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Ayodhya Welcomes Prabhu Sri Ram

Welcoming Prabhu Sri Ram to Ayodhya with nearly 1.7 lakh diyas (earthen lamps) at Ram ki Paudi, marked the grand celebrations of Deepavali this year (Vikram Samvat 2074), while a helicopter decorated as “Pushpak Viman” carried Prabhu Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman Bhayya who were symbolically represented by artists, descended on the Ram Katha Park near Sarayu river in Ayodhya, at the birth place of Sri Ram.

The grand event of this magnitude has happened nearly after “490 years” to the delight of all Bharatiyas filling the spiritual fervor and happiness, reminding us of the nostalgic era of Bharatiya Itihas – Ramayana.

It was in the year 1527 AD, that “Sri Rama Mandir” in Ayodhya was destroyed and demolished by Baburthe barbarous invader. Most celebrations since then were subdued in Ayodhya. Even after Bharat attained independence in 1947, nothing of this magnitude could ever have been imagined. Let alone celebrations, the very birth place of Prabhu Ram was itself challenged and his very existence questioned! The need for a grand Mandir at Ayodhya is still a distant dream, which is being continuously debated and challenged in courts.

The then CM of UP, Mulayam Singh Yadav inorder to checkmate the Mandir movement had ordered indiscriminate firing at Karsevaks and Hindu pilgrims at Ayodhya, only to appease certain sections of the society with his vote-bank politics. The firing at Karsevaks took place on October 30, 1990, when the Ram Mandir movement, spearheaded by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), was at its peak.

This year’s grand Deepavali celebrations led by Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, has brought back the glory to Ayodhya in memory of the day when Prabhu Sri Ram along with Seetha mata and Lakshman Bhayya, had returned to Ayodhya as a Victorious King.

Also, these grand celebrations acquire a spiritual and the political significance, as this is the same Sarayu ghat, where Karsevaks were fired upon by police on the orders of the then CM of UP, Mulayam Singh.

By lighting around 2 lakh Diyas, Hon.CM Yogi Adityanath has paid respects to our beloved “Karsevaks” on the banks of river “Sarayu”. These grand celebrations with offering of “Maha aArati” signified the welcoming of Prabhu Sri Ram have once again rekindled hope in Crores of Rama Bhakts, who can reassert and feel proud of being a Hindu. The awakened Hindu has sensed that our festivals and the celebrations are the ones that have kept Hindutva alive, and hence will no longer tolerate any more onslaughts against Hindu ethos.

That is why, DESPITE judicial overreach by the ‘milords’ of Supreme Court to curtail Deepavali celebrations on ‘experimental’ basis, the entire Bharat has gloriously burst the Deepavali crackers, and more this time!

May Prabhu Sri Ram continue to inspire us towards Rama Rajya, a Dharmic way of life.
Jai Sriram. Shubh Deepavali. सियावर रामचंद्र की जय, शुभ दीपावलि.

More pictures at: Ayodhya Welcomes Sri Rama

Coverage in Press:

1.Hon.CM Yogi Adityanath Offers Prayers On The Banks Of River Sarayu.

2. Hon.CM Yogi Adityanath celebrates Diwali in Ayodhya.

3. अयोध्या में भव्य दीपावली महोत्सव.

4. Reuters Video: http://www.reuters.tv/v/anH/2017/10/19/insight-indian-city-lights-up-on-eve-of-diwali

5. Video on Ayodhya Movement:

 

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Rohingya Issue: National Security Must Prevail

It is true that India has traditionally been hospitable to people in distress but any action/policy that places the well-being of citizens in jeopardy must be rejected. Government must identify and deport the Rohingyas soon.

As in the past, bleeding heart liberals have displayed utter insensitivity to the welfare and security of India’s 1.3 billion citizens and have taken up cudgels on behalf of a bunch of illegal immigrants — the Rohingyas — many of whom have links with terrorist outfits in Pakistan and pose grave threat to national security. Putting the welfare of these illegal immigrants before those of Indian citizens, their sympathisers demand that Indian citizens set aside their apprehensions regarding their security and share the scarce resources available in the country with them.

