Living History – Kanishka’s relic “Dev Uthan” in Hindus


देव उठान का त्यौहार गुर्जर और जाटो में विशेष
रूप से मनाया जाता हैं|

यू तो हिंदू शास्त्रों के अनुसार हिन्दुओ द्वारा यह त्यौहार विष्णु भगवान के योग निद्रा से जागने के उपलक्ष्य में मनाया जाता हैं परन्तु इस अवसर पर गुर्जर परिवारों में गाये जाने वाला मंगल गीत अपने पूर्वजो को संबोधित जान पड़ता हैं|

गुर्जर अपने पूर्वजों को देव कहते हैं और उनकी पूजा भी करते हैं|
यह परम्परा इन्हें अपने पूर्वज सम्राट कनिष्क कुषाण/ कसाना (78-101 ई.) से विरासत में मिली हैं| कुषाण अपने को देवपुत्र कहते थे|

कनिष्क ने अपने पूर्वजो के मंदिर बनवाकर उसमे उनकी मूर्तिया भी लगवाई थी| इन मंदिरों को देवकुल कहा जाता था| एक देवकुल के भग्नावेश मथुरा में भी मिले हैं|

गूजरों और जाटो के घरों और खेतों में आज भी छोटे-छोटे मंदिर होते हैं जिनमे पूर्वजो का वास
माना जाता हैं और इन्हें देवता कहा जाता हैं, अन्य
हिंदू अपने पूर्वजों को पितृ कहते हैं|

घर के वो पुरुष पूर्वज जो अविवाहित या बिना पुत्र के मर जाते हैं, उन देवो को अधिक पूजा जाता हैं| भारत में मान्यता हैं कि यदि पितृ/देवता रूठ जाये तो पुत्र प्राप्ति नहीं होती| पुत्र प्राप्ति के लिए घर के देवताओ को मनाया जाता हैं|

देव उठान पूजन के अवसर पर गए जाने वाली मंगल गीत में जाहर (भगवान जाहर वीर गोगा जी) और नारायण का भी जिक्र हैं, परन्तु यह स्पष्ट नहीं हैं कि गीत में वर्णित नारायण भगवान विष्णु हैं या फिर राजस्थान में गुर्जरों के लोक देवता भगवान देव नारायण या कोई अन्य|

लेकिन इस मंगल गीत में परिवार में पुत्रो की महत्ता को दर्शाया गया हैं और देवताओ से
उनकी प्राप्ति की कामना की गयी हैं|

पूजा के लिए बनाये गए देवताओं के चित्र के सामने पुरुष सदस्यों के पैरों के निशान बना कर उनके उपस्थिति चिन्हित की जाती हैं| इस चित्र में एक नहीं कई देवता दिखलाई पड़ते हैं, अतः गुर्जरों के लिए यह सिर्फ किसी एक देवता को नहीं बल्कि अनेक पूर्वजो को पूजने और जगाने का त्यौहार हैं|

गीत के अंत में जयकारा भी कुल-गोत्र के देवताओ के नाम का लगाया जाता हैं, जैसे-

जागो रे ………..के देव या जागो रे …….के देव,

किसी नाम विशेष के देवता का नहीं|

यह भी संभव हैं की भारत में प्रचलित देव उठान का त्यौहार गुर्जरों की जनजातीय परंपरा के सार्वभौमिकरण का परिणाम हो| कम से कम गुर्जरों में यह शास्त्रीय हिंदू परंपरा और गुर्जरों की अपनी जनजातीय परंपरा का सम्मिश्रण तो हैं ही|

आपके अवलोकनार्थ प्रस्तुत हैं देव उठान मंगल गीत-
देव उठान गीत:
उठो देव बैठो देव

देव उठेंगे कार्तिक में…..कार्तिक में…… कार्तिक में

सोये हैं आषाढ़ में

नई टोकरी नई कपास

जा रे मूसे जाहर जा…..जाहर जा…..जाहर जा

जाहर जाके डाभ कटा डाभ कटा कै खाट बुना…..

खाट बुना……..खाट बुना

खाट बुना कै दामन दो

दामन दीजो गोरी गाय

गोरी गाय……कपिला गाय

जाके पुण्य सदा फल होय

गलगलिया के पेरे पाँव पेरे पाँव……पिरोथे पाँव

राज़ करे ………की माँ….. .. की माँ
राज करे ……की माँ…… की माँ

राज करे मिहिर की माँ

औरें धौरे धरे मंजीरा ये रे माया तेरे बीरा

ये रे……तेरे बीरा ये रे….. तेरे बीरा

औरें धौरे धरे चपेटा ये हैं ……तेरे बेटा

औरें कौरें धरे चपेटा यह हैं …..तेरे बेटा

औरें कौरें धरे चपेटा यह हैं …… तेरे बेटा

नारायण बैठा ओटा नो मन लीक लंगोटा

जितने जंगल हीसा-रौडे उतने या घर बर्द-किरोडे

जितने अम्बर तारैयां उतनी या घर गावानियां

जितने जंगल झाऊ-झूड उतने या घर जन्में पूत

जागो………..रे………के देव……..

