Thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore on Hindu-Muslim Relations


Christianity and Islam determined to destroy all other Religions: There are two religions in earth, which have distinct enmity against all other religions. These two are Christianity and Islam. They are not just satisfied with observing their own religions, but are determined to destroy all other religions. That’s why the only way to make peace with them is to embrace their religions.” (Original works of Rabindranath Vol. 24 pages 375, Vishwa Bharti; 1982)

Muslims can not confine their `Patriotism to any one country’ : a very important factor which is making it almost impossible for Hindu-Muslim unity to become an accomplished fact is that the Muslims can not confine their patriotism to any one country. I had frankly asked (the Muslims) whether in the event of any Mohammedan power invading India, they (Muslims) would stand side by side with their Hindu neighbours to defend their common land. I was not satisfied with the reply I got from them… Even such a man as Mr. Mohammad Ali (one of the famous Ali brothers, the leaders of the Khilafat Movement-the compiler) has declared that under no circumstances is it permissible for any Mohammedan, whatever be his country, to stand against any Mohammedan.” (Interview of Rabindranath in `Times of India’, 18-4-1924 in the column, `Through Indian Eyes on the Post Khilafat Hindu Muslim Riots)

Hindus and Muslims can make a fake friendship: Whenever a Muslim called upon the Muslim society, he never faced any resistance- he called in the name of one God `Allah-ho-Akbar’. On the other hand, when we (Hindus) call will call, `come on, Hindus’, who will respond? We, the Hindus, are divided in numerous small communities, many barriers-provincialism – who will respond overcoming all these obstacles?

“We suffered from many dangers, but we could never be united. When Mohammed Ghouri brought the first blow from outside, the Hindus could not be united, even in the those days of imminent danger. When the Muslims started to demolish the temples one after another, and to break the idols of Gods and Goddesses, the Hindus fought and died in small units, but they could not be united. It has been provided that we were killed in different ages due to our discord.

“Weakness harbours sin. So, if the Muslims beat us and we, the Hindus, tolerate this without resistance-then, we will know that it is made possible only by our weakness. For the sake of ourselves and our neighbour Muslims also, we have to discard our weakness. We can appeal to our neighbour Muslims, `Please don’t be cruel to us. No religion can be based on genocide’ – but this kind of appeal is nothing, but the weeping of the weak person. When the low pressure is created in the air, storm comes spontaneously; nobody can stop it for sake for religion. Similarly, if weakness is cherished and be allowed to exist, torture comes automatically – nobody can stop it. Possibly, the Hindus and the Muslims can make a fake friendship to each other for a while, but that cannot last forever. As long as you don’t purify the soil, which grows only thorny shrubs you cannot expect any fruit. ” (The above is the part of the article “Swamy Shraddhananda’, written by Rabindranath in Magh, 1333 Bangabda; compiled in the book ‘Kalantar’)

Own religion true-others are false: “When two-three different religions claim that only their own religions are true and all other religions are false, their religions are only ways to Heaven, conflicts can not be avoided. Thus, fundamentalism tries to abolish all other religions. This is called Bolshevism in religion. Only the path shown by the Hinduism can relieve the world form this meanness.” (The above is the part of the article `Aatmaparichapa’ in his book `Parichaya’)

Make your children strong: The terrible situation of the country makes my mind restless and I cannot keep silent. Meaningless ritual keep the Hindus divided in hundred sects. Sop we are suffering from series of defeats. We are tired and worn-out by the fortunes by the internal external enemies. The Muslims are united in religion and rituals. The Bengali Muslims the South Indian Muslims and even the Muslims outside India-all are united. They always stand untied in face of danger. The broken and divided Hindus will not be able to combat them. Days are coming when the Hindus will be again humiliated by the Muslims.

“You are a mother of children, one day you will die, passing the future of Hindus society on the weak shoulders of your children, but think about their future.” (From the letter to Hemantabala Sarkar, written on 16the October, 1933, quoted in Bengali weekly `Swastika’, 21-6-1999)

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Pakistan’s mysterious love for Indian anti-corruption crusaders AAP


When electoral preparation is going on in full swing for upcoming general elections in both Afghanistan and India, the cadres are busy with placards and posters; the covert game of Pakistani Political Agents is underway in both these nations.

Analyzing the recent developments will uncover the naked faces of the Pakistani political games going on in India that the innocent public of India will find hurting. Pakistan, whose birth was blessed by religious hatred against India, the same Pakistan whose very existence depends on the enmity towards India is bedfellow of some self-acclaimed custodians of the clear governance of India, is it just a coincidence or uppermost layer of a deep conspiracy?

