September 16, 2005
Member: National Integration Council
Government of India
National President: All India Catholic Union (Founded 1919)
Secretary General: All India Christian Council
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26 August 2005
DR MANMOHAN SINGH
Prime Minister of India
Chairman, National Integration Council
Re: Agenda for the inaugural meeting of the NIC on
31st August 2005
The Christian Community of India, and specially its Dalit and marginalised
sections, congratulate the Government of India, acting on your commitment,
for reconstituting the National Integration Council, and convening its
meeting after a gap of more than 13 years.
The reconstitution of the NIC had been received with great hope and
enthusiasm by the Minority communities and general and the Christian
community in particular as its cries of anguish had gone unheard in the
corridors of governance and administration for much the last decade. The
hope was the greater because of several other welcome steps taken by your
Government, including the setting up the National Commission on Minority
Educational Institutions, the Rangnath Commission on backwardness among
linguistic and religious groups, and the Justice Sachchar Commission to
evaluate the economic condition of Muslims in India.
It is therefore that we received the Agenda papers of the NIC meeting with
great disappointment and some alarm. Some of us hope to present to the
inaugural Council meeting a Paper on `A Christian perspective on National
Integration' reflecting our anxieties and expectations, and our great faith
in the nurture and security of democracy in our great country.
But we feel obliged to challenge now certain basic assumptions in the
Agenda papers which reflect insensitivity, to say the least, if not
pre-conceived notions about our work, that seems to be a carryover from the
past NDA government.
The agenda draftsmen of papers seem to believe that forcible and
fraudulent conversions (to Christianity) are the main cause of civil unrest
in tribal and other rural areas. This is a malicious myth propagated by
obscurantist and fundamentalist - and often violent - political groups and
their frontal organisations of a well known exclusivist ideology which
believed in the thesis of One nation, One people, One Culture" totally
negating the Indian reality of Unity and Diversity. The lie has been
perpetrated for decades without evidence. Nuns have been raped, Priests
murdered, churches attacked and believers harassed under the umbrella of
this lie. No court, no state government and no district administration ahs
been able to adduce a straw of evidence to prove fraudulent and forcible
conversions. On the contrary, forcible and often violence `ghar wapsi'
programs by criminal gangs have been the norm in the tribal belt. And yet
state governments have fortified Anti-Conversion law!
s till they totally erode all Constitutional Guarantees of Freedom of
faith and come dangerously close to India seemingly rejecting InterNational
Charters of Freedom to which it is a proud signatory.
We would have expected the Inaugural NIC Agenda to be more focused and
holistic, reflecting the National concern at the hijacking of the
educational system, the communalization of the body fabric including the
police force and the subordinate judiciary (as pointed out by the highest
police and judicial officers in the land), the hunger deaths in various
states, and finally, the collusion of the state and political apparatus in
Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, in the victimization of the
We also expected the Government to promise to give Statutory and
Constitutional shape to the National Integration Council, to give it at
least a permanent and powerful Secretariat.
I am sure you will look into it.
God bless you, you Government, and God bless India
With warm regards
AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN DAYAL
Coordinator, Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue (BIRD)
Dear Mr. Dayal,
This has reference to your recent letter to the Honourable Prime Minister
on the National Integration Council.
I would like to as you some genuine questions on the subject. Most of them
are questioning your own integrity. So, do not get perturbed or try to evade
answers. You are first of all no Holy Joe, Mr. Dayal.
Can one have integration without integrity? Where is your integrity? What
is integrity of the people like you who talk about it, but keep quiet when
everywhere the essence of integration is being deliberately destroyed by
vested interests? Are you really interested in integration?
And is integration only to be between Muslims, Christians and Dalits whom
you have been using as cannon fodder for long for your vested interests, to
occupy cushy positions as member of NCM and the like? Or should integration
be widened to bring the whole of our neglected, despised India into the
mainstream of the nation's activities, its hopes and its dreams?
Hindu-bashing, especially RSS/VHP/Bajrang Dal bashing, seems to be your
only hobby. This business has been bringing you millions of dollars and
invitations to umpteen seminars and consultations in Western countries. How
can such a despicable character talk of national 'integration' when your
personal integrity itself is under cloud?
Have you ever bothered about the hungry people with hunger pangs growing
in their intestines when you enjoy your life in five-star surroundings and
shed copious crocodile tears for the minority communities and Dalits? What
is the use of talking about integration when the hungry cannot partake at
your dinner table? Will you answer these questions, Mr. Dayal, here and now?
A struggle can be linked to an onion. You take it off layer by layer and
sometimes you cry. This is the situation in India, the India of the poor,
which is in ferment, stirring itself to challenge the chains of bondage that
have seared their very souls over the years. They are fighting the
carpetbaggers and the charlatans, like you, of this country.
Without integrity, without a deep and abiding commitment to the poor of
the country, all talk of national integration is only a lot of bullshit.
We are passing through a crisis of unprecedented dimensions, symbolized by
the collapse of values. Self-styled Christian leaders like you have emerged
bereft of principles. Our national life has been polluted by the venality of
the discredited men like you. You have therefore no moral right to talk of
Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue(BIRD)
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31 August 2005
Washington, DC – The Jamestown Foundation today announced that former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating has agreed to join its Board of Directors.
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A former FBI agent, Governor Keating won worldwide praise for his skilled leadership in the wake of the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. The bombing was one of the deadliest acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
"Governor Keating's handling of the Oklahoma City tragedy equips him with the experience and foresight to advise Jamestown on our expanding terrorism program," said Jamestown Board Chairman Clinton Smullyan, "From service in the Oklahoma state legislature to the highest levels of federal government, his knowledge of the U.S. law enforcement community is unmatched."
A former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and Associate Attorney General, Keating oversaw the operations of virtually every federal law enforcement agency, including the Secret Service, U. S. Customs Service, the ATF, the U. S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and all 94 U. S. Attorneys. He was elected to two consecutive terms as Oklahoma Governor in 1994 and 1998 before becoming President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers in 2003.
Founded in 1984, the Jamestown Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research institution dedicated to providing policy-makers and the public with timely information concerning critical political and strategic developments in China, Eurasia and the Greater Middle East.
The sensitivities of the Indian diversities can never be ignored in any genuine, non-political and professional attempt to reform education. For the last over one year, too much has been made of the so-called gross misadventure made in the year 2000 when a new curriculum frame work for school education was presented to the nation. What caused much anguish to a select group of left-intellectuals included recommendation regarding making children aware of the basics of all the religions of the people of India; to know the commonalities and learn to respect differences wherever these exist. The other aspect that alerted the Marxists was the emphasis on values; that truth, peace, nonviolence, righteous conduct and love become an integral part of the entire process of teaching and learning in schools. A sympathetic ‘national’ media was standing-by in full support. Obviously, some of them had no idea what was indeed the meaning of a curriculum framework or, was it in any way different than the syllabus! There were suggestions in the curriculum framework on the importance of Sanskrit, reference to astronomy and a mention of Vedic mathematics. To those who derive their intellectual sustenance from the creators of now late-lamented USSR, this was a heady cocktail of communalism and a great danger to the very foundation of Indian democracy; secularism!
It was clearly pointed out in the process of curriculum reforms initiated and clearly mentioned in the main document itself that all steps had to be taken to ensure that no personal prejudices, biases or perceptions were allowed to distort the real purpose of bringing in the basics of the religions. Under no conditions, rituals, dogmas and superstitions were to be propagated in the name of basics of religions, which alone were to be focused. The idea was to inculcate respect for religious faiths other than ones own and thus eliminate mutual distrust and intolerance. Not satisfied with the prolonged attack through media and meetings, the issue was taken up in the highest court of India. The Supreme Court analyzed the contents of the proposed educational reforms and delivered a historic judgment on September 12, 2002. The following from this judgment appears relevant in the context: “The complete neutrality towards religion and apathy for all kinds of religious teachings in institutions of the state have not helped in removing mutual misunderstanding and intolerance inter se between sections of people of different religious faiths and beliefs…. Secularism’ therefore, is susceptible to a positive meaning that is developing understanding and respect towards different religions…Study of religions, therefore, in school education cannot be held to be an attempt against the secular philosophy of the Constitution.”
Religions are a reality, whether one likes it or not. Can any educational reform process deny that India in a multi- religious society, every one of its citizens needs to learn to live together and work together? Everyone has to accept and internalize that Indian State is secular and the Indian society is religious. There is no contradiction between the two. Secularism can surely be strengthened if it draws upon the common moral, ethical and humanistic values, which are a necessary part of every religion. Why should the future generation forget what happened to the USSR which had vanished religions and locked all the places of religious worship and prayers?
