** Kashmir and Stone Age

Kashmir’s date with Stone Age

Organiser Weekly

Editorial

Kashmir is slipping into the stone age, literally and metaphorically. Literally because the terrorists and their hired goons have taken to stone as the easiest weapon to fight the security forces. Metaphorically because their lack of sensitivity is exposed in the fact that the terrorists are pushing children and teenagers to the forefront to fight their messy fight against India.

Earlier the Kashmiri terrorists used to post women in the front, and attack from behind, thereby tying the hands of the security forces. Women have probably become wiser. Now they are pushing children to the front.Teenagers, kids who should be in schools, not in the streets are the latest victims of their so-called holy war. These children are let loose on the security forces. The picture of one policeman surrounded and being beaten by six-seven lathi wielding, masked teenagers, published in all the national dailies on June 29, 2010 explains a lot about these hot-heads of what is going on. The protesters take to the street, provoke the police and security men. When they retaliate, and if any of the protester is killed, it sets the stage for the demonstration the next day. The out-of-power politicians cheer the teenagers from the fringe, blame the security forces and demand their withdrawal.

If the government and the politicians are interested in the safety and welfare of the people of Kashmir and want to protect the so-called local identity then they should appeal to the terrorists not to stoop so low and throw the future generations into the mouth of the cannons. Which is what Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minister has done now. There was a phase when the terrorists used the mosques as their base and attacked the security forces. In one such incident, one of the holiest mosques Char-e-Sharif was partially burnt and was restored by the security forces.

What is more appalling is the huge price the security forces are paying in this. According to the CRPF, 1600 men have been injured and grounded in the past two years in different parts of the valley because of stone pelting. Imagine the enormity, 1600 men, equivalent of 20 companies, injured in about 700 days. Over 200 vehicles have been damaged. According to reports, 52 personnel have been injured in the last one week. If one person is killed in police firing, the valley erupts as if on cue. But when the security forces are maimed or killed in dozens by the terrorist attacks, the government and the society do not even murmer.

We have said it in these columns before and we repeat: What is lacking in Kashmir is the political will. The security measures need to be supported by actions by the governments at the state and the centre. The political forces out of power in the state and inimical to the interest of the nation should be marginalised. There is hardly anything called functioning economy in the valley. The local elected bodies are defunct. People who have visited Kashmir before and recently speak of the huge ecological degradation that has taken place there, Dal Lake being the biggest example. Once the pride of Kashmir, it is now plagued by weeds and stinking water. The Rs 300 crore loan sanctioned by the World Bank for clean-up was spent on it, but with little result.

Omar Abdullah made a warming gesture in inviting the Kashmiri Pandits to worship at the Kheer Bhawani temple. Over 40,000 Kashmiris worshipped there on June 18, 2010. The state ensured their safety. Let this be a beginning. Such measures should be repeated oftener, which would send out a strong message of India’s determination to restore the valley to the Kashmiris.

Every time there is violence, the PDP led by Mehbooba Mufti raise the bogey of excesses by the security forces. Her party has a myopic view, it does not wish to see the stress under which the security forces are. The Army Chief Y K Singh has categorically stated that time was not ripe to reduce forces in the valley as terrorists continue to operate from several hideouts. He is also of the opinion that political steps are needed in Kashmir.

Calming Kashmir is not an impossible task. After decades of violence that has taken them nowhere, the ordinary Kashmiri must be wanting to get on with life. People like Shah Faesal, who topped the IAS this year should be inspiration enough in the political, social and administrative processes to restore the system of local governance in the state. We have powerful instruments in our Constitution like the Panchayati Raj that can go miles in healing the situation there. The major stumbling block is the monetary and military help that the extremists and their hangers on receive from across the Western border, which needs to be addressed by Delhi. Pakistan has been following the diabolic Afzal Khan policy. The answer should be Shivaji’s.

Related stories:

1) India’s Stand Vindicated

2) Secret about Kashmir @ http://globeonline.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/secret-about-kashmir/

3) Unraveling India @ http://worldmonitor.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/unraveling-india/

4) India under Eclipsehttps://indiaview.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/india-under-eclipse/

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** India under eclipse

India under eclipse: the political folly

Vijayvaani.com – June 7

Nancy Kaul

For a Nation the people, the constitution, the armed forces and sovereignty along with territorial integrity are non-negotiable; the political leadership with its policies and decisions must abide by this. Each and every elected member of the Republic takes an oath to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation.

The folly of the leadership and political set up in the country is leaving little in the way of those who are hammering at the very nationhood of India – its people, culture, historical and civilisational moorings, economic and geo-political strategic contours.

The long term strategy of Pakistan is to dismember India, while adding a thousand cuts through the terror network. In this strategy, unconventional warfare and Jihadi terrorism are tools of warfare.

Separatists add to this multi-dimensional war by terror. On November 1, 2001, Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader in the Valley, said, “’It is an unrealistic claim to say Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.” Geelani’s remarks show that the sinister design has not been given up but only made deeper inroads.

It is therefore not surprising that separatists, secessionists and their Pakistani supporters go to the extent of comparing the ongoing terrorist and Jihadi violence in Kashmir to a freedom struggle. The spurt in Jihadi terrorism across the country for the last few years is to be perceived as part of Pakistan’s ‘grand design’ against India.

Valley based politicians in different voices hammer at the nation State of India. Proposals of Self Rule, Autonomy, and Greater Autonomy all have their genesis in a US report. One of the proposals that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf considered during the Agra Summit was opening of the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road for another Indo-Pak bus service, leading to some kind of a free trade zone in the long run. The Pakistani President and Chief Executive Officer, Gen Pervez Musharraf clearly said he wanted concessions of these kind and more.

These demands of Autonomy, Self Rule and Greater Autonomy are part of a 1998 Kashmir Study Group Report, titled “Livingston Proposal: Kashmir, A Way Forward.” Also known as the Farooq Kathwari report, the document aims at diluting Indian sovereignty in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The US political establishment had offered some insights into its vision of settling the Kashmir dispute through this report, which speaks of a degree of autonomy to the region.

The report contained ways and means of creating a sovereign entity of Kashmir. It first envisages creation of two Kashmir entities – one each on either side of the LoC, each with its own government, constitution and a working relationship with either India or Pakistan or both.

The second proposal talks of a single Kashmiri entity with its own constitutional framework and government. As per the report, the new entity will have its constitution as well as citizenship rights, flag and a legislature. Kashmiri citizenship may allow them to acquire entity passports, the report suggested, while giving six working formulas of the sovereign entity which differ only in detail. All formulae aim to further dilute the relations of the State with India and are on communal lines.

The report includes a memorandum, prepared by Hurst Hannum, professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, US. It is divided into three sections, dealing with issues of legislation, citizenship and currency, in its first part, followed by options of the Kashmiri entity, and the final section suggesting how an agreement on Kashmir can be given legal standing through an India-Pakistan treaty.

