“Shakespeare or Kalidasa, Who is Greater?” A Slave-mentality Indian Would Chant, “Shakshpeare”!


By: Kalavai Venkat

I had recently mocked Rahul Gandhi (Joe Nehru Jr.) in a recent post where I had sarcastically used the phrase ‘Ode to a female anopheles mosquito.’

An FB friend wrote me, “I am surprised that you’ve mocked the immortal poetry of Keats. Can we please not bring those greats down in our zeal to mock Rahul Gandhi?”

“Who are, in your opinion, the other immortal poets and literary greats besides Keats?” I asked.

He replied, quite enthusiastically, and without realizing I was laying a trap, “It is a long list but at the top of the list would be Yeats, Wordsworth, Milton, Shakespeare, Shelley, and Dickens.”

I replied, “Did you notice that a Kalidasa, Kambar, Valimiki, Andal, Bharati, Tiruvalluvar, Kabir, or Tulsidas didn’t figure in your list of immortals? If I had asked an American or Englishman the same question, they wouldn’t have rushed to list Indian, Japanese, Persian, or Chinese poets and literary masters in the list of all time greats. Instead, their lists would be filled with celebrities from their own cultures. They may only add a few Latin and Greek writers from a bygone era to the list only because the West self-identifies as a descendant of the Hellene culture.

However, the moment you ask an Indian, he or she is too eager to list the white greats! This behavior is not the result of India lacking genuinely great poets and literary masters. It is the result of colonial conditioning where the default landscape has to be whitewashed and held up as the gold standard. Mental slavery is quite powerful. Since Indians were mentally enslaved by the whites during the colonial era, and haven’t yet overcome that conditioning, they go about enthusiastically repeating the western propaganda.”

My FB friend asked, “Interesting! Who do you consider all time greats?”

I replied, “I have a long list. However, a mediocre Shelley or Shakespeare wouldn’t figure in it. There is nothing in English literature which matches the depths of the range of emotions or heights of the aesthetics of expressions which one finds in Malavikagnimitram , Vikramorvasiyam, Silappadikaram, or Manimekhalai. Shakespeare wouldn’t be able to hold a candle to Bhavabhuti. Shelly or Milton are simply no match to a Bharati or even a Kannadasan or Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.”

“Wait, wait,” my FB friend protested: “May I know the objective criteria by which you rank these Indians so high and coolly dismiss the English greats?”

“Well, well,” I replied: “I will provide my criteria as soon as you provide yours for rating those westerners high! You were just lazily repeating the soundbites manufactured by western propagandists. Objective criteria didn’t matter to you then. It only matters when I supplant those individuals with Indian names!”

Under colonial rule and in Nehruvian India, it was fashionable to quote Shakespeare or Shelley from memory. It was supposed to be an advertisement of how refined one was. Guess what? It is time to replace refined and bleached white sugar with homegrown honey!

Love Jihad Case – Supreme Court Orders NIA to Investigate!


By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate Supreme Court

‘Love Jihad’ has nothing to do with interfaith marriages. It is, in fact, conversion of young girls to Islam by Muslim boys by feigning love. It is going on for nearly more than a decade in Kerala and from there it has spread its tentacles to other parts of the country. It is not only Hindu girls, who have been lured by Muslim boys the girls of other communities have been enticed to embrace Islam. The first petition against Love Jihad was filed in the Kerala High Court by the Catholic Bishop Council. Concerns have been raised by Hindu, Sikhs and Christian organisations. Now Love Jihad is no longer confined to India but being vigorously implemented in Pakistan, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and many other countries. What is most disturbing is that many Hindu girls are not only converted to Islam but they are sent to other countries to be trained for terrorist activities. On 25th of June 2014 ,the then Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy had stated on the floor of the Assembly that more than 2667 young women were converted to Islam in the state since 2006. The actual figure is more than 35000.

There is motive behind Love Jihad and the deception by the Muslim youth is the necessary ingredient of it. Take the example of national shooter Tara Shahdeo. She was deceived by one Raqibul Hasan Khan, who posed himself a Hindu Ranjit Kumar Kohli and married with her in 2004. He got married according Hindu rites and rituals but immediately after marriage when he started pressurising her to convert to Islam then the conspiracy got unfolded.

Although religious and social organisations have been sounding alarms all over the country but when the Kerala High Court found solid proofs of hidden agenda of Love Jihad, then the country woke up to reality. The High Court annulled a marriage of a converted Hindu woman Akhila alias Hadia to a Muslim man Shafeen Jahan in May 2017 on the ground that the girl has been duped and compelled to marry the person in question.

This issue assumed huge significance when the Hon’ble Supreme Court smelled foul role of the extremist groups in Love Jihad and therefore directed for the investigation into the whole affair to unearth the truth. What is most shocking is that vested interests are making hue and cry over the decision of the Supreme Court for conducting enquiry. This shows there is something more than meets the eyes.

Let us see what led the Supreme Court to order for the probe by the NIA and, that too, under the supervision of an illustrious retired judge of the Supreme Court Justice R.V. Raveendran.

The case history

Born to Hindu parents in Vaikkom in Kottayam district, Akhila joined a college in Salem to pursue Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. She is the only child of Ashokan and Smt Ponnamma. At present she is 24 year old. On 6 January 2016; Akhila went missing from a house in Selam, where she was staying with her friends Faseena and Jaseena.  Akhila’s parents filed a police complaint alleging that her friends Faseena and Jaseena, and their father Aboobacker, had taken Akhila away. A case was registered against Aboobacker. The family filed the police complaint after they were informed that Akhila went to her college on January 6, dressed in a hijab. However, despite the police case, Akhila could not be traced. 