The well-identified group of individuals shouted hoarse that the educational reforms initiated in the year 2000 were against the National Policy of Education -1986, revised in 1992. This, of course was a part of the Marxist strategy to repeat a lie till people get fed-up and in disgust, if not for other reasons, accept it! Not a single violation of the Policy approved by the Parliament of India was pointed out in specific terms. No organization, religious or cultural or educational, pointed out any violation or any description that was in favor of one group against any other. A motley crowd of those who were accustomed to the perks of power for decades together and suddenly found themselves out of it, continued to spread venom and lies with resource inputs from their ideological masters. It needs no astrology to predict their great enthusiasm and joy when a sudden turn of events restored them their favorite institutions and the power and authority to manage and administer them. They were in a tearing hurry. Has any one ever heard of a sixth grader being provided for with additional text books of history and expect him/her to correct the ‘communal’ content of the text book in the bag after consulting the ‘secular’ text book in the library kept their for this very purpose! Can any country be located which insists on re-introducing text books written four decades ago in any subject and of any grade? Only India-2005 could claim the credit!
History and historians were in the focus of the debate, discussions and dissensions of the last five years in education. To some who reigned for decades together in all aspects of history and institutions dealing with it, it was a question of life and living. Nothing else in education was of any significance to them. This lot was extremely happy when the old history books were brought back. Then there are committees, committees and more committees; no dearth of placements and meetings. Who cares about the Policy and the manner in which it is changed? Otherwise how can those who swear by the name of Rajiv Gandhi become a party to the violation of the NPE-1986, which was one of his most progressive and visionary contributions? Half a page specifically devoted to value education in Rajiv’s Education Policy vanishes totally in the 2005 ‘prescriptions’, which deliberately avoid focus on value-based education. NPE-1986 had emphasized the need for research in Indology, the search of the country’s treasure of ancient knowledge and relating that knowledge to the modern reality. All this stands totally wiped out. The NPE_1986 shows its commitment to the development of facilities for the intensive study of Sanskrit while the present government’s secular educational ‘products’ betray their animosity to the policy by just remaining practically silent about Sanskrit. While Policy desired inclusion of Yoga in all school programmes, now it shall just remain a term listed along with games sports and health education. The focus of the 1986 policy on learner attainments was reflected in the policy directive that minimum levels of learning shall be laid down stage wise. It was done for primary stage and usefully implemented in various states. Those who opposed it all along have now found it impractical and pedagogically unsound, hence rejected. Fundamental duties have also met the same fate. These were included in the constitution during the times of Indira Gandhi as Article 51(A). Only Rights shall be emphasized. How the two can be separated will have to be determined by some NGO’s who would deserve liberal financial support in near future. In that respect the proposed changes in education are certainly future-oriented and reassuring to the NGO’s that liberal funding would not be in short supply and they can rest assured of ‘better’ opportunities to serve the nation.
A blatant violation comes in the form of total neglect of the recommendations of the S.B. Chavan Committee report submitted to both the houses of the Parliament of India in February 1999. It was passed on to the organizations, presently busy in de-saffronizing the ‘communal’ textbooks, for implementation in May 1999. The much-maligned former Director of the organization had assumed charge only in July 1999! That the Supreme Court had endorsed the recommendations of the Chavan committee could cut no ice with those engrossed in act of secularizing education.
The best that the stakeholders in education can do is to peruse the new proposals in education a bit carefully. The NPE-1986/92 expresses a resolve not to permit new generations to break away from their roots of ancient Indian history and culture and reiterates the determination to encourage young students to discover and interpret in their desired manner and form their own perspectives. This was formulated by a government, which had the biggest-ever electoral mandate to rule the country. It was not dependent on the ‘support from outside’. That Education Policy stands totally rejected now. Instead, India is now presented as a multi-national country fragmented on the considerations of religion, caste, groups, class and what not. This is what people get when they throw a fragmented mandated and power comes on the crutches of the ‘left’! And when left supports power, it is only a self-support, whatever be the disguise!
Book review (To appear in the Quarterly Journal of Mythic Society)
National Resurgence in India, P. Parameswaran (Chief Editor),2005. Published by Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram, Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala.Pages, 296. Price Rs 400 (HB), Rs 350 (PB).
Reviewed by N.S. Rajaram
The volume consists of presentations made during the orientation
course on "Research for National Resurgence" organized by the Bharatheeya
Vichara Kendram held on August 21 - 23. As the Chief Editor P. Parameswaran
observes in his introductory essay, the orientation course was organized
because it was felt: "It is necessary not only to restore the academic
health of the universities in Kerala but also to analyze and suggest
solutions for the maladies eating into the vitals of the state."
From this statement two things become clear. First, it had a
regional, more particularly Kerala focus; and second, the course was
intended as a corrective measure to perceived maladies in the academic
climate. But as the Chief Editor notes, the Kerala situation is not an
isolated phenomenon, but part of a national malaise.
To address this somewhat general issue-not a specific area, but
the more nebulous goal of improving the academic climate in Kerala, the
organizers brought together a wide spectrum individuals ranging from the
senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi and commentator S. Gurumurthy, to
well-known academics like V.R. Panchamukhi and Chandrakala Padia as well as
the enthusiast and popular writer Michel Danino. An immediately visible
result is loss focus in trying to do too many things.
Such workshops and seminars can serve a useful purpose. Two
notable examples, both organized by the Mythic Society in Bangalore come to
mind. The first, a seminar on the Aryan problem 25 years ago, and a more
recent one on the astronomical dating of the Mahabharata War. (The
proceedings of both the seminars have been published by The Mythic Society.)
The next question is- do such programs add value? In the case of
the two seminars just noted, the answer is an emphatic affirmative. They
contain contributions by active researchers in the field and remain valuable
sources even today. That is to say, they have stood the test of time.
In the case of the volume under review, the question of added value is
harder to answer. To begin with, it is too recent, and secondly, the program
was not a seminar with a topic but a general exhortation to initiate a
national resurgence, and more particularly, Kerala resurgence. Nonetheless,
this review will try to identify areas in the presentations that may
continue to be relevant and a useful resource for the future.
The very goal of the program, of resurgence, proclaims unhappiness at the
current state of intellectual life and the direction which it is taking. So
it is no surprise that many of the contributions have a strongly defensive
tone. A theme that underlies the whole program is the continued unhappiness
at the Aryan invasion version of history. It is surprising this should be
so, even in Michel Danino's paper (pages 71 - 98), the longest in the
volume, when there is ample scientific and even literary evidence to
demolish the whole thing. Since neither Danino nor any other contributor has
mentioned it, here is a summary of the latest situation.
In the whole of the Rigveda, consisting of ten books with more than 1,000
hymns, the word "Arya" appears fewer than 40 times. It may occur as many
times in a single page of a modern European work, like for example, in
Hitler's Mein Kampf. As a result, any modern book or even a discussion on
the "Aryan problem" is likely to be a commentary on the voluminous 19th and
20th century European literature on the Aryans having little or no relevance
to ancient India.
This is simply a matter of the sources: not only the Rigveda, but also the
whole body of ancient literature that followed it have precious little to
say about Aryans and Aryanism. It was simply an honorific, which the ancient
Sanskrit lexicon Amarakosha identifies as one of the synonyms for honorable
or decent conduct. There is no reference to any "Aryan" type.
A remarkable aspect of this vast "Aryanology" is that after two hundred
years and at least as many books on the subject, scholars are still not
clear about the Aryan identity. At first they were supposed to be a race
distinguished by some physical traits, but ancient texts know nothing of it.
Scientists too have no use for the "Aryan race." As far back as 1939, Julian
Huxley, one of the great biologists of the 20th century, dismissed it as
part of "political and propagandist" literature.
Recently, there have been attempts to revive racial arguments in the name of
genome research, but eminent geneticists like L. Cavalli-Sforza and Stephen
Oppenheimer have rejected it. The M17 genetic marker, which is supposed to
distinguish the "Caucasian" type (politically correct for Aryan), occurs
with the highest frequency and diversity in India, showing that among its
carriers, the Indian population is the oldest.
It is not without reason that knowledgeable scholars today are calling the
whole enterprise not AIT (Aryan invasion theory) but AIP (Aryan invasion
propaganda). A similarly rigorous analysis of linguistic claims not only
demolishes the linguistic version of Aryan theories, but also casts serious
doubts about the assumptions that underlie the whole of Indo-European
Unfortunately, neither Danino not anyone else mention these recent epoch
making findings. What we get instead are recycled arguments and polemics
based on old, mostly European sources. The same participants who complain
about Eurocentric distortions keep on using European sources, pitting one
opinion against another. This leaves the reader to choose the particular
authority that he or she happens to agree with!
The problem is unfamiliarity with the primary sources and not keeping up
with progress in science and their implications for history. Only Dr. Murli
Manohar Joshi, a scientist and former academic unequivocally states that
persons aspiring to study India must master Indian languages, especially
Sanskrit, and also science. As he pointedly notes- if we can learn English,
we should certainly be able to learn Sanskrit.