Where in the world does one find a sovereign entity within a sovereign country as is being propounded by the report? All the confidence-building measures that Pakistan wants India to take are actually aimed at further alienating Jammu and Kashmir from the country. The agenda of this report is to alienate Jammu and Kashmir from the Constitution of India.

This agenda got a flip when the Centre passed the Sager Ahmed committee recommendation envisaging autonomy for the State. It is not just going to define what and how autonomy of the State as perceived by National Conference, its Kashmiri Muslim-centric wants, and indifference to other regions and populations, but will also define how Indian leadership wants the world to see its sovereign and territorial frontiers – in terms of south and central Asia and the emerging world order.

Today, as the Prime Minister readies to go to Srinagar for another two day visit, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq wants a political package for Kashmir. He is actually batting for Pakistan and the Jihadi terrorists, “If you are saying that we have to wait for the last gun to fall silent, that’s not going to happen. Even the Jihad Council or the parties outside the council are maintaining the minimum number to attack installations of the Army or paramilitary forces.”

Mirwaiz of Hurriyat is joined by Mehbooba Mufti of PDP who now wants devolution of the Preamble and the Constitution, as her self rule propaganda envisages. Her wish-list wants semi-sovereign status for the State in future, “Jammu and Kashmir enjoys the status of a semi-sovereign state and gets unified with the other Kashmir (POK).”

State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is a proponent of the honourable return of Kashmiri terrorists from Pakistan, whereas his government and the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board levied a Jazia-like tax on Amarnathyatra, raising startling questions.

The reins of power are fast corrupting the corridors of power. In a recent visit to Ramban and Doda, DGP Kuldeep Khuda called it a visit to Chenab Valley (March 3, 2010)! This is in conformity with the Greater Autonomy Committee report of the National Conference, which proposes to divide Jammu & Kashmir into eight regions along ethnic-religious lines –Kamraz, Nundabad, Maraz, Chenab Valley, Jammu, Pir Panjal, Kargil and Ladakh.

Though the DGP did not waste a moment to confer awards and recommendations with employment in JK police to Ruksana for fighting terrorists, he was found faltering in the case of the brave Sunita Kumari of Kalakote, who killed Hizbul Mujahedeen terrorists as they attacked her house, killing her father and injuring her along with her sister. Sunita is now hiding and trying to save her life from the HM terrorists as the State Government then led by Farooq Abdullah reneged on the promise of job with the state police department. Such aberrations of State policy do not auger well in terms of governance.

In the light of the above, if the Government passes recommendations on the Autonomy Committee report, greater autonomy, self rule, without giving thought to its long-term implications in terms of law, States and jurisdiction, it would term hurtle towards greater damage in terms of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the unity of the country.

Kashmir-centric politicians and their sympathizers with these demands and proposals are neither new nor different – but are with the agenda of devolution of Indian sovereignty, territorial integrity and constitution: with the aim of strengthening the stranglehold of separatist identity and creating a Muslim sphere of interest and the Balkanization of India.

The blanking out of other regions of the State in terms of development, governance, employment and political aspirations by Valley-centric politicians is intrinsic to this mindset.

Will the Prime Minister and the Government continue the dichotomy towards interests of strategic importance, governance, sovereignty and territorial integrity, for no nation survives on weak knees and spinelessness!!

- Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be, and Will I be successful. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. An enemy should be destroyed without a trace” - Chanakya

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** Politics of Corruption

The Politics of Corruption

M.V. Kamath

Organiser

What is even more sickening is Mayawati’s attempts to spend Rs 3.8 crore of public money on eight statues of hers and Rs 3.37 crore for seven statues of her mentor Kanshi Ram to be installed in Uttar Pradesh and worse still, to spend Rs 52.20 crore to set up 60 statues of elephants-the election symbol of the BSP-in the State. It is total misuse of public money in an obvious case of self-aggrandisement. But who cares?

IF there is one thing the average Hindu would want to feel proud of, it is that he is not intolerant.

Think of this: The ruling party is today headed by an Italian-born Roman Catholic who runs the country. The Prime Minister is a Sikh. The Vice-President is a Muslim and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, not to speak of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are dalits.

The Speaker besides, is a woman, which other country, pray, can show such liberalism? Not a single country in the world. The so-called upper caste Hindu, besides, suffers from an enormous guilt complex vis-à-vis dalits, for treating them for centuries as untouchables, no matter what various social reformers like Dasaveshwara in Karnataka have striven to change the mind-set of people.

That is why, one suspects, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in her fourth term can get away with anything. Mayawati is a dalit and she has been exploiting the guilt-complex effectively. She must be one of the most corrupt Chief Minister India ever had, but she gets away scot-free. But it is time the truth about her assets is revealed even if, presently, she has got a reprieve. The CBI has already told the Supreme Court that it has ample evidence of her illegal wealth. Much of it is available in a remarkable biography of the lady, entitled Behnji, authored by Ajoy Bose and published by no less a firm than Penguin/Viking.

It must be remembered that Bose’s findings have never been challenged. But what are they? The CBI listed the immovable assets of Mayawati and her family as follows: 41 agricultural plots, 16 residential plots, 7 shops, three orchards, two shops-cum-residences located in and around Delhi; a mansion in her ancestral village of Badalpur, described by NDTV as a mini-Taj Mahal, buit on a sprawling 30,000 square yards estate.

According to a CBI list filed in 2003, Mayawati then had assets worth Rs 36.5 million in one bank account and Rs 2.345 million in another. In 2004 she had Rs 1.5 million in cash and Rs 97.8 million in bank accounts and jewellery worth Rs 3.09 million. In 2007 her moveable assets included Rs 5.02 million in cash, Rs 128.8 million in bank deposits and jewellery worth Rs 5.08 million. Giving further details of her jewellery, Mayawati listed 1035.260 grammes of gold 76.040 grammes of diamonds and 18,500 kgs of silver. She also admitted owning murals worth Rs 1.5 million. According to Mayawati’s own self-evaluation from two affidavits her financial worth including both moveable and immoveable assets jumped from Rs 160.7 million in 2004 to Rs 520 million in 2007.

Bose says that in the late ‘90s, the BSP ran a year-long collection drive so that they could give birthday gifts of Rs. 6,50,000 to Kanshi Ram her mentor to celebrate his 65th birth-day and Rs 420,000 to her to celebrate her 42nd birthday. How nice. Comments Bose: “There is no credible explanation why these large donations, even if contributed by party workers, have been used for mansions, farm houses, commercial plots, jewellery and bank deposits in the name of Mayawati and her close relatives.” Bose adds: “Condemnation of Mayawati’s vast wealth and lavish spending must be tempered with the recognition of the general absence of any kind of moral code in Indian politics, when it comes to money- most of them, if investigated as rigorously as the BSP leader, would also stand exposed of accumulated properties, money and jewellery beyond their obvious means. It is a malaise that affects the country’s political system as a whole-”

And, by way of proving it, Bose credits the Tamil Nadu leader Jayalalithaa with assets worth Rs 240 million, followed by M Karunanidhi with Rs 220 million and Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu with Rs 210 million though Bose admits that none of them have even half the wealth that Mayawati who was born in a lower middle class dalit home of a government clerk with many dependents, has. How did she manage to accumulate that much wealth? Will the CBI kindly elaborate? What is even more sickening is Mayawati’s attempts to spend Rs 3.8 crore of public money on eight statues of hers and Rs 3.37 crore for seven statues of her mentor Kanshi Ram to be installed in Uttar Pradesh and worse still, to spend Rs 52.20 crore to set up 60 statues of elephants-the election symbol of the BSP-in the State. It is total misuse of public money in an obvious case of self-aggrandisement. But who cares? Fancy the Chief Minister spending Rs 1.55 crore a piece on a 24-ft high bronze statue of herself and another similar of Kanshi Ram! The issue may have been taken to the Supreme Court but by and large the people of Uttar Pradesh have taken the matter lightly.

