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The Samsung Vs Apple War isn’t over yet

The great Intellectual Property Conflict

Sarthak Shankar

$img_titleApple’s recent win against Samsung has been unanimously labelled as history in the making. And it is. But the question remains why? And is the judgement good or bad for the end consumer? And what does this mean for Android?

Before diving into the judgement a brief fact checking is in order. Android is an operating software made for smartphones. Google is the maker of Android and for all practical purposes responsible for it. Today Android is the most popular mobile OS. Actually Samsung recently became the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer thanks to, in no small part Android. So far so good.

But when Android was made, the then Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, said that Android was a rip-off from Apple’s iOS, and swore to do whatever it takes to stop it. But there was a problem with that idea. Android was- and still is-an open source project(i.e. anybody can download the OS and tweak it as they please). Meaning that legally speaking no one “owns” Android so Apple can’t sue anyone over it. What it can do, however, is sue companies for making devices that use Android and infringe upon Apple’s intellectual property. And that is how Samsung got mixed into a legal tussle with Apple. A tussle that’s been going on for over a year now. Android is ubiquitously used in Samsung smartphones, ranging from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy Y and in the many iterations of the Galaxy Tabs. The facts that Samsung is the largest smartphone manufacturer and that most of its products run Android means that Apple’s win in the US district courts is an indirect win against Android.

Apple claims that Samsung’s Galaxy S range of phones and the Galaxy 10.1 tablets “slavishly” copied the iPhone’s design and functionality and infringed on Apple’s signature patents (such as the bounce-back effect menus give when you reach the end of). This means that many features of the Galaxy line up are rip-offs of the iPhone. Apple contends that Samsung’s piracy cost them billions in lost sales. Apple further alleges that many consumers couldn’t differentiate between the two companies‘ devices and may have inadvertently bought a Galaxy tab or a Galaxy phone, when in fact they actually wanted to buy an iPad or iPhone. To be fair, Apple has become notorious for suing company after company. Deservedly or not, many consider this behavior uncompetitive.

Samsung says that it will appeal the court’s verdict, so the patent war isn’t over by a long shot. Samsung also says that the ruling gives an undue monopoly to Apple and reduces consumer choice that will lead to higher prices for the end user. Most likely, Samsung will now change the appearance of its Galaxy lineup to look less like the iDevices, which it did with the Galaxy Tab when the German courts had put a sales ban it. Existing users may get a software upgrade from Samsung that does away with the feature that infringes on Apple’s patents. Apple, is on the other hand trying to get a permanent sales ban on the Samsung phones that it feels infringes on Apple patents.

As far as the future of Android goes, while the win gives Apple fanboys and fangirls ammunition, its highly unlikely that future of Android is threatened. One of the major plus points of Android is hacking. Android is based on Linux kernels so it is meant to survive - in fact promote - the end user’s tinkering. Many consumers hack their phones to install custom features, even software upgrades that they want but companies don’t give them. The truth is that many global online communities exist solely for hacking Android phones. Two of the most popular ones, Cyanogenmod and MIUI, among which MIUI boasts bringing all the form and functions of iOS to just about any Android device. And they are beyond of the reach of Apple or its lawsuits.

While the court’s judgement and impartiality are beyond question, one would be remiss not to mention that any lay person can, in fact, differentiate between an iDevice and a Galaxy device. After all the companies‘ brand name and icons are as obvious as day on the body of the products. Another objection duly raised by Steve Dent from Endgadget is that some of patents granted are for features too small, meaningless to even qualify as “inventions.” The patents granted are too loosely defined. Lastly, its not as if everything Apple’s ever made has been original. The iOS 5’s update which brought a notification centre, widgets- in- notification- drawer and other goodies were too obviously inspired by Android (to paraphrase Steve Jobs, they were stolen from Android, but since Android is open-source, no one can sue Apple over it). The truth is that Android and Apple have competed and that has improved each other in remarkably short periods of time. So to quote Samsung Apple’s win should be counted “as a loss for the American consumer.”

(The writer is a student of Economics (Hons) in Delhi University and a keen watcher of the tech world)

Hindus have a universal message and mission—Bhaiyaji Joshi

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Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi’s tour to United States

"Hindus living outside Bharat should maintain their identity and values. We Hindus have a universal message and a mission. So, they should unite and be strong not only for themselves but also for the welfare of the whole world,” said RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi while talking to Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) workers in United States.

Shri Joshi was on the US tour from August 6 to 20. During the two-week long first trip to the United States Shri Joshi travelled to many cities including Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York. He also visited a Sangh Shiksha Varga of Midwest region held in Indiana and guided the participants there, majority of whom were American-born Hindu youths.

