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Angry Americans give up on Obama
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A two-year wonder?
The Ayodhya Report
Dr. R. Nagaswamy, Former Director of Archaeology, Tamilnadu
The days of wine and roses are over and US President Barack Obama stands stripped of the aura that propelled him to office two years ago. Many of the Obama myths, not all of them spun by his campaign managers, stand exposed as that much fiction and no more; there is a distinct air of disenchantment among America's chattering classes who had mistaken cleverly worded slogans for political commitment and seen “hope” in a vacuous promises “Yes we can!” was never elevated to “Yes we shall!”. Instead of demonstrating his claimed abilities to pull America out of its downward economic slide and restoring “values” and “morals”, the Democrats are never short of either and are prone to waxing eloquent on both while hectoring others to domestic and foreign policies, he has failed on both fronts. Contrary to popular expectations and his carefully nurtured public image, Mr Obama has turned out to be anything but a “thinking” President; indeed, his critics would call him “shallow”. He is indecisive, depends on others to take the call and simply lacks the chutzpah without which an American President is no different from the President of one of its client states. Mr Obama thought he would bowl over Muslims around the world and have the Islamists eating out of his hands. He tried to “reach out” to the “Muslim world” by denouncing all that his predecessor
did (or stood for), in all fairness, not to raise his stature but to protect America’s interests. While delivering his Cairo lecture, he glossed over inconvenient facts of history to justify Arab belligerence towards Israel. Nobody, least of all the Arabs, remembers that lecture today. He sought to secure Pakistan’s gratitude by plying that country with more aid than its corrupt Generals and terror-sponsoring institutions could pocket. It’s not surprising that Gen Pervez Musharraf is willing to risk his life and limb by wanting to hop onto the WashingtonIslamabad-Rawalpindi gravy train. The gravy was not as tempting during the Bush Administration years as it has been ever since Mr Obama came to power. Yet, the regular despatch of billion-dollar cheques, the unending supply of arms and ammunition, and the willingness to do business with the Taliban and other assorted criminals have not quite endeared Mr Obama to the Pakistanis. As for Afghanistan, he is seen as a loser by both Pakhtuns and nonPakhtuns; a wimp who confuses policy waffle with action on the ground. Elsewhere in the world, including in its backyard and among its trans-Atlantic allies, Mr Obama does not really matter, nor does the US count for much. If the Republicans trounce the Democrats in tomorrow’s elections, and
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(In response to some misleading reports on the Ayodhya excavations, Dr. R. Nagaswamy, former Director of Archaeology, Tamilnadu, had submitted an article to The Hindu (in 2003) which has not been published till now. But this article was published in Hindu Voice, October 2003 issue. In this article, he draws our attention to a historic judgment relating to the legal claims of a ruined temple delivered not long ago by the London High Court which deserves notice. After the Allahabad High Court judgement on 30th Sept. 2010, the ‘eminent’ historians are once again trying to mislead the public. Hence we reproduce his article. - Editor) Under the orders of the Allahabad High Court the ASI has concluded an excavation at the disputed site of Ayodhya to ascertain whether there was any temple structure in the Babri Masjit area. The report has since been opened and the contents revealed (The Hindu, Aug.25, 2003). According to the report it is held that a massive structure of 10th cent of stone and brick lie buried beneath the site in addition to a carved sculpture and motives. A large number of pillar bases, were found in the excavation conducted
under the supervision of the Special Officer appointed by the court. The ASI in its first part of the report has expressed its opinion and the second carries technical data like drawings, sketches, etc. Even as the excavation was under
way, the contesting parties were giving contradictory views and reports. Predictably the pro-Mosque party has instantaneously dubbed the present ASI report as vague and self-contradictory. The High Court has given six weeks time for both the parties to give their opinion. As evident both the parties were reportedly approaching the subject from a preconceived conclusion but as the Ayodhya issue is of national importance it may be legitimate for non-committed scholars also to study the report in detail together with stratigraphic evidence and photographs of the
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Hinduism in Japan
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Talk of Autonomy is Treason: RSS
Jalgaon, October 31, 2010: The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was held inJalgaon (Maharashtra) from 29-31 October 2010. On the Kashmir issue, the Karyakari Mandal has passed the following Resolution: “ A k h i l B h a r a t i y a Karyakari Mandal ( A B K M ) expresses serious resentment over the way the p r e s e n t turbulence in the Kashmir Valley is being handled by both the State and C e n t r a l governments. The m i s t a k e committed in the past of trying to pamper the separatist and secessionist leaders of the Valley is being repeated this time too. Of particular concern is the lackadaisical attitude of the Central Government in addressing the issue. Never before has the Central Government been perceived as so weak and ineffective before the antics of the StateGovernment, anti- national tirade of the secessionists and their pseudointellectual supporters and unwarranted internationalization of the Kashmir issue. Treacherous speeches amounting to blatant treason right under its nose go unchallenged.
Accession of J&K is Full and Final
October 26, 2010: A few hundred Japanese, mostly middle-aged women, congregate in the courtyard of the Asakusa Shrine in central Tokyo. The five-storey pagoda is ornate and immaculate, not least because it was rebuilt in the 1970s. A bespectacled monk sits at a stall as worshippers paid a few yen to burn incense or ritually rinse hands with spring water. This is the Shoten-cho part of the Japanese capital, famous for its many temples and shrines. Less known is that Shoten, the Noble God, is the Hindu deity Ganapati. And there are temples to Sarasvati and Shiva to be found amid these crowded streets. In the 1830s, say scholars, over 100 Ganapati temples could be found here. Few Japanese and fewer Indians realize most deities worshipped in Japan are of Indian origin. “A majority of Japanese gods are actually Indian gods,” was a common line of the former
Japanese Ambassador to India, Yasukuni Enoki. Hindu deities were imported wholesale from the 6th century onwards. Between “These Indian deities were introduced from China into Japan as Buddhist deities with Chinese names,” writes Sengaku Mayeda of Japan’s Eastern Institute. Thanks to the centuries and translation hurdles, the names and appearances of the gods have become localized to the point of anonymity. An example is Shichifukujin, the popular Japanese sect of the Seven Deities of Fortune. This pantheon includes Sarasvati, Shiva and Vaisravana – under their Japanese names of, respectively, Benzaiten, Daikokuten and Bishamonten. Some names are direct Japanese translations. Daikokuten means “great head god”, a direct translation of one of Shiva’s names, Mahakala. The absorption of Indian imports
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The ABKM reiterates that the integration of J&K including Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzafarabad, Mirpur and Aksai Chin etc into Bharat was full and final with the signing of the Instrument of Accession by the Maharaja of J&K Sri Hari Singh on 26 October 1947 and subsequent seal of approval by Governor General
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The Ayodhya Report
sculptures and pillar bases. No one need to doubt the report of the highly competent department like ASI but it would help public opinion from a neutral stand to understand the intricacies of the result. The ASI needs to facilitate this study by publishing immediately, the reports with drawings, photographs etc for public assessment, with the approval f the Court. Assuming that the ASI opinion mentioned in the report is correct, a historic judgment in an earlier case regarding the legal right of a ruined temple, delivered by the London High court deserves attention. “As long as even a single slab belonging to the ancient ruined temple is found in the site, the temple continues to exist in the eye of law and has its right to claim its possession” was the historic judgment delivered by the London High Court with the reference to an ancient Hindu temple that was ruined and remained with out worship for long. The Appeal Court in London, presided over by three senior judges to which the case was taken upheld this judgment, but the case was taken to the Privy Council and the apex court also upheld the judgment. Thus three Foreign courts that command greatest respect in the world of judiciary held that the presence of even one slab in the site empowers the ancient temple to be treated as an existing entity in the eye of law, irrespective of whether the temple was in ruins or was not under worship. This decision of the London high Court was delivered hardly fifteen years ago when the then Congress Government headed by late Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister of India, who enthusiastically supported and got the case filed in the London high Court in the now famous London Nataraja case. The present writer appeared in the case as an Expert witness in that case on behalf of Government of India. One of the Pivotal arguments in the case advanced by the Indian Government was “once a temple, it remains always a temple”. The history of the case is as follows. A group of Bronze Idols including a Nataraja, was found in a land behind a ruined Chola temple at Pattur, in Tanjore District. The idols were found by a labourer who sold the Nataraja to an antique dealer and the image was smuggled out of India and was caught in London by the Scotland Yard Police. The Government of India filed a case in the London High Court claiming the Nataraja as a property of the ruined temple. Among the various legal points raised in the case, a few are relevant. What constitutes the Hindu temple? Is it the structure, or the space around it or the enshrined image? When the temple has been ruined and worship ceased, whether it could claim ownership? The court agreed that not only the building and the image but also the consecrated space around the religious building constitutes the temple. The temple ritual treatises mention various causes of ruin such as vegetation on the buildings, fire, floods, earthquakes and the like besides destructions by enemy during invasion. Having examined the ritual and historical position, the court came to the decision “so long as even one stone slab belonging to the ancient temple is found in the site, the temple continues to exist in the eye of law. Any ruined temple could be brought back to worship at any point of time by purificatory rites”. The ASI, which is aware of this judgement, may be expected to appraise the Allahabad High Court while submitting the opinion and further clarifications The opinion of other Archaeologists who study the report from an objective angle may also be assistance in this case. It would also help to dispel the view that the ASI repot is “vague and contradictory” as claimed by the other side. Whatever be the case, one thing seems to be certain that the vexed question of this case seems to be nearing an end.
