night, but for others, as one victim put it, “We are now passing a miserable life with no home and very little to eat.”
Perhaps Americans and Europeans will think of her the next time they purchase a garment labelled, “Made in Bangladesh.”
— The writer campaigns for minority rights in Bangladesh.

Muslim students prevent Hindu students from using Multi-Faith Center

*Muslim students prevent Hindu students from using Multi-Faith Center
(at Queen Mary University of London)*

Source: http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/28/QMW.htm

*QMW Hindu students denied access to to Multi-Faith Centre*

*Hindu Voice UK, July 2009*

As part of their “Sewa Week” (a week for which the National Hindu Students
Forum holds various service based activities), the QMW Hindu Society
organized to use the University’s Multi-Faith Centre every day from
6pm-8.30pm for one week, to recite the Hanuman Chalisa.

The Multi-Faith Centre is also booked by Islamic Students Society from 12pm
to 6pm for the entire year. After 6pm the Islamic Students Society had
another room allocated to them which they could use until late.

From the outset of the week, the Hindu students were prevented from being
able to access the Multi-Faith Centre by the Islamic students who refused to
vacate the centre. To justify not being willing to share the centre with
other faith groups they said that there is no demand for the use of the
Multi-Faith Centre by other faith communities and they cannot therefore
allow Hindus to use the premises even though they have a valid booking for
its use. An article written several months before the incident shows that
the Islamic Students Society dissaproved of other faiths sharing the
premises (click
here
).

The Hindu society committee sent letters to the Principal, Chancellor and
the Students’ Union (SU) of the university. The Students’ Union sent letters
to the Islamic students asking them to respect bookings made my other
students.

On Thursday, after three days of being prevented from entering the
Multi-Faith Centre, security guards accompanied the Hindu students to ensure
that the rooms were vacated as scheduled. Far from gaining entry to the
Centre, they were verbally threatened by a group of Muslim students who far
outnumbered them.

Rather than tackle this unacceptable behaviour resolutely, the security
guards and Students Union suggested that the Hindu students should use an
alternative room to conduct their prayers and forget about the booking. The
Hindu students society rightfully rejected this offer as a wholly
unsatisfactory solution to a serious breach of their rights.

The QMW Hindu Society together with the NHSF contacted and got the support
of various other students at QMW and other Hindu groups, who turned out
together in larger numbers on Friday.

On Friday, once again, the QMW Islamic Students Society refused to vacate
the Multi-Faith Centre at 6pm, and placed a group near the door to prevent
anyone from entering. The QMW Hindu Society and other supporters, including
non-Hindu students, decided to start their program outside the doors of the
centre and sang the Hanuman Chalisa loud and proud. Gradually the Islamic
Society members emptied out of the Centre over a long period, and the Hindu
Students Society moved into the Centre for the first time in next week.

Vishwa mangal go gram yatra

Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra
(http://gougram.org/)

 

A MOVEMENT TO SAVE THE BHARATHIYA GOU AND VILLAGES

It is an initiative to put Indian Villages on the path of Sustainable Development by focusing on Cow based way of life.

Awake, arise, save the cow, the village, the nation and be saved

It is a matter of great concern that the Indian indigenous cow, an invaluable gift from nature is at the verge of extinction. Only thirty-three breeds out of the hundreds of varieties are surviving today. There is a dire need to save and protect them. We have to wake up to this urgent need and workout the comprehensive plan to rehabilitate them. Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is one such initiative. From time immemorial cow has patiently carried on its back the burden of agriculture, nay the burden of humanity itself. It is our duty to protect her rights to be born free, live with dignity and die naturally.

Village is the soul of Bharath; the farmer is its light; the cow is his life. But today the farmer’s over dependence on chemical fertilizers and machines has led to the neglect of the indigenous cows and bulls. The food he produces has become toxic, the land has turned infertile and the mounting loans drive him to death.

The answer to this problem is to return to the cow-centered way of life. The cow and the farmer are two eyes of the nation. They have to move together and look together if we have to be happy.

Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is the wake up call given by the spiritual leaders of the nation to SAVE THE COW, SAVE THE VILLAGE, SAVE BHARATH and THE WORLD through positive action.

Some facts about the Yathra :
• Yathra will commence on 30 September, 2009, Vijaya dashami day at the historic battle field of Kurukshetra.
• The yathra will traverse through the length and breadth of the country approximate distance covered will be 20000 kms.
• Total number of days 108
• A number of Upa Yathras will commence from villages and join at taluk, district and state centres.
• Millions will participate in signature campaign calling for the end of cruelty to cow and to declare cow a national animal.
• On 29 January, 2010 submission of memorandum with crores together signatures to the President of India.
• Processions, Gou poojas, Gou Sandeshas by saints and scientists.