The story started two years back. Indian politician and international economist Dr. Subramanian Swamy almost toppled the political scenario of the country which was rubbed by corruption, terrorism, strategic encircling etc. Dr. Swamy exposed a major corruption of telecommunication department and unearthed the dark faces of some top bosses of the ruling party and was about to expose some more corruption cases that’s when there was the rise of hitherto unknown self-styled Corruption Crusader Anna Hazare, who has played a key role from backstage in recent Delhi polls but none knew him three years ago.

Anna presented before the public a dream of a magic wand that can wipe out all the corruption, currently Indians are facing and in this treachery the Indian media offered full cooperation.

Anna gained one more plus point of being from an allegedly non-political background whereas Dr. Swamy is part of a powerful political party named BJP.

Thus the typical Indian mentality sidelined the really working Dr. Swamy and brought in focus the ever-protesting-never-testing Anna Hazare. What is surprising is that it didn’t surprise the Indian mass that’s why does the under-matriculation Anna Hazare is so adamant about passing the Lokpal (Ombudsman) Bill that can wipe out all the corruption and what does an unqualified man know about legal aspects of such a complex thing.

It didn’t surprise them why the highly qualified IAS, IPS, IFS officers of the team remained at backstage and Anna was projected as a hero!

These things didn’t surprise because media didn’t let the Indian mass think that way.

Indian media fully cooperated with this movement.

What is Lokpal Bill?

It is a fantastic bill which claims to remove all corruption and has a dictatorial power over all the agencies of India, all the ministers and ministries etc.

There is already a bulk of agencies to checkmate the corruption but they failed because the agents themselves have been defected, if similar things can happen to the Lokpal agent, it will be totally useless and then there will be again a similar movement and it will give birth to a good recursive function.

Anna was adamant on his demand and wanted exactly no editing of his (read the backstage players) version of Lokpal.

The Congress didn’t want the Lokpal Bill to come at that point and BJP wanted it to come with slight variation, they wanted to keep some offices like intelligence and security and foreign ministries away from the reach of Lokpal but still Anna was indomitable and arrogant on his demand and the hypnotized public was seconding the chorus.

The very points which were denied by BJP were the main weapon of the external intelligence agencies to exploit this Lokpal and meanwhile the US officially ‘advised’ India ‘to let the Lokpal movement go on’.

Why was US interested in the so-called anti-corruption crusade in India?

Because the US was trying hard to capture the retail market in India and try to install Wall-Mart there and was facing heavy protests from the nationalists and once they have either Lokpal set up in power they can get their work done via a corrupt Lokpal or gain sympathy of Anna team and use their hypnotism to take the public on their side.

At meantime Pakistan also invited Anna Hazare and it was a party called Shive Saina that warned Anna not to go to Pakistan and entertain the Pakistanis telling the corruption tales of India. The exploitation of Lokpal (Anna version) means direct access to India’s intelligence and security agencies and there can be no more fortune for ISI than this.

However other than this, there was one more reason Pakistan favors Team Anna, that is the ingredients of the team.

The team consists of politicians with anti-national mindset that I am coming just in a while. After a long drama of being apolitical and staging protests finally Arvind Kajriwal, the second-in-command of Anna, the modern Nehru of modern Gandhi, launched a political party named Aam Aadmi Party and wasn’t even criticized by media which was a nosy critic of an Indian religious leader and Yogic mentor Swamy Ramdaiv.

Anna in order to retain his image slightly criticized Kajri for namesake.

Kajri fought elections in Delhi using the fan-club he gained through the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement. Kajri totally relied on the drama-style of Rahul Gandhi and started sleeping for a couple of minutes on railway platform without any bedsheet but with spongy and comfy pillow.

He made a bulk of bizarre and cunning promises of free water up to 700 liter and demanded full payment if you used a milliliter extra. Fully analyzing the lazy and begging mentality Indian public has developed hit by inflations and price-rise, the AAP charter listed a bulk of subsidies and bizarre announcements and media fully cooperated with all the lies and propaganda of the AAP.

Finally Kajri’s AAP won in 28 out of 70 seats in Delhi and 32 were won by BJP which swept out in all other 3 mega-sized provinces in India at the same time sharing as much as 80% of the poll but not only Indian media but also Pakistani media praised AAP.

The Pakistani daily Dawn front page reported that AAP won Delhi even as BJP was ahead of AAP.

Celebrations started in different cities of Pakistan especially in the Pakistan-administered-Kashmir based areas.

Forgot to say, there was a massive online donation campaign by Pakistanis to donate AAP for the Delhi elections.

Kajri was earning fame in Pakistan, among Pakistani media and politicians and mass for some unknown reasons, with open eye none can even find remotely a reason for that.

BJP gave a chance to ever-protesting-never-testing AAP to test their governance capabilities in Delhi.

And the result was obvious; a lie can’t be held forever.

Like Kajri couldn’t hold his lie of being an IT-Commissioner forever, he couldn’t fool the public for his so called magical capabilities the public was hypnotized to believe into.

