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Malda IHC conference, communal fire and blaspheme riots – were they incidental, coincidental or ancillary (4)?

January 14, 2016

Malda IHC conference, communal fire and blaspheme riots – were they incidental, coincidental or ancillary (4)?

Where Heroin is villain-Vast fields of illegal poppy crop at Gopalgunj in West Bengals Malda district

The region is an epicentre of illegal drug trade’: Kaliachak is India’s Afghanistan where poppy farming, weapons smuggling and radicalisation make a lethal cocktail: As Soudhriti Bhabani reports[1], “A vast, green expanse dotted with mosquito net covered plots along the serpentine road near Malda’s Golapganj stands as a forbidden land for the outsider. Narcotics money is at the heart of lawlessness in this West Bengal district bordering Bangladesh. So can anybody deny that such money had not gone into the lavish hospitality extended to the thousands of delegates of IHC assembled there from December 27th to 31st, 2015? The police say a large portion of this drug money goes into buying sophisticated weapons smuggled through the porous Bangladesh border and running hundreds of un-recognised madrassas in the Muslim-dominated (a little over 52 per cent, on last count) district. Why then, IHC had not thought about to pass resolution requesting them to be “nationalists or patriotic”. “It is true that the region is an epicentre of illegal drug trade and a counterfeit currency racket because of its strategic location along the international border,” West Bengal director general of police, Intelligence Branch, Raj Kanojia told Mail Today.  “The district administration is looking into it, especially after the Kaliachak violence. It has taken enough action and now it will get doubled following the police station ransacking incident.” 

 Malda Kaliachak polic  station

The Kaliachak violence on January 3, 2016 was a pre-planned attack by Muslim groups under the garb of protesting against the hate speech of Kamlesh Tiwari: Local officials say the Kaliachak violence on January 3, was a pre-planned attack by Muslim groups under the garb of protesting against the hate speech of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari, thus noted Soudhriti Bhabani. Mamta also says it was between the police and the local people, that is all very simple. Why then, innocent hindus, who are not at all connected with all these crimes, should have been attacked? More than 35 vehicles were torched, government properties ransacked and the Kaliachak police station set on fire. “The entire violence was carried out to terrorise the local administration which is trying to crack down on the poppy empire, take revenge against the police and destroy crucial evidence at the police station,” a police official said, requesting anonymity. Barely 8 km from the border, even children and youngsters collect white latex from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) – a mother product for producing heroin. It shows that the involved have been manufacturing drugs and they do not any people to come there to know.

Jan.3 rioters start

IHC historians are more worried about stones going to Ayodhya than the extraction of Opium in Malda: Border areas like Golapganj, Baliadanga, Kaliachak, Mohabbatpur, Mothabari and Danga are now the epicentre of anti-national activities, thanks to the flourishing drug trade. Yet, the IHC historians were worried about the stones going to Ayodhya. Senior officials of the excise department told The Hindu[2] on Wednesday 13-01-2016 that poppy cultivated on nearly 500 acres had been destroyed in Kaliachak and adjoining areas over the past one week. “The drive started on January 5 and till today evening (January 13), 1,500 bighas (495 acres) of poppy cultivation has been destroyed in a joint operation where the police, BSF and excise department are involved,” the official said. As the burnt police stations have been repaired, painted and renovated hurriedly to wipe out all the evidences, perhaps, here, also, all the opium crops were destroyed, there would not be any evidence. Then, Mamta happily declare nothing happened here, it is only the media hype about small skirmishes taken place.

Tiwari protest turned riot

While several theories are floating about the January 3 violence in the Kaliachak area, it is also believed that illegal poppy cultivation could be one of the reasons behind the incident: “We have also registered cases against the owners of the land where it has been cultivated. While several theories are floating about the January 3 violence in the Kaliachak area, it is also believed that illegal poppy cultivation could be one of the reasons behind the incident. Several police vehicles were torched and the local police station was attacked during the violence. So when all these activities have been going on, are the eminent, intelligent and progressive historians fools to pretend and pass resolutions about the stones coming to Ayodhya, instead of worrying about the place, where, they conduct the tamasha for second time?  The 71st session of IHC was also held here in February 2011 instead of December 2010. Thus, in five years, they could not assess what has been going on in Malda? Why not they encourage some crackpots to present papers on Opium manufacture in Malda, Poppy Cultivation in the Northern west Bengal and so on!

Fake currency, arms-smuggling in / through Malda: Other than poppy cultivation, smuggling of fake currency is also a major concern for law enforcement authorities in the district which shares a border with Bangladesh. Fake currency notes amounting to Rs.3.08 crore were seized in the district in 2015 and 105 cases were registered. Also, 187 cases of possessing illegal arms were registered in the district in the same year[3].  Be it peddling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) involving the local youth, illegal migration, drug and arms supply or smuggling, Malda is a bustling hub. “The place has become a mini Afghanistan. It is a very sensitive matter and the assembly election is knocking on the door. All I can say is that the situation in Kaliachak is really alarming,” said a senior Trinamool Congress leader, requesting anonymity for political reasons. He said recently, a car had been caught in the area packed with cash, but had to be released after officials got a call from somebody influential.” When the eminent historians of IHC knew that the stones were coming to Ayodhya, definitely, they knew that Islamic fundamentalists had also been attending the IHC session there in Malda. As they have been Communist card holders, professed-confessed Marxists and well-known leftists and spreading such ideology in the IHC sessions, they also know very well about the narcotic nexus of their Marxists political masters of Malda and the operators working in the northern parts of West Bengal. Earlier, the courts proved as to how the very same eminent historians deposed as witnesses for the cause of Muslims.  And thus, now, it is interpreted[4] that “Malda Violence is a Result of “An Opium War”, Not communal”!

Kalpataru Day and the Day of riots: So the IHC was concluded on December 30th 2015 and the delegates started moving out of Malda from 30th– 31st night onwards. Some delegates were visiting Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and other places. First January though happened to be Kalpataru Day and the Bengalis fervently pray to Kali for their wishes to be fulfilled, as it was also a Friday for the Muslims to get gathered at mosques. So after Friday prayers, they started their riot. And by January 3rd, it became national news. Thus, none bothered about Kalpataru Day, but talked about Kaliachak and not about Kalighat! As Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa has been secularized by “M” by making him to drink like Christian and eat like Mohammedan etc., Kalpataru Day has been completely secularized. IHC delegates would be only thining about the figure of Romila Thapar instead of Kalimata. She has been the centre of attraction and the youngsters virtually prostrate before her! Perhaps, even AMMA could not get such status!

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[1] Soudhriti Bhabani,The region is an epicentre of illegal drug trade’: Kaliachak is India’s Afghanistan where poppy farming, weapons smuggling and radicalisation make a lethal cocktail, PUBLISHED: 23:33 GMT, 9 January 2016 | UPDATED: 00:20 GMT, 10 January 2016.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3392013/The-region-epicentre-illegal-drug-trade-counterfeit-currency-racket-Kaliachak-India-s-Afghanistan-poppy-farming-weapons-smuggling-infiltration-radicalisation-make-lethal-cocktail.html

[2] The Hindu, Crackdown on poppy in Malda, Shiv Sahay Singh, Kolkotta, January, 14, 2016.

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/crackdown-on-poppy-in-malda/article8103838.ece

[4] http://caravandaily.com/portal/malda-violence-is-a-result-of-an-opium-war-not-communal/

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” (3)

December 29, 2015

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” (3).

RSS briefed about the conference earlier - Indian Express, Aug 17, 2015

ABISY, RSS and women: In August itself, the RSS briefed about the conference[1] as could be noted from the Indian express. From December 24 to 26, Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY) will hold a three-day conference in Mysore, where around 1,000 delegates will discuss “Women in Indian culture: through the ages”. “We will discuss their strength and their importance in various phases of Indian history. Women in Rig Vedic times enjoyed a high status in society but due to several reasons their status began to decline,” said Balmukund, an RSS pracharak working with ABISY. Sources say an RSS meeting in Nainital discussed the gender ratio in RSS affiliates (see chart). “Representation of women is gradually increasing in our organisations. At the Ahmedabad conclave, we will discuss several aspects of women empowerment and their role in our organisations,” said Mahila Samanway chief Geeta Tayi Gunde, who coordinates among the affiliates on women’s issues. Though RSS shakhas don’t allow women, a separate organisation called Rashtra Sevika Samiti holds women’s shakhas on the lines of RSS shakhas[2]. But, RSS has been having dialogue with Christians and Muslims. However, they are not able to counter negative reorting of media, whenever, it is mentioned that they are against so-and-so and so on[3].

