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5 MAR, 2012, 11.13AM IST, PTI | BEIJING:
More than 2,000 ancient Buddha statues have been unearthed by archaeologists in China’s Hebei province, highlighting the popularity ofBuddhism in the country ever since it spread from India.
The 2,895 Buddha statues and fragments dating back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi period (534-577) were found in the historic site of Yecheng, Linzhang county.
The statues are made of white marble and blue stone and some are painted or gilded, according to archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Hebei Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage.
PTI | Mar 4, 2012, 07.27PM ISTPATNA:
Replicating the world largest Hindu temple in Combodia’s Angkor Wat, the Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust ( BMMT) on Sunday said they will build a bigger temple in Bihar’s Vaishalidistrict.
To be built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, the five-storied and 222-feet tall temple will come up at a sprawling campus spread over 15 acres at a place near Ismailpur village on Hajipur-Bidupur road, which will be christened as Angkor Nagar, BMMT’s secretary and ex-IPS officer Acharya Kishore Kunal said.
28/02/2012 | Agniveer – Press ReleaseIn an Agniveer sponsored event, 40 Christian families inWestern UP reverted back to Vedic Hindu Dharma yesterday jettisoning fanatic belief that those who do not believe in some son of God would go to eternal Hell.Of these 40 families, one member from each family will receive training as Purohit from Agniveer so that they become respectedBrahminsand are able to conduct religious and social rituals. Also they would be able to conduct Vedic induction ritual for others. This is our way of slapping the faces of casteism and blind evangelization.
Also you would be glad to know that the person conducting the Shuddhi ritual was an ex-father of church himself and several of those who came back to religion of Ram and Krishna were Christian missionaries themselves.
We are committed towards making a noble Brahmin out of every Dalit Christian.
Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha
February 29th, 2012, 10:57 am| Samvada.OrgBangalore:
Eminent personalities enlightened students of IITs, IIMs and NLUs like premier institutes at two-day Think India 2012 conference organized by Think India at Satish Dhawan Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalor, held recently.This year’s edition titled ‘Vision for a Vibrant Nation’ organized by Think India, a forum for premier institute students, saw participation of over 200 student, researchers, alumni and faculty from 27 different institutes of India, Including topmost IITs, IIMs, NLUs and NITs in India. Prof P R Mahapatra, Dean Engineering Indian Institute of Science inaugurated and Prof Milind Marathe, National President of ABVP presided over the inauguration. Read More….
February 28, 2012|| Eurasia Review
Hindus have welcomed a Cambodia ban on spit-roasting of cows in front of restaurants and other public places.Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that “it was a step in the right direction”. It was a highly cruel practice, he added.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, thanked Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen for ordering this ban saying that it ran contrary to the teachings of Theravada Buddhism, the country’s official religion. Read more….
Kasargod, Feb 28: A woman and her two children suffered serious injuries after bombs were hurled by unknown miscreants at their home in Payyannur on Sunday February 26. The injured have been identified as Janaki (58), her sons, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist, Vishwanathan, and Biju (29).The incident occurred at around 7.15 am on Sunday. All the three were admitted into Payyannur hospital, where they are being treated.
The injured have blamed CPM activists for the act. The windows and door of the house were damaged in the incident. One of the bombs, which did not go off, was found inside their house.
Payyannur policemen, who registered a case, have begun investigation. Source: Samvada.Org.
‘Hindutva is our Identity; our First concern is National Security’: Dr Swamy at Yuva Bharat-2020.
February 25th, 2012, 12:14 pm |
Samvada.OrgPrashanthi Kuteeram Bangalore:
“Our national identity is Hindutva, we are Hindus, irrespective of castes we are all inter-related by DNA. The one who believes that his ancestors are Hindus is a ‘Hindu’. There are attempts to destabilise this mindset among Indians” said Dr Subramanian Swamy.
Addressing the conclave Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji of Kanchi Peetham said, “Live for the nation. The youth population should lead a life which is committed for the society and to the nation”
Dialogue with Shri Arun Kumar Ji, Director, Jammu-Kashmir Study Centre and Prashanth Vaidyaraj, VSK, Bangalore.
I had the privilege to attend the conference on ‘POK and Northern Areas’ at Indian International Centre, New Delhi on the 22nd of Feb, 2012 by the Centre for Security and Strategy.
It was a august gathering of the best minds on POK. Hence I was witness to the most erudite deliberations on the past, present and the future of POK vis-a-vis India.
A follow up session was held on the 23rd Feb at the ‘Deenadayal Shodh Sansthan’.
When it comes to commemorating or even celebrating anniversaries, Indians are inclined to be notoriously lax. The 50th anniversary of Indian independence in 1997 was, for example, perfunctorily observed and mainly as a sarkari celebration.
Yet, and not surprisingly, the 10th anniversary of the Gujarat riots has become a media event or, to be more precise, an English-language media occasion.
28 Feb, 2012.
After 40 years, Pakistani Hindus’ ashes immersed in Ganga
IANS | Fri, Feb 18, 2011
Amritsar, Feb 18 (IANS) Finally, their ashes reached the ultimate destination – the holy river of Ganga – some 1,400 km away and 40 years later.
The ashes of 135 Pakistan-based Hindus who had passed away in the last 40 years arrived in little urns in Hardwar and were immersed by a delegation in the Ganga, a member of the group said Friday.
For many Hindus based in Pakistan, it was the fulfilment of the last wish of their kin that their ashes be immersed in the Ganga – an act of salvation for many Hindus across the world.
Led by Mahant Ram Nath Mishra of Karachi’s Panchmukhi Hanuman temple, a group of 12 Hindu religious workers, without attracting much media and public attention, recently brought to India the 135 urns kept at the temple for over four decades.
The delegation quietly boarded the Samjhauta Express, the peace train between the two countries, and later reached Hardwar in Uttarkhand state.
‘We had been battling visa and travel restrictions for years to bring the ashes to India for immersion. We got permission to travel to Hardwar only recently. We did not want undue media and public attention. We first reached Hardwar and immersed the ashes,’ Mishra told reporters Friday while boarding the train back to Pakistan.
‘Over a hundred more Hindus there want to immerse ashes in the Ganga. Visa restrictions for such emotional things should be relaxed by both countries,’ he said.
Hindu jatha returns to Pak after immersing ashes
by Dharmendra Rataul : Amritsar, Fri Feb 18 2011 : Indian express.
Pilgrimage to Ganges came about after a 40-yr wait; delegates from neighbouring country seek easier visa norms
It took 40 long years for the 135 pots full of ashes, belonging to Hindus from Pakistan, to be immersed in the Ganges at Haridwar, as per the last wishes of the departed souls. A 12-member special Hindu jatha today returned to Pakistan by Samjhauta Express after performing the ritual and they said more such ashes were waiting for the last rites to be performed, in the neighbouring country.
The jatha members, mostly from Karachi in Pakistan, said that like in India, in Pakistan also the community members’ most desired wish was to get their ashes immersed in Ganges for salvation. “There is no place in Pakistan where ashes can be immersed. Though some immerse ashes in Indus or some other running water, the Ganges is considered the most sacred river for the last ritual to be performed,” said Ram Nath Mishra, Mahant of Panch-Mukhi Hanuman Mandir in Karachi, who was heading the jatha.
