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Poll campaign hits fever

pitch in Karnataka
Rahul Gandhi says ready to be Prime Minister

President Trump said US will re‑impose sanctions; Iranian

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran to renegotiate
with Europeans, Russia and China.

PM Modi wants to dislodge Congress

from power in the state.
Sonia Gandhi joined Rahul on the campaign trail,
for the first time in 2 years.
Trump pulls out
from Iran deal,
Bengaluru: With just a couple of accusing him of stooping low in the common man. UPA
days left, campaigning in the his attacks on political rivals. Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on
Karnataka Assembly elections Party President Rahul Gandhi, Tuesday slammed Modi, accusing
reached a feverish pitch with for‑ campaigning in Kolar, also him of being intolerant and also
mer Prime Minister Manmohan alleged that the government had that the stomach of the poor can‑
Singh launching a blistering
attack on Prime Minister
Narendra Modi over the Centre's
handling of the economy and
collected Rs 10 lakh crore in
taxes on petroleum products but
refused to pass on the benefit of
low international crude prices to
not be filled by his oratory.
Continued on page 4
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causing outcry
8 European nations regret US move,
Bharara in the mix for Pak probes Nawaz EU to decide in unison
for ʻlaundering
NY attorney general seat 8 President Obama slams decision
New York: Preet
$5 billionʼ to India as serious mistake
Bharara, the former Islamabad: Dealing yet
another blow to deposed Washington: President Donald Comprehensive Plan of Action
Manhattan US Trump announced on Tuesday that (JCPOA) had failed to prevent Iran
Attorney fired by Pakistan Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif, the coun‑ the US will withdraw from the Iran from developing nuclear weapons
President Trump said nuclear deal, a decision that drew or from supporting terrorism in
he's not interested in tryʼs anti‑graft watchdog,
the National global frustration and outcry. the region.
becoming the next The pullout of the US from the "The deal's sunset provisions are
state Attorney General Accountability Bureau, on
Tuesday ordered an deal, which eased sanctions on totally unacceptable," he added. "If
‑ but didn't completely Iran in exchange for the country I allowed this deal to stand, there
rule out a possible inquiry against him for
allegedly laundering $4.9 limiting its nuclear program, risks would soon be a nuclear arms race
run. sparking an arms race in the in the Middle East. Everyone
"It's flattering," the billion to India.
Former US attorney Bureau chairman Justice The World Bank has Middle East, experts said, Xinhua would want their weapons ready
Indian American told
Preet Bharara is coy Javed Iqbal (Retd) took denied former Pakistan news agency reported. by the time Iran had theirs."
CNN's Wolf Blitzer on PM Nawaz Sharif In a speech from the White Trump's decision came on the
about a run for the seat notice of a media report
Tuesday. "Other people laundered money House, Trump said that he will re‑ heels of visits to the US by French
of Eric Schneiderman claiming that the incident
have put the thought
who resigned in disgrace. was mentioned in World Bankʼs Migration and impose sanctions lifted under the President Emmanuel Macron,
out there. I'm not put‑ accord against Tehran and nations German Chancellor Angela Merkel
ting it out there. And I'm happy doing what I'm Remittances Book 2016. The statement, however, has
not mentioned details of the media report in question. it has business links with. and British Foreign Secretary Boris
doing now." Asked if that Continued on page 4 Trump argued the Joint
The press release claimed, Continued on page 4 Continued on page 4

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Kim could be offered Accused of assault, NY

regime security Attorney General resigns
Hong Kong: As Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang New York: Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York
to lay the foundation for a historic Attorney General who rose to prominence as an
summit between President Trump antagonist of the Trump administration, has
and North Korean leader Kim Jong resigned hours after four women accused him
Un, South Korean officials are hope‑ of physically assaulting them in an article pub‑
ful that the two leaders can secure a lished by The New Yorker. "It's been my great
deal in the weeks ahead that would honor and privilege to serve as attorney general
lead to complete denuclearization of for the people of the state of New York," The
the peninsula in exchange for regime New York Times quoted Schneiderman as say‑
security. ing on Monday night.
Eric T. Schneiderman and one of his
“The details have to be worked out "In the last several hours, serious allegations,
accusers, Sri Lankan Tanya Selvaratnam,
which I strongly contest, have been made
at the negotiating table, but general‑ an author‑activist (courtesy
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting against me. While these allegations are unrelat‑
ly it will be a comprehensive pack‑
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the ed to my professional conduct or the operations I have engaged in role‑playing and other con‑
age of denuclearization in return for
second time this week. (Photo: White House) of the of fice, they will ef fectively prevent me sensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted any‑
regime security and, if we go further,
from leading the of fice's work at this critical one." After the allegations were made public,
the well‑being of the regime,” South mit.” Trump said Friday that a date and
time. I therefore resign my office," he added. many of his allies, including New York Governor
Koreaʼs Deputy Minister of Foreign place have been set for the summit but
His resignation represented a stunning fall for Andrew M. Cuomo called for him to step down,
Af fairs and Ambassador for Public details have not been announced.
a politician who had also assumed a prominent reports The New York Times.
Diplomacy Enna Park told TIME in an Reports say the rendezvous could be set
role in the #MeToo movement. Since 2017, Schneiderman had raised his pro‑
exclusive interview in Hong Kong in Singapore and that it is likely to take
Two of the women who spoke to The New file nationally by taking on President Donald
Tuesday. Park, who took part in previous place in June. T he historic meeting
Yorker, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Trump's agenda repeatedly in the courts. He
negotiations between former Korean comes on the heels of a landmark Inter‑
Selvaratnam, said they had been choked and hit was pushing to change state law so that his
leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Dae Jung in Korean leaders summit, the first such
repeatedly by Schneiderman. Both said they office could prosecute Trump's aides even if the
2000, said condit ions are ripe for meeting in 11 years, that saw Kim
had sought medical treatment. Another woman, President pardoned them.
progress, and that the U.S. and its ally become the first North Korean leader
a lawyer, said she was slapped violently across Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district
South Korea must offer “a deal Mr. Kim ever to set foot inside the South.
South Korean President Moon Jae In the face. A fourth woman also said she had simi‑ attorney, said in a statement that his office “has
cannot refuse.”
lar experiences. opened an investigation into the recently
“We have high expectations that they and counterpart Kim announced after
All the women in the article, who had been reported allegations concerning Mr.
may produce very applicable outcomes, the summit that they agreed to pursue a
romantically involved with Schneiderman, said Schneiderman.” Barbara Underwood, the solici‑
setting a road map toward denucleariza‑ treaty that would bring a long‑awaited
the violence was not consensual. tor general of New York, has been picked to
tion,” Park said, adding that Seoul would close to the Korean War, which began in
Schneiderman has denied abusing the women, temporarily replace Schneiderman, according to
be playing the role of “navigator, to steer 1950 and ended in armistice three
saying: "In the privacy of intimate relationships, an announcement Tuesday.
the success of the U.S.‑North Korea sum‑ bloody years later.

Falguni and Chintu Patel's 'Irada' wins 2 National Film Awards

New Delhi: ʻIradaʼ, produced by New York‑
based Falguni and Chintu Patel, bagged the
Best Film on Environment award at The
National Film Awards 2018 ceremony at
Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on May 3. It
also won the Best Supporting Actress award
for Divya Dutta.
The prestigious annual awards were pre‑
sented by Indiaʼs President Ram Nath Kovind
and I&B Minister Smriti Irani.
President Kovind said on the occasion,
“This is a special moment for all of you.” He
added that cinema is “an expression of
Falguni Patel (top row, second from left) at the awards ceremony in New Delhi.
Indian soft power and has a transcontinental
Indiaʼs President and I&B minister are in the front row.
footprint.” The Best Film on Environment
Conservation/Preservation award for ʻIradaʼ reverse boring, and fertilizer poisoning due Times Person of the Year 2017, and were
was received by Irada Entertainment founder to the green revolution and their adverse felicitated by the newspaper at a gala func‑
and partner Falguni Patel from Irani, and impact on the people who live in Indiaʼs tion in January this year on Long Island, NY.
cheered by Chintu Patel in the august hall of Malwa region, spanning parts of MP and Pleased with the award for ʻIradaʼ, the first
Vigyan Bhavan. Rajasthan. film from Irada Entertainment, Chintu Patel
ʻIradaʼ, that also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Chintu and his brother Chirag Patel are co‑ told The South Asian Times, “We will be mak‑
Arshad Warsi and New York born actor chairmen of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, the ing more content based films, making more
Prashantt Guptha, raises the contemporary fifth largest generic drugs firm in America. web series and growing it into certain other Chintu and Falguni Patel at
ecological issues of uranium poisoning, Chintu and Chirag were The South Asian media outlets over a period of time.” an event to promote ʻIradaʼ.
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Trump pulls out from Iran Washington‑based Arms Control dodged. Currently, he teaches law at
deal, causing outcry Association also denounced the deci‑ NYU law school and has a weekly pod‑
Continued from page 1 sion. Daryl G. Kimball, the group's exec‑ cast.
Johnson. The White House said later utive director, said Trump's announce‑ Bhrarara made a reputation for him‑
that Trump had "directed his adminis‑ ment "is an irresponsible act of foreign self as a tough but fair prosecutor who
trat ion to immediate ly beg in the policy malpractice" and "a twofold went after political corruption, terrorism
process of re‑imposing sanctions relat‑ abrogation of US commitments." and Wall Street with equal enthusiasm.
ed to the JCPOA," and "the re‑imposed Brookings Institution senior fellow Taking over as New York Attorney
sanctions will target critical sectors of Darrell West told Xinhua that "the risk General after Eric Schneiderman
Iran's economy, such as its energy, is his decision will spark an arms race resigned in disgrace amid abuse of
petrochemical, and financial sectors." in the Middle East." women claims, Bharara could pick up
"Those doing business in Iran will be the litigation that New York State has
provided a period of time to allow them Poll campaign hits fever pitch filed against President Trump.
On the behest of Mohinder Singh Gilzian (left), to wind down operations in or business in Karnataka Scheiderman has sued the President
President of INOC USA, Rahul Gandhi visited involving Iran," it added. "Those who Continued from page 1 over citizenship questions on the
Gurudwara Shri Jhira Sahib in Bidar to pay obeisance. fail to wind down such activities with Under relentless attack from BJP lead‑ Census, violating national fuel economy
Iran by the end of the period will risk ers, Karnataka Chie f Minister standards and weakening consumer pro‑
INOC campaigning in severe consequences." Siddaramiah issued a notice of defama‑
tion against Modi, BJP President Amit
State Reform Party head Curtis Sliwa
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike
Karnataka for Congress win Pompeo said that the US "will be work‑ Shah and BJP's Chief Ministerial face has urged the New York state legislature
ing with our allies to find a real, com‑ B.S. Yeddyurappa for their attacks on to name Bharara as Schneiderman's
New York: In the Karnataka Assembly polls, a team led by
prehensive, and lasting solution to the him on corruption like "sidda rupiah replacement, but that's considered
Mohinder Singh Gilzian, President Indian National Overseas
Iranian threat." In a joint statement government". On his part, Modi reject‑ unlikely given the number of prosecu‑
Congress USA, has been helping with the campaign work,
released by Macron's of fice, French, ed the Congress accusation against his tions of politicians Bharara oversaw at
reaching out to various communities. Given a large number
German and British leaders regretted government claiming that several of its the U.S. Attorney's office, reported New
of OBC and Sikh population in the state, the Congress High
the US decision. Macron, Merkel and initiatives led to the creation of jobs in York Daily News.
Command has specially invited Gilzian and his team from the
Theresa May reiterated their "contin‑ public and private sectors. He held the Other names for NY attorney general
USA for campaigning. Gilzian, along with Harbachan Singh,
ued commitment" to the Iran nuclear Congress responsible for the unem‑ being floated include Public Advocate
Secretary General INOC, and Dayanand Naik, president INOC
deal, stressing that it "is of particular ployment situation and accused it of Letitia James and Rep Kathleen Rice.
Karnataka chapter, under the guidance of Sam Pitroda, the
importance to our shared security." opposing technologies/initiatives like
Chairman of IOC, have been campaigning in the state to
Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, the EVMs and Aadhaar. Pak probes Nawaz
impress upon the families of overseas Indians and of the Sikh
under whose administration the deal Meanwhile, in a statement that is for ʻlaundering
community to vote for Congress.
was signed, said in a Facebook post bound to ruf fle the feathers in some $5 billionʼ to India
that Trump's announcement is "so mis‑ opposition parties, Rahul Gandhi on Continued from page 1
Nestle paying $7.2 B to guided" and "a serious mistake." Tuesday said he would become the “The amount was laundered to the
Prime Minister if the Congress emerges Indian finance ministry after which
sell Starbucks coffee "The JCPOA is working," Obama said,
adding that "the United States could as the largest party in the 2019 Lok Indian foreign exchange reserves wit‑
New York: Under a deal, Nestle will pay $7.2 billion to eventually be left with a losing choice Sabha polls. He also said that Prime nessed an increase while Pakistan had
market, sell and distribute Starbucks' packaged coffees between a nuclear‑armed Iran or Minister Narendra Modi will not be the suffered as a result.”
and teas around the world, the companies said Monday. another war in the Middle East" with‑ Prime Minister again. However, in 2016, the State Bank of
Nestle already has a significant presence in the coffee out the landmark deal. This is the second time Rahul Gandhi Pakistan had rejected the estimates of
business with well‑known brands like Nescafe and Europe will abide by the JCPOA, EU has expressed his readiness to be the $4.9 billion remittances from Pakistan
Nespresso. It's now adding Starbucks coffee and tea prod‑ foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini Prime Minister if the Congress gets a to India.
ucts to the list. The agreement only covers Starbucks' said, adding she was "particularly wor‑ majority in next year's Lok Sabha polls. The bank said the outflow of $4.9 bil‑
packaged goods sold outside the US company's stores. It ried" about the possible repercussions T he first t ime was in a speech in lion cited in the said book suggests esti‑
doesn't include Starbucks' ready‑to‑drink coffee, tea or of Trump's decision. California during his USA visit last year. mates (not actual flows), which are
juices. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said the deal "will For his part, Iranian President Hassan Karnataka Assembly elections are based on a number of assumptions.
bring the Starbucks experience to the homes of millions Rouhani said that his country will scheduled for May 12. And in a blow to the credibility of the
more around the world." The deal still needs approval remain in the deal, adding he has asked anti‑corruption watchdog, the World
from regulators and is expected to be finalized in summer the Iranian foreign minister to initiate Bharara in the mix for NY Bank on Tuesday rejected the claim that
or early fall this year, the companies said. About 500 negotiations with the European part‑ attorney general seat its two‑year‑old report on remittances
Starbucks employees will join Nestle under the agree‑ ners as well as China and Russia over Continued from page 1 levelled $4.9 billion money laundering
ment, the Switzerland‑based company said. the fate of the deal. Experts from the meant he was ruling out a run, Bharara allegations against Nawaz Sharif.

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Deepa Ambekar appointed

interim civil court judge in NYC
New York: Indian‑
American Deepa
Ambe kar has been
appointed as interim
judge to the civil court of
New York City, becoming
the second Indian‑
American woman judge
in the city after Chennai‑
born Raja Rajeswari.
Ambekar, 41 is appoint‑
ed to Civil Court and will
be serving in Criminal
Court, said a statement
from the of fice of New
York City Mayor Bill de
Deepa Ambekar is second
Blasio. T he mayor
Indian‑American woman judge in NYC
announced the appoint‑
(Image courtesy:
ment of interim Civil
Court Judge Ambekar and the reappoint‑ Counse l to the Committee on Public
ment of three Family Court judges. Safety.
"Every New Yorker deserves access to a Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at
fair and equitable justice system," de the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense
Blasio said. "I know these judges will Division, and a litigation associate at a pri‑
ensure due process is afforded to all who vate firm. She received her undergraduate
come before their court." Ambekar served degree from the University of Michigan
with the New York City Council for three and her law degree from Rutgers Law
years as Senior Legislative Attorney and School.

Gujarat Divas celebrated

at Indian Consulate
New York: On May 2nd the Federation of In his address, CG Chakravorty congratu‑
Indian Association of Tri‑State and Gujarati lated everyone on Gujarat Sthapana Divas
Associations from various states in the U.S. and stated that “it is a proud moment that
organized an evening to celebrate 58th all organizations from the nearby states
Gujarat Din at the Consulate General of are here under roof. It is our biggest
India in New York. This was the second achievement and our endeavor should be a
year where this group celebrated Gujarat model as also principles of our government
Din at the Consulate General office which to be inclusive and you all are the best car‑
was attended by more than 175 invited riers of this message. Gujarat inspires our
guests, dignitaries and the leaders of com‑ country with richness of its culture, diversi‑
munity organizations from the tristate ty, architectural history and many other
area, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Consul areas.”
General of India in New York, Sandeep Furthermore, he urged everyone to be a
Chakravorty was the guest of honor for the part of the biggest India Day Parade organ‑
evening. ized by FIA‑Tri‑State on August 19, 2018 at
The evening started with social meet and Madison Avenue in New York. An inspira‑
greet followed by Indian National Anthem. tional written message from Chief Minister
ʻJay Jay Garvi Gujaratʼ video of versatile of Gujarat Vijay Rupani was very well
singers from Gujarat was displayed on the received by the audience.
screen. FIA President Srujal Parikh wel‑ Yogesh Patel, MLA from Gujarat attended
comed the audience, introduced Consul the event as a special guest and addressed
General Chakravorty and felicitated him the audience by congratulating everyone
with a memento of Gujarat. and described the progress of Gujarat.

FIA president Srujal Parikh with Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty

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New York Indian Film Festival completes 20 glorious years

Special to al dialect used by the residents of that vil‑
The South Asian Times lage. “It is an interesting film and the lan‑
guage is no hindrance to understanding
New York: Among the major desi film festi‑ what is going on,” Venkatesh noted. “There
vals held outside the South Asian region, the is one truth, but many paths. We are all one
one organized by New York Indian Film but many.”
Festival (NYIFF) has a pride of place. It is the The film is shown on Wednesday, May 9,
long‑running and among the most presti‑ at the same cinemas.
gious Indian film festivals. Hesh Sarmalkar, an award‑winning film‑
The NYIFF has just completed its 20th maker, is the lead actor and co‑producer of
anniversary and organized a news confer‑ Clash of Morality.
ence and community event at the consulate “Mohamed gets stuck in an elevator along
general last weekend. with a Caucasian man Richard,” Sarmalkar
Aroon Shivdasani, the artistic and execu‑ said. “Richard panics on being alone with a
tive director at Indo‑American Arts Council, suspicious‑looking Muslim guy, who he
a major backer of the festival, is a founding thinks is trying to blow up the building.
member of the same. Mohamed confronts Richard for calling him
“In 1998 Indian artists were invisible, a terrorist and judging him by the color of
unknown and unappreciated in North his skin and his religion.”
America. For well over 20 years, we have Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty, Artistic and Executive Director of According to Sarmalkar, a message has to
blazed a trail promoting, showcasing and NYIFF Aroon Shivdasani and Festival Director Aseem Chhabra be sent out that ignorance leads to false
building an awareness in North America of (all standing) along with participants in the ongoing festival. assumptions and it further leads toward
the hitherto invisible arts of India through hatred. He played the Muslim character.
presentations of Indian film, dance, art, took place on May 7 for about an hour at Monogamish. The six‑day event ends on Kaushik Das was a criminal lawyer from
music, theater, literature and fashion,” she the Village East Cinemas in Manhattan fol‑ May 12. This newspaper spoke to three film‑ Australia before entering the film field. He
told the event held on May 4. lowed by the US premiere of Marathi film makers on the festival eve. did his training at the Actorʼs Conservatory
The council has raised money and incul‑ Nude. This and all other films numbering a G.R. Venkatesh, also known as Maha, is a and the Film and TV Studio International.
cated awareness of social causes and natural total of 70 (30 feature and 40 short) have native of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. He Before he completed his training, Das got his
disasters, as well as causes like gender English subtitles. The films represent a vari‑ worked in various Telugu films and TV break in his first feature film with director
equality. ety of linguistic groups. shows. He went to Kancharapalem, near Chris Sun in an acclaimed cult horror classic
Shivdasani is giving up the key leadership Among the films are Bhasmasur, c/o Visakhapatnam in 2016, and based on his Daddyʼs Little Girl. The award‑winning film‑
role of the festival after the ongoing event. Kancharapalem, Clash of Morality, visit Venkatesh wrote a script called c/o maker has an English‑Bengali short film
The opening night red‑carpet ceremony Re fract ion, the Peanut Se ller and Kancharapalem. His script is in the colloqui‑ Refraction in the festival.

