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Saturday, September 11, 2010

JEHOVAH, KRISHNA or ALLAH?

Strange are the ways of God!

While the streets were still rife with communal riots, Jehovah decided to bless two of his sons to disperse in either religious directions - Hinduism and Islam, to prove the religious lay wrong. Masters of their craft, they have leveraged their art to espouse a different vision of the world around them. In short, they have become cultural icons in their own right and self-styled ambassadors of world peace.

In 1970, an American rock-n-roll enthusiast Jeffrey Kiegel travelled to India and became the disciple of Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba. This everlasting relationship transformed him into KRISHNA DAS (KD for short), destined to "rock" the KIRTAN world;

Elsewhere in 1976, a British super star of folk rock Steven Demetre Georgiou rose like a phoenix from his Near Death Experience (NDE) to become YUSUF ISLAM (formerly Cat Stevens), the beloved voice of the ISLAMIC world;

Two handsome men - one born May 31, 1947 and the other born July 21, 1948, both underwent a churning of spirit only to emerge as messengers of love, amity and unity through soulful music. And I am their unabashed fan!


Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi!

Bolo, Bolo Sab Mil Bolo Ganesh Bappa Moriya Ki Jai!

Wish you all a very Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi. May Lord Vinayaka remove all our obstacles and grant all our heartfelt righteous wishes!!!

Enjoy this clip of Shri Ganeshji Aarti by Lata Mangeshkar:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Raksha Bandhan Day

Wishing all our readers a very happy Raksha Bandan Day!

Agni-II missile deployment - preparedness or escalation?

Let me first clarify the title. As far as India is concerned, it is the wise move and should aptly be called "preparedness". But there is also a possible "escalation" scenario lurking in the shadows, chiefly because China took the initial step to create this perilous situation.

It is a political fact that most of the Tibetan ecology was systematically eroded in a measured move for stockpiling nuclear arms. Why? To aim them at India, that simple! Being wary of the Chinese might is not misguided obsession, but the intelligent defense strategy. Anyone remember 1962?

I will desist from a political analysis about this news because it will eventually show up in a Rajiv Srinivasan column in Rediff, I hope!

I am personally scared about the consequences of these escalations. It is 2010 and both countries have advanced in nuclear warheads. India not signing the NPT could have aroused China's suspicions. Also, China is probably looking to come to the aid of it's proxy and protege, Pakistan. At this stage, my personal concerns are about the dangers to the Indian civilian population if these actions were to accidentally trigger a war. The last thing India can afford now is a full scale war with its neighbors.

Will sanity prevail on both sides, Can UN mediate an agreement or Is this the beginning of the END OF THE ROAD? Only time, patience and mutual goodwill can tell!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Aryan Migration - Myth or Reality?

We take a break from reporting/commenting on news items, and set our eyes on a topic that has continued to engage indologists and scholars in an ongoing debate - "Is the Aryan Migration Theory a Myth or Reality?"

We revert to the acclaimed Vaishnavaite scholar Sri. D. A. Joseph (Sri Vaishnava Sudaraazhi) for his insights on this topic:


Heavy Rainfall in Delhi

The rainfall recorded ranged from 89.3mm at Safdarjung Observatory to 104.2mm on Lodhi Road (Times of India news item). At this rate, New Delhi will start looking like Cherrapunji!

With Pakistan's devastating floods and Kashmir's washout in flash floods hardly weeks before, the movie Day After Tomorrow introductory scene (beginning with heavy snowing in New Delhi) looms large in our minds.

Does anyone still care about the (pun intended) BIG PICTURE anymore?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Drunken Driving Kills 5-year old

The NDTV news item reads:

Chandigarh: In yet another case of careless driving, two girls in a Honda Accord car hit a motorbike, killing two people, including a five-year-old child in Chandigarh. The girls were reported to be under the influence of alcohol and were over-speeding. After the accident, the girls fled the scene taking lift in another car.

Police have registered a case and are now looking for the absconding girls.They suspect that it could be a case of drunken driving.

Our comments: They ought to consider one of the two following options - 1) Take away the right of non-adults, especially girls, to drink let alone drive OR 2) Insist the girls can drink and drive only after they are married, by which time they would have tortured and killed their husbands first, saving innocent lives.

In any case, this is another deplorable facet of emerging India and its reckless youth.

Monday, August 16, 2010

INSULT UPON INJURY

First he called it "Chop Shop" comparing Infosys to a fly-by-the-night stolen car parts operation. Later he has stepped in to clarify his statement with a "I should have said Body Shops instead" (Sorry, Infosys is a Body Shop). Infosys Chairman Mr. Narayana Murthy's typical tacit response was "“Well, the culture at Infosys is to collect data, make analysis, come to conclusions and then speak about it. I wish everybody did that”. Well said sir!