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We, the First Generation Hindus owe this to the Second Generation

For my USA Friends:

Namaste. How many times have you said in a discussion that the older generation should give up control and let the younger generation take over? Whether it be a Mandir or a social organization, we always lament that the “old hands” do not give a chance to the younger generation.

Well! Here is a group of second generation Hindu Youths, Hindu Students Council (HSC) that has put tremendous efforts into organizing a Global Dharma Conference, inviting best minds to speak, and top notch artists to perform in a concert that is bound to leave one spellbound.

I have seen these young people working day and night, bent over their laptops, working late night and through the nights, munching on snacks to keep going, making deals and negotiating best prices, contacting organizations and individuals for support and participation. I have seen them putting signs in the middle of the night on Oak Tree Road and other places; I have seen them working out minute details of taking proper care of Swamijis. VIPs and artists, I have seen them grilling Expo Center staff to get all the information and commitment that they need; I have seen them choosing a balanced menu and working hard to get best prices from the food vendors and I have seen them worrying how all bills were going to be paid; I have seen their team spirit, spirit of Seva without worrying about name or fame and I have seen their Can Do attitude in face of indifference and apathy of our generation.

This is a challenge to us, first generation Hindus. If we really want the second generation to take over the mantle from us, we have to make sure that they succeed in this spectacular undertaking. We have to make sure that their financial needs are met. If they run in red, no second generation Hindu organization will dare to do a conference on this scale again. It will be our loss as a Hindu society.

So my earnest request as a first generation Hindu to you is, support Hindu Students Council and its Global Dharma Conference generously. Open your heart and chip in. If you could attend the conference (even a part of it), nothing like that. But even if you cannot, please donate for this worthy cause. Your children will be proud of you. Go to <http://www.dharmaconference.com/> and click on “Donate.”

What is this conference about?

There is a unique opportunity to listen to some of the best minds of India- Spiritual, Yogic, activist, media, political and educational, all under one roof and also enjoy a world class concert featuring top artists from India and Bali. Yes, I am talking about Global Dharma Conference being organized by USA campus based Hindu Students Council which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Please see the attached program schedule to get a feel for variety that this conference offers.

Global Dharma Conference
September 11-13 (Friday to Sunday), 2015
Raritan Expo Center
Edison, NJ

  • Think of this:
    Well known columnists and political analysts: Kanchan Gupta, Rajeev Srinivasan and Rupa Subramanya
  • Rajesh Jain who conceived the idea of 272+ to lead BJP to a spectacular victory in 2014 elections and who owns the NitiCentral portal
  • Atul Kothari, an educationist of repute
  • Rajiv Malhotra, Dr. David Frawley, Dr.Subhash Kak, Aditi Banerjee
  • H.R. Nagendra, a former NASA scientist and the personal Yoga teacher of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Shri AShok Singhal, former International President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and one of the tallest Hindu Leaders.
  • There are swamis galore- Swami Paripornanda, Swami Tatwamayanada and Swamini Svatmavidyananda (Arsha Vidya Gurukulam) , Swami Tadatmananda (Arsha Bodha Center), Swami Shantananda (Chinmaya Mission), Swami Guruvanand.
    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji will address the gathering by a video link.
  • Concert will feature Flute virtuoso Rakesh Chaurasia (nephew of Hari Prasad Chaurasia), Ghatam player Giridhar Udapa and Balinese dance troupe Balam Dance Theatre. There would of course be Garba and Bhangra.

Do your Dharma of supporting our young generation’s efforts to preserve, nurture and propagate Hindu Dharma and Culture.

Please go to www.dharmaconference.com to get more details and register; time is running out.

Thank you.

The Global Dharma Conference (GDC) is an experiential event bringing together college students, young professionals and others from around the world for 3 days of thought provoking sessions, blissful yoga and meditation workshops,
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The adharma of politicians: Joginder Singh in The Pioneer

June 13, 2011   10:52:12 AM

Joginder Singh

Whenever politicians are caught with their hand in the till they cry foul and claim innocence. M Karunanidhi’s defence of Kanimozhi demonstrates this point.

The paterfamilias of the first family of the DMK which was routed in the recent Assembly election, has said that his daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP who is in jail for her alleged role in the 2G Spectrum scandal, has been imprisoned “either because of an instruction from the Centre or due to the negligence of the Centre”. Earlier, Mr M Karunanidhi, had also said that “bad friendship” would end in trouble.

According to the CBI’s chargesheet, Kanimozhi was arrested along with the managing director of Kalaignar TV for allegedly receiving `200 crore in the 2G Spectrum allocation scam. Mr Karunanidhi, however, claimed that the investigating agency had arrested his daughter as it needed someone to take the blame.

