What is happening in Israel?

Abhishek Ranga

The Historical walled city of Jerusalem is in again in a midst of a raging crisis.  To understand the present scenario that is fast unfolding and snowballing into a major conflict between Israel and Palestine,  we need to understand the geography of the city. The city of Jerusalem is predominantly divided into 4 different blocks- Jewish block, Muslim block which houses the Masjid Al-Aqsa as referred to by Muslims and as Temple Mount as referred to by the Jews. This predominantly Arab neighbourhood was ‘annexed’ by Israel during the 6 day war or as Israel puts it- was rightfully united with the rest of Jerusalem that has for ages been the epicentre of Jewish Civilisation. The remaining two quarters are the Christian and the Armenian quarters.

Since the ‘annexation’ of East Jerusalem (The Muslim Neighbourhood) by Israel there have been long standing ownership cases that have time and again sparked of violent clashes led by Palestinians who are fully backed by the Hamas- The designated Terror group that operates out of the contested Ġaza Strip.

A land ownership case pertaining to the predominantly Arabic neighbourhood  of Sheik Jarrah of which the judgment was due on May 10th once again led to clashes between the Israeli police and the Palestinians. The Palestinians argue that the ruling could well mean several Palestinian families evicted from their homes. The ruling in the wake of the violent protests have been deferred  according to a latest statement  by the Israel’s Justice Ministry.

The Al-Aqsa Connection

The Masjid Al- Aqsa or Haram esh Sharif (The Noble sanctuary) is the third most holiest site according to Islam. Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammed ‘ascended’ to heaven from here. Though it is officially under the Israeli Govt. – the Jurisdiction of the Masjid is under the Jordanian Waqf. It is also the Holiest site for Jews who are allowed to visit it but prayers by Jews and other Non-Muslims is prohibited inside the complex.

The 35 acre complex has been a hotbed of several clashes in the past and with possible eviction in the Ownership case pertaining to the neighbourhood of Sheik Jarrah tensions have been simmering for a while which reached a crescendo during last week. Israeli police which secures and mans the entire complex anticipating large scale violence had restricted access to the area after clashes broke out in the neighbourhood.

Rampant Stone throwing and rioting was reported From Al Aqsa compound on Friday as mark of ‘protest’ against the forced evictions from Sheik Jarrah With heavy stone pelting the riot police forced their way to disperse the crowd using sten grenades and rubber bullets. When situation spiralled out of hand the police broke into the Al Aqsa mosque which angered the Muslim ‘Ummah’ around the world that have accused the Israel of defiling a holy place in the month of Ramadan.

However, Israelis and independent researchers observed that since a very long time Al-Aqsa was used as a ‘cover’ whenever such law and order issues arose and ‘defiling’ of place was beyond question.

Things took a drastic turn for the worse when Hamas fired over 200 rockets from the Gaza strip into Central and Southern Israel predominantly directed towards Tel Aviv, these attacks have led to the death of 5 citizens and an Indian living in Israel. Dramatic scenes of Israelis running into bomb shelters have emerged on the Social Media. The Iron dome intercepted many missiles that have been fired by Ġaza. The Israeli defence forces have since them launched the ‘ Operation Guardian of Walls’ which is the biggest Air Strikes since 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reported that the Israeli Missiles have taken down several important hideouts of top Hamas leadership and pounded the building that was supposed to be the HQ of Hamas for Military research and Intelligence.

PM Netanyahu was quoted saying – ‘..this campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength we will restore security to the citizens of Israel.’

With unremitting fire from Hamas and a determined fightback by Israel, the world watches the sudden military escalation in the Middle East after the much touted Abraham Accords.

Lesson from the second Covid-19 wave

By: Dr. Nishit Sud (Anaesthetics/critical care NHS London) 

India today seems to be in the exact same situation that the UK was in mid-December. First an exponential number of people testing covid positive followed a week later by an exponential increase in number of hospitalizations followed 2 weeks later by an exponential increase in Covid deaths. Here are some of the lessons learnt.

