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There’s a good feeling in the air. Three years on, from humble beginnings, the “Pulse of the Kiwi Indian” is beating stronger than ever. Yes, your favourite publication is three years old and we are now even more confident that we are serving Kiwi Indians well judging by the messages of support received on our anniversary and for the services rendered. There is a renewed sense of achievement – backed by community leaders, Government officials and the ordinary man on the street. This issue, being a bumper anniversary special, has attracted numerous congratulatory messages. While anniversaries may be defining moments in their own ways, messages received by the Indian Weekender have been special – from each and every sender listed in this issue. Media here in New Zealand and around the world is often criticised and vilified for creating differences that divide society and nations. One of the most refreshing messages received was from former Government Minister Richard Worth, who has recognised and lauded the newspaper’s influence and contribution towards better cultural and trade relations between New Zealande and India. “Clearly there was space for a community newspaper of high quality to identify aspiration and highlight the unheralded successes of those of Indian heritage,” Mr Worth said. “Significantly, the paper was driven by an imperative to focus on positive news rather than sensationalism and negativity. Readers responded to that style. “Indian Weekender has gained a substantial space in the print media and deservedly won an influencing role. But it has done more than that. The publishers have shown innovation in the publication of a weekly online edition and a readiness to expand the frontiers of the paper with new content ranging from well researched business comment to Bollywood news. “Significantly, the paper has also supported a raft of charitable causes including the Order of St John which provides our ambulance services As the paper moves into its next year of publication, its owners can take satisfaction from the community expression of support for their unstinting work.” These comments speak for themselves what the Indian Weekender is all about. It reminds us that newspapers, and media in general, have a role to play in the shaping and development of society, but not to back away from exposing injustice and corruption. The Indian Weekender has embraced this philosophy with open arms and will continue to do so in the future. While media publishing may be a business, we feel we need to be a business with heart. And our achievements over the years have proven just that. The “pulse” will continue to beat even stronger.

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By ArvInd KuMAr
An Auckland Indian woman is distraught her Facebook account has been hacked and taken over – and the social networking organisation is powerless to do anything about it. Ms X, who wants to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, is also unable to take it down because the hacker has changed her password and security questions, which means Facebook officials cannot verify she is telling the truth. A second account she set up was also hacked recently. “I have contacted Facebook but they can't verify that it is me because someone changed all the security questions,” the frustrated 48-year-old mother of one told the Indian Weekender. “I feel so angry and sad because all my family photos are in it. Hundreds of them. “Whoever has hacked it is accepting friends on my behalf and also changed my profile picture,” Ms X said. “With my other Facebook account, I can't verify it is me because the person has changed all my security questions, my DOB and every other detail. “With the new, I have told them it is hacked, so they have blocked it until I change the password. “I am so angry and stressed.” Ms X’s case follows another reported in the New Zealand Herald recently. Shadi Salehpour’s personal information and photos were taken from her page and used in a derogatory fake profile. She was told by a family friend last week about the profile, which included sexual references in her "interests" and quotations. The profile was removed but the 34-year-old is still upset that someone stole her identity and created the page without her knowledge. "It's just so childish, it makes me want to scream at somebody ... I can't take it off, there's obviously nothing I can do about it," Ms Salehpour, a mother of two, told the Herald.

Social media site hackers leave users fuming
“I feel so angry and sad because all my family photos are in it. Hundreds of them. “Whoever has hacked it is accepting friends on my behalf and also changed my profile picture,” Ms X said.
the social networking giants, who are pushing to become professional internet passports providers for everyone – that is to say – one would only need to login through their Facebook account to authenticate access to other sites.” Safe networking site www. netsafe.org.nz said there are many different issues which could arise on Facebook like imposter profiles, being locked out of your account, being tagged in photos you didn’t want to be posted, abusive messages on your page or about you on someone else’s page. “The most common query we have from Facebook users and educators is how to report and/or block a fake profile. “You can report a profile that violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities by clicking the “Report/Block this Person” link in the bottom left column of the profile, usually underneath the list of friends. “In our experience it can take anywhere between one hour and several weeks for profiles to be removed but it helps if you ask friends to also report a profile and choose carefully from the options listed on the form.” * Has your Facebook account been hacked? Tell us your story: email arvind@indianweekender. co.nz

Safe networking site www.netsafe.org.nz said there are many different issues which could arise on Facebook like imposter profiles, being locked out of your account, being tagged in photos you didn’t want to be posted, abusive messages on your page or about you on someone else’s page.
When she learned of the fake profile page, Ms Salehpour tried to contact Facebook, without success. She also got the majority of her 471 friends on the site to report the profile. Even though it has been taken down, she has no idea who made it. "It's just so annoying that I can't do anything about it ... they could go and put other stuff up there.” In another report in the Herald, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said the 55 per cent of New Zealanders who thought Facebook was a "private space" was naive. “So it is slightly risky to assume a social media site is private." Auckland University final year politics and media student Varsha Kumar, who recently did a paper on social media, said: “The advantage of physical and visible anonymity on the internet alludes to a sense of control over identity. “However, this perceived control of online representation is shaped by social constructions administered by society and those in charge of particular online social domains. This is particularly concerning for children and adolescents who actively use social networking sites such as Facebook. “But if we accept that websites like Facebook bridge the offline and online worlds, then we must also accept that Facebook as a real impact on our lives, not just our digital selves... “Facebook doesn’t forget. And it doesn’t want you to either.” Miss Kumar said there was also pressure from corporations such as Facebook and Google to encourage people to maintain a single online identity. “This is to the main benefit of

Win with a winner – Manukau Toyota does it again
For a chance to win one of five new iPads, visit any of Manukau Toyota’s four locations before May 31 and go in the draw. Following on from its success as the leading Toyota service dealer in the country, Manukau Toyota is giving away five iPads this month. Manukau Toyota has won the award for the past five years in a row, a world record. The Toyota NZ Service Dealers of the Year Award is given to the Toyota dealer who TNZ considers provides the most consistent and highest level of service to Toyota owners in the country. Michael Gapes, chief executive of Manukau Toyota, puts this down to the company having five components to their success. Handy locations “Having four locations in Auckland, customers do not have far to travel to have their vehicles looked after,” Mr Gapes said. a stable and committed team “Manukau Toyota employs over 90 people, many have over 10 years with the company and some even over 20 years,” Mr Gapes said. “This builds long and trusting relationships with our Toyota customers as many now know our long serving staff on a personal level.” training “Our company’s training programme includes a high level of technical training. Technology in vehicles is changing fast so we need to keep up and we do. “We are fortunate to currently have five Toyota master technicians and a large number getting very close to that ‘top of the ladder’ status. This level of technical ability means we can diagnose and fix things right the first time. our motto: “all togetHer better” “We strive to meet this standard every day in all our operation and interactions with our customers. Customer satisfaction is uppermost in all our dealings,” Mr Gapes said. toyota itself “What can we say about the product that has not been said already? We have been in business 21 years and in that time sold over 20,000 vehicles,” Mr Gapes said. “The Toyota brand and the legendary quality of their cars enable us to consistently sell a high number of vehicles and in turn we are presented with an opportunity to become the service provider to the owners of those vehicles. “We don’t take this opportunity lightly as we know Toyota owners have high expectations and we need to be on top of our game every day of the year.”

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A chat with Osama’s bahu
Where the world knows his name for terror and fear, there are some people who have to live with this name all the time. Zaina Alsabha Binladen is one of them. After several attempts and with the help of Saudi journalist Sameera Aziz, Indian journalist ANURADHA GUPTA, who is also a contributor to Indian Weekender, successfully scores an interview with the Osama’s daughter-in-law. Here are excerpts from an interview conducted via email for www.inextlive.com
Q: In which city of UK you live and what is your profession? Zaina: I don't live in the UK, I live with my husband in the Middle East, I am a psychologist. Q: Despite of knowing that Omar is the son of Osama, what attracted you towards him that you finally decided to marry him? Zaina: He was kind and friendly and an excellent horse rider. Q: Has ever any kind of fear crept in your mind that you were marrying Osama’s son? Zaina: I married him 15 days after the first meeting. I have no fear. But I hoped that only my family would ever know as I knew that when others found out I would be judged harshly. Q: Did you ever feel like meeting Osama? Zaina: No. Q: When you came to know for the first time that the man you love is the son of Osama, what was your first reaction? Zaina: I only knew who he was after the sixth day, by this time we were already going to marry. Q: How do you take your surname “laden”? Has it ever affected you in any way? A: It doesn't affect me. And my surname is Alsabah-Binladin. Although most just call me Zaina Binladin. Q: Do your neighbours, friends treat you in some other way? Zaina: I have very good and loyal friends who treat me very well. Q: Have you ever met your in-laws or visited their native place? Zaina: Of course I have met them. Q: What has it been like living with the fact that he is the son of Osama? Zaina: We have a good life and I love him with all my heart.

Need of spiritual study under the teacher
A report by Br.Adarshji of Chinmaya Mission on the recently conducted talks on Bhagavad Geeta by the H.H.Tejomayanandaji - The Spiritual head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.
edge to Wisdom is always evolutionary and silent, but the process is a sure and steady growth. It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and in these 5 days, for the audience of around 550 people, most of whom who attended all the days and many of them being youth, I believe that brave step has been taken. I would like to sincerely thank our beloved Swami Tejomayanandaji to come and enlighten us with the knowledge which is nourishing to the soul and so rare to find. Also my gratitude to all the organisers of the event, the volunteers and members of the Chinmaya Mission and to all the supporters of the event, both families and corporates who financially supported the event. Chinmaya Mission Auckland offers unto society services that range from the propagation of Vedantic knowledge in the form of Gyana yagnas and spiritual camps, to regular spiritual study classes for adults, children and youth. DVD and MP3 of the talks are available on request. For more information please contact: Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya (Adarshji) serves as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Auckland and conducts weekly spiritual classes for children, youth and adults. For more information about the Chinmaya Mission's weekly classes and Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya please visit www. chinmaya.org.nz or contact him at 09 2756954 or 021845396.

In today’s day and age, man seems to have progressed so much with technology and materialistic benefits that he can gain fame, fortune, power, etc. and all kinds of comforts which can probably challenge even the realms of heaven. It seems happiness, joy, friends, following and I dare say, even relationships can be exchanged at a dollar value. Hence, it is not surprising that the need for God is less relevant to the younger generation who probably have come to believe God to be only as a concept for the weak to be able to give strength or for the idle minded to give them something to do. This may sound very harsh, but the point is, the way God is understood popularly today, is not very practical and appealing to the modern generation. In fact, this idea of God is centred on so many beliefs, that it is hard to understand which version of God is actually

Real? Hence, we find many don’t hesitate to question the very Reality of God. The truth is believer or non-believer, God is a mystery to most of us. To modern man who is intellectually bright, scientific minded but spiritually dormant, “God if exists, is a matter of belief and not a matter of fact”. Amid such times, we had a rare opportunity to wind-back the clock to 5000 years ago, to an era where these fundamentals were questioned and were answered in a discourse called the ‘Bhagavad Geeta’. Familiar to most Hindus,

Geeta clearly points out three main aspects of the human being and its surroundings. Who am I? (both relative and absolute nature). What is this world? What is my role in this world? Who is its creator? What is the relationship with me and the creator? Just as to the high school student, the PhD-level text books are not easily understood, similarly the Bhagavad Geeta, even if it is read by ourselves, but its true meaning might still evade our understanding.

Hence, under the guidance of the spiritual teacher in Swami Tejomayanandaji, we had the great fortune to assemble and understand the essence of the 7th Chapter of the Bhagavad Geeta, Yoga of Knowledge and Wisdom. In the laboratory of the lecture theatre, from April 16-20, we were treated to a series of mind blowing, soul searching, enlightening thoughts that made us question our relationship with the Supreme and also gave a means to develop a greater understanding as to how to seek that Higher. The transformation of Knowl-

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There was cause for double celebration in the Singh household in Auckland last weekend. In a rare educational achievement, twin daughters of former Fiji MP and businessman Charan Jit and Dr Nandita Singh, both graduated with their law and commerce degrees from the University of Auckland where they had been studying for the past five years. Born in New Zealand and raised in Fiji, Mandvi Nandita Singh and Namrata Charan Singh, aged 24, will be admitted to the New Zealand Bar later this month. And to celebrate the occasion a host of dignitaries graced the occasion, attended by more than 100 well-wishers, in Epsom. Among the dignitaries were NZ National Party MP Kanwal Jit Singh Bakshi, former National Federation Party leader and International Court Judge Justice Jai Ram Reddy, and former MPs Harnam Singh Golian, Hussein Ali, Nitya Reddy and Shiu Charan. Mr Justice Reddy, in congratulating the graduates, reflected on his own experiences as a young lawyer in Fiji. Proud dad Charan Singh, himself a twin, is son of prominent Labasa businessman Gurbachan Singh (now late). He is also a former mayor of the northern Fiji town. “It is a dream come true for my wife and myself,” Charan told the Indian Weekender.

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lights of company’s vision to involve multi ethnic talents to the main stream. The Vision of Aiswarya Entertainments Ltd to cultivate a multiethnic group of performers and audiences in the field of dance, music and drama in New Zealand to effect exchange of culture and heritage was fully succeeded with his first mammoth production, according to Sasi Nambissan, the director of Aiswarya Entertainments. Sasi and his wife Dr Rita Sasidharan who is a Medical Oncologist in Auckland has been working on this project for the past 2 years and more. They had a hard working team as coordinators mainly Anil Kunjunny, Siju Jaicob and Sreekumar Puli. Participants from various dance and drama schools joined their hands together under the umbrella of Aiswarya Entertainments shredding off their ethnic colours from them. They include in addition to Indian girls and boys hailing from various states of India – like Kerala, Tamilnadu, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bombay and Rajasthan, Maori, European, and Pacific Island & Asian ethnic groups. P Narsing Rao from the Nrityanjali Academy, Hyderabad, India was the main director of the show who did the audition in April 2011 and entrusted the whole choreography to the capable hands of Mrs Anuradha Ramkumar, Mrs Selvi Uthayakumaran, Shweta Divekar, Vatsala Balchandran and Rahul Chopra. The Dance Drama had incorporated songs and dances based on a number of Indian classical style including Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali and folk dances such as Rajasthani and Zufi. The digital props for the show were created by Mr Shameer Sha, from India with high definition images depicting the mood, colours & flavours of the scenes, short movie clips & 3D animations. Last but not the least, to keep the authenticity, the 150 colourful and elegant odd costumes designed and hand-stitched from Calicut India created a feast to the eyes and minds of the complete audience in the ASB Theatre Aotea Centre, Auckland. Special Kudos to Ms Sandhya Ramesh, based in Kerala who is also a budding artist in Indian regional film, serial and classical Dance stages. Nambissan believes that their greatest achievement was in securing the appreciation and support from Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, even before the show was staged. That was the consolation and relief to the directors when they were running very low after receiving decline letters from all major Funding organisations of New Zealand. Aiswarya Entertainments believes they will be the pioneers in promoting the gigantic and courageous movement of bringing the young minds together to create productions for the New Zealanders by the New Zealanders from all cross sections of the society. Due to persistent request from public, Aiswarya Entertainments is likely to stage the same show with some slight modifications again in Auckland shortly.

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Mixed response to I cry very easily: Aamir Satyamev Jayate
The very first episode has declared Satyamev Jayate as a huge hit. How do you feel now? I don’t know about people’s response. But this much I can say that I have got a huge opportunity to learn about life through this show. In the last two years, I have travelled across India and met people from all places. May be I could have never faced them had I not agreed to do this TV show.

Whatever Aamir Khan touches, turns to gold. This proved right one more time with critics and commoners showering praises on his TV show Satyamev Jayate as the first episode on female foeticide was aired on May 6, 2012. Sreya Basu catches up with the actor-producer on why he turned to small screen

How much are you emotionally attached to the woes of commoners on the show?
There were incidents that were very hurtful to heart. There were many instances where I felt like crying… in fact, I cried. I cry very easily. Again, there were people meeting whom made me so happy that I cried even more. Mumbai: The sensitive, yet harsh reality of female infanticide in India became the first issue Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan tackled with his TV debut Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) on Star Plus last Sunday. The premier episode evoked mixed response with thousands immediately taking to social media to voice their opinions. Many compared it to the Oprah Winfrey Show of the West, but remained unsure how it will shape up in the times to come. “Aamir Khan trying to be the Indian Oprah. Disappointing. He is sooo fake,” posted Apar Dham who has studied media. K Himaanshu Shukla of Scrutiny blog found the show, “Aamir Khan's emotional atyachaar”. He posted a status message saying, “I was expecting something different.” But not everyone was skeptical of Aamir’s ‘crusade pop-pourri’. Filmmaker Ramesh Taurani praised the actor on his Blackberry Messenger calling him “the best”. Abhigyan Jha, the producer of the online show Jay Hind, said the show reminded him of the days when he “sat writing Rajani with the belief that it would change the country”. He said on Twitter that he wasn’t a fan of Aamir, but thought it is a show “well done”. “If I were him, I would have tried to do a similar show. Somethings have to be done,” added Abhigyan. “Satyamev Jayate is the Naya Bharat after Mahabharat,” wrote producer Manish Goswami. “Hats off to Aamir Khan for walking the road less travelled and attempting to serve humanity by inspiring millions,” said film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi on Facebook. Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar said he wasn’t yet sure if Aamir’s crusade through the show could effectively turn into a movement. However, on a positive note, Dale said, “The fact that Aamir has managed to make a hardcore entertainment channel see reason to spend their crores on an idealistic cause, should be enough to cheer us up for now.” - IBNS

What has it been like shooting for the show?

When you become a star, a celebrity, it becomes difficult to roam around freely and meet people. In a way, you get detached from people. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with people and meet them at a close level. There are so many inspirational people in our country, that too at the grassroots level. In a true sense, Satyamav Jayate has been a journey for life for me…it has been an enriching experience. This journey made Aamir aamir (rich) in real sense.

What are your expectations from the show?

sion because it’s probably a medium via which I can convey what I have to say. Now it’s up to the people whether they will watch the show or switch off the TV.

keep a song in each episode.

Whose idea was it to name the show Satyamev Jayate?

I don’t care about TRPs (Television Rating Points). I want to reach people’s hearts via this show because unless something reaches your heart tab tak baat nehin banti.

The theme song played a crucial rule in popularising the show…

But can you actually stay indifferent to TRPs ?

Honestly speaking, I really have no idea about TRPs, how they are calculated. I have tried to connect to as many people I can. I chose televi-

The theme song was a necessity. I believe songs are the best communication links. You can communicate everything with words and discussions. But if those are communicated via songs and music, it has a different impact…it reaches hearts easily…and the impact remains with you for a longer time. We wanted to give much importance to songs and

The idea was Udayji’s (Shankar) who is the head of Star. Also Satyamev Jayate is the motto of our country. And here we are trying to search the truth through this show. Let me tell you something, we could not register this name as authorities said no one person can have a copyright on the phrase Satyamev Jayate. And that made me even happier to know that the name belongs to all Indians. – Trans World Features

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"What you cannot win with guns, you can win through love. The most powerful thing in the world is love," says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living and the first Indian spiritual leader to visit Pakistan. The Art of Living is celebrating 30 years. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder, is a humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace. He offered to hold talks with the Taliban to usher in peace in the region, saying it would help foster understanding among people with divergent views. "I am ready to go and talk to the Taliban We should try it again and again even if we have to try it 100 times. So I want to talk to them, understand them and give them my opinion; we can definitely make a difference,” Ravi Shankar said during an interaction with the public and media in the Pakistani capital. Someone was asked what he thought was the most important outcome of Sri Sri visiting Pakistan. He said it was that it would bring Pakistan closer to India, not close to US. Sri Sri was warmly welcomed by the Pakistani media and people. He met key decision makers, politicians and business people at a luncheon in Lahore. Sri Sri received a rousing reception at Pakistani border. Peace doves and balloons were released and he was showered with rose petals on arrival. The science of Ayurveda and Yoga was born in Takshashila which is in Pakistan, said Sri Sri in Lahore. Affectionately called Guruji by his devotees, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born on May 13, 1956, at Papanasam in Tamil Nadu and was given the name Ravi Shankar Ratnam. (His birthday is being celebrated this Sunday, May 13, at the Mount Roskill Intermediate School from 6pm to 9pm). He founded the Art of Living 30 years ago. “My vision is a violence-free, stress-free world,” says Sri Sri. Art of Living is an international, nonprofit, educational and humanitarian organisation which has its headquarters in Bangalore, India. Apart from the humanitarian work it does, it has its courses to improve health which are offered in many countries including New Zealand. I have personally benefited from these courses and know of others who have benefited in different ways also. The sudarsankriya is a powerful breathing technique for eliminating stress. It became the centre piece of the art of living course. One could even say that the art of living course is in fact the art of breathing as one learns to breathe out all the negative things from the system leaving only the positive energy inside leaving us with no stress. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally and at all levels of society Art of Living also has programmes for the youth. On New Zealand TV they showed the programme “World’s Strictest Parents”. In it there were these two young people whom the parents found difficult to manage and sent them to India. The couple with whom they were to spend their time in India took them to Guruji’s ashram and they spent some time there which they enjoyed and came back reformed. This was shown on NZTV a few weeks ago.

Hillary Clinton visits Kolkata school
Kolkata: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday visited a school in Kolkata for an interaction with students ahead of her meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Students from a number of schools and colleges in Kolkata assembled at the La Martiniere school for interacting with Clinton over the course of a some-50-minutelong programme, officials from the American Centre in Kolkata said. Heavy security arrangements were in place for the State Secretary’s visit, that had not been announced earlier, with Kolkata Police and the U.S. Secret Service taking helm of securing the south-central city district. From Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail to the contentious Teesta water treaty with Bangladesh and US investments in West Bengal, Clinton is likely to discuss several issues with Mamata Banerjee on Monday. Banerjee, the leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party that defeated a over-three-decade long rule of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in state elections last year, could also discuss the political state of affairs in West Bengal, local reports said. Setting in motion her India visit, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Kolkata on Sunday to spend the first two days of her three-day trip in this eastern city and began by savouring a slice of the metropolis. Arriving in a special US air force aircraft from Bangladesh, Clinton landed in Kolkata at around 12:55 pm and then then left for Taj Bengal Hotel, where she is staying during her Kolkata trip. Around 4pm she headed for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) centre near the US Consulate and watched a cultural programme presented by the girls who are victims of trafficking. Then in the evening she went curity was thrown for the visit of Hillary Clinton who would meet Mamata Banerjee at state secretariat Writers' Building on Monday for 45 minutes. Clinton, whose Kolkata visit preceded a visit to Bangladesh, is likely to discuss with Mamata Banerjee issues like Teesta water treaty and FDI in mult-brand retail, something

From Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail to the contentious Teesta water treaty with Bangladesh and US investments in West Bengal, Clinton is likely to discuss several issues with Mamata Banerjee on Monday.

to the Victoria Memorial, the city's landmark marble memorial to Queen Victoria built in 1921 and which houses some rare paintings of yesteryear in its exhibition halls. US security officials had almost taken over the city prior to the visit of Clinton and during her movements. While Victoria Memorial campus itself was closed for the common people for Clinton's visit, traffic on several roads along the route of Clinton was regulated. In Kolkata, a heavy cloak of se-

that Banerjee had opposed. Mamata Banerjee had also opposed the Teesta river water sharing arrangement with Bangladesh. Clinton can take an initiative in bettering the relationships between Kolkata and Dhaka. Clinton is also likely to discuss the issue of American investment in West Bengal with Mamata Banerjee, who according to Time magazine is one of the 100 most influential people of the globe.

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86th annual general meeting of NZICA
‘One Village’-the theme of Annual conference of NZICA, hosted by Wellington India Association, turned into reality with life members and delegates from Affiliated and Associate branches spread all over New Zealand converged @ Bharat Bhawan 48 Kemp Street Wellington on 28 Apr. 2012. Traditional Indian welcome was accorded to Guests of Honour Wellington Mayor Her Worship Celia Wade-Brown, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Dr. Rajen Prasad- Hon’ble MPs and Sanjay Verma-2nd Secretary from Indian High Commission. Addressing the august gathering the Mayor highlighted Indian Diaspora’s contribution in country’s economic development and called upon the NZICA members to strive for getting the Sister City status for Wellington with New Delhi

to further promoting the cultural, social and sports links between two Sister cities. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

(MP) briefed about initiatives taken by National Govt. for developing and strengthening the trade ties

with India and hoped that the Free Trade Agreement with India will be concluded soon. In his address Dr Rajen Prasad applauded the role of NZICA-the oldest Indian Association (founded in 1926)-in the Kiwi society. Since generations it has been striving towards preserving the rich Indian culture, moral values and heritage in NZ while learning and adopting the Kiwi way of life. On this occasion Jerambhai Dullabh was awarded Merit Certificate for continuously attending 15 NZICA Annual General Meetings. The Mayor released the NZICA Newsletter for the delegates. She had special words for the Youth delegates encouraging them to be the torch bearers for their country and

community. The upgraded version of NZICA website was launched by web master Jasbir Singh Dhillon. The new Team of office bearers for 2012-13 was elected unopposedPaul Singh Bains (President); Harshad Patel (Vice-President); Rajeev Singh Thandi (Secretary); Raj Bedi (Asstt. Secretary) and Manjit Singh (Treasurer). Wellington Indian Association played and wonderful host. All the delegates, life members and observers were treated with sumptuous meals during the day and evening concluded with colourful cultural performances. Raj Bedi JP Asstt Secretary NZICA 021 241 1424

NZ Hindu business delegation to attend World Hindu Economic Conference
The first World Hindu Economic Conference with the theme “Shaping the World Economy along with making Society Prosperous” will be held in Hong Kong on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1. This two-day conference will be inaugurated by Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius. The conference organisers, World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF), have invited New Zealand Hindu business community to participate in this conference and to have discussions with successful business leaders who have established well internationally. Responding to the invitation, Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) is co-ordinating the first New Zealand Hindu business delegation to Hong Kong. Vinod Kumar, a successful businessman from Auckland and the president of HCNZ, will lead the delegation. "This is an opportunity to meet with established and successful business people from around the world," Mr Kumar said. The conference will feature Group discussion sessions to discuss industry success stories, challenges and opportunities. Eminent panellists will discuss the future trends and expectations of various sectors. Some of the keynote speakers at the conference include: * Dr Subramaniam Swamy (Harvard Univ and former Union Minister, Government of India); * Dr G Madhavan Nair (ExChief of Indian Space Research Organisation); * Dr Vijay Bhatkar (Scientist and designer of Param and Padam Super Computers); society on the whole as well by encouraging creation of wealth while being guided by the principles of Dharma. The World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) promotes activities that make society prosperous, primarily through the generation and sharing of material wealth. Through this conference, WHEF Kumar Motwani, co-ordinator of this conference. "Greater economic cooperation among Hindu entrepreneurs will also help create the conditions amenable for the generation of surplus wealth.” Registration to the WHEC is selection-based, as this is a platform for a new group of entrepreneurs promote a value based corporate governance system through organizing seminars, conferences, and research activities. This conference gives an opportunity for New Zealand business people to cooperate, collaborate, and share business ideas and opportunities with investors. "We will invite the Hindu business leaders from around the world to look for opportunities and invest in New Zealand," Dr Guna Magesan, co-ordinator of NZ Hindu business delegation and the General Secretary, Hindu Council of New Zealand. This delegation is self funded. Those who are interested in being part of the NZ Hindu business delegation, please email hindu.nz@ gmail.com or contact one of the following: Auckland: Vinod Kumar - 021 795 721; Wellington: Dr Rajiv Chaturvedi - 021 0795036 Rest of NZ: Dr Guna Magesan - 021 034 5621 The World Hindu Economic conference 2012 will be held at Holiday Inn Hong Kong-Golden Mile, 50 Nathan Rd, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 30 June and 1 July, 2012. WHEF website: http://wheforum. org/ Hindu Council of New Zealand website: http://hinducouncil.org.nz

This conference gives an opportunity for New Zealand business people to cooperate, collaborate, and share business ideas and opportunities with investors.

* Dr Gautam Sen (London School of Economics); * Prof R Vaidyanathan (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore). The world economy has greatly changed since the 1960s, and individually Hindus have created vast business empires. Many Hindus have also become the heads of a number of major corporations throughout the world. This impressive performance of individuals needs to be translated to the Hindu

aims to bring together disparate financially successful business people such as traders, bankers, technocrats, investors, industrialists, so that each group can share their business knowledge, experience, and expertise with their fellow business people to generate surplus wealth in service of society and Dharma. "The sharing of this information will lead to the creation and strengthening of effective business networks to link financially successful Hindus together," said Dr Manoj

who believe in developing business skills that can aid in generating new streams of wealth which in turn encourages the overall development of the Hindu society as a whole. The primary objectives of WHEF are to promote activities of developing enterprise and entrepreneurship globally; to develop solutions for most crucial of the issues on world economy like sustainable development, education, eradication of poverty, climate change and infrastructure development; and to

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As the election year campaign in the US gains momentum, a recent ad from the Obama camp to downstage Republican candidate Mitt Romney accusing him of outsourcing jobs to India has led to debates back home. But what is the scenario of the BPO industry in India as it faces competitors from emerging countries?
With India garnering a major portion of global IT market, and unemployment in the recessive western economy rising, the country’s outsourcing might has become a favourite referral point with some politicians in a blame game. It has now even figured in the Democrat vs Republican campaign strategy in America in the election year as has been recently. In an ad Democrats accuse Republican candidate Mitt Romney of “outsourcing” to India perhaps insinuating disloyalty to the country’s working population. True, India has gained by the early jumpstart in this sector but other countries are catching up and according to some reports, India might lose the advantage soon. Take the Philippines, for example. According to recent reports the call centre business in the country has grown at an exponential rate of 46 per cent since 2006. Once the stronghold of the US after the Second World War, the country is fast becoming the hub of business process outsourcing (BPO). So much so that according to surveys the small island nation has now upstaged India in the booming business of call centres. Now an American consumer seeking information about his insurance claim may no longer speak to Reema in West Bengal, he would rather speak to John in Manila. According to surveys, about four million Filipinos are spending their nights over phone calls to American consumers. Big companies like Expedia, JP Morgan Chase and AT&T have either set up call centres in Manila or hired office space for BPO. And it is not just the US, but also Europe. Suvro Das, who works in a call centre in Sector V, Salt Lake, the BPO hub in West Bengal, “It’s only natural that US would extend jobs to a country where they had a strong presence once. Also there’s a large population of youngsters there who speak American English. They think, live, and breathe America.” As the numbers keep growing one wonders the reasons behind Philippines’ emerging popularity as a call centre hub. First, the outsourcing business has become more mature. Earlier, the industry was simply establishing outfits in countries with a large English-speaking population and where labour cost is low. India just happened to fulfill the criteria. “However, now they are identifying places that are best suited for specific jobs. Filipinos are being preferred simply because of their fluency in US English,” says G Ghoshal, a past employee of Tech Mahindra. Many Filipino parents have realised the booming prospects of call centre business and are already grooming their wards in a way that they can join the call centre industry in the country. That, of course, includes learning to speak American English, and watching the show Friends on TV. Not surprisingly, the popular sit-com that ruled American TV for years is a teaching aid for trainers at call centres. In contrast, the large English-speaking population in India are used to British English. The call centre business had taken off in a big way in India about two decades ago. However, it does not mean that it is cheaper to outsource to the Philippines, rather it could be more expensive. While a beginner in India is paid around $250 monthly, in the Philippines the figure is a few notches higher at $300. “Still Americans find it worthwhile to outsource to that country whose conversational style is something that is close to their hearts,” says Sayan Chatterjee, who works with a medical insurance BPO in Kolkata. The economic benefit of outsourcing jobs cannot be in doubt. Small wonder then the BPO industry is growing at a rate of 20 to 25 per cent in the Philippines and has given a boost to the GDP contributing a share of 4.5 per cent. Besides the language skills, the island nation also boasts of a better infrastructure than India. Also Philippines is safe hence employers do not have to cruise employees to and from work. However, India earns ten times more revenue from outsourcing compared to the Philippines. One reason is that India’s population is much higher - 1.2 billion as compared to 93 million of Philippines. Despite emerging outsourcing regions like the Philippines, South Arica, East Europe and Latin America, India remains the world’s BPO hub, according to the latest Nasscom data holding 36 per cent of the market share globally. The number of people employed directly in India’s BPO sector has grown by 17 per cent from 2009-’10 to 2011-’12 employing some 876,000. A reason perhaps for the continued reference to India by politicians promising a better job scenario in the West who aim at the winning post. But it is likely to blow over as the election is over and one shouldn’t take too much notice of it said US-based senior journalist Chidanand Rajghatta at a debate recently in a private Indian TV channel on this issue. In any case, India has meanwhile gone beyond the voice-based work. As executives in the IT sector point out, outsourcing is not confined to call centre work alone but includes data analytics, accountancy, finance and other domainspecific work. Today, highly skilled professionals like engineers, accountants, even lawyers and scholars, are joining up the BPO sector as top end experts.

Stars honoured

A word with Prasanna Singh – Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) graduate
A word with Prasanna Singh – Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) graduate

We sat down with recent graduate Prasanna Singh to learn about her experiences as an international student at New Zealand Tertiary College.

support team for their guidance and We sat down with recent graduprompt support in helping me to ate Prasanna Singh to learn about secure a placement in a Kindercare her experiences as an international Learning Centre. NZTC’s support student at New Zealand Tertiary team made every effort to make College. my life easy while I was away from NZTC: Congratulations on commy home country. NZTC’s Interpleting your Graduate Diploma in national team supported me and Teaching (Early Childhood Eduextended help whenever I needed cation)! Can you take us back to throughout my course. Today I am the beginning and tell us why you a confident full-time registered early decided to study this qualification childhood teacher in the same presat NZTC? tigious centre, utilising my loads of Prasanna: I was in search of a profeshands-on experience gained during sional qualification in New Zealand my course. which would allow me to gain long term stable career and skills for the Indian Vice-President, Mohammed Hamid Ansari presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2011 to Soumitra NZTC: How do you feel your qualiChatterjee, at the 59th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi last week. The Union Minister for Infor- lifetime. Early childhood education Prasanna: NZTC Online is indeed fication has benefited you as a mation and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, the Ministers of State for Information and Broadcasting, Chowdhury seemed to be the best option and thus the best option to enable students teacher? I decided to pursue further qualifiMohan Jatua and Dr S Jagathrakshakan and the Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Uday like me to maintain a balance Kumar Varma are also seen. Prasanna: The various field praccation in this field. While discussing between study with work and family tices and 16 hours weekly work in the various appropriate options with commitments. It also makes student the centre provided opportunities Neeraj Luthra of Indopacific Serlife easy as all the course study to learn and grow as a teacher. The vices, he mentioned NZTC. I was materials and academic resources diverse and rich curriculum is deglad to know that NZTC offered this are on completing your Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood available online, so one doesn’t NZTC: Congratulations signed to give us clear understandcourse via online learning method; have to worry about the library ing of early childhood education’s that’s exactly whatEducation)! Can you take us back to the beginning and tell us why you decided to study this I was looking for. due dates, taking care of books etc. qualification at it various aspects in such a short span I was also delighted to know thatNZTC? There is 24-7 online learning comwas only a 50 week program provid- search of a professional qualification in New Zealand which would allow me to Prasanna: I was in munity available to provide help and of time. The entire course revolves ing extensive practical experiencestable career and skills for the lifetime. Early around nurturing the studentsbeto gain long term to resources whenever required. Sub- childhood education seemed to the become professional and responsible excel as an early childhood teacher. mitting assessments and receiving in this field. While discussing the various For a fresher likebest option and thus I decided to pursue further qualificationteachers. Thanks to the enormous me, enrolling in appropriate options marked assessments online is defi- reflective work required I was glad the course which is approved and ac- with Neeraj Luthra of Indopacific Services, he mentioned NZTC. throughout to nitely convenient. the that’s I have what I was looking credited by the New ZealandNZTC offered this course via online learning method;course,exactlybeen able to reflect for. know that Qualifications Authority, and has New to know that it was only a 50 week program providing extensive practical I was also delighted NZTC: What were some challeng- constantly upon my own teaching practices, various situations and apZealand Teachers experience to excel as an early childhood teacher. For a fresher like me, enrolling in the course which Council recognies you faced as an international proaches. This is indeed helping me tion enabling me to be a registered student and how did NZTC support is approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and has New Zealand in becoming a better teacher day by teacher in New Zealand, gave me you to overcome them? be registered teacher in New Zealand, gave me Teachers Council day. India’s Vice-President, Mohammed Hamid Ansari presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Vidya Balan for the immense confidence in my choice. recognition enablingI me tonewa to New Prasanna: Since was Prasanna being capped by NZTC: How did you find studying in my choice. immense confidence Zealand, I struggled to get a placeBest Actress - The Dirty Picture, at the 59th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi last week. The Glennie Oborn, NZTC's founder and via NZTC Online, NZTC’s unique Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, the Ministers of State for Information and ment in a licensed early childhood. Broadcasting, Chowdhury Mohan Jatua and Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan and the Secretary, Ministry of Informa- online learning environment? did you find studying via NZTC Online, NZTC’s unique online learning environment? Managing Director NZTC: How I am really thankful to NZTC's tion & Broadcasting, Shri Uday Kumar Varma are also seen. Prasanna: NZTC Online is indeed the best option to enable students like me to maintain a balance between study with work and family commitments. It also makes student life easy as all the course study materials and academic resources are available online, so one doesn’t have to worry about the 14 Indian Weekender | May 11, 2012 | www.iwk.co.nz library due dates, taking care of books etc. There is 24-7 online learning community available to provide help and resources whenever required. Submitting assessments and receiving marked assessments online is definitely convenient.

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Graduands gather outside the prestigious Holy Trinity Cathedral

Registrar). The kai karanga (callers) were Trish Thomas (Program Manager, South Island) and Sonja The achievements of a record 438 graduates were honoured in the company of family members, Arndt (Senior Lecturer). friends, NZTC staff and sector representatives. The staff team sang Hutia te Rito, NZTC’s official waiata.
Diploma of Teaching (ECE) graduates

College celebrated its 2012 graduation ceremony on the 18 of April at the l in Parnell – an occasion made all the more special in the College’s 30

a record 438 graduates were honoured in the company of family members, d sector representatives.

ered by Grant Prodger, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) Then it was time for the awarding of certificates. During this time we honoured 13 graduates of the Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)*, 158 graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and 267 graduates of the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood EducaMaster of Ceremonies Jodie Brickcommenced the welcomed everyone and introduced NZTC’s Chief Executive The graduands, adorned in their academic regalia of black hoods and purple stoles, tion). Selena formal celebrations at 4:15pm with a ‘Walk of Honour’ around the vicinity so that they could beFox. A range of Special Commendapublicly recognised. Selena detailed the College’s history, beginning in 1982 as a College of 12tion awards were also presented to students through to the NZTC’s Chief Executive Selena Fox over 1,200 students studying in New Zealand and beyond.students who have demonstrated present day with A slideshow containing exceptional performance in assessimages from NZTC’s 30 year history was played. She challenged the graduates to “walk forward ment and vision; you embracing [NZTC] values as your own in your professional years ahead. You had the practice. Grant as you make have heart and now new competence. Continue to wrap these values in grace-filled spirit Prodger, who earlier received his Graduate Diploma in a difference in the lives of young children.” Teaching (ECE), gave the GraduThe graduate’s response delivered by Grant Prodger, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) th ate’s Response. He acknowledged The ceremony began at 5pm with New Zealand Tertiary College celthe many sacrifices the graduates ebrated its 2012 graduation ceremo- a pōhiri to welcome the official party th have had to make ny on the 18th of April at the Holy into the cathedral. The party was Then it was time for the awarding of certificates. During this time we honoured 13 graduates of theto complete their Trinity Cathedral in Parnell – an oc- made up of Professor Colin Gibbs, Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)*, 158 graduates of thequalifications and challenged them Graduate Diploma in to “always (Early casion made all the more special in Glennie Oborn and Allan WendelTeaching (Early Childhood Education) and 267 graduates of the Bachelor of Teachingbelieve in the children in [your] care.” the College’s 30th anniversary year. born (NZTC co-founders), Selena Childhood Education). A slideshow of images of the The achievements of a record Fox (Chief Executive), Saras Pillay graduates at work was played. 438 graduates were honoured in (Academic Dean) and Kathryn The ceremony concluded with the company of family members, Cattell White (Academic Registrar). the singing of the national anthem friends, NZTC staff and sector rep- The kai karanga (callers) were Trish and the leaving of the official party. Thomas (Program Manager, South resentatives. Graduates and their guest later The graduands, adorned in their Island) and Sonja Arndt (Senior and beyond. A slideshow contain- You had the vision; you have heart mixed over refreshments. academic regalia of black hoods Lecturer). Official photos will be available Selena prestigious and purple stoles, commenced the Graduands gather outside the detailed the College’s ing images from NZTC’s 30 year and now new competence. Continue formal celebrations at 4:15pm with history, beginning in 1982 as a history was played. She challenged to wrap these values in grace-filled to view shortly. New Zealand Tertiary College a ‘Walk of Honour’ around the vi- College of 12 students through to the graduates to “walk forward em- spirit as you make a difference in the Holy Trinity Cathedral extends a warm congratulations to cinity so that they could be publicly the present day with over 1,200 bracing [NZTC] values as your own lives of young children.” The graduate’s response deliv- all of our 2012 graduates. students studying in New Zealand in your professional years ahead. recognised.