Social service prpjects by RSS

Rediff News July 25, 2009

A Correspondent in New Delhi

According to a survey done by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, various branches of the RSS are growing all over the country.
Rashtriya Seva Bharati compiles and publishes a report of Seva karya growth after every 5 years. The report is called ‘Seva Disha’. Started in 1995 with the cooperation of Seva Vardhini of Pune, this report has previously been published in 1997 and 2004.
According to the press release of RSS, along with Rashtriya Seva Bharati, the social service projects and institutions inspired by the organisations Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Vidya Bharati, Deen dayal Shodh Sansthan, and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad are also growing.
Seva Disha 2009, which was published on the occasion of All Bharat ‘Prant Pracharak Baithak’ (annual meeting of state organizers) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, highlights some remarkable features of the growth of social service projects.
The service activities all over the nation including the remote parts of Bharat, have grown by more than 1 lakh as compared to 2004.The focus of their activity has been on weaker society, claims survey.
The ‘Arogya Rakshak’ (village health volunteer) scheme being run in remote villages of various states, the ‘Bal Gokulam’ of Kerala [ Images ], the ‘Char Sutri Dhan’ scheme of Maharashtra, the self help groups of Tamil Nadu, projects for ‘street children’ in Delhi [ Images ] and other metros, the ‘education for child labour’ project in Andhra, are but few sample examples of the all encompassing initiative of Swayamsevaks working in social service field.
This year, 10,479 Swayamsevaks from 6,982 places participated as trainees in the ‘Pratham Varsha’ (first year) Sangh Shiksha Varg, which is a part of a three year course.
2,581 Swayamsevaks participated in the ‘Dwitiya Varsha’ (second year training), while 973 Swayamsevaks completed the ‘Trutiya Varsha’ (third year) training. Every year, the Swayamsevaks who have completed the initial training of the Sangh called ‘Prathamik Shiksha Varg’, are eligible to participate in these 20 days residential course.
The survey, if correct, counters some Bhartiya Janta Party leader’s recent allegation that their parent organisation’s growth has been stunted since last few years.

School where Muslim kids are happy to sing Hindu hymns

School where Muslim kids are happy to sing Hindu hymns
Padma Shastri, Hindustan Times
Indore, July 20, 2009

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=b4d4699f-3b0a-450e-8a19-36f9ce6dc9fa&Headline=School+where+Muslim+kids+are+happy+to+sing+Hindu+hymns

Sanskrit verses are part of the daily prayer for Mantasha Khan (class IX), Inayat Ali (class VIII), Jofisha Khan (class IV) and 30 other Muslim students who study at the Shaishvika Vidyalaya, a high school with 269 students run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
It’s not just the Medha Suktam (a Vedic hymn recited to strengthen the intellect) that they recite with perfect diction but they also chant the Gayatri mantra, Surya mantra and shlokas (hymns) from the Bhagvad Gita with equal ease, besides the Ramcharitmanas and the Hanumanchalisa.
“Afsha Sultana Khokhar who passed from the school three years ago, excelled in recitation of Sanskrit hymns, including Ganesh Atharvashirsha (recited to invoke Lord Ganesh) and won prizes,” the school’s Sanskrit teacher Jagrati Shrivastava recalled.
And their parents never objected. One of the parents —Shakil Khan —has been encouraging his community members to send their children to this school, founded in 1975. And the results are encouraging. In 1996, it had four Muslim students. This year, out of 50 students who got admission, 25 were from minority community.
“None from our community has problems sending children to the RSS school. They are gaining knowledge. The school fee is reasonable (Rs 400 a month). And teachers impart good values. Students there are cultured,” remarked ex-student and cloth merchant Lal Ali, 38, whose sons Fashil and Kamran study in the school.

Another ex-student and award-winning painter Riyazuddin Patel says, “My ideology has matured after studying there. What I learned is discipline, which is akin to the RSS.”
Not that city’s other RSS-run schools don’t have minority students but Shaishvika Vidyalaya has the most. The management didn’t face any problems from parents even though the school is surrounded by Muslim-dominant localities.
“Parents are very cooperative. We’re an educational institution and don’t promote communalism,” said school principal Aparna Modak.
It was only when girls were asked to put on bindis that Muslim parents requested they do so only during school hours. “But then we dropped the regulation,” said Modak, proud of the students the school has produced.