Following this, Akhila’s father Ashokan filed a habeas corpus petition at the Kerala High Court. Akhila appeared before the court on January 19, and told the court about the circumstances under which she left her home and parents. Akhila – who now claimed to have converted to Islam and taken the name Hadiya – told the court that she was “impressed” by her friends’ “timely prayers and good character” and was taken in by Islam after reading Islamic books and watching videos on the internet. She told the court that she had been following Islam for three years, without formally announcing the change of faith. She told the court that she had left her home on January 2, 2016, because her father had seen her pray the Islamic way and had warned her against doing so. Akhila then went straight to Jaseena’s and Faseena’s house in Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district. 

Their father Aboobacker took her to a religious institution named KIM, where she was refused admission. Akhila was then taken to the Therbiathul Islam Sabha, an Islamic study centre, in Kozhikode. She was admitted as an ‘external candidate’ after being asked to file an affidavit that she was accepting Islam on her own accord. This meant that Akhila has to stay at Aboobacker’s house and attend the study centre.  According to Akhila, soon after, Aboobacker refused to keep her at his residence and approached a third institution named Sathya Sarani, an educational institution and conversion centre in Manjeri, Malappuram. Sathya Sarani sent Sainaba, a social worker, to meet Akhila. From January 7, Akhila started staying with Sainaba. 

Akhila’s father alleged that Sathya Sarani was involved in several illegal and forced conversions. But on January 25, the Kerala High Court dismissed the habeas corpus petition, after finding that Akhila was not in illegal confinement. Judges CK Abdul Rehim and Shaji P Chaly said, “The original petition is hereby disposed of by recording the fact that the alleged detenue is staying in the above said institution on her own free will. It will be left open to the petitioner and her family members to make visit to her at the above institution, subject to regulations if any regarding visiting time.”

The second petition   

Six months after the Kerala High Court had dismissed Ashokan’s habeas corpus petition, the 58-year-old father of Akhila filed another petition. This time, he alleged that efforts were being made to transport his daughter Akhila out of the country and to get her hurriedly married off to a Muslim man. The second petition was filed on August 17, 2016. The court passed an interim order stating that Akhila should be kept under surveillance to ensure that she was not taken out of the country. After this interim order was passed, the police found that Akhila had shifted from Sainaba’s house to an undisclosed location. Meanwhile, Akhila and Sainaba approached the court and asked for their case to be taken up soon.

When the case was heard, Akhila told the court that Sainaba was her guardian and that she did not want to go back to her parents. The court sent her to a hostel in Ernakulam after her father expressed concerns over her safety. When the court interacted with Akhila in person in the month of September, she told the court that she was being lodged in the hostel for no fault of hers and that she should be allowed to reside in a place of her choice. She told the court that she does not possess a passport, and her lawyer argued that there was no possibility of her being taken to Syria. The court sent Akhila with Sainaba, and asked them to inform the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Perinthalmanna if Akhila was shifting to another place again.

In November, the court expressed concern over Akhila continuing to live with Sainaba and sought their source of income. Akhila said that as a doctor trainee, she was earning a monthly income of Rs 2,000 to sustain herself. However, the court noted that she had not completed her House Surgeon and therefore she was not eligible to practice. In the next hearing on December 19, the court asked her to complete her course and shift to the college hostel. Akhila agreed to the court’s condition. Akhila’s father was asked to appear before the court on December 21 with her certificates so that Akhila could resume her studies. What happened next was very intriguing and this angered the court.

The ‘stranger’ and the ‘sudden marriage’

On December 21, Akhila appeared before the court accompanied by a stranger. Her counsel told the court that Akhila had married a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan, on December 19 according to Muslim laws. The court was not convinced and questioned why the court had been kept in the dark regarding the marriage. The court observed that the marriage took place on December 19, on the same day the court had heard the case. The court also raised several doubts regarding the manner in which the wedding was held. The judges were livid with what had happened.

According to Akhila’s counsel, the wedding happened at the house of Sainaba in the presence of relatives and was solemnized by the qazi of Puthoor Juma Masjid. ‘The question that now crops up is whether the marriage that has been allegedly performed is not a device to transport her out of the country. We are not aware of the identity of the person who is said to have married her, nor his antecedents,’ the court said.

Judges K Surendra Mohan and Abraham Mathew asked the following questions: (1) In what manner had Shafin come into contact with Akhila? (2) Under what circumstances had she agreed to marry him? (3) Why was the marriage conducted at Sainaba’s house? (4) Which is the organisation that issued a certificate of the marriage? Is it registered? (5) Why were Akhila’s parents not informed about the marriage? The Government pleader submitted that Sainaba was involved in another case of forced conversion and in that case too, the convert woman had married a Muslim man to avoid any interference from the court. “As per the Indian tradition, the custody of an unmarried daughter is with her parents, until she is properly married off,” the court observed. 

The court said that it was dissatisfied with the manner in which the marriage was conducted and sent Akhila to SNV Sadanam, a ladies’ hostel in Ernakulam, ordering that she shall have no access to mobile phones.