The ceremony began at 5pm with a pōhiri to welcome the official party into the cathedral. The party was made up of Professor Colin Gibbs, Glennie Oborn and Allan Wendelborn (NZTC co-founders), Selena Fox (Chief Executive), Saras Pillay (Academic Dean) and Kathryn Cattell White (Academic Registrar). The kai karanga (callers) were Trish Thomas (Program Manager, South Island) and Sonja Arndt (Senior Lecturer). The staff team sang Hutia te Rito, NZTC’s official waiata.
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India – the land of mysticism has always had people with amazing supernatural powers. They are the very people who had powers to levitate, be invisible, reduce their body to the size of an atom, fulfil whatever they desired, walked above water without getting wet, etc.
India – the land of mysticism has always had people with amazing supernatural powers. They are the very people who had powers to levitate, be invisible, reduce their body to the size of an atom, fulfil whatever they desired, walked above water without getting wet, etc. They could practically do anything but chose to ignore their powers and even renounce them. Be it the past or the present, these supernatural people of India called siddhas never bothered to openly publicise their powers. Unlike the fictional superheroes, these real superheroes of India never bothered to change the world, though they could have. Why? History of the world is stuffed with people who were power crazy – be it through politics or by conquest, holding key positions, acquiring more and more wealth, land etc. However, in India, some wise people researched into the very source of power and systematically studied them. During their practices of attaining the ultimate truth, they attained supra-natural powers like bi-location, clairvoyance, levitation, changing the size of the body, materialization, having access to memories from past lives, etc. They declared that these powers can be accessed within oneself rather than outside. Today we know about these supernatural powers (siddhis) mainly from ancient literary sources, eyewitness accounts and mystical masters. literary sources for siddHis The fact that “power” can be systematically studied and attained with proper guidance was first expounded in India some 2500 years ago by Sage Patanajali’s Yoga sutras. However, that was the not the main purpose of his text. The yoga sutras are about mastering the mind and attaining ultimate freedom. However, there is a complete chapter (chapter-3) dedicated to the powers (siddhis) one can attain by practicing yogis. Siddhis literally means “accomplishment” or “attainment”. For example, take the power of levitation that is mentioned in the yoga sutras. This power of levitation or laghima (lightness) in Sanskrit is one of the many siddhis (spiritual powers) described in book three (Vibhooti Pada) of the Yoga Sutras. The Sage Patanjali says in chapter-3, verse-40 that “Udana-jayaj jala-panka-kantakadisv asanga utkrantis ca” which translates: “By mastery over the ‘Udana’ nerve current (i.e the upward vital air), one accomplishes levitation (utkrantih) over water, swamps, thorns etc.” Some Gurus who were also siddhas (one who has siddhis) were able to levitate, fly through air etc. The mystical traditions of India has a history of levitation. It is also said that those who progress on the spiritual path, levitation comes naturally. The famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi” has many accounts of yogis who used to levitate in the course of their meditation. Among other supernatural powers,the author Paramahamsa Yogananda describes a “perfume” saint who materialised perfumes and other things. WHo Has seen tHem? Spiritual books in the last 100 years or so like the “Autobiography of a Yogi”, “Living with the Himalayan Masters”, “Sai Satcharitra” give a candid record of mystical powers and miracles. Numerous mystics like Sant Jnaneshwar, Shri Akkalkot Maharaj, Neem Karoli Baba, Mahavatar Baba, Swami Rama, the Saivite Naayanmar saints of South India, Shri Raghavendra, Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri, Shirdi Sai Baba, Changdev, Satya Sai Baba and many others have demonstrated these powers. mind boggling supernatural poWers There are also many other ancient Indian texts that talk about these powers on what are called “siddhis”. In the Bhaagavat Purana the five siddhis are mentioned. They are knowing the past, present and future, tolerance of heat, cold etc, knowing the minds of others and so on, checking the influence of fire, sun, water, poison, and so on and even remaining unconquered by others. Some other minor siddhis mentioned are: “being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, and other bodily disturbances, hearing things far away, seeing things far away, moving the body wherever thought goes, assuming any desired form, entering the bodies of others, leaving the mortal coils when desired, accomplishment of one’s will, orders or commands being unobstructed. poWerful but tHey don't sHoW it - WHy? Masters say that these superhumans don’t display their powers except for the welfare of people. Says Paramahansa Yogananda: “Many come expecting miracles, but those who have realised God never show their powers, unless God directs them to. People don’t see that in that complete humility lies the greatest miracle. If I were to perform miracles in public, I could attract crowds of followers. But that isn’t the way God wants it.” Rejecting the siddhis, the Rishi Vashishta advises to Lord Rama in the “Yoga Vashisht” that “Those whose wisdom is not pure, but desire psychic powers are slaves of the world. The higher psychic powers are developed through Mantras, Postures, Mudras, etc., but the true truth seekers do not seek or need the higher psychic powers. The truth seeker will ever try to attain the true vision of the Atma. The wise one always tries to rest in wisdom but never goes in quest of psychic powers, levitation, etc. Desire for worldly things or possessions are mere illusion. Desire for psychic powers tends to bondage; for that reason it will never appeal to the truth seeker.” Another oft quoted anecdote in the life of Sri Ramakrishna Parahamsa illustrates the futility of occult powers. “Once a famous yogi went to Ramakrishna, who was sitting on the bank of the Ganga. He said, “Ramakrishna, what are you doing sitting here? Let us go for a walk over the Ganga.” Ramakrishna asked him, “How many years did it take for you to walk on water?” He said, “Eighteen years practising in the Himalayas, hard work, fasting, yoga postures etc. Now I have this power to walk on the water. Can’t you walk on the water?” Ramakrishna said, “I am not so foolish. When I want to go to the other bank I give the ferryman only two small coins, and that’s enough. Your 18 years are worth just two coins.” Since these occult powers are considered a distraction in the path of enlightenment, the masters of the East have never bothered to propagate them. The siddhis are not considered a goal but just a side-effect, hence ignored. So the people with supernatural powers (siddhas) of India never change anything, instead they seek the ultimate truth. * Ram Lingam blogs his insights on India and Indian culture at www.indiasutra.co.nz

Rudali, the Mourner
Sanichari has lost the ability to cry. How then, can she take on the job of a professional mourner? Auckland’s Indo English theatre group Prayas is presenting Rudali, the Mourner, one of India’s more challenging plays, rich in social issues and colourful characters. Rudali, the Mourner is the story of Sanichari who has been surrounded by misfortune all her life. She is numb to misery - even the death of her beloved son doesn’t bring any tears…soon her daughter in law abandons her to become a prostitute. How then, does a lonely woman survive in a society of powerful men who exploit women and the poor for a living? Rudali the Mourner, the new English play from Prayas is a compelling, yet highly entertaining social drama. We take you to Tohri village in India where lower caste women are hired to wail upon the death of rich upper-caste males. While they beat their breasts in public, the family of the dead retain their upper caste dignity with silence. Come to Tohri and meet a host of lively characters –the caring and conniving neighbours, a long lost friend, the comic village priest, ruthless landlords, brazen prostitutes and a wickedly endearing old nag. Together they weave a story of friendship, treachery, greed, lust and duplicity and of course the unusual “business” of Rudali. “It is a brave play, and it is challenging for Prayas as it deals with some of the harsher issues that India faces,” co-director Amit Ohdedar says. “All the players have a passion for all things India, but it takes courage to open up with the community we now call home.” Written by the now 86-yearold Mashasweta Devi, it fearlessly tackles wealth, abuse of women and prostitution. “I constantly come across the reappearance, in various forms, of folklore, ballads, myths and legends, carried by ordinary people across generations....The reason and inspiration for my writing are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat,” Devi says. “For me, the endless source of ingredients for writing is in these amazingly, noble, suffering human beings. Why should I look for my raw material elsewhere, once I have started knowing them? Sometimes it seems to me that my writing is really their doing.” Rudali-The Mourner will showcase Indian folk music with a live orchestra, colourful dances and a vibrant village carnival. Rudali- The Mourner, based on a story by Mahasweta Devi, will be staged at TAPAC, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland from May 18 to 27, 2012 Bookings open now at www.tapac. org.nz or visit www.prayas.co.nz Phone: TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre): 8450295 Directed by Amit Ohdedar and Margaret Mary Hollins Assisted by Ahi Karunaharan Produced by Sudeepta Vyas Assisted by Zetin Moza, Satya Akula, Gaurav Bradoo Costume and make up: Padma Akula and Monica Mahendru Creative Director, Photography: Bhavnesh Soni Choreography: Rahul Chopra Music: Moushumi Das cast: Patricia Vichmann, Monica Mahendru, Shilpi Pillai, Monica Nangia, Sangeeta Hariharan, Madhumita Chatterjee, Anya Banerjee, Nona Shedde, Sudeepta Vyas, Mala Bhaduri, Lucy Xia, Abbas Burmawala, Ram Manthry, Dilbagh Singh, Gaurav Bradoo, Vijesh Nangia, Dhrupad Siddhanta, Rahul Chopra, Shibashish Dutta Chowdhury, Murali Kumar, Ditoya Ghosh, Sangeeta Gupta

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The Department of Labour is reminding employers that the law now requires them to Fiji keep signed written employment agreements Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama visited the their staff. for all Golden Temple in Punjab during his recent trip to July all employers are required Since 1 India. He said during his trip he employment agreeto keep signed copies of wished for better relations between FijitermsIndia. The media inall ments or current and and conditions for employees, or they may face a penalty. India has highlighted that Bainimarama who “Employment agreements Sugar Oris the Vice Chair of International are required for all employees no matter when they started work,” says Annie Newman, the Department’s Acting Chief Adviser of Employment Relations. “This affects all employees including those hired on a verbal agreement or employees who do not have current written agreements in place,” says Ms Newman. “Having a clearly written employment agreement helps reduce the risk of misunderstandings and there are some provisions f, lower that must be included in employment agreeMt Eden ments,’’ she says. ng areas They must include the name of the emuckland. followo expand vestment

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ployer and employee, a description of the work to be performed, the place of employduring atimes the meeting with Mr work, the ment, bilateral employee is to Bainimarama calledsalary, and an explanation of serwages or for a full engagement with Fiji “sooneravailable for solving problems. vices than later”. Mr Bainimarama, who isresponsibility to “It’s the employer’s also the Minister for Finance, had providedto date copy of each maintain and keep an up the ADB president anemployee’s the political and socio-economic update on agreement and provide a copy of the agreement if an currently going on in developments that are employee requests it,” Ms Newman says. Fiji. The Department of Labour has developed He also told Mr Kuroda an Employment Agreement Builder to help the many challenges facing employers through this process. including the Fijian economy Failure to the impacts of the floods in ensure an employment agreement is in place for alland March, may year. January employees this result in a labour inspector takinghad provided the The ADB a penalty action against an employer.Government $1 million Fijian This involves a seven-day notice to this, in April and in addition period to rectify thethe Prime Ministerisn’t combreach and if this acknowlplied with then penalties may be sought by edged the US$2m provided in the Employment bank to assist with of up the Relations Authority flood to $10,000 for individuals work. rehabilitation and $20,000 for companies. With all eyes on Fiji in the

CCF urges people to prepare submissions for new Constitution
Fiji’s Citizens’ Constitutional Forum is urging residents to start planning and preparing submissions to be presented to the Constitution Commission in preparation for the general election in 1014. “As an independent civil society organisation, the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum is putting in place strategies to incorporate issues relating to the Constitution development processes through our ongoing civic education programme,” CCF chief executive Rev Akuila Yabaki said. “The timeline set by the State from May to July to provide citizens with civic education prior to drafting the constitution is unprecedented and should be welcomed as a positive step. “The legitimacy of the process is based on the inclusivity of all citizens and they must be empowered to openly participate and take ownership in drafting the constitution. “Based on CCF’s 20-year experience in providing civic education on constitutional matters, we will continue with this role and conduct parallel and separate programmes from what the state will be conducting,” Rev Yabaki said. “By way of continuance of CCF’s existing aims and activities, it is extending its community education program to include and focus on matters pertaining to the new constitution.” Rev Yabaki said through CCF’s workshops in the four provinces of Ba, Tailevu, Naitasiri and Ra, there was a clear indication of an increased anticipation by members of the public to get involved in the development of the constitution and more questions were now arising

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on how and where they as individuals, and as members of a community, could make submissions and have their voices heard. CCF, which conducts workshops on the three principal areas of Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism, was now devising strategies to incorporate information on the timeline set out for the constitution development process to be able to adequately inform members of the public of the need for them to participate and contribute constructively in the drafting of the constitution. Any submissions which may be made following our workshops will be directed to the five-member Constitution Commission to be led by Professor Yash Ghai. “As highlighted by the experts, CCF cannot stress enough that civic education aims to prepare the public to participate both before and after the constitution is prepared and adopted and those involved must remain aware of this that the work will not end once the constitution is finalized,” Rev Yabaki said. “From lessons of the past, where many citizens were not given the opportunity to make any contribution in the making of Fiji’s past constitutions, CCF hopes to play its part in encouraging mass participation. “CCF is currently engaged in intensive internal discussions on what we, as an independent civil society organization, would like to see in the final constitution and this will form the foundations for CCF’s submission to the Constitution Commission during the submission period from July to September 2012 and we encourage all citizens to start doing the same.”

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Election initiatives ‘positive’
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and his Australian counterpart Bob Carr have received strong assurances that Fiji is well on its way to democracy and have acknowledged that Fiji “is in a state of transition.” McCully, who is chair of the Forum Ministerial Contact Group visiting Fiji, said the outlook was “very positive” but there was still concern over basic freedoms being tation will be opened to all, that the elections would be free and fair, and that that there would be no media restrictions leading to the promised elections in 2014. McCully said he was told the country was moving through transitions that would see those freedoms “increasingly observed.” He said even the views of critics of the current military-led government gave them encouragement to by Mr Carr on whether there would be a military seat in parliament. In a later interview, Mr Carr did not deny they came with preconceived mind-sets, which he said was the reason they were in the country to test them. He added that he also asked on the freedom of the trade unions, on whether the Methodist Church would be allowed to hold its conference as well as the freedom of the

Kidnapped soldiers released
Ten Fijian soldiers kidnapped by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have been released. Egyptian security sources say the kidnappers had been demanding that the Egyptian authorities free fellow tribesmen from prison. The Fijian soldiers are part of the Multinational Force and Observers. The remote Sinai region has descended further into lawlessness since a popular uprising ousted Egypt’s president more than a year ago.

The visiting group released a statement which welcomed assurances that the constitutional consultation will be opened to all, that the elections would be free and fair, and that that there would be no media restrictions leading to the promised elections in 2014.
observed. “We were encouraged by the reports we received today about the firm intention to hold elections in 2014 and the reports about the machinery put in place to make those elections possible,” he said. “We found it reassuring to receive those very strong statements from a number of levels of the administration here.” The visiting group released a statement which welcomed assurances that the constitutional consul“take heart” in Fiji, and to “take account of the bold statements made today about where things will be in a few months time.” “We need to move forward here.” Being the first to be "tested," Attorney-General Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum was not satisfied that the Forum Contact Group came with an open mind. And in the 25-minute meeting, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he was asked a strange and weird question media. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said the group was rushing off and interrupted him as he tried to explain things. The acting Prime Minister also believed that the group’s fact-finding mission was not inclusive as they did not meet a wider cross-section of the community such as the National Council of Women, the Soqosoqo Vakamarama, the chambers of commerce, the business councils or other trade unions in the country.

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AUCKLAND OFFICE: Unit 131 Kolmar Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland It is with great1,pleasure that Ph: 09 278 9302 | Email: bakshi.mp@parliament.govt.nz I congratulateHunters Corner, Auckland 2025 Postal Address: PO Box 23136, the staff and management of the Indian Weekender www.bakshi.co.nz on your third anniversary of publication. I take this opportunity to compliment the Indian Weekender on the excellent work it does in keeping our communities connected. I wish you the best of success for the coming years.
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congratulate Indian Weekender on the anniversary of its third year of publication. New Zealand’s relationship with India has undergone a positive and ambitious transformation since Indian Weekender first went to press in April 2009, a development assisted by constructive media interest in both countries. At the time Indian Weekender was launched, India and New Zealand had yet to begin free trade negotiations and India was New Zealand’s 14th largest export market. Three years on, negotiations for the India-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement are underway, and India is now comfortably among New Zealand’s top 10 export markets. High-level contacts have also increased.. The Prime Minister, John Key, paid a state visit to New Delhi and Mumbai in June last year, the first visit by a New Zealand Prime Minister since 2003. I accompanied him on this visit alongside MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi - our first MP from India - and a senior business delegation. During the visit the Prime Minister announced co-operation arrangements between our countries in film, education, and science and innovation, as well as plans to appoint a New Zealand defence adviser for India. This visit stoked a new momentum in New Zealand’s relationship with India and highlighted the breadth of our shared interests – from political and trade links to cricket and the Bollywood/Wellywood connection. The India-New Zealand Business Council has also grown in numbers and ambition since the inaugural Indian Weekender, with its chairman Wenceslaus Anthony taking part in the Prime Minister’s state visit to India. India’s significance to New Zealand is reflected in the development and implementation of the Government’s formal “NZ Inc India strategy”. The first in a series of whole-of-government strategies aimed to set priorities and coordinate relations with key offshore partners, the NZ Inc India strategy was launched by Prime Minister Key last 20 October in Auckland. Implementation of the strategy is well un-

derway and is focused on improving trade and investment with India, attracting and retaining skilled migrants from India, and deepening engagement with India on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Businesses here and in India have a key role in delivering on expectations. These developments are all landmarks in recognising India as one of New Zealand’s most important international relationships – not only in political cooperation or trade, but also in the extensive peopleto-people links that provide the foundation for the relationship. The Indian diaspora in New Zealand now numbers more than 100,000, making it one of New Zealand’s largest and most successful non-indigenous ethnic groups. Notable Indian New Zealanders include former Dunedin mayor Sukhi Turner, cricketers Dipak and Jeetan Patel, singer Aaradhna, and our most recent former Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand. In addition to this permanent community here, Indian students now form the second largest group of inbound international students in New Zealand, while tourists from India represent our 11th largest market. From its inception, Indian Weekender has played a valuable role in giving voice to the vibrant Indian community in New Zealand. It has also celebrated a growing number of cultural events and exchanges, including its recent successful promotion of the visit by Indian musical group, the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio. The prospects are bright for the future of the India-New Zealand relationship and I wish Indian Weekender the very best for its role in reporting and celebrating the links across so many facets of that relationship. With best wishes for the future Tim Groser Minister of Trade Govt. of New Zealand

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ndian Weekender was launched at a time of significant change for the Indian community. India itself was emerging from the shadows as a dominant figure on the world stage. In New Zealand, the Indian community was more visible on a range of fronts - politically, socially and economically. India and New Zealand have drawn closer in the last three years led by the trade groups, the advocates for small and medium size businesses and the arrival of the Bank of Baroda and the Bank of India. A free trade agreement is in sight between the two countries. Clearly there was space for a community newspaper of high quality to identify aspiration and highlight the unheralded successes of those of Indian heritage. Significantly the paper was driven by an imperative to focus on positive news rather than sensationalism and negativity. Readers responded to that style. Indian Weekender has gained a substantial space in the print media and deservedly won an influencing role. But it has done more than that. The publishers have shown innovation in the publication of a weekly online edition and a readiness to expand the frontiers of the paper with new content ranging from well researched business comment to Bollywood news. Significantly, the paper has also supported a raft of charitable causes including the Order of St John which provides our ambulance services As the paper moves into its next year of publication its owners can take satisfaction from the community expression of support for their unstinting work.

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n behalf of the Officers of New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) and the greater membership of our Association we congratulate you on celebrating your third Anniversary of being the leaders of promoting the Kiwi Indian Diaspora through your out -standing publishing and high lighting the events of the Community in New Zealand. We also congratulate you on your outstanding reporting of Events and happening that we so dearly associate with from our home land India, We admire the high standard and depth of your editorials published and keeping the New Zealand Kiwi Indian Diaspora informed of matters Indian and issues of concern to us all.
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Indian Weekender, Sub: Letter of Appreciation On behalf of Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, I would like to take an opportunity to congratulate the Team at Indian Weekender for its third anniversary in publication.

I also would like to appreciate the phenomenal coverage by Indian Weekender, of events and happenings in the Indian community. It is certainly among the widely circulated fortnightly newspapers which endeavour to bring to the community a complete package of news and events which are very much relevant to the Indian community members. In this age of information, Indian weekender is doing a commendable job by providing the community with updated and relevant information. Yours Truly On behalf of Bhartiya Samaj, I would like to express our support towards the efforts put by Indian Weekender to extensively cover news and events within the Indian Community. On behalf of Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, Jeet Suchdev QSM JP Chairperson

Finally as President of NZICA I wish you continued success and advancement within the Kiwi Media Group and for keeping the Pulse of the Kiwi Indian Community close to your hearts. I specially thank you for your continued support for New Zealand Indian Central Association as we being the oldest established and the biggest Indian Organization in New Zealand require your continued support in future Years. I sincerely congratulate the entire management and editorial staff of INDIAN WEEKENDER for their relentless efforts with keeping the Pulse of the NZ Indian Community very much alive and well. Kind Regards and Good wishes

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President NZICA

would like to congratulate the Indian Weekender on completing three years. It has been our great pleasure and privilege to be associated with the paper over the years. As a community organisation it is always valued when our activities are covered and promoted through media. The partnership has worked successfully and we hope to work more closely together in the future.

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President, Manukau Indian Association am indeed so applauded to know that The Indian Weekender has reached the 3rd anniversary. It is a wonderful publication where you have an exposure of Cultural, religious, political and many more agendas in the community at large. I also acknowledge the support of the Indian Weekender to the wider Indian community for publishing local news and current affairs. I would like to congratulate the Indian Weekender for reaching the phenomenal milestone. I wish them a very successful future journey. Regards

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Last year, just before Christmas, Prime Minister John Key was quoted in the media as saying, “My Government is focusing hard on increasing New Zealand’s savings level so we can fund more of our growth from the domestic markets.” He also said, “We will incentivise savings and remove the opt out option for KiwiSavers.” How could this possibly be achieved? Recently, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts about how this could be done with Prime Minister John Key and some very senior functionaries of the National Party, Members of Parliament as well as eminent businesspeople, accounting and tax professionals. I would like to share the same thoughts with a wider audience through the readership of Indian Weekender, and I am pleased to present them here: There are about 1.65 million KiwiSaver accounts that have been opened within three-and-a-half years, against the Treasury’s projection of 680,000 by June 2014. This amply proves that Kiwis are smart savers, going against the popular notion that they are poor savers. But there is a proviso: they must be given a choice of better returns and security on their savings. There is also the general perception that KiwiSaver is successful mainly due to the government’s contribution. So can it be successful without it? Yes, it can be, in our opinion. If the following steps are taken: � $1040.00 tax credit has to be stopped immediately. Instead, $1000 should be contributed at the interval of about five years on every running account. �Make savings under KiwiSaver compulsory as in Australia (a good point to start achieving parity with the Aussies – something that’s much talked about as regards catching up with our neighbour.) �Start at the rate of 2% and increase every year at the rate of 1% till it reaches to the level of 5%. (It is better to take a tablet of Panadol than to go in for surgery). �Employer contribution should be the same as that of employee. �All the funds will be collected by the government. �Government will use these funds not only to wipe out its own deficit and to meet future borrowing cost but also to lend to banks only. �Government will pay interest on these super funds initially equal to its borrowing cost or equal to the borrowing cost of the banks. People can choose private investors also but these private investors have to guarantee continuously their return will be higher than Govt return after deducting all types of fees and expenses and will ensure safety of the funds by minimising risk. �Performance of all the funds weather wealth management funds, superannuation funds, or any other type of funds should be continuously monitored. �If any funds fail to deliver return less than the government offered return continuously for 2 years or taking a higher risk, which can jeopardise the safety of the funds, it should not be allowed to take fresh deposits and advised to compulsorily liquidate all investments and pay back to investors or to the government super funds, if the members agree. �The scheme must be reviewed every year to protect the nation and its people. �Compulsory financial education at all levels must be begun forthwith, starting at the school level (Kiwis are innovators, inventors and great at sport. The one thing they lack is financial literacy and this must be addressed urgently). � Rebrand KiwiSaver as a National Savings Scheme and make saving compulsory – to save as superannuation. What is needed is a system to encourage savings compulsorily, as seen in a range of countries that are both poorer and richer than New Zealand. For instance, when Kiwis hop across the ditch to work in Australia, they seem to have no qualms about saving up to 9% into compulsory super plans. This is so because it is compulsory – no questions asked. We are proposing a similar regime here – not 9% but start small at as low as 2% scaling up to 5% over the next few years. As well as increasing domestic savings, this will also help reduce sovereign debt? Here’s how we as a country stand with our foreign debt:
Total offshore Debts as on 30.9.2010:
(one of the highest in the OECD countries)

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benefit to the local companies with this 70%. There is no guarantee of return on these 70% funds. There is no guarantee even the principal money will be repaid. International investments are not only risky in the present environment but can be used in a better manner locally by the government. Why not bring back this 70% of the New Zealand savings and invest in New Zealand government bonds, which will not only help to reduce government debts but also give a guaranteed return to the New Zealanders with minimum risk? Further, New Zealand investors’ savings is not a charity. If the local companies cannot guarantee at least that much return which they pay on their bank borrowings, then local investors must be given a choice either to invest with the government and get interest equal government borrowing cost or invest their money locally in New Zealand companies or a mix of both. The above steps will result following: (1) New Zealand debts will be reduced with New Zealand savings. (2) New Zealanders’ savings will remain in safe hands in an otherwise uncertain atmosphere. (3) There will be guaranteed return, which will not be less than the government borrowing cost. (4) No extra burden on the government. (5) Interest earned by New Zealanders on their savings will be reinvested in the New Zealand economy. (6) Interest cost which the government is paying to foreign lenders will be paid to its own people. (7) Credit ratings of the country will improve. (8) Morale of the people will be boosted and remain high. (9) More confidence in the leadership to manage financial affairs in such tough times. (10) Foreign investments will also increase in the local economy. I would gladly welcome suggestions from readers and experts. These suggested goals are all achievable and would make New Zealand and New Zealanders win ners in the game. While we anticipate the big event of the year – the Rugby World Cup – and fervently hope that we will win it, we could also be big winners in the game of financial independence. Let’s time our kick off to financial freedom as a country with the kick off to our Rugby World Cup win!

Experienced financial expert Ajay Kumar says New Zealand can quite quickly save its way out of its debt situation by implementing some innovative measures
Private sector foreign debts as on 30.9.2010: $221Bn Out of $221Bn, banks borrowings: $150Bn Currently NZ superannuation expenses: $8.3Bn/yr Govt current borrowings is around: $16Bn/yr Is there any silver bullet to improve this bleak situation? Yes, there is. Now let’s look at New Zealand savings where no return is guaranteed at all. Kiwi Saver funds as on date: $7Bn NZ Govt Super fund: $18Bn Managed funds : $57Bn Projected Kiwi saver fund size by the year 2030: $486Bn

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By default, these funds or other savings meant for superannuation, are unable to provide any guaranteed return or interest. Therefore these should be transferred to the government as soon as possible. This will help to reduce government debt. Investors will not only have safety but also get a guaranteed return equal to government borrowing cost or if lent to banks, then equal to bank borrowing cost. The government can use these funds not only to wipe out completely their borrowings but also can lend these funds to banks through the Reserve bank of New Zealand. This will reduce dependence of the banks on offshore borrowings. It is necessary that the banking system must be healthy and strong for the economic development of the country. We have seen that when banks are not able to lend immediately after Global Financial Crisis how economic growth of New Zealand was under threat. Incidentally after my presentation before the Prime Minister and the distinguished guests, one prominent citizen expressed the view that if the government borrowed all the savings internally, then it would adversely affect investment in New Zealand based companies. To overcome this situation, my suggestion is about 70% (or more in some cases) of the savings made by New Zealanders is invested overseas. There is no

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to begin discussions with Reliance on the manufacturing of the panels and kits, which we propose An Auckland-based biochemist couple’s innova- to do here in Auckland as long as the volumes are tive new technology is set to simplify and quicken manageable.” The diagnostic market in India is estimated the way immuno-diagnostic tests are conducted both in humans and animals across the world – at at $200 million – of which 34% is the immunodiagnostic segment – and is expected to grow at costs far less than existing methods. The technology that Anand and Sarita Kumble an annual rate of 10 to 15% due to an increasbegan developing in a garage about three years ing awareness of healthcare among the growing ago can test a drop of blood for a whole range of middle class and growth of health insurance diseases using simple, low cost equipment and schemes that require diagnostic tests. The current procedures making it attractive especially for the worldwide market for autoimmune disease testing healthcare systems of the developing world where (HIV, rheumatoid arthritis) is over $400 million. Anand and Sarita met while pursuing their ANAND AND SARITA KUMBLE: Their sophisticated yet low cost technology puts immudiagnostic labs are poorly equipped. The lab end equipment comprises a set of doctorates in biochemistry at Mumbai University, nodiagnostic tests within reach of millions of people in developing countries. panels developed using their technology and a PC then married and moved to the US to study and “Preventable diseases like rheumatoid arthriloaded with proprietary software that detects dis- work at Stanford University (Anand worked with 1995 when Genesis hired him as one of its fi rst eases by assessing microscopic patterns that the celebrated geneticist and Nobel laureate Arthur biotechnologists. He went back to the US two tis are taking root in several Pacific Island counblood being tested makes with different sets of re- Konberg) and a few high technology immunodi- years later returning intermittently and finally tries,” says Anand. “We have simple kits that can detect such ailments at a young age and prevent moved back to Auckland in 2005. agents that are microscopically embedded in the agnostic firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. The couple soon met up with Kiwi veterinar- complications in later life that are very expensive According to Anand, a “serendipitous” panels. Specific kits can test for diseases ranging from HIV, hepatitis B and C to rheumatoid arthri- meeting with another Nobel Laureate, Joshua ian Sandy Ferguson who helped raise the first to fix.” Pictor has already touched base with the govtis, tuberculosis and almost anything in between. Lederberg, gave them the idea of developing in- round of capital to set up Pictor. “A quick, easy In the past few months, their start-up company novative diagnostic technologies that were inex- and effective method to test large herds of cattle ernment health departments of Samoa and Fiji Pictor, has signed on deals that could potentially pensive and easy to perform even in countries that was in Sandy’s wish list for many years,” Dr and is looking to implement a project shortly in the Fijian island of Taveuni facilitated by an NGO. Anand says. catapult it into the big league of the diagnostics had minimal diagnostic infrastructure. Both Anand and Sarita like New Zealand and They got together a band of investors and “Dr Lederberg was on the United Nations business in India, Europe, the US and beyond. In India it has partnered with the Reliance group, panel for the Millennium Development Goals and raised $90,000, which was matched by New would like it to be their main base at least for one of the country’s biggest business houses, and he said that there was technology available that Zealand government funding agency Foundation now. While Anand is appreciative of help from could be adapted to develop cost-effective diag- for Research Science and Technology (FRST). the New Zealand government, he is unsure if the successfully beta tested kits for testing arthritis. Late last year, Pictor raised a further $460,000 local venture capital industry has the nous to help Pictor has also been commissioned by one of nostic systems,” says Anand. take this project to its global potential. “Some of “Someone just had to do it,” he continues. from investors and FRST. the world’s largest farm animal diagnostic test While their new tie-ups in India and Europe the venture firms here, quite amazingly view us manufacturers and a major Swedish autoimmune “Technologies exist, we need to learn how to diagnostics company to develop more cost-effec- use these to solve immediate problems. But in will take Pictor’s technologies to the big diagnos- as an IT company,” he says. Meanwhile Pictor is being wooed by venture tive and simpler testing techniques using its pat- the west, development of drugs and technology tic markets globally, Anand and Sarita are keenly ented technology. If successful, these companies is being chased relentlessly to achieve some big interested in helping smaller, severely disadvan- from as far afield as San Francisco and Mumbai will distribute the kits to their markets in Europe success that mey be years away, neglecting what taged countries where people have been suffering and Bangalore but for now the Kumbles want to can be done to solve the problems with technol- from a range of ailments because early detection give New Zealand their best shot and plan to flag and the US. is not possible. Clearly for this couple, money is off Pictor’s manufacturing operations from Auck“Pictor is now on the cusp of commercialisa- ogy that already exists and is available.” land. Work first brought Anand to CONGRATULATIONS TOof success. New Zealand in not the sole yardstick THE INDIAN CRICKET TEAM tion,” Dr Anand Kumble April 15, 2011 | Indian Weekender | says. “We’re now about www.iwk.co.nz 3

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and many other dignitaries. Later this group continued as a representative of Indian political ambitions and conveys the community’s view point across the political spectrum. Though New Zealand is his Karma Bhoomi, he has never forsaken his Janma Bhoomi. He has extended his philanthropic activities in his country of birth, too. A place of worship has been made by his contributions in the town Dharam Kot in Punjab where he was born. He has donated funds to build additional facilities to the school where he had his own education. He has also given his hometown a charitable hospital which currently has 28 beds and is planned to be grow into a 50-bed facility with modern amenities. It already has an operating theatre, diagnostic laboratory, X-Ray and ultra sound facilities. The Hospital has started functioning since December last year. This project was completely funded by him. The Foundation stone of this hospital was laid by Rt. Honourable the Late David Lange, New Zealand’s former prime minister. It has all amenities and employs about 20 staff. Nauhriaji is a dedicated family man and has a daughter and a son. Daughter Vicky is married and settled in India. Son Rakesh is a young business graduate from Auckland University of Technology and works with him in his companies. When Indian Weekender visited him Nauhriaji was busy spending quality time with his little grandchildren. Despite his busy schedule, he is still active in various Indian associations and always finds the time to help out with matters concerning the community and building business links between New Zealand and India as a prominent member of the India Trade Group. Indian Weekender wishes him all the very best.

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“New Zealand has done itself proud,” RNZ 2011 chairman Brian Roche said. “Rugby fans, even those with a passing interest in the Game have dressed up, painted their faces and turned each match into a true festival of Rugby and our country. Others have gone to Fanzones, enjoyed REAL New Zealand Festival events and given our visitors the best of welcomes. “We promised a stadium of four million great fans and hosts and without a doubt New Zealand has delivered. “None of this would have been possible without the passion and dedication of an army of people across New Zealand,” Roche said. “The Team 2011 volunteers have been at the forefront of our efforts to look after visitors and ensure they left with the best of memories of their time here while also contributing to the successful delivery of 48 matches. “Through the past six years since we won the bid to host RWC 2011, our partners have worked tirelessly to ensure we created the best platform to deliver on the promises we made in Dublin. “Today we thank those in central and local government, the NZ 2011 Office, provincial Rugby unions, regional tourism and other industry organisations and of course the staff and management of our own organisation, RNZ 2011. The collective efforts of so many have ensured we have delivered an event all New Zealanders can be proud of and one that enhances our country’s position on the world stage. “Most importantly from our position as Tournament organiser, we have shown the

Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 have thanked the people of New Zealand for the way they embraced the seventh Rugby World Cup and contributed to its success
for the close co-operation and support they have given us since we won the bid.” IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said the seventh Rugby World Cup had been an outstanding success. “New Zealand 2011 will be remembered as an exceptional Rugby World Cup. It has been a Tournament where New Zealand’s rich culture and heritage has gone hand in hand with rugby’s tradition and values. “New Zealanders should be proud of their event. They made it special by embracing the tournament the length and breadth of the country, welcoming all 20 teams and 100,000 international visitors with open arms. It was quite remarkable." Lapasset also praised the Tournament Organisers and the spirit of close collaboration that has delivered one of the great Rugby World Cups. “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Brian Roche, Martin Snedden and the Rugby New Zealand 2011 team, the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Government for their vision, dedication and hard work in delivering Rugby World Cup 2011 in partnership with the IRB team. “Their reward is the successful hosting of what will be remembered as one of the great Rugby World Cups, a sporting and operational success. “New Zealand 2011 has positioned the country as a major event host, a superb tourism destination and a great country. It has also taken our sport to new audiences and has set the bar for future hosts.”

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Another couple said they walked 5km from entire towns. a point between Nadi and Lautoka, when their I was in Suva after having attended a contaxi was Pacific in water, before they were ference instranded Harbour, which is where I picked up the passing fronts approaching heard aboutby a series of truck and dropped at from the Parts of their direction. The Fiji the airport.west-southwest trek had been through flight to Nadi took off man said he domestic waist deep water. The six hours late had Nausori and it was and a set of clothes fromto throw out his shoeswhen it came in to because I got a sense dirty, they the situation land that they were so of how bad could not be packed how worse it could get. was andinto his suitcase. IStrandedclearly see parts only from New could tourists were not of the Queens Zealand and Australia but even as further Road submerged with cars stranded on the dry afield as unable Canada, forward or return. stretches Norway, to drive the US and Europe. While most were patient also similarly subThe Nadi Back Road was and understanding Indian of the mergedsituation, some Through the rain splatintermittently. were disappointed and complained about transporters’ price gouging tering fiercely on my window I could see Nadi because of the situation. Taxis charged three streets turned into rivers, with just the roofs times the normal fare and the prices of food sticking out of the muddied, red-brown water. and bottled water more than doubled. Namaka was travelling a lake smallits biggest Tourists more like with with children building, the Colonial Plaza complex as well were huddled in the terminal’s corners rapidly sinking under the rapidlyin queues that had not as in the middle of check rising waters. Tourists were to check the latest from the parents went online being evacuated updates, luxury resorts from Denarau through to the the children played with toys, mobile phones Coral Coast devices until at batteries prices. and handheld by helicopter theexorbitantlasted. The approach at the airports on Queens they Employees to the bridge cafes said Road just outside Nadi town had been swept the hadn’t been home in three days because ofaway and was unusable for regular cars. Even the continuous flow of customers (some said they gruntiest of 4X4s home because the roads simply couldn’t gowould have found it a chalwere underwater). The cafes served customers lenge to negotiate past the muck on to the round the clock. bridge. By Sunday morning there were reports of two deaths WARNINGS DISEASE and a few people missing. The government opened government issued warnMeanwhile, the evacuation centres all along the of disease outbreaks and against drinkings western division (more than 90 of them sheltering over 10,000 by the oods. Water ing water contaminated people).flThe situation was getting even worse as second the resorts supply to several areas in Nadi andfront closely had been cut off and so wasevenpower rain. followed the first dumping the more supply as a The intensity of the rain had to be seen to precautionary measure. In some areas, power lineswall of water at the be believed. It was like a were dipping into the flof a fast flowing and the Fiji Electricity base ooding waters waterfall, with no visibilAuthoritythan tenaskedaway. And wires to like ity more (FEA) feet all fallen it rained be treated as live. on end. No stormwater drainage that for hours Late in Sunday, after repeatedly announcsystem on the world could have handled that ing that rain flights were cancelled and many kind of all in such short a time. passengers had either leftlive in Nadi and had Several friends who the terminal or even dozed of toSigatoka toldflme they Pacifialready as far as sleep on the oor, Air had c suddenly said thatwere in the process of Boeing evacuated or it had made available a evacuat747 boundtheir homes into hotels, if available, ing from for Auckland that would take all its own passengers evacuation those of Air higher or simply into as well as centres on New Zealand. As the government declared a state of ground. Lusty clapping and the cheers from pasemergency, services allloud way from Sigatoka sengers – somewere stretched to their capacto Rakiraki, of who were stranded for more than withhours the police and the armedoff of ity, 48 both – accompanied the take forces the flight as it winged its way to Auckland. working side by side in rescue and relief operations.

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and Science and Technology Kapil Sibal has urged several working examples of telemedicine already in New Zealand businesses and investors to take a successful operation in many parts of India. Detection of eye diseases like glaucoma as well serious look at the country’s two high growth sectors as monitoring the physiological condition of patients – healthcare and education. Outlining the scale of the opportunity, the minis- was being done remotely with the use of the growing ter said the entire healthcare system for a whopping mobile phone and satellite communication infra1.2 billion people in India was up for grabs in an structure in the country, he said. The government was in the process of putting economic environment that has been fuelled by near together legislation as well as standards in place for double-digit growth for nearly a decade. Speaking to businesspeople under the aegis of the medical testing and diagnostic equipment in the India New Zealand Business Council in Auckland on country to bring it up to speed with standards in the Monday, Mr Sibal eloquently traced the spectacular developed world. That would open opportunities for both investgrowth in the Indian economy over the past ten years. The country even registered 8% growth when the ment in the sector and help the spread of affordable world was reeling under the financial crisis and was technical equipment not only across India but also looking to even faster growth as the markets recov- other parts of the developing world. “The idea is to build the best possible product for ered in the near to medium term, he said. India has Their and growing technically com- the best possible price,” he said.company that really a sizable company, a Turning to education, the companyLawcoalface petent, English-speaking workforce that gives a great knows the Global company, Village a Harvard thatSchool really Their le lawyer and coalface advantage to Global companies looking at investing educated former high profiknows the obstacles foreign issues; the Solicitor Unlimited (GVU), Village a companychallenges,” that really Their company, rsity and specialises particularly in the field of General of India turned politicianthethe obstacles in assector – in the healthcare sector, (GVU), issues; said the coalface Unlimited Village knows the Global she the challenges,” sisting Indian high technology based diagnostic equipment, he said. particularly primary and secondary education – was rsity and said. the obstacles specialises (GVU), in asissues; biggest chalUnlimited the economies of scale achieved owing to a com- bound to take off in a big way asaid.boost following businesses into big The she“The challenges,” sisting rsity and the specialises Indian ashim of this technically in into lenge here year. get New Zealand and bination competent work force, low the legislation of the right to education this is tochalthe “The biggest businesses Indian she said. sisting people Indian ConstituNew Zealandbusihim lenge here is Indian get The right, now enshrined in“Theto act,” tochalthe and operating andNew Zealandand the huge volume of a labour costs into the businesses uary untapped market India. could provide huge tion, makes it imperative forpeople tobiggestIndian born Msto act,” who nesses into provide New Zealand busithe state D’silva, free provide get hitherto him lenge here is to New Zealand and nauis also D’silva, who However, uary born It was a market of nesses into India. it education to children up to year 12.Ms deputy chairprofits for investors, he pointed out. 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This further work for states’ great potential forco-producers with Northedge to thethe world. of ideas Mr up our is aboutconnectwere world,” Ms and knowl- Mumbai later this month, but Bangalore also exchange “Establishing the Gurumantra Series Bono programmes in Delhi, there was and revenues in potential for further said. point. speaking from Sibal world,” Ms D’silva said, greattheir budgets, he said. work with NorthMumbai. s edge to connect our is about the de Bono represents and knowl- He Mumbai laterher GVU workyears, states also Although this month, but there was had also said that unlike in past has taken her to “Edward exchange of ideas that in lots He revealed that speaking from Mumbai. s edge to connect ouralso inthe largest said, point.several times, Ms Fenton said asNorthts of ways but de Bonohad discussions with great potential for further work with ato be India world,” Ms D’silva lots India Although her GVU work has funds New “Edward we’re represents that in healthy balance sheets and had enough taken her to speaking from Mumbai. and speakers who point. s ts Zealander, she never ceased other high profi communications allocated to several and secondary to be amazed by of ways but de le thinkers discussions with Indiaprimary times, Msworkeducation. a New also hasand the size taken “Edward we’re value in say. lots the Although her of the Fenton said as her to “sheer now GVU important enough to have high profi Bono represents that in who Zealander, she never ceased to be amazed by of to satellite system other somethingle thinkers and speakers with Education wasscale an issuecountrysaid as a New ts several of opportunities of ways are we’re also in discussionsbring Indianumber times, Ms Fenton to be found and “sheer scale of the country and the size “We but looking at how we can make or break governments at elections and no state the have somethingle thinkersinsay. world who the other high profi of value toand speakers New Zealander, she never ceased to be amazed by here.” would of opportunities them to are lookingover here and in governmentnumber renege on the commitment to “We audiences at to say. and the size have something of value how we can bring and“There scale of the country to be found dZealand audiences over here and in New the “sheer is huge potential for growth, them to and elsewhere.” how we can bring here.”funds for education. settingand number of opportunities to be found aside “We are looking expertise, the sub-con- but not in the way that New Zealand really ill Given their India at d“There is 330 potential for growth, Zealand and elsewhere.” here and in New With an estimated hugemillion English speakers them to audiences over understands. is that New Zealand and I tinent wastheir India expertise, the sub-con- country – now Itwayabsolutely massive, really the here.” in evel ill not Given a “natural launching pad” for in the but “There theregarded by some as thegrowth, dis huge potential for world’s Zealand and elsewhere.” series, she said. eep tinent wastheir India expertise, the sub-con- understands.New Zealanders massive, really a “natural launching pad” for largest but not in theItwayabsolutely Zealand and I the don’t think evel English-speaking nationNew have any idea – ill Given as helping with the de Bono tour, how big it is andis that tap the potential for how to into this. As well e. series,was said. eep absolutely and business tinent she a “natural in India had had some don’t think New here is is huge. The content launching pad” for modernising educational content greathave anyand I the understands. It is Zealanders massive, idea evel “The feeling locating temporarily with the de Bono tour, how big it is and how to tap into this. As wellsaid. as helping e. available at present is high. India “uninteresting” for was dated and has have any idea series, positive spin-offs” for wider India- don’tdence New Zealanders again touched eep confi think “very she “The feeling locating temporarily in India hadBonosome how big it is and how to tap into this. had children, Mr Sibal said. here is great and business mbi As e. New well as helping with the de said. tour, has quarter.” “veryZealand work, Ms Fenton wider India- confidence isin GDP in the lastand business positive spin-offs” for had had some 7.5% growth high. Indiagreatagain touched mbi “The feeling here is to go locating temporarily in India reminder to He urged content New Zealand’s to India and India was providers “It has been a Ms Fenton said. growth high. India has again largest quarter.” New Zealand work,really good wider India- 7.5% dence isin GDP in the last 23rdtouched “very what we are actually for work confi partner in talent to produce more enlocal mbi us of positive spin-offs” offering to New withIndia creativeJune 2008. Twelve months was “It has been a Ms Fenton said. reminder to trade growth inNew Zealand’s 23rd largest ves in 13th largest despite New Zealand work,really goodoperate in gaging7.5%modernisedGDPthe the last instructional and Zealand businesses wanting to the later partner educational and quarter.” us of what been a actually offering to New trade it has become Zealand’s 23rd months New “It has we are really good remindercontent. India was in June 2008. 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country over the past year, he said (see accompanying report on the minister’s Australia visit). “But I told them to come to India and set up their campuses there – because they would get both volumes and the right kind of students who they could train and then pave the way for their work and settlement in Australia. I think that makes a lot more sense and would be practical for both countries. And I’ve said the same thing here in New Zealand,” he said.