Aggressive left historiansThe aggressive domination of the Leftist and Muslim historians: The excessive, extreme and unnecessary domination of the leftists and Muslim groups over the proceedings of IHC has been resented, questioned and examined by neutral historians, archaeologists and other connected experts many times. The way they have been projecting the medieval and modern periods and suppressing the ancient period and also the interpretation of national, social, religious and political issues, problems and controversies in a biased manner much against the interests of common Indians[4]. The IHC coetrie have been authoritatively imposing such one-sided view for the last 60 years, as could be noted not only from the yearly proceedings volumes, but also their interviews, views and comments registered in the media on various occassions. Ironically the charges of so-called elite, eminent and emeritus hisorians have been proved baseless even at the level of Supreme Court, when their own engaged experts filed petitions alleging the saaffronization of educational curriculum, academic and social institutions, the Hon’ble Court ruled out dismissing them. Romila Thapar agitated and openly questioned the judgment dubbing as “Hindutwa judgment” and declared that they would be appealing against the judgment, but noting happened. So in a democaratic country, all views have to be accommodated, naturally, the so-called rightist, nationalist and hindutwa views also be provided space equally. As the dominant leftist and Muslim coetrie does not relish this, the ideological struggle has now been turned into political one and for which they are responsible. This was revealed even during the IHC-2014 jeld at JNU taking the issue of “glorification of Nehruvian era”[5].

marxist-historian-work-together-ideologicallyABISY, RSS and IHC: RSS and IHC were having ideological struggle over Indin history, historiography and methodoloy for the last three decades. While the IHC dominant groups have been moving ahead with the current topics, recent issues and contemporary problems, the rightist, nationalist and patriotic counterparts have not even realized their exisence. Most of them have been almost The IHC ideological bandwagon and aggressive coetrie many times do not recongize peer group experts, only because of the reason that they might be against their ideology. Thus, many prominent, professional and secialized historians, archaeologists, epigraphists, numismaticians and others were / are never invited or allowed to attend the conference by their own “rogue mannerism” but showing off as “expertized professionalism”.  Though RSS has been trying to counter them through ABISY and BISS, their heads, zonal heads and members have been –

  1. Not matching with the professionalism of the leftist and Muslim ideologists.
  2. The vigour started in 1980s died down with changed persons heading[6].
  3. Instead of “offensive”, “defensive” position is taken in the match, however, there have been some individual fighters, but they are ignored by the rightists.
  4. In spite of the judicial victory[7], they could not continue the academic struggle with proficiency, professionalism and practice[8].
  5. inexperienced in preseting papers, if at all, they come forward to present.
  6. read and understand Indian history any perspective.
  7. Ameteurish, unprofessional and incompetent in dealing with their ideological opponents.
  8. Dormant because of excessive patriotism and refused to look at other ideologists in right perspective.
  9. Ignore, sideline and even disregard the exerienced who come to join, work with and get along the ABISY and BISS.
  10. Active only when BJP or NDA is in power and latent during other periods.

Unless, the rightists do not revaluate, reassess and reorganize themselves, they cannot win the battle.

Nehruvian era, IHC, ICHR and RSS (2014): Even as Madan Mohan Malaviya and Shyamaprasad Mookerjee continue to make news headlines, Jawaharlal Nehru dominated a day in New Delhi where historians praised his role, at an event that was sponsored among others by the state governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Assam, all Congress-led administrations. The three-day long Platinum Jubilee edition of the Indian History Congress (IHC), which concluded in JNU last year, also counts the Union government bodies ICHR andUGC among its main sponsors. The IHC Association, which organizes the meet, had set a broad direction for the annual event with the theme ‘Humanism, Tolerance and Reason: Defining the Contours of History’. But two panels under the auspices of the left-leaning JNU and Aligarh Historians’ Society (AHS) expressly focused on discussions and paper presentations concerning the Nehruvian Era and its current relevance, and the past and present forms of inequality in India, respectively[9]. But Dr Rakesh Batabyal, Local Secretary of the IHC, said there was nothing much political to read into the event. “We had written to all state governments for sponsorship and received from these three. Also, the HRD Ministry through UGC and ICHR has also sponsored the event, so there is nothing political about it,” he said. Batabyal pointed out that ICHR head Y. Sudharshan Rao – an appointee of the BJP-led Central government[10] – had also been invited and he attended the event. “The reason for focusing on Nehru was on account of the commemoration of the ex-PM’s Golden death anniversary. Also, we have voices from the economic right to left, it was an open field, he added. He also conceded, though, that finding historians from cultural right was difficult, and thus no presence could be seen,” he said. On its part, the RSS-affiliated history research organization was not too impressed with the event. “We used to go for the event in the past, but now none of our office bearers goes. The IHCA is a communist-leaning organization,” Mukul Pandey (sic), General Secretary of the ABISY, told ET[11].

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[1] New Indian Express, Gender balance: RSS working to get more women in its ranks, Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2015 2:27 pm.

[2] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/gender-balance-across-organs-rss-looks-to-get-more-women-in-its-ranks/

[3] The ABISY is working on several projects to rewrite history. Last year the outfit organised a function at National Museum to pay homage to the “last Hindu emperor of Delhi Hemu Vikramaditya”. From December 24 to 26, ABISY will hold a three-day conference in Mysore, where around 1,000 delegates will discuss “Women in Indian Culture: Through the Ages.” – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/tatya-tope-rss-linked-outfit-backs-descendants-theory-on-his-death/#sthash.KZjgannq.dpuf

[4] The Proceeding volumes sprak the truth and the papers chosen to include expose their bias, prejudice and hatred against others. Many times, very good researched papers, eventhough recommended by the sectional presidents after much appreciated discussion, were not included brcause of such professional, ideological and regional bias.

[5] The Economic Times, Historians praise Jawaharlal Nehru at annual Indian History Congress Association meet,AKSHAY DESHMANE, ET Bureau Dec 30, 2014, 09.33PM IST.

[6] During the New Delhi session, many of the faithfuls simply sent the life membership money with the note, “As per the directions of Mananiya Moropant Pingely, I hereby send the fees”. Alerted and bewildered by them, the ruling IHC bandwagon simply rejected their membership. However, both had been proved wrong, as the Delhi High Court decided differently, when they went to court.

[7] The so-called “Hindutwa” judgment consequent to the NCERT issue and coupled with “saffronization of academic curriculum”, the rightwing ideologists did not pursue the issue professionally.

[8] Note below what Balamkund says about it! . On its part, the RSS-affiliated history research organization was not too impressed with the event. “We used to go for the event in the past, but now none of our office bearers goes. The IHCA is a communist-leaning organization,” Mukul Pandey (sic), General Secretary of the ABISY, told ET.

[9] IHC dominat ideologists manipulate the session by bringing some unassuming paper presenters to force their views on others. This they have been doing in the case of RJM controversy also, making one fellow to present a paper “Ayodhya was in Afganistan”!

[10] This way of reporting has also been biased, because during the non-BJP regimes, the members were only the “appointees” of Communist, Muslim and Congress parties. In fact, the media should be balanced enough to address the issues properly without any pre-conceived notions.

[11] http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-12-30/news/57528747_1_ichr-jnu-event

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” (2).

December 29, 2015

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” (2).

1.Shri-Vajubhai-Rudabhai-Vala-Governor-of-Karnataka-inaugurated10th-National-Conference-on-Woman-in-Indian-Culture-through-the-Ages12.18 am (24-12-2015) Senate Hall, Mysuru: M. A. Jayashree sang an inagural song, read “Sankalpa” for the Conference and then, all stood up to sing Janaganamana!

The governors and VIPs arrived and the inagural ritual started.

Those who were on the Dias:

  1. Balamukund.
  2. Prof K. S. Rangappa, VC, University of Mysuru was the Chief Gust of Honour
  3. HE Vajubhai Vala Karnataka
  4. HE Mridula Sihna Goa
  5. Sri Suresh Joshi Bhayyaji, Sarkaryavah, RSS was the guest speaker.
  6. Satish Mittal.
  7. Tontadarya, ex-MLC

ABISY - inagural function Suresh Joshi Bhayyaji, Sarkaryavah, RSS was the guest speakerThe speech of Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi: 12.25 pm: The 10th national conference of the Akhil Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana began here on Thursday with RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi finding fault with the tradition of confining women to household work[1]. Talking in Hindi, he said, family system was the root of the country, that should be protected by ensuring education, health and safety of womenfolk. Delineating on the need to set right the history of the country, Joshi said, the samiti has taken up many works to introduce the core strength of the country to the people. “While Aryans were indigenous people of India, Britishers falsely propagated that they came from outside. The truth was established after researching deep into the issue. The origin of Sindhu-Saraswati River has been traced”, added Joshi[2]. Addressing the gathering at the inaugural of the conference titled ‘Woman in Indian culture through the ages’ by the yojana, Mr. Joshi said there was a need for women to emerge from the confines of their homes and assume roles in industry, education, politics and other spheres of life. If a country were to achieve progress economically, socially and geographically, there was a need to empower women, he said emphasising the importance of creating awareness on the issue. He also said women should populate not only the army, but also the air force and navy. While favouring bringing Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and various adivasis into the mainstream, who he said “may be weak, but not unwise”, Mr. Joshi said that issues relating to rural and tribal women, who comprise 70 per cent of women, should be brought on the agenda of the discussions. He called for the need to establish a just society on the basis of equality that is free from western influence. Mr. Joshi emphasised the need to present correct history. Research helped bust the myth that Aryans had invaded India before the Mughals and the British. That Aryans were not foreigners, but were locals, had been proved by scientific evidence, he claimed[3].