Shafin Jahan, the stranger turned husband

After the information about Akhila’s marriage to Shafin came to light, the court asked the Deputy SP of Perinthalmanna to submit a report on Shafin. Shafin Jahan turned out to be an active member of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI). A native of Kollam, the college graduate said he wanted to take Akhila to the Gulf, where his mother lives. In January 2017, the police told the High Court that Shafin had links with Sathya Sarani and that he was an accused in a criminal case. He was also part of a WhatsApp group called ‘Thanal’ run by the core committee of SDPI Kerala, the police said.

“Mansy Buraqui who was arrested by the National Investigating Agency at Kanakamala on 2.10.2016 on the allegation that he had connection with the extremist organization, Islamic State (IS), was also a member of SDPI Keralam and Thanal. Though it is stated that he had later been removed, the fact remains that Sri Shafin Jahan had association with him. He is also accused in a criminal case,” police told the court. The Government Pleader submitted that although Shafin was an active user of Facebook, disclosing every minor detail of his daily life, he hadn’t shared anything about his marriage to Akhila. It was only on January 10, when a Malayalam daily reported on the case, that he shared it on Facebook. 

Court unconvinced

On May 24, 2017, the same bench of the Kerala High Court that had in March 2017 allowed Akhila to lead the life of her choice, called her wedding a sham. Handing out an order, the court said, Shefin Jahan is one such person who has been assigned to play the role of going through a sham of a marriage with Ms. Akhila, with the object of transporting her out of India. According to the learned counsel, it was with the said objective that the entire sequence of events had been planned and executed. The marriage was conducted in a hasty manner with the object of overreaching the jurisdiction of this Court. The court concluded that Shafin was “only a stooge who has been assigned to play the role of going through a marriage ceremony.” 

The court was unconvinced about many elements in the story. It said that the case was not about “a girl falling in love with a boy of a different religion and wanting to get married to him.”   “In the first place, it is not normal for a young girl in her early 20s, pursuing a professional course, to abandon her studies and to set out in pursuit of learning an alien faith and religion. The normal youth is indifferent towards religion and religious studies. Though the possibility of genuine interest in the study of religion on the part of any person cannot be ruled out, such inclination is in the first place out of the ordinary. Though the alleged detenue in this case is stated to have set out to study Islam, her study has been confined to merely attending a course of two months duration conducted by Sathya Sarani. She does not appear to have conducted any study thereafter,” the court observed. 

“Are there any radical organizations involved, are questions that plague an inquisitive mind. But sadly, there are no answers available in this case,” the court said. Calling the young woman, ‘weak and vulnerable’, the court said that she had no clear plans for her life or future and said that there was an organized racket behind the conversion. The court, in what has stunned legal experts and jurists, nullified the marriage, and sent Akhila back to the custody of her parents.

Two months after the Kerala HC nullified their marriage, Shafin approached the Supreme Court with a special leave petition against the HC order. Hearing the case, the apex court took note of the observations of the HC that there were radical groups influencing and converting young girls. Shafin came packing heavy legal fire powers at the Supreme Court – Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaisingh was representing him.

While Sibal argued that Hadiya was not a child, the court asked whether she knew Shafin, the man she got married to. Sibal maintained that their marriage was an arranged one which happened through a matrimonial site. After asking the Kerala government to produce all the documents related to the case, the SC on August 16 ordered an NIA probe into the incident. The next hearing of the case will be fixed as soon as the NIA submits its report.

Family fights on as the debate rages on

Thousands of kilometers away in their home in Kottayam, Ashokan hopes that the apex court gives a favourable judgement in the case. “We shall accept whatever the court says. What else can we do?” he asks. But even as the family puts on a fight, the legal proceedings in the matter have sparked off a public debate. The HC order was, however, met with stiff opposition from Muslim groups in the state, with the Muslim Ekopana Samithi even calling for a hartal in Ernakulam against the HC’s verdict.

It is reported that Akhila’s mind has been influenced and brainwashed so much that now she is trying to convert her mother too. The mother told me that Akhila was questioning them on why the family didn’t have any progress despite her mother faithfully praying to the Hindu Gods. She told her mother then she must also embrace Islam so that her mother can go to heaven and not to hell, like non-Muslims. Advocate C Rajendran, who represented Akhila’s parents at the Kerala HC, says that the marriage was purely an interference with the administration of justice. He says that the Kerala High Court had posted the case for December 21 and then Akhila appeared with a stranger and claimed that she was married to him. It proved that Sathya Sarani and Sainaba didn’t want to leave her custody and orchestrated a marriage. It means that there is an organization behind the whole thing,” he says.

The case is not just about the marriage. “I understand that Akhila was produced before the court after her family filed a habeas corpus and the court had let her choose her life. In such a context, the court is her guardian. So, she is supposed to inform the court if she is getting married, but she failed to do so. The Court saw is the conspiracy in the whole affair and dissolved the marriage. What further seems to have convinced Akhila’s parents and her supporters is that this is not the first such case.

“There are so many similar cases, like the case of Thiruvananthapuram-native Nimisha. The court had dismissed the habeas corpus filed by her mother and later she went to Afghanistan to join ISIS. In Akhila’s case, this was the second time her father approached the court. The case is not about her individual rights or freedom of choice. Like the court observed, she did not fall in love with a man from different religion and leave her family. She converted and then while the case was going on, got married to a total stranger, Rajendran says. “This is about radicalisation. She, like Nimisha, has been brainwashed with the stories of horrors of hell and lured into converting with the promise of heaven.”

Hopefully, the truth will come out in the investigation by the NIA and the conspirators will get exposed for the good of the country. Let us keep our fingers crossed.