We need to first examine some of the arguments that are being advanced on behalf of the Rohingyas in the Supreme Court and in the public fora. It is said on behalf of the Rohingyas that they are refugees and “not mere illegal immigrants” and that they are entitled protection under many international conventions to which India is a signatory, including those based on the principle of non-refoulement.

This is factually incorrect. Rohingyas are not refugees and are not entitled to the rights available to such individuals. They are like millions of Bangladeshis, who have illegally entered India and spread themselves across the country. Further, India is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Nor is India a signatory to the 1967 Protocol Relating to Refugees. The obligation of non-refoulement (non-return) is only binding on states that are parties to the 1951 Convention.

Another recurring theme in the arguments advanced against deportation of the Rohingyas is the reference to Fundamental Rights enshrined in Part III of the Constitution of India. Most of these rights are bestowed on citizens of India and not on all and sundry. Since some articles refer to “persons”, while most others refer to “citizens”, there are attempts to obfuscate the issue by juxtaposing “persons” for “citizens” and demanding all kinds of rights for illegal immigrants.

The plea of the Rohingyas, that the right to equality before the law under Article 14 and protection of life and personal liberty enshrined in Article 21, has merit because both articles bestow this right on “persons” and not just to “citizens”. But, there are arguments that seek to equate these illegal immigrants with citizens and this must be challenged. For example, the omnibus rights in Article 19 are rights exclusively conferred on citizens, including the right to freedom of speech and expression; to move freely within the country and to reside and settle in any part of the country.

Apart from the constitutional provisions, which in any case leave no scope for ambiguity, the primary obligation of the Indian state, to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens and shield them from the vagaries of illegal immigration and the consequential demographic, social and economic problems, cannot be disputed. Apart from this, the Government must comply with the Foreigners Act under which it is bound by this law to deport an illegal immigrant.

Because of its porous borders, India has been a victim of cross-border infiltration for several decades leading to gross distortion in the demographic profile of many border districts. Consequently, Indian citizens in these districts have been deprived of the basic rights. Also, is there any need to remind anybody of the number of civilians and members of the security forces who have been killed by these terrorists who have crossed into India?

As regards the Rohingyas, the national security apparatus has sufficient inputs to indicate that their presence within the country has serious security implications. There is information that some Rohingyas are linked to Pakistan-based terror organisations and that they have moved into cities like Jammu, Delhi and Hyderabad. These individuals prose a grave threat to our internal security. There is also evidence of them using fake Indian identity documents and mobilising funds through the hawala route.

Before jumping to conclusions and holding India responsible for the plight of the Rohingyas, it is important to take stock of the prevailing situation in the disturbed Rakhine State in Myanmar, as assessed by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, which was headed by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Going into the history of the conflict, the Kofi Annan report said that shortly after Myanmar won its independence in 1948, “a Muslim Mujahideen rebellion erupted in Rakhine, demanding equal rights and an autonomous Muslim area in the north of the State”. The rebellion was eventually defeated but the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) revived the armed struggle later. Thereafter, the Harakat al-Yakin (later Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked Government security forces in October 2016 — “it was one of the largest Muslim attacks on Government forces in living memory”.

On the Rakhine side, non-state armed groups of both nationalist and communist stripes had fought the Myanmar Army. Is it prudent to look the other way when people, who have their own armies and who have fought such fierce and bloody communal wars, cross the border infiltrate into India? Don’t we have enough problems already?

The Kofi Annan Commission has suggested various measures to bring down communal tensions, including measures to sort out the messy citizenship. It says Myanmar harbours the largest community of stateless people in the world. “If this issue is not addressed it will continue to cause significant human suffering and insecurity”. The Indian Government has rightly supported the Kofi Annan report and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a solution based on peace, communal harmony, justice, dignity and democratic values. India has rushed emergency relief material to Bangladesh to deal with the influx of refugees into that country.