  1. 99% of Covid positive recover on their own. The only things needed for them are oxygen level monitoring to make sure sats are >93, Paracetamol (Crocin or Dolo) for fever and bodyache and home isolation to make sure they do not pass it on to others. There is no need or benefit in giving plasma, Remdesivir, Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, antibiotics or even steroids, blood thinners or Toclizumab to these 99%. There is NO need for hospitalization as long as oxygen level are above 93%.
  2. Covid is an illness that affects lot of people at the same time. However, it is how severely it affects the 1% who are unlucky enough to have severe Covid which makes it the dreaded illness it is. All our medical resources (hospital beds, oxygen cylinders etc.) need to be saved for these severely affected 1% and not to the 99% with mild illness irrespective of wealth, contact, influence etc.
  3. For the 1% that have severe illness the only medications that have been found to have significant benefit are steroids and blood thinners. Toclizumab also has been found to have benefit ( only 4%) and should be given whenever available. Remdesivir has very minimal benefit (on mortality benefit at all) and should be given if available however, the patient does not loose much if not given. However, it will be wrong to call either of them (Toclizumab/ Remdesivir) life saving in Covid.
  4. Plasma has been extensively studied and found to be of no benefit. This is after painstaking analysis of 11,000 patients given plasma vs 11,000 not given plasma. It should NOT be given. It uses up a significant amount of resources with no benefit.
  5. Hydroxychloroquine/Vermecin: No serious medical organisation is the world found any benefit in giving them and should not be given. However, they are cheap and relatively harmless.
  6. Oxygen shortage: Many hospitals in the UK had to stop admitting patients due to running out of oxygen for short periods of time. We only need to give enough oxygen for levels to be above 93 to 94. There is often a tendency to turn oxygen flows to flows to the highest levels possible. This has to be avoided.
  7. Vaccine:  In London, before the vaccine all our ICUs were full, all theatre recoveries were full, all cardiac HDUs etc., were full of intubated Covid patients and we were transferring intubated Covid patients to as far as Scotland, Britsol etc. in helicopters to relieve ICU capacity in London. After the vaccine we have hardly any hospital admissions and almost nil new ICU admission. However this also have been due to the serious nature of the lockdown.
  8.  Rationing of resources:  In the UK every patient who needed a hospital bed got one and every patient who was suitable for an ICU bed got one. This was only possible as there were strict criteria for hospital admission which meant that the 99% of Covid positive who do not need oxygen were not hospitalised. This needs to be done strictly in India as well.

Once someone has tested Covid positive, there is no need to get retested to see if they are still Covid positive. This unnecessary retesting results in wastage of testing resources. Once 2 weeks of home isolation following date of onset of symptoms is complete a person is considered Covid negative ad non-infectious.

Source: https://twitter.com/Mohansinha/status/1385220153252610049?s=19

Which are the mānyasthāna ?

By: Sumanth Sharma

वित्तं बन्धुर्वयः कर्म विद्या भवति पञ्चमी

वित्तं बन्धुर्वयः कर्म विद्या भवति पञ्चमी ।
एतानि मान्यस्थानानि गरीयो यद् यदुत्तरम् ॥

vittaṃ bandhurvayaḥ karma vidyā bhavati pañcamī |
etāni mānyasthānāni garīyo yad yaduttaram ||

  • Manu smRti 2.136 and Srī KrishnamRtamahArNava (236) by Srī Madhwāchārya

There are five ways of earning respect in the society: wealth (vittaṃ), acquaintances (bandhu), age (vayaḥ), action (karma) & knowledge (vidyā). Each one is better than the preceding one.

संपत्ति, बांधव्य, आयु, कर्मानुष्ठान एवं पाञ्च्वी है विद्या. यह गुण गौरव के कारण और योग्य है, इनमें से भी पहले से अधिक अगला गुण अधिक श्रेष्ठ है.

The importance of action and furthermore knowledge being emphasized by Manu and Sri Madhwāchārya.

Who is to be respected and what guṇas are to be respected in the society is also made clear, the person(s) who have realized the highest truth (jnāna) and people of knowledge (vidyā), followed by people committed to selfless work/action, then the elderly are to be respected followed by bandhu and then men of wealth. Means, people of mere wealth come last among the people worthy of respect whereas people of higher knowledge and samanya vidyā to be respected most in the society followed by people immersed in action and then the elders in the society.

It is worth noting that a person of knowledge is not going to differentiate people as his own and others and that could explain the lesser priority for respect based on mere acquaintance as vidyā guides us to see everyone and every-being as our own (ātmavat sarvabhūteśu).

It is a message to us in this era of false hero worship as to who are to be vandaīya and anukaraṇīya in a society and as to which qualities we must strive more for.

Indeed It is our Knowledge and our actions guided by the knowledge that are the ideals we must pursue.

We are all bang in the middle of a very serious second wave of China Virus pandemic.
Some of us are ourselves facing the heat, many of us are trying to be of some help to those who need it. In this era of information overdose, let us filter them, find out (knowledge) which ones are relevant, useful, specific information and share them to those who need it. Based on the knowledge let us strive our best to get into action mode in the way we can be of best use to our immediate neighborhood and where possible in the larger network.

