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Community bids farewell to Consul General Das Ram Nath Kovind

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates the Presidentelect,

Shri Ram Nath Kovind, in New Delhi on July 20. (Photo: IANS)

Indias Consul General in New York, Amb. Riva Ganguly Das, being
felicitated at the farewell reception for her hosted by FIA.
(Inset) The incoming Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty.
From humble President of India


beginnings to
of votes received

All countries with India on US slams Pak Dalit to become
for 'safe havens' President
Sikkim standoff with China to terror groups President
New Delhi: Other countries back
India in its standoff with China, Washington: The US has slammed
said External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj Thursday about
the dispute at the border in Sikkim
Pakistan for failing to crackdown
on terror groups operating from
"safe havens" inside its territory,
and said the Nawaz Sharif govern
of India
New Delhi: A man of humble origin
which began more than a month
ago. The minister told Parliament ment did not take any action and a lowprofile leader, Ram Nath
that "both sides must pull back against the LeT and JeM, which Kovind was on Thursday elected
troops and work things out with continue to operate openly. the 14th President of India and
talks" while stressing that India's In its annual Country Report on will be the second Dalit to occupy
action is motivated by its need to Countering Terrorism, the US State the top constitutional post.
protect its security near where the Department said though the As nominee of the ruling front
In Indias toughening stand,
boundaries of China, India and Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament Pakistan government supported led BJP, Kovind defeated with huge
Bhutan meet. that China should withdraw its political reconciliation between margin the opposition nominee,
"If China, unilaterally changes troops from Doklam on the the Afghan government and the Meira Kumar. In an electoral col
the status quo of the trijunction BhutanChina border if it wanted Afghan Taliban, it "failed to take lege of 4,986 voters with a vote
point, it is a straight challenge to New Delhi to pull out its army significant action to constrain the value of 10,98,903 (was 66%), the
our security," said the foreign min from the area. (Photo : PTI) ability of the Afghan Taliban and former Bihar governor got 2,930
ister. ernment spokesperson at a press Haqqani network to operate from votes carrying a value of 7,00,244,
The Chinese government accept conference in Beijing Thursday, Pakistanbased safe havens and while the former Lok Sabha
ed that diplomatic channels are but added, "the withdrawal of the threaten US and Afghan forces in Speaker secured 1,844 votes
open but repeated it will hold talks Indian border troops is the precon Afghanistan. with a value of 3,67,314.
with India only after Indian troops dition for any meaningful dialogue It said the Pakistan government Kovind was born 72 years
are removed. "Our diplomatic and the communication between "did not take any significant action ago in Paraunkh village in
channel is unimpeded," said a gov Continued on page 4 Continued on page 4 Continued on page 4


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FIA hosts farewell reception Indian envoy to Peru

for Ambassador Das appointed New York
Fords, NJ: The Federation of
Indian Associations (FIAtristate),
City Public Advocates Office and
the Parks Department. Despite
Consul General
in collaboration with the Indian her short stint in New York, Sandeep
American community, hosted a Ambassador Das was also credited Chakravorty will
farewell reception July 18 for with engaging several US replace Riva
Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Congressmen and Senators as Ganguly Das as
Indias Consul General in New well as New York City elected offi Consul General.
York, at the Royal Alberts Palace cials.
in Fords, NJ. Ambassador Das joined the
Ambassador Das, who assumed Indian Foreign Service in 1986. A
charge in New York in March postgraduate in political science
2016, was recently named the from Delhi University, Das was a
new Director General of Indian lecturer at Delhi University before
Council for Cultural Relations joining the Indian Foreign Service.
(ICCR) by the Government of Following her first foreign posting
India, and is scheduled to leave in Spain, Das has had stints in
for New Delhi later this week. Nepal, Bangladesh, China, The
The farewell reception, attended Hague and Romania.
by more than 250 members of the In her remarks, Ambassador Das
Indian community in New York lauded the FIA in showcasing
and New Jersey, was hosted by Indian culture to mainstream Washington: Indias being appointed as Ambassador
FIA and sponsored by H.R. Shah, communities in New York, aiding Ambassador to Peru Sandeep to Peru and Bolivia.
Dr Sudhir Parikh, Albert Jasani, in better understanding of Indian Chakravorty has been appointed He also served in Indias mis
AAPI, Drs Sanjay and Kavita immigrants. She pointed out that as the head of the Indian con sions in Madrid and Bogota. In
Gupta, TV9, Anil Bansal, The it was imperative a direct channel sulate in New York. the Ministry of External Affairs
Indian Panorama, Malini Shah and of communication always existed The 1996 IFS officer will of India, he served on several
FOKANA (Federation of Kerala Riva Ganguly Dass next between the Indian Diaspora and replace Riva Ganguly Das as desks including working as
Associations in North America). posting is as Director General the Indian Consulate in New York. Consul General in one of the Press Relations Officer and to
of Indian Council for Cultural busiest Indian diplomatic mis the minister of state for external
Many speakers, including FIA I have always tried to encourage
Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi. sions overseas. The formal noti affairs. Chakravorty also served
chairman Ramesh Patel and presi fortnightly meetings between the
dent Andy Bhatia, H R Shah, chair the Indian community. Speakers Indian Consulate and Indian fication was issued by the in the Eurasia Division dealing
man of TV Asia, and Anil Bansal, also pointed out that she was organizations, both cultural and Ministry of External Affairs with Central Asia and in the East
chairman of Indus American Bank, instrumental in cosponsoring the corporate, to be able to under recently. Chakravorty, 47, was Asia Division dealing with China,
recounted how Ambassador Das International Yoga Day celebra stand the concerns of the Indias Deputy High Japan, Koreas and Mongolia.
had steadfastly interacted with tions this year with the New York Diaspora. Commissioner in Dhaka before (PTI)

Letter to the Editor ignored and tolerated.

The public sentiment is clear by
the fact that since I initially posted

have received a fair amount of get their money back.
negative feedback about IIFA 2. The VIP tickets $2500 and the above on Facebook
held last weekend in New York above had a preevent cocktail (
from my doctor and other friends listed as part of the package. jayGupta/posts/1021342319887
who flew in and bought expensive But to their unpleasant sur 3318), the video post has had over
tickets at $15005000. The gist prise, people had to stand in 40,000 views and has been shared
of their bad experiences: line and buy an overpriced by around scores of people. Many
1. The promotional package for beer and chicken fingers, etc. IIFA ticket buyers have been able
warded to them had Shah So much for the VIP treat to get their money back by calling
Rukh Khan and Priyanka ment! the credit card company /
Chopra as attending the show 3. The green carpet concept was Ticketmaster and sharing this post
along with several Hollywood essentially a fraud in its own about false and fraudulent adver
stars including Matt Damon way. People buying expensive tising by Wizcraft.
IIFA New Yorks promotional VIP package promised an appearance Some folks are approaching the
and Julia Roberts. It is hard to VIP tickets from $2500 to
by Shah Rukh Khan too but he never showed up. Indian Ambassador in
resist the temptation of seeing $15,000 were given the per
SRK and Salman Khan on the mission to walk on the green arate green carpet. show for the most part. Washington, FICCI and the office
same stage and people bought carpet. Dressed up in their 4. The show only had one focus, Wizcraft had lot of issues when of attorney general for the fraud
tickets, each costing hundreds best clothes, they were to be shown on an Indian TV they hosted IIFA in USA for the and mistreatment.
or thousands of dollars. But unpleasantly surprised to see channel. The two hosts talked first time it was in Tampa, FL, in Dr. Sanjay Gupta
for Salman, the show had none that they were walking with at length with a poorly written 2014. But people took it as a rook Executive Producer, HealthTime TV
of that. This amounts to a only other fellow attendees on nonentertaining script. ie mistakes. However, this repeat President, American Pain Association
clever but fraudulent market the grass as their was only a Singers and star line up was ed and deliberate attempt of mis (Though requested, we did not receive
ing. Many of the ticket buyers small piece of carpet. The good, but even then Wizcraft leading people to get money and by press time any response from
are exploring legal recourse to celebrities were walking a sep managed to produce a boring the mistreatment should not to be IIFA/Wizcraft to the criticism Editor)
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From humble beginnings to a bilateral meeting for him with top Chinese
Laying bare roots of the President of India
Continued from page 1
China says that on June 16, Indian troops

Kashmir problem Kanpur rural of Uttar Pradesh and hails from

the Koli (weaver) community. Always unas
crossed the border at Sikkim to stop the con
struction of a road that it is entitled to build
l By Shiv Chopra on its own turf on a plateau it calls Donglang.
suming, Kovind worked through the ranks to
Bhutan and India say the area known as the
become a national spokesperson of BJP and
New York: In a video produced for Doklam plateau in India is Bhutanese.
headed the party's Scheduled Caste Morcha
his Princeton, NJ based Infinity "As long as it was between China and
for three years from 1999. He was associated
Foundation, Rajiv Malhotra inter Bhutan, we had nothing to do with it," said
with the RSS before he joined the BJP. A
viewd Sushil Pandit and discussed Ms Swaraj in parliament of the competing
lawyer by profession, Kovind had practised at
the deep causes of the Kashmir claims over the land. "But since this deals
the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court
problems, including Nehruvian with the trijunction point, it affects our secu
for 16 years. He was also a central govern
blunders, Article 370, Pakistan's rity position."
ment counsel for some time. Kovind served
interventions, and bad governance Ms Swaraj said in parliament that "India
two terms as the Rajya Sabha member (1994
in India. has not said anything unreasonable" and that
2006). He represented India at the United
Sushil Pandit is a journalist and "all countries are in India's support". The
Rajiv Malhotra (left) and Sushil Pandit Nations and addressed UNGA in October
well known activist for Kashmiri government has been stressing that it is
discuss the issue in a video. 2002.
Hindus. He cites being born to working diplomatic channels to defuse the
After his election on Thursday as the
Kashmiri parents led to his purpose of argued that Singh has not represented tension; Beijing, on the other hand, has spo
President, an emotional Kovind promised to
becoming an activist, Whatever happens Kashmir. Karan Singh had power and position ken harshly with warnings of "serious conse
protect the Constitution and uphold its val
there (in Kashmir) is very close to my heart to raise the issue leading to betterment of quences" and has said it will engage in no
ues as the President. Recalling his childhood
and it impacts me and my family and whatev Kashmir, but didnt do so. Sushil Pandit days, he said: "We lived in a 'kuchha' house dialogue till India pulls back its soldiers a
er I do in life. According to him, the problem agreed saying that Singh doesnt stand for made of mud. The roof couldn't stop the stand it repeated Thursday.
in Kashmir goes back centuries and its image anything and has let down everyone. His water trickles during the rainy season. I, Ms Swaraj's assertion today on other coun
has been altered to reflect a paradise in com father, on the other hand, was a patriot who along with my brothers and sisters, used to tries agreeing with India's stand counters
plete harmony which is just not the case. fought the British for the freedom of India stand in a corner and wait for the rain to China's claim on Tuesday that foreign diplo
Pandit goes on to argue that there were and Kashmir. Dr. Karan Singh has failed to stop." "There could be many such Ram Nath mats in Beijing said they were "shocked" by
many exoduses in the history of Kashmir. rebuild temples and infrastructure leading to Kovinds who are getting drenched in the rain. India's action. Indian sources have confirmed
There were only three options for the Hindus many public groups forming who are trying Many are working hard to earn their liveli that foreign embassies in Delhi have
living there, either convert to Islam, get killed, to rebuild Kashmir, Pandit claimed. hood in this rain. I represent all those hard expressed concern about the simmering ten
or run away. People in Kashmir can trace Article 370 came into effect in 1947 and is working people. This is also a message to sion and have been reassured of Delhi's com
their backgrounds to the Middle East. Many a blunder by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the those who earn their livelihood with hard mitment to finding a peaceful solution.Source
even identify themselves as such to rise up two speakers agreed. It makes Jammu and work and honesty," he said. NDTV
the social ladder. Kashmir autonomous from India as the con Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulat
Rajiv Malhotra talked about Dr. Karan stitution does not apply there, leaving the ed Kovind on his election. "Gladdened by the US slams Pak for 'safe havens' to
Singh, the son of the Maharaja of Kashmir, state a kind of orphan. It could be changed extensive support for Kovindji among MPs terror groups
and how he wanted to be President and and should be but nothing has been done. and across various states. I thank members of Continued from page 1
the electoral college," he added. BJP against LashkareTaiba or Jaishe

Indian American named PreEminent President Amit Shah said, The election of
Ram Nath Kovindji is a victory for the poor,
Mohammed, other than implementing an
ongoing ban against media coverage of their

Leader in M&A across USA downtrodden and the marginalized and their
aspirations." There were celebrations in
activities. LeT and JeM continued to hold ral
lies, raise money, recruit, and train in
New York: Sid Khosla, a Partner professionals. Khosla is among Paraunkh, Kovind's ancestral village, as the Pakistan," it said.
with Ernst and Young and NJ res the 40 individuals announced on news of his election broke out. (IANS) In its overview of the South Asian region,
ident, has been recognized as an June 29th as the preeminent the report said that "Afghanistan, in particu
Emerging Leader (40 under 40) "Dealmakers" in the country All countries with India on lar, continued to experience aggressive and
across the country by the M&A who will be recognized on Sikkim standoff with China coordinated attacks by the Afghan Taliban,
Advisor, which is a preeminent September 19 at the New York Continued from page 1 including the affiliated Haqqani Network
organization recognizing excel Athletic Club. The annual awards the two sides." Despite no signs of a climb (HQN) and other insurgent and terrorist
lence, honoring achievement, are given by The M&A Adviser, down, Indias National Security Advisor Ajit groups. A number of these attacks were
presenting thought leadership founded in 1998 as the first Doval will travel to China next week for a planned and launched from safe havens in
and facilitating connections dedicated media company to meeting of BRICS the bloc of Brazil, Russia, Pakistan". It said India continued to experi
Sid Khosla
among the world's leading M&A offer insights and intelligence on India, China and South Africa said the gov ence attacks, including by Maoist insurgents
(mergers and acquisitions) and dealmaking mergers and acquisitions. ernment. It did not rule out the possibility of and Pakistanbased terrorists. (IANS)

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New York: Democratic Partys

Dem candidate for Nassau County

official nominee for Nassau
County Executive Laura Curran
has promised to launch a new era
of transparency.
I will appoint an independent
inspector general to oversee all
contracts; every county check
Executive promises transparency
written to a vendor will be posted we will make our best efforts to and John Brooks. I also have the
online. I plan to hire the best and grow the tax base, attract busi support of the Working Families
the brightest to work in our gov nesses to Nassau County and Party and several Labor Unions.
ernment and all hiring decisions develop affordable housing so On appointing Indian
will be made based on what you our young professionals dont Americans in her administration
know and not on who you know, leave. We will also look at the if elected, Curran assured the
she told members of the Indian entire budget line by line. panel that all high level appoint
American Voters Forum (IAVF) in All of us like to bet on a win ments will be merit based and not
the light of recent corruption ning horse. What are your political and serious considera
scandals in Nassau County and chances of winning the primary tion will be given to qualified
Town of Oyster Bay. against George Maragos (County Indian Americans. She also
IAVF interviewed Curran, a Comptroller) in September and assured the panel that she would
Nassau County legislator, last then winning against Jack take steps for increased contract
week to determine the candidates Martins (Republican nominee) in ing opportunities for minority
Democrat Laura Curran (middle) posing with members of the Indian
election platform, experience and the November election? asked businesses.
American Voters Forum who interviewed her.
electability, as well as her under Bhalla. Curran declared, I am the Indian American Voters Forum
standing of the issues and con President of AAPI, Dr. Sunil lanthropist and entrepreneur. official nominee of the is a bipartisan committee of com
cerns of the Indian community. Mehra and Beena Kothari, both When asked about NIFA, Democratic Party and have been munity activists founded in 2003.
IAVF plans more such interviews. former Presidents of IALI, Ratna brought in 17 years ago to over endorsed by Congressman Tom It has conducted debates among
The interview was moderated Bhalla, former Deputy see the county's finances, and her Suozzi, Congresswoman Kathleen candidates running in the local
by Varinder Bhalla, chairman of Commissioner of Nassau County, approach to solving the countys Rice and former Congressman elections, and has been instru
the Indian American Voters Gunjan Rastogi, Vice President of fiscal problems, Curran, a former Steve Israel, as well as mental in recruiting congression
Forum, along with a panel con IALI, Sunil Modi, former President trustee of Baldwin school board, Assemblyman Charles Lavine and al leaders to join India Caucus in
sisting of Dr. Ajay Lodha, former AIA NY, and Vijay Verma, a phi said, At the governmental level, State Senators Todd Kaminsky US Congress.