While it is true that India has traditionally been hospitable to people in distress, the primary responsibility of the Indian state is to protect its citizens. Any action or policy that places the well-being of citizens in jeopardy must be summarily rejected. The Government must have a citizen-first approach, identify and deport the Rohingyas before things get out of hand.

The Government should not pay heed to these bleeding hearts — specially Resident-Non-Indians and citizens of other nations — who lack the courage or the common sense to lecture their own nations but constantly seek to besmirch the name of the world’s largest democracy and the world’s most diverse, hospitable and liberal nation.

 

By Dr. A Surya Prakash (The writer is Chairman, Prasar Bharati),
Courtesy: the pioneer, Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

 

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Bulusi Sambamurti – An Unsung Hero

 When his daughter applied for financial assistance, powers-that-be in the Secretariat wanted to know who Sambamurthy was. Maharshi Samba Murti was a victim not only of the Britishers but also of the gross neglect of his own people of Bharat…an Unsung Hero

Bulusu Sambamurthy

The Late Bulusu Samba Murthy was born on the 4th March 1886, in Dulla village in the Godavari District, in an orthodox family of vedic pundits. He got graduated in science from the Madras University and after a brief stint of service as lecturer in physics in the Maharaja’s College at Vijayanagaram, he acquired a degree in law in 1911 and settled as a criminal lawyer at Kakinada. As a practicing lawyer, he proved his worth soon and appeared in the Madras High Court, along with the Late Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu in some very famous criminal cases.

Inspired by the call of the Mahatma Gandhi, during 1921, for Triple Boycott (boycott of courts, councils and colleges), Samba Murty sacrificed his highly lucrative legal profession and took a deep plunge into the freedom movement. A life of high ostentation and cosy comfort till then was suddenly transformed into a life of utter simplicity and austerity. Samba Murty took to wearing loin cloth in 1921 itself much before Gandhiji wore and popularised it. Samba Murty was a victim of the brutal lathi charge un-leashed by the police (Mustafa Ali and Dappula Subba Rao) under the British Raj, at the very place where his bust size statue now stands stoically in the Town Hall Premises at Kakinada.

As the General Secretary of the Reception Committee, he was instrumental in organising the Meetings of the all India congress committee, held at Kakinada in 1923. Even though he suffered bereavement of his only son a few days before the Congress Meetings, he stood unshaken like a KARMA YOGI and in the words of Smt.Sarojini Naidu, he turned the drops of his tears into diamonds and welcomed the national leaders attending the Congress Session.

In 1926, when other congress stalwarts were still demanding only a ‘dominion status’ for India, Samba Murty had moved a resolution in the Congress Session calling for ‘Poorna Swaraj’. As a patriot who led the Salt Satyagraha Movement (1930) in our parts, Samba Murty had vowed not to eat salt till the British Government lifted the Salt Tax and had lived up to his oath.

During the period of Diarchy, in 1937, Samba Murthy was elected as the speaker of the then composite Madras State Assembly and soon came to be known for his impartiality and boldness in conducting its proceedings. He was one of the founders of the ‘Chennapuri Andhra Maha Sabha’.

Samba Murthy had the strength of conviction to oppose (along with Rajaji), on a point of principle, the Mahatma’s QUIT INDIA call to the British and with this, started the process of his alienation from the congress leadership.

He suffered isolation, ill-health and poverty during the ten years he lived in Independent India and expired on the 3rd, February 1958, at Kakinada.

 Having lost his wife and position in public life, he spent his last days in penury at his hometown of Kakinada. Hearing about his plight, Govind Ballabh Pant, the then Union minister rendered financial assistance. He died as a neglected patriot. When his daughter applied for financial assistance, powers-that-be in the Secretariat wanted to know who Sambamurthy was.

True, Samba Murty was a Sthithapragna and like the lives of the Maharshis is of our ancient yore, his life also had inspired and will continue to inspire generations.

Source :

a. http://www.msisds.org/maharshi.html

b. Wikipedia

Left and their maternal love!

