1. FESTIVALS: Janakpur marks Vivaha Panchami with fanfare: Thousands of devotees gathered at Barhabigha area in Janakpur, Nepal on November 26th to observe Vivaha Panchami, a weeklong festival held every five years that marks the wedding between Bhagwan Ram and Sita (Janaki). A wedding procession was taken out from Janaki Temple that converged at Barahabigha for Swayambar, a part of the Hindu marriage ritual. Following the ceremony, the procession moved around the town. More than 100,000 devotees from various parts of the country, as well as from Bharat, had arrived in Janakpur for the festival. -go top
2. SANATANA DHARMA RESURGENCE MOVEMENT GETS BIG BOOST AT WORLD HINDU CONGRESS
3. MANGALYAAN AMONG BEST INVENTIONS OF 2014: TIME MAGAZINE: Time magazine has declared Bharat’s Mangalyaan as one of the best inventions of the year. Calling it as "The Supersmart Spacecraft," Time said, "Nobody gets Mars right on the first try. The US didn't, Russia didn't, the Europeans didn't. But on September 24, Bharat did. That's when the Mangalyaan went into orbit around the Red Planet, a technological feat no other Asian nation has yet achieved."Mangalyaan is among the 25 'Best Inventions of 2014' listed by Time magazine that are "making the world better, smarter and in some cases a little more fun."
4. OBAMA INVOKES BHARATIYA-AMERICAN SCHOLAR THOMAS KAILATH: US President Obama on November 20 invoked Kailath's life, work, and philosophy as an example of how the United States needs to keep its doors open to high-skilled foreign immigrants.
5. NARENDRA MODI HAS TURNED BHARAT INTO A MAGNET: MCKINSEY CEO DOMINIC BARTON: Dominic Barton, the CEO of the world's largest whiteshoe consulting firm, McKinsey, says that Bharat is back on the priority list of CEOs after Narendra Modi's ascension to power. "People had given up on Bharat. They felt Bharat is too complicated and it was difficult to get anything done. It had dropped in the last five years on people's priority (list). I think it has gone right back up, people are interested, obviously people are going to want to see action but I think the feeling is they will, because this government seems serious," says Barton.
6. MODI IN SYDNEY: SETS DEADLINE FOR MERGER OF OCI AND PIO SCHEMES: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 17 said the differences between Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) schemes would be ended by January 2015. Addressing the Bharatiya community at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, the Prime Minister called upon Bharatiyas across the world to convert the atmosphere of hope and optimism into a reality of meeting the expectations and aspirations of Bharat`s people.
7. CREATE NEW EDUCATION MODEL ACCEPTABLE TO ALL: MOHAN BHAGWAT: RSS Sarasanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat asked the intellectuals, educationists and academicians to come out with a new indigenous model of education that would be universal in its appeal and produce better human beings.
8. MORE TECHIES TURN SEVAKS, LOG INTO RSS IT MILANS: Yashas Nataraj, 31, an IIM-B alumnus with a master's from Singapore, joined IT Milan 18 months ago. Since then, there has been no looking back.
9. A BRAVE DAUGHTER OF MADURAI: Dr. Kalyani Gomathinayagam is a young Bharatiya doctor who volunteered to spend four weeks in Foya, Liberia (West Africa) during September-October, 2014, helping those suffering and dying of Ebola, the awful epidemic. She was one of the few doctors, and likely the only Bharatiya, who had volunteered to work in that region. Kalyani is no stranger to practicing medicine in rough situations. After her medical training in Madurai, and working in rural Kerala, she opted to spend a decade working as a medical officer with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at extremely isolated regions on the border, including remote places in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, as well as a stint, once, on the Kailas-Mansarovar yatra route at Kunji Post.
10. AKASH MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRED FOR SECOND DAY: For the second consecutive day, Bharat successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air ‘Akash’ missile from a test range in Odisha as part of the user trial by the air force.
11. ‘RESPECT EVERY MEMBER OF HINDU SOCIETY EQUALLY': RSS Sarakaryavah Bhayyaji Joshi chaired a Social Harmony Meet (Samajik Sadbhavana Goshti) at Jammu on November 23. Several socio-religious leaders, social activists attended the meet and discussed the speedy mechanisms to achieve social harmony.
12. HINDUS MAKE IMPRINT ON PITTSBURGH RELIGIOUS SCENE: Seated in front of the floodlit, intricately sculpted façade of their Hindu temple in Penn Hills – Pennsylvania USA, hundreds of people recently looked into the October night sky, their faces glowing with the colors of fireworks bursting overhead to mark Diwali, a festival of lights marking the god’s victory over darkness and ignorance. Of all the Pittsburgh’s immigrant groups, its 10,000-strong Bharatiya-born community has made the most visible imprint on its diverse religious scene.
13. BHARATIYA - AMERICAN NAMED CHAIRPERSON OF DALLAS FED BOARD: Bharatiya - American Renu Khator has been named the chairperson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' board of directors. 59-year-old Khator, who has served as the president of University of Houston (UH) and chancellor of UH System, joined the board in 2011 and was appointed deputy chair two years later. Khator was UH System's first woman chancellor, UH's first foreign-born president and the first ever Bharatiya immigrant to lead a comprehensive research university in the US. Since 2008, she has overseen the UH System's more than 65,000 students and a budget of over USD 1.3 billion.