In Houston, a dinner meeting of prominent Hindu community leaders was hosted on the occasion of Shri Bhaiyaji’s visit. In this well attended meeting, Shri Bhaiyaji gave an overview of the accomplishments of RSS in the past eight decades. He gave a very touching account of how Sangh swayamsevaks in Bharat are working selflessly for decades together to create social harmony (samarasata). He narrated many examples of efforts by swayamsevaks, individuals as well as collective, to remove caste discrimination and bring social justice. Bhaiyaji mentioned how the RSS has created a feeling of national unity in the midst of regionalism, casteism and the tribal-non-tribal divide in Bharat. He also said that Sangh has been successful in bringing to the national stage many important issues such as Kashmir, the Northeast and religious conversions. Later, in a very lively interaction, Shri Bhaiyaji answered many questions asked by the audience about Sangh position on anti-corruption movements, Assam riots etc. In his concluding remarks, he appreciated the concern that Hindus in America have for the affairs of their Motherland. While urging the audience to be loyal and contributing citizens of the country of their adoption, he also congratulated them for actively maintaining their values and being the cultural ambassadors of Bharat. In his concluding remarks, Shri Ramesh Bhutada, HSS national Sah Sanghachalak (vice president), thanked Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi for sharing his thoughts.

Gatherings of swayamsevaks and Sevikas were organised in every city where Shri Bhaiyaji visited. While addressing swayam-sevaks and Sevikas, whether in Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles or in New Jersey, Shri Bhaiyaji stressed that being a swayamsevak is not merely about the externals. Being a swayamsevak means having certain qualities. First and foremost is selflessness. Being a swayamsevak means having purity of character, both personal and social. A swayamsevak should have a strong and uncompromising commitment towards the cause of Sangh. Most importantly a swayamsevak should constantly strive to become a good Hindu, to practice Dharma, to live for others and keep away from materialism. Shri Bhaiyaji’s guidance to swayamsevaks was to keep away from arguments but to be constantly active in making Hindu society faultless, self-reliant and dynamic. He conveyed his message very effectively to swayamsevaks of all age-groups through his simple language, practical examples and a very positive approach.

In San Francisco Bay Area, environmentalist Sam Bower, belonging to Green Museum and Pancho Ramos Stierle, belonging Service Space met Shri Bhaiyaji. Both of them are involved in community farming at Oakland. Another environmentalist Prakash Hegde too presented his views on the environmental issues. Ashish Goyal shared his experience working in the area of energy efficiency and solutions. There was a hearty exchange of thoughts, ideas and activities in relation to the environmental concerns. All of them agreed that along with proper governmental policies, the view of humanity towards nature also needs to change. Shri Bhaiyaji spoke about the idea and success of the Vishwa Mangal Gou-Gram Yatra. All the activists were very happy to listen to Shri Bhaiyaji. They resonated with his comment that the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is a family) should be promoted.

While in Washington DC area, Shri Bhaiyaji visited the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) along with Sewa International karyakartas. DCCK is a charitable organisation that not only feeds thousands of homeless people daily, but also gives job training to rehabilitate many needy people. Bhaiyaji took a tour of the Kitchen to understand their operations. With his vast experience in sewa projects in Bharat he asked many questions about their functioning and the impact of the DCCK on the people that they serve. Bhaiyaji shared information about similar projects in Bharat with the volunteers and staff of DCCK. He also congratulated them for their yeoman services to the poor. Bhaiyaji also commended Sewa International karyakartas for working together with such charity organisations to serve the needy in America.

Shri Bhaiyaji’s visit to Shanti Ashram in Maryland was also very memorable. Shanti Ashram was started by Shri Vyasadev (Victor Landa) who is originally from Peru. Shanti Ashram is an urban Ashram involved in teaching Yoga and meditation. The followers also practice bio-dynamic farming to produce sattvic organic food. Shri Bhaiyaji was very happy to see them practicing agnihotra on a daily basis. He visited the water and yoga therapy centre at the Ashram and also the organic food shop. Shri Vyasadevji presented some literature to Shri Bhaiyaji. While sipping the hot chai with organic jaggery, Bhaiyaji invited Vyasadevji and others to visit some similar projects in Bharat, which they heartily accepted.

Apart from all the meetings and programmes Shri Bhaiyaji did some sightseeing as well. He enjoyed the tour to NASA in Houston as well as the various museums in Washington DC. One very important place he visited was the Fullerton Hall in the Art Institute of Chicago. This is where Swami Vivekananda gave his famous speech at the Parliament of Religions in 1893. It was like a pilgrimage for Bhaiyaji to visit the hall, similarly the Vivekananda House in Pasedena, CA and the Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters in Los Angeles started by Paramahansa Yogananda.  During his New York sightseeing, Bhaiyaji made it a point to visit the Vedanta Society, started by Swami Vivekananda as early as 1894, and had discussions with assistant minister Swami Paritushtananda.

On August 18, the meeting with the Native American Ramapough Lenape community was quite an emotional one. Shri Bhaiyaji was accompanied by Prof. Radheshyam Dwivedi, President of the International Center for Cultural Studies and other karyakartas. They were warmly welcomed by Chief Dwaine Perry at the community center near New York. After giving a tour of the sacred ceremonial grounds, Chief Perry also told about their ongoing struggle to get approval for the construction of their traditional ‘Long House’. Chief Perry said that, similar to Hindus, they also believe in respect for all paths and lead a spiritual life in harmony with nature. Shri Bhaiyaji agreed and reiterated the point that this respect for diverse paths only would lead to a more peaceful world.

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, USA Sanghachalak Prof Ved P Nanda was present at the gathering of swayamsevaks in New Jersey. He expressed his gratitude to Shri Bhaiyaji for inspiring the karyakartas through his visit. Prof Nanda also appealed to all swayamsevaks to actively participate in the programmes commemorating Swami Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary in 2013. Vishwa Vibhag Sanyojak Shri Saumitra Gokhale accompanied Shri Bhaiyaji throughout the tour.

In all, Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi’s tour to the United States was a great success. It gave a renewed motivation and clarity of the Sangh philosophy to the HSS karyakartas. Bhaiyaji satisfied the media persons who came to interview him with his candid and clear answers about the RSS position on various issues. His easy approachability was liked by all the karyakartas and leaders of various organisations. The families where Shri Bhaiyaji stayed or had meals were impressed by his simplicity and affable nature. His earnest advice to all those families was to maintain their mother tongue, remain connected with Bharat and to visit other swayamsevak families informally.

(FOC)

RSS website on Moplah riot

www.1921lahala.com

S Chandrasekhar

As homage to the Hindu Victims of infamous ‘Moplah Riot’ in Malabar part of Kerala in 1921-22, an illicit offspring of the Mahatma Gandhi-Muslim League tie-up supporting Khilafat Movement, the RSS Kerala launched a website: www.1921lahala.com. A human tragedy as a predecessor to the Partition catastraphone, the Riot by Moplahs (Muslims) of Malabar claimed 10,000 Hindu lives, hundreds of women raped, thousands converted and over a lakh left homeless and doomed in misery.

The site, a brain child of Akhil Bharatiya Sah Prachar Pramukh of RSS, J Nandakumar, offers netizens links to pay homage to the unsung Hindu martyrs.

In individual posts, the site describes the brutal atrocities committed on the Hindus in 1921-22 periods. The Mannur Holocaust on November 21st, where houses were set on fire, men butchered, women and children raped and killed. It also mentions the discovery of seven month dead foetus protuding from the slit abdomen of a butchered woman.

The infamous Muthumana House well and Tuvvur well where Hindus were beheaded and thrown and forcible conversions of men and women find mention in the incidents listed. The site also described how fleeing and bathing women were raped, carried along by the marauding Moplahs, to be used continuously for several weeks before finally being converted or butchered and thrown into wells. It also describes how Moplahs entered the Tuvvur well and butchered half dead bleeding Hindus.

The damaging of temple idols, burning of temples like Thrikallur Temple, Rama Chokkad Temple also finds mention. The site also mentions the bravery on the part of Hindus in repulsing the attacks by Moplahs. The inmates of the Nilambur Kovilagam who fought the Moplahs with burning oil and weapons, Karunakaran Nair of Luther near Kottakkal who killed four Moplahs before getting killed and Kani tribal woman of Arikkod who killed four Moplahs before being overpowered, raped and killed.

The site also mentions Mahatma Gandhi’s divergent views on the Moplah riot, BR Ambedkar condemning the attacking by Moplahs as brutal and unrestrained barbarism and Dr Annie Besant’s letters to Gandhi on the agony of Malabar Hindus.

Shri Nandakumar says the site presents history in the right perspective, without distortion to the younger generation. “The irony is that the perpetuators of the riots are drawing pension as freedom fighters.”

The site has had thousands of hits in a few days of its launch.

Swamy meets President Obama

$img_titleJanata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy met US President Barack Obama on July 28 at a dinner and exchanged views with him. The dinner was hosted for an exclusive group by philanthrophist couple, Earl and Amanda Stafford, at Mclean Virginia in his estate. Dr Swamy had a brief one to one meeting with Shri Obama who asked him to convey his regards to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He told Dr Swamy that in his second term he looked forward to working closely with India. Dr Swamy was on a lecture tour of US.

Make Foreigners’ Act more effective to oust infiltrators— Dr Krishna Gopal, Sahsarkaryavah, RSS

“Permanent peace in $img_titleAssam is not possible until the Bangladeshi infiltrators are deported. Therefore, by making the existed Foreigners’  Act sterner, the illegal migrants should first be detected, then the jobs and other benefits granted to them be snatched and they should finally be handed over to Bangladesh, ensuring that they do not return back at all,” said RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal, while talking to mediapersons in New Delhi on August 24. RSS Uttar Kshetra Sanghachalak Dr Bajranglal Gupt was also present at the press conference.

Shri Krishna Gopal said the infiltrators have posed a major threat not only to  local economy and security, but also to the lives of original habitants of Assam. They have started forcefully occupying their land and houses and those who oppose it are threatened with dire consequences. Their number is growing unexpectedly. Officially, there are 2.34 lakh Muslims in Kokrajhar. But the number of Muslims who reached in relief camps is said four lakh. There are reports that the infiltrators living in some other areas have also reached in relief camps to settle permanently here, he said.

Terming the infiltration as aggression he said all indigenous communities of the region are united against the infiltrators and they all want that no illegal migrant should be allowed to stay in the region. He demanded stern action against those who threatened the people of north-east and panicked them to the extent that over 60,000 people of north-east fled from different regions of the country.

Later, speaking at a public function organised at Siri Fort Auditorium the same day, Dr Krishna Gopal stressed the need to know the north-east region by the entire country. “Ässam is the region, which is closely connected with the entire country since time immemorial. One more interesting fact about this region is that the Mughals, Turks and Arabs could not enter into this region despite repeated invasions. They invaded this region 17 times but always failed. The people of this region bravely fought against them. Today, if Islam could not reach in Myanmar, Kambodia, China, Tibbet and Thailand, it is only because of the bravery of the north-east people. These people also preserved their culture and traditions and kept a live contact with the people of rest of the country,” he said calling upon the people to visit the region with their children to strengthen the bond of oneness.

Referring to the plight of indigenous people and growing Muslim population in north-east region, he said nine districts of Assam are today Muslim dominated and about 3500 villages do not have even a single Hindu. The Bangladeshi infiltrators have set up about 4000 new villages and no government agency is bothered to this population attack. Dhubri district is full of infiltrators. The reason of this entire problem lays in the vote bank politics being pursued by Congress party since decades. It is the Congress which provided them with ration card, added their names in electoral rolls, etc. But getting all these documents does not make them Indian citizens. Majority of the infiltrators are involved in all types of anti-national activities whether it is smuggling, fake currency or anything else.

Former Inspector General of Assam Police Shri SP Kar while speaking as chief guest said whatever unrest is seen in Assam today has been built in years. Today, more than 9 districts of the state are Muslim dominated and it all happened in the knowledge of the government. Shri Krishna Gopal also answered the queries of the audience regarding the crisis. Many distinguished people of Delhi including Delhi Prant Sanghachalak Shri Kulbhushan Ahuja attended the function.

(FOC)

Promote arts to inculcate values in society: RSS Chief

Virag Pachpore

$img_titleNAGPUR:  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat exhorted the activists of Sanskar Bharati to promote arts and encourage artists for inculcating values in the society so that the society could muster courage, resolve and determination to face any challenge in the future.

Shri Bhagwat was addressing the audience at jam-packed Sai Sabhagriha in Nagpur on August 23, at a programme organised by Sanskar Bharati to commemorate 25 years of its Nagpur unit. Patron of Sanskar Bharati Shri Yogendraji, president of Sanskar Bharati and noted Marathi film director Shri Raj Datt, secretary Shri Kamtanath Vaishampayan, president of Vidarbha unit Shri Rajendra Jaiswal, president of Nagpur Mahanagar unit Smt Kanchan Gadkari and working president Shri Virendra Chandak were also present on the dais.

The programme began with lighting the traditional lamp by the guests and dignitaries. The RSS Sarsanghachalak was felicitated by Sanskar Bharati president Shri Raj Datt with shawl, srifal and tulsi sapling. Patron of Sanskar Bharati, the nonagenarian Yogendraji who came especially for this programme all the way from Itanagar, was honoured at the hands of Shri Bhagwat, who offered him shawl, shrifal and a citation. Similarly, Shri Raj Datt, Shri Kamtanath Vaishampayan and  Shri Rajendra Jaiswal were felicitated.

Highlighting the Hindu view of arts the RSS Chief said “the Hindus always regarded arts as exposition of truth, benevolence and beauty (satyam, shivam, sundaram). The art unveils the truth enabling the performer to access its benevolence and beauty. Beauty dispenses happiness. Therefore, art should be beautiful and it should tell the truth in its attempt to realise benevolence (shivatva). The happiness index of human life is directly proportional to the amount of truth, benevolence and beauty. This is the basic objective of art.”

He appealed to the Sanskar Bharati to encourage the artists to spread these virtues and establish this Hindu view of arts in the entire world. This is the mission of Sanskar Bharati, he said.

Congratulating Sanskar Bharati Nagpur for completing 25 years Shri Bhagwat said the four-step yardstick of programme, project, influence and effect was used to judge the total effect of any work. But actual work was beyond these four dimensions, which could be experienced only. Therefore, Shri Bhagwat exhorted the Sanskar Bharati to introspect and evaluate the work done.

He said the situation in the country was disturbing and worrisome but by spreading and promoting sanskars through arts, this situation could be changed for the better. This required strength and determination, the RSS Chief said.

Stating that sanskars were connected more to the heart than intellect, Shri  Bhagwat said that art was all the more important because it could inspire the human being for actions to seek happiness in life. He congratulated Sanskar Bharati for providing platform to talented and young artists and keeping the tradition on the move.

Replying to felicitation, Yogendraji expressed his serious concern about the situation in Assam and other north-eastern states. However, he was all praise for the activists of Sanskar Bharati working in that remote region for their success in keeping the flame of nationalism burning in the hearts of the young generation there.

Yogendraji said that Sanskar Bharati has registered its presence effectively in all the 8 states of the north-east region of India. He appealed to the people of Vidarbha to visit Arunachal Pradesh to see and experience the cultural and emotional unity of the country.

A breath-taking and spectacular cultural programme was staged by the artists of Sanskar Bharti depicting various aspects of the Indian culture and traditions through songs, dance and on-act plays. The cultural programmes included naandi gayan, Ganesh vandana, kala utpatti, gondhal, Sikkim’s dance, shrimant yogi, manglagauri geet, koli dances, and Rabindra Sangeet and Raag Vrinda.

Smt Kanchan Gadkari made the introductory remarks, while Shri Virendra Chandak proposed a vote of thanks.

Separatists and valley-centric political parties oppose better facilities to Amarnath pilgrims

Khajuria S Kant in Jammu  

$img_titleEven as the holy Amarnath Yatra this year has concluded on a reaffirming note from Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) that it would provide augmented facilities for pilgrims in future and at the same time take full care of environmental issues, the annual pilgrimage has once again become the centre of controversy with ruling National Conference and separatists this time indulging in a competitive race and scoring points in opposing proposals that can facilitate the Yatra and offer some relief to pilgrims on arduous tracks.

Much hue and cry in valley against Supreme Court’s directive for the improvement of road to Shrine has once again exposed the mindset of Kashmiri Muslims towards annual Hindu pilgrimage in South Kashmir.

Not only separatists and their supporters but also the valley-centric mainstream political parties have joined hands to oppose the better facilities to the Amarnath pilgrims who visit in lakhs from different parts of the country to pay their obeisance to the holy Ice Lingum in cave shrine.

Separatists have now questioned the wisdom of the Supreme Court in directing the State Government to construct road to Amarnath cave before snow fall.

After NC's MP, GN Rattanpuri raked it up with stiff opposition to any move granting extension in the period of pilgrimage, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq cautioned the government against converting the track leading to   Amarnath Cave into a permanent road and contended any such step would not only lead to felling of lakhs of lush green forest trees, but could also lead to environmental imbalance in the area.

Addressing Friday congregation in Srinagar, Hurriyat Conference Chairman and separatists leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the SC direction is fraught with dangerous environmental consequences.” ..It would result in melting of glaciers and could trigger ecological disaster in the environmentally-sensitive region,” said Mirwaiz.

The separatists leader in a statement has questioned the wisdom and opinion of the apex court  whose judgements are not only upheld by every authority of the country but even made as reference in many neighbouring countries.

The so-called Civil Society of Kashmir is also reacting against the directions of Supreme Court, as it has passed a resolution recommending the implementation of Nitesh Sengupta Committee Report, which recommended restricting  the number of  pilgrims, keeping in consideration the growing number of pilgrims, which was about 1 lakh at the time, when this committee was constituted and has crossed 6.20 lakh this year.

Alarmed and unnerved by the outcry, the State Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said in a reassuring tone that there were no plans of construction of hospitals or roads. What could be seen as a bid of the NC to arrest the growing unrest and concern from Hurriyat Conference, the Finance Minister even stated that the number of yatris to the cave shrine needs to be limited,

“The number of yatris that visit the shrine is too high and the deaths occurring were natural”, he said, adding the State Government is doing everything to facilitate the yatris. He said the matter is sub-judice and the high power committee will submit its report soon to the Supreme Court.

It has exposed the true face   of Kashmiri separatists  and their opposition to the Yatra. Separatists and a section supporting them have never welcomed the yatris though they welcome the tourist. This section with this mindset set the state on fire during 2008 Amarnath land row and is trying to do same when about 6 lakh yatris had visited the shrine this year, which is to the discomfort of this section. Bereft of logic this section is now telling SC the affect of ecologically disaster.

“The recent argument on reducing the number of pilgrims or the tenure of Yatra on the pretext of ecology and environment has been contended time and again by NC or separatists and they said the logic simply suggests that they must first announce restricting of tourist season to a month or so and also allow a far reduced inflow of tourist to Kashmir. "This step would also save the entire valley from getting polluted on a host of fronts….,” if they fail to do so their argument reflects and betrays some hidden agenda…not being on objective logic instead shows bias against the people belonging to one community...,” said state unit president of VHP Dr Rama Kant Dubey. “The utterings on one or the other pretext of saving environment are just excuses they seek to find at regular intervals... However we will not allow them to succeed in their intensions,” Dr Dubey said. If such resistance continues at the political front, we too along with other bodies would be forced to register protest and oppose with equal tenor, he said, adding that “this is a dangerous trend and VHP will arrest it. We can also follow the path of struggle for a cause for the benefit and facilities of pilgrims.”

VHP leader has blamed the SASB for creating this atmosphere in which, he said, Kashmir-based politicians have begun to rake up the issue on one or the other pretext. “SASB was created to function in an independent and autonomous manner for the benefits and betterment of the pilgrims…but it has been seen working under the influence of or at the behest of ruling parties and taking certain steps which only amount to creating confusion and ambiguity…..this is only to appease Kashmir-centric politicians whether mainstream or separatists…”.

In order to substantiate his point, the VHP leader said  the SASB must govern and guide itself also as per the provisions of Article 46 of Indian Constitution, the spirit of which envisages right to freedom of religion, which makes it incumbent upon the Board to create conditions conducive for pilgrims in terms of augmented facilities. “Just like the government makes such facilities while undertaking Haj pilgrimage, on the same analogy the government must think and act for Amarnath pilgrims ….you cannot deprive any citizen in advanced age of wish to have darshan for want of proper facilities….,” the VHP leader observed.

Save original inhabitants of Assam

Janajati Faith & Culture Protection Forum writes to President of India

Jagdamba Mall

$img_titleJanajati Faith & Culture Protection Forum of Assam, in a memorandum to President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee detailed the issues for unrest in Assam. Demanding proper arrangements of water, food, sanitation, medicines and accommodation to victims of violence staying in relief camps, the Forum said the safety and security be ensured to all Bodo people in their villages. The memorandum also said that the illegal Muslim migrants should be evicted from BTAD and deported to Bangladesh.

The Forum also demanded a compensation of Rs 7,00,000 to the next of those Indian citizens who died and Rs 4,00,000 to those  citizens who injured in the attacks over the year or now are in relief camps. The houses of Bodo Hindus should be rebuilt at the same place where they lived. The other facilities too should be restricted to native people only and not to the Bangladeshi infiltrators. A tribunal should be constituted to detect and deport Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators. The Tribunal should have members from the Army who retired and served most part in Assam, the socio-cultural experts, and legal experts. This Tribunal should set the deadline for deportation of foreigners without getting into the ploy that they have voter ID so they are Bharatiya Citizen for vote bank. This tribunal should also investigate the anti-national role in fomenting communal clash and encouraging Muslim influx by Muslim MPs, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs and advise suitable punishment to them,” the Memorandum said.

The Forum also said that the All Assam Minority Students Union (AAMSU) and All Bodo Minority Students Union (ABMSU) are frontal organisations of Islamic terrorist outfits of Assam having international connections in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is they who fueled the communal clash. They should be declared terrorist outfits and banned forthwith.

The Memorandum, signed by president BB Jamatia and general  secretary Jaleswar Brahma,  highlighted in detailed the recurrent and bloody clashes over the continuing Muslim influx from Bangladesh. AASU led a six year long agitation between 1979 and 1985, which witnessed our country’s bloodiest carnage at Nellie on February 18, 1983 in Nagaon where 3000 people lost their lives. The Tiwas (Lalungs) were targeted by Bangladeshi Muslims. In 1993 and 1994 Bodos clashed with the Muslims after Bodo Accord giving autonomy to Bodos was signed by the Centre. More than 100 people were killed and 60,000 were rendered homeless. The last time the Bodos clashed with Muslims was in 2008 in Udalgudi wherein 500 houses in 26 villages were burnt to ashes and 68 people were killed. And now, the current clash which started on 19th July. This has killed 77 at least but unofficial count goes beyond 100 and 4 lakh displaced victims took shelter in school, colleges, Panchayat Halls, empty private houses and other make-shift sheds crammed with people splitting out on the roads and every vacant space. They are housed in 300 relief camps which lack basic facilities.

Referring to the cause of the clashes the Memorandum said because of the invasion of vast horde of land hungry Bangladeshi Muslims and their higher birth rate, Assam’s Muslims population rose by 6 per cent between 1951 to 2001, while the population of Hindus declined by 7.2 per cent. Confirming the trend, Census 2011 shows higher population growth – 20 to 24 per cent across Muslim dominated districts. Out of 23 districts in 2011 census, 6 districts – Dhubri (74.3 per cent), Barpeta (59.3 per cent), Hailakandi (57.6 per cent), Goalpara (53.7 per cent), Karimganj (52.3 per cent) and Nagon (51 per cent) have Muslim majority population. In Marigaon, they constitute 47.6 per cent and in Cachar 36.1 per cent. In 8 of 23 districts, they constitute from 1.6 per cent to 8 per cent. In BTAD, the Muslims are used and pushed into dominate Bodos by foreign forces to turn Assam a Muslim country. The Bodos are already squeezed between Bhutan and Bangladesh and to add salt to injury, the State Government is encouraging Muslim influx from Bangladesh for Muslim vote Bank. The Assam has become a lab for communal experiment for ruling party. In fact, the current clash in BTAD is a Bharatiya Vs foreigner’s issue. This should be viewed as invasion of Bangladesh over India.

The Memorandum said the Muslim Ministers of Assam Government played a dubious role during the clashes. There are three powerful Muslim Ministers in Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet—Rockybul Hussain, Minister for Panchayat & Rural Development and forest & Environment; Nazrul Islam, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Siddique Ahmed, Minister for Border Area Development and Co-Operation. There are two MPs Smt. Rani Narah and Badruddin Azamal. In additions, 28 Muslims MLAs are in Assam Assembly. Further, there are many crypto-Muslim MLAs who support Muslim influx from Bangladesh for petty political gains. In addition to this, there are many Parliamentary Secretaries from Muslim community. Allegedly, All Bodoland Minority Student Union (ABMSU) has demanded the exclusion of Muslim majority villages from BTAD. The senior leaders of Bodo community complained that armed Muslim youths with skull caps came across railway line and attacked the Bodo villages while shouting Allah-O-Akbar. Earlier, they had assembled in a Masjid. Many eye witness inmates informed that Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA)-a terrorist organisation hosted and supported by All Minority Students Union (AMSU) and All Bodoland Minority Students Union (ABMSU) were the mastermind behind the carnage. It is since continuing making the Bodos minority in their homeland.

Now as a pressure tactics, these Muslims are creating communal clashes in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. They are targeting there the students from Northeast region. Allegedly, Huji and other Jehadi outfits are masterminding the attacks. It may spread in other parts of the country as well.

                                         (FOC)

Marad massacre of Hindu fishermen

Kerala HC Awards  life term  for  24   culprits more  and  raps  state  for  tardy  probe

S Chandrasekhar

Hindus of Kerala can remember May 2, 2003, only with blood in their eyes, rather than tears. It was on that fateful night that eight Hindu fishermen were butchered in Marad beach in Kozhikode. It was part of an Islamic game-plan to rid Kerala’s coast of Hindu population. A conspiracy to bring entire Kerala coastline under jehadi control for anti-national activities.

Due to hitherto unprecedented unity shown by the Hindus and their refusal to allow Muslim families to return back to Marad, the then Congress Government, led by AK Antony had to agree to a Special Court for trying the Muslims accused and give government job and Rs10 lakh compensation for dependants.

Last year the Special Court in Kozhikode awarded life imprisonment to 62 persons and set free 72.

On 16th August, a Division Bench of Kerala High Court comprising of Judges M Sasidharan Nambiar and P Bhavadasan awarded life imprisonment to 24 out of the 72 set free earlier. The total number of Muslims to serve life imprisonment has gone to 86. The Kerala High Court also awarded five years imprisonment to the manager of the Marad Juma Masjid, Latheef Assainar, for allowing its premises to be used as a weapon store-house, before and after, the massacre.

The Kerala High Court also imposed a fine of Rs.25,000/- each on all the accused 82, which should be given to dependants of the eight butchered.

The court sarcastically observed that investigators have deliberately over looked the deep-rooted conspiracy, for obvious reasons.

The Thomas P Joseph Judicial Commission on the Marad massacre had requested for probe into the national and international conspiracy behind the carnage.

The Sangh Parivar had been demanding CBI probe right from 2003, but the Congress and CPM government which rule intermittently had refused to request for a CBI probe for fear of losing Muslim vote-bank.

Confirming the fear of the Sangh Parivar, investigations have proved that almost Rs.600 Crores were transferred to 40 Banks around Marad to fake addresses and account holders. It was for systematic clean up of Kerala’s coast of Hindus. If not by force, use money, was the motto.

Just like ‘Love Jehad’, where poor Hindu girls are lured by, ISI recruited Jehadis, with plush counterfeit cash and converted to ‘women Jehadis’ for Jehad in Kashmir and Afghanistan, ‘LAND JEHAD” is the new trend in Kerala. Land especially in coastal areas and prime areas are purchased by Muslims paying any amounts. Agencies say, Indian currency printed in PAK Security Presses come in containers. This is used for ‘Land Jehad’ ‘Love Jehad’ and other terrorist activities. Lakhs of Bangladeshis working in Kerala as Bengalis are the main carriers of this Counterfeit currency.

VS Atchudanandan, CPM opposition leader, who himself didn’t do anything for CBI probe, has accused Oommen Chandy of succumbing to Muslim League, by not asking for CBI Probe.

12,000 participate in 3-day Samskritotsavam in Chennai

$img_titleThe three-day Samaskrito-tsavam was organised in Chennai from August 18 to 20. The event witnessed an unprecedented response from Sanskrit enthusiastic people. Nearly 12,000 people participated. Pejawar Swami Shri Vishwesh Theerth Maharaj, national organising secretary of Samskrit Bharati and many other scholars were also present in the Samskritotsavam. The programme was live webcasted on www. samskritabharati.in/www. dgvaishnavcollege.com. More than 1,000 people watched the event live.

Three different events were organised on all the three days. They included Balotsava on first day, Samajotsav on second day and Yuvotsav on the last day. In all the events about 12,000 students from 85 schools and colleges and about 70 judges of different courts participated.

It was for the first time in Chennai that school/college students participated in such an event, which included Bhaashanam, Katha kathanam, Katha kalakshepam, Vyaktigeetam/Samuhika geetam – in Sanskrit. About 720 Sanskrit lecturers, teachers and Sanskrit speaking parents participated in the event. An Income Tax Commissioner gave a three hours Intellectual PPT on Aeronautical Engineering in ancient Bharat

Sanskrit books to the tune of Rs 1,09,000 were sold. A book in Sanskrit, Stories from life of Swami Vivekananda, was also released. The book is full of some rare pictures of Swami Vivekananda. An event saw 30 hours of Gita chanting at the function. Bhajans and stotras were chanted for six hours. The youngest competitor in Sanskrit oratory was a four year old kid.

An exhibition of all names of Sri Krishna with meaning and pictures related to the Bhagavad Gita was also organised. Many Tirukkural translations in Sanskrit were shared by scholars such as Tiruppur Krishnan, Dr VV Subramanian, Dr Ramachandran and Dr Aravamudan.

A three-hour mind-boggling presentation on Vaimanika Shastra, ancient Indian Aeronautical Engineering, was also made. In a PowerPoint presentation it was shown with substantial proof that Shivkar Bapui Talpade was first to build aeroplane.

In his speech Dr MM Alex, scientist at Anceint Integrated Therapies Research said that since Sanskrit comes from nature, so it can never die. Very young upcoming poets recited amasing poetry on contemporary themes. In his speech, Swami Atmaghananda from Ramakrishna Mutt said the Sanskrit is best tool for programming and the younsters are speaking Sanskrit in a good number. He said Sanskrit’s future is bright. Editor of Amudasurabhi Shri Tiruppur Krishnan said the Government must honour the Sanskrit scholars.       (VSK-Chennai)

Strong protest against Govt's censorship on freedom of expression of media

$img_titleOn one hand, Central Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde declares Pakistan’s involvement in riots started by fanatic Muslims all over the country and on the other hand, the Central Government imposes ban, without giving any prior notice, on patriotic Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS)’s website ‘Hindujagruti.org’, ‘Panchjanya’ of RSS, websites of pro-Hindu journalists, organisations and leaders, their ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’ accounts etc. thus jeopardising the freedom of expression. If such autocracy of the Congress Government in Centre continues, it may directly impose ban even on newspapers and news channels. The Central Government has put a curb on the freedom of expression and thoughts of media by imposing indirect Censorship. HJS, Bhagatsingh Krantisena, Shri Ramsena, Hindu Mahasabha & Panch Nad, therefore, held demonstrations at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to strongly oppose the Government’s stance.

Ban on ‘hindujagruti.org’ should be lifted immediately, was the demand made with the Central (India) Government through the medium of these demonstrations. Slogans were raised condemning ban on freedom of expression and freedom of media besides display boards on the subject were carried by the demonstrators. A signature drive was also undertaken on the occasion.

Anti-nationals let loose and punishment for patriots! Shri Suresh Munjal, the Delhi-coordinator of HJS said that ban should be imposed on Bangladeshi infiltrators to solve the problem of Assam riots and not on website. The Central Government that imposes ban on the websites of patriotic organisations, is letting loose the anti-national websites and ‘Twitter’, ‘U tube’ accounts of Raza Academy, the mastermind of Mumbai riots, organisations spreading jihadi terrorism like ‘Jamat-e-Islami Hind’, ‘Tehrik-e- Hurriyat Jammu-Kashmir’ and ‘Sharia for Hind’; whereas ban is imposed on ‘hindujagruti.org’, the website turning 1,80,000 people from 170 countries to the righteous path by imparting education on Hindu Dharma, culture, etc. Every day, scams of leaders in Congress Government are being exposed; now proof of their perverted minds is also coming forward. People will definitely punish such unpardonable crimes in the forthcoming elections. Agitations and legal battle will be carried on by pro-Hindu organisations till the ban on HJS website is not lifted.

(FOC)

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