University of Rochester institutes Rajesh

Wadhawan Chair for Development Economics
Rochester, NY: The Simon Business other associations to students shape a future of equitable progress
School at the University of across its Group companiesʼ offices and create a larger impact globally.”
Rochester announced the establish‑ in India and the UK. The Wadhawan family, represent‑
ment of the Rajesh Wadhawan “Through the investiture of the ed by Mrs. Aruna Wadhawan, wife
Chair for Development Economics, Rajesh Wadhawan Chair, the of late Rajesh Wadhawan, and son
according to a report in Wadhawan family and the WGC Kapil Wadhawan, his wife Vanita
BusinessWire. The investiture is in Group reinforce their commitment and daughter Tiana and son Kartik,
commemoration of the WGC towards creating a more equitable were present at the plaque ceremo‑
Groupʼs Indian American founder society. Their generosity will enable ny at the campus.
and his vision of economic equi‑ us to channelize analytical research Prof. Gregory H. Bauer, Associate
tability. towards solutions for inclusive Dean of Full‑Time Programs, Simon
Over last three decades, the WGC growth. Business School, has been nominat‑
Group has been at the forefront of Through this partnership, we are ed as the permanent faculty for the
developing solutions for financial hopeful of deepening our participa‑ Chair. He was associated with the
inclusion of the marginalized sec‑ tion in the global dialogue for finan‑ Bank of Canada as Senior Research
tions. The Chair is a part of its cial inclusivity,” remarked Dean Director for Financial Markets.
social investments to enable oppor‑ Andrew Ainslie of Simon Business Bauer has taught at the Simon
tunities for the transformative School. School for 22 years. He is a four‑
progress of these communities. It is Kapil Wadhawan, chairman of the time winner of the Superior
aimed to be a critical driver of new WGC Group, said, “T he Rajesh Teaching Award from the Simon
insights and enabling wisdom in the Wadhawan Chair reinstates our MBA program and a multiple win‑
Philanthropist Meera Gandhi with Mayor Bloomberg at the understanding of development eco‑ founderʼs legacy of doing business ner of awards from the Executive
annual Central Park Conservancy Hat Luncheon on May 2 in New York. nomics. The WGC Group will contin‑ with purpose. As we take our part‑ MBA program. His research con‑
Meera has been attending this event for a decade. Mayor Bloomberg ue to support the Chairʼs curricu‑ nership with the Simon Business cerns international capital flows
donated $4 million to the park. (Photo: Mohammed Jaffer/SnapsIndia) lum by of fering internships and School to the next level, we aim to and the origins of financial crises.

AIF's NY gala raises $1.84 M for children's education in India

New York: A leading philanthrop‑ he ld on April 30 raised the migration, while also advocating ing their children with them to Director & Former Executive
ic organization has raised $1.84 amount as over 500 guests, to communities and governments hazardous work sites like salt‑ Chairman of DowDuPont Andrew
million for childrenʼs education including business executives, the universal right to education. pans, brick kilns and sugar plan‑ Liveris were honored.
in India as prominent business investors, entrepreneurs and AIF vice chair Harit Talwar and tat ions, where they are Attending the gala Sunita Koli,
leaders and entrepreneurs came community leaders, attended the Head of Dig ital Finance at vulnerable to child labor and a LAMP beneficiary, shared with
together at its annual gala to gala to support the AIFs Learning Goldman Sachs thanked the sup‑ trafficking. guests how the program had
support its poverty‑disrupting and Migration Program (LAMP). porters. During the g ala, Axis Bank made an impact on her life.
work on the ground in India. The Program provides access The AIF said in India each year, Managing Director & CEO Shikha As a child, Koli worked long
T he annual g ala of the to quality education opportuni‑ 70 million people migrate from Sharma and Chairman & CEO of days in Gujarat and was not able
American India Foundation (AIF) ties to children in areas of high their villages to find work, bring‑ The Dow Chemical Company and to go to school and learn. (PTI) NATIONAL COMMUNITY May 12-18, 2018 7

Nikki Haley says does Indians accounted for over 74 pc of H-1B

not think about visas in 2016 & 2017: USCIS report
running for presidency Washington, DC: Technology pro‑
fessionals from India accounted for
74.2 per cent of the total number of
hire tens of thousands of employees
each year.
The USCIS said petitions for initial
A copy of the report, sent to US
lawmakers on April 10, became
public this week.
Washington, DC: Nikki Haley,
H‑1B visas issued by the US in 2016 employment are filed for first‑time Dismantling several myths about
America's envoy to the UN, has
and the next year the figure rose to H‑1B employment with an employ‑ H‑1B, the USCIS said the median
said she is not thinking about
75.6 per cent, a government report er, only some of which are applied salary of beneficiaries of approved
running for the presidency and
said. However, there has been a to the annual cap. Examples of peti‑ petitions increased from $82,000
wants to do her best in her cur‑
drop in the number of new H‑1B tions for initial employment that are for fiscal year 2016 to $85,000 for
rent job.
beneficiaries from India, the United exempt from the cap include peti‑ fiscal 2017.
The 46‑year‑old top Indian‑
States Citizenship and Immigration tions submitted by nonprofit While the number of H‑1B peti‑
American diplomat is often
Services report said. research organisations or govern‑ tions filed increased 1.24 per cent
described as one of the
China with 9.3 and 9.4 per cent mental research organisations. from 398,718 in 2016 to 403,675
Republican Party's brightest
respectively for 2016 and 2017, Continuing employment petitions in 2017, the number of H‑1B peti‑
comes a distant second after India refer to extensions, sequential tions approved increased 5.9 per
Her name is often raised in
in terms of number of H‑1B visas employment and concurrent cent from 345,262 in 2016 to
Republican circles as a potential
America's envoy to UN issued. employment, which are filed for for‑ 365,682 in 2017.
future contender for the White
Nikki Haley wants to do The number of beneficiaries from eigners already in the US. According to the report the num‑
House or other high‑profile roles
best in her current job India approved for initial employ‑ Extensions generally are filed for H‑ ber of H‑1B petitions approved in
in government.
(Image : ment decreased by 4.1 per cent in 1B workers intending to work 2017 for workers between the ages
"I don't think about it. No one
fiscal 2017, while the number of beyond the initial three‑year period of 25 and 34 was 66.2 per cent, the
wants to believe this. But people I'm thinking about is what I'm
beneficiaries approved for continu‑ up to a total of 6 years, the maxi‑ number of H‑1B petitions approved
spend more time talking about gonna do in the future," Haley
ing employment increased by 12.5 mum period generally permissible in 2017 for workers with a bache‑
my future," Haley said when told CBS News.
per cent in fiscal 2017, the USCIS under law. lor's degree was 45.2 per cent.
asked if she is running for the Haley has spent much of her
said in its latest report titled In 2016, as many as 70,737 In addition, 44.5 per cent of
president. adult life in elected office. She
'Characteristics of H‑1B Specialty Indians received initial H‑1B visas, approved petitions were for work‑
"My job is to be the best UN served in the South Carolina
Occupation Workers'. which dropped to 67,815. During ers with a master's degree, 6.8 per
Ambassador I can possibly be state House from 2004 through
The H‑1B visa is a non‑immigrant the same period, Indians accounted cent had a doctorate, and 3.3 per
and make sure that people are 2010. In 2011, she was elected
visa that allows US companies to for 185,489 visas for continuing cent were for workers with a pro‑
proud of it. I don't think about governor. She served in that job
employ foreign workers in speciali‑ employment, which increased to fessional degree. The number of H‑
the future, and honestly, I don't until she was appointed by
ty occupations that require theoreti‑ 208,608 in 2017. In all there were 1B petitions approved in 2017 for
have time. Between North Korea, President Donald Trump to her
cal or technical expertise. The tech‑ 256,226 Indians on H1B visas in workers in computer‑related occu‑
Russia and Syria, the last thing current position.
nology companies depend on it to 2016 and 276,423 in 2017. pations was 69.8 per cent, it said.

Indian American professor

gets $1.6M grant to protect
kidneys from obesity
Houston: Tahir Hussain, an Indian inherently low and hence, "weak", Hussain
American professor of Pharmacology at said, adding that "but because we know it
the University of Houston, has received a has anti‑inflammatory activity, we want to
grant of $1.6 million from the National pump it up."
Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine a To strengthen it, Hussain said he would
kidney cell that could prevent damage use a drug that binds to it and activates it.
from inflammation With one‑third of
caused by obesity. the US populat ion
The targeted cells being obese, the NIH
express a protein est imates that the
called the angiotensin annual cost to man‑
type 2 receptor age or treat obesity‑
(AT2R), which recent‑ associated disorders
ly has been indicated to be as high as $125
to have anti‑inflam‑ billion. These disor‑
matory and reno pro‑ ders include chronic
tective actions. as well as acute kid‑
If act ivated, the ney injury (AKI).
AT2R w ill protect "Obesity is associat‑
against chronic and ed w ith low g rade
acute kidney injury, chronic inflammation
Hussain said. in the body," Hussain
Hussain, originally said.
from India and an Prof Tahir Hussain is hopeful that his He added he was
research would one day work to stop
alumnus of the hope ful that his
kidney diseases caused by inflamma‑
Alig arh Muslim research would one
tion. (Image courtesy:
University, will study day work to stop kid‑
the impact of inflammation in kidneys ney diseases caused by inflammation.
with active AT2R as well as those with no Hussain earned his B.Sc (Chemistry),
AT2R. M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D (Biochemistry) from
"What I'm proposing in this grant is that the Aligarh Muslim University, in Aligarh,
certain cells in the kidney can protect the India, and Post‑Doctorate (Pharmacology)
kidney itself," he said. from the East Carolina University,
The expression of AT2R in the body is Greenville, NC. (PTI)
8 May 12-18, 2018 NATIONAL COMMUNITY

BAPS Womenʼs Conference focuses on the power of unity

New Jersey: Unity is strength. This
was simple yet powerful subject of
conversation at this yearʼs annual
BAPS Womenʼs Conference held at
14 centers across North America
between April 21st and May 5th
with the goal of bringing together
women of all ages and back‑
grounds for an open dialogue
about concepts that impact them
and their families.
With the thought of unity cur‑
rently on the minds of many in
society, the conference focused on
More than 2000 women attended the conferences Panel discussion at Edison Mandir
the individualʼs role in creating a
unified nation and global commu‑ discussed the little steps everyone the core theme of the conference resident, closed out the conference educate a man; you educate a man.
nity. The speakers delved into the can take toward this ultimate goal. stating that “Positivity is simply with a compe lling talk on the You educate a woman; you educate
qualities of humility and positivity The conference at Robbinsville surrendering our fears, humility is power of positivity. Her story of a a generation.”
and their roles in initiating a more started with a speech by Dhrupi surrendering our ego, and unity is cancer patientʼs calm, thoughtful, Also, attending the event were
unified mind‑frame. Patel, emphasizing what unity becoming one with the elements and positive response to a life end‑ First lady of New Jersey, Tammy
The conference aimed to inspire truly means and why it is essential and seeing everything as an inter‑ ing diagnosis was inspirational for Murphy, Assemblywomen Nily
its attendees to bring about change to achieve it. connected whole.” all. Rozic from New York, and Suhag
through dialogue and reflection. While there are more apparent At the conference in Naimi Patel, closed out the con‑ Shukla, Executive Director of the
Over 2000 women gathered at benefits one can claim from inte‑ Robbinsville, New Jersey Senator ference with a compelling talk on Hindu American Foundation.
the BAPS Mandirs in five cities ‑ gration, the speaker focused on Linda Greenstein very astutely the power of positivity. Giving a The speakers, just like the audi‑
Edison, NJ; New York, NY; how the small actions of each can explained, “It doesnʼt make you simple yet pract ical piece of ence, were from various profes‑
Robbinsville, NJ; Washington, D.C. lead to a more unified family, less powerful to be united. It adds advice, she said, “You can turn a sional and personal diasporas and
and Westboroug h, MA in the which can in turn influence a com‑ great strength to anything that negative situation into a positive yet were able to come together to
Northeast region to participate in munity and even society at large. youʼre doing, began with a power‑ situation through a change in per‑ bring about an environment for
this annual conference. “When people of shared inclination ful message in which she shared, spective.” dialogue for self‑reflection and
The event was held over one day come together, they get positive “The unity within us enables and Gauri Chandna, a celebrated growth.
and covered three key concepts: results.” fosters the unity around us.” author of the book, SPARKS One of the attendees, Ellen
importance of unity, power of Speaking at the conference in Dr. Tamanna Kalra, a practicing expressed at Westboroug h, Dorian, Chief Operating Officer at
humility and power of positivity. Washington, DC, Amita Shukla, nephrologist, used an evidenced “Women play a great role in the Main Street Bank, stated the con‑
The conference not only provided CEO of Vitamita, emphasized the based approach to af firm that growth and development of socie‑ ference allowed her to “think
an opportunity for attendees to importance of the mindset in humility is not a fixed trait, but one ty making it an advanced and mod‑ about some of [her] own behaviors
understand the significance of achieving unity. that should be practiced and devel‑ ern society. There is a famous say‑ and actions through a dif ferent
unity as a global concept, but also Shukla beautifully summarized oped. Dr. Priya Patel, an OBGYN ing by Brigham Young that you perspective.”

NJ community welcomes Spring with cultural fest

South Brunswick, NJ: Indo‑
American Cultural Foundation of
Central Jersey ‑ IACFNJ held their
second annual Spring Color and
Cultural Festival on Sunday, April
29th at Reichler Park here. The
event brought the community
together to welcome spring after
long winter months and to mark
Indian festival of Holi. About 175
people attended this event
despite low temperature.
Middlesex County Freeholder Traditional and Bollywood dances were highlight of the event About 175 people participated despite low temperature.
Shanti Narra attended the event
and congratulated IACFNJ team Sangeet Madhuram performed entertainment and traditional to make this event a huge suc‑ Swaminarayan Temple, old
and all participants for their some superbly choreographed colorful Holi songs were played cess. The upcoming events of YMCA, 329 Culver Road in
involvement in community and cultural and Bollywood dances in by DJ Darshan and talented IACFNJ will be summer picnic at Monmouth Junction, from 11
wished everyone Happy Holi. The colorful costumes which were singers from local group Hidden Mercer County Park, West Picnic a.m. to 2 p.m. For further infor‑
talented kids of local dance highlight of the event. There was Gems. The IACFNJ's dedicated area on Sunday, July 1st from 11 mation about IACFNJ events and
group of Bina Master of a raffle from New York Life and enthusiastic executive com‑ a.m. to 7 p.m. and India other activities visit organization
Nrityakala Dance Academy and Insurance Company and color mittee, trustees, committee mem‑ Independence Day celebration on website at or
Meghana and Anupam Goradiaʼs play during the event. The live bers and volunteers worked hard Sunday, August 19th at e‑mail at NATIONAL COMMUNITY May 12-18, 2018 9

Microsoft hell‑bent to protect Srinivas Kuchibhotla's

customers' data: Satya Nadella killer gets life in jail
By Nishant Arora GDPR is a sound regulation and
we will be GDPR‑compliant by the
Kansas: A US Navy veteran was While Purinton would be eli‑
Redmond (Washington): At a end of this month," Nadella said,
sentenced to life in jail for gible for parole in 50 years, he
time when data privacy is making adding that no other company
killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the was likely to spend the rest of
headlines the world over, than Microsoft has done more to
Indian techie from Hyderabad, his life in prison.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on legitimately protect their cus‑
in a racially motivated hate He is also facing federal hate
Monday reiterated that the com‑ tomers' data.
crime at a bar in Kansas City crime and firearms charges,
pany is determined to ensure con‑ After four years of debate, the
last year. "Get out of my coun‑ which could result in the death
sumers' data and is building GDPR was finally approved by the
try!" Adam W Purinton had penalty. Purinton has pleaded
secure solutions towards preserv‑ EU Parliament on April 14, 2016.
shouted before firing shots at not guilty in the federal case.
ing data privacy. Organizations that fail to comply
Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his Describing her husband as an
Delivering the keynote address with the new regulation may face
friend who were at a bar in the immigrant with "dreams for a
here on the first day of Microsoft's he fty fines. On Art ificial
city of Olathe on February 22, better future", Kuchibhotla's
"Build 2018" developers' confer‑ Intelligence (AI), Nadella said he
2017. Kuchibhotla died after he wife Sunayana Dumala, in a
ence, he said it is the job of the believes in a privacy‑preserving
was taken to a hospital, while video statement said, "Today's
tech industry to build customers' Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella AI. "We are working on the AI
his friend Alok Madasani was sentencing in the murder of my
trust in technology. speaking at 'Build 18' developers technology across domains with
conference. (Image : injured. Another man, Ian husband will not bring back my
"We have the responsibility to encrypted data as we can only, col‑
Grillot, who tried to intervene Srinu, but it sends a strong
ensure that the new‑age technolo‑ responsibility to keep the data lectively, make ethical AI choices,"
was also shot. message that hate is never
gy is empowering everyone, creat‑ safe," the Microsoft CEO empha‑ he said.
Purinton was captured a day acceptable."
ing equitable growth for all while sized. As the European Union (EU) "With over 50 regions, Azure is
later at another restaurant, Kuchibhotla, 33, who grew up
creating employment on the glob‑ prepares to introduce the General now the world's computer ‑‑ more
where he had allegedly boasted in Hyderabad, moved to US to
al scale," Nadella told the gather‑ Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) than any other Cloud provider,"
of killing Middle Easterners, study engineering at the
ing of over 6,000 developers. on May 25 to harmonize data pri‑ Nadella said.
according to The Kansas City University of Texas at El Paso.
Amid increasing data breaches vacy laws, Nadella said engineers Driven by consistent growth in
Star. Later, he bought a house, got
like the massive Facebook data at Microsoft are working round its Of fice and Cloud of ferings,
The 52‑year‑old Purinton married and planned to start a
scandal, tech giants are today the clock to build GDPR‑compliant Microsoft posted revenue of $26.8
received the maximum punish‑ family, his wife had said.
busy de liberat ing on how to solutions. billion and net income of $7.4 bil‑
ment for murder, and two sen‑ Kuchibhotla and Madasani
ensure privacy and security for "Choices we make today are lion in its third quarter that ended
tences of 165 months each for were aviation systems engi‑
the users. going to define the future. We at on March 31 this year. The Azure
attempted murders, the prose‑ neers for GPS manufacturer
"Customers must be in control of Microsoft have enshrined princi‑ Cloud of fering had 93 per cent
cutor's office said. Garmin.
their data. It is our collective ples to preserve human rights. revenue growth.


