Malikappuram – a Malayalam movie based on Sabarimala, starring Unni Mukundan hit the screens on 30 December 2022.
As per “Bhootanatha Upakhyanam”, a hindu epic that tells us the story of Lord Ayyappa, Malikapurathamma is none other than Lalita Tripurasundari Devi herself.
The Goddess who is described as “Manja Mata” in the book, was consecrated next to Shri Bhutanathan (Ayyappan) by an acharya from Salapura. This divine act was witnessed by Rishi Agastya and Maharshi Parashu Ram, as mentioned in the 15th chapter of the same book.
The movie Malikappuram portrays the innocent yet true devotion of a young kid for her beloved God Ayyappa.
Malikapurathamma who is considered and worshipped with equal importance and devotion as Ayyappa Swamy, leaves us with a ray of hope that the Malayalam film industry is slowly but surely coming out of the eclipse that had affected and subdued them for long now.
Big salute and thanks to the honesty and uprightness of a single man, Unni Mukundan who always stood for what he felt as right. The theme of the film is a mesmerising one and nobody should forget that lakhs and lakhs of devotees of Lord Ayyappa came to streets to extend their support and defend the traditions of Lord Ayyappa when the same was challenged by the ruling Kerala Govt.
Do catch the magical moments and glimpses of Sabarimala on the big screen. This wonderful movie by Unni Mukundan may turn out to another Kanthaara from the south.
क्रूर मुगल शासक औरंगजेब की मजहबी दरिंदगी और दहशतगर्दी को खुली चेतावनी देने वाले श्रीगुरु पुत्रों के महान बलिदान का संबंध किसी एक क्षेत्र, प्रांत, कौम और साम्प्रदाय के साथ नहीं है। यह बलिदान भारतराष्ट्र की वीरव्रती सनातन धरोहर की एक सशस्त्र कड़ी है। उल्लेखनीय है कि दशमेश पिता श्रीगुरु गोबिन्द सिंह जी महाराज द्वारा सृजित ‘खालसा पंथ’ ने औरंगजेब की आततायी मानसिकता और उसकी गैरइंसानी हरकतों को सदैव के लिए दफन कर दिया था।
त्याग और शौर्य की अनूठी मिसाल श्रीगुरु पुत्रों के बलिदान की प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने “न भूतो न भविष्ति” कह कर अपनी श्रद्धांजलि दी है। वास्तव में चारों साहिबजादों के बलिदान वीर अभिमन्यु, प्रह्लाद, ध्रुव, नचिकेता एवं भरत जैसे वीर भारतीय पुत्रों की विरासत को जीवित रखने का महान उपकर्म है।
श्रीगुरु पुत्रों ने अपने बलिदानों से सारे भारत राष्ट्र के स्वाभिमान को पुनः जीवित कर दिया। अतः इस ‘वीर बाल दिवस’ पर सभी भारतवासियों को जाति, बिरादरी, कौम, प्रांत, और भाषा की संकीर्णता को छोड़कर एक राष्ट्रपुरुष होने की प्रतिज्ञा करनी चाहिए और उन लोगों के नापाक इरादों को चुनौती देनी चाहिए जो भारत रक्षक खालसा पंथ और इसके बलिदानों पर अलगाववाद का रंग चढ़ाते हैं।
अपनी आत्मकथा बचित्र नाटक में श्रीगुरु गोबिन्द सिंह जी ने कहा है- “सकल जगत में खालसा पंथ गाजे, जागे धर्म हिन्दू तुर्क द्वंद भाजै” अपने इस ध्येय वाक्य को इस महान संत योद्धा ने अपने समस्त परिवार की आहुति देकर साकार कर दिया। आज देश और विदेश में ‘वीर बाल दिवस’ मनाकर समस्त धर्म एवं मानवता प्रेमी गुरुपुत्रों के महान बलिदान को श्रद्धापूर्वक नमन कर रहे हैं।