Accession of J&K is Full and Final
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Angry Americans give up on Obama
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seize the Senate and House majorities, even by the narrowest of margins, then Mr Obama will be reduced to, let’s face it, a lame-duck President. Congress will threaten to spike his proposals; he will threaten to veto the Congress’s objections; Congress will dare him; and so it will continue. A year can be a very short time in American politics: By the end of 2011, Mr Obama will have to get into re-election mode. But that’s the tricky bit. There are already indications that the Democrats may not want to field their wonder boy for a second term. An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks Poll conducted during the mid-term campaign shows that Democratic voters are “closely divided over whether Mr
Obama should be challenged within the party for a second term in 2012”. That “glum assessment carries over into the nation at large, which is similarly divided over whether Mr Obama should be a oneterm President”. These are still early days and politics can take strange, unanticipated twists and turns. But the fact that the proverbial knight in shining armour should find himself staring at the very real possibility of being hoisted off his steed in so unceremonious a manner cannot but be discomfiting for Mr Obama and his fast diminishing-ranks of dreamyeyed supporters.
Hinduism in Japan
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was probably eased by the common animist base of indigenous Shintoism. Temples to Brahma, Kubera and other Hindu-derived deities are scattered all over Japan. The Shibamata and Katsushika wards of Tokyo have Indra temples. Many will show these gods on either side of a Buddha image. The suffix “ten” derives from deva and was once a way to denote a god with Indian origins. Religion is a declining force in Japan. The country is half atheist. But, said one Japanese official when I asked him, troubled economic times has made the temple popular among the young again.
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Mountbaton on 27 October 1947. Successive and successful democratic elections to the State Assembly since mid50s have ratified the integration. Indira Gandhi - Sheikh Abdullah Accord, Nov 1974 puts full stop to any further controversy over the status of the State's integration. The ABKM reaffirms that J&K is an integral part of Bharat and any challenge to that issue in the name of Azadi is nothing short of treason. Azadi has become a euphemism for Islamist and pro-Pakistan secessionism. The ABKM takes strong exception to the statement of the Chief Minister of J&K in the State Assembly that J&K has 'only acceded but not fully merged with' Bharat 'like other Princely states'. Through his immaturity and inefficiency he has already brought the state into the vortex of violence. With an eye on vote banks he deliberately allowed the violence to perpetuate by not controlling it with iron hand. Through his statements on several occasions he created an atmosphere against his own security forces. And now he openly started speaking the language of the secessionists and their Pakistani mentors. The ABKM is aghast at the way senior Ministers in the Central Government, in stead of condemning him, sought to support him thus exposing their own ulterior political games at the cost of nation's integrity. The ABKM notes with grief that it is this secessionist leadership, which is always held as representative of the State although a large section of the population of the State is pro-Bharat and patriotic. This section includes pro-Bharat (nationalist) Muslims in the Valley, the Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs, Shias , Pahadis, Buddhists of Ladakh, Gujjars and Bakrawals of the State, people of Jammu region and several lakhs of refugees and others who don't have State Subject status even after 60 years. The ABKM urges the Government to talk to all these sections – especially the Kashmiri Pandits, refugees of the PoK and West Pakistan refugees that have stood firmly for Bharat in spite of being the victims of the atrocities of the secessionist and terrorist elements. The experience so far has been that it is the secessionists and terrorists that are pampered by the successive governments while pro-Bharat elements are always dismissed with contempt. The ABKM regrets that this time also during the visit of the all-party delegation to the State the separatist leaders, who should have been delegitimized by the delegation, have in stead been provided big importance whereas there was no time for the leaders to listen to the pro-Bharat patriotic people. The ABKM wishes to remind the government that the secessionists and terrorists have lost their ground in the Valley due to the valiant fight put up by our security forces in the last 2 decades. Around 5000 of our security personnel have laid down their lives fighting these forces. They continue to fight these forces in the Valley with their hands tied up and backs to the wall. Instead of supporting and strengthening them the government, some intellectuals and a section of the media are bent upon vilifying them. The ABKM deplores this attitude of running down our security forces in the name of baseless allegations of human rights violations. We should not forget that the intefada-style terrorism deployed by the secessionists now a days is only a strategic shift in the same terror that they have been indulging in from the beginning. Whether it was the attack of the Kabaili
tribesmen in 1947-48 or the wars of '65, '71 and '99 or the terrorism and proxy war of the '90s or the new wave of stonepelting agitational terrorism – all these are different forms of terrorism employed by our neighbour in J&K. The stone-pelting terrorism in a way betrays the cruel and inhuman face of the secessionist leadership in which the leaders push young boys in the forefront with stones and make them scapegoats. More than 3000 security personnel were injured, many grievously, in the recent spate of stone pelting in the Valley. The ABKM views the demand for withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the Disturbed Areas Act as a dangerous one fraught with serious consequences to the national security. J&K is a sensitive border state requiring continuous movement of armed forces and also infested with terrorism sponsored by our neighbor. It is important that our security forces are equipped with sufficient powers to deal with the situation and the AFSPA is one such Act that can't be dispensed with. While the Government including the Prime Minister is bent upon withdrawing the Act in their effort to bend backwards to please the secessionists the Army and the security establishment is strongly resisting any such dangerous move. The ABKM strongly decries the statements and actions of the Group of Interlocutors, which betray their lack of depth and understanding of the issues involved. Statements emanating from the members of the group go against the stated position of our Parliament through the 1994 unanimous resolution. The Group lacks not only vision and expertise but also legitimacy, as it doesn't have the mandate of either the parliament or the country. The Group is acting overtly in support of the secessionists and Pakistan thus greatly harming our interests. The ABKM deplores the reckless attitude of the Central Government in appointing such a group of biased individuals for such an important mission and calls for its immediate disbanding. The ABKM is of the considered opinion that the Central Government is succumbing to foreign pressures and trying to create a favourable atmosphere for secessionist forces in the Valley. Repeated statements of the ministers about finding a 'political solution to the J&K problem' are nothing but a euphemism for granting more autonomy. It is to create such an atmosphere that they are using all the forums like the all-Party delegation, the Group of Interlocutors and even some members of the political establishment. The ABKM reiterates that the direction of our efforts should be towards reaffirming the status of complete integration of J&K in the true spirit of our Constitution and the 1994 unanimous Resolution of our Parliament and not towards autonomy or pre-1953 status. The ABKM warns the Government that any move to further alienate J&K will be strongly resisted by the people of the country including the patriotic people of J&K. It calls upon all the political parties to rise above their differences to ensure that the Government doesn't compromise on vital national interests in the context of the J&K problem. The ABKM calls upon the countrymen to understand and undo the machinations of all these forces that are bent upon destroying the unity and integrity of our nation in the name of autonomy and political solution to J&K issue. Autonomy is like a post-dated cheque for another partition, which the country shall never accept.”