Vegetarian food convention Ajit Jain donates

Berkshire stock
in NYC in Sept to alma maters
Special to
The South Asian Times

New York: To highlight the bene

USA foundation
Kolkata: Ajit
fits of plantbased food, a twoday
Jain, a
International Vegetarian
Convention will be organized
here in September by Vegetarian
Institute of
Vision. Last week at a news con
ference and community meeting
alumnus and
at the Consulate General of India,
President of
the organizers said that the
Organizers and guests at the convention kickoff on July 14 at the Indian Consulate in New York. Berkshire
September 910 meet is expected
to draw about 100,000 people. Now it is veganism, he said in his how a personal visit to a slaugh Vegetarian pageants, essay con
The Penn Plaza in Madison brief remarks. If everybody terhouse will make one become a tests, yoga and health sessions,
group, has
Square Garden will be the venue. decides to stop eating meat, one vegetarian for life. cruises and cooking demonstra
The mega event by Vegetarian day all slaughterhouses will be There are 50 food festivals tions. They also work with air
stocks of the
Vision, founded in 1992 by com closed. held each year in New York City. lines, restaurants, educational
company to
munity activist Harshad K. Shah, Chandra Mehta, the current During the upcoming $1m con institutions and animalprotec
will feature 25 speakers, includ president, spoke about the bene vention, 70 vendors will display tion groups. The Hoboken, NJ IIT Kharagpur alumnus
ing several from the mainstream fits of plantbased diets on and sell their products a vast based organization is thus a vege Ajit Jain
for his alma
community. Shah first arrived in human health and the effects on variety of vegetarian foods. Yoga tarian think tank. There are 12
mater, the institute said on Thursday.
the US in 1955 when he hardly the environment and global will form a part of the program in 13% vegetarians in the US and
Jain graduated with B.Tech. in Mechanical
found a vegetarian restaurant in warming. Other speakers point a funfilled atmosphere. among the youth the percentage
Engineering from the IIT in 1972, and moved
New York and went back to ed to China cutting down on Vegetarian Vision has held two goes up to 18%. The number is
to the United State six years later and earned
India in time. But, returning in meat production by up to 15% by conventions before. The upcom steadily rising, the organizers
an MBA from the Harvard University.
1975, he decided to stay back. 2030; President Barack Obama ing one is expected to be the report. In India 4243% of the
He then held various positions at top man
We are glad to celebrate the being greeted with a variety of largest such gathering. They also population is vegetarian, Indian
agement consultancy McKinsey & Co., before
silver jubilee of our organization. vegetarian dishes during his hold annually a turkeyfree vege Minister Prakash Javadekar once
joining Berkshire Hathaway in 1986. (IANS)
It has changed over the years. India visit over a year ago; and tarian dinner, Mr and Mrs told Parliament.
6 July 22-28, 2017 TRISTATE COMMUNITY

Malini Rudra wins Jr Girls 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee Bay
Open Golf Championship Area & Dallas winners announced

Malini with the trophy. (right) Teeing off in style Bay Area winners with Rahul Walia,
founder, South Asian Spelling Bee Dallas winners

alini Rudra a rising junior at Syos ment Malini stood Runners Up at the Nas
set High School on Long Island sau County Girls Varsity Championship held

ontinuing its quest for the best speller Emaad Sohail (12) of Bakersfield, California,
won the 91st Junior Girls Open earlier this year and had a top 10 finish at in the community, the 2017 South was second runner up.
Championship held July 11th at Forest Hill the NYS Public High School Championship Asian Spelling Bee travelled to Califor At a hotly contested Bee in Dallas, Pranav
Field CC, Bloomfield, NJ. This is the oldest held at Bethpage State park Yellow course. nia last week and Texas this past weekend Chemudupaty (13) from Pearland, Texas
junior girls tournament in the US organized Besides golf which is her passion, she is a with stops in the Bay Area and Dallas. With a bagged the regional champ, and for the first
by the Women's Metropolitan Golf Associa state ranked high school debater and aca huge turnout this year as well, the Bee at time in be South Asian Spelling Bee history
tion. demically has maintained A+ in all her sub tracted some top talent as well as young and Pavani Chittemsetty (11) from Bentonville,
Besides winning this prestigious tourna jects for the past five years at her school. new spellers that competed for the coveted Arkansas and Abhijay Kodali (10) from High
prizes and titles. land Village, Texas were declared cofirst

Registration opens for free civics In the Bay Area Regional, Rutvik Gandhas
ri (13) of San Jose, California was the region
The top two spellers of each regional com

classes for naturalization exam al champ, Rishik Gandhasri (11) of San Jose,
California, was the first runner up, and
petition will advance to the finals to be held
in New Jersey in August.

he NewYork Historical Society now lon Foundation, and in partnership with
offers free civics classes for green CUNY Citizenship Now!
card holders on the path to Ameri
can citizenship. The 33hour course pre
pares permanent residents for the civics
Registration is now open for courses
this summer: July 24 September 20,
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 8 pm; July
Americares responds
test portion of the United States Citizen
ship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
25 September 19, Tuesdays and Thurs
days, 6 8 pm; August 12 September 9,
to Assam Floods
naturalization process. Saturdays, 8:30 am 5 pm; September 6

mericares India has deployed medical
The interactive course covers the 100 October 4, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 teams to treat survivors of severe
questions on the USCIS Civics Test. Partic am 1 pm. Information sessions are pro flooding in the state of Assam. More
ipants will explore the Museum and learn vided in English and Spanish every than 700 villages in 26 of Assams 32 dis
about American history and government Wednesday, 68pm; every Thursday, tricts have been damaged due to flooding
using objects, paintings, and documents 10am12pm; the second and fourth Satur caused by heavy rainfall. Incessant rains in
from the NewYork Historical Society col day every month, 10am12pm. recent weeks have disrupted normal life
lection. The Citizenship Project is made To register for an information session and to and have inundated thousands of acres of
possible by generous grants from the learn more, visit: agricultural land. The flooding has caused
Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mel cation/citizenshipproject landslides, blocked highways and damaged
roads and bridges. Without access to safe
drinking water, sanitation and health care Americares volunteer examines patients
IHCNJ to hold annual health fair on facilities, the health of hundreds of thou at a health camp in Nowbaicha Block,
Assam, on July 16th.
sands of people is at risk.
Aug 13 at Princeton Durga Mandir Americares has emergency response Shripad Desai, Americares India managing
teams working in two of Assams worst hit director. Dysentery, skin infections and
n Sunday, August 13th from 8:30 The health fair will be open to all prereg

districtsKarimgunj and Lakhimpur. Doc waterborne diseases are a major issue. We
a.m. to 1 p.m., a health screening istered participants above the age of 40
tors and medical volunteers are providing are focused on meeting survivors most im
and disease awareness and preven who are uninsured or underinsured. The
primary care in floodaffected areas mediate health needs. Each year, Ameri
tion fair will be held at Durga Mandir on health screening will include blood test,
through health camps in remote villages. cares reaches more than 90 countries and
4240 Route 27, Princeton, NJ 08540. The EKG, physical and dental exams and men
Americares plans to treat approximately all 50 U.S. states with over $600 million in
health fair will be organized by the Indian tal health screening and counseling, vi
4,000 patients through these health camps. innovative health programs and quality
Health Camp of New Jersey in collabora sion screening for glaucoma and diabetic
Additionally, relief will be provided medical aid. Americares is the worlds lead
tion with Durga Mandir. Indian Health retinopathy, cardiology and physical ther
through the distribution of health and hy ing nonprofit provider of donated medicine
Camp of New Jersey will hold this health apy counseling, various types of cancer
giene kits. The heavy rains have height and medical supplies. For more informa
camp for the fifth consecutive year at this screening and prevention education,
ened health concerns in the state, said tion, visit
location in South Brunswick township. chronic disease self management. NATIONAL COMMUNITY July 22-28, 2017 7

Security, counterterrorism key to

strengthen IndiaUS ties: Gabbard
militarytomilitary engage last month to meet President ability between the navies of India, for years, everyone is saying it that
ment and exercises between Donald Trump and how opportuni US and Japan. "Aircraft carriers these are the most exciting times
US and India exceeds any other ties must be explored to further from India and US are exercising for friendship between both the
partner in the region and it is strengthen ties between the two together with submarines. This countries.
only continuing to grow," the countries. year, India has been designated as She mentioned that economic
Hawaiian Democrat said at Stressing the need to boost a major defence partner by the partnerships were ourishing and
a FicciIIFA Global counterterrorism, Gabbard said: US... We need to ght this together, so too were relationships in tech
Business Forum here on "There is a recognition of the bene and we appreciate the personal nology, education, culture and the
Friday. t to continuing to strengthen the reactions we got on the recent Arts. Sarna appreciated how the
Gabbard, the rst partnership and engagement, to attack on pilgrims in India," he support for IndiaUS engagement
Hindu elected to the ensure the countries are stable and added. is "bipartisan and across the politi
US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Congress, was in conver that we deal with unconventional Gabbard also said there's still a cal spectrum." He even said that
New York: A stronger partnership sation with the Indian counterterror threats together... lot of excitement in Washington during Modi's visit to meet Trump,
in dealing with counterterrorism envoy to the US, Navtej Sarna, at Because then we will be stronger." around Modi's visit. they "hit it off in terms of under
will give an impetus to IndiaUS the event. Sarna pointed out at the ongoing "For those of us on the IndiaUS standing, engaging each other and
relations, US Congresswoman Tulsi They discussed Prime Minister Malabar joint naval exercise, which Caucus and those who have been listening to each other's concerns."
Gabbard has said. "The number of Narendra Modi's visit to the US is aimed at enhancing interoper working on IndiaUS partnership (IANS)

Indian students worry about Subra Suresh, to head

physical safety in US: Survey Singapore's NTU
Singapore: Subra Suresh, well as those in North
Washington, DC: Indian students have a "high
Securing and maintaining a visa is an eminent Indianorigin America, Europe, China and
level of concern" about potential study in the
reported as the top concern among scientist in the US was on India, having actively
US and a large number of them worry about
these students and was reported by Thursday named as the engaged with various public
their physical safety and about the feeling of
46 per cent of institutions, while president of Singapore's and private agencies and
being welcomed, according to a new survey.
prestigious Nanyang boards, and as a member of a
The Institute of International Education (IIE) feeling welcome in the United
Technological University. number of national acade
suggested that the nal outcome of the US States was an almost equal Suresh, 61, will begin mies of science and engi
Supreme Court order in June that temporarily concern, with 41 per cent of his term as the fourth neering. He is an educator,
upheld President Donald Trump's executive institutions noting so from their president of the NTU on scientist, advisor, inventor,
order to restrict entry of nationals from six conversations with students. January 1, 2018, taking entrepreneur and leader all
Muslim majority countries, weighs on their
over from current presi rolled into one," Koh said.
mind. With over a million international stu was reported by 46 per cent of institutions, dent Bertil Andersson. Subra Suresh Suresh is considered one of
dents pursuing higher education in the US and while feeling welcome in the United States was Prof Suresh joins NTU the most distinguished scien
contributing more than $36 billion to the an almost equal concern, with 41 per cent of from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) tists in the US, if not the world. He was
American economy, the stakes are high, it said. institutions noting so from their conversations where he was president for the last four chosen by former US President Barack
Founded in 1919, the IIE is a USbased not with students," it added. years. Chairman of the NTU Board of Obama to serve as Director of the
forprot working to build peaceful and equi According to the IIE, survey ndings suggest Trustees, Koh Boon Hwee (Chairman of National Science Foundation, the agency
table societies by advancing scholarship, build that Indian students "have a high level of con Agilent Technologies, Inc, former charged with advancing science and engi
ing economies and promoting access to oppor cern about potential study in the United States, Chairman of both Singapore Airlines and neering research and education in the US
tunity. It focuses on International Student 80 per cent of institutions responded that DBS Bank), announced Prof Suresh's between 2010 and 2013. His undergradu
Exchange and Aid, Foreign Affairs, and physical safety was the most pronounced con appointment in an email to NTU faculty, ate degree was from the Indian Institute
International Peace and Security. cern for Indian students, while 31 per cent of staff, students and alumni this afternoon, of Technology, Madras in Chennai. In
The IIE said that the survey results indicate institutions indicated that feeling welcome was the NTU said in a statement. "The succes 2013, he was elected to the National
the highest level of institutional concern also a concern. sion planning started last year and in line Academy of Medicine in the US. He is also
regarding enrollment of students from the Indian students may not continue to grow with international best practices of uni a member of the National Academy of
Middle East, followed by India. Thirtyone per as the second largest international group in US versities, NTU had conducted a global Sciences and the National Academy of
cent of institutions are very concerned that higher education," IIE said. search for its next president in Singapore Engineering, making him one of the only
Middle Eastern students who have accepted "Their concerns may lead some Indian stu and internationally. The eightmember 19 American scientists to be elected to all
offers of admissions may not arrive on campus dents to accept admissions offers from other search committee chaired by Koh unani three branches. He also holds the distinc
in the fall, and 20 per cent are very concerned leading host countries, especially from those mously selected Prof Suresh for the top tion of being the rst Asianborn profes
that Indian students may not arrive on cam that issue student visas more quickly." role at NTU, and his appointment has sor to have served as engineering dean of
pus, it said. "This uncertainty raises valid con According to the study, there is however lit been strongly endorsed by all members of the famed Massachusetts Institute of
cerns as to whether students from the Middle tle concern about students from Europe and the NTU Board of Trustees," the statement Technology, where he attained his doctor
East may be deterred from US study," it said. Canada arriving on campus in the fall and only said. ate in science. In 2011, Suresh was hon
"Securing and maintaining a visa is reported modest concern about students' arrival from "Prof Suresh understands the Singapore ored with the Padma Shri by the President
as the top concern among these students and China and Latin America. (PTI) higher education and research systems, as of India. (PTI)
8 July 22-28, 2017 NATIONAL COMMUNITY

Poster of 'Gandhi's Memorabalia' launched

New Delhi: The makers of award work. This lm will be made with "Daria belongs to Russia and will be released in India and the
winning 2016 lm 'Mantostaan' an unbiased approach. It's an lives in the US. When we did our US on January 30, 2018.
have come up with another proj unbiased lm," he added. collaboration with a producer While 'Gandhi's Memorabalia'
ect, titled 'Gandhis Memorabalia', The poster of the lm, without there, then I met Daria. The lm is a lowbudget project and is
that will tell various unknown giving any details about the lm, will show how a foreigner gets being eyed for a release in '300
aspects of Mahatma Gandhis life just showcases a sketch of attracted towards an Indian 400 screens in India', Singh said
along with 'indepth analysis' of Mahatma Gandhi. The director (Gandhi) and his ideologies," that he is planning a big budget
his work. The poster of the lm said he has gone through Singh said. "Daria doesn't know lm on Gandhi, which will be
was launched on Monday. Gandhi's autobiography 'The anything about India not even released in 2019 on his 150th
"The main aim behind this lm Story of My Experiments with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah birth anniversary. "Through
is to showcase various sides of Truth' for the lm, which will go Rukh Khan. So, that's why we 'Gandhi's Memorabalia' we want
Mahatma Gandhi. We want to tell on oors in upcoming weeks and chose her as she is totally dumb to gain audiences' condence
all his ideologies not only nonvi will be shot across various loca about India. She will be able to and prove that we have knowl
(Image courtesy:
olence which most lmmakers tions in India. act better this way. We will show edge about Mahatma Gandhi.
talk about. We will tell his ors, including Limca Book of The IndianAmerican copro case Gandhi through photo After this one, we will make the
thoughts behind whatever he did. Records and Guinness World duction will showcase how graphs in the lm," he added. lm 'Gandhi and his Thoughts'
It's an indepth analysis of his Records, for my collections on Victoria (played by Daria The trailer of 'Gandhi's it will be a high budget lm and
life," Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, Gandhi. I have done Ph.D. in Kosheleva) comes to India from Memorabalia' will be released on will be shot in India as well as
who will direct the lm. Gandhian thoughts. I am not a London, meets Singh, and learns October 2 on the occasion of South Africa," Singh said.
"I have received various hon follower, I do analysis of his ideology of Gandhi. Gandhi Jayanti, while the lm (IANS)

Dr. Manu Vora conferred AIBA Indian, IndianAmerican plead

lifetime achievement award guilty in call center scam
Washington, DC: An Indian national obtained from data brokers and other
and an IndianAmerican man pleaded sources, call center operators targeted
guilty to charges of conspiracy behind US victims who were threatened with
their roles in a massive telephone arrest, imprisonment, nes or deporta
impersonation and money laundering tion if they did not pay alleged monies
fraud in the US perpetrated by India owed to the government.
based call centers. Victims who agreed to pay the scam
Montu Barot, 30, an Indian national mers were instructed how to provide
residing in Illinois and Indian payment, including by purchasing
American Nilesh Pandya, 54, of Texas, stored value cards or wiring money.
pleaded guilty to one count each of Upon payment, the call centers would
conspiracy to commit fraud and money immediately turn to a network of "run
laundering offences, the US ners" based in the US to liquidate and
Department of Justice said on launder the fraudulentlyobtained
LR: Raman Sidhu, Manoj Sinha, Panna Lal Jaiswal, Dr. R.P. Singh, and Deepak Wednesday. funds, the Department of Justice said.
Pahwa (Inset) Manu K. Vora Along with the two men, 54 other Barot communicated via phone, text
Naperville, Ill: The Association of IIT BHU (BFI) was established to serve over 15 million individuals and ve Indiabased call and email in furtherance of the crimi
Alumni (AIBA), Delhi at their 10th IIT BHU visually impaired people in India which centers were charged in the fraud. nal scheme with both domestic and
Alumni Awards of Excellence Program accounts for one third of the world's blind Including this week's pleas, a total of Indiabased associates.
bestowed a lifetime achievement award on population. 13 defendants have pleaded guilty so He and his conspirators used reload
Dr. Manu K. Vora at a glittering ceremony BFI team has raised over $4 million to sup far in this case. Codefendants able cards containing funds derived
organized at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, port 175,000 free Cataract operations, dis Bharatkumar Patel, Ashvinbhai from victims by scam callers to pur
New Delhi, India. The Ceremony was graced tributed over 10,000 Braille Kits to blind chil Chaudhari, Harsh Patel, Nilam Parikh, chase money orders and deposit them
by Dr. R. P. Singh, Secretary General, Quality dren for their education, donated 122 mobile Hardik Patel, Rajubhai Patel, Viraj into various bank accounts as directed,
Council of India and Manoj Sinha (IIT BHU vans for transporting eye doctors and Patel, Dilipkumar A. Patel, Fahad Ali, in return for cash payments or com
Alumnus), Minister of State, Railways and patients, and examined over 750,000 school Bhavesh Patel and Asmitaben Patel missions.
Minister, Department of children for their eye sight and provided nec previously pleaded guilty between Barot also admitted to sending nan
Telecommunications, Ministry of essary interventions (http://www.blindfoun April and July 2017. cial ledgers to his conspirators, detail
Communications. The award was conferred So far, over one million adults in According to admissions made in the ing the movement of scam victim
for Dr. Vora's 28 years of dedicated service to India have their eyesight checked through case, Barot, Pandya and their cocon funds. According to the report, Pandya
Blind Foundation for India, USA. Panna Lal BFI. spirators perpetrated a scheme in served as a runner liquidating victim
Jaiswal (92 years of age, 1946 Botany, BHU Dr. Vora has made major contributions in which individuals from call centers scam funds within the southern district
Alumnus) accepted the honor on Dr. Vora's Social Responsibility area. For over 24 years, located in Ahmedabad impersonated of Texas.
behalf. There were 275 plus people attending Dr. Vora as an Adjunct Professor has taught ofcials from the Internal Revenue At the direction of two of his co
and celebrating: Alumni, Awardees, IIT BHU Operations Management courses globally. He Service and US Citizenship and defendants, Pandya used stored value
Faculty, and Jury Members. is afliated with over 80 educational institu Immigration Services and engaged in cards that had been loaded with victim
For over 47 years Dr Vora has dedicated his tions around the world. He has taught over telephone call scams, in a ruse funds to buy money orders and then
life to community service. In 1989, under his 10,000 people globally through academic designed to defraud victims located deposit them into various bank
leadership, the Blind Foundation for India teaching and executive training. throughout the US. Using information accounts. (IANS) NATIONAL COMMUNITY July 22-28, 2017 9

NY Consulate screens docufilm on Maharaja

who was Oskar Schindler to 1000 Polish kids
Documentary Little Poland in India chronicles the seless rescue of Jewish and Christian kids during WWII
New York: The elegant ballroom of dren were welcomed by their bene
the Indian consulate general in New factor, the Jam Sahib, but only after
York hosted a special event on June a tortuous journey.
29th which brought two communi The ships carrying Polish
ties, Indians and Jews, together to refugees from the former Soviet
witness a hitherto unknown chapter Union, including a large number of
of history, captured in a documen children aged two through 17, were
tary lm called Little Poland in denied entry when they called on
India. The doculm, which had a ports while sailing through Iran to
special screening in New York with Bombay (Mumbai), then under
the support of the Indian consulate British colonial rule. When the
general and the American Jewish Maharaja, who was a member of the
Committee, looks back to the dark Imperial War Council, made aware
chapter of history during World of the plight of the children in the
War II when Hitlers deadly war Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja, also known as Jam Sahib Director Anu Radha gulags, he became concerned and
machinery rolled over Europe, with some of the Polish children (Image courtesy: (Image : established a camp in Balachadi,
spreading terror and destruction on alien culture is deftly handled in prime minister Winston Churchill to sulate in Bombay at the time had about 25 km (15 miles) from the
the continent. Little Poland in India, produced by plead for the safety and protection launched a drive to raise awareness capital city Jamnagar, for the Polish
Orphaned Polish children Jews enterprising Delhibased female of the starving young children, the in India about Jewish refugees, and arrivals. The camp existed until
and Catholics alike faced an Indian lmmaker Anu Radha whose treasure of Poland, as he called had been arranging for their travel early 1946; subsequently, the chil
uncertain future, but in the midst of lms generally deal with childrens them. Though India was in the to India during the Holocaust. dren were transferred to the
the gloom a ray of hope appeared issues. As the horrors of the midst of an independence struggle A group of about 1,000 Polish Valivade camp in Kolhapur. The lm
when a kindhearted Maharaja in a Holocaust and WWII unfolded in against colonial British rule and children departed for India in 1942 was jointly produced by
princely state in Gujarat agreed to Europe, General Wadysaw Sikorski faced a famine, the Jam Sahib as from Siberia, where, lost and Doordashan (Indias state TV chan
accept the Polish children and look the rst prime minister of the Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji orphaned in the midst of death and nel), the Government of Gujarat and
after them. Polish Government in Exile and Jadeja of Nawanagar was affection destruction caused by WWII, they the National AudioVisual Institute
The emotionally charged subject Commander in Chief of the Polish ately called, stepped in to help in had been shifted after the 1939 and Polish TV.
of children nding refuge in an armed forces wrote to British the dire situation. The Polish con Soviet invasion of Poland. The chil (News source:
10 July 22-28, 2017 US AFFAIRS

TrumpTimes: Don't say dasvidaniya yet, Donnie!

