Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hindu education is about 3 Ms — Mathematics, Music & Meditation

The present education system has a serious imbalance. It just caters to the left mind — mathematics and mechanistic world view. It only feeds your logical mind.

The result is there for all to see. Everybody is getting selfish and exploitative.. that is because the right brain has been starved.

Hindu education takes care of all your faculties. Mathematics for the left brain. Music & arts for the right brain. Plus silent secular meditation to awaken the dormant powers in you.

Hindu, Christian tug-of-war over Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple intensifies

Hindu, Christian tug-of-war over Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple intensifies: "Kathmandu (Nepal): Nepal's oldest temple, the Pashupatinath shrine revered by Hindus worldwide, is in the eye of a new storm as Christians and Hindus fight it out in court over an ancient forest that belongs to the hallowed shrine.

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would give its verdict on two separate writ petitions filed separately by a Hindu activist and Christians on April 12. Judges Balaram KC and Bharat Bahadur Karki made the announcement after Nepal's Christians, who are on a relay hunger strike for the 15th day demanding the government give them land to build an official cemetery for the community, finally went to court, triggering a retaliation by a Hindu activist.

On March 13, Chari Bahadur Gahatraj, a Protestant pastor and an influential member of the community, filed a writ with fellow Christian Man Bahadur Khatri, asking the apex court to halt the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust that runs the temple, from demolishing the hundreds of Christian graves scattered in the Shleshmantak forest adjoining the temple complex.

The two petitioners said Christians were allowed in the past to bury their dead in the forest and should be allowed to continue the practice till they were given a separate plot of land by the government. When Judge Awadhesh Kumar Yadav ordered the government not to create any obstruction to Christian burials in the forest till the row was resolved, Hindu activist Bharat Jangam filed a counter petition, saying non-Hindus should not be allowed to encroach on Hindu land.

"The forest is considered sacred by Hindus and is used by them to make offerings to their ancestors," Jangam told TNN. "Hundreds of ancient Hindu sages are buried there. If the Christians want a burial land, they should go to the government, not encroach on the land of a Hindu shrine that is also a Unesco-declared World Heritage site."

When the Christian protests demanding a cemetery started in January, they had not been tinged with communal hues. However, the court's decision to resolve the two petitions together could change all that. Even the Christian community has become divided over the graveyard demand.

The minuscule Catholic community has distanced itself from the protests, saying they had no objection to cremation, which was being followed even in the west. Nepal's first Catholic bishop Anthony Sharma said Nepal being a tiny country, land was at a premium. When the living themselves did not have adequate land, there could be no objection to cremating the dead.

Some comments from - Anna Hazare: NGOs for Governance?

Some comments from

My point is that he is instigating the middle class intelligentsia that comes to hear him at Jantar Mantar – and neither he nor any of his allies is a grassroots mass leader – to despise and distrust politicians and bureaucrats as a class when these are the constitutional pillars of State. In their place, Hazare moots an unelected oligarchy. This does not bode well for the nation or the society.

It is Gandhian blackmail and will produce similar anarchy, by diverting attention from the real issues. The real problem is that the Government beginning with Rajiv Gandhi (of Bofors fame) has been turned into a facilitator of loot like the East India Company. It is now controlled by an invisible mafia that is using Manmohan Singh as a stooge. Can Raja, Hasan Ali, etc control such vast amounts of money without government patronage? The Government, like Manmohan Singh is accountable to Sonia and her mafia and no on else.