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha speaking at the ABISYs 10th national conference in Mysuru on Thursday 24-12-2015-PHOTO- M.A. SRIRAMWhat HE Mridula Sihna Goa spoke: 12.50 to 1.15 pm: HE Mridula Sihna Goa spoke in Hindi. Referring to the practice among a section of the women to avoid bearing children, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha described motherhood as nature’s best gift to a woman[4]. Speaking after inaugurating the national conference organised by the Akhila Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana here on Thursday, Ms. Sinha said that she still advises her daughter against forgetting to serve her husband his food even if she does not have the time to cook[5]. “But, never should a woman go hungry,” she said. Also, she went on to say that it was important for men to discuss women’s issues[6]…………the three-day meet should discuss the relevance of nature, culture and decency as they are inter-connected with each other. While nature remains intact after being created, the Indian culture is largely dependent on the nature.Describing motherhood as god’s gift to womenfolk, Sinha regretted that new-age women were avoiding motherhood, that was once protected and preserved, equally contributing to the welfare of the society[7].

6.Shri-Vajubhai-Rudabhai-Vala-Governor-of-Karnataka-inaugurated10th-National-Conference-on-Woman-in-Indian-Culture-through-the-AgesHE Vajubhai Vala spoken on the conference: 1.16 to 1.23 pm: HE Vajubhai Vala Karnataka spoke in Hindi. Governor Vajubhai Vala, who presided over the event, said that women, who play a strong role inside their houses, should display their strength even outside. Though he regretted the delay in the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill that seeks to set aside 33 per cent of the seats in Parliament and State Assemblies, Mr. Vala said that many women are now occupying powerful posts in the bureaucracy. ….Women nowadays have taken a lead in many fields, with 70 per cent women bagging top honours on the academic front[8]. Most importantly, it’s women who inculcate culture among children. Be it any women, men should ensure their safety and security[9].On the role of women in politics, Vala said, there are examples of women leaders occupying top posts like president and prime minister in India, while in western countries it is more common to see women leaders occupying key positions. Thus, the entire inagural session was carried on in Hindi. After lunch, the paper-reading session started in different rooms of the building situated next to library. The Kannda and Sanskrit sessions were arranged seperately, whereas, the Hindi and English papers were mixed together and the paper-presenters, particularly, those who presented in English could find difficult, as their papers were interpersed between many Hindi papers.

3.Shri-Vajubhai-Rudabhai-Vala-Governor-of-Karnataka-inaugurated10th-National-Conference-on-Woman-in-Indian-Culture-through-the-Ages25-12-2015 (Friday): Paper reading session. Most of the papers were in Hindi and the delegates who did not know Hindi could not understand what was presented. They felt they missed important information, data and information that might have been contained in such presentation. And many papers were in the form of “articles” and not of the nature of “reseach paper”. The emphasis made the title and the sub-themes made the presenters to repeat, duplicate and even rehash the same points, aspects and subject matter. Of course, the “cut and paste” methodology was also noted and pointed out by the organizers themselves.

2.30 to 4.40 pm: General Body Meeting of ABISY.

5.00 to 7.40 pm: Visit to Mysuru palace lightning.

ABISY 10th National Conference inagurated by Mysuru-Goa Governors-Deccan Herald26-12-2015 (Saturday): Paper reading session continued with the same conditions pointed out above. Had the papers been scrutinized properly, such things could not have been occurred. The corrections, modifications and rewriting could have been intimated so that the quality of paper presentation could have been maintained. Such exercise would be useful and educative for budding researchers in paper preparation and presentation. Women paper presenters had not addressed the issues, problems faced by the Indian women. Some women appeared to have felt that “they are happy” and therefore, other “women are also happy”.  Most of the woman paper presenters had not been aware of the current issues dealt with in India in different spheres and thus, papers had been of “glorification of the past” nature. Even in the globalization context also, though only few papers were presented, they had been in a dilemma as to whether to point out the positive aspects or the negative aspects that affect the Indian society.

ABISY - paper presentation, discussion going onWhy papers deviated much away from the theme taken for the conference: The hospitality had been excellent, but, unfortunately, the academic proceedings had been marred by some inherent factors. The subject matter of the whole proceedings was to concentrate on women-issues focussing on the current relating to ancient moral values. The first circular declared that the central subject proposed was “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to present” adding that research papers were also invited on the following topics such as –

  1. Historiography
  2. History in the Puranas
  3. Vaavasi (Tribal) history
  4. District history
  5. Miscellaneous (Archaeology, inscriptions, numismatics, art and architectue, spread of Indian culture abroad etc)

But, the Second circular still enlarged the topics deviating from the women and women-issues givilng the list as follows:

  1. Origin of Indian culture and women
  2. Women in Saraswati-Sidhu civilization.
  3. Women in epic-age
  4. Women in Puranas
  5. Women in Jaina-Buddhist period.
  6. Women in Mauryan and post-Mauryan period.
  7. Women in Gupta and post-Gupta period
  8. Women depicted in indian art / performing art, paintings, wooden, terracota, stone and metallic art / folklore, music, dance etc.
  9. Women in folk tradition and culture
  10. Women in medieval age.
  11. Role of women in freedom struggle
  12. Globalization and Indian women

Other general topics are also as follow:

  1. Historiography
  2. History in the Puranas
  3. Vaavasi (Tribal) history
  4. Regional history

Other Academic subjects:

Archaeology, Epigraphy, numismatics, art and architectue, Indian culture.

The final circular dated 16-10-2015 repeated the above. Thus, the circulars deviated from the theme of the conference, with the diverged subjects and digressing from the idea of the subject matter conceived. Accordingly, the paper-presenters, particularly, the majority of the casual-types had taken full liberty to take any subject and came with “hurried-haste-rehassed” stuff that was criticized by the organizers and the sectional presidents. As they seperated Sanskrit and Kannda paper presentation, Hindi paper presentation or the English paper presentation could have been held seperately. As most of the paper presenters did not follow any “style-sheet” and research methodology, they can be taught about. Incidentally, as ABISY and BISSs have been working on “history writing and re-writing”, they should conduct some workshop for their “paper-presenters” as to how to prepare a reasearch paper. They should be asked to attend IHC, SIHC etc., to listen to historians, interact with others and get experience.

Valedictory function: The valedictory funstion was held at the A.V. Hall without any lack lusture and the same speakers again dwelt upon the same issues in the same manner. Again, the entire ritual was in Hindi. Instead of getting opinion from the delegates about the academic conduct of the conference, it was wound up in a much routine manner. When a particular person was speaking “over-enthusiastically”, the audience started clapping several times. Instead of getting the hint, he continued to talk with spirit provoking them to clap again. There was no indication as to when the 11th National Conference would be held after three years in 2018.

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[1] Laiq A. Khan, Don’t restrict women to household word, The Hindu, Mysuru, December 25, 2015, Updated: December 25, 2015 05:46 IST

[2] http://www.deccanherald.com/content/519415/men-should-empower-women-says8200governor.html

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/dont-restrict-women-to-household-work/article8028161.ece

[4] http://newsnirantara.in/?p=6305

[5] Star of Mysore online, Goa Guv opens Women’s Meet, December 25, 2015; http://www.starofmysore.com/searchinfo.asp?search1=45313&search2=newsheadlines

[6] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/dont-restrict-women-to-household-work/article8028161.ece

[7] http://www.deccanherald.com/content/519415/men-should-empower-women-says8200governor.html

[8] Deccan Herald, Men should empower women, saysGovernor, Mysuru: Dec 25, 2015, DHNS.

[9] http://www.deccanherald.com/content/519415/men-should-empower-women-says8200governor.html

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” (1).

December 29, 2015

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” (1).

Centenary Celebration Committee of University of Mysore

Naramada hostel one of the accommodations, where delegates stayed

24-12-2015 (Thursday): The Akhila Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana (hereinafter mentioned as ABISY) New Delhi, has been conducting National Conferences once in three years in various parts of India on specfic themes. Of which “The Aryan Problem” had drawn the attention of national and international scholars creating an impact[1]. Besides, there have been national seminars, workshops and Scholars meet (Vidwat Parishads) conducted at different states on specified topics[2].

Sl.

No

Year Where held
1 December,  1991

 

Ujjain
2 Dravidian Problem Dec.26th and 27th 1992 Warangal
3 1994
4 1997
5 The Role of Bhakti movement in Hindu renaissance 2000

October 28th to 30th 1999

Mysore
6 2003
7 Saraswati and the War of Independence 1857 November 17th to 19th 2006 Khurukshetra
8 2009
9 Bharatiya Nationality from past to present October 26-28, 2012 Gwalior
10 Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern 2015 Mysuru
ABISY - Haribhava Vaze, president, talking with Balamund, Ratnesh Tripathi etc

ABISY – Haribhava Vaze, president, talking with Balamund, Ratnesh Tripathi etc

The 10th National Conference of ABISY was held at Mysore from December 24th to 26th 2015 on “Women in Indian culture: From ancient to Modern” jointly organized / sponsored by the Akhila Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana  Centenary Celebration Committee of University of Mysore, Mysuru and Indian Council of historical reseach (hereinafter mentioned as ICHR).  As the theme attracted, some came with papers delving upon the main theme. On 23rd morning itself, about 200 delegates were there in the premises of Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Manasagangotri and they were accommodated in the hostels of Narmada, Krishna, Ganga etc. As more and more delegates started coming, they were accommodated in Terapanta Bhawan. VIP-delegates were accommodated in the University Guest House. The delegate fee of Rs. 750/- was charged and 870 were registered delegates as on 25-12-2015. The press was also briefed about it earlier[3].