Sri Rama Raksha Stotram श्री राम रक्षा स्तोत्रम्

śrīrāma rakṣāstōtraṃ

ॐ अस्य श्री रामरक्षा स्तोत्रमन्त्रस्य
बुधकौशिक ऋषिः
श्री सीताराम चन्द्रोदेवता
अनुष्टुप् छन्दः
सीता शक्तिः
श्रीमद् हनुमान् कीलकम्
श्रीरामचन्द्र प्रीत्यर्थे रामरक्षा स्तोत्रजपे विनियोगः ॥

ध्यानम्
ध्यायेदाजानुबाहुं धृतशर धनुषं बद्ध पद्मासनस्थं
पीतं वासोवसानं नवकमल दलस्पर्थि नेत्रं प्रसन्नम् ।
वामाङ्कारूढ सीतामुख कमलमिलल्लोचनं नीरदाभं
नानालङ्कार दीप्तं दधतमुरु जटामण्डलं रामचन्द्रम् ॥

स्तोत्रम्
चरितं रघुनाथस्य शतकोटि प्रविस्तरम् ।
एकैकमक्षरं पुंसां महापातक नाशनम् ॥ 1 ॥

ध्यात्वा नीलोत्पल श्यामं रामं राजीवलोचनम् ।
जानकी लक्ष्मणोपेतं जटामुकुट मण्डितम् ॥ 2 ॥

सासितूण धनुर्बाण पाणिं नक्तं चरान्तकम् ।
स्वलीलया जगत्त्रातु माविर्भूतमजं विभुम् ॥ 3 ॥

रामरक्षां पठेत्प्राज्ञः पापघ्नीं सर्वकामदाम् ।
शिरो मे राघवः पातु फालं दशरथात्मजः ॥ 4 ॥

कौसल्येयो दृशौपातु विश्वामित्रप्रियः शृती ।
घ्राणं पातु मखत्राता मुखं सौमित्रिवत्सलः ॥ 5 ॥

जिह्वां विद्यानिधिः पातु कण्ठं भरतवन्दितः ।
स्कन्धौ दिव्यायुधः पातु भुजौ भग्नेशकार्मुकः ॥ 6 ॥

करौ सीतापतिः पातु हृदयं जामदग्न्यजित् ।
मध्यं पातु खरध्वंसी नाभिं जाम्बवदाश्रयः ॥ 7 ॥

सुग्रीवेशः कटिं पातु सक्थिनी हनुमत्-प्रभुः ।
ऊरू रघूत्तमः पातु रक्षःकुल विनाशकृत् ॥ 8 ॥

जानुनी सेतुकृत्-पातु जङ्घे दशमुखान्तकः ।
पादौ विभीषणश्रीदः पातु रामोऽखिलं वपुः ॥ 9 ॥

एतां रामबलोपेतां रक्षां यः सुकृती पठेत् ।
स चिरायुः सुखी पुत्री विजयी विनयी भवेत् ॥ 10 ॥

पाताल-भूतल-व्योम-चारिण-श्चद्म-चारिणः ।
न द्रष्टुमपि शक्तास्ते रक्षितं रामनामभिः ॥ 11 ॥

रामेति रामभद्रेति रामचन्द्रेति वा स्मरन् ।
नरो न लिप्यते पापैर्भुक्तिं मुक्तिं च विन्दति ॥ 12 ॥

जगज्जैत्रैक मन्त्रेण रामनाम्नाभि रक्षितम् ।
यः कण्ठे धारयेत्तस्य करस्थाः सर्वसिद्धयः ॥ 13 ॥

वज्रपञ्जर नामेदं यो रामकवचं स्मरेत् ।
अव्याहताज्ञः सर्वत्र लभते जयमङ्गलम् ॥ 14 ॥

आदिष्टवान्-यथा स्वप्ने रामरक्षामिमां हरः ।
तथा लिखितवान्-प्रातः प्रबुद्धौ बुधकौशिकः ॥ 15 ॥

आरामः कल्पवृक्षाणां विरामः सकलापदाम् ।
अभिराम-स्त्रिलोकानां रामः श्रीमान् स नः प्रभुः ॥ 16 ॥

तरुणौ रूपसम्पन्नौ सुकुमारौ महाबलौ ।
पुण्डरीक विशालाक्षौ चीरकृष्णाजिनाम्बरौ ॥ 17 ॥