How Native Americans were destroyed and Kumbh Melaa


Do you find any link between these subjects?

India as a nation; Indian people as a cultural group of humanity; story of the extinction of the Native American people as a nation; Kumbh Melaa to be held in India;  Indian culture-basing LitFests in vouge now-a-days ……

If you cannot find any link between these dissimilar subjects,  then we invite you to read the following and the material at the connected links there.

First read this:

http://swarajyamag.com/culture/why-the-kumbh-mela-is-at-risk/

Then read the following:

http://firstpeoplesvoices.com/cultural.htm

Now read this:

http://www.newsgram.com/dismantling-hinduism-is-kumbh-mela-next-in-line/#comment-89579

Also read:

In 2013 I was watching kumba mela covered by National Geography, In fact when they announced that they will be making a documentary I was curious what they will cover, since most of the programs aired through NG is of high quality I was expecting something different,it was for about 1 hour, initial 15 mts it was good, later they started showing their true colour, their focus was mainly on Naaga Sadhus ,Aghori,the way they dress ,and their eating habits, and they caught hold off one young Aghori, and asked him to demonstrate his power, innocently he demonstrated his power,it was something related to hanging a big stones to private part  and swinging  the stones for several minutes,then some stupid discussion about it.After going through the write up by Rajiv now I am able to correlate what he is saying and what I saw.

Dr Arathi V B

Genome-wide analysis correlates with Ayurveda ‘Prakriti’


By : B. Santanu

“Genome-wide analysis correlates Ayurveda Prakriti” – Excerpt

Excerpts from a fascinating study published recently in Nature, “Genome-wide analysis correlates Ayurveda Prakriti“, 29th Oct ’15:

The practice of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, is based on the concept of three major constitutional types (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) defined as “Prakriti”. To the best of our knowledge, no study has convincingly correlated genomic variations with the classification of Prakriti.….we found that PGM1 correlates with phenotype of Pitta as described in the ancient text of Caraka Samhita, suggesting that the phenotypic classification of India’s traditional medicine has a genetic basis; and its Prakriti-based practice in vogue for many centuries resonates with personalized medicine.

Introduction

Among the traditional systems of medicine practiced all over the world, Ayurveda of India has a documented history dating back to 1500 BCE1,2.

 

…The basic concepts of Ayurveda are; 1. five elements – panchabhuta – which constitute the physical universe including the human body and; 2. three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) or constitutional types of every human. These doshas refer broadly to the functions of motion, digestion and cumulation. Though all three doshas exist in every human being one is dominant based on which an individual’s Prakriti is determined. Prakritis are discreet phenotypes and they are determined on the basis of physical, psychological, physiological and behavioural traits, and independent of social, ethnic and geographical variables1,3,4. The etymology of these Sanskrit terms suggests that Vata originates from movement, Pitta from digestion and Kapha from cumulation. Since Prakritis underlie an individual’s predisposition to disease as well as response to treatment, it is imperative in Ayurvedic practice to identify the Prakriti of a patient before treatment5.

Concept of Prakriti in Ayurveda and its relationship with genomics was hypothesized over a decade ago6. … While these studies have shown the association of specific genes with the phenotype of a particular Prakriti, the association of genomic variations with Prakriti classification was lacking. This is the first attempt to classify the Prakritis using genome-wide SNP markers and to provide a scientific basis for Prakriti classification.

Thanks to my friend Sanjay for alerting me to this research study

By B Shantanu on November 3, 2015 · Posted in Indian Medicine & Ayurveda

 

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A Brief History of the 93rd Constitution Amendment


Reality Check India

Early 2005 was a time of joyous celebration in the Congress Party. They had just upset the BJP led National Democratic Alliance at the polls. Their allies DMK and the Communists had pulled off spectacular wins in their states.  Sonia Gandhi was in firm control of the Congress party and none of the smaller allies had any big ticket ambitions. They could be placated by a few sectarian concessions, relaxed prosecution, or providing them corruption opportunities. It seemed like the dark days of the Hindutva agenda under Vajyapee were truly over.

However, under the covers, one critical problem loomed that needed urgent fixing. Strategic thinkers of the establishment realized that the principal canon of the “Idea of India” was damaged beyond recognition under BJPs rule.  That of the state to run outright communal preferences in the domain of education.

Judicial blows to the Idea of India

The Indian state has grappled unsuccessfully with the issue…

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Reasons and Seasons of Protest in India


By: Dr. Kishore Dere

(Supreme Court Advocate and Visiting Professor of International Law and International Relations)

Of late, there has been a wave of protests in India – the biggest and largest functioning democracy in the world. One should not be surprised at all about the surge of protests because dissent, disagreement, debate, discussion, criticism, and opposition are the very essence of the vibrant democratic way of life. Thus democracy not merely as a form of government but as a way of life entails even opposition for the sake of opposition if that serves enlightened public interest.

So, more the protests, better it is. Therefore, let us heartily welcome protests and congratulate protestors of all hues and shades, not just one.

Their valid causes need to be espoused by us.

In fact, one is reminded of what a great French philosopher Voltaire said, “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

Now this is indeed a double-edged sword.

