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December 5, 2017 / subramanyam

BJP’s future in A.P.

Here are two very good videos on BJP’s situation in AP.  In one video the anchor speaks about all the support AP is getting from the center and still is not getting the credit.  We are seeing much better roads being laid, toilets being built and many other things.  However, the center is not getting credit for any of these things.

Even for Amaravathi they are have given close to 2500 crores as funds for the roads , we have only 1000 crores pending right now, still the center almost does not get any credit for this.

 

In 1994 elections BJP did win a decent number of seats on its own in the state of Andhra Pradesh (United State).  In the 1998 general election they won 4 MP seats on their own.  However, they then went for an alliance with TDP, they did get a huge success in 1999 but then faced a huge a debacle when TDP ditched them in 2004.  They were working all alone till 2014 and then came to join forces with TDP.  Now again they are in down slide, who is to blame here ?

Today they are in a situation where all good they do goes to TDP’s kitty while they are blamed for anything that is going bad in the state.  How will they come out of this?  Today we are in a situation where the center is being blamed for not changing a contractor.  Do listen to these details in this video.

 

 

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December 3, 2017 / subramanyam

Some very good Habits

ఆలస్యం బొక యింత లేదు, శుచి యాహారంబు, నిత్యక్రియా
జాలం బేమఱ, మర్చనీయు లతిథుల్, సత్యంబ పల్కంబడున్,
మేలై శాంతియు బ్రహ్మచర్యమును నెమ్మిం దాల్తు; మట్లౌట నె
క్కాలంబుం బటురోగమృత్యుభయశంకం బొంద మే మెన్నఁడున్. 3-4-190

 

(ఈ ఆశ్రమంలో మేము కొన్ని నియమాలను నిష్ఠతో ఆచరిస్తాం. ఇక్కడ మేం ఎన్నడును కాలహరణం చేయం, ఆహారం పరిశుభ్రంగా ఉంచుతాం, అతిథులను పూజిస్తాం, సత్యవ్రతాన్ని సదా పాటిస్తాం, శాంతి, బ్రహ్మచర్యం మాకు మేలైన అనుష్ఠానాలు. ఇట్టి నియమాలను నిష్ఠతో పాటించటం చేత, ఇక్కడ మాకు మృత్యుభయమే లేదు. అట్లాగే ఎటువంటి భయాందోళనలకూ ఈ ఆశ్రమంలో తావు లేదు.

This is a very good Shloka from Mahabharatha that speaks about good habits.

Here a sage is saying as to why there nothing called worry in his Ashram.  The Sage says,

“In this Ashram we follow the following rules and hence we never have any fear (including the fear of death) or anxiety

1.  We never waste time

2.  Our food is always clean

3.  We do not swerve from the path of duty (We have the routines which we ought to perform and we never ignore them)

4.  We always respect our guests in fact we feel blessed that they have visited us and ensure that they receive the best of the hospitality

5. We never speak lies

6. We are peace with the world

7. We practice Brahmacharya

Hence we live a life that is free from worry , anxiety etc ..”

December 2, 2017 / subramanyam

Why is Tipu hated by a number of Hindus

This is answer I wrote on Quora, it was having  good number of up votes there,  hence wanted to share it here as well.

As a history enthusiast and as a person who has read about TIPU. Here are a few incidents that come to my mind as to why man Hindus hate him.

Killings of Mandyam Iyengars :

Till date the Iyengars of Mandyam region donot celebrate Deepavali, the reason , TIPU and his troops killed 800 men on the day of Naraka Chaturdashi (the day before Deepavali)some 200 years ago. What was the sin of these people? Were they waging a war against TIPU? No. They were going on with their lives. TIPU had all of them killed as he suspected that one of them Tirumalai Iyengar was trying to resurrect Wodeyars (the original Kings of Mysore before Tipu and Hyder Ali) in Mysore.

Did Tipu have any proof against Tirumalai Iyengar at that time — No. He just received information that this man might be plotting against him and he got 800 people killed.

His hatred for Hindus did not stop here.

As the world knows, Tipu wrote his letters himself. These letters serve as huge testimony to the sort of person Tipu was, Here is one such letter

Tipu writes to Burduz Zamaun Khan on 19 January 1790: “Don’t you know I have achieved a great victory recently in Malabar and over four lakh Hindus were converted to Islam?”, and to Syed Abdul Dulai on 18 January 1790: “With the grace of Prophet Muhammad and Allah, almost all Hindus in Calicut are now converted to Islam. Only a few are still not converted on the borders of Cochin State. I am determined to convert them also very soon. I consider this as Jehad to achieve that object.

Even people who were at loggerheads with British spoke about Tipu’s atrocities.