IGNORANCE & APATHY ARE NOT THE PROOFS OF NON-EXISTANCE

ORGANISER Dated July 5, 2009 & Dated July 19, 2009
For The Organiser: Column: TogadiaSpeak

IGNORANCE & APATHY ARE NOT THE PROOFS OF NON-EXISTANCE

Dr Pravin Togadia

Over 10,00,000 poor students getting FREE & STANDARD QUALTY Education, over 20,00,000 poor being given free Medical Help, over 1,00,000 poor being helped by free Legal Aid, over 5,00,000 poor youth getting professional vocational training like Computers, Mechanical, etc., over 3,00,000 poor women got smiles on their faces through their own work aided by Self Help Groups, over 1,50,000 poor Heart patients to be operated free at the most hi-tech ultra modern Heart Hospital (2500 patients already operated at Zero cost), 700 villages got clean drinking water free through modern efficient water pipes, over 5,00,000 AIDS patients to benefit from various programmes, over 25,000 poor couples are happy that they could get married at no cost, over 23,000 families of Diamond / Construction / Textiles workers got monthly food grains free after the workers lost jobs due to the current economic slow down & over 1,00,000 to get it, over 500 Ambulances are moving all India all the time to help the poor anytime, over 30,000 Health & Medical Centres with Medical Dispensaries / Mobile Dispensaries are operating efficiently free for the poor, over 5,000 orphan children are under warm shelter of love & care & also getting modern education….

OK, OK. Reading ANY list is quite monotonous. The above list of great work where millions of the poor & needy have been benefiting is NOT of the work done by any government in power. Without any governmental power this work is being done for years by HINDU ORGANISATIONS like RSS, VHP & by THE HINDU SADHU SANTS like SRI SRI GURUJI RAVISHANKARJI, SRI SATHYA SAI BABA JI OF PUTTHA PARTHY, THE LTE SWAMI LAXMANANANDJI, SRI DUDHABABAJI, SADHVI RITAMBARAJI & many of such people.

Some of these names are heard in media but only when it comes to some religious agitation like Ram Temple or Amarnath. The same media conveniently ignores the same names when it comes to giving coverage to many Hindu Organizations’ continued & committed developmental work in the above fields like Education, Health, Water supply, Vocational Training, Food Supply. It is easy to first ignore such work & then shout that Hindu Organizations & Hindu Sadhu Sants do not do any concrete development work for the society / Hindus & that they only do agitations for the ancient issues like temples etc. It is a high time that the people at large who do not know the gamut of the above work (& know only of Mutts & temple related work of the Hindu Organizations & Hindu Sadhu Sants) WAKE UP TO THE REALITY. Projecting Hindutva as anti Development has become a fashion off late. It is important to KNOW, REALIZE & UNDERSTAND the truth & then perceive anything & create perceptions in the minds of public.

The reality is that Hindu Organizations & most Sadhu-Sants are projected in & by a large section of media as those who live in some ancient era or who only give speeches (‘Bhadkaau Bhaashan’ as many media & many so called pseudo secular politicians love to describe) on issues that do not interest today’s youth or many even go ahead & say that people in these Hindu Organizations can’t do anything in their lives & therefore join such organizations or take Sanyaas & do some out-dated agitations as ‘Bhagva Gundas’. It is easy to do blah blah when there is no adequate information or even purposely to serve some political party / groups’ specific purpose by saying all such derogatory things. But it surely takes commitment & sincere efforts to put together the kind & level of socio-developmental work, which is mentioned above in the 1st para. And this is only the tip of an iceberg.

Very well qualified professionals who have been successful in their brilliant academics & careers as Doctors, Engineers from IITs, MBAs from IIMs / Universities abroad, CAs, Marketing professionals once launched great brands in MNCs & Indian FMCGs, learned & globally respected researchers in Psychology / Sociology / Economics / Science / Space Research etc, renowned Lawyers & Judges, Poets, Music Directors / Singers, veterans in many other Fine Arts… many people associated with & working in such Hindu Organizations have fabulous academic & career background. Be it RSS, VHP, ABVP or be it Ramakrishna Mission, Arya Samaj or be it Sadhu-Sants who may have long hair & beard but under those long haired or tonsured heads, many have very high IQ brains- some of them being General Surgeons, Cardio-Surgeons, Cancer Surgeons, Space Scientists, Engineers from IITs, Ex Judges & many other professionals. Most of them like Sri Sri Guruji Ravishankarji, Sadhvi Ritambharaji, many Mahants & Shankaracharyaji are not just well qualified but also have given their lives for the betterment & development of Hindus. It is a basic responsibility of all Hindus in India & globally as well as of media to once & for all stop seeing what has been projected artificially by a section of the society to defame Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants & start looking at the other side of such organizations & such people. This other side occupies over 90% part of Hindu Organizations & the highly (& mostly wrongly) publicized (by the vested interests media) image of Hindu organizations & Sadhu-Sants shadows the real socio-developmental work these organizations & these people have been doing for years together without being in the governmental power & facing physical & political oppression in many states.

