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किसी महिला की इज़्ज़त, सम्मान और उसके परिवार के प्रति समर्पण की क्या कीमत तय की जा सकती है? उत्तरप्रदेश में तो रीता बहुगुणा ने मायावती की इज़्ज़त का भाव एक करोड़ लगाया है, लेकिन यहाँ बात दूसरी है। स्टार प्लस ने अपने कार्यक्रम “सच का सामना” में महिला की बेइज़्ज़ती की कीमत सीढ़ी-दर-सीढ़ी तय कर रखी है, कार्यक्रम में प्रतियोगी (चाहे वह मर्द हो या औरत) जिस स्तर तक अपमानित होना चाहता उसे उस प्रकार की कीमत दी जायेगी, यानी 1 लाख, 5 लाख, 10 लाख आदि।
जिन पाठकों ने अभी तक यह कार्यक्रम नहीं देखा है उन्हें ज़रूर देखना चाहिये, ताकि उन्हें भी पता चले कि “बालिका वधू” द्वारा बुरी तरह पिटाई किये जाने के बाद, TRP नामक गन्दगी के लिये इलेक्ट्रानिक मीडियारूपी भेड़िया कितना नीचे गिर सकता है।
हालांकि कहने के लिये तो इस कार्यक्रम को खेल का नाम दिया गया है, लेकिन हकीकत में यह “दूसरों की इज़्ज़त उतारकर उसे सरेआम नीचा दिखाकर खुश होने” के मानव के आदिम स्वभाव पर आधारित है। इसमें एंकर 21 सवाल पूछेगा और पूरी तरह से नंगा होने वाले आदमी (या औरत) को एक करोड़ रुपये दिये जायेंगे। जिस तरह आज भी दूरस्थ इलाके में स्थित गाँवों में दलितों की स्त्रियों को नंगा किया जाता है और लोग आसपास खड़े होकर तालियाँ पीटते हैं, यह कार्यक्रम “सच का सामना” उसी का “सोफ़िस्टिकेटेड” स्वरूप है।
दुख की बात यह है कि बात-बेबात पर नारी सम्मान का झण्डा बुलन्द करने वाले महिला संगठन नारी के इस असम्मान पर अभी तक चुप हैं।
अब आते हैं इस कार्यक्रम के असली मकसद पर, जैसा सर्वविदित है कि कलर्स चैनल पर आने वाले कार्यक्रम “बालिका वधू” द्वारा TRP के खेल में स्टार प्लस को बुरी तरह खदेड़ दिया गया है। स्टार प्लस पहले भी विदेशी कार्यक्रमों की नकल करके अपनी TRP बढ़ाता रहा है, अथवा एकता कपूर मार्का “घरतोड़क और बहुपतिधारी बीमारी वाले सीरियलों” को बढ़ावा देकर गन्दगी फ़ैलाता रहा है, लेकिन जब उसे एक खालिस देशी “कॉन्सेप्ट” पर आधारित बालिका वधू ने हरा दिया तो बेकरारी और पागलपन में स्टार प्लस को TRP बढ़ाने का सबसे अच्छा तरीका लगा “नंगई का प्रदर्शन”। पहले तो स्टार प्लस ने ओछे हथकण्डे अपनाकर कभी सामाजिक संगठनों, कभी बाल-विवाह विरोधी NGOs को आगे करके और कभी शरद यादव के जरिये संसद में सवाल उठवाकर बालिका वधू को बन्द करवाने / बदनाम करने की कोशिश की, लेकिन फ़िर भी बात नहीं बनी तो “लोकप्रियता”(?) पाने का यह नायाब तरीका ढूँढ निकाला गया। सच का सामना नामक यह कार्यक्रम पूरी तरह से धोखेबाजी पर आधारित है, जिसमें स्टार प्लस जब चाहे बेईमानी कर सकता है (पहले ही एपिसोड में की) (इस बात में कोई दम नहीं है कि इतना बड़ा चैनल और पैसे वाले लोग थोड़े से पैसों के लिये बेईमानी नहीं कर सकते)।
A bill proposing compulsory voting was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday by a Congress member, a suggestion recently made by Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani.
The Compulsory Voting Bill, 2009, introduced by Delhi Pradesh Congress chief J P Agarwal seeks to make voting compulsory for every voter who is eligible to vote in an election called for by the Election Commission.
