1. FESTIVALS: Bhiman amavasya which is Ashadh Amavasya (July 26 this year) is a festival celebrated in parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It is believed that on this day Shiva, taken over by Parvathi devotion towards him accepted her as his wife.
This victory underlines the fact that a private airport project does not come under the ‘public purpose’ category. It stands to benefit only a minority. Also, the necessity for an airport at Aranmula, when Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi Airports are nearby stands unwarranted. -Top
The group of about a dozen women led by Nazneen Ansari visited the temple in the morning and recited Shri Hanuman Chalisa that Nazneen has written in Urdu. “We did it to protect the country from dangers, strengthen unity among Hindus and Muslims, eradicate conflicts and make stronger bonds of mutual trust and harmony,” Nazneen said. Nazneen is president of Muslim Mahila Foundation, which has been fighting for the cause of Muslim women in Banaras for some time. -Top
Prof. A.N. Rao was a retired professor and Head of the Department in Botany, NUS (National University Singapore). He was an authority on Bhagavad Gita, vedanta & Upanishads, an eminent speaker on various subjects and founding member of many popular social organizations in Singapore today, such as Hindu Centre, Hindu Endowment Board, Chinmaya mission, etc. He also served for Ramakrishna mission Singapore, as a vice president for 14 years.
JAI SHREE RAM
In 1962 China attacked India and took over approximately 42 thousands square kilometer (sq.km) of its area of Ladakh region. Do you know what this region is called? It’s called China occupied Kashmir (COK)! (Kashmir is hundreds of km away from this region). In 1947, 63 thousands square km of Gilgit and Baltistan was invaded and thereafter this region got documented as Pakistan occupied Kashmir PoK (this had nothing to do with Kashmir). The 10 thousands square km area of Jammu region which was occupied by Pakistan after invasion, loot and plunder, rape and arson was also slotted in the same category. Only 6 thousands sq.km of (actual) Kashmir is in illegal occupation of Pakistan.
If we take whole Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir accounts only for 9% of the area. In the area of J&K which is under occupation of China or Pakistan, only 5% area belongs to Kashmir region. Yet all names given to these regions are related “only” to Kashmir- PoK or CoK. It may surprise any Indian except those who know the politics of J&K after independence. One may think this is simple stupidity or merely negligence at governments end, but it is a planned and forced identity on the state, says a politically “learned” resident of Jammu & Kashmir.
The article is not elaborating on plans or conspiracies behind the naming, but after acknowledging the above facts you would agree that PoK should be renamed as PoJK. Logical enough! While thinking so, did you have vote bank politics or a particular religion in mind before coming to this conclusion? No. But there are many with expertise in secularism and vote bank politics that associate the matter with religion.
It’s good that the present government is not opportunistically philosophical and it has decided to work and take decision based on facts and has attended to the long pending demands of many political and non political organisations of the state. Government has expressed its desire to change the name from PoK to PoJK. And this is a welcome sign! “The beginning of ‘wisdom’ is to call things by their right names” says an old Chinese Quote.
As there are twelve hundred thousand refugees from PoJK who live in different parts of Jammu region, they should be allowed to represent their area. Therefore BJP is right when it demands 10 seats (out of 24) of PoJK for the representation of refugees of that region.
Renaming PoK as PoJK is being described as Modi Government’s strategy on Jammu and Kashmir under which it is planning comprehensive plan for return of Kashmiri Pandit migrants to the Kashmir Valley.