From U.P. to Arunachal Pradesh, from Karnataka to Jharkhand, from Maharashtra to Tripura & in many other countries, Hindu Organizations & Sadhu-Sants have contributed to amazing socio-developmental work of the society. Just a glimpse of some of such projects & the number of the poor & the needy covered under those is mind-boggling.

• RSS has 16,208 Educational projects, 11,665 Health Projects, 8994 Self Reliance Projects & 16,412 Social Projects. These all total up to 98,768 as of now. These projects every year cover not less than 10,00,000 needy & poor children, old people, women, ill people etc. The work by RSS done whenever there is any natural calamity has not even been mentioned here but very silently & with dedication RSS reaches 1st in any calamity to help people – be it floods, earthquakes, fires or so on.
• VHP’s 1 Teacher Schools (Ekal Vidyalaya) number up to 26, 880 & they cover 7,72,065 students of which around 6 Lakhs students are from Tribal areas. This is the largest Hindu Missionary work in India & perhaps even the world by a single organization. What’s more, wherever there is a Ekal Vidyalaya, there is Village Development Unit under which a Medical Centre is run, making the Medical Centres also to 26,880.
• VHP also has other Educational Projects: 569 Primary schools covering 59,300 students, 156 Secondary schools covering 12,750 students, 53 Sr Secondary schools covering 2120 students. Then there are 15 Residential schools, many Night schools, 104 Hostels including 44 Orphanages. All these cover over 75,000 poor & needy children who are given standard quality Education & many other facilities of life. (From one of such Tribal schools, last year Board result was 100% & the highest score a student has got was 93%, recently I met a smart student of 2nd year MBBS. To my joy, he was from one of VHP’s Orphanages.)
• VHP has Health Projects: 34 Hospitals, 99 Dispensaries, 19 Mobile Dispensaries, 28 Ambulances, 192 First Aid Centres, 4 Medicine Collection Centres, 13 Goumutra Therapy Centres & many such related centers. TOTAL PATIENTS COVERED UNDER THESE ARE ANUALLY 2,80,000 min.
• Just recently in Pune a project Niramaya has covered 68 slums & 18 Construction Sites for Vaccination of children there in age group 1 day to 6 years. Total 12,025 children are vaccinated & 1 Lakh doses were given. They have a mobile van too so that the poor children do not need to come for it, Niramaya goes where they are.
• Not just Education or Health, some Sadhu-Sants are doing what ideally falls under the governments in power only. In Andhra Pradesh Ananthpur Dist, 700 villages have been supplied clean drinking water through modern pipes worth Rs 350 Crore. NOT by any government, but Sri Sathya Saibaba. And its free.
• Arya Samaj has 700 schools covering 15,00,000 students & 80 colleges covering 16,800 colleges.
• Swaminarayan Gurukul schools are 142 covering 12,000 students, 160 High Schools with 1,20,000 students & 25 colleges.
• Sadhvi Ritambharaji runs an Orphanage for little girls at Vrindavan, which has at this moment 350 little girls taking modern education. They would have been wandering on streets becoming victims of heinous crimes but now they have bright dreams of future in their little eyes.
• Sri Sri Guruji Ravishankarji’s developmental work covers at least 30,000 villages where Natural Agricultural projects, Organic Farming are being done where only in Karnataka 2000 youth are engaged full time & all India at least 20,000 youth look after this. He also has established a program for awareness about & help to AIDS patients all India. Recently there was a well attended caucus of Hindu Leaders organized for this & many of us have pledged our active support to it.
• Hunger is the number 1 killer in the world & in India. VHP, to fight this is doing a project ‘Ek Mutthi Anaj’ where the workers of various industries who lost jobs due to recent economic slowdown were provided with 15 kilos of food grains each for their families & the target is to cover at least 12,00,000 families with this ‘Anna Daan’ So far we have covered 15,000+ families. It also has a Food Bank where house wives take out 1 mutthi anaj everyday, it is collected by volunteers for distribution systematically. NO family has to come begging for the food is the most important part in it. Ek Mutthi Anaj Programme goes to their houses & respectfully gives food grains to them as Anna-Daan.
• Sri Sathya Saibaba also has a high-tech Heart hospital where they target to do 1,25,000 heart surgeries. 25,000 surgeries are already done with ZERO cost.
• NOT just socio-developmental projects but VHP also doing a lot in Art & Culture. In Pune, a music album made waves recently. Songs sung by Pundit Jitendra Abhisheki’s son Shounak, Pundit Bhimsen Joshi’s shishya Upendra Bhat & Shri Vasantrao Deshpande’s grandson Rahul Deshpande made this album a great hit & it was done by VHP. The artists gave programmes for VHP & then the album was made & available on the stands. Art is an important part of Hindu Dharma & it is our duty to preserve our fine arts.
• This effort was done even in children’s paintings. In tribal schools, a painting competition was organized which got tremendous response. 12 paintings were awarded & brought to people as greeting cards. All participants got nice certificates.
• At Dharmasthal near Mangalore Manjunath Devasthana is doing a unique project of innovative natural Agri-systems in 500 villages. They also have a legally accepted local justice system.
• Self Reliance Projects by us are helping youth & women in many villages with 94 Sewing centers, 63 Computer Training Centres, 306 Women’s Self Help Groups with Micro Credit & savings facility, 2 Mechanical Training Centres, 1 Honey-Bee Centre, 16 House Hold industry Centres, 112 Libraries… The list is long. & the beneficiaries are in millions.
• Sadhvi Maa Amrithanandamyiji has been running a multi-specialty hospital in Kochi which serves around 48,000 patients annually, has 38 hi-tech departments & 1,650 beds- The largest in Asia

