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मधर्स डे- दुसरो को नीचा दिखाने से आप महान नहीं बन सकते।

A post circulating in Bharat about Mother’s Day and my response.  – Gaurang Vaishnav

विदेशो में एक महिला 2 या तीन शादी करती है और पुरुष भी। इसलिए उनकी संताने 14 पंद्रह साल के होने के बाद अलग रहने लगते हैऔर उनके जैविकमाता पिता अपनी अपनी अलग अलग जिंदगी जीते है।इसलिए बच्चे साल में एक बार अपने माता या पिता से मिलने जाते है क्यों कि
उनके माता पिता तो साथ रहते * *नहीं है इसलिए माता को मिलने का अलग दिन निर्धरित किया है *और उसी तरह पिता से मिलने का अलग दिन।
जो मदर्स डे और फादर्स डे के नाम से जाने जाते है।
भारत में हम बच्चे अपने माता और पिता के साथ ही रहते है और वो दोनों भी पूरी जिंदगी अपने बच्चों के साथ रहते है।
इसलिये यहाँ हर दिन माता पिता का है।

उन्हें साल के एक दिन की जरुरत नहीं है।
माँ को याद करने के लिए किसी “मदर डे” की जरुरत नहीं , हिन्दू धर्म में तो माँ के कदमो में ही स्वर्ग बताया गया है।
यह मदर डे के चोचले तो उनके लिए है जो साल में एक बार अपनी माँ को याद करने का बहाना।

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Response:

दुसरो को नीचा दिखाने से आप महान नहीं बन सकते।
यह बात इतनी सरल नहीं है जैसे की इस पोस्ट में बताया गया है| पश्चिम में हर व्यक्ति एक से ज्यादा बार विवाह नहीं करता| संतान भी उच्च महाविद्यालय का शिक्षण संपूर्ण होने पर ही अपना घर बनाते है; जो संतान उच्च महाविद्यालय नहीं जाते, वो आजीविका का प्रबंध होने के बाद ही विभक्त होते हैं| यह एक सम्पूर्णत: मुर्ख निवेदन है की Mother’s Day और Father’s Day पर ही संतान अपने माता या पिता को मिलने जाते है| औसत: विवाह होने के पश्चात भी संतान और उनका कुंटुंब माँ-बाप को मिलने के लिए समय समय पर आते ही रहते हैं| कई घरो में संतान विभक्त होने के बाद भी उनका शयन कक्ष उनके लिए ही आरक्षित रखा जाता है और जब भी वो घर आते है तब उनका निवास वही होता है| मैं ऐसे परिवारों को जानता हूँ जहां वृद्ध या अपंग माता/पिता की सेवा के लिये पुत्री अविवाहित रही हो|
 
यह बात नहीं कि यहाँ के समाज में कौटुंबिक समस्या नहीं हैं| यहाँ की समस्याऐं भारत की तुलना में अधिक गंभीर है पर हमारे समाज का समाधान हम उन पर थोप नहीं सकते क्योंकि दोनों समाज की अवधारणा में मुलत: भिन्नता है| पश्चिम का समाज अधिकाधिक व्यक्ति-स्वातंत्र्य को महत्व देता है और पूर्व की संस्कृति संयुक्त कुंटुंब को प्राधान्य देता है जिस में व्यक्ति-स्वातंत्र्य को गौण माना गया है|
 
अमेरिका में ४६ वर्ष के निवास के पश्चात मैं इतना शीखा हुं कि कोई भी समाज व्यवस्था से परे रह कर या उसे जिये बिना उसके लिये सामान्यीकरण (generalization) करना नितांत बालोचित (childish) है| 
 
मुझे बड़ा दुःख होता है जब मैं यह देखता हूँ कि बहुधा हमारा समाज अन्य देश, अन्य धर्म या अन्य समाज व्यवस्था को किसी माहिती या अभ्यास और चितन के बिना ही नीचा दिखाने मैं विकृत आनंद लेता है और ऐसा करने से ही भारत की सर्वश्रेष्ठता प्रतिपादित हो जाती है ऐसे भ्रम में राचते है|  
 
यह सच बात है की भारत को पश्चिम के रीत रिवाज और उत्सव-दिनो को अंधतापूर्वक अनुकरण करने की कोई आवश्यकता नहीं है पर यह भी कटु सत्य है कि  social media में भारत के और हिन्दू संस्कृति के अथाग गुणगान होने के  पश्चात भी लाखो माँ-बाप या तो वृद्धाश्रम में है या उनके संतान उनके क्षेमकुशल की चिंता नहीं करते|  
 