National MP Kanwaljit Bakshi later told Indian Weekender Mr Sibal renewed an agreement with Education Minister Anne Tolley in Wellington to strengthen and broaden New Zealand’s education engagement with India. Concluding his impressive address, the wellspoken senior Indian parliamentarian said the key to business success in today’s environment was not competition but “collaborative leveraging.” He said only those joint ventures would be financially successful,hed: 16/4/2010 which complement each other’s strengths Publis while delivering value to their customers. w Zealand

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Why should members of the Indian diaspora have to contend with financial barriers if they wish to meet a visiting minister, politician or dignitary from their country of birth? That is the question topmost in the minds of a number of Kiwi Indians including community leaders. At the reception organised by the NZ chapter of the Global Organisation of Persons of Indian Origin (GOPIO), one had to pay up to $40 per person to meet and mingle with the visiting senior Indian minister Kapil Sibal and his entourage. There was no other public function that was organised for the Indian community to meet with the dignitary. Auckland Indian Association (AIA) President and newly elected New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) Vice Presdient Harshad Patel said it was unacceptable that anyone should have to pay to meet visiting dignitaries. “If venue was the problem, they could have asked us at AIA – we would have gladly made the premises available free for a public meeting. But nobody asked us,” he said. Former Labour Party list member and NZICA General Secretary Raj Thandi, also newly elected, said he heard of the meeting only two hours before and so could not attend because he was committed elsewhere. He also said it was unfair to charge for such meetings and that these should be free for everyone, adding that it was his personal opinion and not that of NZICA. But he said, “If the meeting was under NZICA’s aegis, there would absolutely have been no charges for entry. This sort of charging defeats the very purpose of public interaction with important dignitaries.” “The right thing would have been for an organisation like the Indian High Commission to facilitate a reception such as this one on its own where anyone can meet the visiting entourage at what ought to be a proper public function with free entry,” former general secretary of the NZICA, Veer Khar told Indian Weekender. “This sort of thing is totally unacceptable. NZICA is the largest Indian organisation and it looks like it is being ignored for whatever reason,” he added. Mr Thandi also said the organisation wanted to take up this matter seriously at the appropriate levels soon involving all NZICA member organisations, which truly represented different communities of Indian origin in NZ. “An Indian community organisation, especially one that claims to be global in scope, putting up financial barriers by charging people for meeting a visiting Indian ministerial delegation lacks grace and is in poor taste,” one prominent businessman said requesting anonymity. GOPIO office bearer Manjit Singh who is also NZICA Treasurer said he did not attend the dinner on a matter of principle: “I thought it was simply unfair to charge,” he said. National List MP Kanwaljit Bakshi said it was desirable to facilitate the meeting of anyone of Indian origin who wished to meet visiting dignitaries without any strings attached. He said, “no comment” when asked what he felt about oirganisations charging for such meetings. Despite Indian Weekender being a leading media outlet catering to Kiwi Indians and the larger Indian diaspora, the publication received no invitation to cover the event in the capacity of a media organisation. Hence there is no coverage of the proceedings of that meeting in this edition. This paper, though, was duly invited by the New Zealand India Business Council (see report alongside) for an interaction with the minister and his entourage along with a huge group of Kiwi businesspeople. And there was no entrance fee for that meeting.

New Delhi: A landmark initiative to Issue 24 - New Zealan These initiatives, together with the expansion constitute the India-Australia Education Council has been agreed of the existing Education Exchange Programme to on by India and Australia, said a government release include all levels of education, are aimed at greater cooperation in the education sector between the two on Friday. A first of its kind, this Council will bring togeth- countries. The discussion between the two ministers also er government, academia, business and industry of both the countries to further bilateral collaboration in explored various ways to further the strategic partnership between India and Australia. the education sector. Issues relating to the safety and wellbeing of Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, and Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Min- Indian students in Australia and other related matters ister and Minister of Education, Employment and were also discussed. More than 100 cases of attacks on Indians were Workplace Relations, Australia decided upon this in a meeting held yesterday in Melbourne, Australia, in reported last year in Australia, including the murder recognition of the fact that education is central to sus- of 21-year-old Nitin Garg, straining ties between the two countries. They also led to the Indian government tained, inclusive and equitable growth. Two other landmark initiatives agreed by the issuing a travel advisory asking students to exercise Ministers include setting up a Joint Faculty Develop- caution while in Australia, and were followed by a ment Programme as also the organisation of a bilat- flurry of high-profile visits by Australian dignitaries, eral Inter University Convention of Vice Chancellors. including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to India.

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The federal education department also revealed recently that international student numbers were down nationally three per cent and 12 per cent in Victoria. “For an Indian family that sends a young person to this country a long way from home, they want to know that their young person is going to be safe, get a good experience, a great education and they’re going to be able to go back home and use those skills,” Gillard said, assuring Sibal of action. The two Ministers emphasised that people-topeople contacts, including student interactions, are at the heart of the bilateral relationship, in building bridges of friendship and understanding and acting as a significant resource for future development of

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Incredible India bids goodbye to Commonwealth Games

A magnificent view of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the closing ceremony of XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi, in New Delhi on October 14, 2010.

Projection of Glasgow Segment of Eight Arches shown at the closing ceremony of XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi on October 14.

Laser Show on display, at the closing ceremony of XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi on October 14

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New Delhi: Lighting wizardry, laser show and a dazzling cultural extravaganza capturing the best of Incredible Indian brought the curtains down on the 11-day Commonwealth Games as hosts India finished second on the medals’ tally and conducted a near-perfect competition overcoming the hiccups of pre-opening glitches. India’s third largest Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, awash with hues of all kinds, turned into a fairy land as fireworks lit up the sky and the giant aerostat, the helium balloon, loomed over the stadium like a massive canopy. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi were present along with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa,

who was a guest of honour. After national anthem was played, the countdown for the closing ceremony of the 19th Games ended, followed a show called “ Agni- The Glory of Sports”, a tribute to India’s sporting spirit. It featured the fiery and passionate traditions of Indian martial arts called Kalaripayattu (Karnataka), Naga warriors, Thang-Ta (Manipur), Gatka (Punjab), Silambam (Tamil Nadu), Akhda- wrestling ( Central India), Dhan Patta (Maharashtra) and Talwar Raas ( Gujarat). This is followed by Military Marshal Music, showcasing the performances by 14 military bands, 17 Pipes and Drums of various regiments and battalions of the Indian Army. A total of 650 musicians of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force participated in the Military Marshal Music display.

The Marshal Music was followed by Vandemataram- Tribute to Our Motherland where more than 2000 children dressed in white costumes flooded the field and created a Rangoli, albeit in the colours of the tricolour. Then the athletes of Commonwealth Games 2010 entered the field together as one big contingent, signifying bonds and friendships formed during the Games. There after the spirit of CWG 2010 was relived with a video that highlighted the golden moments of the game. CWG Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi then addressesed the audience. “The sporting extravaganza is ending but the aftertaste will linger. It is not the end, but just the beginning. For India it is a new beginning in sports,” Kalmadi said.

It was followed by a goodbye to Shera, the macot of the Games. Renowned Indian singer Shan entered the field with Shera in an open and decorated auto rickshaw. Popular singer Shan sang to Shera on behalf of athletes and people of India, thus bidding him good bye for Glasgow, which will host the next version of CWG in 2014 then takes the centre stage with a genuine sense of fun and celebration. Robert Winter, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, who was handed over the Commonwealth flag by the Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi, thanked the Indian authorities and welcomed all to Scotland in 2014. Performers from all over Scotland proudly showcased their country’s spirit, culture and heritage.

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The Chairman of Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, Shri Suresh Kalmadi hands over the Commonwealth Games Federation flag to Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Tejender Khanna, during the closing ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010-Delhi, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi on October 14. The Chief Minister, Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is also seen

The Glasgow segment began with a short video which played on the stadium screens. As the film ended, a lone piper dressed in a vibrant modern kilt began to play his pipe. Then 352 performers dressed in tartan kilts moved towards the piper representing the whole of Scotland. CWG Federation Chief Mike Fennell then presented the David Dixon Award to the outstanding athlete of this game- Jamaica’s Trecia Smith who has won a gold medal in triple jump. The award is named after the former Honanary Secretary of the CWG Federation David Dixon .Then Prince Edward, Vice Patron of CWG Federation, formally declared the game close saying: “In the name of CWG Federation, I proclaim the XlX CWG Delhi 2010 closed. And in accordance with the tradition I call upon the sportsmen and sportswomen of the Commonwealth to assemble in four years time in Glasgow, Scotland to celebrate the 20th CWG.” The announcement was followed by a spectacular laser show . After the laser show, renowned Indian singers and musicians rendered popular songs from various genres and entertained the athletes of the CWG and the audience inside the stadium. The artistes include Bickram Ghosh, Sivamani, Kailash Kher, Zila Khan, Sukhwinder, Ila Arun, Usha Uthup, Shan , Shiamak Davar. Shankar Mahadevan, Subha Mudgal, Sunidhi Chauhan. Indian athletes fought hard to ensure that the country finish second at the final medals tally of the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Thursday was the last day of the event and it was also the last chance for the Indian athletes to win more gold medals and lift India to the second spot by removing England from that position. And they did. It became possible in the afternoon when

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal defeated Malaysian opponent Mew Choo Wong by 19-21, 23-21, 21-13 margin to grab the crucial gold medal that once again made India climb up the medals tally and reach the second spot with 38 gold medals, one ahead of England who have 37 gold medals. Earlier, shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa beat the top seeded pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao from Singapore by 21-16, 21-19 margin to clinch the badminton women’s double gold medal and help India tie with England who has 37 medals. But Indian men’s hockey team suffered a severe defeat at the hands of the Australians by 8-0 margin and had to finish their run at the CWG with the silver medal. India won 38 gold medals, 27 silver and 36 bonze medals to finish at the second spot at the medals tally with a total of 101 medals. Australia topped the list with 74 gold, 55 silver, 48 bronze and a total of 177 medals. England, Canada and South Africa finished third, fourth and fifth in the list. The host nation performed really well on their home soil and hopefully they will continue this wonderful performance in the upcoming Olympics as well.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex addressing at the closing ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010-Delhi, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi on October 14. The President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries are also seen.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife Smt. Gursharan Kaur with Saina Nehwal, who won the gold in women`s singles badminton event in the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, in New Delhi on October 15.

ABOVE: The Indian Shooting Team, who won the medals in XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, meeting the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on October 15. Wife of the Prime Minister, Smt. Gursharan Kaur and the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr. M.S. Gill are also seen.

XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi: (Women’s Double Badminton) Jwala Gutta and Machimanda Ashwini Ponnappa of India won the Gold medal, at Siri fort Sports Complex, in New Delhi on October 14.

XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi: (Men’s) Boxing Heavy Weight 91Kg Event Samota Paramjeet of India won the Gold Medal, at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, in New Delhi on October on October 13.

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Christchurch dairy owner Suresh Patel rose to the occasion following the devastating 7.1Richter temblor, giving away milk and selling batteries below cost to needy Cantabrians. Speaking to Indian Weekender on phone from his P&P Dairy in Hoon Hay in Christchurch, Mr Patel said he considered it his “Dharma” to help people in need. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “We had never experienced anything like this before. People were scared and many have lost everything. Ours is a convenience store so it was the place to go for getting supplies. “Obviously in a situation like this not everyone carries money, so we did take a humanitarian view of things,” he said. Mr Patel went to open the shop as aftershocks rippled through Christchurch, despite knowing of the devastation that was creeping across the city. Local woman Shirley Homer, who was caught without batteries for a torch during the power cut that followed the earthquake, told the New Zealand Herald she went to the dairy expecting prices to be at a premium. Instead she was impressed to find Patel was giving his stock away. “He would only take $2 for these two big batteries, and he gave the people behind me two bottles of milk for free,” she told the herald. “He told them, ‘Take whatever you need’. He’s a gentleman, he will slip people a loaf of bread or give them some sweeties.” “We decided we can help the people,” Mr Patel told the newspaper. The dairy had run out of water, milk and batteries by 8am. Minister for Ethnic affairs Pansy Wong and Member of Parliament Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi arrived in Christchurch and visited affected communities around the city. “We dropped in to the Singh’s family owned Wairakei Supervalue. They told me the family rushed to their shop in their night clothes to find neighbours and staff had turned up to help clear up the broken bottles and stock,” Ms Wong said in a media release. “The Supermarket’s stockroom was full of dented canned foods and broken bottles, yet Mr Singh had such a big smile on his face because he was totally overwhelmed by the goodwill of his staff, neighbours and customers,” Ms Wong said.

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India’s leading public sector bank with presence in over 5 continents, spanning across 25 countries has soft launched its services in the New Zealand market. With the opening of the first account, the retail banking branch and the corporate office was opened to the public at 114 Dominion Road Auckland on Thursday, June 24. This is a historic defining moment for every Kiwi Indian to be proud of as this has set the scene for the arrival of the Indian banking giant on Kiwi soil. Though there is no official press release yet, the Indian Weekender team was privileged to have an exclusive preview of this well-appointed modern branch and as usual Indian Weekender is the first to bring this news to the Indian Diaspora. The interior of the branch has been done up to a standard comparable to the best in the world and this is a clear indication that the bank does not want to play second fiddle to any of the existing Kiwi banks. The vision and hard work of Shri S C Vermani Managing Director of Bank of Baroda New Zealand has borne fruit with this successful launch of the bank’s services. The hi-tech computer system of the bank is linked directly to its Indian branches and any money deposited in Auckland will be seamlessly available in any Bank of Baroda branch in India and vice versa. This is the reason why its leading personal remittance product - Rapidfunds2India has been very popular with the NRI community for its speed and ease. As a background, Bank of Baroda has its corporate Head Quarters in Mumbai. Present day Bank of Baroda is the successor of the erstwhile “The Bank of Baroda Limited”, founded

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in 1908 in a small town - Baroda by the great visionary, the Late Maharaja of Baroda – Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III. From its humble beginnings, the Bank has grown over the years, to emerge as an Indian Financial Powerhouse. It has a network of over 3100 branches in India across the length and breadth of the country. It has 78 overseas branches/foreign offices in 25 countries across 5 continents serving a Global customer base of over 39 million. Bank of Baroda (New Zealand) Ltd (BOB) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda - India’s International Bank. BOB was incorpo-

rated on May 27, 2007. It is a registered bank since September 1, 2009 under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. All liabilities of Bank of Baroda (New Zealand) Ltd are guaranteed by its Parent Bank – Bank of Baroda. Indian Weekender understands that an official launch will be held in August and the Indian Diaspora is welcome to visit the branch or call and talk to the friendly team on 09-6321020 about all their personal banking needs. More details can be had by visiting the bank’s newly launched website http://www. barodanzltd.co.nz -Indian Weekender news desk

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to assessing living conditions for overseas workers. “New Zealand cities consistently score highly on all liveability factors, providing expatriates with quality housing, excellent infrastructure, comprehensive health care, a wide selection of restaurants and other amenities, as well as a good education and environment for their families,” she said. GLOBAL OVERVIEW Vienna has the best living standard in the world, according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey. Zurich and Auckland follow in second and third position, respectively, and Munich is in fourth with Düsseldorf and Vancouver sharing fifth place. Frankfurt is in seventh, followed by Geneva in eighth, while Copenhagen and Bern share ninth place. The cities with the lowest quality of living are Khartoum, Sudan (217), Port-auPrince, Haiti (218), N’Djamena, Chad (219), and Bangui, Central African Republic (220). Baghdad, Iraq (221) ranks last in Mercer’s table. This year, the survey separately identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime levels, law enforcement effectiveness and the host country’s international relations. Luxembourg tops this personal safety ranking, followed by Bern, Helsinki and Zurich – all ranked at number two. Vienna ranks fifth, while Geneva and Stockholm both rank sixth. Baghdad (221) is the world’s least safe city, followed by N’Djamena, Chad (220), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (219), Bangui, Central African Republic (218), and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (217). Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer, commented: “Companies need to keep on top of current developments to ensure that their compensation packages remain competitive and continue to motivate expatriate employees. That means reviewing major events, such as social unrest, economic turmoil or natural disasters and their impact on the success of overseas placements. “The top-ranking cities for personal safety and security are in politically stable countries with good international relations and relatively sustainable economic growth. Most of the low-scoring cities are in countries with civil unrest, high crime levels and little law enforcement,” said Mr. Parakatil.

Delegates, life members and observers from all over New Zealand attended the 84th annual general meeting of the New Zealand Central Indian Association (NZICA) on March 27 at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Auckland. NZICA is the largest and oldest Indian organisation in New Zealand. The day long meeting also hosted Prime Minister John Key, the Leader of the Opposition, Phil Goff, Auckland Mayor, John Banks, Members of Parliament Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Dr Jackie Blue as also Labour MPs Chris Carter and Dr Rajen Prasad. Indian High commissioner, His Excellency Admiral (Retd.) Sureesh Mehta, attended the afternoon session and addressed the conference. The annual general meeting concluded with the election of office bearers for 20102011. Cambridge resident Paul Singh Bains, JP, was elected President; Harshadbhai Patel

Giri Gupta accepted the honour on behalf of Indian Weekender. Earlier, Prime Minister John Key commended the Indian diaspora for its hard work, dedication and the importance it lays on education, saying that the community has contributed to the country’s development for over a century. He said there was anticipation about the proposed free trade agreement between the two countries, on which negotiations are expected to start later this year. Meanwhile New Zealand’s exports to India have tripled in the past decade. Labour’s Mt Roskill MP and Opposition Leader Phil Goff said he was proud of Kiwi Indians’ talents, which needed encouragement. Auckland Mayor and Supercity mayoral candidate John Banks also addressed the gathering. Among others who were elected to NZICA’s various committees for the current annual term

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(Vice President); Rajeev (Raj) Singh Thandi JP (General Secretary); Raj Bedi (Assistant Secretary); and Manjit Singh (Treasurer). Ratilal Champaneri (past president) was granted life membership for his services to the NZICA. The relationship between New Zealand and India is fundamental to New Zealand’s future and economic wellbeing. The growing community of Indian New Zealanders highlights the importance of bilateral trade and investment between India and New Zealand, Mr Raj Thandi, the new General Secretary said. The NZICA honoured Indian Weekender during the AGM proceedings for the publication and website’s positive reporting of Indians and Indian events in New Zealand. Publisher were: Amritbhai Vasan (Constitution & Legal Advice); Ashok Darji (Law & Order-Crime Prevention); Ashwin Gulab (Wider Representation-Social and Cultural); Ganges Singh (Honours, Awards & Life Membership); Gurpreet Kaur (Women’s Forum), Kaushal Dhar (website co-ordination); Madanjeet Singh Bange (Health and Welfare, Human Rights and Race Relations); Prithipal Singh Basra (Immigration); Ratilal Champaneri (Funding, Planning & Budgets); and Tarun Pragji (Youth Forum). The meeting concluded with dinner and entertainment provided by impromptu performances from members and friends besides youngsters from the community. - Indian Weekender news desk

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When the Sikhs fought alongside Kiwis and Aussies
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Few of us Kiwi Indians – especially of the younger generation – know that the spirit of Anzac Day, which has such solemn significance to New Zealanders and Australians, has a deep Indian connection. Anzac Day, which was observed last week, as we all know is observed to perpetuate the memory of over 8,000 Australians and nearly 3,000 tralians New Zealanders who laid down their lives fighting for the g British Empire on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the course of World War-I. The Gallipoli i campaign resonated ed profoundly among ong all nations involved. ved. For New Zealand land us are aware of the role Indian soldiers played in the Gallipoli campaign that and Australia, the ran from April 25, 1915 to January 9, campaign was the first e f 1916. major battle undertaken ertaken 1916 Being subjects of the Crown by a joint military formay under British rule in India, Indians tion, the Australian and lian un had no choice but to participate New Zealand Army Corps my h in World War-I – a war that was (ANZAC), and is often concertainly not of their making sidered to mark the birth of 29/4/2010 Published: and a war that they were sent national consciousness in both sness - New Zealand Issue 28 to fight in simply because they of these countries. were recruits of the British Indian Observance of the day has f w Army. never diminished in importance Of the estimated 47,000 and odd Indian solover the generations; in fact as its ons; estima century approaches, the fervour is o n l y diers that were killed during the four-year war, increasing. While many of us Kiwi Indians par- which also saw over 65,000 Indians wounded, ticipate in Anzac Day activities like the Dawn 1,358 died in the Gallipoli campaign and some Service and parades all over the country, few of 3,421 were injured. Fewer Indians than New Zea-

landers and Australians died at Gallipoli, but their alians ir number was significant. fi Records tell us that 371 of the Indians who wh died fighting at Gallipoli were from the battalion re battalion al n of the 14th Sikh regiment on June 3 and 4 1915. 1915 915. General Sir Ian Hamilton was in charge of the f troops against the Turks during that operation and he wrote glowingly of this regiment that fought valiantly. In a letter to his Commander-in-Chief back in India, he wrote: “In spite of the tremendous losses there was not a sign of wavering all day. Not an inch of ground was given up and not a single straggler came back. “The ends of the enemy’s trenches were found to be blocked with the bodies of Sikhs and of the enemy who died fighting at close quarters, and the glacis slope was thickly dotted with the bodies of

these fine soldiers all lying on their fa faces as they fell in their steady advance on the adva enemy. “The history of Sikhs affords many instances of their value as soldiers, but it instances may be safely asserted that nothing finer may tha than the grim valour and steady discipline than displayed by them on the 4th of June has ever displayed been done by soldiers of the Khalsa. been “Their devotion to duty and their splendid loyalty to their orders and to their leaders make a record their nation should look upon with pride for loo many generations.” This battle involving the 14th Sikh regiment t has been honoured with a mention in monuments in the UK, though there aren’t many records of the thousands of others who died elsewhere fighting ds wh for the Crown in other war theatres during World War-I. While honouring New Zealand soldiers here in our adopted country, we Kiwi Indians must also make special efforts to perpetuate the memory of all the valiant soldiers who laid down their lives including the Sikh regiment that fought alongside New Zealanders and Australians at Gallipoli – besides the unnamed thousands who died during the four year war.

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MFAT, NZTE meet with Indian businesspeople over FTA
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Groundwork for the planned Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand is beginning to gather steam from the New Zealand government side. Last week, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) invited a number of Indian business leaders to a meeting in Auckland, seeking their inputs and ideas on the forthcoming FTA and briefed them about the progress so far. The Indian delegation was lead by the New Zealand Central Central Indian Association (NZCIA). A joint study by the Indian and New Zealand governments concluded in February this year that both countries stood to benefit with an FTA in place. The trade ministers of both countries – New Zealand’s Tim Groser and India’s Kamal Nath – met in New Delhi a month later and agreed in principle for an FTA subject to approval from the Indian government. The run up to the Indian elections might have slowed progress a little but the re-election of UPA will probably result in the continuance of policies that were in place in its previous government and the New Zealand government hopes to pick up where it left off as soon as the new UPA government settles down. “It all depends on when the Indian government takes the decision,” said Julian Ludbrook, Lead Negotiator-India FTA Unit at MFAT. “But we hope to get the process under way later this year.” Mr Ludbrook said communities on both sides were instrumental in shaping opinion and that there was need for engagement with them in the lead up to the FTA. This meeting was a step toward such community engagement. Don Rae, NZTE’s International Market Manager for South and South East Asia said that visa application processing facilities in India. The group also put forth ideas of joint ventures between New Zealand’s universities and institutes of higher education in India where New Zealand universities could offer courses tailor made for India’s fastest growing sectors. An example of this is courses in frontline customer services for personnel at airports in view of the fact that India is the fastest growing aviation market and would need big numbers of trained personnel in airport management tasks over the next several years. New Zealand was particularly keen on exploring opportunities in agriculture, round log and coal exports in India’s fast expanding markets. In the services sector, there was interest in tourism, education and technology, the officials said. But air services was outside the purview of the FTA, Mr Ludbrook advised and any expansion in this sector would have to be dealt with under separate mechanisms. One of the suggestions that came from the group was offering India post harvest preservation technologies for the agriculture and horticulture sector, particularly in view of the fact that as much as 40 per cent of the produce perishes due to poor infrastructure in cool storage, handling and inadequate and improper transportation modes. Members of the group also pointed out that a number of businesses across several sectors in New Zealand had warmed to the idea of expanding their activities to India, recognising its growing potential ahead of the planned FTA. Some of these were in the areas of wireless communication, automated airport baggage handling systems and even cafes. The officials requested the group to stay in touch over the coming weeks and thanked those present for their inputs.

FACILItAtINg tRAde: Indian business leaders at the meeting with MFAT and NZTE officials in Auckland
India is a key target market for New Zealand although it ranks at number 17 among the country’s trading partners. The first Trade Commissioner to India would be appointed later this year, subject to the approval of the Government of India, he said. A trade office has been in operation in India since 2007. “New Zealand seeks comprehensivity in the agreement,” said Mr Ludbrook. Relevance to WTO norms in goods and services, elimination of tariffs as well as issues relating to sanitary, phytosanitary, customs, competition, intellectual property and government procurement were important to New Zealand, he added. Among several issues raised at the meeting was prominent community leader Prithipal Singh’s concerns relating to quarantine issues especially in the wake of recent cases of rejections in consignments containing Indian staples like pulses. While biosecurity standards were stringent, both MFAT and NZTE said, “concrete instances of food product rejections were needed.” The officials assured the group that all concerns would be taken on board and urged the group to keep communication channels open. NZCIA President Ratilal Champaneri and Secretary Veer Khar said that the potential of Indians coming to New Zealand as students was grossly underexplored because of a number of reasons relating to both visa policy and the lack of adequate

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Indian community seeks answers on violent attacks
Over 100 people including government ministers, MPs, the Mayor of Auckland, police officers and community leaders attended a meeting convened to mourn the death of Indian taxi driver Hiren Mohini at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Eden Terrace on Sunday afternoon. Members of the Mohini family and many of his taxi colleagues also attended. The New Zealand Central Indian Association (NZICA) and the Auckland Indian Association jointly convened the meeting. Two weeks after the brutal killing of Hiren, the killer is still at large and the purpose of the meeting was to hear from political leaders and the police about the progress on the case and what the government proposed to do to prevent such incidents, Mr Ashok Darji, chairman of the law and order committee of the Auckland Indian Association said. The proceedings began with prayers and a welcome by NZICA general secretary Veer Khar, Auckland Indian Association president Harshad Patel and Mr Darji. This was the seventh time that an Indian was killed while working at their jobs, Mr Darji said, recounting previous victims Naveenbhai Govind, Shiu Prasad, Navtej Singh, Sai Krishna Naidu, Baghubhai Waghela and Jasmatbhai Patel. The Indian community totally condemned these attacks and the meeting was to show solidarity among the people, Mr Darji said. Minister of Social Development Pansy Wong, leader of the opposition Phil Goff, Members of Parliament Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Jackie Blue, and Rajen Prasad, Auckland Mayor John Banks and NZ Police Area Commander West, Jim Wilson addressed the gathering. Ms Wong, Mr Goff – who served as Justice Minister in a previous Labour government – and Mr Banks called for law change. Ms Wong said that although the community was appreciative of the police, most people felt that the law did not match the seriousness of the crime. Mr Banks was most vocal and said not enough had been done to address the deterioration of law and order. “The gangs are in charge of Auckland,” he said and recommended the strictest possible deterrent punishment for heinous crimes. New Zealanders hadn’t condemned such criminal activity and the reasons that fuelled it – alcohol and drugs – loudly enough and until that was done, there was little hope he said. The audience clapped and cheered when Mr Banks said nothing less than a life sentence would do for killers like those of Mr Mohini and other innocent victims. Mr Bakshi and Mr Prasad, while outlining their own responses to the tragedy, also engaged in a bit of political debate about what the National and Labour governments had done (or not done) in regard to the law and order situation. Mr Darji requested speakers to stick to the subject and refrain from making political statements. Jackie Blue spoke briefly. All the speakers singled out the NZ Police for praise for its efforts and community leaders said that people had great faith in the police department. Co-op Taxi head Ian Graham said the tragedy had united taxi companies like never before. The 700-member strong Co-op Taxis had no communication with rival company Alert Taxis for seven years but the aftermath of Mr Mohini’s murder had brought the two companies together, he said. Transport Minister Steven Joyce had met with concerned officials, ministers and taxi representatives and had asked government officials to revert with a plan for prevention of the repeat of such instances within four weeks, Mr Graham said.

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Among options considered were close circuit cameras and shields. Drivers tended to prefer the shield option but the taxi men had agreed to abide by the ministry’s recommendations, he said. Co-op taxis was in the process of setting up a trust for the Mohini family which was expected to take about three weeks and funds for it are being collected in a special account. The account would be open for collection for another two weeks, Mr Graham said. Police Area Commander for the western region Jim Wilson said his department was doing all it could and had employed the best resources for tracking down Mr Mohini’s killer. “I am unable to talk about specifics because it will come before the courts, but I can report that

the investigation is moving forward,” he said. A liaison officer, Neil Pimenta, had been assigned to assist the family, he added. Other community leaders who spoke were GOPIO President Mr Bhatia, Anil Channa of the Manukau Indian Association, Roshan Nauhria of Bharatiya Samaj, Ramanbhai Ganda of the Auckland Indian Association, Cecil Ram Lochan, Raj Bedi of the NZ Sikh Society and NZICA vice president Paul Singh Bains. Also present was Wellington-based NZ Police ethnic affairs adviser Rakesh Naidoo. Mr Bains the vote of thanks at the conclusion of the meeting that lasted over two-and-a-half hours. - Indian Weekender news desk

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Early this year, the Indian Posts and Telegraphs department honoured a simple, bespectacled, dhoti-clad Indian who has never spoken a single word for more than 60 years. Sporting horn rimmed glasses and with his thinning wisp of hair crowning his balding pate, the man, always wearing a checked coat, has been immortalised on a postage stamp. The man is one of India’s most well recognised cartoon characters: legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman’s Common Man. Featured in every single “You Said It” cartoon on the front page of what is today the world’s largest selling English newspaper, The Times of India, Laxman’s Common Man has been a silent spectator to the goings on in the rough and tumble of

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relaxed pace of Indian life since 1951. Pune – which is The postage stamp is where we would among a string of great meet for a long national and internawalk followed by tional honours that have a round of Scotch come the way of India’s nearly every greatest ever cartoonist. weekend. Among the big awards he V i s i t i n g has received are the naPublished: 27/1/2012 Laxman during my tion’s second biggest – the Issue 59 - India visit to Pune last Padma Vibhushan – and month was differthe Ramon Magsaysay ent. The maestro, Prize, often called the Nobel Prize of the east. His ardent fans, of now 90, has been ailing for several which there are millions, have been expecting years and lives permanently in Pune. India’s top honour, the Bharat Ratna, to come A severe stroke about a year ago has his way for a few left him without speech – like the Common Man, his uncommon creator years now. I’ve had the good is now silent. I spent a couple of hours fortune to know with him and his genial wife Kamala Laxman closely for and he conversed with me scribbling many years – first, words on a notepad. His wit is still because my father razor sharp and he is quite cogent and was a long time col- lucid but for his ability to speak. When he turned 90 last year, the umnist and writer with the Times of Laxmans’ elegant Pune home played India and second host to a legion of his well wishers and because he had a fans beginning from the President of home in the same India, Pratibha Patil, to chief minisstreet that I lived ters, political heavyweights – almost in the city of Pune. all of whom he had taken potshots at For many years, he on the front page of the Times of India would spend week- – industrialists, academics down to to the city. The new postage stamp will now ends away from the the common man in the street. A few years ago, Symbiosis, one of India’s take the visage of the famously silent Common bustle of Mumbai, where he lived and most forward looking tertiary educational Man on to countless letters, postcards and enworked, and dash institutions erected a ten-foot statue of the velopes around India, bringing a smile on the of to the more salu- Common Man on its premises in Pune, which faces of millions of recipients – and fans of the brious climes and there were fewer than 10000, now there are country like New Zealand where it was possi- is today quite a tourist attraction for visitors master cartoonist. more than 100,000 making Indians the second ble for a person of Indian, whose grandparents largest ethnic Asian group. The participation and parents were migrants, could stand proud of Indians is huge. When I joined law, Indian with achievements as lawyer, judge, ombudslawyers could be counted on one hand now man and finally as Governor General. Published: 16/12/2011d alan He said he looked forward to “restore the there is a whole roomful and more,” he added. Long time associate, friend and Issue 57 - New Ze legal While being Governor General, he had the spontaneity and relative anonymity that comes luminary Thakorbhai Parbhu spoke tended Pukekohe High School in The Pukekohe Indian Association with “an out of stepping down from office.” He was caroccasion to attend several functions engagingly about Sir Anand at the the 1960s with a number of others in celebrated its 75th Anniversary oncountry, he rying a multitude of memories with him, he Indian dimension” throughout the evening, peppering his address with the audience. As head prefect in his Sunday, November 13. The Associa- in many added, many of these were shared closely with said. Among these he recalled Diwali little known anecdotes that revealed fi nal year he had shown early signs tion was the country, the Indian community. parts of formed in 1936, following many biographical and personal of his leadership abilities, before which many significant milestones NZICA General the diamond jubilee progressing to a career in managehave punctuated its colourful history. facets of the Governor General. Secretary Raj Thandi of the Wellington ment at NZ Steel and service to the The function was Excerpts: said, “Sir Anand is a Indian Sports Club, held at the community through local body poliPukekoheanniversary Indian Association’s Com“Your connection with the Indian great New Zealander the 85th tics. He spoke in his capacity as the munity Centre. Palmcommunity goes back to your late and distinguished comof NZICA in Dignitaries and repMayoral representative to the funcresentatives from several branches of munity leader. He is a erston North and Father – Dr Sati as he was affectionately tion. the New Zealand Indian Central Asfine example of a New the NZICA Womens called. He practised at 201 Ponsonby The fi nale cultural item, ‘Pukesociation were invited and joined in Zealander who made Conference in WelRoad. He originally came from Fiji and kohe through the ages’, was a tribute the celebrations. All its members and good through hard work lington in 2008 that on completion of his medical degree was to the generations that have perpast membersinaugu- of the region and a commitment to Lady Susan outside supported by the Indian Association for residency in New Zealand. Heover many formed Garba dances was were also invited. realising high goals. rated. one of our first Indian doctors in New Zealand.” years. It commenced with senior Close to 450 people attended the Touching upon relations between Indian “The Association was very proud to honour “You are the by-product of a good family. Your lateand moved through the generladies father and your celebrations. and New Zealand, Sir Anand acknowledged Sir Anand and his wife, Lady Susan. A special mother Taraben were respected stalwarts and great supporters ofwith Indian ations culminating the the vibrant The pioneering forefathers free trade plaque, designed by myself was presented to the current negotiations on the energy of our youth. Three started arriving in New Zealand of Prime Sir Anand that symbolised the respect that he community. You married a lovely girl – Lady Susan, a Legal Executive fromgeneraagreement and the commitment from the John Key and Manmohan Singh. He deserves.” the law firm of Cairns Slane & Co. and you bothtions of your lovely family.” raised performers took part, and Ministers early 1900s. The 75th jubilee waswas “real substance” in the negotia- Bhikhubhai Bhana then “My personal reflections over all these years up to 40dinner parties at our stage are the dancers were on the About 200 members and guests, including said there an opportune time for President, at one time. members to reflthe relationship betweenextended his official welcome. the New Zealand Governplace, your place and your parents’ place; too many to mention. You and tions and that ect on the difficulties the two representatives of Ishvarbhai at May spoke The items presented on and tribulations which they closer in a substan- cultural attended the function. Sir William Birch, endured Lady Susan attended by grand-daughter Shaila’s first birthdayRambhaiRoad on ment countries “ was becoming behalf of the Pukekohe Indian Asand on their foresight and their desire the evening, former New Zealand Minister of Finance, a particularly those intive way”. Hall.” sociation Board of Trustees. to succeed. This foundation has been Bharatiya young children and the New Zealand Olympian, Sir Anand described the Pravasi volving Ramesh Patel, a youth “The hockey game you organised with the Justice Department and my President of the Pukekohe Indian built on thatsubsequent generations, at of the community,Ajit aSingh, Auckland City Councillor Award by was presented to him Vigyan Judge are tribute to the tea, our frequent meetings in the Law Library and the dinner at your unit in Association Bhikhu Bhana presentyoung allowing in New Delhienjoyone of his most cher- and families of these Member of Parliament Kaneveryone to was the life- parents Des Morrison and Bhavan Freeman’s Bay with David Lange who lived around Life corner in Wellington cates ed the Membership Certifi people to their own discipline, styles and freedoms wehim proud of his Indianandwaljit Singh Bakshi also attended the event ished. While it made have today. Street are still fresh in my mind.” to Ganges Singh, Narendrabhai The programme for the evening commitment and passion. heritage, it also reflected the greatness of a among several other community luminaries. “I try to keep in touch with your movements at the local gymnasium which by Master and Ishvarbhai Rambhai A candle dance was performed included a blend of cultural items, you attend with our mutual friend Norman Elliott.” Each recipient in turn acknowlthe. speeches from dignitaries, and rec- by the young children of the culture our branches and contact centres, our dedicated edged their awards.your At ANZ, we value the class and arranged by Jyotiben and “Your nature, disposition and character, yourInternational Banking amiable attitude, ognition of service, culminating with Indian community and its unique contribution The cutting people dinner. Celebration, entertainment, Priyaben Kana. to you, matters to us. 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Mario Miranda – a personal reminiscence
One of India’s greatest cartoonists and illustrators, Mario Miranda, died earlier this week. Editor Dev Nadkarni, who knew him closely, writes a personal tribute
formed union territory’s first information officer and was in charge of publicity, publications and PR. “This uncle here drew Goa With Love – his name is Mario,” I remember my father saying. I was excited because I had shaken hands with the man whose book I was so very fond of. carrera (those small rickety buses – now extinct – with about eight seats that packed in 24 people), the fisherwoman, everything on that A8 sized diary page. It left me dumbfounded. Nira let me borrow the diaries for the weekend and boy, what a weekend that was. world’s major cities invited him to draw their monuments and main squares. The volume of his published work grew and he was soon awarded both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, besides many other awards. Then Karnataka chief minisMario Miranda never really liked to talk about himself or his work. But once during an assignment, when I pressed him on how he went about his meticulously detailed illustrations, he told me in his usual shy manner that he began at one corner of the blank sheet and put his scratchy ic Times between 1984 and 1990. The latter, called Doldrumms Ltd, based around office and business situations, was definitely inspired by Mario’s Miss Nimbupani and her cartoon colleagues. In the middle of that year Mario and I were part of a delegation of Indian cartoonists who visited Europe as part of the Festival of India. Our works were exhibited for a week in Sierre in Switzerland. It was there that despite our great differences in age and stature, he took me on as a friend. During those long wine filled nights, I got to see his melancholic side, which I had not seen before. On one such evening, I remember, as we were sitting on the deserted platform of the Sierre railway station after a couple of bottles of fine French Beaujolais, he told me the real reason why he left the Times of India – but not before extracting a promise that I’ll keep it only to myself. Weeks later we reconnected in downtown London and spent a busy morning drinking some more – this time beer. Celebrated modern dancer Astad Deboo joined us for a while. As editor of a publication for India’s first major amusement park Esselworld, I had the pleasure of commissioning some work from Mario. But what I’ll remember most is a one of a kind interview I did with him: we did a four-page cartoon strip interview. He drew the replies to my questions – how cool is that. He later told me how much he had enjoyed doing that. Though I visited his home in Colaba, Mumbai, several times, I never really got to know his wife Habiba or his sons. At one time, I remember he had pet turtles clambering up and down the living room. Mario’s close friend and one of India’s finest humorists, Busybee (Behram Contractor), modeled two of the characters of his “Round and About” column – Darryl and Derrick, the two sons of the fabulously rich ‘my friend who lives on the 21st floor’ – on Mario’s two boys. There will not be another cartoonist, illustrator or human being like Mario de Brito Miranda. His celebrity came in spite of his selfeffacing and humble personality. He will be greatly missed by millions of his fans. One of the final pages of “Goa With Love” has an illustration of a Goan funeral. As well as a few weeping relatives around an elderly man’s bier there is also a lot of beer and feni flowing around. The young people are eyeing one another through their tears. There is one young lady by the man’s feet, a tear flying away from her thick eyelashes, as her gaze meets a young man’s standing by the head of the departed gent. Her expression is an inexplicable mix of grief and expectation – there is a definite air of getting on with life once the grieving is over. That’s perhaps the best way to lay the great soul to rest – celebrate his life more than grieve his passing. RIP Mario Miranda.

