Thursday, April 23, 2009
As promised, I continue to bring you news that Indian English media would purposedly not present to you. Please share with others and let truth spread.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Our Indian English media these days is flooded with tainted reports on most of the Saffron leaders such as Narendra Modi, Lal Krushna(Yes in Gujarati its Krushna and not Krishna) Advani and Varun Gandhi. It is amazing to know how so called elite journalists can twist the facts,disregard the basic principles of journalism, disregard the judiciary and vilify a veteran leader who has done all the ground work for past six decades to bring up a true nationalist and secular political party. Read above and be your own judge.(Click on the image to read) Journalists such as Rajdeep Sardesai, Karan Thapar, Barkha Dutt and Sagarika Ghosh who are offsprings of communism and pseudo-secularism will pay for their sins in this very life according to theory of Karma.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Some of you may have learnt following by self-exploration on the internet but most of you would be enlightened to learn the following which unfortunately was NOT taught to us in history books during our school days in India..
Brief Introduction :Mr. Thomas Macaulay was a 19th-century British poet, historian and Whig politician and one of the two Members of Parliament for Edinburgh. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history. During colonized India under cruel British Raj,in 1833 in his position as the first law member of the Governor-general's council, he was credited for convincing the Governor-General to adopt English as the medium of instruction in higher education, from the sixth year of schooling onwards, rather than Sanskrit or Arabic then used in the institutions supported by the East India Company.
On 2nd February,1835 in his speech to the British Parliament he said,
"I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation."
Friday, April 17, 2009
As I promised earlier, I present to you a thought-provoking video by Shri. Kiren Rijiju. By far he is the most dynamic, most talented and most promising young politician that India has today. He represents India's "State of the rising sun", Arunachal Pradesh. That's is where India's international borders begin and stretches up to my state of Gujarat. I absolutely LOVE the part of the video where he says we greet people by various slogans here in Mumbai like "Namaste" or "Sat Sri Akal" or "Good Morning", but in Arunachal Pradesh there is only one Slogan, JAY HIND. My salute to such nationalist state. Its a shame that such a state has been neglected by AICC(All India National Congress) for decades as its tiny population did not form major vote-bank.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Translation of the lyrics.
Chalo Zara, Utho Zara >> Lets go,Lets get up,
Deshbhakti se Bhara >> Filled with Patriotism,
Netrutrva hai bula raha >> Leadership is calling you,
Ye ek Shankh-naad hai >>This is awakening call by "Shankh-naad" (Sound produced using large Sea-shells)
Pukarata Prabhaat hai >> Beautiful morning is calling you,
Uthani hogi ek Lahar >> We Need to generate New wave,
Ye Nirnayo ka hai prahar >> This is moment of decision.
Kyu much raha ye shor hai >> Why is all these noises,
Ye kiske haath dor hai >> Whose controlling/commanding who (from behind the scenes)
Na path se hath >> Never stray away from your path,
Tu ruk Zara >>Wait a bit,
Dhairya Dhar >> Be Patient
Na zuk Zara >>Never bow down down to odds,
Ye desh tera swpna hai, pahechaan hai, abhimaan hai >> This country is your dream,your identity, your pride,
Jo Hruday me dhadak raha wo tera swabhimaan hai >> The feeling that beats in your heart is your self-pride,
Jo zukna na jane na kabhi >> The one who never gives up (under pressure)
Har faisla jo le abhi >>The one who takes every decision right away,(Not procrastinating)
Jo loh ke irado se rachne ko taiyaar hai >>The one whose determination is as strong as Iron,
Drudhta jiska astra hai >> Confidence is his weapon,
Aur nirnaya jiska vaar hai >> Decisions are his actions/attacks,
Ye tat pe khal-bali si kyu >> Why so much perturbance on sea-shores,
Laher laher me ghaav kyu >> Why wounds along with every breeze,
Tu Nirnayo ki naav chun >> choose the boat with decisions,
Wahi to sachhi naav hai >> That's the only right boat,
Jo paar leke ja sake >> The one that takes you to the other side, (of troubles)
Wahi tera chunaav hai >> is the only right election.
