Flavian Kippel manages and runs all by himself one of the smallest banks in Switzerland, the Spar und Leihkasse in the village of Leuk, in the southwest. Since the start of the global financial crisis, when Lehman Brothers went bust, more and more clients have been entrusting him with their savings. (SF/swissinfo
September 17, 2011
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Rajiv Malhotra has termed it as the U-Turn Theory. According to this theory: "Appropriation occurs in the following five stages:
1. Student/Disciple: In the first stage, the Westerner is loyal to the Indic traditions, and writes with the deepest respect. Many such scholars have genuinely tried and aspired to give up their Western identities and adopt Hinduism/Buddhism very sincerely. In many instances, India has helped the person to "find" himself/herself. A large number of scholars remain in this stage for life, while others move on to subsequent stages, not necessarily in the exact sequence below.
2. Neutral/New Age/Perennial Repackaging: In this stage, Indic traditions are repackaged as "original" discoveries by the scholar, or relocated by interpolating within obscure Greek, Christian or other "Western" texts, or assumed to be generic thoughts found in all cultures. In many instances, this is the scholar's personal brand management to expand the market for the books, tapes and seminars, by distancing oneself from the negative brands of the "caste, cows and curry" traditions.
3. Hero's return to his/her original tradition: Once the ego takes over and the scholar's native identity reasserts itself, he/she returns to the Eurocentric tradition, typically Judaism or Christianity, with bounties of knowledge to enrich it. Alternatively,the scholar repackages the material in secular vernacular, such as"Western psychology" or "phenomenology" or a "scientific" framework.Now the sales mushroom, as the Western audiences congratulate themselves for their culture's sophistication. In some cases, this happens to Indians also who reject their Indian identity after gaining enough mileage out of Indic sources.
4. Denigrating the source: In this stage, into which only some scholars proceed intentionally, they denigrate the source Indic traditions. It furthers their claims of "originality" and absolves them from links to denigrated traditions. In some instance, stages 3 and 4 are in reverse sequence.
5. Mobilizing the sepoys and becharis: This is the phenomenon whereby Indians become proxies for Western sponsors. Bechari is typically an Indian woman who perpetuates the idea that the Indian traditions are oppressive of women and only the Western feminism areliberating, so as to get some kind of recognition or gain in the West.
These gains could be in the form of jobs, recognition as a scholar, invitation to conferences etc. The perpetuation of 'becharihood' ofIndian women is used as a justification for 'white woman's burden'.The sepoys also push the Eurocentric agenda and fight against thenatives, just like British hirelings did in 1857. They are the resultof the Lord McCauley's agenda of "producing Indians with Western waysof thinking." Often they claim to be championing the subaltern causes, using this stage to gain recognition in the West. Becharis and sepoystend to prove native cultures as the social criminal. This legitimizesthe subversion of native culture in the name of human rights and hence becomes the civilizing mission for Western powers.
So, what is the Solution??
Balkanization of Pakistan on Ethnic, Linguistic lines with Creation of a Greater Independent Secular Balochistan and Establishment of permanent American military bases in Gwadar (Balochistan) to keep the entire region in Check (South Asia and Middle East). We Baloch are ready to help US to secure a Stable South Asia and Middle East, a Stable Democratic Afghanistan, keep China off of Persian Gulf and keep Iran in Check.
We have spent billions American Tax Payer's dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars and in military aid to Pakistan with no outcome. It is time theBaloch people be given a chance. We can make things happen faster with less money spent.
The Arab Spring in Middle East is unpredictable but what is predictable and sure is that Secular Baloch will always remain on US side against Pakistani-Iranian extremists and against Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists whether US helps us or not. We will remain committed to our Secular Traditions and ideology no matter what.
Dr. Wahid Baloch
Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA)
1629 K Street NW, Suit 300
Washington D.C., 20036
Tel: (202) 349-1682
Fax: (202) 331-3759
US says evidence ties militant group to Pakistan
By CHRIS BRUMMITT - Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 33 mins ago
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad said in remarks broadcast Saturday that there is evidence linking the Haqqani insurgent network to the Pakistani government, a charge that could raise tensions in an already strained anti-terror alliance between Washington and Islamabad.
The U.S. and NATO blame the Haqqani network for many of the attacks in Afghanistan, including this week's strike on the U.S. Embassy. The group — affiliated with both the Taliban and al-Qaida — and its army of several thousand fighters is widely assumed to be based just over the Afghan border in Pakistan.