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ink pen nib down only when he had fully filled up the whole sheet. The maestro put his nib down one final time this week, having finished with the extraordinary canvas of his life. And what an incredibly rich and unforgettable picture he has drawn for all of us in his seven decade long career. His drawings, with their filigree-like detail, are an endless source of joy: you find something new in every illustration no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. That indeed was his genius. I knew Mario as a fan, friend, colleague and client – as fan for a lifetime, the rest for more than two decades. My first ever introduction to Goa was through one of his illustrated books, “Goa With Love – by Mario”, a copy of which we still have in our collection nearly half a century later. “Goa With Love” is Mario’s finest tribute to his most beloved Goa – it is completely illustrated, no copy except for an odd caption or two. It captures every aspect of Goa – the scenery, the people, the social mores, the cultural diversity, the oddly spelt Hindu names in Portuguese-influenced English, everything except perhaps the smell of feni. I have lost count of how many times I must have pored over that book throughout my life. I remember spending hours on each page when I was a child growing up in Panaji – which back then was Panjim. I can still find things to laugh about in the drawings. I first shook hands with Mario when I was perhaps all of five in my father’s office in Panaji’s iconic Secretariat Building – my father, Mohan Nadkarni, was the newly

In later years I often ran into him in the Times of India building in Mumbai on my errands delivering my father’s music reviews and columns to the newsroom on the third floor (no emails and faxes then). I’d reintroduced myself as his fan from Goa and chatted on some occasions about some of his illustrations from “Goa With Love” and his other work, which appeared regularly in the Khushwant Singh-edited Illustrated Weekly and the Evening News of India. Our next significant encounter was at my first real job – as an assistant editor of the popular children’s fortnightly Tinkle at the India Book House. He was illustrating a children’s book, which my colleague Nira Benegal (noted film director Shyam Benegal’s wife) was editing. We settled down for a long chat and at the end of it, he handed two rather tired looking diaries to Nira. I noticed Nira put away the diaries carefully in her bottom drawer. After a few days, knowing my respect for Mario and his work and my own ambitions to launch my cartoon strip, she let me have a peek at those diaries. I was amazed as I leafed through them. They were diaries from Mario’s childhood. Most of us who kept diaries did so in long hand. Mario simply drew. On one of the pages the only words were something like: “walking back from the market I saw” and there was this amazingly stylised picture of a cow. He must have been 10 or 11 when he drew it – perhaps even younger. The picture was greatly detailed. There were the blades of grass, the pebbles, the vegetable vendor, other trappings of the marketplace, a

The Benegals and Mirandas were close friends. Shyam’s Trikaal – based on Goa’s liberation – was shot for the most part in Mario’s splendid colonial Loutolim residence, which is where he breathed his last. Mario’s recognition as an illustrator par excellence grew and he was invited for assignments and exhibitions across the globe. The

ter Devraj Urs commissioned Dom Moraes and Mario to do a book on the state – and that’s another book in our collection signed by both Dom and Mario. By 1987, I had a couple of weekly cartoon strips going. One appeared in the Sunday edition of the Indian Express and the other in the Sunday editions of the Econom-

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Every election has its sideshows – some which happen spontaneously, It was refreshing to see Prime Minothers that seem planned and enister John Key determined not to gineered carefully the way of others let ideology get in and still pragthat are ain the best interests of New matism bit of both. In the run up toZealand during his state visit to India next Saturday’s election, the politicalweek. last campaigning has seen its own shareItof sideshows and the wood for is easy to miss is quite likely tothe trees when onein the at the fast see some more looks remaining changing world through the rose week. tinted glasses of twentieth century While a campaign sideshow can ideology, like some Kiwis a sideshow be seen exactly as that – – including those also media a lot – it canin thehint at – do. of the goings While the scenes in the imon behind no one discounts political portance of standing one’s ground parties, their style of working, their as regards one’s beliefs and values, policies, their leadership, their atit is rather naïve to jeopardise hard titudes and responses opportunities toward their to come by economic rivals –the false notion that doing busiand even a nation’s electoral under system. nations that xo not share our ness with And what might well be called world view compromises our values. a sideshow regularly fielded questions Mr Key of a sideshow, it also exposes the media’s biasesdoing from New Zealand media about and prejudiceswithit goes about continued business as India while it reporting to refuse to sign in an atmosphere these sideshowsthe Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). that is charged with a sense of anticiNew Zealand’s stand on matters pation as election day approaches. nuclear is well known in the world Driving around some parts of and has in the past couple of Auckland won it some respect, while also icing its relationship of Nationweeks, I found a number with countries like the United States over the al Party billboards – or hoardings years, which is only now beginning – to thaw. Thiseither defaced is hapthat were change of heart or had messages added the interest of geopo- I pening purely in to them. At first thoughtstrategy – again, an instance of litical it was some random, rather inspired vandalism.precedence more pragmatism taking But as over such doctored signs came in sight I ideology. wondered if there indeed was during In daily media briefings a coorthe India visit, the Prime in what dinated plan to deface themMinister is explained Labour stronghold. a known that New Zealand would continue to reiterate its anti-nuclear This week it emerged that it was stance at all of planned platforms indeed an act international vandalism including his diplomatic with more on a nationwide scale, meetings in India and National’s signs defaced than 700 ofduring bilaterals but added that it was important not to let that get or doctored. Curiously, it has turned out to be a member of the Green

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Party who was responsible for the stooping so low to derail its main Banks meeting over cups of tea as demonstrates. It is counterintuitive to see the coordinated action. What’s more, rival’s campaign in such a crass the proverbial storm in the teacup. than New Zealand did. It assigned an the Indian authorities. in the way of doing business with the A few days later, when Mr Key leader of a major party to tell constithe was a partner of the party chief manner. The reason is partly cultural as Air India Airbus 320 to ferry a part second fastest growing economy in Even worse, the act of vandalism entourage to Agra and Mumbai well. “Treat a guest like vote for his own party Russel Norman’s executive assistant, of the walked away from persistent media uents not to God,” goes the world. who has since been stoodthe New from questioning about this storm in the but for someone else if The stand that some in down after will also create confusion in voters’ New Delhi. It closed down roads an ancient Sanskrit saying, which has he must be having voted to power. This is the the it was media took during a visit cities to ensure described Zealand revealed that she knew about minds about the possibility of in both teacup, he was smooth andas found its way into almost all Indian confusing “stormed prime the stand languages. But more MMP system, Greens supporting the National passage to theout” ofministerial up press bit of thethan that, India which acthe plan weeks in advance. safe to India with former Prime MinisAs well as damaging case of motorcade. Mind you, the loss in pro- televi- cording to surveys, most ter Helen Clark is a classic the party’s Party if at all the latter falls short of meet. Judging by footage on understands the imperatives of doing people do image severely, especially at a time the vote necessary to govern alone – sion, Mr Key simply walked away – internationally and – even in a country ductivity because of stalled traffic in business not understand increasmissing the wood for the trees. Rather a fast far from “storming out”. than focus on the opportunities avail- in a thing which was increasingly being growing economic environment ingly engaging with the world’s coun- has been in like Germany where it when it has been doing so well tries like by both counts the able to New Zealand technology com- is discussed as the latest polls showed aIndia isOn no means small. media got –itno matter how big or small – there hasn’t use for decades. Also, pre election popularity polls and to let ideology and of voter familiaIn wrong. Indian government panies to team as awith Indiankingmak- slight decline in support for National Agra, the The meeting and itsbetter thanbeen much by waypetty afterbeing touted up potential engineering talent, they chose to its stand as and an increase for the Greens. closed the Taj Mahal to visitorsato mindedness to get in the way. on the various almath are anything but storm in a risation campaigns er, the action has belied criticise The ternatives business from accommodate – New Zealand state Ms party for visiting a company that The vandalism has definitely teacupthe though the National Party key to doing to choosewith for people a Clark that attracts thinking, intelIndia successfully an hitching choice, giving was involved in designing some comligent persons with evolved, modern raised doubts if elements within would love to describe it as that. For to makeand informedthe New Zealand economy to the ponents for India’s nuclear power set where views. In fact it has done the op- the Greens are really up to a pos- the more Mr Key and the party try to rise to a situationIndian people are juggernaut is to accept that India is up as a peripheral ancillary supplier. likely to vote with a “stick with the posite:1970s. revealed the extremist it has different, it has a range of problems So very known devil” mindset. fringe can the Greens Mr Key is one We need to look outside our cosy little well – many of them unpalatable, even abWe of see where – the side a So, we are expected to vote sees in environmental issue protests, at It isbottom of the world. The fast growing of horrent – and you simply can’t wish the counterintuitive to see the leader coming from when he says a “twenty be century perspective” is needed them away.in aifreferendum accept But you learn to whether to keep first it in anti-whaling or anti-palm oil major party may constituents not to vote them MMP or go for some Indian economyto tell well be the apocryphal for and work around them, there are other elecprotests. to deal with these issues. Just as in toral system, come next Though Mr Norman handled human relationships, there has to be a the princess waiting withfor someonepoised for must his own party but pursed lips else if he overwhelming positives about this Saturday. Despite the three-yearly extraordinary subcontinent that can cups of tea crisis give and offered to work with sense ofwell and take in relationships be voted to leapfrog us into confusing of between nations,Party to set right the the kiss that’llpower. This is the princes of bit bring the most handsome of rewards.and National and coffee that ACT the National if they are to work Sir Ken Stevenssomewhat awkwardly quaff together for mutual benefit. the damage leaders of one of New vandalised billboards, Even the wealth. the MMP system. Zealand’s in Epsom, MMP has its pluses. most successful global best of friends differ in their points imhas been done and the Green’s companies, Glidepath, admitsit wasn’t for MMP, of view and juggernaut has suddenly For instance, if that pressive beliefs but they rarely let he at first believed he it would have been imthose steam – allcome in the way mind- sible blue-green alliance downplay it, the more it seems there for example,could never lost differences because of the of do business in India. Today, it minorities to find the relationship they share. one person. is something inconvenient for them possible for ethnicis one – or was the act essentially less extremist action of visit at considerable inconvenience of his biggest markets for airport The Prime Minister was also about it. But there is little doubt that their representatives in Parliament – But what is even more damaging random one, with the perpenot just to locals but also interna- baggage handling systems as India disappointed at criticism in the New in the next few days, details will is that it happened right under that trator acting alone. But can the world’s are unelected Zealand media for having travelled the the entourage flew in a state plane tional tourists who would have to wait emerges asthough they largest avia- and often nose ofentourage and delegation of his someonecommercial service. If such peter out. If it indeed contains the comprise individuals almost foisted the party’s chief without rather than a acting alone mount several hours, undoubtedly earning tion market. with his on look outside our cosy knowledge but with the Zealand costs were an issue, it must a nationwide uncomplimentary things We 28 businesspeople from New full knowl- coordinated action onbe men- opprobrium for the local tourism au-that wereneed tothe people by the party is indeed edge of New Zealand Air Force jet. tioned that without likeminded support? supposedly discussed about the ACT at the bottom of the world. little well a sticking point with many. in a Royalperhaps his closest confidant scale the visit was by no means thorities. No Indian system, – Prime Ministerial entourage was a As well accompanying New Why did India and do it for a The it Thehis secretary – something thing freebie to as a full investigation – leadershiphave to senior citizens, fast growing electoraleconomy however, is that speaks poorly of of cohesive- which it and the business election – could rock National’s with may well perpect. The MMP system in use in travelling at the invitationthe Indian Zealand mediawill do after the del- small country like New Zealand,boat for what- be the apocryphal princess Prime and the culture in the top ech- the Though Party will also do some even it’s worth. In anyFTA, itwaiting with pursed lips poised certainly needs ness Minister Manmohan Singh. egation. Green the flights were dis- which, ever when it signs an case, is un- New Zealand most for The Indianthe party. also accorded counted considerably, the media and the gains can’tto be patch on what it the that that’ll leapfrog and refining – which is likely be a the “game changer” kiss tweaking us into princes soul searching. elons of government the trip the status people like me who one senior journalist described wealth. For many of a state visit, sig- business paid for their stay and local stands to gain from similar deals with ofit as. quite likely to be the opinion of a With majority of the visit, resource rich, fast emerging important issue last week’s state people Ivoting at the naling the importance vandalised its transport in India. However, the econowere seeing the it places on signs Sideshow Act-II Eastern not received the suspect referendum. developing a closer relationshipfirst and On the other hand, the Indian gov- mies inthat has Europe and South attention we’ve caught the princess’ The word “storm” has been the as we drove around, the with ernment spent far more the week. America? deserves in vibrant and New Zealand. Stand by for a few more sideis obvious question that popped in our media’s flavour of in terms of First, it None in India’sthis sideshow eye. the money and resources on this state visit live wire media asked this question of It was only minds was in the fitness of thingssup- they described Prime Minister John quirkiness of the MMP system that showsblbig d: 8/7/2011 between now whether Labour’s Pu isheand small porters had lost all hope and were Key and Epsom ACT candidate John National’s arrangement with ACT and next Saturday. ent - Comm

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Over 79 percent of the elector- dent, Hasina Begum (40), a panch backed Islamist terrorist movement volution, a strong anti-Government across the country, are not applicable in the State due to its special ate exercised their right to vote, candidate from Karpora in the Pak- – Baramulla. Another Kashmiri backlash may emerge. ness and there are already constitutional was great fear at seemed to travel with the team to bruised and bleeding. That is notUnfortunately,vigour, know all that to therestatus.aThus, the local the back It is often said that rugby is the between April 13 to June 27, 2011,re- herpora area of Charar-e-Sharief Pandit, Makhan Lal Zutshi, won next game. my idea of entertainment. For the be born a empowerment Member of Legislative Assembly ligion of New Zealand. From Sep- in Whangarei for their killed by an uncontested panch seat in the indications thatofthefragment of my power’ of our minds throughout which was Budgam District was in the village Panchayat elections in tember Kashmir (J&K). The a ‘fes- The Tongans proved April Muslim dominated Tahab village of Panchayats would be resist- in J&K remains a very be some Jammu &to October we had elec- unidentified militants on how vital same reason I don’t watch boxingthe (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, verses that there might powerful terrorists 40-41). tival’ of were which seemed finances at the District and 2011, six days before elections in also. Hence I watched very ed tions whichrugby, due in 2006 then to 15,this support was for bringing out Pulwama District. Moreover, little within the entrenched political arbiter oflurking behind who would succeed Throughout the six weeks the in ruining is not the thing. It was the be held in her constituency. 25 of the actual games in from establishment in the State. A con- village level, which the wholecase prove the saying right as the secould not be held because ofthe whole were to best effort from their team. Sikhs also won elections the last two The was affiliated with Peoples Muslim dominated could not help cerned Chief Minister feeling nation came together in as Chief elsewhere in after the These are curity reasons. Moreover, celebration Hasina French seemed to agree when months. But Iconstituencies seeing whole nation had aAbdullahof exhil- onlythe country.triumphant complethat of legislation event the main events as they came thus aration. The nation job confident at the end they admitted that of the Omar World noted, on Minister RugbyAbdullah Cup. There Democratic Party (PDP). Signifi- they The successful accomplishment again commented, “The easy was of elementstion newthe whole in the that we April 13, 2011, “This is thethroughout cantly, not a single vote against the All these elections will lead to consti- elections is behind us, host the tough State would seek to address. of relief. that it could now an international could breathe a sigh stood little chance was cast at of and again on TV news. was national euphoria first real Despite the tremendous achieve- Pacific, Panchayats, long Richie McCaw event of this magnitude. Panchayat election in the State in 33 Karpora village when the elections tution ofAt the end whenenvisaged bit...” He, however, disclosed that “a If there However, here in the Blacks as they were playing against which was palpable. as was shown with people at strange- was of high ranking only about the it was very different years, the last one in 2001 was onlythe were held on May 21. Perhaps that was the way to empowerthe trophythe Committee any doubt it wasofficers ments of the Panchayat Electionas hardly the whole nation. It perhaps started with on paper… half the seats remained anyone even thought Tongan team arriving in Auckland. On May 24, a newly elected sar- grass root level, raising the expecta- headed by the Chief Secretary is 2011, and the many declarations ofof terrorempty.” ism. The police were out Very few seemed to have been left panch was killed by unidentified ter- tions and aspirations of 12.5 million working out a transfer of functions, intent thereafter, there is a multiplic- in full The in Tonga as a whole lot force but they were looking for behindPanchayat elections of 2001 of rorists at village Chak Salarian near people in the State. The Panchay- funds and functionaries to Pan- ity of reasons for no more than qualwere partial in nature, as they could Ramgarh in Samba District. His son ats execute range of developmen- chayats”, and that the report of the ified optimism. These were the first petty criminals, not terrorists. them came to support their team. tal works, including agricultural Committee was in the last stage of largely peaceful and elections with not be conducted across Kupwara, was also injured in the attack. In the final weekend the The Tongan Bandipora Districts, community in New On May 10, a terrorist shot at support, minor irrigation, street formulation. high voter participation. In fact, the number Baramulla and of arrests, Parliamentary Zealand was everywhere in AuckJ&K is also looking to refur- State Assembly and we were told, was not due to terrorist threats and violence. and injured a sarpanch candidate, paving, building of culverts and remuch more were largely land as the excitement Panchayat The last elections for all built up and identified as Ghulam Mohi-ud-din pairing schools. The State Govern- bish its Panchayat Raj Act, 1989. polls of 2008 and 2009than during an ordithey were in the confident about as well as, and saw relativeconstituenciesquite State were held Chopan, at Machipora-Zainageer in ment is expected to receive Central The State Government is also con- peaceful nary weekend. Though the families were out 61.49 and 39 per their prospects. the Sopore area of Baramulla Dis- Assistance of about INR 20 billion templating elections for municipal ly high turnouts of in large numbers most of in 1977-78. the nights there were not There was a sea of red and white under various schemes for rural de- corporations and committees in cent, respectively (volumes compa-even other The sheer scale of the electoral trict. Crucially, the Panchayat elec- velopment during the 13th Finance urban areas. In the 3-tier Panchayat rable to participation in a (leave alone terrorexercise, implemented Tongan team) serious crimes number of (the colours of the in a situasystem, the Vice Chairmen of Dis- other States unaffected like kidnappings or tion of significant greet the Tongan tions once again demonstrated that Commission period. ist attacks) by insurgent everywhere to residual terrorist The Centre has made it clear to trict Development Boards will be or terrorist violence). threat, isTheir expectations were more than two decades of terrorism rapes. No wonder NZRU said a big team. remarkable. The process elected representatives of the cup though it ‘thank you’ to all New Zealanders stretched over 17with their beating in the State had failed to change the in Abdullah Government of SriitKrish- All Black winning Panchaywhy they lost against Tonga also the ly enough I thought that proved right phases, with 5.07 Ajit Kumar Singh iswonderful hosts. immediately act on transfer- ats. was hardly ever Panchayats million voters pool games.total of basic nature of Kashmiri society. In mustnan. I could not understand it. But “This will enable the expressed openly. for being such Research France in the electing a This was the pool game as the tremendous 4,130mean achievement as France Wusan village, Aasha Jee, had almost again and again as the captain to be an important partwhen India hosted Institute for what makes the Pacific This is Conflict ManLast year in decision Fellow, support the Tongans became ring power to the newly elected apno sarpanchs (village heads) and 29,719 panchs (village representa- the first Kashmiri Pandit woman Panchayats and fulfill its promise making at the District level,” said agement went on to the finals and had a very made one wonder if the game was peared with the trophy it seemed to the Commonwealth Games, in different from other parts of the to win the Panchayat polls in a pre- of devolution of power. The Centre Abdullah. Notably, the 73rd and tives). me to be Sri Krishnan! if the 74th spite of the initial hiccups, being played in village narrow defeat were, by and large,the dominantly MuslimTonga. . in the is particularly concerned that It intrigued amendments of the Indian Con-we were world. This is also the reason why The elections at the hands of I hardly watch rugby for newly elected remembered Sri All Blacks. Accordingato the BBC Kunzer block of one of the Districts two me. Then Ivillage representa-Krish- all which guaranteeIndia could do it more and more people want to stitution, confident that a set of peaceful, marred by just few incireasons. First all I don’t tives are saying, the benefit There no well. powers to everyone, the of violence. pulled off one dentsTongans hadIn one such inci- of worst afflicted byofthe Pakistan- un- nan not given‘O Arjuna! of de- isfar-reaching In the end Panchayats includ- come here and make it their home.

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Responsible use of social media networks
Social media networking can be fun, and generally, it is. You can find friends the world over, and with an online presence, stay in touch with them whenever you want. There have been several instances of good and deserving deeds done just through your online connections – lost family members have been reunited, lost property owners contacted, lost friends and lovers reunited, and even criminals tracked down. That’s all good, but when your online presence is taken over by unknown persons, that’s when fear sets in. As reported in this issue of the Indian Weekender, two Auckland women have (recent reported cases) had their Facebook profiles taken over by hackers. In the cases reported in this issue, imposters took over the women’s profiles and Facebook officials were powerless to prevent the hackers – because the security barriers had been breached easily. They now live in constant fear of stalkers, and feel violated as their privacy has been invaded, just as home owners feel when their houses have been invaded by burglers. So just how safe are social media networks? As Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff puts it: 55 per cent of New Zealanders who thought Facebook was a "private space" was naive. “So it is slightly risky to assume a social media site is private." If recent media reports are anything to go buy, cases of cyber bullying among teenagers and young people have soared, mainly due to Facebook. Facebook, and other social media networks, just like alcohol, can be lots of fun when used/consumed moderately – things go out of hand when the networking privileges are abused. Does there need to be a control on an age limit for access to social media such as Facebook, just as there is an age limit when you can buy/consume alcohol or even drive a car? The time may not be far when stricter controls are placed on access to social media sites which end up being abused by those too young to use it responsibly. Safe networking site www.netsafe.org.nz said there were many different issues which could arise on Facebook like imposter profiles, being locked out of your account, being tagged in photos you didn’t want to be posted, abusive messages on your page or about you on someone else’s page. “The most common query we have from Facebook users and educators is how to report and/or block a fake profile. “You can report a profile that violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities by clicking the “Report/Block this Person” link in the bottom left column of the profile, usually underneath the list of friends.” The advent of social media in our societies has brought with it new dimensions which challenge the very fabric of society in some cases. The fact is when you have posted something online, it ceases to be private. Period. - Arvind Kumar

A contributor's journey
PAdMInI GAunder
My association with the Indian Weekender started soon after it started publishing. I felt impelled to write explaining that Swami Rudrananda of the Ramakrishna Mission, who was sent to Fiji by the Mission to help the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam, the South Indian Association in Fiji, had got the Tamil classic, Thirukkural, translated into Fijian in 1962 to mark the birth centenary of Swami Vivekananda. Though Swamiji was sent to help the Sangam, in the true Ramakrishna Mission tradition he helped all exploited people. In this he was ably assisted by AD Patel, a brilliant lawyer, who later became the first Opposition Leader of Fiji. Swamiji knew the power of the written word. So from the early days he published newspapers. The earliest was in Tamil. Then he and A.D Patel started publishing Jagriti, in Hindi, and finally the Pacific Review in English, which also had a section in Fijian. Sam Berwick was the editor of the Fijian section and he was the translator of Thirukkural into Fijian. What I sent was published by the Indian Weekender. After this initial contribution I started sending articles now and then, mainly about Fiji, based on my research. Many people started saying how they enjoyed reading therm. Some even said these gave them a better understanding of the situation in Fiji. So I continued in spite of my health problems until it became almost a regular feature. I feel privileged to make a contribution to the anniversary issue. I congratulate the Indian Weekender on its completion of three years and wish the publication all success in the future.

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At the time when the country’s newest and favourite news and entertainment magazine for Kiwi Indians was being conceived a year ago, plans for a different form of news dissemination were also gaining ground. Published: 16/4/2010 d Zealan
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The Indian Weekender print edition came into existence a year ago – bringing with it a unique f lair of news presentation which “has been like a breath of fresh air” in a community which has been subjected to a regurgitation of tired news from some of the existing media. While the print version of the Weekender made instant impact, its online edition (then known as www.sandesh.co.nz) had taken its first steps and was crying out for attention with its bold approach to gathering and presenting news and entertainment to the burgeoning and news-hungry Indian community. The newspaper gave New Zealand Indians thought provoking features, entertainment and news analysis far removed from the ordinary trail while the online version concentrated its efforts on giving its readers fresh community news items to read every day – a concept never utilised before in the community. It wasn’t too long after that the print and online versions eyed each other, courted for a while and decided to marry – an alliance which is today seen as the most formidable force in the Indian media market in New Zealand. Since then, the online version of Indian Weekender, also featured as www.iwk.co.nz, has been at the forefront of breaking big news items to the Indian community. A recent case that comes to mind is the January 31 killing of Auckland taxi driver Hiren Mohini, who was stabbed to death in the Mt Eden suburb. The news item, picked up and loaded online by Indian Weekender group editor-in-chief Dev Nadkarni, spread like wildfire and was picked up by several major news organisations from around the world. It is this sort of promptness and “go-getter” attitude, coupled with the innovative features and archives that have made the Weekender’s online site a one-stop shop. The latest launch by the Weekender team is

The making of a complete digital news media powerhouse
logical option,” says Arvind Kumar, online editor of www.indianweekender.co.nz “We’re proud to have taken the lead as far as the online Indian news media in New Zealand is concerned.” Says Dev Nadkarni, Weekender group editor-in-chief: Today’s content consumer demands information and entertainment through a plethora of media channels, most of them digital. It was therefore imperative for ing features on the website for it to remain m a r k e t leaders. “Indian We e k e n d e r online is not only the best news service that taps into the Pulse of the Kiwi Indian but also a community portal for everything the community wants,” Rohan says. “It features an Indian events calendar that gives you all details about local events and even helps you find your way to your destination with it’s informative Google maps and street view. It’s classifieds and jobs aimed at the Indian community allow users to use a free service to get their classifieds and jobs out to the wider

its online Busines Directory – complementBusiness ing its free Classifieds and Events section and daily news– making it the complete package – all this while maintaining a close connection with the community. Not to mention its growing list of subscribers to its daily and weekly e-newsletters. “In this day and age of a growing internet savvy generation, a fresh approach to dissemination of news to the community is the most

the young publication to quickly foray into alternative content delivery systems other than print. And so the right investments in time, effort and finances were made to come up with a state-of-art multimedia website followed up by smartphone and iPad versions – all that in the space of less than a year.” The technical force behind the online version of Indian Weekender is Rohan deSouza, who is continuously upgrading and enhanc-

community and noticed.” The introduction of a video channel into the website brought in the best world and local content for Indians through hand picked videos aim to entertain and inform. With the introduction of the Business Directory the Indian Weekender online has now made it very easy for businesses to get noticed through to the wider Kiwi Indian community and also world wide attention. Its basic listing is a completely free service to the community. The website has had received accolades for it’s excellent design and presentation. It has grown from a modest beginning to become the most viewed websites online with its online viewership more than tripling. The mobile website has gained a substantial viewership making it one of the the most viewed ethnic website on a mobile device. To add a feather to it’s cap it is now a regular Google news and Google mobile news provider giving it a world wide presence. The website will continue to grow and evolve and give Kiwi Indians the best in Entertainment, Information and Business for the future. The team at Indian Weekender believes the online version complementing the print edition is the way forward. In the coming months, a whole new range of ebusiness and ecommerce services will be launched tailored for Indian businesses in New Zealand where they will be able to partner with a versatile news medium like the Indian Weekender print and digital editions and leverage its immense popularity that is growing by the week. Indian Weekender is planning a range of digital products and services to give innovative options to Indian businesses never before seen in the Kiwi Indian market place. Watch this space and stay tuned.

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Sathya sai Baba: The end of an era
Millions of people in India and abroad woke up to shock on Easter Sunday morning as news of the demise of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, a man described hailed as the living reincarnation of god himself, trickled in. Despite countless allegations of everything from hand-trickery and sexual abuse, skeptics and believers alike concur on the fact that the stout saffron-clad man was at the helm of something quite unlike anything in recent times. He presided over one of the biggest charitable trusts in the world, with assets that run up to US$9 billion (Rs 40,000 crore) and roots in over a hundred countries that opened hospitals, schools, colleges and even brought drinking water to entire towns and villages. He transformed the tiny village of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh into a budding hub that hosted some of the arguably best hospitals and educational institutions in India, centred around his Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, the biggest ashram in the world. Born as Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23, 1926 in Puttaparthi, the young Sai Baba apparently showed signs of being something beyond mortal in 1940 when he started reciting Sanskrit verses of which he had no knowledge of, upon being stung a by a scorpion. At the age of of 14, he claimed that he was the reincarnation of the Indian spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi and coupled with his ‘acts of divinity’ of conjuring food items, sweets and even golden objects from thin year, the number of his followers mushroomed. Derived from the words of his followers, Sai Baba devotees are said to be present in as many as 172 countries. His followers include the poorest of the poor to politicians, move stars, sportspersons and even the former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam. Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar are among those who consider Baba a living god. But Sai Baba’s critics have often voiced criticism of his methods and miracles and the fact that the godman has seldom come out to publicly contradict their charges has only fueled speculation. His ‘miracles’ have been described as sleight of hand tricks and several documentaries have formed their own theories in trying to explain the divine acts of Baba. People like the famous magician P C Sorcar Junior have come forward to bust Baba’s alleged magic tricks. And yet rationalists have had little success in destroying the faith of his followers, who are believed to be as many as 50 to 20 million worldwide, and those who serve him at his ashram which sees 50,000 visitors everyday. Even as doctors made last ditch effort to save him since he was admitted to the hospital with lung congestion and organ failures, even the harshest naysayers believed that the Baba will be remembered for ages to come. His hospitals and schools will continue functioning and over a million people will drink water that was brought to them by the Baba’s trust. Few will question the 11-yeartoo-early demise of the Sathya Sai Baba, and his legacy will live on.

Sai Baba’s life spells a string of miracles and Godly acts. Early in his age he declared of having “no worldly relationship with anyone” and started his travels in South India. His fi rst temple was built in 1944 and work on his ashram, the Prashanthi Nilayam, began in 1948. In 1954, Sathya Sai Baba established a small free general hospital in the village of Puttaparthi. In 1963, Sathya Sai Baba suffered a stroke and four severe heart attacks. It is believed by some that he healed himself of these, and on recovering announced that he would die when he would turn 96 and be reborn as Prema Sai Baba in the state of Karnataka years later.

His visits to parts of the country continued. He even visited Uganda in 1968. The number of his followers kept increasing and the Baba poured in much of the donations received into opening more temples, hospitals, schools and colleges. Among his most remembered feats, that of providing drinking water to 1.2 million people in the drought-prone Rayalaseema region in Anantapur and also in Chennai with a Rs 400-crore project, will perhaps be one of most prominent ones. Since 2005 however, the godman was forced to take to the wheelchair and cut down his ‘darshans’ (appearances) amidst ailing health. In 2006 he fractured his hip.

Reactions by eminent personalities:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: I learnt of the passing away of Sri Satya Saibaba with deep and profound sadness. Sri Satya Saibaba was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life even as they followed the religion of their choice. His teachings were rooted in the universal ideals of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence.

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As spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba breathed his last, his followers across the world were condoling his passing over micro-blogging site Twitter. From eminent personalities to common people all have expressed their shock over the demise of BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister NarA rea been suffering from lung Sathya Sai Baba, who had der sent us this funny and chest congestion and was in critical condipost on what India’s endra Modi: In the world of spiritual leaders he high profile tion for the past fewpeople would have said days. after the great little ma (Sathya Sai Baba) was unique - who without wanster Sachin Tendulkar achieved his legenda dering around the world, attracted it towards Indian “OM SAI BABA OM, RIP,” popular singer Ricky Martin ry feat last week: tweeted. culture. He was a great man who dedicated his life 1. Digvijay Singh – Mirpur: India's batting legend Sachin is an RSS agen t. All these was he Sri Sachin Saibaba aswho got his land- highest to provide water and education to the rural areas Satya Tendulkar, a preacher of the was waiting Sachin Tendulkar, On the other hand, Indian batting iconto score his ce who turned 38 on the day,daysso grieved ntury human values was an iconic figure for over five and medical services to the humanity. Personally, that he has hung a 2. Manmoh sign in front of his hotelagainin Hyderabadcountry. along ‘Do not Disturb’ door st a Muslim where he, mark 100th international century an Singh – I cong decades. He endeared here Friday, re- people I have been blessed with his love and grace. I pay with his team Mumbai Indians, are currently touring toratulate Sachin and Chargers on Sunday, play against Deccan also against Bangladesh himself to the appreciate leadership through varioushe doesn't play with headquarters my tributes to Pujya Satya Sai Baba on his nirvana. institutions, for mileof Shrimati Sonia Gand media report said. iterated that hi. 3. Rahul Gandhi – My at Prashanthi Nilayam, all speculations grandmother created stone and ended that promoted egalitarian Bangladesh. She deser ves the credit for ardent follower values, education and public retirement believed Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Geeta Reddy: It is said that a disheartened Tendulkar, who is anthis century. of Sathya Sai Baba, has decided about his immediate health. He that saying he would carry on playing that all The demise of one of the most loved spiritual head it is the duty of every person to ensure to not to celebrate 4. birthday aka flamboyant manner this year. his Raj Th in rey – Sach in has proved himself people have access to theas longrequirements for of our time. Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the to be a true international cricket basic as he Marathi Manus after sco ring this Indian Premiere League (IPL) sustenance of life. Sri Satya Saibaba was an inspi- well-known spiritual head ever known in our time. enjoys. It was rumoured that Tendulkarharashtr skip the scheduledcentury. So what if India hasmatch lost, Ma will evenians ca n He left his body this morning around 7:40 am… ration to people I think of retirement I "When of all faiths. against Deccan Chargers ole nation. on Sunday.not take the responsibility of the wh at Hyderabad The passing away of Sri Satya Saibaba is an ir- his family and trust members have taken the deciwill not hide it. Don't worry about it. 5. Mulayam Singh reparable loss toon as long as I enjoy it. mourns sion that his body will be laid for public viewing said: "It praying for Shri Sathya Sai Baba’s quick recovery. Hope everyone will join me in praying for Yadav – If Sachin was On the innings he I will carry all and the nation deeply still make mistakes after more than “I m was made tickets of all Cri paying international slightly different, the his passing away. I express my sincere condolences and playinghomage and respect at Sai Kulwant hall ballhis return to good health,” Sachin Tendulkar had tweeted earlier. from UP, I would have was not "I can't think of anything at this 20 years of cket matches ‘Ta x fre e’. Wednesday the bat. to the millions ofbeenfollowers, disciples and well this evening, 6 pm onwards.coming onto evening Virat (Kohli) 6. Anna Hazare – Sa stage. It has his a tough phase for cricket. chin deser ves to be the wishers. I started off the season batting next lokpal of the 275-280 "It waswe will tell the exact and Iwhen the were discussing that“Sathya Sai Baba hadcountryof followers all over the world. Their faith in him held them together. testing time for me time and I burial will take me. milions . on this for whatever the decision would be a decent reasonably well, batted well in Aus- thank god place. This ishas come my taken by the trust. Trust scoreMay God give them strength. RIP Baba,” tweeted actor Anupam Kher. 7. Baba Ramdev – If you multiply all the run Vicetralia without much luck. It doesn't way. I don't take things for had made all arrangements of the President M. Hamid Ansari: I am deeply said that Swamiji granted. wicket. s Sachin has made by a billion is wh grieved to matter about many hundreds Whatever trust and thebatting on, of the trust hasn't sunk in but I have "It will continue score I am activities I really learn how the passing away of Sri “SRI SATHYA SAI BABA left his human at is the total black mothisymorning. The body is merely body and departed away ne in foreign 8. Kapil Sib to – So us definitely lost about 50 kilos," he His spirit will continuebalguide ciaas always.....” Vivek Oberoi posted. country. you score, in the end you have to put don' take without change. Sathya Sai Baba. Baba’s message of love should be things it for granted. a vehicle. l media need to contr ol comments on Sachin’s century. It wil "You your head down and grind it out for our guiding light in this trying hour. Baba’s words have to be on your toes. quipped when asked about the sigl harm the fabric of sec ularism in India. have execute the plans of my First of all, on the and the team," said Tendulkar.of love in the Ihearts to Yoga guru Baba Ramdev:nificance of his achievement. actions have lit the lamp 9. Swami Agnives all “R.I.P. Satya Sai Baba. Condolences toh his followers, disciples & loved ones,” tweeted model– Now that Bangladesh Asked about Bangladesh team, century Sathya the only Tendulkar said that he felt frus- team. of devotees. His message of service to humanityThedeath of was not Sai Baba the humanity has sufhas helped Sachin turned-actor Neha Dhupia. his 100th score century, they have pro was a huge in my mind. Tendulkar said: "Bangladesh is a trated to God and the means of destroying as service at not getting as amilestone in thing that feredplaying loss. The way he served humanity is ved to be a true friend of India. Lets welcome I My incomparable. He was an good uderrated The the last 370 days.is of eternal relevance.avoided looking at the scoreboard idol to every one.team. narrow-mindedness “RIP SATYA SAI BABA- Man who spread love theirhelped n inneedy. and let them live meeting and citize the India Had the privilege of wherever they can. People still talk "I am a human being condolences to things he did for everyone wife joins me in offering heartfeltand I and personal score but kept a track will be rememberedof Bangladesh him n spending some time with him a fewLets issue them voter’s ID card.his Twitter account times,” Ritesh Deshmukh said in 10. Kris Shrikant – We as worshiped him as of the rate." will be honest. Many a time I was Baba inrun for ages. His disciples who have if they don't know how to play the millions of devotees of Sri Sathya Sai selectors hope that by ‘Riteishd’. 2050, Sachin will Asked a about the pressure feel sad on his death. They they played frustrated and also score his 150th ce godman will surely on cricket. They way India and abroad. it does play on your ntury. the century, Tendulkar said: and also thought at the time proof of their mind," he said. have worshiped him "To against Pakistan is a Apart from the 11. Arjun Tendulkcommon people also expressed their shock over the death of world of Bollywood, ar – I want to play with my father been When told he has turned Kiran be honest, was not really think- good of the They Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister every Kumar ofI distress Babaji will help them outcricket.trouble. have Sathya in Baba. cup. in 2020 world Sai stone thrown at him into mile- ing about it. now media will continue to serve them in his Reddy: Sri Sai Baba is a symbolaof love, affection But The also he started it international cricket for quite some 12 . Sachin Tendulkar stone, Tendulkar said: "The 100th all. Wherever I went, to himself – Aaee tweeted one ‘amitlans79’. and passion. Sri Satya Sai Baba has given his great spiritual form. the restau- time." “Satya sai baba passes away big loss for all the followers,”llaaaa…. Now what I will make to not retire His message to the youngsters: excuse self tonservice of humanity in the form of various to was tough but I don't play for rant, room service, housekeeping, . I had to milestones. just State, our country everyone was Abhishek Bachchan: Heard the very 13 good human hi – Er… services not onlyIto our play for the the but also Actor talking about the "Dreams do come true. “Country has lost. aSonia Gandbeing.. Satya Sai Baba.. His Legacy has to be continued,” tweeted .. She did not respond 100th love of world. He since she is suf fering from an undis sad news was surprising wait passing away. I to the entirethe game."will be remembered for ages hundred. It of Shri Satya Sai Baba for one for 22 years (the World one Ragav. closed disease. talked about 1st photo I Cup). So, go in there and chase "The process that started over the as nobodyremember themy 99 hun- saw of him was outmy way world. to come by all sections of people all back in 1989 is still continuing. I dreds." dadima’s mandir. Aishwaryayour great believer in is a dreams." “Satya Sai Baba... We’ve lost a great n noble person..... They don’t make people like him anymore.... Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK him. She called this morning to give me the sad God rest his soul in peace!” tweeted Dr. Anuj Saxena. news. We 2 Advani: His passing away this morning hashed: 23/3/201send our prayers....Aum Sai Ram

I don't play for milestones: Tendulkar
plunged the whole country into deep sorrow. I offer my tearful homage to the great soul. I would like to go for the antasthi kria (funeral ceremony).