He, however, said the stringent visas terms come in the way. “We had silently come to India two months back through this train and reached Haridwar to perform the ritual. We took the holy dip in the Ganga and felt most blessed,” said Mishra, adding that there were over 100 more pots of ashes, some of them belonging to the unclaimed dead in Pakistan, waiting for immersion.
“We want those to be brought here for the last rites but getting the visas is a major hassle. Some of the ashes are waiting for the immersion for the last over 20 years. In this pilgrimage we brought the ashes which were lying in Pakistan for the last 40 years,” said Mishra, adding that ashes in Pakistan were lying in the safe custody of family members, relatives or with Hindu temples, in various parts of Pakistan.
There are about 20 lakh Hindus in Pakistan, that is about two per cent of the total population of this Islamic republic. Though they have the permission for performing last rites through cremation, the beliefs are that a Hindu gets salvation if ashes are immersed in the Ganges in India. “This is our community members’ most cherished last wish and many take a promise from their children to do so. But there is a problem of getting visas and we want relaxation to be made in visa norms, taking into account the religious beliefs and faith,” said Karam Chand, another member of the jatha. Read details…
Feb 23, 2012, 11.14AM IST
BHUBANESWAR: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad ( VHP) and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) have said they would fight “internationally” to thwart attempts of banning the sacred “Bhagavad Gita” in Russia after the state prosecutors in Tomsk recently moved an upper court against a lower court’s decree on rejection of the ban appeal.
“We came to know that fresh attempts have been made to ban Bhagavad Gita after a lower Russian court rejected such an earlier attempt on December 28. The state prosecutors moved an upper court against the decision last month. We will fight it internationally to protect the rights of Hindus and their identity,” VHP’s international working president Pravin Togadia told TOI during his Odisha visit here on Wednesday.
Odisha: 3000 reconverted to Hinduism
PTI |Friday, February 24, 2012
Rourkela: The VHP on Friday claimed that over 3,000 people of 658 families from three states were reconverted to Hinduism at a function held in Sundargarh district.
People from Odisha and neighbouring Jharkhand and Chhattishgarh congregated at Sundargarh town where the function, described by the VHP as “home coming”, was held yesterday.
Several people, particularly poor and uneducated tribals and dalits had converted through allurement, international executive president of VHP Pravin Togadia said at the function demanding a strict law against conversion.
Islamic Attempt of denigrating Maha Shivarathiri defeated by alert Hindus
25/02/2012 12:06:37 VSK
CHENNAI : Bang on holy Maha Shivarathiri day (February 20), an Islamist outfit in Mylapore Chennai, displayed a banner with the aim of denigrating belief and worship of Hindus right in front of the ancient Kapaleeshwar Temple, Chennai.
Hinduism is a religion that is very near to nature. It asks its followers to see God in every object in the Universe. Worship of Panchabhoothas — air, water, fire, Sun, Moon, Stars, and Earth is specially recommended.
To denigrate Hinduism and convert Hindus in their religious fold – Tamil Nadu Thowheeth Jamath (TNTJ) a Muslim outfit of Mylapore Branch has placed a banner questioning “Is Sun and Moon are God?”
Do not Prostrate to the Sun and Moon:
“Among His Signs are the Night and the Day and the sun and moon. Prostrate not to the Sun and the Moon but Prostrate to Allah Who created them if it is Him ye wish to serve.” (41:37)
This banner is placed just ahead of Maha Shivarathri-a Hindu religious festival, where thousands of devotees throng the temple. Hindu Munnani activists informed the Commissioner of Police, Chennai, requested to remove the banner, failing which will result into huge protest by them. Immediately, the police removed the banner.
The evil attempt by an extremist Islamist outfit of Mylapore Chennai to vilify Hindu way of worship was promptly defeated by alert Hindus.
Another move to shiver Hindu unity. Religion may be kept out of marriage certificates.
Feb 21, 2012 | DC | Asian age | New Delhi
NEW DELHI :The government is considering a change in the law to exclude the religion of individuals from marriage certificates. This follows demands by minority groups, including Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, now shown as Hindus in official documents.
The law ministry is likely to put up a proposal before the Union Cabinet that marriage certificates are made religion-neutral and the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1969 be amended by adding a clause on marriage registration.
The law ministry says since the infrastructure to register births and deaths are already in place, the registration of marriages could be handled with ease by civic authorities. The existing system of religion-based certificates is also likely to continue.
Sources said the Cabinet would take it up after the model code, now in force for the state elections, lapses in March. This move is expected to help couples facing social pressure for marrying against community wishes.
Sikh groups have claimed that Sikhs face problems abroad as their certificates are issued under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955. Another option could be to revive the Anand Marriage Act 1909. Sikh marriage ceremonies are known as ‘Anand Karaj’.
The Anand Marriage Act, enacted under the Raj, was scrapped after Partition, and Sikh marriages were registered under the Hindu Marriage Act. Jains and Buddhists too are issued certificates under Hindu laws.
February 26, 2012 | PTI | Jamshedpur
A foreigner on Sunday allegedly tried to enter the Sakchi Gurudwara here wearing shoes but was caught hold by the people at the Gurudwara, police sources said.
The people in the Gurudwara caught hold of the foreinger when he tried to enter the gurudwara when he allegedly tried to enter the Gurudwara by wearing shoes.
The foreigner was let off Gurudwara managing committee after he apologised.
Police sources, however, could not provide the details including the name and the nationality of the foreigner.
Meanwhile, the president of Sakchi gurudwara prabandhak committee Surjit Singh was roughed up by some people for not taking any action or lodging a case against the foreigner and letting him off, police said.
Two persons have been arrested for assaulting the Singh, police sources added.
6th Dec. 2010
Hindu Existence News | Dec. 6th 2010 | Lacknow : Uttar Pradesh : India | Hindu Activists remember the sacrifice all 1000000 martyrs for the liberation of Ram Janma Bhoomi ( birth place of lord Rama)at Ayodhya, since a military general of Mughal emperor Babur captured that holy place of Hindus and destructed the old temple in 1528 AD.
While some parts of Hyderabad, Lacknow and other Muslim influenced areas remained shut on Monday in response to a call given by Muslim organizations to mark the 18th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on Dec. 6th 1992, the Hindu organizations observed this day in this year with a festive mood as the recent verdict of designated court accepted the historic view supporting a certain existence of old temple before the disputed mosque structure erected there forcefully.
Hindus prayed to their Lord Rama to shift the hurdles for an early clearance in all respect in the higher judiciary from the arm-twisting of litigant sides so that their desired Ram Temple can be established and also paid homage to all souls so sacrificed for their battle of Ram Janma Bhoomi.
Muslims put black badges on their shirts to mark it as a protest against Indian Judiciary and are being united to launch a nation-wide agitation to get back a Babri Mosque in Ayodhya again as a Muslim supremacy over the majority Hindus as existed in Mughal period in India.
In this year RSS-VHP have launched a nation-wide Hanumat Shakti Jagaran programme to boost up Ram Janma Bhoomi Temple movement to set its final phase for the construction of the Temple by defeating any challenges in all quarters. Thousands of Hanumat Shakti Jagaran Programmes have been organized successfully all over the country.
From ANI |Nevada (US)| Dec 5th 2010 : Hindus have applauded British Museum (BM) in London for its sizeable collection of Hindu art and artifacts.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended the Museum for providing opportunity to the world to further explore Hinduism and its concepts. BM has developed a touring exhibition titled “India: the Art of the Temple” in collaboration with Victoria and Albert Museum, which was on display at Shanghai Museum in China from August four to November 15 this year.