U.S. officials have long suspected links between the Pakistan military and the Haqqani network.
But needing Pakistani cooperation to beat al-Qaida and stabilize Afghanistan, they rarely say so publicly and as directly as Ambassador Cameron Munter did in an interview with Radio Pakistan that was broadcast Saturday.
"The attack that took place in Kabul a few days ago that was the work of the Haqqani Network," Munter said during the interview. "And the facts, that we have said in the past, (is) that there are problems, there is evidence linking the Haqqani network to the Pakistan government. This is something that must stop."
Pressed for what evidence the U.S. had linking Haqqani to the embassy assault, Munter said, "Well, it's just we believe that to be the case."
A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman declined to comment until she had heard the interview.
The Pakistani army has resisted attacking North Waziristan and the Haqqanis because it believes the group does not pose a direct threat to the country. The army is engaged in a bloody fight elsewhere in the tribal region against militants that have responded with hundreds of suicide bombs around the country in recent years.
Officers say that making enemies of the Haqqanis now could tip the country into even greater turmoil.
Experts say U.S. plans to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 and its current efforts to seek peace with the Afghan Taliban make it even less likely that Pakistan will act anytime soon.
The army also believes it will be able to use the group, with which it has ties going back to the U.S.-backed resistance against Soviet rule in Afghanistan, to ensure its archenemy India does not gain a foothold there once the American troops leave.
In a statement Friday at a NATO meeting in Spain, Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani appeared to allude to that, saying Pakistan had a "sovereign right to formulate policy in accordance with
its national interests and the wishes of the Pakistani people."
American is under pressure to show success in Afghanistan ahead of its planned troop withdrawal in 2014, and has been pressing the Pakistani military to act against the Haqqani network for at least two years, without success. The attack on the Kabul embassy by a team of assailants exposed further tensions in a relationship still foundering following the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.
On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed frustration with Pakistani inaction against the insurgent network and issued what was construed here as a veiled warning that Washington may take unilateral action against the militants. The Foreign Ministry said his remarks were "out of line" with the two nations' anti-terror cooperation.
Before emplaning for Ankara, Ozal told his ambassador, "Perhaps we have neglected this country." (Jawaharlal Nehru's visit to Ankara in 1960 had been the first and last by an Indian prime minister to Turkey) At the subsequent United Nations General Assembly session in New York, Ozal and Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, both leaders with a modern outlook, met and took a liking for each other . Ozal was duly invited to India, an offer that he took up the following year, 1986. Thus high-level exchanges were renewed between India and Turkey, two secular republics with much in common.
After its independence in 1947, India found Turkey on the other side of the Cold War divide, so there were few exchanges between them. Indian minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad did visit Ankara in the 1950s, and signed agreements on educational, cultural and scientific cooperation. Nehru's visit in 1960 turned out to be ill-timed because a few days later the government of prime minister Adnan Menderes was overthrown by the Turkish armed forces. Nehru had insisted and met with Ismet Inonu, Ataturk's right-hand man and successor, then the opposition leader, but only at an embassy reception as the government would not fix an official meeting.
Menderes and his delegation came to the reception only after Inonu had left (after the coup, Menderes was tried and hanged). Inonu had told Nehru not to trust the communists (Chinese), and sent guns to India after the 1962 Chinese invasion of India, despite Pakistani objections.
The Turks maintain that they have always been the ones to take the initiative to normalize bilateral relations with India. As part of widening foreign relations, prime minister Demirel sent his foreign minister, Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil, to India in 1968. This was basically to soften up non-aligned movement leader India's support of Archbishop Makarios on Cyprus, as Turkey's relations with Arab and other Muslim countries had not improved enough on the basis of religious and economic interests. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) had not yet been founded to garner Muslim support against Makarios. But within a decade, India and Turkey became engrossed in their own affairs.
Ozal’s visit to India in 1986 and Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to Turkey in 1988 were like Demirel attempt in the late 1960s, to broaden and expand Turkey's political and economic relations. Since then there have been regular exchanges of high-level visits, including that of president Shankar Dayal Sharma to Turkey in 1993 and Demirel's return visit in January 1995 to India . Another important visitor in 1996 was Turkey's chief of general staff, General I H Karadayi. The military, then, along with politicians and the secular elite, form the third power center in Turkey's ruling triangle. Sanskrit- and Bengali-literate former prime minister Bulent Ecevit was invited to India during Sharma’s visit . A poet and a trade unionist, Ecevit followed the Bhagavad Gita's teachings in his political life and also translated some poems from Tagore's Geetanjali into Turkish.