By Arun Kumar him for such an oath. "And I sure as heck
didn't offer one."

W hen Narendra Modi came calling,

Donald Trump "conspired" with his
"true friend" from India to keep the big
And on Trump calling the Russia probe as
the "greatest political witch hunt in history",
Wray parried. He did not consider Special
Russian bear at bay. Counsel, former FBI director Robert "Mueller
But no such luck for POTUS in Paris where to be on a witch hunt". And if the President
it followed him like Mary's little lamb. As he asked him to drop an investigation or do
and the French President Emmanuel Macron something unethical or unlawful, he assert
emerged after talking about climate pact, ed: "First, I would try to talk him out of it,
Syria and terrorism, media hounds ha d only and if that failed, I would resign."
one thing on their minds Russia. In contrast, in similar circumstances,
Was Trump's nominee to replace the fired Comey had simply gone home to write a
FBI chief James Comey "wrong" to suggest memo that he gleefully leaked after he was
that instead of meeting a Russian lawyer fired, ostensibly for mishandling the Clinton
promising dirt on his rival Hillary Clinton, email scandal probe. As the chatterati relent
Don Jr. should have alerted the FBI about it, lessly searched for something to hang Don
shot one. Jr. for, most legal luminaries saw no crime in
How "very proud" was he of his choice of his meeting with a Russian lawyer even in
an accomplished lawyer like Christopher the "worst case scenario".
Wray who he believed would be a "great FBI Harvard Law School professor emeritus
director", reflected Trump with a masterly Trump has dismissed his campaigns collusion with Russia as the greatest witch
Alan Dershowitz, for one, affirmed: "You are
display of the art of deflection.
hunt in political history. But the media appears to be in no mood to say
allowed legally to use material that was
dasvidaniya to Putin anytime soon! (Photo courtesy Reuters)
And "most people would have taken that obtained illegally" by someone else.
meeting" like his son, "a wonderful young President Vladimir Putin. Flying into Paris, Trump had talked at "That's what the New York Times did with
man", did to get some "opposition research, Back in Washington, pundits talked their length about from North Korea to Syria to the Pentagon Papers, that's what the
or even research into your opponent". heads off about how Trump had contradict healthcare to his big beautiful wall on the Washington Post" and others did with infor
"Honestly," the press had made a "very big ed his own FBI nominee and how junior border with Mexico and his "good relation mation leaked by two whistleblowers, he
deal" about a "very short meeting" at Trump Don's email chain about the meeting had ship" with all the other 19 members of G20 " pointed out.
Tower last year where "zero happened", brought the Russia story right at the White Modi you saw that". "If Russia actually did whatever they want
asserted Trump, echoing his son. House door. Yet the "failing New York Times", as the to do, they got to be laughing," declared
Macron declined to "interfere in US domes Democrats crying "smoking gun" demand POTUS loves to call it, chose to focus on how Trump, noting "how much time" the media
tic policy" to the delight of Trump, who ed revocation of the security clearance of "Trump backed off Putin" over Russia's med had spent on what he again dismissed as a
could not help interjecting amid laughter, Trump's soninlaw Jared Kushner, who too dling in the 2016 US presidential election "witch hunt" that was "bad for the country".
"What a good answer that was". had briefly sat in on the meeting. after two denials because as he had joked, But with Putin keeping their pot boiling
But noting France has "a longstanding Kushner, they insinuated, had amended his "What do you do? End up in a fistfight?" the media appears to be in no mood to say
relationship with Russia as well", Macron security clearance form to acknowledge the Wray himself told a Senate panel that dasvidaniya to him anytime soon!
thought "it's important that both of us have meeting only after Don Jr. was caught "Red unlike Comey, who claimed that Trump had Arun Kumar writes for IANS from
direct discussion and contact" with Russian Handed", as the Time titled its cover story. demanded a loyalty pledge, no one asked Washington DC.

Democrats colluded Trump administration

with Ukraine during
2016 election: Spicer unveils NAFTA
Washington DC: White House Press
Secretary Sean Spicer has accused the
Democrats of "collusion" with Ukraine
month, the news portal reported.
"There's been a lot more interest in
recent days with respect to what the
renegotiating goals
during the 2016 presidential election. DNC did in coordination with the Washington DC: President Donald Trump's eliminate "unfair subsidies, marketdistort
Spicer's comments on Monday were Ukrainian government to try to collude administration has unveiled its goals for ing practices by stateowned enterprises"
likely based on a January report by and achieve a goal of having someone renegotiating the North American Free and will improve intellectual property pro
Politico on how some Ukrainian gov removed, which ultimately did hap Trade Agreement (NAFTA), issuing a plan for tections.
ernment officials sought to help pen," Spicer said. how it hopes to rewrite trade terms and "Too many Americans have been hurt by
Hillary Clinton and hurt Donald "I don't know whether that came up transform the American economy, the media closed factories, exported jobs and broken
Trump, who they viewed as too friend with the President ... I know that story reported. The administration sent a docu political promises," Lighthizer said in a state
ly with their "hostile" neighbor Russia, and the DNC's collusion with the ment on Monday to the Congress that con ment. "Under President Trump's leadership,
the Washington Free Beacon news por Ukrainian government has definitely tained a broad list of objectives, including USTR will negotiate a fair deal."
tal reported. gotten a lot more attention since that some goals that have been specically cham Talks are expected to start in about a
The Politico report went on to say meeting, so I'm not sure that it was pioned by the President, as well as numer month.
that a UkrainianAmerican operative necessarily topical at the time," he ous provisions that echo the Trans Pacic Trump has called NAFTA the "worst deal
who was consulting for the said. US Representative Adam Schiff Partnership (TPP), an Obamaera trade ever" and has threatened to leave the agree
Democratic National Committee (DNC) said that Democrats getting help of agreement that Trump has disparaged, ment.
"met top officials in the Ukrainian any kind from the Ukrainians was not reports The Washington Post. The combined goods and services trade
Embassy in Washington in an effort to "appropriate", and added that the It said the aim is to improve market access decit with Mexico was $55.6 billion in
expose ties between Trump, top cam efforts on their behalf did not compare for US manufacturing, agriculture and serv 2016. The US decit in goods was $63.2 bil
paign aide Paul Manafort and Russia". to the Kremlin campaign to help ices in the threenation deal. lion last year, while the services surplus for
Manafort resigned from the Trump Trump. US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert the US was $7.6 billion in 2016.
campaign in August 2016. Spicer's use of the word "collusion" Lighthizer said an updated agreement will The US has a $12.5 billion goods and serv
Spicer was asked whether Ukraine was in reference to the ongoing inves include a digital economy chapter and will ices surplus with Canada.
President Petro Poroshenko had dis tigation into whether the Trump cam fold labor and environment obligations, The U.S. goods trade decit with Canada
cussed making amends for "their paign colluded with the Russians to which have remained outside the main was $12.1 billion in 2016 while the US serv
efforts to undermine Trump's cam interfere in the 2016 election and hurt agreement, into a nal deal, reports The Hill ices trade surplus was $24.6 billion last
paign" when the two leaders met last Clinton's candidacy. magazine. Lighthizer said the US will work to year. US AFFAIRS July 22-28, 2017 11

Republicans divided, pushed Senator McCain

by Trump on healthcare fix diagnosed with
Washington: Republicans in the
US Congress were in chaos over
brain cancer
Washington: Senior US Senator
health care legislation after a sec
John McCain is suffering from
ond attempt to pass a Bill in the
brain cancer, his office said on
Senate collapsed late on Monday,
Wednesday. It was found that
with President Donald Trump call
he has brain cancer after he
ing for an outrig ht repeal of
underwent surgery last week to
Obamacare and others seeking a
remove a blood clot above his
change in direction toward bipar
left eye.
Sen. John McCain underwent
Regretfully, it is now apparent
a procedure to remove a blood
that the e f fort to repeal and
clot from above his left eye at
immediately replace the failure of War hero and Arizona Senator,
Mayo Clinic Hospital in
Obamacare will not be success John McCain
Phoenix, AZ. Subsequent tissue
ful, Senate Majority Leader Mitch
pathology revealed that a pri he is recovering from his sur
McConnell said in a statement.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel is trying to get all his caucus mary brain tumor known as a gery amazingly well and his
Two of McConnells Senate con on board. (Photo courtesy CNN) glioblastoma was associated underlying health is excellent,
servatives announced just hours
with the blood clot, read the McCains office said.
earlier that they would not sup Senators Susan Collins and Rand Republicans, despite their control
statement. President Donald Trump also
port the Republican leaders latest Paul in opposition and amid a of both chambers of Congress and
The 80yearold John McCain released a statement: Senator
version of legislation to repeal solid wall of opposition from the White House.
was the Republican nominee in John McCain has always been a
port ions of President Barack Demo crats McConne ll no On Wednesday, President
the 2008 presidential election. fighter. Melania and I send our
Obamas landmark 2010 health longer had enough votes to pass a Trump met GOP senators for
He retired from the Navy as a thoug hts and prayers to
care law and replace them with Republican health care Bill in the lunch at the White House and
captain in 1981 and moved to Senator McCain, Cindy, and
new, less costly health care provi 100member Senate. exhorted them to repeal and pass
Arizona, where he entered poli their entire family. Get well
sions. With Republican Senators It was the latest in a series of replacement of Obamacare.
tics. The Senators doctors say soon.
Mike Lee and Jerry Moran joining health care setbacks for (Source: Reuters)

Trump Jr. to testify TRUMPS TRAVEL BAN GETS

election meddling Washington: T he US Supreme
Court ruled on Wednesday that
while President Trump's adminis
the US by recognized re fugee
The Supreme Court sided with
barred citizens of Iran, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
from entering the US for 90 days
Washington: Donald Trump Jr., trat ion can cont inue to bar the Justice Department on the and excluded all refugees for 120
the President's eldest son, is slat refugees from entering the coun refugee question, staying that por days. But in allowing the order to
ed to testify before a Senate judi try, of ficials will have to show tion of Watson's decision, but they take ef fect, the Supreme Court
ciary committee on July 26 over greater flexibility in enforcing the supported the district judge's find said that the travel restrictions
alleged Russian meddling in the accompanying ban on travelers ing on the government's exemp could not be applied to people
2016 election, the media report from six Muslimmajority coun tion criteria. with "a credible claim of a bona
ed. Donald Trump's former cam tries. The Justice Department had More broadly, the nine justices fide relationship" with a person or
paign manager Paul J. Manafort asked the high court to stay an declined to rule definitively on the entity in the United States.
will also testify alongside Trump order issued last week by a federal Trump administration's appeal of Under the Trump administration
Jr. whereas the President's son district judge in Hawaii who found Watson's ruling, insisting that the guidelines, spouses, parents, par
inlaw and senior adviser Jared the administration's definition of case would have to follow the entsinlaw, children, sonsinlaw
Kushner will appear earlier on close family in allowing exemp usual course through the federal and daughtersinlaw, fiances and
July 24, the committee panel tions to the travel ban was too nar appellate courts. Last month, the siblings of those already in the
announced on Wednesday. row, Efe reported. Supreme Court set aside injunc country can be admitted. But
However, a source told CNN US District Judge Derrick Watson tions issued by federal appellate g randparents, g randchildren,
that Kushner's testimony would also said that the government courts and said that portions of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
be behind closed doors. could not prohibit entry by Trump's March 6 executive order cousins, brothersinlaw and sis
"As Mr. Kushner has been say refugees assured of placement in could take ef fect. That document tersinlaw are excluded.
ing since March, he has been and Donald Trump Jr appeared on
is prepared to voluntarily coop Foix to defend his
erate and provide whatever
information he has on the inves
meeting with Russian lawyer
ary committee, said that Justice
Kremlin comments on Trump-Putin dinner meeting
Moscow: President Trump and his tion to the US Magnitsky Act, which gations heads.
t ig at ions to Cong ress," his Department Special Counse l Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin imposed visa bans and asset freezes The White House also said that
lawyer Abbe Lowell said late Robert Mueller had signed of f discussed the adoption of Russian on Russian officials believed to be there had been no second meeting
Wednesday in response to the on the committee's request to children by US citizens at the G20 responsible for the death of Russian and it was just a brief conversa
panel's announcement. interview Manafort and Trump summit in Hamburg, Germany, the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died tion over dinner.
"Working w ith and being Jr. in public, CNN reported. The Kremlin said on Thursday. in a Moscow jail in 2009 after he Fake News story of secret dinner
responsive to the schedules of committee wants to hear from I confirm that this issue was dis accused officials of tax fraud. with Putin is sick, Trump tweeted
the committees, we have Trump Jr. about a June 2016 cussed. Nothing to add, Kremlin The US media reported earlier on Wednesday. Shortly after that,
arranged Mr. Kushner's inter meeting he had with a Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov was this week that Putin and Trump had he tweeted: Even a dinner arranged
view with the Senate for July 24. attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya quoted as saying by Tass news an undisclosed dinner in addition to for top 20 leaders in Germany is
He will continue to cooperate purported to have damaging agency. The spokesman denied that a twohour official meeting on the made to look sinister!
and appreciates the opportunity information about his father's the Dima Yakovlev Law, which bans side lines of the G20 summit. Earlier Trump said in an interview
to assist in putting this matter to Democratic opponent, Hillary US citizens from adopting Russian However, Peskov said that it was with the New York Times that he
rest." Clinton. Trump Jr. said that orphans, will be revoked, saying not a second, undisclosed meeting had discussed the adoption of
Earlier this wee k, Senator Veselnitskaya turned out not to no, it wasnt mentioned. The law, between the Russian and US Russian children by US citizens with
Dianne Feinstein, the top have any informat ion about which Putin signed in December Presidents, but just a talk between his Russian counterpart at the din
Democrat on the Senate judici Clinton. 2012, was widely seen as retalia the leaders at a dinner for the dele ner in Hamburg.
12 July 22-28, 2017 INDIA

Ram Nath Kovind is new President of India

New Delhi: National Democratic Announcing the e lect ion of Nath Kovind Ji on being elected
Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Kovind as the 14th President, the President of India! Best wishes
Nath Kovind was on July 20 elect Returning Of ficer and Lok Sabha for a fruitful and inspiring tenure,"
ed as the new President of India, Secretary General Anoop Mishra Modi said on Twitter.
securing a massive margin over his said Kovind had got the required "Gladdened by the extensive sup
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) votes under the quota allotted to port for Kovind Ji among MPs and
rival Meira Kumar in a straight him in the transferable vote sys across various states. I thank mem
fight. tem under the Presidential and bers of the electoral college," he
In an electoral college of 4,986 Vice Presidential Elections Act. added.
voters w ith a vote value of "I declare Ram Nath Kovind as Modi also said: "I congratulate
10,98,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes duly e lected to the Of fice of Meira Kumarji for her campaign,
carrying a value of 7,00,244, while President," he said. which was in spirit of the demo
the former Lok Sabha Speaker Prime Minister Narendra Modi cratic ethos and values we all are
secured 1,844 votes with a value congratulated NDA candidate Ram proud of."
of 3,67,314. Nath Kovind on being elected as Modi also tweeted two pictures
While Kovind got 65.65 per cent the 14th President of India and of his with Kovind and said: "20
of the total valid vote value of wished him a "fruitful and inspir years ago and the present... always
10,69,358, Meira Kumar got 34.35 ing tenure". been a privilege to know you, While Kovind got 65.65 per cent of the total valid vote value of
10,69,358, Meira Kumar got 34.35 per cent.
per cent. "Congratulations to Shri Ram President Elect."


New Delhi: In a toughening of its stand,
India asked China to withdraw its troops
the trijunction of India, Bhutan and
out into
from Doklam on the BhutanChina bor
der if it wanted New Delhi to pull out its
Army from the area.
This has severely affected SinoIndian
ties, with Chinese experts threatening a
war if New Delhi did not buckle.
In the first exhaustive Indian comment Sushma Swaraj accused China of violat Kanpur: Paraunkh, the ancestral village of
on the border row between India and ing the terms of a written agreement National Democratic Alliance's (NDA)
China that began over a month ago, reached between India, China and Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, burst
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Bhutan in 2012. into celebrations as soon as he was declared
accused China of unilaterally trying to "Over the years, China has been trying elected by Returning Officer and Lok Sabha
change the status quo on the frontier to get closer and closer to where the tri Secretary General Anoop Mishra.
with Bhutan. junction point ends. It has done things Paraunkh residents, irrespective of their age,
This is what had sparked off the stand like repair roads, retar them and things were seen greeting one another, distributing
of f between the Indian and Chinese like that." sweets and celebrating with 'gulal', while the
armies, she told the Rajya Sabha. She described what was dif ferent children danced their excitement out.
She said while China was saying that about the June 16 incident that led to the The entire village was glued to their televi
India should withdraw its troops from standoff. sion and radio sets since morning anticipating
Doklam for negotiations to begin, "we are "This time though, they came with bull the "good news", and celebrations started once
saying that if a dialogue is to be held, External Affairs Minister dozers and construction equipment with the first round of vote count was announced,
then both should w ithdraw (their Sushma Swaraj. the aim of breaching the point where the which showed him leading ahead of Meira
troops)". trijunction ends. That is a threat to our Kumar.
The Chinese action "is a challenge to able.The standof f started more than a security," she said. Speaking to NDTV, Kovind's elder brother
our security", the Minister said, adding month ago when Indian troops stopped This time, China wanted to "unilaterally Pyarelal said he had not met his brother for
India was not doing anything unreason Chinese soldiers from building a road on change the status quo" at the Sikkim the last several years.
TibetBhutan trijunction, she said. Asked about how he felt now that a Dalit
"As long as it was between China and face had become the President of the country,
India seeking peaceful Bhutan about their border dispute, we Pyarelal said: "It feels good that he reached
had no problem. But when it comes to tri there."
resolution of issues with junction, our interests came into the pic
Kovind was born on October 1, 1945, in
Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat district, and got

China: MEA "They want to come down to Batang La.

