Ashada Krishna 1 Vik Samvat 2068. Yugabda 5113: June 16, 2011

1. FESTIVAL: Vyas/Guru Puja is celebrated on Ashadha Poornima falling on July 15 this year. The Guru in the Hindu tradition is looked upon as an embodiment of God himself. It was the great sage Vyas, son of a fisherwoman, who classified the accumulated spiritual knowledge of the Vedas under four heads – Rig, Yajur, Saama and Atharva. He composed Brahma-sootras to explain the background of Vedas. Mahabharat and Bhaagvata are also his priceless contributions. He is looked upon as the supreme preceptor of mankind. Offering of worship to him signifies the worship of all the preceptors of all times.
Great sages and saints have been the spiritual and religious preceptors to countless individuals. But all of them have been mortals. No mortal can be a permanent guide for the entire nation for all time to come. The preceptor for a whole society should be able to act as a perennial source of inspiration to the people, embodying the highest and the noblest national values and ethos. To the Hindu people, such a Guru can be no other than the sacred Bhagava Dhwaja. In RSS shakhas on Guru Poornima day after dhwajarohan and dhwaja pranam, all participants stand in daksha while the seniormost adhikari worships Bhagava Dhwaja and offers dakshina. Worship and dakshina – offering by others follow.
2. GOVT SHOULDN'T HAVE SNAPPED DIALOGUE WITH BABA - BHAGWATJI: "This is not done in a democracy. People had gathered on Ramlila Maidan on their own to support a social cause. Baba Ramdev was only leading them and voicing peoples' concerns,” said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat on June 7 condemning the midnight attack by government agencies on the peacefully assembled protesters demanding end to corruption and bringing back of black money stashed abroad.
"The agitation was non-political and it did not target any party or individuals. The government should not have humiliated the yoga guru and beaten up women and children. Many said the incident was reminiscent of Jallianwala Bagh and the Emergency. He was addressing a massive gathering at the Reshimbagh grounds, Nagpur at the valedictory function of the 3rd year course of the RSS. Kanchi-Kamakoti Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati presided the function and Ganga Raju, a businessman and VHP functionary from Andhra Pradesh, was the chief guest.
Shri Bhagwat said the RSS had in its 'pratinidhi sabha' held at Puttur in March resolved to support the agitation of Anna Hazare and similar agitations aimed at eradicating corruption.
"By disrupting Baba's agitation, the government has snapped the channel of communication it had established with him. Even the government said it was in agreement with the issues raised by Ramdev. The differences were only on how to implement policies to check corruption and bring back the black money. Such a harsh action on Baba Ramdev and his followers was simply unwarranted," stressed Shri Bhagwat.
In a significant remark, he also said just a fresh set of laws and policies were not enough. The society and every individual should change. In this social change, moral values and ethics are crucial.
Shri Bhagwat also raised the issue of a draft of the anti-communal bill prepared by the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the UPA government. Wondering who gave the NAC authority to draft the proposed law. He alleged that the Bill was aimed at pitting one community against another and keep the communal pot boiling, adding that the bill was detrimental to the interests of Hindus.
The Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswati hailed the efforts of the RSS in building cadres wedded to the cause of Hinduism. Shri Raju expressed concern over rampant conversion activities by missionaries in Andhra Pradesh and said the RSS should spread its activities in every village of the southern state.
Friends of India Society International (FISI) and Overseas Friends of BJP, USA (OFBJP) have also condemned the shameful behaviour of Delhi police on devotees of Baba Ramdev.
In an opinion poll conducted by LensOnNews among a cross sectional sample of 850 respondents across four major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad – from June 7 to 9, as many as 78% of the respondents felt that the police action against the Baba was unwarranted, against only 17% who felt there may be some justification.
Bharatiya students in US have condemned the police action against yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters in New Delhi, saying the Government has lost “moral authority” and people’s faith.
3. BJP OBSERVES 24-HR SATYAGRAHA: A large number of BJP activists on June 6 participated in 'satyagraha' to protest the police action against Baba Ramdev and those who joined the movement launched by him against the government to bring back the black money to the country deposited in foreign banks.