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I am not Indian: SAR Geelani Our State is Christian – ABVP and BJYM protest claims Meghalaya
October 25, 2010: Nagpur, October 25, 2010: Meghalaya Government has given very surprising information that their State is Christian. Mr. Harishchandra Pawar, retired administrative officer and activist of Human Rights from Mangalurnath, had asked a question under right to information (RTI) to the State Government of Meghalaya, against which the State Government has given the above answer. This has been reported by ‘Dainik Tarun Bharat’ recently. Smt. M. Mani, the additional Secretary of Information and Public Relations as also the Rural Development Department has replied to the letter in writing to Mr. Pawar. In the letter, she says, “Our State is a Christian State, therefore, we have holiday on Sunday. Nobody goes to work on Sunday. Even the markets are closed on Sundays, therefore, there is no question of working on Sundays.” Mr. Sachin Kulkarni, another activist of Human Rights Commission from Mangalurnath said, “This has brought forth the true picture of conversions undertaken by Christian missionaries and the seriousness of the problem. If it is considered as the mistake in writing today, it can be the cause of religious insolence tomorrow. It is only due to the Congress Government at the Centre that the Christians have become so bold. The Congress workers on one hand treat the writer of Constitution as a divine form and on the other hand, they blow the Constitution to pieces. Why are they sowing the poison of creation of a State and reservations on the basis of religion? Do we hand over Kashmir to Muslims, Punjab to Sikhs and even other States like Bodoland or Gurkhaland? Today, Hindus are becoming minority in many States.” Hansraj Ahir, MP has sent the letter to the Prime Minister, demanding action against the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma. Ahir has received an acknowledgment of the said letter from Mr. Pruthviraj Chavan; but no action has yet been taken against Mani. Is the secular Central Government going to take stringent action against Meghalaya State Government for their anti-Constitutional claim? (Courtesy: Sanatan Prabhat) Kolkata, 30 October, 2010: After Kashmiri separatist hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and author Arundhati Roy got heckled for their alleged secessionist remarks at a seminar in New Delhi last week, it was the turn of Delhi University professor Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani Geelani in Kolkata on Saturday. After the seminar in New Delhi demanding `Azadi` for Kashmir, a similar seminar also titled `Azadi` was organized at Vivekananda Hall in Jadavpur University today (30th October 2010) by a Maoist student group called UDSF (United Students Democratic Front) with the notorious secessionist and accused in Parliament Attack case, S.A.R. Geelani as the main speaker.
Campaign” against India. In this sudden and brutal attack amidst anti-national slogans and obscenities hurled at the patriotic members of the audience by the organizers comprising some notorious Maoists elements like Debolina Chakraborty, who was recently named by the West Bengal police as a collaborator in the Maoist atrocities in West Bengal, many ABVP and BJYM activists were grievously injured. After this attack ABVP and BJYM activists organized a road block in front of the University Gate blocking the main arterial road for over an hour in protest against the brutal attack and the antinational seditious speeches at the
BJP calls for Jammu bandh on Nov 8 against 'accession remarks'
Jammu, November 02, 2010: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday called for Jammu bandh in protest against chief minister Omar Abdullah's recent statement on Jammu and Kashmir's instrument of accession with India, on November 8, the scheduled opening day to re-open of the government offices in the winter capital after traditional 'Durbar Move'. Addressing a press conference here today, BJP state president Shamsher Singh Manhas said, "We will welcome the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister with protests besides Jammu bandh when the Civil Secretariat will open here on November 8." BJP leader said the bandh call has been given in protest against chief minister's statement regarding Jammu and Kashmir agreement of accession with rest of India. He pointed out that it is shocking that despite holding a responsible chair in democratic set up of the state, the chief minister spoke the language of separatists. He also said Omar Abdullah should either seek apology from people of the state or resign from the chair. The BJP leader said that people of Jammu should not only protest Omar's remarks, but also unite against and gherao the Congress ministers who did not react to chief minister's statement in the Legislative Assembly on October 6. He said that there will be a complete shut down on November 8 and added that the call has been supported by all social, political and religious organisations besides transporters. Meanwhile in continuation of party's week long programmes to celebrate the Accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India, BJP Mahila Morcha activists, under the leadership of Sakina Bano, organised a "Pledge Ceremony" at Kachi Chawni late in the evening of Monday and illuminated the Map of India and took pledge to safeguard national interests and defeat the designs of anti-national elements in the state. Morcha president Sakina Bano said the chief minister's remark was aimed to divert the attention of the masses as he has failed to ensure security and safety of the people.