After all Mayawati is a dalit, isn’t she? And dalits in the past have been ill-treated, haven’t they? So what is wrong with Mayawati taking her revenge? What is wrong, indeed. Our attitude is one of chaltha hai. Anything goes. Till recently the CBI was breathing down her neck in the disproportionate assets and Taj corridor cases but she has received a breather now because she has rushed to the UPA government’s support on the cut motion issue. If she had gone against the government the CBI would probably have got at her throat; she has now temporarily saved herself and never mind what the public thinks of the UPA.

The same thing happened in the case of Shibu Soren who ditched the BJP to keep the UPA government going. There has been a criminal case against Soren, but these can wait. After all, he is a tribal, isn’t he? Like Mayawati being a dalit, isn’t she? How can anyone blame them? But then we learn from an RTI failed by The Times of India that governments headed by leaders of various parties have withdrawn criminal cases against 51 political leaders in the past ten years, the beneficiaries including Ministers, MLAs, former Ministers and former MLAs. In most cases the State Government withdrew cases using its power under Section 321 of the Criminal Procedure Code. We live in a sick society which provides political parties to forgive crimes if thereby they can continue to stay in power. It is as plain as that. Does the media have a role to play in this connection? Yes, it has. Does it play it? No, it doesn’t. Why should it when by playing it, it invites retribution? Mayawati saved the UPA government in time, she has been amply awarded. So what’s there to talk about?

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** Time for paradigm shift

The nation is not safe till UPA is in the saddle
The Congress has ruined the country.

Time now for a paradigm shift in politics.

Organiser Weekly

Think of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. When I submitted a report on this aspect to the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, he first said it is a state subject how can the centre spend money on it? But he took a bold decision and sanctioned a Rs 60,000 crore scheme within eight days. The decision to expand the National Highways into four lanes was also taken by the Vajpayee Government. He gave credit cards to farmers. If Vajpayeeji can do it why not this government? I asked 14 questions to this government. But it failed to answer any of them. The nation has been ruined due to wrong economic policy and bad governance by the UPA.

We have to motivate the workers for serving the needy and downtrodden. There is a need to develop social consciousness and responsibility. If we are able to bring a positive change in the life of a needy person, it will be our biggest contribution in national development. We should get involved in politics as a sensitive social worker.

Our supporters are very emotional and they get disturbed with even minor problems. Apart from it, a section of the media runs a sustained campaign against us, which further demoralises us. Since we have to go a long way, we need to develop patience and tolerance. I tell the workers not to look at things through the prism of the media and have patience and trust.

The Congress-led UPA government is not eradicating poverty, it is eradicating poor people. This government cannot do anything better for the people or the nation. They just know how to divide the society in the name of caste, religion or community. They are indulging in vote bank politics through appeasement. Now they have started appeasing even the terrorists. Why is Afzal not hanged? This government has totally surrendered before the terrorists. They joined hands with Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections.

NITIN Gadkari has an easy charm about him. His disarming simplicity, earnest, pro-active approach and down to earth manners have earned him many new admirers. He is essentially a professional trying a paradigm shift in politics. He talks of training the party workers on voluntary service activities, taking up rural reconstruction, taking care of unorganised sector, helping people displaced by rapid urbanisation and growth stand on their feet, and move along with the society marching forward, giving a refreshing sense of participation in the political odyssey.

The BJP president visited the editorial office of Organiser and Panchjanya as part of his hands on approach, to understand first hand the working of various institutions in the country. So far he has taken up many such visits in different parts of the country, which he characterises as very useful. He believes in making grass roots contact. During his visit he had a two-hour long chat with our editorial team. Organiser editor R Balashankar and Panchjanya editor Baldevbhai Sharma with correspondent Pramod Kumar, interviewed him on the occasion and elicited his plans of rebuilding the party. Given below is a brief account of the conversation:

As party chief now Delhi is your headquarters. How is your experience in Delhi?
The induction of younger workers in the organisational set up is a routine exercise in the BJP. Everyone has his role and importance. But the basic structure and the spirit remain the same. We all are party workers and we have to work with this feeling only.

I am new in Delhi. Experience-wise also, I am junior. In spite of all that, all the party workers and senior leaders accepted me wholeheartedly. We are working together. This change took place very smoothly in BJP because it is different from all other political parties. With the growth of the organisation there might have been some problems, but our original strength, structure and set up are qualitatively different from others. I am getting full cooperation of all.

Your appointment sent a positive message across the rank and file. What changes do you feel the party requires today?
We did not get expected results in the Lok Sabha elections. But BJP is still a strong political power and it has seen many ups and downs. There was a time when we had only two MPs and the Congress leaders used to ridicule us as ham do hamare do. Even Atalji lost the elections. But we recovered from all those situations. The Congress also was once reduced to 114 seats in the Lok Sabha. Once it had won 425 seats. We need to study all these ups and downs carefully. I have studied them. This is a fact that the Congress still retains some part of the ground that it gained before 1947. But after Independence it repeatedly divided the society in the name of caste and religion to keep its vote bank intact. This is the ground reality.

On the other hand our vote percentage is smaller compared to the Congress. We need to work hard in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and some other states. We did not lose the Lok Sabha elections due to any differences in the party. There might be some reasons at political level but the media gave them unnecessary twist as confusion in the party. But they were not the only reasons. We need to increase our strength with a positive approach. New people have to be associated with the party. The sections of the society which are still not with us have to be brought to our fold. I have appealed to the workers to concentrate more on the Scheduled Castes and weaker sections. We are also the followers of Baba Saheb Ambedkar, we are against untouchability and casteism, samata and samarasata are part of our life-convictions and we want to establish socio-economic equality in the society.

In Scheduled Tribes constituencies the BJP is the front runner already?
Many of our workers are doing admirable work among Scheduled Tribes. Deendayalji gave us this vision of serving the needy. We believe the day we are able to ensure roti, kapada and makan for all, the vision of Deendayalji will truly be fulfilled. We have to concentrate more on the issues related to both the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It should be done as a positive social work.