The BJP said that the situation at Ramlila Grounds was like undeclared emergency in which fundamental rights of citizens were crushed. Ramdev's movement was very democratic and the police action against him and his followers was unconstitutional and in barbaric manner.
4. BABA FAST OVER, CRUSADE ON: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev broke his nine-day-old fast on June 12 by taking juice after the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met him at the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences for a third time. Later Baba’s companion Acharya Balkrishna announced that Baba has broken his fast but has taken a pledge to continue his crusade against corruption.
5. FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION SHOULD START FROM SCHOOLS – CBI chief: Referring to the ongoing high-profile corruption cases and campaigns against it, CBI Director Amar Pratap Singh on June 3 said that the fight against corruption should start from school level and teachers have a big role in it.
The CBI director was speaking at the annual police awards ceremony and DP Kohli (first Director of CBI) memorial lecture in Delhi. Singh also sought implementation of harsher punishments for police personnel engaged in fake encounter cases.
6. JUST PEACE – AN OXYMORON: RAM MADHAV: (World Council of Churches(WCC), a Geneva-based umbrella body of churches belonging to hundreds of denominations organised International Ecuminical Peace Convention from May 17 to 24 at Kingston, Jamaica.
RSS National executive member Shri Ram Madhav was invited to give the Hindu Response. He spoke at the Convention in Jamaica on May 20 along with a Muslim and a Jew representative coming from South Africa and Surinam respectively. Dissecting the theme ‘Just Peace’ he said, “ For the West, the word peace is derived from the Latin word ‘pax’ which literally means a pact, a contract, an agreement to end war or any dispute and conflict between two people, two nations or two antagonistic groups. Napoleon once quipped, “What is peace after all – it is just an interval between two wars”.
But for Hindus the concept of Shanti is divine; it is the natural state of our existence. For them peace without justice has no sense as whatever is divine is just too. In the name of justice there cannot be subjection and in the name of peace there cannot be impunity. Thus Just Peace, for a Hindu, is an Oxymoron.” (Visit for more details
7. FORMERLY BEGGERS, NOW DONORS: In Thakkalai of Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu, swayamsevaks asked two children to come to shakha. When they came, the swayamsevaks found that they were beggars and their parents were also involved in begging. Swayamsevaks asked the children whether they were interested in studying. They readily accepted and gave up their begging (which was their livelihood). Slowly transformation took place in the family also. Swayamsevaks asked the parents whether they were interested in going for a work. They happily accepted. Due to this, their regard for the Sangh slowly grew. When they came to know that the Sangh was involved in collecting money for the affected persons in Srilanka, they voluntarily came forward and happily donated Rs.300/-. Now, the whole family is transformed and is serving the other less privileged people.
8. BHARAT TEST-FIRES INDIGENOUS MISSILE PRITHIVI-II: Bharat on June 9 successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur as part of the user's trial by the Army.
"The indigenously developed missile mounted on a mobile launcher was test-fired from the launch complex-3 in the ITR at around 0905 hours and was fully successful."
'Prithvi', the first ballistic missile developed under the country's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), is propelled by liquid propulsion twin engine. With a length of nine meter and one meter diameter, Prithvi-II uses an advanced inertial navigation system with manoeuvrings trajectory.
9. DEVELOP HYPERSONIC VERSION OF CRUISE MISSILE, APJ KALAM: Former Rashtrapati and eminent defence scientist APJ Abdul Kalam on June 12 urged the BrahMos aerospace company to develop hypersonic version of the cruise missile and maintain its edge in this category of missile system. BrahMos missile, a joint venture of Bharat and Russia, travels at a speed of Mach 2.8 to 3.0 and can hit a target at 290 km and can be fired from land and sea. He was addressing a function in New Delhi to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the BrahMos missile.
BrahMos Aerospace chief A Sivathanu Pillai said BrahMos is a unique missile which can be configured for multiple types of platforms on land, on sea and underwater against different types of targets on land and sea.