Various Hinduism focused sculptures in BM’s collection include: Chamunda, Garuda, Harihara, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga, Saptamatrika, Shiva-Parvati and their children, Hindu temple, Shakti-Ganesha, Shivalinga, Brahma, Varaha with Bhu, Skanda, Vishnu with Bhu and Shri, Shiva as Lingodbhava, Narasimha, Vishnu on naga throne, Ganesha on his rat vehicle, Umamaheshvara, Sarasvati, Hindu goddess, Lakulisha, Nataraja, dvarpala of Hindu temple, Dakshinamurti, Surya, Kichijoten, ratha model, Matsya, etc. Read more here ……..
AgenciesTags : Anuradha Poudwal, Lata Mangeskhar Award for Anuradha PoudwalPosted: Tue Nov 30 2010, 00:11 hrsBhopal:
Noted playback singer Anuradha Poudwal today said she loved giving live performances.
“I love live performances. Nowadays I am busy giving live performances. Young artists too perform and enjoy live performances and that is good,” she told reporters.
To a query, the singer, who will be honoured with the 26th Lata Mangeskhar Award constituted by Madhya Pradesh government on December 4 in Indore, said she did not any plans to open a music school as yet.
“I think teaching is an art and it is a noble profession. I have immense respect for music teachers. If some young persons come to me on their own then I give them tips on singing,” she said. Read more here…….
From the Newspaper
November 25, 2010 (3 days ago)
ISTANBUL: Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul has pulled out from a literary event in Istanbul following protests over his critical views on Islam, organisers were quoted as saying on Wednesday.
The Turkish media has “politicised” the author`s participation and “the essential goal of the event and V.S. Naipaul`s contribution as an author has been overshadowed”, the statement, carried by Anatolia news agency, said.
The pullout decision was taken in mutual agreement with the author, the statement, released jointly by organisers and Naipaul`s literary agent, added.
The gathering of the so-called European Writers Parliament, scheduled to start on Thursday, is part of events marking Istanbuls status as European “capital of culture” this year, bestowed by the European Union.
Some Turkish participants had threatened to boycott the gathering if Naipaul attended, with several newspaper columnists denouncing organisers for having invited the Trinidadian writer of Indian descent, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001.British-based Naipaul, 78, has stirred controversy in the past, arguing that Muslims both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures, resulting in a “calamitous effect” on converted peoples worse than that of colonialism.
Naipaul has written two books on Islam, “Among the Believers” and “Beyond Belief”, for which he travelled extensively in Muslim countries. —AFP
PTI | New Delhi | November 28, 2010 12:09:01 AM
A local Court today directed the Delhi police to lodge an FIR against hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy on charge of sedition for their alleged anti-India speeches here recently.
Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha also came down heavily on the police for their prolonged inaction and “weird” reply that no offence was made out against Geelani and Roy, whose speeches had triggered a controversy.
“After giving my thoughtful consideration to the submisisons made and the material on record, I have come to the conclusion that the complaint lodged with the police, clearly discloses commisison of cognizable offences,” the court said, acting on a petition.
The court asked the police to conduct the investigation and submit a report on January six. Read more here…..
A day after the CBI’s official website was hacked by ‘Pakistani Cyber Army’ (PCA), the Indian Cyber Army (ICA) on Saturday retaliated by hacking the official website of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (OGRA).
The full-scale cyber war between hackers owing allegiance to the two countries has triggered even as the CBI registered a case against unknown persons for hacking and defacement of its portal.
The screenshot of the hacked OGRA website read: “You Have Been Hacked By The “INDIAN CYBER ARMY”. This Is a Retaliation of Hacking “CBI”. You were Very Proud That Your OGRA has Not Been Hacked? Huh!? we can do anything for INDIA.” Read more here………
26th Nov. 2010
Millitant Shikh devotees marched along Delhi in the martyr anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur24th Nov, 2010. Gurus of Sikh Panth was the most hard resistance to the Mughals to save Sanatana Dharma.
Agencies Tags : Hurriyat Conference leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Lone, Indo-Pak relations, Kashmiri pandits Posted: Thu Nov 25 2010, 13:02 hrs Chandigarh:
Hurriyat Conference leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Bilal Lone were today manhandled allegedly by activists of right-wing Hindu organisations and Kashmiri Pandits at a seminar here after which police detained ten people.
Commotion broke out when the activists from the audience charged at Farooq, who was seated on the dais along with Lone. At that time, a person, believed to be a journalist, had got up to ask a question to the Mirwaiz.
During the pandemonium, some of the activists manhandled the two separatist leaders, eyewitnesses said, adding police immediately stepped in and cordoned off the dais.
Eyewitnesses said in the melee, the activists punched the Mirwaiz in the face, who fell from his chair.
Police said it has taken at least ten people into custody.
The incident comes over a month after a shoe was thrown at hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani during a seminar in Delhi on October 21. The shoe missed Geelani, who was seated on the dais. The seminar had also witnessed protests by a group of people including Kashmiri Pandits. Read more……….
21 November 2010 || The Statemnan. Kolkata.
BHUBANESWAR, 21 NOV: A handful of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists staged a black flag demonstration against writer Arundhati Roy, provoking the organisers of a meeting here to chase and assault them with sticks here today. The city police, who were caught napping, managed to intervene and detain eight ABVP activists. The incident occurred as soon as Roy got down from her vehicle near the gate of the meeting venue. ABVP activists led by Mr Ajay Kumar Sahu started shouting slogans against Roy dubbing her as anti-national. They sported black head-bands and placards denouncing Roy for her recent statements on Kashmir. Organisers of the meeting, on “Cultural resistance to war on people in corporate interest”, stepped in to escort Roy to the venue and in the process a tussle between them and the ABVP activists took place. Heavily outnumbering the ABVP members, the organisers chased and assaulted the protesters. A couple of the protesters sustained bruises before they were whisked away by the police. sns
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25, 2010:
A Nepalese woman filed a complaint at Jahra Police Station accusing her boyfriend, who belongs to a [Gulf] country, of allowing his friends rape her successively, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
The woman said she had a date with her boyfriend and when she reached the venue, she was shocked to see many of his friends waiting to have ‘fun’ with her. She mentioned that she was forced to have sex with them against her will.
Meanwhile, police are looking for three unidentified youths who allegedly kidnapped a runaway housemaid in Waha, Jahra, and drove her to a desert where they raped her successively, reports Al-Rai daily.
A person who happened to be in the desert saw the housemaid in a pathetic condition and took her to a police station where she filed a complaint and provided police with information about the three rapists and their car.
A Marathon For Ahimsa
PUNE, INDIA, November 12, 2010: ‘Live and Let Live’ is be the slogan for this year’s ‘Peace Run’ organized by the Stop All Killing Association (SAK), founded by Dada Vaswani, which works to uphold the principle of non-violence, Ahimsa. The event comprises a 10-km marathon for men and women and a 6-km race for boys and girls under 18 years. The race is part of the activities SAK will organize to commemorate Meatless Day, on November 25, also Sadhu T.L. Vaswani’s birthday.
SAK expects to top last year’s mark of around 1,000 runners and 2,000 walkers and spectators. “Our goal is to spread awareness of the importance of saving animals. To live and let others live,” said SAK spokesperson Gulshan Dudani. The organization also aims at making people aware that vegetarianism is also a source of good health. Know more……….………………………..