UK review amid immigration scandal; Indian‑origin teen's heart disease

Indians affected, says opposition project wins award in Singapore
London: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa Singapore: An 18‑year‑old Indian‑origin girl
May has announced the country's Home A specific reference was made has won this year's A*Star Talent Search
Office review of its handling of the so‑called about overseas doctors, many of award in Singapore for her study of genetic
Windrush immigration scandal, even as the heart disease "hypertrophic cardiomyopa‑
opposition warned that Indian‑origin Britons whom are from India, and being thy." Chennai‑born Vijayakumar Ragavi, now
are likely to be among the immigrants affect‑
ed by the issue. Prime Minister May told
denied visas to come and work for a Singaporean citizen, topped the list of 611
other students from secondary and tertiary
British MPs in the House of Commons that the state-funded National Health institutions, reported Tabla!, a Friday weekly
"speed is of the essence" and that Britain's for the Non‑Resident Indians community in
new Home Secretary Sajid Javid "will be com‑
Service or NHS. Singapore.
missioning a full review of lessons learned, ence to overseas doctors, many of whom are She has been awarded a cash prize, a spon‑
independent oversight and external chal‑ from India, being denied visas to come and sored trip to an overseas conference and a
lenge." work for the state‑funded National Health trophy as well as a certificate for winning the Vijayakumar Ragavi
"The review will have full access to all rele‑ Service or NHS and termed as "grotesque" the competition. Ragavi said she spent almost (Image courtesy:
vant information in the Home Office, includ‑ government "wrongly removing" students, two years studying and preparing for her set the foundation for gaining insights into
ing policy papers and casework decisions," many among them from India, over a contro‑ award‑winning project on hypertrophic car‑ disease pathology and therapeutic interven‑
she said, as the scandal continued to domi‑ versial English language test dating back a diomyopathy. tion. She will be pursuing a degree in bio‑
nate parliamentary proceedings in the coun‑ few years. "It is estimated to be the most genetic heart medical science at an overseas university
try. In an Opposition Day Debate in the "The NHS is suffering, the education system disease in the world. People with the disease next year. "I want to become a researcher in
Commons titled 'Windrush and the Prime is suffering, all because of a narrative that often suffer from arrhythmia induced sudden future and thought this would be good expo‑
Minister's Policy of creating a hostile envi‑ deems immigration as toxic," Ms Abbot said, cardiac death," Ragavi said. sure for me," said the Year 6 student from
ronment', the Labor party warned that the demanding "justice" for all migrants. Mr Javid Arrhythmia is a group of conditions where National University of Singapore's High
scandal engulfs immigrants from many responded by vowing to do "whatever it the heartbeat is irregular, too slow or too School for Mathematics and Science. "I want
Commonwealth countries, including "those takes" to put things right and helping every‑ fast. At the talent search, Ragavi's research to work in the field of stem cell and regenera‑
who came from India, Pakistan, and one affected by the Windrush scandal. focused on stem‑cell technology, which tive medicine," she said.
Bangladesh." The issue has caused turmoil for the UK allows for the detection of genetic disease Her parents, Rajamanickkam Vijayakumar,
"This is an issue that has resonated around government and led to the forced resignation through blood samples, rather than the typi‑ who works at Hewlett‑Packard, and home‑
the Commonwealth. At a time when we are of Amber Rudd as home secretary earlier this cal method of performing cardiac biopsies. maker Rajendran Gomathi, couldn't be more
trying to build our relationship with the week over "inadvertently" misleading Such biopsies are extremely difficult proce‑ proud. A*STAR Talent Search is a 2006 initia‑
Commonwealth post‑Brexit for trade and Parliament on her department's illegal migra‑ dures which entail taking a small piece of the tive, rewarding students who have performed
other reasons, it is extremely damaging what tion targets. The group referred to as the heart so that it can be checked for genetic well in scientific research. It is part of the
has been revealed about the way 'Windrush generation' relates to a ship disease in the laboratory. A*STAR Graduate Academy (AGA)'s Youth
Commonwealth citizens have been treated," named Windrush, which brought hundreds of Ragavi designed a humanized hypertrophic Science outreach to schools with the aim to
said Labor MP Diane Abbott, the UK's shadow Jamaican workers to UK shores in 1948. cardiomyopathy model that recapitulates the inspire & sustain a passion in science in the
home secretary. She made a specific refer‑ (PTI) disease phenotype. The subsequent findings young in Singapore.
10 May 12-18, 2018 US AFFAIRS

Trump not obligated to answer Trump acknowledges

to Russian probe: Rudy Giuliani payment to porn star Washington: President Trump affair between the two, Efe report‑
Washington: President Donald acknowledged last Thursday having ed. T his represents a complete
Trump is not obligated to testify reimbursed his lawyer Michael reversal of Trump's position, having
for the ongoing Russian probe, his Cohen for a $130,000 payment he previously denied knowledge of the
lawyer and former New York made to adult film actress Stormy payment and the source of the
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said on Daniels to stop "extor‑ money.
Sunday. tionist accusations" T his payment has
Giuliani said Trump doesn't made by her about an raised questions
"have to" comply with a subpoena af fair with the real regarding the possible
if Robert Mue ller, the Special estate mogul. violation of campaign
Counsel who leads the investiga‑ "Mr. Cohen, an attor‑ finance laws, as it is
tion, were to issue one. ney, received a month‑ reported to have
"He's the President of the United ly retainer... from taken place a month
States. We can assert the same which he entered into, before the 2016 pres‑
privileges other presidents have," through reimburse‑ idential election and
the long time Trump ally told ABC. ment, a private con‑ Stormy Daniels aka could be considered
Giuliani said recent actions from tract between two par‑ Stephanie Clifford. an illegal campaign
Mueller's of fice, including the ties, known as a non‑ contribution to protect
Will only be questioned in Russia probe if treated
unveiling of dozens of potential disclosure agreement, or NDA," Trump's image as a candidate. The
fairly: President Trump. (Photo: IANS)
questions for Trump, persuaded Trump said on Twitter. President denied that any money
him to think twice about an inter‑ tration has been moving away in with Trump's alleged af fair with "These agreements are very com‑ from the campaign had been used
view. recent weeks from accepting to an adult movie actress Stormy mon among celebrities and people for the payment to Daniels.
"Not after the way they acted, I interview with Mueller, after con‑ Daniels and an ensuing hush up of wealth," he added. Despite the non‑disclosure agree‑
came into this case with the desire cerns that Trump may provide effort, has become a major cloud The President, who used three ment, Daniels has spoken openly
to do that, and they keep convinc‑ inaccurate or contradictory hanging above the Trump adminis‑ consecutive tweets to explain the about her alleged af fair with
ing me not to do that," Xinhua answers grew. tration, dominating US media as matter, said that the money was Trump, which purportedly began in
quoted him as saying. Ty Cobb, a Trump lawyer who well as Trump's own Twitter feed. used to "stop the false and extor‑ the summer of 2006, when the real
Giuliani said fe llow Trump supported such an interview, sig‑ Trump has described the probe tionist accusations" made by estate mogul was already married
lawyer Jay Sekulow agrees with naled his retirement at the end of as a witch hunt, and insisted that Danie ls, whose real name is to his current wife Melania and had
his position. The Trump adminis‑ May. The Russian probe, coupled he was free of any wrongdoing. Stephanie Clifford, about an alleged just had a child with her.

Cambridge Analytica McCain does not want Trump at his funeral

is shutting down Phoenix, AZ: Sen. John McCain, this month, McCain has criti‑ paign that McCain was not a
London: Cambridge Analytica, the politi‑ the Arizona Republican who is cized the president for his hesi‑ war hero. A former Navy pilot,
cal consultancy firm at the center of the battling brain cancer, encour‑ tancy to accept refugees as well McCain spent more than five
Facebook data‑sharing scandal, is shut‑ aged former vice president Joe as the language he has used to years as a prisoner of the North
ting down, media reported. Biden to “not walk away” from praise autocrats like Vladimir Vietnamese. The book and film
The firm was accused of improperly politics, according to a report Putin, according to several will also address McCainʼs
obtaining personal information on behalf Saturday in the New York reports. regrets for not choosing former
of political clients. Times. In one possible sign of that senator Joseph Lieberman of
According to Facebook, data of up to Biden, a Democrat who hasnʼt strained relationship, the sena‑ Connecticut as his running
87 million of its users was harvested by a ruled out a run for president in torʼs “intimates” told the White mate in 2008, according to the
quiz app and then passed on to the politi‑ 2020, visited with McCain last House that they intend to invite Times. McCain instead chose
cal consultancy. The social network said weekend. McCain, 81, has had a Vice President Mike Pence to former Alaska gov. Sarah Palin,
its own probe into the matter would con‑ touchy relationship with McCainʼs funeral but not a relative unknown at that time
tinue, the BBC reported. President Trump. In a book and Trump, according to the Times. who became a star of the con‑
“This doesnʼt change our commitment documentary set to be released Trump drew criticism from servative movement but antag‑
and determination to understand exactly within his own party for saying onized many others in the
what happened and make sure it doesnʼt Senator John McCain during the presidential cam‑ party.
happen again,” said a spokesman.
“We are continuing with our investiga‑

NASA's portable nuclear reactor

tion in cooperation with the relevant
Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for

could power missions to Mars

Cambridge Analytica, referred the BBC to
a statement on the firmʼs website.
“Over the past several months,
Cambridge Analytica has been the subject
Cleveland, Ohio: NASA has said al nuclear security administra‑ “I expect the Kilopower proj‑ from sunlight is difficult
of numerous unfounded accusations and,
that it successfully demonstrat‑ tionʼs Nevada national security ect to be an essential part of because lunar nights are equiv‑
despite the companyʼs efforts to correct
ed a new nuclear reactor power site from November 2017 lunar and Mars power architec‑ alent to 14 days on Earth, said
the record, has been vilified for activities
system that could enable through March. tures as they evolve,” Reuter Marc Gibson, lead Kilopower
that are not only legal, but also widely
crewed missions to the moon, Such a demonstration could said. Kilopower is a small, light‑ engineer at Glenn.
accepted as a standard component of
Mars and destinations beyond. pave the way for future weight fission power system “Kilopower gives us the abili‑
online advertising in both the political
NASA announced the results Kilopower systems that power capable of providing up to 10 ty to do much higher power
and commercial arenas,” it said. “Despite
of the demonstration, called human outposts on the moon kilowatts of electrical power ̶ missions, and to explore the
Cambridge Analyticaʼs unwavering confi‑
Kilopower Reactor Using and Mars, NASA said in a state‑ enough to run several average shadowed craters of the Moon,”
dence that its employees have acted ethi‑
Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) ment. “Safe, efficient and plenti‑ households ̶ continuously for said Gibson.
cally and lawfully… the siege of media
experiment on Wednesday at ful energy will be the key to at least 10 years. “When we start sending
coverage has driven away virtually all of
its Glenn Research Centre in future robotic and human Four Kilopower units would astronauts for long stays on the
the companyʼs customers and suppliers.
Cleveland. exploration,” said Jim Reuter of provide enough power to estab‑ Moon and to other planets,
As a result, it has been determined that it
The Kilopower experiment NASAʼs Space Technology lish an outpost. The pioneering thatʼs going to require a new
is no longer viable to continue operating
was conducted at the US Mission Directorate in power system is ideal for the class of power that weʼve never
the business.”
department of energyʼs nation‑ Washington. Moon, where power generation needed before.” US AFFAIRS May 12-18, 2018 11

Trump not going to Jerusalem for Melaniaʼs platform tells

embassy opening, sends Ivanka
Washington: US President Donald Trump
will not be traveling to Jerusalem for the
children to 'be best'
Washington: Me lania neonatal abstinence syn‑
inauguration of the new United States
Trump, nearly 16 months drome and emphasizing
Embassy in that city on May 14, but in his
into her tenure as First the importance of healthy
place will send daughter Ivanka Trump and
Lady, has at last revealed pregnancy; and so cial
her husband, Jared Kushner.
her formal platform: "Be media, where Me lania
The White House said in a statement that
Best", a comprehensive pro‑ plans to encourage chil‑
the US delegation will be headed by Deputy
gram which will focus on dren to use the internet in
Secretary of State John Sullivan, who will
well‑being, fighting opioid posit ive ways, tamping
also be joined by US Treasury Secretary
abuse and supporting posi‑ down cyberbullying and
Steve Mnuchin, Efe reported.
tivity on social media. negativity.
The US representation will be rounded
"As a mother and as First A former mo de l and
out with the US ambassador to Israel, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will
represent the President at the event. Lady, it concerns me that in designer, she has not had
David Friedman, and the assistant to the
(Photo courtesy Reuters) today's fast‑paced and ever‑ the past policy experience
president and special representative for
connected world, children of her most recent prede‑
international negotiations, Jason tional community to be Palestinian territo‑ can be less prepared to cessors, reports CNN.
Greenblatt. The president suggested last ry occupied by Israel. express or manage their Former First Lady
week that he might attend the inaugura‑ Ever since the US president indicated he The First Lady unveiled her
emotions and oftentimes Michelle Obama was a cor‑
tion, but finally decided against it. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of platform Monday. (Photo:NYT)
turn to forms of destructive porate attorney, a public
Trump promised last December that he Israel and announced that the US embassy or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug service advocate and a senator's spouse
would move his country's embassy from would be moved there, Honduras, Romania, addiction or even suicide," CNN quoted the before Barack Obama was elected president.
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision in defi‑ Guatemala and the Czech Republic have First Lady as saying during a Rose Garden She announced her "Let's Move" campaign to
ance of the international consensus not to publicly stated that they would do the event on Monday. help end childhood obesity in February 2010.
recognize any sovereignty over that city same. Palestinians consider this act a "I feel strongly that as adults we can and Though a librarian, Laura Bush had long
until Israelis and Palestinians reach a provocation that disqualifies the Trump should be best at educating our children been exposed to political life before her hus‑
peace accord. administration as an honest broker in the about the importance of a healthy and bal‑ band entered the White House.
At present no country has an embassy in Palestinian‑Israeli peace process. anced life," she said. As part of the Bush family dynasty, she was
Jerusalem, only consulates, because the Since then the head of the Palestinian The platform pillars she revealed during versed in education policy and literacy pro‑
understanding is that an embassy there National Authority (ANP), Mahmoud Abbas, her 10‑minute speech in the White House gram for kids, her platform, which she
would signify a de facto recognition of and other representatives of that organiza‑ Rose Garden include well‑being, encompass‑ unveiled as First Lady.
Israeli sovereignty over the city, whose tion have refused to meet with the US ing healthy living as well as emotional health; Hillary Clinton championed health care as
eastern part is considered by the interna‑ negotiating team. opioid abuse, including bringing awareness to First Lady during Clinton presidency.
12 May 12-18, 2018 INDIA

Congress says Sonia's visit

can save deposits: Modi
Modi's oratory cannot fill
Vijayapura (Karnataka):
Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on
stomach of poor: Sonia
Vijayapura (Karnataka): UPA
Tuesday took a dig at
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on
the Congress, claiming
Tuesday made a strong attack on
that its leaders were
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
now saying that if for‑
accusing him of being intolerant
mer party chief Sonia
and also that the stomach of the
Gandhi canvasses in the
poor cannot be filled by his oratory.
state, it can at least save
Addressing a rally here hours after
the security deposits of
Modi spoke, she lashed out at his
Congress candidates.
government, saying it had discrimi‑
Modi said he had
nated against Karnataka.
watched an interview
Prime Minister Narendra Modi "Modiji is besotted with Congress‑
of a Congress leader during a rally in Karnataka. free India. Leave Congress‑free
who said that the son
India, he cannot even tolerate any‑
(Congress President Rahul Lord Basaveshwara, a 12th centu‑
one in front of him," Gandhi said in
Gandhi) "will not be able to do ry social reformer and philoso‑
her first rally in about two years.
anything". pher who founded the Lingayat UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with party President Rahul Gandhi
She said Modi may be a good
"If you bring the mother (Sonia) religious tradition, and targeted and leaders Sachin Pilot and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
speaker but speeches alone cannot
to Karnataka and she does some‑ Karnataka's Siddaramaiah govern‑
solve problems of the people.
thing, then maybe the deposits ment over its move to recommend
"He (Modi) is proud of his oratory I could be PM after 2019 polls, says Rahul
can be saved. This is what minority community status for
skills. If his oratory can fill hungry Bengaluru: In a statement that is bound to ruffle the feathers in the
Congress leaders have started the Lingayats in the southern
stomachs, he must speak more opposition, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he would
speaking," Modi said at a rally state.
often. Speeches cannot fill the stom‑ become the Prime Minister if the Congress emerges as the largest party
here. Modi also accused the He said Lord Basaveshwara's
ach of the hungry. Speeches cannot in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra
state's Congress government of message was against divisions of
empower women, cure those suffer‑ Modi will not be the Prime Minister again.
trying to gain votes by seeking to caste and community but the
ing from diseases, it cannot create "Well that depends... that depends on how well the Congress does. I
divide communities. state government had got into a
employment. For all this you need mean... the Congress, if it's the biggest party, yes," he said in reply to a
He claimed the Congress was habit of working against his mes‑
strong commitment, determination question at an interaction with eminent citizens here.
spreading lies on the issue of sage and of forgetting his words.
and good intention," she said. This is the second time Rahul Gandhi has expressed his readiness to
women's security and said that a "Bhagwan Basaveshwara con‑
Lauding the Siddaramaiah govern‑ be the Prime Minister if the Congress gets a majority in next year's Lok
daughter is a daughter irrespec‑ veyed that everyone should be
ment for its initiatives concerning Sabha polls. In September last year, speaking to students in Berkley, he
tive of the community she belongs taken along. This Congress gov‑
the poor and the farmers, she urged had said that he was "absolutely ready" to be the Prime Minister. The
to. The Prime Minister also ernment is dividing communities,
people to defeat the BJP over its statement assumes significance in the context of parties that want to
accused the Congress of not sup‑ castes, voters... divide and rule, pit
"jumlas". keep equi‑distance from both the BJP and Congress and are working for
porting the triple talaq bill in the one against the other. They want
"BJP people come, make false a Third Front or Federal Front, which would not want to work under
Rajya Sabha. to save their chair. But Congress
promises, create hatred and return. Gandhi. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has already
Modi said the Bharatiya Janata leaders do not know this is the
I know that you will unmask each of met leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and
Party was seeking votes in the land of Bhagwan Basaveshwara. It
their jumlas and form a Congress DMK's M.K. Stalin in efforts to tie up a Federal Front of parties.
name of development but the is not going to be divided into
government with clear majority,"
Congress was in such a position communities and will not accept gations concerning Reddy brothers ruption. Wherever he addresses ral‑
Gandhi said in her brief speech. She
that their leaders did not have division among brothers. They and about spurt in turnover of a lies in Karnataka, there are people
said that ending corruption was
faith in their 'naamdar' (dynast) will remove the Congress but will company linked to BJP chief Amit around him. Will you adopt their
among tall promises of Modi but he
leader. Modi referred to not allow poison of casteism," Shah's son Jay Shah. model or you will adopt model of
had failed to appoint a Lokpal.
Vijayapura as the birth place of Modi said. "What is his model of ending cor‑ your closest associate," she said.
Gandhi also targeted Modi over alle‑

Siddaramaiah serves Rs 100 cr

defamation notice to Modi, Shah
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister referring to Siddaramaiah‑led government ern state ahead of the May 12 Assembly
Siddaramaiah has served a Rs 100‑crore as a "seedha rupiah sarkar" (money‑mak‑ elections, Modi on several occasions
legal notice on Prime Minister Narendra ing government) and that the state govern‑ alleged that the state's Congress govern‑
Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and party's ment was talking about "ease of doing ment worked on commissions basis and
state unit chief B.S. Yeddyurappa for murders" while the world was talking was hand in glove with the mining mafia,
alleged defamatory speeches and adver‑ about the ease of doing business. and was talking about ease of committing
tisements against him in the media. It also referred to newspaper advertise‑ murders instead of business.
The BJP leaders will have to face civil ments appearing since March 28 in Through the statements and advertise‑
and criminal action and pay damages of Rs Kannada and English, which claimed that ments, the BJP leaders had committed
100‑crore in the event of the BJP leaders the Congress government had turned offences punishable under Sections 499,
failed to withdraw their statements and Bengaluru into a city of garbage and 500, 501 and 502 (defamation and print‑
issuing an unconditional public apology, destroyed its lakes, along with pictorial ing defamatory matter) of the Indian Penal
the notice added. display of silhouettes of Siddaramaiah. Code, the notice said.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has "These allegations are completely false, "You are called to cease and desist from
published several political advertisements fabricated and do not have an iota of truth making such statements and give an
in Kannada and English newspapers, tele‑ and have been made with a malicious unconditional public apology immediately
vision channels and on the social media, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. intent to defame (Siddaramaiah) and through electronic, print and social media
which are defamatory against destroy his reputation in the eyes of the in which the statements and advertise‑
Siddaramaiah," said lawyer and Congress Ugrappa in the notice. The lawsuit also public at large," said Ugrappa in the legal ments have appeared," the lawsuit notice
Member of Legislative Council V.S. termed as "maligning" Modi's speeches notice. During public rallies in the south‑ asserted. INDIA May 12-18, 2018 13

Condemnation for
Chennai tourist
killed by stone
Congress MPs withdraw
pelters in Kashmir
Srinagar: The body of a 22‑year old
tourist from Chennai killed by stone pel‑
CJI impeachment petition
ters here was flown home on Tuesday as New Delhi: A petition by two Congress MPs ty of the court.
Kashmiris cutting across the political against Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah "Will the dignity of the court be jeopard‑
spectrum continued to condemn the cow‑ Naidu's rejection of an impeachment ized if you give me that (administrative)
ardly act. The grieving parents and sister mot ion ag ainst Supreme Court Chie f order (constituting five judge bench). It is
of the slain R. Thirumani, whose vehicle Justice Dipak Misra was withdrawn on not a secret document under the National
was among many attacked on the Tuesday. Security Act," Sibal countered.
Srinagar‑Gulmarg road on Monday, Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, appear‑
accompanied the body on an Indigo flight, the MPs, withdrew the petition after the ing for the Rajya Sabha Chairman, said the
an official of the tourism department told five‑judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice had discretionary powers on
IANS. Thirumani was hit on the forehead Justice A.K. Sikri asked him to argue the the administrative side to allocate any mat‑
and nose when the stone pelters targeted main matter challenging Naidu's order on ter to any bench of whatever strength.
several vehicles with rocks during merits. Venugopal, who questioned the maintain‑
protests called against the Sunday killings They did not agree to his plea for a copy ability of the petition by the two Congress
of five militants and six civilians in of the administrative order which led to the lawmakers, said the notice for the motion
Shopian district. bench being set up. for the removal of Chief Justice Misra was
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Rajya Sabha members Pratap Singh moved by 64 MPs belonging to seven polit‑
Mufti reiterated her condemnation of the Bajwa and Amee Yajnik had moved the top ical parties including Congress but only
tourist's killing. "I have no words strong court challenging Chairman Naidu's rejec‑ two of the signatories had moved the court
enough to condemn this tragic incident or tion in April of the notice of motion seek‑ challenging the April 23 decision.
Supreme Court Chief
even condole with the family," she said in ing the removal of Chief Justice Misra. The Attorney General suggested: "Let 50
Justice Dipak Misra.
a statement. "You (want) to challenge that (administra‑ of the 64 MPs who had moved the notice
She described the incident as a blot on tive order setting up five‑judge bench) for Adarsh Kumar Goel asked if there was a of removal pass a resolution authorising
the cultural value system of Kashmir and what outcome?" Justice Sikri asked Sibal, bar on directly referring the matter to a Bajwa and Yajnik to move the court."
an attempt to bulldoze its economy. who told the bench: "You must say who five‑judge bench by the latter process. Taking a jibe at Venugopal's argument,
The Chief Minister, who went to meet passed the order. I must have the copy of The bench, also comprising Justice S.A. Sibal asked why two people could not chal‑
the tourist's family at the hospital imme‑ the order so that I can challenge it." Bobde, Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice Arun lenge the decision and asked him if the
diately after the killing, had said on As Sibal argued that the matter could be Mishra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, remaining 62 have told him that they did
Monday: "My head hangs in shame." referred to a Constitution Bench only by a reminded Sibal that at the outset of the not support Bajwa and Yajnik.
Her predecessor and National judicial order and wondered how could it hearing he had said that he has no person‑ "I will satisfy you. I will bring 60. You will
Conference leader Omar Abdullah said: be done by an administrative order, Justice al agenda and was for upholding the digni‑ be satisfied," Sibal told Venugopal.
"We have killed a tourist by throwing
stones at the vehicle he was travelling in.
Let's try and wrap our heads around the
fact that we stoned a tourist, a guest, to
death while we glorify these stone pelters
ʻArmy can't be blamed for
and their methods."