All this is NOT given here to brag at all like many governments do- distribute some school bags & brag about it as if they have done global revolution in girl’s education or run few ambulances & brag about saving every life on the earth…NO. Effort of giving above details is done only to draw attention of all well-meaning Hindus to the reality that Hindu Organizations & Sadhu-Sants have been engaged in much socio-developmental work for Hindus. This is just a glimpse of it. I apologise to any other Hindu Organization & to ALL SADHU-SANTS & many Hindu Researchers who have been doing mountains of such socio-developmental work for years. But due to limited space & lack of detailed info, I could not mention them here.

From Education to Health Care, from Micro Credit to Self Reliance, from Agriculture to Clean Drinking Water supply, from Vocational Training to Free Food Supply & from Child Care to Women’s Welfare… Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants are busy doing what is truly termed as Socio-Developmental work with utmost dedication. The only part of Development, which they are not able to do is Infrastructure Development, which obviously governments in power are authorized to do as yet. As it is a responsibility of Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants (& all Hindus) to protect heritage, monuments, culture & people of Hindu Dharma; this responsibility of Hindu Socio-Developmental work is also being perfectly taken up by the Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants, what with their limited resources & in spite of political pressures.

The happiest part of this socio-developmental work is that it is a great joy to see tribal, poor children’s eyes shining bright when the study & go ahead in life., to see poor women happily telling friends as to how they got their daughters married with their own income, to see a terminally ill poor old man getting cured free & walking on his own feet….

The saddest part is that the one-sided media & a few vested interests groups purposely ignore / demean such a good work & focus on tarnishing image of Hindu organizations & Sadhu-Sants with some one-off incidents & paints them (& Hindutva) as anti-development & out dated. The saddest part is also limited financial & other resources with Hindu Organizations. But the HINDU DREAMS ARE BRIGHTER & THE HORIZIN IS MUCH LARGER…

( Readers wishing to visit any of the above projects, the writer can be contacted on the e-mail given here.)

The writer is a Cancer Surgeon & VHP’s Secretary General & can be contacted on drpravintogadia@yahoo.com)
http://www.vhpsampark.org

Training camp of Muslim Rashtriya Manch

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Training camp of Muslim Rashtriya Manch
Politics divide, culture unite – KS Sudarshan

“British had divided the Muslims and the Hindus for their political
endgame. We must understand that politics divides while the culture
unites,” said Shri KS Sudarshan, former Sarsanghachalak of RSS. He was
addressing a gathering of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch activists
assembled at a training camp in Raipur on June 7. Workers from 15
states of the country participated in the camp. Chhattisgarh Chief
Minister Dr Raman Singh and RSS National Executive Member Shri Indresh
Kumar also addressed the workers.

Shri Sudarshan asked the workers to spread the message of love and
peace in the society and appealed to them to remember that they share
the same ancestors, culture and traditions with their Hindu brothers.
He also urged them to feel the unity in diversity and experience the
inherent unity of mankind in the light of Islam and its tenets of
peace and brotherhood.

