Strengthen the confidence of Security forces’: RSS Chief Bhagwat at SANGH SANGAM in Jammu


September 30th, 2013, 4:12 pm

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at Jammu September 29-2013

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at Jammu September 29-2013

Jammu, Sept, 29:  During his visit to Jammu, RSS Chief Dr.  Mohan Rao Bhagwat touched upon various issues concerning present overall political situation in general and the social and political scenario of Jammu and Kashmir in particular in his address at Parade Ground, Jammu. While eloquently touching upon the great legacy and culture of complex diversities that make this land a myriad land of cultural confluences, he said, it is incumbent upon all of us to safeguard and preserve such tradition.  This is unique to Indian ethos and values, the RSS Chief said.

Mohan Bhagwat in Jammu

Mohan Bhagwat in Jammu

Insinuating the statement made by J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with the European delegation wherein he purportedly said that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India was not final and that some conditions needed to be fulfilled on part of India, Dr. Bhagwat sought to remind him that the accession of J & K to the rest of India is not just by the “document of accession”. He reiterated that Kashmir has always been ours since times immemorial.  He referred to the glorious reigns of Hindu King Lalitaditya and those of the rulers before him.  This accession, said RSS Chief, was irreversible and irrevocable for all times to come.



Dr. Bhagwat also referred to Hiranagar terror attack and the Kishtwar happenings.  While paying profound tributes to the martyred Army Jawans, the slain policemen and the innocent citizens that died in the dastardly terror attack at Hiranagar and Samba, Dr. Bhagwat maintained that it is not just the responsibility of Army to safeguards our borders and defend our land from aggression but such duty lies equally with civilians . He said that we all have an equal stake and need to participate and contribute in our own little but significant ways to ensure that no harm befalls our motherland.  Till the time we are alert and united no harm can reach us.   We cannot depend just on government agencies for our security and defense and forget our own responsibilities, emphasized RSS chief.  Though Army Jawans have made supreme sacrifices and we, as a nation, are indebted to them, the need to be vigilant for us common citizens can never be overemphasized.   This becomes even more necessary when we speak of a troubled state such as Jammu and Kashmir, in which there has been exploitation and gross discrimination against people of Jammu region.

Mentioning the recent happenings at Kishtwar, Dr. Bhagwat said that it was a design by the political forces operating within the system to displace Hindus from their land and usher in their idea of unhindered anti-national polity.  This, he said, could be countered only by being ever vigilant and united.

Dr. Mohan Bhagwat sought to dispel the air of despondency by emphasizing upon the great legacy and culture that is bequeathed to us by our great ancestors.  There were times far worse than the present ones, but we have always prevailed.  It was the time that we repaid our debt to our Motherland by forging unity and fraternity within our ranks.  Dr. Bhagwat also said that the present fissures and divisions that plague our society is a culture alien to us.  It is a foreign infliction that we need to get rid of.   Hindus are, by their very nature and their timeless civilization, liberal and large hearted.   RSS Chief repeatedly invoked reference to Hindu ancestry and laid great stress upon to carry on that legacy and tradition further.

The goal of RSS is to inculcate and imbibe a sense of organizational spirit within an individual so he becomes part of one big family that is Bharat Mata.  In this context, RSS Chief recalled a saying of Rabindra Nath Tagore made during Bengal partition in which Tagore had said that the only path to Indian unity is the Hindu way of life.  This goal, maintained Dr. Bhagwat, could not be achieved as long as we remained divided and not bonded in brotherhood.  He also laid importance upon the need for selfless people and people with impeccable integrity and character to take upon the mantle of leadership at micro level so others could look towards them for guidance and inspiration.

Now it is easy to take care of puncture – Odia scientist Sameer Panda

The concept was first conceptualised by Sameer Panda, when he was a student in UCE Burla (Now VSSUT) around 1998. It took him seven years to make the first prototype for his scooter. The first prototype was tested by Dr. D. Mishra, Dean Students Affairs in VSSUT in 2005-06. He encouraged him to work further.