The AAP members started going to office by broom (their political symbol) decorated auto rickshaws for a couple of days and then ordered luxury cars; started posting pictures of normal lifestyle for a couple of days and then started booking costly villas out of government fund etc.

The public which believed in the magic broom of AAP to be capable of giving 24×7 electricity ended up in total blackout.

There are far more of his double stands that were exposed in his short regime which can’t be listed in a single article.

Despite all these, the supreme sign of honesty, his majesty Anna Hazare never criticized the inept governance of Kajri who himself is a bigger sample than Anna; Kajri formed the government in collaboration with the corrupt party they pretended to be protesting.

When Kajri realized that unless he leaves his post ASAP, the public will recognize his true capabilities and he may lose his chance to sabotage the upcoming general elections.

Despite this lack of quality Kajri was being praised in Pakistan.

In last month an entire team of Pakistani journalists hailing from different media groups interviewed Kajri. Not only the Pakistani media persons but Pakistani leadership and moreover the PM Nawaz Sharif himself said that Kajri will be helpful in resolving the Kashmir-issue with India.

Now what the Indians must be surprised at is what the hell the Pakistani media, politics and agencies have to do with a so-called anti-corruption crusader, a failed CM of a small state of India, in the issue of Kashmir?

Pakistan has no reason to be happy with the true anti-corruption crusader of India since s/he will benefit and empower India which is certainly not what Pakistan wants.

Pakistan doesn’t want a secure, progressive, well-governed and developed India but Pakistan loves Kajri.

To say the truth Pakistan will always love the persons pretending to be anti-corruption crusader in India and capturing that post and blocking the real crusaders like Dr. Swamy.

The prime reason for Pakistan’s love for Kajri and AAP is their anti-Indian stand on Kashmir.

So far at least 3 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) of AAP have delivered anti-Indian and pro-Pakistani statements on Kashmir issue and this includes referendum in separatist strongholds, giving Kashmir to Pakistan, ‘freeing’ Kashmir, telling ‘tales’ of alleged Indian Army atrocities on Kashmir and certifying the terrorists killed in Kashmir as innocent boys etc.

In this department the major role is played by a famous lawyer named Prashant Bhushan.

Kajri has never sacked anyone of them or at least talked against them but he has lodged FIRs against the nationalist protestors protesting antinational statements of AAP leaders.

Kajri lodged charges of terrorism on those nationalist ‘terrorists’ who had ‘attacked’ flower vase of AAP office.

Kajri is the mastermind behind all these without speaking a word himself.

ISI wants to play the same political game to Balkanize India which CIA played against USSR.

ISI wants to install mouthpieces in Delhi which will bolster the political interests of Pakistan up and this would be huge propaganda supporting Pakistani interests in Kashmir.

It will embarrass India highly at international forums if some elected politicians of India talk of Pakistani interests and that is what Pakistan wants. Day by day the potential of AAP to get more support from Pakistan is increasing and AAP is fetching all sorts of people who can loosen India’s grip in its foreign policies.

The new entry in AAP is Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of pre-partition Congress politician MK Gandhi. Rajmohan Gandhi is the man who headed a campaign in America to free the ISI agent and lobbyist Mohammed Ghulam Nabi Fai who was running Pakistani projects to destabilize Kashmir through Kashmiri American Centers.

Fai was arrested by FBI under the charge of being ISI agent.

Also AAP has several members who have campaigned for the Indian parliament attacker terrorist named Mohammed Afzal Guru. Moreover the AAP leader from Chandigarh is a man named Harbir Singh Nain who is the husband of a zonal editor of an Indian newspaper.

Harbir was partner of a Canadian journalist in their efforts to malign an Indian social leader and Punjab (India) Police and the attempt was foiled by members of a covert cyber team that is waiting to expose that group further in their next attempt to malign India and still kept the darker facts secret until a proper time comes to make them pubic.

AAP is filling its space with all the malicious elements and that’s what Pakistan wants. Second reason why Pakistan supports AAP is their one-eyed attitude towards Mullahists.

AAP believes in a customized honesty that allows them bashing a corrupt person shouldering another corrupt who is the rival of the former and a financer of AAP.

That is why AAP targets selected businessmen under the indications of their rivals and when the corrupt one AAP is exposing, shoulders them, AAP certifies them as honest, like AAP deleted the corruption-charge sheet prepared against ex-CM of Delhi Sheila Dixit and removed the document from site after post-poll collaboration.

AAP has always maintained one-eyed blindness towards mega-corruptions by Mullahs. Imam Bukhari who hasn’t paid multi-millions of electricity bills, doesn’t fall in the definition of corruption by AAP.

AAP leader who lectures that “communal ism is worse than corruption” at Mullah’s hub Islamic India Center finds it secular to connive with rioter and crime-convicted Mullah Tauqeer Reza.