ABISY - Centenary Celebration Committee of University of Mysore

ABISY – Centenary Celebration Committee of University of Mysore

Centenary Celebration Committee of University of Mysore[4]: For this, K.S Rangappa VC had appointed a centenary celebration committee. The committee consists of MPs, the former Prime Minister H.D Deve Gowda, former vice chancellors, litterateurs and other distinguished scientists[5]. After rigorous discussion the committee has come up with some projects with members of all shades of political and economic interests[6]. About the request of Rs.100 crores for the celebration and allocation of Rs.50 crires, “The Hindu” reported characteristically[7]. Even as the University of Mysore was getting ready to host its centenary celebration, the government, in a goodwill gesture, announced a grant of Rs. 50 crore for the historic fete which began on July 27, 2015, the day the university was established in 1916. The university had sought Rs. 100 crore from the government for the centenary fete. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, however, doled out Rs. 50 crore in the State Budget presented by him[8]. Expressing gratitude towards the government’s gesture, VC K.S. Rangappa said, “I thank the government for its benevolence. Actually, we had sought Rs. 100 crore from it for realising certain projects. But we are happy with the allocation.” A website was created and brochure issued[9]. Thus, among the other projects and programmes, the hosting of the Conference was included in the agenda by the Committee.

ABISY - Senate hall entrance - Inagural function

ABISY – Senate hall entrance – Inagural function

Inagural session (24-12-2015): The inaguration was held at the “Senate Hall” and there was secuirity checking, as two State Governors Karnataka HE Vajubhai Vala and Goa HE Mridula Sihna were participating. The delegates were taken to the venue from the Hostels by buses and the hall was full within half-an-hour. Sri Suresh Joshi Bhayyaji, Sarkaryavah, RSS was the guest speaker. Prof K. S. Rangappa, VC, University of Mysuru was the Chief Gust of Honour. They were waiting for the arrival of the Governors. On the stage nothing was there and the backdrop was just started putting up. The chairs were brought one by one and arranged on the stage. Three framed pictures were brought and placed on the chairs, but, they were not fittimg into, so two were removed and only one – that of Bharat Mata was accommodated in a chair. As mentioned, the programme was not started by 9.15, but by 10.15 am in a different way. The Zonal incharges of Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti (hereinafter mentioned as BISS) were called.

ABISY - Senate hall entrance - Inagural function - secuirity check

ABISY – Senate hall entrance – Inagural function – secuirity check

Historians honoured by the organizedrs: 10.24 am: The programme was started. Each zonal incharge was asked to announce the historian selected. Thus, the following announced their respective historian as mentioned against each:

  1. Kataraia, Udaipur…………by……….
  2. Sher Singh announced………….
  3. Dilip Kumar Bhukkan announced for Assam by…………
  4. Anand Sharma (Uttaranchal)…………
  5. Rahman Ali, Ujjain was selected by………….
  6. Seernivasa Rao announced Prof A. Sundara.
  7. Anuradha (Telingana) announced Y. Sudhrshana Rao[10].

It was surprising that for the States, Seemanthra, Tamilnadu and Kerala, no historian of worth could be recognized and announced by them for honouring. It is clear that either the orgnizers or the Zonal incharge could have been so ignorant about their respective regions / States to select and nominate the historians or they did not want take such decision judiciously considering the facts. Ironically, the BISS, Tamilnadu shows many popular historians in their organization – Dr K. V. Raman, Dr R. Nagaswamy, Dr Rama Bai, Prof Dr K. M. Rao, Dr S. Kalyanaraman and others, yet the Zonal incharge could not think of anybody snd nominate nobody! Of course, there have been many-more in those states. When all were happening, many came (some important persons, scholars and elderly people) and returned, as none could recognize them or made them to seat! For instance, Tumkur University VC came and kept waiting and standing, for some time and he was not cared by anybody. Perhaps, the hall received more members to be acommodated than available seating arrangement!

Dr S Kalyana Raman lecture at IGNCA Bangalore Dec.23, 2001

Dr S Kalyana Raman lecture at IGNCA Bangalore Dec.23, 2001 – generally, he used to present on “Saraswati” related topics.

A presentation on “Sarasawati River Civilization”: 10.36 am: Inagural song was sung.

10.40 am: Welcoming the delegates, the person concluded with “Jai Hind, Jai Karnataka”!

11.01 am: Prashant Bharadwaj, Haryana Water Board, started explaining about the “Sarasawati River Civilization” with some slides, which were not at all attractive. Moreover, he was explaing in Hindi and thus evidently noot understood by the delegates coming from different states other than the Hindi speaking ones. It has to be mentioned that earlier Dr S. Kalyanaraman used to give presentation on “Sarasawati River Civilization” with many slides and lot of information, as he has been working on the subject and written many books[11].  He has published many books on the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization. Now, why he was not there was intriguing, as obviously, his absence was reveleaed through some slides used as noted.  However, it was learnt later that he had sent a PPT with many slides for presentation, but ignored by the organizers. About the differing views on “Saraswati” river, a comprehensive note can be seen here[12].

ABISY - inagural function - Press not accommodated initially

ABISY – inagural function – Press not accommodated initially

11.20 to 11.35 am: On RHS of the auditorioum, thee was commotion, as the seats meant for the press people were occupied by the delegates. So when chairs were put before the front road, the police objected to it on secuirity reasons.  The shouting stopped and they were made to settle down.

ABISY - inagural function - Press not accommodated initially- secuirity protest

ABISY – inagural function – Press not accommodated initially- secuirity protest

11.35 am: There were patriotic songs sung by different people. All these attempts were evidently meant for adjusting the delay caused for the arrival of the Governors.

© Vedaprakash

29-12-2015

[1] The all India seminar was held at Bangalore on July 21st to 23rd 1991and the book was published in June 1983 edited by S. B. Deo and Suryanath Kamath.

  1. B. Deo and Suryanath Kamath (Eds.), The Aryan Problem, Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti, Pune, 1993.

[2] Seminar on the “Aryan Problem”, July 21-23, 1991 at Bangalore;

National workshop on Dating in Indian arechaeology, Dec.19-21, 1993, Mysore;

National seminar on Indian Civilization and its chronology, August 18-19, 1995 Madras;

Workshop on “Concept, source and changing pattern of History writing”, Jan.30, 31 and Feb.1, 1998, Uttan, Bhayandar; gama Sangoshti, June.20-22, 1998, Melekote;

National Seminar on “Contribution of South India to Indian Art and Architecture”,  January.26-29, 1999, Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu; etc.

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/history-conference-from-thursday/article8016179.ece

[4] http://centenary.uni-mysore.ac.in/index.php

[5] http://thecompanion.in/university-of-mysore-glorifying-the-aura-of-a-historic-journey/

[6] http://centenary.uni-mysore.ac.in/advisory-committee

[7] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/rs-50-crore-announced-for-centenary-celebration-of-university-of-mysore/article6993056.ece

[8] The Hindu, Rs. 50 crore announced for centenary celebration of University of Mysore, Shankar Bennur, Updated: March 14, 2015 05:42 IST.

[9] http://centenary.uni-mysore.ac.in/centenary-brochure

[10] It is intriguing to note that he resingned last month as the salary he demanded was not paid. While members of the ICHR contacted by The Hindu said they didn’t know any details about Prof Rao’s step, some confirmed that the Council had recommended an honorarium of Rs. 1.5-lakh per month for Prof. Rao to the government, but no decision had been taken on this yet. Significantly, the ICHR head’s position is an honorary one, for which no salary is paid.

 http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ichr-chairman-sudershan-rao-resigns/article7923496.ece

[11] Indus script deciphered, Indian Ocean Community, Rastram, A Theory for wealth of Nations, Public administration in India, Meluha – Tree of life, Akkadian Rising Sun, Sagan finds Saraswati, Indian Writings in Ancient Neat East and many othrers.

[12] https://bharatabharati.wordpress.com/category/saraswati-river/

மெக்காலே கல்வியும், பிபனாஸியின் முயல் குட்டிகளும் – Dinamani – Tamil Daily News

September 2, 2015

பிபநாச்சி தொடரில் “0” இல்லை, பிறகு தான் சேர்க்கப்பட்டது.

 

மேனாட்டவர்களைப் பொறுத்த வரையில், அவர்கள் 19ம் நூற்றாண்டு வரை “0”த்தை எண்ணாகவே கருதவில்லை.

 

பைனாமியல் தொடர், மற்றும் பிரமிட் முதலியவையும் அப்படித்தான்!