अनादि कल से आज तक विश्व के इतिहास में एक भी ऐसा उदाहरण नहीं मिलता जब किसी योद्धा ने युद्ध के मैदान में अपना समस्त परिवार ही कुर्बान कर दिया हो। हमारे धर्मरक्षक खालसा पंथ की सृजना करने वाले दशमेश पिता श्रीगुरु गोबिन्द सिंह जी महाराज ने भारतीय संस्कृति, धर्म और स्वतंत्रता के लिए अपने पिता, चारों पुत्रों और अपनी माता को भी राष्ट्र की बलिवेदी पर बलिदान देने की न केवल प्रेरणा दी अपितु अपने प्राणों का उत्सर्ग करते हुए देखा भी।
खालसा पंथ की सृजना के समय श्रीगुरु गोबिन्द सिंह ने अपने पांचों सिंघ शिष्यों से प्रतिज्ञा की थी- “आपने मुझे अपना सर दिया है मैं आपको अपना सरवंश दूंगा” जब एक गुरु सिंघ भाई दयासिंह ने कहा- “सच्चे पातशाह हमने तो अपने शीश देकर अमृतपान किया है। आप खालसा को क्या भेंट करोगे?” तुरंत दशमेश पिता ने उत्तर दिया- “मैं अपने सभी सुत खालसा (धर्मरक्षकों) की भेंट चढ़ाऊँगा। मैं स्वयं भी अपने सिंघों के बीच उपस्थित रहूँगा।“ इतिहास साक्षी है कि दशमेश पिता ने अपनी घोषणा अथवा प्रतिज्ञा को अक्षरश: निभाया।
यहाँ हम दशमेश पिता के चारों पुत्रों के महान बलिदान का संक्षिप्त वर्णन ही करेंगे। साहिबजादा अजीत सिंह (18 वर्ष), साहिबजादा जुझार सिंह (16 वर्ष), जोरावर सिंह (8 वर्ष) और साहिबजादा फतेह सिंह (6 वर्ष) इन चारों पुत्रों को श्रीगुरु ने अपनी देखरेख में शस्त्र विद्या एवं आध्यात्मिक शिक्षा प्रदान की। देश और धर्म की रक्षा के लिए अपना सर्वस्व त्याग करने के संस्कारों से ओतप्रोत थे चारों वीर पुत्र।
दशमेश पिता ने अपने मात्र 42 वर्ष के जीवन काल में मुगलों की दहशतगर्दी के विरुद्ध अनेकों युद्ध लड़े। परंतु ‘चमकौर की गढ़ी’ नामक स्थान पर लड़ा गया भयंकर युद्ध अपना विशेष महत्व रखता है। इस युद्ध में मात्र 40 सिख योद्धाओं ने हजारों मुगल सैनिकों के छक्के छुड़ा दिए थे। श्रीगुरु और उनके सिख सैनिकों ने किले के अंदर से तीरों की बौछार करके सैंकड़ों मुगल सैनिकों को यमलोक पहुंचा दिया। अंत में श्रीगुरु ने अपने बड़े पुत्र बाबा अजीत सिंह को मात्र पांच सिख सैनिकों के साथ किले के बाहर जाकर युद्ध करने का आदेश दिया।
इस मात्र 18 वर्षीय तरुण योद्धा ने शत्रुओं के घेरे को तोड़ा और शत्रुओं के बीच में जाकर अपनी तलवार के भीषण वारों से सैंकड़ों मुगलों को काट डाला। महाभारत के युद्ध में 18 वर्षीय अभिमन्यु ने भी इसी तरह हजारों कौरव सैनिकों की घेराबंदी को तोड़कर चक्रव्यूह को भेद डाला था। इसी वीरव्रती इतिहास को बाबा अजीत सिंह ने चमकौर के युद्ध में दोहरा दिया था।
बाबा अजीत सिंह के बलिदान के बाद श्रीगुरु ने अपने दूसरे पुत्र 16 वर्षीय बाबा जुझार सिंह को युद्ध के मैदान में जाने का आदेश दिया। इस तरुण योद्धा ने भी अपनी तलवार के जौहर दिखाए और शत्रु सेना के बहुत बड़े हिस्से को यमलोक का रास्ता दिखा दिया। इस तरह दोनों वीर पुत्र वीरगति को प्राप्त हुए। धन्य है ऐसा महान पिता जिसने अपने कलेजे के दोनों दुकड़ों को धर्म हेतु बलिदान कर दिया।