Associated Press Tags : Ayodhya, Ashok Singhal, Narasimha Rao, Ram Mandir Posted: Thu Nov 25 2010, 21:54 hrs Vijayawada:
VHP leader Ashok Singhal today claimed that former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had a desire to build Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
“Narasimha Rao had a desire to construct Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and with this intention only the then government had acquired 70 acres of land adjacent to the disputed site,” Singhal told a gathering at a foundation stone laying ceremony here.
Singhal said he revealed this secret only after the Allahabad High Court’s verdict on Ayodhya title suit. He hoped that the Supreme Court’s judgement will be in favour of the temple.
The VHP approached the Supreme Court to get the entire plot, though it was satisfied with the High Court bench dividing the site into three parts, Singhal said.
“It is the wish of entire Hindu community to build a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and the wish would be fulfilled with the construction of a temple on the 70-acre land acquired for this purpose,” he said. Read More …………..
19th Nov. 2010
Vikram Sharma, Hindustan Times
Email Author || Jammu, November 14, 2010
Vishva Hindu Parishad has termed the recent movement of interfaith marriages in Jammu among Muslim boys and Hindu girls as an “Islamic Love Jehad” to induct Islamic domination in the region. “The exercise contains government patronage as everything is being done openly without any administrative check to it,’ said Ramakant Dubey, VHP president sounding a warning that if immediate containment is not maintained against the ‘unholy practice’, Jammu people would have to rise for a rebellion.
“The only way to fight against jehad is jehad,” said Ramakant adding that present dispensation instead of making tall claims on national and international levels must look into the state affairs first.
“We submit a request to chief minister to take serious note of the unholy practice and rein in such exercise, failing which, Jammu would be left with no option but to revolt which may lead to damaging consequences,” said the VHP chief. Read more here………
By Daily Mail Reporter || on 15th November 2010
A Chinese company digging an unexploited copper mine in Afghanistan has unearthed ancient statues of Buddha in a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery.
Archaeologists are rushing to salvage what they can from a major 7th century B.C. religious site along the famed Silk Road connecting Asia and the Middle East.
The ruins, including the monastery and domed shrines known as ‘stupas,’ will likely be largely destroyed once work at the mine begins.
The ruins were discovered as labourers excavated the site on behalf of the Chinese government-backed China Metallurgical Group Corp, which wants to develop the world’s second largest copper mine, lying beneath the ruins.
Hanging over the situation is the memory of the Buddhas of Bamiyan — statues towering up to 180 feet high in central Afghanistan that were dynamited to the ground in 2001 by the country’s then-rulers, the Taliban, who considered them symbols of paganism.
No one wants to be blamed for similarly razing history at Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar. MCC wanted to start building the mine by the end of 2011 but under an informal understanding with the Kabul government, it has given archaeologists three years for a salvage excavation. Read more here……..
Dehradun : MSN Portal & Zee News : 17th Nov, 2010 : Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has requested the Uttarakhand government to provide him with ‘Z-plus’ security considering his vulnerability to attacks from his opponents.
“Baba Ramdev has been exposing the intentions of MNCs in the field of health and beverages, launching a tirade against corruption and establishing Indian tradition and culture. So, he has become a target of his opponents,” general secretary of Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Acharya Balkrishna said.
Since he also floated a political party ‘Bharat Swabhiman Trust’ and has announced to contest the next general elections, the number of opponents who may harm him have increased, he said. Balkrishna said he has recently sent a letter to the Uttarakhand government asking for providing ‘Z-plus level’ security to the yoga guru. Currently, Ramdev has been given ‘Y-level’ security. Read more here……..
Priests sitting on a cushioned platform chanted in Sanskrit. Women in saris danced. Husbands and wives washed marble statues of Lord Shiva and other Hindu gods in holy water from the Ganges River.
On a sweltering Friday, in a business park behind the Ventura Auto Center, a small Hindu community started three days of ceremonies to breathe life into more than 20 statues of deities shipped from India.
And when the rituals end on Sunday, a goal that began six years ago will be realized. A renovated warehouse will officially become Ventura County’s only Hindu temple, serving about 500 families.
“This is our dream for so many years,” said Promila Kohli, a board member of the new Hindu Temple Ventura County. “I feel very relaxed. I feel very happy.” Read more here…….
November 13, 2010 || The Daily Pioneer
The IGNOU recently signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the Union Ministry of Culture’s four zonal cultural centres at Thanjavur, Nagpur, Allahabad and Kolkata for the launch of Academic Certificate programme, Certificate in Indigenous Art Practices (CIAP) under the Guru-Shishya Parampara Scheme.
CIAP is an initiative of IGNOU for Vocational Education and Training (IIVET), Shillong.
The seven Zonal Cultural Centres were established in 1986 by Rajiv Gandhi with a mandate to protect dying art forms and give support to families of performers. Their major initiative was to encourage documentation of the various forms of folk and tribal music and dances and establish support mechanisms for art forms that are disappearing. Under the Guru-Shishya scheme, the North Central Zone Cultural Centre has shortlisted 19 Gurus and around 162 students, including accompanists. These Gurus have been drawn from Birha singing, Maand gayaki and others. Students will be evaluated basis of one performance per year. Read more here….
16th Nov. 2010
TIMES OF INDIA || IANS, Nov 14, 2010, 03.40pm IST || THIRUVANANANTHAPURAM: The Sabarimala temple in Kerala, one of the most revered religious centres of the country, is ready for the nearly two-month long pilgrimage season beginning Wednesday, Ramachandran Kadannappally said Sunday.
“All arrangements are falling in place for a smooth pilgrimage, and a final review meeting under chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan will take place on Monday at Pamba,” Devaswom (temple administration) minister said.
“There is an adequate stock of the famed Sabarimala aravana payasam and appom. Like in previous years, all the departments are working in close coordination to see that the pilgrimage is a smooth one,” he said. Read more here…….
ANI, Nov 14, 2010, 12.35pm IST||The Times of India.
Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman), the recent convert to Hinduism, says, “My opting for Hinduism is not a religious gimmick”.
She adds: “It is similar to Patsy of Razor””s Edge by Somerset Maugham. We share a common aspect of finding peace and tranquility of mind in Hinduism, one of the oldest and respected religions of civilization”.
Roberts argues: “No, I have no intention of demeaning any other religion simply because of my fondness for Hinduism. I don””t believe in comparing religions or human beings. A comparison is a very mean thing to do. I have received real spiritual satisfaction through Hinduism.” Read more here…….
The project of the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (usually referred to by the acronym DDB) was initiated by Charles Muller(a specialist in East Asian Buddhism) during his first year of graduate school–upon his realization of the dearth of lexicographical works available for both East Asian Buddhism and classical Chinese. Since that time, he has continued to compile the terminology from the texts that he has studied and translated, extending for almost twenty years.
A splendid initiative and a dedicated effort to document Bauddham, spanning Sanskrit, Pali and other sources. – Dr. S. Kalyanaraman. Read more here………
New Book Series started by the Center for Buddhist Studies:
With the publication series Hamburg Buddhist Studies (ISSN Print 2190-6769), the Center aims to honor the long-standing commitment to research and share the results of this tradition with the community of scholars and the wider public.
The new series of Hamburg Buddhist Studies will also contribute to opening up Buddhist Studies to those who are not necessarily trained in the classical languages of the Buddhist traditions but want to approach the field with their own disciplinary interests in mind. – Dr. S. Kalyanaraman.