10. SHIKSHIKA PRASHIKSHAN VARG IN USA: Northeast Sambhag had its first shikshika prashikshan varg at the Sadhu Vaswani Center in Massachusetts on May 28-29. 18 shiksharthis and 6 shikshikas including Bindu and Anisha from UK participated in the varg. Ma. Alkatai Inamdar National sah-karyavahika Rashtra sevika samiti was, on pravas to US was present in the varg.
Activities of the varg included how to conduct padvinyas, dand, yogchap, niyuddha, khel, yogasana; charchas on shikshika vyavhar and how to conduct an effective bauddhik. Avartan dhyan, workshops on developing new games and on Sangathan kaushal, vyavastha kaushal and bauddhiks were other ingredients of the garg.
11. DROUGHT-HIT CHINA TO DIVERT BRAHMAPUTRA?: China seems to be considering a new plan to divert Brahmaputra waters from the upper reaches as it battles hard with severe drought conditions, a development which has sparked fresh fears in Bharat about Chinese intentions.
While Beijing last year announced the construction of a $1.2-billion hydroelectric power station on the Brahmaputra (known as Yarlung Tsangpo in China), it maintains that this project will not impact the flow of water to downstream countries like Bharat and Bangladesh. While the dam is meant to deal with shortage of power in Tibet, China is said to be also considering diverting the waters in the upper reaches towards Xinjiang.
12. EKAL CONCERT IN NEW JERSEY: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation's (E.V.F.) benefit concert on June 4 by Bollywood singer and SA RE GA MA PA sensation ‘Manoj Mishra & Nirupama Dey Group’ at "Vrundavan Temple Auditorium" in Edison, N.J., was a smashing success. The enchanting musical duo took the audience down the memory lane by singing nostalgic melodies of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, MannaDey, Lata, Asha, and legendary Saigal. Prajna Khisti, President of NJ-Ekal Chapter, set the tone for the evening by quantifying illiteracy in modern Bharat and the efforts needed to eradicate it, during her flawless Power Point presentation about "Ekal Vidyalaya Project" (one-teacher school). Explaining the vicious cycle of illiteracy, poverty and exploitation, Dr. Yogendra Patel, demonstrated to the capacity crowd, how education could lead to empowerment and better quality life.
13. AGNI-V TEST SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER: Bharat has planned to test its most ambitious strategic missile Agni-V, with near ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) capabilities, this December.
With high road mobility, fast-reaction ability and a strike range over 5,000 km, Agni-V would even bring China's northernmost regions within its nuclear strike envelope if it is ever required.
14. TRANSPARENCY REVOLUTION: Headlines are now blaring about the mudslinging that's going on between anti-corruption activists and the government. But defence minister A K Antony - in remarks that might cause some discomfort to his colleagues in the Congress - has broached a longer-term outlook that's more positive. Renowned for his clean image - which stands out so much in today's atmosphere that some refer to him as St Antony - his current notion that the country is passing through a transparency revolution is significant.
Antony believes that the walls of secrecy are crumbling, even though many within the government and outside are not ready for the winds of change. Nonetheless, he concludes that the transparency revolution has reached critical mass and can't be stopped midway. The scenario Antony projects is optimistic, but plausible. Even if his statements are embarrassing for his colleagues, they may well be prophetic. The main reason why the anti-corruption movement may be more successful this time than on earlier rounds - Jayaprakash Narayan and V P Singh have campaigned before on similar issues - is the rise of the middle class.
Since the liberalisation of economy in the 1990s, economic growth has added to middle class numbers - those who are aspirational in character and well aware of their rights. Experiences worldwide inform us that it is this segment of society that forms the backbone of a modern democracy. This also explains why the old power structures defined by feudal aristocracy and crony capitalism are increasingly under pressure to reform. There is dwindling patience for politicians and babus who use corruption as a tool for personal aggrandisement. Scams such as those involving the sale of 2G spectrum or contracts for the Commonwealth Games are seen as loot of national wealth, rather than just an issue of impropriety.