If the protestors for a variety of reasons, best known to them only, want to protest against rising intolerance only at a particular point of time, they are quite within their right to do so. It is quite unfair to question their choice. One should support them in exercising their right to do so.

But any well-meaning person will accept the hard fact that nobody has monopoly over truth.

Therefore, the critics of such seasonal protestors also have a democratic right to question the motive behind such occasional, seasonal  or selective  protests.

Both the sides have an equally justified right in questioning each other. Nobody has a final say.

It is an ongoing debate.

Only time will tell who is bad and who is worse.

If there are people in society who want to endorse or turn a blind eye towards many other forms of intolerance and want to single out only one, either real or imaginary, then their critics will become vociferous and quite justifiably so.  In other words, in order to prove one’s impartiality and objectivity, it is essential that one ought to call spade a spade and not be hand in glove with any group or faction.

Otherwise, one risks becoming a laughing stock and butt of jokes.

So, dear seasonal protestors, it is in your own enlightened self-interest as well as the larger interest of reasoned debate to be fair, objective and bold enough to squarely criticise wrong-doings of all and roundly condemn the intolerance emanating from all quarters.

Selective amnesia is not at all a panacea.

It can only offer short-term publicity to few but undermine the long-term goal of peace and progress of human civilisation.

Thus, “choice is yours”, Lord Krishna had used these wise words in his message to Arjun.

So, it is up to you whether you want to go down in history as reasonably objective persons or unabashedly and unashamedly subjective ones. Best wishes to you in making your own choice.

Paris Terrorist Attacks: Business as Usual?


By : Dr Kishore Dere

(Supreme Court Advocate and Visiting Professor of International Law and International Relations)

As France prepares to play host to the UN Climate Change Summit at the end of this month,  just few days ahead of that,  there have been deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.  On 13 November 2015,  the night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 (GMT 20:00) ) as people were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital.  International news media is awash with this coverage.  BBC, CNN and AFP reports,  among others,  available on their respective websites are being extensively used for writing this piece.

The latest terrorist attacks at multiple locations in French capital have resulted in the killing of at least 130 innocent lives and injuring over 180 people,  80 of whom are in a critical condition.  This is the deadliest peacetime attack in France and the worst in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.

As usual,  the debate has begun over who might be the perpetrators of such heinous attacks and what might be their motive behind carrying out such ghastly attacks?

Before jumping to the conclusion,  this question may be answered by looking at the pattern of violence and targets which included bars, restaurants,  a concert and aa high-profile football match between France and Germany where President François Hollande himself was a spectator.

At least one gunman opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, not far from the place de la Republique, before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia), killing at least 12 people.

A few streets away, another gunman then opened fire on dinners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, with the loss of at least five lives. At around the same time, on the southern outskirts of Paris,  80, 000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium about half an hour after kick-off.

President Hollande was among the spectators and was whisked to safety after the first explosion.

It later emerged three suicide bombers blew themselves up at fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium.

The attack on the 15, 00-seat Bataclan concert hall was by far the deadliest of Friday night’s attacks.  Gunmen opened fire on people watching US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. The event had been sold out.

The gunmen took 20 hostages,  and told their captives: ” It’s the fault of Hollande,  it’s the fault of your president,  he should not have intervened in Syria. ”

Within an hour,  security forces had stormed the concert hall and all four attackers there were dead. Three had blown themselves up and a fourth was short dead by police. Police believe all of the gunmen are dead – seven killed themselves with explosive vests and one was shot dead by the security forces – but it is unclear if any accomplices are still on the run.

Thus by now the finger of suspicion is bound to be raised towards the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) group. And in fact,  the latest reports say, ISIS has already released a statement on Saturday saying “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles had carried out the attacks on “carefully chosen” targets, and were a response to France’s involvement in the air strikes on IS militants in Syria and Iraq”. That is to say,  the IS has claimed responsibility the attacks.

In fact one should indeed have a long sigh of relief for this statement by the ISIS. This would prevent and pre-ampt one from being accused of being involved – in favor of or against any particular group.

The Paris attacks and the subsequent IS statement should not even leave even an iota of doubt in any sane person’s mind that the ISIS and its affiliates are bound to pursue their killing spree anywhere and everywhere in the days, months and years to come.

Various world leaders have rightly condemned the deadliest attacks.

Indian Prime Minister,  Narendra Modi, in his address to the British Members of Parliament on 12 November had rightly called for an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism by the United Nations.  This is indeed an emphatic reiteration of India’s several decade-long principled stand on the scourge of terrorism.

Let us wait and watch whether this ever happens or remains a mere pious wish as various members of international community jostle for power and settle scores with each other.

Lack of consensus among nations of the world on the definition of ‘terrorism’ is a major problem even today.

Any kind of dilly-dallying and wishy-wishy response of opportunistic and power-hungry nations and sponsors of terrorism may only embolden the resolve of terrorists who are committed to their ’cause’ of killing anybody and everybody whom they perceive or suspect to be an opponent.

Let us hope brute power-driven world politics does not subvert rationality-based and equity-oriented international law and the sublime cause to victims of terrorism around the world.