Another weakness of the program, one that seems to run through other
programs with similar goals and themes, is excessive emphasis on what is
termed 'spirituality.' This often amounts to little more than religiosity or
a religious view as understood by the follower of one or other particular
mystical cult. It may be Sri Aurobindo or Ramana Maharhsi-both great souls
no doubt-but it is seldom made clear how one could use them to inspire the
youth today to undertake research for resurgence or anything else.
As far as the specific contributions are concerned, the reviewer found three
that went beyond the routine fare that is the staple of well intentioned but
poorly focused programs: (1) "Maladies in our social science research
programs" by V.R. Panchamukhi; (2) "Decolonizing social sciences and women's
studies" by Chandrakala Padia; and (3) "The Indian tradition in science and
technology," by M.D. Srinivas. These contain valuable insights and research
pointers that need further exploration.
In summary, national resurgence, including Kerala resurgence, cannot be
brought about by adopting a defensive mindset and lamenting past injustices.
It needs a positive approach and a willingness to come to grips with the
challenges-and the opportunities-today. Every challenge is also an
This reviewer would suggest that workshops like this can serve a useful
purpose, but only if properly planned and organized. But they must offer
more than platitudes and polemics. They must add value, meaning they must
produce something that will remain useful to researchers a few years hence.
In order not to leave on an entirely critical tone the reviewer would
suggest a workshop on two major areas of current activity: (1) epigraphy and
paleography and their implications for ancient Indian history and
chronology; (2) findings in natural history including genetics, which are
revolutionizing our views of ancient populations and migrations. Even
tutorials by experts would be invaluable.
The reviewer hopes that the suggestion will be taken up by individuals and
organizations in a position to organize such programs. The youth should be
brought into any such programs, which at the present time seems to be
limited to veterans some of whom are no longer actively engaged in research.
September 15, 2005
Dalit Meet at Washington on 5th & 6th October, 2005
v to provide reservation in the Private sector v and expose globally
caste-based discrimination, v to expose Sangh Parivar, v sensitize UN
fora for protection of Dalit Human Rights, v addressing Global Media
for two hours where Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh also held
his Press Conference, v appeal to US media to provide opportunity to
New Delhi, 15th September, 2005.
In the era of globalization, it has become imperative to fight certain
causes globally. With this understanding, the Dalit Freedom Network
(DFN) is organizing a meet at Washington on 5-6 October 2005. Dr. Udit
Raj, Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations
will be one of the chief spokespersons among others like Rev. Joseph
D' Souza, International President, Nancy Ricks, Executive Director,
Baroness Caroline Cox, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords, England,
William Armstrong, Former US Senator from Colarado, US Senators, and
other such prominent persons. A great friend of India and US
Congressman, Joseph Pitts, will be the host of this meeting to be held
on capital hill. His name was brought into controversy when Gujrat's
C.M., Narender Modi's, Visa was denied. Joseph Pitts took keen
interest in protecting the minority interest in Gujarat.
The objectives of DFN are to establish Education Centers for Dalits in
India, empowering Dalits economically, provide medical and other
health facilities, and protect their human rights. DFN is engaged to
bring awareness in USA to help Dalits in India. It believes that the
magnitude of caste problems can not be fought by a few, but by many
people not only in India but worldwide. DFN is also the clearing house
of information on activities involving Dalits.
DFN has established about 40 centers of education for Dalits in India
which are not only imparting scholastic lessons and curricula, but
gives global exposure and awareness about human rights. This will
enable them to choose right options in their future. One education
centre at Papaiahpeth in Andhra Pradesh has nearly broken the caste
barrier. Thus DFN School is different from other schools. Children are
also taught on how to make investments, become entrepreneurs, and
manage the finances. This is time for DFN to become an international
advocate for Dalit rights. Starting in Washington DC with the American
Government, DFN seeks to represent Dalits not only within America but
also internationally in the UNO and at major conferences on human
rights and religious liberties. It will also raise funds for legal aid
to provide relief to Dalits through Indian legal system. Dalits will
be medically assisted, like free check-ups, vaccinations, subsidized
medicines, training of village health workers, and funding
scholarships for undergoing medical training. The US House
International relation committee will hear the plights of Dalits.
Through the two-days' activities at Washington, we will have final
discussion which will be participated by eminent personalities
including me. The second day, I will be talking to global media for
two hours at the Capital Building where Indian Prime Minister Dr.
Manmohan Singh held his Press Conference during his previous visit.
Issues like Gohana incident will be raised. No longer America will be
the land for propagation by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and now the All India Confederation of SC/ST
Organisations will also use this opportunity. VHP had taken out a
marathon propaganda throughout America which indirectly or tacitly
spread caste and communal feelings. At present, USA has become the
melting pot, and plays a very decisive role for the world. Dalits must
not be left behind to raise their voice on such land.
Indian Industries are opposing reservation in the private sector.
America is a role model for them in all respects, be it technology,
office culture, investments, capital mobilization, professional
management etc., but when it comes to giving something to Dalits, it
remains no longer a role model. When corporate houses in USA declare
Annual Profit and Loss Account, they also proudly announce the jobs
given to Dalits of America like Negros, Hispanics, and Red Indians.
Most Businessmen part with their wealth for social and charitable
purposes before their death unlike in India where they not only
accumulate wealth by all means but pass it on to their families,
hoarding black money as well. Lots of foreign investments and
multinationals are in India, and through this meet, we will appeal to
them in America to provide reservation in their establishments in
India. It will also be endeavored to appeal to American media to give
space to Dalits in their respective concerns in India. The Editors
Association of America has done a commendable job by bringing up
Negros in American media from 2% to more than 9%. When white dominated
editors came to know that blacks were highly under-represented, they
identified young black boys and girls and paid them and made them
suitable to become journalists. If America is a super power, it is
because of its fraternity and justice done to the deprived. USA is
almost free from internal conflicts and that helps a lot to rule the
world unlike us.
JAMMU, Sept 14: Various functions were organised by Kashmiri Pandits at different places here today in connection with observance of 16th Martyrs’ Day. The Day is also observed as Balidan Divas.
While Panun Kashmir took out a scooter rally in the outskirts of Jammu City and dedicated the day to the community youth, Jammu and Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM) observed the day as Sankalap Divas and All State Kashmir Pandit Conference (ASKPC) organised a Maha Yagya in memory of those martyrs who laid down their lives during last 16 years of turmoil for the national cause.
The PK activists with pla-cards and banners in their hands assembled near Zorawar Stadium here where from the rally started. They were led by PK chairman Dr Ajay Chrangoo and its general secretary, Kuldeep Raina.
Talking to reporters Dr Chrangoo reiterated the Homeland demand saying it is the only solution to the Pandits’ problems.
He alleged that the unemployment of Kashmiri Pandits is not an aberration of the system but an deliberate effort to cleanse the Kashmiri Pandits from the state administration.
The rally after passing through various colonies and localities of Jammu culminated at Geeta Satsang Ashram Muthi with the concluding speech of Swami Kumar Ji.
At an impressive function organised by JKVM to remember the martyrs 30 General Council members of the organization took a solemn oath to dedicate themselves for the services of the community in presence of Justice (retd) B L Bhat and Swami Sachdanand Ji Mahraj.
In order to strengthen their age old bonds with the land of Kashmir
a special pitcher of earth which was brought from the Valley was also worshiped on the occasion by the Manch activists who said that Kashmir is in their blood, body, mind and soul.
Addressing the function Dr R L Bhat national vice president of the Manch stressed on the total participation of the community in the on going struggle.
Swami Sachdanand Ji Mahraj in his address urged the community members to unite for achieving their goal. He said there can be ideological differences among the people but ideas should never come as a stumbling block in the unity.Justice B L Bhat (retd) also stressed on the unity in the rank and file of the community.
A large number of people drawn form different parts of the City participated in Maha Yagya organised by ASKPC at Durga Nagar on Martyrs’ Day today.
The devotees were served with prashad after Puran Ahuti. A pind dhan (immersion of cooked rice in river) was also performed on the occasion.
Rich tributes were paid to martyrs of the community by ASKPC chief,A N Vaishnavi, its general secretary H L Chatta, P K convenor Dr Aghnishekhar, Sheela Handoo, corporator and M L Aash on the occasion.
Addressing the function Dr Aghnishekhar, while reiterating the Homeland demand said when cities like Chandigarh and NOIDA were carved out in UP and Punjab why not a separate Homeland can be carved out for KPs in Kashmir Valley.
In connection with observance of Balidan Divas Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital organised a Hepatitis B Vaccination camp at its Mission Hospital Durganagar today.
Among others who spoke on the occasion include Shila Handoo Corporator and Dr V K Kachroo.A handout issued by the Hospital said that it has examined 30,000 patients during the last five years.
Two minutes silence was also observed at K P Sabha Ambphalla during the recitation of Bhagwat Puran Katha by Dr B L Kaul this afternoon as a mark of respect to Martyrs. The Sabha chief T N Khosa led the community members in paying homage to martyrs on the occasion.