In that sense, the UPA has sadly misjudged the political moment. In continuing with old-style politics focussed on entitlement, identity and patronage, it has invited the ire of the people. Civil society is no longer willing to be taken for granted or have the wool pulled over their eyes. Nevertheless, as Antony has pointed out, the political class has also played its role in ushering in greater transparency. For example, the UPA, in its first avatar, passed the Right to Information Act. As the electorate grows more aware and 24x7 media does its bit, politicians will be under greater pressure to perform. In the end, the battle against corruption will be fought and won in Parliament, not outside. But it is only by heeding the demand of civil society for greater probity that the government can redeem itself. (Editorial, Times of India, June 10, 2011)
15. MEDICINAL PLANTS TO GET GOOD QUALITY TAG : Bharat's wonder plants with medicinal properties will now come with a special "good quality tag" with the government putting in place a voluntary certification scheme for medicinal plant produce based on good agricultural practices and good field collection practices. This will enhance confidence in the quality of Bharat's medicinal plant produce and make available good quality raw material to the ayurvedic and herbal drugs industry.
Under the scheme, launched jointly by the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and the Quality Council of India (QCI), any producer/collector or group of producers/ collectors can obtain certification from a designated certification body (CB) and will be under regular surveillance of the certification body.
16. BHARAT BEEFS UP CHINA FRONT: Bharat is deploying spy drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and light observation helicopters along the borders with China to keep a hawk-eye on the stepped-up activities of People's Liberation Army.
The construction of over 5,500 "permanent defences and bunkers" along the borders is now being speeded up to ensure their completion within four to five years, under the Rs 9,243 crore military infrastructure development project approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security for the Eastern Army Command.
The Army is also pushing for a mountain strike corps after having raised two new mountain infantry divisions.
17. SUKANYA ROY WINDS 84TH SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE: How Do You Spell ‘cymotrichous’? No matter how you spell it, the word provides yet another feather in the cap of Bharatiya-Americans at the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest, as Sukanya Roy became the fourth consecutive Bharatiya-American, and the ninth Bharatiya American to win the title in the last 12 years.
Sukanya Roy, an eighth-grader at Abington Heights Middle School, won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 2 night, correctly spelling 'periscii' and 'cymotrichous' to win the title. She will will take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
18. ATHIRATHRAM LOWER WATER, SOIL CONTAMINATION: SCIENTISTS : The initial findings of a scientific study carried out during the Vedic ritual in Kerala show that the ancient Sanskrit chants, rites and smoke from the sacred fire accelerate germination of seeds in the vicinity and lower the level of microbe contamination in water and ambient soil. The ritual of 'Athirathram' was held in Panjal village in Thrissur district of Kerala from April 4-15.
The scientists researching the impact of the ritual on environment said the fire laced with herbs, wood, milk and the juice of Soma plant, the earliest known intoxicant, acted as a natural purifier. The Soma plant grows in abundance in the Western Ghats bordering Kerala.
The scientists led by V.P.N. Nampoori, former director of the International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), had planted three types of seeds - cowpea, green gram and Bengal gram - around the venue of the ritual.'The results showed that the growth was accelerated in the case of seeds on the western side of the altar in comparison to other sides. Microbial analysis carried out at distances between 500 metres to 1.5 km of the location of the ritual to count the bacterial colonies before and after the ritual found that 'ambient air and water was purer with low microbial count compared to normal circumstances'.
19. IITian’s MILLION DOLLOR GIFT FOR BHARAT CENTRE IN CANADA: Toronto-based IITian Vasudev Chanchlani has given a million dollars to help start a Bharatiya policy centre at Canada's University of Waterloo. The centre will be launched on June 8.
A multi-millionaire IIT Kanpur graduate, Chanchlani runs the Sigma Group of companies and VC Capital Management in Toronto.
The Chanchlani Centre "will undertake applied and topical policy research related to the Canada-Bharat relationship and collaborate with governments, universities, and community organisations across the country in promoting stronger ties between Bharat and Canada".