This passionate social activist, who has started a "fast until death" to demand the "end of corruption" has been offered support by politicians and he has refused it, stating that "all politicians are the same and it should be a grassroot movement". The general idea is good, but the application is stupid. Anna Hazare is not going to get ANY GOOD RESULT in this way - except for making a big name for himself, to be used later for getting into politics himself, which we hope he is not planning to do. What he needs to do now is: 1. accept the support of politicians 2. ask each and every MLA (member of legislative assembly) and MP (member of parliament) and all other politicians who want to support him, to go to their constituencies and ask their voters to submit their requests for help in order to overcome corruption. ## Corruption is not opposed in the Parliament or Lok Sabha by new laws. Making new laws will only AGGRAVATE THE PROBLEM, because corrupt people will always be able to elude justice, and on top the cost of the bribes will skyrocket to "COVER THE RISKS". So corruption will only become worse. Corruption is vanquished when a "big personality" takes PERSONAL INTEREST in facilitating a legal process WITHOUT ASKING FOR BRIBES. So these politicians just have to write letters to the SECRETARIATES that are supposed to grant licenses or other recognitions to the voters of their constituencies, and in such letters they must recommend and require that the legal process should proceed without further impediments or delays. This is the ONLY WAY. There is no other solution for the Indian system. Thus the politicians will not even have to skip a meal (at least not in the name of corruption, if they want to lose weight it's another story), BUT CORRUPTION WILL DISAPPEAR INSTANTLY. This is what the hundreds of people queuing in the politicians waiting rooms want from them, begging and crying, so that the "big man" they voted will "say a word" to the reluctant burocrats. Anything else is just POLITICAL PROPAGANDA, of which dharmic people should be ashamed of - what to speak of supporting it. WAKE UP HINDUS!!! Stop being bamboozled by so-called "great people". You may choose to listen or not to listen: it is your responsibility. I have done my duty.

People!! esp. youths, awake and join the Anna Hazare fight against corruption as democracy and elections cannot remove the corrupt from ruling the Country. ANNAJI!! BEWARE OF SWAMI AGNIVESH OR MEDHA PATKAR. THEY ARE WORKING FOR MISSIONARIES AND FUNDED BY GROUPS ABROAD FOR THE INTERESTS OF CHRISTIAN MAOISTS AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN ANTI-NATIONAL ACTIVITIES who support Sonia in her intrigues.

I really do not understand rationale underlying Anna Hazare's fast unto death. Here are some questions: (a) On what grounds should "civil society" leaders should be involved in a panel of folks who would draft the Lokpal Bill. Many of these "grass-roots workers" are two-bit players, and get dubious funding thru NGO channels of all hues and colors. A classic case is MNREGA scheme, conceived by Jean Dreze, and thru this scheme, tens of thousands of crores of rupees is being dumped into coffers of corrupt folks. And the NAC is trying to further the depth and penetration of this scheme, even though there is hard data that corruption is rampant in the implementation of this scheme. Any guesses, as to why this push for MNREGA. (b) While it is OK to argue for the Lokpal bill (or argue against it), is there any shred of evidence that implementation of such a bill even in the most ideal situation will stem corruption. At the state level, we have the institution of Lokayukta. Maharashtra was perhaps the 1st state to implement this provision (1972!!). The Lokayukta is appointed by Governor after recieving inputs from High Court CJ, and Opposition leader. He has the right to inquire into the conduct of all ministers (sans CM). Typically, we have retired justices of High Courts sitting in this position. However, there is little data to suggest that corruption index in Mah. is less than in other states. Similarly, the Delhi state appointed a Lokayukta in 1995. However, the CWG scam involved mega mis-appropriation of money, and the "tainted' people in this aspect hail from Mah. and Delhi. (c) Somehow I have a feeling that the "fast unto death" act of Anna is just being used to deflect focus from ongoing exposure of scams (which emerge on a daily basis). Imagine a scenario, where the govt., post some cajoling and "pressures" yields to the demand of the "fasters", and constitutes a panel of "experts" who end up drafting a half-ass Lokpal Bill. And in the scheme of things, the focus on current mega scandals, which are perhaps of the same order of magnitude as India's economy, gets lost. Who is the winner in this game?

Sandhyaji has raised valid and significant doubts on the frenzy being spread from Janthar Manthar, New Delhi. Beware, anything highlighted and hyped by the secular mainstream media in India is dubious!

In his letter to the PM, Anna argues that “NAC sub-committee has discussed Jan Lokpal Bill. But what does that actually mean? Will the government accept the recommendations of NAC sub-committee? So far, UPA II has shown complete contempt for even the most innocuous issues raised by NAC.” Pray, what else is this but endorsement of NAC and its policies. Does it not indirectly imply that NAC is made up of saints? Also, does it not imply that he wants to bestow more authority on NAC (and thru it to himself as well). That is the fundamental agenda of many of these hi-profile fasters. Fasting has become a fashion. ## Also, here is a list of awards, Anna has recd. from the govt. – [1] Giants Intl. Award (2000) from Vilasrao Deshmukh [2] Padmabhusan (1992), from R. Venkataraman [3] Padmabhusan (1990) from R. Venkataraman [4] Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra, GoI, (1986) from Rajiv Gandhi [5] Krishi Bhushan, GoMah, (1989), from Shankar Rao Chavan ## Then there are many awards, which are given to "one's own" thru indirect channels constituted of a plethora of "social orgs" and "international orgs".