At the outset of the seminar, a speaker Mr. Siddhartha Guha Roy gave a speech in which he harped on the so-called ‘independent’ history of Kashmir and asserted that Kashmir should be separated from India. All over the venue, posters and banners put up by the organizers openly demanded ‘Azadi’ for Kashmir. When a member of the audience Mr. Arun Shaw asked the speaker a question about the role of a lion hearted nationalist leader, Dr.Shyamaprasad Mukherjee, in integrating Kashmir with the rest of India, the Maoist organizers suddenly rushed towards him and started an unprovoked physical attack on him. There soon started a free for all with the organizers using sticks and rods which they had stocked beforehand for an obviously pre-planned attack, to beat up all the patriotic members of the audience mostly ABVP(Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and BJYM (Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha) activists who had gathered there in large numbers. Some of the ABVP & BJYM activists, shouted slogans, "Go back Geelani! This is no place for a Pakistani agent!". They waved black flags and later went on a dharna outside the university campus. They said the seminar participants had claimed of “a Kashmir that did not belong to India”. This is nothing but an open “Hate
seminar. It is significant that members of the public joined the blockade in large numbers when they saw the issue, despite being inconvenienced by the blockade. ABVP has submitted a police complaint in Jadavpore Police Station demanding the arrest and legal proceedings against the organizers of the secessionist and seditious seminar along with all those involved in the brutal physical attack including Debolina Chakraborty and her gang. ABVP state President Prof. Rabi Ranjan Sen demands that the organizers be booked on grounds of sedition as well as grievous assault. ABVP also demands that an enquiry should be conducted against the authorities of Jadavpur University as to how they granted permission to hold an anti-national and seditious seminar titled ‘Azadi’ within the University campus, where posters openly advocated ‘Azadi for Kashmir’. Who have allowed such posters to be put up all over the venue and a notorious and known antinational person like Geelani, accused in the Parliament attack case and against whom an FIR has already been filed for his seditious speech in the LTG Auditorium, New Delhi on 21st October, was allowed to visit the campus and speak against the unity and integrity of India?
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RSS chief to lead nationwide protests
New Delhi, November 01, 2010: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has decided to hit the streets on the issue of saffron terror. Sangh, which has been on the back foot after the names of some of its functionaries were linked with cases of bomb blasts, has drawn up protest plans as its top brass decided to aggressively counter the terror allegations being hurled at it. The Sangh’s top leadership had been in a huddle for the past three days in Maharastra’s Jalgaon and sources said the overwhelming view was that the outfit should strongly come out against attempts to link it with saffron terror rather than leaving it to the BJP. The trigger, of course, was the Indresh Kumar episode and the assessment was that his name was unnecessarily dragged into the Ajmer blast case by by top leaders of Congress party. The Sangh leadership has directed its cadre to hold street protests on November 10 to protest what it felt attempts to defame the RSS. "This is a political conspiracy and all these charges are baseless and an attempt to malign me and defame my organisation," Indresh told reporters. "We believe in the judicial process and Indian Constitution. Everything will be clear," he said. To a query on how his telephone number figured in one of the diaries of the accused he said, "anybody's number can be in anyone's diary. It does not mean or prove anything." During the three-day meeting of the Sangh conclave, the RSS discussed ways to counter the arrest of its men in the blasts. And now the Sangh Parivar has thrown its weight behind Indresh. On November 10, the RSS will hold a nationwide protest against what it calls a witch hunt against it, by the Congress. And for the first time since the Emergency, the RSS chief will be heading the protests. "The Home Minister's made an inappropriate comment using the phrase 'Hindu terror'. We are protesting against that," said RSS leader Suresh Joshi. But the protests won't end the jitters in the Sangh Parivar, as the Rajasthan government has openly hinted that Indresh's interrogation is imminent. And that the ATS probe may reach more RSS men.
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A Congress ‘adarsh’?
As each new day brings to light further murky details about the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam, it increasingly appears that the entire top leadership of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress, including those holding high office in the UPA Government, is a tainted lot. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as well as his predecessors, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh and Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde, both of whom are Cabinet Ministers in the Union Government, clearly had more than a finger in the pie. They facilitated the blatant conversion of Army land meant to be used as a park into land for a housing society in Colaba - there can’t be a better address in Mumbai - and have obviously benefited from the services rendered by them: Mr Chavan’s close relatives have been allotted at least three apartments in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society. Initially, permission was sought (and given) to build an apartment block for the widows of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation during the Kargil conflict. That was a clever ruse to grab the land; later, the bye-laws were changed to enable the ‘promoter’, by all accounts a dubious individual, to sell the apartments on a commercial basis. Needless to say, there’s nothing ideal about Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society: It makes a mockery of the law; it belittles the sacrifice by our men in uniform; it shows powerful Congress leaders as venal and corrupt to the core; and, it casts aspersions on the integrity of senior officers of the Indian Army and Navy. This is not the first time that politicians have been caught with their hands in the till. Nor is it the first time that a scam of such magnitude has been pulled off under the watch of a Congress (or Congress-led) Government. Whether in New Delhi or in the States, Congress leaders are known to have misused authority to feather their nests. The grand larceny in the name of the Commonwealth Games is an example. Given the fondness of its leaders for the loaves and fishes of office, the Congress has not tried to restrain its allies from indulging in corruption - it lacks the moral courage to take a stand against corrupt practices; it has a corrupting influence on our political system; and, it would want to encourage all-round corruption so that the misdeeds of its leaders do not get highlighted. Recall how Mrs Indira Gandhi had sought to justify corruption as a way of life and hence perfectly acceptable. Having said that, it would be in order to raise some questions about the ease with which the scam was pulled off without facing any obstacles. The 31-storey luxury apartment block did not come up overnight. The Estate Division of the Army would have known about the patently illegal land-grab and the subsequent construction work. Did officials charged with the responsibility of looking after Army property report the obvious scam to their superiors at headquarters? If they did, then why was the scam not scuttled in the initial stages? If they did not, then why did they remain silent? That two former Generals and a retired Admiral of the Navy were allotted apartments on a preferential basis at a ‘reduced price’ reflects poorly on them as well the administrative structure of the defence forces. There is no reason to believe that these high profile beneficiaries are ‘innocent victims’ - to believe so would be tantamount to insulting their intelligence. If the Congress is not denuded of all sense of shame, then it should immediately sack those of its leaders who actively participated in the scam from the public offices they hold. Mr Chavan is not fit to be Chief Minister; Mr Deshmukh and Mr Shinde cannot be trusted with important portfolios in the Union Cabinet. There is no reason why action against them and others should be delayed, unless, of course, the Congress wants to cover up the scandal.
(Courtesy: The Pioneer Edit Desk, November 02, 2010).
It is a welcome step: Swamy
Chennai, November 02, 2010: Dr. Subramanian Swamy, President of Janata Party, has welcomed the nation wide agitation by RSS. In a statement issued here on 2nd November 2010, he said: “The Home Minister Chidambaram’s inane comment on ‘Hindu Terror’ acts is actually a Home Ministry project of 200406. With the explicit approval on exercise of her extra-constitutional authority Ms.Sonia Gandhi had instructed the then Intelligence Bureau Director to recruit army, Hindu sadhus and sadhvis on the call of ‘patriotism’ and thus motivated them to commit acts of terror to polarize the Muslim community against Hindus. In 2007, Ms.Gandhi ordered the termination of this clandestine operation that she had order in 2004. She then used the project to discredit the Hindutva movement by targeting innocent and unsuspecting persons, focussing on RSS persons. The framing of the Kanchi Shankaracharya in the Sankaraman murder case was also on the instruction of Ms.Sonia Gandhi to Ms. Sasikala. Ms.Jayalalitha the then CM, being a performing ‘circus lion’ in front of the ‘ring master’ Ms.Sasikala, obliged and hence the Shankaracharya was arrested. The foreign Christian missionary lobby has been against the Shankaracharya because he had tried to co-opt Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes into the Hindutva movement. I therefore welcome the RSS decision to launch a nation wide agitation to expose this slandering and framing of Mr.Indresh Kumar, and the RSS as an organization.