Mob attacks police outpost
Vishvendu Jaipuriar || The Telegraph, Kolkata.
The official vehicle of the Hazaribagh DSP in flames on Saturday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Hazaribagh, Nov. 13: A mob of over 2,000 attacked a police outpost here today, pelting stones and torching a DSP’s jeep, to protest against alleged inaction after Muslims complained about loudspeaker use during Chhath celebrations yesterday during the time of Friday prayers.
Five policemen of Pelawal police outpost were injured while 13 troublemakers have been arrested.
The mob gathered at the outpost around 10am after which DSP Naushad Alam and sub-divisional officer Binay Rai asked that 10 members of the group come in for talks.
While this was being negotiated and 10 chosen representatives were coming inside, the mob started pelting stones, forcing the senior officers to take shelter inside. Read more here………
On 12th November, 2010 the Honourable Kolkata High Court passed an important judgment banning the slaughter of cows for ritual sacrifice on the occasion of Idd-ul-Adha, popularly known as Bakri Idd.
In actuality the Kolkata High Court has only upheld a similar judgment passed by it in 1995, which was further endorsed by the Supreme Court of India, banning the slaughter of cows as religious ritual on Bakri Idd. The Court has also instructed the Government to pass this judgment as notification to all its administrative and law enforcement units and to make sure that this injunction of the court is observed in its entirety. Read more here……..
14th Nov. 2010
P.S. Suryanarayana || The Hindu || Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s celebrated pro-democracy leader and a political prisoner of global stature, was set free from house arrest in Yangon on Saturday.
The 65-year-old Ms. Suu Kyi’s release was greeted by cheering supporters who gathered outside her house in a show of defiance against Myanmar’s military government. Hundreds of other supporters waited for her at the Yangon headquarters of the recently-derecognised National League for Democracy (NLD), which she still leads.
Several world leaders hailed her in comments on the release……..
Hindu Existence Salutes Her for the spirited fight she won.
Regards. Read more here………
Samaya Live English News Portal & eMedia || The final day of the Chhath Puja was celebrated with fanaticism across the nation on Saturday morning.
Lakhs of people from Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh worshipped the rising sun at the banks of rivers.
They offered ceremonial ‘Arghya’ (the ritual offering of water) to the rising sun.
Chatth is also known as Surya Sashti. Women of the family fast during the chhath and prepare special prasad consisting sweets and Thekua( which is made of sugar and flour).
People worship Sun so that their wishes are fulfilled.
Women break fast after worshipping the rising sun on the third day of Chhath puja.
In New Delhi, Arrangements were made at nearly 40 Yamuna ghats for Chhath puja. Photo Gallery for Chhath Puja festival
Water and electricity arrangements were made at the ghats. Tents, chairs and mobile toilets were also arranged for the devotees. Read more here…….
Mumbai: A Kuwaiti flagship vessel docked at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has come under the scanner of security agencies after some members of the crew were allegedly found distributing a 12-page pamphlet named Nimantran Patra, underlying words “inviting people practising Hinduism to a better religion called Islam”.
The vessel, CGM Everest, steered by a Pakistani captain, Sayed Hader, had travelled from Karachi Port. It had been allowed to leave JN Port and it had set sail, but it was then asked to return to port. IG (Konkan region) Parambir Singh said the ship has been detained.
The pamphlet is from the Islamic Dawa and Guidance Centre, based in Kuwait. The crew of 33 includes an Egyptian engineer, Karim Rehman, and two Pakistanis apart from the captain. Read more here……
Kolkata, Nov 12 : The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday welcomed a judgement by the Calcutta High Court banning the slaughter of cows for religious purposes.
The weighty judgement comes days ahead of Eid Al-Adhha (Feast of Sacrifice) also known as ‘Bakri-Eid’ being observed by Muslims across India by sacrificing goats and even cows in some places.
The division bench of Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Asim Ray of the Calcutta High Court on Friday declared the practice of sacrificing cow and its progeny for religious purpose as ‘unlawful’, the RSS statement said.
The Hindu volunteer organisation added that it expected the judgment to have “far reaching ramifications in the minority-centric domestic politics of West Bengal”. –IBNS || New Kerala.
November 13, 2010 11:05:16 PM |PTI | New Delhi
BJP today asked Congress to put a stop to attacks on RSS offices by its workers in protest K S Sudershan’s remarks against Sonia Gandhi and warned that failure to do so would lead to nation-wide agitations on corruption in 2-G Spectrum, CWG and Adarsh Housing Society.
“We are giving a stern warning to Congress that if it continues with its violence and anarchy inspite of all clarifications by BJP and the RSS, which remained calm even after Congress leaders equated RSS with SIMI, we will launch a nation-wide agitation to expose Congress on 2-G Spectrum, Adarsh scam and CWG issues,” BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay told PTI.
Vijay said this violence showed the Congress was trying to “repeat 1984 (anti-Sikh riots)”.
“Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi’s statement and resultant attacks on RSS offices country-wide are a clear indication that to wriggle out from corruption and other scams, Congress will resort to creating violence and an atmosphere of social disharmony,” he said. Read more here….
12th Nov. 2010
NEW DELHI, November 10, 2010 || The Hindu.
The Delhi BJP has demanded that the State Government declare a public holiday on Chhath Puja which the party said was observed “with much gusto” by over 50 lakh people in Delhi hailing from Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
State BJP president Vijender Gupta made this demand at a meeting organised at the party office here on Tuesday. He said at least a restricted holiday should be provided if a public holiday was not possible.
Mr. Gupta announced that the party had set up over two dozen camps at various Chhath Ghats across Delhi and demanded that the Government make sufficient security, power, water and transport arrangements for devotees at the ghats.
The BJP also sent a list of demands regarding Chhath Puja to the Delhi Government. The demands include sufficient number of special trains to run from Delhi to Bihar, arrangements for worship at the MCD and the DDA parks, release of additional water at Wazirabad Ghats, cleaning of Yamuna banks, free parking arrangements, sufficient number of toilets for men and women and tents at Yamuna banks for women to change clothes.
He said that BJP volunteers have started cleaning the ghats and they would perform 24-hour kar seva on November 12 and 13.
Less than three weeks from now will occur Naraka Chaturdashi, the famous festival of lights, but Mandyam Iyenga
Deepavali, the festival of lights, is observed as Dark Day even now by their descendants of Iyengar section of hindu people who were vehemently tortured by Tipu Sultan at his time.
rs don’t celebrate it; they observe it as a Dark Day. It was on this day over 200 years ago that Tipu Sultan herded nearly 700 men and women belonging to this community and put them to a cruel death, according to two Mysore-based scholars who have more than academic interest in this particular aspect of history. Read more here.
Hinduism, the most moderate religions of the world, is now also the fastest growing religion in this earth. Due to this fastest growth, the demand for more and more Hindu Temple ’s coming from all over the world.
In Fiji , ISKCON – International Society for Krishna Consciousness – popularly known as Hare Krishna, is opening a grant Krishna Temple in Sigatoka. Week long celebrations for opening of new Temple will start on 19th November, 2010 and end on 27th November.
Fiji, is an island country situated in the south pacific ocean near Australia has a large number of Hindu population. According to Government of Fiji’s records, 38.7% of Fiji ’s population are Hindu’s. But according to CIA – Intelligence agency of US administration, Hindu’s forms 27.1% of Fiji ’s population.