An important message in Hindi for citizens


अति महत्वपूर्ण सन्देश !

साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाए जाने के पीछे राष्‍ट्रीय-अंतराष्‍ट्रीय साजिश काम कर रही है !
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साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाने का यह जो खेल चल रहा है, आप लोग इसे हल्‍के मे न ले।

मोदी सरकार पर किए गए इस वार मे पर्दे के पीछे कांग्रेस पार्टी-अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय एनजीओ-मीडया का बडा नेक्‍सस काम कर रहा है।

जो जानकारी मिली है, उसके अनुसार- मोदी सरकार ने खुफिया विभाग से इसकी जांच कराई है और प्रारंभिक जांच मे यह पता चला है कि है, देश मे चल रहे इस कोलाहल मे अमेरिका- सउदीअरब- पाकिस्‍तान तक शामिल है।

बकायदा इसके लिए एक अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पीआर एजेंसी को हायर किया गया है।

पुरस्‍कार लौटाने का खेल तब शुरू हुआ जब कांग्रेस के कुछ बडे नेता, जेएनयू के कुछ प्रोफेसर और कुछ अंग्रेजी पत्रकार साहित्‍य अकादमी के पुरस्‍कार लौटाऊ साहित्‍यकारो से मिले और उन्‍हे इसके लिए राजी करने का प्रयास किया और अखलाक मामले को मुददा बनाकर पुरस्‍कार लौटाने को कहा।

पहले इसके विरोध मे होने वाली प्रतिक्रिया के भय से कई साहित्‍यकार तैयार नही थे, जिसके बाद नेहरू की भतीजी नयनतारा सहगल को आगे किया गया।

इसके बाद वो साहित्‍यकार तैयार हुए, जिनके एनजीओ को विदेशी संस्‍थाओ से दान मिल रहा था, जो मोदी सरकार द्वारा जांच के दायरे मे है और जिनकी बाहर से होने वाली फंडिंग पूरी तरह से रोक दी गयी है।

अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय स्‍तर पर 150 से अधिक साहित्‍यकारो व पत्रकारो को इस पर लेख लिख कर, भारत को असहिष्‍णु देश साबित करने के लिए, अमेरिका- सउदी अरब- पाकिस्‍तान के पक्ष मे एक बडी अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय फंडिंग एजेंसी ने एक अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पी आर एजेंसी को हायर किया है, जिस पर करोडो रुपए खर्च किए गए है।

संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र संघ मे भारत की दावेदारी को रोकने लिए अमेरिकी, सउदी अरब व पाकिस्‍तान मिलकर काम कर रहे है।

इसके लिए भारत को मानवाधिकार पर घेरने और उसे असहिष्‍णु देश साबित करने की रूपरेखा तैयार की गई है।

इसके लिए पहले अमेरिका ने अपनी धार्मिक रिपोर्ट जारी कर भारत को एक असहिष्‍णु देश के रूप में प्रोजेक्‍ट किया और उसमे गिन-गिन कर भाजपा के नेताओ व उनके वक्‍तव्‍यो को शामिल किया गया।

इस समय सउदी अरब का राजपरिवार संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र संघ के मानवाधिकार आयोग का अध्‍यक्ष है और पाकिस्‍तान के हित मे वह शीघ्र ही भारत को मानवाधिकार उल्‍लंघन के कटघरे मे खडा करने वाला है।

यह रिपोर्ट भी मोदी सरकार के पास है। जांच मे यह भी पता चला है कि, उस अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पीआर एजेंसी ने बडे पैमाने पर भारत के पत्रकारो, मीडिया हाउसो व साहित्‍यकारो को फंडिंग की है और इस पूरे मामले को बिहार चुनाव के आखिर तक जिंदा रखने को कहा गया है।

गोटी यह है कि, यदि भाजपा बिहार मे हार गयी तो उसके बाद उसे बडे पैमाने पर अल्‍पसंख्‍यको के अधिकारो का उल्‍लंघन करने वाली सरकार के रूप मे अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय स्‍तर पर प्रोजेक्‍ट किया जाएगा।

संभवत: इससे मोदी सरकार हमेशा के लिए बैकफुट पर आ जाएगी, जिसके बाद गो-वध निषेध जैसे हिंदूत्‍व के सारे मुददो को ताक पर रख दिया जाएगा।

अमेरिका खुद डरा हुआ है कि वहां क्रिश्‍चनिटी खतरे मे है और बड़ी संख्‍या मे लोगो का रुझान हिन्दू धर्म की ओर बढ रहा है।

यदि भाजपा बिहार में जीत गयी तो राष्‍ट्रीय- अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय साजिशकर्ता मिलकर देश मे बडे पैमाने पर सांप्रदायिक हिंसा को अंजाम दे सकते है, और मोदी सरकार को पांच साल तक सांप्रदायिकता मे ही उलझाए रख सकते है।

मोदी सरकार पूरी तरह से चौकन्‍नी है और वह स्थिति का आकलन कर रही है।

संभवत: बिहार चुनाव के बाद बडे पैमाने पर जांच शुरू हो, जिसे रोकने के लिए भी देश मे कोहराम मचाए जाने की सूचना है।

इसलिए सभी भारतवासियों से हाथ जोड कर अपील है कि, विदेशी साजिश का हिस्‍सा न बने और सांप्रदायिक सौहार्द्र बनाए रखने में मद करे।

यह देश आपका है, प्‍लीज अमेरिका-सउदी अरब-पाकिस्‍तान के हित मे अपने देश को बदनाम न करें।

धन्यवाद !
ये भी नैतिकता के तोर पर आपकी भी जिमनेदारी बनती है सत्य से अवगत कराने की .

