May 28, 2011

Book release -- Rastram by S. Kalyanaraman.

Book release -- Rastram by S. Kalyanaraman.

A call to create United Indian Ocean States as a supra nation, celebrating Hindu heritage. Indian Ocean Community will be a counterpoise to European Community to promote welfare of over 2 billion people. Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book stores.

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UIOS will link the lives and heritage of over 2 billion people along the Indian Ocean Rim and over 2 millennia of Indo-Iranian heritage.

I hope the leaders of Indian Ocean Community recollect the civilizational bonds which have united the cultural heritage of 59 nations along the Indian Ocean Rim for millennia.

Yes, we can form the United Indian Ocean States (UIOS) by the civilizational bonds to attain the welfare of 2 billion people.



Resolution on The Adoption of The Indian Ocean Rim-Association

for Regional Cooperation

First Ministerial Meeting, Mauritius, 5 - 7 March 1997

We, Ministers and Representatives of :
















HAVING met at Ministerial level in Mauritius on 5-7 March 1997:

RECALLING the Joint Statement issued at the first Inter-Governmental Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative held in Mauritius on 31 March 1995, outlining the principles, objectives and areas of cooperation within the Indian Ocean Rim;

RECALLING also the report of the Chairman of the Second Inter-Governmental Meeting held in Mauritius on 10 - 11 September 1996;




Conscious of historical bonds created through millennia among peoples of the Indian Ocean and with a sense of recovery of history; cognizant of economic transformation and speed of change the world over which is propelled significantly by increased intensity in regional economic cooperation; realising that the countries washed by the Indian Ocean in their diversity offer vast opportunities to enhance economic interaction and cooperation over a wide spectrum to mutual benefit and in a spirit of equality; convinced that the Indian Ocean Rim, by virtue of past shared experience and geo-economic linkages among Member States, is poised for the creation of an effective association and practical modalities of economic cooperation: and conscious of their responsibility to promote the welfare of their peoples by improving their standards of living and quality of life; the Governments of Australia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Singapore. South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Yemen hereby establish the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), with the following fundamental principles, objectives, areas of cooperation, and institutional and financial structures and arrangements.


2 The Association will facilitate and promote economic cooperation, bringing together representatives of government, business and academia. In a spirit of multilateralism, the Association seeks to build and expand

understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation through a consensus-based, evolutionary and non-intrusive approach. The Association will apply the following fundamental principles without qualification or exception

to all Member States:

i) Cooperation within the framework of the India Ocean Rim will be based on respect for the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity, political independence, non-interference in internal affairs, peaceful co-existence and mutual benefit:

ii) The Association will be open to all sovereign States of the Indian Ocean Rim which subscribe to the principles and objectives of the Charter and are willing to undertake commitments under the Charter:

iii) Decisions on all matters and issues and at all levels will be taken on the basis of consensus;

iv) Bilateral and other issues likely to generate controversy and be an impediment to regional cooperation efforts will be excluded from deliberations;

v) Cooperation within the Association is without prejudice to rights and obligations entered into by Member States within (he framework of (he economic and trade cooperation arrangements and will not automatically apply to Member States of the Association. It will not be a substitute for, but seek to reinforce, be complementary to and consistent with their bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral obligations;

vi) Within the framework of the Association, Member States will pursue adequate measures to promote the achievement of its objectives, and will not take any action likely to prejudice its objectives and activities;

vii) The Work Programmes of the Association will be undertaken by Member States on a voluntary basis.


3. The objectives of the Association will be:

i) To promote the sustained growth and balanced development of the region and of the Member States and to create common ground for region economic cooperation;

ii) To focus on those areas of economic cooperation which provide maximum opportunities to develop shared interests and reap mutual benefits. Towards this end, to formulate and implement projects for economic cooperation relating to trade facilitation, promotion and liberalisation; promotion of foreign investment, scientific and technological exchanges, and tourism, movement of natural persons and service providers on a non-discriminatory basis; and development of infrastructure and human resources, as laid down in the Work Programmes of the Association:

iii) To identify other areas of cooperation as may be mutually agreed;

iv) Towards promoting liberalisation, to remove impediments to, and lower barriers towards, freer and enhanced flow of goods, services investment and technology within the region;

v) To explore all possibilities and avenues for trade liberalisation with a view to augmenting and diversifying trade flows among Member States;

vi) To encourage close interaction of trade and industry, academic institutions, scholars and peoples of the Member States without and discrimination among Member States and without prejudice to obligations under other regional economic and trade cooperation arrangements;

(vii) To strengthen cooperation and dialogue among Member States in international fora on global economic issues, and where desirable to develop shared strategies and take common position in the international fora on issues of mutual interest: and

viii) To promote cooperation in development of human resources, particularly through closer linkages among training institutions, universities and other specialised institutions of the Member States.