There are many areas in the country where the BJP is weak?
We believe in one nation, one people. We want to take this message to every corner of the country. We are opposed to terrorism. A criminal is a criminal, his religion has nothing to do with it. He does not belong to any caste, religion or language. Similarly, a terrorist is a terrorist; he does not belong to any caste, religion or language. We want to create unity and harmony. Love for the motherland is the only criteria. We don’t look at our people as vote bank. If we were anti-Muslim why would we have made Dr Abdul Kalam the President of the country? We are not against Muslims at all. I feel it is time to take all nationalist and patriotic people with the party.

When we talk about development, prosperity, progress, alleviation of poverty, employment generation, it is not for any particular section or community. It is for all the countrymen. I appeal to Muslims also to seriously think what has the Congress done for them in the last five decades? Our opponents have always tried to create misunderstanding about BJP.

Do you still swear by Common Civil Code, Article 370 and such issues which make you different from other parties?
Common Civil Code is for the betterment of all. But the continuation of Article 370 in Kashmir will benefit none. Where in the world is there special provision for the people of a particular region? If we all are one, why this special status to some? We all are part of a single society and we share the same legacy, culture, history and ancestors. Only moving ahead together will ensure our progress. I think if people are educated properly on the issue of Article 370, they will surely come with us. After assuming the office of party president I met many leading journalists, thinkers, literary persons and social leaders of the country and they all took it very positively. It is my experience that if the matter is explained in a proper way, misconceptions get cleared.

Making the nation prosperous from all angles is the agenda of our ideology and conviction. We have to concentrate on all the issues whether it is water, power, transport, communication, agriculture, industry, education, moral education, etc. We are preparing a vision document for development of the nation underlining our priorities for next 25 years.

What is the BJP’s development plank?
All elite sections of the society including Chartered Accountants, doctors, professors, lawyers, journalists, industrialists, traders, teachers-all sections are to be brought to the party fold. These are basically the people who understand information technology, bio-technology, economic policy of the 21st century and the factors of development well. We want to transform the present politics into the politics of national reconstruction, socio-economic transformation and social service for the benefit of the last person of the society. We believe that power politics cannot benefit the country and politics should be an instrument for socio-economic betterment.

The professionals and intellectuals should be brought to the party fold as Friends of BJP. This message should reach across the country. We are fighting against poverty, but many times I ask why the suicide by farmers not become an inspiration for us to save the agriculture? Since crores of people do not have food to eat, should it not become our inspiration to save Indian farmer! Crores of youth do not have employment, should granting them employment not be our priority? The Naxalites and Maoists are killing the innocent people and they have challenged our whole system. Should fighting against them not be our priority? Both our internal and external security are under threat. Should it not be our political priority? Instead of thinking about individual interest, ambitions, ego and career, welfare of the deprived people should become our priority. Doing all this, if in the process, we get power anytime in the life it is okay, otherwise also we will continue to work with the same spirit and dedication.

What are the other areas of concern for you? How do you propose to tackle urbanisation related issues?
The unorganised sector of the society also needs immediate attention. The number of such people has increased manifold in metro cities during the last few years. Many cycle rickshaw pullers suffer from TB. Can we not reduce their sufferings by organising medical camps for them? I have been working for non-conventional energy and agriculture for the last seven years. Can we not change the life of deprived people through this traditional energy and swadeshi science? Yes, we can do it and should do it as a priority.

Many of our workers are already engaged in such constructive activities. During the Indore convention, about 175 workers displayed their projects. This number is expected to increase up to 1000 by the next convention. We have to motivate the workers for serving the needy and downtrodden. There is a need to develop social consciousness and responsibility. If we are able to bring a positive change in the life of a needy person, it will be our biggest contribution in national development. We should get involved in politics as a sensitive social worker.

How do you plan to train your party workers for the kind of new politics you are aiming at?
It is a very important aspect. We have prepared a list of 17 subjects for it. We are in favour of modernisation not westernisation. We talk about e-learning. Education, training and research & development have to be emphasised. I am going to take some concrete steps for it. We have arranged two acre land in Delhi where we are going to set up a big project worth Rs 25 crore for research & development. We want that a committed work force should emerge from this centre.

Through this new orientation are you planning to make a shift away from issues like Sri Ramjanmabhoomi?
We don’t treat Sri Ram temple as a political issue. It is the issue which should be taken as a matter of faith of crores of people. It should be the national agenda of the country and not be treated as the agenda of a particular party. We want all political parties including the Congress find a solution together. We all believe in Sri Ram and his temple should be built in Ayodhya. It is a matter related to the sentiments of the countrymen and we don’t want to make it a political or election agenda. It should be above politics.

Do you see a solution in the near future?
The place where Sri Ram was born is one and cannot be other. Only Sri Ram temple should be built there. The Muslims can build a mosque at any other place than the janmabhoomi and we shall extend every possible help to them.

The BJP organised a very huge rally on price rise in Delhi recently. The BJP is talking of the whole country but the Congress concentrates on vote-politics. Will it work for you?
The Congress had promised to reduce price rise in 100 days. But they cheated the country on it. They have been talking about poverty alleviation but there has been total disappointment on it also. Rather the number of poor increased manifold. The reports of five committees-Tendulkar Committee, Sengupta Committee, Saxena Committee, World Bank and Asian Development Bank Reports, confirm it. The Planning Commission report also says the same thing. About 41 per cent population have been added to the BPL category. If the Congress has been claiming to alleviate poverty, why is the number of poor increasing?

The Congress disappointed the country on all fronts. Not only the number of poor increased, the inflation and price rise also touched sky high. Inflation is below 2 per cent in 25 countries of the world, but it is 11 per cent in India. The price of essential commodities is higher in India than many other countries of the world. During the Janata Party government there was no inflation or price. Similarly, during the Vajpayee government there was no inflation and price rise. But whenever the Congress came to power the inflation and price shot up. The poverty, farmers’ suicide, unemployment, inflation and price rise are not related to any caste, religion, community, language or region. These are related to wrong economic policy and bad governance. Today, we need better irrigation, seed management, loan on low interest, good technology, agro-processing industry, but the UPA government is busy in creating Special Economic Zones.

Think of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. When I submitted a report on this aspect to the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, he first said it is a state subject how can the centre spend money on it? But he took a bold decision and sanctioned a Rs 60,000 crore scheme within eight days. The decision to expand the National Highway into four lanes was also taken by the Vajpayee Government. He gave credit cards to farmers. If Vajpayeeji can do it why not this government? I asked 14 questions to this government. But it failed to answer any of them. The nation has been ruined due to wrong economic policy and bad governance by the UPA. The situation will not improve till they are in power.

The general belief is that there is no difference between the BJP and the Congress on Economic Policy?
There is a wide difference. It is basically a misconception. When Dr Manmohan Singh became Prime Minister some people thought that he would give a new direction to the nation. But the 14 questions that I had asked have not been answered till now. There is huge production of foodgrains in the country, but we do not have godowns and the wheat is rotting in the open. Why? Today we have only one third of the storage capacity required for storing the foodgrains. Why is the government not able to build the sufficient number of godowns? More than 100 godowns with one lakh MT capacity could have been built with the money that the UP Chief Minister wasted on her memorials. The nation wants answers to all these questions.