Politics, Cricket, Share market and Gambling in India

May 12, 2012

Politics, Cricket, Share market and Gambling in India

Vedaprakash

This, I posted in www.indiainrweacts.com and other forums, but missing. In fact, the www.indiainrweacts.com has removed / blacked out all my postings. Now, I started salvaging or taking out from internet, backup and other sources, as the same pattern is found even today in 2012. Actually, today I searched for my article on “Sex, Drugs, and Cricket” the nexus etc., but I came across this. Therefore, I am posting in www.vedaprakash.wordpress.com withlout any changes.

 

Indian politics, cricket and gambling: Now a new ugly face of Indian politics having nexus with gambling and underworld is revealed in the recent betting on political parties and the PMs. The close links of Sharad Pawar with cricket mafia and sugar dons and that of Manmohan Singh with bookies and financial gamblers are coming out. The heavy investment in shares and manipulation of Indian economy and the sudden discussion about black money investment in Swiss banks, the BJP’s accusation and the Congress denial etc., are to be understood in the backdrop. The newspapers and TV-channels have started unfolding the gambling and betting of mafia-bookies and changing their so-called “the most-scientific exit-polls”[1].

Psephologists and bookies: The nexus between so-called psephologists and bookies are exposed in the Indian elections[2]. Psephologist or the professionals engaged in studying the election patterns and deviations. They make use of tools like past election’s facts and figures and public opinion polls to arrive at a conclusion. Their scope of job mainly encompasses analysis of aspects like trends in voting, swings in votes; number of votes polled or percentage of total votes polled translating into the number of seats in the government. They also try to find out the answers of questions like how much of percent swing in the votes may lead to change in the government. Hence Psephologists are expected to play a constructive role in any democratic set up, but in India, they are aiding and abetting with the punters, gamblers, underworld dons and spoiling the democracy through the anti-Indian media.

The myth of psephology in the “five-phased elections”: The five-phased polls spreading over a month from April 14 to May 13 2009 has been a political farce, cleverly manipulated by the Congress and its slave Election Commission[3]. When Gopalswamy found, he was not only kicked out immediately, but replaced with three “chamchas” under the guise of secularism. What is the right margin of error to employ?

The experts discuss about errors in the sampling as follows: The most common approach is to use a margin such that in 19 polls out of 20, the gap between the real figure and the poll estimate will be smaller than the sampling error. If the poll samples 1000 people, its sampling error will be 3 per cent either way. With a sample of 2000, the sampling error falls to plus or minus 2.2 per cent. The sampling error is a factor when comparing two polls is larger still, since both polls have their margins of error. Changes in polls from one week to another are even more error-prone than the polls themselves., thus when the polls are phased with gaps and such periods are subjected to heavy propagandas leashed out through media and the ruling Congress misusing the official machineries, where is the political democracy or democratic polity in India?

Gamblers are powerful than voters in choosing PM or the government of their choice: The Indians have been consistently voting to BJP and Congress for the last five general elections. It has been the Congress aiding and abetting with other parties preventing BJP to rule. They used the “dummies” — V. P. Singh, Deve Gowda, I. K. Gujaral. Chandrasekhar and so on and therefore, the lust for becoming a PM has been haunting and daunting the small players or great spoilers and they start bargains with such “devil” sitting in their minds. They want to a PM just for a day, a week, a month or a year — that is all. They are not worried about the so-called ideologies, principles, and
people. Such political lust is varied only in gradation.

Note the media’s discussion on the choice of PMs:

1.  First, they discussed about the powerful and weak PMs.

2.  Instead of “two”, they tried to pit more against the “two”.

3.  The comparison was stretched from “two” to “three” to “four”.

4.  Ultimately, the discussion has been stooped down to the level of who is the worst, horrible and nasty PM.

The trend of elections from 1984 to 2009: In 1984, Advani emerged as PM and the American papers too projected him so. But unfortunately, Indira Gandhi was assassinated and the Congress swept the pools with the Rajiv Gandhi becoming a PM. However, Rajiv was plagued with corruption and thus, in 1989 V. P., Singh and Chandrasekhar were made PMs. However, after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, P. V. Narasinha Rao became PM.

Year

BJP

Congress

Others

PM

1984 8th)

2

403

138

Rajiv Gandhi
1989 (9th)

85

197

261

V. P. Singh
Chandrasekhar
1991 (10th)

120

232

161

P. V. Narasimha Rao
1996 (11th)

161

140

161

A. B. Vajpayee (13 days)

Deva Gowda (18 months)

I. K. Gujaral

1998 (12th)

161

140

242

A. B. Vajpayee (13 months)
1999 (13th)

182

141

220

A. B. Vajpayee (298)
2004 (14th)

138

145

260

Manmohan Singh (335)


The entering of Sonia Gandhi into politics and the rise of BJP coincided and the anti-Congress politicians tried to support BJP. However, the rise of BJP during the period 1991 to 1998 cannot be denied. Only fear of the rise of BJP started the “others” accusing BJP as “communal”, in such ploy, the Congress happily joined without any shame, because, other than Congress, there cannot be any other most-communal party in India, perhaps only next to IUML, MIM, Kerala Congress etc. However, using such secular- communal card, they have been trying to keep BJP out.

Keeping BJP out is anti-Indian undemocratic polity[4]: Any impartial observer, analyst and even common Indian can notice, why all other parties have been ganged up against BJP preventing it from rule? When their number of MPs have been increasing (2 to 181), their period of reign has been increasing (13 days to 13 months to five years), popularity increasing and almost all other parties have aligned with BJP in the pre-poll and post-poll alliances, how other political parties could isolate BJP as communal and they are secular? There is totally wrong in such propaganda being carried out. However, it is stranger to note that BJP has not been pointing out such lacuna, when opportunity came recently in the media many times. In the speeches of Divijaya Singh, Praful Patel, Kapil Sibal, Niteshkumar and others, the point was clearly brought out, but the BJP has failed to take it.

Note: Here, it is not that the “others” are becoming majority to rule India, as they have no common ideologies, but in fact, mostly, they have been the communal, secessionist, anti-National[5], communist and other forces acting against India and Indian interests. Therefore, it is unfortunate that Congress has been supporting such forces and that is why the Communists are emboldened to get ambition of rule India![6].

1% cannot be the difference between Advani and Manmohan: Definitely, when Advani was emerging a powerful PM, the Congress and the media started manipulation. Now the gamblers have joined after psephologists. CNN-IBN psephologist was making blunder after blunder by giving 16% to Advani, 15% to Manmohan etc., as “popular / acceptable PM”. It is not known how the difference could be only one percent. As the groups start realigning and just expecting the real figures, definitely, they are afraid and launched their attack through gamblers picked up by the media and hence the nexus is proved beyond doubt.

If the gamblers, bookies and brokers are powerful than voters, than such politicians could be hanged instead of appreciated as “economic experts” and so on. That behind Manmohan Singh such a devil, monster and evil forces are acting to spoil Indians, then Indians should hang such monsters, instead of placing them on the ruling thrones. In satta market, UPA return near certain[7]: With just a few hours left for declaration of the final results of the 15th Lok Sabha elections, punters in the capital are still giving an edge to the ruling Congress-led UPA government, with a tally of 220 seats, and are confident it will form the next government with a comfortable majority.  Congress improved its tally among bettors who are now giving it 162 seats, against an earlier estimate of 142 during the fourth phase. The rate punters are offering for Congress is 30 paise, which has come down from 63 paise on offer earlier. For UPA government to make a comeback, the punters are offering 32 paise.

This means that for every one rupee you bet on Congress, you stand to earn Rs 1.30, while for UPA government, one stands to win Rs 1.32,” said a punter.

BJP-led NDA is far behind in the game of odds”, you stand to make Rs 3.10 paise if BJP returns 145 seats, while for NDA forming a government, the rates offered are Rs 1.50, which means you gain Rs 2.50 on ever rupee you bet,” he added.

The rates are likely to see a violent swing on the morning of May 16, as the counting begins. “We will be taking bets on parties and candidate till 10am and will close the game after that,” added a source. Insiders also betting on factors like Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa being wooed by the Congress. Speculation soared after Nitish’s demand for special status to Bihar on Friday. Punters who were earlier wagering on Congress to take Delhi 6-1, are now saying it is likely to sweep the polls. Expectedly, on Friday the odds against West Delhi’s BJP candidate Jagdish Mukhi climbed to 80 paise, from 35 paise a few days ago. An amount of Rs 1,200 crore is at stake, but a large amount has also been diverted to the Indian Premier League, the punter added.

Satta market: Manmohan still tops list of PM hopefuls[8]: With only two days remaining for the Lok Sabha results, there is heavy betting on the fate of political parties and individual candidates PM Manmohan Singh addresses a press conference in Ludhiana. “Bets worth several thousand crore rupees have already been laid so far, and the tempo is likely to go up in the next couple of days. Mumbai has created a record of sorts with a punter — who is in the real estate business — betting as much as Rs 30 crore on different candidates, parties and their combinations,” a leading bookie told TOI on Wednesday.