It also proposes a fine of Rs 500 or two days' imprisonment or forfeiture of the ration card of the person who fails to cast his vote.
The bill seeks to deduct 10 days' salary and delay promotion for a period of two years of a government servant who fails to exercise his franchise.
The draft legislation seeks to incentivise voting by proposing to give preference to persons in government jobs and admission in institutions of higher education if they exercise their franchise for 15 years without a break.
The bill seeks to exempt a person from voting if he is physically incapacitated because of illness of a serious nature.
Advani had mooted the idea of making voting compulsory and having fixed terms for legislatures and Parliament about two months back.
An Indian hacker broke into the Royal Australian Air Force website and defaced it with a threatening message aimed at the Australian government, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The message read: 'This site has been hacked by Atul Dwivedi. This is a warning message to the Australian government. Immediately take all measures to stop racist attacks against Indian students in Australia or else I will pawn all your cyber properties like this one.'
Ganesh Sovani, the lawyer for Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, told rediff.com that his client was fine and had not intention of killing herself. Sovan spoke to his client following reports of her wanting to commit suicide at the Byculla women's jail.
Sadhvi's disciple, Brahmachari Anant said that he was present with her at the time of her being discharged. She never mentioned that she wanted to kill herself even once.
All she said was that she would rather die than getting treated at the JJ Hospital.
Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP) Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi said on Thursday. “Today, I am very happy to see the Hindu and Sikh Pakistanis displaced by the operation in Malakand division returning to their homes,” he said during a ceremony held at Panja Sahib Gurdwara, Hassanabdal to see off the first convoy of Hindus and Sikhs returning to Swat.
will be released next week without the giant Charlie Chaplin statue. Director Hemanth Hegde said on Thursday he couldn't use the statue that was in the eye of a storm when Hindu activists opposed the move to install it in Vothinene near Udupi.
Unveiling the model of a 7-feet Charlie Chaplin statue (that cost Rs 1.5 lakh), Hegde said it will be kept in Innovative Film City. Work on another 62-ft statue (that costs Rs 30 lakh), which he had planned for the film, has begun, and that will also be displayed there.
Agreeing that the inclusion of statue would have been a plus point for the movie, the director said if the film completes 50 days, he would reshoot the song sequence with the statue and include it in the film.
Following the recent announcements from the Indian government, regarding the issuance of visas to the Hindus of Karachi so that they may take the ashes of their loved ones to India, the local Hindus have started preparing for the trip in full swing. They have shifted the ashes into transparent jars and have put these jars into large parachute bags.
Majority of Pakistani Hindus, especially those who live in Sindh, bury their loved ones, but a few cremate their deceased and believe that for the eternal transformation these ashes must be immersed in holy water. Some Hindus are content with immersing the ashes in River Indus, as this river also holds some importance in Hinduism and is considered holy by some, while others prefer to make the tedious journey to India so that they can immerse the ashes in the River Ganges.
“The decision to issue visas to the Hindus of Karachi is a good one and we welcome it,” said Pakistan Hindu Foundation D M Maharaj, adding that Karachi only includes four districts of Sindh while Hindus live in 19 districts of Sindh. He went on to add that although he is happy with the decision it is unjust to the Hindus living in other parts of the province. “We demand the government of Pakistan to talk to India so that the visas are extended to other cities too,” Maharaj said.
Most Hindu primary schools were established in rural Trinidad in the early 1950s by one man, Bhadase Sagan Maraj. He converted temples into schools on private lands that were donated by altruistic individuals and organisations. The cost of renovations, refurbishments and furniture was borne by the goodwill of members of the community. Today, these schools are a source of pride to Hindus.
The results of the 2009 SEA examination in 2009 reveal the largest number of students among the top 100 performers came from Hindu schools. Hindu schools comprise just 10 percent of all primary schools in the country, but secured 35 per cent of the schools that made it to the top 100 places in the SEA examination.
A detailed analysis of the data reveals that Hindu schools out-performed the prestigious Presbyterian schools. They did three-and-a-half times better than the Government schools, and five times better than private and Anglican schools.
Among all Hindu primary centres of learning, the APS/Vedic schools are performing the best.