If China unilaterally changes the status
his primary education in the village.
Kovind's sisterinlaw said that she was
Beijing: China said a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and quo at the trijunction, it will pose a happy that he had become the President of the
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit was unlikely as direct threat to our security. country.
Indian troops "had damaged the political foundations of bilateral relations "Foreign countries are with us. They Asked when she was expecting his arrival in
between China and India". feel that China is being aggressive with a the village, she said: "We don't know when he
Informed sources said the "atmosphere is not right" for the meeting small country like Bhutan. Bhutan has will arrive here, but soon after completing the
between the two leaders because of the current standoff between Indian and protested, including in writing. All the formalities of the President's House, he should
Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector. countries feel India's stand is right and come here."
Beijing has said that the unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops from the law is with us," the Minister said. Kovind, 71, has served as a Rajya Sabha
Doklam remained a precondition for any meaningful dialogue. "As for the On China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) member twice between 1994 and 2000, and
arrangement of the bilateral meeting (at G20) between President Xi and project, Sushma Swaraj said India had 2000 and 2006.
Prime Minister Modi, I have to point out that recently Indian troops tres opposed it right from the beginning. He was appointed the Governor of Bihar in
passed into China and obstructed normal activities of Chinese troops in the "As soon as we learned that they are 2015 before the assembly elections there. He
Doklam region," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang. making CPEC a part of OBOR, we regis resigned from the post after Bharatiya Janata
"This endangers China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and damaged tered our protest," the Minister said, Party (BJP) President Amit Shah named him
the political foundations of bilateral relations between China and India," Geng referring to the ChinaPakistan Economic as the ruling alliance's candidate for
said. "We hope India can immediately withdraw border troops to the Indian Corridor which passes through Pakistan presidency.
side of the boundary," he added. "I think this is the precondition for any administered Kashmir that India calls its Earlier, he also served as the national
meaningful peace talks between the two sides." territory. spokesperson of the BJP. INDIA July 22-28, 2017 13

Mayawati's resignation Protect Hindus in

Pakistan: Daily
from Rajya Sabha accepted Islamabad: A leading Pakistani
newspaper urged the government
Hindu community under unprece
dented pressure...
to provide protection to Hindus in "The spread of the madrassah
New Delhi: BSP chief Mayawati's
the background of increasing culture has led to a wave of funda
resignation from the Rajya Sabha
cases of forcible conversion to mentalism in which conversion to
was accepted after she reported
Islam. Islam, whether by force or other
ly gave a fresh letter to Chairman
The Dawn said in an editorial wise, has become a means to an
Hamid Ansari.
that the part of the Thar desert end.
Sources said she had to give a
that lies within Pakistan had long "For one, the conversion of
fresh oneline letter as is
been a bastion of communal har Hindu girls many of them under
required under the rules after
mony. "Given there is near parity age and young women, is often
her earlier missive in three pages
between the Hindu and Muslim used to legitimize' their kidnap
was considered a conditional
populations in the area, that ping and rape.
offer which could not be accept
peaceful coexistence has been an "Cowed into submission, and
example for other Pakistanis to afraid of rejection by their com
Mayawati quit the Rajya Sabha
emulate," it said. munity if they return, they can do
on Tuesday, hours after she was
"However, there have been indi little else but say their conversion
stopped by Deputy Chairman P.J.
cations for a while now that Thar's was voluntary.
Kurien from speaking beyond the
benign social ethos is undergoing "How else can one explain that
stipulated time on the violence
a change, a change that bodes ill young girls and women of mar
against Dalits in Saharanpur dis
for the future of those who call it riageable age comprise the vast
trict of Uttar Pradesh. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati at Parliament in New home and one that may well have majority of such cases? Moreover,
Mayawati, whose sixyear term Delhi. (Photo: IANS) wider repercussions for the rest of if they do convert willingly, why is
was to end in April next year,
cannot represent the section of her resignation. On Wednesday, the country." The Dawn said an it they never contact their families
said it served her no purpose to
the society I belong to, if I am not Kurien and leaders of several investigative report about forced again?"
cont inue when she was not
allowed to put across my views parties appealed to her to with conversions of Hindus it carried The daily accused "certain ele
allowed to speak for the
on atrocities on Dalits, then there draw the resignation, saying her detailed how "certain mullahs and ments" of of fering material
depressed sections of people
is no point in stay ing in the presence was essential in the feudals are exploiting poverty and inducement to impoverished
whom she represents.
House," she said before giving House. class distinctions to put Thar's Hindus to embrace Islam.
"If I am not allowed to talk, if I

IndiGo lift ban on TDP Right to privacy is inherent

MP Diwakar Reddy in Constitution, SC told
New Delhi: Budget pas
New Delhi: Senior counsel Gopal
senger carrier IndiGo
Subramanium told the Supreme
said it has decided to
Court that the right to privacy is a
revoke the ban on fly
preexisting natural right which is
i n g T D P M P J. C .
inherent in the Const itut ion
Diwakar Reddy on its
though not explicitly mentioned.
Subramanium is leading the
"Senior IndiGo of fi
argument on behalf of the peti
cials today met
tioners who have challenged the
Honourable Member
Aadhaar scheme on the grounds
of Parliament Diwakar
of its being violative of the right
Reddy, at a lunch host
to privacy.
ed by senior Member
Subramanium said that "The
of Pa r l i a m e n t Y. S .
right to privacy is recognized as a
Chaudhary, to resolve The apex court has commenced hearing on the question whether
fundamental right under Article
the issue of Honorable right to privacy was a fundamental right.
21 of the Constitution. The con
Member Diwakar
cept of privacy is embedded in Abdul Nazeer. Taking forward the late in the day to contend that pri
Reddy's ban on IndiGo
liberty as well as honor of a per argument that privacy is a funda vacy is not a fundamental right.
flights," the airline said TDP MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy. son." mental rig ht, senior counse l So I do accept that probably pri
in a statement.
His arguments came as the apex Shyam Divan told the bench that vacy is a fundamental right."
"The issue is amica airport after he was denied a
court commenced hearing on the even Union Finance Minister Jaitley had told the Rajya Sabha
bly resolved between the two boarding pass for an IndiGo
question whether right to privacy Arun Jaitley during a debate on that "It is now accepted that pri
and IndiGo has decided to lift flight as he had not showed
was a fundamental right. the Aadhaar Bill in the Rajya vacy is a part of individual liber
the said ban with immediate up in time.
A ninejudge constitution bench Sabha had asserted that privacy ty" and referring to Article 21 he
effect and Reddy is withdraw T he Te lugu Desam Party
headed by Chief Justice Jagdish was a fundamental right linked to said "Let us assume that privacy
ing the case he has filed." lawmaker from Anantapur
Singh Khehar is examining the right of liberty under Article 21 is a part of liberty and no person
The airline added that it has was also said to have dam
nature of privacy as a right in of the Constitution. shall be deprived of privacy with
informed the Federation of aged a printer and misbe
context of two judgments of 1954 Responding to a question dur out due process of law".
Indian Airlines (FIA) about its haved with IndiGo staff.
and other in 1962 which had held ing debate in the Rajya Sabha on Having quoted the Union
decision. T he MP had apparently
that right to privacy was not a March 16, 2016, Finance Minister Finance Minister in support of his
As of June 16, all the major r e p o r t ed a t t h e ch ec k i n
fundamental right. Jaitley had said that the top court contention that privacy was a fun
seven domestic airlines Air counter 28 minutes before the
Besides, Chief Justice Khehar, was considering the conflicting damental right, Divan said that in
India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, scheduled departure of the
other judges on the bench are judgments on privacy and the past 40 years since the mid
SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara and flight against the regulation of
Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice whether it was a fundamental 1970s dif ferent benches of the
AirAsia India had barred the 45 minutes. As the airline
S.A. Bobde, Justice R.K. Agrawal, right or not. top court have consistently held
TDP MP from their flights. staf f told him they could not
Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Having said that Jaitley told the that privacy was a fundamental
It was alleged that Diwakar issue him a boarding pass, he
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, Rajya Sabha that "The present bill right.
Reddy on June 15 created got angry and entered into a
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice (Aadhaar) presupposes and is He urged the bench to reaffirm
ruckus at the Visakhapatnam heated argument with them.
Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice S. based on a premise that it is too this right.
14 July 22-28, 2017 OP-ED

Venkaiah Naidu: From RSS to BJP's

most recognized southern face
New Delhi: Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu world. He is credited with coining the
entered the RSS by accident his links began acronym MODI Making Of Developed India,
in childhood when he chanced upon a a BJP favourite.
'shakha' while playing. Within some decades, Born on July 1, 1949 in Nellore district of
he was the BJP's best known leader from Andhra Pradesh, Naidu was President of the
southern India, one famous for witty onelin Students Union, V.R. College, Nellore. In
ers. A key member of Prime Minister 197374, he was president of the Students
Narendra Modi's cabinet, the now 68year Union of Andhra University Colleges.
old cut his political teeth during the Naidu pursued law and was involved in the
"Emergency" of 197577 when he went movement launched by Jayaprakash
underground against the government of Narayan.
Indira Gandhi and eventually got jailed. He was President of the youth wing of the
He remained underground until his arrest, Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh from 1977
distributing antigovernment literature in to 1980. After Emergency, he was elected to
educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh the Andhra Pradesh assembly in 1978 and
and Tamil Nadu, travelling on a scooter was a legislator till 1985.
along with a woman activist on pillion in a Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP chief Amit Shah and NDA's candidate for the Vice After the BJP was formed in 1980, he
Presidential election M. Venkaiah Naidu at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS)
bid not to arouse suspicion. became Vice president of its youth wing.
He was accused of disturbing a meeting of steeped in RSS/BJP ideology, Naidu rose ments in the BJP and became its President in He was leader of the BJP Legislature Party
Sanjay Gandhi and handcuffed during transit from the ranks to become the party 2002. in Andhra Pradesh, state general secretary
from one jail to the other. President and a Union Minister. If all goes Naidu had three continuous terms in the and state unit chief.
Naidu hit the national scene when he was well, he will be India's next Vice President. Rajya Sabha from Karnataka from 1998 to Naidu was the BJP General Secretary in
one of the prominent opposition spokesper Naidu has been a troubleshooter for the 2016, when he shifted to Rajasthan to get a 19932000 and its spokesperson in
sons along with S. Jaipal Reddy, who was government as also one of its best communi fourth term. between. He has been a part of apex commit
then in Janata Party, during the campaign by cators with his alliterative and catchy one He was Rural Development Minister during tees of the party, including its parliamentary
N.T. Rama Rao after his dismissal as the liners. He has friends across political parties. the first NDA government led by Atal Bihari board and Central Election Committee.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister by Indira It will help him as Chairman of the Rajya Vajpayee, his inspiration along with senior Naidu is currently the Minister for
Gandhi in the 1980s. Sabha where the BJP still does not have a party leader L.K. Advani. Information and Broadcasting, Urban
Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party majority. With Modi scripting BJP's success in 2014, Development and Housing and Urban
was on a weak wicket in southern India, Naidu is quick to respond to criticism from Naidu described him as the most popular Poverty Alleviation. He was the
Naidu embraced it tightly. the opposition. Indian leader, the most credible political per Parliamentary Affairs Minister for the first
A quickwitted and effective communicator He has handled key organisational assign sonality and among the top 10 leaders of the two years in the Modi government.


l By Amulya Ganguli To make matters worse, his son, But the damage has been done to
Tejashwi, who is the Deputy Chief his position in the antiBJP camp.
itish Kumar is in a bind. He Minister (and is seen by his moth All of this will be music to the
N knows that the mahagath er, Rabri Devi, as a future Chief BJP's ears because the Bihar Chief
bandhan or grand alliance in Minister), has been charged with Minister is virtually the only one
Bihar is fraying at the edges, but sleaze by the Central Bureau of among the saffron brigade's
he doesn't know which way to Investigation (CBI). opponents who does not carry a
turn. Lalu Prasad has predictably dynastic baggage and is known
If he responds to the Bharatiya accused the CBI of targeting him for his clean image and adminis
Janata Party's (BJP) overtures to at the BJP's behest. But Nitish trative ability.
join the saffron brigade either for Kumar has refrained from stand The problem with Nitish Kumar,
mally or informally with the BJP ing by his cabinet colleague and the Congress and others in the
propping up his government with alliance partner, wanting him to antiBJP camp is that their com
outside support, he will be prove his innocence. Nitish mitment to reforms is open to
accused of crass opportunism. Kumar's stand might have been question as they seem to continue
He also knows that in the BJP's Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. applauded on the grounds of rec to adhere to the Soviet era con
company, he will have to play sec titude if he had demonstrated that cept of a controlled economy,
ond fiddle to the Narendra Modi quit the Chief Minister's post. on the other hand, constitute 11 he remained firmly in the antiBJP which no longer inspires the vot
Amit Shah duo and forget about a Since then, he has managed to per cent, the largest group among camp. ers, especially the younger gener
major role in national affairs. For claw his way back into power, but the backward castes. But by choosing to support ation.
all practical purposes, he will have he has never been happy with his Because of Nitish Kumar's vul Ramnath Kovind, the BJP's choice Their only chance of making an
to remain confined to Bihar for companions on that uphill trek, nerability on the caste front, he for the President's post instead of impact on the electoral scene is by
the rest of his career. especially after Laloo Prasad's has tried to shore up his position the opposition candidate, Bihar ki coming together so that their
However, if he remains with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) pipped by wooing the rural and lower beti (Bihar's daughter) Meira respective vote shares add up to a
Lalu Prasad Yadav and Co, he will him at the post by becoming the middle class women via his prohi Kumar, on the rather unconvinc substantial percentage.
be staring at a probable defeat in first party in the Bihar alliance. bition policy. But that has not ing plea that she is bound to lose, But a combination of such a
the next election and the loss of Much of Nitish Kumar's prob been enough to make him feel Nitish Kumar has raised doubts nature, which is based almost
his reputation as a good gover lems stem from his relatively secure. about his loyalty to the "secular" solely on caste calculations, is
nance man. weak political position visavis However, the blow to his posi cause and is suspected of trying to inherently unstable since it will be
His predicament is due to a mis the RJD, the party of the dominant tion is not the result of his unsta play both sides. unrealistic to expect, say, the
calculation of Modi's appeal for Yadavs, whereas Nitish Kumar's ble base. It is the fallout of the Perhaps realizing his mistake, Yadavs and Dalits to sup together.
the average voter. When Nitish own base of support comprises revival of Lalu Prasad's familiar he has now extended support to For the present, therefore, Nitish
Kumar realised it after his party's the Kurmis, who make up six per image of being less than honest in the opposition's vicepresidential Kumar appears to be on a losing
poor performance in 2014, he cent of Bihar's population. Yadavs, his transactions in public life. nominee, Gopal Krishna Gandhi. wicket.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
HONORS July 22-28, 2017 15

ISRO, Baahubali honored at TIMES

NOWs NRI of the Year Awards
Mumbai: TIMES NOW, Indias No. 1 Global Icon Award, Global Indian Awards
news channel, and ICICI Bank, Indias larg- Sports, Global Indian Awards - Science.
est private sector bank by consolidated NRI of the Year is Indias most distinc-
assets, jointly hosted the 4th edition of tive awards recognizing the outstanding
TIMES NOW ICICI Bank NRI of the Year achievements of the Indian Diaspora glob-
Awards powered by Global Indian Interna- ally. With their grit and perseverance, NRIs
tional School on 11th July in Mumbai to have achieved tremendous success in vari-
salute the spirit of the Global Indian. ous fields in the countries they have chosen
The awards this year were open to all to adopt as their homes. Many NRIs are
NRIs, OCIs and PIOs residing in USA, Can- accomplished politicians, scientists, sports-
ada, UK, Middle East, Singapore, Australia men, businessmen, professionals and acade-
and New Zealand. The high profile jury micians in various countries.
comprised popular author Amish Tripathi, MK Anand, MD and CEO, TIMES NET-
celebrated lyricist Prasoon Joshi, Satish WORK said, As Indias leading English
Mahashinde, columnist Bachi Karkaria, and broadcast network with over 100 million
veteran journalist Kumar Ketkar. viewers in India and presence in 100 coun-
Ms. Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI tries globally, Times Network has the best
Bank, presented some of the key awards: credentials to globally survey and recog-
Global Indian Award for Sports and for Sci- nize outstanding Indians and present them
ence, Indias Global Icon Award and the Glob- to our society as our true gems. The NRI
al India Impact Award 2017. The gala event of the Year Awards is an important compo-
was hosted by TV actor Karan Tacker and TV nent of our engagement with a critical con-
presenter & singer Sophie Choudry. Eminent stituency, not just as a Media group, but
personalities like Baahubali actress Taman- also for the Country and its global agenda.
naah Bhatia, Baahubali writer Vijayendra We hope to contribute towards building
Prasad, actress Sana Khan, choreographer and strengthening the ties Global Indians
Terence Lewis were in attendance a sere the have with their motherland and act as a
newly crowned Femina Miss India 2017 force multiplier in their endeavor to con-
Manushi Chhillar, Sana Dua 1st Runner Up tribute to nation building. 25,000 unique visitors on www.nriofthe- cologists, CEOs of global businesses and a
and Priyanka Kumari 2nd Runner Up. Vijay Chandok, Executive Director, We received more than 7000 former White House intern, and some very
The awards went to 23 individuals un- ICICI Bank, and Naveen Chandra, Head- registrations online and the multiple Jury rich and accomplished Indians. We hope
der 11 different categories Entrepreneur, International Business, TIMES NETWORK, rounds have ensured that the winners are to take this further into more markets and
Professional, Academics, Art & Culture, also spoke at the event. Said Naveen of high quality. Among the winners this reach out and cover more Indian Diaspora
Philanthropy, Special Jury Award, Indias Chandra, We received an overwhelming year are accomplished Neurologists, On- over the years ahead.