(Author’s email: parmanand.pandey@gmail.com )

“सत्ता उपभोग का साधन नहीं है” – प्रधानमन्त्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी


श्रीपाल सिंह

प्रधानमन्त्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने दिनांक सितम्बर 25, 2017 को  भारतीय जनता पार्टी की कार्यकारिणी सभा में अपने समापन भाषण में एक बड़ी ही गंभीर बात कही है।  भारत की आम जनता – और उससे भी ज्यादा भारत की राजनैतिक पार्टियां – यदि इस गंभीर बात का अर्थ और उसका महत्व समझ लें तो भारत की काया पलट हो सकती है और भारत को दुनिया की सर्वप्रथम महा-शक्ति बनने से कोई भी नहीं रोक पायेगा। यह महाशक्ति बनने का भारत का प्रयास कोई भारतीय “राष्ट्र भक्ति ” की बात नहीं है। यह मानवजाति की भलाई के लिए और उसके के प्रति एक दायित्व का बोध है, एक जिम्मेदारी का सवाल है।  यह कोई राष्ट्रीय अहंकार का भी प्रदर्शन नहीं है।

प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने कहा कि “कांग्रेस के लिए सत्ता उपभोग का साधन था और इसीलिए वह यह नहीं समझ पा रही है कि विपक्ष की भूमिका क्या है।  आलोचना के लिए कोई मुददा न हो तो कठोर शब्दों से उसकी भरपाई नहीं की जा सकती।”

“सत्ता एक उपभोग का साधन नहीं है”, यह बात सुनने के लिए हम – इंडियन पीपुल्स कांग्रेस के लोग – सन 1993 से इन्तजार कर रहे हैं; हम इन्तजार कर रहे हैं कि कोई बड़ा आदमी – मंत्री , प्रधानमन्त्री , राष्ट्रपति – भारत में आये और यह कहे कि सत्ता एक उपभोग का साधन नहीं है, कि सत्ता तो केवल एक साधन है किन्ही उच्च लक्ष्यों को प्राप्त करने का। बल्कि यह कहना भी गलत होगा कि केवल हम लोग ही इसका इन्तजार कर रहे हैं भारत के सभी लोग – जो सरल हृदय हैं, ईमानदार हैं, भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत चाहते हैं, सामाजिक शांति और सौहार्द चाहते हैं, आर्थिक न्याय चाहते हैं, एक सर्वव्यापी परम शक्ति या परमात्मा में विश्वास और श्रद्धा रखते हैं – इस बात का इन्तजार करते रहे हैं कि इस देश का नेतृत्व कभी तो यह समझे और स्वीकारे कि सत्ता उपभोग का जरिया मात्रा नहीं है बल्कि यह तो साधन मात्र है कुछ बेहतर – मानवजाति के लिए बेहतर – लक्ष्यों को हासिल करने का।

इसका क्या मतलब है कि सत्ता एक उपभोग की वस्तु नहीं है बल्कि एक साधन है?

हम यह उचित समझते हैं कि हम 1993 में इंडियन पीपुल्स कांग्रेस की पुस्तिका में छपे एक अंश  को यहाँ उद्धरत करें। यह अंश इस तरह है (अंत में लिंक भी दिया है):

“राजनीति का उद्देश्य बदलें : भारत में आज राजनीति एक दिशाविहीन और उद्देश्य रहित व्यवसाय है।  राजनीति में वे सभी लोग आते हैं जिनके सामने अपने जीवन का कोई उद्देश्य नहीं है।  ऐसे लोगों का अपना व्यक्तिगत आंतरिक जीवन भी अव्यवस्थित होता है।  ये नेता न तो किन्ही आंतरिक प्रेरणाओं को पूरा करने के लिए राजनीति में प्रवेश करते हैं और न ही इनके सामने समाज को और उससे भी बढ़ कर मानव जाति को किन्ही उच्च्तर लक्ष्यों की तरफ ले जाने का कोई कार्यक्रम होता है। आज के अधिकांश राजनीतिक नेता बहुत निम्न स्तर का जीवन जीते हैं।  उन्हें अपने मनोवैज्ञानिक भावों को विश्लेषण करने और उन भावों को सही दिशा में मोड़ देने का न तो समय होता है और न ही इच्छा होती है।  ऐसे में राजनीति एक बहुत घटिया स्तर का व्यवसाय और पाशविक प्रवृत्तियों को संतुष्ट करने का एक साधन मात्र बन कर रह गयी है।  क्योंकि राजनीति का सम्बन्ध सत्ता और शक्ति से होता है इसलिए निम्न मनोवृति के लोग राजनीति में इसलिए आते हैं कि वे धन, ऐश्वर्य और शक्ति को प्राप्त कर सकें।  इस तरह से भारत में आज चोर, डाकू और बदमाशों की मनोवृति रखने वाले लोगों के लिए राजनीति एक आदर्श व्यवसाय बन गयी है।”

“राजनीति एक गरिमा पूर्ण सेवा बन सकती है : लेकिन राजनीति एक व्यवसाय नहीं है।  राजनीति मानव समाज को नियन्त्रित करने का और उसे किन्ही आदर्शों की ओर ले जाने का सबसे ताकतवर यन्त्र है।  राजनीति और राजसत्ता ऐसे सामाजिक यन्त्र हैं जिनका भारतवासी आगामी विकास की मंजिल को हासिल करने में उपयोग कर सकते हैं।  यदि राजनीति को किन्ही उदात्त लक्ष्यों को हासिल करने का साधन बना लिया जाये तो राजनीति एक गौरवपूर्ण सेवा ही नहीं बल्कि उच्चतम कोटि के इंसानों का एक गरीमापूर्ण और साहसिक प्रयत्न बन सकती है।”