Come with Cauvery

radicalization of Kashmiri youthʼ
scheme, SC orders Water New Delhi: Defense Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman on Tuesday said the armed
Resources secretary forces should not be blamed for Kashmiri
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday youths joining militants, indicating that
directed the secretary, Water Resources there will be no relaxation in the govern‑
Ministry, to be personally present in the ment's tough policy on dealing with violent
court on May 14 along with the scheme extremism.
for the implementation of the Cauvery tri‑ "I think we need to understand the issue
bunal award which was reaffirmed by the which is very sensitive with a great deal of
top court with marginal modifications. nuance. You cannot hold the armed forces
The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, responsible for being firm with terrorists.
Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice We need to be firm," Sitharaman told
D.Y.Chandrachud directed the presence of reporters here.
the secretary, Water Resources as Sitharaman, on the sidelines of the bian‑
Attorney General K.K.Venugopal sought six nual Naval Commanders' conference here,
days' time for the Karnataka election to be said the death of a tourist from Chennai in
over before the government takes a deci‑ a stone‑pelting incident in the Kashmir
sion. Chief Justice Dipak Misra told Valley only proved how the armed forces
Venugopal that the Centre was in sheer "need to be firm with terrorists and ensure
contempt of the court. "You are in sheer safe movement of tourists".
contempt of the court," the CJI told Without mentioning Chief Minister Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Defense
Venugopal. Venugopal said the draft Mehbooba Mufti's recent appeal to the Subhash Bhamre and Naval chief Sunil Lamba in New Delhi.
scheme for the implementation of the Centre for "compassion and empathy... by
engaging in a meaningful dialogue", the suggestion of the Chief Minister that we would deal firmly with who engage in vio‑
Cauvery award was before the Cabinet and
Defense Minister recalled how the PDP need to have more tourists." lence and support militants.
the meeting has not taken place as Prime
leader had herself been making passionate She said everything could not be "put at In the last four years, some 680 militants
Minister Narendra Modi and other minis‑
invites to tourists to visit the state. the doorstep of the armed forces". have been killed in counter‑terror opera‑
ters were busy campaigning in Karnataka,
"I am sure the Chief Minister has said "The Army has to be firm as regards ter‑ tions in the Kashmir Valley, including 72 in
where assembly elections are slated to be
and has been keen on getting more tourists rorists. But at the same time I appreciate the first four months of 2018, according to
held on May 12. The AG sought six days'
to Kashmir because that will also help in that we need to have a lot more free data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism
time for filing the scheme. Senior counsel
restoring normalcy. So if that has been the moment of tourists, safe moment of Portal (SATP), run by New Delhi‑based
Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil
stated desire, for a stone‑pelting incident to tourists so that normalcy can be restored,” Inst itute for Conflict Management.
Nadu, asked why it cannot be filed on
have hurt and killed the tourist, certainly is she added. The BJP government, since it Militancy related violence has also killed
Thursday and Friday.
not very conducive to that very rightful came to power in May 2014, has said it 291 security personnel.
14 May 12-18, 2018 OP-ED

Winners may be losers in Karnataka's Catch 22 endgame

By Saeed Naqvi vague?
Modi chastised Rahul for bad‑mouthing

t was what a film director would have Gowda. Rahul found it so important to come
described as a perfect take. "You are a clean on the subject that he agreed to give
beginner," he said, grinding his teeth in his very first newspaper interview since he
simulated anger. "These are your days to became Congress President in December to
learn." A measured pause; he then emoted. Karnataka's Deccan Herald group of news‑
"And you are insulting a former Prime papers.
Minister, a senior‑most leader?" He said he was not attacking Gowda at all;
This was Narendra Modi chastising Rahul he was only inviting Gowda to explicitly
Gandhi, the Congress President. In the declare whether he was on "that side or this
course of a fierce three‑way election cam‑ side". An epic ideological battle was on
paign, Rahul Gandhi, prompted by Chief between the Congress and the BJP. Choose
Minister Siddaramaiah, described the Janata one. What was the urgency for him to seek
Dal‑Secular ( JD‑S) as the B team of the this clarification? In fact, it is all the more
Sangh Parivar. Modi tore into Rahul. puzzling because Modi's intervention was
The manner in which Modi leapt to Dewe designed to soften Gowda towards the BJP ‑‑
Gowda's defense raised eyebrows. The out‑ it was like an olive branch to the JD‑S. If
burst cast the JD‑S as a party which had the amplified, this would have the effect of the
BJP's sympathies. Muslim vote shifting away from the JD‑S
If this creeping murmur reached Muslim towards the Congress. Why would Rahul
JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda. Conventional wisdom in Bengaluru gives Congress
enclaves which were once Congress vote need to neutralise conditions for this possi‑
95 to 100; BJP 85 to 90 and JD‑S 35 to 40 in a hung house. (Photo: IANS)
banks, a section of the Muslim vote which ble outcome? Well, it was a gamble. Rahul
would otherwise have travelled towards the saffron in the air. Congress avionics are though. It has a distinct self‑image: It's the needs an outright victory with a safe mar‑
Gowda, would check itself. This would be now conditioned entirely by these weather party of "good Hindus". It does not endorse gin. In a house of 224 he needs well in
ironical given that the "S" in JD‑S stands for conditions. Such abject dependence on the the lumpenization associated with "street" excess of 113 seats. Muslim support might
secular. weather will have its logic. There will be Hindutva or the BJP. help.
After the demolition of the Babari Masjid occasion when the flight will not take off at It is a difficult pirouette. How do you proj‑ Conventional wisdom in Bengaluru gives
in 1992, the disenchanted Muslim vote, all. Now, the post‑Babari shortfall has to be ect yourself as a squeaky clean Hindu with‑ Congress 95 to 100; BJP 85 to 90 and JD‑S
walking out of the Congress fold, was way‑ made up by holding on assiduously to the out criticizing excesses in the name of the 35 to 40 in a hung house. This is dicey ‑‑ for
laid by regional parties. In Karnataka, this Hindu vote. This requires the kind of Hindu cow, love jehad, Muslim youth languishing the Congress. Deve Gowda, as kingmaker
vote took respite under the JD‑S umbrella. cohesion the Congress is not geared for. If it in jails without trial. National monuments w ill immolate himse lf but not make
In these circumstances, is the Congress plugs upper caste haemorrhage, the lower like the Red Fort will now be handed to Siddaramaiah the Chief Minister.
delusion, of being the "only" national alter‑ castes flow out into regional receptacles. cement magnates for repair and mainte‑ The moment Rahul looks for an alternative
native, sustainable when a pan‑Indian quan‑ It cannot do what the BJP does: Pose the nance and so on. to Siddaramaiah in order to keep Gowda in
tity like Muslims is permanently averse to it Muslim as the unstated other for Hindu con‑ All right, the BJP erects its "hard" Hindu good humor, a new game will have begun.
in the states? To overtly woo Muslims, solidation. The Congress simply steers clear edifice "othering" the Muslims. How does From the Bengaluru throne, the Gowdas,
Congress leadership has been advised, risks of the Muslim like one would steer clear of the Congress delineate its "soft" Hindu out‑ BJP, everybody will then train their guns on
loss of Hindu vote in direct proportion to trouble. It differentiates itself from the BJP, lines? Is there clarity or is it all hazy and Siddaramaiah. It is Catch 22 for all.

Opposition unity: Not easy to achieve

By Amulya Ganguli talk about the constituents of the not have nationwide relevance
front is aimed at presenting an although they may be politically

elangana Chief Minister K. inflated picture by the regional strong in their respective states.
Chandrashekar Rao is parties of their importance in It is imperative, therefore, for
among the more active order to play an assertive role them to concede that a party like
opposition leaders at the national when the time comes for getting the Congress, with a pan‑Indian
level who are trying to form an down to serious business. image, if not presence, will be in a
alliance against the Bharatiya At the same time, it is obvious better position along with the oth‑
Janata Party (BJP). that neither Rao nor Mamata ers to present an alternative to
Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee Banerjee has the stature to play a the BJP, which, too, is perceived as
and Sharad Pawar are the others. leading role at the national level. a "national" party despite its
But they appear to work in fits The latter has also undermined weaknesses south of the
and starts and not in a sustained her own capacity for fair gover‑ Vindhyas.
manner. nance by failing to control ‑‑ will‑ For the present, the Congress is
Sonia Gandhi, for instance, has ingly or inadvertently ‑‑ the rowdy trying to bring its former ally, the
hosted a dinner for the opposition party cadres during the ongoing Nationalist Congress Party (NCP),
leaders, Mamata Banerjee has met panchayat elections in West to its side.
Rao and had a telephonic conver‑ Bengal. Furthermore, the Congress has a
sation with the DMK's M.K. Stalin It is also clear that the reserva‑ potential ally in Akhilesh Yadav,
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with Telangana
while Pawar organized a "save the tions which the two Chief although Mulayam Singh is not a
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao in Hyderabad. (Photo: IANS)
Constitution" rally in Mumbai. Ministers have voiced about the friend. Neither is Bahujan Samaj
But there is little to indicate that to the West Bengal Chief Minister, tions about the Congress, arguing Congress stem from their earlier Party's (BSP) Mayawati as her
they have got their acts together travelling to Chennai to meet M. that no one is untouchable. When close and not always happy asso‑ decision to align with the Janata
in the sense of preparing an agen‑ Karunanidhi and Stalin and meet‑ he met Mamata Banerjee, he was ciation with the party, which prob‑ Dal‑Secular in Karnataka and the
da or formulating a plan of action ing Samajwadi Party leader firm about keeping out the ably makes them believe that they Indian National Lok Dal in
with public meetings and use of Akhilesh Yadav in Hyderabad. But Congress from the so‑called feder‑ will again be sidelined if the Haryana shows.
the social media, the latest tool in none of these informal contacts is al front, but Mamata was not so Congress becomes a part of the The Congress will also probably
the war of ideas. likely to give the BJP sleepless sure. Later, she said that the front. be unwilling to play a secondary
Rao has been somewhat more nights. There has, however, been a Congress could be a part of an Yet, it is impractical to think in role under the leadership of
energetic, having taken the trou‑ slight forward movement with anti‑BJP front but not as a leader. terms of a non‑BJP, non‑Congress another party. Clearly, opposition
ble to fly down to Kolkata to talk Rao dropping his earlier reserva‑ It may well be that much of the group as the regional parties do unity will not be easy to achieve.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times. MOTHER’S DAY May 12-18, 2018 15

Mother’s Feliz día de la Madre! One Big Wonder

By Avana Grace Sharma
Day is on Poem by Arin Ravindran

love my mommy because she gives me the best hugs and

May 13. kisses. She dances with me. Sings to me. Reads Oh dear Mother,
with me every how do you do it all?
day. And we laugh Cook and clean
together. And we while answering a
live together. call,
Valued for values Because I love ani‑ but still have room
to pick me up when I
mals, we volun‑
she gave me teer at Pets4Luv fall.
together. I wish we When I injured
By Sunil Tolani could go there myself, I cried tear
after tear,

every day but I
elebrating Mother's day is our have kindergarten. you healed me, yet
family tradition with a deep per‑ Mommy likes to carried my pain year
sonal meaning, very positive and after year.
learn Spanish from Arin with his mother,
Avana, 5, with her mother, I start to ponder, how
wholesome. I grew up in Bombay and stud‑ me. We chant Vineetha Nair, journalist and
actor Geeta Citygirl‑Chopra. any human can cope
ied @ St. Anneʼs convent school, Pali Hill, together, we plant TV anchor
Bandra. Sitting by my motherʼs feet by together (“hey with the ongoing thun‑
the tree, with bonfire burning, listening to
Sunil Tolani, CEO of Prince der of noise, distractions,
mommy, Chant and Plant rhyme.”)
Organization, pays tribute to all the useless blunder.
Christmas carols and writing wishful let‑ Sometimes I see my reflection in her eyes, thatʼs reminding
his mother.
ters to Santa, I had beautiful Christmases. me that I was in her belly. And she is beautiful and the kind‑ Unless, you are not human at all, but one big wonder.
My mother said we had the wealth of virtue, integrity and deftness to succeed est person except when we have arguments. But we always I remember when I was scared by the lightning and rain,
with the blessings of our great forefathers. hug it out. She calls me “Mijita” which means “my sweet how always you found a way to keep me entertained,
My mother instilled in me the Values, Ethics, Character and Honor by not daughter.” spending the day with me, puzzles and playing games.
just mere talks, but by walking the talk, doing right, doing her best honoring My mommyʼs mom is my Grandma Asha; she loves me and Now when I have a personal plight, you give advice,
GOD. She would ask spreading her arms, “Do you love me this much.” Iʼd smile calls me her baby doll. My Mona Massi is the most strict but not once, often twice or thrice,
and give her a big hug and kisses. I love when we do healing treatments for Grandpa Raj. But urging me to do the right,
I also remember, sheʼd repeatedly tell me to “be a good boy today and grow my favoritest person is my bestie Uncle JR. And I love my making sure I never ever have an internal fight.
to be a strong HONEST man with good character and honor and if I focus on cat, Miss Bonita, and my baby doll Bitta. And I love my Oh dear mother, I still donʼt understand
my moral compass and really ensure that I do not harm anyone, things will Spanish All Year teachers, EPIC Martial Arts instructors, and How you can do this summer, spring, winter, and fall,
work out”. Soccer Shots coaches. And I love Mother Nature. And our living up to all this demand?
Sheʼd remind me that itʼs never too late, too early or too often to make this Nature Circle Friends. I love museums, shows, gardens. I love I don't understand it all.
world a better place and if I did not contribute positively, then I will be wait‑ angels. And I totally love the city. I was born in the city. And Today, I realize that you had loved me from the start,
ing to die. Her dedication inspires us to do more, knowing that making the my mom was born in Queens. always gifted those hugs and kisses with all your heart.
world a better place is a challenge. But it's one we rise to every day. She But everything I do and everything I love is because of my In a strong relationship, Love counts a ton,
taught us to be different and that wealth is not something to get spoiled over; Mommy. She is the one who takes care of me. I never had a especially between a Mother and a Son!
it is a lot of responsibility, which requires you to do more, better than if you babysitter like my friends. Arin, a 7th grader in Edison, NJ, published a book
didnʼt have the money. And I am thankful that sheʼs my Mommy. Feliz día de la ʻA Dent in Timeʼ 3 years ago.
I have not inherited her wealth but inherited her values. Madre (Spanish for Happy Motherʼs Day).

Reminder to take time An amazing power‑

to remember her house of a woman
By Mamta Mishra By Aishwarya Madan

y mother is a survivor of y mother, Nilima Madan, is
Indiaʼs Partition. I try to a powerhouse. She has
imagine how she, as a worked very hard and still
young girl, managed to escape her continues to work hard providing
birthplace Muzaffarabad (now on for the family, volunteering, and
the other side of the border), along organizing events in the community.
with her family and other minority My feelings for her revolve around
Hindus, to safety in Solan, Himachal immense respect, love, and joy. Five
Pradesh. words I would use to describe her
How she continued her refugee jour‑ are: caring, beautiful, intelligent,
ney to Jammu, where they would set strong, and brave. I know that I can
up home and make sense of every‑ always turn to her for answers and if
thing they had left behind forever. I ngs with she doesn't know something, she will
wonder what childhood and refugee‑ Mamta (extreme left) and three sibli
ade s ago . find out for the both of us. I hope to
their parents some 5 dec
road memories, both good and bad, one day become half as amazing as Aishwarya with her mother,
she still holds on to.
The decision to leave behind Surajpur for a life in my mother is. She is my idol and hero Nilima Madan.
My mother had an arranged marriage. in this life.
faraway small town Picton in Ontario was not
Becoming Kamlesh Mishra from Kamlesh My brother Aditya Madan adds: There me the beauty and depth of our religion
hers, but she embraced it as she had both
Sharma, this time she would leave behind her is no one in the world who is more tena‑ through trips to temples in Vaishno
Partition and the arranged marriage.
Punjabi‑speaking, non‑vegetarian, Hindu Brahmin cious, more resourceful, more ambi‑ Devi, Varanasi, Nepal and Mumbai just
My mother is a survivor. She now gets around
family in Jammu to marry into a Bhojpuri/Hindi‑ tious or more loving than my mother. to name a few. Despite a recession, and
with the aid of a walker and wheelchair and,
speaking, vegetarian Hindu Brahmin family from All of the parts which I attribute to any an economy that has worked against
though she's not thrilled about old age, she is
eastern Uttar Pradesh living in small town named modicum of success that I have her, she has persevered in sales and
happy to have her children by her side. We, in
Surajpur, next to Chandigarh. achieved have been inspired by her continued to achieve both inside and
turn, are happy to laugh, cry, and argue with a
I wonder what memories live on inside her from example. Nilima Madan has bent back‑ outside the office through her vital
mother who has tirelessly cared for us, given us
this time and space, and how she coped with wards, and used every tool at her dis‑ roles in a number of local organiza‑
love and hope, and allowed us the freedom to
another new reality that was decided for her. My posal in order to make sure that our tions.
think, learn and make our own choices.
mother moved to Canada in 1967, where she and needs were met. In what seemed like In business, with family and in life
An Indo‑Canadian, Mamta Mishra ran literacy
my father raised five children (three of us proudly minutes, she has produced meals in acts she continues to inspire me, and I am
programs in India.
remain vegetarian). of culinary prestidigitation. She's shown proud to say that I am her son.
16 May 12-18, 2018 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD

National Film Awards breaks with 64‑year‑old tradition

he 65th National Film
Awards ceremony was a
departure from its tradition
of the Indian President handing
over the awards to all the winners.
Many "hurt" recipients even
skipped the ceremony in New
Delhi as President Ram Nath
Kovind had time to present only
11 out of 125 awards.
Vigyan Bhawan in the Indian
Capital was buzzing with artistes
from Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam,
Tamil, Assamese and Manipuri
film industries who looked excited
about getting recognition from the
government for their work in
But there were some winners Filmmaker Boney Kapoor along with his daughters Kavita Khanna receives the National Film Award on behalf of her late
Janhvi & Khushi Kapoor, receives the National Film husband Vinod Khanna. Also seen are actor Akshay Khanna & Union
whose name plates were placed
Award from President Ram Nath Kovind. Ministers Smriti Irani and R.S. Rathore. (Photos: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)
facing down as they were not at
the venue. Over 60 awardees even wrote a The President handed over the Rathore gave rest of the awards to ing known names from the film
Praveen Morchhale, the director letter to the Directorate of Film Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Nargis winners, including Bhanita Das. industry praising the recipient
of "Walking With the Wind", Festivals, President's office and Dutt Award for Feature Films on She received the Best Child Artist was shown at the venue.
which won three National Awards Ministry of Information and National Integration, Best Book on honor for her work in "Village This year, it was given posthu‑
including Best Film (Ladakhi) this Broadcasting, to stop them from Cinema, Best Direction (non‑fea‑ Rockstars" which became the first mously to Vinod Khanna. His wife
year, was among those 60 recipi‑ categorizing between winners. ture film), Best Jasari Film, Best Assamese film in 29 years to win Kavita Khanna and son Akshaye
ents who chose to give the cere‑ "Our protest is not against who Male Playback Singer, Best Music the National Award for Best Khanna received it on his behalf.
mony a miss. is getting the award from the Direction (songs and background Feature. Late actress Sridevi won the
"The decision was not taken by President. It is against discrimina‑ music), Best Actress, Best Actor, There was another change in the Best Actress Award – her first
one person. It happened last night. tion. Everybody should be given Best Direction (feature film), Best ceremony. It had no musical per‑ National Award ‑‑ for her impact‑
During rehearsal, it was by the President or the ministers. Feature Film and Best Editing. formance by best playback singers ful performance in the film
announced that the ceremony Discrimination is very humiliating. Information and Broadcasting this time. "Mom".
would be done in two parts. All It is very hurting to us. It's like Minister Smriti Irani and Minister But as usual, the Dadasaheb Her husband Boney Kapoor and
were shocked," Morchhale told artistes have been categorized into of State for Information and Phalke Award was presented by their daughters ‑‑ Jahnvi and
IANS. A and B," said the director. Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh the President and a video featur‑ Khushi ‑‑ received the honor.