20. LAUNCHING THE FIRST HINDI MILITARY CHAPLAINCY: The Department of Defense has recently established the first Hindu Military Chaplain program in American history. Army Captain Pratima Dharm, who currently works as a Chaplain Clinician at Walter Reed Medical Center Hospital, took on her new role as the Army's first Hindu Chaplain as of May 16.
Chaplain Dharm, who holds degrees in Psychology and Theology, earned her commission in the U.S. Army in 2006 and in 2008 was selected for the Army's Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) while serving in Iraq. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War On Terrorism Service Medal.
21. KOREANS LEARNING HINDI: The Department of Linguistics of the Delhi University has been teaching Hindi to more than 60 Korean students each year. These students come from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) to study Hindi and Bharatiya culture. The students are taught to read, write and speak in Hindi with basic grammar.
22. PATENT ON DENGUE MEDICINE SOUGHT: Researchers at the Jodhpur-based Desert Medical Research Centre (DMRC) have developed a medicine to fight dengue and have sought a patent on the cure. According to official sources, researchers at the Centre affiliated to the Indian Medical Research Council, have developed this medicine from the latex of Aak (calopropis procera), a common bush available in plenty in the desert regions of Rajasthan.They started research on this herb in 2008 and found that its latex had medicinal value to fight the dengue virus and mosquitoes that carry this deadly disease. Experiments undertaken by the researchers gave the results that this latex not only tackled the dengue virus successfully but also killed the mosquitoes.
23. FOUND! INDUS VALLEY BRAIN SURGEONS: Researchers have claimed that brain surgical practice was prevalent even 4,300 years ago — in the Indus valley during the Harappa culture! Their claim is based on the surgical procedure, known as trepanation, discovered in one Harappan male skull kept in the Palaeoanthropology Repository of the Kolkata-based Anthropological Survey of India. The skull was discovered in the 1930s during excavations in Harappa.
“The first unequivocal case of ancient brain surgical practice, known as trepanation, was observed 4,300 years ago in a Bronze Age Harappan skull,” said AR Sankhyan, a palaeoanthropologist from the ASI in the latest edition of the Bharatiya journal, Current Science.
After intensive study, Sankhyan, who collaborated with GR Schug, a bioarcheologist from the US-based Appalachian State University, found that the trephined hole is just on the right superior temporal line at the terminus of the traumatic line.
24. CANADA ANNOUNCES 10-YEAR VISAS FOR BHARATIYAS: In a significant gesture, Canada announced a 10-year multiple entry visa for Bharatiyas at a preliminary session of the fifth Parvasi Bharatiya Divas in Toronto. Canadian International Trade Minister and Asia-Pacific Gateway Minister Edward Fast said the new visa regime will boost trade ties between the two countries seeking to triple their trade to $15 billion by 2015.
25. BOOM TIME FOR TELECOM INDUSTRY: Bharat’s premier diversified / technology, telecom (and entrepreneurship) research firm Cyber Media Research expects the Bharat telecom services and mobile handsets market to grow at 16.7 per cent in 2012 (over 2011) to touch revenues of Rs 288,832 crore or USD 63 billion, as per a 2-part study titled “India IT, ITeS and Telecom Services and Mobile Handsets Industry MarketView 2011”.
Of this revenue, the telecom services (including mobile and fixed line services) will contribute Rs 2,05,454 crore (USD 45 billion) in 2012. The Bharat mobile handsets market, that includes feature phones and smart phones, will grow at over 30 per cent during 2012 (over 2011) to touch revenues of Rs 83,377 crore (USD 18 billion), CMR said.
26. ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE A GLOBAL LEADER— Dr Kalam: “Atal Behari Vajpayee is a global leader. We should not confine his personality to a particular party. He is beyond party leadership. The compilation of his speeches, articles or poems will surely serve as a source of inspiration for the generations to come,” said former Rashtrapati of Bharat Dr APJ Abdul Kalam while formally launching ‘Samagra Atalji’ project at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi on June 8.