Inflammatory speeches Rahul & Roy Summoned
Chandigarh, October 29, 2010: A court here Friday issued summons to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and authoractivist Arundhati Roy on a complaint by a local human rights activist against the two for making 'inflammatory' speeches. Civil judge Ranjeev Kumar asked Gandhi and Roy to appear before the court Jan 17. 'We had filed a joint petition against Rahul Gandhi and Arundhati Roy in the district court yesterday (Thursday). The judge has taken this petition very seriously and summoned both of them to the court and asked them to submit their reply,' Thakur, who heads NGO Global Human Rights Council, told IANS. 'Campaigning in Bihar, Rahul Gandhi had compared RSS with SIMI. Arundhati Roy is already facing the wrath from various quarters over her controversial remarks on Kashmir. Latest: Ranchi, November 02, 2010: An RSS worker from Ranchi, Ashish Singh, has recently filed two petitions in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate here — one each against AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and authoractivist Arundhati Roy. Singh wants the magistrate to initiate a criminal case against Rahul Gandhi for terming the RSS a terrorist organisation, similar to the SIMI, at a public meeting in Bhopal on October 6. In case of Roy, Singh has said her observations that Kashmir is not an integral part of India should be considered as seditious. In his petition against Roy, Singh has sought initiation of criminal proceedings against her under the IPC’s Section 124 A. However, the CJM, instead of issuing a directive to lodge FIRs against Rahul and Roy, referred the petitions to the court of Judicial Magistrate (JM) to examine if the allegations made in these petitions were worth initiating proceedings in. The JM has fixed November 22 and 24 to hear the merit of Singh’s petitions.
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Kashmiri Pandits lodge police complaint
New Delhi, October 29, 2010: Since there has been no action on part of the Central Government against separatist Hurriyat leader SAS Geelani, writeractivist Arundhati Roy and others for their provocative speeches advocating secessionism at a seminar in the Capital last week, a criminal complaint was filed against Geelani, Roy and others at a police station in the national Capital on Thursday. The complaint for registration of FIR against them has been filed at Tilak Marg police station, and according to the complainant, the police has promised investigation and “if the case suits, then a FIR will be filed within two days,” which may prompt the police to take action against Roy, Geelani and others. In the complaint addressed to the SHO of Tilak Marg police station, Sushil Pandit said that he waited for the last seven days for the Government to take formal action but they failed due to conspicuous reasons. “The Ministry of Home Affairs has lately shown no keen interest to move ahead with the case. We, therefore, decided to move as private citizens who attended the said event and went to Tilak Marg police station to file a formal complaint. The concerned SHO has assured inquiry into our complaint and further action. We expect him to file an FIR over the complaint that he has accepted. If there is no action within next 72 hours, we’ll use further legal rights available with us to get the accused booked,” Pandit said in his complaint, a copy of which is available with The Pioneer. Quoting from the speech of Arundhati Roy, the complainant has mentioned to Delhi Police that Roy’s speech advocated break-up of India and especially of Kashmir from India by solidarity between all those fighting the tyrant Indian state. “Hollow-super power, which cannot feed two-thirds of its population that earns barely Rs.20 per day. Not only Kashmir wants azadi from India, but India also wants azadi from Kashmir,” Roy was quoted further. It was further alleged that Roy said “such a state must be destroyed by all those who are opposed to it by working together”. Reacting to this statement, Geelani had remarked on the dais of LTG Auditorium that “support of Arundhati Roy for the freedom struggle of Kashmiris will always be remembered and appreciated by the Kashmiris”. It might be noted that on October 21, 2010 a group of separatists and their sympathisers, including Naxalites from all over the country took part in a seminar titled Azadi: The Only Way at LTG Auditorium in the heart of the national Capital. The speakers included SAS Geelani, Parliament attack accused and later acquitted Prof SAR Gilani, author-activist Arundhati Roy, Vara Vara Rao, selfacclaimed media critic Shuddhabrata Sengupta and leaders of Dal Khalsa and various others. “The conference was anchored by SAR Gilani. I could recognise him as the same person who was convicted in Parliament attack case and sentenced to death by trial court and confirmed by High Court, before being acquitted by the Supreme Court on technical grounds,” says the complaint. It also pointed out the speech and remarks made by Gilani and quoted him “those who do not agree with the demand of azadi could leave the place (LTG Auditorium) and let the seminar continue”. “We were outraged to see antinational elements abuse our nation. We are dismayed by the Government’s inaction in this case. The contents of the said seminar were inflammatory in nature and instigated communal passions. Since it could harm communal harmony in our country we had informed the local DCP in advance about the event, who assured us action. Unfortunately, those who protested against this communal anti-India gathering waving tri-colour were forcibly evicted out of the venue during the course of the seminar,” said Aditya Raj Kaul, member of a group of displaced Kashmiris. Pandit in his formal complaint said that there is a violation of the penal law and an offence of sedition under Section 124 A of the IPC has been committed. Also admittedly, the delivering of a speech of this nature is a clear offence under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967
BJP protest outside Arundhati's residence
New Delhi, October 31, 2010: A group of BJP women activists on Sunday staged a demonstration outside writer Arundhati Roy's residence in Chanakyapuri area here to protest against her views on Kashmir and government not taking action against her. Scores of BJP Mahila Morcha activists led by Delhi unit chief Sikha Roy went to the writer's residence and shouted slogans against her for views favouring secession of Kashmir from India, a senior police official said. However, he said police rushed to Roy's residence soon after receiving a call about the protest but did not find any activist. "We will see the TV footage and find who is behind the protest. As of now, we cannot deny or confirm anybody's involvement," he said. Senior BJP leader Smriti Irani said the party activists protested against Roy's views on Kashmir and government's "inaction" in registering a case of sedition against her. "Roy is making comments against the country where she lives in. Freedom of expression cannot be used as a blank cheque. We want the government to take action against her," Irani said. At a seminar in the capital on 'Azadi-The Only Way' earlier this month, Roy had said "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this." She shared the dais with Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani Roy and proMaoist intellectual Vara Vara Rao among others. Geelani was heckled by a section of the audience with one of them throwing a shoe. Though there were calls for booking Roy and others under sedition, Government had decided not to register any case against them saying they did not want to give them undue publicity. In another development, a group of Kashmiri Pandits are likely to approach Saket Court tomorrow seeking judiciary's intervention in registering a case against Roy and others for their stand on Kashmir. "We have decided to approach court tomorrow asking judiciary's intervention in registering a case against Roy and others," said Aditya Raj Kaul, an activist. "The move comes as police did not take action on a complaint filed by one Sushil Pandit," he claimed.