इस युद्ध के पश्चात श्रीगुरु का सारा परिवार बिखर गया। इनके दोनों छोटे बेटों को इनकी दादी गुरुमाता गुजरी जी सुरक्षित लेकर एक गाँव में पहुंची। इस समय दोनों बेटों जोरावर सिंह और फतेह सिंह 8 वर्ष और 6 वर्ष के थे। इस गाँव में गुरु परिवार का एक भक्त गंगू रहता था। इस गुरुभक्त ने पहले तो गुरु माता के सोने के जेवर और सिक्के चुराए और फिर शहर के कोतवाल को गुरुपुत्रों और माता की जानकारी दे दी। सरहिन्द के नवाब बजीर खान ने इन तीनों को गिरफ्तार करके एक अति ठंडे बुर्ज में कैद कर दिया। इस परिस्तिथि की गंभीरता को भांप कर गुरुमाता दादी ने दोनों बच्चों को अपने धर्म पर अड़िग रहने की शिक्षा दी।
अगले दिन प्रातः नवाब बजीर खान ने दोनों बच्चों को दरबार में आने का आदेश दिया। दरबार का दरवाजा इतना छोटा था कि आने वालों को झुक कर अंदर जाना पड़ता था। इन दोनों वीरपुत्रों ने झुकने के बजाए पहले अपने पांव दरवाजे के अंदर किए और फिर भीतर गए। नवाब को सलाम तक नहीं किया। “बोले सो निहाल-सतश्री अकाल” से दरबार की दीवारों को हिला दिया।
इन्हें जब इस्लाम कबूल करने के लिए कहा गया तो दोनों ने गरजते हुए कहा- “हम दशमेश पिता कलगीधर गुरु गोबिन्द सिंह के पुत्र हैं और धर्म और मानवता के लिए शहीद होने वाले श्रीगुरु तेग बहादुर के पौत्र हैं। हम अपने प्राण दे देंगे, परंतु धर्म नहीं छोड़ेंगे।“
इन दोनों वीर पुत्रों को जिंदा ही दीवारों में चिन देने का आदेश दिया गया। दोनों वीर पुत्रों ने ऊंची आवाज में उद्घोष किया- “वाहिगुरु जी का खालसा, वाहिगुरु जी की फतेह” जैसे-जैसे दीवार ऊंची होती चली गई, दोनों बालक उद्घोष करते रहे। स्वधर्म, मानवता और स्वतंत्रता के लिए शहीद हुए गुरुपुत्रों ने बलिदान का अनूठा इतिहास रच डाला।
उधर जब इन दोनों वीरपुत्रों के इस तरह बेदर्दी से शहीद कर दिए जाने का समाचार दादी माता गुजरी ने सुना तो उन्होंने भी प्राण त्याग दिए। हिन्दू राजा टोडरमल ने लाखों स्वर्ण मुद्राएं देकर कुछ भूमि खरीदी और दोनों वीर पुत्रों के अंतिम संस्कार की व्यवस्था की। इस स्थान पर ही गुरुद्वारा ज्योतिस्वरूप मौजूद हैं। गुरु पुत्रों के शहीदी स्थान पर गुरुद्वारा फतेह सिंह है। इस तरह एक पूरा परिवार स्वधर्म और स्वतंत्रता के लिए शहीद हो गया।
Just because the Britishers left India, it didn’t mean our fight for Independence was over. On 2nd August 1954, about 100 Sangh Swayamsevaks attacked the remaining Portugese bases in Dadra Nagar and Haveli. This attack was led by Pune Sanghchalak Shri Vinayak Rao Apte. There were a lot of prominent Sangh members in this attack. Adopting guerella tactics, they first attacked the Main police station in Selvesa and made all the 175 soldiers present there surrender unconditionally and hoisted the Tri-colored National Flag atop. On the same day, they handed over the region to the Central Government. In recognition of that historical day, the people of Selvesa invited the 100 brave fighters to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that day on 02nd August, 1979 and honored them. They were recognised as freedom fighters by the Maharashtra government in 1987.