फलमूलाशिनौ दान्तौ तापसौ ब्रह्मचारिणौ ।
पुत्रौ दशरथस्यैतौ भ्रातरौ रामलक्ष्मणौ ॥ 18 ॥

शरण्यौ सर्वसत्त्वानां श्रेष्ठौ सर्वधनुष्मताम् ।
रक्षःकुल निहन्तारौ त्रायेतां नो रघूत्तमौ ॥ 19 ॥

आत्त सज्य धनुषा विषुस्पृशा वक्षयाशुग निषङ्ग सङ्गिनौ ।
रक्षणाय मम रामलक्षणावग्रतः पथि सदैव गच्छतां ॥ 20 ॥

सन्नद्धः कवची खड्गी चापबाणधरो युवा ।
गच्छन् मनोरथान्नश्च (मनोरथोऽस्माकं) रामः पातु स लक्ष्मणः ॥ 21 ॥

रामो दाशरथि श्शूरो लक्ष्मणानुचरो बली ।
काकुत्सः पुरुषः पूर्णः कौसल्येयो रघूत्तमः ॥ 22 ॥

वेदान्तवेद्यो यज्ञेशः पुराण पुरुषोत्तमः ।
जानकीवल्लभः श्रीमानप्रमेय पराक्रमः ॥ 23 ॥

इत्येतानि जपेन्नित्यं मद्भक्तः श्रद्धयान्वितः ।
अश्वमेधाधिकं पुण्यं सम्प्राप्नोति न संशयः ॥ 24 ॥

रामं दूर्वादल श्यामं पद्माक्षं पीतवाससम् ।
स्तुवन्ति नाभि-र्दिव्यै-र्नते संसारिणो नराः ॥ 25 ॥

रामं लक्ष्मण पूर्वजं रघुवरं सीतापतिं सुन्दरम्
काकुत्स्थं करुणार्णवं गुणनिधिं विप्रप्रियं धार्मिकम् ।
राजेन्द्रं सत्यसन्धं दशरथतनयं श्यामलं शान्तमूर्तिम्
वन्दे लोकाभिरामं रघुकुल तिलकं राघवं रावणारिम् ॥ 26 ॥

रामाय रामभद्राय रामचन्द्राय वेधसे ।
रघुनाथाय नाथाय सीतायाः पतये नमः ॥ 27 ॥

श्रीराम राम रघुनन्दन राम राम
श्रीराम राम भरताग्रज राम राम ।
श्रीराम राम रणकर्कश राम राम
श्रीराम राम शरणं भव राम राम ॥ 28 ॥

श्रीराम चन्द्र चरणौ मनसा स्मरामि
श्रीराम चन्द्र चरणौ वचसा गृह्णामि ।
श्रीराम चन्द्र चरणौ शिरसा नमामि
श्रीराम चन्द्र चरणौ शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥ 29 ॥

माता रामो मत्-पिता रामचन्द्रः
स्वामी रामो मत्-सखा रामचन्द्रः ।
सर्वस्वं मे रामचन्द्रो दयालुः
नान्यं जाने नैव न जाने ॥ 30 ॥

दक्षिणे लक्ष्मणो यस्य वामे च (तु) जनकात्मजा ।
पुरतो मारुतिर्यस्य तं वन्दे रघुनन्दनम् ॥ 31 ॥

लोकाभिरामं रणरङ्गधीरं
राजीवनेत्रं रघुवंशनाथम् ।
कारुण्यरूपं करुणाकरं तं
श्रीरामचन्द्रं शरण्यं प्रपद्ये ॥ 32 ॥

मनोजवं मारुत तुल्य वेगं
जितेन्द्रियं बुद्धिमतां वरिष्टम् ।
वातात्मजं वानरयूथ मुख्यं
श्रीरामदूतं शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥ 33 ॥

कूजन्तं रामरामेति मधुरं मधुराक्षरम् ।
आरुह्यकविता शाखां वन्दे वाल्मीकि कोकिलम् ॥ 34 ॥

आपदामपहर्तारं दातारं सर्वसम्पदाम् ।
लोकाभिरामं श्रीरामं भूयोभूयो नमाम्यहं ॥ 35 ॥

भर्जनं भवबीजानामर्जनं सुखसम्पदाम् ।
तर्जनं यमदूतानां राम रामेति गर्जनम् ॥ 36 ॥

रामो राजमणिः सदा विजयते रामं रमेशं भजे
रामेणाभिहता निशाचरचमू रामाय तस्मै नमः ।
रामान्नास्ति परायणं परतरं रामस्य दासोस्म्यहं
रामे चित्तलयः सदा भवतु मे भो राम मामुद्धर ॥ 37 ॥