A group of youngsters from an NGO are renting out raincoats to tourists and devotees trekking up to Yamunotri in the Himalayas in an effort to stop pollution from plastics at the source of the Yamuna river.
Sunny Verma of Swecha, a Delhi-based environmental NGO, said:
"In an effort to bring this to a halt, we have set up counters near the bus stop where the pilgrims and others get off and start their trek and distribute better quality, rubber raincoats on a rental basis. Since we are doing this with the help of local people, it's a venture that is earning them profit too," he added.
विश्व हिंदू परिषद व आर्य प्रतिनिधि सभा हरियाणा ने प्रदेश भर में गोहत्या के विरोध में गुरुवार को शहर में प्रदर्शन किया और डीसी के माध्यम से सीएम के नाम ज्ञापन भेजा। इस ज्ञापन के जरिए गोहत्या पर प्रतिबंध लगाने के लिए सख्त कानून बनाने की मांग की गई।
यह आदेश न्यायमूर्ति एसआर आलम तथा न्यायमूर्ति सुधीर अग्रवाल की खण्ड पीठ ने उप्र राज्य व अन्य बनाम प्रबन्ध समिति व अन्य की तरफ से विशेष अपील में दाखिल अन्तर्हस्तक्षेपी अर्जी को निरस्त करते हुए दिया है। अधिवक्ता समन्वय समिति के सचिव आरके ओझा अर्जीदाता का कहना था कि आबादी के हिसाब से उप्र में मुस्लिम अल्पसंख्यक नहीं हैं और धार्मिक संस्था के रूप में राज्य अनुदान पाने का हक नहीं है। कोर्ट में कहा गया कि ये मुद्दे याचिका में नहीं थे।
मुख्यमंत्री शीला दीक्षित ने बृहस्पतिवार को जाफराबाद रोड नंबर 66 स्थित सद्भावना कैंप का उद्घाटन किया। यह कैंप स्थानीय विधायक चौधरी मतीन अहमद के नेतृत्व में लगाया जाता है। इस कैंप में मुख्य रूप से मुस्लिम समाज के लोग कांवडि़यों की सेवा करते हैं।
सीलमपुर, जाफराबाद रोड काफी संवेदनशील जगह मानी जाती है।
"It is not mandatory for the groom to tie mangalsutra around the bride&aposs neck to prove a marriage between Hindus. It was sufficient to prove solemnisation of marriage in any recognised form as per the Hindu Marriage Act section 7," Justice M M Sundresh said, dismissing an appeal challenging a lower court order upholding the marriage validity.
A cave, which is of great archaeological interest and could hold immense tourism potential, has been discovered at Patni village of Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh.
The one-mile long cave known as Mrigendranath cave sits underneath the green and partially rocky hill of Patni village. Locals had known it for long as a religious site where Hindu sages and ascetics used to come for meditation.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, it suddenly became obvious that the USSR had never been a proper country. It was a multinational empire held together by force. Might we one day say the same of China?
According to David Shambaugh, an academic, the main lesson that the Chinese drew from studying the collapse of the USSR was to avoid “dogmatic ideology, entrenched elites, dormant party organisations, and a stagnant economy”.
It is an impressive list. But it misses out one obvious thing. The Soviet Union ultimately fell apart because of pressure from its different nationalities.
For the moment activists campaigning for Xinjiang or Tibet look forlorn and defeated. That is often the fate of champions of obscure and oppressed peoples. The Baltic and Ukrainian exiles who kept their countries’ aspirations alive during the Soviet era seemed quaint and unthreatening for decades. They were the archetypal champions of lost causes. Until, one day, they won.
”In order to help the pupil to memorize the material studied and assimilated, they made it a general rule of practice to write even the most technical and abstruse textbooks in sutras or in verse (which is so much easier-even for the children-to memorize). And this is why we find not only theological, philosophical, medical, astronomical, and other such treatises, but even huge dictionaries in Sanskrit verse!
Here is an actual sutra of spiritual content, as well as secular mathematical significance.
gopi bhagya madhuvrata srngiso dadhi sandhiga khala jivita khatava gala hala rasandara
The translation is as follows:
O Lord anointed with the yogurt of the milkmaids’ worship (Krishna), O savior of the fallen, O master of Shiva, please protect me.
At the same time, by application of the consonant code given above, this verse directly yields the decimal equivalent of pi divided by 10:
pi/10 = 0.31415926535897932384626433832792.