A soft word … a small sentence

… feebly uttered or merely murmured

… if not direct … if not strident … atleast whispered

… if not from the depth of your hearts, atleast served from the lips

… or atleast from behind the canopy blinds of huts, from behind closed doors

… or from the tatty shades of the book shelf,

… or from the attics of vintage houses …

With fond hope and eager ears, I turned to all these places for a whimper, a whisper… I am still waiting, aching for a sound-byte, a soft word, from here or there or from anywhere, for sixty days now!


The eyes dilated, tired from scanning newspapers, poring through reports, ardently watching television news, skimming through Social Media … scouring for at least that one newsbyte … that Maoist China is wrong … that China’s armed incursion in Doklam would threaten India and Bhutan, that is what I hoped the Indian communists would say, mumble or whisper, moved by a whiff of conscience or courage!

But alas! All my hopes are quashed!

What happened in 1962 is repeating now!

When socialist Nehru opened his heart to ‘Hindi-Chīnī Bhāī Bhāī’, communist China launched a stealthy strike, an invasion across the Himalayas. The then communists in India went into denial asking “How can socialist China invade a non-aligned country like India?” They then went on to defend China vehemently while blaming the ‘hyperbole’ of Indian Defense minister, Krishna Menon for the war with China!

Although half a century has passed but their way of thinking has not changed. In spite of worldwide reverses, the infatuation of the communists with China has not ended.

Just read the lament of the editorial of CPM’s mouth piece “People’s Democracy” over Doklam:

Doklam belongs to Bhutan. Let Bhutan resolve the problem by itself. We need not interfere in that issue. And the root cause of the problem is not Doklam but Modi Sarkar…

China is infuriated because of the increased proximity between Modi and America, and because of the importance to Tibetan Buddhist Guru Dalai Lama given by India” so goes the editorial.

What a dubious and callous analysis!

These red brothers and combatants, who perennially hit the roads with their hartals, bandhs, lockouts and strikes with their protest rallies, who claim to stand by the exploited poorer and down-trodden sections of the people, are now asking India not to stand by the side of Bhutan, a tiny hilly country that is being bullied by an elephantine expansionist China, and advise India not to stand against Chinese forces!

The Indian Communists give us this free advice: “If any objection is at all required, that has to come from Bhutan; and the mighty Chinese empire can talk to small weak Bhutan and will get this resolved…

History is witness and the whole world knows, what Tibet got by holding talks with China.

The communists say, let Bhutan resolve Bhutan’s issue! They have audacity to give us free advice, but do not even whimper against China, let alone trying to persuade China to establish cordial relations with Bhutan. These same communists never ask China why it meddles in India Pak issues, instead of letting us resolve them mutually.

Never, not a finger against their ‘motherland’ – China!

They will not dare to even suggest to China to allow Tibet to resolve its internal issues, and not to interfere with Tibet. Instead, dancing to the chinese tunes, they proclaim that ‘Chinese invasion of Tibet is to liberate Tibetans from feudal landlords”! What is the difference between the Chinese invasion of Tibet and America that waged a war against merciless Gaddafi under the pretense of liberating Libya, who killed Saddam Hussein under the pretense of an alleged threat from WMDs?

Tomorrow our communists may defend the Chinese invasion of Bhutan in the name of ‘liberating’ the Bhutanese from monarchy, thus conniving with the devious chinese plan to grind communism into the innocent lives of the simple Bhutanese.

Tomorrow, if China declares that Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are to be conquered as part of their ostentatious expansionist plan, our communists might even support China, saying that any chinese expansion into India is only to liberate these states from imperialist India!

All this they have done and will do in future, only to please China – their ‘motherland’ !

Clandestine role of Communists in 1962 War with China:

During the 1962 war, the undivided CPI party leaders were imprisoned by the government of the day because they supported the enemy country – China. Among these leaders was Kerala’s Leftist leader V.S. Achuthanandan. Once in prison, he realized his mistakes and tried to correct. He directed his cadres to support the soldiers of India in order to change the perception that they were Chinese agents!