वैश्विकरण की विपरीत असर तो हो के ही रहेगी| यह हमारा दुर्भाग्य है की हम अभी भी पश्चिम से अनुशाशन, समय का सन्मान, वाहन चलाने में आत्मसंयम, ग्राहक के प्रति संवेदना, स्वछता, अन्य की असुविधा का विचार, मातृभाषा का गौरव और दैनिक व्यवहार में उपयोग,एक राष्ट्र भावना, लोकशाही का संवर्धन आदि अच्छे गुण हमारे वैयक्तिक और सामाजिक जीवन में आत्मसात करना नहीं चाहते हैं पर कॉलेज डे, चोकोलेट डे, रोज़ डे, वेलेंटाइन डे, मर्स डे, फाधर्स  डे, सांता क्लॉस, क्रिस्टमस और आंग्ल नव वर्ष का उत्सव, विवाह के पहले ही कौमार्यभंग, समलैंगिकता, नशीले पदार्थों का सेवन, इत्यादि को बिना सोचे समझे अपना रहे हैं और इस में गौरव भी लेते है|  अस्तु! 
 
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Ujjal Dosanjh: Dear Donald Trump, you are an illegitimate President-elect;

http://indianexpress.com/article/blogs/dear-donald-trump-you-are-an-illegitimate-president-elect-you-will-be-a-less-than-legitimate-president-4472380/

Dear Donald Trump, you are an illegitimate President-elect; you will be a less than legitimate President

By Ujal Dosanjh

(Dosanjh is former Premier of British Columbia, and former Canadian Minister of Health.)

Dear Donald, you and your surrogates have been noxiously complaining that the US Democrats are raising the bogey of Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to delegitimise your electoral victory and undermine your presidency. I am a citizen of the increasingly smaller world: A Canadian citizen; and by heritage an Indian of India. I am baffled how one undermines something already illegitimate. I thought I should let you know well before your swearing in that as far as many Americans and people across the world are concerned your Presidency is void ab initio. You are an illegitimate President-Elect; and you will be an illegitimate President. Stop complaining about it. Just grin and bear it.

And you may ask why?

Where do you want me to start?

For beginners, as one who had sought to undermine the Presidency of a duly elected Barack Obama by leading the most disgusting chorus of the Birther Lie against the first black president in the history of the USA, you don’t deserve to be the President, and that too as the standard bearer of the party of the slayer and abolisher of slavery, Abraham Lincoln.

You campaigned on “draining the swamp” of the rich and powerful in Washington. That appears to have been another one of your grotesque lies because your proposed cabinet is full of billionaires and multimillionaires quite at home, and used to swimming, in the swamp of which they are an integral part.

Your electoral college victory was founded upon a campaign of hate and racism against Muslims and Mexicans that appealed to the latent racism of quite a significant section of white Americans still undoubtedly harbouring racism, fear of the other and economic anxieties afflicting them leading them to buy your snake oil of how everything will be fine when you ban all Muslims from entering the country, set up a mandatory registry for American Muslims, instantly deport 11 million Mexicans from the USA back into Mexico and build a wall on the border with Mexico. You lied to the American people that you will make Mexico pay for the wall which you are now asking Americans to pay for. And we are happy that it will be less than a wall; but still another lie.

To make matters worse you have told scores of other monstrous, consequential and inconsequential lies in your lifetime and in the campaign. So much so that it compelled James Warren writing in Vanity Fair to label you “the least honest politician alive”. And even after getting elected you haven’t stopped lengthening the already too long a screed of lies.
I confess Hillary Clinton was not the greatest opponent you could have faced. She had excessive baggage from years of being in the public and political domains: the history the Clinton Foundation, her own emails from her time as Secretary of State and much more. According to the report of the US intelligence, in came the Russians with the clear intent to sow distrust in the US election process, hurt the Clinton candidacy and help yours, their preferred candidate. The Russians hacked the DNC and other Clinton related emails and conspired with the Wikileaks to strategically release such materials during the campaign. The drip-drip of the Russian hacked and Wikileaks released material effectively damaged Clinton’s chances of beating you; Russia put its thumb on the scale to help you, their favourite candidate; you became Russia’s “Manchurian” candidate. Russia didn’t interfere with the voting machines or the tallying of the votes. But it certainly did interfere with and influence the election in your favour. With Russia’s clear and covert help, you defeated Clinton.