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami successfully completed USA Tour: July – August 2011.
“To be free from all egoistic motive, careful of truth in speech and action, void of self-will and self-assertion, watchful in all things, is the condition for being a flawless servant.” Sri Aurobindo
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami was invited by Telugu Association of North America (TANA) at attend the 18th Annual Conference and delivered a powerful lecture on the current position and plight of Hindu Temples, his involvement in bringing awareness to the masses about the state government’s total control of majority of Hindu Temples, and his efforts to stop the hemorrhage of Hindu Temple money, lands and jewelry. He visited many cities, gave numerous speeches, met thousands of people and made aware of the plight of Hindu Temples caused by the passage of Endowment Act in different states. His US tour was successfully conducted making people aware of the anti-Hindu forces that are conspiring to malign the Hindu faith and destroy Hindu Temples.
Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS) and Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) are engaged in addressing the plight of Hindu Temples caused by the successive governments over a period of several years. They have caused enormous damage to the psyche of Hindu mind. Their policy of divide and rule as well as excessive incentives to select prominent Hindu people silenced their voice, lulled their thinking, blunted their desire to speak out and stopped their involvement in the Temple matters. GHHF and HDPS are committed to continue the fight to bring needed changes in the management of Hindu Temples and to repeal the Endowment Act.
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami, the president of HDPS (Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi) is a fearless and tireless fighter who is fighting against the Government which is looting the resources of Hindu Temples driving them to extinction in some places. He took herculean task of conducting two successful Padayatras walking 8,500 kilometers visiting thousands of villages in every district of Andhra Pradesh, bringing awareness to more than 10 million people, covered by nearly 250 media articles. Working with GHHF he brought several lawsuits against Government, he was recognized by media as a leader who openly talks about injustices inflicted on the Hindu community.
What is the Mission of GHHF and HDPS?
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi were established in 2006 with sole mission of freeing the Hindu Temples from the government control at the state and central government level. All four southern state passed Endowment Act taking over all Hindu Temples earning more than 50, 000 rupees. Most of the Northern state took over the selected, rich Temples making crores of rupees. All the decisions about the management of lands, distribution of funds, selection of the employees, salaries and promotions of these employees, appointment of Executive Officer and Board of Trustees, appointment of the priests, record keeping of jewelry, auctioning of lands, and host other areas are made by politicians. These politicians with vested interests and with an eye for vote bank politics appoint non-religious, secular and some times Christians and Muslims also.
The politicians at the State and central level do not even consult the Acharyas, Sadgurus, Peethadhpatis, Swamijis or Hindu religious scholars on many issues pertaining to the Hindu religious institutions. The people who were appointed to these positions to the most sacred places for Hindus include liquor barons, people who illegally usurped the lands of the Temples, and people with criminal records.
Hindus must get united and champion the cause of freeing the Hindu Temples from the clutches of government control. You may wonder as to why Mosques and Churches are not under control? They are united in their resolve to confront the government, change the government, and through the “rascals” out. In spite of their differences among themselves, they set aside their differences for the promotion of their religion. They take pride in being whatever religion they belong. They are not ashamed to say that they are either Christians or Muslims. What happened to these Hindus? What they cannot identify themselves as Hindus. They become so selfish in their personal interest to make money with no regard for morals and guidelines, to advance in their careers at the expense of other qualified people, to scale the political ladder to take advantage of the political power, and to please the political cronies for power, they are ready to shed their religion, sacrifice their family members, mortgage their own country, and stab their own mother and motherland. Many Hindu have become slaves. They are no more than robots who can be controlled by remote devices called crooked politicians. It is time for all the Hindus to realize the price of loosing the freedom. Once it is lost, it is list forever. That is what happened during the Islamic and British rule. Hindus have to shed their slavish mentality and should be independent thinkers thinking of their country first and their religion. Once they loose their grip over their religion, they will be like caged animals who cannot free themselves.
GHHF and HDPS are committed to champion the Hindu interests by advocating the importance of freeing the Hindu Temples from the government control; reminding the Hindus of their rich, timeless, eternal cultural heritage passed on from ages; appraising the Hindus of their time tested storehouse of literature such as Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Itihasas, Shastras and other sacred scriptures; informing the Hindus of the greatness of their Gurus, Rishis, sages, saints, and godly embodiments of their unparalleled imagination and intelligence; pronouncing the unparalleled scientific discoveries in all fields mathematics, music, algebra, chemistry, physics, statistics, medicine, metallurgy, geology, planetary system, education, and many more fields; and proclaiming the contribution in the fields of yoga, meditation, karma philosophy, reincarnation theory and others.