  • Manmohan Singh continues to be the hot favourite for prime ministership
    with the bhav (odds) on him being 60 paise. This means that every rupee bet on Singh will fetch the bettor Rs 1.60 if he is indeed re-elected PM. If the bookies’ odds are any indication, L K Advani, who is leading the NDA alliance, has very little chance of becoming PM.
  • The bhav on him is Rs 2.50.
  • In fact, some bookies are also offering bhav of Rs 6 on his quitting politics before May 31.
  • NCP head honcho Sharad Pawar is an extremely dark horse (unfancied contender in betting parlance) with the bhav on his becoming PM being Rs 50.
  • The Congress-led UPA is backed to secure 151 seats at even bhav, meaning every rupee bet fetches an extra in return.
  • For the BJP-led NDA, it is even odds for the party winning 122 seats.
  • There is speculation that Lalu Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan and Mulayam Singh Yadav may face surprise defeats, “the bhav on such upsets is Rs 3, Rs 1.50 and Rs 1.40 respectively.
  • The AIADMK, led by J.Jayalalithaa, is commanding even bhav for 25-plus seats.
  • Even bhav is also on offer for the CPM securing 35 seats.

Satta Bazaar (satta market) works with IPL Cricket and Elections in India: It is unfortunate that Indian cricket is now a big place for sutta market. Here is the details about how it works in India. According to economic times the satta bazaar estimates that at least Rs 20,000 cr will be wagered on the IPL’s 59 matches over a period of 44
days. People of India are wasting their time to watch all long matches of IPL and helps indirectly to satorias to make big money out of it.

How it works- suppose before the cricket match between A and B, you think that B will win the match (B is known as weaker team). Most of other people guess that team A will win. After balencing of demand and supply, suppose for team A odds is 100:25 and for team B, odds is 100:400. If team B wins you will get 400 Rs without spending your 100 Rs. (you have to first deposit 100 Rs, you will get 400+100= 500 Rs). I

f team A wins you have to loose 100 Rs (you will get nothing). If team A wins, the people who have bet on A will get 25 Rs without spending 100 Rs. It is well known that the practice of satta bazar is illegal in India. I would say, stay away from it, otherwise you will sure loose your money and time. Now, you just replace A and B with Congress and BJP, the secret is out!

The Indians voting for BJP are not fools: Definitely, the Indians voting for BJP are not fools, as they want BJP to come to power keeping the powerful India in mind. Therefore, BJP should convince other Indians, who have not been voting for BJP that they are really for India by action. If they get any opportunity, they should prove by their action that they are for the Indians and prepared to make India a powerful nation with economic prosperity and self-sufficiency.

Vedaprakash

16-05-2009


[1] The unblushing psephologists projected BJP as the largest single party / alliance first and then changed tCongress / UPA. Similarly, first they projected that Jayalalitha was getting more seats, but now they say that DMK is going to sweep Tamilnadu!

[2] As 65.7% of residents kept their date with the ballot, psephologists and bookies were heard giving Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal the third tenure in a row. Times of India dated 14-05-2009:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chandigarh/Voters-set-record/artic…

[3] Vedaprakash, EC becomes slave of Sonia Maino!, see www.indianinteracts.com etc.

[4] Vedaprakash, Keeping BJP out: Is it political democracy?, see www.indianinteracts.com etc.

[5] Vedaprakash, Maoim, the facade of anti-Indian forces: A critical analysis of the “left, centre and right”, see www.indianinteracts.com etc.

[6] Vedaprakash, The Christian-Marxist nexus to install a Communist Government in India, see www.indianinteracts.com etc.

[7] Rahul Tripathi, In satta market, UPA return near certain ,16 May 2009, 0424 hrs IST, TNN ; http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/In-satta-market-UPA-return-near-ce…

[8] S Balakrishnan, Satta market: Manmohan still tops list of PM hopefuls ,14 May, 2009, 1131 hrs IST,TNN:Economic Times, May 14, 2009:

http://m.economictimes.com/PDAET/articleshow/4528516.cms

Marring Metallica, diehard fans, poor Indians, running riot and fooling India!

October 30, 2011

Marring Metallica, diehard fans, poor Indians, running riot and fooling India!

 

Government money spent for the bash? The Headlines-today reporter was describing that the event was great to have very huge crowd, as if she does not see huge gatherings of public in India. Lakhs / millions of Indians used to gather without any secuirity, arrangement etc., during periodical / seasonal festivals, Gumbha-melas etc., but the gathered crown would be disciplined. However, here the elite, educated and westernized people come, and it is surprising that three-layered barricades are required for them!  The Police Commissioner was so enthusiastic, as he has provided strong barricade to stop the crowd if they try to run riot. Why should government should for some 10,000 to 15,000 rich people to enjoy their own of choice of music, which may not be liked by cbillions of Indians. Then how they could spend the exchequer money for this type of “tamasha”. The foreign media[1] has started spreading stories that the Indian fans rum amuck, damaged stage, and so on.

 

Money is not an issue / problem for Metallica diehard fans[2]: And for these fans money is the last thing on their minds. “I’ll be spending something more than `15,000 for the concert and flight tickets. The only monetary saving grace is that I’ll be staying at a friend’s place in Bangalore.” Adds Craig Quadros, 23, accounts manager, “I’ve already spent around six grand on two concert tickets, and with travelling and lodging, it will easily be around `20,000. But, it’s Metallica – a band that I’ve been a fan of since I was 12, so it’s all cool.”  For some, a few thousands don’t matter. “This will be larger-than-life so I have no qualms spending some money to watch them play,” says 39-year-old Vikram Varma, who is shelling out `50,000-60,000 for tickets, lodging, flight tickets and bus tickets. “It isn’t everyday that Metallica comes to India, so when they do, you should definitely catch them in action.” And while some are spending hard cash, there are some who are trying to make big bucks from the Metallica frenzy that has gripped fans.

 

Tickets sold in black: Either the so-called fans must have been very rich or they get money just like tha to spend. Why then they blame Indians for being poor? Tickets for the Gurgaon concert on October 28 are being sold in black for a whopping `8000, though they’re still available on the ticketing website. Says 23-year-old Anup Jain, “A friend got in touch with me asking if I wanted to buy a ticket for `8000 in black since they were sold-out. I heard the amount and I ran! Thankfully, I found out that they’re still available online.” That means, there has been another type of gambling going on.

The organizers arrested for breach of trust and cheating: The national capital has missed its date with Metallica, as the organisers finally announced that the Thrash Metal band’s concert that was postponed for a day would not happen at all. This led to the arrest of four officials of DNA Networks on charges of cheating[3].

  1. Rajesh – general manager of DNA Networks,
  2. Umesh
  3. Ashok Singh
  4. Savio Faleio

Rajesh, was arrested along with team members —Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio. The four were presented at the district court, which remanded them in custody for five days[4]. The administration has also seized the Rs 1 crore security money deposited by the firm[5]. “We will interrogate them on what led to the cancellation of the show. We were not informed before the cancellation of the show and we received complaints from the people about it,” SS Deswal, commissioner of police-Gurgaon, said. The four officials have been arrested under section 406 (breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

Without permission tickets sold, crowd gathered: There was still confusion regarding the return of money to the people and fans will have to wait for the advertisement to know the procedure. “I want my full money back. When the Bryan Adams show was cancelled in February, the organizers had deducted Rs 200 as service tax. Why should we pay anything as service tax when no show happened?” said exasperated Rajesh who had bought a ticket for Rs 1,650. Metallica on its official website mentioned the reason of cancellation of the concert as fans’ security. “Immediately at the end of our afternoon press conference, we were notified that there was a serious question as to whether the show could proceed with regard to the safety of the concert audience. And our first and foremost concern is always for the safety of you, the fans,” read the statement on Metallica’s website. The band will perform in Bangalore on Sunday.

The decent rogues run riot: It wasn’t quite “Kill ‘Em All,” but when Metallica and a concert promoter postponed the metal band’s first concert ever in India, angry fans reacted with a “Seek and Destroy” mentality. They rioted, trashed instruments even tore apart parts of the stage, according to The Huffington Post. The promoter, DNA Entertainment Network, reportedly announced right before the gig was supposed to start at Leisure Valley Park in the city of Guragon that they would have to postpone it for a day due to a problem with security measures at the venue. But some 25,000 fans had already pushed their way into the concert, and their angry reaction delivered the kind of carnage that one might expect from a crowd that loves bludgeoning music with punishing volume levels and lyrics about rage. Fans set banners on fire and trashed instruments on the stage, according to HuffPo. Videos like the one below have already surfaced online showing fans swarming the stage and throwing items into the crowd and at security members. But Hold your horses Napster-lovers, this can’t all be blamed on Lars Ulrich. NDTV reports that four people, including a senior executive from DNA Entertainment Network, have been arrested in the wake of the debacle and charged with cheating ticket buyers and a breach of trust. Authorities allege that the promoters sold tickets far beyond capacity and did not inform authorities of the cancellation.