(From left) Chanda Kochhar - MD & CEO, ICICI Bank, Snooker champ Pankaj (From left) Vijay Chandok- Executive director, ICICI Bank, MK Anand, Vijayendra
Advani- Winner of Global Indian Icon under sports category, Manushi Chillar - Prasad - Writer of Baahubali, Tamannaah Bhatia Baahubali star, Chanda
Femina Miss India World, and MK Anand - MD and CEO, TIMES Network. Kochhar, and Naveen Chandra- TIMES NOW International business Head.

(From left) Dr Mylswamy Annadurai- Director, ISRO, A.S. Kiran Kumar - (From left) Anup Bagchi - Executive Director, ICICI Bank, Lt. Gen Sudhir
Chairperson, ISRO, Chanda Kochhar, Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan Sharma, GIIS, Shri Thanedar - Winner of Entrepreneur Category from USA,
- Former Chairperson, ISRO, and MK Anand. Sana Dua - Femina Miss India 2017 first runner up.
16 July 22-28, 2017 Bollywood

Karan, Varun, Saif slammed

IIFA 2017 for Nepotism chant

Shahid, Alia Best Actors, Neerja Best Film

I n a city that never sleeps, the Metlife

Stadium came alive with the IIFA Awards
celebration in New York, with Shahid Ka-
hard-hitting drama which put forth the mes-
sage that when a woman says no, it is a no.
Actress Taapsee Pannu, who played
poor and Alia Bhatt becoming proud win- a pivotal role in Pink, was named the
ners of the Best Actor trophies for their Woman Of The Year, while music maestro
remarkable work in Udta Punjab. A.R. Rahman was given a Special Award in
Given that it came for a film which was recognition of his contribution to film mu-
mired in controversy with the censor board sic since 25 years at the event, which was
over its theme and content, made the success largely attended by the NRI community.
sweeter for the stars -- even Diljit Dosanjh In the Best Supporting Actor category,
walked away with the Best Debutante - Male Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher were
Actor for his performance in the film. honored for Neerja and M.S. Dhoni: The
All three of them were emotional about Untold Story; Varun Dhawan was lauded Actors Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar.
winning the award for a film which let main- for his comic timing in Dishoom; and
stream performers take up something risky.
The Best Picture honor went to Sonam
Disha Patani was encouraged with an
award for her debut movie M.S. Dhoni: A fter sparking off a controversy with his
nepotism debate at the IIFA Awards in
New Jersey over the weekend, filmmaker
On Twitter, a string of criticism followed,
describing what the personalities said as
unfunny. Those tweeting included Congress
Kapoor starrer Neerja, based on the real The Untold Story. The music category
life story of Neerja Bhanot, an air hostess saw Pritam winning the Best Music Direc- Karan Johar, actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and AIB mem-
who lost her life while trying to save others tion for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and Amitabh Dhawan received flak on social media with ber Tanmay Bhatt. Here are some tweets:
on a hijacked flight at Karachi. Actor Jim Bhattacharya bagging the Best Lyrics ac- Twitteraties calling their act disappointing. Abhishek Singhvi: Id like to see the likes
Sarbh won the Best Performance in a Nega- colade for Channa mereya. The perfor- Karan and Saif, who were hosting the of Karan Johar, Saif and Varun Dhawan try
tive role for his act in the movie. mances by Alia, Katrina Kaif, Shahid, Var- gala, revisited the much-talked about issue their nepotism humor when Kangana is in
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury walked away un, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon and that started in Bollywood when Queen their presence.
with the Best Direction award for Pink, a Salman kept the pace of the event going. star Kangana Ranaut branded Karan as a Tanmay Bhat: I just realized they legit
flagbearer of nepotism on his chat show. yelled Nepotism Rocks at the end of it and
When Varun joined the two actors on I cannot stop face palming.
the stage at the Metlife Stadium to receive How is it an insult to Kangana If any-
the Best Performance in a Comic Role for thing its a crass/tacky display of how
Dishoom, Saif joked that the actor had shamelessly nepotistic Bollywood, one of
made it big in the industry because of his the users posted.
father, director David Dhawan. Added another user, Last night Karan
You are here because of your papa, Johar was shamelessly chanting nepotism
Saif quipped. Varun said: And youre here rocks. So it means he admits that he has no
because of your mummy (veteran actress talent and hes just a piece of shit.
Sharmila Tagore). Karan then promptly Totally not expected from you Varun Dha-
added: I am here because of my papa (late wan, seriously you said nepotism rocks. In-
filmmaker Yash Johar). They then said in sulting a lady in such a big stage simply not
unison: Nepotism rocks. acceptable. Im disappointed, said a user.

Risk over F
rom the much-loved chocolate boy
of Ishq Vishq to the effortless por-
trayal of intense roles in Haider, Udta

Punjab and Rangoon, Shahid Kapoors
evolution as an actor comes from the fact

Shahid on
that he prefers to take risks.
I think its a reflection of how an ac-

his evolution
tor evolves over time, Shahid said as he
pondered over how a certain maturity
has set in not just in his choices, but
performances too.
Its important to be open to rediscover-
ing yourself. I think if any actor stops feel-
ing the need to rediscover himself or limits
his own potential, he becomes stale.
Of course, its very important to be
successful, because thats when the best
opportunities come to you. But how you
choose to be successful is a very personal
choice... And my choice is to try and do
things that havent been done before.
The satisfaction that you get by achiev-
ing something risky or different, is way
more than repeating yourself just because
its popular, said the son of veteran and
nuanced actor Pankaj Kapur. Over the
years, Shahid has impressed viewers and
critics alike with films like Jab We Met,
Kaminey,Udta Punjab -- which got mired
Actor Shahid with wife Mira at the in controversy for its subject, content and
Alia turned emotional on winning the award. green carpet of IIFA 2017. title and saw Shahid essay a maverick drug
addict and singer to perfection.
Bollywood July 22-28, 2017 17

Rahman trolled

for singing Tamil

songs in London
Ranbir as Jagga
is brilliant and
he is aptly
O scar-winning composer A.R. Rah-
man, who hails from Tamil Nadu, got
slammed on social media for performing
fan posted on Twitter. Lovely to see A.R.
Rahman, but all the songs are in Tamil! What
about your Hindi/Bollywood fans?
supported by Tamil songs at the Wembley Stadium. While After the reported walkout, a statement
Katrina. some were left disappointed, others stood was later issued on a Facebook page - A R
by his songs selection as they believe music Rahman Live - UK on July 10, saying: Hi Lon-
has no language barrier. Rahmans Netru, don. Thanks for the tremendous support and
Indru, Naalai (Yesterday, Today, Tomor- response. However, we have been getting a

Jagga Jasoos : Weak

row) gig at the London event on July 8 few complaints on language bias which is
didnt hit the right chord with all his fans, rather unfortunate as this was an Indian
especially his Bollywood-song admirers. show and music doesnt have any barriers.

narrative dampens
According to reports, some left the concert There were some who supported him.
after Rahman started singing Tamil songs. One wrote: Everyone in the world knew
A.R. Rahman concert: Never seen so much that music doesnt have a language but

stunning visuals
disappointment and mass walkouts. Approxi- Hindi wala guys say music in Hindi lan-
mately one per cent of songs in Hindi, one guage. AR Rahman.

D esigned as a comic book character and

mounted as a musical, Jagga Jasoos
with its episodic adventure tales is a fiction
Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga is brilliant. He
lives his character on screen, which is spar-
kling and lively. He is aptly supported by Ka-
Some fans left
Rahmans concert
after he sang
fantasy that is visually appealing. The visu- trina Kaif as the London returned journalist
als in the film are striking and surreal. The Shruti Sengupta, who is hunting for leads in Tamil songs.
lighting, textures and tone of the frames her story on the war against global terrorism.
fluctuate between the darkish, atmospher- The plot of the film is sketchy and begins
ic hues seen in Harry Potter films and the on a shaky note, but the scenes roll out seam-
bright vibrant palettes seen in Disney films. lessly in dream-like sequences thanks to the
The narrative begins as an origin story, brilliant editing by Akiv Ali and Ajay Sharma.
with Shruti Sengupta (Katrina Kaif) introduc- Overall, with a run time of two hours and
ing the comics and the character, Jagga Ja- forty five minutes, there are moments when you
soos (Ranbir Kapoor) to some kids at an event. inadvertently end up snatching forty winks.

Indu Sarkar row: Bhandarkar

asks Rahul to take action Filmmaker moves
court against
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
A Jaipur-based filmmaker, Praatik Shar-
ma, has moved the court against the
makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet:
tion in the same year but they could not re-
lease it for lack of money for distribution.
After struggling for two years, his team was
Ek Prem Katha for allegedly lifting the ready to release it on July 28 this year. But
punchline and the subject from his film distributors have backed out saying our film
Gutrun Gutar Gun. is similar to Toilet.... They said even if they
A copyright infringement case was filed put it up, they would remove it from screens
by Sharma against Plan C Studios, an alli- if asked to. This is unfair, Sharma said.
ance between Reliance Entertainment and
Friday Filmworks helmed by Neeraj Pandey
and Shital Bhatia, and Viacom18 on July 7
in a Jaipur Metropolitan Court. The court
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.
has issued a notice returnable on July 22.

N ational Award winning filmmaker

Madhur Bhandarkar urged Congress
Vice President Rahul Gandhi to take action
Emergency. Congress is rattled since the
trailer is out, Bhandarkar told news chan-
nel CNN-News18.
Plan C is producing it and Viacom18 is
serving as a producer and presenter. There
is one line in my movie - aurat shadi karke
against the local Congress party workers, The higher authorities in Congress ghar mai aati hai, usko toilet nahi milta, baw-
who are sending threats to the director have to play a major role and hold a press al hota hai, ant mai pati usko toilet bana kar
regarding the release of his forthcoming briefing to say that they condemn such deta hai. (a woman gets married and then
film Indu Sarkar. Bhandarkar was forced acts. Do you want to run a parallel cen- doesnt find a toilet at home, creates a scene
to cancel the promotional activities of his sor? Some Congress party workers have and ultimately a toilet is constructed).
film in Nagpur and Pune last week after distanced themselves from me since the Because of this line the distributors are
receiving threats from the party workers. trailer of the film has come out, he added. telling me my film is the same film as Toilet:
I requested Rahul Gandhi on Twit- Indu Sarkar, set against the backdrop Ek Prem Katha, Sharma, who had finished
ter to keep a check on his party workers of the 1975-77 Emergency, has characters making Gutrun Gutar Gun in 2015, said.
who are protesting against my film. Lots inspired by the late Prime Minister Indira His film, he says, had got a certificate A still from the film Toilet:
of people have made documentaries on the Gandhi and her late son Sanjay Gandhi. from the Central Board of Film Certifica- Ek Prem Katha.
18 July 22-28, 2017 LIFESTYLE

Rambagh Palace adorns

sors Travellers Choice Awards and was also
rated amongst top 10 Heritage Hotels in the
world by Travel Weekly, UK for the year 2017.
Rambagh Palace is a living legend in Jai-

worlds best hotel lists

pur. Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Pal-
ace, Jaipur has stepped gracefully through
many royal transitions. In the finest tradi-
tion of Rajput hospitality, the Rambagh Pal-
ace offers its guests a taste of royal living - a

The Jaipur jewel is listed among top 10 heritage luxury and extravagance that was once the
sole preserve of kings. Its elegantly appoint-

hotels and top 50 best hotels in the world. ed rooms, marbled corridors, and majestic
gardens reverberate with history.

others. Among hotels, Jaipurs Rambagh

By Prakash Bhandari Palace has been rated highly for its commit-
ment to quality across facilities, location,
Jaipur : Rambagh Palace, Jaipur has service, food, and overall value for money,
been ranked amongst the top 50 in The by more than 3,00,000 respondents.
Top 100 Hotels in the World by Travel + Rambagh Palaces Area Director Jaipur
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96.41 out of 100 marks. We are honored to be a part of this presti-
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The menu of Suvarna Mahal, the best 5 star restaurant

in Jaipur, is as opulent as its ambiance.

Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur has stepped gracefully through
The awesome bedroom of the Grand Presidential Suite - Sukh Niwas. many royal transitions and retained its grandeur post-1947.

Men, dress up right for work

New Delhi: Smart dressing boosts up the
confidence and helps in rendering an aura
filled with passion and right attitude in of-
fice but at the same time looking sharp and
relaxed is a key aspect in todays work wear Saggar Mehra, Creative Director of brand for patterns with a neutral or classic color ing colored button placket or a double cuff
fashion. From blending white and black to Sunil Mehra, and Salesh Grover, business scheme. This will tie your looks together with quirky cufflinks.
going for neutral or classic color scheme head OSL Luxury, talk about latest trend- more and will prove useful for versatility. Corporate guys who travel a lot for meet-
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Tabby Bhatia, Director,, To keep things more conservative, opt lored pants will also switch your looks up. top bags in shades of tan or dark brown that
Shirts are really the focal point of business can add a suave touch to the overall look.
casual looks, so ensure they fit well. Leather shoes are considered to be an un-
The work jackets main function is in deniable part of a mans wardrobe. Brogues
practicality maneuverability, and it definite- are one of the promising shoe style, popped
ly adds an interesting twist to your attire. up in early 1900s in Ireland, this shoe style
Blending white or black round neck t- is setting impressive fashion trends at the
shirt with window checked coat is also an workplace. Brogues in tones of tans, black,
interesting way and you can complete the olives and grey are absolute timeless add-on
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A sharp yet trendy look is a club printed Also, a pair of double monk strap shoes
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make sure you are taken seriously. appeal. Perfect for office and formal occa-
Checkerd or pinstriped trousers with sions, these pairs can be paired with chinos
solid shirts are also a great pick and to and crisp shirts. Break the monotony of laces
make solid shirts interesting add details shoes and go for a monk strap style to give
like printed inside collar band, contrast- impeccable impression at your workplace.
-- IANS DIASPORA July 22-28, 2017 19

Supreme Court asks 'Superwoman' Lilly Singh appointed

government to decide on UNICEF's Global Goodwill Ambassador
New Delhi: UNICEF on July 15
statutory regime for NRI voting appointed Indianorigin Canadian
YouTube star Lilly Singh as its
New Delhi: The Supreme Court ernment. Appearing for one of newest Global Goodwill
on Friday asked the Central gov the petitioners, senior counsel Ambassador at a special event here.
ernment to take a call whether it Mukul Rohatgi told the bench Lilly was in the capital to support
wanted to amend the that modalities of NRI voting can UNICEF's Youth4Change initiative, a
Representation of People Act or be done by amending the Rules program for youth that brings them
its Rules to decide on the modali and would not require amending together to support their peers and
ties of NRI voting in elections the law. communities in taking action on
from their overseas locations. T he bench noted that by issues such as health, hygiene, child
Giving the government "one amending the Section 20 and 20 labor and gender equality.
further opportunity" to decide (A) of the Representation of "I'm honored to join UNICEF as a
on the modalities of NRI voting People Act the government has, Goodwill Ambassador and to use
and how it would be done, the in principle, accepted the NRI my voice to support its mission of
bench of Chief Justice Jagdish right to vote. It was also noted Indianorigin Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh (right)
reaching every child. It's time to (Image courtesy:
Sing h Khehar and Just ice that government has in principle stand for what your kids want and
D.Y.Chandrachud asked it to agreed with the report on the not society," Lilly said. reach of her vlogs and channel. urge millions of her followers to
come back to the court with its modalities of NRI voting pre T he YouTuber, famous as As the UNICEF ambassador Lilly, work for children's rights.
response on July 21. "What are pared by the Elect ion 'Superwoman', said she would come who has 11.9 around million sub T he 28yearold star has also
you doing, amending the Act or Commission after talking to vari up with few videos in Hindi and scribers on the video sharing web started a new initiative on social
the Rules. Do whatever you want ous stakeholders including polit would try to put Hindi subtitles in site, will use her channel to show media #GirlLove which aims to
to do...," the bench told the gov ical parties and the NRIs. (IANS) her English videos to increase the case the organization's work and end girlongirl hate. (PTI)

Student wins NRI award for Arpan Doshi, UKs

youngest ever doctor
Sharjah cleanup campaign London: An Indianori
gin doctor is set to
being taught, so I
skipped a year," he
Dubai: An Indian students suc quite necessary and we helped in become Britain's said. He started apply
cessful environmental campaign making these areas look clean youngest physician to ing to universities just
in Sharjah has helped him bag again. We used to get frequent start work at a hospi weeks after his 17th
the NRI of the Year Award 2017 requests from residents at times tal in northeast birthday and despite a
in Mumbai, India. to visit their areas, he added. England. Arpan Doshi rejection from one uni
Eig hteenyearold Abhinav T he first edition of Singlas graduated with a versity, three others
Singla, who graduated in 2016 campaign in 2014 saw more Bachelor of Medicine of fered him places.
from our Own Eng lish Hig h than 500 students participating and Bache lor of T he University of
School, Sharjah, received the and the number kept growing, he Surgery degree from Shef fie ld was so
prest ig ious award in the said. the University of impressed with his
Academics Category in the We had hundreds of students Arpan Doshi
Sheffield on Monday credentials that they
awards fourth edition on July showing their support in the aged 21 and 335 days gave him a scholar
11. cleanup events. When the second and is due to start work as a junior ship worth 13,000 pounds.
Presented by Times Now, ICICI edition was launched, there were doctor in York next month. He will He received financial support
Bank and GIIS (Global Indian Abhinav Singla more than 1,500 people and in beat the previous record of the from his parents, took up parttime
International School), the award the following year, when I was youngest doctor to start work in the jobs as a lunch supervisor at a local
recognises the deserving spirit of monthlong campaign mainly already in India, many students UK by 17 days. school and in the careers service to
those globetrotting Indians who included four events recycling, still wanted to run the event. "I didn't realize I was the youngest fund his degree.
have made a change by their cleanup, plant seeding and Sing la, currently study ing person to qualify until a friend "My dream is to become a heart
work and action reaching the awareness spreading. chemical engineering, won the checked on the internet. I haven't surgeon but it is a very competitive
pinnacles of success globally by I received a lot of support award in a tie between him and even told my parents yet but I know field. It is not really a surprise I
rising every day. from students, more than I had another Dubaibased Indian they will be very proud," the Sun have ended up as a doctor," he said.
Sing la launched Clean Up ever expected. We had recycling teenager, Simran Vedvyas. He quoted Indiaborn Doshi as saying. The previous youngest doctor to
Sharjah Campaign in 2014 to drives in which we collected [a said it was a big honor winning Doshi went to a local school in qualify was Rachael Faye Hill, who
make Sharjah a more cleaner and large number] of items for recy the prize. Singla has previously Gandhinagar, Gujarat, until he was received her medical degree from
greener city, he told Gulf News cling and deposited them with been chosen for other awards. He 13. Then his mechanical engineer Manchester University when she
from India. the local waste management received the International Diana father, Bharat Doshi, got a job in was 21 and 352 days in 2010.
His initiative started as a small company, Beeah, said Singla, Award from then British Prime AixenProvence as part of an inter Arpan Doshi is now set to over
idea, which was later expanded who is continuing his education Minister David Cameron and national project, and the whole fam take that record when he starts his
into three editions and is still in India after being raised in the Sharjah Environment Awareness ily moved to France. twoyear training as a junior doctor
being continued by hundreds of UAE. One of the activities was to Award 2015. "The following year I realized that at York Teaching Hospital in
students living in Sharjah. The go to areas where cleaning was (News source: I already knew a lot of what was August.
20 July 22-28, 2017 SUBCONTINENT