4. All sovereign States of the Indian Ocean Rim are eligible for membership. To become members, States must adhere to the principles and objectives and objectives enshrined in the Charter of the Association. Expansion of membership of the Association will be decided by Member States.


5. There will be a Council of Ministers of the Association. The Council will meet once on two years, or more often as mutually decided, for formulation of policies, review of progress of cooperation, decisions on new areas of cooperation, establishment of additional mechanisms as deemed necessary, and decisions on other matters of general interest.

6. The will be a Committee of Senior Officials of the Association composed of government officials of Member States. It will meets as often as mutually decided. It will review implementation of the decisions taken by the Council of Ministers; and in cooperation with the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forun (IORBF) and the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) establish priorities of economic cooperation, develop, monitor and coordinate Work Programmes, and mobilise resources for financing of Work Programmes. The Committee will submit periodic reports to the Council of Ministers, and refer, as and when necessary, policy matters for the Council's decision.

7. There will be a Secretariat of the Association to coordinate, service and monitor the implementation of policy decisions and Work Programmes as laid down.


8. Each Member State of the Association will set up a tripartite National Focal Point for Indian Ocean Rim cooperation to coordinate and advance implementation of its activities and achievement of its objectives.



9 The association includes bodies known as the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF) and the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) in accordance with the tripartite nature of the Association. They may meet together with Council of Ministers and the committee of Senior Officials as mutually decided. They may also meet as and when they deem it necessary. They will interact with the Committee of Senior Officials and the secretariat in the consideration, formulation and implementation of the policies and Work Programmes of the Association. The IORBF and the IORAG may draw upon collier non-governmental regional business and academic networks, as necessary.


10. Each Member State will contribute to the finances of the Association as decided. Adequate arrangements will be made by participating Member States for providing finances for implementing the Work Programmes. This will not exclude external sources of financing where appropriate.

11. The Member States will endeavour to promote the spirit of economic cooperation enshrined in the Charter of the Association.

Book Release: Rastram -- Hindu history in United Indian Ocean States

May 21, 2011, Herndon, VA

Rastram, supranation, is about a golden page in the history of human civilizations. It is an opportunity to realize almost 2 millennia of dharma-dhamma values enshrined in the hearts of over 2 billion people along the nations of the Indian Ocean Rim.

This is a compilation of insights, analyses and excerpts from works of by many savants and scholars about Hindu history.

This book is a tribute to George Coedes who concluded, after a study of fourteen centuries of history of Southeast Asia: “ the importance of studying the Indianized countries of Southeast Asia– which, let us repeat, were never political dependencies of India, but rather cultural colonies – lies above all in the observation of the impact of Indian civilization on the primitive civilizations... We can measure the power of penetration of this culture by the importance of that which remains of it in these countries even though all of them except Siam passed sooner or later under European domination and a great part of the area was converted to Islam…we may ask ourselves if the particular aspect assumed by Islam in Java was not due rather to the influence that Indian religions exercised over the character of the inhabitant of the island for more than ten centuries…The literary heritage from ancient India is even more apparent that the religious heritage. Throughout the entire Indian period, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Harivamsa, and the Puranas were the principal, if not the only, sources of inspiration for local literature, to which was added the Buddhist folklore of the Jatakas, still makes up the substance of the classical theatre, of the dances, and of the shadow-plays and puppet theatre."

The historical account provides an overview of the physical characteristics of the Indian Ocean and the concept of Rastram enunciated in the earliest human document, Rgveda. This is a compilation of insights, analyses and excerpts from works of by many savants and scholars about Hindu history.

Rastram, supranation, is about a golden page in the history of human civilizations. It is an opportunity to realize almost 2 millennia of dharma-dhamma values enshrined in the hearts of over 2 billion people along the nations of the Indian Ocean Rim.