He said that in true sense the Parsis, Jews and Anglo-Indians are
minorities in India. The Muslims did not come from outside India and
belonged to this land. They might have changed their way of worship
some centuries, generations ago, but they share same ancestors,
culture and traditions with the Hindus. He said if Islam means peace
then how cruelty had entered into it? He said when religion ties
itself with imperialism then it becomes violent. All sorts of bad
qualities creep into it and it loses its original character.

Speaking at the inaugural session Shri Indresh Kumar stressed on the
origin and progress of the Manch. He said apart from organising many
successful events the Manch gave a clarion call to stop cow slaughter
and its progeny, which forms the basis of agriculture-based economy.
The Manch activists collected five lakh signatures of Muslims from all
provinces and when a delegation of the Manch met the Vice-President
Hamid Ansari and submitted its demand for banning the cow slaughter,
he said he had no objection in getting the law passed by the
government, but the demand should come at least from 15 lakh Muslims
of the country. The Manch immediately accepted the challenge and
promised that they would bring 15 lakh signatures to the government
soon. Meanwhile, the Deoband Madrasa came out with a fatwa forbidding
Muslims to kill cows and oxen on Id or other occasions. He said the
Darul Ulum also issued a fatwa saying that Hindus cannot be kafirs
because kafirs are those who do not believe in God. The Hindus believe
in God and as such they cannot be described as kafirs.

Outlining the future programmess of the Manch Shri Indresh Kumar said
from August 9 to 15 the Manch would observe Tiranga Lehrao-Atank
Bhagao week all over the country. During this week the Manch would
unfurl the tricolor at public places and would take oath to fight
against terrorism. To pay tributes to the martyrs of 26/11 terrorist
attacks on its first anniversary, the Manch will organise a massive
rally in Mumbai on November 25 and will commit itself to thwart the
terrorists’ designs to destabilise India.

During the Ramzan period the Manch workers will organise plantation
drive to save environment and control pollution under the slogan
Pradushan Bhagao, Paryavaran Bachao. Shri Indresh Kumar said so far
the Manch work has spread to 22 states and there are 15 full time
workers. The Manch has decided to concentrate on students and women
wings and will shortly organise national level convention of students
and women. He also declared the new national team of the Manch. In the
new team, Shri Tanveer Ahmed is patron, Shri Mohd Afzal and Shri
Salabat Khan are national convenors, Shri Girish Jyual is organising
secretary and Shri Umer Iliyasi will look after the work of public
relations.

Return to Ayodhya

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Return to Ayodhya
Liberhan report has not changed the real issue of Ramjanmabhoomi
By Tarun Vijay
Ayodhya belongs to us all, like Sri Ram. Liberhan Commission report hasn’t made even an iota of a difference having made the nation wait for seventeen years. The only course left for the government now is to approach the Guinness Book of World Records to get an award for the longest procrastination to the commission and carry on with the national business. If the Congress, in its zeal to encash on its value for Muslim appeasement, wants to create a scene after it, it will be in for a shock. Ayodhya is a difficult issue for it—its hands are everywhere from opening the locks to laying the foundation stone and later the Rao era.

The fact is no power can now shift the temple built on Ramjanmabhoomi. Daily puja is going on uninterruptedly, notwithstanding a terrorist attack on it. The charge sheets and the case have lost their relevance. Those who took up the cause politically are a divided house, some converting to neo-‘secularism’ have lost all credibility in public eyes. Even if the temple was a long-distance call, they could have at least taken care of the Ayodhya city, its protectors and the carriers of an invaluable flow of traditions—the sadhus and mathadhipatis. They didn’t do anything.

Take care of Ayodhya
Ayodhya is a city of Sri Ram and India would be less than a nation if Sri Ram is taken away or left isolated like a post-Columbus American-Indian village.

Turn Ayodhya into an international city of grandeur like Thailand has done to its own Ayutthaya. It’s a city defining India, the heritage, the immortal literature woven around it, the dreams and aspirations of people sung keeping it in the centre, the river Sarayu and the dust turned holier because Sri Ram had played in it. It’s incredibly Indian and unbelievably divine. It will earn spiritual solace. Those who think in terms of euros and dollars, they too won’t be disappointed. That would also come with a political mileage for all times without ruffling any feathers or denting a vote bank.

After all, Rajiv Gandhi had started his election campaign from here promising Ramrajya. For a devout Sikh like Dr Manmohan Singh, the Guru Granth Saheb has the most adorable references to Sri Ram. And for others, Sri Ram is India, which has given them so much of respect and power without bothering about their religion or origin. Mohammad Iqbal, the famous poet, had said: Ram is Imam-e-Hind—the greatest icon of India. They all owe to a great extent to repay a debt to this land’s civilisational power, which has been soothing and compassionate to all coming from diverse backgrounds and having different ideas.