Twitter floods with condolences
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PHOTOS: HARjINdER SINGH BASIALA

Indian solo voyager passes through New Zealand
Published: 27/11/2009d Issue 19 - New Zealan

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ARoUNd tHe WoRLd: Harjinder Singh Basiala with Commander Dilip Donde; the sailing yacht – INSV Mhadei; MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi with the Commander
Commander Dilip Donde of the Indian Navy has embarked on an adventure to circumnavigate the world solo. He arrived in Lyttelton port in Christchurch to a rousing welcome from the Indian community as well as the city’s maritime community upon his arrival. Of significance is the fact that he is aiming to achieve this feat single handedly and under the power of sails. On August 19 this year, Commander Donde set out on the sailing yacht – INSV Mhadei from Mumbai in an endeavour to circumnavigate the globe – the first ever by an Indian. He arrived in Freemantle, Australia on September 24 after being at sea for over a month traversing nearly 5000 nautical miles. The completion of the first leg of this historic voyage by the officer and indeed the Indian Navy has already earned him a place in the record books as no Indian has ever sailed solo this far. He departed Freemantle on November 1 on his second leg that will see him traversing nearly 3300 nautical miles in approximately 21 days and arrived in Lyttelton harbour, Christchurch on November 21. A dinner was organised by prominent Indians under the aegis of the Indian High Commission and Kunal Roy acting High Commissioner was also present. Jatinder Singh, Defence Advisor, Indian High Commission Australia was also present where Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP honoured Commander Donde. He was welcomed with a traditional Haka and the deputy mayor of Christchurch was also present. “That was a little bit of a hard situation as there were nine-metre swells and there were problems with the steering gear,” he said. “I was honestly worried about it. You don’t think too much about it, you just get it sorted,” he told the media in Lyttelton where he will stay till December 6 while his yacht is repaired. The yacht Mhadei is an indigenous construction built at Goa. It is 56 feet long with a set of six sails that can be used in different combinations for speeds of up to 10 knots. This yacht is a fine example of Indian ship building industry which has literally come of age with some fine warships recently constructed and with an ambitious indigenous construction programme currently under way. Incidentally, the sails have been manufactured in New Zealand and therefore Commander Donde is looking forward to this visit. The boat draws its name from the river Mhadei that flows through the western Indian state of Goa into the Arabian Sea. The name was considered both evocative and appropriate as it honours the ‘Boat Deity’ of Goa and the river she was built on, seeking her blessings for a successful circumnavigation in the name of both Goa and India. From Christchurch Commander Donde sails to Falkland Islands and Cape of Good Hope in South Africa before arriving back in Mumbai on or about May 25 next year. The sailor will thus be rounding the tips of the three great continents, namely, Australia, South America and Africa. During the course of this voyage he would cover a distance of over 22,500 nautical miles with just four stopovers. Commander Donde’s blog at http://Sagarparikrama.blogspot.com makes a fascinating read with some breathtaking images of the Indian Ocean.

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“Tabla is the most complete percussion instrument”
World-renowned Tabla maestro Fazal Qureshi will be in New Zealand later this month. The younger son of Ustad Alla Rakha who was a constant accompanist for Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and the younger brother of Tabla’s most famous name Ustad Zakir Hussain, Fazal answers questions put to him by Indian Weekender editor-in-chief DEV NADKARNI in a telephonic interview from India
What’s it like being a member of the first family of the Tabla, or shall we say the Tabla world’s royalty? (Laughing aloud) Ha, ha… That’s the fi rst time I’ve heard about Tabla royalty! There are several things: there’s a lot of pressure and responsibility because people’s expectations are high since I’m from the same family as Ustad Allah Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Responsibility – because you must make sure that if at least if you don’t add to the name you don’t spoil the name. So, that responsibility and pressure is always there and I have been fortunate enough to learn from my father and the three of us have played many concerts together in the US, UK, Europe. For me that is a signature from my father that you can actually play now... My fi rst concert that I played for my college was covered by [your father] Mohan Nadkarniji himself... he was invited to listen to two young players on Sitar and Tabla – that was me – in 1979-80 and he gave us a good review in the Times of India. That was approval and the fact that I have actually played with my father and brother is approval – that yes, you are good enough to play. Can you give us a few details of the way you and your siblings were trained by your father the great maestro Ustad Alla Rakha? My father was a democratic man. He never differentiated between sons and other students. It did not matter if we were sons or not there were no distinctions. I used to sit with the other students and learn. He was a busy man in the 1970s, travelling so much but whenever he was there, we used to learn from him. It was was difficult to catch him because of his travels. We relied a great deal on his tapes and CDs while learning from him but playing with him was even more instructive – not so much sitting in front of him but being with him, watching him... how he handled the rhythm cycle, learning his technique... that was the way we brothers picked it up. One now hears a lot more Tabla in international music – particularly instrumental ensembles – when did this start to happen and why does the Tabla fascinate western percussionists? Tabla is an instrument that has developed more than any other percussion instrument in terms of sound and technique – it’s an instrument that can be termed as the complete percussion instrument because of the variety of sounds it can produce and the baya is so versatile that you can even produce melodic sounds – my brother is a pioneer in this and in the olden days some maestros used to produce actual notes on the baya while accompanying other musicians. My father and brother have contributed in making it a global instrument – so you hear the Tabla in pop songs, rock music, fi lm background scores – it’s well accepted and recognised. As a Tabla maestro yourself, what similarities and differences do you see in the way percussion is played in Hindustani and Carnatic disciplines? Everything is different. It is related to culture. We dress differently, speak differently, there’s a cultural difference... musically too it is different. North Indian music has been influenced a lot by other music from outside such as that of the Mughals and other invasions that happened during the history of Indian civilisation. The South was relatively isolated. So the two music disciplines went differently. The Mughals brought in Tabla, Sitar, Sarod. The points of view also differed... the difference is cultural... difference is in the way of looking at music... I do play with a lot of south Indian percussionists... Talas and ragas are same but the point of view is different. But you can fi nd ways of coming together as many artistes have done – like my father and brother. We are all Indians, but it’s just like all fi ngers are not the same. What are your activities at present besides accompanying musicians in concerts around the world? Three of my albums are getting ready. Two are classically oriented and one is a fusion album – I call it experiments in music. It’s going to be ready next month and the other two also will be ready soon... Besides playing, I also tour a lot... I am in Europe next month with my other fusion band... so basically travelling, recording, composing... Tell us more about Mynta – how did it come about? Is Shankar Mahadevan actively involved? Who are the other percussionists on it? Musicians from which other nationalities are involved in Mynta? I am the only Indian percussionist now. Shankar used to be part of it but not any more – we have western percussionists. Basically Mynta a Sweden based band. I met them 23 years ago and have played with them ever since. We’ve produced 6-7 albums; we travel all over Europe, the US, India. It was love at fi rst sight between us in 1986 – we’re still going on... If you want to play fusion music, you need to spend a lot of time with the band

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and understand each other closely.. only then can you come up with real good music. We now have a Saxophonist from US, In India we have Vikku Vinayakram, Shankar Mahadevan when he has the time – and many others. My favourites are Fuzzy, Song from Brahmaputra and Teabreak – what was your role in their composition/ production? Fuzzy was a on the spot creation by me. We were sitting in the studio and the idea suddenly came up to me... I just thought I should produce something with rhythms but interacting with some melodic structures – so that’s how Fuzzy came about... and when we are doing a composition or recording an album we play it a number of times during a tour and after 20 concerts or so, the piece takes shape and then we go into a studio and do a commercial recording – that’s how we do it. We play, alter, replay offer suggestions to the composer, and so on. What changes do you see in the way Tabla is taught these days – especially outside India? Popularity has increased tenfold... I still teach at a class in Mumbai that father started... wherever I go there are all kinds of people who want to learn... US, UK, Japan, everywhere. This has given an insight to a lot of people on what the Tabla is... and it’s no longer seen as an exclusively classical instrument. It’s now a popular instrument Your father emphasised on memorising hundreds of bols, which I’m pretty sure you’ve imbibed as well... Is the same emphasis placed on bols by modern teachers? People do not have much time these days. They come for an hour. The Guru Shishya Parampara does not exist anymore – 10-15 students taught at a time for an hour... they go home and practice, come back. Memorising bols is not there any more... Times have changed. Can you tell us more about your concert in NZ? I’m looking forward to playing with Adrian though I’ve not met him. But that’s how it is in Indian Classical music. You often meet the artiste for the fi rst time on stage. And just play: 95% of our music is improvised... everyone knows the basics the artistes just build on it... that’s the true classical way of doing things... go on the stage and play. I wanted to visit NZ for a long time and never got an opportunity. I’ve been all over the world except NZ. It’s my pleasure to be there and thanks for making the efforts for me to come. Looking forward to meet Indians there. - Indian Weekender thanks Prashant Tijore for his help in conducting the interview

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New Delhi: Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India (SECI) on Friday announced it has won FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award for the third consecutive year. R Balasubramanian, Director - Group Marketing and Mentor, Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India (SECI) received the award from the Chief Guest, Mukesh Chawla - Head, Knowledge Management, Human Development, World Bank at an award ceremony held at The Lalit, New Delhi. FICCI Healthcare Excellence ing and so on. The FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards was instituted in 2009 to provide impetus to preventive healthcare in the country. With 80% of healthcare in India being provided by the private sector with specific focus on curative care, it was essential to seek and recognize role models in the healthcare industry who actively address preventive healthcare in the community, especially among those with little or no access to it. Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India has been offering specialized

ms & Theatre. been three major mic migration in - the indentured during colonial ment from South in the post Inde; and the movenal/skilled workers owever, the most the return migrahese professionals to India in large ed. h, Director, School Southern Illinois delivered the Key ‘The Global Comora: Contributions, ospects.’ ng light on the of the conference, iasporians of the te by contributing he world a better, ceful co-existence ur talents, passion ntribution towards lopment – social, and economic. e of Diaspora, delead to the reducnd poverty reduco the reduction of ance and hostility, uld usher in a new e.” ing the Welcome

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Awards recognizes the contribution of healthcare providers in delivering quality healthcare, patient care and increasing reach in rural and remote areas. SECI won the award in the category, ‘Addressing Industry Issues’ which looked at such key concerns as taking healthcare to the masses, implementing a successful PPP model, reducing the cost of healthcare, enhancing the availability of talent through education and traindiagnostic and surgical eye care to the visually impaired through 9 institutions across India. With Sankara, nearly 22 million have benefited from preventive and curative care and over 7,72,000 visionrestoring procedures have been performed till date, claimed the institution. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India.

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Prashant Belwalkar catches up with veteran cinematographer of yesteryear Manohar Kulkarni who is visiting Auckland
The other day we were watching the kids play dumb charades and eventually the discussions moved around to the Hindi films and film industry. Someone commented on how beautiful Madhubala looked in movies while others commented on the way Waheeda Rehman looked in Guru Dutt’s movies. All this lead to a heated debate around directors, who made heroines look so beautiful. In all that we actually forgot the one person responsible for these stunning good looks of the heroines – the cinematographer! Neeta Vale, our host, commented that her dad was a cinematographer and an award winning one at that! This took me by surprise. Here was an opportunity to meet one of the silent greats of the movie world. Rarely does a cinematographer, editor or dubbing editor get recognition for their work. We hardly award the technicians with the highest National award in the Film fraternity – the Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime achievement award. Manohar Kulkarni, Neeta’s dad, won this prestigious award in 2008 and is the first cinematographer to win this coveted award, with the exception of Nitin Bose who won in 1977, but he was a writer, director, producer and a cinematographer. I immediately seized the opportunity to talk to Mr Kulkarni and get a glimpse of his journey in cinematography! Born on 25th December 1923 in Mumbai into the Kulkarni family, a family full of Doctors, Manohar Kulkarni was different from his other siblings. Even in school he was interested in photography and filming the sports events. This interest led him to attain full-fledged training in cinematography. And against the wishes of his family, he joined the film industry. Unlike the fans and respect which film fraternity artists get today, in those days, it was an industry shunned by the society at large and anybody joining this industry was considered as a failed individual in life! This however, did not deter the young Manohar. He wanted to fulfill his dreams of being an ace cinematographer, and pursued this dream seriously. Mr. Kulkarni joined the film industry around 1944-45, but his first big break came in 1947 when Colonel Gandhi took him to Pakistan, where he filmed his first documentary “The Birth of Pakistan,” which earned him quite a reputation. On his return he got his first feature film – Bedard (Sadabahar productions). In those days, there were no independent production houses but film studios hired the artists and the crew. He did a couple of films for production houses in Patna which included Pyar zindagi hai and a few other films. He also did several Marathi films. It was a challenge to do the films as the sets, costumes were elaborate and the artists very particular about their appearance. Shahu Modak, Jeevan, Trilok Kapoor , Sulochana, were some of the famous artists in these films. Recalling an incident Mr Kulkarni remarked that the late Trilok Kapoor, famous for his role of “Shiva” in Hindi films, used to dangle a real live snake around his neck for authenticity. During one such shooting, a close up shot was required and as the camera started rolling and Trilok Kapoor finished his lines, the snake decided to move over to the camera and came very close to Mr Kulkarni, but Trilok Kapoor managed to get the snake away. Mr Kulkarni recalls that Ashok Kumar was a true gentleman and had a very thorough understanding of the film making process. With Ashok Kumar he did films like Uljhan, Kala Admi and also the famous Pehli Tarikh. The song “Aaj Pehli Tarikh hai” has become famous over the years and is regularly played on Radio. He would often help the directors understand the difficulties faced and by cameramen while using close-ups or long ing shots. Mr Kulkarni regrets that during his time ts there were no light meters or colour films in the s earlier days and it was very difficult to film in the y era of black and white films. Today an art director ms. can separate the colour easily. In those days, care sily. had to be taken if the background was white and k d hi d

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pharma companies. Mr Kulkarni’s brother R N Kulkarni was the erstwhile Mayor of Mumbai. Manohar Kulkarni was married to Smt Mangala Kulkarni and had 3 children; Deepak, Geeta and Neeta. Unfortunately, Mr Kulkarni has lost both his wife and his son now. The loss of his son took all his interest away and he reduced his involvement in cinematography. Today, he reminiscences the good old days and fondly remembers the best director of them all, V Shantaram. His work was finally acknowledged when the National committee for awards decided to reward him for his lifetime dedication to cinematography and awarded him the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke lifetime achievement award’ in 2008. He received the award at the hands of thespian Dilip Kumar. It was a pleasure to meet Mr Kulkarni in Auckland at their daughter Neeta Vale’s residence. Rarely, do we get to meet such personalities who are responsible for making such visual treats and make the hero’s look so macho and heroine’s so beautiful on the celluloid. Though Manohar Kulkarni has retired now from his craft, his work will remind us of his contribution to the film fraternity. As they say – a picture can speak thousand words and remain in memory forever!

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Why Anna Hazare deserves wholehearted support
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India’s supremely corrupt political class refuses to see the writing on the wall. It continues to take people for granted, as it has done for the better part of the 65 years that the country has been independent. Indians are a tolerant lot. That indeed has been their strength, which has helped Bharatiya culture continue and flourish uninterrupted over millennia. They have embraced and assimilated the cultures of the successive peoples who arrived over thousands of years to make their home. It has been a melting pot for centuries. That is what makes the Indian experience so bewilderingly rich, varied and endlessly enchanting. But that natural quality of tolerance, which equips Indians to face the most trying of circumstances and have them smiling in the face of adversity – as photographers and filmmakers of the world media often like to depict – is exactly what has created the huge monster of political and bureaucratic corruption in independent India. If successive invaders and colonisers of India are accused of stealing India’s priceless treasures, India’s political class – especially that represented by the Congress after the Nehru-Gandhi family made it their fiefdom and ruthlessly strengthened its stranglehold – has presided on the loot of far greater wealth since independence. Apocryphal or not, the stuff of urban legend or not, but the blizzard of emails landing in millions of in boxes in the past few months listing the major scams since 1947, compiled Wikileaks lists of Indian politicians’ and business people’s undeclared wealth in Swiss bank accounts and the sudden multi-billionaire status of a close member of the Nehru-Gandhi family are entirely believable. Especially so after the staggeringly eye-watering amounts that were robbed from the Indian exchequer and the hapless taxpayer in a string of mega scams in the past couple of years. The amounts pilfered in the 2G scandal and the Commonwealth Games alone could have successfully addressed hunger and malnutrition among India’s poorest, of which there are not inconsiderable numbers. The noose is clearly tightening around India’s shamelessly corrupt and brazenly nepotistic political class. But knowing Indians’ great quality for tolerance over millennia, it is smug in the belief that it can never be tightened enough to threaten it. It is the result of the deeply embedded narcissistic culture of arrogance perpetrated by the politics of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in the 1960s and 1970s that has held back Indian economic and industrial progress by at least two decades. Clearly, it is out of sync with what the past two decades of economic development has done to people’s attitude. The average Indian’s silence can no longer bought by election time freebies of rice, dhotis and saris, while starving them of all opportunities to better their lives with strict controls and a strangulating license and permit raj, the supreme tool that propped corruption to Himalayan heights. The blinkers of India’s corrupt political class prevent it from seeing a huge and fast growing number of educated, politically aware, upwardly mobile and caring Indians who

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know their rights and prepared to fight for them. That is the only conclusion that can be drawn from the government’s response to the Anna Hazare led anti-corruption crusade of April 2011, which spread so quickly and virally in the backdrop of the Middle East unrest that was raging like a wild fire. Greatly worried, the Indian government showed grave concern at the time but came up with a toothless, effete proposed bill that will ensure the writ of the political class runs as it always did, giving it free and unfettered rein on the country’s finances and resources. At the time, the government in principle agreed to Hazare's version of the bill, which was designed to truly check corruption at all levels of government and the bureaucracy. But since then, as things seemed to cool down on the public protest front and amid the distracting side shows of Ramdev, the government threw away Hazare’s draft, and has pre-

sented its own toothless version of what it thinks the Lokpal Bill ought to be. This bland and powerless draft that the government wants to present to Parliament proposes bringing just 0.5%, under its purview. This translates to one in 200 government officials. Places and offices, where common Indians encounter corruption every day of their lives, will not be under its purview. For instance, the passport office, the ration shop, the road transport office, the municipal corporation or the panchayat office, besides many more, will not be covered. This effectively means that state and regional level scams will go unchecked. Mind you, scams at this level have been no less massive as seen from the Jharkhand and Mumbai Adarsh Society scams. What’s more, the Prime Minister’s Office is also exempt from its purview. In other words, the government’s version is a showpiece that

can do absolutely no good to address the morbid disease of corruption in so many forms that has eaten away at the guts of the Indian people for the better part of 65 years. This is the reason Anna Hazare has launched a second agitation. It is important to see Hazare in the right perspective. Personality aside, he must be seen as the rallying point for the anti-corruption sentiment that has ballooned to such an extent throughout India. Like it or not, he is the face of that sentiment. And that is how he must be seen, if you believe India deserves better than the lot of unaccountable politicians in charge of running the country. One of the India’s greatest losses other than the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of money and treasures that politicians have plundered is the number of talented people that have left the country tired of the corrupt environment. That loss cannot be measured in monetary terms. But it is substantial, undoubtedly. And for many such Indians living all over the world, what disappoints them most is the deeply embedded culture of corruption. That is why, if you want things to change, you must show your support to the movement, whose face today is Anna Hazare. Politicians all over the world are rudely waking up from their powerdrunk stupor to the power of the people. We have seen it happen in the Middle East. In England. And many expect it to happen in the US. India, too, is at a tipping point. The anti-corruption campaign has the potential to ring in changes for the better. It is a question of time before Indians in great numbers spill on to the streets.

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A symbol of friendship between India and Fiji Now, let others take over from Anna Hazare
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outlook towards characteristics (that became “dangerously angry” and of activities they had. The Girmit Centre done the most im- managedto benot Indians alone, but insorttime. Seshadri highlighted the need important Indians and that the re- The present ruling class supports cracy by shunned or weakened Anna Hazare has in Lautoka was Prime Minister of Fiji (Ratu Mara) demonstrated their resolution evils. When the Indian community’s all way, some his hope was that the brainchild he has belled the cat. byanythe races andMuslim leaders feel for a temple for aCultural Centreiden- sembled the modern national project and promotes all of these“not And portant thing: of Pandit Banarsito established in Suva the aim was was also the Hindutva forces). Accord-be dominateddirethe land of their an aldas Chaturvedi. Chaturvedi,by itself it would help to promote better rela- orwastity, morality and organisation. there is a in need to foresee of sympathetic. that they have not been consulted That is an accomplishment who had been an associate of Rev. C.F. tions between different races. I am not just to recollected a music and had Ratu Mara and A. D. Patel were told ternative India here and came ing to Seshadri, Anna Hazare heritage”. It was noted that Fiji now. He teach Indian story he when nobody has turned even a leaf included in the current campaign. Andrews, considered himself a spiri- not sure the above are Council everanddancing to Indian children butmerits re- him:multiracialism Jains, Buddhists close to the brink of racial conAnna’s stirring the hornet’s from Anna Hazare and it also both for “There are and though as to do that. The media reports all the All of if the Girmit valid issues tual citizenloots of Though hepeople. had any non-Indianthey need though ad-to teach them toin full: “Some time back, and other Hindus but no Muslimsfrontation as itgood had. a welcome effort. or nest is ever and production children of all races, Patel died before independence, concerns. And members to be fantastic of Fiji. famous had However, do not like one messiah, let never been to Fiji, it had been on doing I know that Fijianshonestly and the especially Fijian children. It could visit Christians in our village.” him If we in 1968 Indo-Fijians dressed openly, used to use demo- an IAS officer who happened to Siddiq Koya who succeeded The political class keeps nearest leader like 100,000 messiahs have been possible to have the propriety seemed to support the idea at had a us convene A. D. Patel who and to his heart for a long period of time. place for church services. Similarly, the Ralegan Siddhi the village questioned a branch also what they have been doing all along, cratically. Chaturvedi believed that Indians of that in the west based at the Girmit that time. But a few years after inde- believed in multiracialism and diaSo at Anna Hazare, the individual, of spending such a large sum of Rs. had registered bodies for irrigation, carry the task forward. Transparcentral the time of the Girmit Cenministers are giving each tenary in 1979 Chaturvedi asked Mr. should respect the Fijians like elder Centre but I do not think it was ever pendence Koya seemed to take a dif- logue. So at the first sitting of the other good conduct certificates and who spearheads the campaign, has 90,000 for the temple construction, educational development and other ent, accountable and participatory ferent line and in 1975 R.D. Patel, the Legislative Council after the elecAtal Behari Vajpai, who was then the brothers as they were the first set- done. but are no elections leadership the Prime Minister knows nothing been unacceptable for some. His instead of utilising it for putting up areas A.D. “there left the NFP tions Patel made ais crucial for this national “symbolic gesture Patel, Just outside Lautoka, on the way brother of Foreign Minister of India, to donate tlers. A.D. Patel, the founder of the reconstruction project. If to more school buildings. Annasaheb for any of these bodies.” Even of experiment in his village the aboutof 6 to 7 lakh rupees intellectu- National Federation Party andRaleganto Nadi, is the Viseisei village in saying that the party had changed the reconciliation which helped we rightly anything. And the to build a sum shun messianic leadership, we als and for racial integration in Fiji. first Leader of the Opposition inbeen la-Vuda which is important as the first beyond recognition. The most im- heal wounds”. In the next decade activists air their views and Siddhi in Maharashtra has Fiji, a centre should to become an example comments and of satisfied with belled to express by others. With The government are Fiji donated also usedcontroversialsimilar senti- settlement of the Fijians. There is a portant change was that it became an Fiji was able create a collective leadership. The intellectuals and activists all good reasons, it seems! their two minute fame. location in ments. Patel had always stressed that cultural and handicraft centre, the Indian party. for multiracial harmony as it became prime land in a central must of beyond getting their arH. V. of the Fijians should “Ordinary citizens” of the An attempt could have been made the ‘Paradisego the Pacific’. Lautoka and the foundation was laid the interests Seshadri, the then RSSRatu Jeremiah – Motibhai memorial ticles published in leading country Indian and upset but can general secretary, others as they From 1977 the multiracial po- dailies when theare angryPrime Minister, take precedence over wrote a series ofcultural centre. It was the initiative at the Girmit Centenary to revive hardly do Gandhi, Our options are articles on Anna and party that A. responsibilities Mrs. Indiraanything. visited Fiji in are the original settlers. his mission inof Motibhai and Company in the multiracialism, with the “centre litical and assume D. Patel founded in this revolution. And they together either It not mouthpiece was ever 1981. watching TV or reading the the isRSSclear how much “Organiser”1970s and it was to be a symbol of for racial integration” proposed by became a communal party in poli- could thank And Hazare for belling the in early 1987. In an article “The newspapers with allduly commentar- done through the Girmit Centre for multiracial co-operation. The Girmit Chaturvedi, as the focus. Indeed cies as well. Anna the gap between The Centre was the built and cat and take the operation from Village That Reminds Us of as ities of intellectuals building and is or bringing about racial integrationRama-Council could have asked for help there was a brief moment when the Fijians and Indians in political here. is an outstanding and activists, Although Hazare calls himself a rajya” (February 8, The Seshadri joining the Maoists. often used for public and private Chaturvedi had hoped.1987),Girmit from Viseisei villagers in having Mrs. Gandhi visited Fiji two years outlook became wider and wider Gandhian and emphasises the described gave scholarships to However narrow wanted it functions. Chaturvedi and confined Council also the various features ofFijian handicraft and for teaching later, and laid the foundation for the until in April, 1987 the Fijian domi- nonand named the it may be, Anna Ralegan study and the different Alliance Party was campaign, he Girmit Centre, when it seemed that nated violent nature of hisdefeated to be complicated Gandhi-Andrews students to Siddhiin India but again ac-Fijian culture. tivities undertaken by the these Hazare has came a be known as Indian dominated Coalition. House but itcreatedto space for the or- I am not sure on what basis villages: Chaturvedi noted that Rev. the country would succeed in fulfill- by an does refer to the ways of Chhatrathe Girmit Centre (‘girmit’ was the scholarships were given – if they un-Andrews had great hopes that “racial ing the euphoria felt by the people at The Coalition ruled for sends out a rather pati Shivaji and a month till dinary people to voice their disgust total prohibition, abolition of May 14, 1987 when the third the people. Let debased term There are the labour- looked at only merit on smoking, con-integration will proceed amicably in independence. confused message to ranking and dissent. used by serious prob- touchability, ban or if they also in collective leadership take But then came the 1982 general officerthe the Fiji Military Forces, Lt. an uners for with ‘agreement’ they signed looked resolution and the village com-those distant lands”. People of Fiji lems the his campaign as Arund- flict at need by ethnic backhad great hopes at indepen- elections and the relations between Col. equivocal stand executed the before coming to Fiji on inden- ground. TheredevelopmentalGirmit alsodid not reply, but took him to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Sitiveni Rabuka, on nonviolence and hati Roy has eloquently pointed out. mittee, and was also a activities ture, cannot afford to tie down the fate Women’s Association.a am again not dence that there would with ripe fruits, village were “unanimously selected coup d’etatcountry Pacific. Theserious such as setting up I school, digging fruit gardens laden be multira- Fijians and Indians went back first lead the in the towards a We and today it means ‘indenture’ harmony. the hostel. There was several the Grama Sabha.” in Fiji). vast and complex country to sure whether they had women of all cialadjoining Chaturvedi was happy no by years to what it was during Fijians rallied behind him almost to reformation. community wells and so forth. of this among its members and of Chaturvedi also wanted one be Pushing us back into the hands These testimonies Fijian the fence, Fijians had a guards and the the whims and fancies of it to indi- races However, reconstructionwhat theto note thatno locks, no sympathetic still 1968 by elections whendo not help last man. vidual messiah as Prabhat Patnaik village temple was the “very first not a single fruit was stolen. Anna- much to be excited about Anna of Parliamentarians like Manmohan has convincingly argued. Gail project” as it was “the focal point of saheb told the dumb-struck officer Hazare, or his national Ramarajya Singh, Sharad Pawar, Raja, Suresh that mere schools cannot produce project. Obviously, Ralegan Siddhi Kalmadi, Kanimozhi and their Omvedt has rightly | August 19, devotion www.iwk.co.nz Indian Weekender diagnosed the 2011 | for the entire village.” 17 In the next article “Ralegan such moral uprightness. It was devo- model cannot and should not work at like will be a horrible and historic situation as people of India getting mistake. Siddhi: A Name for Social Meta- tion to God and high values of life the all India level. tired of democracy. S. P. Udayakumar, Ph.D., is an But the people of the country are More importantly, Muslims and morphosis” (February 15, 1987), Se- that could bring about that miracle.” In a sequel dated March 1, 1987 facing a real problem: the deadly anti-nuclear activist spearheading Dalits have expressed more serious shadri dwelt long on the importance concerns about the Anna campaign. of the village temple at the backdrop with the title “A Karma Yogi in and vehement combination of cor- action against the Koodankulam As the Dalits do not want the Con- of the Ramjanmabhumi issue that Action,” Seshadri pointed out that ruption, communalism (and cas- nuclear power project. Article courstitution, Parliament and bureau- was burning so powerfully at that this village Ramarajya had two other teism), capitalism, and colonialism. tesy: Ground Report India.

Anna Hazare has done the most important thing: he has belled the cat. That is an accomplishment by itself when nobody has turned even a leaf to do that.

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What an amazing first year it has been
DEV NADKARNI
At the very beginning of my career in journalism, my boss, editor Anant Pai – known to millions of Indians growing up anywhere in the 1970s and 1980s as the legendary ‘Uncle Pai’, the father of Indian comics who created the immortal Amar Chitra Katha series and Tinkle magazine – gave me some sage advice. “Young man,” he said. “At some point in your life you will be consumed with the ambition of starting your own publication. Remember, when God wants to destroy you, He will appear in your dreams and ask you to start a magazine.” That quote came to my lips instantly when Giri Gupta first spoke to me about his dream of starting a new publication for Indians in New Zealand. When I repeated Mr Pai’s wise words Giri said, “But I think if we are sincere of purpose and hardworking we can persuade, convince and win over God to our side, to bless us and help us achieve this dream.” It was hard not to be enthused by his optimism and strength of purpose that had a strong undercurrent of practicality and business nous. Over several meetings, which also saw useful inputs from his friend and business associate Bhav Dhillon, a game plan for publishing company Kiwi Media Group and Indian Weekender was launched in late 2008. The two men left the planning of the design and content mix entirely to the creative team that rapidly fell in place soon afterward. But they had one guiding principle that they wanted everyone in the team to be mindful of: make a conscious effort in projecting the positive side of things especially in matters relating to Kiwi Indians. While little about migrants appears in the mainstream media in New Zealand or for that matter in any country where immigrants are a comparatively new phenomenon, when it does it tends to be in a less than complimentary light. In fact, that was a subject of animated discussion at a forum that brought mainstream and ethnic m media together ther in Christchurch urch last month in h which Indian ndian Weekender participated. It was impormportant to enhance hance the feel good factor of living in ving a country far from ar home, to celebrate elebrate life as a migrant and helping in ng whatever small way in the process of assimilation. milation. This was not always ot happening in the media outlets catlets tering to Indians in ndians New Zealand. There nd seemed to be a preponderance of negative reporting in our ethnic media, which needed to be countered – that was the general consensus with which Indian Weekender began. And a year later, it has stuck by that dictum and has been widely appreciated by the community – and even honoured by the most important Indian organisation in New Zealand – for it. The economic and business analyst pundits told us that the timing for launch could not have been worse. “Wait for a year,” one said. “Just look hold on till things begin to lo up,” was the general refrain, owing to the o dark clouds of the global nancial financia meltdown had that h gathered menacingly all the menac way to the horizon with all their grim foreboding. forebodi the But th eternal optimists at Kiwi Media rightly Group right surmised only that the on direction worst period to go in the w in a recession is up – you can’t go any lower. The examples of successful launched during products launc recession are an economic re legendary iPod legion, the lege included. So we soldiered on s regardless and here we are one survived the year later, having s storm and now riding the slowly rising wave of the economic recovery. Like all start-ups the early days were fraught: hard to convince advertisers who were constantly warned by competitors not to waste money in a new publication that wouldn’t last beyond a couple of issues; logistical and administrative issues; the economic recession … the list was endless. But the wise move of quickly adding digital offerings paid off well. A full blown website followed rapidly by an iPhone, smart phone and now an iPad version, the addition of a subscriber newsletter and a state of the art free web business directory for Indian businesses went a long way in establishing the brand and making Indian Weekender the most visible and accessed Kiwi Indian multimedia brand – complete with text, graphics, audio, video and a growing list of e-business options available for delivery on a range of devices. This, accompanied by compelling content, is what has catapulted the Indian Weekender brand beyond Auckland and New Zealand. Readers in India, Fiji, Australia, the US, the UK, the Middle East and some 33 countries access our digital offering in substantial numbers that have doubled every three months since launch. None of this would have been possible without the co-operation, positive response, encouragement and the loyalty of our valued readers and advertisers, to whom our deepest thanks are due. Standing on the threshold of our second year, we would like to think God has been on our side. I haven’t the heart to call my visionary former boss Mr Pai – now living in graceful retirement in Mumbai – and tell him that his advice can sometimes be proved wrong. Not that my fine one-time mentor won’t be happy.

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The petty blacklisting of actor Amitabh Bachchan for being the brand ambassador of Gujarat exposes India’s pseudo secularists for what they really are – a bunch of intolerant demagogues.
foetus with sharp weapons. The media has not bothwere killed in the riots. It’s a full-time job staying abreast of the colourful denim because they are both made in Gujarat.” How many times have you read that Hindus too ered to question Setalvad for this horrendous lie. That remark was not far off the mark. The epithets that come spinning out of India’s political * Dumping of dead bodies into a well by rioters landscape. The latest one, “Taliban of untouchabil- Congress shouting brigade objected to Bachchan’s were killed in the Gujarat riots? Has there been one ity”, coined by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra presence at a government function in Mumbai, and – just one – story, among the thousands, about some at Naroda Patiya. * Killing of foreign nationals who were on a party workers ripped off posters of his actor son NGO setting up a camp for the families of the 254 Modi, is interesting in its sweep. visit to Gujarat and got caught in the riots. The term is the perfect label for India’s pseudo Abhishek. The controversy is likely to erupt again Hindus killed? At least I haven’t. But the Goebbelsian propaganda has worked. And that’s the crux of the matter. India’s secusecularists who are trying to brand Modi –plus on May 1 when Gujarat observes its golden jubilee. anyone and everyone associated with him – into Bachchan will be taking part in the lavish celebra- larists will be out of a job if they reveal that Hindus Many middle class Hindus were overcome with a political untouchable for his alleged failure to tions that the state government has planned, and were killed as well. For them, the riots were a revulsion after hearing stories of the riots, espeprevent the retaliatory killings of Muslims in 2002 the Congress has warned the star’s presence in the pogrom, no less. For that reason they keep talking cially the fictitious one about the pregnant woman. The liberal elite continue to associate Modi and the about Muslim deaths alone. following the murder of 57 Hindu pilgrims in celebrations will again bring him in the line of fire. To be sure, the killing of Muslims is to be con- Hindu parties with genocide and murderous acts Shrill sloganeering was a hallmark of Congress Godhra, Gujarat. This gaggle of pseudo secularists comprises politics even during M.K. Gandhi’s days, but now demned. Muslims are equal citizens of India – no they never committed. Such utter disregard for the truth is having exsundry communists, Congress leaders, fringe aca- it is totally replacing informed debate. The party more, no less. However, because of the pseudo demics, Muslim activists and sections of the media. apparently is so frustrated at Modi’s popularity in secularists’ communal tilt, the killing of Hindu tremely dangerous consequences. Several terrorThe pressure exerted by this group has been so suc- Gujarat that it is willing to blacklist the entire state. pilgrims in Godhra is being airbrushed out of the ists apprehended by the police have revealed they cessful that Modi has become a four letter word for In the eyes of India’s pseudo secularists, India’s picture. If at all Godhra is mentioned, the purvey- were motivated to create terror cells and blow up most prosperous and peaceful state is a rogue. In ors of lies coldly dismiss it as a Muslim backlash innocent people after reading about the so-called some of India’s liberals. And in tandem with Christian fundamental- fact, the Congress has declared it will be boycotting against Hindutva. The same yardstick is not applied pogroms. May 1 will reveal how far the Congress will to the Gujarat riots. Hindu fundamentalism, rather ist senators in the United States, this group has the jubilee celebrations. Lost in this haze of McCarthyism and out- than Hindu anger at Godhra, is to be blamed as per go in baiting Modi. For all you know, the Congress even managed to influence Washington to ban the coterie might well slap a ban on Amul butter. After democratically elected Indian leader from entering right lies is the real picture. Take the number of the handbook of our warped secularists. The same bunch applauding the Special Investi- all, in 1975 the same party got Kishore Kumar America. (It’s another matter that America really those killed in the riots. Initially, the pseudo secuhas no locus standi here, as it is an entirely domestic larists claimed 2000 Muslims were killed. Of late gation Team (SIT) for its marathon 10-hour grilling songs unofficially banned from All India Radio the figure has been inflated to 3000. Who knows, of Modi is ignoring the fact that the agency had in because the singer refused to perform at a Youth Indian issue.) The latest salvo by the anti-Modi nexus has 20 years from now it could snowball to a fantastic 2009 censured NGOs and foaming-at-the-mouth Congress rally. Isn’t it bizarre that we are living in an age when activist Teesta number. been Please note availabilityAmitabh Bachchan,must be issued within 3 days of booking to avoid auto-cancellation. Setalvad who campaigned for the fired at veteran actor is Limited. Tickets riot victims. The SIT told the Supreme Court that India’s greatest actor is treated like an untouchable But facts tell a different story: whose only ‘fault’ was endorsing Insurance Surcharges but not Govt Taxes (*taxes may vary for different cities and as per FX variations) *Airfares Include Fuel and Gujarat tourism. * In its issue dated 20 May 2002, India Today Setalvad invented macabre tales of wanton killings. for becoming the Brand Ambassador of an Indian The Congress, in a 21 century reprise of McCarthyIndeed, many incidents of killings and violence state, while another actor Shahrukh Khan is feted ism, has gone after the 67 year old actor, demanding weekly reported the Gujarat toll at 972. In this, India were cooked up, false charges were levelled against for saying “Pakistan is a wonderful neighbour to that Bachchan clarify what he thinks of Modi’s role Today included the 57 Hindus killed in Godhra. * In May 2002, Nagpur’s The Hitavada reported then police chief P.C. Pandey and false witnesses have”? in the 2002 riots. Even by the low standards of political dis- 936 people killed – nearly identical to India Today’s were tutored to give evidence about imaginary in- Rakesh Krishnan Simha cidents, the SIT said. It also 8 Bishop Lenihan Place, East Tamakiis a features writer at course in India, the Congress’ malice pushes the tally if you remove the Godhra figure. Unit O, found no truth in the Fairfax New Zealand. He has previously worked * In a news item dated 11 May 2005, the Indian following incidents widely publicised by the NGOs boundaries of generally accepted conduct. 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My brief brush with Husain
A tribute to artist M F Husain who died last week
SUJOY DHAR

pil Dev inducted into omen’s Reservation Ka cW icket Hall of Fame ICC Cr sed in Rajya Sabha
While 186 members voted for the passage of the bill, one member voted against it, ending a deadlock that goes back to nearly one and half decades.