While in jail, with the help of his fellow-inmates, he conducted blood donation camps to help the injured Indian soldiers and also offered money for war expenditure, by consuming only one meal a day and then selling the remaining food for money, and contributing that money to the soldier’s welfare fund. However, the hardcore Communists did not oblige and vehemently opposed his proposal. The opposition was so emphatic that they came to physical blows with each other!

The war with China ended. Communists were released. What happened next? A complaint was lodged against V.S.Achuthanandan in the party forum questioning his commitment to the party. The Communists concluded that instead of helping China, V.S.Achuthanandan tried to help the Indian government, and that this amounted to a criminal offense! Doubting his commitment towards communism, he was reprimanded for not kow-towing to the party line and was even demoted in the Communist party!

So much for communists’ allegiance and loyalty to China – their ‘motherland’ !!

Well, we are all ordinary people. We believe that having been born on this land, raised in this land, being fed from this very soil, interlaced into the life of this nation, our loyalty is to this land.

But our Leftists claim to be intellectuals, you see! Therefore, geographical boundaries do not apply to them! Gratitude to the soil and people that have fed them, do not apply to them! Nations do not apply to them! For them, international commitment is more important than national interests, and devotion to the motherland, the land that nursed them is only a bourgeois illusion… That is why they cannot oppose China, not even in their dreams. Just mutter a word against Islamism and the Indian communists will all rise in righteous rage claiming to defend the Indian nation and ‘secularism’!

But when Muslim women in China’s Xinjiang province were forbidden to don the burkha and full veil, when muslim men were ordered to discard the full beard, when religious names were forbidden to muslim children, when fifteen of such onerous sanctions were slapped on Chinese muslims, the communists of India cowered in abject silence. After all, all these sanctions were imposed by their beloved ‘socialist motherland’!

None of the communist fellow-travelers, not even a single member of the “Award Wapsi gang” who threatened to leave India because Indian people voted against their preference, who returned national awards because somewhere there was an attack on some writer, has announced any similar move in protest against China’s aggression on Bhutan. They do not care for Indian interests and worries, they do not mind Chinese incursion in Doklam.

Fearing that communist betrayal of national interests may lead to an existential crisis, the RSS is being prevented from entering Kerala! They are killed if they enter Kerala.

On one hand, the Communists support the separatist movement in Kashmir, accusing the Indian government of suppressing dissent. On the other hand they hail the Chinese government for suppressing the dissent of “Uyghur” Muslims, claiming that China is only “protecting the state”. Clearly, the Communists have different yardsticks of integrity for India and their ‘motherland’ China!

Making tall claims about Doklam being part of their territory, China claims mendaciously that Bhutan accepts its stand. But the very next day Bhutan condemns and rejects all these claims as false and vilifying. Yet, the Communists of India vouch for Chinese version only! Because, for them, Leftism is more important than Realism and People’s Liberation Army (PLA China) is dearer to them than the interests of Indian people!

There is just an iota of Communism left in China, but still the loyalty towards China has not yet died in the hearts of these Indian communists.

China has territorial and coastal disputes with about 22 countries. Just like “British East India Company” which came in the name of the business, then invaded the countries and expanded the British empire, China today gives high interest loans in return for land pledged by indebted countries, then after invading their geographies, it plans to expand its empire beyond its boundaries.

But hush! We are not supposed to speak about all this! China is fire! It is ‘motherland’!

Hush! Hush! We are wrong… we are absolutely wrong!

Just like a person who chooses a path of devotion only to get a good wife for himself, just like political parties who proclaim principles only to get seats and power, Oh…Communists … say this time, atleast mutter or whisper that China is wrong.

Or if not for your own sake, say for the sake of the country, and say it strongly this time – that China is wrong!

Eagerly awaiting your response… please…

Post-script: The Maoists, who pledged their own lives and struggled with hunger and thirst in the woods and forests for the lives of poor and downtrodden, are much better than these pseudo-Communists haunting the corridors of power! The Indian Maoists in their 9th Congress convention, have resolved that Maoist China has become a regional expansionist force and have condemned the attitude of China.

(Translation from article that appeared in Andhra Jyoti, Telugu: Dt.: 13-Aug-2017)