For example : here is what a Portuguese traveler had to say about the great sultan and his love for his faith.

The world-famous Protuguese traveller, Fr. Barthoelomeo, not a Britisher, writes in his book Voyage to East Indies: “First a corps of 30,000 barbarians who butchered everybody on the way… followed by the field-gun unit under the French Commander, M. Lally… Tipu was riding on an elephant behind which another army of 30,000 soldiers followed. Most of the men and women were hanged in Calicut, first mothers were hanged with their children tied to necks of mothers. That barbarian Tipu Sultan tied the naked Christians and Hindus to the legs of elephants and made the elephants to move around till the bodies of the helpless victims were torn to pieces. Temples and churches were ordered to be burned down, desecrated and destroyed. Christian and Hindu women were forced to marry Mohammadans and similarly their men were forced to marry Mohammadan women. Those Christians who refused to be honoured with Islam, were ordered to be killed by hanging immediately. These atrocities were told to me by the victims of Tipu Sultan who escaped from the clutches of his army and reached Varappuzha, which is the centre of Carmichael Christian Mission. I myself helped many victims to cross the Varappuzha river by boats.”

Here is the account of another Frenchman Francois Fidele Ripaud de Montaudever. This French man fought on the side of Tipu , he in fact gave Tipu a shipload of French Warriors.

In his diary entry of January 14, 1799, he writes: “I’m disturbed by Tipu Sultan’s treatment of these most gentle souls, the Hindus. During the siege of Mangalore, Tipu’s soldiers daily exposed the heads of many innocent Brahmins within sight from the fort for the Zamorin and his Hindu followers to see.”

Another diary entry of Ripaud says: “To show his ardent devotion and steadfast faith in the Mohammedan religion, Tipu Sultan found Kozhikode to be the most suitable place. Kozhikode was then a centre of Brahmins and had over 7,000 Brahmin families living there. Over 2,000 Brahmin families perished as a result of Tipu Sultan’s Islamic cruelties. He did not spare even women and children.”

A disgusted Ripaud left Seringapatnam and went back to France, where he obtained captainship of a fine fighting ship, the Shapho. On February 23, 1814, fighting an English frigate, Ripaud had his arm ripped off by a cannon ball. He died the same evening. Even the British, his arch enemies, gave a 21-cannon salute to this brave adventurer, once Tipu Sultan’s ‘Great White Hope’.

Tipu’s ring was mentioned in one of the answers. Here is what that man had on his sword.

The famous Sword of Tipu Sultan was found in Tipu’s bed-chamber after he was defeated by the British on May 4th, 1799. The Sword was publicly presented by General Harris to General Baird, who had led the assault. On behalf of the British Army, it was presented by Major Allan, Deputy Quarter-Master-General in person, at Madras, to Marquess Wellesly after the conquest of Seringapatam, Karnataka, India. On the handle (hilt) of the Tipu Sultan’s steel Sword was the following inscription (translated to English) in praise of the Almighty (Muhammad of Islam):

“My victorious sabre is lightning for the destruction of the unbelievers. Haidar, the Lord of the Faith, is victorious for my advantage. And moreover, he destroyed the wicked race who were unbelievers. Praise be to him, who is the Lord of the Worlds! Thou art our Lord, support us against the people who are unbelievers. He to whom the Lord giveth victory prevails over all (mankind). Oh Lord, make him victorious, who promoteth the faith of Muhammad. Confound him, who refuseth the faith of Muhammad; and withhold us from those who are so inclined. The Lord is predominant over his own works. Victory and conquest are from the Almighty. Bring happy tidings, Oh Muhammad, to the faithful; for God is the kind protector and is the most merciful of the merciful. If God assists thee, thou wilt prosper. May the Lord God assist thee, Oh Muhammad, with a mighty victory.”

The Sword of Tipu Sultan, which British invaders took it as a battle trophy after they defeated him 1799, it came back into Indian hands in 2003. The legendary sword was bought by Mr. Vijay Mallya of UB Group for Rs. 1.5 crores, when the descendants of General Baird auctioned it in London in September 2003.

These are a few instances that came out, got knows what people of that time had to suffer because of Tipu and his misguided religious zeal. Isn’t it natural that the Hindus of that era hated Tipu.

Sources : Tipu Sultan’s Sword Inscription Exhorting Violence against Unbelievers: Facts

I picked the online version of Tipu’s letters from Mint. This is the link on Mint.com:

http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/…

I picked the online version of Fr. Barthoelomeo from here.

http://voiceofdharma.org/books/t…

December 1, 2017 / subramanyam

What GST,Aadhaar & Ujwala are doing to India?