In the early 1980’s Hindu’s formed 45% of Fiji population. But due to conversion through intimidation by Methodist Church of Fiji, a counter part of India ’s Methodist Church of India, Hindu population in Fiji diminished to 30%.
Photograph of the new Temple in Sigatoka nearing completion is attached with the report. Photo courtesy ISKCON.
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Aroma Sah||The Hindustan Times || October 22, 2010
This Diwali, Indian deities like the Ganesha are getting an International touch. Many global design houses have tied up with Indian corporates to come up with unique Diwali statuettes and mementos to mark the most important festival in the Indian calendar.
“Companies have a lot of resources this year, and silver develops a connect with the festival,” says Veresh Kalra of Momentz. The brand has tied up with Italian design houses such as Marcello Giorgio, Chinelli and Argenesi, and swears by their quality and craftsmanship. He adds, “Italian silver does not tarnish, while the Indian silver becomes black in just three months. Also, these internationally-crafted pieces look much more beautiful, as they are made with more precision.” Because of their superior quality, Italian designs are among the favourites this year.
“In Italy, there are areas that specialise in manufacturing silver products. Here, products are reasonably priced and come with a lifetime guarantee. The techniques are much better than those used in India, and that’s why these Italian mini idols are a hit this season in the Indian market,” says Bela Bose of Stilarte.
The corporate budget for gifts during the festive season this year varies from R5 lakh to as much as R5 crore. But firms want to spend their money on a product that is value for money, and silverware emerges as the unanimous choice, with purchases at their peak. Manufacturers of silver products are rejoicing with the burst in their business. Read more here…….
7th Nov. 2010
Sandhya Jain ||5 November 2010
The Hindu struggle to recover the Sri Rama Janmabhumi is still some battles and skirmishes away, as all parties plan to approach the Supreme Court to rectify – to the satisfaction of each contending litigant – the fractured verdict delivered by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Sept. 30, 2010. Hence it is dicey to engage in political forecast over whether we are near a solution to this vexed issue. Nor is it advisable to stir the waters at a time when the nation is besieged with complex and volatile problems and nothing will be gained by provoking ill will and unrest.
What is gratifying, however, is that for the first time in the decades since the murti of Ram Lalla appeared beneath the central dome of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, and particularly since the climactic moment of Dec. 6, 1992, voices have risen within the Muslim community in favour of closure of the dispute. Some of the parties have held meetings to attempt a settlement, and important Muslim religious leaders, notably Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Maulana Mahmood Madani, MP (Rajya Sabha) have urged Muslims to accept the High Court verdict. Read more here…
RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH – press release New Delhi: The 3-day meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) concluded on 31st Oct at Jalgaon (Maharashtra), has decided to hold nationwide MASS DHARNA on the 10th of November at all state and district head quarters to protest against the hateful and politically motivated anti-Hindu and anti-Hindutva canard by some leaders and political parties related with the Union govt.
Misleading charges of ‘Hindu’ and ‘Saffron’ terror, sinister designs to malign Hindu saints and Hindu organizations and attempts to wrongly implicate functionaries of the RSS in some bomb-blast cases in the recent times suggest a deep-rooted conspiracy to silence patriotic and nationalist vioces in the country. Read more here…..
Watch the video of Ram Madhav, Spokesperson RSS : Click : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQGREllVBIw&feature=player_embedded#
TIMES NEWS NETWORK ||3rd Nov, 2010
Chennai: The Madras high court on Tuesday restrained the Chennai corporation from razing a temple at Shastri Nagar and directed the civic body to remove fish stalls, hoarding and other structures put up on a place from where two other platform temples were removed in May 2010.
The first bench comprising Chief Justice M Yusuf Eqbal and Justice TS Sivagnanam passed the interim orders on a public interest petition filed by Radha Rajan. The corporation demolished two temples — Chelliamman Temple and Pillayar Temple — at First Avenue, Shastri Nagar on May 25 2010. Another — Srinivasa Perumal Temple at No. 33, First Avenue in Shastri Nagar — is sought to be demolished by the civic authorities, apparently to restore the footpath.
Alleging that the authorities were targeting only Hindu places of worship, Radha Rajan, who argued her own case, submitted that the temples were sought to be demolished without prior notice. After removing two temples in May 2010, corporation had put up its own fish stall and erected hoardings at the very same spot. Judges asked authorities to remove all fish stalls and hoardings by November 7.
4th Nov. 2010
Jaisalmer, November 02, 2010|| Press Trust Of India
Security at the temple of the fifteenth century saint Baba Ramdev in Jaisalmer has been tightened after an anonymous letter threatening to blow it upon November 9 was received, police said on Tuesday. “The letter was delivered to the office of District Collector G S Kushwaha by ordinary post on October 27, following which we tightened security in and around the temple,” Superintendent of Police S Parimala said.
“The letter states that the Ayodhya verdict was not justified hence a bomb will be exploded at the Ramdev temple on November 9,” the SP said, adding, efforts were on to trace the sender.
Around 50 lakh devotees from all over the country visit the temple every year.
Source : Hindustan Times
Baku – Azerbaijan, where Hindus existed in numbers.
“The Fire Temple of Baku, known locally as the Atashgah (“place of fire”) or Ateshgyakh (“home of fire”), is a castle-like Hindu temple and monastery complex in Surakhani near Baku in Azerbaijan. The complex is now a museum, and is no longer used as a place of worship. The fire was once fed by a natural gas vent.”
Übersetzung: Der Feuertempel von Baku, von Einheimischen auch Ataschgah (“Ort des Feuers”) oder Ateschgyach (“Haus des Feuers”) genannt, ist eine burgähnliche Hindu-Tempel- und Klosteranlage in Surachani bei Baku. Die Anlage ist heute ein Museum und wird nicht mehr als Heiligtum genutzt. Das Feuer wurde einst durch natürliche Gasvorkommen genährt.
Full text of Wikipedia (English)
Source : caucasus-pictures
TNN, Nov 2, 2010, 02.45pm IST
JAMMU: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday called for Jammu bandh in protest against chief minister Omar Abdullah’s recent statement on Jammu and Kashmir’s instrument of accession with India, on November 8, the scheduled opening day to re-open of the government offices the winter capital after traditional ‘Durbar Move’.
Addressing a press conference here today, BJP state president Shamsher Singh Manhas said, “We will welcome the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister with protests besides Jammu bandh when the Civil Secretariat will open here on November 8.”
BJP leader said the bandh call has been given in protest against chief minister’s statement regarding Jammu and Kashmir agreement of accession with rest of India. Read more here……..
Cong high command flames RSS, dodges scam shames
November 02, 2010 | PTI | New Delhi |
Congress today went full blast in attacking the RSS and its sister organisations, accusing them of being involved in terrorism and held that the Allahabad High Court verdict does not condone the demolition of Babri Masjid but skirted the raging issue of housing scam in Mumbai.
The day-long session of AICC, to ratify re-election of Sonia Gandhi as party President, saw over 1,000 delegates authorising her to nominate members to the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy-making body of the party. Read more……..
Source: Daily Pioneer
3rd Nov. 2010
AKHIL BHARATIYA KARYAKARI MANDAL
Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal expresses serious resentment over the way the present turbulence in the Kashmir Valley is being handled by both the State and Central governments. The mistake committed in the past of trying to pamper the separatist and secessionist leaders of the Valley is being repeated this time too. Of particular concern is the lackadaisical attitude of the Central Government in addressing the issue. Never before has the Central Government been perceived as so weak and ineffective before the antics of the State Government, anti-national tirade of the secessionists and their pseudo-intellectual supporters and unwarranted internationalization of the Kashmir issue. Treacherous speeches amounting to blatant treason right under its nose go unchallenged.