Mahira Khan heads to 'Omerta': Cold, brutal and

Cannes Film Festival repulsively compelling
ctress Mahira ansal Mehta is an accom‑ sive as the thoughtful and
Khan will be plished film maker, but quixotic Omar. He delivers a bril‑
representing his "Omerta" is not one liant performance as the emo‑
Pakistan at the 71st that will shine as one among his tionally inclined but brutally bar‑
Cannes Film Festival best, simply because, it offers barous, "intelligent and well‑edu‑
later this month. nothing exceptional. cated member of the holy war.
The actor, who was Based on real life events and Timothy Ryan Hickernell who
named the first modified for cinematic liberty, has a striking resemblance to
Pakistani brand "Omerta" is the biography of Daniel Pearl offers an earnest
ambassador for make‑ Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British citi‑ portrayal. Keval Arora as Saeed
up giant L'Oreal last zen of Pakistani descent, who Sheikh ‑ Omar's helpless and lost
year, took to had links to various Islamist mil‑ father is sincere.
Instagram to share the itant organizations and was Shot across actual locations,
news, Geo News responsible for several terrorist Anuj Rakesh Dhawan's cine‑
reported. activities in India and Pakistan. matography is simple yet effec‑
Mahira shared a pho‑ The film exposes state‑spon‑ tive.
tograph of Hollywood sored terrorism and how it It captures the fine nuances of
star Arnold manipulates young minds into Neil Chowdhury's production
Schwarzenegger at the believing a sordid interpreta‑ designs, the locales and the emo‑
1977 Cannes and cap‑ tion of struggle or fight against tions of the cast, to perfection.
tioned it: "Cannes the enemies of one's religion. The title, "Omerta" which in
2018, Let's do this!" This is not a film about the Italian means a code of silence
She also took to rightness or wrongness of about criminal activity and a
Twitter and wrote: "My Omar's cause or the political refusal to give evidence to the
name is Cannes and I'm Rajkummar Rao in a scene
situation that inspired it. It police, refers to the attitude of
from the film ʻOmertaʼ.
not a..." simply documents his cold‑ ordinary people who
Other celebrities blooded journey. hilation of the Wall‑ look the other way
attending the Cannes
this year to represent Actor Mahira Khan.
In the process, the film inad‑
vertently glorifies terrorism.
Street journalist
Daniel Pearl, in Review and don't bring the
criminals to book. It
L'Oreal Paris are Julianne Sans any entertainment, there Pakistan. denotes the motivating fac‑
Moore, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria as also reported to be gearing up for are blood churning moments The characters are well‑etched tor of Omar's strife.
well as Bollywood stars Deepika her debut at Cannes this year. that make you feel repulsed and mounted with utmost real‑ Overall, at the end as you leave
Padukone, Aishwarya Rai and The 71st annual Cannes Film right from the kidnapping of a ism. On the performance front, the theatre, you are bound to
Sonam Kapoor. Festival is scheduled to be held few foreign tourists in Delhi to the film is Rajkummar Rao's can‑ question the motive of this film
Indian actress Kangana Ranaut is from May 8 to May 19. the scenes that involve the anni‑ vas and as usual, he is impres‑ and its worthiness. ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD May 12-18, 2018 17

My social work comes from Radiant in red, Sonam

pure compassion: Akshay weds Anand Ahuja
hether it is

standing up for ctress Sonam Kapoor,
the rights of who has earned the
stuntmen in the Indian 'fashionista' tag in
film industry or training Bollywood with her experimen‑
girls for self‑defense, sup‑ tal taste, chose a bright red
porting the 'Swachh lehenga with heavy jewelry for
Bharat Abhiyan' or narrat‑ her wedding day as she tied the
ing the story of a man who knot with long‑time beau
took up the cause of men‑ Anand Ahuja at a traditional
strual hygiene ‑‑ National Anand Karaj ceremony in
Award‑winning actor Mumbai.
Akshay Kumar has dabbled Sonam wore a lotus‑motif
in it all. He says his social ensemble by designer
work is a result of compas‑ Anuradha Vakil and looked
sion towards humanity. every bit the Punjabi bride with
"I am really fortunate that her hands adorned by a deep
God has given me fame, maroon colour of henna, both
money and a celebrity sta‑ wrists full of the 'chooda' and
tus, and many youngsters 'kaleere'. She wore a statement Newly‑wed Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja.
veiling the New India maatha‑patti for the Sikh wedding
Actor Akshay Kumar un
get influenced by what I do.
by her brothers, led by Harshvardhan and
So I think my whole idea of Conclave in Mu mb ai. (Photo: IANS) rituals. The groom, a Delhi‑based business‑
cousin Arjun. Sonam's father and veteran
standing for any cause is to man, too looked dapper in a Raghavendra
actor Anil Kapoor and brother Harshvardhan
utilize the power in a to help in building the society. Rathore creation, a beige sherwani. He paired
looked smart in sherwanis while cousins
responsible manner. My social work comes "If I want, I can make a 'Singh Is Kinng' his sherwani with a beige and cream 'saafa'
Janhvi, Khushi, Anshula, Shanaya and Arjun
from pure compassion. I talk about issues part 2... I know I have an audience for that. I along with pearl and ruby strings.
were dressed in ethnic designer wear for the
that I feel for," Akshay told IANS in New know I can make millions of money from The wedding took place at Sonam's aunt's
special day.
Delhi. such a film. Not that I am not interested... place in Bandra in Mumbai, with a slew of
Other family members Boney Kapoor,
Once known as the poster boy of action But as a celebrity, I should be changing one close family and friends of the couple in
Sanjay Kapoor and Maheep Kapoor too were
dramas in Bollywood, over the past few thought. I should be influencing youngsters attendance. The wedding proceedings were
present for the occasion.
years Akshay has associated himself with to contribute to a good cause. That is how closely guarded as even Sonam arrived at the
From the film and fashion industry,
films with patriotic themes ‑‑ like "Airlift" we can build a society. I am doing it in my venue in a car with curtains hiding her look
Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Karan
and "Rustom" ‑‑ and those with a social mes‑ way," he said with a smile. from the media.
Johar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rani Mukerji,
sage, like "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" and "Pad The actor, 50, has become the brand Later, an official photograph of the actress
Swara Bhasker, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali
Man". While "Toilet..." was about the need of ambassador of the New India Conclave in her bridal avatar, as well as another one
Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, design‑
toilets, "Pad Man" was aimed at spreading 2018, which will recognize rural achievers featuring the happy couple, were released.
er Masaba Gupta and stylist Pernia Qureshi
awareness on menstrual hygiene ‑‑ both of the country. However, curious fans of the actress were
were present.
hardly spoken about subjects. He says change will be visible in the socie‑ filled in with inside photographs and video
The actress' "Veere Di Wedding" co‑star
He says though he can make a lot of ty when people start focusing more on solu‑ snippets via social media.
Kareena looked elegant in a soft pink ensem‑
money from films, he also feels responsible tions than problems. A short video showcasing Sonam walking
ble as she walked colour coordinated with
the aisle saw the actress being accompanied
husband Saif and son Taimur.


I have no legacy to leave
behind: Big B
ctress Rani Mukerji, who is cur‑

rently riding high on the success he world knows him as Bollywood's ence far greater than mine," Amitabh told
of her comeback film "Hichki", "Shahenshah", but he prefers to be IANS in an email interview from Mumbai.
says age or marital status of an actress known as the son of late eminent poet "I have no legacy... My father's legacy is
has nothing to do with a films failure or Harivansh Rai Bachchan. what I am interested in, and I
success. Megastar Amitabh shall try always to further
Asked if she feels that age and marital Bachchan says he has it."
status of an actress considered detrimen‑ been in public life from The 75‑year‑old, who also
tal in the industry, Rani told IANS over the day he was born, but enjoys reciting his father's
phone from Mumbai: "The success of has no legacy of his own works, especially
'Hichki' has changed a lot of that think‑ to leave behind. "Madhushala" at public
ing... It is important to understand that The actor, who has events, hopes he has passed
the audience is changing. They want to successfully transitioned on his father's wisdom to
see a good film and a content oriented from Bollywood's "Angry his son and actor Abhishek.
film... When you give them a good film young man" to its "Memories with my
they don't really care what your martial "Shahenshah" to its most father and time spent with
status is." Rani, 40, says that the audience globally known ambassa‑ him are personal... But, yes
wants to be "entertained by films". dor during his over four lessons learnt from him
"What I am doing in my personal life is decade‑old career, says would certainly be passed
none of anyone's business... What I do his father's "public pres‑ on to Abhishek," added Big
outside my work is not really important as ence is far greater than" B. The cine icon feels it is
long as I am doing films and the roles that his. very important to taste
suit me and the roles which I feel the "It is coming on to 50 failure to value success.
audience will connect with," she added. "A years in public life... That "Criticism," he says, "is
film not doing well also happens to actors an. healthy. If not, we would all
is as far as I am personally
Superstar Amitabh Bachch
who are not married and who don't have concerned... But I have been be living in a Utopian world,
babies. Just because a married actress in public life from the day I was born. I was and we know that, that is not possible. Abuse,
comes back and her film is not do well lets always the son of Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, negativity, criticism is a most important ele‑
not blame her personal life," she said. Actress Rani Mukerji. (Photo: IANS) eminent poet, litterateur, having public pres‑ ment in our growth”.
18 May 12-18, 2018 HERITAGE


Indian civilization
New Delhi: A wide swath of the millennia‑
old Indian civilization came alive through a Indian handaxe Balochistan beaker Humped bull
cluster of artefacts of astonishing bril‑
liance as the National Museum opened a
nearly two‑month transcontinental exhibi‑
tion that takes the viewers on an intriguing
and exhilarating trip of the countryʼs spec‑
tacular past and its links with the outside
world since antiquity.
"India and The World: A History in Nine
Stories", the first of its kind event in India,
marks an unprecedented collaboration in
museum exhibition with the British Banded agate and gold, Harappan
Museum, London; National Museum, New period, About 1800 BC,
Delhi; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Bhiwani Khera, Haryana.
Sanghahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai; and some
20 private collections pooling in their
resources for the phenomenal show. Gupta dinar of Chandragupta II
A unique line‑up of around 200 ancient Terracotta with iron‑oxide pigment,
Stone, About 50,000 BC, 3500–2800 BC, Nal, Balochistan.
Continued on page 19 Chittor, Rajasthan.
‘Unicorn’ seal with ‘script’
Bodhisattva Maitreya Harappan weights

Gold, AD 385–414, Central India.

Islamic gravestone
Chert, 2200–1700 BC, Mohenjodaro,
Sindh, Pakistan.

Royal barge

Steatite, 2500–2000 BC,

Mohenjodaro, Sindh, Pakistan.

Pelican altarpiece
Grey schist, AD 120–200, Gandhara,
Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Armor attributed to Akbar

Stone, About AD 1000–1050, Odisha. Marble, AD 1400‑99, Probably made in
Cambay, India; found in Aden, Yemen.

Shield of Maharana
Sangram Singh II

Made by Muhammad Muquim,

grandson of the court astrolabe maker
Steel with gold damascene, of Humayun, Shaikh Allahdad of Lahore, Silver on wood and glass, AD 1600s, Shield (dhal), about AD 1730,
AD 1581, North India. Brass, AD 1665, Lahore, Pakistan. from Sé Cathedral, Goa. Udaipur, Rajasthan. HERITAGE May 12-18, 2018 19

The pioneering exhibition at National Museum in New Delhi takes Indians to

moments in history that are a matter of pride for us. It is a window into India’s
immense contributions to the world in terms of culture, science and spirituality.
Maharaja Shree Execution of Mutineers Desh Sevika
Shambu Singh of
Mewar playing Holi

Opaque pigment and gold on paper,

about AD 1868–70, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Photograph by Felice Beato, Albumen Print, 1858.

Continued from page 18

Sarnath excavations
and modern exhibits which offer a
chronological and thematic depic‑
tion of the evolution of India with
multiple expressions of art and
artefacts, stories and aesthetics
was unveiled by IGNCA President
Ram Bahadur Rai.
Some of the eye‑popping objects
on display include the oldest
Paper, early 20th century, Raja Bahadur
known hand‑axe in the world (1.7‑ Motilal Poona Mills Ltd, Mumbai.
1.07 million years) from
Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu; a
replica of the Dancing Girl of Indian banknotes
Mohenjodaro (2500 BC); a gold‑
horned Harappan humped bull
(1800 BC); a Mughal miniature‑
inspired work by Rembrandt; an
Ashokan Edict (250 BC); and an
imprint of the Constitution of
India having more than 50 paint‑
ings supervised by the renowned
Showing Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar found in March 1905,
artist Nandalal Bose. Rai
photograph by Frederick Oertel, Silver Gelatin Print.
described the exhibition as a
"journey through history", taking the museum exhibition that sets
Indians to "moments in history one culture in a global context of
shared histories and common
Warli painting
that are a matter of pride for us".
"This is also a celebration of cul‑ ground, looking at similarities and
tural exchanges and a moment to differences and combing the
remember that our civilization strength of their collections and
has existed for millions of years expertise.
and what it has given to the world "This is a history you will not
in terms of culture, science and find in textbooks and schools, in
spirituality," he said. that it provides a better under‑
The 7‑week epical exhibition at standing of how one culture has
the museum, which comes after a been in communication and
successful showing in Mumbai, exchange with another. It marks a
commemorates 70 years of Indian new dimension and new stage in
independence and a year of major cooperation between global muse‑
cultural exchange between India ums," he said. 10 rupee note, British India, October 1944; and 5 rupee
and the UK. By offering 124 Conceived over a period of two note, Republic of India, issued on 26th January 1950.
objects, the British Museum has years of intense planning and
become the biggest lender for the curatorial brainstorming, "India
show and some of these exhibits and the World" has been jointly
a and
y "Indi .
have never been shown in India curated by a team in the UK and
earlier. Dr. Hartwig Fischer, India with Jeremy David Hill from s co tion
Director, British Museum, said the British Museum and Naman P. Picture orldʼ exhibi
The W
India and the World represented a Ahuja of JNU in Delhi as the co‑ By Jivya Soma Mashe, AD 1975–77,
new approach and new model of curators. Maharashtra.

The 7‑week epical exhibition at the National Museum, which comes after a successful showing in Mumbai,
commemorates 70 years of Indian independence and a year of major cultural exchange between India & the UK.
20 May 12-18, 2018 SUBCONTINENT

Pakistani minister
Ahsan injured in Six Indians abducted in
assassination attempt
Afghanistan, Taliban blamed
Kabul: Militants abducted seven
people, including six Indians in India in touch
Afghanistan's Baghlan province,
of ficials said, adding that talks with Afghan
were on to get them freed.
The kidnapping took place in authorities
Bag h‑e‑Shamal village, New Delhi: India is in touch
TOLONews reported. with authorities in
Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Afghanistan following the
Nemati said that those abducted abduction of six Indian
worked for an Indian company nationals there, an official
KEC. The seventh person who said. "We are aware of the
was seized was an Afghan. abduction of Indian nationals
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is Nemati said the Taliban had from Baghlan province in
considered among the top brains of done the kidnapping and moved Afghanistan. We are in con‑
Pakistan's political elite. the g roup to the Dand‑e‑ The kidnapping took place in Bagh‑e‑Shamal village. tact with the Afghan authori‑
Shahabuddin area of Pul‑e‑ ties and further details are
Islamabad: Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan
Khumri city. He said they con‑ were trying to rescue the vic‑ station. being ascertained," External
Iqbal was shot and injured in an assassina‑
tacted the Taliban, whose repre‑ tims with the help of tribal eld‑ Kidnapping of locals for extor‑ Affairs Ministry spokesper‑
tion attempt during a rally in Narowal dis‑
sentatives said the abduction ers. According to local officials, tion is common in Afghanistan. son Raveesh Kumar said.
trict of the country's Punjab province, police
took place because the insur‑ the incident occurred while the Most of those abducted have
said. District Police Officer of Narowal Imran
gents thought that the seven employees were travelling to the been Afghans but foreign work‑ Judith D'Souza was kidnapped in
Kishwar said a local resident opened fire at
were Afg han government area where the company has a ers have also become targets. Kabul. She was released after 40
the minister soon after he concluded his
employees. Nemati said they contract for an electricity sub‑ In 2016, Indian aid worker days.
speech during a rally in Kanjrur town of the
district, Dawn reported.
The gunman Abid Hussain, 22, managed to
fire just one shot that hit the minister's right Bangladesh asks UK to extradite Zia's son
arm. The suspect was arrested by the police
Dhaka: Bangladesh has asked the 2008, to 10 years imprisonment Bangladeshi government twice
soon after he fired the shot, the officer said.
UK to extradite Tarique Rahman, in a fraud case related to a foun‑ (between 1991‑96 and 2001‑06)
The minister was rushed to the District
the exiled son of former Prime dation created to fund an orphan‑ ‑‑ was named in 13 cases of cor‑
Hospital in Narowal where he is undergoing
Minister Khaleda Zia and age trust, while his mother was ruption, violence and sedition.
surgery. He is out of danger, the officer said.
Chairman of the Bang ladesh handed a five year prison sen‑ According to the BNP, hundreds
Chief Minister of Punjab Province Shahbaz
Nationalist Party (BNP) who has tence for the same offence. of its activists and leaders face
Sharif sent a helicopter to shift the minister
been convicted in two corruption After the verdict, the BNP similar charges.
to a hospital in Lahore, the provincial capital
cases. "The process is going on. named Rahman as the party's The BNP, which does not cur‑
of Punjab.
Next step always depends on the chairman to replace Zia, current‑ rently hold any seats in
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan
response from the British govern‑ ly serving her prison term. Parliament, boycotted the 2014
Abbasi condemned the attack.
ment," Foreign Minister A.H. The opposition leader's son had general elections after the gov‑
Iqbal is considered among the top brains
Mahmood Ali was quoted as say‑ been sentenced to seven years in ernment, led by Sheikh Hasina of
of Pakistan's political elite. He has two port‑
ing by on prison in 2016 on charges of the Awami League, scrapped the
folios, including minister of interior and
T hursday. In February, a laundering $2.5 million between system of an interim government Tarique Rahman, son of former
minister of planning, development and PM Khaleda Zia, has been
Bangladeshi court sentenced 2003‑07. which for decades had supervised
reform. living in London since 2008.
Rahman, living in London since Zia ‑‑ who headed the elections in the country.