“आत्मिक रूप में जागृत व्यक्ति राजनीति में आएं : राजनीति को एक घिनोने व्यवसाय की श्रेणी से निकाल कर मानव विकास के एक यंत्र के रूप में स्थापित करने के लिए यह जरूरी है कि भारत में राजनीति में पूर्ण परिवर्तन लाया जाय।  राजनीति में ऐसे लोगों का पदार्पण होना चाहिए जो अपने अस्तित्व के विषय में आत्मिक रूप में सजग और सचेतन हों।  ऐसे लोगों को यह ज्ञान होना चाहिए कि मानव एक विकास करता हुआ प्राणी है।  उन्हें यह सत्य स्पष्ट रूप में मालूम होना चाहिए कि मानवजाति विकास के उच्चतर लक्ष्यों को प्राप्त करने की ओर बढ़ रही है।  राजनीति में आने वाले लोगों को आंतरिक रूप में सचेतन मनुष्य बनना चाहिए।  यदि ऐसे लोग यह जान लें कि मनुष्य के अंदर चेतना के भौतिक स्तर के अतिरिक्त प्राणिक , मानसिक  और आत्मिक स्तर भी होते हैं तो वे लोग अपनी भौतिक और प्राणिक मांगों को पूरा करने के लिए यानि धन , ऐश्वर्य , सत्ता को हासिल करने के लिए राजनीति में नहीं आएंगे।  भारत में आज इतनी गिरावट होने के बावजूद भी ऐसे आत्मसचेती लोग विद्यमान हैंऔर भारत को गन्दी राजनीति की दलदल से निकालने के लिए उन्हें आगे आना चाहिए।”

“अगली मंजिल – ऊंची चेतना के लोगों का समाज : पृथ्वी पर जीवन के उद्भव और उसके बाद कीड़े – मकौड़ों से लेकर पशु तक और पशुओं से लेकर इंसान तक की एक बहुत ही मनोरम गाथा है।  यह जीवन की एक कूच यात्रा के समान है।  जीवन का विकास इंसान पर पहुँच कर रुक नहीं गया है।  वह आगे भी जारी रहेगा।  जिस तरह से इंसान के पास एक तार्किक बुद्धि है जोकि पशु के पास नहीं है उसी तरह से मानव से अगली जाति के पास एक ऐसी बेहतर क्षमता होगी जो इंसान के पास नहीं है।  उस क्षमता को कोई नाम देना व्यर्थ है क्योंकि अधिकांश लोग उस क्षमता के बारे में कल्पना नहीं कर सकते।  ऐसा नहीं है कि अभी तक वह क्षमता किसी इंसान ने हासिल न की हो।  मानव इतिहास में बहुत से व्यक्तियों ने वह क्षमता हासिल की है।  ईसामसीह , महात्मा बुद्ध , श्री कृष्णा , निजामुद्दीन औलिया , मीरा बाई, फरीद-उद्दीन गंजसक्कर  , रामकृष्ण परंमहंस , विवेकानंद , श्री अरविन्द आदि बहुत सारे व्यक्तियों ने उस बेहतर क्षमता को प्राप्त किया है।  लेकिन फिर भी अधिकांश मानव जाति उस क्षमता से अनभिज्ञ है।  इसके बावजूद भी मानव जाति जाने अनजाने में उसी बेहतर क्षमता को प्राप्त करने के लक्ष्य की ओर अग्रसर है।”

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Talaq-e-biddat Goes but Dehumanizing Halala Still Remains!


By: Parmanand Pandey, advocate Supreme Court

 The obnoxious practice of triple Talaq, which has spoiled the lives of thousands of Muslim women across the country has now been outlawed by the Supreme Court of India. Muslim men have been divorcing women with gay abandon by saying talaq three times in one go, sometimes under the influence of alcohol and sometimes in anger and many times for trivial reasons.

It is surprising that triple Talaq had been continuing for long in a secular country like India while dozens of Muslim countries have already banned it. Therefore, banning of triple Talaq or Talaq-e-biddat through Supreme Court judgment in ‘Shayara Bano vs Union of India and others’ has come as a huge relief to millions of Muslim women.

Although marriage is a contract under Islamic law yet the right to divorce is available only to men. There are three types of Talaq: Talaq-e-ahsanTalaq-e- hasan and Talaq-e-biddat. ‘Khula’ is an annulment of marriage at the instance of wife but then that is no Talaq because it has to be approved by the husband. Divorce by mutual consent is called ‘Mubaraat’ which is almost impossible because the women cannot stand on the same pedestal as men. Talaq-e-biddat permits a male spouse an unqualified right to severe matrimonial tie. It can be exercised without the disclosure of any reason, and in fact, even in the absence of reasons.

The facts in brief are that one Shayara Bano of Allahabad approached the Supreme Court assailing the divorce pronounced by her husband Rizwan Ahmad on 10th October 2015 which shattered all the dreams of Shayara Bano and her two teenaged children- Mohammad Irfan (15) and Umairo Naaz (13). The Supreme Court has ruled said that Talaq-e-biddat should not be confused with the profession, practice and propagation of Islam as it is not sacrosanct to the profession of the Muslim religion. This is practiced only by Sunnis and not by any other sect of Islam. Thus Talaq-e biddat flies in the face of Article 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution of India.