Bihar Legislative Assembly Election Results 2015 and Beyond


By : Dr Kishore Dere

(Supreme Court Advocate,  and Visiting Professor of International Relations and International Law)

Like any free, fair and transparent election, the recently concluded (October-November 2015) Bihar Legislative Assembly elections too have sprung up many a surprise.

First and foremost the self-styled and self – proclaimed as well as professional psychologists have been disappointed. Their methodological approaches and data sampling techniques used in pre-poll surveys and exit polls have been proven to be inadequate to say the least.

Secondly,  the overconfident and talkative members of the National Democratic Alliance have been stunned. (Blame game has already begun in the BJP amidst calls for introspection. ) One must,  however,  credit Prime Minister Narendra Modi for losing no time in congratulating the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for his fourth successive electoral victory.

Despite the swift congratulatory message from the PM to the triumphant opponent,  and the victory of non-BJP/non-NDA alliance in the polls, the professed critics of BJP continue to aggressively assert that the BJP is progressively ‘Fascist’ and antithetical to democracy.

Thirdly,  it is indeed confounding to say whether economic development or caste-based reservations and extension of those benefits to Muslims and Christians in Bihar were determinants in casting votes by the voters.

Fourthly, just as in the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections of Jan-Feb 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejarival was given an over-whelming majority by the voters, the Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Right Honorable Lalu Prasad Yadav too has been given a pleasant surprise by the mature and shrewd voters of Bihar.

In other words caste,  religion, region and language were the dominant factors in deciding the electoral outcome.

This may seem to be appalling to the votaries of modernity and proponents of classless,  casteless, secular pan-Indian identity and pacifist nationalism.

But in the words of Lord Meghnad Desai, this is actually the ‘subaltern’ politics of India. In fact this can be corroborated by recalling the statement of the Honorable Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar himself who had ‘urged’ voters to prefer the Bihari (native Nitish Kumar) over the Bahari (outsider Narendra Modi).

The voters seem to have this advice seriously.  Otherwise this very leader has been in the forefront of criticizing ‘xenophobic’ politics taken recourse to by some of the political parties in Assam and Maharashtra.  Thus,  it is interesting to see the things coming full circle.

The ironies,  however, do not end here.  Now the leader of the RJD, however, wants to move out of Bihar,  and become a leader by waging a campaign to dislodge the union government led by PM Narendra Modi.

He has promised to initiate this process from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the constituency represented by the PM in the current Lok Sabha.

As always future is pregnant with so many imponderables.  One has to wait and watch with bated breath.  In the meantime life continues to move and we grudgingly come to terms with reality.

Modi’s upcoming UK visit and anti-India voices get louder there


By : ( Name withheld for privacy reason )

Narendra Modi,  the Prime Minister of India,  is to visit UK soon,  naturally with a specific agenda in his mind. There are anti – Modi forces present there,  which want to frustrate this agenda.  Their voices are getting louder by the passing of day. They feel further emboldened by the recent verdict of Bihar polls.

What, on earth, are Indian diplomatic staff in London (and embedded intelligence officers in the embassy) doing?

Sleeping on the job? Isn’t it their job to keep a hawk-eyed vigil against just such an event?

PM Modi has to be far savvier than the Breaking-India forces.

He has to be more than a speaker-to-large-rallies.

What use are these visits by PM Modi if they don’t result in building the kind of clout / relationship with foreign governments if these governments can’t be prevailed upon to prevent these kinds of virulent protests.

Just making speeches to delirious crowds of naive NRIs chanting Modi-Modi is a waste of the time of the Prime Minister of one-seventh of humanity.

Does he not realise this?

Addition:

Unfortunately Indian leaders have no clue, no capability to understand much less respond.

This is the result of deep rooted anti/un-intellectualism.

Have not invested in good intellectuals. Too many useless persons “country bumpkins” masquerading as intellectuals by borrowing one-liners to look wise.

This capability takes at least a decade to develop. They have not even started in earnest yet. Dont even know what is entailed.

The initial anti-Modi campaigns went without effective response from GOI, Sangh, BJP, etc. Hence it got worse in his USA trip.

Then came the various award returning groups one by one – all orchestrated.

Now this UK trip.Believe me, it will only get worse.

Opponents know this is the soft belly where the attacks will solidify their intellectual base against Modi.

Those in charge in the present govt cannot afford to think that ignoring is the best way to get rid of it – thats mere escapism.

The reality is they are afraid to deal with it, hence pretense that it does not matter.