श्रीराम राम रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे ।
सहस्रनाम तत्तुल्यं राम नाम वरानने ॥ 38 ॥

इति श्रीबुधकौशिकमुनि विरचितं श्रीराम रक्षास्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णं ।

श्रीराम जयराम जयजयराम ।

ōṃ asya śrī rāmarakṣā stōtramantrasya
budhakauśika ṛṣiḥ
śrī sītārāma chandrōdēvatā
anuṣṭup Chandaḥ
sītā śaktiḥ
śrīmad hanumān kīlakam
śrīrāmacandra prītyarthē rāmarakṣā stōtrajapē viniyōgaḥ ॥

dhyānam
dhyāyēdājānubāhuṃ dhṛtaśara dhanuṣaṃ baddha padmāsanasthaṃ
pītaṃ vāsōvasānaṃ navakamala daḻasparthi nētraṃ prasannam ।
vāmāṅkārūḍha sītāmukha kamalamilallōchanaṃ nīradābhaṃ
nānālaṅkāra dīptaṃ dadhatamuru jaṭāmaṇḍalaṃ rāmachandram ॥

stōtram
charitaṃ raghunāthasya śatakōṭi pravistaram ।
ēkaikamakṣaraṃ puṃsāṃ mahāpātaka nāśanam ॥ 1 ॥

dhyātvā nīlōtpala śyāmaṃ rāmaṃ rājīvalōchanam ।
jānakī lakṣmaṇōpētaṃ jaṭāmukuṭa maṇḍitam ॥ 2 ॥

sāsitūṇa dhanurbāṇa pāṇiṃ naktaṃ charāntakam ।
svalīlayā jagattrātu māvirbhūtamajaṃ vibhum ॥ 3 ॥

rāmarakṣāṃ paṭhētprājñaḥ pāpaghnīṃ sarvakāmadām ।
śirō mē rāghavaḥ pātu phālaṃ daśarathātmajaḥ ॥ 4 ॥

kausalyēyō dṛśaupātu viśvāmitrapriyaḥ śṛtī ।
ghrāṇaṃ pātu makhatrātā mukhaṃ saumitrivatsalaḥ ॥ 5 ॥

jihvāṃ vidyānidhiḥ pātu kaṇṭhaṃ bharatavanditaḥ ।
skandhau divyāyudhaḥ pātu bhujau bhagnēśakārmukaḥ ॥ 6 ॥

karau sītāpatiḥ pātu hṛdayaṃ jāmadagnyajit ।
madhyaṃ pātu kharadhvaṃsī nābhiṃ jāmbavadāśrayaḥ ॥ 7 ॥

sugrīvēśaḥ kaṭiṃ pātu sakthinī hanumat-prabhuḥ ।
ūrū raghūttamaḥ pātu rakṣaḥkula vināśakṛt ॥ 8 ॥

jānunī sētukṛt-pātu jaṅghē daśamukhāntakaḥ ।
pādau vibhīṣaṇaśrīdaḥ pātu rāmōkhilaṃ vapuḥ ॥ 9 ॥

ētāṃ rāmabalōpētāṃ rakṣāṃ yaḥ sukṛtī paṭhēt ।
sa chirāyuḥ sukhī putrī vijayī vinayī bhavēt ॥ 10 ॥

pātāḻa-bhūtala-vyōma-chāriṇa-śchadma-chāriṇaḥ ।
na draṣṭumapi śaktāstē rakṣitaṃ rāmanāmabhiḥ ॥ 11 ॥

rāmēti rāmabhadrēti rāmachandrēti vā smaran ।
narō na lipyatē pāpairbhuktiṃ muktiṃ cha vindati ॥ 12 ॥

jagajjaitraika mantrēṇa rāmanāmnābhi rakṣitam ।
yaḥ kaṇṭhē dhārayēttasya karasthāḥ sarvasiddhayaḥ ॥ 13 ॥

vajrapañjara nāmēdaṃ yō rāmakavachaṃ smarēt ।
avyāhatājñaḥ sarvatra labhatē jayamaṅgaḻam ॥ 14 ॥

ādiṣṭavān-yathā svapnē rāmarakṣāmimāṃ haraḥ ।
tathā likhitavān-prātaḥ prabuddhau budhakauśikaḥ ॥ 15 ॥