Wahi tera chunaav hai >> is the only right election.
STRONG LEADER,DECISIVE Government, (Bhartiya Janata Party) BJP.
China’s move to divert the Brahmaputra will force private power project developers in the North-East to be wary of investing with the hydrological risk of not having adequate water.
Article by S. Padmanabhan in Hindu Business Line on April 14th 2009.
China’s attempt to divert the Brahmaputra has reared its head again. The Chinese are apparently eyeing about 40 billion cubic metres, out of the annual average inflow of 71.4 billion, of the Brahmaputra’s waters. The river skirts China’s borders before dipping into India and Bangladesh. China has a serious need to feed water to its north-west territory, the Gobi Desert, which contains almost half the country’s total landmass, but only seven per ce nt of its freshwater. The Gobi occupies an area of 13,00,000 sq.km making it one of the largest deserts in the world. Desertification of Gobi since 1950s has expanded it by 52,000 sq.km and it is now just 160 km from Beijing. It is said to expand by 3 km per year.
China has the will and the necessary resources — manpower, technology and, above all, large foreign currency reserves in excess of a trillion dollars — to take the Brahmaputra diversion project forward; the country’s economic stimulus in infrastructure could create employment potential for more than a few million people.
What does this diversion mean for India? The move by the Chinese Government will put almost 40 per cent of India’s hydel potential in trouble. India has hydro potential of 1,50,000 MW, of which 50,000 MW is in the North-East. Arunachal Pradesh, mainly fed by Brahmaputra’s tributaries — Siang, Subansiri and Lohit — supports development of 28,500 MW hydro projects. Of this, 2,000 MW is under development by NHPC and almost 23,500 MW has been awarded to Reliance Power, Jaiprakash Power, Athena Energy and Mountain Falls Ltd, besides NHPC.
Most of the awarded projects are awaiting environmental clearances, which may take two-three years, before work can begin on the ground. Since Brahmaputra is fed mainly by melted water from the Himalayan glaciers, the hydrological flow is expected to be affected during the lean flow season (winters), affecting generation from the planned plants. A move by China to divert the water will force private developers to be wary of investing in projects with the hydrological risk of not having adequate water even during normal times.
With this in mind, the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) is reported to have recently held a joint meeting with the Home Ministry, the Planning Commission and the State Governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to work out a suitable funding and compensation mechanism for storage projects on the Siang, Subansiri and Lohit Rivers.
It was suggested at the meeting that 90 per cent of the funding of the flood moderation cost component of storage projects could be released to Arunachal Pradesh, which could then be passed on to the project authorities and, second, the amount equivalent to flood protection benefits accruing to Assam, as a result of the storage projects could be monetised and released to Arunachal Pradesh by the Planning Commission.
Hopefully, this should speed up the process of the project development so that the country can claim its first user right over the waters in terms of the MoU entered into between India and China in 2002.
The Brahmaputra flows 2,900 km from its source in the Kailash range of the Himalayas to its massive delta and the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. The river drains a vast area of nearly 9,36,800 sq. km. This river system forms the largest river delta and the third largest free water fall out into the Ocean in the world — next only to the Amazon and the Congo rivers. More people live in the Ganges-Brahmaputra river basin than Western Europe and the entire North American continent.
Issue to be addressed
This river system is of critical interest to all the four countries, including Nepal. China is an upper riparian state and, therefore, has the freedom and capacity to divert the river. Should that happen, the irreparable loss will result in destruction of a large part of the North-East and Bangladesh. This step will also drive millions of refugees from Bangladesh into India for their livelihood. There is thus an urgent need to address this issue trilaterally.
Water sustains life, environment and our culture. With global demand for water on the rise, we cannot be surprised if one country responds to its needs unilaterally; it is for us to take adequate steps before such disaster strikes.
(The author is a consultant in power.)