The way the decent diehard fans behaved: The so-called elite, educated and sophisticated crowd behaved like rogues or uncilized, barbarics. They very often criticize Indians for one or the other reason. Now what they say about their conduct? “As soon as the organisers announced that the show has been postponed, the crowd went berserk… people started pushing each other, broke barricades, started shouting and throwing water bottles,” Pankaj Kaushik, who waited for three hours for the show to begin, said. The venue was vandalised by upset fans, some of whom even ran around the ground shirt-less as a mark of rebellion. They threw bottles at the security personnel, who formed a human chain on the stage. Technical equipment was destroyed as angry fans threw chairs at the LED wall. “People have come from across various countries – Malaysia, China, Nepal, Indonesia, Singapore… but everybody is feeling robbed,” said Anurag Sharma, another disappointed fan.

Permission to conduct not obtained, but tickets started selling!: A permit to hold the concert on Saturday (30-10-2011) could not be obtained on short notice, and the show was subsequently canceled. That means, the organizers had taken the authorities for granted or they might tried to bribe them with huge money. Promoters said they would refund all ticketholders. So much for “…And Justice For All.” In a statement posted to the band’s website, Metallica wrote:

Once we, along with DNA, the promoters of the show, determined that there was a failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired, the promoter reluctantly announced the postponement of the show until Saturday. Unfortunately, on such short notice the promoters were unable to secure a permit for a show on Saturday…We are deeply disappointed with this news as we were looking forward to our first experience in India as much as you guys were.”

Note, for him, he is not bothered about permission etc., but tickets were already sold, and they are sold on-line with “black-marketing” loaded. However, he accuses that the “barricade” was not repaired! Why he could not secure the permit on 29-10-2011, when the tickets were already stared selling?  Not exactly the best way to “Fade to Black.” Couldn’t somebody have just appealed to the “Master of Puppets”? Hopefully Metallica’s new nickname in India won’t be “The Unforgiven.” Ok, we’ll stop now, we promise. Sorry. We couldn’t resist.

Metallica gig mismanaged from the word go[6]: Now, comes the real story. It exposes the arrogance of the “Metallica” group also as they behaved like the cpolonial rulers.  Unfortunately, our “young idiots” do not understand and tell the facts.  After the Metallica gig in Gurgaon was cancelled on Friday evening, the reason cited by the organizers and the management of the band was a broken front barricade. But according to the people at the venue, the real reason was gross mismanagement and neglect on part of the organizers right from the beginning. Arjun Paruthi had reached Leisure Valley Park by 2pm. “The ticket said the opening acts were supposed to begin by 4pm. I didn’t want to miss out on anything.” But by the time the gates opened, it was already 3, and people swarmed the streets by thousands. “There was already chaos at the gates, and then people just rushed inside. The venue was quite full by 3.30pm,” he said. Arjun took his place right at the front like hundreds of others, leaning against the barricades. And then one of the barricades, which was particularly fragile, gave in. Vivek Seigell, who was in the audience with his 14-year-old daughter, recalled that as he took his place, not far from the stage, the venue was already packed beyond its capacity. “At the security gates, there were no checks. Nobody was checking the tickets. Many entered the venue without any ticket,” he said. Vivek added that nobody checked the bags at the gates, too, and many even sneaked in alcohol bottles. The crowd soon swelled so much that any movement within the venue became impossible. “So it is only understandable that one of the barricades gave in as the pressure from behind was immense,” he said. The crowd, he added, was already restless because of the delay. Soon, it was announced that the show would begin, followed almost immediately by another announcement that the team was trying to fix a “technical snag”. “The iron barricade had broken early on and for two hours, they tried to fix it by tying rods and poles,” said Karthik, who had entered the venue at 3.30pm. Around this time, crew members and organizers tried to push back the people near the broken barricade[7].

‘Move back you buttheads! Move back’,” – Oh Indians could you understand what it is? Oh clashing, arguing, rioting Indians move back, that is how the man shouted at the Indians. “This is the time when a crew member of Metallica, dressed in a grey T-shirt, says ‘Move back you buttheads! Move back’,” Rahul Sarin, a blogger who attended the concert, mentioned in his blog.  Around 6.15, the crew members of Metallica started dismantling their equipment set-up on the stage, seeing which the crowd started losing it. “By 6.30, they announced that the show was postponed by a day, and people started moving away. Many started booing, and some threw empty bottles on the stage,” said Pulkit, who came with his brother. He added that when the crowd booed and refused to leave the venue in disbelief, another announcer took the stage and said: “If you behave this way, Metallica won’t play tomorrow also.” This further riled the crowd up. “But even then, most people started to leave. And only about 20-30 people jumped the barricade, got on to the stage, and started tearing things apart,” said Atish, who came from Chandigarh. He said if the security people were present near the stage, the vandals could have easily been stopped. “The security was nowhere to be seen, and most of those who were present seemed least interested in what was happening until all hell broke lose,” he said. When nothing was done legally, why blame the security? For looters it has become a funny business[8].

Metallica has the notoriety of “running riot”: Metallica and rioting have been synonymous perhaps. The rioting has been associated with Metallica, as could be seen in the past programmes[9].  

During Metallica’s show in Bogota Colombia in March 2010, Wednesday, March 10, a riot broke out when a group of ticketless fans showed up to crash the gates and barriers.  Rumors has it that Facebook posts encouraging fans to crash the gig. Because of this, police and 1500 officers were deployed to monitor the event.  Meanwhile, Metallica was not wavered with the chaos happening outside, instead they made the 30,000 fans satisfied with their electrifying heavy metal hits. Hundreds of ticketless fans were desperate to catch a glimpse of their metal heroes, causing them to go mad. The police used water hoses and tear gas while the rioters responded by throwing bricks at the officers. The protesters caused a lot of damage such as traffic signals, properties around the park. They even demolished walls to use rocks as missiles. According to reports, four fans and four police officers were injured,  one person suffered from a knife wound. At least 160  people were arrested[10] and 8 people were injured. Metallica last played in Colombia in May 1999. In  January, the band’s concert in Chilean capital Santiago was also spoiled by rioters, with 120 fans arrested after wild encounter with police. 

In the Latin American countries, Metallica has the same notoriety – Columbia, Chile[11] and elsewhere[12]. Thus, there is nothing surprising that the same thing happened in India and the Indians have been made fools without informing about their precedence of discipline and good behavior. As a consumer, any fan of diehard or not-hard or soft-hard should know about his rights, instead of falling in line with the rogues and behave accordingly, as we Indians have age-long tradition of discipline. Even, they themselves have analyzed the reasons for the misbehaviour, misconduct etc[13]. The foreign media knows fully about the pattern as could be seen from their way of reporting, videographing the riots etc[14].

The modus operandi of the Metallica” appears to be like this: The modus operandai has been simple –

  1. Do not respect the law of the land.
  2. Be arrogant, do not get permission, but print tickets and sell.
  3. Sell tickets by any means, duplicate, black market and so on.
  4. Make the diehard fans to get gathered.
  5. Do not bother about the capacity of the hall / place etc.
  6. Make them “mad”.
  7. Call them “buttheads”,………………..
  8. Provoke them to run riot
  9. Arrest the fans, as they paid to get arrested
  10. Blame government / country for the security lapses
  11. Run away with loot.

Vedaprakash

30-10-2011


The Bharatamuni Foundation fondation laid!

October 21, 2010

A foundation for Asian arts RUPA SRIKANTH

The Hindu dated Friday, Sep 21, 2007

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2007/09/21/stories/2007092151060100.htm

The Bharatamuni Foundation plans to create an Asian cultural corridor for scholars and artists.

Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Historic: Muthiah Sthapathi receiving the stone casket from Padma Subrahmanyam and K.J.Sarasa. Sudharani Raghupathy is in the background. Just before Mamallapuram, off the scenic East Coast Road (ECR), Chennai, lies Pattipulam, a quiet hamlet. It was quiet until Thursday last, when a large group, people from all walks of life, gathered there to lay the foundation for a memorial to Bharatamuni.To be christened the ‘Bharatamuni Foundation for Asian Culture’ after Sage Bharata, author of Natya Sastra,’ the organisation seeks to research cultural identities and enhance dialogue between scholars and Asian artists, both performing and those associated with puppet theatre, painting and sculpture. The vision is of an ‘Asian cultural corridor.’

The moving force behind the project is dancer-scholar Padma Subrahmanyam, the other trustees being M. Muthiah Sthapathi, B. Kannan, Gayathri Kannan, R. Krishnaswami, M. Krishna Kishore, Dr.P.R.Krishnakumar and V. Jayaraman.

If the study of the 108 karanas led Padma to connect all dance forms to Natya Sastra, the Paramacharya gave her a pan-Asian perspective as she was interpreting the 2000-year-old text and designing sculptures for the Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir at Satara, Maharashtra.

This perspective was endorsed by her subsequent discovery of 52 karana sculptures in the ninth century Prambanan temple complex in Indonesia. And it was near Pattipulam that the earliest structural temple in South-East Asia dating back to the second century was discovered after the December 2004 tsunami. That included some tablets that seemed to carry significance to the project.

Large gathering Anyway, on Thursday last, there was a large gathering of people, from artists and scholars to administrators and media personalities, seated under the simple shamianas that had been erected around a square pit in the barren five-acre site.