‘Samagra Atalji’ is a mega project launched to compile and digitize the speeches, articles, interviews, poems, photographs, videos, etc. related to the former Prime Minister. Mumbai-based Rambhau Mhalagi Prabodhini will undertake the work. The Prabodhini has already compiled the speeches of Shri Vajpayee in Parliament in 2006.
Dr Kalam also inaugurated an exclusive website for the project— Nitin Gadkari described Vajpayee as the inspiration for all party workers. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the main objective of the project is to preserve Shri Vajpayee’s thoughts in digital format, as a generation of youths was influenced by Vajpayee’s oratory and ideology.
27. NEWS PORTAL NEWSBHARATI.COM LAUNCHED: With a view to meet the growing demand from domestic as well as international intellectual community, Bharati Web Private Limited, launched a unique news portal,, on June 4.
Shri Vishwas Pathak, director of Bharati Web Private Limited said the intellectual class in Bharat and across the globe would be their reader. The Newsbharati believes that sewa is the most positive news happening around us. Lakhs of service projects are being run in Bharat by various voluntary organizations but the dedicated volunteers from the organisations rarely appear in the limelight. ‘Sewa Sadhana’ section of Newsbharati is an effort to bring such invaluable contribution before the society, he further added.
28. BHARAT AMONG PREFERRED FDI DESTINATIONS: Despite regulatory hurdles, Bharat continues to be among the preferred destinations for FDI due to the country's high economic growth, with both Mumbai and Delhi being touted as among the cities likely to produce the next Microsoft or Google, according to the '9th Annual European Attractiveness Survey' by Ernst & Young. Bharat will rank fifth among the most attractive destinations for European firms within the next three years, mainly on account of Bharat's perceived specialisation as a hub for low cost outsourcing business.
29. BHARAT LAUNCHES OWN CRUISE LINER TO LINK SOUTHEAST ASIA: Marking a historic occasion in Bharatiya maritime history, Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan on June 8 flagged off MV AMET Majesty, the country’s first cruise liner and an on board training ship at the Chennai Port. The luxury cruise liner will sail to exotic Southeast Asian islands, aiming to capture the growing Bharatiya tourists opting for sea holidays. The Amet Majesty would sail from Chennai to destination such as Andman & Nicobar Islands, Langkawi, Maldives, Phuket, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Ravi Kumar, Sah-samyojak Vishwa Vibhag will be in Singapore and Hong Kong till first week of July. Visitors: Mitesh Sevani and Hasmukh Rabadia from UK
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything. – Paramhansa Yogananda.


The battle of Kaliyuga has begun

Previously, the Congress was able to brazen out scandalous truth through bullying, deceit, lying and political cunning. Now it hopes that by slandering Ramdev and the RSS, it will be able to put a lid on mounting allegations of corruption against the party and the Government
The world is a battlefield. All great gurus and avatars have incarnated themselves throughout the ages to help the forces of good, which in India are called ‘dharmic’, against forces which are inimical to the Evolution of Humanity and which are called ‘adharmic’, or even asuric.
The concept of the asura in India is very different from the West. There is no such thing here as the black and white renderings of American cartoons or the Christian idea of a benevolent god and a cruel devil. Keen observers of human history may have noticed that very often asuric forces take on the face of goodness and charity, or use half truths or semi-lies to appear good. But in the end, the harm they do should make them recognisable to all.
In this light, we can discard Mr Digvijay Singh: He incarnates the world of sycophancy, which is a perversion of the Indian bhakti tradition. Or even Mr Kapil Sibal, a more intelligent man, but who got so perverted by a lawyer’s mind that lying has become a second nature to him. History will probably judge Mr Manmohan Singh as a weak man, who was ready to close his eyes on everything just to stay in power.
But what about Ms Sonia Gandhi? What are the forces which are using her, maybe even in spite of her? Let us discard all those evil avatars attributed to her, such as her being a KGB or a Vatican agent, rumours which has been floating around for a long time. We should not also look at her personality, what she projects, or what people say about her, not even at her deeds. No, it is the visible consequences of her overt and covert actions which should tell us a story. What are the consequences of her being the unelected supreme authority in India since many years, one whose one word or glance can have innocent people teargassed and beaten up?