There are as yet unsubstantiated claims that the Russians possess a dossier of compromising personal and other information on you with which, if true, you could be subject to blackmail endangering the national security of the United States of America. The intelligence chiefs felt the information, though unproven, was germane enough to their duty to protect USA and its government that they briefed President Obama and you on it. The briefing material was leaked but according to the intelligence chiefs not by them or their organisations. You had a hissy fit during what the Guardian described as a train wreck of a press conference, and compared your intelligence chiefs to the Nazis. Such irresponsible conduct is more proof that you aren’t fit to be the President of the most powerful country on earth.

Mind you, Russia isn’t unique in the world in trying to subvert other nation’s politics and governments. American governments have been no international angels. They have encouraged countless coups and revolts and interfered in elections all over the world. The government s your country helped come to power in other countries were equally illegitimate, be it the Shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines or Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

Russian interference and influence in the US election in your favour, more than the lies and hate you spewed, has certainly meant the demise of your presidency’s legitimacy at its very beginning. Your campaign of lies, hate and racism along with the well documented help you received from the Russians in damaging your opponent has made yours an illegitimate presidency.

But you, your supporters and surrogates argue the fact that you have been elected should be the end of discussion; perhaps so, particularly because the American electorate has never been considered to be well informed and aware anyway. As the late Gore Vidal once lamented, “Half of the Americans have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half”.

So the world is the poorer for having to live with your less than legitimate Presidency. Do us a favour: Just grin and bear it.

The views expressed by the author are personal. Dosanjh is former Premier of British Columbia, and former Canadian Minister of Health.

 

 

अनहोनी को होनी कर दे होनी को अनहोनी- from March 18, 2005 to June 8, 2016

अनहोनी को होनी कर दे होनी को अनहोनी.
 
March 18, 2005
U.S. Embassy Pulls India Official’s Visa
U.S. Embassy Revokes Visa of Top India State Official for Allegedly Violating Religious Freedom
 
The Associated Press
 
NEW DELHI Mar 18, 2005 — The U.S. Embassy on Friday denied a visa to the Hindu nationalist chief minister of India’s western Gujarat state over his role in 2002 religious riots. India slammed the decision, saying it showed a “lack of courtesy and sensitivity.”
 
Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a leader of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, was denied a diplomatic visa to travel to the United States and his existing tourist/business visa was revoked, a U.S. embassy spokesman said.
 
March 18, 2005 10:00 PM
 
Representatives of 70 organizations meet under the leadership of Shri Sunil Nayak, President of IANA at his Ramada Inn for an emergency meeting to decide the fate of a previously well planned and publicized event of Modiji’s reception and talk at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden on March 20. I represented Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America.
 
It is decided unanimously to continue with the program and work out in haste a live video link with Gandhinagar for Modiji to address the audience in New York.
 
We all go home after 1:00 AM not to rest or sleep but to start an email campaign to let the community know that the program was “on” and to circulate a petition and letter campaign to the US President against denying a visa to a democratically elected leader of a state in Bharat.
 
March 19, 2005
 
Intense work by all volunteers across the country on 19th and 20th.
 
March 20, 2005 7:00 PM
 
The program is scheduled on the evening of March 20, a working day. Madison Square Garden is booked. Cost? $100,000 for a four-hour slot. A technical team has been working day and night with Gandhinagar counterparts to arrange a seamless and glitch free, live, interactive video feed.
 
In the evening, heavy rains drench New York and surrounding areas. Working day, maddening rush hour traffic and the rains do not deter NRIs who are all up in arms against US State department’s unfair decision partly taken under pressure from the anti-Hindu, anti-Modi secular (!) brigade and fundamentalist Christian lobby that was at the receiving end when Modi government clamped down on fraudulent Christian conversions.
 
People come by busloads from the neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In no time the 4000 capacity auditorium is houseful.
 
A royal chair is at the center of the stage. It is not occupied. It symbolizes absence of Shri Narendra Modi. After some preliminaries, the giant screen comes alive and Modiji’s face appears on it. The crowd erupts in a frenzy with sustained applause for minutes.
 