Rich tributes were also paid to martyrs at a function organised by AIKS here today. Two minutes silence was also observed in their memory.
An AIKS handout issued here today said that Martyrs Day was also osberved in Union Capital by the organisation under the chairmanship of M K Kaw its president. Various leaders of community including H N Jattoo, of AIKPC, T N Razdhan president JKVM and Utpal Koul paid homage to the martyrs on the occasion.
Another function was organised in connection with the Balidan Diwas today by Kashmiri Migrants Protection Forum, Industrialist Association and Kashmiri Migrants Traders Welfare Committee under the leadership of Vijay Chicken at Shakti Ghat here.
Secular Youth Front also organised a function at Muthi Community Hall in which rich tributes were paid to martyrs of the community.
A compilation of all the activites done by UPA that will break India apart, both literally and mentally.
- Move: Pullout of troops from Kashmir.
Reasoning: As there are fewer troops in Kashmir, terrorists will face less opposition and therefore can attack more and conduct more terrorist attacks. Plus, fewer troops can carry out fewer raids against terrorist installations. Fewer raids gives the terrorists the quiet time they need to build up.
Final Consequences: As the number of terrorist attacks gets too much, India can only be forced to give Kashmir to pakistan. Some terrorist attacks can be so large that hundreds of terrorists can attack any place at any given time. India will not have enough troops in place to stop these attacks.
- Move: Teach children wrong History.
Reasoning: The history being taught to children is aimed at making them forget about Hindu culture and Hindu valour. Our Avatars are being taught to be 'fictional' characters. The faith that Hindu people will have in Krishna and Ram will therefore be lowered and many people might convert to religions that have 'factual' people, like jesus christ and mohammed. Teaching that great freedom fighters and warriors like Shivaji and Pritviraj Chauhan were actually cowards will make Hindu children lose faith in their own religion, thinking that it is Hinduism that made these men weak. Showing that muslims and christians are stronger than Hindus will only make the children want to convert.
Final Consequences: When children lose faith in Hinduism and our leaders, we will cease having youth. With a shortage of youth, our numbers will decrease steadily. Also, as the newer generation ceases to be Hindu, our culture will be extinct very quickly. Newer generations will refuse to go to Temple saying it is fake. They will not observe Hindu traditions saying that they are fake and are just conjured stories.
- Move: Sell the military forces to other countries through treaties and information-sharing.
Reasoning: As other military forces know of the position of our Naval ships (previous treaty), the strategies we use to fight (training exercises), and our own research (collaboration with foreign countries for nuclear technology), our forces face a severe disadvantage. If, at any time, a country wishes to attack India they will know of all our military secrets. The U.S knows of our fighting strategies, and they will share them with pakistan (their closest ally). Later, pakistan will attack India and India will have no way of fighting them without suffering huge losses. The nuclear secrets that U.S will know can be used by them to create weapons to attack India (or alternatively, given to pakistan to launch against India). On the other hand, if U.S doesn't wish to attack India, they will make India dependant on U.S arms by sabotaging Indian research. As the Defence Minister said, "Ties with U.S can only help us acquire better weapons." (Not exact quote, but the gist)
Final Consequences: As India will not be able to fight without losing, other nations (namely pakistan, china and the u.s) can take over India with ease. As India breaks up, there can be a slaughter of millions of Hindus. Many more will be forcefully converted to christianity or islam or even communism. At that point, Hinduism will die.
- Move: 100% FDI in many sectors that we are strong in, and applying to WTO
Rationale and Final Consequences: 100% FDI in many sectors such as construction and bio-technology will mean that our companies will not be able to handle foreign competition. As our economy is invaded by foreign companies, our economy becomes dependant on theirs. One decision by another country can cripple the Indian economy within days. As our economy is more dependant on those of others, we can only become poorer. As we become poorer, we will have less resources to fight the enemy christian missionaries and islamic jihadists. With fewer resources to fight, we will lose. As we lose, christian missionaries will convert many Hindus to christianity very quickly. Many other Hindus may simply die due to poverty or islamic terrorism. Plus, as the cost of drugs increases, poor people (forming the majority of the country, and mostly Hindu) will not be able to fight diseases. It is a coincidence that Japanese Encephalitis spread like wild-fire just a few months after a ban was imposed on drug-manufacturing through cheap means?
The report by an advisory council, which had been discussing the matter since April, said the entity would be under the control of the foreign minister and would specialize in collecting information on international affairs.
It suggested that professionally trained officers be posted at embassies to gather intelligence. The group cited Britain's SIS, also known as MI6, as a model for Japan's new agency, the Asahi Shimbun reported.
Currently, the Foreign Ministry's Intelligence and Analysis Service is in charge of collecting and analyzing information on international affairs, as well as research operations. The division collects such information through the daily activities of Japanese Embassy officials abroad.
The SIS, romanticized as the employer of the fictional James Bond, engages in espionage operations in foreign countries under the control of the British foreign secretary. Details of its activities are unknown.
The report also criticized Japan's lack of measures to prevent leaks of confidential information.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Kazakhstan has taken a small, but significant step towards preparing more of its military personnel to receive education and training in Western countries by opening a new military language institute in Almaty. In many ways this development serves to highlight the extent of the uphill task of Kazakhstan's military establishment as it seeks to increase the number of personnel with a competent level of military English language skills. Embryonic in its scale, the facility equally provides tangible proof that the senior leadership within Kazakhstan's Ministry of Defense remains open to enhancing Kazakhstan's links with the NATO Alliance and its member states (Interfax, September 10).
Behind the high-profile public ceremony in Almaty on September 10 celebrating the opening of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, Army General Mukhtar Altynbayev, Kazakhstan's minister of defense, prided himself in the international dimension of the invited guests, including defense attaches from the United States, France, Germany, Turkey, and Russia. Skeptics of the long-term sustainability of Kazakhstan's foreign policy paradigm, predicated on the principle of avoiding favoring any major power, may criticize the diversity of those invited and the difficulty of developing a common position on assisting Kazakhstan's military reform. Yet all these states have vested interests in seeing success in this new venture.
The institute itself will be tasked with preparing officers to carry out interpreting work and regional studies that emphasize military intelligence analysis based on a knowledge of two or more languages. Initially the institute will organize training in Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Turkish, and several oriental languages. Altynbayev noted that Kazakhstan "has formed a national system of military education that has a complete cycle. Education and combat training programs are being developed taking into account new challenges and threats. The priority in the development of the military education system is that graduate experts should be in demand by both military and other security agencies" (Kazakhstan Today, September 10).
According to Altynbayev, the crucial aspect of the institute is that in 2006 it will become a regional educational center within the framework of NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP). Access to this institute by other officers from elsewhere in Central Asia may provide a stimulus promoting NATO's work in the region and facilitating the expansion of current bilateral security assistance programs offered to Kazakhstan by NATO's members.
Kazakhstan's careful balance between Washington and Moscow is not compromised by the international support or the regional aspect of the institute being linked in the future with NATO's PfP. Kazakhstan's long-term military cooperation with Russia seems no less secure as a result of these overtures towards the Alliance. Kasymzhomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan's foreign minister, made clear his country's continued support for the anti-terrorist efforts in Afghanistan and practical cooperation in Iraq during his August 22-25 trip to Washington. Tokayev's talks with Elliot Abrams, deputy national security advisor to President George W. Bush, appeared to offer reassurance of Kazakhstan's commitment to democratic reform; a process that may be furthered by its hopes to chair the OSCE in 2009. Such contacts with the West, economic cooperation coupled with security assistance, supply a wider and durable context within which it can be expected that Kazakhstan's military will be increasingly exposed to Western ideas and methods. Despite recent tests for U.S. policy in Central Asia relating to the termination of its basing rights in Uzbekistan, Tokayev assessed positively Kazakhstan's strategic relationship with the United States. "We are helping the United States to hold the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan. Kazakhstan is the only Central Asian country and one of the few Muslim countries that has sent their military staff to Iraq. Our loyalty in this aspect is strong and firm. We believe that now is not the time to discuss whether an action is legitimate or not. Right now is the time to demonstrate consensus of the international community on the issue of reconstructing this country" (Komsomolskaya pravda Kazakhstan, August 27).
The success of the new language institute in particular will be an important underlying factor in the utility of Western security assistance programs. U.S. assistance, as well as British and Turkish advice and practical aid, has helped in the realization of the plan to open such an institute; its potential and scope to expand into something with greater potential in the regional context raises hopes that Kazakhstan may emerge as an engine for regional cooperation. But the weak point in the bilateral relationship remains the issue of Kazakhstan's membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Members of Kazakhstan's defense leadership equate membership with restrictions on the country's room for maneuver in offering access to Kazakhstan's military facilities to NATO members.