The loan was to have been used for projects in flood management, water supply and sanitation in the northeast region of Arunachal Pradesh, which China has territorial claims on. Although the area has never officially been part of China, the two countries fought a border war over the territory in 1962. China won that skirmish, but then pulled back its troops. China in recent times has however continued to claim the region as disputed and minor border incursions by China have not been uncommon. The area is agriculturally fertile. The other disputed border area China has with India is in the Himalayan plateau, on the border with Tibet. No recent conflicts have occurred in this location.
India was the biggest recipient of ADB loans last year, lending for projects worth close to US$3 billion. The ADB had never previously deferred a loan to the country.
The conflict raises concerns of future conflicts should China gain more concessions over voting rights and additional veto powers as part of its growing stature within the international community. Beijing is lobbying hard for a greater say within the IMF and other international organizations, and fears are if provided, China will use these to influence programs its sees impinge upon its national or political interests. China appears to be pursuing a path that could see it wield veto powers against projects or even rescue packages for countries that did not comply with China’s own political demands.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The least I expect from everyone is to observe silence for a minute at the end of the video to pay homage to dead Kasmiri Pandits.If you feel the urge to do more,like how I have always asked in my posts, lets do something TOGETHER. Only our unity can solve such problems. Individual efforts will not gain momentum. It has to be mass movement.
Monday, April 6, 2009
A dramatic and virtually unknown past, in an area of bucolic calm surrounded by spectacular hills: that is Colachel, a name that should be better known to us. For this is where, in 1741, an extraordinary event took place -- the Battle of Colachel. For the first, and perhaps the only time in Indian history, an Indian kingdom defeated a European naval force.
The ruler of Travancore, Marthanda Varma, routed an invading Dutch fleet; the Dutch commander, Delannoy, joined the Travancore army and served for decades; the Dutch never recovered from this debacle and were never again a colonial threat to India.
It was a remarkable achievement for a small princely state; yet not one of my Indian friends has ever heard of the Battle of Colachel. This, in my opinion, is another example of our sadly skewed education -- we have adopted wholesale a Macaulayite curriculum that was designed to drum into Indians the notion that we were inherently inferior, mere powerless pawns in a European-dominated world.
We study events where Indians were crushed, massacred, trounced, humiliated: Plassey, Panipat, Tarain, Chittor, the failed First War of Independence, Jallianwallah Bagh. We study about every invader, from Alexander the Macedonian onwards, who came over the Himalayan passes and laid waste to the land. We study the disastrous history of the Indo-Gangetic Plain.
We never hear of the far more lustrous history of the Peninsula -- not of Rajendra Chola's maritime Southeast Asian empire, nor the wealth and power of fabled Vijayanagar, nor the chivalrous chaver suicide squads in the Zamorin's kingdom at Kozhikode, nor even about perhaps the greatest of Indian philosophers, the Buddhist Nagarjuna.
Colachel is on the route from Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari, which has some dramatic shifts of scenery. You drive down the ill-named National Highway 47, in reality an overcrowded two-lane road with no centre divider, no more than a city street with a continuous population along its entire length.
A typical interior Kerala landscape surrounds you -- tropical abundance, coconut palms, rice fields, plenty of greenery, banyan, jackfruit, tamarind and mango trees, and houses within a stone's throw of the road. Then you cross into Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district, and you pass my personal landmark, a century-old aqueduct.
Suddenly, without warning, the landscape opens up -- you come upon an immense flood-plain, with paddy fields, lotus-filled pools, a small river, and occasional clumps of banana trees stretching all the way to the horizon. Except, that is, where the hills are -- the very last redoubts of the Western Ghats, as the land yields grudgingly to the oceans at the Cape: A series of jagged and menacing peaks towering over you.
One especially well-shaped, conical mount resembles, in its symmetry, the Grand Tetons of Wyoming; but otherwise, the forbidding, brooding peaks of granite remind you of rogue elephants. Nestled incongruously amongst these hills is Mahendragiri, where the Indian Space Research Organisation's rocket testing facility is located.