GHHF organized and coordinated Sri Kamal Kumar Swami’s US Tour
GHHF was proud to coordinate Sri Kamal Kumar Swamiji’s tour in USA. He traveled to eight cities and spoke at 25 different places. GHHF is grateful for all the organizations and the individuals in these cities who coordinated lecture series. Following are the cities and the places he spoke on the status of Hindu Temples and Hindu culture.
Santa Clara, California
July 2 (Sat) 18th TANA Conference, Santa Clara
Satya Nemana, Narain Kataria, Arish Shani, Satya Dosapati, and many others coordinated the effort.
1) July 9 (Sat) Medical Arts Building, Somerset, NJ
2) July 10 (Sun) 17th Annual Hindu Sangathan Divas (Hindu Unity Day). HINDU TEMPLE AUDITORIUM, 143-09 Holly Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355
Mutyala Bhaskara Rao, T R N Rao, Murthy Mutyala, Madhu Valluru, Kusum Vyas and others coordinated the event in a number of Temples:
1) July 15, 2011 Friday 5.30 to 6.30 P.M. at Sri Shirdi Saibaba Temple.
2) July 16, 2011 Saturday 11.30 to 12.30 at Sri Guravayyur Temple; 11620 Ormandy Street, Houston 77035-6529; www.guruvayur.us; phone (713) 729-8994.
3) July 17, 2011 Sunday 10.00 to 12.30 at Sri Meenakshi Temple. Here Dr.Subramanian Swamy is another speaker.
4) July 17, 2011 Sunday 4.00 to 6,00 P.M. at Sri Ashtalaxmi Temple
Prasad Yalamanchi, Bharat Barai, Alok Singh, Kusum Patel and others coordinated the program.
1) July 22 (Fri) Bharatiya Temple, 8605 Merrilville Rd, Merrilville, IN
2) July 23 (Sat) Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Road, Lemont, IL
3) July 23 (Sat) University of Illinois Chicago, 1007 West Harrison St, Chicago, IL
4) July 24 (Sun) Global Gayatri Parivar, Lake Opeka, Displains, IL
5) July 24 (Sun) Manava Seva Mandir, 101 South Church Rd. Bensenville, IL.
Shekar Reddy and C. Nandu coordinated the events.
1) July 29 (Sat) West Palm Beach – Community Hall
2) July 29 (Sat) Fort Lauderdale – Residence of Sri Shekar Reddy
Dr. Polavaram Raju coordinated the trip and event.
1) August 3 (Wed) Residence of Dr. Polavaram Raju
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Sanatana Dharma Foundation and Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple coordinated the programs.
1) August 6 (Sat) Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, Frisco TX
2) August 7 (sun) The 4th Annual Hindu Unity Day, Holiday Inn Banquet Hall, Plano TX
Highlights of his TOUR
At Hindu Unity Day in New York on July 10, 2011
“If the Muslim Mosques and Christian Churches are not managed by the Government in India, then how come they manage (actually, control) only the Hindu Temples?” questioned Sri Kamal Kumar Swami, the President of Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi, Andhra Pradesh, India.
He said that the looting of Hindu Temples in India by various Governments continues unabated. It was the blatant discrimination and injustice to Hindus that the Hindu temples are taken over and controlled by the Government, while their respective communities govern the Mosques and Churches.
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami denounced the former Chief Minister Rajashekhara Reddy of Andhra Pradesh, who was of Christian faith, for openly encouraging the conversion of Hindus to Christianity at temple premises. In order to create awareness about their Dharma among the Hindus, Kamal Kumarji has traveled 8,500 kilometers on foot visiting thousands of villages in every district of Andhra Pradesh. Working together with the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Kamal Kumar Swami has instituted several lawsuits against the Government agencies, banned the conversions of Hindus at the temples.
Dallas on August 7, 2001
The 4th Hindu Unity day organized by SDF (Sanatana Dharma Foundation) in association with Global Hindu Heritage foundation was held at Holiday Inn Plano on 7th August 2011. This year’s unity day was named " Hindu Dharma - Burning Issues". Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Dr. Rajiv Malhotra, Sri Kamal Kumar Swami and Sri Tapan Ghosh were invited to speak on various burning issues related to the challenges faced by Hindu Religion in Modern day.