On those days we accepted the Technical Problems associated with our technology and again worked on Development and feedback from various sources. Now, we have come up with improved IP protected innovations, which are easy to implement with least investment of time and resources and can be readily accepted by the market.

It’s a well known fact that Sealant in tyre or tube has following problems associated with it:

1. Leakage
2. Deterioration of property due to interaction with air
3. Wheel Balancing
4. Ineffective in case of side wall puncture
5. Rubber hardening etc.

Our Innovation will solve above mentioned problems partially or completely, apart from making the drive hassle free in case of puncture and possibly improve the life by cooling effect. We have solved those issues by providing a chamber adjacent to the tyre inner layer in Tube.

This will decrease the down time and cost of ownership, which will increase the profitability of fleet owner for commercial vehicles. This technology can be used as an additional feature of tube or tubeless tyre or self supported tyre or auxiliary supported tyre. Whereas other technology can be used in specific market segment but in our case it can be used in 2 wheeler, car, suv, bus, truck, minning tyre etc.. So, it has universal usage.

The other inventors of this technology are Dr. Kshama Nidhi Panda and Ms Smitiparna Satpathy. Overall guidance in this invention has been provided by Dr. R.K. Mishra retired VC of BPUT and Dr. D. Mishra, Dean of Students Affairs, VSSUT, Burla.

The Tyre will not only take care of puncture in tread area but also in sidewall at very low cost. It will also increase the life of the tyre or tube by 10 to 15%. We expect it to increase fuel efficiency i.e. Mileage by 3%. Apart from that in our invention there is no need of Wheel Balancing, which will decrease the usage of Lead, which is a highly poisonous substance. In this way it will decrease the Carbon Foot Print of the vehicles and save revenue of the nation.

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PC’s fake encounter with facts


By Kishore Trivedi on September 23, 2013

PC’s fake encounter with facts

Arrogance blended with self-denial is a deadly cocktail and who better than our Finance Minister can demonstrate the after effects better! The fact that the Finance Minister and the UPA are living in a dream world was evident when he released a statement before going to the National Integration Council meeting, which questioned Narendra Modi’s claims of the economic growth under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA and the economic decline under the present UPA.

Chidambaram asked Modi not to stage ‘fake encounters’ with facts when the truth is that the Finance Minister is fooling the entire nation by giving half-baked facts and incomplete analysis. I ask the Finance Minister five questions that will puncture his attempt to mislead the people of India.

Question 1

Can Chidambaram deny that when UPA took charge (he was Finance Minister even back then), the growth rate of India was 8.6 per cent?

This was the result of a commendable effort of the Vajpayee Government considering the economic mess they inherited in 1998 and the severe economic sanctions by the world community in the aftermath of Pokhran. Placing India’s self respect first and backing it up by a grand vision, the Vajpayee Government left the economy at its peak with the growth rate of 8.6 per cent in 2004.

Question 2

Will Chidambaram also deny that the growth rate for 2012-2013, a year when he was Finance Minister, was barely five per cent?

It is alright to share year by year growth rate figures of the NDA rule Mr Finance Minister but did you bother to check the growth rate of the nation in the last year itself, which stood at a mere 4.98 per cent? How did Chidambaram forget this inconvenient but obvious truth right under his watch?

Question 3

Is Chidambaram aware of the Q4 figure for 2012-2013 and Q1 figure for 2013-2014?

It may be worthwhile to remind our Harvard educated Finance Minister that last quarter growth for 2012-2013 stood at 4.8 per cent and the figure dropped even lower during the first quarter of this year at 4.4 per cent. In fact, Narendra Modi was very kind not to mention the quarterly figures for this year this year, preferring to stick to the Q4 figures of last year, which are marginally better.

Question 4

Is Chidambaram aware of what economic think tanks and independent external agencies are saying about our economy?