Irrigation comes under state subject. It should be brought to the centre and the way Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was started a similar national project should be started for irrigation also. If we are able to ensure more irrigation in the country our foodgrain production will increase three-fold. The Vajpayee government had formulated a detailed project for interlinking the rivers, but this government scrapped it. Even Dr Abdul Kalam wanted to give it a priority this government did not pay attention to it. Today there is no water in the Cauvery. If the water of the Ganga and Brahmaputra reached there, a big part of the country would have been benefited. The agriculture production would have been increased. If it happened, has the migration from villages to metro cities been there. They are migrating due to lack of employment. Fact is that the Congress repeatedly neglected the rural economy, agro industry and the poor right from 1947.

How do you assess the prospect of your party now?
The BJP is still a good party. Deterioration has been seen in every field. The people active in BJP too are part of the society. When the mass base of the party expands and people from different sections come, there may be some deterioration in quality. It does not mean that there is change in our basic structure and ideology. We have to think that the basic structure of the party should be strong and the ideology as well as the organisation are given priority. The unique nature, culture and mission are our identity and they should be maintained. We will be able to maintain it through extensive training programmes, research and development activities. There will be a positive change once again. The legacy that we inherited from Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya, Dr SP Mookerjee will remain intact.

On the issue of price rise the NDA is seen united inside the House but not outside it. Why?
All the constituents of the NDA are united. We are different political parties. Therefore organising all functions together is not possible. We are definitely one in Parliament on this issue. The question of price rise is not a political one, it is a problem related to the survival of the poor man of this country. We all are fighting for getting relief for the people.

What are the three biggest mistakes of Dr Manmohan Singh Government?
First, their Foreign Policy is wrong. Nepal is our friend, but the UPA is not able to nurture it. Despite repeated terrorist attacks our dialogue with Pakistan under US pressure is going on which is wrong. Russia was our friend since long, our dealing with it also not fair, again under the US pressure. The government has totally failed on Kashmir issue. As far as the Economic Policy is concerned it is a total failure. They are not eradicating poverty, they are eradicating poor people. This government cannot do anything better for the people or the nation. They just know how to divide the society in the name of caste, religion or community. They are indulging in vote bank politics through appeasement. Now they have started appeasing even the terrorists. Why Afzal is not hanged? This government has totally surrendered before the terrorists. They joined hands with Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections. They are not only extending red-carpet welcome to Bangladeshi infiltrators, but ensuring voting rights also for them. The nation is not safe till they are in power.

Once the BJP used to have a committed vote bank but now there appears a dent in it also. How will you regain it?
I think it is the problem of mindset. We still have very committed voters across the country. Today we have governments in nine states. We also have 165 elected MPs, almost equal to the Congress. Then, why this mindset only about the BJP? When the family increases, certain problems definitely occur. We should not get disturb due to them. Our supporters are very emotional and they get disturbed with even minor problems. Apart from it, a section of media too runs a sustained campaign against us, which further demoralises us. Since we have to go a long way, we need to develop patience and tolerance. I tell the workers not to look at things through the prism of the media and have patience and trust.

It appears that the Congress has launched a campaign against Shri Narendra Modi and some other CMs of BJP ruled states. What do you think?
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has today become the Congress Bureau of Investigation, which is being misused to blackmail the opposition parties. The CBI and other agencies are being misused with bias against Shri Narendra Modi. It is a political conspiracy. Many people are involved in it. BJP does not believe in this kind of negative and vindictive politics. We will fight against it with our full might. Shri Modi is an exceptional Chief Minister. He has set an ideal on the front of development. There were riots in Mumbai also in 1992. Why there was no SIT then? The innocent Sikhs were inhumanly killed in 1984, why no SIT came for investigation? It is total misuse of power by targeting Shri Modi and the other Hindutva leaders. By doing it the CBI has lost its credibility and sanctity. The judiciary is also being misused against opposition leaders.

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** Bigger than dynasty

Congress bigger than dynasty

A  Surya Prakash

Pioneer

Speaking at a function to mark the 125th foundation day of the Congress last month, party president Sonia Gandhi said that over the next year, the party “will recall those remarkable men and women without whose sacrifices and contributions, we would not be where we are today; we will also mark those events that have defined contemporary India, events shaped by our leaders that have left an indelible imprint on the nation’s social, political and economic history”. According to her, the party has been extraordinarily fortunate “to have had men and women of courage, integrity, sagacity and dedication to lead us”.

During her speech, Ms Gandhi showered fulsome praise on Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, ‘generously’ devoted two lines to Lal Bahadur Shastri (lest her partisanship become obvious) but made no mention of PV Narasimha Rao, who was one of our greatest Prime Ministers. Since we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of our republic, all citizens who take pride in India becoming an economic powerhouse in the 21st century will be doing a signal disservice to the real heroes of India if they allow Ms Gandhi’s deliberate omission of Rao’s name to go unchallenged.

The facts are as follows: Rao became the Prime Minister on June 21, 1991. The country’s economy was in a shambles when he entered office. Foreign exchange reserves had plummeted to precarious levels and the rate of inflation was 13 per cent and eventually rose to 17 per cent. The predecessor Government, headed by Chandra Shekhar, had pledged gold to the Bank of England to raise $ 200 million because India was on the verge of defaulting on payments. We had just Rs 2,100 crore in foreign exchange — barely enough to pay the import bill for two weeks.

When Rao passed away in 2004, the country’s foreign exchange reserves were $ 140 billion (Rs 6 lakh crore). In the last week of December 2009, when Ms Gandhi felt that Rao was not worthy of a mention at the Congress’s 125th anniversary, India’s forex reserves were close to U.S $ 285 billion (Rs 13 lakh crore !). Apart from this remarkable turnaround on the forex front, the country has achieved spectacular results in terms of per capita income and GDP growth. The media and communication boom that one sees today has its origins in Rao’s decision to end the Government’s monopoly in these sectors. India is now the second fastest growing economy and every nation in the world is keen to have a slice of the action. In short, Rao was ahead of Mr APJ Abdul Kalam in igniting the minds of Indians.

The second but equally commendable achievement of Rao was the grit and sagacity with which he tackled the problem of militancy in Punjab. The seeds of separatism were sown in Punjab during the tenure of Mrs Indira Gandhi and continued unabated during Rajiv Gandhi’s prime ministership. The situation in Punjab appeared to be spiralling out of control when Rajiv Gandhi demitted office in 1989. It needed a cerebral and gutsy Prime Minister like Rao to retrieve ground. But for the firmness displayed by him, Punjab could well have become the first State to secede from India. Yet, Rao is not worthy of a mention by the Congress president.

The Nehru-Gandhis have always been parsimonious in acknowledging the contributions of national leaders other than those who belonged to their family. This is a trait that is obvious from the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, when everything was done to suppress the contribution of Sardar Patel, who successfully integrated 564 princely states and gave us a united India, and BR Ambedkar, who presided over the Constitution Committee.