The Portugese still had control over Goa during that time. For the first time in 1955, the first person to hoist the tri-colored National Flag atop the Panaji Municipal building was a teacher from Goa and a swayamsevak. Depite Goa getting freed in 1961, he was still in Lisbon jail for another 17 years. In 1955, in the united fight for freedom of Goa, organised by all the political parties, it was the swayamsevaks, who took the primary responsibility. The Swayamsevaks took it upon their shoulders to ensure food for all the Satyagrahis camped at the borders of Goa. The various Satyagraha groups were led by the prominent leaders from the Sangh and Jansangh. A lot of them took bullets and suffered various atrocities in Portugese jails.
One of the prominent swayamsevaks, who led the Satyagraha groups, was the leader from Ujjain, leading the Madhya Bharat Satyagraha group, Shri Rajabhavu Mahankal. The Portugese were ready to welcome these Satyagrahis with Guns and Bullets on the borders of Goa. As Bhavuji was about to cross the border, the first three lines were shot at by the Portugese and were injured and fellow down. In the third line was brave Sahodaridevi, who also fell. Seeing her fall, Bhavuji took the tri-colored National Flag and charged at the Portugese shouting Bharat Mata ki Jai. A bullet ripped through his neck during his charge and he fell to the Ground. In the few seconds that he was still conscious, he instructed others to take care of the National Flag and the injured amongst them. And after a few minutes, he joined all those bravehearts, who sacrificed their lives for freedom of their motherland.
NCRI’s new report “Cyber Social Swarming Precedes Real World Riots in Leicester: How Social Media Became a Weapon for Violence”
Our report found that social media platforms were central to agitation and fomenting real world violence against vulnerable populations in the U.K. In this thread, we use machine learning, natural language processing, network analysis, OSINT and classification to investigate.
NCRI developed a timeline describing notable events and malicious narratives. Malicious online narratives, many since deleted, played an essential role in instigating attacks in Leicester.
Malicious Narratives around “Hindutva Dominance” Underscored Cyber Swarming activity – recruit followers from the virtual world to mobilize into real world protests and violence in Leicester.
These narratives exploded and Topic Networks show that these dominance themes became top associations with the term “Hindu” overall on Twitter.
Inauthentic bot-like activity disseminated both Hinduphobic and Islamophobic messaging. Using NCRI’s tools, we found evidence of bot like accounts that disseminated both anti-Hindu and anti-Muslim messaging throughout the violence, projecting the other community as responsible.
Network of concentrated reactivity and blame towards Muslims took shape in India in response to these events.
Using ConfliBERT and HateBERT, we found numerous calls for violence, with roughly 70% of these calls targeting Hindus and 30% targeting Muslims
This incident illustrates the need to develop an early warning system to communicate information threats impacting vulnerable communities.
Moving forward, information threats can be shared with local community leaders and LE officials so they can act collaboratively to address false narratives that can lead to real-world violence.
Every Hindu felt proud when Rishi Sunak was appointed by King Charles III on 25 October 2022, making him the first Hindu prime minister of officially Christian Great Britain. England was in desperate need of a competent leader and Sunak, a practicing Hindu, came as a saviour. He was the third premier in the space of just seven weeks after Johnson’s partygate exit and Liz Truss’ mini-budget fiasco. He is a proud Hindu who has taken oath of Parliament on the Hindu holy book, the Bhagwad Gita. In 2022 Sunak and his wife celebrated the Hindu festival of Krishna Janmashtami and worshipped a cow at Bhaktivedanta Manor temple.