Don’t deny Ayodhya this time

Die unsung but be honest once to your conscience.
Ayodhya has been ditched immeasurably by her own small-time courtiers.

Ayodhya deserves to be developed as an international city of Sri Ram, the King of Ayodhya, who fought the devils and gave us reasons to celebrate Deepawali, now the global festival of lights. And his return to Ayodhya makes us enact Ramlilas and burn effigies of an unrepentant wicked. That’s why we have a Vijayadashami, the Dussehra. Ayodhya is unquestioningly intertwined into the lives of billions of Hindus who would prefer a Ram Ram or Jai Siyaram as a salutation to a namaste. The joy and sorrows of Sita—Janaki—the van-gaman, exile to the forest, the Luv and Kush episode, and the ultimate jal-samadhi, self-immersion by Sri Ram in the Sarayu—this all is Ayodhya. Later, Luv established Lahore and even Pakistan government feels proud of this fact in its travel literature and Kush established Bedi clan, to which belonged Guru Govind Singh Saheb as per his bani, the holy words.

That’s us put together. That’s Ayodhya’s legacy
Make Ayodhya a union territory. A city extraordinaire must be maintained under extraordinary dispensation—the central government. Let NRIs design and fund it. Reward the pujaris and sadhus who have been keeping the flame of dharma and city’s sanctity alive, living in penury, ignored and isolated. They deserve warmth of belongingness and we owe it to them. The bungalow-owners of metros and those who raise decibels in the Parliament for nothing never help in protecting the heritage. Those who do it must be recognised. Ayodhya is more than Angkor wat because from Korean princes to the builders of Angkor wat, they all took inspiration from this city on the banks of the Sarayu. It’s not just a parliamentary or assembly seat.

An international Sri Ram university, a Janaki international airport, a Shabari university for women, a Hanuman academy for warfare, a Valmiki think tank to study invasions on India and the resultant socio-political changes, a Luv-Kush panoramic garden of Indian culture and history on the Sarayu’s banks, with a Pakistani contribution too— the city must resonate with elements that define and sustain Bharat that is India.

Think about it. Liberhan reminds you of smallness. Ayodhya is universal.

Was Election 2009 rigged?

Source: http://news.rediff.com/report/2009/jul/04/was-election-2009-rigged.htm
Was Election 2009 rigged?

A Correspondent in New Delhi

July 04, 2009 10:35 IST
The Election Commission has now officially taken up the investigation of charges of rigging and fraud through the Electronic Voting Machines.

Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla [Images] is sitting over a major scandal of a possible massive rigging of elections by manipulation of software of the Electronic Voting Machines.

But for the charge levelled by a former Delhi [Images] chief secretary five years senior to him in the Indian Administrative Service cadre, Chawla would have rejected such claims of rigging.

Omesh Saigal, a 1964 batch IAS officer of the Union Territory, stunned him with a presentation to force him to order an inquiry into any possibility of such a rigging.
Chawla is himself a Union Territory cadre IAS of 1969 batch.

Deputy Election Commissioner Balakrishnan has been asked to conduct the inquiry on the basis of a report handed over by Saigal to the CEC, with a software he got developed to show how the elections can be rigged.

Saigal, who is an Indian Institute of Technology alumni, has demanded an urgent check of the programme that runs the EVMs used in elections since 2004.
He demonstrated with his software that its manipulation ensured that one has to just key in a certain code number and that will ensure every fifth vote cast in a particular polling booth goes in favour of a certain candidate.

In his letter to the CEC, Saigal alleged that the software written onto the EVMs has never been checked by the Election Commission ever since these machines were manufactured than 6-7 years back.

His contention is that the EC merely relied on the certificates supplied by the manufacturers, the government-run BEL and ECIL. He alleged that these government firms had subcontracted private parties who actually provided these certificates.

“A public software audit of these machines from time to time, especially after and before an election, was a must to retain the credibility of the elections,” Saigal affirmed, demanding that for the sake of transparency names and ownerships of these private companies must be disclosed, as also the details of the factories where they were actually manufactured.

The records retained in the factories must also be immediately taken over by the EC to prevent any tampering and to facilitate an audit, he said.

He also pointed out how, after nearly two years of deliberation, Germany’s [Images] Supreme Court ruled last March that e-voting was unconstitutional because the average citizen could not be expected to understand the exact steps involved in the recording and tallying of votes. Earlier, Ireland had given up e-voting for similar reasons.

In the United States too, after considerable controversy the Federal Election Commission has come up in 2005 with detailed voting system guidelines which run into more than 400 pages.
Saigal said that it is noteworthy that not a single safeguard mentioned in these guidelines are in place in India.