Washington's defense planning staff, bearing in mind this caveat, will do well to support the Military Institute of Foreign Languages; it is relatively uncontroversial, risk free, and broadly in line with helping Kazakhstan's military reform, while advancing and deepening the country's links with NATO.
September 14th, 2005
Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath have found strong resonance in the countries of South and East Asia— from India to Indonesia. It was inevitable that the people and the media here should have drawn comparisons between the American response in New Orleans and what they themselves had experienced.
I happened to be visiting some of the countries of Southeast Asia when they were just recovering from the effects of the tsunami, and was in India both during the tsunami and the more recent Mumbai (Bombay) deluge that flooded the city the month before Katrina hit the Gulf coast. As the images and the experience of the Asian disasters were still fresh in the region’s memory, this put me in a position to observe their reaction to the American tragedy.
Above all, the Asian people were shocked by what they saw as the callousness of the public towards the victims and the seeming breakdown of civil society. Some commentators seized on it claiming that it showed that America is a sick and decadent society, a standard Islamist charge. American religious and other volunteer organizations came in for particularly heavy criticism for their failure in the hour of greatest need.
It is worth noting that except for Pakistan and Bangladesh, the countries of the region are not anti-American. American policies are sometimes criticized but there is none of the visceral anti-Americanism that seems to be hardwired in Islamic countries. Even the fashionable anti-Americanism paraded by the intellectuals of Europe and Britain has few takers in India.
It is different with the media. The international media has greater presence in the region than in the U.S. The BBC competes directly with the CNN. Anti-Americanism is a regular feature on the BBC World, the “world’s most infuriatingly sanctimonious TV” channel, as the conservative columnist Swapan Dasgupta called it. Utterly dependent on what the international broadcasters showed them, the public drew conclusions based on that input, regardless of accuracy or lack thereof.
What struck TV watchers was not just the administrative sloth and crime, which happen everywhere, but the descent of New Orleans into complete anarchy. In Dasgupta’s words,
“the organized armed gangs looting empty houses, ransacking of shops, widespread instances of rape and the desertion of one-third of the police force, made New Orleans resemble a Central African town in the middle of regime change.”
In an unguarded moment a CNN reporter described it as being “like the Third World without aid workers.” He might have added without the crime wave. This contrast between civic behavior in New Orleans and during the Asian disasters was what struck observers most.
The Indian columnist S. Gurumurthy pointed out that
“even though the state had absconded in Mumbai as much as in New Orleans, not a single case of rape or molestation was reported. Not a single case of theft. Not a single case of lawlessness. Not just when the killer rains hit Mumbai, even when the killer tsunami hit the east coast of India and thousands died, and hundreds of thousands had to be fed, the story was no different. Every one was fed. No one went hungry.”
It was the same in Sri Lanka where the destruction was even greater.
Gurumurthy saw breakdown of traditional values as the culprit:
“The reason is not difficult to find. India is essentially a tradition and community-run — and not a system or state-run — nation. State …is too a distant a mechanism for instant intervention, particularly in a crisis. It is …the family, neighborhood and community, which act as social safety net normally and in emergency. The West has undermined this social safety net in the name of unbridled individualism. With the result the West has become state-dependent…”
Many Americans could be found to agree with him. Another failure that struck Asians, with their strong sense of community, was the seeming absence of voluntary agencies, especially religious organizations. Dasgupta’s comment was typical:
“… what I find completely inexplicable is why there weren’t armies of volunteers bringing food, water and medicines into New Orleans in the first five days.
“In the aftermath of every flood or earthquake in India, we see home-grown organizations such as the Ramakrishna Mission, …RSS … rushing to the site. In the U.S., we discovered that the American Red Cross had no foot soldiers at hand. …Have voluntary organizations disappeared from the U.S.?”
He came down especially hard on the Christian organizations.
“More significant was the irrelevance of Church bodies. The evangelists who litter the landscape of the Deep South …are cash rich. …How come we didn’t hear of them providing solace to their flock and engaging in Christian charity in New Orleans? We didn’t hear of fire-breathing padres organizing Christian vigilante squads to protect the honor of vulnerable women.”
Of late evangelists have acquired a bad image in the region because of their efforts to take advantage of the recent natural disasters to gain converts. The antics of a few high-profile evangelists like Benny Hinn, under investigation for tax fraud, and Ron Watts, expelled for various irregularities including visa violations, has given them a reputation for hypocrisy.
It is no use pointing out that New Orleans is not America, or that the city is known for sleazy corruption. Also, there was no social breakdown in times of other disasters. I was myself caught in Hurricane Alicia when it struck the Texas coast in August 1983. There were 21 deaths, quite large considering that the area is sparsely populated, and extensive damage, but there was no anarchy. People and businesses helped each other until normalcy returned.
But the damage is done. People will only remember the worst of what they saw and read. New Orleans may remember the physical destruction, but the world outside sees it in moral terms. The city may be rebuilt, but it will be a long and hard haul before America can rebuild its image as a moral, caring nation.
N.S. Rajaram divides his time between Oklahoma City and Bangalore, India.
September 14, 2005
September 11, 2005
The recent Supreme Court judgment discouraging additions to the list of religious minorities and the Central Government’s failure to arrive at a consensus over the Women’s Reservation Bill provide an occasion to debate the meaning of caste and religion, and their usage as instruments of reservation benefits.
From the time of the British Raj, caste has been used to berate Hindu society and has acquired negative connotations in public discourse. Though political parties canvass mass support through caste affiliations, political discourse labels it illegitimate. Even constitutional affirmative action for underprivileged castes is used to put upper caste Hindu society in the dock, though efforts are on to extend the use of caste for political ends. At present, organised religious minorities have launched a virtual crusade for the benefits of caste-based reservations. We need to examine the merits of this quest in terms of the genesis of caste and its applicability to those who have seceded from the Hindu fold.
Caste, the Portuguese name for the Hindu jati and gotra, is simply the organising principle of ancient Indian society. It was the means by which diverse groups in society were integrated and mutual conflicts resolved, on the matrix of an evolving dharma. Both caste and dharma emphasised heredity because ancestry (gotra) was imperative as the spirits of the ancestors had to be invoked in all social sacraments (samskara) to establish the individual’s worthiness to receive the sacrament.
Though apparently restrictive, all groups accepted the heredity principle and “created” ancestries and fabled origins as they progressed in life. The Mundas of Chotanagpur, who were originally organised into exogamous sects called Kilis, changed their Kilis into Gotras. Thus Sandi Kili became Sandil Gotra and Nom Tuti Kili evolved into Bhoj-Raj-Gotra. The Koch tribes of Assam metamorphosed into Bhanga-Kshatriya or Rajbansi, and claimed affinity with Rajputs.
Caste or jati is rooted in the tribal concept of gotra. Sociologists have traced the origins of the Barabhum royal family in eastern India to the Bhumij of the ancient Gulgu clan. The early forts of the Barabhum rajas were at Pabanpur (near Bhula, burial ground of the clan) and Bhuni, where the royal (tribal) Goddess Koteshwari had her sacred grove. But when the Bhumij chiefs claimed Rajput status, they shed their tribal affiliations by renouncing the clan ossuary at Bhula. A similar process was discerned among the tribal Bhumij of Baghmundi and the Manbhum Bhumij. The Bhumij are organised in patrilineal exogamous clans (gotras) affiliated to ancestral villages where the clan ossuaries are located. Gotra is thus the organising principle of tribal societies and the key constituent of Hindu social identity.
Given this reality, the question arises whether individuals and groups who have renounced their Hindu identity should get the benefits of a caste identity. Today, amidst mounting evidence that SC/ST reservations in educational institutions are being surreptitiously cornered by non-Hindus, some are asking why individuals who reject their Hindu identity should retain their caste names and thus mislead society.
It is well known that both Christianity and Islam systematically wiped out the traditional religion and culture in the lands where they spread. Christianity humbled Europe through untold brutality, and the Pope’s talk of Europe’s “Christian roots” cannot disguise the truth that the religion is a cruel imposition of only 2000 years. As for the genocides against the native peoples of North and South America, Australia, and the enslavement of Africa, the less said the better. Islam, similarly, triumphed by wiping out traditional communities (including Christian) where it became dominant.
My point is that both these religions have shown zero tolerance for even vestiges of the old religions in regions where they came to have sway. Both have periodically launched movements against “heretics” and resisted the liberalisation of dogma. While Islam today has the tabligh movement to cleanse Muslim adherents of old practices of their former faith traditions, Christian clergy are engaged in battle with the modern god called “secularism”.
Tolerance of, or co-existence with, old faith identities is therefore ruled out in both religions. In India, they do not even respect the right of the Hindu community to remain the majority community, and persist with aggressive attempts at conversions, vitiating the atmosphere all over the country. It therefore makes little sense to permit so-called Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims to garner reservation benefits intended to overcome social disabilities of Hindu society. If erstwhile Dalits find that Christianity and Islam mistreat them, they must approach appropriate judicial forums for redressal of their grievances or come back to the Hindu fold.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has rendered a sterling service by discouraging the trend towards listing distinct religious groups as “minority communities”. Indeed, as Swami Dayanand Saraswati pointed out in his reaction to the judgment, there are sound reasons why we should reject the classification of minorities on religious grounds. What is happening is that in India transnational religions with enormous numerical, economic and political clouts are claiming privileges as minorities.