Modiji is a study in equanimity. He is opposite of the crowd that is agitated and restless. He addresses the crowd with poise and dignity. Then Question-answer starts. I remember two of them vividly. (1) What is your reaction to the visa cancellation? (2) What do you see in the future?
 
Answer (1): I believe only in action, not in reaction.
Answer (2): I envision a day when Bharat would progress to a level where instead of us standing in line for an American visa, Americans will stand in line for a visa to Bharat.
 
Having known Narendrabhai from the early eighties as a Sangh Pracharak, and believing that he was guided by a divine power, I had argued then with disheartened colleagues and friends that one day, Narendrabhai would be the Prime Minister of Bharat.
 
Fast forward nine years to May 16, 2014
Narendrabhai leads BJP to an absolute majority in the national election, decimating the Congress.
 
May 26, 2014, 6:10 PM
 
Narendra Damodardas Modi takes oath as the Prime Minster of Bharat.
 
September 28, 2014 10:00 AM
 
Same Madison Square Garden where an audience of 4000 people looked at that empty chair reserved for Modiji on March 20, 2005, is filled to the brim with 19,000 NRIs. Hundreds of NRIs are looking at a giant live screen in the Times Square and still more than 10,000 are left without a ticket. Event? Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the Diaspora that had stood by him through thick and thin.
 
Fast forward—->
 
June 8, 2016, 11:00 AM
 
Location: US Capitol, Washington, DC
 
Audience: Joe Biden, Vice President, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House; Mich McConnell, Majority Senate Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Minority House Leader and all Senators and Congressmen. It is the joint session of the U.S. Congress.
 
Speaker? Narendra Damodardas Modi, the Prime Minster of Bharat.
 
He speaks for almost one hour, in English. No written notes, no teleprompter. No Uh, Humm or any verbal clutches. No disjointed thoughts. He touches upon the history of the USA, shared values of the USA and Bharat, Influence of American constitution on B.R. Ambedkar, influence of Gandhiji on Martin Luther King, Jr., contribution of NRIs to the USA, Yoga’s popularity in the USA, climate change and carbon footprint, rural and agro-economy of Bharat, defense cooperation, terrorism from across the border, etc.
 
He spoke from a position of strength- He said, “cooperation and not domination”, a hint to the USA that Bharat will work with it on equal footing, not as a subservient junior partner. He ended with a quote from the famous poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892):
 
‘The constraints of past are behind us and foundations of future are firmly in place…The Orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments; the baton has given the signal. And there is a new symphony in play.’
 
He improvised it by adding: ‘Our relationship is primed for a momentous future. The constraints of the past are behind us.’
 
By my count, Modiji got 58 applauses and eight standing ovations in his one-hour speech.
 
Nanredrabhai, we are proud of you- from 2005 to 2016, what a journey it has been! I wish you Godspeed in making all your dreams a reality. You are not alone. I and millions are with you. Jay Hind!NaMo Swearing In photo_IMG_7358

Poor Branding Is Not Pakistan’s Biggest Problem

This incisive article from an expert on South Asia affairs got 27 comments, 22 of which are from Pakistani Muslims. I have responded to 20 of them. Please read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aparna-pande/poor-branding-is-not-paki_b_8328442.html

Posted: 10/19/2015 12:27 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2015 12:59 pm EDT

PAKISTAN NAWAZ

In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21-23, Pakistan’s public relations machinery has gone into over-drive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States. Americans are expected to overlook everything that has happened in the past — from the notorious Dr A.Q. Khan’s nuclear proliferation to support for the Afghan Taliban to the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad — and embrace this ‘important, valuable and strategic ally’ of the United States.

A recent piece on the Forbes website, titled “Pakistan-U.S. Nuclear Weapons Talks May Lower Chance Of Nuclear War With India” argues that Pakistan should be given a civil nuclear deal similar to the one given to India in 2005. The article builds upon a Washington Post column by David Ignatius who sought to remind Americans that they cannot afford to forget Afghanistan and Pakistan and in the process hinted at a civil nuclear deal, much coveted by Islamabad, as a means of winning over the trust of Pakistan.

The Ignatius piece was clearly an attempt to reignite interest in Pakistan at a time when Washington appears almost to have forgotten the nuclear-armed country where US marines located and killed Osama bin Laden only four years ago. But the Forbes article went farther in painting Pakistan as a victim of American foreign policy amnesia and was written by a University of Baltimore Professor, Charles Tiefer, who is not exactly known for direct expertise on South Asian affairs.