The same trend continued when Mrs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were at the helm. Ms Sonia Gandhi is obviously carrying forward the family tradition. That is why although she says the party will remember leaders who have left “an indelible imprint on the nation’s social, political and economic history”, she makes no mention of Rao.

Further, although she says that the party has been fortunate “to have had men and women of courage, integrity, sagacity and dedication to lead us”, she lacks the grace to acknowledge the contribution of a man who displayed both courage and sagacity at a crucial time.

But, the suppression of Rao’s achievements is not the only thing as far as this speech is concerned. The bigger problem is the attempt by her to credit Rao’s signal achievements on the economic front to Rajiv Gandhi. There is another family trait, it appears, to appropriate the achievements of others, be they those of Sardar Patel, Ambedkar or Rao. She makes the extraordinary claim that Rajiv Gandhi ushered in the information revolution and that the party’s manifesto of 1991 became the basis for economic policies over the next five years, “which imparted new strength and direction to our economy and society”, meaning thereby that Rao deserved no credit at all for what he achieved as Prime Minister.

We need to examine this claim. Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister for five years from October 31, 1984. Just a year after he demitted office, India was desperately pledging gold to the Bank of England for a measly $ 200 million and Ms Sonia Gandhi wants us to believe that he ushered in our economic recovery! Yet another claim made by her is that “he brought peace to troubled parts of our country”. Nothing can be more fatuous. Rajiv Gandhi defended the pogrom against Sikhs in his infamous speech at the Boat Club in New Delhi in November 1984. During his prime ministership, Punjab militancy was at its height and there were scores of killings and bombings. In those days, it required real courage to venture into a cinema hall or to travel by public transport in Punjab and Delhi. The man who saved Punjab for India and brought back peace to that State was Rao.

Finally, although Ms Gandhi’s speech at her party’s anniversary is loaded with omissions, it may have its uses. It can enter textbooks dealing with the law of evidence as a classic example of ‘suppressio veri, suggestio falsi’!

1)Dynasty vs. Democracy @

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2) Demonarchy of India  @

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** Stakeholders of Kashmir?

Are Muslims the sole stakeholders of Kashmir?
Nancy Kaul – Vijayvaani
14 Jan 2010
Muslims of the Kashmir Valley have long been portraying themselves as the sole inhabitants not only of the Valley, but of the entire Jammu and Kashmir State, including Ladakh. It is almost as if the Hindus of the Kashmir Valley who were forcibly driven out of their homes two decades ago had never existed, and as if the Hindus of Jammu and Buddhists of Ladakh also do not exist.

Such is the stranglehold of Muslims in the State that they have succeeded in propagating the myth that the only people who live and count in the State of J&K are Muslims, and they are the sole stakeholders of the place, which is far from the truth.

And now, with the so-called liberal brigade which includes inter alia some self-styled and internationally-funded individuals, a far more sinister design is emerging. In fact, it is giving a helping hand to terrorists and Islamic Jihadis to slowly seep deeper; this is the success of Islamic terrorism and its methods of which Jammu & Kashmir is facing a frontal attack.

Much more is the tragedy emerging out of the so-called dialogues, debates, discussions and Track II’s, etc., where the sole casualty is the ‘integrity’ and ‘sovereignty’ of India.

The fundamental ethos and civilisational moorings of the nation are being eroded and undermined by harebrained formulas and lunatic solutions. Many a times the agenda is pre-decided, as are the final reports and resolutions. The participants by and large, and the organizers of these dubious seminars, tend to take a line of allowing terrorists and separatists a free rein and free speech, which starts in venom-spitting against India and compromise on the vital and strategic issues of integrity and sovereignty, and ends at ways and means of Balkanizing the nation.

One such seminar organised jointly on Nov. 7, 2009, jointly by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, and conducted by CSDS Faculty member, Madhu Kishwar. It turned to be an ill-disguised platform for blatant India-bashing by separatists, terrorists and so-called Indian liberals.

The writer was also invited to speak in her capacity as a known Kashmiri Internally Displaced Person. Yet in her zeal to appease Muslims, particularly those belonging to the Valley, Ms Kishwar appeared to be miles ahead in the quest to dismantle the territorial integrity of the country.

The writer was not allowed to read her paper, and in fact suffered the most humiliating behaviour at the hands of Kishwar and her fellow traveller, the eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani.

The organizers need to understand that they cannot force the rest of us to kow-tow to the Sunni Muslim line in Kashmir. Although the seminar (as suggested by the invitation) was organized by the CSDS and Nehru Memorial Museum, the official report of the seminar proceedings and some letters of ‘sought support’ in the great endeavour of Muslim appeasement and Balkanizing India appeared rather inexplicably on a website called Manushi, which is managed by neither of these two bodies. It is possibly owned personally by Kishwar, who once edited a magazine by that name, though it has been defunct for some years now, and even the website appears dated.

Facts are blatantly disfigured in Kishwar’s report, which is an open support to separatists and the so-called autonomy or self-rule envisaging politicians who are more or less acting in tandem with the separatists. Kishwar should realize that by doing this, the horrendous behaviour particularly of Ram Jethmalani, can neither be forgiven nor forgotten, and she was an equal partner in the crime.

It was she who had invited the writer to the seminar or so-called dialogue. The viewpoint of neither the separatists nor the secessionists nor others can be treated as binding or agreeable to me. If hours and hours had been allotted to the Hurriyat, People’s Democratic Party and such, why could ten minutes not be given to the speaker with a different perspective?

During the course of long hourly speeches of Gani Bhat of the Hurriyat, Mohammed Shafi Uri of the National Conference, and Muzzaffar Beg of the PDP, I neither objected nor interrupted anyone even though I do not subscribe to either autonomy, self-rule or separatism and devolution of sovereignty.

Yet one may ask why Mehbooba Mufti was invited to speak at length in the second session when Muzzaffar Beg had already taken more than enough potshots at the basis of Indian unity – Article 1 of the Constitution.

An important question that has to be answered by the organizers and those who not only stopped me from reading my paper but also humiliated and misbehaved with me, is WHY, after I had read just one page of my prepared speech, Kishwar announced that I can read no further? Why did Ram Jethmalani behave in a derogatory and humiliating manner? Where was the necessary dignity of the organizers when he got up and said he will not allow the paper to be read and will ask me to leave the place?

Jethmalani, Kishwar, and the others who shouted and did not allow the paper to be read forgot in their appeasement of Muslims of the Valley that I had been called by them. Why should a learned lawyer misbehave and gag the voice of a law-abiding citizen who is internally displaced in her own country because of the violence and terrorism unleashed in the Valley? His conduct in fact mauled the freedom of speech and in turn Articles 16, 19 and 21 which are guaranteed under the Constitution of India.

Why should it be taken for granted that only the likes of Hurriyat, PDP and separatists have a right to speak? Why are the other equal stakeholders in the valley not entitled to articulate their viewpoint?

Is asking for the free flow of the Indian Constitution a crime?

It is rather unfortunate and in fact demeaning of Kishwar to lie in her report about the seminar. Where were the representatives from Jammu region and Ladakh? Where were the Buddhists, Dogras, Sikhs, Christians from the State? What is the motto behind giving incorrect information to Indians by her? How could they then not allow even ten minutes to listen to the other viewpoint?