Further addition:

I learned yesterday that my university has organised a Diwali festival. In that they have called leftist Dalit Activist named Meena Kandasamy as keynote speaker.

One can figure out this visit is rightly timed with the PM Modi’s visit and formation of Awaaz Project funded by the South Asia Solidarity Group, Sikh Federation UK, Southall Black Sisters, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Indian Muslim Federation, Indian Workers Association, Muslim Parliament, and Voice of Dalit International.

All of the classic breaking India Forces have gathered together!

Bihar election results: Lessons for Narendra Modi


By : Shreepal Singh

Today is 8th of November,  2015 and the results of Bihar Legislative Assembly are out. Narendra Modi,  the Prime Minister of India,  had put his best efforts to win the hearts of people by assuring them a better and prosperous life ahead through a road map of development.  But his party – BJP – has been badly routed by wining only 53 seats in an Assembly of 243 seats. In a democracy,  wining or loosing elections by a political party is not an extraordinary event.  But for India it is not so. India has a history of making and un-making of her destiny, making and un-making of her destiny in a more meaningful way than what was conveyed by the words of Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru in his mid-night speech on 15th August,  1947.

India is really at her crossroads of her destiny. And, Bihar elections have a symbolic meaning for her for her days to come. Today,  Modi represents something more than BJP in the hearts of all those who love India and have unbound faith in the divine destiny of this country. This divine destiny is not exclusive in its inner content; it includes all that is best available to humanity at large. To such people ,  it is not the defeat of BJP.  It is something more serious.

Let us be realistic about what has happened and what is in store for India in the days to come.

Satrughan Sinha is happy that Modi has not been able to consolidate his expected vote bank. Advani was also very recently unhappy that emergency cannot be ruled out again in India.  Many BJP people are unhappy that they are not able to get out what they wanted out of the power that now belongs to them. Very recently,  the Chinese political leadership had opened their mind about Modi and had said that they know that Modi wants India to overtake China as a world power but they can assure India and Modi that he can never do so – for the simple reason that Indian democracy would not allow him to do so. China does not suffer this disability; there are no elections in China. It is a hard reality. Will the Chinese prediction come true?

It is a fact that,  except a very few number of people in BJP, by and large they have no knowledge and depth of the strength of a spiritual India. They have not much of the original thinking about this potency of India to lead the world, in the way West is studying it, aware of its depth and fearing its potential rise,

They cannot connect with the hearts of ordinary people.  They are enamored by the Indian culture and that is all for them to be proud of.  They know nothing beyond temple,  cow and beef.

Modi is virtually all alone in his vision and efforts. And, I can assure you by my personal experience that BJP leaders don’t want fresh blood, ideas, talent,  thinkers only because that may upset the entrenched elements’ position of power.

Bihar election is a warning shot for Modi of what is to come for him.

It should be a matter of top priority for him – even leaving aside investment,  progress,  defense,  foreign alliances – because if he looses in future like this, he would loose everything,  including his grand vision and plan for India.

What is the way out for him?

  1. Establish top quality school for grooming original and talented leaders ready to take his place as and when he leaves the scene,  for natural reasons.
  2. Establish these new leaders HERE and NOW -parallel to him and when he is still there -as darling of people. There must be 10 or 20 Modis who should be in the field to win people’s hearts,  while Modi is still the PM.
  3. Ruthlessly destroy Satrughans and …… while still there is charisma in Modi.
  4. The governing principle should be that India is more important than Modi and Modi has got this opportunity to serve India,  which opportunity may never come in future because of the peculiar features of Indian democracy and changing demography of India.

They say ‘ Intolerance in India ‘ and I came to know!


By : Raj Kumar Makkad

They screamed at the roof top that a church was vandalized and its windows smashed. Then I came to know a bunch of school boys playing cricket had smashed the panes and fled.

They cried that a church was set on fire by arsonists. Then I came to know a Christmas tree had caught fire due to short circuit.

They ranted that a nun was raped and church looted. Then I came to know that four men from a particular community across the border were hired to intimidate the church in a land dispute; apparently no rape even took place.

They yelled that two children were burnt to death by upper caste men in a caste conflict. Then I came to know the children were burnt to death in a fit of rage by their own father after he walked into his wife in bed with her brother-in-law.

They said that the software czar of India is upset about growing intolerance in India. Then I came to know he has been appointed as India Head Of Ford Foundation, the CIA front NGO which has been put on a watch list by Home Ministry and his son had just been replaced from a top education advisory board by the Govt after a non-satisfactory IB report.

They said an ageing superstar who plays college boy roles at 45, is upset about growing intolerance in India and who strangely chose to remain silent when his colleague from South faced bans on his movie in 2013. Then I came to know that the superstar has been served with two Enforcement Directorate notices in six months (last one just 5 days ago) and the noose is tightening around him for money laundering in a cricket league and all his lobbying with the Govt to save his a** have been rejected.

They said a world renowned sculptor has expressed disgust at growing intolerance in India. Then I came to know he was referring to France where his art was vandalized and sprayed with hate graffiti.