Forbes.com allows contributors to write and post directly on the website, which is whyan expert in government contracts, as Prof. Tiefer is described on the University of Baltimore website, could indulge his love for Pakistan without editorial scrutiny. In the last five months, Forbes.com has had four articles on Pakistan and all of them have been positively disposed -almost to the point of being puff pieces. That is absolutely the opposite of how other media outlets have been reporting on Pakistan for a while.

An earlier Forbes piece by Tiefer, in 2015 titled ‘Today’s India-Pakistan Armed Tensions – Will New U.S. Military and Nuclear Aid to Modi Inflame Them?‘ argued that the United States should not see India as a counterweight to China as that would “inflame India-Pakistan armed tensions.” Had the professor known as an expert in government contracts argued that it would be bad for U.S. government contracts, at least he would have been simply making a wrong argument about his own subject. In this instance, he only revealed his ignorance of the history of U.S.-Pakistan and U.S.-India relations.

The Americans provided Pakistan with weapons to fight communism from the 1950s to the 1980s. The Reagan administration hoped a militarily strong Pakistan would feel sufficiently secure to keep its promise of not building nuclear weapons. Instead, Pakistan used American weaponry to initiate wars against India in 1965, 1971, and 1999, failing to win any of them and running back to the US to ask for more assistance. Pakistan’s covert war against India continues unabated.

Since 9/11, Pakistan has received $23 billion in civilian and military assistance ostensibly to fight terrorists while the US State Department remains unable to certify to Congress that it is, in fact, acting against all terrorist groups operating from Pakistan’s soil. Unlike Pakistan, the US has no complaints against India of harboring global Jihadi terrorists or of exporting nuclear material to third countries. India’s bilateral trade with the US ($50 billion in 2014) is ten times the size f Pakistan’s trade with the US ($5 billion). Still Mr. Tiefer argues that the US should not give ‘military aid’ to India to keep Pakistan on America’s side.

Ironically, India has rarely sought or received American military aid, with notable exceptions like in the aftermath of the 1962 India-China war. India is not asking for and the US is not giving India military and nuclear aid. Instead India is purchasing American defense equipment that will help American companies and provide jobs to Americans. More importantly India has never used any weapon – bought or given- through a terrorist proxy ever, even against China or Pakistan.

Moreover, no Indian military operation has ever caused the death of Americans, whereas Pakistan’s policy in Afghanistan has led to numerous American deaths, both civilian and military. Mr. Tiefer nonchalantly writes that the various Pakistan jihadi groups like Lashkar e Taiba and Haqqani network “work with Pakistan’s powerful intelligence service, ISI” but does not see that as reason for the US to shun Pakistan.

He argues that if the United States continues siding with India against China this will “antagonize Pakistan” and lead “the potentially scariest confrontation in the world.” In effect, he is saying that Pakistan’s sponsorship of jihadi groups should not come in the way of it being an American ally but the US must not ally with India because of Pakistan’s fear of India!!

The naiveté is hardly limited to the security arena. In August 2015, Forbes ran an article asking for a dramatic overhaul of US-Pakistan ties and pitching a US-Pakistan Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). Another Forbes article attempted to sell Pakistan’s threat of going deeper into China’s embrace, changing the entire region around it, and insinuating that the United States should compete with China in currying Pakistan’s favor.

The author of the first article, titled ‘Pakistan: The Next Colombia Success Story?’ Daniel Runde, too was a novice as far as knowledge of Pakistan is concerned. Had he worked on Pakistan for any length of time he would have known that Pakistan is the only American ally that has failed to sustain significant growth or human development even after receiving more than $40 billion in US aid since 1950.

Mr. Runde should have examined why US aid to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and even Europe under the Marshal Plan catalyzed their economies into self-sustaining growth while the largesse towards Pakistan only increased Pakistan’s dependence. The reason lies more in how Pakistan spent that money, in how its military and intelligence service view their ties with the US and in how disproportionately large the military is to the size of the country’s economy and any real threats it faces.

Mr. Runde suggests, that Pakistan suffers from “a terrible country brand.” But certain harsh realities persist and are not just a ‘branding’ problem. The politicized Pakistan army may have conducted some military operations against militants responsible for attacks inside Pakistan but the Pakistani army is still following its old policy of sparing terrorists targeting India, Afghanistan and the United States. Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Premier Sharif on National Security and foreign affairs, has openly asked, “Why should Pakistan target militants that do not threaten the country’s security?