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Back in the late 1980s I was an audacious student of art in Kolkata’s Birla Academy of Art and Culture. It was sheer insolence now I know, the only redeeming thought being my decision to enroll in the commercial art section. But despite the brazenness it was around that time that I got some exposure to art and artists. Those were encounters that I still treasure. One of those spin-offs of enrolling myself in Birla Academy was the opportunity to meet many famous painters from close. Husain and Paritosh Sen were few of them. We had then heard that M F Husain often walks barefoot and the tittle-tattle around me was that it was one of the many gimmicks he would use to stay in news. I was almost swayed by that opinion till I met other painters in later life and witnessed how desperate and unethical they can be for publicity and a few charitable lines or reviews. It was later that I knew that good reviews in even top publications can be purchased and some of the influential reviewers actually trade a good publicity with a complimentary painting from the painter. In retrospect, the barefoot act was Husain was unfathomable, but as time passed and I experienced the world around me with all its plurality and richness, I knew it was Husain the eternal Bohemian. I would say he was a tramp, a Charlie Chaplin, with a paintbrush. The child in him would like to gallop free like the restless blue-white-yellow-green horses of his canvas. And I know now that he did not chase controversy or cheap publicity. It was the other way round because 50% not 33% and that of his tremenv has been inducted into quota should be Dubai: India’s Kapil De d dous day-long Women’s originality. s enacted after talent, courage andinclude OBWith all their cajoling and ss) and ther Backward Cla of Fame at a ceremony hel C (O the ICC Cr icket Hall TV appearances will seeking glory could not Indian Parlia- many Indian painters BSP MP du ring the debate on . house of in Dubai at the ICC headquar ters mi was blessed a achieve what Husain nor ity,” saidwith by his artless vitality, s presented to elming major ity passed com memorative cap wa l. A candour and ar- the Bil remember one evening in lateetra Kazhagam eightay, cle casualness. I Munn David Morgan, in front n Bill on Tuesd Husain walked into Birla Academy barefoot. He was All India An na Dravida ies whendm Kapil by ICC President the lan nited) supported y ofdisarminglyark (U Clive Lloyd, as well as he wa humble and DM K) and Janata Dal of fellow Hall of Famer ation for (AIAjovial, beads of sweat on his forehead. cials and other invited 3 percent reservwondering how one can attack this man so ruthlessly for I was an audience of ICC offi the l. blies. namool ConemBohemian ways. Bil nd state asshis Meanwhile, Tri guests. ner jee association with the bers He was there around for a few days and chiefone day ta Ba gress then Mama we The Hall of Fame, run in iathat the were in an elevator together, going down to the ground floor e of ational Cr icketers’ Assoc d her par ty is upset sai Federation of Intern did nt my n’t take of the legends of from the top. He looked at me and smiled, put his hand on some voted UPA govern me tions (FICA), recog nises shoulder and then patted me. I was carrying ay intohandmade ce before illustr ious histor y. deadits all roll of con fiden game from its long and the paper and some paint brushes with all the pretenceWomen’s Reser vaof an art 9 in Chandigarh, early put ting the Born on 6 Januar y 195 student. I vaguely recall him enquiring about our classes. at the Rajya vote As n for leading India to ow tion Bill on Kapil is probably best kn I walked out of the elevator, I knew I am basking in Husain’s Cr icket World Cup while Nil,” Sabha. who had just victor y in the 1983 ICC reflected glory. I rushed home to tell my mother, the t matches and 225 ODIs rman Trinamool Cong ress, read some interesting story about his self-confessed personal Cong ress also playing in 131 Tes that spanned 16 years. ry ally of the isto largest life in a newspaper. in an international career ment, said his ODI debut for urney in the UPA govern My first experience of a Husain exhibition was on the pentThe India legend made to pas sed year, sing the 8 against Pakistan in it remember house of Tata Centre in Kolkata. I do not was oppo the India on 1 October 197 n’s Bill in Parliament by t debut came two weeks Samaj but it was more than two decades back. I went to the exhibition Wome Quetta while his Tes mit the same opposition. not drawn by Husain but by the sheerforce andof taking an ion of thought wants inclus amool later in Faisalabad agains at was a golden eyeful of the lush Kolkata maidan, the Victoriaquota in the new law. Memorial and m fro nor ity Kapil played du ring wh he the skyscrappers of Kolkata visible from the top. Women’s Reser vation The ass all-rounders. In total, per iod for world-cl The exhibition, of what I can recallBill my feelings, then tabled in of was on Monday ckets and 253 ODI t wi f the took a remarkable 434 Tes did not appeal to me and I came back with only the panoramic the Parliaory for the Upper House of ckets. wi d of it- Co res in a Test match Sonia view of my city from the top. The works- or the lack h theon ng ress-le ment, thoug Kapil’s best bowling figu display in fact killed my interest in Husain for a while. ment could not in Chennai in 1980 ern tan to her UPA gov were 11-146 against Pakis But all that changed in later years when I saw more of him the tch figu res came in the passed and discovered how original he was. I startedure voting on it and gif t ens liking his horses, while in ODIs his best ma Cr icket World Cup the nation on InICC st. histor ic the to his women and even my stray sketches adorning Billedges of group stage of the 1983 Australia. s to be my exercise books were influenced, perhaps Day. ional Women’s unwittingly, bythe Bill, who, en he took 5-43 against nat wh runs, ke it a lines. tion ter later I pro him by det ractors of abha to mahis boldlegislaMany yearsViolent met tests again at the press Kapil made 5,248 Test With the bat 27 fifties, at an five adjou rnments and conference and the premiere h only a handful, forced of Gajagamini at Metro Cinema blies. including eight centur ies red 3,783 ODI runs, the said thoug trying to of Kolkata. I was o sco histor ic step for ward,” amazed by his vitality and youthfulness. I got rough up the Ra average of 31.05. He als ofto him. jya Sabha, after more opportunity to talk mid Ansar i. 175 not out which he hit nmohan Singh earlier. irman, Vice-President Ha faith including a top score of But what Rajya cha taught me was to have g the 1983 ICC Cr icket s put to vote at theHusain’s originalityof Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rasht riya ll wa MPs against Zimbabwe du rin in oveown ways ofrs my r three hou practising a trade. Be it), aided by journal- ers, attacked painting or two oth vening after World Cup. Janata Dal (R JD sar i Husain all his life was Hall of Fame, Kapil onium. ism, originality will always survive andof the Rajya Sabha Hamid An On his induction into the an of Opposition in the chairman embodiment of that idea. In the later years controversies d. happy to have been ine, Leader was int roduce l bat said: “I am proud and around his worksfor- notminutto his barefoot ways. It got virulimit es after the Bil pen it is un did Bill and et Hall of Fame and it’s Jaitley (BJP) said murkier with the saffron forces vandalizing his works. threw The det ractors tore the lent and ependence ducted into the ICC Cr ick years of indcannot end this article without the sad crophone around. have been picked as one ter 63 But I res ation stands, papers and mi thought about amazing to think that I d of y ian cricket. nly ten percent repthe ent artist community and RJ D have alreadin announce the way fabled The SP of Kolkata responded of the greats of Ind A govern been named alongport to the ment. 2003 when Husain purportedlyrawing their suppainters lack UP “I am delighted to have the withd said most Bengal (BSP) and energy. Partystamina opposed yers of the game but for amaj side so many great pla Sabha ment. those who later luding Shiv up, the man I always Kolkata painters, including her players, incritually lam- Sena, Shiro tion Bill in the Rajya Ot me, when I was growing ce quota and more for basted former West Bengal Chief Minister(SA D) and National Conferen Buddhadeb Bhatnil Gavaskar from the aise in the looked up to was Su mani Akali Dal be tacharjee on Singur and Nandigram, went to the l. in a group CM ty. playing cricket. Now to ori ou red the bil moment I started and persuaded for m. boycott the inauguration of Husain’s cur rent him to also fav the game such as ats of he Bill in its named also alongside gre show at a city gallery. e and Wasim Ak ram ve Lloyd, Richard Hadle Cli I am curious to know about their reactions to Husain’s d. it truly fantastic,” he sai demise. rgan, who presented

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dquar ters in Dubai, was the ceremony at ICC hea the latest inductee. glowing in his praise for great player,” said “Kapil was an all-time hing. He bat ted, bowled Morgan. “He did everyt I remember the great and he was a fine fielder. ss Viv Richards in the catch he took to dismi the – he was on the run and 1983 World Cup final ssibly the most ulder, po ball came over his sho cult of catches. dif fi asu re to award this “It gives me enormous ple Kapil Dev and for mally com memorative cap to e,” ICC Cr icket Hall of Fam induct him into the he added. ance at the cap preLloyd, who was in attend t Kapil in the 1983 ICC sentation, played agains : “Kapil is a thoroughly Cr icket World Cup final o the Hall of Fame. He deserving induction int and he was a great asset was a fantastic cricketer his time at the helm. for Indian cricket du ring he e for them early on and “He set the pac rfully well – he wonde came to the fore and did and was a brilliant yed like a true champion pla leader.”

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Our complacency on animal cruelty must be shunned Why the future belongs to India
RASHMI SHENOY
cruelty to animals from time to time, which In is enough to churn stomachs and debate tears preparing for a much publicised bring in to the eyes motion ‘The future belongs to London on the of anyone with even an iota of compassion in was The latest among these India, not China’, Ithem.reminded of a conversasordid my mother. the had asked, what is dogs tion with stories was She shooting of the 33 the and puppies near Auckland. How a rate of difference between China growing at does a man barely able at 8%? I replied that the to care 10% and India to manage himself comedifferfor 33 indeed, ence was,dogs? very significant. If we were to grow Why are the perpetrators that torture these at 10% we could save twenty years. This is defenseless animals inf licting excruciating almost a generation. We could lift a whole generpain and fear? What good does this sooner. ation into the middle class twenty years do them? And then a while and then said gently, “We She thought forthere are people who abandon animals; 3,000 years provide them with sufhave waited who do not for this moment. Why ficient food or water; and do list Indian don’t we wait another twenty andthe it thegoes on. How way?” can anyone doing this have a clear conscience? understood that the cost of democShe had One dog the poor pay to strangle his dog racy is the price owner tried in the delay of their using a chain and when the dog elaboentry into the middle class. She did notwas still alive ‘Indian way’ but he poured petrol down rate the 30 minutes later, it must include taking its throat; put a dozen New Year’s Days! and a holiday on half a pillowcase in its mouth It is finally hit it with a spade. China’s amazing easy to get mesmerized by For this all he got was a year in frustrated by say a dog is progress and feel jail. And theyIndia’s chaotic a man’s best friend. The had expressed man democracy, but I think shequestion is if a the can ever be a dog’s best friend? not a man sentiments of most Indians who will Can trade ever be half as loyal to the dog as the dog off democracy for two per cent higher growth. is to its master? the ‘Indian way’, my mother In referring to meantThe a nationnews, be true to itself. that Tauthat good must however, is Democranga MP Simon us because India member’s racy comes easily to Bridges’ private has hisbill has been accepted by the government. torically ‘accumulated’ its diverse groups who It is only distinctiveness while identifying retain their hoped that it just doesn’t increase the maximum penalty has willful abuse themselves as Indian. China for ‘assimilated’ its of animals a common, years in jail Confucian people into from three homogeneous to five. It is further hoped this bill provides for annual government subsidies; grants to animal welfare organizations and makes available The media covers DAS GURCHARAN heart-rending instances of thing. Their corpothe services of Crown rate sponsors/adverprosecutors. tisers use the rights Currently SPCA Google on ‘human number society. China is a melting of China’ yielded depends on charity of abuses in daily visits to pot in which differences donate food to 13 the legal profession is 47.8 million entries inabandisappear while India to Because the Indian state is do prosecute such cases seconds! n e d / n e g l e c t e d Democracies a salad bowl in which the of torture. The their inefficient, millions of entrehave animals in exchange a safety valve - it constituents retain senfor advertising. to tence should always allows the disgruntled This identity. Hence, China has preneurs have stepped into ref lect the intensity by let offis an American site steam before slowly always been governed of but them. pain inf licted on the co-opting hey animals are a hierarchical, centralized the vacuum. When governanimals where ever animal and the sadism Both India and China state - a tradition that has they are. involved. If the govcarried into the present era ment schools fail, people start have accepted the capital2. Adopt a pet, don’t ist road to prosperity. But of ernment can provide a reform communism. buy. grant to saving a busicapitalism is Adopting a more comChina resembles foolish private schools in the slums, shelter dog, puppy, people who put their fortable in a democracy, ness corporation today. own lives at party sec- and the result is millions of whichcat, kitten, rabbit, fosters entrepreEach mayor and risk then these animals deserve neurs or whatever always naturally. A state retary has objectives relat- ‘slumdog millionaires’. You helps. Thousands it too. After all, output enterprise can never be as of ing to investment, this is animals that are not a growth, which are innovative or nimble and and country that depends cannot do this in China. adopted so heavily on animals. this is why theget euthaChinese aligned to national goals. “It’s exceed get envy nized.of While there some our private Those who time to their are shelter animals tough on really The main companies. Democracy respects property rights. goals rise quickly. serious problem in running being animal cruelty. The As both nations urbanize, peasants ineuthanized, India are a country as a business is that many people get pet shops are breedpublic’s attitude has able to sell or borrow against their land, but the left out. ing and local party hardened on this and Chinese peasants are at the mercy of feeding cute India, on the other hand, can only manage so by accommodating bosses. 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When Indian leaders ignored the Pacific Way
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PADMINI GAUNDER
Race relations in Fiji would have been different if Indian leaders had understood and respected the Pacific Way SUBHASH that the The Pacific Way was an ideology APPANA fi rst Prime Minister of Fiji, Ratu Sir Kamisese it was 5 years, but this did At recent gathering of social organiSation plantations. At that time Mara, aintroduced in the 1970s to promote renot guarantee freedom as Settlin In, I was asked by also used lovely Fiji the primary focus of the gional solidarity. This was a group ofto bring the girmitiya had to pay women to different about groups in Indian colonial administration together the talk briefly ethnic being a Fiji Fiji, The background of the his own passage back and had led their separate was so far, as which what it really meant. This livesan unexpected fell on ensuring the viyears or get a request that one nation. had to be met impromptu, but I did ability of the economy majority of Fiji Indians is that after 5after 10 years. free ticket The manage as ramble around it did reflect about 10 though Indian input in Vague to the term was the topic for a trachoice was virtually nonminutes. My input however, did in satisfy me, the sugar industry. dition of dialogue and discussion not politics, of indentured laborer – a existent. That labour-capital so I thought of writing this article and ‘conone scholar has noted. ‘Reciprocity’ for the wider Life in the plantations relationship was fraught audience. also mentioned as features of the sensus’ are modern day slave brought was one of hardship, opPacifiThere is Both arguingfeatures were distinct with oppression, exploic Way. little these that there are very pression and continuous tation and atrocities that differences between the Fiji 1960s and culmicrudely. the least undermuch in evidence in the late Indian and the Indian decision-making is perhaps over from India between are well documented Indian. Of 1970 one is bidesi and In other desi. stood institution in Fiji. “It stands in almost In 1977 the balance harassment. My lost was temporarily greatnated in the courseFiji constitution. the the late by Totaram Sanadhya That aside, the the Indian’s social experiences complete contrast to party politics asand 1916 to meet the a narrow victory over the I 1879 a social when the NFP had grandfather, whom 1960s/early 1970s Fiji leaders of the two major knew, had (1991), Ken have Fijianised Fiji, the indigenous Fijians Alliance with the Fijian Nationalist difficulty Party prolonged discussions in a ethnic groups in him to varying degrees. I can strategy, requiring Gillion resting this bed after (1962) and Tinker (1974). clearly tell from afar who is a Fiji Indian hold splitting needs punctuated with and the immigrant Indians, continued tofrom the formal, face-to-face setting, desperate manpowerthe Fijian votes, buton his victory 4am as he was expected Later works by Ahmed posture and all important the person. ceremony and protocol”. One of the most imdiscussions ongeneral style ofmatters and come of that, unlike was accidental, not planned. The Indo-Fijian to be describes in a Ali (1979), Vijay Naidu scholar, to an The gestures, the benefit of the nation. agreement for mannerisms, way of dress- portant features of this system iswhite plantations.Professor Subramani,up by 3am during girmit which he’d left ing and talking, manner of eating and drinking, in (1980) and Brij accusations are avoided short story the rising anger in the Fijian mind politics, personal Lal A Fijian scholar, Simione Durutalo who behind Party lost the (2004) also highlight the walking style, Labour all very Fijian the when the chiefly-led Allaince 50 years ago. Pay was with the Fiji etc. are Party dismissedIndian. altogether as a vulgar breach of decorum. was explode and lead There is an a pseudo male style bias even unfairness, violence noted that in Fiji, heightelection, but before it could one shilling a day for It has been further and ‘Pacific Way’ asaggressive ideology “manufacbrutality that indenture entailed. among white liberal intellectuals with the tomen and 9 pence for women. General, Ratu any violence, the Governor This was eroded tured by Fiji Indian females. This is because that ened inter-ethnic tensions during elections through ingenuous means for 28yrs until the a is help of their indigenous disciples”. Acato be made by the intense criticism loyalwhat is accepted and respected by the wider used Little iscaused of the fact that the girmitiya Sir George Cakobau, acted and appointed one shilling government under Ratu Mara. In community University of the South Pacific many of the let alone understand, the agree- minority was finally paid unadulterated in 1908. demics at the in Fiji. Anything less than that is of could not read, paramount chiefs. This was Struggle for Recognition ment that he signed to sell his life Federation considered wimpish. done by the opposition National into servitude. the next general elections, a few months later, might have been influential in the development The girmitiya realized early that he had The word whose leaders after the version The Fiji Indian’s diet has a heavy meat bias Party (NFP)girmit itself is an agoniseddeath of of the balance was restored with Fijians flocking to of the concept but to dismiss it as something understand the sahib’s language, especially that and a vegetarian white intellectuals is not founder leader, A. D. Patel, did not forced manufactured by is often seen as a “lesser” being. itsthe word “agreement” that they were under- to back to the Alliance. sign before they could and traditions. If the There is even an elevated social status attached stand Fijian sensitivitiesaccess the land of oppor- contained in legal documents, to minimize the After the 1977 experience it became clear true. exploitation and cheating topple was being subtunity that they to the issues and criticised to eating meat. Luckily this has begun to change. leaders had stuck were promised. Many thought that all that was needed to that he the Alliance Durutalo was wrong in his conclusion jected to. That became an split in the Fijian Fiji was just a on journey away! Likewise, “a who doesn’t drink is considered the governmentday’sthat basis rather than atgovernment was a small obsession that spawned that it was one pseudo ideology” because it Fiji’s Indian lawyers who almost naturally The girmitiya’s odyssey was one infested votes. With a change in NFP’s leadership, the odd while out-drinking others seen as manly. tacking the persons, a lot of ethnic tensions also served a useful purpose inispolitics as it became politicians. with vermin, disease, starvation, cramped space Indian leaders seemed to overlook the imThis is not dialogue the case with the real could have been avoided. acknowledged necessarily and co-operation to The girmitiya also the balance as they Indian even though they the have their carni- and indignity. Sanitary facilities were inadequate portance of maintainingrealized the importance Even before independence, in April 1969, accommodate the needs of also various ethnic of political representation in a hostile Fijian at best and the living deck the Fiji suffocat- made concerted efforts to dislodge the environvores It was part of nation building and inthe Alliance Party magazine,became aNation, groups. and bottle duelers. ment that was totally stacked against him. Thus ing cesspool that the after only indepenThese characteristics aside, the Fiji until tegration and Ratu Mara was successful Indian’s had pointed outof misery crux of the a few days. dominated Alliance Party from power. This, they struggled Indo-Fijian scholar Brij their The journey was “representative balance” history is unique. It Fijian nationalist moveButadroka started his is this history that has made dence questionlasteda at least 10wks on sail ships! according to thefor political rights to regainLal izzat (respect) that week from Fiji), suggestRecords show and Indians. It continued: “It the ment. Indo-Fiji and provides insights and pointers between Fijians that 412 perished in the drudgery (who was ousted lasthad been compromised when on the whats and in later years, the term ‘the of is before reaching that the Fijian community that they the not yet recognised they lived inconceivable Fiji. Caste demarcations also edthey signed had girmit and lost when the dire Unfortunately, whys of this unique category through the that awaited the Indian Fiji. died during that shared voyage as all became consequencesnarakh (hell) of girmit in commuthe wider Indian diaspora. will agree to an arrangement which would not Pacific Way’ became debased and came to The focus of dominated (in stayed behind simple jahajis. nity if the Indian the girmitiya whofact, almost assure them of being masters of their own mean History punctuality, lack of organisation lack of of the Fiji Indian after 1920 was on NFP captured the governThe their own country”. The background of to majority of Fiji Indians destiny inmain difference between slavery, which exclusively Indian) hard work, frugality and eduand putting things off the the last minute. In cation is that of indentured laborer – a modern worse To maintain the balance, and girmit, which ment. for their children as the only means to rise recent years it has come to mean much day slave was abolished by the British, Fijian political was introduced to necessary since Indians brought over from India between 1879 and 1916 predominance was replace it, was that girmit had above NFP leaders did not heed the to secure The the poverty and squalor in order timely things as Satendra Nandan notes: “Destabilistheir future. Each of these objectives trouble a fixed time education and business. It has to democratically elected government with ing ameet the desperate manpower needs of white dominated in period of bondage. In the case of Fiji, warning of Brij Lal that there would be was gloriif the Alliance government was defeated and been noted that except during heated disa few guns is increasingly the Pacific Way”. It has Weekender | February 12, 2010 | www.iwk.co.nz Indian been pointed out that the “consen- putes, such as those that followed the 1968 by- the balance was lost. Instead they went into another coalition in 1987 with the newly elections, Fijian hegemony was not asserted sus” system as a mode of indigenous Fijian

placed into the marked bins at the SPCA. 5. If you don’t have the time or interest to go to the SPCA then check out super markets was not always so. When General Reginald Dyer near fire in 1919 in Jallianwala Bagh, At least opened you that have food bins for pets.killing once a month buy any pet food on only have 379 people, Indians realised they could special and drop when they were dignity it in these bins. free from British rule. 6. All those singers, dancers or in 1989, The massacre at Tiananmen Squaresports men out 300 students were game was China’s your where there, conduct a killed, or show off Jaltalents and raise funds for this cause at least lianwala Bagh. China today may have become once a year. richer than India but the poorest Chinese yearns 7. From freedom. for the sametime to time check the wishlist on SPCA’s site - http://www.spca.org.nz/wishBecause the Indian state is inefficient, millist/info.htm you may be stepped into the lions of entrepreneurs haveable to help in some way. vacuum. When government schools fail, people 8. De-clutter at in the You may the somestart private schoolshome. slums, and findresult thing that ‘slumdog millionaires’. You cannot is millions of you can donate. do9. If youChina. retailer please set up a us to this in are a Our free society forces collection box. Donate it to an organisation of your solve our own problems, making us self-reliant. choice. Hence, the Indian way is likely to be more en10. because to all your friends and even duringSend thisthe people have scripted India’s if you don’t, someone state has crafted its success while China’syou know may do something This worries China’s leaders who ask, success. for these animals. Pass on your passion, if it is infectious. the world’s second fastest India can become There are the more issues like battery economy despitemany state, what will happen hen farming, state begins to perform? India’s when the Indian factory farm pigs, whaling, seal slaughtering and much surer, path may be slower but it ismore. and the Indian New is also more likely generous This way of lifeZealanders are very to survive.people. is Let us all Iget together would prefer it to be why when am reborn I and make this world in a better place to live in, not only for these India. animals but spokeourselves too. Support in The writer for in a debate in London the animals in support of the you can. May 2009, in whatever way motion ‘The future - Rashmi Shenoy belongs to India, not China’ works with Hewlett Packard full time as a services account manager and writes for IWK in her spare time and 2009 Published: 13/11/can be contacted via ment sue 18 - ComIndian Weekender.

What makes a Fiji Indian

Even before independence, in April 1969, the Alliance Party magazine, the Fiji Nation, had pointed out that the crux of the independence question was a “representative balance” between Fijians and Indians.

formed multiracial Fiji Labour Party to topple Ratu Mara’s Alliance government. It was a moment when “the centre could not hold” as the politics of balance governing the two communities fell apart. This destroyed the potenfi raised in religious that “a that naturally tialed through the 1970s doctrine just and fair played a central role in life at the time. multiracial democracy could be made to work This focus concluded. in Fiji”, Brij Lalcontinued among the descendents whojust and fair multiracial democracy could A built schools, temples, mosques and other places of made to work sheer only if the have been worship throughin Fiji hard work and mutual charity. Schools popped hegemony Indian leaders had accepted Fijianup in remote farming enclaves who used to for education led (as A. D. Patel had as the searchsay that Fijians to the establishment of ever bigger country are “fi rst among equals”) until the and better schools in central locations. Fiji’s more promibecame integrated with a common identity. nent schools now are Indianthe third of the foreWhen Sitiveni Rabuka, because ranking sight in sacrifi army, staged a coup officer andthe Fijice of these pioneers. in 1987 Another subtle development that was govand overthrew the democratically electedonly realized much later and erroneously seen as a sign ernment, ethnic Fijians rallied behind him inof Indian almost to the last man. This Indian support dishonesty, was the pride the was placed although Fijians were prepared to because in building/improving his own house. This was not only a status symbol, but it was share power with other groups they were notan attempt relinquish it or to subordinate themgoing “to to display one’s success – a success that was to the will of others”. selves sweeter because it was achieved amid continued adversity. independence the Fijians’ At the time of mainThe girmitiya had finally overcome narakh desire was that “Fiji should be preserved asto educate country”, Ratu Mara noted niche for a Fijian his children and carve out a in his himself In other words, they did not want Memoirs. in Fiji. He was there to stay because, after become “a toil, India of the Pacific” Fiji to all, his soul, little tears and tax had helped make the country what it marginalized in the and they did not want to be was in 1970 – a model of peace, progress and the original settlers. country where they were prosperity. The girmitiya’s role in building Fiji real only be discredited Whatever Rabuka’s can reasons might by been for carrying out the havethe devious and dishonest. coups, it was My next article will was a the plight of the the perception that therefocus onthreat to their Fiji as the indigenous coup in May 1987. rightsIndian after Fiji’s first people that made It is interesting the ethnic Fijians rally to his the majority ofthat the search for meaningful acceptance continues quite clear that repeatedly support. Today it is as the girmitiya isthe 1987 rebuked, castigated by reviled of balance. that problem was caused and the loss by a country If he still leaders had continued to follow the the Indianloves. PS. The Government by Greed series will continue after that. Fijian system of dialogue and accommodation, in other words the Pacific Way, then there would not have been a loss of balance. - Subhash Appana noted: “In 1987 Peter Thompson correctly is an academic and the political were at a wild and criticalcontained Fijians commentator. The opinions crossroads.in this article are entirely his andthey necesAs an indigenous community not had both sarily shared by any organizations he posi-be the power and the will to assert their may tionassociated with both in theyand abroad. Email in Fiji”. And assert it Fiji did. subhasha@ais.ac.nz (Padmini Gaunder’s book, ‘Education and Race Relations in Fiji’ is available for $15.00. Those interested may contact her at 0 pgaunPublished: 12/2/201 der@hotmail.com). 15

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old life as an independent nation. Call it the mass, collective lack of political nous or a widespread disdain for the political class, the fact remains that most Indians since independence have demonstrated a low degree of interest in the manner in which the successive leaders and governments they have voted to power have governed them.

the big difference was the Indian movement was completely non violent – a tribute to that same collective resilience and high tolerance temperament that seems to imbue the Indian psyche. Getting the government to agree to nearly all the demands for the long overdue anti corruption bill, which seemed a virtual impossibility all these years

begins now.” Deeply entrenched vested interests will ensure it is not all smooth sailing for the bill. Already there have been rumblings in the establishment, though no politician worth his salt will oppose the bill openly any longer – but there certainly will be ingenious attempts to thwart, delay, confuse issues and throw in a

setting the agenda for a massive clean up that has long been overdue. The developments leading to the bill including the widespread peaceful protests around the world are ample proof what people power can achieve non violently, without a single shot fired, in the truest spirit of Mahatma Gandhi.

Why the Indian diaspora despises India
RAKESH KRISHNAN SIMHA India is perhaps the only country in the world that is mostly despised by its diaspora, and the reason is New Delhi’s cavalier attitude.
Suhani Sharma, a 25-year-old woman from Fiji, is back after a long holiday in India. She had a fun-filled experience, having visited 2000-year old forts, massive temples, and prodigious IT complexes. Her verdict about the rapidly growing country: “I don’t care for India at all.” Queried about why she had such strong feelings towards the country, Suhani couldn’t give a coherent reply except that she had a disconnect with India. Aruna Nair is a 30-something communications professional from Malaysia. Last year she had a run-in with an Indian colleague when he demanded why she was constantly putting down India in front of her other colleagues. “I feel India is a disgusting place, and I’m entitled to my opinion,” she says. Interestingly, Aruna gained her bachelor’s degree in India because college quotas for ethnic Malays leave few seats for ethnic Indians and Chinese. India is the original home of around 25 million diaspora people worldwide but the parent country is increasingly seen as a villain in the eyes of its offspring. Diaspora Indians will not state this openly but the reality is they are extremely unhappy with the way India has ignored them over the past decades. Fiji is of course the classic example. Many Fijian Indians feel India looked the other way when the native islanders were trammelling over their rights. In 1987, the year of the first coup that toppled an Indian-majority government, there were rumours in Fiji that New Delhi would despatch a naval flotilla to the Pacific to help the Indian population. The non-arrival of the fleet caused considerable bitterness towards India. The reality, however, is that India was hardly in a position to help Fiji. Today, the Indian Navy is a mighty long-range force but two decades ago, it could hardly have sailed into the Pacific without being ticked off by the Americans. Still, New Delhi could have issued a threat to the Fijian government of grave long-term reprisals, which would have surely prevented violence against Indians. It could also have used the Commonwealth to safeguard its legitimate interests in Fiji. There are potential Fijis in other parts of the world such a Suriname, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean country of Suriname has a population of 500,000 of which 37 per African gangs with backing from their political leaders had decided to murder one Indian a day as a long-term strategy to reduce Indian advantage in numbers. Similarly, in Trinidad, which has ample oil and mineral resources, and is an Indian majority nation, the Africans through pressure tactics are getting most of the jobs, loans and contracts. A report by a University of Essex professor says, “Most Indians want a state in which cultural pluralism will be an accepted norm, matter where India could nothing. “We extended our full help to the fledgling Indian National Army when it was fighting the British in the 1940’s, and this is how India repays us,” says an angry Malaysian. The angst in other diaspora communities is just as deep. Perhaps the lone exception is Mauritius. Back in the 1960s, 90 per cent of its population comprising Indians and Africans was ruled by a 3 per cent French elite. It is to the credit of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that she offered full support to the Indians who were consequently able to kick out the French colonialists and establish an Indian dominated government. Indira had nerves of steel but most Indian politicians lack even a backbone, so expecting them to do anything bold is unrealistic. The passion that Indian people have for supporting the diaspora worldwide is entirely missing in the political leadership. Also, when the politicians do little for Indians in India, what is the chance they will care about Indians outside? But where the government failed, the diaspora bodies have filled the gap. In 2004, when Fiji nominated Sitiveni Rabuka, a former coup leader who later became prime minister, as its ambassador to the US, the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin campaigned against his appointment by taking up the matter with the US President, US Secretary of State and other American agencies for the rejection of the nomination. Rabuka never got the job. (About the author: Rakesh Krishnan Simha is a features writer at New Zealand’s leading media house. He has previously worked with Businessworld, India Today and Hindustan Times, and was news editor with the Financial Express.)

India is the original home of around 25 million diaspora people worldwide but the parent country is increasingly seen as a villain in the eyes of its offspring. Diaspora Indians will not state this openly but the reality is they are extremely unhappy with the way India has ignored them over the past decades.
cent are of Indian origin. Formerly known as Dutch Guyana, it is now being called “Chinese Guyana”, as more than 40,000 immigrants and thousands of illegal visitors from China have swamped the country, threatening to make it a de facto Chinese colony. New Delhi is blissfully unaware of this development. Next door in Guyana, the Indian majority enjoys some stability but the African minority with encouragement from the US, UK and Canada has been clamouring for imposing African hegemony. Declassified American papers reveal that in the sixties the CIA was planning a coup with Britain if Indian origin leader Cheddi Jagan won the elections. In 2008 when violence erupted between Africans and Indians, investigations revealed that in which they can be Guyanese or Trinidadian and Indian. Africans tend to acknowledge only one cultural standard as congruent with Guyanese or Trinidadian identity, and also do not accept the legitimacy of a continued uniquely Indian identity. The two groups share the same state, but have very different conceptions of the nation.” In Malaysia, a sizeable diaspora has seen with dismay New Delhi ignore the vicious violence unleashed by the Malaysian government against the Indian community. When peaceful Malaysian Indian pro-democracy activists of the HINDRAF were being tortured in Malaysian jails, Shashi Tharoor, who was junior Indian foreign minister and later quit after being caught in a scam, said it was an internal

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How Bollywood changed the Patriotic Quotient
A piece on patriotism in Bollywood down the decades on the occasion of India’s independence day.
Mumbai: Bollywood has been an old companion of Indian patriotism. It began with pro-British triotism no longer meant 15th August for Bollywood. It had moved beyond that. the wave that surpassed every concept of patriotism, and became a cult! It made the Gen Y cry for their country. It shook the base of our indifference. It hammered in our years- “koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota use perfect banana padta hai”. It showed with blood and reason that the youth should shoulder the responsibility to kill corruption. Director Rakeysh Mehra says Rang De Basanti had to happen because, “this was the era when escapism had seeped into cinema or real life”. Thus patriotism had been implemented to break the shackles of bias and escapism. way. It has now become a part of the psyche. rethink whether we have really done our bit?” says Sayantanee Dutta a young techie. Bollywood has truly metamorphosed into a brave new world with its ever changing concepts of patriotism. has been quite incredible in both form and content. Manoj Kumar is the man whose face Purab Aur Paschim, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Kranti had been the yardsticks of patriotism in Bollywood during the era of 1960-1980. In one of his interviews, Manoj Kumar has been quoted saying, “My countrymen are so gracious, they liked my work, my character in Upkaar and I was made Bharat Kumar from Manoj.” The melodramatic representation had won several Indian hearts. For several years patriotism had been Bollywood’s hit formula to conquer patriotism in Bollywood received a change. With Mehul Kumar’s Tiranga (1992) and J.P.Dutta’s Border (1997), Indian audience received their share of some brave patriotic conRajkumar and Nana Patekar in Tiranga and the patriotism in a brand new avatar. J.P. Dutta has been consistent in delivering Border J.P.Dutta says, “It’s a tribute to boys like my brother, who have fought this battle”. So, paThe millennium had more surfor the country no longer meant a teary eye after a

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patriotic overdose. Ashutosh Gwarikaer’s Swades (2004) breathed a new lease of life Mohan Bhargav, played by Shah Rukh Khan, became the spokesperson for the youth today. The clichéd concept of “mera bharat mahan” was questioned by the character Mohan Bhargav. Swades was a warning bell that told a harsh truth- it is time to wake up from patriotic illusions! Swades was the ripple in the water; the wave was about to follow. Rang De Basanti (2006) was

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The end of an era
Pune: Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi passed away on January 24, after being actively related with the music scenario of the country’s classical music forms for nearly quarter of a century. A Hindustani classical vocalist par-excellence, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award for his contributions to the form. He died at the age of 89 at a hospital in Pune of multiple organ failure due to old age. Born in a Kannadiga family on Feb 4, 1922, in Gadag, Dharwad district of Karnataka, Joshi was a leading light of the Keriana gharana (school) and had been a household name in India for many decades for his melodious voice. He further enriched the gharana through his distinctive individual style and adaptation of characteristics from other gharanas to create a unique vocal idiom. His rendering of the song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” on the theme of national integration is etched in the popular consciousness. For many decades, Pandit Joshi led the renaissance of Hindustani classical music with his unique style and mastery over ragas. He showed that music knows no linguistic or cultural barriers. Eldest of 16 children, Joshi displayed his love for music from an early age and participated in Bhajan singing processions with as much zeal as he the notes of the ‘azaan’. Joshi trained in the ‘guru-sishya’ (master-disciple) tradition under guru Sawaj Gandharva, who was the chief disciple of Abdul Karim Khan, who along with his cousin Abdul Waheed Khan, was the founder of the Keriana gharana. He started an annual classical musical festival called the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in memory of his guru. This festival is held in Pune every December.

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It was a recording of Abdul Karim Khan’s Thumri ‘Piya Bin Nahi Aavat Chain’ in raag Jhinjhoti that inspired Joshi to become a musician. Joshi’s first live performance was at the age of 19 and at 22, he released his debut album of devotional songs in Kannada and Hindi. Besides the classical music albums, Joshi also lent his voice to several film songs, doing playback for films such as ‘Basant Bahar’ with Manna Dey, ‘Tansen’, ‘Ankahee’ and ‘Birbal My Brother’ with Pandit Jasraj. Joshi married his cousin Sunanda Katti at an early age as per his family’s wishes. The couple that four children – two sons and two daughters. He later marred Vatsala Mudholkar and the couple had two sons and a daughter. Both his wives have predeceased Joshi. Joshi had received several awards and recognitions for his works. Besides the Bharat Ratna in 2008, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, National film award for best male playback singer, Karnataka Ratna and lifetime achievement award by Delhi government. Joshi’s death has cast a pall of gloom in the nation, especially in the music fraternity. Generations of listeners were enthralled by Joshi’s mellifluous voice, mastery of rhythm and magnificent renderings of bhajans and khayals. President of India Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Haimd Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs minister SM Krishna and Union Culture minister Kumari Selja have condoled the death of the maestro. o.

Bhimsen Joshi: A legendary voice stilled
Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, one of India’s greatest contemporary Hindustani vocalists, passed away in Pune today. Long time personal friend, biographer and former music critic of the Times of India, Mohan Nadkarni, pays this personal tribute from Auckland.
Auckland: So, Bhimanna has sung his final Bhairavi. It’s the end of an era. I am at a loss for words: what do I say, how to say. But it is perhaps good that he has finally passed on because I hear he had been suffering these past few months. There will simply not be another like him any time soon – perhaps never ever. He would have been 89 on Rathasaptami day next month [which falls on February 10]. I was seven months his junior and have known him since the early 1940s when we were just in our twenties. I first heard him in the week of his 21st birthday February 16, 1943, to be precise. For I cannot forget that radio broadcast on All India Radio, Bombay. I still remember the schedule of 3 sittings of 20 minutes each: Miyan Ki Todi in the morning (Daiya Bat Dubar); then raga Marwa (Ab Mil Aaye) at dusk; and finally, raga Puriya (Piya Gunawanta), later in the evening. Like me, whoever might have heard these radio sessions would have been left in no doubt that a brilliant star had risen on the musical horizon. Few contemporary Hindustani vocalists have come to enjoy such stupendous popularity and for so long as Bhimsenji. He was instantly popular and never have I seen a seat vacant at any auditorium in any town that I have attended. In fact, I have seen crowds spill over outside the auditoriums, people listening to his Miyan Malhar braving winds and heavy downpours, cowering under umbrellas. In the course of his incredible climb to greater and still greater heights, Bhimsenji’s approach to Khayal music has undergone many significant changes, which have evoked diverse reactions from his audiences. I am inclined to view the changes in his vocalism against the background of the qualitative changes witnessed on the wider musical scene after the attainment of India’s political freedom. Bhimsenji’s great musical moments are unforgettable. Indeed, at such moments he revealed a rare genius – when the spirit seized him in his creative ecstasy. Behind the powerful voice, amazing breathcontrol, fine musical sensibility and an unwavering grasp of the fundamentals lies something that could only be termed sui generis. The observation made by the celebrated author E.M. Forster comes to mind in this context. To him, music was of two types: One, that reminded him of something, and the other, “music itself”. Bhimsenji symbolises the latter type – he is music itself. In this sense, I place him in the brilliant galaxy of some of the all-time greats whom I have heard for the last five decades and more, and who, too, evoked an identical reaction in me. Most of them, alas, have passed into oblivion. And now Bhimanna has joined them. This is equally true of the widening singing repertoire strictly outside the Hindustani traditional fare- like his “Sant Vani” in Marathi, Kannada, Hindi; the Marathi stage hits; his playback singing, and his scoring music for Marathi stage presentations. Over the decades, I have written countless articles about him, reviewed dozens of his concerts throughout India and written notes on his long play records, cassettes and CDs. Over that time our musical acquaintance matured into personal friendship, close enough to be on abusing terms! I wrote his biography at his request just after he turned 60. That book has run into several editions over the years and has been translated into several Indian languages. I last wrote about him recently when he was conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award. One of his most enduring images in the Indian mass media would have to be his appearance in the celebrated Doordarshan feature, “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”, devised to promote national integration. It deservedly earned him incredible acclaim. His impassioned utterance, the complete identification of the man with his music is what made Bhimsenji Joshi the unrivalled Hindustani vocalist of our time. Bhimsenji was a man who loved and lived his life with all his romance and intensity and one who sought to reflect it so eloquently in his music – be it classical, light classical, devotional or the popular variety, like the Doordarshan number. May God give his family, his large musical family and his millions of fans around the world the strength and the courage to bear this irreplacable loss. I will try to replay that 1943 All India Radio concert in my mind as I have done many times over the years. Only, this time in the knowledge that hs is no longer amongst us. Rest in peace, Bhimanna.
Mohan Nadkarni has been the music, theatre and art critic of the Times of India for over 55 years. He is a renowned musicologist and has written several books including the biography of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, published by Harper Collins (London), which is in its fifth edition and still a fast seller on Amazon.com. The government of India and the state government of Karnataka have conferred several awards on him. Now 88, he lives in Auckland.