Well the first sign is the increase in terrorist onslaughts since she came to power; the 26/11 terror attacks and the inability of the Government to respond to them — on the spot, and later — are the best symbols of her presence at the top. There has also been a tremendous increase in Christian conversions since she came to power, a radicalisation of Islam in India and a galloping Westernisation, which is fast eradicating Indian culture in cities and major towns.
But to my mind, it is the attack on Hindu gurus, which is the most representative sign of her adharmic reign. For in Ms Gandhi’s India, Hindu gurus are not only mocked at, but they can also be imprisoned, attacked, killed one day. Nobody would dare touch an imam if he preaches secession, nor even a Christian bishop, but gurus are fair game today.
Now Swami Ramdev, who incarnates an old tradition of spirituality in India, of all these gurus who throughout the ages have come to teach and preserve this ancient knowledge which takes the form of hatha-yoga, pranayama, meditation or Ayurveda. Is he perfect? How to judge a guru, who is to grade them? Sri Aurobindo, in one of his aphorisms, said something like this: “Even if god were to manifest himself in front of thy very eyes, you would not recognise him.” I am not able to judge Ramdev, but I can say with confidence that what he teaches is good, because it has benefited thousands of people.
Why then is he run down so much by the Congress whose leaders have gone as far as calling him a thug? Well it’s an old British tradition which has been taken up by the Congress and part of the media. French historian DaniĆ©lou summed it up well in his History of India: “The British-controlled Congress utilised to the hilt its English-speaking Press to present the Hindu Mahashaba, which attempted to counterbalance the Muslim League’s influence, or the even more maligned Ram Rajya Parishad, as barbaric, fanatical, ridiculous; and the British media in turn, took-up, as parrots, the cry of their Indian counterparts.” (Histoire de l'Inde)
In the case of Swami Ramdev, there are also accusations of an ‘empire’ worth hundreds of crores and even an island. Well a guru has to decide: Either he stays in a cave and looks after his own salvation, or if he has come to help humanity, he will have first a few disciples, then a few hundreds, eventually thousands. He has to feed them, organise courses, satsangs, launch sewa projects. You need money for all that. Donations come, bigger and bigger, as the good work of this particular guru comes to be known. The funds have to be managed, more and more money is needed and gurus end up being like the head of a multinational corporation, with a hundred projects, all sewa-oriented, to manage. I have seen it at close hand.
The fact that Ramdev got manhandled is nothing new. Gurus come to save humanity, but men either mock them or even crucify them. That is also in the nature of things.
So who will win this battle of Kaliyuga? Sri Aurobindo came to announce the Supramental: He said that as there was man after the animal, so would there come a superman after man. Not the superman of the Hollywood series, but a man who is closer to beauty, love, compassion. One of the main attributes of the supermind, he stated, would be truth.
This is why at the moment in India, the magnifying glass of truth is put upon men and events and falsehood comes out in the form of the stupendous scams that have happened in the last few years.
Previously, the Congress was able to brazen it out, through bullying, deceit, lying and political cunning. Will it be able to do so this time? We have seen how it hopes that by slandering Ramdev and his very nice assistant, planting rumors, using the eternal scarecrow of the RSS (those old fuddy-fuddies, who most of the time could not harm a fly), it hopes to put a lid on all the suspicions which are hanging over their head.
For the first beneficiary of the 2G or the CWG scams, is not the DMK, but the Congress. They are the ones who have institutionalised political corruption, the bribing of parliamentarians and elections which cost hundred of crores to elect a single MP.
If truth does triumph, then Ms Gandhi’s role will also come in the open, along with the truth about Italian middleman Ottavio Quattrocchi and the enormous covert funds the Congress is believed to be controlling. It may take time, but karma is inevitable. That is also an ancient Indian truth. -- The Pioneer, June 9, 2011