India’s religious minorities have access to the enormous resource base of their global co-religionists, yet seek benefits that should go to more needy and deprived sections. The Vatican in Rome caters to the interests of Catholics, while the World Council of Churches in Geneva looks after Protestants. The 2.1 billion-strong Christian community constitutes one-third of the world population, and its clout and reach extends beyond national boundaries, as does that of Islam. Adherents of these transnational faiths, therefore, cannot legitimately be designated as minorities.
The Supreme Court rightly feels that classification of groups as minorities is “a serious jolt to the secular structure of constitutional democracy”. Not only would it generate “feelings of multi-nationalism in various sections of the people,” but it would hinder national integration. The judgment should serve as a stepping stone in the direction of abolishing the category of minority in the Constitution. The educational and cultural rights of all groups can be protected by equal laws for all educational and cultural institutions—it is time to level the playing field.
The lower house of the Kazakh parliament (Majlis) has set the date for the next presidential election, which is to take place on December 4. Elections in the post-Soviet republics of late have tended to coincide with the phenomenon of "color revolutions". For Kazakhstan, however, such a prospect seems unlikely. It is not so much the question of a 9-percent economic growth registered in the first six months of this year (economic growth in Ukraine under the Viktor Yanukovich government was as high) or the charisma of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who, as opposed to, say, Eduard Shevardnadze, has not exhausted his political potential. The main point is that there are no grounds for a revolution in Kazakhstan.
Firstly, the idea of "integrating with the West", which inspired the Ukrainian "Orange Revolution" and the Georgian supporters of Mikhail Saakashvili, is not popular in Kazakhstan because of its geopolitical situation. Therefore it does not have many supporters in Kazakh society.
Secondly, Kazakhstan is not ridden with strife between clans, as was the case in Kyrgyzstan, where the conflict between the northern and southern clans, a vestige of the Soviet era, largely contributed to the downfall of Askar Akayev last spring. The situation in Kazakhstan is radically different because the local elite is much more loyal to the government.
Thirdly, in Kyrgyzstan Akayev had delayed the debates on the future of his regime until the last possible moment - under the Constitution, it was his last term in office. The government, including power agencies, failed to come up with an adequate response to the crisis, since they were lost in reviewing various options, from constitutional amendments to the transition to a parliamentary republic. The situation in Kazakhstan is clear: Nazarbayev, who, as numerous public opinion polls show, is a favorite, will confidently run in the election. Hence, the officialdom will not be inclined to double cross him.
Another important point is that the opposition in Kazakhstan is much weaker than in Kyrgyzstan. It does not have the support of regional clans, and consists mainly of retired officials. The most prominent among them is Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, the leader of the movement "For a Just Kazakhstan," former prosecutor-general and Majlis speaker. Although he is considered to be Nazarbayev's main rival, his current popularity rating is 10%, which is much lower than that of Viktor Yushchenko three months before the elections in Ukraine. The fact that the opposition has been allowed to participate in the elections effectively puts paid to accusations of violating democratic norms made by them against the Kazakh authorities.
Lastly, there are no external forces that would be willing to sponsor a revolution: Nazarbayev is known for his ability to develop relations with all major international players. Partnership with Russia is a top priority for him: it is worth noting that Astana, together with Moscow and Minsk, has consistently supported the Common Economic Space (CES). Russia has also been a reliable partner to Kazakhstan.
Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev are on good terms. Congratulating the Kazakh leader on his 65th birthday last July, Putin said: "Nursultan Nazarbayev has built an independent state from scratch. Only a man of outstanding abilities could achieve this. In retrospect, everything seems easy. But starting from zero and building up to such a level makes it a monumental task with which Nursultan Nazarbayev has coped brilliantly".
At the same time, Nazarbayev steers away from conflict with other major powers - either with China (a Kazakh and Russian partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization) or with the U.S., which does not intend to destabilize the situation in the oil-rich state. Richard Pearl, a Republican notorious for his militant views, visited Kazakhstan in the spring of this year. At the end of the meeting with Nazarbayev, he said that following his talks with the Kazakh leader he became convinced that the country had achieved impressive results in its development. In Pearl's opinion, Kazakhstan plays an important role in the region where sweeping political and economic reforms are underway, and people of various nationalities live in peace and trust one another. He believes that there are threats to stability in the country, such as the danger of extremism and drug trafficking spilling over to Kazakhstan from its poorer neighbors.
The bottom line is: the Nazarbayev administration looks very stable and even potential threats of destabilization cause a negative international reaction. Hence, " a color revolution," in Kazakhstan is highly unlikely.
Alexei Makarkin is deputy general director of the Center for Political Technologies.
Please circulate and publicize this letter and also make the liberation of temples an issue for public debate. In support of denationalization and against Mutts/ temples land distribution , please send your comments to the following :
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Hindu Jagran Forum (Maryland, USA)
September 14, 2005
Open Letter to Hon'ble Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu
Subject: The Godless CPI demand for confiscating the Mutt Lands is anti- Hindu and anti-religious freedom ; To stop demolition of Hindu religious infrastructure urgent liberation of temples is needed.
Hon'ble Chief Minister Jayalalithaa,
The Godless CPI's demand for confiscating and distributing the Hindu Mutt endowment lands to the poor is outrageous, anti-Hindu, anti-secular and it deeply violates the religious sentiments of the majority Hindu community (attachment A). These lands donated by the devotees were historically meant for the purpose of use and sustenance of the religious places in perpetuity. The Govt. in its capacity as a "trustee" and not an "owner" has no power to alter that course. Doing so will be prejudicial to greatly sacred Hindu tradition and it will violate the "trusteeship covenant". That the irreligious CPI in a calculated strategy is focusing upon the temple lands in its national campaign shows its utter disregard towards the constitution, and the Hindus religious rights. The central purpose for unleashing this venomous strategy against the Hindus religious properties is to cultivate electoral dividends to be harvested during the forthcoming elections. On the broader side it once again opens up the question of illegal Govt. control of temples and Mutts in Tamil Nadu seriously violating the religious rights & sentiments of over 80% of the national population.
Madam Chief Minister, to extend Govt. jurisdiction exclusively upon Hindu places of worship and their estates while leaving similar entities of other religious formations outside the draconian control speaks volumes about the hypocrisy exercised by the administration. Isn’t this exactly what the previous Christian and Muslim conquerors of India have tried for centuries? Furthermore, if distributing temple properties amongst the poor is a worthwhile and noble cause, by the same token Madam Chief Minister, how many church and mosque properties has your administration distributed amongst the poor? Or do they not subscribe to that philosophy and therefore, are out of bounds to such generosity?
It is a sad yet lawless story of unconstitutional usurpation of Hindu temples and their estates by the Govt. and becoming their self appointed trustee and then violating the trusteeship covenant by treating temples and estates thereof as discretionary leading to diversion of their resources for other than Hindu religious purposes. Since Hinduism, like other religions in India, is not a state controlled or managed religion therefore, it is far beyond its competence to divert temple revenues, change physical structures and/or sell/transfer their lands or estates for non- Hindu religious purposes.
By controlling Hindu temples and their estates the Govt. is depriving Hindus of their fundamental “Religious Rights’ guaranteed under Articles 25 and 26 of the Indian Constitution. According to Article 25 of the Constitution, all persons are equally entitled to the right to profess, practice and propagate religion. While Article 26, provides that every religious denomination "shall have the right (a) to establish and maintain institutions for religious and charitable purposes; (b) to manage its own affairs in matters of religion; (c) to own acquire movable and immovable property; and, (d) to administer such property in accordance with law".
The Indian Parliament through an Act in 1991 legislated that –“the status of religious places, as on August 15, 1947 shall be retained". The faithful implementation of this law itself will require the authorities to revert the control of places of worship of Hindus to the community governance.
The term "secular" was incorporated in the Constitution of India by the 42nd Amendment in 1976. A secular Govt. cannot legitimately be involved in the operation and management of religious places since secularism firmly stands for the separation of state and religion. With unjustifiable exception of Hindu religious entities this principle is held high in TN. In the case of Hindus the state Govt. has chosen to act above and beyond the limitations imposed upon it by the national constitution.