At the age of 42 years, he became the youngest British prime minister in 210 years history. Earlier he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) from 2020 to 2022.
His grandparents migrated from Gujranwala in modern day Pakistan to East Africa. Sunak spoke out against the racism he faced in his life and how his family struggled while immigrating to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s.
OVERSEAS HINDU HEADS OF STATE BEFORE RISHI SUNAK
Rishi Sunak is the latest in a list of one Hindu woman and Twenty one Hindu men who have been Prime Ministers and Presidents of nine different countries around the world. These countries include 3 from Asia (Fiji, New Zealand and Singapore), 3 from West Indies (Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago), 2 from Europe (Ireland and UK) and 1 from Africa (Mauritius). Seven of them are incumbent Heads of State
AWAKENING HINDU PRIDE
These Heads of State are Proud Hindus
We hope to see them as heads of state one day.
Tulsi Gabbard (31), the first Hindu ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives took her oath of office in 2013 on the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scripture.
Alok Sharma England’s Member of Parliament took his oath in the House of Commons on the Bhagavad Gita in 2019.
Dr Gaurav Sharma, New Zealand’s Member of Parliament took oath in 2020 in Sanskrit – thereby becoming the first lawmaker in the country to do so.
Basdeo Panday (born 1933) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 6 years from November 1995 till December 2001. He charmed a massive 50,000 person crowd at January’s ‘Puja 2000,’ when he burst into Hanuman Chalisa, a popular Hindu song to Lord Hanuman. “Never before has a Prime Minister even attempted to pray with the Hindu community in such a real and emotional manner. By the second verse the crowd joined in. As the Prime Minister shouted at the end ‘Prem se bolo, Hanuman Ki Jai’ [‘Sing with love, Hail to Hanuman’] the crowd of thousands joined with him in a single voice that would have been heard for miles away…” In 2005, he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar (born 1952) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 5 years from May 2010 to September 2015. She was the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and also of entire Caribbean region (West Indies). She was also country’s first female Attorney General, and Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to chair the Commonwealth of Nations and the first Hindu woman and the first woman of Indian origin to be a prime minister of a country outside of India. In 2012 she surprised everyone when she bent down and touched the feet of President Pratibha Patil after being presented with the ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Samman’ award.
Chandrikapersad Santokhi (born 1959) is the present President of Suriname since July 2020. He took his oath holding Vedas and reciting Hindu Sanskrit shloks and mantras. Santokhi’s inauguration was blessed by several Hindu and Christian religious leaders.
PRAVASI BHARATIYA SAMMAN
Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award), is granted by the Government of India to members of the Indian diaspora to honor their contributions to the countries of which they are members. The award was initiated in 2003 by the Vajpayee government.
Ten heads of state have been awarded Pravasi Bharat Samman: Rt. Hon’ble Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Pravind Jugnauth and. Rajkeswur Purryag (Mauritius) Basdeo Panday and Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Trinidad and Tobago), Bharrat Jagdeo and Rabindernauth Ramaotar (Guyana), Mahendra Pal Chaudhry (Fiji) and S. R. Nathan (Singapore). HINDU HEADS OF STATE
22 Hindu Heads of State in 9 countries are:
Sir Shivsagar Ram Gulam (1900–1985) was Prime Minister of Mauritius for 14 years from March 1968 to June 1982. He is widely recognized as Mauritius’ founding father. According to Various streets and public places in Mauritius bear his name. He also figures on every Mauritian Rupee coin and on the highest note tender of Rs 2,000. Monuments to him also stand in the Sir Shivsagar Ram Gulam Botanical Garden in Port Louis, and even in the village of SSR’s ancestor, near Patna, Bihar in India.
Devan Nair (1923–2005) was President of Singapore for 3 years from October 1981 to March 1985. Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability was opened in 2014 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to recognise his contributions to the labour movement.
Lachmipersad Ramdat Misier (1926–2004) was President of Suriname for 5 years from February 1982 January 1988. “He has played a vital role in Suriname’s new democratic gestation. He brought unprecedented developments for the country”, said former president of Suriname Jules Wijdenbosch.