The hypnotism of AAP can be exploited by ISI to project the enemies of India as the biggest patriots and nothing can be a bigger nightmare for India.

The anti-corruption crusade was nothing but an excuse to come in limelight and if someone looks clearly into the scene, he will find that Kajri and team has done nothing to wipe out corruption what Dr. Swamy did but Anna and team has done a great work- overshadowed Dr. Swamy.

So was Anna exploited? Is it that innocent Anna was unaware of being used by Kajri?

Not at all, if Kajri is Nehru, Anna is Gandhi! Anna was fighting the war for real players in a different front.

One of the premier objectives of Pakistani political agents working to sabotage Indian elections is to stop the greatest PM candidate of India, Narendra Modi.

Anna is using his certification tool to certify anyone he could project against Modi. 

 After visible and shaming failure of Kajri, Anna had no ground for certifying Kajri as PM aspirant, Anna moved to Mamta Bannerjee in Kolkata just a couple of days after the connivance of Mamta and Bangladeshi jihadist group Jamat-e-Islami was exposed.

Jamat is the group based on whose performance Osama Bin Laden dreamt of a Talibanistan in Bangladesh after Afghanistan.

Jamat has anti-Indian policies as its prime objectives and Mamta was exposed as being collaborator to Jamat.

The border districts of West Bengal have become the stronghold of Jamatis by uprooting the original inhabitants of the areas through continuous terrorist activities.

The West Bengal border has been open to the Bangladeshi infiltrators on return of a bulk of promised votes and the Pakistani terrorists infiltrate through Bangladesh border as the Indo-Pakistan border is locked.

If someone calls it a coincidence then s/he is encouraged to tell why was Mamta certified by Anna who had never spoken a couple of words earlier to each other?

Development and clear governance? So is the biggest chit-fund scam by TMC leaders!

TMC-MC leaders were also exposed by Covert Wires to have organized a “Free Kashmir” program in 13/02/2011 in collaboration with CPI-ML in West Bengal’s second biggest city Asansol.

Like Anna and Kajri had nothing to do with Pakistan, Mamta whose state shares no border or whose affairs have no relation with Pakistan, was invited to Pakistan. Why?

This is because the embassies are lovers-point for political agents.

The strategies are decided in official visits and in embassies.

If these politicians meet in the Pakistani embassy in India, they would stand naked before public who will question why are they meeting with Pakistanis to run the states of India?

However, the strategic dialog and planning are paramount in smoothly doing their ‘work’.

So Pakistan invites them officially and gives them excuse to visit Pakistan.

A RAW agent named Colonel RSN Singh exposed the intentions of such visit by Nitish Kumar to Pakistan in a summit organized by ‘India Behind The Lens’ media group.

He indirectly pointed the outcome of the meeting, the shift of Indian Mujahideen to Bihar from UP. To add one more fact, the Kishanganj district of Bihar has been the biggest stronghold of the Bangladeshi infiltrators who are around 5-6 Crores in India as various stats suggest.

What RSN Singh didn’t mention about the meeting is that special care was taken by the organizers to stop any team intending to take up the cause of justice for Rinkel Kumari, plight of Pakistani Hindus etc but Nitish met with Mohajir representatives who threw Hindu inhabitants of Sindh out of their homes in 1947.

The major objective strategized in the meeting was how to sabotage the chances of Narendra Modi in general election 2014.

This electoral suggestion I have for Indians is that don’t look at how big celebrity is luring you, don’t fall in trap of high class certifications (one IITian isn’t a superman but just another among tens of thousands IITians passing every year),

nevertheless look at whether ‘you’ and your nation are benefiting from their electoral charter.

Don’t fall in the promises they make but judge the performance they displayed.

Don’t get lured by Page-3 celebrities, they do everything for money, their choices switch on endorsement values, from cosmetics to snacks. And finally remember, Political Agents can be of any form, “Jinhe Desh ki Fiqar Hai” they don’t do their stuffs for whole year and suddenly appear for a month with a intentional TV show, they perform for one decade no matter media flatter them or not.

Your vote, your brain. Good Luck! The authoress is a Baloch analyst and human rights activist and by profession she is a cryptographer.

Energy at the Grassroots: The Business Resource Groups are making a difference!