The principle of constitutional morality basically means to bow down to the norms of the Constitution and not to act in a manner which would become violative of the rule of law or reflective of action in an arbitrary manner. It actually works at the fulcrum and guides as a laser beam in institution building. The Constitution seeks to establish secular, socialist democratic republic in which every citizen has equality of status and of opportunity, to promote among the people dignity of the individual, unity and integrity of the nation transcending them from caste, sectional, religious barriers fostering fraternity among them. The emphasis, therefore, is on a citizen to improve excellence and equal status and dignity of person.

Social legislation is not a document for fastidious dialects but means of ordering the life of the people. To construe law, one must enter into its spirit, its setting and history. Law should be capable to expand freedom of the people and the legal order can weigh with utmost equal care to provide the underpinning of the highly inequitable social order. Judicial review must be exercised with insight into social values to supplement the changing social needs. The existing social inequalities or imbalances are required to be removed readjusting the social order through rule of law.

Various Hindu practices which were not in tune with the times, had been done away with, in the interest of promoting equality and fraternity. The Constitution through its Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles created secular State based on the principle of equality and non-discrimination striking a balance between the rights of the individuals and the duty and commitment of the State to establish an egalitarian social order. Human rights are derived from the dignity inherent in the human person. Democracy, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and have mutual reinforcement. The human rights for women, including girl child are, therefore, inalienable, integral and an indivisible part of their personality. The full development of personality and fundamental freedoms and equal participation by women in political, social, economic and cultural life are concomitants for national development, social and family stability and growth – cultural, social and economic. All forms of discrimination on grounds of gender is violative of fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Even the minority judgement delivered by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer said that triple Talaq was not protected by Article 25 of the Constitution which gave freedom to practice rituals and ceremonies etc. Nevertheless, instead of straightway declaring the triple talaq as void as done by other three judges, they exercised the powers under Article 142 of the Constitution for issuing directions to the Government of India for appropriate legislation particularly with Talaq-e-biddat.

Justice Kurian in his separate but concurring with the banning of Talaq-e-biddat said ‘it is necessary to consider whether it is Quranically wrong or right and another simple question that needs to be answered is whether triple talaq has any legal sanctity. This issue has already been settled by the Supreme Court in ‘Shamim Ara v. State of UP and Another’ that triple talaq lacks legal sanctity. Therefore, Shamim Ara continues to be the law that is applicable in India’.

The most important part of the judgement was delivered by the Justice R.F. Nariman, who also authored on behalf of Justice U.U. Lalit. He disagreed with the Chief Justice and said that “Triple Talaq is an anachronism in today’s time and age and, constitutionally speaking, is anathema. Gender discrimination is put at the forefront of the argument, and it is stated that even though Triple Talaq may be sanctioned by the Shariat law as applicable to Sunni Muslims in India, it is violative of Muslim women’s fundamental rights to be found, more particularly, in Articles 14, 15(1) and 21 of the Constitution of India.” Quoting a host of the judgments of the Supreme Court the Learned judges said that ‘the test of manifest arbitrariness, would apply to invalidate this obnoxious practice of triple Talaq under Article 14. Such legislation would be manifestly arbitrary. We are, therefore, of the view that arbitrariness as pointed out by us would apply to negate legislation as well under Article 14’.

The correct law of talaq as ordained by the Holy Quran is that talaq must be for a reasonable cause and be preceded by attempts at reconciliation between the husband and the wife by two arbiters — one from the wife’s family and the other from the husband’s; if the attempts fail, talaq may be effected. Given the fact that Triple Talaq is instant and irrevocable, it is obvious that any attempt at reconciliation between the husband and wife by two arbiters from their families, which is essential to save the marital tie, cannot ever take place. It is, therefore, clear that this form of Talaq is manifestly arbitrary in the sense that the marital tie can be broken capriciously and whimsically by a Muslim man without any attempt at reconciliation so as to save it. This form of Talaq must, therefore, be held to be violative of the fundamental right and must be struck down as being void.

This judgment of the Supreme Court on triple Talaq, by all means, is a landmark one as it will unleash and empower the Muslim women.

There is, nevertheless, the need to ban the ‘halala’ which is a very ghastly practice that dehumanizes a woman as she has to go for another Nikah with a stranger to consummate the marriage, should her husband want to remarry with her in case of any reconciliation. How can one be insensitive to the trauma and pain of a woman when she undergoes halala? This issue will certainly come before the Court sooner or later.

Law of Pendulum – Prediction of Our Future


By: Shreepal Singh

Part One: The Law

Pendulum is the movement from extreme to extreme: extreme to extreme in the reverse direction. The end of one extreme is the starting point of another extreme in the reverse direction. This is the law of pendulum.