No deal on doctor who 'helped' Sri Lankan President

CIA track Osama: Pak appoints new ministers
Islamabad: Pakistan said a jailbreak in Peshawar in Colombo: Sri Lankan
there was no deal between order to rescue Afridi, say‑ President Maithripala
Islamabad and ing he had no information Sirisena appointed new
Washington for the about the matter since it ministers, a day after he
release or handing over of concerned the Interior reshuffled his cabinet.
Shakil Afridi, who helped Ministry. Eighteen ministers ‑‑
the US track down Al Afridi, a former surgeon 10 deputy, eight state ‑‑
Qaeda chief Osama bin‑ believed to be in his mid‑ took oath before
Laden in 2011. The 50s, was arrested eight Sirisena, reports Xinhua
remarks by Foreign years ago after it emerged news agency.
Ministry spokesman that he had passed on The reshuffle took
Mohammad Faisal came intelligence about bin place after the defection
days after Pakistani Laden to the CIA. of six ministers from
authorities moved Afridi, a He was convicted by a the Sri Lanka Freedom
physician, from a prison in court in 2012 and sen‑ Party (SLFP) to the
Peshawar to an undis‑ tenced to 33 years in opposition last month.
closed location, triggering prison over ties with The defected minis‑
speculation about his pos‑ banned militant groups. ters had voted in favor
Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi of a no‑confidence
sible release. He was never formally
assisted the US motion on Prime
Faisal turned down in tracking down bin Laden. convicted of helping the
questions about media CIA find the Al Qaeda Minister Ranil
reports claiming that the Central chief, leading to his Wickremesinghe when
Intelligence Agency (CIA) had tried to stage death. it was taken up in Ministers took oath before Sri Lankan
Parliament. President Maithripala Sirisena. INTERNATIONAL May 12-18, 2018 21

Iran warns US not to exit nuclear deal

Tehran: Iran's President warned
the US not to abandon the
nuclear ag reement signed 'Iranian nuke deal horrible'
between Tehran and six major Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the
powers, according to his official Iranian nuclear deal "horrible", saying that the deal allows the
website. continuation of uranium enrichment and "Iranian enrichment".
Hassan Rouhani repeated his Netanyahu has been a sharp critic of the deal since the days it
refusal to negotiate a new deal in was being negotiated by Iran and six powers as Russia, China, the
place of the 2015 Joint US, Britain, France and Germany, Xinhua reported.
Comprehensive Plan of Action, Since Trump took office last year, Netanyahu has earned an ally
which US President Donald in Washington. But Trump and Netanyahu find themselves large‑
Trump has repeatedly said he ly alone in an international arena that is largely favorable of the
would pull out of on May 12, Efe nuclear agreement. Israeli officials have said the nuclear deal
reported. does not prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
"If the US exits the JCPOA, it
will soon regret it," Rouhani said Saudi Arabia. Tehran's support for the Syrian
during a speech in northeast Trump is seeking to add addi‑ regime and the Lebanese group
Iran. "We don't favor war and tional conditions to the agree‑ Hezbollah, among others.
President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will strongly defend its rights.
tension, but will strongly defend ment as a pretext to withdraw, "We tell the world explicitly
our rights," he asserted. Comprehensive Plan of Action," been recognized by the interna‑ such as limits on Iran's military that we will not negotiate our
"We have lived up to our obli‑ he said, stressing that Iran's t ional community, w ith the capabilities, especially its ballis‑ defensive weapons with anyone,"
g at ions in the Joint "commitment" to the deal had exception of the US, Israel and tic missile system, as well as Rouhani said.

France disapproves
Trump's gun law
N Korea accuses US of misleading
comments world on denuclearization
Pyongyang: North Korea accused the US situation on the Korean Peninsula by
of misleading world opinion by saying deploy ing strateg ic assets on the
that Pyongyang's commitment to denu‑ Peninsula and increasing its attempt of
clearization on the Korean Peninsula was taking up the 'human rights' issue against
the outcome of international sanctions Pyongyang," said the spokesman.
and pressure. "This act cannot be construed otherwise
The Korean Central News Agency quot‑ than a dangerous attempt to ruin the
ed a spokesperson for North Korean hard‑won atmosphere of dialogue and
Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying that bring the situation back to square one," he
Washington is deliberately provoking added.
Pyongyang despite the improvement of T he spokesman warned that if
the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Washington miscalculates the peace‑lov‑
"Recently, the US is misleading public ing intention of the DPRK as a sign of
opinion, arguing as if Pyongyang clarifica‑ weakness and continues to pursue its
tion of its intention for denuclearization pressure and military threats against the
of the Korean Peninsula made through latter, it would be counter‑ef fective to
the Panmunjom Declaration adopted at Kim Jong un, top leader of the addressing the nuclear issue on the penin‑
US President Donald Trump (L) and the historic North‑South summit is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. sula.
French President Emmanuel Macron. result of so‑called sanctions and pres‑ North and South Korea issued a joint
ing that it would not ease the sanctions
sure," said the spokesman, Xinhua report‑ and pressure until North Korea gives up declaration on April 27, saying the two
Paris: France has strongly criticized US
ed. its nuclear weapons completely. sides are committed to the goal of denu‑
President Donald Trump's remarks suggest‑
He slammed the United States for say‑ "The US is also moving to aggravate the clearization on the Korean Peninsula.
ing more flexible arms rules in the country
could have helped prevent deadly terrorist
attacks in 2015.
"France expresses its firm disapproval of
President Trump's comments about the
Paris attacks on November 13, 2015 and
demands that the memory of the victims be
respected," the French foreign ministry said
Beirut: Polling stations opened first time such expatriate vot‑
in a statement. across Lebanon on May 6 for ing has been allowed.
"Every country freely decides on its own the first parliamentary elec‑ The change is due to the new
laws on carrying firearms, as in other areas. tions in almost a decade. electoral system being used,
France is proud to be a country where T he last e lect ions in the the BBC reported.
acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly country took place in 2009, It also reduces the number
regulated," the statement added. for what was supposed to be a of districts and uses a list‑
Trump told a gathering at the National four‑year term, reports the based proportional system for
Rifle Association (NRA) which advocates for BBC. But parliament extended voting, with seats distributed
gun rights, that if civilians had been armed, its term twice due to instabili‑ among the various Christian
it would have been a different outcome to ty in neighboring Syria and to and Islamic groups.
the 2015 series of explosions and shootings reform the country's electoral Le banon has long had a
that left 130 people dead. laws. Hezbollah is seeking to power‑sharing political system
"The free flow of arms within society does increase its parliamentary rep‑ between the dif ferent reli‑
not constitute a bulwark against terrorist resentation. gious denominations.
attacks, it can instead facilitate the plan‑ Tens of thousands of Major issues facing the A man casts his ballot in a polling station in Beirut, Lebanon.
ning of this type of assaults," the ministry Le banese cit izens living new ly‑e lected parliament
fired back. aboard have already cast their include the fate of a large entered the country since the war, and continuing economic
votes earlier this week ‑ the number of refugees who have outbreak of the Syrian civil difficulties.
22 May 12-18, 2018 BUSINESS

Centre denying
benefits of low oil
Flipkart turns into private
prices: Manmohan
Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister Manmohan
firm for buyout by Walmart
Bengaluru: India's e‑tailer major Flipkart
Singh has accused the Modi government of pun‑
has turned into a private company from a
ishing the com‑ Walmart has
holding firm, ostensibly for a strategic
mon man by won the $15
buyout soon by the world's largest retail
not passing on billion bid for
giant Walmart Inc, according to docu‑
the benefits of India's most
ments it filed for regulatory approvals.
low interna‑ popular
"Documents filed by Flipkart with the e‑commerce
tional petrole‑
Singapore's Accounting and Corporate site Flipkart.
um prices to
Regulatory Authority (ACRA) indicate that
the people.
the holding company has become a pri‑
"Petrol and
vate firm ‑ Flipkart Pte Ltd in Singapore
diesel prices in
where it is registered," business intelli‑ from a set of its investors for $350.46 mil‑ ground to Amazon in their traditional US
India are at a
gence platform Founder Vivek lion in a transaction that closed on April market, while Flipkart in India has man‑
historic high.
Durai told IANS. 27. "The buyback and the subsequent con‑ aged to maintain its lead, albeit slender,
This is in spite
Big box‑retailer Walmart has won the version to private company status appear over Amazon. It's not surprising that
of lower inter‑
Former Prime Minister bid for India's most popular e‑commerce to be part of a series of steps aimed at eas‑ Walmart wants to take over Flipkart,
national crude
Manmohan Singh. site Flipkart. The $15 billion deal comes ing a proposed acquisition by Walmart," which has built an exceptional engineer‑
oil prices
as a setback for Jeff Bezos as he stands to Chennai‑based Durai said. ing talent at many levels of operations,"
because the Modi government chooses to levy
lose roughly 32 per cent of the subconti‑ Though the buyback was on April 27, affirmed Durai.
excessive excise taxes.
nent's online shopping market share, Flipkart filed the documents on May 3. It "Flipkart, which raised $6.11 billion in
"Instead of passing on the benefit of low prices
according to research firm Forrester. has obviously paid from the $2.5‑billion 18 rounds of funding since 2009 and
to the people, the Central government has sought
In a regulatory filing with ACRA, the funds it raised from Soft Bank Vision bought back over 26 lakh shares worth
to punish our people," the senior Congress leader
city‑based e‑commerce behemoth said it Fund, Microsoft, E‑Bay and other investors $1,320 million ($1.32 billion) places its
told the media here.
concluded a second buyback of shares last year. "Walmart has been losing valuation at $17.69 billion," said Durai.
Noting that the nation was going through diffi‑
cult times, with farmers facing a crisis, youths
not finding jobs and the economy growing slow‑
ly, he said the two avoidable blunders of the gov‑
ernment ‑ demonetization and hasty implementa‑
US jobless rate drops below 4%, first time since 2000
tion of the GST ‑ had hurt the Micro, Small and Washington: The US' headline unemploy‑ jobs in April, but even so, it was the 91st the rise due to the continuing demand in
Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector, resulting in ment rate fell to 3.9 per cent in April, the straight month to show increased the labor market. The labor force partici‑
loss of thousands of jobs. first time it has dropped below 4 per cent employment in the US, the longest labor pation rate, defined as the share of the
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was intro‑ since 2000, the government said. market growth streak on record. population 16 years and older either
duced on July 1, 2017 as an indirect tax in place The current jobless rate in the US indi‑ The drop to 3.9 per cent comes after working or seeking work, dropped mini‑
of various state and Central taxes, including cates a market with virtually full employ‑ six consecutive months in which the mally from 62.9 per cent to 62.8 per
Value Added Tax and Service Tax. ment, though the creation of 164,000 employment rate remained stable at 4.1 cent. This report on a robust labor mar‑
"Besides losses, the economy suffered due to new jobs was slightly below analysts' per cent. As for workers' wages, on aver‑ ket raises expectations that the Federal
these twin blunders, exports as a share of the expectations, Efe reported. age they were up 4 cents an hour last Reserve will increase interest rates, cur‑
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plunged to a 14‑ Economists had forecast that the US month, the equivalent of 0.1 per cent or rently between 1.5 per cent and 1.75 per
year low." economy would create some 190,000 $26.84, and are expected to remain on cent, at its next policy meeting in June.

Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha to wed Piramal scion Anand

Mumbai: Business tycoon and Reliance healthcare initiative that treats 40,000
Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and patients a day.
Nita Ambani's daughter Isha will tie the Anand holds a Bachelor's Degree in
knot with Anand Piramal, son of corpo‑ Economics from the University of
rate magnates Ajay Piramal and Swati Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business
Piramal, in December this year, family Administration from Harvard Business
sources said. School.
Anand and Isha have been long‑time The twin sister of Akash Ambani, Isha is
friends and both the families have known on the Boards of Reliance Jio and Reliance
each other for over four decades. Retail.
Anand, who reportedly proposed to Isha She holds a Bache lor's Deg ree in
at a temple in Mahabaleshwar, is the Psychology and South Asian Studies from
Isha with
founder of Piramal Realty, one of India's Yale University and will be completing her Anand
leading real estate companies. Master in Business Administration pro‑ Piramal.
Prior to Piramal Realty, Anand had g ram from the Graduate School of (Photo: IANS)
launched Piramal Swasthya, a rural Business, Stanford, by June. SPORTS May 12-18, 2018 23

Coming back to tennis is

IPL 2018: Rahul stars as priority: Sania Mirza
Punjab outplay Rajasthan New Delhi: After a
career‑pausing break
and motherhood, will
though, it definitely
looks very doable
right now. But one
Sania Mirza bounce has to wait and watch
Kings XI
back to the tennis where life really takes
celebrates court for the 2020 you. Most definitely, I
after Tokyo Olympics? It's a would say coming
winning long way off, feels the back to playing is pri‑
against former doubles World ority as soon as the
Rajasthan No.1 who says resum‑ pregnancy is done,"
Royals at ing her game is a pri‑ said the 31‑year‑old,
Holkar ority as soon as the who is due to deliver
Cricket pregnancy is done. her first child in
Stadium in She wants to set an October.
Indore. example that people She is not letting
shouldn't give up weight woes worry
dreams just because Tennis player Sania Mirza. her.
they're pregnant. "Weight is so super‑
Pos. Team Plyd. Won Lost Tied Net RR Pts. "It was just about time... I was down ficial. For a woman, it's all about
1 Hyderabad 9 7 14 with my knee injury anyway and we had embracing the pregnancy. When you're
been thinking about it for a while... We pregnant, what's most important is hav‑
2 Chennai 10 7 14
thought it was a good time to start a ing a healthy baby. I really want women
3 Punjab 9 6 12 family and experience this new phase of to understand that whether you're a
4 Kolkata 10 5 10 our lives," Sania told IANS over phone celebrity or not, it doesn't matter. You
from Hyderabad. are going to get bigger when you're
Indore: Opener Lokesh Rahul's target in 18.4 overs. w ith more than one over The tennis ace is suf fering from a pregnant and you will lose the weight as
unbeaten 84 helped Kings XI Right from the start, opener remaining. For Rajasthan, K. condition called jumper's knee, which long as you want to."
Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals Rahul cleared his intentions, Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ben has kept her off the game for over six Sania, whose baby's surname would
by six wickets in an Indian slamming bowlers all around Stokes, Anureet Singh scalped months. She even missed the Australian be Mirza‑Malik ‑‑ an amalgam of the last
Premier League (IPL) match the park. Chris Gayle (8) and one wicket each. Open earlier this year. names of both the parents ‑‑ is confident
here. Mayank Agarwal (2), however, Earlier, teenaged Afghanistan Is the knee any better? she won't let motherhood hold her back
The win takes Punjab to third could support Rahul at the off‑spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman "It definitely is. I haven't played since in her career.
spot with 12 points in nine other end but Karun Nair (31) continued his impressive per‑ mid‑October, so it has been a solid six Does she see anyone capable of taking
matches while Rajasthan, who contributed handsomely. formance as his three wickets months and more. Rest was something over her mantle in the domestic circuit?
faced their third consecutive Rahul and Nair forged 50‑run helped Kings XI Punjab restrict everyone was recommending... So, I Sania laughed and said: "I mean, I
defeat, are tottering at the bot‑ partnership for the third wicket Rajasthan Royals to 152/9. won't say it's perfect, but it's better," don't know... I am pregnant, so hopeful‑
tom of the table with six points before Nair was dismissed by After a 49‑run third‑wicket said the sportswoman, who finds it diffi‑ ly someone can. I think there are a cou‑
in nine matches. With this loss, Anureet Singh in the 11th over. stand between Jos Buttler (51) cult to rest. ple of young girls who are quite good.
Rajasthan's chances of qualify‑ New batsman Axar Patel (4) and Sanju Samson (28), Mujeeb Will she compete at the 2020 There's Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur
ing for the play‑offs are over. also went back cheaply but picked his English compatriot Olympics? T handi and Prarthana T hombare...
Chasing 152/9, Rahul's 54 Marcus Stoinis (23 not out) Ben Stokes (12) and Jofra "The 2020 Olympics is a long way off. These are the girls who are the next
ball knock, comprising seven supported Rahul and rotated Archer (0) in his second two‑ I've said this many times that as tennis generation. They are 23, 24 years old,
boundaries and three sixes, the strike. Soon, the duo man‑ over spe ll to derail the players, we wish we knew what our lives and these are the girls I've seen since
helped Punjab chased down the aged to overhaul the target Rajasthan innings. brought us tomorrow. Having said that they were 16 or 17”.

Wearing salwar-suits, Indian mother takes to international WWE

By Jaideep Sarin girl is out to prove her mettle in WWE cir‑
cles. She is full of praise for her mentors ‑‑
Jalandhar (Punjab): WWE fights may be "The Great Khali" (Dalip Singh Rana) and
flashy, hard and violent at times but the Jinder Mahal, both former WWE champi‑
first Indian woman to get into that ring at ons.
the international level has beaten bigger "Khali sir got me to the (WWE) ring. He
odds at home to reach there. has a big contribution in shaping my
Kavita Devi, who is better known in the career. Jinder Mahal is a big star in WWE.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) He has earned a big name for India at the
international circles as "Hard KD", is cur‑ international level," said Kavita, who has
rently training and wrestling in Orlando, trained in Khali's wrestling academy in
Florida, in the United States as part of her Jalandhar.
three‑year contract with the WWE. Kavita, 34, who had been wrestling for
Kavita, the first Indian woman to reach over 15 years before switching to WWE (in
the international level in WWE, is no ordi‑ 2016), won a gold medal at the 2016 South
nary sportswoman. Asian Games for India.
Even while being a professional WWE Weighing 75‑kgs and standing 5‑feet 9‑
wrestler, Kavita is making sure that she inches tall, Kavita has been part of the
dresses traditionally, the Indian way. When Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE)
The mother of a 6‑year‑old son has beaten odds, including financial hardships,
she fights in the ring, she is always dressed to live her dream of making it big in the field of wrestling. and participated in the Mae Young Classic
in a salwar‑kameez, a popular dress for WWE championship event in Florida in
Indian women. sport wear inside the ring. I have broken 2009 and mother of a six‑year‑old son, June 2017 ‑‑ the first Indian woman in this
"I am proud that I enter the ring wearing that image and more girls in my country Kavita has tackled several odds, including professional circuit.
a salwar suit. It is part of our Indian culture. are getting inspired," Kavita told IANS in an coming from a humble farming back‑ Kavita is modest when she says: "I feel
I am the only one at the international level interview, pointing out that wearing the sal‑ ground, growing up among five siblings proud that I am able to motivate girls to get
(in WWE) to be doing so. Many girls in war‑suit was no impediment in her per‑ and facing difficult times economically. into this field where Indian women have
India avoid getting into WWE wrestling see‑ formance in the ring. Hailing from Malvi village in Haryana's not ventured at all. It is heartening to see
ing the clothes that most women in this Being married in a conventional family in Jind district, this determined Haryanvi Jat that girls are getting inspired by me."
24 May 12-18, 2018 CULTURE

Under 'Shifting Sands of Culture' series, IANS commissioned five noted personalities to address
diverse issues and trace the changing dynamics of India's culture. Here are two of those essays.