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami spoke about the threat to Hindu temples due to the Governments attempt to sell the temple lands, divert funds for non-religious purposes, to tamper with the religious rituals and customs, and neglect the proper maintenance of the Temples. He gave numerous examples of how the Ex Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh was distributing the Temple land and making donations to the benefit of other religions, which resulted in the closure, and demolition of many temples.
His inspiring speech at Hindu Unity Day in Dallas can be watched on YouTube:
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by Jean-Michel Berthoud, swissinfo.ch
The head of Switzerland’s third-largest bank urges politicians not to over-regulate the banking sector in the wake of the financial crisis.
Pierin Vincenz, who hopes centre-right parties will do well in the October 23 parliamentary elections, calls for a pragmatic approach in implementing international standards on bank customer confidentiality.
He says stability is key for to maintain the image of Swiss banks which has suffered over the past few years.
“One thing that makes Switzerland very attractive is our political stability. Compared with other countries, Switzerland is in a very good position. I expect that this stability will be maintained, even if there are slight shifts,” he told swissinfo.ch.
He says his Raiffeisen Group, which plays an important role in financing home purchases, is directly affected by decisions of parliament.
Chief executive Vincenz has a wish list for the new parliament.
“Of course we are interested in over-regulation being stopped. After the financial crisis, we are in a difficult situation. If all companies are subject to the new rules, those who are in a good position and were successful even during the financial crisis will face strictregulations too.”
He says the new parliament must continue to guarantee entrepreneurial freedom in Switzerland.
“Parliament also needs to create a framework which guarantees more success in getting important jobs in business filled by women to promote , Further, in family policy, particularly as regards the advancement,” said Vincenz.
He hopes that the political forces as they are currently represented in parliament remain more or less the same.
“I am assuming that the green parties will gain a bit because of current developments. But I hope that the centre-right parties will still make a good showing.”
The image of bankers has suffered badly since the financial crisis hit. There is talk about “rip-off salaries”, arrogance, criminal energy and above all about inability to learn. Does the Raiffeisen CEO understand this feeling in the public at large?
“The bad image is justified to some extent. But it does not apply to all banks, and not to all bankers. Here in Switzerland we have a large number of bank staff who take their responsibilities seriously.”
Vincenz says it us up to every economic leader to support measures which will prevent the banking sector ever again getting into such a difficult situation.
“Take the issue of excessive pay and bonuses,” he explained stressing the need to stick to certain rules of the game and to show the willingness to do something.
“The vote on the initiative on excessive manager salaries will show that this demand is very popular. One could make a counter-proposal, to bite the bullet and bring in a bonus tax.”
Vincenz evokes the alternative business model of the Raiffeisen banks. “We are organised on a cooperative basis. We feel the responsibility to take an active role in regions and communities.”
While the measures proposed by the government to tackle the issue of higher capital requirements for banks are being sharply criticised, especially by the leading UBS bank, and even accompanied by threats to pull out of Switzerland, the Raiffeisen CEO finds the government proposals appropriate.
”It is right that the banks should need to have enough capital of their own. We can’t get into a situation any more where the banks have to be bailed out by the government,” Vincenz said.
The Raiffeisen banks too are now being called upon to have more resources of their own. “That is not a big problem for us because we plough our profits back into the business. And that means we have more resources at our disposal.”
Vincenz calls for a practical approach in countering international pressure on banking secrecy and tax dodgers, saying Switzerland should adopt the international standards and implement them pragmatically.
“But everything to do with confidentiality and mutual cooperation must match our Swiss standards and we can’t just give these things up to get a deal with other countries.”
Vincenz sees no need to amend banking secrecy rules for the domestic market.
“Switzerland already has mechanisms to take action against tax fraud, but also in serious cases of tax evasion. Protection of privacy – and the bank customer’s privacy belongs here – must remain an important factor in the Switzerland of the future.”
Raiffeisen is heavily involved in the mortgage market in Switzerland. Vincenz is not afraid of excessive risks or a “property bubble”, which Swiss National Bank chief Philipp Hildebrand warned against.
“In some regions, in Zurich and around Lake Geneva, there is certainly a price explosion in the property market.
“But in numerous other regions the increase is moderate. Still is a fact that the demand for residential property is strong, because of low interest rates and inward migration but also people’s general wish to own their own home.”
Vincenz pledges that Raiffeisen will retain their “very responsible mortgage lending policies” although the market share in the cities is still small. “But we are very careful here”.
Jean-Michel Berthoud, swissinfo.ch
(Adapted from German by Terence MacNamee)