Energy at the Grassroots: The Business Resource Groups are making a difference!
by Anjali Reddy, Director, Internal Communications
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. because of two important events: the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S. America on May 7, 1843 and the transcontinental railroad, built by many Chinese laborers, was completed on May 10, 1869.
At a celebration on May 8in Lake Forest, Grainger’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) BRG highlighted the API culture and heard from senior leaders, including Mike Pulick, SVP and President, Grainger International; Laura Brown, SVP, Communications and Investor Relations and Executive Sponsor of the API BRG; and Joseph High, SVP and Chief People Officer. Doe Kittay, Vice President, Customer Service and President, API BRG, hosted the event and highlighted the BRG’s mission and wins. The event was webcast to team members across the US and Acklands-Grainger (AGI).
“It was great to see the importance our leaders place on inclusion and what it means for us as a global company,” said Jigisha Bhatt, Program Manager, GIS Brand, Inventory Management.
“All the BRGs provide team members with leadership opportunities and help foster professional growth and multi-cultural understanding,” said Jaqui Robertson, Senior Director, Inclusion and Diversity. “While they were launched in the U.S., we are committed to understanding what makes sense for international teams as well.”
The BRG’s have certainly been active and many efforts are focused on team member development.
The Generational BRG (GBRG) recently hosted an Individual Development Planning (IDP) workshop. “The company is increasingly focused on Talent Excellence and having an IDP can help drive professional and personal growth,” says Al Johnson, Inventory Management Brand Strategy Manager and President, GBRG. “While IDP conversations are taking place between managers and their teams, the BRGs offer another venue for learning about them with peers.” The GBRG is targeting 500 participants this year.

Competing Tourism Slogans from Asian Countries


Competing Tourism Slogans from Asian Countries

Thailand :Amazing Thailand

India :Incredible India

Malaysia : Truly Asia

And the winner is Pakistan’s tourism tag line!

Have a blast. It may be your last!!

India for sale by Corrupt Traitor Congress.


Original article Link.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-eu-india-free-trade-agreement-india-up-for-sale-to-western-corporate-capital/5332214

Do you know that there is a country up for sale? Do you know that its finance, agriculture and retail sectors are being put ‘on the market’?

Perhaps you are already aware of this due to various media reports. But then again, maybe you are not because it’s all being carried out behind closed doors in Brussels.

The EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA), something that could fundamentally restructure Indian society and impact the lives of hundreds of millions, is being negotiated ‘on the behalf of the public’ by politicians on both sides who are champions of the type of economic liberalisation that has already been responsible for bankrupting many Western economies.

Negotiations began in 2007, covering a wide range of areas, including various goods, products and services, as well as investment rules, government procurement; and intellectual property rights. After 16 rounds of talks, the issues are still being fine tuned. ‘Developed’ countries are resorting more and more to these types of bilateral trade agreements with individual developing countries because they want to continue to push their free trade agenda that was rejected by developing countries at the World Trade Organisation.

The EU-India FTA essentially represents the demands of big business in the West and results from their strategic hegemony over government bureaucracies and politicians. With Western economies in crisis, India represents potential ripe pickings for transnational corporations’ never ending compulsion for profit.

Kavaljit Singh of the Madhyam research institute notes that the EU wants to export its heavily subsidised dairy products to India (1). The Indian government has encouraged the co-operative model in the dairy sector with active policy protection. It therefore makes little sense that dairy trade will be opened up to unfair competition from subsidised European exports under the FTA. According to RS Sodhi, managing director of the country’s largest milk cooperative, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, the FTA will rob the vibrant domestic dairy industry and the millions of farmers that are connected to it from their rightful access to a growing market within India.

The EU has an overproduction problem in the dairy sector and is looking to dump its surplus. By dumping products in other countries, producer prices and incomes there become depressed. India’s dairy sector is mostly self sufficient and employs about 90 million people, a majority of whom are 75 million women. The sector is a lifeline for small and marginal farmers, landless poor and a significant source of income for millions of families.

Although the Indian government is saying that the dairy sector will be protected, the EU is lobbying hard to open up the sector. S Kannaiyan of the South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers movements wonders if the government can be trusted. It’s a fair point, given its obsession with foreign investment and neo-liberalism.

In general, profits for EU companies could be huge if they can dump their products in India and permanently displace local farmers and producers. In the name of ‘free trade’, the EU wants India to cut import duties, but will not alter its own massive subsidies to its agribusiness and farm sector, which means that Indian farmers will not be able to compete with EU agribusiness. Yudhvir Singh of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) says that free trade is supposed to be trade between equals, but such free trade pacts are on a completely unequal footing.

The FTA also seeks better protection for European biotechnology companies in the form of stronger intellectual property rights. On its blog, the BKU notes that this will allow European biotech firms to sell their seeds in India at any price they wish, get royalties from Indian farmers and deprive Indian farmers from saving or exchanging seeds. Indian farmers are already in debt, committing suicide en masse and suffering from the failure of expensive GMOs and unaffordable private seeds.

The EU is also demanding the liberalisation of the retail sector and is attempting to facilitate the entry of European agro-processing and retail gaints like Carrefour and Tesco, which could threaten the livelihoods of small retailers and street vendors. Nandini Jairam of the Karnataka farmers’ movement argues that the entry of such retail giants will be terrible for farmers because they will monopolise the whole food chain from procurement to distribution. In effect, farmers will be at the mercy of such large companies as they will have the power to set prices and also will not be interested to buy small quantities from small producers.