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Fiji’s Constitution in place by 2013 – Bainimarama
Fiji’s new Constitution will be place by September 2013, says Fijian leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. He assured world leaders in New York last week that the new Constitution will be the result of extensive public consultations. “This will give the people of Fiji, a year to become familiar with its provisions before elections in September 2014,” he said. “Fiji has had a colonial history which created many anomalies and inequalities, the legacy of which resonates today. Consequently and of the making of the politicians, our post-colonial period has been punctuated with political instability. “On each occasion that a new government is voted into power, the old elite which benefited financially from the previous established government has been able to successfully destabilize the government and to replace it with its own supporters and representatives.” Commodore Bainimarama told the United Nations General Assembly. As a result, he said the Pacific Island nation has suffered for more than 20 years from mismanagement, corruption and nepotism. “This was because those institutions of the State which were supposed to protect democracy and democratic values, instead colluded with the elite, to destabilize and replace the new government. “Our infrastructure, our judicial system, and our systems of accountability have all remained under- developed and unproductive,” he said. “Many of our finest brains have left the country because they could see no future in a country governed by ethno-nationalism, corruption and greed. In order to ensure that democracy has a real chance of survival in Fiji’s future, serious, and principled reforms must be implemented to build roads, institutions and values. - www.pacificbusinessonline.com

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big powers of the South Pacific needed to stop ethics requirements. hotel restaurant, he was again were taken in by the authorities in the capital at trying to dictate its future. “When it comes to reportcalled to report to the Informaaround mid-day today (13th April). They had the right to disagree, he said, but ing fairly on politics, journalists tion Ministry. When he did, his All three were called up by Ministry of Infor“that does not give them the right to interfere were severely restricted by the phones and hired vehicle key mation officials and told to report to the Ministry with our efforts to build a better country for most recent directive from the were seized and he was told to headquarters. When they did, they were told that our people”. government,” the Fiji has reprepare to travel to Nadi. Immigration officers would escort them to the Meanwhile, the CommonwealthSun asked Nadi: Fiji national carrier Air Pacific managing ported to lift the country’s state An Australian High announced it will introNadi International Airport for their flights home. director John Campbell hasComMr Bainimarama Lomas as saying. duce a newDorney said that when he was sum-Honolulu starting in September. The flight will begin mission consular officer later Earlier, service between Apia, Samoa and of emergency The show Times publisher to and Fiji his willingness operation the Information Ministry at 737-800 turned up at the ministry new Anne Fussell, editor in chief moned to on September 11 with Boeing around aircraft. Mr Campbell said theto flight will add a resume a fully inclusive political dialogue. third today, he was told service and will make Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has Netani Rika and company deliver to Dorney his luggage 10am weekly Apia-Nadithat the government was travel throughout the South Pacific easier. “For with his reporting of the political crisis. more affordable also told lawyer Richard Naidu were including his States will now unhappy Samoans, access to Honolulu and the mainland United television equip- be dePoRted: Sean Dorney, Mr Bainimarama his government’s plans and convenient,” would have to be deported. Apia the extension to PINA President Joseph Ealedona of Papua summoned before holding of He was also told hehe said. “Air Pacific’s flights to ment. have been successful and veteran Pacific correspon- to wait five years beforeMinistry elections could Information permanent Common- New Guinea says the actions are deplorable and not be supported by the secreHonolulu isthen allowed to both businesshotel leisure travelers. “We have a authori- dent Also this afternoon, substantial presence in the He was important for return to his and to an indication of a desperate regime that have no tary Major Neumi Leweni on ties called in Fiji pack his belongings and wait for Immigrationour services to Samoa.”Sun’s publisher region and are happy to be able to increase ofrespect for the rule of law and democracy. Peter Lomas and senior journalist c Voyagers Class. Sunday to explain the blank spaces on the pages ficials. new service will have eight seats in Tabua Business Class and 152 in PacifiMaika Bolatiki. The 10 www.pacificbusinessonline.com It’s believed the meeting was to do with the news“At the hotel I received Samoa serves same The route between Fiji and a call from theas an important link for government, business and students, that were left in protest to the government’s cenas well as serving the tourism industry in the Pacific Islands. Mr Campbell added the northbound schedule for the new flights provides excellent connections from Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Tongad: 17/4/2009The southbound flights will provide easy conPublishe and Suva. nections back to Suva. Air PacificIssue 3 - Fiji non-stop flights from Nadi to Apia on Sundays and also operates Tuesdays and from Nadi to Honolulu on Sundays. www.pacificbusinessonline.com 54 Indian Weekender | May 11, 2012 | www.iwk.co.nz

Suva: Fiji’s economic performance is linked to the tourism industry, ANZ Bank’s general manager for Fiji Robert Bell said. Tourism was an important foreign exchange earner for Fiji, which contributes to foreign reserves. Mr Bell made the comments while handing over a cheque to the Tourism Forum organising committee. He said it was also one of the largest employers and developers for local staff. Fiji’s President Ratu Josefahave also proven to be very resourceful and resilient despite difficult local “The current operators Iloilovatu Uluivuda abrogated the 1997 Constitution following the he said. “ANZ through its tourism specialist team has and global conditions over the last three years,” ruling by the Court of Appeal last week that around the Pacific. been a long term supporter of tourism in Fiji and the “Tourism will remain one of the key ANZ focus going forward.” ANZ Bank became the major interim government headed by Commodore Bainimarama, whichTourism appointed in 2007, on August 14 at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort sponsor for the Fiji he had Forum to be held was unlawful. The court also ruled that the dis& Spa. missal Bell said ANZ believed significant growth could come from further tourism development and Mr of the previous Laisenia Qarase government in theForum planning of December 2006 Damend Gounder said that this years’ Forum was marketing. military action committee chairman was also illegal. important of recent times as the industry had to discuss and determine strategies probably the most for Following the ruling, Bainimarama stepped environment. a very challenging economic and competitive down from the post of interim Prime Minister within our source markets, however, as the industry “Destination Fiji still maintains its flavour – but only briefly. But only a day later, he was looks for consolidation and growth the leaders within the tourism industry will need to suggest new back as the caretaker Prime Minister after being ways of moving forward,” he said. sworn in by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo at the Meanwhile, Tourism Fiji in co-operation with the Fiji Islands Backpackers Association has deGovernment House in Suva. clared August as used his powers to appoint the The President Backpackers/Flashpackers Month. This initiative will be supported by extensive advertising and minister under decree. Later in caretaker prime promotion in key markets Australia and New Zealand. the Air Pacific will take swore in the new careday President Iloilo part with attractive airfares for this growing youth market. The recent 20% devaluation of Fiji dollars provides a unique opportunity to encourage tourists to the Pacific’s most taker Cabinet ministers. popular destination. As well as abrogating the 1997 Constitution, the President revoked all judicial appointments www.pacificbusinessonline.com/ South-pacific.travel and appointed himselfishethe head of State in rePubl as d: 7/8/2009 of the 1997 Constitution and the revocation of all the court ruling that his 2006 military action in sponse to the political vacuum that was created Issue 11 - Fiji appointments to the country’s judiciary, under which he took over the governance of the country following the court’s decision. what is broadly known as the New Legal Order. after ousting democratically elected Prime MinMeanwhile President Iloilo declared a 30-day The decree stated that until a Parliament ister Laisenia Qarase’s SDL government was state of emergency, limiting freedom of speech is elected in accordance with a Constitution unlawful. and giving police extended powers. “Various reviews are being made and we Suva: Cutbacks made to that Bainimayet to be adopted, the President will have the Gazettes were released containing PresidenThe move effectively ensuresthe faculty and should know brought into the the abrogation units at control over of the South Pacifi power: rama retains the Universitythe country despite c tial decrees thatas a result of law reviews, what (USP) have enabled the institution to save further changes are needed,” he said. The international community needs to be The academic said there were plans to $5.4million (US$2..6 million), reports Fiji patient while Fiji tries to resolve its problems, make major changes to our academic proTimes. the country’s Prime Minister told the United USP vice-chancellor Professor Rajesh grams, converting them to credit points, Nations General Assembly last week. Chandra said the strategy has been helpful sharing more common courses, introducIn his address to world leaders, Frank because the university ended the year with an ing four new generic courses, changing the Bainimarama said that international critics names of some programs and put more emoperational surplus. of his regime needed to show patience as poHe said he was hoping to have an opera- phasis on flexible learning and teaching. litical and constitutional reforms were intro“The university now has a new strategic tional surplus of about $6million (US$2.9 duced to overcome years of “mismanagement, corruption and nepotism”. plan. million) this year. paper’s frontBainimaramatoday the abrogation of the Overseas journalists covering Fiji’s political crisis Mr page story said in which Lomas “As part of who wanted to know whether “The approach taken has been to ensure ministry official that, significant improvements announced that the paper in Mayno longer publish would agree to return home voluntarily,” of havethat there are fundamental changes to our I are being made to improve the qualitysaid been deported as the military-led regime Fijian constitution would this year had been political stories, be they favourable or not favourtightened its control on the island’s besiegedthat the Dorney. “But I told them through better here to a necessary step to fill a legal vacuum created learning and teaching that I was sent facilistructure, process and activities so news by an earlier court ruling. able to the new government. media. ties. university becomes more sustainable for the cover the event and I would not return voluntariIn its Without naming today, Zealand had Austrapage one story New Lomas or said ly.” ABC Television journalist and veteran Pacific “The USP bandwidth, for instance is future,” said Professor Chandra. lia, he said that in the current situation, that Fiji’s neighbours had shown At around 1.30pm just as commentator Sean Dorney, together with a televiHe said the university would continue to being increased,” said Professor Chandra. a “surprising lack of understanding and disjournalists could not meet the Dorney sat down for lunch with sion crew -- reporter Sia Aston and cameraman www.pacifi the reform its systems and process. regard” of his country’s Council’s and that the Fiji Media situation code of some local colleagues atcbusinessonline.com Matt Smith -- from Auckland’s TV 3 network

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- to appoint a Prime Minister by decree; - appoint other ministers on the advice of the Prime Minister; - make laws for the peace, order and good government of Fiji by decree in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and - to exercise the executive authority of Fiji which is hereby vested in the President. The Public Emergency Regulations 2009 was also published, giving the police and military widespread powers for maintaining public safety. The regulation governs the conduct of public meetings, movement of persons, and control of arms and possession of offensive weapons, among other things. The self-appointed Head of State has mandated that the “soon to be appointed interim government will prepare the country for true democratic elections in September 2014, at the latest.” This is bound to raise hackles of western countries and the Pacific Islands Forum that have been pressing for elections to be held by the end of this year. Fiji had earlier ished: 2/10/200given been Publ this yearfor 9 an ultimatum to come up with a plan ji elections 15 - Fi Issue by May 1. The developments of the past two days have drawn widespread international condemnation. www.pacificbusinessonline.com

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wealth. Fijilive.com reported that the message was relayed at a meeting on the sideline of last week’s United Nations General Assembly. Mr Sharma said the Commonwealth was ready to support a national dialogue in Fiji. He said it was also open to re-engaging with Mr Bainimarama’s administration, on the basis of Commonwealth principles. The meeting follows a visit to Fiji earlier sorship of newsthe Sharma’s Special Representhis month by that had officials placed in the media outlets’ newsrooms. tative for Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves. The second suspended from the CommonFiji was page of Fiji’s Sunday Times was wealth at the beginning of this month. blank apart from an advertisement and a notice in The type in the middle of which came to bold blackBainimarama regime, the page saying: power in a on this 2006, has been be published “The stories coup in page could not under international Government restrictions”. Page with because of pressure to hold early elections, Three ofthe paper had six blank spots with similar mesthe latest move being the Commonwealth ministerial action group’s push to have Fiji sages while the cartoon was also censored - so its excluded from spot was blank too.next year’s Commonwealth Games. It now appears that like the Fiji Sun, the Fiji Mr Bainimarama, however, is sticking to a Times have also refused toconstitution by Sepplan to introduce a new publish any political stories. National television, Fiji One, afterreporttember 2013 with elections a year has that. edly doneof the long timetable did not appreciCritics the same. Meanwhile, the Pacific Islands News Assoate Fiji’s “peculiar” history, he told the UN. ciation (PINA) has called on the new at “what He also expressed disappointment Fiji Government to “leaveunilateral decision on the part appears to be a the media alone to continue to of the United Nations to debar our country perform its role of information dissemination to from any new and the region.” the people of Fijipeacekeeping operations”.

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Media outlets could be fined up to $F500,000 ( $344,000) and individual journalists up to $F100,000 ($69,000) and be jailed for up to five years if they failed to comply with the decree’s dictates. Offences included such “crimes” as criticising the government and even failing to run bylines, Mr Pankhurst said. Foreign media ownership was also restricted. Officers were empowered to enter newsrooms and seize any notes, documents, or equipment. “Soldiers overseeing the media is a characteristic of a dictatorship,” Mr Pankhurst said. “There doesn’t seem to be any reasoning with an increasingly unsavoury regime that deserves to be isolated and condemned. “Far from restoring democracy, it is heading in the opposite direction.” Mr Pankhurst said the Media Freedom Committee would continue to offer whatever support it could to colleagues working in increasingly difficult circumstances. The Fiji Times reported that the head of the Fijian justice and communication ministries Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum said censorship of the media would end once the Media Industry Development Decree 2010 was in place, though a former publisher of the Fiji Sun newspaper said the media decree was worse than expected. Russell Hunter, the first of three Australian publishers to be deported in 2008, said Fiji’s media had already suffered in the past year from the censorship rules imposed under the public emergency regulations. He said the industry would not survive if the planned Media Industry Development Authority went ahead. “There is no possibility whereby journalists can dispute or challenge decisions of this body. It is very clear that is cannot be challenged in court, criminal or civil.” –Fiji Times, NZ Herald, IW Online

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The Fiji Times Limited will not immediately comment on the contents of the draft Media Industry Development Decree, which is asking for radical restrictions on the freedom of the media in the country. Managing director Anne Fussell said: “It would be premature to make any comment on what action Fiji Times Ltd will be taking in response to the proposals in the draft Media Industry Development Decree particularly as we have been informed that all the points raised at the meeting by the various people and organisations who attended will now be taken into consideration. “The document raised some critical commercial issues for us that need very careful consideration. Today (yesterday), at the discussions, we made representation on some of those issues and offered alternatives. We hope those proposed changes will be adopted,” she said. “Our company has had a very long association with Fiji and we remain 100 per cent behind the country and its people.” In New Zealand, acting Prime Minister Bill English said the Government would be concerned if there was a crackdown on the Fijian media and was seeking more information. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama yesterday issued a new media decree which Newspaper Publishers’ Association chief executive and New Zealand Media Freedom Committee secretary Tim Pankhurst described as “highly oppressive”. It was clearly aimed at totally muzzling an already repressed media, he told the New Zealand Herald. “We would be concerned about a media crackdown in Fiji... it does look a bit consistent with how the regime does business, but we would like to get a clearer idea of what they have actually decided before we make too much more comment,” Mr English said. Mr Pankhurst said the regime was cementing in place emergency regulations imposed a year ago that have seen censors installed in newsrooms.

Media outlets could be fined up to $F500,000 ($344,000) and individual journalists up to $F100,000 ($69,000) and be jailed for up to five years if they failed to comply with the decree’s dictates.

Suva: The president of the Fiji Law Society says a government decree giving coup leaders immunity from prosecution shows those in power think they’re above the law, reports Radio New Zealand International. 11/2011 The decree gives total immunity to all involved with the coups in 2000 and 2006. Published: 4/ The AvInesh GopAl, FIjI TIm Naidu, says it could be in response to a failed bid - Fiji head of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Issue 64 by es the military to challenge a court decision awarding compensation to a man who was tortured during Suva: In Fiji, a billiondollar mine the coup in 2000. is expected to star ope rati “This decree basicallyt does awayand all actions, or all events that may have oocured, or that producing gold and cop ng with per or any may beNamosi highlands a tribunal in the body which would be seeking any form of damages, combefore a court or within fou r pensation, or any claim against theyears. regime.” The Namosi Joint Venture present Mr is expected the generate an mine Naidu said to decree makes a mockery of the regime’s claim that the judiciary is independent annual income of FJ$1 billion Meanwhile, Samoa’s prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has criticised the Fijian ad[US$544.4 millionfor the cur ren decree granting itself immunity from prosecution. ministration ] at it passing taworld market Mrprice of gold and copper. Tuilaepa has told the Savali newspaper that the move by the administration d by Commodore Per manent secretary for Frank Bainimaram is an admission ofds Lan guilt and is straight out of an aspiring dictator’s rulebook. and The FijiMineral Resources applies to a list of so-called political events of the last decade, includimmunity decree Filimone Kau said, "Hopef ully, the company ing the coups of 2000 and 2006 and the incomplete probe of the extra-judicial killings in the aftershould be math by the e able to get its mining lease of Jun 2000 mutiny. next year. Mr Tuilaepa said the decree was predictable as the regime is digging in for the long haul after it "The company will be did away st in the constitution ready to and sacked the judiciary. inve with buildin

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g infrastr uctu re and mine developmen ts costing about FJ$1 billion. We are looking resolve it and the Ministr y of Lands at Namosi and also continu "We are setting up a governing work and Mineral Resources is playing a men on a feasibility study, the t task force, which is brin viability of facilitating role to ensure all grievging in all stakeholders to be the business, model of the par t of the mine and ances are resolved. We have orga- dial environ mental issues." nized a It said the immunity apply to a we Suva: Fiji’s President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, meeting this week to look at willogue becauselist want to make it some issu of prescribed political right starting with has Kau said landowners were full - immunity es raised by the landown- events, as a lot is at stake. issued a decree giving con tinuing talks with the com "We want to do ers and the company." pany for to those involved with the 2006 coup, and what it calls the purported civilian takeoverit properly and, hopefully, lessons from access Kau of the government ernin us that also ies.to land for exploration the attempted said as far as the govin Maytell 2000 and the at- those places for the coup in 2000 and and stud Nam men tempted , the min the wor thwhile, viabbarmutiny erethe Fiji army barracks that was t was concer nedmutiny atistr y Queen Elizabeth osi turns out to be a year. "Th at is also the com le and well-thought the sector ministr y in disThe ent, but dated 22pensation statession keyracks later that year. decree, March, cus that out project. agreem right now discuss on the exploration and tranIt said the absolute and unconditional immunity will into sions are only limited "If all cover the sition be the mining stat immunity will also goes well, then the mine to government e. take-over in should and the rating and 2006, be ope abroirrevocably loratory wor negotiations on exp granted to He said lessons have bee k. It's both produc n lear nt ing gold and copper and the Fiji’s leader Commodore Frank Baini- Vatgation of the constitution. by late 2014 or early 2015. ukoula mine and others land area from the As forecast by led by involved his predecessor, Jona The man marama, for exploratory works Senilagakali, ific that the 2000 coup perpetrators, the company, it will be in the Pac is agement a FJ$1 billion 72,352 hectares.president Ratu Josefa Iloilo, nee retu rn and a former There are hiccups of mining George be coordin also gave themselves im-annually with ds to Speight, ated reg but Commodore here and there but we are the 1997 constitu- ade who last year abrogatedtrying to with a bro munity for on of actions ards to the gold and copper price r par ticipati their the now." govern ment. Bainimarama later reneged on the deal and tion.

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Suva: The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s (FBC) News director says proposed fines in the draft Media Decree could put most media organisations in the country out of business. The breaching of proposed content regulations could lead to organisations being fi ned up to half a million Fiji dollars or fines of up to $100,000 (US$52,000) and up to five years in jail for publishers, editors or journalists. Stanley Simpson said they are urging the government to make the fines and imprisonment PADMINI GAUNDER provisions less harsh. Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau was the second highest chief in Fiji at the time of independence, coming after Ratu Sir George Cakobau, the Vunivalu of Bau, who was the highest in the traditional hierarchy. They were two of the four leading paramount chiefs, popularly known as the ‘big four’, after the death in 1958 of Suva: Preparations put into training for the Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna who had been the undisputed Common-wealth Games will not go two were leader of Fiji from the 1920s. The otherto waste, the Fiji Times reports. Ratu Sir Edward Cakobau and Ratu Sir Kamisese Fiji Association of Sports and National Mara. Olympic Committee president Vidhya Lakhan Ratu Penaia, there was theSukuna, hadGames like Ratu 2011 Pacific distintold Fiji Times guished himself work towards. administrator. In as a soldier and in Noumea to recognition of his abilities the colonial administraThe Court of Arbitration for Sport had reintion had made ban from the local to be the Secretary forced Fiji’s him the first 2010 New Delhi Comfor Fijian Affairs. After independence hedismissing monwealth Games in October after became the Deputy Prime Minister and in 1982, on the retireits appeal. ment The CAS ruling against the FASANOC was of Ratu Sir George Cakobau, he became the second local Governor General. announced a fortnight ago. I first met Ratu Penaia in 1986 at aFederation The Commonwealth Games function in Vatukoula Fiji when its membership in the Com- are available for our athletes.” including expensive because of the hard work of the immigrant Indians. realised the mistake their leaders had made in not cobanned where he had been invited to crown the in most families, sharing things, imposition by a regime with no democratic legiticlosure under the new rules. The chiefs to Australia’s uncharity queen.was suspended. Pacificbusinessonline.com monwealth After the progremme, we were intro- clothes. Most of the-high chiefs were close blood rela- According were therefore pragmatic enough tomacy”. operating with the chiefly leadership, especially the 20 in derstand the importance ofDepartment of other leadership of Ratu Mara, who was the most moderaccommodating ducedHowever,Penaia and who has a delightful and tives. They also intermarried and were connected Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the erosion of to Ratu Lakhan, we spent been fighting - Pacificbusinessonlione.com hard to get Fiji to compete in India, said heard many ways. ethnic groups, even when they were feeling empathy ate among all the high chiefs. memorable half an hour with him. When he there As Peter Thomson noted the Fijians were Inda Weeken at ian In 1987 after the first military coup in Fiji I often for the nationalists. my daughter was studying in Canberra, Ratu Penaia wild and critical | www.iwk.co.nz After the 1987 coup the economy of the country| April 16, 2010 crossroads in 1987. “As an indigrecalled his visit to Canberra and described how the remembered that evening with Ratu Penaia. Indian 20 Indian Weekender Fijian community there got together and prepared a leaders in Fiji were condemning Ratu Mara and went down the drain necessitating the devaluation enous community they had both the power and the traditional Fijian welcome for him complete with a praising and trying to rally around Ratu Penaia. If of the Fiji dollar by almost fifty percent. The SVT will to assert their position in Fiji”. And assert it they only they knew how close all the paramount chiefs government (1992-1999) and the SDL government did to the shock of the Indian community who had yaqona ceremony. We talked of the weather in Canberra, how cold were! There may have been occasional bickering as (2001-2006) led by Fijian commoners followed poli- not understood the way the Fijians felt.

“Weaving Drea C/3o010 munity Gro m Fiji Media call to soften penalties in Published: 12 /2 e 25 - Fiji Fiji’s Ganilau Memories of Ratu Sir Penaia administration toIssustrangle proposed Media Decree press freedom: DFAT How Indians misread theFFijianxchiefly ods iji to ta “fatty” foethos
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It would have been in the best interests of the Indians and other ethnic groups in Fiji to support the chiefly leadership until democracy took firm root in the country. This was something the Indians failed to understand, much to their later regret.

It extends the immunity from criminal or civil prosecution to members of the military, police and prison service, and all others acting under official orders. The decree said, however, that those who have already been found guilty of crimes will not be given immunity.

had them arrested. The 1987 coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, had his immunity enshrined in the constitution. Pacnews/ Radio New Zealand International

Suva: represe from d Beijing series discuss world. Fiji’ tion Pe Smith-J the sem Par ti ideas on mation t time ens torted, when it r Accor seminar Fiji to a but at the challenge ing count “Deve from each tive effort “We co lenges but solutions. thing that ment emph of Informa in Fiji can c China’s ment for th tion office d told par tic

Games plan still on track for Fiji

FRIEN D is on the right track in its munities, sa approach for Social Pro tection of big suppor te com munities‘ says an inte rnation- he feels that al development profess ional. In there is som his key note add ress at FRI He said they’ve made it clear to the Attorney EN D‘s formal educ annual DESI conference General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum their concern , Profes- that com mu sor Frank Ellis of UK said that the Decree’s provisions could be misused that the of the ways simple defi which this against media outlets in future. Canberra: Fiji’s administration have unveiled plans media freedom by Fiji administration nition oftook new buzz says FRIEN word in the,Developmen t world is program is matter ctin “They may be well intentioned now but what Lasta month Fiji’son the media in which journalists power in a 2006 coup, is a ―proteof concern. for crackdown Health re g people from Min Pac fined will it be like in the future in an environment issued be jailed for fivegyears and newspapersific leaders “We are among could another war nin to theistr y were concerned with reports that . . . the falling only teaches into extreme na- several of their wor ld counter par ts where there are political parties involved? How tion’s food manufacturers to reduce $F500,000 (US$259,000) for inaccurately report- interim government is attempting.to censor media poverty it could be used by governments or opposition sugarnews an Australian government when they com mit ted last month. to that prohibit freporting that is ing and salt content in pack- agency says organisations . . Pro Ellis aged foo“good taste and decency”. taking action on the rapid growth or national interest,” a DFAT ds. The second war nin says while parties at the time to get at the media and basioffends g of obesity-rel against the public was Draft rules the adm this week would estab- ated illnesses said. issued after unveiled poor com muspokesman at the cally frustrate us or divert us from reporting in inis fou that the earlierbut they all thought ted Nations Gen hegemony which affected it public winter. Which is when Ratu Penaia remi- ndinpowerful newwar nin tration Unisimilarly when iteral cies for maintaining Fijianhave Assembly nities Australian Press the gets in interests. lish a any family agency went g k. unheeded. to Fiji and the Fijian rights.in New Yorpriority of investor confiCouncil executive secredence. ilar prob- chiefly leaders who The main nisced about a time when there was only -PNSover- came seize any docuone sim Unlike the that could Meanwhile, Fiji’s Health paramount Neil who became national leadersNational Foodwhat would in mant the country these nonMin lems benefi y looked at coat – shared by ‘several of us’. He did not specify the from ister chiefs, rma and Sha tary Jack Herman said the ments the Nut ritio said at independence,media, oth chieflg leaders won marked another step grassroots support of the had always the making n sure tre who they were who shared the coat and we did not the ministr y had approached the been more gen Centhatis focusiny on decreeerthecounforce editors and journalfood industr y to reformu eral message “Choose trie late country and Prepar becomFijians by following s, Fiji administration ask him either but took it to mean the high chiefs. He l Fijidisclose confidential re- rather thaneit food by e x policies, which discriminated in the Fijian is ists to products a Fijianand labe their remainedadd and t favour of the said when it was time for any of them to go abroad lth ministr force theing that the less salt, sugar, fat and drin ks withthe Fijians. r e mthe yfreedom of to luck y inhibit e l sources, and is hea ing a ‘little Indiamedia Pacific’ as one writer had oil”, whiof y Trans chieflFiji’s journalists. y hav leadership to from the beginning rethey would start looking for the overcoat. Then they Trapredicted. targeting dic- fat is one of the 10 key messages Thech (orto publishy statements ns fatt acids) produc in the e a followed this would have to work out who it was that went abroad s – bymajor chiefly uto ed food whod were mainly in nes for Fiji. if theyThroughway discriminatory poliitem tated a The agency. elitetoof Fiji Foo and Health Guideli alised that the contrib r non of life whesuch decree, re were and get in touch with him to locate the at. Once a condition com Disputes of ase would help last still a number of possibilities to look overcoat. mucontrol disethe scountry after independence, while incies the country peopleputting soldiers in a hundred nicable involving the and by go back more than wea (NCDs) in nati “Our had a good laugh Delhi are continuing theagency’s as wel ensure that the Fijians were in no way more lthy even though theywas attemptntry powers the rest of We preparations for and wondered how times couwanting tol aswould be the lent ons, obesity is now years.vaeach newsrooms, it did not articulate such pre So oth in until we have the opportunity to study the happenedific marginalised, were prepared to sharepoorer nations because of the openly to How erthe news by that were out. control r ing they followed policies diverted from Fiji’s power with the had changed. We don’t know if it really CAS Pac Island countries. courts eve runaway growth in cheap concerns decision in detail,” Lakhan said. This special tribunaladm week races for the progress of the country. That is processed, the Fijian where trahe dids not is said. need to explain intimidation, feel to or Ratu Penaia was spinning a yarn to entertaintion a other us. inis packaged foods laden wit progressive. They say it he the went a step further. It has “In the event the Delhi Games door is closed, htheseand important to salt policies as Opposition system was strong and foreign normal they of evidence con the chiefly Perhaps it was something that happened between why rules supported the Alliance government’s polithen the preparations for Delhi, I am hoping, firmed that it plans to impose a “fat sugar. have more affairs the decisions made would not apply. the cies of ng a couple of them which he exaggerated to make it – somethimultiracialism even though manyof lifestylin disease Fijians accepted spokeswoman Julie by their A slew of them e tax” will be rolled over to preparations for Noumea than s inwhicontained nch Bishopone way thelive- lihood and lear ning is par said of decree sound like our contingent will number close to dinaviaThe scheme isDen the Scathe cluding obesity Fijian chiefs. n nati ways agreed with t diversification a way of 2011, wheresomething that regularly happened among asome onmedia industryhas sentiments of the have reached epimar demic pro They s all of was designed in the best gener- sim alrein Nationalist leader, k ady draft been ce all in 27 sports. them. His intention was clearly to done. But the Fijian Sakeasi Butadroka. por tionnever aroundSo it would haveresilientoiscrush freeinterests of ple message (several) of ating the 500 against speech ethnic groups the development d him. that wanted they could region – fact acdecree they istration condemned that If admin- Pacific Islands have si- a the Indians and other and entrench torisks in the munities ha com support amuse yet and make us feel at home in his company has clarifie futu re. its own tax knowledge “As us we have not received any reasons such regime. “I would ld be also on from the media companiesd by glob Sir until Secretary for to in lenced and CAS which according to them to him. wouwouldbas prevent foreignbeginning, especially Ratu al dev chiefly expect the Rudd governmentDevelop dut y of from we thoroughly enjoyed listeningwill be for-parame News edhimfood ingredient Theanisations. The step upelopmentleadership First democracy took firm root could planting org Australian) its exas also situatio the calls for Fiji to thold elections without failed to necessa (publisher Viti (King of men Cooperation Mr Tui of But the in due course,” would even ters notLimited rily thesame acerbated Fiji). warded to us very fact that hehe said. mention it as those George Cakobau, the10 per cent of individual e delay.” n iscountry. This was something the IndiansGill in their bac plant Tim becaus of the lack of of from Den mark – local and rewas only his reflections from his of The more than as a joke showed the close relationship among all of realowning chiefly leaders, however, are resothat Fiji understand. It in sharing when Fijians started assert-the com k- yar healthc knew urces and “Once the detailed decision is received, wegional munity Press high mediaities will be organisations. ing their rightsearlier1987 that FRIEND community from Reporters Indian leading nation costs of treatment. in the Pacific mainly thefreedom organisationvisits totheWithout com- a family is also them. It was a family affair, something that happens became the considered. will study it and then decide what other avenues m News Limited’s Fiji Times newspaper is facing Borders said the decree was “an authoritarian

Australian Press Council executive secretary Jack Herman said the decree marked another step by the Fijian administration to inhibit the freedom of Fiji’s journalists.

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Suva: The New Zealand High Commission in Fiji has welcomed its new acting head of mission, Phillip Taula. employees. In addition to consular work for New Zealand tourists and citizens in Fiji, the com-

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Mumbai filmmaker Rajesh Kumar Singh writes a personal tribute on the man who he admired most

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commended my passion and energy. We had tea and biscuits with him and listened to gems of his wisdom. He did not want to show his film to distributors and he had an ironclad argument, “My film is my point of view. Only the audience can validate or invalidate it and not a distributor or any other middleman.” What could anyone say to him after that? This time again he was speaking the way his characters talk in his films, passionately, and sincerely. I am sure when he wrote a letter and put words like ‘yours sincerely’ or ‘yours truly’ in the end, it was not just a formal thing for him. He actually meant it.

erything in the world with them without getting tired. Dev Anand was one of them. His press conferences were so enjoyable. He spoke sincerely and enthusiastically, meaning every word he spoke. He never fudged answers, and interacted with childlike enthusiasm with everyone. More than being a great star, he was essentially a very good man, a rarity in the film industry. He was as open a book as he could be. And he was certainly a man of conviction. He stood up against the might of Indira Gandhi in 1977. While the entire film industry was crawling at the feet of an authoritarian regime, the Navketan camp

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was a hard-core Dara Singh fan. I looked forward to watching his films and imitated his wrestling style in scuffles with local kids. I did not actually consider him a great actor though. I told him so when he came to my small town for a freestyle wrestling show. I was in class fifth then. I graduated to become a Dev Anand fan around the time I was in class 6th. That is when I began to understand the idea of romance. I considered him an actor par excellence. I somehow had developed the capacity to compare the works of our film actors and always felt that Dev Anand was the only one who lived his roles. None could deliver a well-written speech more spontaneously, passionately, and fluently than him. And when he romanced his heroines in front of the camera, he actually romanced them and when he sang a song, it seemed he actually sang them. He was not very good at crying though. He cried like a child while doing grown-up roles and people laughed to the extreme indignation of his hard-core fans like me. There has been this constant attempt by some to run down his acting prowess and present him as a mere style icon, and as a man full of energy and zest for life. They ignore his extremely nuanced and believable performances in films

like “Baazi”, ‘Kaala Pani”, “Kala Bazaar”, “Guide”, and “Tere Mere Sapne”. He played his complex characters naturally and seamlessly. He was not into ‘acting’ a scene out in a theatrical manner. During my college and university days my rousing speeches as a big time student leader also had a hint of Dev Anand’s style. Like all his fans I hated it when he faltered in later years and made those terrible films and behaved awkwardly in awards presentation ceremonies. If I ever wanted to meet a film star on my first visit to Bombay, it was Dev Anand. And I once went to his office, a dilapidated building in Santacruz. I could just get a glimpse of him as he walked into the room of his assistant with whom I was sitting; he issued rapid-fire instructions to his assistant, threw a quick glance at me, and then walked out. I had first seen the Reliance head honcho Amit Khanna in the same office. Dev Anand talked to his assistant in his trademark and muchimitated style in which he delivered his film dialogues. It was 1981 or 82. He was thin and fragile even then. Years later, around the time he was going to release his film “Main Solah Baras Ki”, I met him again, with my friend Anil Shergil, in his penthouse at his Pali Hill office and studio. We were with him for more than an hour, talking about films. He

party much later. It is not true that he did not attend funerals. He did attend his younger brother Vijay Anand’s funeral and stood very close to the pyre, feeling its intense heat, as the ashes from it flew into air and settled on his jacket. He had also cried on that day in full public view. Immediately after that, instead of standing at the Santacruz crematorium to accept the condolences of people with folded hands, he got on to a small platform and gave a speech in his fervent style exhorting everyone not to mourn his brother’s death and move on with life. He had that capacity to move on, in spite of setbacks and betrayals. I met him again about a year ago in his tiny makeshift Khar office along with the editor of a leading trade weekly. This time we talked about the industry and the reigning trends in cinema. We again had tea and biscuits. He said he wanted to meet me later some time. It did not happen and he is gone now. He died in his sleep peacefully according to reports. I saw how someone dies of a sudden heart failure in Goa recently. You are fully active one moment and in the next you go into a deep

When he announced his films like “Mr. Prime Minister” or “Chargesheet”, he probably started with the resolve to do some pathbreaking work. However, as we all know, making movies is as tough as fighting a war. You need a competent team around you and it is a constant battle. Some give up. His younger brother Vijay Anand did when he realised he could not make films his way. Dev Anand did not. Though the odds did not favour him any more, he carried on like a lone ranger, frail and fragile, taking failures in his own stride, with no intentions to give up till his last breath. He paid for his failures largely out of his own resources while none dared to dampen the fervour of a child by reminding him of his obvious stupidities. Doing so would have been a criminal and callous act. There are people you like being with for hours. You can discuss ev-

joined the whole nation in condemning the misdeeds of Indira Gandhi. One recalls seeing the group photograph of Dev Anand, Vijay Anand, Shatrughan Sinha, and the rest of the Navketan campers, standing on a stage at Shivaji Park, their hands raised in support of the newly born Janata Party. They demonstrated in that singular act that film folks are not 'Bhands' whose sole job is to tell harmless stories and entertain their political masters. They have their own mind and political and economic thinking and they have the guts and gumption to stand up for those views. He formed his political

eternal sleep. That is how good and beautiful people leave the mortal world. The only regret is that there are not many good people around us and they leave a big void after their departure.

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Even as millions of Indians and NRIs were celebrating the Indian Independence day (on 15th Aug) veteran Bollywood lead actor Shammi Kapoor’s mortal remains were being consigned to flames on the funeral pyre at the sacred Baanganga crematorium in Mumbai. A large number of movie luminaries including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan,Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha and celebrity directors like Subhash Ghai , Prakash Jha, and Ketan Desai ( Shammi’s son-in-law) with his close buddy business baron Anil Ambani were seen offering their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Kapoor khandaan especially his actor-son Aditya ‘Mickey’ Kapoor, who seemed emotionally shattered. Tears welled in Aditya’s eyes as he reacted, “While the Indian showbiz industry has lost an inspiring acting icon, and his fans have lost their favourite matinee-idol, I have lost my beloved father who was often like a mentor-friend for me. But I am confident Papa will remain immortal thru his movie-songs and screen-performances,” mumbled Aditya in a choked voice. Recalls veteran actress Sharmila Tagore who played the romantic lead opposite the ‘late’ Shammi in milestone movies ‘An Evening in Paris’ and ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’. “Always full of life and vibrant energy he was a natural unique performer. With an innate music sense and fabulous body-rhythm his ‘spontaneous’ dance movements were always a delight to watch. It was Shammi-ji who taught me how to correctly ‘lip-sync to on-screen playback songs. Although in the recent years, he was ailing ( from chronic renal failure) never did he allow himself to be depressed. Instead ,he was living life ‘king-size’ with cheerful optimism, which is rather exemplary.” The charismatic actor who became synonymous with the ‘Yahoo’ yell with his chartbuster song ‘Chaahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe’ had jokingly quipped to this correspondent, “never did I imagine that several decades later, ‘Yahoo’ would be such a global cyber entity. If I had the slightest ‘hunch’ I would have copyrighted it.”

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Always full of life and vibrant energy he was a natural unique performer. With an innate music sense and fabulous body-rhythm his ‘spontaneous’ dance movements were always a delight to watch
Not many are aware that Shamsher Raj Kapoor (that’s his actual original name) despite his advancing age, was computer-savvy and adept at computers. The flamboyant tech-savvy Kapoor was the founder-chairman of the Internet Users Community of India and even spearheaded crusades to combat hacking and piracy. Veteran actress-cum-classical danseuse Asha Parekh, whom he serenaded in movies like the alltime musical blockbuster ‘Teesri Manzil’ besides ‘Dil Tera Deewana’ and ‘Pagla Kahin Ka’ recalls his “awesome agile body language at vibrant songs which he would invariably choreograph himself. Even when Shammi-ji had to stand ‘still’ while dancing, he would prove to be a ‘scene-stealer’ with subtle antics and comic expressions and his trade-mark head tilts and bodysway While ‘mock’ playing musical instruments (like drums, guitar and trumpet) as part of the musical interlude picturisation in ‘Teesri Manzil’,

Mumbai: Like other industries, now Indian Bolly- Kolkata: Theatre-crazy Kolkata wit- films like 'Masoom' and 'Ijaazat', said wood has also started giving value of money to its nessed thinking star Naseeruddin that he does not feel that the younger Shah perform in his spectators. JOYDEEP GUPTA directed play generation do not find interest in theThe upcoming Movie GHOST A Mega Bollywood 'The Caine Mutiny Court Martial' in atres. "I do not feel that the young genProduction in association with Owl village films Pvt. the city on Tuesday night. The play was staged of Kala- eration is running away from theatre. Limited produced by Bharat Shah Co Produced by As the world seeks to come out at the current economic downturn, the $2 billion Indian pubmandir as a part of the two-day long I Puja Jatinder Bedi Casting Shiney Ahuja, Sayali lishing industry is getting more organised and feel inspired when young people theatre event titled 'Stage of an expected Bhagat etc. have taken a first mover advan- getting ready to take advantageDoor' pre- come to see theatre," he said. sented by Leopard of publishing activi- Speaking about theatres and extage and bring a real value for surge in the outsourcing Creations and money to all there spectators who ties. Catering to the world’s seventh largest will be coming in cinema Halls book market overall, and third largest for books in English do not US and Britain, theyoung generation is running I after the feel that the Indian to watch their movie 'Ghost'. publishing industry has long been characterised It’s one of its kind first con- by small players. But they are now keenly aware away from theatre. I feel inspired when young cepts till now in Bollywood, for of the advantages of being part of the global fraternity, industry experts said. an MOU has been signed with Mumbai: \Marking the Indian independence day, popular entertainment people come to see theatre Outsourcing of publishing activities has Bharat Berry Technologies to channel UTV Bindass has created a special music video that showbecome an increasingly bigger market. Arecent offer free one month Push Email cases the woes and troubles that the people of this sixty four years old report by market research firm ValueNotes esperiments, Shah said: "ExperimentaWeaver Studio Centre for Arts. and PIMd: 19/8/2011 BharatBerry ser- country face everyday. publishing outsourcing technology and ‘other’ services. 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To me to watch 'Ghost'. who are the number of publishing firms that will government of India and the publishers operatrise in currently anchors of UTV Bindass. words are tainment.So we choose those plays Puja, co-producer of the movie and Dr. Ajay outsource their work. These include traditional 15 and of paramount importance." The music video was first telecast on Aug ing in the country for promote readership and then aired to the that can Data, founder of Bharat Berry in joint statement entire week. academic,entertain audiencepub- The actor said that he has acted reading habits. 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He (B2B) newslet- ters. are brining not just entertainment to the movie buffs business agreed that the quality of good and Moreover, the readership has also increased,” “We expect a theatre writers has reduced than the out- said play 'The Caine Mutiny but also advanced daily life solution to their mobile sourcing alsochil- dren’slarge boom inwhatvery The Amar Mody, joint director of the National Book Trust. of books, which are Court Martial' isto two-hour play that world is it used be in the 1970s. handset." According a Mody, exposure to the expensivetoto produce abroad because they "Those writers stilland design,” said the one of the pri- mary reasons for the increase in has relevance. deals with Second World War. 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for instance, he would ensure that he added absolute authenticity – as if he was ‘actually’ playing those notes or beats. In fact he was a critic-connoisseur of film music,” she discloses. Referring to several rock’roll songs which she danced with him on-screen especially ‘Oh Haseena Zulfonwali’ and ‘Aaja Aaja’ from ‘Teesri Manzil’ madame Parekh agrees that he was the Indian version of Elvis Presley. “For me, Shammiji was the original Indian rock-star. By nature he was always caring and protective. We will all miss him so much,” she signs off. Thespian character-actor Pran recalls that Shammi was one of those few and first actors who “never used a dummy-duplicate during his stunt action scenes. He was an adventurous rebel-actor who would love to defy convention. A lovable human being, I will always cherish fond memories of my association with him,” nods Pran as he makes a saluting gesture.

and we read them. But with the mushrooming of pub- lishers and tie-ups with foreign publishers, foreign books are being translated and published

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It is speculated that director Rajkumar Hirani had decided to replace Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi while shooting for the film '3 Idiots' that featured both Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi in the lead roles. Both Aamir and Sharman had entertained the fans in the hugely popular film '3 Idiots' and it will be interesting to see how they perform as the marked screen pair of Munna and Circuit. Khan will also be seen stunning his fans in the third film of the adrenaline rushing 'Dhoom 3'. Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warshi featured in the first two films of the Munnabhai franchise titled 'Munna Bhai MBBS' and 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai'. The films were directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The next film of the Munnabhai series is tentatively titled 'Munna Bhai Chale Amerika' .

Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt fight over
Mumbai: B-town is abuzz with rumors that latest arch-rivals Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt have finally settled their differences and made peace after an earlier fall out during Maanyata’s birthday bash. It’s heard that all this happened after Salman’s manager Reshma

 

Shetty helped them resolve and repair their differences. Reports suggest Salman was planning to back out of celebrity reality show ‘Bigg Boss ‘since he didn’t want to co-host the show with Sanjay. Meanwhile, Reshma, who didn’t want the reigning superstar

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Mumbai: Aamir Khan fans can now expect their favourite star taking up a new challenge as rumours say that he will be seen playing the iconic screen character of 'Munna Bhai' in the upcoming films of the franchise. Khan, one of Bollywood's most critically acclaimed actors, will replace an ageing Sanjay Dutt who has played the character in the first two films of the much-loved series, media reports said.But it will not only be Aamir who will be seen delivering the teasing dialogues in lovable gunman's style that has become a cult, as viewers will also reportedly see a new Circuit, Munna Bhai's trusted sidekick, in the upcoming movie of the series. The character Munna Bhai's assistant named 'Circuit', which was played by actor Arshad Warsi in the last two films of the series will be replaced by actor Sharman Joshi, media reports said.

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Prem hai mera naam … Prem Chopra

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He was among the most despised villains of his times. However, four decades later, Prem Chopra still remains an indispensable part of the industry. He talks about his life, times and his friends in the industry, especially those who had an everlasting impact on his career. NareNdra uPadhyay Published: 3/4/2009 Issue 2 - Bollywood
My first big break in films “I came to Mumbai from Shimla to be a hero, but soon realized that it was not easy to get work. I took up a job in the circulation department of the Times of India and simultaneously kept trying to get a foothold in films. In 1963, I got my first break in the role of a villain in Woh Kaun Thi. I was not displeased on getting a villain’s role because I considered it an opportunity to make a foray into the mighty world of glamour. At the Woh Kaun Thi premier, Mehboob Khan complimented my on my performance in the film. He advised me, “Prem, now that you have you’re your acting debut as a villain, it may be difficult for you to become a hero. But you must continue walking on this path; you seem to have the talent and will definitely be successful.” As luck would have it, his prophecy came true. The villainy that started with Woh Kaun Thi continues till today. I am happy and contended that a number of actors rose to stardom along with me and then vanished from the scene later but I am very much there, unaffected and intact. If I were a star, I too would have been probably forgotten, like them. My popularity soared to great heights with Bobby After Woh Kaun Thi, it was Bobby that catapulted me to unimaginable heights. Par-

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ticularly the dialogue, ‘Prem naam hai mera… Prem Chopra’ became hugely popular. It was Raj Kapoor’s decision to keep my name Prem Chopra in the film. However, I got a feel of my real popularity during the shooting of Kala Sona in Dalhousie. While traveling, the train stopped at a small station. The passengers somehow learnt that I too was traveling in the same train. They all surrounded the bogey. Some of them climbed up on top of the engine and threatened to hold back the train until they met me. For a moment, I was petrified. It was risky opening the window in the swelling crowd. The crowds kept screaming but I huddled inside fearing the worst. Finally the guard came to my rescue and assured me that the crowd would feel pacified once they see me. I opened the door at his behest and greeted the people gathered outside. They asked me to deliver the same dialogue. I was touched by their love and affection and agreed to recite the dialogue, prem…naam hai mera prem chopra’ and their joy knew no bounds. The train eventually inched forward. Since 1963, I have done close to 275 films and serials. Among them some memorable films include Bairag, Kala Sona, Dolly, Dastan, Upkar, Purab aur Paschchim, Shahid, Gaddar, Kranti, Jhook Gaya Aasman, Bobby and Mard. I kept going up.