Our contention encompasses the legal and philosophical commitment of the secular Indian State - that the management and administration of the religious institutions, their estates and places of worship, must reside in the hands of the representative bodies of the believers. That being the ground rule how would Sikhs (Golden temple), Muslims (Jamal Mashed, Aimer Sharif) or Christian churches in India react to Govt. control of their places of worship? Such an intrusion by the government authority in otherwise an autonomous domain has a potential of generating a chain of serious consequences including the charges against the state itself for being a major instrument of dismantling Hinduism
It is simply disgraceful that the Indian Govt. should subsidize the "Hajj" pilgrimage of the Muslims to the tune of Rs. 200 crores annually and make special reservations for them on the basis of their religion, but on the other hand the TN authorities crusade to systematically destroy the self- supporting foundations and structures of Hindu places of worship using unlawful state control as a tool. Democratic and secular governments do not penalize or patronize religions. Such extra legal actions constitute a reverse discrimination against the religion of India’s majority community.
The abundance of available evidence reveals that at the behest of the people in power a deliberate policy of radically altering India’s cultural complexion is at works. This policy aims at de-Hinduisation of India by undermining the Hindu faith and spirit while using Govt. control as a tool for recklessly demolishing the Hindu religious infrastructure. This is indeed an assault on the founding and functional pillars of the national majority's religious heritage.
The doctrine of nationalization and state control of the places of religious worship and their estates cuts at the very roots of the fundamental principles of secularism which unambiguously dictates the separation of state and religion. Transferring such jurisdiction to an autonomous Hindu community Board would be democratically valid, legally sound and the most appropriate instrument of correcting this highly unjust situation. Such transference would simultaneously provide guidance and community governance to shrines and temples which in turn would satisfy any presumed or real public concerns. This age old practice is followed by other religious communities and denying that liberty to Hindus discriminatively is fundamentally wrong and legally groundless.
May we suggest that the representatives of shrines, temples, Hindu community and religious leaders from Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, etc. be motivated to convene an assembly where they could be asked to take charge of clearly defining the new legal framework for the community governance of temples and other religious places in the state. Such a framework should be developed in accordance with the religious needs and the wishes of devotees, donors, Acharyas and the community, who have supported these institutions since ancient times.
This approach among other things could make the Board a completely autonomous and representative body thereby responsible for the entire administration including planning, executing, auditing, guiding, investigating and taking corrective steps on any allegations and or complaints as and when needed. To begin this process the Govt. must restore the community participation, a democratic process, in oversight and decision making process of the endowments department to stop desecration and demolition of the religious infrastructure, pending denationalization.
Hon'ble CM Jayalalithaa, may we suggest that you exercise your leadership and a) declare your administration’s policy of leaving the community ownership of temples and their estates intact; b) pass an urgent legislation to denationalize temples in the state thereby paving the way for creating a Hindu Board for looking after all religious and related affairs on par with the Wakf Board. Let it be noted without a shadow of doubt that the restoration of religious rights of Hindus cannot be summarily dismissed.
Hon'ble Chief Minister, at the conclusion let us once again emphasize that the denial of freedom to the majority in managing its places of religious worship and continuing intrusion and imposition of governmental dictates in an otherwise autonomous domain, will justify the charge against the Tamil Nadu administration of being anti- Hindu and anti- secular. Such charges will include demolishing the Hindu religious infrastructure and undermining the majority community by altering its traditional cultural identity with a view to de- Hinduise India. Therefore, considering the serious consequences hidden behind the CPI demand please stand firm against the Godless CPI's illegal, autocratic, inhuman, anti Hindu and anti- religious demand for confiscating and distributing the temple/ Mutt lands , and take speedy measures to set the Hindu temples and related infrastructure free from Govt. shackles.
With best wishes, and hoping for a favorable and a prompt response.
Dr. Jagan Kaul September 14, 2005
Hindu Jagran Forum (Maryland, USA)
Mutt land in Left glare
The Telegraph, August 22, 2005
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Chennai, Aug. 21: The CPM in Tamil Nadu wants excess land in the hands of various religious mutts to be transferred to landless farm labourers.
The Land Ceiling Act should be amended to enable transfer of some 20 lakh acres of surplus land, being held by big landlords, corporate houses and mutts, to the landless labour, CPM state secretary N. Varadarajan said after a meeting of the party’s state executive.
Opposing the Jayalalithaa government’s move to lease out 50 lakh acres of wasteland to corporate houses as part of an initiative to develop it, Varadarajan said the land given to Dalits under British rule and subsequently encroached upon by upper castes should be handed back to the Dalits.
With the CPM’s central committee having identified land, food security and employment opportunities as the main themes for a nationwide campaign from mid-August to September-end, the land issue will be highlighted in Tamil Nadu.
The campaign will culminate in a picketing of state and central government offices on September 13, he said.
The Centre allocated Rs 60 crore this year for the food-for-work programme in four districts of Tamil Nadu, including the tsunami-hit Nagapattinam and Cuddalore district.
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DNA, GENETICS & POPULATION DYNAMICS:DEBUNKING THE ARYAN INVASION PROPAGANDA
Summary: The so-called Aryan invasion, an idea designed to divide the Hindus of Northern and Southern Bharat, was never supported by any concrete evidence and yet was elevated to the stature of a theory. It has been pushed in secondary school textbooks as a dogma. Science now conclusively rejects any notion of any Aryan invasion of the Indian subcontinent.
Study of changes (mutations, insertions) in chromosomal DNA is very difficult due to its magnitude. In humans, the egg contains 22 chromosomes plus the X sex chromosome, and the sperm has similar 22 plus either the X or the Y sex chromosome. An XX combination in the embryo ensues a female, and an XY a male. There are some 3 billion DNA base pairs in the 46 chromosomes in a human cell. Studying changes as markers in only the Y chromosome can be simpler, but traces only the male ancestry.
Cells contain mitochondria, structures where oxygen is utilized. A mitochondrion has its own DNA, only 16,569 base pairs long, and entirely independent of the chromosomal DNA. Following mutations in the mtDNA is thus significantly easier, but traces only female ancestry as the mitochondria are descendants of the egg, with no contribution from the sperm.
Attempts at linking of populations through insertions of repeat sequences are underway (1), but call for abundant caution because sampling errors, numbers of markers employed, choices of markers, statistical models selected for analysis, etc., influence the results of such studies (2). More importantly, polymorphism (different alleles, or slightly different forms of the same gene) subjected to local positive selection can result in convergent evolution, the reverse also holds true, and these can lead to abnormal conclusions regarding histories of populations (2). Attempts to demonstrate similarities amongst Asian and European gene pools not only suffer from such drawbacks in spite of vigorous statistical analysis, but also can be explained by multiple mechanisms (3).
II. North & South Bharatiyas Share mtDNA, Which Is Distinct From That of Europeans
Extensive sequencing and statistical analysis of a part of mtDNA which has sustained mutations (the mitochondrial hypervariable region I, HVR I), from reasonable sample sizes, has shown that certain sequences dominant in Europe are uncommon in India, and when found, are almost equally divided amongst the North and South Indians. Conversely, there are sequences common to both the North and South Indians which are uncommon in Europe (4). These data have been used to estimate the time of diversion of the peoples of Europe and Asia in the Pleistocenic era (4), emphasizing that these are phylogenically different peoples (5).
III. North & South Bharatiyas Share Tissue Antigens, Distinct From Those of Europeans
All diploid human cells express a set of proteins on their surfaces, HLA-A, B and C, which are unique to an individual. They are coded for in the major histocompatibility complex of genes (MHC class I) on chromosome 6. These are the proteins which are recognized as non-self by the immune system in transplant rejection, and are variously called transplant antigens, phynotypic markers, cell-surface markers, etc. All of these proteins in all persons have identical structures and functions, yet can be distinguished from others. Not all 6 class I antigens (3 each from paternal and maternal copies of chromosomes 6) may be unique to an individual; some are identical or similar. MHC class II proteins (DP, DQ, DR) are expressed by some immune system cells only, but may be even more polymorphic.
Analysis of the DNA sequences coding for the different forms of these proteins (alleles) demonstrate that while populations which are closely related, geographically or through known migrations, show similarities in their class I and II MHC antigens, the Asians and the Europeans are distinct, separate but equal, peoples.
Conclusion: The stark lack of similarities in the gene pools of the Indian subcontinent and Europe, vividly evident in the mtDNA and the MHC complex, destroys any ‘Aryan invasion’ notions, and confirms the genetic uniformity of peoples of the Indian subcontinent.
Chandrakant Pansé, Professor of Biotechnology
Newton, Massachusetts, DrCP@rcn.com
Indian-Americans for Justice & Peace, www.iajp.org
I gratefully acknowledge research support from my dharmapatnee Dr. Ujwala Pansé, professor of biochemistry, and our sukanya Kumaree Anjali Pansé.
1. Callinana PA, Hedgesa DJ, Salema A-H, Xinga J, Walkera JA, Garbera RK, Watkinsc WS, Bamshad MJ, et al. Comprehensive analysis of Alu-associated diversity on the human sex chromosomes. Gene 317, 103-110 (2003).
2. Bamshad M, Wooding S, Salisbury BA, Stephens JC. Deconstructing the Relationship Between Genetics and Race. Nature Rev. Gen. 5, 598-609 (2004).