J&K Interlocutors’ stand unacceptable
New Delhi, October 29, 2010: The Joint Forum of Kashmiri Pandit organisations held a press conference today at Jammu. The Press conference was addressed by S/Shri A.N.Vaishnavi, President, All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir, H.L.Chatta, General Secretary, ASKPC, D.N.Kissu, Chairman, NCMCC, Virender Raina, Joint Forum Spokesperson. Shri A.N.Vaishnavi took a serious view of the evolving political scenario in the state. The uncalled for statements of the Interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Dilip Padgoanker such as terming the Kashmir issue as a “dispute” and asking Kashmiri youth to “prepare road map for azadi” cannot be taken lying down. These statements are unacceptable to the nationalist forces in the J&K state. The statement that “focus of this dialogue is to seek as large area of agreement as you can to get to arrive at a comprehensive, political settlement of the Kashmir dispute” transgresses the stated Indian position on Kashmir and the unanimous Parliamentary resolution of 1994 on J&K state. Kashmir is politically a settled issue and cannot be reopened for the caprice and whims of the anti-national elements that are bent upon to balkanize the country. Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo maintained that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir has taken place in the same manner in which it took place in case of other princely ruled states of India in 1947. We need to understand that the Jammu and Kashmir state has always been the ‘cynosure’ for the State of Pakistan which made all attempts in the past to create trouble in J&K state. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution has proved to be the constitutional bedrock of Islamic secessionism and terrorism in Kashmir. The demands like autonomy, self-rule, dual currency and withdrawal of AFSPA from the state are fundamentally the product of the politics of Muslim majoritarianism and precedence in the Jammu and Kashmir state. Kashmiri Pandits as the indigenous people of the Kashmir valley treat accession as full, final and irrevocable. Shri H.L.Chatta said that the decision to boycott the Interlocutors this time has been taken keeping in view the importance of national issues in the state. It seems that the Interlocutors coupled with some so-called human rights activists and intellectuals of India have already set in motion the process of balkanization of the nation into motion. The community of Kashmiri Pandits has a bounden duty to expose the nefarious designs and we cannot compromise with any position that is detrimental to the national interests in the State. The Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir have made the situation more complicated because of their
Bajrang Dal warns Arundhati
Raipur Oct. 30, 2010: Bajarang Dal chief has advised writer Ms. Arundhati Roy not to adopt the path of MF Husain misinterpreting the right to freedom of expression. Any act which lead to separation /division of the country or challenges the national integration / sovereignty is intolerable. Writers should work for the country, not against it, the National Convener of Bajarang Dal Shri Subhash Chouhan said in a public meeting in today. It is unfortunate that the congress lead UPA Govt. is trying to frame the nationalist leader of RSS in false cases whereas it is turning a blind eye to the anti-national activities of Arundhati, Gilani etc., he added. Speaking in the meeting called to celebrate the Kashmir Vilay Diwas (Kashmir Accession Day) in Govind Pur area, Sri Chouhan said that our country has already taught lession to MF Husain who had played with the sentiments of the country and its values. Ms Arndhati Roy should not follow the same path at the behest of the constitutional right as our citizens could not tolerate any anti national element in the country, whosoever he may by. He also advised Govt of India to impose NSA on these anti national elements immediately to check all such forces.
Don’t adopt path of MF Hussain
unwarranted statements on the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Shri Virender Raina said that the statements of Interlocutors have been responsible for instigating even those sections of the society who otherwise had nothing to do with ‘azadi’ and autonomy. The so-called ‘political settlement of the state’ in other words suggests catering to the lobbies of autonomy and self rule and which again is totally unacceptable to the nation.
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Christianity's Top three performing contributions mostly state of 20-point programme are all BJP negative, Americans say ruled, with Gujarat first!
New Delhi, October 28, 2010: Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government has emerged as the top performer of the Centre''s Twenty Point Prorgamme-2006, while Maharashtra, Bihar and Northeast among others figure at the bottom of the ranking ladder. Besides Gujarat, several other non-Congress states, figure in the top 10 for implementing the Twenty Point Programme that encompasses a host of poverty alleviation and rural development schemes, said a review conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Gujarat was ranked first for performance during April-July 2010 followed by Karnataka, Jharkhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Besides Northeastern states, the worst performers include Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Other states, which hold the first eight ranks in the list are Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. Both states ranked seventh. The BJP ruled Himachal Pradesh was ranked 10. Inaugurating the review meeting of the Twenty Point Programme2006 here, Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Sriprakash Jaiswal today said, "out of 19 parameters monitored on the monthly basis, except a few, the performance of most of them have been very good. "Some of these parameters are: number of scheduled caste families assisted, habitation covered for quality of water supply, houses constructed under Indira Awas Yojana. The Twenty Point Programme was started in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The objective of the programme has been to improve the living standard of the poor and down-trodden sections of the society. The emphasis has also been in streamlining production, procurement and distribution of essential commodities, implementation of agricultural land ceiling and distribution of surplus land, development of handloom sector and workers'' association in industry. The programme has been restructured thrice since its inception in 1975 primarily because of introduction of new schemes and programmes by the government. The first revision was held in 1982 and the second in 1986. The third and last revision took place in 2006. The restructured programme is called Twenty Point Programme 2006. The programme consists of various pro-poor schemes with focus on poverty alleviation, employment generation especially in rural areas, housing, education, family welfare and health, protection of the environment, among others. October 26, 2010: When asked about Christianity's recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits, according to a new survey. The negative contribution cited most was hatred or violence in the name of Jesus, according to the Barna Group survey. Other frequently cited examples included opposition to gay marriage and the Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal. The positive contribution mentioned most was Christians' helping the poor, as well as evangelism and influencing the country's values. "Overall, there was a more extensive and diverse list of complaints about
Christians and their churches than there was of examples of the benefits they have provided to society," said the Barna Group, a Christian firm that researches U.S. faith and culture, in a report released Monday (October 25, 2010). Researchers, who asked openended questions, found that one in four respondents could not name a single positive contribution made by Christians in recent years to American society. Just 12 percent could not think of a single negative contribution. The findings were based on telephone interviews Aug. 16-22 with a random sample of 1,000 U.S. adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
Maoists shoot man for donating land for police picket
Lohardaga (Jharkhand), Nov. 01, 2010: A man was on Monday shot at by Maoists for donating land to the police to set up a picket at Chatti village in Lohardaga district, police said. Chedi Singh was on the hit list of the Maoists ever since he gave his land to the police for setting up the picket, construction for which has been completed, they said. The condition of Singh was stated to be critical and he was referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, they said.
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Norway Refuses Millions of Dollars From Saudi Arabia for Mosque Bldg.
October 30, 2010: The Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre ( known as Bin Gahr Støhre since he ran around apologizing during the Mohammed cartoon crisis) has surprisingly refused millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia to build mosques in Norway. The Saudi government and rich private Saudis want to build mosques that may cost tens of millions of dollars in Norway. The Norwegian foreign Ministry’s answer to Saudi, “It would be a paradox and unnatural if it gave acceptance to funding from sources in a country where there is no religious freedom. We could have just said no, but the acceptance of such money would be a paradox since it is a punishable crime to establish the Christian faith in Saudi Arabia.” The Norwegian foreign ministry said that another giant mosque planned in Tromsø, supported by the Saudis, will get a similar response, and the millions of dollars will be rejected. Just last week the newspaper Nordlys have written an article series with headlines like “Muslim leader in Tromsø linked to terrorist network” and “Islamic Fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia Sponsoring Mosque in Tromsø”. Due to this newspapers excellent investigative journalism, the mayor and ruling parties of the city council in Tromsø have now turned from being all useful idiots to being against the Tromsø Mosque project and wanting to stop it.