14. HAF APPLAUDS TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGES IN DEPICTION OF HINDUISM IN TEXAS: In a landmark moment for the Hindu American community, the Texas State Board of Education voted in third week of November 2014 to adopt new textbooks that dramatically improve the way Hinduism is depicted. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was involved in the adoption process from the beginning, working with scholars and historians to ensure a constructive and accurate understanding of Hinduism. As a result of the changes made by publishers in response to HAF's reviews, the textbooks now present a picture of Hinduism that emphasizes the religion's core philosophies with accurate explanations of key concepts.
15. BHARATIYA COUPLE IN UK IS THE WORLD'S OLDEST PARTNERS: A Bharatiya couple, both over 100 years old and said to be the world's oldest partners, has celebrated their joint birthdays on November 23 in the UK. The couple tied the knot almost 89 years ago on December 11, 1925 after meeting in Bharat as teenagers.
16. US HISTORIAN INSISTS 'ARYANS WERE INDIGENOUS TO BHARAT': Throwing his weight behind the ‘Aryan Project’ by Delhi University’s Sanskrit department, noted American scholar David Frawley said there is a need for an extensive new Vedic study, and insisted that Aryans were indigenous to Bharat.
17. BHARAT SHOULD BRING BACK AREAS LOST TO PAKISTAN, CHINA: INDRESH: Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on November 17 suggested that Bharat should take steps to reclaim territories which are controlled by Pakistan and China. He also said the people from the Valley who have left Jammu and Kashmir due to terrorism must be brought back in the greater interest of democracy.
19. ‘GITA MY BASIS FOR COUNSELLING HINDUS IN U.S. MILITARY’: Bharatiya-American Pratima Dharm has been a pioneer on multiple counts – last month she was appointed as the first ever Hindu chaplain of a U.S. university and in 2011 she made history after the Pentagon named her as its first Hindu and inter-faith chaplain. She served in the U.S. military through some of the hardest times faced by its soldiers in the battlefields of Iraq, and she counseled many of them afflicted by PTSD, steering them away from suicide, and helping them reclaim their familial relationships. She also participated in humanitarian aid missions into the Kurdish regions of northern Iraq, an experience that left her with lasting ties to the people there.
20. ‘KRUNVANTO VISHWAMARYAM’ IS BHARAT’S ONLY WORLD MISSION: J NANDKUMAR: “To make the world cultured, rich in knowledge, thoughts and actions is the only world mission of Bharat and we have been pursuing this mission since eons. There were some obstacles and hurdles in accomplishment of this mission.
21. BHUTANESE AMERICANS MAKE HISTORY ADVOCATING ON CAPITOL HILL: A delegation of nearly 30 Bhutanese Hindus from across the country made history on Capitol Hill on November 17 with the first ever Bhutanese American Advocacy Day. The unprecedented event, organized by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), featured a congressional briefing along with meetings with the State Department and several House and Senate offices. There are now nearly 80,000 Bhutanese Hindu refugees living in major cities throughout America, and they face a number of challenges, including a high incidence of mental illness and suicide, trouble obtaining employment, and difficulty retaining their cultural and religious traditions.
22. BHARAT LAUNCHES E-VISA FACILITY FOR 43 NATIONS: Electronic visa facility for visitors from 43 countries including US, Germany and Israel was launched in New Delhi on November 27."We want to promote tourism in the country in a big way. The contribution of tourism in the GDP is approximately 7 per cent and we want to double it up," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on the occasion. Now, a visitor from these countries will just have to apply for an e-visa on the designated website and pay the fee online to get an electronic travel authorization (ETA) within 72 hours. Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, UAE, Kenya, Fiji, Mauritius, Norway and Oman and are among the countries which have got the e-visa facility in the first phase. E-visa will be valid for 30 days and a tourist can avail the facility twice a year. -go top
23. SEWA REPORT ON “MY PARK DAY”: On November 8 Sad-Karma Shakha and Durga Shakha participated in a Sewa project called “My Park Day” at Kissena Corridor Park in New York City. The main project was to plant flower bulbs so that patients from the nearby New York Queens Hospital would be able to take a walk in the park during the Spring and see the beautiful flowers. The event was organized by Green Earth Urban Gardens and had over 200 people from several organizations and neighboring schools. -go top
24. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Suresh ji Soni sahsarkaryavaha RSS is on a tour to Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, Saumitra Gokhale samyojak Vishwa Vibhag returned to US, Shri Ravikumar sah samyojak is on a tour to Thailand, Dr. Ram Vaidya sahsamyojak returned to UK Visitors: Ravi Deo – Guyana, Ma Dr. Ved Nanada, Amrit Mittal Shridhar Damle - USA, Ma Dhirajbhai Shah – UK, Ranjeev Gowrie – Netherlands, Radhakrishnan – SriLanka, Regu – Malaysia -go top
FOOD FOR THOGUHT: A Hindu is someone who sees unity in all human diversity – RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagawat at World Hindu Congress on November 21, 2014.-go top