Thus, while offering mantric praise to Godhead in devotion, by this method one can also add to memory significant secular truths.
The findings, to be reported Thursday in the scientific review Nature, push back the dawn of dentistry by 4,000 years to around 7000 B.C. The drilled molars come from a sample of 300 individuals buried in graves at the Mehrgarh site in western Pakistan, believed to be the oldest Stone Age complex in the Indus River valley.
British colonialists often cultivated an admiration for Gandhi because he was their least dangerous adversary; today Westerners are enthralled by Gandhi because they see him as a global prophet of non-violence and anti-racism.
Our idealized image of Gandhi is a reflection of our own naivety. By any objective standard Gandhi's legacy, on the issues that concerned him most, was a series of failures with disastrous results:
"We should with a cool mind reflect when we are being swept away. Hindus should never be angry against the Muslims even if the latter might make up their minds to undo even their existence. If they put all of us to the sword, we should court death bravely; may they even rule the world, we shall inhabit the world. At least we should never fear death. We are destined to be born and die; then why need we feel gloomy over it? If all of us die with a smile on our lips, we shall enter a new life. We shall originate a new Hindustan" (6th April 1947).
"Not one of those [Hindus] who have died in Punjab is going to return. In the end we too have to go there. It is true that they were murdered but then some others die of cholera or due to other causes. He who is born must die. If those killed have died bravely, they have not lost anything but earned something ... After all, the killers will be none other than our Muslim brothers" (23rd September 1947).
(Quoted by Nathuram Godse, Gandhi's assassin, in his court defense.)
Hindu ethno-nationalists were political losers in the debates and infighting during the decade leading up to Indian independence, but subsequent history has demonstrated that their analysis was correc
Nationalism and multiculturalism are indeed antonyms. It is, as a matter of fact, "well-nigh impossible ... for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole." Gandhi believed otherwise, and history proved his error.
Indian Hindus, still suffering today from a restive Muslim minority, received their reward in a secularist ("multicultural") India, which denies the Hindu majority any institutional expression of their ethno-cultural character. Hindu leaders may have profited from secularism, but the Hindu masses they nominally represented did not.
The lesson of Gandhi's failure is clear: In interracial relations a group that defines itself by its tolerance will lose against a group that doggedly pursues its own self-interest. Shrewd ethnocentrism is more politically powerful than compromising tolerance. We could call that a sociological law, if it were not so obvious.
Some Critical Views of Gandhi
Alain Daniélou, Histoire de l'Inde, Fayard, 1971:
The Congress party ... was a nonreligious political movement, comprised principally of Indians of Anglo-Saxon education and ideology. To obtain the approval of the Indian masses required the cover of a religious exterior.... Mohandas Gandhi gradually altered his character and appearance. The young anglicized revolutionary lawyer, from South Africa, transformed himself into a half-naked Indian monk.
The death of Gandhi was celebrated by ceremonies of thanksgiving in many Hindu cities.
Ranjan Borra, "Subhas Chandra Bose, the Indian National Army, and the War of India's Liberation," Journal of Historical Review, no. 3, 4 (Winter 1982):
My direct question to him was that since Gandhi's "Quit India" movement had tapered off quite some time ago and in 1947 no such new compelling situation had arisen that would necessitate a hasty British departure, why did they have to leave?
In his reply Atlee cited several reasons, the principal among them being the erosion of loyalty to the British Crown among the Indian army and navy personnel as a result of the military activities of Netaji [Bose].
Toward the end of our discussion I asked Atlee what was the extent of Gandhi's influence upon the British decision to quit India. Hearing this question, Atlee's lips became twisted in a sarcastic smile as he slowly chewed out the word, "m-i-n-i-m-a-l!"
Alain Daniélou, Les Quatre Sens de la vie, Editions du Rocher, 1992:
The use made by Mahatma Gandhi of the theory of non-violence as a political weapon has nothing to do with Hindu tradition. Non-violence is a strictly individual technique of personal improvement.
Gandhi was in fact, thanks to his theories on non-violence, the instrument of massacres on a scale almost without historical precedent, which preceded and followed the partition of India, which he had accepted.