Vatican Message for Hindu Feast of Diwali
Vatican City, October 28, 2010: Here is the message sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on the occasion of the Hindu feast of Diwali, the festival of light, which will be observed Nov. 5, 2010. The letter is titled "Christians and Hindus: Toward Enhancing of Mutual Respect, Trust and Cooperation." It is signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the dialogue council, and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, its secretary. * * * Dear Hindu Friends, 1. As in the past, we join you in the celebration of Deepavali, sending you our sincere greetings and congratulations on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. May God, the Supreme Light illumine your minds, enlighten your hearts and strengthen the human bonds in your homes and communities! We wish you all a joy-filled Deepavali! 2. On this occasion, I would like to reflect on how best we can strengthen our friendship and cooperation by mutually ensuring and enhancing respect and trust. 3. Respect is the proper regard for the dignity which naturally pertains to every person irrespective of any external recognition. Dignity implies the inalienable right of every individual to be protected from any kind of violence, neglect or indifference. Mutual respect, therefore, becomes one of the fundamentals for peaceful and harmonious co-existence as well as progress in society. 4. Trust, on the other hand, nourishes every genuinely human relationship, both personal and communitarian. Mutual trust, besides creating an environment conducive to growth and the common good, shapes a shared conviction that we can depend on each other to achieve a common purpose. 5. This shared conviction creates in individuals and communities a readiness and willingness to enter into productive cooperation not only in the area of doing good in general, but also, addressing the grave and unresolved challenges of our times. 6. Applying the above to our engagement in appreciating and promoting interreligious dialogue and relations, we well know that respect and trust are not optional extras but the very pillars on which the edifice of our engagement itself stands. This engagement involving all of us, believers and people who seek the Truth with a sincere heart, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, is "…together to become artisans of peace, in a reciprocal commitment to understanding, respect and love." (Address to the delegates of other Churches and Ecclesial communities and of other Religious traditions, 25 April 2005). Thus, the greater our engagement in interreligious dialogue, the fuller our respect and trust become, leading us to an increase in cooperation and common action. Pope John Paul II, of happy memory, on his first visit to India, said: "Dialogue between members of different religions increases and deepens mutual respect and paves the way for relationships that are crucial in solving the problems of human suffering" (Address to non-Christian leaders, Madras – Chennai, 5 February 1986). 7. As people who hold in common the well-being of individuals and communities, may we give greater visibility with every means in our power to a culture that promotes respect, trust and cooperation. Once again, most cordially, I wish you a happy Deepavali.
Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, President Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Secretary
Communal Tensions Flare Up in Katwa
During Durga Puja, Oct 16, 2010 (Nabami-ninth day) night several Muslims youth gathered in front of a Palita Road Puja Mandap and used abusive and condescending language against Hindus and the Hindu faith in presence of the police. The mandap is near Katwa railroad station in Katwa town (Police Station is Katwa in Burdhwan District of West Bengal). Ujwal Das, a Hindu devotee approached the police personnel and tried to draw their attention to this act by the disturbing elements. The Muslims got upset and started beating Mr. Das. Communal tensions went up in the area. Later a few Hindu youths beat up a Muslim man who they identified as one of the Muslims who were abusing the Hindus at their religious program. A few days later, some milkmen of the Ghosh community were coming through a Muslim area after distributing chana (curdled milk) in Kesia. The Muslims abused them and started a chaos regarding parking. The concerned Hindus were seriously attacked, they randomly hit back to escape from the spot. This escape by the Hindus made the Muslims furious and one of the local religious Muslim criminals named Johny made a visit to Hindu area; the Hindus naturally anticipated that he was there for inspection and strategizing for a well planned attack on the Hindu area, Bandra. The Hindus caught him, took him into a house and beat him severely. The area is still tense and RAF (Rapid Action Force) has been deployed.
Fake money worth Rs 12 lakh crores in India
October 26, 2010: Even as the government of India speaks of taking preventive measures to curb the menace of fake currency, statistics show there is nearly Rs 12,00,000 crore worth of fake currency still in circulation in India. While India managed to seal the fake currency's Pakistan and Nepal route into India to a large extent, Inter Services Intelligencesponsored operatives have furthered their activities by shifting base to Thailand. These elements have been pumping in fake currency into the Indian market with help of operatives of the Dawood gang who have a strong base in Thailand. The key player in this racket today is Aftab Bhakti, a D Gang operative who reports directly to Major Ali and Arshad Khan, both top ranking ISI officers. Bhakti grew in stature, as he had been operating out of Thailand for nearly a decade. During his earlier stint, he coordinated with the mafia in Thailand on behalf of the D-gang. They were primarily into smuggling of drugs. The D gang's network is very deep-rooted in Thailand and there was already an existing route between this country and Bangladesh through which drugs were being smuggled. Earlier, all notes were being printed in Pakistan and then transported into India through Nepal. However, the scenario changed post the November 26 attacks on Mumbai, which prompted the ISI to rethink its strategy. In the current scenario, the notes are being printed in Thailand and then local operatives pump it in to India via Bangladesh. The IB says that the ISI is using the D gang the same manner in which it used it to smuggle arms and ammunition just before the 1993 blasts. The D gang, which was actively smuggling drugs in and out of Pakistan, were given an ultimatum by the ISI to smuggle arms along with the drugs into India if they wanted to continue their business. The same tactic is been used again by the ISI. IB officials say that in the days to come they will use more routes such as the one existing in Dubai too to transport fake currency into India. Experts point out that the reason why fake currency continues to exist in India despite all the security restriction is the meagre control the country has on the paper on which the currency is printed. Almost 98 per cent of the paper, which is used to print Indian currency, is exported from European nations. Currently India relies on 11 firms abroad to import paper. This means that India does not have absolute control over the security features and are heavily reliant on these firms. When the paper is imported, security features such as watermark, magnetic thread and the windowed security thread already exist. Experts say that it is not hard for these terror groups to get access to these notes. All they need to do is incorporate micro lettering and the face of the father of the nation into it.
Saudi Wahhabis Call to Demolish Birthplace of the Prophet and Islamic Sacred Sites
November 01, 2010: The Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice called to demolish seven sacred sites under the pretext that they are used as grave-worshipping (practices contrary to Wahabbi interpretation of Islam) which is discouraged in Saudi Arabia . The Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice called to demolish seven sacred sites under the pretext that they are used as grave-worshipping (practices contrary to Wahabbi interpretation of Islam) which is discouraged in Saudi Arabia . Most prominent Wahhabi clerics support this call alleging that the visit of graves and other holly shrines and sites, is a kind of atheism (Shirk) . The (CPVPV) calls to : 1. Demolish the Birthplace of the Prophet. 2. Demolish the grave of Amina bint Wahb, the Prophet’s mother. 3. Enclose the holy mountain Jabal Al Rahma, (the mountain of mercy), in the plain of Arafat outside Mecca. The pilgrims go to Mount Arafat for the culmination of the hajj, symbolizing the final judgment at the scene of Muhammad's last sermon 14 centuries ago. 4. Enclose Jabal-al-noor (the mountain of light) where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God on this mountain. 5. Put ban on entrance to the graveyard al-Mu'alla in Mecca which includes the grave of Sayyida Khadija bint Khuwailid, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad. 6. Put ban on entrance to the graveyard of Maimoona which includes the grave of (Maimoona), the last wife of the Prophet Muhammad. 7. Demolish the Mosque of bai'a in Mecca. .