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35 years down, Sholay burns on
Mumbai: If a movie, made 35 years ago, gets frequently labelled as the greatest movie ever made in Bollywood, then surely, there must be some sorcery surrounding it, or it just might have been a movie called Sholay. The film was allegedly inspired from countless Hollywood classics and Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, but it somehow managed to become the de facto Hindi movie - a film that, connoisseurs of the trade believe, truly defines Bollywood. 35 years have passed since the most recognisable characters, Gabbar, Jai, Verru, Basanti and Thakur, struck a chord with the masses and the bond still thumps with nostalgia and passion for the movie. But when Sholay released way back in then, there were initially few takers. Its length, its plot, its ending and its ‘terrible Bollywood grammar’ made the film seem like it was headed exactly where its 2007 remake, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag went. But it didn’t. It ran for over five years straight in some theatres, it went on to become the highest Indian grosser of all time (a record it held till 1995) and it made a statement. A very bold one. The film was so poorly received in fact that the cast and crew got together and were even considering re-shooting the climax, in which Jai one of the protagonists is killed. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan who played the intense, brooding Jai says the team, including the writer duo Salim-Javed met the day after the release and actually dis-

sholay trivia
Sholay was India’s first film to be made on 75mm film and feature stereophonic sound. Initially, only four 75mm prints were released. It was reportedly made with a budget of Rs 3 crores and released with 250 prints nationwide. The makers considered re-shooting the climax in order to improve public reaction. Sholay was about to be removed from theatres due to ‘low attendance’. Dharmendra was very keen to play, not Veeru, but Thakur. Shatrughan Sinha was supposed to play Jai, till Amitabh Bachchan convinced the makers otherwise.

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cussed on what could be done to ‘improve’ the movie. Be it director Ramesh Sippy or writer Javed Akhtar, almost everyone associated with the film, till date maintain that they had no idea ‘how big it was going to be’. With frequently being referenced, ‘tribute-ed’ and plagiarised in everything from sitcoms to television commercials, Sholay has not just become a part of the popular Indian culture today but is much more. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) reportedly has announced announced that a chapter on Sholay would be included in the Class V curriculum.

The writer duo, Salim-Jawed, first approached filmmaker Manmohan Desai to Be it R D Burman’s music, or the dialogues direct the | April Indian Weekender movie. 3, 2009 written by writers Javed Akhtar and Salim Ramesh Sippy reportedly re-filmed sevKhan, the film’s literature has been immortaleral scenes to get the ‘desired effect’. ised in the Indian psyche. The film, India’s first one to be made on The film’s villain, Gabbar Singh was 75mm film and feature stereophonic sound, framed after a real-life 1950s dacoit who was reportedly made with a budget of Rs 3 terrorised people around Gwalior. crores and released with 250 prints nationwide. Amjad Khan, who played Gabbar was For Sholay, a film released on 15 August almost dropped because his voice was 1975, becoming the quintessential Bollyfound to be too ‘weak’. wood film meant a perfect balance of drama, melodrama, romance, comedy, tragedy and of Sholay ran for 10 years straight in some course action, which it did capture, apparently theatres. like no other film ever made till date.

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Indians come from many ‘Indias’…
RAM LINGAM
We come from different Indias within the Indian sub-continent and each of us have a different language, dialect, food habit etc. So what can we make out of this pluralism? Many consider India to be mono-cultural and brand Indians coming from one ethnicity basket. That’s not true, a hasty conclusion and stereotypical. The fact is that we come from different Indias within the Indian sub-continent which so different in topography, climate, landscape, languages, customs, beliefs, cuisines and even the taste of water. Indian culture is not mono-cultural and is certainly not plain vanilla when it comes to her diversity. India being multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multireligious has been truly multi-cultural for many centuries. The four religions born in India ~ Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population. According to many scholars, India is the most culturally, linguistically and genetically diverse geographical entity with a dozen religions, atleast 15 regional languages with some 3000 dialects. Being the world’s largest and complex democracies India is also the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization. Here’s another illustration of India’s diversity: An Indian in Kerala or Kashmir or Bengal or Punjab eats different food, and wears clothes of different texture, style and colour. In Bengal, Diwali is not as important as Durga Pooja while no other state in India celebrates Durga Pooja, and yet they are from the same religion. The Ganesh festival is a big thing only in Maharashtra. A Karva chauth or Lodi is almost unheard of in South India just like Onam festival may have no bearing in Nagaland. The Manipuri is different from Kuchipudi and a Bhangra is different to BharataNatyam. But a Swami Vivekananda or a Tagore from Bengal is equally revered in south India just like the works of Adi Shankaracharya from Kerala is studied in northern India. There is as much difference between a Keralite and a Maharashtrian as there is between a Greek and Norwegian. So what has influenced this assortment of pluralism and multiplicity? One reason is India’s unique topography. India the seventh largest country in the world is well marked from the rest of Asia by mountains and the sea. As we all know India is bounded by the great Himalayas to the north; it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off in the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea to the west. Lying lock, Indian stock and barrel in the northern hemisphere of our

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“As a multi-cultural civilisation with rich repositories of memories, refinement and values that are mature and distilled, we see ourselves as bearers of foundational ideals of special relevance to the modern world, ideas which demand a blend of the ancient and the contemporary, of the old and the new, of the past and the future. India is a model for pluralistic unity. Multiplicity is embedded in every aspect and detail of our live sand behaviour.
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Dr.Karan Singh President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations

planet the Indian mainland extends measures some 3000+ km from north south between ‘extreme’ latitudes and about 3000 km from east to west between ‘extreme’ longitudes. It has a land frontier of about

15000+ km. Snow, backwaters, delta, desert, plateaus, mountains , mighty rivers – you name India has got it. It’s still an agrarian culture which influences the lifestyle of people. But the Indian culture

is the same despite the covering. This legacy of topography along with the history and philosophy of the land has made us what we are – different in every way, yet bound by an invisible culture which many of us live everyday but aren’t openly aware of. The more we learn and understand this binding force the better we are at peace with ourselves, each other and the world. This will also help us truly assimilate in the diversity of the world modeled on the Indian experience of atleast 1000 years than a narrow version of nationhood. The Republic of India like the entire European continent is a pluralistic society made up of many languages, races and religions. Yet, the vision of the Indian culture is unified unchanged. But in our ignorance if we don’t seem to have the unified ‘vision’, hence see things in ‘division’. Echoing this idea is Dr.Karan Singh, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations when he remarks, “As a multi-cultural civilisation with rich repositories of memories, refinement and values that are mature and distilled, we see ourselves as bearers of foundational ideals of special relevance to the modern world, ideas which demand a blend of the ancient and the contemporary, of the old and the new, of the past and the future. India is a model for pluralistic unity. Multiplicity is embedded in every aspect and detail of our lives and behaviour” The Indian community anywhere in this planet is thus a community of communities. We don’t have to read the history of India to know that her diversity in culture, language, cuisine, traditions, habits, dress, festivals etc etc etc is unrivalled by any country. A quick look at any good Indian matrimonial website will help us verify the jaw-dropping kaleidoscope of people with their colourful backgrounds. Indian family names and the community we belong to have a history which probably is as old as any royal genealogy in the world. If we are thus used to living in a multi-cultural society, our Indian multi-cultural experience is unquestionably a lesson in providing leadership, wisdom and insight to help our polarized world co-exist in a multi-cultural framework where there is a fine balance to accommodate both individualization and globalisation. But awareness and understanding of the perennial Indian philosophy is vital to this enlightened model of united living and peaceful co-existence. Just like the great Gautam Buddha (500 BCE) once said “He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings...”

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Indian Culture – What’s that?
because people still � Visit temples or Gurudwaras? � Speak Hindi or an Indian language? � Touch the feet of elders? � Wear Indian clothing and costumes? � Maintain traditions like upanayanam, religious rituals? � Cook Indian curry? � Have Indian names for newborns? � live the values of the Indian belief system? � watch Indian movies � have interest in cricket or kabaddi? Different notions exist about Indian culture based on where one comes from; one’s knowledge and experience of India. We all know that Indian culture has a plethora of masterpieces in fields of art, music, and theatre and for that reason all lovers of art and culture all over the world emulate it. The banana skin is not the banana and Indian culture seen through the covering of art forms, traditions, cuisine etc is something more deep, mystic and mysterious. The great Indian mystic Osho confi rms this long-established account on an esoteric and secret India when he declares that “The real India is a quest of the inner most soul of man - not the geography, nor the political history, but the inner journey. The journey of meditation is the real India. Mahavir represents it. Buddha represents it. Krishna, Christ and Nanak - they represent the real India…” Wherever we humans live, we tend to live within the precincts of our culture, atleast to

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RAM LINGAM inquires if there’s more to Indian culture than just bollywood, curry, yoga or samosas
A tourist from overseas wishes to see ‘true’ India and feel the Indian culture. So he goes to a village in Rajasthan. He is hungry and goes to an old lady who is making Bajre ki Roti. She gives him some ‘Sarson kaa saag’ on the not-sosoft ‘Bajre ki Roti’. The tourist eats the ‘’Sarson kaa saag’ and returns the roti saying, ‘Here is your plate’. Obviously he never heard of the bajre ki roti and his response was but natural. But is the search for real India or Indian culture in the food, costume, tradition, festivals of the land etc? The common understanding of Indian culture seems to be limited to yoga, samosas, spices, bollywood, papadoms, some dancing, colours, of course the Taj Mahal and now the slumdog millionaire. For many reasons this has naturally been stereotypical responses just like the mention of Egypt evokes the pyramids. It’s said that “Stereotypes are devices for saving a biased person the trouble of learning”. It’s easy and languid to misunderstand any culture than to make an effort to understand it. This equally applies to one’s own culture. Indian culture while living overseas In New Zealand we have Indians from different parts of the world. Indians here are mainly from Fiji, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and of course the mainland-India. For each such group of “Indians”, the word ‘Indian Culture’ has many different meanings. Indians overseas identify themselves Indians for many obvious reasons. It is often said that India has ‘many Indias’ – Is that so? If Indian culture is still alive in many parts of the world, is it

“The real India is a quest of the inner most soul of man - not the geography, nor the political history, but the inner journey. The journey of meditation is the real India. Mahavir represents it. Buddha represents it. Krishna, Christ and Nanak - they represent the real India…” - Osho
begin with - unless we believe that we are freespirits of mother Earth to embrace whatever life offers. However Mahatma Gandhi seemed to exemplify this attitude yet confi rmed his rooted-ness when he remarked “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible, but I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other peoples’ houses as an interloper, beggar or a slave.” Indian culture – multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-cuisine… Few countries in the world have such an ancient and diverse culture as India has. Stretching back in an unbroken sweep over 5000 years,

India’s culture has been enriched by successive waves of migration which were absorbed into the Indian way of life. It is this variety which is a special hallmark of Indian culture. Its physical, religious and racial variety is as immense as its linguistic diversity. Underneath this diversity lies the continuity of Indian civilization and social structure from the very earliest times until the present day. Modern India presents a picture of unity in diversity to which history provides no parallel. The catalogue of Indian culture features Indian religions, science, mathematics, festivals, rituals, artifacts, monuments, costumes, music, dance, language, literature and almost all human records of learning. India’s great diversity of cultural practices, languages, customs, and traditions are examples of an unique co-existence over the past five millennia. Dig deeper into the Indian culture and you will fi nd that we have much to gain from the deep knowledge of ‘Indic’ culture. That’s probably why Mark Twain had remarked “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition.” The American historian and philosopher William Durant in his praise for India says “India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother……….. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.”

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The Guru of the world is still online
ram lIngam

How many civilisations have survived a foreign rule or a religious hegemony without cultural carnage or genocide? The extinct civilisations of native Americans, native south Americans and Africa is a case in point. Imagine a civilisation at gunpoint with political slavery to outside forces for over 1000 years and ravaged in every way possible? What do you think would happen to that culture, lifestyle, language and traditions after centuries of foreign rule?
Despite 1000 years of foreign rule in the case of India, we see a preservation of an incessant Indian culture continuing for more than 5000 years till today. This wouldn’t have been possible without solid foundations. India with her wisdom foundations has been acknowledged as the Guru of the world for centuries together. However, the wisdom of the Guru got forgotten in the allure and glamour of the 19th century industrial revolution and the flashy capitalism that followed. But today the increasing rationality and reasoning is overturning dogmatic stereotypical notions about ancient cultures. The forgotten Indian wisdom is being discovered in the very countries by researchers and scholars that witnessed a boom of post world-warcapitalism. Many have discovered India as the wisest of civilisations for the philosophy, sciences she produced and the values she imbibed and imparted to others. The discovery mainly uncovered a secular nature of India’s search for truth that treats everyone as a part of one family. In fact, even during the industrial revolution, the famous British historian Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883), asserted that “It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in selfdestruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together in to a single family.” By the word ‘Hindu’, Toynbee doesn’t mean a dogmatic creed that has strange obsessions but about the wisdom traditions with eternal law (Sanatana dharma) as the base, which he discovered in India during his lifetime in the 1800s. He is talking about the philosophical search into the truth that is sustaining everything. Just like Toynbee and the other non-desi scholars discovered, it is not difficult to discover how the headquarters for this insight into “Truth” is India. A study of the continuous Indian culture, which is fashionably called as ‘Indology’ or ‘Indic study’ shows a dispassion of a civilisation towards material wealth as it embarked on an honest search for the truth. So much so, that even great Emperors like Chandragupta Maurya and Emperor Ashoka retired at the height of power and became renunciates to search and abide in truth. India had kings like Paari Vallal, the legendary 9th CE Tamil Chola king who gave away his golden chariot to an ordinary wild-jasmine creeper (‘mullai’ in Tamil). As it so India was an example of non-hankering for power, non-subjugation of other cultures because a civilisation that is mature and content turns itself towards higher things in life. Though India was the land of abundance for many a merchants, traders, looters, scavenging invaders, India considered her riches, success, power and everything material absolutely mundane. Talking about India’s material achievements, Grant Duff, the British Historian of India confirms, “Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago”. Even a brief reading into the Indian past shows why India was the magnet for seekers for centuries. But today’s India has lost much of her ancient glory due to self ignorance, self unconsciousness and lack of visionary leadership. Philip Goldberg, the Interfaith Minister, author of ‘American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West’ recently commented on the Huffington Post in his post titled ‘Obama Should Have Thanked India’ that “What we’ve imported in return is far more subtle, but perhaps even more profound. Ages ago, the vast subcontinent (India) birthed explorers and innovators who focused on the inner realm. Those geniuses — spiritual sages or scientists of consciousness, depending on your perspective — gave us, through a series of modern translators and adapters, insights that have profoundly influenced religion, healthcare, psychology, the arts and other areas of life. The way we understand ourselves and the universe has been shaped by India more than we can readily appreciate.” So how does one get online with this Guru of the world. the great mystic Osho asserts “For me India and spirituality are synonymous…Only India has established that God is within man, only India has given man the capability, the dignity and the beauty of he himself becoming the temple, the shrine…India is the only land in the whole world, strangely, which has devoted all its talents in a concentrated effort to see the truth and to be the truth…. If you try to categorize it with other countries, you have already missed the point, because those countries don’t have the spiritual aura…the mystic is India’s monopoly…If you come here just as a tourist, you will miss it…there is a spiritual part. Your cameras cannot photograph it; your training, your education cannot capture it…If you come here with a little bit of a meditative mind, you will come in contact with it…” To get online with real India may be a book like ‘India my Love – Fragments of a golden past’ by Osho is a good start.

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India is the only land in the whole world, strangely, which has devoted all its talents in a concentrated effort to see the truth and to be the truth…. If you try to categorize it with other countries, you have already missed the point, because those countries don’t have the spiritual aura…the mystic is India’s monopoly…If you come here just as a tourist, you will miss it…there is a spiritual part. Your cameras cannot photograph it; your training, your education cannot capture it… If you come here with a little bit of a meditative mind, you will come in contact with it…”
happened, Paari Vallal was going through a forest on his golden chariot and stopped near a stream to quench his thirst. On his return he found that a mullai plant (a wild jasmine creeper) had entwined itself around one of the wheels of the chariot. He did not have the heart to disturb the creeper and to avoid breaking the vine of the creeper; he decided to give away his golden chariot to the plant and walked back to his palace. How many emperors or Kings would do that at the height of their glory? This is not some large-hearted philanthropy of a billionaire but of a mind that is dispassionate about the riches and an intellect that has taken shelter in the search for truth. Later on Paari was known to become a sage in his dynasty. There were many rulers throughout India like Paari and also governing councils that made wisdom as a foreground for governance, which wouldn’t have been possible unless material prosperity is transcended. Such rich rulers also patronized arts and music as an expression of truth, built temples like the Brihadeswara temple & universities like Nalanda and Taksasila, funded monasteries like Ajanta & Ellora and gave forest sanctuaries to seekers and seers who had a direct insight (darshan) about reality.

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HOLY COW! Who let the cows out?
RAM LINGAM

Sacred cattle on Indian roads
CAUTION: INDIAN cows straying For a tourist, seeing cows on Indian streets equate to an ‘authentic’ Indian experience. People who have never been to India have a hard time to believe how Indian cows and an assortment of other animals freely roam Indian streets. Even the movie ‘Delhi-6’ has a scene on how traffic got choked because a cow was giving birth. It’s interesting to note that these humble bovines on the roads are not stray cattle. The cows seem to enjoy freedom and liberty in Indian roads without any voting rights. Protest against animal-neglect, animal-protection and anti-cruelty movements have been prevalent in India since ancient times. There are plenty of historical records, edicts, legends and scriptures that support friendly co-existence with animals. Even Mahatma Gandhi once remarked that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This was more a moral basis for vegetarianism than to allow cattle to stray or even limp on clogged city roads. Most cattle have owners and are not totally stray. Elsewhere in the world animals on roads are not uncommon. We see a lot of ‘road-kills’ – run over by passing traffic everywhere; be it cats, possums, rodents or even deer, moose, wildlife etc. In North American roads coming across the sign “CAUTION: Animals Crossing” is not rare. These are unlikely in city limits though. Modern India with 30% of the world’s cattle; 26 distinctive cow breeds considers cows as sacred but sadly neglected. Though there are cow protection movements, anti-cow slaughter legislations, cowcare programmes, Gaushalas for sick and old cows, a new cow-urine cola being developed the plight of the Indian cow is painfully sad. Even politicians join the bandwagon to protect the cow only to gain some mileage. Wonder what would happen if cows could vote? JAI HO: Mother Cow For Indians, the cow represents the hallowed principle of motherhood. The Hindus consider cow as ‘Gomāta’. She symbolises charity and bounteousness because of her milk, which is essential for the nourishment of the young. To India’s millions of Hindus, the cow is a holy animal that cannot be harmed. In India anything to do with prosperity, wealth or sacrifice has ‘motherhood’ tagged to it e.g. Bhārat māta, Vande mātaram, Lakshmi māta, Ganga mayya. The cow acts as the surrogate mother providing milk for life – from childhood through to old age. Hence one would be filled with repugnance at the ungrateful idea of killing mother, whether surrogate or otherwise. But there seems to be a myopic view of this term ‘motherhood’. If Goddess of wealth - Lakshmi is revered as “mother” – then why should she be squandered at the throw of a dice at the casinos? Why the mighty Ganga considered sacred and the “sanctifying mother” allowed to be polluted left, right and

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centre? What to speak of the speechless cow-mothers of India? The cow is also believed to be a symbol of the earth – because it gives so much yet asks nothing in return. There are even special ‘thanks-giving’ festivals dedicated to the docile cow. The third day of the Pongal festival in South India is devoted to cows, cattle and bulls. It’s called ‘maattu pongal’ where they are bathed in water, horns shaved and painted, neck bells tied; sandal applied to their foreheads, kumkum sprinkled, and then venerated for being a great boon to mankind. Heritage-speak on cows According to Vedic heritage, cows were considered revered. They constituted material and spiritual assets of ancient India. From ancient times cows in India form the core of religious sacrifices, for without ghee produced from cow’s milk, no sacrifice can be performed. ‘Rigveda’ refers to cow as ‘Aghnya’ – or one that must never be killed. ‘Yajurveda’ states – ‘Go matra Na Vidyate’ – which means that there is no parallel to the cow in this world. ’Atharva Veda’ considers cow as the ‘house of prosperity’ – ‘Dhenu Sadanam rayinam’. In the Mahābhārata, the wise grandsire Bheeshma said: “Cows represent sacrifice. Without them, there can be no sacrifice…Cows are guileless in their behavior and from them flow sacrifices…and milk and curds and butter. Hence cows are sacred...” He also observes that the cow acts as a surrogate mother by providing milk to human beings for the whole life. So the cow is truly the mother of the world. During medieval periods, cow population was protected even by the invading Muslim rulers right from Humayun to Shahjahan and Shah Alam there was complete ban on the slaughter of cow. Modern response… Though cows are considered sacred, the practices don’t seem to match the mandate of animal welfare as the constitution of India provides ‘Animal Protection’ by Article 51 Ensuring “Compassion to all Living Creatures”). These days, city councils like the Municipal Corporation of Delhi have now hired ‘cowboy/cow-catchers’ to catch and ship them outside the city limits. Also, according to a local report in New Delhi the straying cattle are set to get RFID (Radio frequency identification Tracking) tags. But what about the owners of these cows, who let them out in the first place? Could the authorities do something similar to them too? The humble Indian cow will certainly say ‘Moooo’ to this. Surely the ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’ – the AWBI, the first of its kind animal welfare organisation, established in 1962 by any government in the world has a response to the sad plight of cows that amuses the tourists. A quote embedded in the AWBI website by Lord Mahavir – the Jain Thirthankar (c. 599-527 BCE) may sum up the government’s intent on animal welfare: “All beings are fond of life, hate pain, like pleasure, shun destruction, like life, long to live. To all life is dear.”

Guru Poornima: revering the teacher
Homage to Veda Vyas
What is Guru Poornima? 7th July this year is the holy day of Guru Pārnima. ‘Guru’ literally means ‘The one who dispels ignorance (avidyā)’. ‘Poornima’ means ‘Full Moon Day’. This day is dedicated and a memory to the great sage popularly known as Veda Vyās (the one who compiled the Vedās). The day, also known as “Vyās Poornima” is observed by devout Hindus who worship their beloved Gurus. In India and in all temples/ashrams elsewhere Guru Poornima is celebrated with much grandeur. On this day, Indians across the world pay their deepest reverence to both their personal Guru, as well as to Sri Maharishi Vyās with devotion, love and piety. The auspicious day of Vyās Poornima has a great significance to every seeker of ‘absolute truth’ (GOD) who has received benediction from their holy Guru and thus acknowledges the entire lineage of Gurus symbolised in Ved Vyās. Who is Ved Vyās? The name, Ved Vyās is in fact a title. Ved Vyās is also known as ‘Krishna Dwaipāyana Vyās’ and ‘Bādārayana’. He was said to be dark-complexioned and hence may be called by the name Krishna (black) and because of his birth on an island (dwip) in the middle of the river Yamuna, he was conferred the name Dwaipāyana. Hence the name Krishna Dvaipayan Vyas. Vyās means to divide or categorise as he categorised the Vedas into four sections for studying convenience. As the island on which Vyās was born is said to have been covered by Badara (Indian jujube) trees, he is also known as Bādārayana. Some say he lived in ‘Vadari forest in the Himālayas near Badrikāshram hence called ‘Vādrayan’. Works of Guru Ved Vyās: Of the three authoritative and sacred books in Hinduism, the Brahma Sutra is attributed to Ved Vyās and also makes him the proponent of the crest-jewel school of Hindu philosophy, i.e., Vedanta – the Science of Life. The Brahma Sutra is one of his shortest theologies on Hindu philosophy. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint Ved Vyās who edited, classified and compiled the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Purānas including the Srimad Bhāgavad Purāna and the Mahābhārata. Sri Vyās even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus. Significance of Guru Purnima In honor of this world teacher, all seekers and devotees perform Vyās Puja on this day by worshipping their Guru. Mahatmas and Sādhus are honoured and acts of charity done by all householders with deep faith and devotion. During the ‘four months’ (chāturmas) beginning from this day the wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Ved Vyās, and engage themselves in Vedāntic discussions. Happy Guru Poornima! - Rām Lingam For more extensive information on Guru Poornima, visit www.indianweekender.co.nz

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What’s your ‘Gut’ Feeling?
Varsha asranI

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine has stated that “All disease begin in the Gut”.
If the gut is healthy, so is the rest of the body. Generally, people understand that diet has an impact on their gut. However what we don’t realise is that our lifestyle can have an impact on the digestive health too! In the human body, a healthy gut has primarily three functions - digestion of the food, absorption & distribution of nutrients and prevention of toxins from entering the body. Many of us suffer from gut problems like indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric reflux, stomach upsets, constipation, diarrhoea, and excess wind or flatulence etc. Most times we ignore the symptoms and pass this off stating “this is normal” or “will pass away”, however to understand and address this we need to look at our digestion process. The process of digestion begins in the mouth, where our teeth and tongue grind the food, enzymes in saliva help to chemically break it down, food then travels down a tube called the oesophagus or food pipe, it then enters the stomach, where it is mixed with gastric juices that contain enzymes and acid, the acid kills bacteria, and helps the enzymes to break down the food this then passes into the small intestine, where it is broken down into nutrients small enough to be absorbed into the body. Absorption takes place along the inner surface of the small intestine, which serve to increase the surface area across where the nutrients can be absorbed. What causes the imbalance? The reasons for a disturbed gut could be varied - Stress, drugs (antibiotics), excessive alcohol, unhealthy diets or even natural ageing process, the reason could be many causing gut discomfort. Eating the right foods can help to keep the digestive system in good working order and prevent any digestive disorders. So what are the right foods? Include whole grain varieties of staple foods (rice, pasta, bread and cereals) in your daily diet; a mix of soluble and insoluble fibre helps the food transit through the digestive system more easily. It is good to start your day with wholegrain flakes or grainy muesli or even porFive plus a day is ideal and where possible eat them raw or with skin on. Dairy foods like yoghurt are beneficial to the gut and also add protein and calcium to your daily diet. Remember the gut works 24 hour - round the clock, as long as the system is running smoothly... All is well. A well functioning gut helps us to resist disease and infection as this strengthens our immune system that is stimulated by intestinal bacteria. So take notice of your ‘Gut Feeling’... Eat Right and Feel Great....till next time take care, be healthy and active. This article is a general guideline ONLY, if you have any medical condition and for individual conditions you should consult a health professional or your medical practitioner immediately. ridge, use wholemeal / whole grain bread and wholemeal rice or pasta for meals. Beans, lentils or split peas are other food groups that benefit the gut, add these regularly in salads, meat dishes, or in casseroles. Add barley to homemade soups and stews. Fruits and vegetables consist of both soluble and insoluble fibre, Varsha Asrani is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. For personal consultation or any question, suggestion or views please email her on info@varshaasrani. com.

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GivereCIpe start to your day a great
By Ruby Dhillon
VARSHA ASRANI
Each morning, when you are racing against time, splitting it between dressing up, getting your kids ready, packing lunch boxes only to realise that you are running late to hit the road, there is a good chance that you are missing something that is essential for a great start to your day – The Breakfast! In my previous articles, I have always emphasised on the im- low fat dairy for protein or eggs. portance of having a balanced diet, spread across the day, it is ideal to have between five to six small meals during the day If running out of time, make up a healthy smoothie with few Stand the roll still in the cloth on a rack METHOD with breakfast an essential start, as people who skip break- fruits, yoghurt or milk and some oats which can be left in the until cold. fast tend to end up eating more at mid day, to 180c Gas mark 3. Pre heat oven at times making fridge overnight, this can be better than picking up a muffin or a sweet pancake on your way to work choices which may not be healthy. Grease 25cm x 30cm (10inch x 12inch) For Filling: Well, missing it could have a long lasting impact on your perswiss roll pan, line base and sides with formance for the day and when this becomes a routine then a It is essential that we make good choices; breakfast should Having the same the cream with the electric mixer Whip old breakfast each day can be boring, but baking paper. creativity until it starts this very then be a healthy mix of carbohydrates like whole grain options, a with a bit of in a bowl you can maketo thickeninteresting, while greater impact on your health for a life time. Sieve flour and cocoa powder together its nutritional content. protein option like yoghurt or egg, milk oraside. nuts. The right maintaining gradually beat in the icing sugar and some and keep vanilla essence until the mixture begins to Breakfast literally means – Breaking the fast. Generally most balance can keep away the hunger pangs till your next meal. Beat the eggs and sugar together with hold its shape. Invest a little planning time to gain the big benefits of breakof us do not indulge in any eating after dinner or a late snack electric mixer until mixture is very thick Add Rum essence shopping list so your fast, Add breakfast items to yourto 2tbsp of Cherrie kitchen what should before sleeping, so breakfast is needed to provide the essen- So the question then arises – and creamy. I eat? syrup. is well-stocked. Remove seeds from the cherries tial fuel for our body. Mix gently the flour/cocoa with the egg/ and keep aside. Then unroll the sponge High energy dense options like muffins should beplastic spatula then sugar mixture with a avoided, carefully and soak much boiling water. Do Have a Breakfast is an important meal of the day; it provides you a large coffee and muffin can add as 1 tbsp as up to 350 or not mix great start each day!!! it evenly with cherry add the syrup, spread the surface with the fresh are acthe required energy needed to start a new day and is also more calories, many of the advertised breakfast barsor do not mix using an electric mixer INGREDIENTS weight control and tually nothing but creepy content that may not be ideal to start This article whipped cream and spreadPlease de- a health some is a general guideline only. see, linked to multiple health benefits, including vigorously. seeded cherries, roll up again without the ½ cup- caster sugar professionalcloth. for individual conditions and needs. improved performance. A nutritionally balanced breakfast your day, remember to read your labels.spread the mixture evenly into Pour and 3- Eggs is known to improve concentration level and performance the prepared swiss roll pan. Cover the roll completely with the ½ cup- plain flour can minutes, sugars throughout the day and improve your enduranceTip: to Cereals thatis of level The recipe are available in the market8-10 be high intaking it out as whipped cream on all the sides and the 2tbsp- cocoa This can be important for all age and low in fibre; it is better toBake for powder keep these center of the sponge springs engage in physical activities. soon as the at an arm’s length. Varsha Asrani is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. For pertop. a reduced fat cake as 1tbsp- boiling water Ideally we should be eating back whenwhole grain breads, a finger. consultations or any questions, suggestions or views foods like pressed lightly with sonal groups especially amongst children and adolescents. Make swirls with the cream in a 1- dark milk chocolate it does not use butter that areQuickly filoosen the sponge cake from theemail her on info@varshaasrani.com. line on cereals or rolled oats rich in bre and low in sugars, please top of the roll as shown in the picture and ½ cup-cherries and such sponge cakes sides of the pan, and turn it out on to a place a cherry on each swirl. ¼ tsp- rum essence clean piece of fine muslin cloth that has With the help of a Potato- peeler, start 2tbsp- cherry syrup 1 should not be stored been wetted, then wrung out as dry as Published: 22/5/201 peeling the back side of the chocolate on th and hence consumed possible . to a plate and lovely flakes will be ready. For Filling: Issue 53 - Heal within a day or two for Lift the baking paper off the sponge Put chocolate flakes on the side and and roll up the sponge cake and cloth 2 ½ cup- Cream best taste and texture. around. together, lightly but firmly. 2tbsp- icing sugar ½ tsp vanilla essence “Health care for headache available than triptans, although erally. 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girls have a higher body mass index, pain, breathlessness and fatigue waist circumference, body fat per- faster than in children of normal centage and are less physically weight. Further large-scale studies are active than boys. In both, boys as well as girls, body mass index, waist required to establish these findings circumference and body fat percent- and find out the exact reasons for age increased with age, just as physi- the same. In addition, since diet has been successful in various studies in cal activity declined. Varsha Asrani is a New Zealand registered clinical dietitian, for personal consultations, The study confirmed what was controlling obesity, studies should queries, suggestions and known - that physical activ- probably focus on this aspect in conearlier feedback she can be contacted on info@varshaasrani.com ity and fatness are inversely related. trolling childhood obesity.

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Published: 16/12/2011 Issue 67 - Recipe

TANDOORI GULAB JAMUN

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Someday the whole world will speak the way we Indians do, says Professor David Crystal, one of the foremost experts of the English language. Meanwhile India’s contribution to the Queen’s language has crossed 1000 words. Page 17

From IT to ID
The Indian government has tasked software giant Infosys’ chief, billionaire Nandan Nilekani, to create a new identity system for Indians as chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India. Page 6

Time for Fiji nationalism
If, at the time of independence, multiracialism was considered the answer to integrating the different ethnic groups in Fiji, today after four coups that have led to a coup culture, the answer perhaps is Fiji nationalism. Page 11

Hindu rituals for Jacko
The last rites of singer Michael Jackson were performed in Kerala, according to Hindu customs, presumably to put his restless soul to rest after reports that many people had seen the singer’s ghost. Page 7

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Know your rights
What are your rights when you are questioned by the police? Our new legal columnist answers your questions. Page 26

Laugh for good health
Laughter, as the old adage goes, is most certainly the best medicine. Indian Weekender’s medical correspondent explains how laughter works, some little known facts about laughing and why it’s important to laugh.Page 15

What went wrong for gays in India
Earlier this month the Delhi High Court overturned a 149-year-old law dating back to 1860, which though, was rarely enforced. Indian Weekender looks at how the law came to be foisted on India by an alien sense of morality.Page 15

Who you calling Third World?
India’s corporate raiders splashed out over $50 billion last year to acquire some of the hallowed corporations of the West. Sixty-two years after independence, India is poised to be the world’s single largest investor. Page 14

A new Bachchan coming up?
There are rumours once again of the stork visiting Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan. And this time the know-alls say it’s not just hearsay. Ash is not only swelling up with pride but has a little bump on her belly too.Page 25

Interest rate: to fix or
Indian Weekender’s personal finance columnist weighs various options of fixing mortgage interest rates. Page 26

Shaadi-Byah
Arranged love or lovingly arranged? Heritage columnist Ram Lingam takes a close look at the workings of the Indian marriage. Page 31

Preity Zinta resurfaces faces
After a long vacation in several countries, the adorable star is back. She talks candidly about her break up, the terrible performance of her Twenty20 20 team and how the media dia took her for granted. Page 25

May gold bless you
Indian Weekender financial columnist explains the intricacies of trading in the yellow metal that holds so much fascination for Indians. Find out why gold is so sought after and the different ways to invest in it. Page 25

Investing in CFDs
CFDs- the new way to trade markets up or down. If you’ve not looked at or considered trading CFDs, you may be missing out, says Indian Weekender financial columnist and draws a comparison with other investment avenues. Page 27

7 steps to better trading
To turn trading from a hobby into an income-producing exercise requires a plan that sets objectives and employs strategies to achieve them. Indian Weekender finance columnist explains how in easy-to-follow steps. Page 27

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An Indian delegation of businesspeople meets with New Zealand government officials for informal discussions in the lead up to the FTA Page 4

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Engaging the diaspora
India’s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has announced the dates for the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention: It will be held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi between January 7 and 9, 2010. Page 3

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Indian Weekender meets with Bank of Baroda’s top managers from India and New Zealand to find out about its plans in New Zealand as it prepares to launch its operations. Page 2

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It’s a fortnight since AUT student Srikanth Rayadurgam went missing under mysterious circumstances. Despite a community wide awareness campaign and searches, the investigators have drawn a blank so far. Page 2

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Dreaming up musical success
A new cultural events management company wants to bring high quality, sophisticated and classical based performing art for discerning audiences in New Zealand. Page 4

Tension in Jalandhar
Punjab and some parts of North India were gripped by protests and violence after the killing of a Sikh religious leader in Austria Page 7

Guru Granth Sahib in Braille
Indian Weekender meets Ragi Gurmej Singh, who sang Kirtans at the Golden Temple, Amritsar for many years and is now working on the first ever Braille edition of Sikhism’s holy book. Page 13

Koshish’s sterling efforts
The Koshish Waikato Charitable Trust was established this year with the aim to bring communities together and help them reach their fullest potential and become equal partners with other New Zealanders. Page 13

Fazal, Adrian mesmerise
Tabla wizard Fazal Qureshi and Sarod maestro Adrian McNeil delivered a superlatively stirring performance at the Gurus of Indian Classical Music concert at the Avondale College auditorium last Sunday. Indian Weekender was there. Page 5

Fiji artists in Auckland
Five contemporary artists from Fiji came together for an exhibition in response to Fiji Day, 10 October. Well aware of the turbulent events happening at home, the exhibition is a personal response to current issues facing the country. Page 10

India warms up to solar power
India has emerged in the topmost position along with the USA in annual solar power generation according to a report by Mckinsey & Company. The report further states that in wind power generation India ranks fourth in the world. Page 5

Unique commnity initiative
A community project aims to provide free funeral services for its members and their families in Auckland Page 23

Charity? No thanks
Before you open your purse strings as the appeals of organised charities tug at your heartstrings, stop and take another look. Many of them may actually have hidden agendas. Page 15

Where are the best brains
Drawn by a vibrant economy, world class facilities and exciting work opportunities in India, young Indians are showing their back to the West and charting a passage back home. Page 15

Religion and politics in Fiji
Indian Weekender’s commentator sketches the role of religion in Fijian politics and the impact it has had on Indian festivals like Diwali through the years.Page 12

The magic of the sari
It can either ingeniously conceal the extra flab, or it can accentuate the curves of the female form – the humble sari has remained a traditional icon of Indian feminity. But, is the world mourning the dying art of the sari? Page 12

What makes Rotuma different?
Rotuma is a Polynesian island, north east of Fiji. It was administered as part of Fiji by the British colonial administration. During the decades of colonial rule many Rotumans moved from Rotuma to Fiji. Page 9

Land a job in recession
Expert advice on how to find a job in this bleak recessionary times. Don’t miss the interesting case study. Page 27

Why make a will...
Indian Weekender’s personal finance expert explains why it is important to write your will and clears many common misconceptions that surround this important document that many of us tend to put off writing. Page 25

Buying your first home
Owning a home is a dream for most Indians. But it is no easy decision and needs a lot of thought. What do you need to know before buying your first home? Indian Weekender personal finance columnist explains. Page 25

Dating the Ramayana yana
Modern studies are proving oving that King Rama ruled over ver India in flesh and blood d over 9000 years ago. Indindians must realise that the e Ramayana is a genuine e history of ancient India and not myth. Page 15

Golden opportunity lost
Tipped as the energy secretary in Barack Obama’s Cabinet, Sonal Shah was about to become the crown jewel of the Indian diaspora. But a vicious smear campaign, a 21st century version of McCarthyism, by desi fringe academics and bigots stalled a stellar career. Page 15

Curry Munchers on the move
The term “Curry Munchers” takes a whole new meaning with the making of a movie of the same name in Auckland. Shooting for Curry Munchers gets under way at the end of the month by the makers, Mahayana Films. Page 16

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Ty Burhoe, on tabla, and Shubhendra Rao, sitar, begin the New Zealand leg of their world tour with a live concert in Auckland on Friday, November 27. Page 6

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Giants in New Zealand
Giants International, India’s first international service organisation similar to Lions and Rotary, has a presence in New Zealand and Shirish Kapadia, Honorary Executive Secretary from India, wants to encourage more Indians to join. Page 13

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A delegation of leather exporters from India has expressed interest in scaling up trade with New Zealand as part of their plans to expand aggressively into the Australasian market. Page 3

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$15 minimum wage suicidal
Most businesses feel that any argument for increasing the minimum wage to $15 and hour is untenable. Law abiding businesses are concerned that more employers will pay employees lower wages, cash under the table and not deduct PAYE, says an eminent accountant. Page 5

The art of caring for your heart
Indians are more prone to heart disease than many other ethnicities. The Heart Foundation is now actively developing communication directed at this high risk group, telling them how to keep their heart in good shape. Page 19

Unscrupulous reporting
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The handsome contribution of two Auckland men to ethnic affairs in New Zealand was recognised and celebrated at a special function in the city this week. Page 7

Jaswant on Jinnah
Why Jaswant Singh is right about Jinnah in his new book. Instead of vilifying the author for defending Jinnah, we must appreciate his courage in exposing the real villains of the Partition, thinks IW’s current affairs commentator. Page 6

Indian men ‘duds in bed’
Indian men are weak in the bedroom, obsessed with car accessories and sound, and fixated on Manchester United. So says a group on a popular social networking site that has raised Indian men’s hackles across the world. Page 22

Why Gandhi was Mahatma
Some Indians now feel that some of the problems there today (like Kashmir, for instance) are the legacy left behind by Gandhi. But are these criticisms justifiable? Remembering Gandhiji on his 62nd anniversary, which falls on January 30. Page 8

What’s desi about desi ghee?
The fear of fat seems to be driving the humble desi ghee from our Indian kitchen. But we have been using it for almost 5000 years. So what’s the deal with this desi ghee? Page 25

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India’s contribution to the world has always been immense – be it the contribution to today’s corporate world, or Yoga, Ayurveda, spirituality. But what is India’s real or ultimate contribution? Page 24

Rise of the Nifty
There are few markets among emerging economies with the breadth of choice available in India and few companies that show the kind of growth rates that Indian corporates have been notching up. Page 29

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Hits and misses
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Vidya Balan sizzles

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Riteish Genelia tie the knot

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Fiji woos Indian tourists

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OBESITY

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Amma in Australia

Demystifying weight loss

The new rules come into e ect on Sunday 25 March at 5am

Two give way rules are changing

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$1 money transfers

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Fiji aviation ministry wants competition

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If you’re turning right, give way
This rule will apply at intersections where two vehicles are facing no signs or signals, or the same signs or signals. You will need to give way to left turning vehicles coming from the opposite direction if you are turning right.

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Top of the ‘T’ goes before me
When you’re turning right from the bottom of a T-intersection with no signs or signals, you will need to give way to all vehicles at the top of the ‘T’. So at all T-intersections and driveways, including public driveways such as at a supermarket or hospital, think ‘Top of the ‘T’ goes before me’.

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