India changed in the 1990s and the

cultural milieu changed with it
Beautiful" re‑set the clock for edy, play scripts collectively creat‑
Delhi's social set. Delhi gorged on ed through workshops and indie
cricket, fashion, cinema, ice‑cream cinema soon became part of our
and potato chips. Stand‑alone clas‑ mainstream offerings. All this led
sical music and dance events and up to "festivals" catering to specific
theater productions that had com‑ art forms ‑‑ festivals of music,
prised the Delhi cultural scene dance, theatre, film, food, colle‑
were all grappling with the lack of giate theatre, documentaries and
af fordable performance spaces, shorts, comedy, environment,
vanishing sponsorship support and women directors... the possibilities
dwindling audiences. There was a seem endless.
sense of collective pessimism. So, what changed? Just as India
By Vidyun Singh Delhi deserved better. changed in 1990 and opened its
Head of Programming, We sensed the potential. The Capitalizing on the constrained supply of supportive spaces doors and windows to the world, in
India Habitat Centre problem was hugely constrained and facilities, India Habitat Center was opened in 1993 the noughties, digital technology
supply of supportive spaces and in New Delhi and created an ecosystem for culture. upended both performance spaces

he cit ies of Bombay facilities. It was against this some‑ days, we replayed the familiar through our monthly calendar that and forms. Internet, Facebook,
(Mumbai), Madras what bleak backdrop that we at favorites and they blessed us. For was mailed to our 7,000 members; YouTube, W hatsapp, Tw itter,
(Chennai) and Calcutta Habitat World was privileged to those who had never thought of an posters in other performance Instagram and blogspots, connec‑
(Kolkata) had deep cultural roots take the opportunity and create an evening of performing arts as a spaces and clubs and via insertion tivity, access, mobility... a mind‑
and urbanized commerce and ecosystem for culture at the India leisure option, plays with a recog‑ of the event listings in the city bogg ling network that spun a
industry even during the colonial Habitat Centre. It has worked very nizable "star cast" that straddled magazines and papers. For ticket‑ whole new culture of excellence.
period, possibly because a diversi‑ well. The pent‑up demand for such cinema and theater was the lure ed plays, the extra push that would Today, the audience can come pre‑
fied and robust economy is impor‑ cultural facilitation was embraced for a first foray. Film screenings make all the dif ference would be pared to watch a classic play after
tant for the growth of cultural with joy and relief by artistes and and book launches, with an oppor‑ the coveted Page 3 interview or watching the international greats
activities, beyond the purely tradi‑ performers. Our calendar of events tunity for a Q&A and an autograph pre‑show write‑ups. At the time, do the same play on YouTube.
tional forms. Delhi has had the cul‑ is a directory of the greats of (this was before the selfies age) paid‑for news insertions were not Audience expectat ions have
tural institutions created by the India's performing arts. with star directors, authors and the norm as they are today. If increased and the cultural scene is
government ‑‑ but not the eco‑sys‑ We were careful to align our pro‑ actors (including the Big B him‑ resources permitted, an advertise‑ responding. Importantly, the digi‑
tem in which culture thrives. Till grams with the demographics of self ) were teasers to enlarge the ment in the newspaper was the tal economy has created an entire‑
the 1980s Delhi was predominant‑ our members and the broader habit of enjoy ing a cultural exceptional add‑on. ly new audience of socially con‑
ly a bureaucratic town. potential audience. Some data min‑ evening. Out‑of‑the‑box workshops Our broad range of programs cerned persons looking for "time
For Delhi, the big change came ing helped. Nothing intrusive. Just for children and adults, cinema, art enabled us to tweak the composi‑ out" outside a beer bar and with
via cable TV, expectedly offering a second‑guessing their aesthetics and music appreciation courses tion towards progressive accept‑ the means to pay for culture.
w indow into foreign soaps. and proclivity from their age, edu‑ provided a predictable and steady ance of the more avant‑garde and Demand has created its own sup‑
Primet ime te lecasts of "Santa cation, income and location. stream of events to plan for. contemporary. New choreogra‑ ply of new‑age customers and
Barbara" and "The Bold and The For those missing the good old Our outreach was primarily phies, fusion music, stand‑up com‑ Continued on page 25

Global perception of India has taken a beating

society with a free press and a assailed by the reportage on inci‑ demning these incidents and For millennia, India offered a
thriving mass media, with a peo‑ dents of communal violence, cow bringing the elements that have haven for the persecuted, a refuge
ple whose creative energies are vigilantism, minorities feeling perpetrated them to heel, our to Jews after the destruction of
daily encouraged to express them‑ besieged and the alienating dominant political dispensation their Temple by Babylonians and
selves in a variety of appealing effects of the present ruling has instead decided that their Romans, a new home for Parsis,
ways, India has an extraordinary party's disposition towards a nar‑ energies are best spent making Tibetans, Sri Lankan Tamils,
ability to tell stories that are more row‑minded Hindutva ideology. unbecoming statements about Nepalese fleeing their civil war,
persuasive and attractive than Even less traditional news outlets everything from disowning the and most famously 10 million
those of its rivals. and programs such as Vice and Taj Mahal as a symbol of Indian Bengalis escaping the Pakistani
This is not about propaganda; John Oliver's popular Last Week culture to the "cleansing" of Army's crackdown in 1971, the
indeed, it will not work if it is Tonight show have picked up on Western cultural influences from largest recorded refugee crisis in
directed from above, least of all by this disturbing trend in India. The India's ethos. The horrors of the history of humanity.
By Shashi Tharoor the government. But conversely, recent murder of Gauri Lankesh Kathua and Unnao, and the unfor‑ In all this India's humanitarian
Congress MP and author government actions can under‑ raises India high on the list of givable political defense of the record has been exemplary and
mine the story. Indeed, troubling countries where journalists are perpetrators by the ruling party, has been admired around the

or a decade and a half now internal disruptions have begun to perceived to be in danger. have plunged India's image world‑ world. Yet our present govern‑
I've been a tireless advo‑ tarnish this global perception of In this super‑connected world, wide into the depths. ment announced a unilateral deci‑
cate of India's soft power, India. people across the globe are now For the "better story" is not sion to deport all members of the
arguing that in the information If one were to pick up an inter‑ more aware than ever of incidents merely the story that can be told; Rohingya refugee community in
age, it is not the side with the big‑ national daily of repute, such as of beef violence, the rise of gau it is the story that is heard and India back to Myanmar, where a
ger army that wins, but the side The New York Times or the rakshaks, the assassinations of seen (and repeated), whether or state‑sponsored genocide is cur‑
that tells the better story. In the Washington Post in the US or Le rationalists and the episodes of not you are trying to tell it. That is rently taking place in the Rakhine
past India has successfully man‑ Monde or Frankfurter Allgemeine mob lynchings that have taken what the Indian government and state against this ethnic group.
aged to be what I've called the Zeitung in Europe, to look for sto‑ place in India in the last couple of ruling circles seem to be in danger This move,
"land of the better story": As a ries on India, one would be years. Instead of strongly con‑ of overlooking. Continued on page 25 IMMIGRATION May 12-18, 2018 25

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India changed in the 1990s and Global perception moting intolerance, communal hatred Today we have unfortunately given
and minority insecurity within the free rein to those who have promoted
the cultural milieu changed with it of India has country. The present government bigotry and intolerance that should
Continued from page 24 taken a beating would do well to learn that it cannot have no place in the narrative of
practitioners. Digital technology empowered a new gener‑ Continued from page 24 promote 'Make in India' abroad while Indian society.
ation of creativity by reducing the cost of producing good which seems prompted by the fact condoning the propagation of 'Hate in We must be conscious of the quali‑
art and accessing audiences. Work can be uploaded and that the Rohingyas are Muslims (and India' at home. ties that are so attractive about our
sent out into cyberspace and, on occasion, can garner therefore are being accused without However, that said, as a cautious culture and that give us our soft
recognition overnight. New audiences and new stars were evidence of supporting terrorism), has optimist, I still believe that India can power in the world and we must
born without putting a foot onstage. The arts were now invited strong condemnation across reverse this recent trend. It continues ensure those qualities are not under‑
online. Artistes, events and festivals can be discovered, the board and has damaged the popu‑ to have a thriving free press, a strong mined by recklessly irresponsible,
researched, followed, booked and publicized online. lar perception of India abroad as a watch guard in its civil society and an often semi‑educated individuals who
The other big lifestyle change that the age of connectiv‑ democracy and a land of asylum. independent judiciary (which has have been given a free hand by some
ity has ushered in is the travel trend. Over the last two As a result of all these develop‑ passed verdicts that have struck down of those in power who should know
decades, Indians have begun to travel like never before. ments, a global impression has gained triple talaq, upheld an Indian citizen's better.
The one annual holiday that was planned and looked for‑ ground that India is now governed by fundamental right to privacy and con‑ I believe that the principal ingredi‑
ward to all year has turned into a series of shorter forays obscurantist and intolerant forces victed a popular religious leader for ents for India's soft power success
to new destinations, and long weekend getaways are par determined to put minorities, rational‑ rape, despite an overwhelming show continue to remain. But in order to
for the course. The more unique and experiential the ists and liberals in their place. This of force and violence from his sup‑ realize that potential, India needs to
package, the more its allure. Travel is a driver for wider has far‑reaching implications for India porters). I believe it is these principled address its own internal challenges
cultural engagement of a personal kind. It encourages and threatens to derail the country's elements of India's society, along with first. It is essential that India does not
choice and competition and often deep commitments to soft power projection. It is a far cry our civilizational ethos, that are and allow the specter of religious intoler‑
what was earlier an exotic culture. On the supply side, it from the time of the 2004 elections. I will continue to be an immeasurable ance and political opportunism to
has generated a more aware, experimental and apprecia‑ remember, when I was travelling asset for our country. undermine the soft power that is its
tive audience, which we at Habitat World are delighted to through the Gulf as a diplomat with This is also soft power and we don't greatest asset in the world of the 21st
cater to. the UN, senior officials I was meeting have to thank the government for it. century.
Today it is psychographics and not demographics that expressed their astonishment and When people argue that cultural Our democracy, our thriving free
provide a better insight into what the audience wants and unabashed admiration about the elec‑ diplomacy is important, they tend to media, our contentious civil society
how it can be persuaded to see multiple truths of the tion results, where a party led by an focus on what governments can do to forums, our energetic human rights
same reality. Cultural curators have recognized the poten‑ Italian woman of Roman Catholic showcase culture and promote Indian groups, and the repeated spectacle of
tial of this aspiration and created a brand of experiential faith had made way for a Sikh to be society. I believe the message that our remarkable general elections ‑‑ all
culture travel opportunities. If you have a mind to be a sworn in by a Muslim President as the really matters and the one that gets of these together make India a rare
serial culture vulture, you could pack in a festival a month Prime Minister ‑‑ of a country where through is that of who we are, not example of the successful manage‑
and still not cover a half of them. 80 per cent of the population were what we want to show. ment of diversity in our globalized
There is new talent and enormous energy surging Hindus. To go from that celebration of As an opposition Member of world. It adds to India's soft power
through the arts. An energy that is supported by the gov‑ diversity to a time when our Parliament, that is my message to the when its NGOs actively defend human
ernment, individual and corporate well‑wishers. The good President, Vice President and Prime Indian government too. Don't change rights, promote environmentalism
news is that we have merely scratched the surface, Minister are all followers of a sectari‑ our invaluable traditions. Don't try to and fight injustice. It is a vital asset
Consider: Arts and culture is one space which is the most an Hindu chauvinist movement is a remake India in a way that will actual‑ that the Indian press is free, lively,
resistant to the invasion of robotics ‑‑ a major threat to fall indeed in the eyes of the world. ly damage its soft power. We as a irreverent, disdainful of sacred cows.
job creation in the near term. India has a glorious tradi‑ I have repeatedly argued that we society have celebrated our own Maintain that, and true leadership in
tion of art and culture; we should leverage it to create cannot simultaneously sell ourselves diversity, our own democracy and our our globalizing world ‑‑ the kind that
good jobs, great art and happy audiences. to the world as a land of pluralism, own pluralism and the world has has to do with principles, values and
tolerance and Gandhism, while pro‑ admired us for these very things. standards ‑‑ will follow.
26 May 12-18, 2018 HERITAGE

The Magic of Vedic Mathematics Part 13

Rediscovered half a century ago by the Puri Shankaracharya Bharati Krishna Tirtha, Vedic Mathematics is a lightning fast mental math
system. We continue to serialize from ‘The Curious Hats of Magical Maths’ book that makes learning the system easy.


Extracted from ʻThe Curious Hats of Magical Maths ‑ Vedic Mathematics for Schools Book
1ʼ by James Glover, with permission from Motilal Banarsidass (MLBD). Founded in 1903,
they specialize in Indology books. For more information, Mr R.P. Jain, email: US distributor:

To be continued in the following issues of The South Asian Times. SELF HELP May 12-18, 2018 27

Diet vs. exercise: Which works better for weight loss?

hatʼs more important: diet or exer‑
cise? Anyone whoʼs tried to lose
weight and maintain a healthy
The answer from
lifestyle has likely asked this question.
Sixty‑eight percent of people want to lose
10 pounds or more, according to a recent
experts is: 80
Harris Poll on behalf of Nutrisystem. Itʼs
always a good time to get started on your
goals. So, should you focus on diet, exercise
percent focus on
or both? When it comes to weight loss, the
split should be roughly 80 percent focus on
what you eat and
what you eat and 20 percent on exercise. The
logic is simple, say experts.
“Itʼs all about calories in and calories out. If
only 20 percent
youʼre eating less and exercising, youʼre going
to burn more calories,” says Courtney on exercise.
McCormick, corporate dietitian at
Nutrisystem. “However, exercise often makes smaller meals every three hours keeps you high in filling fiber and loaded with nutrients. months than those who didnʼt sip before sit‑
us hungrier, which is why many people who feeling full, controls blood sugar and helps For breakfast, add spinach to an omelet; at ting down to eat. So, fill up that water bottle!
only change their exercise habits donʼt see boost metabolism. lunch, pile your sandwich high with fixings • Get moving: The Centers for Disease
the scale move.” • Watch portions: American portions have like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, or use Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends
To achieve a healthier lifestyle and shed become too big; and those used to dining out lettuce as a wrap instead of bread. During 150 minutes of aerobic activity weekly, but
weight, consider these quick tips that com‑ may consider restaurant portions to be cor‑ snack time, munch on carrots dipped in hum‑ research suggests that it doesnʼt matter if you
bine both diet and exercise. rect when theyʼre often four times as large as mus or blend kale into a fruit smoothie. exercise for two‑and‑a‑half hours straight or
• Eat more often: A 2015 study from the whatʼs recommended. Learning portion con‑ • Drink more water: A study found that break it up into 10‑minute chunks. Aim for 30
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and trol is key to losing weight. When eating out, when people drank six cups (48 ounces) of minutes of exercise per day then build up to
Dietetics found that on average, people who ask for a to‑go box and save half for later. You cold water, they increased their resting calo‑ 60 minutes when youʼre ready.
ate six times or more daily consumed fewer can also turn to plans, like Nutrisystem, which rie burn by up to 50 calories each day. Remember the key to meeting your weight
calories, had a lower body mass index, and deliver portion‑controlled meals to your Another study found that dieters who drank loss and health goals is to make sustainable
ate more nutrient‑rich foods than those who home. two eight‑ounce glasses of water before lifestyle changes. Focus on eating better and
didnʼt eat at least six times a day. Eating • Veg out: Vegetables are low in calories, meals lost 36 percent more weight over three moving more and youʼll be on the right track.

A doctorʼs tips to stay Higher salaries and more jobs

healthy while traveling
may be coming for US workers
ravel can sometimes feel by nearly 50 percent. “Pycnogenol, a

more daunting than relaxing, natural botanical extract from the
mall and mid‑size busi‑ news for the American work‑
between flight delays and bark of the French maritime pine
ness owners are feeling force: 49 percent of business
bumper‑to‑bumper traf fic. Whatʼs tree, is a travelerʼs best friend. You
more optimistic than leaders anticipate increasing
more, it has potential health impacts, can spend less time feeling fatigued
they have for a long time, sug‑ their employee compensation
including leg swelling and increased and more quality time enjoying your
gests a new survey, and experts in the next six months and 32
risk for cold and flu. destination,” says Dr. Pescatore.
say this could mean positive percent expect to add full‑time
“Air travel, long drives, less sleep Boost circulation
things for the overall economy ‑‑ staf f. However, four out of 10
and added stress can weaken your Long periods of immobility in a
including for workersʼ salaries respondents say itʼs harder to
immune system at a time when cramped space like a car or plane
and job‑seekersʼ prospects. hire qualified employees today
youʼre around more people and sus‑ contribute to swelling and fluid accu‑
According to the PNC compared to six months ago,
ceptible to illness,” says nationally mulation throughout the legs.
Economic Outlook, optimism is with the biggest challenge
renowned natural health physician Known as edema, it can be uncom‑
running at historic highs in all being lack of experience or
and best‑selling author, Dr. Fred fortable and may feel worse after
categories that the semiannual skill.
Pescatore. travel. Dr. Pescatore recommends
survey of small and medium‑size “Small businesses are a key
Dr. Pescatore is sharing a few tips taking shorts breaks to move around
business owners evaluates. This source of economic activity and
to help boost health while traveling. on road trips and to stand up and
is reflected by the 85 percent of employment, and ownersʼ per‑
Feed your immune system stretch during long flights to keep
respondents who selected a pos‑ ceptions can be a good indica‑
Being around so many people in blood circulating and reduce
itive emotion to describe how tor of whatʼs to come,” says Gus
tight spaces means you may be more swelling. “Pycnogenol is also shown
they feel about the business cli‑ Faucher, chief economist of The
at risk of catching a bug. “Take pre‑ to promote circulation and studies
mate during the next six months, (from the time of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. “Our overall findings
cautions before boarding your flight show its benefits for reducing
survey): hope (39 percent), enthusiasm (37 percent) and confirm that U.S. economic expansion will likely contin‑
‑‑ wash your hands frequently, bring swelling and discomfort during long‑
hand sanitizer with you and snack distance travel. Again, itʼs a good
joy (9 percent). The survey also points to some good ue throughout 2018.” (StatePoint)
on antioxidant‑packed vegetables supplement for travel,” he says.
like broccoli, carrots and sweet pota‑ Pycnogenol is one of the most
toes to keep your immune system researched ingredients on the mar‑
strong,” says Dr. Pescatore. ket with decades of studies showing
Fend off fatigue its benefits for a variety of health
The American Sleep Association applications. Itʼs available in more
estimates that nearly 93 percent of than 700 dietary supplements, multi‑
travelers experience jet lag and it vitamins and health products world‑
can be severe enough to interfere wide. For more information, visit
with vacation plans. “Sleep distur‑
bances make you feel tired, nau‑ “Drink plenty of water, use a sup‑
seous and irritable ‑‑ not a good com‑ plement for a beneficial boost and
bination with a packed travel itiner‑ remember to enjoy yourself. Yes,
ary,” says Dr. Pescatore. even the travel to and from your des‑
A peer‑reviewed study shows that tination can be fun,” says Dr.
daily supplementation with the Pescatore. On your next vacation,
super‑antioxidant, Pycnogenol (Pic‑ ensure better health by taking sim‑
noj‑en‑all), reduces jet lag symptoms ple steps.
28 May 12-18, 2018 HUMOR

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

Why is modern life so

incredibly annoying?
man raised by
wolves in a forest
says he misses his
old life. Living as a wolf cub
in a Spanish wilderness was
much less stressful than
modern life, Marcos
Rodríguez Pantoja told the
BBC recently.
Journalists expressed sur‑
prise at his declaration, but I

BEST totally get his point.

Last week, my book ran

RATE out of batteries!

I know Socrates is looking

FOR down at me from heaven

and laughing, waving his

INDIA "always on" scroll.