We all have many questions regarding the GST , the troubles it is bringing to traders, the benefits it is giving to customers and all  etc…  Then we are all getting multiple reminders from mobile operators, LPG companies, banks, Credit card guys to update our Aadhaar number right.

However, Is all of this good to India. What are all these things doing to the country.  Here is an excellent talk by Mr. Nilesh Shah who is the head of Kotak Mutual Funds.  Please listen to this.

October 11, 2017 / subramanyam

An Autobiography worth reading.

A publicity stunt, this was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard about this book for the first time. Well, that was in 2007. However, almost a decade later my maturity levels did increase, and I picked this book to read and thanked my self for doing so.

Here is the blurb of the book.

Fiery, outspoken and often wickedly funny, this candid account of one woman’s life as a sex Autobiography_of_a_SexWorkerworker in Kerala, India became a bestseller when it was first published in Malayalam. Nalini Jameela, who takes her name from both Hindu and Muslim traditions, worked as a child in the clay mines. She has been a wife, mother successful businesswoman and social activist-as well as a sex worker-at different stages in her life. This is Nalini Jameela’s story, told in her inimitably honest and down-to-earth style, of her search for dignity, empowerment and freedom on her own terms.

Does the society see sex workers as human beings? This was the question I had as I finished the book. I think that’s what happens to most of us when we read about a girl who comes from a good family, has aspirations of her own , stands up for injustice, ends up getting married accidentally, is pushed into sex work due to circumstances, gets cheated a good number of times and still comes back to tell us the story of her life.

Nalini Jameela does not just tell her autobiography; she tries to analyze happenings of her life as she narrates them to us. In this book, we see her journey from being a lady who chose to do sex work to make her ends meet to a person who is fighting for the rights of sex workers.

What did I like in the book?
1. The conviction of the author. She never tries to be apologetic about her trade, she tells us as to why she went into that trade and how her life transformed because of that decision. Her views on sex trade are worth reading.
Nalini jameela2. The way she presents her encounters with men. She did have romantic escapades with her customers, she makes no bones about it and speaks about them clearly. Again she does not play cheap tricks like giving out juicy details of her romance and all; she retraces her encounters and speaks her mind out.
3. Her views on feminism: While it comes only in one or two pages of the book, it is worth reading.
4. Her nature to call a spade a spade: Nalini Jameela is a master at this, she likes something, she speaks about it, she dislikes something she speaks clearly about it. I felt that the author was speaking without any bias.
5. Her views on God : I might not concur with her views on God, however, I did find this part very interesting.

What did I not like?
1. The editing of the book is poor; I had to struggle to read it.
2. Sometimes you don’t see the flow in the writing, that makes reading tough.

Conclusion

To Conclude this is a pretty good book that opens one’s mind to a new world. Do read the book when you find the time, you would definitely pick some useful perspectives.

Happy Reading.

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You can buy the book here.

October 8, 2017 / subramanyam

Hindu Human Rights Report 2017

We have multiple reports on Human Rights that are published worldwide; there is no dearth of such reports being published in India too. Prominent organizations like USCIRF, Amnesty International, Human rights watch, etc.. publish their reports on Human Rights (say Human Rights violations) in India. However, there is a glaring difference here, while the human rights reports worldwide do report the attacks on both majority and minority communities (Religious Majority/Minority), in India, the reports focus mostly on the human right violations committed against Minorities and Dalits alone.

One of the prime reasons as to why the crimes against Hindus goes unreported is probably due to the biased views of the mainstream media. A number of media houses in the country are biased and they under-report the atrocities on the Hindus.

At this juncture, one ought to congratulate Indiafacts.org for the work they did andHindu_Human_Rights brought out a report on the Human Right Violations done against the Hindus. This report discusses the troubles and travails of Hindus in Hindustan.

The report begins with the discrimination Indians face in the hands of Government, it speaks about the way the Hindu temples are managed by the governments and the way the money from the temples is diverted for other activities. Then, we look at the horrors of RTE, the way the skewed policy is making the Hindus shut down their schools is very well articulated. The stats that were given in the report present a shocking picture.

The report then focuses on the attacks on Hindus from the hostile ideologies. Dravidian Ideology outrightly attacks Hindus; then we have the so-called intellectuals who have an alliance with the left wing extremists these people also attack Hindus. Then we have the Islamic extremists and the Christian extremists who outrightly attack Hindus.  Then the Christian proselytizing in India and the troubles they are creating to Hindus is another truth that is under reported.  All these incidents have been documented in the report.

The report has extensive stats and even the web links of all the crimes committed against the Hindus.  One should thank the Indiafacts for bringing all these crimes to light.  They tried to compile the entire data and have it in a single place.  They (The authors) also tell us that many crimes against Hindus go unreported and only a fraction of them have been brought out by the means of this report.  Nevertheless, we are still indebted to them as we get to know the scale and intensity of the attacks on Hindus, due to this report.