And finally my conclusion:

Everything in this world is politics........................
some bad politics........................
and even more some ugly politics........................

UPA/Congress is sitting in power
but BJP is not even in the opposition
as for now that place has been
takenup by stooge NGOs/activists

& that difficult times are ahead..........
iam pointing towards the possibility of Emergency Rule

Vijayvaani - Anna Hazare: NGOs for Governance? Sandhya Jain

Anna Hazare: NGOs for Governance?
Sandhya Jain
07 Apr 2011

In the wake of an orchestrated frenzy to achieve a particular legal structure against official corruption, it is pertinent to ask all political parties if they are willing to abolish Parliament and representative government, and entrust power to a coterie of NGOs with overt and covert Western support.
Anna Hazare’s gigantic exercise to delegitimise the elected UPA and elected Members of Parliament, and insist that a self-appointed group of moral guardians shall determine the contours of a proposed national legislation to tackle corruption in government, is an assault on the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Unelected crusaders with agendas derived from unknown sources; and ample funds to whip up moderate street participation; can at best be regarded as a pressure group with a right to be heard.
We may as well formally declare India a ‘Mandate’ of the United States. After all, the NAC that rules the government is chaired by ‘Indo-US nuclear deal is close to my heart’ Sonia Gandhi, and includes French national Jean Dreze, besides ex-IAS officer Harsh Mander, who became internationally famous by maligning the nation in the wake of the post-Godhra riots.
By an interesting coincidence, the attack of the NGO Armada coincides with the Supreme Court’s smashing the moral credentials of Medha Patkar and her Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), for filing a false affidavit in the matter of the Omkareshwar Dam project. A Bench of Justices JM Panchal, Deepak Verma and BS Chauhan – annoyed at the NGO’s false claim that the State of Madhya Pradesh had wrongfully acquired 284 hectares of land from Indore farmers – asked it to explain “why it should not be restricted from filing any case/petition before any court throughout the country”. Why indeed.
More pertinently, State Government counsel informed the Court that Patkar’s NGO is not a registered society and is thus not even entitled to represent the oustees! Surely that sums it up – NGOs are only a ‘lobby’; they are not equal to, much less above, elected representatives of the people. Yet the fact that Patkar’s Narmada Bachao Andolan could exist and enjoy high profile for 30 long years without complying with any legal formalities, proves that such NGOs are intricately networked with the Congress-dominated political and bureaucratic hierarchy, despite pretensions of ‘dissent’ and leadership of the ‘voiceless’. There can be no doubt that they have a hidden agenda.
Now that the Supreme Court has taken cognizance of the dubious credentials of this NGO, it must direct the State Government to investigate the sources of its funding, and possible agenda.