Saigal said he had gone into all the safeguards built into the e-voting system in India with the help of former colleagues and IT experts and finds it both ‘possible and plausible’ to rig these machines and get a crooked result.

“If the credibility of the electoral process is to be ensured, pre- and post-election checks of the software now fused onto the chips of the EVMs is a must,” Saigal said.

It is not that all the 10 lakh odd machines used in the poll need to be checked. If we take only those booths where one of the candidates has received 75 per cent of the votes and in constituencies where the
margin of the winner is less than 15,000, not more than 7,000-odd machines will need to be checked.

Saigal argued in his report that “if we cannot do this we must revert to the paper ballot.”
“The need for a fair, free and transparent polling system transcends any reasons anyone may have to the contrary,” he added.

From cradle to grave, be grateful to Nehru-Gandhis!

URL: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/12096/government-schemes-projects-named-nehru.html

From cradle to grave, be grateful to Nehru-Gandhis!
A Surya Prakash

It is indeed unfortunate that the inauguration of the Bandra-Worli sea-link should be mired in controversy.

By declaring its decision to name this engineering marvel after Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress-led government in Maharastra has raised the hackles of Maharastrians — who value their ‘swabhimaan’ and their history and who abhor the thought of crediting every institution and national achievement to a single political family in the country.

The people are now aware that the Congress party has named a number of major government programmes and institutions after three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family — Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. On a rough estimate, as many as 450 such Central and state government programmes, projects and institutions involving public expenditure of hundreds of thousands of crores of rupees grace just these three names.

Among the big ticket programmes that have been cleverly named after members of this family by the Union government to extract maximum political mileage are the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (Rs 28,000 crore during the Eleventh Plan) and the drinking water mission (Rs 21,000 crore over three years). Other schemes which bear his name are the Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for children of working mothers; the Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana; the Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana and so on.
Likewise, there are many mega programmes named after Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. This includes the Indira Awas Yojana (Rs 7,914 crore in 2009-10) and the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (Rs 3,443 crore in 2008-09). Programmes named after Jawaharlal Nehru over the last two decades are the Jahawarlal Nehru Rojgar Yojana and the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (Rs 50,000 crore over seven years).

This trend is even more apparent in the states, which have vied with each other to name every conceivable scheme after these three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family whenever the Congress was in power. This covers a wide and rather bizarre range from the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme’ in Pondicherry to the ‘Indira Gandhi Calf-Rearing Scheme’ in Andhra Pradesh!

A perusal of these programmes and schemes show a systematic attempt by the Congress to name every government programme concerning every citizen — man ,woman, child; every possible circumstance in the life of every citizen — child bearing, child rearing, education of children, food, education of youth, employment, marriage, unemployment, destitution, handicap; and every possible challenge flowing out of lack of infrastructure — drinking water, electricity and housing — after just three members of this political family.

Not even IIM spared
Obviously, the plan is to ensure maximum recall of ‘Brand Family’ among voters at every stage in life. Therefore, nothing is left out. Shockingly, even Brand IIM has been tinkered with. While all institutes of management started by the Centre go under the IIM brand, the Congress has mischievously named the IIM in Shillong as the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management.

The list of 450 government programmes, schemes, institutions, etc named after these three members broadly fall into the following categories:

Central government programmes and projects (12), state government programmes (52), universities and educational institutions (98), ports and airports (6), awards, scholarships and fellowships (66), sports tournaments, trophies and stadia (47), national parks and sanctuaries (15), hospitals and medical institutions (39), national scientific and research institutions, chairs and festivals (37), roads, buildings and places (74).

Apart from violation of basic democratic norms, the naming spree has crossed all limits of decency.

For long years we have been all familiar with the Fullbright Scholarships. The Manmohan Singh government has ensured that this is now known as the Fullbright-Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship! We are unlikely to see anything so gross even in dictatorships such as in North Korea and Libya.

Such is the obsession of the Congress party with three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family that even the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi has been virtually forgotten.
Equally glaring is the omission of many other eminent Indians including Sardar Vallabhai Patel, India’s first deputy prime minister who undertook the arduous task of integrating 563 princely states into a single nation and Dr B R Ambedkar, who presided over the committee that drafted our Constitution.

The list of those ignored is a pretty long one. If we do not want all great Indians to look down on us as ungrateful wretches, we must reverse this trend. A beginning can be made with the Bandra-Worli sea link. What has Rajiv Gandhi or any other occupant of 10, Janpath got to do with it? It should be named after a great patriot or an eminent engineer.