This is report is very welcome step and great first step in documenting the atrocities against the Hindu community in the country.  The authors of the report gave good number of recommendations at the end of the book as to how these attacks and the discrimination against Hindus can be stopped.  Right from the governments to the common man on the street , every one of us needs to read and understand these recommendations and work for the implementation of them.

Thanks a lot to the IndiaFacts team for getting this report out.

Dear friends, do have a look at the report, it will change your perception on Hindus.  Happy Reading.

October 2, 2017 / subramanyam

Immortal India – My Take

I am very scared of picking up books that re-tell Indian itihasas. The reason, my conservative views. Hence I read the Amish’s books very late. I read Shiva Trilogy very late and that too because a girl spoke about the leadership lessons she learned from the book. Here is what I wrote about it then. I did not read the Ramayana Series of Amish as yet as I have my own doubts.  This is by and large changing now but I am still rigid in many areas.

However, when I saw Amish’s Immortal India, I wanted to give it a try as Amish was speaking about the nation. Here is the blurb that caught my attention and made me go for the book.

India, a culture that witnessed the dawn of civilization. That witnessed the rise of other cultures and watched them turn to dust. It has been celebrated and attacked. Admired and vilified. But through all these millennia, after all the ups and downs of history, it’s still here! And now, after a few centuries of decline, it’s driving a new dawn once again. Ajanaabhavarsh. Bharat. Hindustan. India. The names may change, but the soul of this great land is immortal.

Amish helps you understand India like never before, through a series of sharp articles, nuanced speeches, and intelligent debates. Based on his deep understanding of subjects such as, religion, mythology, tradition, history, contemporary societal norms, governance, and ethics, in Immortal India: Young Country, Timeless Civilization, Amish lays out the vast landscape of an ancient culture with a fascinatingly modern outlook.

As the blurb points out, this book is a compilation of articles and speeches (of Amish) covering myriad topics across history, mythology, social issues, and religion.

The book begins with a section on Religion and Mythology. Amish speaks about his faith,Amish the way he is a devotee of Lord Shiva.  Then we get to see his thoughts on Lord Rama, the purpose of God, his thoughts on Divine Feminine and other topics. The article on Lord Rama is my personal favorite, the way he understood Lord Sri Rama is amazing.

The second section of the book speaks about social issues. Amish begins with a piece on LGBT rights in India, then moves on to give his views on the Caste system, religious violence, government, corruption, the way the TV debates are happening in the country, the age of money in which we live and Ancient India’s approach to Charity. I loved his views on each of these topics. My personal favorite in this section is the article on Charity. Here Amish compares the Ancient Indian model vis-a-vis the current one the world is following and tells us as to how and why the former was much better. He also speaks about having focus and the importance of leading a life that is focused on a few objectives. That makes this section is a must-read.

Then we get into the section on History. Amish voices his opinion on the Aryan Invasion Theory and bogey of lies that are being peddled along with it. Then he speaks about the Young Indians, their rebellious nature and his views on it, he speaks about the importance of history, and why we ought to educate ourselves on that subject. Then he speaks about the freedom of expression, the importance of our Vedic learning and a few other topics. I loved the piece on “British Mumbai — Aamch Mumbai,” this speaks about the much-forgotten fact that Britishers were actually smuggling Opium through India and the erstwhile Bombay was one of the centers for this. I also liked the piece that deals with “The Laws that are dividing the country”. Then the piece on Wajid Ali Shah is something one should not miss; it is heartening to know that a Nawab helped a musical tradition to be alive when the nation was under a hostile occupation.

The last section deals with Amish’s Musings, he tells as to what gets him going, why he writes, spirituality & his son, some of the most impactful incidents of life with his Mom, his sister and his wife. He ends the book with a patriotic manifesto where he discusses swadharma vs. the collective greater good.

All in all a fantastic book. The only drawback might be the fact that we see ideas getting repeated, sometimes you read the same content more than once, this could have been avoided. Nevertheless, this is a must read for every Indian.

I have always argued that the best-selling authors must speak about social issues too. Given the amount the following that they enjoy, every word they utter can metamorphize itself into an agent of change. In his speeches, articles and Q&A sessions Amish did speak with a sense of responsibility and gave the right message to his audience.

I thank Amish for doing the good work and bringing the book out. I did not know that Amish writes this frequently, I shall definitely keep following his articles going forward.

Do read the book.  This is a must read for every Indian. It tells us a few things that we all ought to know but are unaware of.  It speaks about the the Immortal nature of the this great country and its civilization.  Do read it. Happy Reading.

You can buy the book here.