LoC firing: India, Pak Sri Lanka Economic

armies warn each other Summit 2017 to
New Delhi/Jammu: The armies of
India and Pakistan warned each
other of retaliation against any
discuss B&R
Colombo: The Sri Lanka
military aggression along the Line
Economic Summit to be
of Control (LoC) as border tension
held later in July will dis
escalated after a fiveyearold girl
cuss how Sri Lanka can
and a soldier were killed in Jammu
tap opportunities out of
and Kashmir in heavy shelling by
the Belt and Road
Pakistani forces.
Initiative, a Ceylon
The latest in a series of ceasefire
Chamber of Commerce
violations came even as two senior
statement said.
military commanders of the two
Proposed by China in
sides held talks to deescalate the
2013, the Belt and Road
tension, a day after four Pakistani
initiative refers to the
soldiers and a civilian were killed
Indian soldiers carry body of jawan killed in cross border firing. Silk Road Economic Belt
after the Indian Army allegedly tar
and the 21st Century
geted a Pakistan Army vehicle unscheduled conversat ion on fire but is sincere in its ef fort to
Maritime Silk Road, aim
across the LoC which divides Pakistan's request. maintain peace provided there was
ing at building a trade
Jammu and Kashmir between them The Indian DGMO, Lt. General reciprocity." Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
and infrastructure net addressing the 2016 summit.
in Pakistanadministered A.K. Bhatt, pointed out that "all the During the talks, the Pakistan
work connecting Asia
Kashmir. ceasefire violations" were being DGMO, Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad
with Europe and Africa along the held in Colombo on July 25 and
The Pakistan shelling hit a girl, initiated by the Pakistan Army, Mirza, raised the issues of target
ancient trade routes of Silk 26 with the aim of discussing
who was identified as Saida of according to an Indian Army state ing of Pakistani troops resulting in
Road, Xinhua news agency ways to strengthen the island's
Balakote in Poonch district. The ment. the death of four soldiers and a
reported. The session titled "Belt economy. The twoday annual
soldier was killed in Rajouri dis The DGMO also noted that firing civilian in Athmuqam sector of
and Road Initiative summit, organized by the Ceylon
trict's Tarkundi area. by Indian troops was initiated Pakistanadministered Kashmir
Transformative Opportunity for Chamber of Commerce, will have
As the border tension raged, the against armed intruders trying to recently.
Sri Lanka" will talk on the poten over 40 top resource persons,
Directors General of Military sneak into India "from close prox The two armies have repeatedly
tial investment opportunities for such as sectoral experts, indus
Operation (DGMO) of India and imity of Pakistan posts". exchanged heavy fire this summer
Sri Lanka from the Belt and try practitioners, government
Pakistan spoke over the hotline. "The Indian Army reserves the along the winding LoC that has left
Road Initiative. The Sri Lanka officials and ministers taking
T he D GMOs usually speak on right to retaliate appropriately to many soldiers and civilians dead
Economic Summit 2017 will be part.
Tuesdays but Monday's was an any incident of violation of cease on both sides.


conceal any assets' Beijing: Amid the continuing bor
der standof f with India, China
Islamabad: A day after Pakistan's has conducted a livefire drill in
Supreme Court inquired about Tibet in what one observer said
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif 's was a like ly warning to New
money trail, his counse l said Delhi.
details of all his assets had been A fullystaf fed and equipped
presented to the Joint brigade engaged in various drills
Investigation Team (JIT). involving the rapid movement of
Sharif had provided details of all troops, use of digital devices and
assets and sources of income in combined attacks by multiple
the form of tax returns that was forces, according to a China
mandated to probe allegations of Central Television station (CCTV)
money laundering against the report.
Sharif family, Dawn online quoted The report did not give precise
senior counsel Khawaja Harris as details of where or when the
telling the threemember apex exercise was held though it came
bench. as Chinese and Indian troops
On the court's observation that remain locked in their worst
PM Sharif has remained evasive in
Sharif had remained evasive in standof f in decades on the tri
answering questions put forward
answering the JIT's questions, by the probe team. junction with Bhutan, the South
Harris said the team had not China Morning Post reported.
inquired about any other proper During an earlier hearing, the In a twominute clip of the The drill is seen as a warning to India.
ties, maintaining that his client had court had asked about Sharif 's exercises broadcast by the TV has long been stationed around covering a dozen elements was
not concealed any assets, nor did money trail, saying: "We've been station, the People's Liberation the middle and lower reaches of testimony to the PLA's combined
he own any benami properties. waiting for it since day one." The Army (PLA) soldiers were seen the Yarlung Zangbo river and is strike capability," the report said.
Harris argued that according to Prime Minister and his family launching an assault on an responsible for frontline combat India and China have been
the laws of the Nat ional members had remained evasive in "enemy position" using machine missions. locked for over a month in a bor
Accountability Bureau (NAB), "an answering the questions put for guns, rocket launchers and mor T he river is lo cated in the der standof f between their sol
individual cannot be held account ward by the JIT, it added. tars. They also used airdefense upper stream of the diers in a trijunction also involv
able for the properties and assets T he bench had resumed the radar to guide antiaircraft guns Brahmaputra, which flows ing Bhutan.
that are in the name of his wife Panamagate case recently, nearly in shoot ing down "enemy throug h China, India and The South China Morning Post
and children". three months after ordering the planes", said the daily. Another Bangladesh. India shares a long quoted an observer as saying
He maintained that the Prime formation of a JIT to investigate drill involved the use of antitank border w ith China's Tibetan that the show of strength was
Minister's relatives had also not the allegations of money launder grenades and missiles. According region. The drills lasted for 11 likely intended as a warning to
concealed any assets. ing against the Sharif family. to the CCTV report, the brigade hours. "T he 11hour exercise India. INTERNATIONAL July 22-28, 2017 21

US imposes new Russia ready to

sanctions on Iran retaliate if US continues
over missile tests
Washington: The US government slapped
diplomatic hostility
Moscow: Moscow reserves the right to
sanctions on 18 Iranian entities and indi
impose titfortat measures if Washington
viduals linked to Iran's ballistic missile pro
does not remove obstacles to activities of
gram and other nonnuclear activities.
Russian diplomatic institutions, the
According to a statement by the US
Foreign Ministry said.
Treasury Department, 16 Iranian entities
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey
and individuals, including ones engaged in
Ryabkov he ld consultations with US
activities in support of Iran's military or
Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon
the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard
in Washington on bilateral ties, including
Corps, were designated for "engaging in
burning issues regarding the illegal
support of illicit Iranian actors or transna
seizure of Russian property in the US by
tional criminal activity", Xinhua news
the former Barack Obama administration,
agency reported.
Xinhua news agency reported.
According to the Treasury Department
Iranian Foreign Minister "T he Russian side stressed that if
statement, two other Iranian organizations
Mohammad Javad Zarif. Washington did not eliminate this and
involved in Iran's ballistic missile program Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
other irritants, including the continued
were also targeted. regional stability". Meanwhile, Iranian Sergey Ryabkov.
ef forts to hinder the functioning of
The new round of sanctions came hours Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Russian diplomatic missions, it had the drawn again to the fact that Russia was in
after US President Donald Trump's admin said that Iran received "contradictory sig
right to respond on the basis of the princi favor of resuming regular dialogue on this
istration declared for a second time that nals" from the Trump administration and
ple of reciprocity," a ministry statement issue, which was interrupted by the previ
Iran was complying with a 2015 nuclear confirmed he has had no contact with his
said. ous US leadership, adding that now it was
deal but also called Iran "one of the most American counterpart Rex Tillerson, CNN
It also said the attention of the US was Washington's turn to act.
dangerous threats to US interests and to reported.

Seoul proposes military Israel has no sovereignty

talks with Pyongyang over AlAqsa: Palestinian PM
Seoul: South Korea offered to hold
military discussions with North Jerusalem: The Palestinian Prime the Palestinians, referring to
Korea for the first time in nearly Minister Rami Hamdallah said Israeli security measures taken
three years in an effort to reduce that Israel has no sovereignty around Jerusalem's Temple
tensions on the Korean peninsula. over alAqsa Mosque. Mount since a recent attack,
Seoul's proposal, which comes Hamdallah called on the inter when three Israeli Arabs killed
after months of repeated nuclear national community and Islamic two Israeli policemen.
weapons tests by Pyong yang, countries to intervene to halt vio The Temple Mount, which con
would be the first government lations made by the government tains alAqsa Mosque and the
level talks between the two Koreas of the Israeli occupation against Dome of the Rock, was closed for
since 2015, reports Efe news. the revered place, Efe reported. 48 hours, but was reopened on
South Korea has suggested hold "The entire world should know Sunday after new security meas
ing a meeting in the socalled Joint that Israe l, as the o ccupy ing ures were taken, including the
Security Area in the Korean South Korean President Moon power, does not have any lawful installation of metal detectors at
Jaein has pledged to reduce fric authority over Jerusalem and its PM Hamdallah held Israel the entrances to the holy com
Demilitarized zone, the defacto responsible for mounting tensions.
border between the two countries,
tion with the North. Muslim and Christ ian holy pound.
according to Deputy De fense along the border. places," the prime minister said. over East Jerusalem, occupied in T he prime minister said he
Minister Suh Choosuk. Seoul has not provided any infor The Palestinian authorities and 1967, and later annexed by holds Israe l responsible for
It is the first formal offer of mili mation on an agenda, nor has it the international community do Israel. Hamdallah called for secur increasing tensions over these
tary talks since South Korean indicated what rank of representa not recognize Israeli sovereignty ing international protection for decisions.
President Moon Jaein came to tives would attend the proposed
power in May, who pledged to
reduce friction and engage with
meeting. If Seoul's offer is accept
ed by Pyongyang, it would be the Plan to amend Venezuelan
Pyongyang during his successful first meeting of the two countries'
election campaign.
Last week during a trip to Berlin,
Moon delivered a speech in which
military authorities since October
In addit ion to the potent ial
constitution rejected
Caracas: A vast majority of stitution of 1999; and if they
he stressed the importance of dia reopening military talks, the South Venezuelan voters, 98.4 percent, want the formation of a national
logue in the face of increasing ten Korean Red Cross proposed talks rejected the President's proposal unity government and fresh elec
sions and the North's nucleariza with Pyongyang to once again to form a National Constituent tions.
tion. At a press conference, South organize reunions of families who Assembly to amend the country's Results showed 98.5 per cent of
Korea's Unification minister Cho were separated during the Korean Constitution in an opposition respondents voted in favor of the
Myounggyon expressed hope that War (19501953). backed referendum. A total of armed forces protecting the con
Pyongyang would respond posi The Red Cross has proposed the 7,186,170 Venezuelans partici stitution following the decisions
tively to the proposal, and under reunions for October, during the pated in the unof ficial referen of the opposit ioncontrolled
lined the importance of military Chuseok holiday. dum despite it not being backed President Maduro's call to amend National Assembly, which was
authorities from both sides coop The armed conflict between both by the government, reports Efe the constitution has led to declared in contempt by the
erating to reduce the risk of inci countries ended with a ceasefire news. widespread protests. Supreme Court last year, strip
dents that could further escalate in 1953, but no formal peace In the referendum, Venezuelans approve the new Constituent ping it of its powers. T he
bilateral tensions. treaty was ever signed, meaning were asked to respond "yes" or Assembly proposed by President President's call to amend the con
The proposed meeting would the neighboring countries techni "no" to three questions. Nicolas Maduro; if they want the stitution has led to widespread
aim to end "all acts of hostility" cally remain at war. T hey were asked if they armed forces to protect the con protests condemning the move.
22 July 22-28, 2017 BUSINESS

Mahindra Group to double US POSITIVE GLOBAL CUES,

investment in next 5 years LIFT INDIAN EQUITIES
New York: Indian conglomerate
Mahindra Group plans to double
its investment in the US within Mumbai: Positive global cues, cou broader markets, the BSE midcap
the next five years, the group's pled with inflows of foreign funds index rose by 1.01 per cent and
top executives have said. and healthy buying in healthcare, the smallcap index by 0.99 per
Mahindra has invested $1 bil metal and banking stocks, lifted cent.
lion in the US market to date, the Indian equity markets a day "Markets rallied higher on
employ ing about 3,000 after they suffered steepest fall of Wednesday after the sharp correc
Americans and generating annu the current fiscal. tion seen on Tuesday. Upmove in
al revenue of $2.6 billion, Xinhua The wider Nifty of the National the frontline indices was triggered
news agency cited Mahindra and Stock Exchange (NSE) closed just a by gains in ITC, TCS (Tata
Mahindra Managing Director point behind the 9,900mark. It Consultancy Services) and Reliance
Pawan Goenka as saying. closed at 9,899.60 points higher Industries," Deepak Jasani, Head of
Goenka said the company plans by 72.45 points, or 0.74 per cent Retail Research, HDFC Securities,
to invest another billion dollars from its previous session's close. told IANS.
in the next five years as well as The 30scrip Sensitive Index "The rally came on the back of
doubling its US headcount as it (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened positive global cues. Asian shares
looks to expand operations. at 31,882.80 points, closed at edged higher as optimism on
Mahindra has invested $1 billion in the US market to date, 31,955.35 points up 244.36 China's economy underpinned
Also on Monday, the group's e employing about 3,000 Americans.
bike and escooter brand GenZe points, or 0.77 per cent, from the Asian shares and commodities.
announced partnership with the deployment of the GenZe 2.0e locations in its more than 200 previous close at 31,710.99 points. European indices like FTSE 100,
logistics platform Postmates to model eScooter and eBike in the city network over the next year. The Sensex touched a high of CAC 40 and DAX traded higher,"
bring zeroemission transporta countries' major delivery mar The electric vehicles will help 31,978.89 points and a low of Jasani added.
tion solutions to New York city kets, Postmates plans to expand couriers to speed up delivery by 31,793.72 points during intraday On the currency front, the rupee
and San Francisco. With an initial the partnership to additional about 20 per cent. trade. The BSE market breadth was strengthened by nine paise to
bullish with 1,717 advances and 64.29 to a US dollar from its previ
985 declines. In terms of the ous close at 64.38.

Rs 11.23 crore fake currency

detected post note ban: Jaitley
New Delhi: Fake currency been detected in 29 states post notes to check their authenticity.
totalling Rs 11.23 crore has been demonetisation until July 14, T he app can be downloaded
detected since demonetization, Jaitley said in a written reply to from the Play Store/App Store in
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley the Rajya Sabha. android/iPhone respectively.
said. Data available from the A mobile app has been launched The Minister also said that bank
National Crime Records Bureau by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), notes with writing on them are
(NCRB) indicates that 1.58 lakh which allows the users to see the treated as soiled notes and can be
notes of fake currency, having a features of Mahatma Gand hi deposited in bank accounts or
On the currency front, the rupee strengthened by nine paise to
64.29 to a US dollar from its previous close at 64.38.
face value of Rs 11.23 crore, have (New) Series Rs 500 and 2,000 exchanged at any bank branch.

Outlook for manufacturing improves slightly in Q1 2017-18: Survey

New Delhi: Industry lobby Ficci cating a more positive outlook quarter. "However, the cause for pointed out that Q1 outlook had tion reflects a mild improvement
said that India's manufacturing in months to come," the survey worry was the rising cost of pro marginally improved as percent over the previous quarter when
sector outlook improved slightly said. duction (for a little over two age of respondents expecting a 77 per cent of the respondents
during the first quarter (Q1) of "The proportion of respon thirds of the respondents)," the fall during the quarter under were reportedly averse to hire
the current fiscal. dents reporting higher output survey noted. review came down from 22.8 additional workforce."
The latest quarterly survey of growth during the AprilJune "The cost of production as a per cent in Q4 (201617) to In addition, the survey predict
manufacturing sector showed 201718 quarter has risen percentage of sales for product 18.5 per cent. ed moderate growth in metals,
that percentage of respondents slightly from 47 per cent in for manufacturers in the survey "Hiring outlook for the sector leather, footwear, machine tools
"reporting higher production" in JanuaryMarch 201617 to 49 has risen significantly as 69 per remains subdued in near future and capital goods sector during
Q1 increased visvis previous per cent." cent respondents in Q1 2017 as 73 per cent of the sample the Q1 201718.
quarter. The survey disclosed that per 18, against 60 per cent respon participants in Q1 201718 said "Low growth is expected in
"Ficci survey suggests that the centage of respondents "report dents, reported cost escalation that they are unlikely to hire sectors like chemicals, automo
percentage of respondents ing negative growth" came in last quarter. This is primarily additional workforce in next tive, textiles and cement. Only in
reporting lower production has down to 17 per cent in April due to rise in minimum wages three months," the survey said. case of electronics and electri
reduced considerably over the June 201718 from 27 per cent and raw material cost." "However, when compared on cals high growth is expected for
previous quarter, thereby indi as reported in the previous In terms of exports, the survey a sequential basis, this propor Q1 201718," the survey said. July 22-28, 2017
24 July 22-28, 2017 SPORTS

Kohli says no extra pressure with Shastri

Mumbai: Indian cricket captain

Shastri gets 'core team'

Virat Kohli feels that he will not
be under any added pressure to
perform with Ravi Shastri, consid
ered to be his favourite choice for Mumbai: Virtually snubbing the Secretary Amitabh Choudhary,
the post of head coach, back in CAC selection of Rahul Dravid and Committee of Administrators
the team replacing Anil Kumble. Zaheer Khan as overseas consult (CoA) member Diana Edulji and
India enjoyed a successful spell ants, newlyappointed head coach board CEO Rahul Johri.
under Kumble but the legspin of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri's remarks on Tuesday
legend's contract was not Shastri on Tuesday had his way left it unclear on the roles of for
renewed amid a supposedly sour when the BCCI announced the mer India stalwarts Rahul Dravid
relationship with his captain. return of Bharat Arun as bowling and Zaheer Khan who were
Now that Kohli and Shastri have coach. At a media conference, announced as overseas batting
come together again, the per Board of Control for Cricket in and bowling consultants respec
formances will be further scruti India (BCCI) acting Secretary tively by the Cricket Advisory
nized. But at the predeparture Amitabh Choudhary also declared Committee (CAC), comprising
press conference ahead of the the elevation of Sanjay Bangar as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly
tour of Sri Lanka, Kohli on Skipper Virat Kohli with Ravi Shastri. (Photo: IANS) assistant coach and retained R. and V.V.S. Laxman. For the record,
Wednesday said that he is not dis Speculation is not in my control. game, you want the mind to be Sridhar as the fielding coach till Shastri said he has talked to both
tracted by the offfield drama that My job is to bring the best out on very clear. You don't want any the 2019 ICC World Cup. the former players. "All depends
surrounded the appointment of the field and make this team do distraction and that happens with "I was clear in my head about on their availability. It depends on
the coaching staf f which is now well." a good support staff. My job is to my core team. And what you just individuals, the number of days
Shastri's "core team". On the team's equation with do just that. I want the players to heard is my core team," Shastri they want to give but their inputs
"I don't think there is added Shastri, Kohli said: "We have only think about their roles." told reporters after the announce will be invaluable and they are
pressure. What has to happen will worked together earlier as well so Shastri ag ain de fended the ment by the BCCI in his presence. most welcome. I have spoken to
happen. Criticism and being criti I don't think much effort will be selection of Bharat Arun as bowl aThe media conference took place both of them personally," former
cized is nothing new to us. required to understand each ing coach. "There is a track record after Shastri met the newly India allrounder Shastri said.
Whatever is happening of f the other." 15 years he has been coaching. formed fourmember BCCI com Replying to questions,
field doesn't bother us. I do not Shastri elaborated upon how he (His coaching career) It's out mittee for the purpose of deciding Choudhary dismissed the view
take any added pressure. I started will go about his job. "I carry on standing right from the junior the coaches, comprising acting that the CAC's announcement on
as a player and you only focus on from where I left. The fabric of teams, the 'A' teams to the junior President C.K. Khanna, acting Dravid and Zaheer was a fiasco.
the series that you have to play," Indian cricket will remain, these World Cup teams. He knows these
he said as the team embarks on a Ravi Shastris and Anil Kumbles boys better than I do," he said. team lost the first of the three that we can win away from home
tour featuring three Tests, five will come and go. I don't come "If Bharat Arun's name was match series but came back to and we do have the culture creat
OneDay Internationals (ODIs) with any baggage. The team has someone else, you would have put win the next two to mark the ed to win away from home," he
and a oneof f Twenty20 done exceedingly well over three it on top of the tree. His strengths side's first away Test series win in remembered.
International. years. If they are No.1 today, they are for everyone to see." Kohli four years. "That was a landmark "We showed that we have the
"I only have the bat in hand. I (the players) are the people who recollected his first Test series tour for us. Because if you look at ability and we can win from any
only focus on doing what is in my deserve the credit," Shastri said. win as India captain in 2015 the average age, that tour for us situation fighting back from diffi
hand and that is to play. "As a player, when you play the against Sri Lanka. A young Indian was the start of the belief system cult moments."