It is not only the common man and woman or Narendra Modi that is rightly worried about the economy. Various national and international agencies of repute have expressed concern about the economic gloom prevalent across the nation? If he is not, I would love to enlighten the anti-encounter specialist Chidambaram.

Standard & Poor’s has said that the chances of India’s ratings downgrade look much higher compared to other emerging market economies. Further downgrade would even push it to ‘junk’ status. After the quarterly GDP growth at dismal 4.4 per cent, HSBC forecasted GDP growth for FY14 at just four per cent, a low not recorded since the 1990s. Bank of America went to the extent of saying that there is no hope the government can change things the way they are currently. According to the Reuters report, almost all global banks are skeptical about India’s growth prospects. Is this also the NDA’s doing?

Question 5

Does Chidambaram know where the NDA and UPA stand on job creation?

One of the factors that determine the performance of the Government is the opportunity it created for the people.

NSSO statistics (I presume they were not fudged by the NDA, Chidambaram) clearly suggest that the number of jobs created from 1999-2004 was 60.1 million whereas the figure between 2004-2011 is a poor 14.6 million (the figure for UPA 1, which PC calls the golden period growth is 2.7 million). These figures only speak for themselves!

Thus, instead of setting his own house in order the Finance Minister has done everything else under the sun. Few remember that the economic ruin of India began in 2008 thanks to mindless spending.

When the NDA came to power the growth rate was 4.8 per cent. Today we are yet again close to that figure in 2013 after a golden period starting from 1999, whose efforts were seen in the growth rate during 2003 and 2004.

Do we want to go back to 1997? And by the way, do you know who the Finance Minister that time was…

“Only religion our family believes in is music.”- Ali Akbar’s son claims to be Hindu

“Only religion our family believes in is music.”-
Ali Akbar’s son claims to be Hindu

KOLKATA: Aasish Khan, the son of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, has embraced Hinduism, sparking off a raging debate and heartache to the 84-year-old father who has told TOI his son was besmirching his illustrious family’s name.

Aasish, who has already changed his surname to Debsharma through affidavit on August 19, claims his family was never really Muslim. “We were originally Brahmins and used the surname Debsharma. My great-grandfather Sadananda Debsharma took the title of Khan, which is not a surname and is used by Hindus and Christians… due to compulsions. We never converted to Islam.”

His dad is distraught. In an email to TOI from the US, where Ali Akbar has settled down, he said: “I do not support his (Aasish’s) choice. Unfortunately, many statements made by my son in the newspaper regarding the history of my family are incorrect. My family has been Muslims for many generations, and we will remain Muslims. It is a shame that he is trying to reinvent the history of our family and in turn hurting the past generation of our family.”

Aasish’s ‘reinvention’ is that his ancestors were Hindus. He claims his family even prayed to goddesses Kali and Saraswati. He said he was never asked to follow Islamic rituals or offer namaz and his grandfather had given Hindu names to him and his siblings — Dhyanesh, Pranesh and Amaresh.

“Staunch Muslims have opposed my decision,” he said. “They did not realise we were never converted to Islam. I would like to make it clear that the only religion our family believes in is music,” said the 60-something Aasish.

Ali Akbar Khan, who juggles his classes at Ali Akbar College of Music and three dialysis sessions a week with his rare concerts across the world, is hurt and the music fraternity stunned by Aasish’s claim.

The Ali Akbar family is not an ordinary family — his father Allaudin Khan is the founder of the Maihar gharana and his disciples, including Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee and Ali Akbar, have dominated the Hindustani classical music world for years.

Muzaffarnagar riots sign of rampant radicalism

It is important to confront the reality of radicalization among Indian Muslims and try and deal with it or consequences for the future are likely to be too awful to contemplate.

“What do you mean a bit of radicalisation? Have you never heard of the Dar-ul-Uloom in Deoband? This is all the same area and for many years now there has been evidence of jihadi elements and of all kinds of weapons being smuggled into the districts of Muzzafarnagar and Shaamli… so yes there is more than a bit of radicalisation and it has been there since the late eighties, early nineties.”