Despite dealing with Pakistan for decades some Americans still seem to believe they can change Pakistan’s behavior by giving in to its demands or responding favorably to its PR efforts. Pakistan needs to change its militarized national mindset and is more likely to reform under fear of international isolation than in response to praise based on falsehoods. Both the U.S. and Pakistan might benefit more from recognizing the history of the relationship and correcting their course substantively instead of obsessing only about appearances.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy at Global Indian Business Council

GIBC (Global Indian Business Council) and GIBV (Global Indians for Bharat Vikas) work in tandem to speed up development of Bharat.

GIBC hosts Dr. Subramanian Swamy at networking dinner & seminar

GIBC Directors with Dr. Swamy.

Atlanta, GA: Over 150 Atlantans attended the economic seminar hosted by the Global Indian Business Council (GIBC) on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Global Mall, Norcross, GA. A networking Dinner at the Ashiana Banquet Hall followed the seminar addressed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and well-known economist.

Dressed in his traditional kurta (loose shirt), Dr. Swamy enumerated the opportunities opened by the 18-month-old government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking with his usual wit and candor, Dr. Swamy used deep historical knowledge and current economic figures to elaborate his own vision of economic growth of India. He explained the importance and the need for ensuring a level playing field to balance an unfair advantage to MNCs due to cheap and easily accessible Capital in USA and relatively cheap labor and logistics in India. He observed the US multi-national companies could borrow capital at 3% in USA for investment in India and take advantage of cheap Indian labor. On the other hand,India’s own small retail traders face a staggering 12% interest rates within India rendering them incapable of competition with the MNCs from overseas. Yet when it comes to allowing the Indian construction companies to compete/borrow capital in the US market by bringing with them their own lower-paid workforce fromIndia, theUSimmigration offices balk at the thought of cheap labor entering from India.

He added, “The foreign direct investment lately has brought unique technologies and fostered innovation in India, primarily due to open heart welcome by the Indian government.” Swamy pointed out that 65% of the growth in the European Industrial Revolution as well as in the more recent American electronics and communications-based industrial revolutions came from innovation, versus less than 35% of India’s Soviet-style development until 1990. Swamy emphasized that India enjoys a huge Demographic Dividend presently with an average age of only 26 years compared to over 40 in Europe and Japan and 37 in the USA. The challenge for India thus is to educate this young population and inculcate risk-taking innovations and entrepreneurship in them. Using the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) logic, a US dollar is an equivalent to Rs. 24, which hitherto puts, India among the top 5 economies in the world. With China possibly encountering problems similar to those faced by Japan for several decades in the past, India could even rise to become the #2 economy, second only to the United States projected Swamy. Both the US and Indian democracies share the open, transparent structures that are vital to innovation and advancement.

Dr. Swami argued for abolishing the income tax in India, which mostly burdens only the working middle classes and particularly the young professionals.. The annual loss in revenue to the exchequer from the income tax cuts could be easily made up by fairly auctioning communication spectrum and coal rights at market rates. He reiterated that additionally far more investment resources could be freed by bringing back illegally accumulated holdings in offshore accounts in some 70 nations if the Government of India showed the resolve without corruption.

Dr Subramanian Swamy with Consul General Nagesh Singh (R). Photos by Vakiti Creations.

Earlier, welcoming Dr. Swamy, GIBC President-elect Dhiru Shah, praised him for his relentless challenges against corruption in India and for his advocacy in support for economic reforms to liberate the Indian economy from its socialist dogmas and needless bureaucratic shackles. Shah also thanked Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India for his leadership and for making the Consulate General of India (CGI) Atlanta inclusively accessible in its outreach to the entire Indian American community in the Southeast USA.

Outlining the mission of GIBC, Shah stated that GIBC was launched in 2014 in Atlanta with a clear objective of facilitating global economic development with emphasis on India through business, trade and commerce. GIBC has already organized three successful economic seminars in Atlanta and one full day seminar in Ahmedabad in January 2015. To help the US and foreign companies to navigate the Indian rules and regulations, GIBC opened its first full-fledged office in Ahmedabad, India earlier in January 2015.  A second office in New Delhi is to be opened in the immediate future. Collaborations with business chambers in Australia have also been setup, while other similar ventures are in the works.