The law of pendulum is the law of frequency; it is the law of oscillation; it is the law of rhythm. We can describe its working principles thus:

  1. It is a cycle. Cycle is made possible by the interaction between energy and time. The defining property of energy is movement; the defining property of time is direction.
  2. This cycle has a movement and an arrow of direction.
  3. This cycle consumes a certain amount of time and this time is relative to the kind or type of the subject matter of the cycle concerned.
  4. This cycle contains a definite amount of energy making the movement of cycle possible.
  5. In the work of completing one cycle of the pendulum, the potential energy is transformed into the kinetic energy, which appears to us as a movement.
  6. The available amount of energy being at work in a cycle is at the maximum at its starting point.
  7. The available amount of energy being at work in a cycle is at the minimum at its closing point.
  8. At the point of the reversal of its direction, the energy contained in a cycle is zero, when its total energy is at work to reverse the cycle’s direction.
  9. This reversal of direction is also done in cycles. Every entity in universe – including life – is only a cycle and, in this universe, there is layered hierarchy of infinite cycles.
  10. On completing the reversal of the direction of a cycle, its total energy is again available to work up the new cycle.

Part Two: Application (to Living World)

There seems to be no exception to this phenomenon. It is working everywhere, living and non-living worlds both. The examples of living world are very interesting . We commence a work and end up when tired, and after rest work again; we wake up, go to sleep, and wake up again. All living beings on Earth originate with their birth and die with their death; and then, their offspring commence a new cycle with their birth and end it with their death. All living beings rise and go to sleep; and again rise. They consume food – or get intake of energy – and finish it with excretion, and they exhaust after utilizing this energy; and again consume food. We feel hungry and get our fill to the brim – after which we cannot intake anymore; after utilizing our fill, we again feel hungry. We sleep to the full content of our heart – and after that we cannot sleep any longer; on waking, we work to our full capacity – and beyond that we cannot work; and again, we need to go to sleep. There is a pair of two opposite extremes: hate and love; happiness and pain; friendship and enmity; life and death; discontent and satisfaction. We find everywhere two opposite extremes and their repetition in cycles.

Part Three: Application (to Universe)

It is so in the outer space.  We know galaxies – with their stars and planets – are formed and end up in their death; and again are formed. It is so with the phenomena on earth, be it climate, life, humans or society.  Potential energy is transformed into kinetic energy; and again transformed into potential. Law of conservation of energy is nothing but a series of cycles of transformation of one kind of energy into another kind of energy; or the transformation of one kind of physical entity into another kind of physical entity; or the transformation of (the mass of) matter into energy and vice versa. You cannot “destroy” anything but can only transform it from one form to another; and the meaning of this statement is: This universe is filled with “Matter” – and it is equally correct to say that – This universe is filled with “Energy”. In the present universal time, this amount of “Matter” or “Energy” is constantly being transformed from one form to another in hierarchical cycles at infinite layers.

Part Four: Application (from ‘Our Past’ to ‘Our Present’)

We have records of our history and we can bank upon those facts to find out what had happened and, by applying this law of pendulum, to find out what is going to happen in future. Wow, what a convenient and useful tool!

We can look at the data of our past and use this tool to have a glimpse of what is going to happen to us in future.

We took long – very long – amount of time to send our message from one person to another person at distant place. Today we can send our messages almost instantly.

From that starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

We were very much limited in our capabilities when we had started our evolutionary journey from cave-dwelling. Today we know that our world and all things in this world are nothing but a particular arrangement of molecules; or still better atoms; or still better elementary sub-atomic particles; or still better a definite quanta of energy. We can fabricate things to our liking; still better our computer can fabricate them to our wish; or still better we can leave this job to be done for us to Artificial Intelligence. Here also – in respect of our capabilities – we have traveled from one end of the pendulum to the other end.

From this starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

In Stone Age humans used stone tools that needed human-hands to work them. Today we use robots, which work on their own without any need of human-hands.

From this starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

In Stone Age we humans were products of Nature – in biological sense and material conditions in which we then lived – and today we can fabricate ourselves biologically and can engineer material conditions around us artificially.

From this starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

In fact, this is the other extreme of the pendulum of human evolution; this is the end of one swing of the pendulum, say from the stage of our transition from animals to humans to the present stage where we are almost ready to move from humans to super-humans.

Let us get ready for the reverse swing – the starting point in the reverse direction – of this pendulum.

On the basis of this universal pendulum phenomenon, we can make prediction about the things to come in future. Let us make these predictions.

Part Five: Application (Predicting Our Future)

These predictions are made on the basis of certain assumptions, which may be found correct or incorrect on the facts they assume, and depending upon the correctness of those facts such predictions may be right or wrong. The first of these predictions, given herein below, is based on the facts that are already existing in our world today and this one – the first prediction – is certain in its likelihood. Predictions from number two to the last one, are made on certain assumptions. What are these assumptions? These assumptions are: 1) that there is TRUTH in what the spiritual wisdom proclaims; 2) that there are worlds in existence that are not material – like our own – but (are) subtle in their makeup, which are accessible only to individuals who are spiritually highly developed; and 3) that the capacity of one to have access to those worlds gives him or her unimaginable powers as narrated in spiritual wisdom. Thus these predictions are subject to the factual truth of these assumptions and indicate the things likely to happen. Here we go.

The First Prediction:

Notwithstanding the glitter and utility of having instant information of this world – and information of your choice – humans shall turn introvert, shunning the available facilities.

The Second Prediction:

Humans shall put their entire efforts to regain their personal – that is, psychological – equilibrium even at the cost of disordering their material – outside – world. In making this effort, all exclusive religions will wither away and an inclusive spirituality shall engulf humanity.

The Third Prediction:

This universal spirituality of humanity shall open the secret gates of mysticism; and coupled with the uncovering of these secret domains, unimaginable concomitant powers will be made available to more and more ordinary people, which will make our modern advanced scientific device look nothing more than mere toys.