To return to Anna Hazare, the aged war-horse has been seriously undermined by Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde, whose name has been recklessly used over the past few weeks to garner middle class support for the private Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by Hazare, Hegde and others. Hedge has suggested that Hazare’s decision to fast until the Centre agrees to pass this Bill is premature, as the National Advisory Council is still discussing this private Bill and has not given its recommendations to the government.
Justice Hegde has indirectly admitted that there are differences of opinion regarding various clauses of the Bill even among the activists who drafted it. This suggests that the NAC may moot new clauses that could divide the activists further. With the private Bill thus likely to be subjected to further changes by the NAC, Hazare’s fast makes little sense to even some of his colleagues. It would seem that its purpose is to coerce Dr Manmohan Singh to commit to whatever Sonia Gandhi dishes out in the name of the NAC, despite institutional reservations from government. This is extra-constitutionalism at its zenith – strange that the opposition BJP should be so blind to it.
Certainly there is something inexplicable in Hazare’s haste – “It’s a fight to the finish for citizen’s rights”. Why? What is the hidden target he is hurtling towards; why is it secret from the rest of us?
Readers who may regard this critique as harsh should consider that Anna Hazare wants a joint committee comprising government and civil society leaders [read individuals and NGOs favoured by him and his friends] to rework the current draft Lokpal Bill. I am refraining, in this article, from going into the merits of his critique of the Government Draft [I stipulate there will be much merit in it]; in fact, I am not going into the text of his draft at all, nor comparing it with the impugned Government draft.
My point is that he is instigating the middle class intelligentsia that comes to hear him at Jantar Mantar – and neither he nor any of his allies is a grassroots mass leader – to despise and distrust politicians and bureaucrats as a class when these are the constitutional pillars of State. In their place, Hazare moots an unelected oligarchy. This does not bode well for the nation or the society.
While he is within his rights to fiercely criticise the Government draft Lokpal Bill, it is utterly unworthy to say that, “If the government alone drafts the anti-corruption bill, it will be autocratic not democratic, there will be discrepancies.” Here it may be pertinent to note that while Hazare’s charmed inner circle includes some high profile lawyers who have made a mark in the battle against corruption in high places, he has placed NO FAITH in the Judiciary as an institution in rectifying anomalies in the law and its application, and in bringing culprits to justice. This is a strange kind of crusade.

A major plank to justify the hunger strike is the string of scams that have hit the UPA-II, most notably the 2G Spectrum Scam and the scandals associated with the Commonwealth Games.
Yet the 2G Spectrum Scam probe is being closely supervised by the Supreme Court and the principal accused are already in jail – without help from Hazare or his associates.
On the Commonwealth Games – Hazare & Co. are conspicuous by their silence on the Report of the V.K. Shunglu Committee which has nailed Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Lt. Governor Tejinder Khanna, and the Central Ministries associated with the Games for all the sins of omission and commission. The shameless manner in which Mrs Dikshit has sought to ridicule the Shunglu Committee, her meeting to garner the support of Ms Sonia Gandhi, the failure of Sonia Gandhi and Congress to move against Dikshit, all speak eloquently about who shields corruption in the UPA.
I would have had faith in the Anna Hazare fast if he had made action on the Shunglu Committee the pivot of his crusade and fast in Delhi, and not made the personally honest Prime Minister the target of his rage. The fact that this very live issue of high level corruption in the capital – which still reverberates in world capitals – did not even occur to him or his associates should be evidence enough of an unspoken agenda and an illegitimate target. It reminds one of Sherlock Holmes’ quintessential query – but why didn’t the dog bark?
In conclusion, I must say I cannot agree with the main object of Anna Hazare’s fast –to elevate a select coterie as national super cop and super judge, as a national daily put it so aptly.
I robustly condemn the idea that Magsaysay Award-winning Indians should figure in the Lokpal selection panel. This stinks of an American hand. Without casting aspersions on any individual, it bears stating that the Magsaysay Award is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, though it is named after late Philippine leader Ramon Magsaysay.
As the Rockefeller family has vast business interests all over the globe and doubtless also in India, we shall never know what kind of private networking could take place in government and bureaucracy via its favoured persons, to further Rockefeller interests. Recently we saw US insurance corporate-cum-philanthropist Warren Buffet visiting India and Government pushing to raise FDI in insurance from 26% to 51%! Bill and Melinda Gates were also here – peddling vaccines of unknown quality and of course the detestable GM seeds.
India’s high profile elites derive status from the international NGO cocktail circuit. Their insatiable quest for funds and glory makes them adopt ideas and concepts without examining their validity in an Indian context. As they are very conscious of their elite status, they have unacceptable contempt for the people and their elected representatives. We cannot endorse these non-accountable and glittering Western satellites.
The author is Editor,

How Lord Jagannath became a Marvel supervillain | Vijayendra Mohanty — Storyteller

How Lord Jagannath became a Marvel supervillain | Vijayendra Mohanty — Storyteller

The word Juggernaut, in English means a relentless destroying force. Marvel Comics even has a supervillain character called Juggernaut in their X-Men stories. His mutant superpower is that he is utterly unstoppable. The story of how the word juggernautentered the English language is equally interesting.