By Tavleen Singh on September 22, 2013

Mujafornagar riot
Now that things have calmed down enough in Muzaffarnagar for the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi to make a visit, the time has come for some dispassionate analysis. Not just of what happened in this particular riot but of what could be happening in Muslim communities across India. In situations of communal tension we have become so accustomed to blaming Hindus that we could be missing something insidious and very dangerous.

We could be missing signs of radicalisation in the Muslim community that we do not dare talk about because it is so politically incorrect especially in the aftermath of communal violence that usually results in the death of more Muslims than Hindus.

In Muzaffarnagar it has been heartbreaking to see injured children and disturbing to see whole villages emptied of their residents because Muslims fear for their lives. This is why it is easier to blame administrative incompetence and Hindu perfidy than Islamic radicalisation for what happened. But, it is important to confront the reality of radicalisation among Indian Muslims and try and deal with it or consequences for the future are likely to be too awful to contemplate.

In the name of ‘secularism’, neither the Government of Akhilesh Yadav nor the Sonia-Manmohan Government in Delhi are likely to accept that behind the violence in Muzaffarnagar lies a deeper, darker reality. It manifested itself in the violence with which Muslims responded when the two young Jat men came seeking to avenge their sister’s honour. And, it manifested itself in the rumours that Muslim rioters in the area used automatic weapons to attack Hindus and security forces. Details of what actually happened remain so murky that I called a retired police officer in Lucknow whose analysis I trust and asked him if he had heard that automatic weapons were used. He said he had.

This led inevitably to my next question. Did he think there was a bit of radicalisation among Muslims in this part of western Uttar Pradesh? This is how he answered: “What do you mean a bit of radicalisation? Have you never heard of the Dar-ul-Uloom in Deoband? This is all the same area and for many years now there has been evidence of jihadi elements and of all kinds of weapons being smuggled into the districts of Muzzafarnagar and Shaamli… so yes there is more than a bit of radicalisation and it has been there since the late eighties, early nineties.”

Remember that it was in a village in western UP, not far from here, where Omar Sheikh imprisoned his foreign hostages in 1994. He was arrested in connection with the kidnappings and remained in an Indian jail cell till he was released in exchange for the passengers of IC 814 five years later. He went on to organise the beheading of Daniel Pearl and other acts of jihadi violence.

My point is that the ugly, crowded town of Muzaffarnagar and its surrounding villages, has long been a hotbed for jihadi violence. It is unfortunate that the media has not gone into this aspect of what happened. All we have had so far are tirades on national TV about how politicians are exploiting the situation for petty political gains. That is an old story. They always do. The new element is the sinister influences of the international jihad and the inability of the ‘secular’ Government of Uttar Pradesh to do anything about this or to deal with situations of communal tension with an even hand. From all accounts, an even hand was absent in the way in which the Muzaffarnagar violence was handled.

The Samajwadi Party Government in Lucknow appears to have been tougher on the Hindu community without having managed to impress Muslims by doing this.

The most prominent Muslim in the Uttar Pradesh Government, Azam Khan, has made his anger public and Muslim organisations in UP have said clearly that they believe that since the SP Government took power 18 months ago there have been deliberate attempts to polarise Hindus and Muslims.

This was confirmed to me by my police officer friend who said leaders of both Hindus and Muslims were responsible for the widening divisions that were now very serious. Would this help Narendra Modi build support once the election campaign begins, I asked, because it would have been impossible not to, and he said it would. “There is not much support for the BJP,” he said “but there is definitely support for Modi, not just because of the polarisation, but because he is seen as someone who can deliver. He is seen as a real leader.”