The ABKM reiterates that the integration of J&K including Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzafarabad, Mirpur and Aksai Chin etc into Bharat was full and final with the signing of the Instrument of Accession by the Maharaja of J&K Sri Hari Singh on 26 October 1947 and subsequent seal of approval by Governor General Mountbaton on 27 October 1947. Successive and successful democratic elections to the State Assembly since mid-50s have ratified the integration. Indira Gandhi – Sheikh Abdullah Accord, Nov 1974 puts full stop to any further controversy over the status of the State’s integration.
The ABKM reaffirms that J&K is an integral part of Bharat and any challenge to that issue in the name of Azadi is nothing short of treason. Azadi has become a euphemism for Islamist and pro-Pakistan secessionism.
AYODHYA: Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) president Swami Chakrapani has said the disputed Ram Temple-Babri Mosque land at Ayodhya only belongs to the Hindu community.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Chakrapani said: ” They are the 10th party in the conflict to file a case in the Supreme Court on the issue.
“Hindu Mahasabha never fights for personal and parochial issues; it fights for the rights of the whole Hindu society. We are the 10th party in the conflict and we have filed a case in the Supreme Court regarding the possession of the land, urging the Apex Court to hand it over to the Hindus only,” he added.
He also said Muslims should forfeit their claim on the disputed land. Read more here………
Local body elections in Kerala in 2010 will be watermark in the history of Kerala. Two major developments have notified all Keralites about the shape of things to come:-
1. Election victory of Prof. Anas who is the master-mind in hand chop-off case (of a Christian Professor, T J Joseph ).
2. Emergence of Muslim League as the third largest political party.
Now there is no excuse for any Keralite to feign ignorance of the impending tsunami. Anyone who is ignoring these developments in Kerala are only living in a Fool’s Paradise and not God’s Own Country.
Prof. Anas has won the election democratically from his jail cell. He won the election convincingly without any malpractice or manipulation. The last time our leaders got elected from their jail cells was during the independence struggle. And throughout the world this is the same – jailed leaders who get elected are the ones who spearhead separation (what they also call as liberation). A separatist movement in Kerala, similar to Kashmir , is maximum one decade away, if the AMU-annexe starting up in Malappuram does not achieve it earlier.
Emergence of the only communal party (by name) in India viz. IUML, as the third largest political party is the fuel that is getting added to the separatist fire. IUML has dislodged CPI from the third place and it has established its all-Kerala presence. In all districts, cities, towns and villages in Kerala there are Muslim strongholds. Karunagappally in Kollam is as much vulnerable as Bheemapalli in TVM and Perinthalmanna in Malappuram. The Muslim tsunami has just started. Terror and Gulf money will overwhelm the weak and vulnerable very soon. Kerala’s future looks very pathetic.
Courtesy : Haindava Keralam.
2nd Nov. 2010
Bangalore || Courtesy : PTI
With a view to giving fillip to modern Sanskrit literature and showcase learning of the language based on new methods and approaches, the first world Sankrit book fair will be held in Bangalore in January, 2011.
“Renowned scholars from about 20 foreign countries, including the UK and Germany, are expected to participate in the four-day fair, which is being held for the first time in the country from January seven”, former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachalaiah told reporters here today.
The advent and popularity of Indian knowledge systems including yoga, ayurveda, vedanta and Bhagawad Gita has led to a renewed interest in the people world over to learn Sanskrit language, the “key to treasure house of Indian knowledge tradition”, Venkatachalaiah, president, National Advisory Board, World Sanskrit Book Fair, said. Read more here…….
Read more :>>Big preparation on for largest Sanskrit book fair first ever || Source : The Hindu.
Source: IANS & Sify News.
Shillong, Oct 31 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M. Sangma Sunday condemned the grenade attack at a Durga temple in East Garo Hills district Friday.
“This is an act of cowardice by miscreants to disrupt peace and tranquility. The government will make every effort to nab the culprits,” Sangma said.
In a suspected attack by rebel outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a Chinese-made grenade was lobbed at the Durga temple in Warima Market area in Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills district Friday night. Read more here…….
Oct 31, 2010|| NDTV
New Delhi: RSS leader Indresh Kumar has not been seen since he was named by the Rajasthan Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) in the chargesheet in the Ajmer blasts case. But today he showed up at the RSS conclave in Jalgaon to defend himself.
He denied any involvement in the incident in which three persons were killed and 15 others injured.
“This is a political conspiracy and all these charges are baseless and an attempt to malign me and defame my organisation,” Indresh told reporters. Read more here…….
Vicky Nanjappa || Courtesy : Rediff News.
Even as the government of India speaks of taking preventive measures to curb the menace of fake currency, statistics show there is nearly Rs 12,00,000 crore worth of fake currency still in circulation in India.
While India managed to seal the fake currency’s Pakistan and Nepal route into India to a large extent, Inter Services Intelligence-sponsored operatives have furthered their activities by shifting base to Thailand. Read details here……
By Subramanian Swamy || Courtesy Haindava Keralam
Islamic scholars argue that payment of interest is a bane on the society. What are the alternatives especially example, for old-aged people who live on the interest from deposits of their lifelong savings, if interest is prohibited? How will banks survive without charging interest on loans extended?
An Islamic banks cannot charge interest, but then what does it do to survive? By giving by one hand, and taking away twice as much or more by the other hand! Let us take an example: If you want to purchase a house worth Rs 10 lakh an Islamic bank will not give you a loan of Rs 10 lakh at a rate of interest and fixed maturity as non-Islamic banks would. Instead the Islamic banks will purchase the house and sell it to you at a higher price! This means they will make a profit and such profit is called halal, as per Sharia! They will ask you to pay this back in say 15 years or so. Of course, interest-free. This is back-door collection of interest. Read details here…….
Another Article : Islamic banking could spoil development in India >> Read more……
1st Nov. 2010
Jammu, Oct 30 (PTI) Expressing concern over the plight of displaced Kashmiri Pandits (KPs), Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Swami of Kanchi Kamkoti Muth (KKM) said here today that the organisation will take steps to help the community. Displaced KPs have been in pain for all these years and therefore KKM has decided to undertake some measures to address the problems of these people, the religious leader said during his fourth visit to the trouble-torn state.
A three-member panel of KKM would provide scholarships to needy and deserving students of the community, give financial assistance to the girls for marriages and widows of KPs, he said, adding an institute would be set-up where education would be imparted in Sanskrit and Vedic traditions. Earlier welcoming Shankaracharya, President All India Kashmiri Samaj Moti Koul appealed to the religious leader to make efforts in getting Kashmiri Hindus shrines and temples bill passed, presently tabled in the state Legislature, adding that vested elements repeatedly scuttled passing of this bill, thus putting impediment to community”s aspirations to return to the valley.
Shankaracharya said he would be returning to Tamil Nadu on November 2 after attending several other religious and social functions in the Jammu region.
Source : Press Trust of India.
TNN, Oct 31, 2010, 06.35am IST
KOLKATA: A more than 250-year-old Jain temple at Bally in Howrah was looted of a large number of idols, silver umbrellas and jewellery worth nearly half a crore on Friday night, leaving the community members heartbroken and angry. Investigators said the burglars were not only familiar with the temple, but also knew the nitty-gritty of its security.