ārāmaḥ kalpavṛkṣāṇāṃ virāmaḥ sakalāpadām ।
abhirāma-strilōkānāṃ rāmaḥ śrīmān sa naḥ prabhuḥ ॥ 16 ॥

taruṇau rūpasampannau sukumārau mahābalau ।
puṇḍarīka viśālākṣau chīrakṛṣṇājināmbarau ॥ 17 ॥

phalamūlāśinau dāntau tāpasau brahmachāriṇau ।
putrau daśarathasyaitau bhrātarau rāmalakṣmaṇau ॥ 18 ॥

śaraṇyau sarvasattvānāṃ śrēṣṭhau sarvadhanuṣmatām ।
rakṣaḥkula nihantārau trāyētāṃ nō raghūttamau ॥ 19 ॥

ātta sajya dhanuṣā viṣuspṛśā vakṣayāśuga niṣaṅga saṅginau ।
rakṣaṇāya mama rāmalakṣaṇāvagrataḥ pathi sadaiva gacChatāṃ ॥ 20 ॥

sannaddhaḥ kavachī khaḍgī chāpabāṇadharō yuvā ।
gacChan manōrathānnaścha (manōrathōsmākaṃ) rāmaḥ pātu sa lakṣmaṇaḥ ॥ 21 ॥

rāmō dāśarathi śśūrō lakṣmaṇānucharō balī ।
kākutsaḥ puruṣaḥ pūrṇaḥ kausalyēyō raghūttamaḥ ॥ 22 ॥

vēdāntavēdyō yajñēśaḥ purāṇa puruṣōttamaḥ ।
jānakīvallabhaḥ śrīmānapramēya parākramaḥ ॥ 23 ॥

ityētāni japēnnityaṃ madbhaktaḥ śraddhayānvitaḥ ।
aśvamēdhādhikaṃ puṇyaṃ samprāpnōti na saṃśayaḥ ॥ 24 ॥

rāmaṃ dūrvādaḻa śyāmaṃ padmākṣaṃ pītavāsasam ।
stuvanti nābhi-rdivyai-rnatē saṃsāriṇō narāḥ ॥ 25 ॥

rāmaṃ lakṣmaṇa pūrvajaṃ raghuvaraṃ sītāpatiṃ sundaram
kākutsthaṃ karuṇārṇavaṃ guṇanidhiṃ viprapriyaṃ dhārmikam ।
rājēndraṃ satyasandhaṃ daśarathatanayaṃ śyāmalaṃ śāntamūrtim
vandē lōkābhirāmaṃ raghukula tilakaṃ rāghavaṃ rāvaṇārim ॥ 26 ॥

rāmāya rāmabhadrāya rāmachandrāya vēdhasē ।
raghunāthāya nāthāya sītāyāḥ patayē namaḥ ॥ 27 ॥

śrīrāma rāma raghunandana rāma rāma
śrīrāma rāma bharatāgraja rāma rāma ।
śrīrāma rāma raṇakarkaśa rāma rāma
śrīrāma rāma śaraṇaṃ bhava rāma rāma ॥ 28 ॥

śrīrāma chandra charaṇau manasā smarāmi
śrīrāma chandra charaṇau vachasā gṛhṇāmi ।
śrīrāma chandra charaṇau śirasā namāmi
śrīrāma chandra charaṇau śaraṇaṃ prapadyē ॥ 29 ॥

mātā rāmō mat-pitā rāmachandraḥ
svāmī rāmō mat-sakhā rāmachandraḥ ।
sarvasvaṃ mē rāmachandrō dayāḻuḥ
nānyaṃ jānē naiva na jānē ॥ 30 ॥

dakṣiṇē lakṣmaṇō yasya vāmē cha (tu) janakātmajā ।
puratō mārutiryasya taṃ vandē raghunandanam ॥ 31 ॥

lōkābhirāmaṃ raṇaraṅgadhīraṃ
rājīvanētraṃ raghuvaṃśanātham ।
kāruṇyarūpaṃ karuṇākaraṃ taṃ
śrīrāmachandraṃ śaraṇyaṃ prapadyē ॥ 32 ॥

manōjavaṃ māruta tulya vēgaṃ
jitēndriyaṃ buddhimatāṃ variṣṭam ।
vātātmajaṃ vānarayūtha mukhyaṃ
śrīrāmadūtaṃ śaraṇaṃ prapadyē ॥ 33 ॥

kūjantaṃ rāmarāmēti madhuraṃ madhurākṣaram ।
āruhyakavitā śākhāṃ vandē vālmīki kōkilam ॥ 34 ॥