Why in Kishwar’s Final Report is there no mention of the demand put forward by Ramesh Manvati of Panun Kashmir?

Is it because Kishwar’s personal agenda also seems to further the cause of the PDP, and Muslims in particular? In this regard it may be pertinent to mention that Madhu Kishwar has been enjoying the hospitality of PDP now and again; in fact she visited Rajouri along with Mufti Mohammed Syed in second half of December 2009.

In a bid to clothe her pre-fabricated design of furthering the Kashmiri Muslim agenda she has unashamedly and blatantly given an incorrect picture to the country.

The factual details are not only missing, but also incorrect:-

For instance, the claim that Swaraj was Gandhi’s vision is the biggest untruth for any self-respecting Indian. It was Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak who envisaged the vision of Swaraj and gave the famous slogan: “Swaraj is my birthright”. Although this was in the context of the British Raj and not Indians, yet Kishwar in her appeasement of the PDP termed its self-rule document which envisages devolution of Indian sovereignty on the same level, and even called it more creative than even the European Union!

This is both flawed and questionable, as EU is a Union of several countries and nationalities, while India is one country and nationality. Yet Kishwar has made the very basics of nation-state existence, geo-political, cultural and civilisational aspects, and thousands of years of history and existence redundant in her zeal for Muslim appeasement! There are reams and reams of kudos to the insane ideas which include having two currencies in the State and joint management of the State.

Apart from an apology for her shoddy behaviour, Kishwar should explain what all support she was giving to separatists in the 1990s, as Yasin Malik himself mentioned at Teen Murti that she supported his ideas in 1994, at a meeting in his house in Srinagar.

Kishwar and her ilk are no better than the separatists, and for all their so-called liberal tags, a few foreign jaunts and funds are enough to make them cut at the very roots of the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. I pray to Ma Durga to stand by truth and let it prevail and Ma MahaKali to deliver justice.

Tailpiece: what is RSS up to?

As I was concluding this piece, a friend sent me an email of a discussion organised in Delhi on 19 Jan. 2010 to observe the Kashmir Exodus of 19 January 1990, the day loudspeakers from mosques in the Valley blared open and grim threats to the Hindus: Pandits get out of the Valley, leave your women behind.

I had received the email information before – it was a discussion organised by the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, and the main speakers were listed as the new BJP President Nitin Gadkari, former J&K Governor Jagmohan, and Ladakh Union Territory Front president Thupstan Chhewang, among others.

Thus it was with a sense of shock that I realized that my informant was drawing my attention to the fact that the impugned Madhu Kishwar, Editor, Manushi, was suddenly listed as one of the main speakers at the functions, sharing equal honours with the new BJP president!

Now, the provincial Gadkari may or may not be familiar with Kishwar and her professional history, but the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation is an RSS think tank, and someone very powerful in the RSS or the BJP must have been behind her sudden elevation in a place where she has no business to be at all.

RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat has more than once categorically stated the position of the RSS on Jammu & Kashmir, both in Jammu and in New Delhi. And if the public positions of the Sarsanghachalak can be upturned in such a daring fashion in the capital itself (powerful BJP leaders visit Jammu and say concessions ‘must be given’ to Muslims, without telling the Nation at large and Hindus in particular why), RSS needs to do a serious audit about the Hindutva commitment of its cadres and the BJP which seeks its advice and support.

If a foundation dedicated to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who is widely believed to have been martyred for the cause of Jammu & Kashmir’s full and final integration into India, for one constitution and one flag (ek nishan, ek pradhan), can provide a platform for a fellow traveller of terrorists, secessionists, separatists and outright criminals,  then what is the RSS’ stand?

The issue is too critical to be brushed under the carpet and demands a clarification and an answer.

1) Delhi Yielding @ http://www.vijayvaani.com/FrmPublicDisplayArticle.aspx?id=1035

2) To Forget History? http://indiasecular.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/to-forget-is-to-forgive/

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** Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Atma Jyoti Ashram: Wolf in sheep’s clothing
By Swami Devananda Saraswati

Organiser Weekly

The sponsorship of Ramana Ashram and the publication of the Atma Jyoti Ashram brothers’ articles under assumed Hindu names in the Ramana Ashram journal Mountain Path is not really surprising. Sri Ramana Ashram is a family business headed by a hereditary trustee. The current president is the Advaita Vedanta paralogist VS Ramanan. The Ashram was declared a non-Hindu institution in 1963.

This kind of advice is irresponsible, especially when made to foreign seekers who take the guru’s instruction as divine word. Christianity is based on a false doctrine of vicarious salvation, and there is nothing in Hindu scripture or the ancient Rishi tradition to support the ill-conceived advice handed out to foreign seekers by Hindu teachers who do not want to take spiritual responsibility for their charges.

In Catholic Ashrams: Sannyasins or Swindlers, Sita Ram Goel describes the Christian missionary strategists’ plan to infiltrate Hindu society and gain the confidence of the people: “Christianity has to drop its alien attire and get clothed in Hindu cultural forms. In short, Christianity has to be presented as an indigenous faith. Christian theology has to be conveyed through categories of Hindu philosophy; Christian worship has to be conducted in the manner and with the materials of Hindu puja. Christian sacraments have to sound like Hindu samskaras; Christian churches have to copy the architecture of Hindu temples; Christian hymns have to be set to Hindu music; Christian themes and personalities have to be presented in styles of Hindu painting; Christian missionaries have to dress and live like Hindu sannyasins; Christian mission stations have to look like Hindu Ashrams. And so on, the literature of Indigenisation goes into all aspects of Christian thought, organisation and activity and tries to discover how far and in what way they can be disguised in Hindu forms.”

The late Sita Ram Goel wrote this in 1988, and he would not be surprised to learn that Christian priests and monks in America have adopted these very tactics to attract a whole generation of American youth interested in Hindu spirituality, back to Christianity. The leader in this movement today is Abbot George Burke of Atma Jyoti Ashram in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. He is better known on the Internet as Swami Nirmalananda Giri.

Isha Jyoti to Atma Jyoti
Atma Jyoti Ashram was originally called Sri Isha (Jesus) Jyoti Sannyas Ashram and was located at Borrego Springs, California. Fr. George Burke is a Greek Orthodox Christian priest, and if reports are correct, most or all of the community of brothers attached to him are Christian priests.

On a visit to India, Fr. George met the Bengali saint Ananda Mai Ma. She is said to have instructed him to remain in the Christian religion and continue his Christian practices. This is not unusual advice from a Hindu guru. In spite of their enlightenment, most are grossly ignorant of Christianity’s ideology and imperial designs, its triumphant, sectarian prayers and bloody rituals. Hindu gurus advise their foreign followers to remain in the religion of their forefathers, not realising the negative consequences of their thoughtless words.