Under the FTA there are also plans to liberalise investment provisions, financial services and banking, whereby European banks and finance companies can enter the Indian market. According to the BKU, investors from the EU will get preference over resources like land, coastal areas and water rather than local people. Such provisions could serve to facilitate takeovers of farm land and conversion from food crops to export oriented cash crops.

At a time when countries across the world are reeling under a financial crisis caused by private banks, regulation and not liberalisation is needed. The proposal to liberalise the banking and insurance sectors is taking place in a world already ravaged by the criminality of the finance sector and which, according to Kavaljit Singh, by providing greater market access to crisis-ridden European banks, could potentially weaken an otherwise stable banking system in India.

Moreover, according to Singh, measures on investment could see the Indian government sued by multinational companies for billions of dollars in private arbitration panels outside of Indian courts if national laws, policies, court decisions or other actions are perceived to interfere with their investments.

Conclusion

At the heart of this whole debate is the issue of national sovereignty – or, to put it another way, self determination, self sufficiency and the nurturing of local democracy and economies in order that local people have control over their own lives and futures. The EU-India FTA appears to sound the death knell for such notions.

Since the passing of Margaret Thatcher, much has been written about the impact of the types of neo-liberal policies that she championed, not least in terms of them leading to the current crisis being experienced by Western economies. The pro-globalisation corporate interests that backed Thatcher helped destroy the post-1945 Keynesian consensus and tip the balance in favour of elite interests. This subsequently led to the depression or stagnation of wages and thus demand. The profits accrued from the subsequent debt-bubble Western economies of the 1990s and onwards could not be sustained, and now, facing crisis at home, places like India represent rich pickings for Western capitalism.

Call it ‘globalisation’ if you must, but let’s call it for what it is: imperialism. In an effort to maintain profit margins, elite concerns are going abroad to plunder public assets, exploit human labour and trample over local economies and communities. The worst thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Once India’s political leaders began to place emphasis on ‘deregulation’ and cede power to ‘the market’, the green light was given for transnationals to hollow out Indian society.

Farmers and trade unions in India, via the alliance called the Anti FTA front, have written 872 letters to important officials, organisations and political parties about the FTA. Rakesh Tikait of the BKU argues that, although there are serious impacts on food security and the livelihood security of millions of farmers and small retailers, farmers haven’t even been informed nor consulted about the FTA.

Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) states that India should not legally commit to policies under this FTA. He believes that the government cannot seal this issue at the behest of EU while a national debate is still ongoing on the subject. It begs the question: are we to witness democracy being sidelined in the blind pursuit of a corporate driven agenda? It seems so (2).

It begs another question too: where is the logic in handing the thieves the key to your home?

Notes

1) http://www.globalresearch.ca/secret-negotiations-behind-closed-doors-the-eu-india-free-trade-agreement-devastating-economic-and-social-impacts/5331084

2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arundhati-roy/what-have-we-done-to-demo_b_301294.html

Holi – the festival of colorsपिचकारी की दुकान से दूर हाथों में, कुछ सिक्के गिनते मैंने उसे देखा. एक गरीब बच्चे की आखों में, मैंने होली को मरते देखा. थी चाह उसे भी नए कपड़े पहनने की… पर उन्हीं पुराने कपड़ों को मैंने उसे साफ करते देखा. तुमने देखा कभी चाँद पर बैठा पानी? मैंने उसके रुखसार पर बैठा देखा. हम करते हैं सदा अपने ग़मों की नुमाइश… उसे चुपचाप ग़मों को पीते देखा. थे नही माँ-बाप उसके.. उसे माँ का प्यार और पापा के हाथों की कमी महसूस करते देखा. जब मैंने कहा, “बच्चे, क्या चाहिए तुम्हे”? तो उसे चुपचाप मुस्कुरा कर “ना” में सिर हिलाते देखा. थी वह उम्र बहुत छोटी अभी… पर उसके अंदर मैंने ज़मीर को पलते देखा. सारे शहर के लोगों के रंगे पुते चेहरे में…. मैंने उसके हँसते, मगर बेबस चेहरे को देखा. हम तो जिंदा हैं अभी शान से यहाँ पर उसे जीते जी शान से मरते देखा. नामाकूल रही होली मेरी… जब मैंने ज़िन्दगी के इस दूसरे अजीब पहलू को देखा. कोई मनाता है जश्न, और कोई रहता है तरसता . मैंने वो देखा.. जो हम सब ने देख कर भी नहीं देखा. लोग कहते हैं त्यौहार होते हैं ज़िन्दगी की ख़ुशियों के लिए, तो क्यों मैंने उसे मन ही मन घुटते और तरसते देखा… आप से यही अपील करूंगा होली पर किसी गरीब बच्चे की जिन्दगी में खुशियों का रंग घोल कर देखें यकीन मानिये आप का ये रंगों का त्योहार और निखर जाएगा आप पैसे देकर या नये कपड़े दिला कर किसी गरीब या अनाथ बच्चे की होली रंगों से सजा सकते हैं “इस बार होली कुछ यू मनाएं किसी गरीब की खुशियाँ रंगों से सजाएं ” — एक प्रयास तो कीजिये आपका त्योहार आपको खुशियों से भर देगा 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏


Holi – the festival of colors

SOME TIMES:  By Santosh Bhatt

Bharat (India) ( Hindustan) is not just a piece of Land, Mountains, or Rivers but it is and Experience of Thousands and Thousands of years .
Our Philosophy, Psychology, Science and Knowledge is not which has come out of nothing but it is an experience of our ancient forefathers and Yogi’s and Rishi.
Hindustan is a Land of Colors and you can feel smell and taste Life in every corner and street and every family cherish color which brings laughter on every ones face.
Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, Fun and Food and Play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!

Happy Days Are Here Again!
With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival. Every year it is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. It is also time for spring harvest. The new crop refills the stores in every household and perhaps such abundance accounts for the riotous merriment during Holi. This also explains the other names of this celebration – ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’.

“Don’t Mind, It’s Holi!”
During Holi, practices, which at other times could be offensive, are allowed. Squirting colored water on passers-by, dunking friends in pool amidst teasing and laughter, getting intoxicated on Bhaang and reveling with companions is perfectly acceptable. In fact, on the days of Holi, you can get away with almost anything by saying, “Don’t mind, it’s Holi!” (Hindi = Bura na mano, Holi hai.)

The Festive License!
Women, especially, enjoy the freedom of relaxed rules and sometimes join in the merriment rather aggressively. There is also much vulgar behavior connected with phallic themes. It is a time when pollution is not important, a time for license and obscenity in place of the usual societal and caste restrictions. In a way, Holi is a means for the people to ventilate their ‘latent heat’ and experience strange physical relaxations.

Like all Indian and Hindu festivals, Holi is inextricably linked to mythical tales. There are at least three legends that are directly associated with the festival of colors: the Holika-Hiranyakashipu-Prahlad episode, Lord Shiva’s killing of Kamadeva, and the story of the ogress Dhundhi.

The Holika-Prahlad Episode
The evolution of the term Holi makes an interesting study in itself. Legend has it that it derives its name from Holika, the sister of the mythical megalomaniac king Hiranyakashipu who commanded everyone to worship him. But his little son Prahlad refused to do so. Instead he became a devotee of Vishnu (One the Hindu Sanatan God Of Trinity. Shree Krishna)

Hiranyakashipu ordered his sister Holika to kill Prahlad and she, possessing the power to walk through fire unharmed, picked up the child and walked into a fire with him. Prahlad, however, chanted the names of God and was saved from the fire. Holika perished because she did not know that her powers were only effective if she entered the fire alone.

This myth has a strong association with the festival of Holi, and even today there is a practice of hurling cow dung into the fire and shouting obscenities at it, as if at Holika.

The Story of Dhundhi
It was also on this day that an ogress called Dhundhi, who was troubling the children in the kingdom of Prthu was chased away by the shouts and pranks of village youngsters. Although this female monster had secured several boons that made her almost invincible, shouts, abuses and pranks of boys was a chink in the armor for Dhundi, owing to a curse from Lord Shiva.

The Kamadeva Myth
It is often believed that it was on this day that Lord Shiva opened his third eye and incinerated Kamadeva, the god of love, to death. So, many people worship Kamadeva on Holi-day, with the simple offering of a mixture of mango blossoms and sandalwood paste.

Radha-Krishna Legend
Holi is also celebrated in memory of the immortal love of Lord Shree Krishna and Radha. The young Krishna would complain to his mother Yashoda about why Radha was so fair and he so dark. Yashoda advised him to apply colour on Radha’s face and see how her complexion would change. In the legends of Krishna as a youth he is depicted playing all sorts of pranks with the gopis or cowgirls. One prank was to throw colored powder all over them. So at Holi, images of Krishna and his consort Radha are often carried through the streets. Holi is celebrated with éclat in the villages around Mathura, the birth-place of Shree Krishna.
Holi as a festival seems to have started several Thousands centuries before Christ as can be inferred from its mentions in the religious works of Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutra.

Holi in Temple Sculptures
Holi is one of the oldest among Hindu festivals, there is no doubt. Various references are found in the sculptures on walls of old temples. A 16th century panel sculpted in a temple at Hampi, capital of Vijayanagar, shows a joyous scene depicting Holi where a prince and his princess are standing amidst maids waiting with syringes to drench the royal couple in colored water.