āpadāmapahartāraṃ dātāraṃ sarvasampadām ।
lōkābhirāmaṃ śrīrāmaṃ bhūyōbhūyō namāmyahaṃ ॥ 35 ॥

bharjanaṃ bhavabījānāmarjanaṃ sukhasampadām ।
tarjanaṃ yamadūtānāṃ rāma rāmēti garjanam ॥ 36 ॥

rāmō rājamaṇiḥ sadā vijayatē rāmaṃ ramēśaṃ bhajē
rāmēṇābhihatā niśācharachamū rāmāya tasmai namaḥ ।
rāmānnāsti parāyaṇaṃ parataraṃ rāmasya dāsōsmyahaṃ
rāmē chittalayaḥ sadā bhavatu mē bhō rāma māmuddhara ॥ 37 ॥

śrīrāma rāma rāmēti ramē rāmē manōramē ।
sahasranāma tattulyaṃ rāma nāma varānanē ॥ 38 ॥

iti śrībudhakauśikamuni virachitaṃ śrīrāma rakṣāstōtraṃ sampūrṇaṃ ।

śrīrāma jayarāma jayajayarāma ।

Creating Hinduphobic narrative – A case study

By: Ratan Sharda

I chanced upon the following article from a little known news portal “The Art Newspaper” through Flipboard. Obviously, this portal is supposed to focus on Art and Culture, however, it has other interests that match with our Indian illiberal class. It is a classic example of the creation of a Hinduphobic narrative with partial facts and loaded reporting on a smallest pretext.

News: A small temple in a small lane of a small crowded village called Shahpur Jat (a protected ‘Lal Dora’ area) in south of Delhi, obviously populated mostly by native jats had a Sai Baba murti which was removed/broken down and removed by the trustees of the temple. This is the news. Period. Now, Left illiberal groups decide to blow it up into a Hinduphobia narrative.

So, this is how it is reported by the Left illiberal class. The title of the news story is –

Hindu nationalists tear down Delhi temple statue of Indian spiritual teacher, claiming he is a Muslim (https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/jihadi-statue-removed-from-delhi-temple)
Title could have been ‘Jat owners of a temple remove Sai Baba statue from their temple.’ But, that won’t suit their narrative. Ok, ok. It could have been ‘broken’ not removed.

The report then says that the men who demolished the idol (not my words, as a Hindu I would call it a Murti because it was being worshipped, not a show piece) It is true that Sai Baba is worshipped both by Hindus and Muslims. I would rather say, was worshipped. Because they have abandoned the entire holy area of Shirdi temple complex and it is being controlled and managed by Hindus now since decades. BJP/RSS have no role in this appropriation. Even the mosque in the premises of the temple of Sai Baba is no more a mosque. It is just an exhibit where Sai Baba lived. Regular artis are held, no namaz is held there. Reason may be that Islam does not allow worshipping any god or bowing to any human being. It is a big sin. A senior Maulvi of Tuscon mosque quotes many ayats about it, I am quoting just one –

[4:48] GOD does not forgive idolatry,* but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside GOD, has forged a horrendous offense. Footnote: *4:48 Idol worship is not forgivable, if maintained until death. One can always repent from any offense, including idolatry, before death comes (see 4:18 & 40:66).
(For complete reading on this issue, read this article – https://www.masjidtucson.org/submission/monotheism/idolworship.html)

The news rightly notes that, “A number of Sai Baba’s devotees in Delhi have since filed a complaint, but a formal case has yet to be launched.” In the next para the reporter plays a trick. He/she brings in Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, with no peg to hang on in this story. There is no elaboration of this statement by the reporter. It says, “Appearing in several of the videos is the high-profile Hindu priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, who has been described as “the high- “one of the shrillest voices in the Hindutva ecosystem.” I tried searching for this information, I did find that he had praised the act according to some reports .But, isn’t he repeating what the Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati had said earlier? (I will come to him later). Worst has been said about Hindus and their belief system by various Maulvis, I am not even talking about politicians. No Left illiberal group has ever found them objectionable enough.