They said a great actor who once in a movie said “when a cockroach enters my home I will have to crush it” in reference to terrorism by a certain group, has expressed concerns about growing intolerance in India. Then I came to know he said no such thing, they simply economized with the truth.

A world reknowned Economist and Nobel laureate expressed concern at growing intolerance. Then I came to know that he presided over the revival of a once great ancient university of India and used the opportunity to siphon 2700 crores for a building that looks like a sophisticated toilet.

The university is in Bihar but this man would sit in London and fly first class to Delhi to attend sanitized meetings in 5-star hotels with his cronies.

The govt ended his party and we hear an enquiry committee is about to submit their findings.

A world leading business and economics magazine from the UK expressed concern about growing intolerance in India. Then I came to know that the magazine is owned by the wife of the above-said Nobel laureate economist.

They alarmed all over that rationalists are being killed in India one after another. Then I came to know all three rationalists were killed during rule of another govt and that law and order is always a state subject.

One of them was killed after he slammed the diocese and openly invited another Indian living in exile in Finland due to fear of the diocese to return back.

Oh! by the way one of the rationalists ‘rational’ act was to regularly pee on an idol of Lord Krishna and announce that to the world.

An eminent historian slammed govt on growing intolerance. Then I came to know he was the eminent ‘distortian’ and ‘hysterian’ who white washed our history books for 40 years at Indian Council Of Historical Research and deprived generations after generations of young impressionable minds of their country’s true history. He finds himself replaced and irrelevant today.

A global sovereign debt rating agency warned India about growing intolerance, something well beyond their mandate. Then I came to know it was the ‘back office’ of this sovereign debt-rater that issued it, not the sovereign rater. It was also written by a 24-year old BA-Economics graduate who’s working there since 2012.

He just happened to be son-in-law of the above ’eminent’ historian.

The central bank Governor of all people noticed the growing intolerance. Then I came to know that his father was deported from India many years ago for his links with CIA and the highly educated son is on the advisory board of Ford Foundation. I also came to know that articles dating back to May-2015 warned about Ford Foundation planning to use his services to pressure govt into rolling back the restrictions on it’s activities in India.

They shouted that several dozen ‘noted’ artists have returned their award as a snub to the government for rising intolerance. Then I came to know they didn’t return either the trophy or citation or the cash.It was a fake announcement designed to stir. I also came to know that the award was given by the previous govt, so isn’t returning a snub to the giver?

They hoarsed endlessly that an eminent Indian writer known for exactly 1 book in 2 decades and a great philharmonic orchestra conductor are concerned about growing intolerance in India. Then I came to know both were awarded by this private news channel as 100-Indians Of The Century in a glittering ceremony which was very kindly hosted by the President Of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

And so goes on the dance of democracy among this incestuous cabal called “intellectuals”, even as India overtakes US and China in FDI for the first time, jumps 32% in brand value, achieves one year without a single scam and finally completes the seemingly impossible task of construction of toilets in every school and college of the country and a bank account for every adult.

Tata Literary Festival or anti-Modi propaganda?


By : Aditya Agrawal

Was “Tata Literary Festival” a festival indeed or a pretext for indulging in Modi-basing?

This was supposed to be a Literary festival, but let us look at some of the discussion topics:

  1. Re-evaluating Nehru’s contribution to India: Chacha Par Charcha
  2. Freedom of Expression is in imminent danger.
  3. No Time for Silence: Why writers feel the need to speak up.
  4. Who or what is authentically “Indian Spirituality”: “Happy drug or overdose”.
  5. Refugees – A burden or a responsibility.
  6. Why has India become more intolerant?
  7. Can there be a peaceful solution to Kashmir?
  8. Uncovering truth in a ocean of Headlines.
  9. Rising inequalities and prejudices in New India.

All panel discussion were similar in one sense: All participants (and also moderator) had similar leanings.

So the moderators raised opposing views and those were thrashed by participants.

I have compiled a list of main participants and moderators.

One can understand that Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt would be called but not Swapan Dasgupta or Kanchan Gupta.

The tone of a Lit Fest is more or less decided when Festival Director is a leftist or a Congressi (In this case Anil Dharker).

Moderators (carefully selected) do the rest. They will stifle opposing views, cut short panel discussions, or be openly partisan.

It was a well selected panel of participants and moderators with a predictive Modi-bbashing show. Who were these persons? Guess.

Here goes the list:

Panel members:

Nayantara Sahagal

Vir Sanhvi

Jairam Ramesh

Malavika Shaanghvi

Vikram Seth

Shobha De

Sudheendra Kulkarni

Nirmalaya Kumar

Nandita Haksar

Rohan Murty

Nilanjana Roy

Sandip Roy

Siddhartha Varadrajan

Sunil Shanbagh

C. P. Sundaran

A. S. Dulat

Rajdeep Sardesai

Parena Singh

T. M. Krishna

Rashmi Poddar

Wendy Doniger

Siddhartha Bhatia

Harsh Mander

Ayaz Menon

Bhrigupati Singh

NS Rajan

Devdutt Pattanaik

Poonam Saxena

Anuja Chauhan

Salman Khursheed

Aakar Patel

Arshia Sattar

Vamsi Juluri

Meena Kandasamy

Lorraine Adams

Now see the Moderators:

Anuradha Sengupta

Anil Dharkar

Arshia Sattar

Manjula Narayan

Paromita Vohra

Aakar Patel

Siddhartha Varadrajan

Avirook Sen

Barkha Dutt

Sreenivasan Jain

Kalpna Sharma

Naresh Fernandez

Sorry state of Indology in India


By : Rajaram

The dichotomy of historical research in the country is not primarily between ideologically committed Marxists and ideologically committed non-Marxists but between ‘mediocres’ and academically gutter elements.