3. Watkins WS, Rogers AR, Ostler CT, Wooding S, Bamshad MJ, Brassington AE, Carroll ML, Nguyen SV, Walker JA, Ravi Prasad BV, et al. Genetic Variation Among World Populations: Inferences From 100 Alu Insertion Polymorphisms. Genome Res. 13, 1607-1618 (2003).
4. Kivisild T, Bamshad MJ, Kaldma K, Metspalu M, Metspalu E, Reidla M, Laos S, Parik J, Watkins WS, Dixon ME, Papiha SS, Mastana SS, Mir MR, Ferak V, Villems R. Deep common ancestry of indian and western-Eurasian mitochondrial DNA lineages. Current Biol. 9, 1331-4 (1999).
5. Disotell TR. Human evolution: the southern route to Asia. Curr. Biol. 9, R925-8 (1999).
6. Arnaiz-Villena A, Karin M, Bendikuze N, Gomez-Casado E, Moscoso J, Silvera C, Oguz FS, Diler AS, de Pacho A, Allende L, Guillen J, Laso JM. HLA alleles and haplotypes in the Turkish population: relatedness to Kurds, Armenians and other Mediterraneans. Tissue Antigens 57, 308-317 (2001).
The following letter has been sent by UVS International to Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator, protesting planned elimination of the Access 5 program from the NASA FY ’07 budget. The initiative, a joint government-private industry effort is a keystone driver to opening civil airspace to joint manned and unmanned aircraft usage.
Prior to the proposed cuts, NASA had previously allocated some $100-million to the effort over a five-year period.
The Hon Michael Griffin, Sept 12, 2005
300 E St SW,
Washington DC 20546
Dear Administrator Griffin,
As the world’s largest association representing the global unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community, UAVS International recognizes that the safe integration of UASs into global civil managed airspace is one of the highest priorities for the global aviation community and will have numerous advantages for mankind. UAVS International, a not-for profit corporation, has 235 corporate and institutional members in 34 countries (www.uvs-international.org). Unmanned aviation-related standards, airworthiness certification and air traffic management issues must be addressed as pivotal building blocks to opening the airspace frontier. The international UAS community, including the USA, realizes that this future frontier can only be reached through global collaboration and coordination.
At the UAV 2005 conference in Paris this past June, Mr Nick Sabatini from the FAA announced that the USA would join other world aviation regulator agencies in harmonizing standards on a global basis. Mr Sabatini cited the NASA Access 5 Program as a major factor in developing the science, technology and American leadership for this effort. The current cooperation between UAS stakeholder organizations in the US and Europe is exemplary and holds great promise for future economic growth, technological development and societal improvements that will be beneficial to all.
In this context, we are extremely distressed to hear that NASA is considering canceling the funding of the Access 5 program. The leadership and technical contributions of NASA, coupled with the program’s significant accomplishments within a short 19-month period are exemplary. The value of this program has been recognized not only by the FAA and numerous American agencies and associations (e.g. DoD, DHS, DoC, NOAA, JPDO, White House, AOPA, ALPA, RTCA) but also by their counterparts in many other countries. As a world-class catalyst to opening aviation’s next frontier, Access 5 should not be cancelled but accelerated. The cancellation of the program, left unchecked, will have a disastrous effect on the American and international UAS communities, and its potential contributions to security, disaster relief, telecommunications, cargo transport and other forms of commerce, and it would severely hamper the forecasted development of UASs and their multiple applications on a worldwide scale. This is exactly the wrong time for the USA and NASA to abdicate such a leadership role in unmanned aviation. The USA in particular, and the world in general, stand to lose momentum in this critical aviation sector at a time when it is needed most. We understand NASA has severe budget challenges and we can only hope that Access 5 is preserved as a flagship program of which the American aeronautical community can be proud and which will have a very positive influence internationally.
Consequently, I kindly request you, in the name of the global unmanned aviation community, to reconsider canceling funding for the Access 5 program, and to allow it to be completed on schedule. The international unmanned aircraft systems community stands ready to continue working with our American counterparts to prepare the future for unmanned aviation for the common good for all.
Peter van Blyenburgh,
President, UVS International.
Dumraon sub-divisonal officer V N Thakur said that an FIR was lodged against Buxar district RJD vice-president Kashi Nath Prasad and secretary Mukhtar Singh for holding a meeting beyond the permitted time.
The meeting was organised by local RJD workers which was to be addressed by Prasad and others at Dumraon.
The administration granted permission for holding the meeting by 10.00 pm.
But when the SDO heard the loud speaker blaring beyond the permitted time, he asked K K Puri, the magistrate deployed at the venue, to sound an alarm and ensure that the loud speaker was switched off.
Puri acted swiftly and got the loud speaker switched off at 10.30 pm. By then Prasad had not arrived, Thakur said.
The magistrate lodged the FIR with Dumraon police station against Kashi Nath Prasad and Mukhtar Singh, on whose request the administration had granted permission to hold the meeting.
"Lalu Prasad arrived at the venue at 11 pm and left after holding talks with local party workers," Thakur said, adding "We are sending a detailed report on the development to the Election Commission."
However, some media reports alleged that, despite the magistrate's warning, Prasad delivered his speech in violation of the model code.
Justice Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi said on Tuesday that petitioner Sarabjit Singh had been convicted by the trial court only on one count in cases of terrorism when he should have been convicted and sentenced separately for each murder in every case.
The detailed 27-page judgment was given on an appeal filed by Sarabjit.
On 18th August, a two-member bench of the apex court upheld the death sentence awarded to the petitioner by dismissing his appeals against the Lahore High Court order.
Sarabjit was represented by Advocate Rana Abdul Hameed.
Sarabjit, resident of Bhikiwand, Amritsar in Punjab, was arrested by Mujahid Force on 30th August, 1990, near Kasur border in Pakistan and was handed over to Intelligence Battalion, Lahore, for interrogation.
He told interrogators that he had been trained by the Indian Military Intelligence and RAW to conduct multiple bomb blasts in Lahore, Kasur and Faisalabad in which 14 people died and 89 others were injured.
Sarabjit's family members have, however, contested the claim. They said it was a case of ''mistaken identity'' as he never worked for the RAW.
He was recently provided consular access and two senior Indian High Commission officials met him at Kot Lakhpat jail.
Meanwhile the family of Sarabjit Singh has expressed hope that the leaders of the two countries would find a "positive" solution to save his life.
"I foresee a prosperous future for my brother and I am hopeful that during the meeting between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, the issue of granting unconditional clemency to him would be discussed on a priority basis," said Dalbir Kaur, Sarabjit's sister, who has waged a decade-long struggle for his release.
After paying obseisance at the Golden Temple here she said that she was "optimistic" that the two leaders would find a "positive solution" to save the life of Sarabjit so that he could be reunited with his family.
Kaur said Sarabjit's lawyer Rana Abdul Hamid had told her over phone from Lahore that he would file a mercy petition if the review petition was rejected.
Obvious question is why the Indian agencies are not able to make this type of propaganda aginst the Paksitan. If we see the ability of our agencies its very good than pakistan and even us, china or russia ,but were RAW is lacking in tactical terms.
Paksitan has given address of our RAW office in amristar their by revealing not the internal matter of organisation but also giving the morale victory in the infowarfare against our country. Indians think the agencies are not doing the propoganda as pakistan is doing so, the agency should improve their info warfare tactics to score more marks for indian policy so that we can expose the real culprit ,pakistan to the world.
Important dimension : Political will in Intelligence
Intelligence Services need considerably political support in order to function properly. In particular, they need a clear signal from the governing authorities that their activities against a particular country have got full political support.
We simply don't have that in India. All this idiotic peace talk in Bharat has caused doubts to arise in the military and intelligence communities as to how they should proceed. In the final analysis, do we accept that Pakistan is an enemy to be destroyed, or do we still hold futile hopes that peace can be made with it? So far, our political leaders have chosen the latter option, and this affects morale across the board.
It is high time that the opposition pressures the government to take a hard line against Pakistan. We need to break off transport and trade ties, and to start cutting diplomatic ties to a minimum. After that, we need to start planning an economic blockade, whilst providing increased support (in conjunction with Iran and Afghanistan) to the Balochi and Pathan nationalists. We must finish it off with a military assault; Pakistan is much more vulnerable to attack than most people realize. Its long frontier with Bharat and its lack of strategic depth work in our favour, as does the tendency of its military to meddle in political and economic affairs instead of attending to martial matters. The sheer cowardice of its menfolk, (the entire army surrendered in less than two weeks in 1971) should not be forgotten either.
Once we have a clear vision of what we want to achieve, then the intelligence agencies can do their job properly.
The possibility of Indian leaders being on the Muslim payroll should not be ignored. We need to get a good internal intelligence service, (the CBI is too vulnerable) to deal with the enemy within.