The story is further developed with demonising this ascetic who could be earning millions of dollars but chose to be Sadhu to work for Hindu society. It says, “He is currently under investigation by Delhi police for stoking religious tensions with an inflammatory speech against the Prophet Muhammad, in which he calls for a “war on Islam”. Earlier this month, he publicly praised the beating of a 14-year-of Muslim boy, who was seriously injured on 12 March for drinking water from a Hindu temple in the northern city of Dasna, Uttar Pradesh.”
The reporter simply refuses to acknowledge the other side of the story that the temple is in an overwhelmingly Muslim majority area where Muslims have kept harassing the people who manage the temple including worse desecration of the murtis, that the boy who came deep inside the temple for water could have gone to two more taps, one outside the temple and one near the entry. But, he chose to harass the managing person there. Reporter refuses to admit that managing this temple has been a nightmare as Muslims boys deliberately walk in to harass the local priest and temple had to be fortified to keep away the mischief mongers. There are videos available on line to vouch for it. But, story must always be of ‘poor’ minority boy being harassed, while boys are from ‘majority’ in that area, where the so called ‘majority’ is an oppressed ‘minority’ actually. This is the background from where Yati’s angst rises. He has witnessed a Jihad like situation from close quarters. He has studied Islam. This sanyasi has come into lime light only recently due to Dasna. His only tenuous link to Hindutva forces is a local BJP leader of Delhi, Kapil Mishra. But, for reporter he is THE ‘Right-Wing Hindutva force’, to be mainstreamed so he can be demonised and Hindus can be demonised.

Scroll.in quoted by this reporter may be right when it writes that a local Padam Panwar ‘reportedly’ said that the figure, which was erected in 2009, was taken down because it was old and damaged. In the video he (Panwar) can be heard saying: “He is no god. He died in 1918. He is Muslim.” Scroll.in reported that a message forwarded by Panwar on the Shahpur Jat society’s WhatsApp group on 27 March claims that the popularity of Sai Baba “also known as Chand Miyan” was a “conspiracy economically supported by the Islamic world”.

A person does have a right to his/ her opinion. Isn’t it? Hindus don’t issue fatwas for beheading of a person who has a different view on faith, even if he/she insults a God. It is obvious that it is his and many of his friends’ view as he seemingly had not been scolded by his brethren in the group. This local issue, obviously’ has nothing to do with “Hindu Nationalist” forces. No recognised “Hindu Nationalist” force has ever made a comment about Sai Baba being Muslim. We can judge who is being indirectly named. But, ‘Hindutva forces’ have never claimed monopoly on representing Hindu society. Yati has equal right to present his view point. Don’t our Left liberals keep talking of freedom of speech?

The report rightly points out that, “Sai Baba is worshipped widely across India and the world, with numerous temples and monuments dedicated to him.” Now, comes the unsubstantiated sly blow: “However in recent years, his (Sai Baba’s) philosophy has become a hot button issue amid rising Hindu nationalism abetted by the ruling political party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).” Can the honourable journalist show one instance of any BJP leader ever speaking against Sai Baba? Infact, during BJP rule in Maharashtra, the temple trust of Sai Baba was headed by a BJP leader, who gave his best to create a world class infrastructure in Shirdi, the seat of Sai Baba.
Next allegation can be termed as ‘shooting one’s own foot’. I love this!

Reporter says, “Soon after the BJP came to power in 2014, a conclave of Hindu priests passed a resolution that he should not be worshipped.” Obviously, the reporter is blindsided by his/her Hindu and Hindutva hate. The person who led this attack on Sai Baba’s worship was Shankaracharya Swaroopananda who has openly spoken of his love for Congress. He was so incensed when Modi ji became PM that he slapped a journalist for mentioning his victory. Here is one such link – (https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/mp-shankaracharya-swaroopanand-slaps-journalist-for-question-on-modi/story-emlQ01sUt38SHYej6fZoYI.html)

It was his congregation that passed something like what the reporter calls a resolution. (https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/sai-babas-worship-causing-maharashtra-drought-says-shankaracharya-317347-2016-04-11) He and his followers came on TV during this period to put forward their point of view. No Hindutva leader (obviously the entire report is an exercise in BJP/RSS/VHP bashing, so let us name the nameless devil) ever supported their arguments.

This Shankaracharya is known to make controversial statements including criticising VHP/BJP and Ram Mandir construction. He has targeted RSS/VHP/BJP leaders routinely where he says BJP and RSS have done maximum damage to Hinduism. Here is just one example – https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/bjp-and-rss-caused-the-biggest-damage-to-hinduism-in-recent-times-says-shankaracharya-swaroopandanda-saraswati-1225003-2018-05-02.

I am not surprised, because Left – illiberal ecosystem has a selective amnesia. This lobby has a single minded focus of creating a Hindu-phobic narrative, as Mumbaikars say, “Masala maar ke” – by spicing it up – with half truths, falsehood and poisonous reporting. I hope this case study opens the eyes of ‘Hindtuva’ leaders and they put some efforts to counter this poisonous narrative.

Courtesy: Organiser