Meanwhile, at home, my

child is outraged. Why? "My (Image courtesy:
snacks are so crunchy I can't
across Asia is to have a Roomba machine, a
hear the TV," she complains, furious.
This is literally the worst thing that has wheeled disk that quietly vacuums your
ever happened to this child. I mean, how is floors in the middle of the night.
she going to cope with real life, during Unfortunately no one told these machines
which massively tragic things happen, like that a) Koreans and Japanese people often
New York Head Quarter
they forget to put mayo in your sandwich, a sleep on thin mattresses on the floor; and b)
422‑S Broadway devastating incident that totally spoiled this sucking up hair on the floor is not a good
HICKSVILLE columnist's day yesterday? thing to do if it is still attached to a human's
I told her that in my day, the only TV was head. On one recent occasion, firefighters
NY 11801 had to be called to remove a ravenous
a window facing a brick wall and the only
516‑827‑1010 snacks our fingers. She said brick walls were Roomba vacuum cleaner from its Korean
probably better than what was on TV these owner's head.
days and she's probably right. East Asian owners are junking their clean‑
Back at work, I was moaning about my ing robots for superior technology:
dead e‑book when a colleague told me about Broomsticks.
another tech problem. The trend spreading Police officers in the Indian state of
Odisha recently demonstrated how they use
pigeons to get messages across a vast por‑

Laughter is the Best Medicine

tion of the state in just 20 minutes. During
floods and power cuts the police pigeon
service is the only functioning communica‑
tions system.
So, basically, if their conversations are
anything like mine, you send a bird across
the state with your message, such as "LOL"
and 40 minutes later, you get the bird back
with a message saying "LMAO" (Laughing
My Ass Off).
Oh well, at least no one can complain
about information overload.
A colleague showed me an angry text that
had been sent by a young person from an
aircraft recently. "There's so much leg room
in business class that I can barely reach the
touch screen TV," she complained. What suf‑
The odd thing is her inability to realize
how the rest of us, sitting in economy class
seats with our noses mere millimetres away
from the seat in front, will take her message.
Where's her brain?
Uh‑oh. I would canvass readers, contribu‑
tors and colleagues for more examples to fill
this column with, but the main functional
By Mahendra Shah section of my own brain ‑‑ which is housed
in a smartphone in my right hand ‑‑ is about
Mahendra Shah is an architect by education, entrepreneur by profession, artist and humorist, to run out of batteries. So I have to stop
cartoonist and writer by hobby. He has been recording the plight of the immigrant Indians for here.
the past many year in his cartoons. Hailing from Gujarat, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Socrates! Stop laughing! ASTROLOGY May 12-18, 2018 29

Chandigarh, India: +91-172- 256 2832, 257 2874

By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899;

MAY 12‑18, 2018

ARIES: Someoneʼs firmness will ulti‑ CANCER: You will find someone who LIBRA: You may wish for a change, CAPRICORN: You will need to put in
mately benefit you, so donʼt have appre‑ was shying away from you more but nothing seems to indicate that in some more ef forts to improve your
hensions about his or her intentions. open and friendly. Find out why. your current situation. Some of you performance.
Stars on the romantic front look strong, so There is a good chance of meeting someone are likely to enjoy your stay with a friend. A There is really no point in projecting yourself
those looking for love should double their important who will he lp you with your family elder will be most understanding and more than what you really are on the profes‑
efforts! Financially, you will be able to work career. Networking is likely to bring you support you in everything you do. A social sional or academic front, because it will not
towards enhancing your earnings. Adhering nearer to your professional goal. You are like‑ gathering promises to make you the star of get you any brownie points. The need of the
to an active life and controlled diet will be ly to go out of your way to help out a friend the evening! Young couples and those young hour is to get serious in whatever you are
enough to find you hale and hearty. You will or relation and win a lot of praise. Those at heart w ill be able to share int imate involved in and try to do your best. A family
manage to deal with a man management undertaking a long journey will make it in moments with their partners. Monetary prob‑ elder may try to curb your expenses. Health
issue tactfully. You will have your say in a good time. lems are set to vanish. remains satisfactory.
property matter. LEO: Being overconfident may be your SCORPIO : This is your special week, AQUARIUS: This is the time to return
TAURUS: Desire to break free and undoing at work, so curb this tenden‑ so expect the very best this weekend! the favors to someone who had been
indulge in some pleasurable activities cy, if you want to avoid embarrass‑ Attending a function or a celebration kind to you in the past. You are likely
may not get fulfilled and frustrate you. ment. Health of those unwell is likely to dete‑ is on the cards and will prove most enjoyable. to tighten your belt for an impending job that
At work, you may find the ʻinʼ tray perpetual‑ riorate and may require extra care. An oppor‑ This is a good time to make important con‑ may af fect your career. Donʼt ignore some‑
ly full. Ignoring a seniorʼs advice may get you tunity may be wasted just because you could‑ tacts by meeting people on the social front. oneʼs advice, as it is for your own good.
in all sorts of trouble on the academic front. A nʼt get your at together on the professional Participating in something important is indi‑ Chances of strengthening the bonds with
family elder may not be as supportive as you front. Chances of being made a scapegoat for cated and it will help you make your mark on those you are causally acquainted with can‑
had believed. Those in love may find it diffi‑ something you havenʼt done look bright. Love the professional front. Positive steps to con‑ not be ruled out.
cult to spare time for a meeting. Suitable life may not be a bed of roses. Spouse may serve money may get encouraging results. PISCES: Calling the shots at home is
lodging that fits the pocket may not be readi‑ remain cross with you over an issue. Love is in the air, so have a ball! indicated, as you manage to take cer‑
ly available. VIRGO: You cannot af ford to gloss SAGITTARIUS: This is an exciting time tain things in your hands. Your popu‑
GEMINI: Obliging someone who is use‑ over the essentials at this juncture, so when you will be socially much in larity is set to rise on the social front. Things
ful to you is important, so donʼt let up get down to it right away. Attempts to demand. Sweet taste of success is like‑ go your way on the professional front.
on this. Someone is likely to take a come into the good books of an important ly to linger for long on the professional or Excellent showing on the academic front will
great deal of interest in what you have to person on the professional or academic front academic front. Your excellent performance put you on the forefront. Spouse will be sup‑
offer on the business front. Those performing will partially succeed. Financial situation is is likely to bring you to the notice of those portive and will be with you in thick and thin.
well are likely to get full credit for their work. likely to improve for some. A family outing who matter. You will be cool and calculating Financially, you will be much better poised
Accolades and congrats may pour in for will prove to be fun. Something that you where money is concerned, as you earn as than before.
something you have achieved. You are likely desire on the social front will be yours. Your much as possible. Good dietary control and You remain fit and energetic. Love life is most
to get socially active and renew many rela‑ romantic endeavours are likely to bring posi‑ an active life will ensure that you retain good fulfilling.
tionships that have cooled over the years. tive results. Health remains satisfactory. health.

12th May, 2018 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK Finance this year: You may try your
Traits in you: As you are influenced by entrepreneurship skills this year and
planet Jupiter, you are dignified, reli‑ your health issues. Try meditation to ments. Your confidence and determina‑ et is Neptune, you are simple, dignified, you will be successful unexpectedly. You
gious, mentally strong, enthusiastic, lov‑ avoid your problems. You should also tion will be at peak so you will perform unique, charismatic, reliable, trustwor‑ will be able to get many projects, which
able, respectable, determined, devoted, take care of the health of you parents. better than ever this year. You may not thy and confident. You have a great you help you establish as a good busi‑
and courteous. You are self dependent Finance this year: Financial gains will like the behavior of your seniors. You leadership skill and you are very cre‑ nessperson. You should go for invest‑
and have a great leadership quality. You be plenty for you this year as your past need to deal diplomatically with the ative. You should not be pessimistic and ments in real estate and stock market.
are able to take quick decisions. investments would pay of f. You may unpleasant situations arising at your show your stubbornness. Career this year: Your professional
However, you need to take care of you start few new business ventures. You workspace. Health this year: As far as your health ability and skills will take you to new
nature of being arrogant and stubborn. may expand your business in foreign as Romance this year: Your spouse will is considered you may go through minor heights. You will be admired by your
Health this year: Your health will well. Do not trust new people as they be supportive enough throughout the health issues this year. However, regular peers and seniors for your high produc‑
remain good throughout the year. may prove untrustworthy. Do not lend a year in crucial times. You can rely on medical checkups and proper medica‑ tivity. You should help others at office
However, you need to go for regular fit‑ big amount of money. your partner for any kind of support tion will solve this problem. You may go as it will be considered as a positive
ness programs or practice yoga and Career this year: Being a hardworking may be financial or emotional. You for Yoga and meditation classes to pointer during your appraisal.
meditation for better results. Do not professional, you may create wonders should get married this year as this is remain healthy. Romance this year: Your relationship
avoid your regular medication. Look out for your organization. You need to learn the best time for you. Finance this year: Your financial con‑ with your partner or beloved will be
the health of your family members as more and look for better options. You ditions will be very stagnant this year. strengthened as day passes. You may
they may fall ill frequently. may not get your expected promotion or 15th May, 2018 As you will not earn much or spend decide to get married this year if you are
Finance this year: Sudden gain in salary hike in spite of your hard work Traits in you: As you are influenced by much, you will lead a peaceful life in in a long term relationship.
money may surprise you. Your pending and efficiency. your ruling planet Venus, you are very money matters. You may invest for
legal issues will get resolved this year Romance this year: You may get mar‑ energetic, joyful, optimistic, practical, future. Do not lend or borrow money 18th May, 2018
and provide you with ample of money. ried to your long time partner this year. realistic, punctual, determined and kind‑ from your friends or colleagues. Traits in you: Being governed by the
You may go for new investments this If you are already married, this year will hearted. Your helpful nature toward all Career this year: With an enhanced planet Mars, you are adventurous, sensi‑
year as this year seems to be profitable bring you the joy of being in a marital help you earn friends and popularity confidence and brushed up skills, you tive, courageous, emotional, hard work‑
for you. Do not trust strangers in busi‑ relationship. Do not create any unpleas‑ wherever you go. Your friends are quite will become very successful profession‑ ing, charismatic and punctual. You are
ness. Do not lend any money this year ant situation at home as it may weaken fond of your company. ally. You will do justice to the role full of enthusiasm and ambitions. You
as you face a straight loss. your relationship with your spouse. Health this year: You will remain fit assigned to you. You may get promotion should try and avoid your shyness and
Career this year: You will be over and fine throughout this year. However, or a hike in your current salary. If you stubbornness.
ambitious as far as your career goals are 14th May, 2018 the health issues of your family mem‑ are in creativity field, this year will Health this year: Your health may
concerned. Take time to plan your Traits in you: The influence of your bers may put you in immense pressure. bring you much more success and remain disturbed throughout the year
career. Do not be in a hurry for a job ruling planet Mercury makes you You need to secure the health of your recognition. because of some minor ailments. If you
change. You will improve your skills and dynamic, unique, smart, confident, family member by investing some Romance this year: Your marital life do not take proper care of your health
expertise. You will find your work pretty workaholic, knowledgeable, and highly money every year. would be a peaceful one this year. Your you may end up spending a lot of
interesting and it will give you the job independent. You being very social Finance this year: You will be in ample partner will be supportive enough in money for your treatment. You should
satisfaction you wanted. loved by your friends and you are capa‑ financial gains this year. Your new busi‑ every tough situation. You should get take preventive actions to avoid health
Romance this year: Your romantic life ble of making friends very soon. You ness ventures will be successful this married this year if you have not mar‑ issues.
would be at its peak this year around. should not become introvert and work year. You should go for new partner‑ ried yet. Finance this year: As far as finance is
Try to sort things out if you have any on your frequent mood swings. ships and businesses as your star favors concerned, you will be earning a lot of
problem with your spouse or partner. Health this year: You need to stop your luck this year. You may go for 17th May, 2018 money. You will be assigned to new
Do not initiate an argument with your your bad habits such as smoking and investments in any sector. Do not spend Traits in you: Your ruling planet the projects and those will be highly yield‑
beloved as it may result in weakening consuming alcohol to remain healthy. unnecessarily in luxury and comfort. Saturn makes you highly dynamic, hard‑ ing for you. You will gain enough profits
your relationship. You should take expert advice from a Career this year: Your communica‑ working, courageous, trustworthy, reli‑ from your past investments. Your
doctor to avoid health related issues. tions skills will be proved instrumental able, courteous and friendly. You are improved financial status may bring you
13th May, 2018 You should take your medicines at time in the overall improvement of your pro‑ very much inclined to music and litera‑ lot of happiness and joy later this year.
Traits in you: As you are ruled by to avoid further complicacy in your fessional career. You will be able to ture. You should work on your impa‑ Career this year: If you are a working
planet Uranus, you are highly energetic, health. Take care of the health of your make enough contacts and you will get tience. You need to enhance your con‑ professional, you may face various pro‑
generous, focused, friendly, humble, spouse and parents as well. regular projects and assignments. You structive ideas as well. fession related problems this year. You
honest, hard working and optimistic. Finance this year: Your new business may get promotions and salary hike Health this year: You will enjoy a pret‑ need to handle all the issues diplomati‑
You are endowed with the ability to deal alliances and partnerships will help you towards the end of the year. ty good health this year. You need to cally else you may lose your job. You
with various kinds of people. You should earn financial stability this year. You Romance this year: If you are yet to be take care of the health of your family may create wonder in the creativity field
control your mood swings and stub‑ will receive all the pending payments in a romantic relationship, this is the members. You need to take extra care of if you are a writer, singer or actor.
bornness to be a better individual. and money you gave away as loans in ideal time to go for one. You will enjoy a your health if you are having some Romance this year: This is a quite
Health this year: You may suffer from the past. You should go for investing in pleasurable relationship with your chronic diseases. You may go for domes‑ good year for women when romance is
stress related sickness throughout the real estates and share market. spouse or partner. tic healthcare instead of allopathic med‑ concerned. You will enjoy a very strong
year. Do not work overtime and take Career this year: You will find your icines as it will give better results for relationship with your spouse. You may
unnecessary stress. You should see a profession hectic enough as you have to 16th May, 2018 your ailments and save your money as decide to get married towards the end of
doctor regularly to get relieved from do overtime due to the project require‑ Traits in you: As your governing plan‑ well. the year.
30 May 12-18, 2018 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

True happiness awaits us within

we experience the astounding joy
There is only one source of within. Those
who learn to meditate can
happiness, that is lasting, that cannot
switch their attention to the
be destroyed by wind, fire, water or source of happiness even in the
midst of sorrow. True, they still
earth. It cannot be taken away from us undergo the outer pains and sor‑
either in this life or at the time of death. rows of life, but they do not affect
them. The ecstasy we experience
The only permanent source of happiness within fill us with happiness and
we are able to overcome prob‑
By Sant Rajinder Singh is God. Some mystics of the East refer to lems. As we meditate and come in
Ji Maharaj God as Sat- Chit-Anand. These words contact with the source of love
within, we begin to spread it to

rom the moment of birth, translate respectively as truth, others. We will be always in tune
every human being wants with the happiness within and will
happiness and does not
consciousness and bliss. (Image : find‑
radiate it to all who come in con‑
want suffering. From the very mystics of the East refer to God as from God and returns to Him. its voyage to the ultimate source tact with us. This leads to expan‑
core of our being, we simply Sat‑ Chit‑Anand. These words When our soul comes in contact of happiness. We are all con‑ sion of self and one becomes a
desire contentment. translate respectively as truth, with this stream, it can travel back scious, all bliss and in a perpetual true citizen of the world with cos‑
We look for happiness in meet‑ consciousness and bliss. on it back to the source. state of happiness. Our worldly mopolitan outlook on life..
ing our emotional needs for love Saints and mystics have been By meditation, the soul begins desires become more trifles when (For more visit
and companionship through our able to realize God within them‑
relationships, with family, friends selves and have shared their

How to improve spiritually

and loved ones. knowledge with humanity. They
We try to find happiness in tell us that God is an ocean of
worldly possessions and relation‑ light, all love and consciousness.
ships. If we analyse, we find that The soul is drop of His essence.
they do not bring the happiness Each of us is actually a drop of By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj stage in which we have zero shortcomings; we would
have improved.

they have promised. We may this blissful awareness. It is only
derive happiness from them for henever we apply for a job and write our By reading the writings of the saints and watching
when we identify with our real
some time, but the loss of any of resume, we try to highlight all the good their lives we can see what a virtuous life looks like.
self that we become moving drops
our possessions or relations things about ourselves and our experi‑ Then, we measure ourselves each day against that
of bliss on earth.
brings untold pain and suffering. ence. Many hide all the difficulties they had in their goal. We count our shortcomings and apply their
The way to tap into this pool is
If our house is destroyed by fire, career and focus on their great achievements. When teachings to conquer each area. The writings of the
simple. It is only a matter of our
we feel as if we have lost every‑ employers read through such resumes they often saints are rich in positive advice on how to overcome
attention. We can direct our atten‑
thing. feel each person is the greatest person who ever failures in the qualities we need. Each day as we hon‑
tion wherever we wish. We can
If we are millionaires and sud‑ lived, because we try to put ourselves in the best pos‑ estly count our failures, we then apply their advice
place it on our body. We can focus
denly become bankrupt, we sible light to land the job. for making the following day more successful. We
it on our mind. Or we can concen‑
become dejected. And if one of When people go to a bank for a business loan, they avoid the pitfalls.
trate our attention on our soul.
our loved one passes away, we are write up all their greatest financial achievements and If we were allergic to a particular food and we kept
Instruction in how to place our
drowned in grief. The happiness best references. They want to appear that they are a taking that food, we know we would have a reaction.
attention on our soul is domain of
we had during the time we had safe client and not a cred‑ Would it be wise for a
spiritual teachers. This process of
our money, belongings and near it risk. They write down person who gets so ill to
concentration or focusing our
and dear ones turns into deep all their business and continue to eat the sub‑
attention is popularly known as
misery from their loss. At some financial successes in stance they are allergic
Meditation. Meditation is focusing
point in the life, we discover that hopes that the loan offi‑ to? No. They should be
one's attention at the seat of the
happiness in the outer world is a cer will grant them a loan. super careful each day to
soul located between and behind
transitory illusion. As long as we When we apply for col‑ avoid such foods.
the two eyebrows. If we can stop
seek happiness in the world, we lege or business school, Similarly, if our actions
putting our attention on our outer
will be disappointed, for all matter we collect all our best ref‑ each day result in failings
eyes and ears for a while and con‑
is subject to decay and destruc‑ erences from former in a particular category of
centrate at the seat of soul, we
tion. Everything in this world teachers so that a college virtue that is keeping us
will tap into the source of happi‑
must perish. Ultimately, we too will find us appealing as a from spiritual growth,
ness and bliss awaiting us within.
must face our physical end and candidate. would we not want to
Spending two hour concentrat‑
must leave behind all that we That is typical in world‑ avoid that behavior so we
ing on the eye focus each day will
cherished. This is the way of the ly affairs. can overcome that prob‑
help our attention withdraw from
world. Looking at the realities of Whereas in worldly lem? Analyzing our short‑
the body. Generally, the sensory
life, we begin to wonder if there is work we always want to comings helps us identify
currents give us sensation in the
any hope for finding real happi‑ appear our best, when it the allergens in our spiri‑
body. It is the sensory currents
ness in the world. comes to spiritual work, we cannot hide who we are tual life so we can avoid and overcome them.
which make us aware of the hear‑
How to find lasting happiness? from the Divine within us. Our progress is an open Let us work on introspecting our weaknesses with
ing, smell, taste and touch. It is
Throughout the ages, the great book. The grace we receive in our spiritual progress honesty. We are not applying for a job with the
through the senses that we can
teachers, sages, saints and is based on our sincere efforts. We cannot hide the Divine and writing spiritual resumes that show us in
see beautiful sights, hearing pleas‑
philosophers of the world have truth of our spiritual gains and failures from the a good light. We cannot hide our failings from the
ing sounds, smelling sweet fra‑
been telling us that true happi‑ Divine. One who sees all. We need to make an honest effort
grances eating delicious foods
ness does exist. But it does not lie One way for us to improve spiritually is to take an to overcome our failures. The beauty of the Divine is
and having pleasurable sensation
in anything in this world. It can honest look at our weaknesses. By doing so, we can the law of compassion and grace. When we are seen
through the sense of touch. If we
only be found within. There is weed them out and see the areas that need improve‑ making an honest effort to weed out our failings, to
withdraw our sensory currents
only one source of happiness, that ment. If we looked at only our successes, we would honestly assess these shortcomings ourselves, even
from the outside world and collect
is lasting, that cannot be get complacent and think we had reached the pinna‑ if we have difficulty, our sincerity is noticed. The
them at the eye focus, a vista of
destroyed by wind, fire, water or cle of glory. Then, we would never change. Divine will respond with compassion and grace. By
Divine Light and Celestial Sound
earth. It cannot be taken away Our shortcomings show us which areas we have to our effort and grace of the Divine, we will achieve
opens for us. We witness the light
from us either in this life or at the do better in each day. Then, by making an effort, we spiritual improvement faster, reaching our goal of
and Sound which emanated from
time of death. The only permanent find that each day we have less failures than the pre‑ union with the Creator. We will see rapid spiritual
God at the dawn of creation Like a
source of happiness is God. Some vious day. Over time, we would ultimately reach a progress in our lives.
current, this stream flows out May 12-18, 2018

This message is sponsored by The South Asian Times. May12-18, 2018