Federer rises to 3rd Bolt to run 100, 4100 relay

in ATP rankings after in final World Championships
Wimbledon win London: Jamaican star Usain Bolt
has confirmed that he will com
pete in the 100 metres and
Madrid: Winning his eig hth
4100m relay race at the IAAF
Wimbledon title allowed Swiss
World Championships here next
Roger Federer, the most
month. The 100 meters and 200
acclaimed player in Grand Slams
meters world record holder Bolt
with 19 titles, to earn a spot in
said in a press conference that he
the top three of the men's
will only run in the 100 and
Asso ciat ion of Tennis
4100 relay in his last world
Professionals (ATP) world sin
championship appearance, before
gles rankings, with 6,545 points.
he hangs up his running shoes,
Briton Andy Murray and
Efe news agency quoted the
Spanish Rafael Nadal kept their
Internat ional Asso ciat ion of
places at first and second, even
Athletics Federations (IAAF) as
though they left the tournament
say ing on their so cial media
at the quarterfinal stage and
account. "My aim is to win in
round of 16 respectively, reports
London. I want to retire on a win
Efe. The 35yearold Swiss won
ning note," Bolt said in a press
five of the 14 tournaments in
conference prior to the Monaco
which he has participated in the
Diamond League Meeting.
current season, two Grand Slams
"I feel good now. I had a major
(Australian Open and
setback at the beginning of the
Wimbledon) and two 1,000
year with the death of my good
Masters (Indian We lls and
friend," he added.
Miami) in addition to Halle.
Asked about his decision to
Federer's opponent in
Roger Federer won men's retire this year, he said: "I decided
Sunday's Wimbledon final Marin
Wimbledon title. it's time to retire because I've
Cilic of Croatia is sixth in the list.
accomplished all my goals." Usain Bolt. BOOKS July 22-28, 2017 25

Visiting places that inspired iconic literature
l By Vikas Datta shouldn't be "unexpected".
"All the world is a reliquary, filled

T he unsettling story of an evil

Transylvanian aristocrat's
with fields, forests and city plazas
that lead visionaries among us to
depredations was brought home create work that endures the ages.
in all senses to the readers by a We travelers are but devotees who
British coastal resort, Gabriel Garcia touch these monuments and in
Marquez's fictional Colombian set place of prayers meditate on how
ting of his bestknown works actual someone else came to be who they
ly exists and San Francisco high are and create what they did.
lights the spot of a murder catalyz "We inevitably look and wonder.
ing one of the most famous crime Did the sweep of this hill and the
noir novels. mist of the morning somehow ignite
Literature may be the ultimate a spark. Was this place more inci
epitome of inspired imagination, dental than inspirational?
but it is somewhere tied to reality Examining these questions has been
though its settings, characters or the defining task of 'Footsteps' since Bram Stokers Dracula was inspired by the ruins of Whitby Abbey, an
plot. And as these examples and 1981, when The New York Times abandoned monastery in England.
others show, the first tends to take ran it as a shortlived series," she that has somehow been a muse," she spots like Rome, Paris, the coastal
more prominence. There is scarcely The New York Times says. says, and the anthology well meets English "Wessex" of Thomas Hardy
a place in the world which has not 'Footsteps', she adds, appeared the criterion. and the Madrid of Ernest
figured in some story, and converse sporadically in subsequent years And in three dozenodd delightful Hemingway, there are many others
ly, many places have inspired some
Three Rivers Press/Penguin before becoming a fullfledged fea ly incisive, thoroughly informative not so obvious, including Alice
of the most iconic fiction of all gen Random House; ture and it is some of its pieces from and endearing pieces spanning Munro's Vancouver, Antigua, Pablo
res. The dreaming spires and clois Pages: 304; Price: Rs 499 the new millennium that feature cities, regions and routes over five Neruda's Chile and even Saigon/Ho
ters of Oxford, the "foreboding here. continents by a range of writers Chi Minh City and a Sri Lankan
forests, striking towers, and even And there are people who revel in But Drake notes it is always not retracing the footsteps of a favorite resort.
some genuine castles" between visiting these places to try to get about the inspiration, for many of author, there is something for read There is much to learn, including
Germany's Frankfurt and Bremen, insights into how they may have the pieces, including a few featured ers across genres. how Hardy invented the phrase
the hedonistic playground of the inspired these writers, as this here, deal with writers' impressions Here are traced the settings that "cliffhanger", how Hemingway
French Riviera, the "brash, kitschy, anthology of literary travel writings of places ranging from Mark Twain inspired works from "Alice in cooked and what has survived war
postwar" Western US seen from its from The New York Times' popular on a vacation in laidback Hawaii to Wonderland" to Ferrante's and revolution in St Petersburg.
backroads, the grandeur of St "Footsteps" travel feature brings Arthur Rimbaud recuperating in acclaimed Neapolitan coming of age A point to introspect for us can be
Petersburg, the "dangerous, dirty out. Ethiopian market town with cob quartet, from the Brothers Grimm's why no Indian spot makes the cut,
and seductive" streets of Naples and Noting that all travelers may have bled streets to Orhan Pamuk intro fairytales to the gritty crime stories but that is ameliorated by the thrill
more survive well beyond their once strayed "onto turf that an ducing his Istanbul. of Dashiell Hammett, and from the of these essays meant "for the avid
depictions, actual or adapted from artist, including those who paint "What unifies them is a single singular "romance" of Vladimir readers who can travel by simply
the works of Lewis Carroll to pictures with words, once trod..", guiding principle: Each story should Nabokov's "Lolita" to the surreal turning a page" but also enjoyable
Alexander Pushkin to Elena Monica Drake, the editor of the New leave the readers with a new per stories of Jorge Luis Borges. for other travelers armchair or
Ferrante. York Times' travel section, says it spective on an artist and the place And while there are many obvious potential.

Wanted to mess with distinction between fiction

and nonfiction: Amitava Kumar
l By Saket Suman texture of campus life and the charismatic professor oversee
ing these young men and women, Ehsaan Ali. Manifest in his

F iction and nonfiction, the two conventional genres of liter

ature, are distinct in their narratives, structure and style.
first years and first loves is the wild enthusiasm of youth, its
idealism, chaotic desires and confusions.
But acclaimed writer Amitava Kumar has challenged this The character of Ehsaan Ali is based on the scholar Eqbal
fixed distinction in his new novel, saying he wanted to mess Ahmad who was born in Gaya (Bihar) and then came to the US
with it. via Pakistan. He had a storied and celebrated life. I wanted to
The most outstanding feature of The Lovers is that this tell his story and I think that might have been the beginning
decidedly modern novel is an intriguing mix of story and of this novel. But to give that portrait a certain kind of depth, I
reportage, anecdote and annotation as well as picture and surrounded it with stories of students students whose lives
text. had been similar to mine, says the author, who is a professor
Novels describe what it means to be alive at a given of English at Vassar College in the US.
moment. My reportage attempts to convey that feeling of liv Asked if it was actually necessary to mess with the fixed
ing on a university campus in the US in the early nineties, or distinction between fiction and nonfiction, the author said it
writing a novel at the current moment. Also, I very much is now too late in the day to invest our belief entirely in fic
wanted to play with, or mess with, the somewhat fixed distinc tion or makebelieve. He also hopes that young readers
tion between fiction and nonfiction, says Kumar. would be curious to learn about the experiences of Indian stu
So, what Im saying is that in some places the reportage is dents in America, the acquisition of new knowledge, not just in
there to disrupt the idea that what you are reading is an the classroom but outside it and also the discovery of love.
entirely madeup story, says Kumar, who has previously writ As a gifted writer and storyteller, what is his favorite aspect
ten A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna; Home Amitava Kumars new book The Lovers of writing?
Products, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize; and To give what is imagined or madeup the feel of the real,
is an intriguing mix of story and
A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb. and to do so in a way that is intelligent and provokes thought.
Although he is not the first writer to have used this tech reportage, anecdote and annotation I mean, even fake news tries to convince us of its reality but it
nique, what sets him apart is the ease with which he melds the does so mostly by appealing to your preconceived notions,
as well as picture and text.
two to give a direction to the plot. The novel is about a man in your shared biases or your prejudice. How to do the opposite?
search of a love story. This man, our narrator, is Kailash a narrator takes us through the arc of youth and love. There is To create a sense of the real and then challenge your biases. I
new immigrant in the US, eager to shine. discovery and disappointment. There are the brilliant women, think that is my favorite aspect of writing, and that is what Ive
In his account of his years at a university in New York, the Jennifer and Nina, and Cai Yan. And then, there is the political tried to do in The Lovers, he says. IANS July 22-28, 2017 SPIRITUALITY July 22-28, 2017 27

An Enlightened Existence
Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai pays tribute to Shrimad Rajchandraji, expressing how He, not
only illumined His own life, but served as a beacon of light for numerous others.
By Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai
significant and meaningful This can transpire only when one

A aphorism in the
Mahabharata states that it is
far more worthwhile to live a short
understands Shrimad
Rajchandrajis life as well as his
own. The magnanimous difference
but luminous life, rather than one between the two arouses a feeling
that is long, but smokefilled and of humility as well as hope and
dreary. A long life of darkness is inspiration, guiding one in the
meaningless. With teary eyes, right direction. However, should
clouded vision and no light, the one stop at extolling Shrimad
latent nectar will not manifest. Rajchandrajis virtues without
The Enlightened Ones therefore imbibing them, or raising the stan
exclaim, Awaken! You have lived dard of his life, he will not benefit
in darkness for too long. There is spiritually. We tend to eulogize
fire hidden within you. Within you Him, but not follow in His foot
is such an essence that can take steps. True devotion unto Him is to
you to the zenith. The Supreme lies recognize His real identity and About
within you. enlighten our life.
eration, one realizes its essence
the Author and the
A mother might seem like she is Propounding the path of Bhagwan
What is the purpose of life? Can How wondrous is Shrimad
busy working but her heart is Mahavira, the founder of Shrimad
breathing alone be termed as life? Rajchandrajis state! What divinity,
always with her child. She does Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Pujya
Eating when you are hungry, sleep greatness and purity!
many things, but her fondness is
ing when you are drowsy, getting There is such divine intoxication Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai is a spiritual visionary
for her child alone. No matter
angry when such emotions arise, that it does not ever diminish. It and a modern day mystic. An embodiment of univer-
where she goes, her inclination and
chasing power, position, name and becomes the way of life. The intoxi sal compassion, He has touched thousands of lives in
interest are only in her child. This
fame, is this life? This is rotting cation from anything else or any
may not be plainly perceptible but various countries through enlightening discourses and
away, not living life. After a few other achievement does not last
on close observation, one realizes an array of meditation retreats steering a multitude of
years no one will even recall who forever. Time and again it fades
that her whole being is filled with
you were. Your own later genera away and we become low and mis souls towards the spiritual way of life. His preaching
her child. In the same way the
tions will have forgotten your erable and need to get intoxicated inspires one to rise above religious dogma and focus
being of the Enlightened is filled
name! Your life will be in vain. It again to feel high. How long will on the Eternal. His divine benevolence has uplifted
with the Self. Wherever He may be,
will not take a long time to go from we keep building a house of cards?
whichever activity He may be numerous underprivileged lives through the
the cradle to the crematorium and How long do we want our paper
doing but his eagerness, his inter ten-fold Love and Care program.
this invaluable life will be squan boat to remain afloat? Let us drink
est is not in the act at hand.
dered. such an elixir that its rapture never For more information, visit: www.shri-
Because of His effortlessness, one
Life need not be long, but it must ebbs. If we indulge in the nectar of
is not able to catch His inner indif
have depth. Science tries to the Self, then the whole life Email: usa@shrimadrajchan-
ference, but He is reveling in the ment of ness
increase your lifespan; dharma becomes a dance.
Self alone. the spiritual to sur
tries to make it profound. For this, The Enlightened One reveling in
The Enlightened abide in the journey. Though render
one must stop brooding over the this state lives in the world but
state of nondoing, though they the destination is yet completely,
past, dreaming of the future and remains unaffected, untouched by
perform actions. The Enlightened far, and out of sight, He an incessant long
remain focused in the present. it. No activity poses a hindrance to
One walks, but while walking is has seen it. It is towards Him, that ing to experience the Self. Such
An illumined life is led by one His abidance in the Self. No activity
identified with that which does not we move. This movement of an was the satsang of Shrimad
who frees his consciousness from binds Him with karma. Therefore it
walk and only knows. He speaks unlit lamp towards a lit one is Rajchandraji whose mortal coil
memories of the past, fancies of is said that even the worldly activi
but is established in that which known as satsang. manifested on Kartik Purnima (full
the future and steadies it in the ties of an Enlightened One are the
remains silent. He eats and yet is Satsang is a contagious environ moon day of the first month of Jain
present. His passions are exhaust cause for exhaustion of His karma.
united with that essence which ment, spreading the fragrance of calendar). Though His life was
ed; he realises his supreme nature
and abides in it. In the brilliant
THE VALUE LIES IN AWARE needs no food. the Self, of dharma. It is being in short, it was a life of brilliance,

radiance of his life, others too find

NESS A BLESSING TO the company of one who has radiance, profundity. It served as a
attained the Self. Someone sitting guiding light for many others.
their direction. Shrimad The value is not in the external THE WORLD
next to a gambler, soon finds him Through the radiance of His illu
Rajchandrajis life exemplifies this. activity, but is in the inner aware
The company of such a Master is self gambling; so also the company mined life,
AN EXEMPLARY ness. In every activity it is impor
very rare. In whose eyes you can of the Enlightened inspires a May we uplift ourselves and
tant to check whether it is happen
ROLE MODEL see divinity, in whose words you yearning for the Divine, an eager make our life divine and radiant.
ing with awareness or without
have faith, in whose company the
A glimpse into the life of awareness. For the ignorant, activi
desire and deep yearning for the
Shrimad Rajchandraji will bring ty alone is important. And so even
about an understanding of His if he keeps changing his activities,
experience of Pure Consciousness Life need not be long, but it must
arises; such a man of wisdom is
magnificence. It will arouse won he still remains unaware. But with
rare. You will certainly see a shad have depth. Science tries to
der at how a human can be so out awareness, everything is just a
great! But if He could do it, and if flight of fancy, completely worth
ow of that divine world in the eyes
of the one who is united with Pure
increase your life-span; dharma
such greatness could manifest in less. The Enlightened One eats and
Him, then such a phenomenon is yet is fasting; the ignorant may be
Consciousness. If you ever experi tries to make it profound. For this,
ence the fragrance of Pure
possible in you too. If you conse fasting and yet he is eating. The
Consciousness in someone, catch one must stop brooding over the
crate Shrimad Rajchandraji in your point behind this is awareness of
heart and allow Him to spread, cer the Self. On cursory glance it may
hold of His lotusfeet and beg for
His shelter.
past, dreaming of the future and
tainly your life too can become like
appear that there is a bias towards
the Enlightened, but on deep delib
Meeting one who has experi remain focused in the present.
enced the Divine marks the com
28 July 22-28, 2017 HUMOR

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

A superpowered bug to inspire us all

y wife and her friends were discussing superhero literature is to have regular
M the topic "What is the deepest ques human characters inside large machines, as
tion ever", so I gave them my choice: "What seen in Gundam. It frankly astonishes me
superhero would you be?" that science today is focused on useless
The women sneered that my favored issue things like travelling to the stars instead of
was not clever nor existential, but the guys making the world a better place by develop
in the room backed me, agreeing that choos ing cool machines which we can climb inside
ing a superpower was an important subject and use to hit each other.
deserving serious consideration. This may When I mentioned this, a friend told me
be a Guy Thing. about two machineusing brothers in the
I know two lads who have been having a United States who recently had an argu
passionate twoyear debate over whether it ment. Stanley Emanuel was in a crane and
would be better to be a Beetleman or a his brother Peter was in a frontend loader
Lizardman. T hey init ially supported when the row escalated and turned into a
Lizardman, as lizards can move each eye battle. Who won? Peter's frontend loader
independently, can detach their tails, and eventually tipped the crane over, but Stanley
have tongues which strike faster than the jumped out and had his brother arrested,
eye can see. But after much heartsearching, (Image courtesy: according to news reports.
they switched to Beetleman, as beetles gen Someone showed me a video from China
erate their own body armor, outlived the papers as a source of inspiration. this writer's harddrinking greatuncles and of guys fighting from inside construction
dinosaurs, and will likely inherit the Earth, A tardigrade is a very small bug with a certain vintage of journalist. equipment, so I guess this is a Thing now.
possibly some time this year, judging by astonishing superpowers. 3) Tardigrades can stay alive on foodfree The abovementioned wives thought hav
trends in global politics. 1) It can survive at minus 272 Kelvin, an diets for up to 30 years, a trait that reminds ing fisticuffs from inside machines was dan
Superhero fans of either sex struggling unbelievably cold temperature found only in me of my wife and her friends, many of gerous and irresponsible, but the mental
with this crucial issue will be interested to deep space ice planets and the heart cavities whom have forsworn foo d, living for image prompted one of the guys to raise a
hear that there's a new candidate for best of nationalist politicians. decades only on herbal tea and traces of new philosophical question: "What construc
new origin concept: Tardigrade Man or 2) You can more or less kill a tardigrade frosted lipstick. tion vehicle would you be?" Oh, that's deep.
Woman. I learned about this from a writer and dry it out and then bring it back to life, Using bugs as a source of powers is a clas We'll get back to you in a couple of years,
friend who reads incredibly boring scientific months later, an ability hitherto seen only in sic tradition, although the recent fashion in maybe.