Vazhuvoor veteran Guru K.J.Sarasa, summed up the mood thus: “Padma has been bestowed with the privilege of building a temple for sage Bharata. It will stand testimony to her single-minded devotion to dance.”

A rendering of a few verses from Natya Sastra and from Appar’s “Thiru Angamalai” while Padma offered flowers to the ‘Jarjara,’ a symbolic flag staff, marked the auspicious beginning.

The first stone casket with the nine gems was laid by Swami Mitrananda of the Chinmaya Mission, aided by renowned sculptor and architect M. Muthiah Sthapathi. Prema Pandurang of Kshetropasana was another luminary who participated. Members of the local panchayat of Pattipulam were there as well and showed their support by renaming the approach road “Bharatamuni Road.”

While stalwarts like AVM Saravanan and Haridwaramangalam A.K.Palanivel appreciated Padma’s initiative and were happy to participate, Dr. Rathi Jafer of the Indo-Korean Cultural and Information Centre was excited about the prospect of increased dialogue and collaboration between Asian cultural ambassadors.

Kalanidhi Narayanan lauded Padma’s generosity in sharing the platform with artists from various fields. “It is fitting that it is a joint effort because Bharatamuni belongs to all artists,” she said.

M. Murali of Krishna Sweets called the memorial ‘an energy centre.’ Subbu Arumugam, Villuppaattu maestro, felt that its impact will be tremendous in future. At the end of the morning’s programme, Muthiah Sthapathi drew the image of the first karana, ‘Talapushpaputam’ on a stone tablet with charcoal and began sculpting it with his chisel, while Padma demonstrated the karana.

Padma is full of ‘Asian self-esteem.’ She believes that the text of Natya Sastra is scattered all over Asia and speaks of Bharatamuni being worshipped in Thailand as ‘Phrot Rishi’ or ‘Khru Muni’ and the fact that one day in a year is devoted to His worship, when initiation into the arts is considered auspicious.

There is also an interesting titbit about the scientific study of the names of places. Asia is thought to be ‘a cultural concept incorporating a number of regions and peoples rather than a homogenous, physical entity.’ It vindicates the pan-Asian vision and the thought that we share an undeniable cultural connection.

In Pallava style The 108 karanas sculpted in Chola style will be the highlight of the proposed complex.

On paper: The sculptor’s sketch. The floor plan for the stone complex is complete. It is to be built in the Pallava style. “We decided to use granite from the foundation upwards because of the memorial’s proximity to the sea. It will take longer to build and cost more, b ut we did not have a choice.“The 108 karanas sculpted in Chola style will be the highlight of this complex,” says Muthiah Sthapathi. Padma would like dancers and dance teachers to come forward and sponsor them. Each tablet with the relevant couplet from Natya Sastra would amount to Rs.30,000. The central shrine is to be dedicated to Bharatamuni and the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva with their consorts, Thirumoolar and Pathanjali. Around the shrine in the praakaram will be the Bharatamuni Museum of Asian Performing Arts.

The Abhinava Gupta Auditorium named after the Kashmiri commentator, Ilango Adigal Conference Hall and Kanchi Mahaswami Library are also planned.

Bharatamuni — an Asian link PADMA SUBRAHMANYAM

October 21, 2010

Bharatamuni — an Asian link

PADMA SUBRAHMANYAM

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2007/01/19/stories/2007011902260700.htm

PROJECT The dream is to create an Asian cultural corridor for artistes and philosophers.


Pallava style of architecture Shrines for Patanjali and Thirumoolar Museum of Asian Performing Arts



FROM NATYA SASTRA: Padma Subrahmanyam capturing the karana poses. About 75 years ago, when E. Krishna Iyer, then secretary of the Music Academy re-christened `Sadir’ as Bharatanatyam, a resolution is said to have been passed to popularise this term. It was a period that saw the height of controversy regarding the validity of dance in temples.

Associating sage Bharata’s name with Sadir created an aura of antiquity, authenticity, aesthetic philosophy and above all, a socio-sanction for the art. But the fact is that all Indian dance disciplines are Bharatanatyam for the simple reason that they are daughters of that one common mother namely Bharata’s Natya Sastra.
Four decades ago, when I was in the initial stage of my research on the Karana sculptures of Natya Sastra, I wrote that there could be no two opinion about basing and developing Bharatanatyam according to the codes given by Bharata. Only during the course of my research, I found that Natya Sastra was the link for all the theatrical and dance forms of India.

Reflection of other styles

Though I never learnt any other discipline except Bharatanatyam, my dance based on the reconstruction of Karanas of Natya Sastra reflected shadows of other regional styles, which I had not even seen earlier to be influenced. The landmass of Eurasia is referred to as Jambudwipa in Natya Sastra. This Sastra is said to belong to the entire world, more so to Jambudwipa and especially Bharatavarsha. From ancient puranic geography, we understand that Bharatavarsha means South-East Asia and Bharatakanda is the Indian sub-continent. With this geographic link, one perceives the civilisation unity of the whole region.

My efforts to bridge the gap between theory and practice of Indian dance has given me a profound sense of participation in the history of our heritage. Only at the end of the reconstruction of the Karana movements, through a correlated study of relevant sculptures and literature, I was able to realise that I have spent about four decades in authentically retrieving the `Marga’ technique which gave the common codes in the Natya art of India and Asia. `Marga’ is the path laid down by Bharatamuni and Desi is the respective regional version. In this sense, all the present Natya disciplines of Asia including that of Tamil Nadu can be termed Desi.

To understand the Marga-Desi link is to understand the wonderful civilisation unity of Asia. The eye opener for this realisation came from the Sage of Kanchi, who commanded me to design a new set of 108 Karana figures of Siva and Parvati for the Uttara (Northern) Chidambaram Nataraja temple in Maharashtra. When I took the first set of the line drawings for his approval, he suggested that I should visit Indonesia. The visit materialised only after the consecration of this temple and in fact only after Mahaswami’s Mahasamadhi.

Sculpture of Siva and Bharata Muni. The ninth century Karana sculptures of Central Java are older than the oldest series available in Tamil Nadu. The miracle is that they all tallied with my reconstruction of the movements and showed similarities with my design for the temple at Satara in Maharashtra. This link is captured in detail by an Italian scholar Dr. Alessandra in her book “Prambanan” published from Thailand.

In Thailand, Bharata is called “Phrot Rshi” and “Khru Muni” i.e., Bharata Rishi and Guru Muni. His mask is worshipped in every theatre along with those of the Hindu trinity. It has been a dream of mine for over a decade to build a temple for Bharatamuni as part of a research centre on Asian performing arts.

The “Bharatamuni Foundation for Asian Culture,” a trust has been formed and the Government of Tamil Nadu has given five acres of land near Mahabalipuram.

Some coincidences about this site are worth mentioning:

A sketch of the proposed temple. (1) It happens to be near a seventh century inscription mentioning Bharatamuni’s name.

(2) A figure of Bharatamuni has been identified at Dharmaraja Ratha in Mahabalipuram.

The Bharatamuni Foundation for Asian Culture will in general reflect the characteristics of Pallava architecture with the world renowned Muthiah Sthapathi as the temple architect and sculptor. It will house the following — a shrine for Bharatamuni with sub-shrines for the Hindu trinity with their consorts and those of Ganesa, Muruga, Patanjali (the Adi Guru for Yoga) and Thirumoolar (the Tamil Saint who transmitted the cosmic dance of Siva through his Thirumandiram).

The circumambulatory of the temple will house the Bharatamuni Museum of Asian Performing Arts; the auditorium will be named after the Kashmiri commentator Abhinavagupta; there will be the Ilango Adigal Conference Hall, Kanchi Mahaswami Library and other structures named after ancient authorities from other parts of Asia like Zeami of Japan. The dream is to create an Asian cultural corridor for artistes and philosophers to interact and help human harmony. To turn this profound dream into reality, may I invoke the affinity of the entire community with this project, to revitalise Asian civilisation unity.

* * *Padma week

`Padmavin Bharatarpanam’ (Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam Week), will be organised at Sadguru Gnanananda Hall (Narada Gana Sabha) ,TTK Road, daily 6.30 p.m., January 29 to February 4.

The event is a joint effort of Bharat Kalachar and Nrithyodaya to collect funds for the Bharata Muni temple.

The schedule runs like this: Monday, January 29 – `Bharatiya Sangamam’; Tuesday, January 30 – Krishnaaya Tubhyam Namaha; Wednesday, January 31 – Ramaya Tubhyam Namaha; Thursday, February 1 – Bhagavad Gita; Friday, February 2 – Jaya Jaya Sankara; Saturday, February 3 – Paripadal Mudhal Bharati Varai (Chennai Premiere); Sunday, February 4, Meenakshi Kalyanam (dance-drama with 50 artistes).

Daily tickets only: Rs. 1,000, Rs. 500, Rs. 250, Rs. 100. For ticket details, contact: Narada Gana Sabha: 2499 3201/2499 0850;

Bharat Kalachar: 2817 3596/2834 1164.