This is something that only the next general election will prove but meanwhile it seems as if there is a need for the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to show that he understands how dangerous the polarisation is and how urgently he needs to try and address it. So far the reports from Lucknow indicate that Mulayam Singh’s young heir is not so much a leader as a man who believes that he can fool people into voting for him by handing out laptops and wearing a Muslim skullcap. In every other way Akhilesh Yadav has shown that in terms of governance and development he has no new ideas and nothing to offer. He is seen as a weak Chief Minister and inevitably when there is a weak Chief Minister in a State that remains famous for the divisions between the communities there will be trouble. Let me end with a final comment from my police officer friend. He said, “You see when a Government is seen to not act in an impartial manner in a communal crash the situation automatically worsens and something like this seems to have happened in Muzzafarnagar.”

It is the worst communal riot that UP has seen in a very long time and that already is an ominous portent in a State with a long history of Hindu-Muslim violence.

It comes at a time when turbulence in the Islamic world has affected Indian Muslims and made far too many believe that Western countries are colluding to destroy Islam. There was a time when I heard this kind of thing only in Pakistan but increasingly I hear it from Indian Muslims who in their efforts to identify with the Islamic cause are now more visibly Muslim than they have ever been.

You see signs of this from Kashmir to Kanyakumari where Islamic beards on men and hijab on women has become the order of the day.

Don’t issue Aadhaar cards to illegal immigrants, Supreme Court advices Centre


A girl shows Aadhaar cardA girl shows her Aadhaar card issued by the the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

The Supreme Court asked the Centre on Monday not to provide Aadhaar cards, currently being issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), to illegal immigrants as it would legitimize their stay in the country.

The apex court was hearing a batch of pleas against the decisions of some states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for availing various facilities including Provident Fund disbursals and marriage and property registrations.

Alleging political gains, senior counsel Anil Divan told the bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and S.A. Bobde that indiscriminate issuance of Aadhaar numbers to all residents, including illegal migrants, created a serious threat to national security.

Linking the Aadhaar number to getting benefits of social welfare schemes under the Food Security Bill, cooking gas subsidy, Employees Provident Fund and direct benefit transfer under social welfare schemes made it mandatory in nature, Divan, representing petitioner and former Karnataka High Court judge K.S. Puttaswamy, said. The petitioner has also sought a stay on the implementation of the scheme.

The Maharashtra government has recently said no marriage will be registered if parties do not have Aadhaar cards, Divan pointed.

Those opting for Aadhaar number were required to give personal information including biometrics, iris and fingerprints, which infringes the fundamental right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution, Divan said.

The bench was also informed that there were no safeguard to protect the personal information and there was no provision for penalties if it comes to public domain.

Resisting the plea, Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran told the court that Aadhaar card was purely voluntary and there was no need for interim directions. The Centre has said the consent of an individual was indispensable for Aadhaar and it was launched to promote inclusion and benefits of the marginalised sections of the society that has no formal identity proof.

The Unique identification project was initially conceived by the Planning Commission as an initiative that would provide identification for each resident across the country and would be used primarily as the basis for efficient delivery of welfare services.

Established in 2009, the UIDAI is responsible for implementing the Aadhaar scheme. Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity for every Indian individual, including children and infants. An agency of the Government of India (GoI), owns and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority also maintains the database having information like biometric and other data about Aadhaar card recipients.

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Two nations and a divided family

A narrative of Partition written in terms of the subcontinent’s Hindus and Muslims tells an incomplete story

By- Derek O’Brien

The news ticker says, Peshawar church blast: 60 killed. I find myself thinking of my great-grandmother — my father’s paternal grandmother, Nellie Bella, as she was named when born into a well-to-do Bengali Christian family. She lived at various times in Jalpaiguri and Kolkata, where she built what was to be our family home and formed part of my earliest memories. She died in 1969, when I was a small schoolboy. To my young mind, Nellie Bella O’Brien, as she became on marrying a second-generation Irish settler (Anglo-Indian) in India, symbolised history. She was a walking, talking monument of history. To my innocent eyes, she seemed to stand for Mother India: a venerable and iconic figure who shed a silent tear in August 1947 when one country became two nations, and a composite society was split forever. Nellie Bella cried in August 1947, she cried every day from 1947 to 1969. She cried for the line in the sand that Partition drew. She cried for Patrick, her first-born, her beloved son who stayed on in Peshawar and later in Lahore.