Introducing CG Nagesh Singh, GIBC VP Ashwin Patel remarked that CG has inspired and won hearts of the Atlanta community with initiatives within two months of his arrival. In his remarks, CG Nagesh Singh welcomed Dr. Swamy adding “Since the time I was in university, I have admired you for all the qualities mentioned by my predecessors but I admired you most was for is that you give it as good as you get.”

Another guest speaker, Sahil Jaggi, International Marketing manager of Atlanta-based United Parcel Service, spoke of the global shipping company’s large and fast-growing presence in India. He praised the initiatives that have made huge improvements in customs clearance and logistics in India, and was optimistic about strides in streamlining the processes and logistics.

GIBC’s Subash Razdan, with his characteristic humor, introduced Dr. Swamy as the charismatic and dashing American-trained professor who had inspired his generation at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) inDelhiduring his stint at IIT as the Head of the Humanities Department in the early 1970s.

During the Q&A session, CG Nagesh Singh pointed to the growing India-USA initiatives to boost education in India, including an exchange program with US-based experts. He pointed to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley and his summit with President Obama as moves in the right direction to facilitate these endeavors. In response to the plight of the farmers, Dr. Swamy pointed to the need to empower Indian farmers with aggressive use of technology to open up global markets for them.

Sushumna Chander acknowledged with thanks all the Sponsors of the GIBC event including Ravi Chander, CEO of Softpath-Systems Atlanta, Dr. Ravi Sarma Medical Doctor of the Suburban Hematology-Oncology Associates and one of the pioneers of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale, Nagesh Kassam, an IT engineer, who coordinates the Patanjali Yog Peeth/Ayurveda store at Global Mall, Vinay Bopana, software engineer/volunteer for the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and many others

Raman Gandhi was the emcee for the evening.

The End of the Death Penalty in USA?

A lengthy but interesting read from Slate:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/07/death_penalty_at_the_supreme_court_kennedy_may_vote_to_abolish_capital_punishment.single.html

Recent Supreme Court opinions suggest there are five votes to abolish capital punishment.

Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Prize decoded – NitiCentral

My note:

Hold your Applauses. “Nobel” is not necessarily noble!

Notes from a colleague, SD:

India needs to understand the ways of the West, particularly evangelical enterprise.    Arvind Kejriwal is in our recent memory.   Satyarthi maybe a genuine guy with not so desirable Marxist connections, but evangelical enterprise modus operandi is to identify activists, give them awards and lift them up at the cost of many others who could be doing much greater work and make the activists beholden to their agenda.  What is so disturbing is World Vision, the largest missionary enterprise congratulating him as a partner!!! World Vision has also the dubious record of day light murdering of Swami Laxmananda and his associates after attempting several times.  Here is quote Hindu in March 13, 2001 on scale of evangelical enterprise (which was not under the same leadership as now):

(for interested readers)
Christian missionary enterprise presentation:
World Vision murder of Swami Laxmananda (see images)
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SANKRANT SANU | OCT 12, 2014

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Kailash Satyarthi seems deeply involved in Western evengelical institutional structures.

Kailash Satyarthi seems deeply involved in Western evengelical institutional structures.

The announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for Kailash Satyarthi was somewhat of a shock. Firstly he was practically unknown within India with journalists and others all shaking their heads and asking “Satyarthi who?” Secondly, the announcement from the Norwegian Nobel Committee was both politically charged and condescending:

The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.

The announcement draws on the old theme of Western “parity” between India and Pakistan, and then calls out the purportedly “Hindu” and “Muslim” affiliations of the awardees. Now, going back at least 10 years we did not find the religion of the awardees mentioned in the Nobel Peace Prize announcement. Barack Obama is not called out as a Christian, nor are the affiliations of Marti Ahtisaari, Al Gore, Mohammad Yunus, or any of the other awardees called out. Why the necessity to call out Satyarthi as a Hindu?

Not that Satyarthi is, by any stretch, a Hindu leader. In fact, Ellen Barry, writing in the New York Times, explicitly points out that he is a Marxist. Here is my exchange with her:

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The long-standing friend and colleague that Barry cites is Simon Steyne. Simon Steyne, according to a report in the Telegraph was a Marxist and “A former militant schoolboy who was once considered so dangerous that his activities were investigated by MI5 is working as a senior official for the Trades Union Congress.” Steyne was vice-chairman of the Schools Action Union, an organisation of militants, “An extreme Maoist group” that Steyne himself described as a “”Marxist-Leninist-Liberal broad front”. In any case, all this Steyne says, is in the past.

Would the Nobel Prize Committee call out a Marxist in the West as a “Christian” just as it calls Satyarthi as a “Hindu.” It appears on the lines of “thou protesteth too much”, unusually calling out a religious affiliation of someone who is clearly not properly identified with that label. What exactly are they trying to hide?

Speaking of religious affiliation, it looks like there is another nexus at play.  Of the congratulations Satyarthi got, one came from World Vision who identified him as a “partner.”

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World Vision is powerful evangelical organisation that makes no secret of its Christian affiliation and agenda. Satyarthi partnering with World Vision brings the classic Breaking India nexus into play—using Indian Leftists to pave the way for evangelism mission in India. World Vision declined to provide additional details of their relationship. “Project Rescue:” that aims to bring trafficked children “to Jesus” is another potential link. Other Christian evangelical websites such as “Rivers of Hope”, referenced Satyarthi’s  Bachpan Bachao Andolan rescues, though their exact relationship remained unclear.

Jaya Jaitley, in an NDTV interview after the Nobel was announced, also gave a less-than-glowing review of Satyarthi. Apparently she was quite familiar with his work from the 1980s before he got the Nobel, but she “found the selection of awards rather strange.”

She also mentioned that “we hadn’t heard much about his work lately. He has gotten a lot of international awards and there are some cynical comments on how these awards are selected.” There were many people working on the issue of child labour and Satyarthi’s work was not particularly notable. She called out Swami Agnivesh, who Satyarthi“trained with” as the one who brought this issue to the fore and was the prime mover. It is unlikely a saffron-clad “Hindu” would be given the Nobel, however.

If we take a look at the list of awards that Satyarthi has received, Jaitley’s contention is certainly borne out.

– Defenders of Democracy Award (2009-USA)

– Alfonso Comin International Award (2008-Spain)

– Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy)

– Heroes Acting to End Modern Day Slavey by US State Department (2007-USA)

– Freedom Award (2006-USA)

– In October 2002, Satyarthi was awarded the Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan in recognition of his courageous humanitarian work against the exploitation of child labor.

– Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Award (1999-Germany)

– La Hospitalet Award (1999-Spain)

– De Gouden Wimpel Award (1998-Netherlands)

– Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1995-USA)

– The Trumpeter Award (1995-USA)

– The Aachener International Peace Award (1994-Germany)

Germany, USA, Spain and Italy are certainly prominent among the countries from which these awards originate. Also the US State Deparment has both awarded Satyarthi and funded his Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) during the Bush era.

Finally, Megha Bahree writes in Forbes that her experience with Satyarthi’s Bachpan Bachao Andolan was “Anything But Nobel-Worthy.”  She mentions being taken by a BBA representative on a “tour” to show her child labour for a story she was doing. But none of the places she took her had child labor, till he finally asked her to wait and presented a situation with looked fake to her journalistic eyes. As she pointed out “the problem is that the more children you show “rescued”, the more funds you get from foreign donors.” On that account BBA appeared to be doing rather well. According to Madhu Kishwar, as far back as 12 years ago, he was funded $2 million dollars by US and German foundations.

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Kailash Satyarthi has no doubt done some good work.  At the same time he also appears to be deeply embedded in Western institutional structures and sources of funding for a long time.  But he also has his local supporters.  He has received an endorsement from Dr. Vaidik, who also claims to know him for long.  Dr. Vaidik says that Satyarthi is not self-promotional and keep a simple lifestyle. On the other hand it is difficult to reconcile the slew of largely foreign awards, criticism of peers and charges of inflating numbers with the endorsement of lack of self-promotion.

The verdict is still out on Satyarthi and the Nobel on whether he is a hero manufactured by Western institutions for their own interests or a simple, unassuming human rights worker. Given the pattern of funds, the less than stellar endorsement from peers, his Marxist leanings coming with a “Hindu” tag and relationships with evangelical organizations such as World Vision, we should take our newly minted hero with a grain of salt.

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Sankrant Sanu

Sankrant Sanu is an entrepreneur, writer and researcher based in Seattle and Gurgaon. His essays were published in the book “Invading the Sacred” that contested Western academic writing on Hinduism and is a popular writer and blogs at sankrant.org. He is a graduate of IIT Kanpur and the University of Texas and holds six technology patents.

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