For many years since Independence academically bright students have not opted for History/Indology. When History was a hot favourite among the IAS examinees, many IAS aspirants opted for History in the university, but they opted generally for modern India, which helped them prepare better for the IAS examination.

When I was in Delhi University I used to come across this element; they were bright and ambitious but never opted for research or teaching. Those who failed the IAS a number of times tried for teaching jobs.

If this goes on year after year, you end up eventually with only mediocre and academically gutter elements.

You look closely at the academic record of many of our history/Indology researchers and you will find elements who would not be accepted on their own in any decent academic set-up.

This was almost inevitable in a social set-up where respect for Indian past was at a very low premium.

What is interesting is that even in this essentially dull scenario a difference has come up between the ‘mediocre’ and the ‘gutter elements’. The mediocres have been far better students than those of the second group; they can read books and express themselves better in English language. They muck up some Western theories and consider themselves a better class of scholars than the other group.

It is these people whom we call ‘Marxists’ in our history set-up.

Most of them have not seen a book written by Karl Marx.

On the other hand, the less we think of the ‘non-Marxists’ the better.

They are blissfully ignorant of all academic norms and knowledge. Essentially country bumpkins who cannot read possibly a whole book in any language, they fill up space in the history departments of most of our universities and research organizations.

History / Archaeology / Indology — they are all professional disciplines in their own rights.

Expertise cannot be acquired except with some love and commitment. Most of the characters who adorn the top level of the Indian academia in History / Archaeology / Indology are virtually semi-literates in their subjects and unmindful of anything else except their own interest.

As things change politically in the country, the dichotomy between Marxists and non-Marxists in historical research will hopefully go away; but the scenario dominated by the mediocres and the elements of the gutter will not go away unless the study of India’s ancient past acquires some respectability in Indian education and society.

Is a blood-related coterie of powerful people fomenting anti-Modi atmosphere in India?


This is a message, which was received as forwarded.

We are sharing it here as it is very interesting and shows that there is a small group of powerful people who are related to each other.

They are up in arms against Modi because their long standing privileged status is under threat on account of the Modi’s way of working that doesn’t allow corruption in high places.

These people – a closely knit family relations- are managing the award-returning drama behind the scenes.

Here is the forwarded message.

Below is a post currently in circulation. It is very interesting to read.

Has India suddenly turned communal with a change of govt at Delhi?

Or are these the regular occurrences which are being hyped for gains by some people?

There is a mind-boggling web of interconnectedness that relates one intellectual-journalist-writer-politician-bureaucrat with another intellectual-journalist-writer-politician-bureaucrat.

Here is a sample:

Suzanna Arundhati Roy is neice of Prannoy Roy (CEO of NDTV).

Prannoy Roy is married to Radhika Roy.

Radhika Roy is sister of Brinda Karat CPI (M).

Brinda Karat is married to Prakash Karat (CPI(M), the ex-General Secretary of CPI ( M ).

General Secretary CPI(M) and senior member of Politburo and Parliamentary Group Leader is Sitaram Yechury.

Sitaram Yechury is married to Seema Chisthi.

Seema Chisthi is the Resident Editor of Indian Express.

Barkha Dutt works at NDTV.

Rajdeep Sardesai was Managing Editor at NDTV.

Rajdeep Sardesai is married to Sagrika Ghose.

Sagarika Ghose is the daughter of Bhaskar Ghose.

Bhaskar Ghose was Director General of Doordarshan.

Sagarika Ghose’s aunt is Ruma Pal.

Ruma Pal is former justice of Supreme Court.

Sagarika Ghose’s other aunt is Arundhati Ghose.

Arundhati Ghose was India’s permanent representative / Ambassador to United Nations.

Karan Thapar’s mama (mother’s brother) is married to Nayantara Sahgal who recently set the award-returning ball rolling.

This is a sample compilation of all these usual suspects who have affiliations and relations with each other.

It’s almost like a big Italian mafia family, the sorts we see in Hollywood movies, not of regular high-command.

If you read recent books by Kuldip Nayar, Tavleen Singh and Sanjaya Baru you will find almost every high-profile person in the Congress-Communist establishment related to each other whether it is in politics or bureaucracy or journalism.

May be the price raise issue, has a similar inter-connections.

For more than a decade this nexus fought tooth and nail to prevent Narendra Modi from assuming power in Delhi because they knew that if the system that sustained them lost power, they would too.

Unfortunately for this coterie, Narendra Modi couldn’t be stopped and consequently, it is feeling threatened.

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