This kind of advice is irresponsible, especially when made to foreign seekers who take the guru’s instruction as divine word. Christianity is based on a false doctrine of vicarious salvation, and there is nothing in Hindu scripture or the ancient Rishi tradition to support the ill-conceived advice handed out to foreign seekers by Hindu teachers who do not want to take spiritual responsibility for their charges.

Ananda Mai’s alleged instruction suited Fr. George and his followers and they quoted her later as their authority to don the ochre robes of Hindu sannyasis and adopt the Sanskrit titles and names of Smartha Dasnami monks. The fact that Ananda Mai Ma was not an initiated Dasnami sannyasin and had no authority to give them ochre robes or Dasnami titles did not deter them in the impersonation drama.

They continued to perform the bloody sacrifice of the Christian Mass in secret, even as they presented themselves in public as simple, unaffiliated Hindu monks. It was the old fraud of Robert de Nobili and Henri Le Saux being repeated on an unsuspecting public, only this time it was an American and not an Indian public being duped by persuasive snake oil salesmen.

Om on Cross
At one point in their career, while still the Sri Isha Jyoti Sannyas community in Borrego Springs, they were caught out in their charade by none other than the Shaiva Siddhanta Church in Hawaii. The brothers did carpentry for a living, being followers of the Carpenter, and one of the items they produced for sale was a Roman cross with the sacred Hindu word-symbol ‘Om’ nailed to its cross bars. They sent a sample to Hinduism Today with the hope of attracting sales. They got instead a negative response and a return of the obscene article. Hindus, even modern American Hindu converts, are deeply offended by this kind of syncretism and do not understand the appeal it has for New Agers and gay Christian priests who flaunt it on their cassock fronts as a sign of their radical universalism.

Catholic writer S. Kulandaiswami said vis-à-vis Fr. Bede Griffiths and his bastardised Om-on-Cross iconography: “Ritual, rites, and ceremonies in Hinduism have not been changed to suit the whims of modern innovators. Griffiths, by superimposing the sacred word ‘Om’ on a Cross, imagines he has created a new spiritual phenomenon. On the contrary, he confuses and insults both Hinduism and Christianity. He fails to realise that by such acts he is neither enriching Christianity nor honouring Hinduism. One has to respect the unique rites and rituals of each religion, which placed in another context, will be meaningless and confusing.”

In a later debate published in the letters column of The Indian Express, Chennai, in 1989, The Hindu correspondent S Venkatachalam wrote: “It is highly outrageous and objectionable to compare … Hindu leaders and religious heads with the Christian missionary experimentalists like Bede Griffiths, Hans Staffner and the Christian missionary Fr. Henri Le Saux, the so-called Abhishiktananda. Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji, Ramana Maharshi and Paramacharya of Kanchi never resorted to such experimentation of a “cocktail religion” or “masala and kichidi religion” by mixing religious symbols, donning the dress of a Christian father or Muslim mullah, building church-like or mosque-like temples, fabricating Bible or Quran-like Hindu shlokas, or asserting that Rama or Krishna or Shiva is the only God and by accepting Him alone one can get salvation.”

The Sri Isha (Jesus) Jyoti Sannyas Ashram brothers did not succeed in pedalling their original handcrafted ‘Om-on-cross’ to the Hindus of Hawaii then, but in their new incarnation as sadhus of Atma Jyoti Ashram they have succeeded in getting advertising space in Hinduism Today and the sponsorship of Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai. Yet they remain, so far as we know, Christian priests in orange robes with false Sanskrit names and titles, the usual New Age bells and beads added. They are quite a success in Christian duplicity, if not in true Hindu spirituality.

The sponsorship of Ramana Ashram and the publication of the Atma Jyoti Ashram brothers’ articles under assumed Hindu names in the Ramana Ashram journal Mountain Path is not really surprising. Sri Ramana Ashram is a family business headed by a hereditary trustee. The current president is the Advaita Vedanta paralogist VS Ramanan. The ashram was declared a non-Hindu institution in 1963.

Theosophists and Benedictines
Though Ramanan is the editor of Mountain Path as required by law, the de facto editor is the Australian theosophist Christopher Quilkey, a disciple of the anti-modernist French Sufi Rene Guenon. Quilkey is assisted by the American Catholic Benedictine monk Brother Michael.

Brother Michael divides his time between Shanti Vanam near Tiruchirappalli, the Benedictine hermitage of the notorious Christian missionary Fr. Bede Griffiths, and Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai. He is a Catholic priest and will say, Mass whenever and wherever the Catholic spirit moves him, including Ramana Ashram and other places of Hindu pilgrimage and worship. His other duty is to vet articles sent to Mountain Path and forward them to Christopher Quilkey in Kodaikanal for acceptance and publication. Ramanan shows little or no interest in the articles selected for publication, and though the ashram follows Vedic Brahminical traditions and can afford to employ a professional, it is not able to find and keep a responsible and dedicated Hindu editor for its magazine.

Ramanan appears to be in a state of denial regarding Christians in his own ashram and missionaries in general. He writes, “There is no doubt that Christianity has, over centuries been a proselytising religion and some of the preachers had indulged in scurrilous propaganda against Hindu beliefs and mores. But there is nothing to worry. The worst is over and the Vedantic Truth is eternal and imperishable. I know a number of Christian priests who revere Hinduism and Vedanta. It is well known that Westerners are increasingly being drawn to Yoga and Vedanta which Swami Vivekananda called the ‘Religion of the Future.’”

Nothing to worry, eh? The worst is over, eh? Either Ramanan is a fool or he is in league with the Christian missionaries who publish in the ashram journal.

The first articles to appear in Mountain Path by an Atma Jyoti Ashram member were by a Catholic priest who resides in Tiruvannamalai and calls himself Swami Sadasivananda Giri. The articles were inoffensive enough, but because it was known to a number of sadhus and Ramana Ashram devotees that the author was in fact a Christian priest masquerading as a Hindu sannyasi, the matter was brought to the Ramana Ashram president’s attention with the request that Sadasivananda be identified by his real Christian name and titles to Mountain Path readers.

The letter was ignored, and when the April-June 2009 issue of Mountain Path appeared, it was discovered that not only did Swami Sadasivananda’s article appear without proper identification, but an article by Fr. George Burke, Greek Orthodox abbot of Atma Jyoti Ashram, New Mexico, was also included under the name Swami Nirmalananda Giri. The request to identify Christian contributors to the journal was not only denied by the Ramana Ashram president Ramanan, but a strong message of contempt and scorn for Hindu sannyas traditions was given out by the Mountain Path editor and his dubious, uncommitted assistants.

Infiltration by Impersonation
The problem of Christian priests and missionaries masquerading as Hindu sannyasis is an old one in India. The impersonation drama was first carried out by Robert de Nobili in Madurai in the 17th century.

It was continued and made notorious by Fr. Bede Griffiths (aka Swami Dayananda) in the 20th century, though his collaborator, the French Benedictine monk Fr. Henri Le Saux, was without doubt the most successful Hindu sadhu impersonator. He is known to this day by his assumed Sanskrit name Swami Abhishiktananda, and had none other than the late Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh as a patron.

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