Having seen the CBI work from close quarters, I know for a fact that whenever a politician involved in a scam or a scandal is arrested, the standard response is that he or she has been falsely implicated and that it is a part of vendetta against an innocent person. I have also noticed that politicians and the truth rarely go hand-in-hand. Moreover, if the politician has held a position of power, his or her approach has generally been to loot as much as possible as if there is no tomorrow and he or she would never be held accountable.

In this context, I am reminded of a dialogue between dharma and the eldest Pandav brother, Yudhisthir. dharma asked Yudhisthir, “What is the biggest wonder of the world?” Yudhisthir replied, “The biggest wonder of the world is that people should see others dying and still somehow believe that death will bypass them.” In other words, people tend to forget that nature too works along Newton’s Third Principle: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In the name of coalition dharma, partners in a coalition tend to become law unto themselves. Minority partners hold the majority party at gunpoint and the latter conveniently looks away so that they may all continue to remain in power. Yet, no dharma permits such adharma that allows the evil of corruption to thrive. In our country, the laws have been so framed that any investigation may be strangled by the Government at any step.

For example, according to the CVC Act the CBI cannot start any investigation against any officer of the level of Joint Secretary and above, which would include Ministers, without the Government’s sanction that can come only after the matter has been investigated. Thus, the CBI or any anti-corruption agency is left to deal with peons and clerks or junior officials at best, when everybody knows that the rot starts at the top.

The UPA Government went all out to save former Telecommunications Minister A Raja for nearly14 months, till such time the Supreme Court took over the monitoring of investigations into the 2G Spectrum scam. Only after that was A Raja arrested and a case registered against him. Three months later, Kanimozhi was also put behind bars. Now, the politicians are making a fine distinction between what is moral and what is legal as a subterfuge to escape punishment for their crimes. The Government, of course, is still doing its best to save the thieves and robbers, especially if they happen to belong to the ruling alliance. The only barrier that stands in its way is the judiciary.

This is not the case only in India; it is the same the world over. The famous American journalist Frank I Cobb once said about the US what is now equally applicable to India: “If the author of the Declaration of Independence were to utter such a sentiment today, the Post Office Department could exclude him from the mail, grand juries could indict him for sedition and criminal syndicalism, legislative committees could seize his private papers … and United States Senators would be clamouring for his deportation that he… should be sent back to live with the rest of the terrorists.”

The system today continues to be unjust to the masses with the result that people with lots of money and the ability to afford expensive lawyers often go unpunished. Regarding the Government’s indifference to the criminal justice system, the Supreme Court recently said, “The criminal justice system has been destroyed by the Government. They are not providing (adequate) funds to the police and the courts.” The observation only proves that the Government has actually done more than enough to bail out criminals, contrary to what Mr Karunanidhi would like to believe.

Moreover, by ensuring that the CBI remains under-staffed and hamstrung, the Government has significantly weakened its main anti-corruption agency as well. According to the CBI’s data, some 915 posts at the executive officers level — these include positions for Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, Deputy Superintendents of Police, Superintendents of Police, Deputy Inspectors-General, Additional and Special Directors, Law Officers — are currently vacant. Hence, Mr Karunanidhi’s charge that the Union Government has not done enough to save his daughter does not stand up to scrutiny.

The only reason why Kanimozhi is in jail is because her case is being directly monitored by the Supreme Court. Once a case comes under the scrutiny of the judiciary, the Government has no say and cannot even direct the CBI. However, the abuse and misuse of the police and other law enforcement agencies will continue unless they are given a constitutional status. But we can only dream about such things since no politician would like to place a noose around his or her own neck. The State Governments have not even implemented the September 2006 directives of the Supreme Court for minimum reforms within the police department.

Mr Karunanidhi’s statements thus reflect the mindset of today’s politicians who, like our erstwhile colonial rulers, are habituated to using the police as puppets to implement their wishes as was evident during the eviction of Baba Ramdev and his supporters from Delhi — they had gathered to protest against corruption and press their demand that the Government should bring back the black money stashed in safe havens abroad.

It is a fact that fighting corruption has never been on the agenda of any political party. Though there are some honest politicians, most others use black money to fund their election campaign. This is done with the explicit help of the Government. Therefore, it is the Government’s duty to ensure that everyone declares their source of income. But perhaps it is never going to happen. So anybody who leads a movement against black money and corruption would be doing a signal service.

Many people say that democracy does not work. Of course it works. But we are the ones who have to make it work.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/345368/The-adharma-of-politicians.html

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