The fourth Prediction:

On the strength of acquisition of these unimaginable powers founded on the discovery of hitherto secret laws of Nature, the channel of communication will be established with the aliens existing in our very midst.

The Fifth Prediction:

All this will debut a new age on earth – the age of the race of empowered and enlightened humans (humans or super-humans!). This swing of pendulum in the reverse direction will take our progeny to new heights of unthinkable capabilities.

These are the glimpses of future – things likely to happen – predicted by this law of pendulum.

Part Six – For use in daily life:

You may use this law in your daily life and get the maximum joy in every mundane routine activities, for example:-

a. Do any activity to youenr full indulgence and energy; and, then do its reverse – opposite – activity. You will get more than usual enjoyment – satisfaction – in this reversed action.

b. Find out your personal frequency – your own point where you feel ‘enough is enough of this current activity’ – where the reverse cycle should start.

c. There are ripples within ripples of cyclic activities; and, in every cycle there, a different frequency is found to be normal or natural, which frequency is very personal, that is, it differs person to person.

d. Experiment yourself and verify its truth!  

(Note: This article was published on 13 June 2017 and updated on 25 September 2017)

Padmanabhaswamy Temple – A News


By: Madhuri Karandikar

I came across the following news and sharing it with all.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Christian church has been relocated to the soil of ancient Padmanabhasabha to destroy the ancient temples in the capital city. The project, known as Mar Sleeperam Project under the leadership of the Syro Malabar Church, is known to have the support of Operation Infinity and the support of the Municipality. The fateful attack on the Padmanabhaswamy temple is the first step towards the implementation of the Christian agenda. It is already clear that the operation is an end to the destruction of the temples in the capital and the destruction of Hindu civilization.
Operation Anantha is the driving force behind the temptation to temporarily stop temple temples from tempering to destroy the waste and floods in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Destroyed temples are not rebuilt; Renovation package is only for mosques. “If a little flowing in front of the temple, it will be chased by a gigantic shaft of the operation anantha. The Anantha team will not tolerate the temple shrine to disrupt the construction of the temple. But in front of the mosques, Ananda’s operation will break the break. These are the plays that make up the master plan of Mar Sleepurpur project prepared by Jacob Isha for the Syro Malabar Church. “
The master plan for the Mar Sleeve Plan was prepared in 2012. After discovering Nidheeskharam in the Padmanabhaswamy temple in 2011, The project was to construct a new township on 100 acres at a cost of Rs 1,136 crore. The project includes a school, multi-specialty hospital, 2,000 apartments, 200 villas, 2.50 lakh sq ft shopping mall, convention center and church.
A Christian base town instead of Ananthapuri. Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church Mar Joseph Perumthottam is the mastermind of the project. The aim was to set up the capital and take over the capital. The Hindu organizations have been protesting against the plight of Master Plan. Then the project was reworked. During the rehabilitation, Master Plan was prepared in the direction of Jacob Isha’s relative Sochiushummins Director. This resulted in the introduction of the Master Plan 2012, the waste management problem and the problem as a single agenda. Mar Sleeperam project came to the headquarters with the aim of catch the capsule of development.
The Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram has been leading the implementation of the project. The Mayor’s visit to the Vatican in November 2012 is also a source of mystery. The journey was related to this project. The Hindu organizations allege that the Mayor’s intention was to calculate that the Mar Sleeping Scheme for destroying the Hindu majority areas would be beneficial for them to destroy cultural heritage.
The project is known to be an agreement to be implemented through government. It is alleged that the main secretary of the party is the bastion of the agenda.
There are allegations that the Anantha team is doing well to make the Mar Sleeva project a ground for the development of urban waste eradication.

Yoga – Deep-rooted in Ancient India: Sought to be Studied by West and De-Coupled from its Roots!


By: Rajiv Malhotra

A new journal from the West seeks to control research on Yoga. It is called THE JOURNAL OF YOGA STUDIES

http://journalofyogastudies.org/index.php/JoYS

A number of Hindu themes is also included in its scope. Its set up as a space to digest into stage-2 (de-contextualized) and hence prepare for further digestion into stage-3 by others.

The leader is Elizabeth De Michelis, an accomplished scholar. She works in close collaboration with Mark Singleton, the scholar famous for his thesis that modern yoga originated in YMCA in India. Lacking physical strength, Indians wanted to start exercising but wanted to use Sanskrit terms and claims of an old history. (This fits into the Neo-Hinduism theory I refuted in my book, Indra’s Net.)

Her own book, Modern Yoga, tries to de-couple “modern” yoga from ancient roots, and tries to locate it in western esoteric influences of the late 19th century. They are saying that just as modern Hinduism (i.e. what they call neo-Hinduism) starts in the late 19th c. with Swami Vivekananda, so also modern Yoga starts in the 19 c. Neither modern Hinduism nor modern Yoga originated in ancient Vedic practices.

The formal academic credentials of the scholars are powerful. UK’s SOAS is a key partner. Many of the parties involved have backgrounds our folks must examine.

There is also a similar agenda on research on Ayurveda.

Next you can expect sama-dana type of good cop activities to pave the way. Many naive indians will be brought in positions to lend legitimacy. Many leftist scholars can also be expected to serve their cause.

I do not say all their work is or will be bad. It will be both bad & good mixed in. Nor do I say they dont have the right to do whatever scholarship they want. 

But I ask those with commitment to yoga as a sacred system (i.e. not secularized) to pay close attention and do purva-paksha.

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