The Digambar Jain temple is located right off Jetia Ghat Road. The temple is also not too far from Bally police station. Early on Saturday, the lone security guard noticed that the gate of the temple had been broken and idols, silver umbrellas and jewellery were missing. Read details here……
Courtesy : The Times of India.
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 28, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is the message sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on the occasion of the Hindu feast of Diwali, the festival of light, which will be observed Nov. 5.
The letter is titled “Christians and Hindus: Toward Enhancing of Mutual Respect, Trust and Cooperation.” It is signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the dialogue council, and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, its secretary.
Dear Hindu Friends,
1. As in the past, we join you in the celebration of Deepavali, sending you our sincere greetings and congratulations on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. May God, the Supreme Light illumine your minds, enlighten your hearts and strengthen the human bonds in your homes and communities! We wish you all a joy-filled Deepavali!
2. On this occasion, I would like to reflect on how best we can strengthen our friendship and cooperation by mutually ensuring and enhancing respect and trust. Read details here…….
Courtesy : Zenit.org
Ram Janmabhoomi Case in Indian Appex Court.
The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, one of the main litigants in the Ayodhya title suits, on Saturday said it will move the Supreme Court against the verdict of the Allahabad High Court by November 10.
“The mahasabha would file its appeal in the apex court against the High Court verdict by November 10 and has authorised its national leader Dinesh Chandra Tyagi to pursue the case,” state unit president of the mahasabha Kamlesh Tewari said here.
He said that at a recent meeting of all factions of the party it was decided that since Tyagi has been looking after the case in the High Court he should continue to do so in the Supreme Court.
“Counsel Hari Shankar Jain, who had represented the mahasabha in the High Court, would continue to look after it,” Tewari said. Read details here……
Courtesy : All concerned News Input agencies.
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Ref: Hindu-Fire Temple of Baku(Surakhani)at Azerbijan
I have visited the Temple in 1999. Its not a Hindu temple – a purely Zoroastrian Temple of ancient time, when Azerbaijan was part of greater Persia. As you know the Zoroastrian Faithfuls are fire-worshipers.
In fact late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India also visited the temple when Azerbaijan was a state within grand-old communist Russian Federation.
Utsav Chakroborty commented in media_watch in the topic : Hindu-Fire Temple of Baku(Surakhani)at Azerbijan
It seems people used to think of it being a Zoroastrian temple, but Azeri and international scholars consider it to be a Hindu temple because of small pieces of Hindu deities found at the site.
Suhas for Utsav’s comment seems to be more justfied.
Obviously, we should not expect that a Hindu temple native to Caucasus will have a architecture similar to that of a Hindu temple from Gujarat, Madurai or Birbhum.
It seems people used to think of it being a Zoroastrian temple, but Azeri and international scholars consider it to be a Hindu temple because of small pieces of Hindu deities found at the site.
Obviously, we should not expect that a Hindu temple native to Caucasus will have a architecture similar to that of a Hindu temple from Gujarat, Madurai or Birbhum.
Its not true what scholars think in this case. I didn’t see any pieces of Hindu deities during my several trips.. Besides, these days with independent Azerbaijan many Zorastrians are making pilgrimage to the Temple every year. I have also met the long-term Conservator of this Temple – a lady with Ph.D..in history. She did never mention about once the Temple being a Hindu Temple.
Now, if this Temple was built on an old Hindu Temple site during Islamization of entire Persia or later during Soviet occupation, I can’t make any comment.
The structure of this Fire Temple (Jwala Ji Mandir) has its own unique Azerbaijani flavour/style of Architecture.
This Mandir outside Baku has always been a place of Hindu pilgrimage for centuries and is called the Badi Jwala Mandir, while the Choti Jwala Mandir is in Kangra (Himachal Pradesh).
A delegation of Zoroastrian priests (Parsi Dasturs) acknowledged that this Mandir outside Baku is a Hindu Mandir, not a Zorastrian Agiyari.
Please check out the inscriptions in Devnagari and Gurmukhi, and other relevant details about the Azerbaijani temple in the Wikipedia link below:
The Azeri government has put up dioramas with Hindu Yogis meditating at this temple.
On a lighter note, I was surprised to see a mention of this Azerbaijani temple being a Hindu pilgrimage Sthal for centuries, appear in the James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough” (1999).
P.S: I agree with Utsav. We Hindus (even some Hindu activists) tend to subconsciously associate Indian-ness with Hindu-ness. This mental block needs to be dispelled.
Hindu Dharma has an international presence with sizeable numbers of Hindus living in about 100 countries for many centuries.
Hence the indigenous Cham Hindus of Vietnam have built their Shiva temples with a distinct Cham style. But are these 40,000 Cham Hindus today Indian? They don’t need to be.
Similarly, Hindu Dharma has been extinguished in our very lifetime from Afghanistan and yet Hindu society do not connect the dots and will soon forget that Gandhara and Kabul/Kapisa were Hindu homelands.
Any intelligent thoughts on how the Mitanni civilisation that ruled in northern Mesopotamia (including Syria) around 3300 years ago worshipped Hindu Deities like Mitra, Varuna, Indra, and Nasatya (Ashvins) ?
What the hell is our anti Hindu govt doing whether Congress or BJP.Congress ko toh chod he do. BJP kya kar rahe thhe jab Hindus ko Kashmir se nikal diya tha.There is no such strong Govt. in India which can protect Hindu majority, culture & tradition. Now, Baba Ramdev is doing efforts for showing the fraud and failure of our Govt. I hope there efforts might become fruitful.
I always dreamed of Hindu world having beautiful temples, traditions, festivals. No other religion is like us. Many inventions and theories which has becoming true is mentioned in our Vedas in different languages. In short..”PROUD TO BE A HINDU”
“JAI SHREE RAM”
LIVE AND DIE FOR HINDUISM
i want to ask what is the meaning of hindu? how many gods hindu follow? more than million? can u guide me plz.
In Hinduism there is only one GOD, supreme personality, Lord Vishnu. He has different incarnation on earth and different forms. All these forms of the millions of Hindu gods and goddess are of the same person Vishnu. He is sometimes referred to as Krishna, Rama, Parasurama and yes even Buddha (founder of Buddhism). Do not confuse that Hindu has different gods, it is the same supreme personality GOD Vishnu in different forms. It is like you preparing different type of foods with the same basic ingredients for different food values, taste and flavors. In Srinad Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu holy book) and also in the VEDAS (the book of ultimate knowledge, also a Holy book in Hinduism) GOD has clarified the concept of his singular existence in plural forms a number of times and has repeated that no matter which ever God you worship and offer prayer, it all comes to me.
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Attended Deepavali last night in the Little India neighborhood of Singapore. This is the festival of lights, and it certainly lived up to it’s name! The display of colored lights was fantastic, and the excitement of the festival was evident. This was my first experience with this Indian Festival, and I’m so glad I had a chance to experience it! It certainly was beautiful!
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hindu dharam hi sarva shresht hai-kyu ke ye kook-mandoop nhi hai- it allows free flow of thoughts-ek american vidhwan, jis ne pichle dino hindu dharam swikara hai ka kehna hai ke hindu ka arth hai–defender of truth–hinduism is perfectly scientific way of life–hindu dharam leads us to vedic ocean of spiritualism, peace and happiness–t.d.chandna
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