Rastram is a federation of peoples’ republics – a supranational covenant as the true foundation of an organized Indian Ocean Community (IOC) -- a counterpoise to European Community. This IOC should remain open to all nations of Indian Ocean Rim. The states located along the rim from South Africa to Tasmania is a Community which has the attributes of Rastram. The Hindu historical traditions and the amended UN Law of the Sea help use the potential to create a 6 trillion dollar GDP and to provide for enhanced welfare of over 2 billion people. Along the 63,000 mile long rim, work can start on Trans-Asian Highway and Railway Projects and strengthen the bonds of civilizational heritage. In a way, this is a positive answer to the bogus alternative Hindu history penned by Wendy Doniger in a work which completely ignores the insights of savants like George Coedes who analysed the Hinduised States of Southeast Asia from historical accounts.

The account demonstrates how Rastram as a supranation can be articulated by establishing an Indian Ocean Community.

This historical account of Hindu history is an attempt to delineate the wealth of nations, along the Indian Ocean Rim. Together, these nations neighboring the Ocean, can chart out a path for establishing Rastram in dharma-dhamma continuum. The 1994 modified Law of the Sea extends territorial waters into 200 nautical miles from the baseline as economic zones.

Drawing lessons from the corporate forms of sreni evolved from the 6th century, Rastram (as with the experience of Rastrakutas) will be a federation of guilds in a united Indian Ocean States minimizing greed and maximizing the potential for peoples' welfare.

An overview is presented of the clash of civilizations during the post-Rastrakuta period of Indian history during the islamist jihadi onslaughts and how India coped with the onslaughts and impoverishment of India in a millennium. Post-colonial loot rivals the colonial loot and the work of Angus Madison provides a wealth of economic historical information from which lessons can be drawn on the causes of impoverishment of many Indian Ocean States subjected to colonial domination. Pen-pictures of the history and cultures of nations of the Indian Ocean Rim provide the foundation for creating a United Indian Ocean States (UIOS), the way European Union was formed after the second world war. Impact of Hindu history on world cultures, as seen by thinkers and historians provides confirmation that UIOS will be powerhouse for attaining welfare of over 2 billion people founded on dharma-dhamma values.

This account provides the portraits from Hindu history on the travails of a nation caught in the throes of civilizational clashes onslaughts during mediaeval periods of barbarism and loots of 17th to 20th century periods of a British Colonial empire and the 21st century in a swarajyam Hindusthan by post-colonial marauders, suffocating the potential for forming a Rastram. This account is clearly NOT intended to be a chronologically organized Hindu history for two millennia until 2000 CE. Portraits are presented of political economy on the banks of Hindu civilization in modern epoch for the last two millennia. It is a record since the turn of the Common Era, informed by earlier five millennia of history of Sanatana Dharma in Bharata Rastram. trans. ‘I am the Rastra moving people together for abhyudayam (welfare)’…Hindu history is presented as a quest for the establishment of such a Rastram.

IOC a supranational foundation to remove vestiges of colonial loot, to make such a loot unthinkable and materially impossible and reinforce democracy of all nations along the IOC rim as janapada (peoples’ republics) for peoples’ welfare governed by the inexorable, Hindu sanatana traditional ethic: dharma-dhamma.

Hindu history finds its pinnacle of cultural achievement in the largest Vishnu temple of the world in Angkor Wat, Cambodia and in the cultural continuum of the inexorable ethic dharma-dhamma present in the nations along the Indian Ocean Rim. Drawing lessons from history which involved clashes of civilizations, the work presents the potential to create a United Indian Ocean States, as a counterpoise to the European Union and as a 6 trillion dollar economic powerhouse providing a new lease of life to over 2 billion people of the Indian Ocean Rim.

S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D. the editor of the book, is Director, Sarasvati Research Center, President, Ramasetu Protection Movement in India and BoD member of World Association for Vedic Studies. His research interests relate to rediscovery of Vedic Sarasvati River, roots of Hindu civilization, decoding of Indus Script, National Water Grid and creation of Indian Ocean Community. His Ph.D. is in Public Administration from the Universitty of the Philippines. He is a multi-lingual scholar versed in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit, Hindi. He was a senior financial and IT executive in Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines and on Indian Railways. His 18 publications include: Indus Script Cipher, Indian Lexicon - a multilingual dictionary for over 25 Indian languages, Sarasvati in 15 volumes, Indian Alchemy - Soma in the Veda. He is a recipient of many awards including Vakankar Award (2000), Shivananda Eminent Citizens’ Award (2008) and Dr. Hedgewar Prajna Samman (2008).

S. Kalyanaraman

Sarasvati Research Center

May 25, 2011

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