It behooves us to understand that even at the height of the European colonisation spree, there were Indians capable of resisting and winning. Most of us know that in 1905, the Japanese under Admiral Tojo trounced the Russians in the Yellow Sea. This is considered the first example of an Asian power defeating a European power in a naval engagement. Yet here we have little Travancore defeating the Dutch two-and-a-half centuries ago; the same Dutch who went on to conquer and dominate the entire Indonesian archipelago.
As the saying goes, those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it. History is one of the most precious possessions of a people; the other being their common culture. Somehow, a common Indian culture has emerged over several millennia; nevertheless, we have been distressingly lax about remembering our past.
Almost all the pepper that the Dutch imported into their country came from the Great kingdom of Kayamkulam. When the then Maharajah of Travancore, Marthanda Varma, realised that the Rajah of Kayamkulam was involved in certain conspiracies against him, he became bent on destroying Kayamkulam and annexing the kingdom. This endangered Dutch interests and Marthanda Varma, who feared the British would give the rights of pepper trade to them, ending the Dutch monopoly. With this in view the Dutch Governor wrote of Marthanda Varma asking him to end aggressions against Kayamkulam to which the Maharajah wrote back asking him not to interfere in matters that did not concern him. The Governor then met the Maharajah in person and threatened war on the basis that they were a "superior" power. The interview was closed by a scornful remark from the Maharajah that if the "superior" power should attack them "there were forests in Travancore into which he and his people could retire in safety" and that he had himself been planning to invade Europe with his fishermen. This last interview ended, thus, in tension and the Governor decided to attack Travancore.
The battle began when a force of Dutch marines under the leadership of a Flemish commander, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy (also spelt D'lennoy) were sent to Travancore to secure a trading post from the Raja. They landed with artillery in Kulachal, then a small but important coastal town, and captured the territory up to Padmanabhapuram, the then-capital of Travancore. The arrival of the Raja's army from the north forced the Dutch to take up defensive positions in Kulachal, where they were attacked and defeated by the Travancore Nair forces. The key element of the Raja's army was his personal army, known as the Travancore Nair Brigade or locally known as the Nair Pattalam. This unit was later integrated into the Indian Army as the 9th Battalion Madras Regiment and the 16th Battalion Madras Regiment in 1954.
Some twenty eight Dutch soldiers were taken prisoner. After the defeat, the commander joined the Raja's army in return for his life being spared, and served in it for over two decades.
A pillar of victory which gives details about the war still stands near the coast of Colachel. There are some folk tales among the local Mukkuvar people about this war. The tale says among other things that the local Mukkuvar (Malayalam for fishermen) fishermen were asked to stand along the beach in multiple rows with their oars kept along the shoulders so that it would appear like soldiers standing with their guns. This might have been a trick meant to create a psychological fear for the Dutch navy. The local christian fishermen, cooperated very much with the Raja's Nairs during this war.
A direct outcome of the event at Kulachal was the takeover of the black pepper trade by the state of Travancore. This development was to have serious repercussions on the Dutch and the trading world of Kerala at large. In 1753 the Dutch signed the Treaty of Mavelikkara with the Raja agreeing not to obstruct the Raja's expansion, and in turn, to sell to him arms and ammunition. This marked the beginning of the end of Dutch influence in India. The VOC continued to sell Indonesian spices and sugar in Kerala until 1795, at which time the English conquest of the Kingdom of Kochi ended their rule in India.
Capitan De Lannoy, who joined his service, was promoted to the Senior Admiral (Valiya Kappithan), and modernised the Travancore army by introducing firearms and artillery. He was granted the Udayagiri fort (now also known as D'Lennoy's fort) to reside.
- The Indian government has built a pillar of victory in Kulachal to commemorate the event.
- The Indian Post Department released a Rupee 5 stamp on April 1, 2004 to commemorate the tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the raising of the 9th Battalion of Madras Regiment.
Sources: Wikipedia and Rajeev Srinivasan (Writer on Rediff)
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