François Gautier, Un autre regard sur l'Inde, Editions du Tricorne, 2000:
It should be said, whatever Gandhi's holiness, that his moral rigidity... and his asceticism caused enormous evils in India, in particular his approach to the question of the Untouchables and the Muslims. He always felt compelled to yield before the demands of the latter, and he obstinately refused to see that the Muslims were always the source of the riots, the Hindus doing nothing but respond.
You speak of non-violence? But Gandhi exerted the greatest violence with his body in fasting throughout his life to subject others to his will. There was in this not only a very Christian element of self-mortification, but also a blackmail which no one dared resist.
Savitri Devi, The Lightning and the Sun, 1958:
The late Mahatma Gandhi's much admired "nonviolence" was moral violence; not: "Do this, or else I kill you!" but: "Do this, or else I kill myself! ... knowing that you hold my life as indispensable."
Excerpts from Nathuram Godse's formerly prohibited defense plea are now online, along with a recent interview with his brother and co-conspirator. The assassination of Gandhi was, we should keep in mind, both wrong and pointless, since Godse's real enemy was a mistaken idea, not its most visible spokesman. Godse was an intelligent and articulate man, and he should have employed his talents productively.
महाराष्ट्र भाजपा की ओर से प्रस्ताव आया है कि अगला विधानसभा चुनाव शिवसेना के साथ ही मिल कर लड़ा जाए और बाल ठाकरे की यह शर्त भी भाजपा ने मंजूर कर ली है कि इस चुनाव में उनके बेटे उध्दव ठाकरे को मुख्यमंत्री के तौर पर पेश किया जाए। दिल्ली में पार्टी अध्यक्ष राजनाथ सिंह की अध्यक्षता में हुई एक बैठक में इस प्रस्ताव को मंजूरी दे दी गई।
संयोग से यह पहला मौका होगा जब ठाकरे परिवार का कोई सदस्य कोई चुनाव लड़ेगा। बाल ठाकरे कोई चुनाव नहीं लड़े, उध्दव ठाकरे कोई चुनाव नहीं लड़े और ठाकरे परिवार के बागी राज ठाकरे भी अब तक कोई चुनाव नहीं लड़े। शिवसेना और भाजपा 1994 से 1999 तक मिल कर महाराष्ट्र में राज कर चुकी है।
A right to make religious converts does not exist either in the Indian Constitution or in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Again, the freedom to change one's religion in the UDHR is not the same as a right to make religious converts. Some years ago when the Vatican attempted to get a right to make religious converts declared as a basic human right, it was strongly resisted by Hindu representatives and rejected by the United Nations. The act of making religious converts is inherently violent as it destroys the religious faith, culture and family relationships of the targeted persons. It may be legal in some places but it is not generally accepted by Hindus as an ethical or moral activity.
(Sri Ram Narayan in his letter, in the Deccan Chronicle, Chennai, on Oct. 21, 2008)
Ever since the Government announced the idea of forming a Sanskrit university in Karnataka, the forces of hell have been unleashed there. Normally, the two main Opposition parties who are always opposed to each other on every issue in the State are now united in their opposition to this proposal.
There’s a reason why regional languages are struggling for survival. The Nehruvian state’s removal of Sanskrit from the education system robbed these languages of their original richness. As a result, the Hindi or Tamil we get to hear in the cities contain more English than Hindi or Tamil.
The Karnataka Government’s move is more than welcome. If the Sanskrit university revives the defining language of India, it will create a generation of self-aware and proud Indians who will (hopefully) rediscover the genius of India and Sanskrit.
SLICE OF HEAVEN Lunch preparations at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pa.
By SARA ECKEL
The Himalayan Institute is one of many retreats where cash-strapped spiritual seekers can participate in work-study programs in which they pay typically $300 to $900 a month in exchange for a few hours a day of service, like washing dishes, cleaning rooms or weeding gardens.
As the unemployment rate has risen and people have sought refuge from the harsh economy, these work-exchanges have become a hot commodity.
Yoga retreat programs can be as short as an overnight visit to Ananda Ashram in Monroe, N.Y., or can last for months or even years.
he says he feels satisfied that his work, however indirectly, is helping the Himalayan Institute’s mission of providing humanitarian aid to poor communities in Africa and India.
“At Intel, I was helping the owner get a new yacht,” he said. “Here. I’m part of something that actually makes a difference.”