The narrative of Partition has been written in terms of the subcontinent’s Hindus and Muslims. Christians have had only a small role. Anglo-Indians — the community I belong to and which makes up a minuscule section of India’s Christians — have had just a walk-on part. Yet Partition had a dramatic impact on my extended family. My paternal grandfather, Amos, Nellie’s second son, was one of three brothers. The eldest of them, Patrick, was a civil servant who worked in Peshawar and Lahore, and served as personal assistant to Olaf Caroe, governor of the North-West Frontier Province, and later George Cunningham. Much of the rest of the family was in Kolkata, including my grandfather.

One day, without quite realising its implications, these wings of the O’Brien family became citizens of separate countries. Within months, India and Pakistan were at war. Patrick, the son who had stayed on in Pakistan, had a large family — one of his daughters married a fighter pilot, who stayed on in the Indian Air Force. His brother, also a fighter pilot, opted for the Pakistani Air Force.

Imagine Nellie’s plight, and that of her granddaughter in India, my father’s cousin. Night after night she stayed up, I’ve been told, wondering if her husband would come home or if her brother in-law was safe, or if these two men, comrades and brothers in the same air force till only a few weeks earlier, would battle each other in the eerie anonymity of the skies. Thankfully neither died in that war, but a distance emerged. Father and daughter, sister and sister, cousin and cousin, my Indian grandfather and his Pakistani brother, Nellie and Patrick — they lost touch.

My brothers and I grew up in a very different environment. We were the only Christian family in a middle-class, predominantly Bengali-Hindu, neighbourhood in Kolkata, living, in one of those ironies that make India just so captivating, in a lane named after a Muslim. In the mid-1940s, during the Great Calcutta Killings and the pre-Partition riots, she would walk down by the railw-ay lines, from Sealdah to Ballygunge, tending to the injured. She was never harmed, not by Hindus and not by Muslims. The stethoscope around her neck established her credentials; the determined walk established her purpose. She would not be stopped, she would not be moved.

Nellie Bella O’Brien died at the ripe old age of 78 in 1969. She was surrounded and mourned by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All of Jamir Lane, it seemed, turned out for her funeral. She wasn’t just my father’s grandmother, she was everybody’s. The only one missing was Patrick, the son the mother had not seen for 23 years.

Time passed. In 1984, my brother Andy, then a sports journalist, travelled to Karachi for hockey’s Champions Trophy. He was determined to trace the lost O’Briens of Pakistan. Eventually he found them and renewed contact. My father’s uncle Patrick was dead, but the rest of the family was still there and greeted their Indian cousin warmly. They continued to refer to the Jamir Lane residence in Kolkata as “home”. Nellie was a legend for her grandchildren there as well.

Nevertheless, there were sobering realities. Most of the men of my father’s generation had migrated to England or Canada, the women had converted to Islam. Andy came home and told us the strange and somber story of the Muslim Anglo-Indian clan — or maybe it should be the Muslim Irish-Bengali clan — of Lahore and Karachi. We sat in silence, still digesting it. I thought of our life in India, the freedom to go to church, the freedom to practice my faith, the freedom to be myself, the freedom that my country gave its minorities. I’ve never felt prouder of being an Indian.

I think about my cousins in Pakistan now and then. Would they be able to join a mainstream political movement, as I was so willingly accepted into Mamata Banerjee’s struggle? Would they find opportunity to go to Parliament as regular politicians?

I was fortunate, I guess. I was fortunate Nellie encouraged me to learn Bengali and help to be part of the para Saraswati Puja — “It’s a celebration of wisdom and learning” — and integrate with my larger community. I was fortunate India, and Bengal, allowed me to do this without making unfair demands on me. I was fortunate to have been nurtured by India’s Nellie — and Nellie’s India.

The writer is a quiz master and Trinamool Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha