Mi Bodeguita del Medio

While my blog is named after a restaurant in Havana I hope to someday visit, here you will find musings, rants, political incorrectness, thoughts on Indian Nationalism, strong straight-forward opinions and tid-bits.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Flamenco Class...

Chicas, compañeras de clase...y compañero... ¡aquí colgo los videos que grabé el otro día!

Stepping aside from my blogging exercise, I'm putting up my Flamenco class recorded the other day in order to practice at home, as I missed a couple of sessions while travelling. Due to popular demand from my classmates, here are two of the videos which feature my Flamenco teacher, María.

María is an excellent, brilliant, charismatic dancer, apart from being a wonderful person. Her moves are powerful, graceful and strong, and she drives the technique home, until you get it.

The first video is filmed while she's giving class, with the students behind. And the second one is a final performance at the end of class (the angle is a bit messed up). Yours Truly does not feature here as she is recording!

Enjoy!



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Beware of World Vision

While browsing online, beware of ads like these by a fraudulent organization called "World Vision," with bright colours and poor, innocent children's faces, asking for your money[Please click on the image to see it change to the child's face]. It is very likely that this money will not be used to educate or feed these very children; rather it will be used to spread false propaganda against Hindus, in order to "save souls," evangelicize, and bait conversions. There is a sea of difference between preaching religion and baiting conversions. So, if you ever donate to this organization, or know someone who has, this is how their money will end up:

The scale of financial funds flowing into India for Christian organisations from UK, USA & Germany total into millions of dollars per year, with a significantly marked increasing pattern since 2001.

World Vision is the largest recipient of International funds in India today. According to their website “Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Financial support is received from; the UK Government, the European Union, charitable trusts, corporate supporters and also more than 100,000 individuals, who sponsor children in poor communities overseas.”

The recent (late 2008) violence between Hindus and Christians in Orissa was triggered when 84-year old Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal, Orissa, who was murdered in an armed ambush of his Ashram, on the evening of August 23 2008.

According to journalist Suarva Basu, following Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati’s murder, the Orissa police have arrested Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the World Vision from Khadagpur, while trying to escape from the district at Buguda.

Swami Laxmanananda devoted his whole life to the welfare of the most downtrodden tribal communities. He received several death threats from Christian sources over the last few years – and several murder attempts later (refer to a previous post), brutally killed by armed Christian gunmen posing as Maoists.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Abolish the Practice of Dancing Bears in India

I'm dodging a tear as I read this interview. My heart goes out to these bears. A must-read interview of one of my favourite Indian politician/animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi. I am seriously considering volunteering at this Bear Santuary the next time I'm in India. Please read this interview and donate, as I have, to save these bears from their nightmarish lives in the hands of "Kalanders." And darn the Japs for eating, whales, sharks and bear gall bladders. F-ing insane.

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Well-known vegan and animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi and Australian founder of 'Free The Bears Inc', Mary Hutton speak to the Abolitionist-Online about their work to eradicate the practice of 'dancing bears' in India.

Claudette: What is a 'dancing bear'?

Maneka Gandhi: A dancing bear is a sloth bear that has been taken from her mother (she is shot) at the age of a few weeks and trained to stand on her hind legs. The bears do not dance - in the same way as India's cobras in a basket do not sway to the pipe of a snakecharmer , they just swing to avoid the stick which they think is going to beat them.

Maneka Gandhi, Mary Hutton

Claudette: What type of cruelties are inflicted upon them?

Maneka Gandhi: After being captured they are put inside an inverted basket and left alone for several days then when they are completely disoriented they are taken out and tied to a post where they become fair game for the children of the village. Before the little bear cubs are six months old they are held down brutally while a man forces a crude iron needle with a rope through their soft delicate muzzles. By the time they are a year old their teeth are knocked out with hammers without any anesthetic. They are trained to stand upright by putting hot coals under their feet and by beating and starvation. A jute rope is taken through the muzzle and this rope keeps the nose inflamed and the bear in great pain throughout their short life - for these bears rarely survive more than seven to eight years which is less than one fourth of their natural life.

Their nails are pulled out and often a deep cut is made on their necks which is hidden by the thick collar that holds them so that the pain keeps them fearful. They eat a few chappatis a day and most of them suffer from worms and malnutrition. At night they will often be tied near a train station so that the noise keeps them confused. Many have one eye poked out. Many have been bitten by dogs. Many have their hair pulled out as they stand which is sold to tourists (specially in Nepal) for bracelets. Most of them have tuberculosis and as they start fading away they are taken illegally to Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan often to be killed for their gall bladder or even served up as a gourmet dinner. Traffic International has in its reports named India as the fourth largest supplier of bear gall bladders to Japan. It is the Indian sloth bear which is used in the horrific bear baiting fights in Pakistan where the bear is tied and then dogs are set at it. Many wounds later the fight is stopped, the bear taken and her wounds healed and then she is put up for the fight again. A normal bear lasts three fights before she is torn to bits.

Claudette: How are you abolishing the practice of dancing bears?

Mary Hutton: We are abolishing the dancing bear trade in India by introducing the "Kalander Rehabilitation Program". We give the Kalandar (who owns the bear) seed money to begin another business. This equates to $2,000.00 AUS and about 50,000 rupees. In return he gives us his licence and also surrenders his bear into our sanctuary. The program is working well and so far we have over 80 bears in the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. By giving this man an alternative income and saving the bear from an ongoing life of misery and pain makes it a win-win situation for both bear and man.


A Dancing Bear


Maneka Gandhi: If I had my way I would abolish the dancing bear industry by catching them all in one day, putting the offenders into the jails where they richly belong and then put the bears into what's called 'free range enclosures' till they become accustomed to going back to the wild, if they can. The whole exercise can be done in a week. It just requires enough strength to be exerted on the Indian government which, even when I was a part of it, could not do. The current tourism minister is one of the worst we have ever had - she is now pushing to open all the wildlife sanctuaries up for tourism and to let the richer tourists into the protected core of the forests.

Wildlife has the "inalienable right" to the core of the forest. It hasn't stopped her from badgering everyone to let the tourists in. The tourists who actually violate the rules are the spoilt rich and titled ones from England.

Claudette: Do tourists need to be trained not to give money for a performance?

Maneka Gandhi: That does not take it far enough. Many of these people throw the bear against the car or force the bear to lie down in front of the vehicle till money is given. It passed from being an entertainment long ago to be now a threat/menace on the road. Tourists know it is awful.

They need to cancel India from their itinerary and inform the local Indian Embassy that they are doing so until the bear trade is stopped. In fact even if they are not going to India, they still need to write in!

Mary Hutton: Tourists always need to be mindful not to have their photo taken with an exotic animal whether it be bear, monkey or any other animal which brings in the tourist dollar by performing.

Claudette: Please estimate how many Sloth bears are yet to be saved and how much does it cost to save one bear?

Maneka Gandhi: In India between eight to twelve hundred sloth bears need to be rescued. However, illegal trade continues with over 100 cubs illegally captured from the wild each year and sold to the Kalandar community. Unfortunately the government insists that each bear has to be bought - Rs 50,000 a bear from each Kalandar. So that is what it costs to save a bear. Then there's the keeping costs which soon adds up to considerably more.

Claudette: Are Australians aware of the problem Mary?

Mary Hutton: We have hundreds of Australians who are opposed to the 'dancing bears' but they understand that poverty causes the need to bring in money to support their families. There is no welfare in India and no "Centre Link" to help the impoverished - but people understand and support our Kalandar Rehabilititaion Program because they can see the 'situation' from both sides of the fence.

Claudette: Since 1977 it's been against the law to "own" a dancing bear. Why does it continue?

Mary Hutton: We would like to bring to an end the 'dancing' bear problem in India. If we can get every bear off the streets in India, then the poaching will stop and the numbers of Sloth bears will increase in the wild. Our main aim at this time is to do this and we hope to achieve this in less than 5 years providing the funding is available. India is a big country with big conservation problems, most of them caused by the illegal poaching and human encroachment into the wild.

Claudette: Do you think the western model of personhood rights for nonhumans equates somewhat to nonhumans having a soul in Hinduism?

Maneka Gandhi: Of course it does. If I had my way there would be no slaughtering of animals, of all animals. There would be no circuses, no zoos, no experimentation and there would be no using of animal products.

Claudette: How can we who are reading this help you?

Maneka Gandhi: For the bears we need money to rescue and rehome them to WILDLIFE S.O.S Agra Bear Rescue Centre built for rescued dancing bears. Wildlife SOS is run by a dedicated aunt and nephew team: Geetha Seshmani and Kartick Satyanarayan who have devoted their lives to animal rescues. Today there are 80 bears at the sanctuary. They will live here for the rest of their lives enjoying the freedom that was taken away from them .The sanctuary is 17 acres, 25 minute north of Agra City in the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Keetham .It has solar powered electric fencing and an eight foot high perimeter wall. It has a number of man-made dens for the bears to rest in; large ponds for the bears to chill out in; Quarantine/Isolation/Observation pens; Cub weaning area; Clinical Laboratory; Food storage and preparation rooms and a well equipped veterinary clinic. The money for the alternative lifestyles that is being given to the Kalandars comes from International Animals Rescue from the UK and Free the Bears Fund from Australia. These organisations are running campaigns in their own countries to bring in financial aid to India for the beleaguered bears.


Kartick Satyanarayan with a Bear Cub

If you would like to support them contact:
Wildlife S.O.S. ( R )
D 210, Defence Colony,
New Delhi - 110024, India Phone + 91 11 2462 1939
Telefax - +91 11 2462 4231
E-mail - wsos@vsnl.com

Monday, March 16, 2009

The "Gypsy" Trail...

Some years ago (sometime between 1999-2001), when I discovered Flamenco, I became quite intrigued with "Gypsies" and carried out a year-long research on the Roma, their origins, their trail, and their status and lives in the countries they inhabit today.

The Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies, Gitanos (here in Spain), Tzigane, Sinti, Dom, Manush (man in Sanskrit and Romani), Kale (black in Sanskrit and Romani; name they called each other as a reference to their skin colour, perhaps) and many other names, are today united as Roma and like to be known by their collective identity - Romani. We know that they left India as a group of nomads around 900 AD, reached Persia in 950, and were in Egypt by 1230. Their arrival into Europe began in the mid 14th century. Today there are about 12 million Roma, and mainly inhabit Eastern and Western Europe, with some minor populations said to have migrated to the Americas. It is important to note that in the Second WW, along with 6 million Jews, 1.5 million Roma or Gypsies were killed in concentration camps (a fact that remains largely unspoken and somewhat taboo). Migrant Romani populations have usually adopted the dominant religion of their country of residence, while often preserving aspects of older belief systems and forms of worship (such as Goddess /Saint Kali Sara's worship in France).

The Romani language is a verbally transmitted language which traces its roots back to Sanskrit. As a Hindi speaker, when I watched the movie "Black Cat, White Cat," years ago, majority in Romani (filmed in in Eastern Europe), I was able to trace several words that sounded familiar to my ears, pronounced differently.

Modern day Spanish is rich with several words, expressions and connotations from Caló, the Romani language of Spain. Caló blends native Romani vocabulary with Spanish grammar, as Spanish Romanies lost the full use of their ancestral language. Gitanos used Caló to communicate discreetely in their internal dealings. When I read a sampling of Caló, I'm often amused by the several words I do understand.

The Romani flag, which is blue and green with a red coloured Ashoka Chakra in the center, denoting their common roots in the Indian subcontinent, united in its largest form under Ashoka the Great. Their slogan is "Opre Roma!" meaning Rise Roma.
"Linguistic and genetic evidence indicates the Romanies originated from the Indian subcontinent, emigrating from India towards the northwest no earlier than the 11th century. The Romani are generally believed to have originated in central India, possibly in the modern Indian state of Rajasthan, migrating to northwest India (the Punjab region) around 250 B.C. In the centuries spent here, there may have been close interaction with such established groups as the Rajputs and the Jats. Their subsequent westward migration, possibly in waves, is believed to have occurred between 500 A.D. and 1000 A.D. Contemporary populations sometimes suggested as sharing a close relationship to the Romani are the Dom people of Central Asia and the Banjara of India."
While the Romani people have remained marginalized and discriminated against for centuries, they have established a name for themselves in the Arts and Music. Last weekend I went to see one such Gitano in concert, who's carved a name for himself in Flamenco Fusion dance. His name is Joaquín Cortés. I personally do not much appreciate his style as I'm a fan of pure Flamenco. But the concert itself was worth seeing. His current tour "Calé" (meaning black or Gypsy) is a resumé of his previous works, now that he has reached 40 and may not continue dancing for very much longer. It was sprinkled with Gitano references, and at the end he made a little speech saying, "20 years ago, Gypsies did not identify themselves as such; but I always said I was one. Today, we Gitanos are proud to say we are Gitanos." And there was a standing ovation and cheering.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The "Great" in Britain

I just returned from a lovely weekend in the mountain-country of Andorra, a large ski-resort in reality, tucked away between the Pyrenees in Northern Spain.

On the way back, for logistical reasons, we stopped in a town on the Costa Brava for half an hour. This town, like many towns on the North-Eastern Catalan coast (Costa Brava) is a popular summer destination for many English, Dutch and other Northern European tourists for its offering of sun, sand and nightlife. However, in the month of March, when outside daytime temperature is still in the early teens (today about 15º), we saw a bunch of men walking on the sidewalk, wearing half-sleeved shirts and shorts. C and I, watched them for a few seconds, and then at once, instinctively said "pobres" or poor people.

I thought about it on the drive back. Just two hours away, we were in snow-covered mountains in 0º to 5º weather. Two - three hours South and you see these men in summer clothes trying to immitate warmth and coastal calmness. Truth be told. They probably come from a poor neighbourhood (possibly live in Govt funded housing) in one of the working towns of England. They probably cannot afford the exhorbitant summer hotel and airfares in Spain. They probably were using up some of their summer vacation to make an early, off-season visit out to good old Sunny Spain, and whether or not it is sunny here doesn't really matter. Mentally these guys are in their summer, or atleast in the sunniest region of Europe. If they don't make the most of it, or they fail to tell themselves that they are enjoying a sunny country (even though they may be in one of the most obnoxious, touristy towns on the Girona coastline on a deathly chilly morning) while what they really are doing is wander about a ghost-town (business and many restaurants are closed half the year) telling themselves how awesome it all is...

We really pitied them then and talked about their mental state. While any warm-blooded human feels cold in 15º weather, these guys were braving the cold winds in their shorts and t-shirts, just to go back to their dingy little island thinking they had a great time in a warm country. How pathetic and sad.

So, while Britain has called itself "Great" over the centuries - while it looted, plundered and massacred half the world, and funded its own industrial revolution at the expense of other sovereign nations - India’s share of world GDP went from roughly 25% in the mid 1700's to 2% in a century, and Britain’s went from 1% to 18% — see Angus Maddison’s The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective; India, the richest country in the world for a millennium and a half (per Maddison’s data from 0 CE to 1500 CE), was systematically plundered (of some $10 trillion in today’s money) and reduced to penury - its days, it is now quite clear, have ended.

Britain today is reduced its bunch of little grey cold islands; the former "Empire" is now plagued with high unemployment, a crashed housing market, low employee morale, falling currency (the GBP currently equal to the Euro), an "immigration" problem - due to the dozens of countries it conveniently left below subsistence levels, topped with an unparalleled economic recession and has recently even lost its freedom of speech - as it goes to its benefactors, the Saudis with a begging bowl.

Its only potential saviour is the "brand image" it has managed to create globally, but frankly, it is not even worth my tourism buck anymore - as there is so much more my Euro buys me (from Greece and Cyprus to Montenegro, Malta and more), than a visit to the over-rated Big Ben.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Murder of a Saint: A Plot to Murder a Civilization By Dr Indulata Das

A mere audience of a Sannyasi is the fulfiller of all desires, says the Padmapurana (Sadhunam darsanam loke sarvasiddhikaram param—Padma Purana 1.79). The Bhagavata goes much ahead and says that the Sannyasis visit the pilgrimages not to purify themselves but the pilgrimages are purified by the visit of the Sannyasis (Prayena tirthabhigamapadeshaih swayam hi tirthani punanti santah- Bhagavata 1.21.8). On Indian soil it is regarded as a great fortune to touch the feet of a Sannyasi. Smearing the dust of his feet on one’s forehead is a rarest opportunity that even great monarchs aspire to do. What to speak of the mortals even gods aspire for a holy darshan of a Sannyasi. Not only an audience or a blessing, even receiving a wrath of the Sannyasi is considered as a boon. Lord Vishnu, the God of gods considered it a great fortune to receive a kick from a Sannyasi (Bhrigu) on His chest and eternally bore the mark of the assault with great gratitude.

The civilisation of India was designed by great Sannyasis like Manu, Yajnavalkya, Vyasa, Valmiki, Parasara and Shankaracharya etc. India has never been denuded of Sannyasis through the ages. In every era there have been great souls, great Sannyasis on the soil of India to enlighten the society and to show the right path. The great centres of learning in India had been the hermitages of Sannyasis. Sannyasis have been the real pathfinders and real torch-bearers of the society. The sublime culture, the high value system and the grand traditions of India have been surviving because of the advent of great Sannyasis from time to time. And in return the land has been showing tremendous reverence to the Sannyasis which is only a small gesture of gratitude.

In continuation of the great tradition of dedicated Sannyasis the twentieth century saw a Sannyasi, a great Sannyasi having unmatched dedication for the protection of the country’s culture and tradition. The great monk is no other than the legendary figure, the incarnation of dedication Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. He was a person whose property consisted of a pair of saffron linens and a stick but he was in fact a monarch. Yes, he was the monarch of thousands of grateful loving hearts of the country in general and of the people of tribal districts of Orissa in particular.

At the prime of his youth Swami Laxmanananda left behind the boundaries of his home and transformed the whole world to his abode. He parted with his young wife and his toddler son only to embrace the whole humanity as his family. He renounced the worldly bondages at the age of twenty five only to be dedicated to the service of the human race.

He lived a secluded spiritual life for quite a few years in the peaceful milieu of Rishikesh completely dedicated to the exploration of spiritual wisdom of the scriptures. But it was not what he was divinely deputed to do. He was ordained to do something more to the motherland.

He learned of the dangerous drive of the Christian missionaries to create a ‘Christ-stan’ on the land of Orissa by coercive and forcible conversion of the gullible tribals. He came to know about their ugly measures to divide the peaceful Vanavasi (tribal) populace and create tension on the land by breaching the existent fraternity in the communities. He came to know about their nasty move to eliminate Indian culture by money pumped from outside.

He, with an iron will, entered the woodlands of Kandhamal to fight all odds single handed. He fought against the lavishly affluent missionaries penniless and faced murderous threats of life defenceless. He strived tirelessly for the over all upliftment of the local tribals. He established educational institutions, promoted women’s education, provided health care and means of lively hood for the poor and downtrodden.

He was not the type of Saint to sit on high pedestals and receive obeisance and gifts from devotees from a respectable distance. He became one with the tribals. He lived a life similar to the downtrodden and ate their humble eatables. As a result he secured a place in the innermost region of their hearts. He remained a cohabitant of the tribals for four decades till the last breath of his life which ended at the age of 81.

Among his miscellaneous drives to save the culture and the people from the clutches of the Christian missionaries his most powerful and fruitful measure was the ‘return-home’ movement among the tribals. People who were coerced to leave their faith and culture by the missionaries were educated how they are falling prey to the traps of the churches and moving away from their own traditions, how the missionaries are dividing people and creating tension in the community, how they are converting blood brothers into blood-thirsty foes by alluring a chunk from the community to change their faith and making them stand against the rest.

Having understood the reality and the ulterior motives of the missionaries thousands of converts came back to their original faith.

Swamiji’s activities put a rein on the otherwise unobstructed activities of the church and their plan to convert the woodland of Orissa to Christ-land. The pastors turned furious. As many as nine murderous attacks were attempted on the life of Swamiji. He escaped all the attacks miraculously. On December 24, 2007 it was the ninth attack. Swamiji was physically assaulted by a group of two to three hundred people but escaped due to some timely action of some of his follower fellow travellers.

Hardly after eight months there was the final assault. A letter of threat was sent to the Ashram which was received by the Swami on August 22, 2008. He immediately lodged an FIR and requested the administration to protect his life. But no. He was not saved.

The police did not feel the Saint’s life was worthy enough to be protected. Not a single extra police personnel was deployed to save the great soul. Even the personal security which used to accompany the Saint remained mysteriously absent on the fateful day. Within twenty six hours of his request for security the Saint confronted the unthinkably barbaric death. The holy land of Bharat, where washing the feet of a Sannyasi is considered to be a great fortune, was actually washed by the blood of a Sannyasi. In the evening of Janmastami a group of twenty five killers armed with modern weapons like AK-47s pumped bullets to the revered Saint’s frail body which killed him along with four other Sannyasis and Sannyasins of the Ashram.

The whole Orissa was traumatised at the brutal slaughter of the beloved Swamiji. Thousands of people with tears streaming from their eyes stormed to see the Mahatma for the last time. As many as thirty thousand people assembled at the cremation of the Sannyasi.

The next day the state observed a voluntary bandh (curfew), a unique bandh which nobody had seen before. The whole state came to a standstill. Then the anger erupted. And there was widespread agitation.

In the whole episode two roles were really unique. One is the role of the police and the second is the role of a section of the media (refer to my previous post).

With the very news of Swamiji’s gruesome murder every body could understand who committed it “except the police” which suffered from the syndrome of “deliberate ignorance”. Before arriving at the crime-location, and before beginning any investigation the police attributed the murder to the Naxals. But the public was not as ignorant as the police thought it to be. This misleading statement was accepted not even by a child of Orissa State and it received fuming criticism from the public and the regional media unanimously. The police lost its credibility.

And then the protecting role of the police was also unique. The police which did not find it necessary to provide a single extra staff to save the life of the great Saint, deployed hundreds of police personnel to protect every small and big church in the area after the death of the Swami. The killer was protected by the police, not the victim.

And then the role of a section of the media (refer to my previous post). While the print and electronic media of Orissa were overcrowded by the news of the murder of the Swami, all the national electronic media were conspicuous by their dead silence. The very channels who had untiringly telecast the death incident of Graham Stains round the clock did not utter a single word when the whole of Orissa was crying at the slaughter of Swami Laxmanananda. The media did not even report the unbelievable self-imposed bandh which Orissa observed for one full day. The same media which dedicates hours in telecasting even a suicide case of unknown citizens in the country was ghastly silent at the unbelievably brutal murder of the great Saint and the social reformer.

The silence of the media spoke volumes for them. The blatant anti-Hindu and unpatriotic character of the electronic media got a shameless exposure again. Graham Stains who was a foreigner and was dividing the people inside their community and ruining the culture of the country had received unthinkable propagation through the media and had become a super hero posthumously. But Swami Laxmanananda, the supreme devotee of the Motherland who dedicated every breath of his life in protecting the culture of his country failed to find a few seconds of telecast in the national media of the country. And the brutal killing of the Saint was very indirectly, lightly and indignantly reported as the murder of “an office bearer of the VHP.”

But the story did not end here. The silence of the electronic media was not a silence but a preparation for a pounce. It was like the tiger’s preparation to jump on the prey. The channels were eagerly waiting for the aggrieved Hindus to retaliate so that they would wake up to catch their throats. After all, the passive Hindus are their most favourite prey.

And their waiting came to an end with the first news of so called arson in a Christian orphanage. The eager media did not waste a moment in preparing a special report of half an hour on it. All the slumbering channels suddenly woke up not to telecast the inhuman slaughter of the Swamiji but the “plight of the Christians in the hands of the Hindus”.

Not only the media, but the “great leaders” of the country jumped to action because the minority vote bank had ripened now and had to be harvested without delay. Then started the series of statements, visits and other related favorite activities of the politicians.

For the anti-Hindu and anti-Indian units (Congress Party, Communist Party, Samajwadi Party) there was not a better chance than this. The pseudo human rightists came out of their hibernation to protect the “human rights of the Christians”. And the Pope conveyed his concern. It was a not a concern when the Christians killed the Mahatma, but it was a concern when the Christians were attacked in retaliation.

There was no urge among the people to talk about the great selfless philanthropist and the great humanist Swami Laxmanananda who sacrificed his life in protecting the culture and civilisation of the Motherland. His killers and conspirators were left scot-free. And the police chased the aggrieved Hindus. What a paradigm of justice! Had this unique system of justice been prevalent in the Tretaya, Shri Ram and Hanuman would have been hanged and Ravana would have been felicitated.

What has happened to this great sacred land? On the holy soil of India monsters played Holi with the blood of a Mahatma and were prized with concern and sympathy!

Murder of Swami Laxmanananda proved not to be a murder of a Sannyasi only. It exposed that the value system of the land has been murdered. It revealed that the culture of the soil has been murdered. It said that the civilisation, the greatest civilisation of the world has already been murdered.

[Emphasis mine]

This post is dedicated to a certain French colleague of mine, who like a parrot, never fails to bring up issues like caste system, Orissa violence, etc. each time India is mentioned. This is also dedicated to the nosy French president Sarkozy who dared to question PM Manmohan Singh on the Orrisa violence. Mind your own damn business Sarkozy. There are enough cops in France killing innocent Africans to keep you busy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why We Should Boycott NDTV (Updated)

As many already know, NDTV, a popular Indian news channel is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain which actively supports Communism. As ex-Pakistani President Musharraf allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan, NDTV gradually took on a pro-Pakistan stand (Pakistan being the greatest enemy of India withstanding). NDTV CEO Prannov Roy is brother-in-law of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India. His wife and Brinda Karat – Communist Party of India - are sisters. And last but not least, India's Verbal Terrorist and Paper Tiger, Arundhati Susan Roy is Prannov Roy's niece. As is obvious, the family is deeply Anti-Indian and Negationist. In fact, this troop of "newsmakers" leads the media's Negationist Movement.

They really must believe that Indian are dumb. Too bad for them, they are dead wrong.

So, even without knowing these details, someone who turns on NDTV for the first time, as I did online during 26/11, will doubt their objectivity with regard to their (persistent anti BJP and pro minority) commentary – but when you learn of their fund-sources and management profile, along with their political affiliations, you are left with no doubt about the reason for the highly evident subjectivity in their pattern of news coverage and skewed comments.

For instance, NDTV, just like its brother-in-crime Tehelka (Tarun Tejpal of Tehelka regularly gets flat checks from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only) and CNN-IBN (100% funded by the ultra-orthodox Southern Baptist church and allocating 800 million USD annually for promotion of its "interests" in India), did not highlight the burning and brutal killing of Hindu Kar Sevaks prior to the outburst in Godhra. Neither do they talk about the derogatory and provocative literature distributed by the over zealous Christian missionaries (more on this in another post) in Karnataka, or the background of the murder of Hindu Saint Swami Sri Laxmanananda prior to the Orissa carnage.

Notice how these channels fail to raise an issue over the controversial painter MF Hussein who depicted Hindu Gods in the nude in the name of art. Notice also how these channels selectively chose to ignore the beating up of the courageous Bangladeshi Activist Taslima Nasreen in a press conference in Hydrabad by Muslim mobs – her crime? Highlighting the brutality of Muslims against the Hindus in Bangladesh in her book, and ill-treatment of women in Bangladesh, due to Islamic practices.

Do you still believe that their “news” is free of hidden agenda? Watch this video.

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