Anerood Jugnauth (1930–2021) was Prime Minister of Mauritius for 18 years and President for 8 years between 1982 and 2017. He was made Queen’s Counsel in 1980, made a member of the Privy Council in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.
Pretaap Radhakishun (1934–2001) was Prime Minister of Suriname for 264 days during 1986 – 1987 period.
Ramsewak Shankar (born 1937) was President of Suriname for 2 years 333 days between 1988 and 1990. His government was overthrown in a bloodless military coup.
Veerasamy Ringadoo (1920–2000) was President of Mauritius for 110 days in 1992. Earlier he was the last governor-general of Mauritius from 1986 to 1992,
Cheddi Jagan (1918–1997) was President of Guyana for 4 years between 1992 and 1997. Cheddi Jagan is widely regarded in Guyana as the Father of the Nation In 1953. President Sam Hinds described Jagan as the “greatest son and patriot that has ever walked this land”. The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre in Georgetown celebrates his life and work. The Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the primary international airport of the country, has been renamed after Jagan.
Basdeo Panday (born 1933) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 6 years from November 1995 till December 2001.
Navinchandra Ramgoolam (born 1947) was Prime Minister of Mauritius for 14 years between 1995 and 2014.
Mahendra Chaudhry (born 1942) was Prime Minister of Fiji for 1 years 8 days from May 1999 to May 2000.
Bharrat Jagdeo (born 1964) was President of Guyana for 12 years from August 1999 to December 2011. At the age of 35, he was one of the youngest heads of state in the world. During his tenure as president, major economic and social reforms were initiated in Guyana. When he relinquished office, Guyana had experienced five consecutive years of strong economic growth, often out-pacing other South American countries.
S. R. Nathan (1924–2016) was President of Singapore for 11 years 364 days from September 1999 to August 2011. In 2018, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), was renamed the S R Nathan School of Human Development (NSHD) to recognise his advocacy of social and community causes. In 2012, the Government of India conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) to Nathan in recognition of his contribution in building closer links between Singapore and India.
Sir Anand Satyanand (born 1944) was the Governor-General of New Zealand for 5 years from 2006 to 2011. This post is equivalent to that of a President. Since returning to private life, Satyanand was Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation for two 2-year terms. He then led the Commonwealth team in observing the National Elections of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Satyanand received the Rotary International Award of Honour in 2011.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar (born 1952) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 5 years from May 2010 to September 2015.
Rabindranauth Ramotar (born 1950) was President of Guyana for 3 years from December 2011 to May 2015.
Kailash Purryag (born 1947) was President of Mauritius for 2 years 312 days from July 2012 to May 2015.
Pravind Jugnauth (born 1961) is the present Prime Minister of Mauritius for more than 5 years since January 2017.
Leo Varadkar (born 1979) was Taoiseach or Head of government of Ireland for 3 years from June 2017 to June 2020. Leo Varadkar (son of Dr Ashok Varadkar) has visited India on a number of occasions. He completed his medical internship at KEM Hospital in his father’s childhood city of Mumbai. One of Varadkar’s first acts as Taoiseach or Head of government of Ireland, was to announce a referendum on abortion for 2018.
Prithvirajsing Roopun (born 1959) is the current President of Mauritius since December 2019. 21. Chandrikapersad Santokhi (born 1959) is the present President of Suriname since July 2020.
Rishi Sunak (born 1980) is the present Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 25 October 2022.
Reaction to Rishi Sunak by Indian Muslim Leaders
Indian Muslim leaders have maintained dead silence over inhuman atrocities on fellow Muslims in China. But they were quick to demand that a Burqa and hijab-clad Muslim woman should become Prime Minister of India while making it clear that no Hindu man or woman can ever become Chief Minister of Kashmir as it is a Muslim majority state. London has a Muslim mayor of Pakistan descent. Will the Muslims demand a Hindu or Christian Mayor in Pakistan.