Laughter is the Best Medicine


New York Head Quarter

422S Broadway
NY 11801
By Mahendra Shah
5168271010 Mahendra Shah is an architect by education, entrepreneur by profession, artist
and humorist, cartoonist and writer by hobby. He has been recording the plight
of the immigrant Indians for the past many years in his cartoons.
Hailing from Gujarat, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ASTROLOGY July 22-28, 2017 29

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ARIES: A very good week to apply for LIBRA: Promotions and monetary bene 22nd July, 2017 well conceived interactive session with some
overseas job. You would be the center of ts for dedicated professionals. Time to Ruled by number 4 and planet Uranus and high profiled people. Your expertise will be
attraction at a social gathering that you get involved into activities that would supported by Mercury also, you are cool head required while doing so. You are modern and a
attend especially with family. A very successful help in bringing contact with close relatives. Avoid ed lad and jolts everybody mind by your intel strong follower of western culture where there
week as far as monetary position is concerned. overspending in order to impress others. Romance lectual way of talking. You are dif ficult to is no room for superstitions. Your revolution
Blossoming love life brings happiness. will ourish provided you take care of partner. please but some of your friends find the way to ary ideas may create a controversial image of
Meditation and selfrealization prove benecial. Sound physical health will enable to participate in get you. You are likely to get a friend who yours but ultimately you will be benefited from
Thrilling experience is on your way, as your trip outdoor activities. An enriching vacation full of might ring the marriage bells on your door. that too. A friend in need is friend in deed is
is full of excitement Too much of buying and fun is what you need. Investment has to be made Every night is followed by a day is what you what you symbolize. Everyone will come to you
selling of property is a danger to your bank bal keeping in mind about the area where your plot is. have to believe in. Your effort will ignite a ray as they feel a ray of hope of sorting out their
ance. Dont get surprised if you have to shoulder Restrain yourself from getting involved in matters of hope to end all your worries. Source of problems in you. November, January, February
the legal problems in this week. that doesnt concern you at all. income itself comes to you but you need to and April brings harmony for you.
TAURUS: Support and appreciation from SCORPIO: Pending proposals will get grab the opportunity also. You always believe
seniors would raise your morale and con implemented with the help of seniors. in taking decision on the spot, a bit of delay 26th July, 2017
dence. Parents and friends will do their You would prefer to relax and enjoy the and your temperature will be like Delhis sum Regulated by number 8, and ordered by
best to keep you happy. Improvement in company of family members in the evening. mer. Your grilling attitude makes you a deep Saturn and Mercury, spending on luxurious
nances makes it convenient in clearing long Important people will be ready to nance any thinker. You tend to go to the root of the prob items will be high on your cards. You are likely
pending dues & bills. Love companion will be thing that has a special class to it. Romance is lem and then sort it out. You always display a to explore an altogether a dif ferent field of
eager to meet you during this week. Positive out likely to intensify through recreational activities character that is optimistic and positive in your Interior decorator. This new avenue might
look impresses those around you besides keep & entertainment. You need to take complete rest life. Avoid sitting idle as idle mind is devils force you to buy a house which jolts your bank
ing you t & ne. A little planning and research to regain energy, as a feeble body weakens the abode. Serenity is high on your cards which balance a little bit. You try to catch up all the
is whats needed to experience an enjoyable mind. Time to make your vacation a dream come takes you a ride on some peaceful and exotic facilities in it be it amazement or amusement.
week. It might be the right time to sale your true. Investment in hotel industry can be the trip with your family. Dont count your chicken Adoring beauty is in your soul. You will soon
empty plot as property rates are at peak. right choice to be made. Planning to visit a pil before they hatch is what is your motto of your take a trip across the country to sign on new
Interactions with strangers would bring a newer grimage is on the cards. life. Prosperous months: July, December, ventures which takes you ahead of your rival
kind of joy. SAGITTARIUS: Business results are like February and May. ries. You fate will gives you a long ride of glory
GEMINI: Tough situations at workplace ly to remain far below your expecta and success. Surely you will attain your targets
would give you the opportunity to grow. tions. This week you will move with 23rd July, 2017 if work with full consciousness. Dont try to be
A promising week to plan things for your new excitement & condence as you receive sup Steered by number 5 and Mercury, for stu over smart in front your lover. Think again and
progeny. Dig deep beneath the surface to nd port from family and friends. Property dealings dents and professional, studies and work will again before committing anything and once
out more about the investment scheme that would materialize helping in bringing fabulous make you so much busy bodied that you have committed, be stick to your words. Relish the
seems to be attracting you. However consult gains. You are likely to suffer heartache on sepa no time to breathe. Through your aspirations adventure of India and foreign countries by
experts be fore making any commitment. ration from love partner. Some of you are likely you will thrall everybody around you. One of taking a long holiday tour. Amid business will
Proposing might benet, as chances of succeed to suffer from inferiority complex. Traveling reg your outstanding ability is to spot early on spot also be in your mind and may be you will get
ing in love are high. Hypertension patients, ularly might be injurious for your well being. your area of comfort, groom it and do the task some new idea to implement. So keep your
make sure you take a lowfat & low sodium diet Spending too much on lifestyle homes, will ruin in the best way you can. Your speeches will eyes and ears open. January, May and July are
combined with medication to get rid of the prob your relations and bank balance. Habit of blindly bind your coworkers who at times come for result oriented time for you.
lem. Ensure that your trip will be one you enjoy following others could land you in some trouble. some inhouse training about life philosophy.
and not one that you endure. Your plan for a CAPRICORN: You will be highly benet In the entire campaign of life till now you 27th July, 2017
new house will be in process very soon. Failures ed by making the fullest use of commu debar yourself from any clashes at home or at Ruled by number 9 and promising planets
are likely to be stepping stones for success. nication skills and the ability to handle your workplace. You always bounce back with are Mars and Mercury, you may face back to
CANCER: Traveling brings new over any pressurized situation. Make sure you do great thrust when faced with challenges face to back problems but the potential in you takes
seas business opportunities. Family something exciting and different with people at face. Running time will bring lot of triumph and the centre stage and your reign continues over
front seems to go smoothly as you home. Be sure where you put hardearned success for you before signing off. Auspicious hurdles. You are likely to take early advantage
receive their full support to your plans. Increase money because only wise investments will fetch and significant months would be November, of all the options that comes to your way to
in income from past investment is foreseen. returns. If possible plan something interesting December, March and April. attain the obvious target i.e. success. You keep
Romantic opportunity comes your way as your with lover/beloved for future. You will be suc on doing the good work and try to emulate it
sparkling sunshine smile injures a lively & ten cessful in getting rid from tensions. Affordable 24th July, 2017 time and again. Hunt to improve your sullen
der heart. A very healthy week lled with happi luxury vacation will explore your desires. Being Favored by number 6 Venus and overpow behavior will show some sign of prosperity. At
ness & vitality. Go through all the pros and cons too choosy in investing plans can lose the prop ered by Mercury, upcoming year brings lot of times you lost in pleasant thoughts which
before you plan a trip. Investment on construc erty you are looking for. God helps those who name and fame for you. You will rise like shin recharged your battery. Messy matters may put
tion business might give fruitful results. Watch help themselves is the secret mantra of solving ing star. Success fills your basket with love and you in tensed bracket but encouraging smiles
out for individual who might try to mislead /give personal problems. af fection as everyone pulled towards you. from your loved ones reassure you. Your intent
false information. AQUARIUS: Good week for implement Seems you would be too much popular among for your relatives is always pure and transpar
LEO: You fail to achieve the desired ing new plans and ventures. opposite sex. Feeling of an affair or infatuation ent but you will get nothing out of it except
results on trying to search shortcuts to Performing rituals/auspicious cere is waiting for you. Your air is filled with posi criticism. Your revolutionary act makes you a
professional problems. Feeling of isola monies at home prove high benecial. You are tive vibrations around you. Well contented good warrior. You act as a backbone for the
tion might prevent from taking sensible deci likely to earn monetary gains through various married life will be there for you. You will get society. You are simple and straightforward by
sions at domestic front. Successful execution of sources. Prepare yourself to face the onslaught full support, cooperation and loyal from your nature. October, December, April and May will
brilliant ideas would help in earning nancial of cupids arrows. A sparkling laughter lled spouse. Any person of water element or any prove beneficial for you.
prots. Search for a true romantic friend might week when most things proceed, as you desire. thing of water element would be beneficial for
end in this week. Charity work undertaken will Perfect getaway time for you and your partner. your business ventures. Any sea city would 28th July, 2017
bring mental peace & comfort. A luxurious get Your investment on overseas plans might give bring a lot of happiness in your upcoming life. Directed by the number 1 and the planet Sun,
away type vacation with your spouse waiting for some impact on your bank balance. Do not September, October, February and June will be you are filled with leadership and managerial
you. Your loan procedures for pursuing a plot reveal information that is personal & conden lucky for you. qualities. A reservoir of talent, potential and
will be in process. You will devote time to tial even to the dearest friends. wit is you. When it comes to beat you at work
improve behavior and learn new things. PISCES: Subordinates/coworkers would 25th July, 2017 place, nobody can do that as you are beyond
VIRGO: Medical transcription profession be very helpful. Disagreements with chil Regularized by number 7, carry forwarded comparison and simply invincible. You would
als are likely to nd it difcult to achieve dren bring arguments and could be very by planet Neptune and accompanied by also raise your bar by doing consistently good
their targets. Parents are likely to be frustrating. Although your nancial position Mercury, re liability is in your bloo d. work. At times you show your introvert side
cooperative despite your erratic behavior. improves but the outow of money will still cre Optimistically you will talk to yourself that its and that side of yours needs to be modified, so
Indications of earning nancial prots through ate hindrance in executing projects. Love is a your time now. You need not to have pushed that your close ones wont misinterpret you. Go
commissions, dividends or royalties.Time now to serious business; therefore dont take it for from anybody instead your honed skills and and express your feelings with any hesitation
strive to bring back harmony in romantic rela granted. Your enormous condence would help keen retention is your assets. You need to in love matters. You could associate or get con
tions. You will have ample time to do things to in enjoying a healthy life. A group of friends or check your fluctuating and sprawling mode. nected with any social service organization.
improve your health. The deals which you are your partner is looking forward for a vacation You are jack of all the trades. People will notice You would also take some strong decision inde
looking forward might be de layed due to with you. Dealings in property matters might you wherever you visit. You try to reclaim your pendently this year. Chances to get a big break
increase in property rates. A very successful depress you in context with nancial matters. yesteryear charm because of your bewilder in entertainment industry are very high.
week, for devoting time & energy in helping You might have to make some changes in sched trait and succeed in it. If you are anchoring in September, February, April and June will show
others. ule for socializing. some channel then time will bring you to have er the blessings.
30 July 22-28, 2017 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS


than before. Your advice did not
work. Next time we think things are going badly
He thought for a moment and and that God is not properly listening to us,
asked, Do you have any chickens?
Yes, she said.
we should sit back, take a deep breath, and
He told her, Take them into the relax. We should give God a chance to let
hut with you for a week. She did things happen and observe patiently. We
not understand how this would will find when all is said and done that God
help, but since he was a wise man,
and everybody in her village found worked things out for the best in the end.
his advice helpful, she thought she
would give this a try. advice but thought she would give it cult life is without
When she returned home, she col one last chance. She returned home them. We always
By Sant Rajinder lected all the chickens from the and pulled the cow out of the house. feel the grass is
Singh Ji Maharaj backyard and moved them into the She took the chickens out and greener on the
house. For the next week, the chick returned them to the backyard. other side.
ife is filled with many challenges ens were flying around the hut, A week later, the woman returned The woman learned that what she own and prayed to God to return
L and sometimes, under pressure, landing on everything and making a to the wise man.
How are things now? he asked.
thought was bad was actually not so
bad when she saw how much worse
things to the way they were.
Next time we think things are
people crack. They feel they can no mess of the place.
longer stand all the problems facing After a week, she returned and Thank you so much! You are things could be. It is human nature going badly and that God is not
them. Sometimes people feel they cried, in tears, You must be crazy. truly wise. Since I removed the cow to think that everybody else has it properly listening to us, we should
have the worst job in the world. Your advice is terrible. It is impossi and chickens from the hut I feel so so good and it is only we who are sit back, take a deep breath, and
Others feel they have the worst ble to live in the hut now. The cow much happier. Things have become suffering. relax. We should give God a chance
health problems; they feel no one turns around and knocks into us. so peaceful. We think we know what is best to let things happen and observe
could be plagued with as many The chickens fly all around the hut. The wise man smiled. The woman for us. How many times have we patiently. We will find when all is
physical problems as they have. At My inlaws are always choking from returned home and lived happily tried to intervene with our two cents said and done that God worked
some time in our lives, we feel that the smell and complaining about with her husband, her children, and to find that when we tried to change things out for the best in the end. If
no one could have things as bad as how bad it is living with us. The chil her inlaws. our situation, we made things we reflect, we would find that if God
we have. dren find chicken feathers falling This story illustrates that we are worse? Then, we regret what we had listened to our complaints and
There is a folk tale about a wise into their food. My husband is con often unhappy with our situation have done and wish we could make let us do things our own way, things
man who lived in a forest. People stantly fighting with me over the liv until we find that things could things go back to the way they were. may not have been in our best inter
would travel far and wide to seek ing conditions in our home and always be worse. We think our job is On the spiritual path, one of the est at all.
him out for answers to their prob says, It is all your fault! horrible, until we lose it and find lessons we need to learn is accept Happiness is a state of mind. If we
lems. One day, a woman came to The wise man thought for a that life is harder without an ing the will of the Lord. Life would think that God is not doing what is
him for advice. moment and said, My dear, go income. We think our health is bad be so much easier if we accept that best for us, we will always be unhap
He said, My dear, what can I do home and try one more thing. Take until we spend time in a hospital God knows what is best for us. If we py. If we would realize that we are
for you? the cow and the chickens out of and find people in worse condition examined the times in our lives that living according to what God wishes
She said, Things are terrible at your hut. Then, come back to me in than we are. We think our family we interfered with Gods will, we for us and that God is giving us what
home. I live in a small hut with my a week. members are bad until we find our may have discovered that we is best for us, we would always be
husband and two children. The hut The woman was fed up with his selves alone and realize how diffi messed things up terribly on our happy and content.
is barely large enough for the four

Teaching by
of us. I wanted a bigger house but ll too often people are quick to pass teens had role models and began to be disci
my husband is not doing well at
work and cannot afford anything
A judgment on others without knowing plined.
their full story. They may be quick to criti In the same way, as parents, we teach our

larger. As times are bad, my hus cize someones actions, believing that their children through loving discipline and by
bands father lost his job, so his par perspective is correct and that they under setting an example. Our children do not be
ents had to move in with us. We stand all the circumstances. In turn, how lieve in our words alone but in what they
were already crowded before but many of us are willing to withhold judgment see us do. They copy our own good and bad
now with six of us living together in and put ourselves in the shoes of another per On the spiritual path, habits because that is the example we set.
that small space, it is unbearable. I son? How many times have we passed judg two qualities to inculcate Similarly, when we are in a position to train
cannot take it anymore. I feel like
ment on others only to later find that they
had a good reason that justified their actions?
are patience and or teach otherswhether we are teachers,
parents, employers, or citizens imploring oth
The wise man thought for a Along the same lines, if we want others to understanding. These ers to be conscientiouswe must first set an
moment and asked, Do you have a
change their ways, telling them will have little
effect unless we are examples of that behav
are aspects of leading a example ourselves. That is the only way to
bring about change, teaching by example
The woman said, Yes, we do. ior. nonviolent life. rather than by mere words. If we want to see
He said, I advise you to bring the In this connection, there is a true story a positive change in others and in our family,
cow into the hut to live with you for from the animal kingdom about a team of re The researchers saw that the teenage male neighborhood, community, society, or coun
a week and then come back to see searchers who had gone to Africa to study the elephants had no adult male role models from try, then we need to set an example. In the
me. The woman was puzzled. She behavior of elephants. They came across an which to learn. Curious to see if it truly made words of Mahatma Gandhi, Be the change
thought that since he was a wise area in which a pack of elephants was run a difference, they arranged to have some you want to see in the world.
man, there must be some magic in ning wild. As the research team set up tele male elephants brought in from another area. On the spiritual path, two qualities to incul
bringing the cow into the house, so scopic cameras to observe the animals from a The first thing the male adults did was to flap cate are patience and understanding. These
she did what he said. distance, they saw that every day the ele their ears and raise their trunks. Next, they are aspects of leading a nonviolent life. Those
The next week was horrible. It was phants were fighting with each other, running began to make loud trumpeting sounds. In who are nonviolent are patient. They do not
so crowded in the house that every over trees and destroying their environment. the beginning, there was no change and the rush to criticize or accuse someone. With em
time the cow turned around, all the They had studied other elephant packs before teen elephants continued to run wild and pathy they try to think of how the world
six family members had to change and never saw such chaotic and wild behav fight each other. However, after a few days in looks through other peoples eyes. If each of
their seats. When they tried to sleep, ior. On further investigation they discovered which the adults flapped their ears, raised us could treat others with patience, love, and
the smell was intolerable and it that the group was composed of all teenage their trunks, and made loud noises, the teen understanding, this world would be more
would moo throughout the night, male elephants. There were no adult male ele elephants began to settle down. Over time, peaceful and loving. When we are patient and
waking them all up. phants in the group. When they checked with they became well behaved and their wild ac understanding, we never have to go to sleep
After the week passed, the woman the local inhabitants in the village why there tions subsided. at night worrying if we did the right thing.
returned to the wise man and began were no adult male elephants in the pack, the The researchers realized that on their own, We will know that when we have patience
shouting at him, What have you villagers explained that poachers came into the teen elephants had no role models and and understanding, we are acting in a noble
done? I came to you to make things the village and killed all the male adults for did not know how to behave. Once the male way.
better and now I am more miserable their ivory. adults were introduced into their pack, the (For more visit July 22-28, 2017 July 22-28, 2017