Holi in Medieval Paintings
A 16th century Ahmednagar painting is on the theme of Vasanta Ragini – spring song or music. It shows a royal couple sitting on a grand swing, while maidens are playing music and spraying colors with pichkaris (hand-pumps). A Mewar painting (circa 1755) shows the Maharana with his courtiers. While the ruler is bestowing gifts on some people, a merry dance is on, and in the center is a tank filled with colored water. A Bundi miniature shows a king seated on a tusker, and from a balcony above some damsels are showering gulal (colored powders) on him.

Birthday of Shri Chaitanya MahaPrabhu
Holi Purnima is also celebrated as the birthday of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (A.D. 1486-1533), mostly in Bengal, and also in the coastal city of Puri, Orissa, and the holy cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Making the Colors of Holi
The colors of Holi, called ‘gulal’, in the medieval times were made at home, from the flowers of the ‘tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree, also called ‘the flame of the forest’. These flowers, bright red or deep orange in color, were collected from the forest and spread out on mats, to dry in the sun, and then ground to fine dust. The powder when mixed with water made a beautiful saffron-red dye. This pigment and also ‘aabir’, made from natural colored talc, which were extensively used as Holi colors, are good for the skin, unlike the chemical colors of our days.
Colorful days, solemn rituals, joyous celebrations – Holi is a boisterous occasion! Draped in white, people throng the streets in large numbers and smear each other with bright hued powders and squirt coloured water on one another through pichkaris (big syringe-like hand-pumps), irrespective of caste, color, race, sex, or social status; all these petty differences are temporarily relegated to the background and people give into an unalloyed colorful rebellion. There is exchange of greetings, the elders distribute sweets and money, and all join in frenzied dance to the rhythm of the drums. But if you wanna know how to celebrate the festival of colors to the fullest through the whole length of three days, here’s a primer.

Holi-Day 1
The day of the full moon (Holi Purnima) is the first day of Holi. A platter (‘thali’) is arranged with colored powders, and colored water is placed in a small brass pot (‘lota’). The eldest male member of the family begins the festivities by sprinkling colors on each member of the family, and the youngsters follow.

Holi-Day 2
On the second day of the festival called ‘Puno’, images of Holika are burnt in keeping with the legend of Prahlad and his devotion to lord Vishnu. In rural India, the evening is celebrated by lighting huge bonfires as part of the community celebration when people gather near the fire to fill the air with folk songs and dances. Mothers often carry their babies five times in a clockwise direction around the fire, so that her children are blessed by Agni, the god of fire.

Holi-Day 3
The most boisterous and the final day of the festival is called ‘Parva’, when children, youth, men and women visit each other’s homes and colored powders called ‘aabir’ and ‘gulal’ are thrown into the air and smeared on each other’s faces and bodies. ‘Pichkaris’ and water balloons are filled with colors and spurted onto people – while young people pay their respects to elders by sprinkling some colors on their feet, some powder is also smeared on the faces of the deities, especially Shree Krishna and Radha.

Session on “Destroy Caste System” with Agniveer in New Delhi Jan 25, 2013 01:52 pm | Agniveer Agni


Session on “Destroy Caste System” with Agniveer in New Delhi
Jan 25, 2013 01:52 pm | Agniveer Agni

Lets destroy Caste System! I am human. My caste is human. My race is human. My color is human. My religion is humanity. I am Agniveer! And I dont care about anything else!

Session with founder, Agniveer- Shri Sanjeev Newar in Delhi on Caste System and its eradication!

Date: Sunday, 27th January, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Venue: Arya Samaj Patel Nagar (New Delhi)

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(Next to Dayanand Model School, walking distance from Patel Nagar Metro Station on Blue Line (5 stations from Rajiv Chowk). You need to walk ahead of Patel Nagar Metro Station towards Shadipur Station and take a right turn at red light. Walk straight till end of the road and Arya Samaj is right there. For assistance, call +91 8800958058)

Date and Time: 20 January 2012, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

About Sri Sanjeev Newar:

Sri Sanjeev Newar is founder of Agniveer – the most popular spiritualism website in world – that been instrumental in transforming lives of millions. Professionally he is an IIT-IIM graduate with more than a decade of experience working with globally acclaimed organizations and top-notch researchers of world. He also teaches and indulges in finance, quantitative methods, artificial intelligence, yog, pranayam, meditation, martial arts etc as pastime. Agniveer is known to be the most vocal, logical and irrefutable critic of caste system in current era. Under his guidance, Agniveer has taken several programs to elevate so-called low caste into so-called high caste status so as to destroy the caste system from very roots.

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All are invited!

Note: All patriots who can commit time, efforts and resources for operational success and want to contribute to the mission are invited for the meeting at 5:30 pm just after the session.

Brahmin, Shudra….I don’t care
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