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China gets an ashram near Beijing
Most of the questions from the Chinese audience in an interaction with Sri Sri Ravishankar on Sunday revolved round how people could deal with the stress of modern life and preserving family values in a society that is being increasingly influenced by Western ideas. Among those who attended was Man Hu, a middle-aged entrepreneur from Shanghai, who runs a manufacturing plant. “Like everyone else in today’s China, I am under great stress and looking for a way to manage by life in a better way and find some purpose,” she said. Those connected with the project said they were surprised by the positive response from the authorities, who are usually careful about allowing foreign institutions, particularly those with spiritual leanings, to spread their word in China. On Monday, Sri Sri Ravishankar met with Chen Haosu, a former vice-minister in the Propaganda Department and the president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), which invited him to China. “India and China are naturally close, in culture, family values, music and dance,” he told Mr. Chen. “The East has a lot to offer to Sri Sri Ravishankar, founder of the Art of the world to counter the stress Living, inaugurated an Art of Living and ills of society that the West ashram near Beijing on Monday. is facing.” Mr. Chen said he had “great Ravishankar told The Hindu. This is his first visit to China. On expectations” of the visit. “We hope this Monday, he interacted with religious will bring happiness to people. Chinese leaders as well as officials of the people have an enthusiasm and passion Communist Party, who had given sanction for Indian culture. In the past 30 years, for the project. The centre will we have seen fast development of the accommodate 160 students at a time. The Chinese economy. Now, people will also teachers, who are from all over China, had require more spiritual activities.” Sri Sri Ravishankar said the centre undergone training in India. On Sunday, the centre held a would look to engage with the Chinese ceremony with dance performances and civil society, and even involve itself, as it lectures. It was attended by around 500 has in the United States, Canada and people. The organisers said they could Germany where it has centres, in have received a greater audience “of more environmental campaigns such as treethan 3,000,” but doing so would have planting drives. It is also in talks with the required a special permission from the local police here to involve itself in a drug rehabilitation programme. local authorities. Beijing, October 30, 2010: On Monday, the People’s Republic of China got its first ashram. Located a two-hour drive away from here and nestled amid the industrial suburbs of this fast-expanding metropolis, the 165-acre retreat for yoga and meditation was opened by Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living foundation. Billing itself as the first authentic Indian retreat in a country where spirituality is on the rise, the ashram will offer a range of courses. “There is a yearning for spiritual thought in today’s China, and this centre will provide people [with] a path to have cleaner, calmer and happier lives,” Sri Sri
At six, she is yoga trainer to grownups
Allahabad, November 01, 2010: She is barely six years old but calls the shots at a class full of sadhus, housewives and other grownups. Meet Shruti Pandey, a yoga trainer at an ashram in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad district. Pandey, a Class 2 student in the Central Academy, makes a class of about 60 people of varied ages bend and stretch every morning at the Swami Brahmanand Saraswati Kaivalya Dham (SBSKD) in Jhunsi town. 'She is quite punctual about her yoga session, which she starts every morning at 5.30 and continues for one hour,' Pandey's trainer and SBSKD head Hari Chetan Maharaj said. 'She demonstrates 'asanas' (yoga postures) just like any professional yoga trainer. At the same time, she keeps an eye on her students to ensure that all of them follow the right steps to derive maximum benefits out of the exercises they perform,' Maharaj said. When Pandey was just four years old, she started learning yoga at the SBSKD, which was set up by her maternal grandfather Dwij Raj Pathak around 35 years ago. Pandey's father is an official with the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad while her mother is a housewife. 'Shruti is a fast learner. Shruti's family asked us to teach her yoga when she was four,' said Maharaj. 'Frankly speaking, even I was surprised by Shruti's pace of learning.' 'She grasps techniques very quickly unlike other children her age. Within six months of training, she started performing even tough asanas with ease and perfection,' he added. As Pandey attained perfection in asanas, the SBSKD authorities decided to introduce her as a yoga trainer around one year ago.
Asked what prompted Pandey to learn yoga, she replied: 'I got inclined towards yoga when I saw my elder brother performing asanas at home. Initially, I tried but could not succeed; so I insisted my parents make me learn yoga.' At present, there are over 60 people who attend Pandey's yoga session at the SBSKD. 'We are of the view that by charging fees for yoga, we would defeat our main objective of helping people in leading a disease-free life,' said a SBSKD official. Somendra Bharadwaj, a retired teacher and resident of the Alopibagh locality, who has been attending Pandey's Yoga classes for the last four months, said: 'The best thing I like about Shruti is she tries to provide an alternative step or methodology for a complicated asana that may be difficult for older people like me.'
to address problems of displaced Kashmiri Pandits
Jammu, Oct 30, 2010: Expressing concern over the plight of displaced Kashmiri Pandits (KPs), Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Swami of Kanchi Kamkoti Muth (KKM) said here today that the organisation will take steps to help the community. Displaced KPs have been in pain for all these years and therefore KKM has decided to undertake some measures to address the problems of these people, the religious leader said during his fourth visit to the trouble-torn state. A three-member panel of KKM would provide scholarships to needy and deserving students of the community, give financial assistance to the girls for marriages and widows of KPs, he said, adding an institute would be set-up where education would be imparted in Sanskrit and Vedic traditions. Earlier welcoming Shankaracharya, President All India Kashmiri Samaj Moti Koul appealed to the religious leader to enthusiasm in extraditing Q despite Malaysia and Aargentina trying to help India? Why the CBI did not prevent Q from taking the Bofors money.? It is clear that CBI has become make efforts in getting Kashmiri Hindus shrines and temples bill passed, presently tabled in the state Legislature, adding that
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Travesty of Justice & Double Standards
Amit Shah was released at 10.30 Will the Supreme Court and CBI A.M on bail. The CBI with lightning speed, inform the public about the background filed an appeal around 10.30 PM stating of Sohrabuddin? The way Shah and Modi that Shah may tamper with are hunted, it is very clear the evidence. The Supreme that Sohrabuddin must be a with characteristic speed, very honourable personality. ordered Shah to leave Spectrum 2 G scam Gujarat and not to return, till CBI is yet to file a reply to further orders. Fine. the Supreme Court for the The way CBI and last 18 months and Raja is Supreme Court are acting, it continuing as a is clear that Soharabuddin Telecommunication Minister. must be a very very Will not Raja tamper with the important person. He must evidence? Why the be running orphanages, Supreme Court is not educational institutions, must ordering Raja to leave Delhi be helping the destitutes in large and not to return till further orders.? numbers, must be a philanthropist, etc. Why CBI has not shown any
vested elements repeatedly scuttled passing of this bill, thus putting impediment to community”s aspirations to return to the valley. Shankaracharya said he would be returning to Tamil Nadu on November 2 after attending several other religious and social functions in the Jammu region. Congress Bureau of Investigation. And it is a pity that Supreme Court is also becoming a silent spectator in important matters. God alone can save our country.
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