Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wave of blast rocks Manipur, 3 dead

Wave of blasts rocks Manipur, 3 dead
Guwahati, Saturday, September 29, 2012
Wave of blasts rocks Manipur, 3 dead

Imphal (Sept 28): In one of the most audacious acts of violence in Manipur in recent times, suspected militants triggered bombs — one after the other — which left two Assam Rifles jawans and a civilian dead on Friday near Kotha village, north of Moreh, along the Indo-Myanmar border.
Four other jawans and two civilians — both women — were also injured in the serial explosions which was targeted at security forces. No group has claimed responsibility so far.
Kotha , which almost straddles the Indo-Myanmar border, is the only village in the hills inhabited by plains-dwelling Meiteis.
The deceased Assam Rifles jawans have been identified as rifleman Jogendra Kaushik, hailing from Uttarakhand and Kewal Singh from Rajasthan. Both the deceased and the injured jawans belonged to the B Company of 24 Assam post located at Kotha village.
The deceased civilian has been identified as 55-year-old Ningthoujam Sangaijao of Kotha village. The two injured women, also hailing from the same village, are 40-year-old Angom Kaboklei and 30-year-old Angom Ritu Devi.
The seriously injured Angom Kaboklei have been referred to a hospital in Imphal while Ritu was discharged after treatment. The bodies of both the deceased jawans have been airlifted to Imphal.
According to the SDPO of Moreh, Balaram — who spoke to Seven Sisters Post from the spot — said that the first explosion occurred at a little over 1 pm of Friday and the other bombs went off one after the other. The bombs were laid about 20 to 25 feet apart along a village road between Kudengtabi and Kotha.
Quoting villagers he said that while four bombs went off in a series, the remaining three went off in another series after about five minutes. The bombs, he said, was planted on both sides of the village roads.
He said the attack took place when a foot patrolling team of the Assam Rifles was returning from the main Kudengthabi post with their rations.
The deceased civilian, a small-time bamboo-shoot seller, was resting with the two women at a spot when the bombs went off.
Following the explosions panic spread through Kotha village which has a historic significance for Manipur.
Additional troops of Assam Rifles and police rushed to the spot and conducted a brief search operation at a nearby New Kotha village from where police suspect the bombs were triggered.
Police said the attack was the handiwork of experts. "We have gathered splinters and some materials for sending to forensic laboratory to find out the nature of the explosives," said Balaram.
ABVP demands resignation of Forest Minister
GUWAHATI, Sept 28: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today decried that state of affairs in the Forest department and demanded the resignation of Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, for its failure to reign the poachers and unabated encroachment of forest lands in and around Kaziranga National Park.
This reaction came shortly after the killing of four rhinos in less that 48 hours, that triggered off huge protests and road blockades in the National Park and elsewhere in the State.
Meanwhile, ABVP general secretary Krishna Kanta Borah said, "The Tarun Gogoi led government has utterly failed to stop poaching activities in Kaziranga National Park. Our Forest Minister, Rockybul Hussain has proved his incompetency in dealing with poachers and the lack of sufficient manpower in the Kaziranga National Park."
He added, "Around 292 rhinos have been killed by poachers during the tenure of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. In the past 9 months, 14 rhinos have fallen victim to poachers. All this is happening freely, without any superior mechanism to stop the poachers."
He said that the government's excuse that floods have provided the poachers a free ground to carry out their activities, hold no water. Meanwhile, the body also alleged that illegal settlements in the National Park are breeding grounds of poachers, adding that huge areas of the National Park have been encroached by illegal Bangladeshi settlers.
In the present situation, around 4,85,674 hectares of forest lands along a stretch of  25,000 square kilometres have been encroached by illegal Bangladeshis. "Unless they are evicted, the problem of poaching cannot be solved," said a member.
The body further demanded creation of natural habitats for animals in places they migrate during floods, creation of highlands in the National Park, lifelong sentence to poachers, construction of a flyover near animal corridors, so that vehicles could pass through the National Highway in Kaziranga without disturbing wildlife and eviction of illegal settlers in the National Park.
On the other hands, State executive member of the ABVP, Simanta Das slammed the Prime Minister for failing to declare Assam floods as a national problem and creating a national task force to fight floods, despite assurances given during his 2004 aerial survey of flood affected region of Assam.
Rhino deaths: AASU raps government over contradictory figures
GUWAHATI, Sept 28: Coming down heavily on State Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain for his failure to the rhinos in the State, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) said the Forest Minister has lost his right to hold his post.
In an interaction with the media here on Friday, AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya and AASU president Shankar Prasad Rai said the figures revealed by an RTI report and the figures mentioned in the report submitted by State Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain in the State Assembly this year on the number of rhinos killed in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) do not match. "The figures on the number of rhinos killed in Kaziranga given by the State Forest Minister in the Assembly and the figures shown in the RTI report are different. How is it possible as both are government figures?" Bhattacharya said.
It may be mentioned that the RTI was filed by a Jorhat-based journalist AK Borthakur.
"According to the figures given by the Forest Minister, 98 rhinos were killed by poachers in Kaziranga National Park from 2001 to 2009 but according to the RTI, 59 rhinos were killed by poachers in Kaziranga National Park in the same period. According to the Forest Minister, 672 rhinos met natural death in Kaziranga National Park from 2001 to 2009 but according to the RTI, 659 rhinos met natural death in Kaziranga National Park in the same period. Both are government figures. How can they be different? The government seems to be hiding something relating to rhino deaths in the State and the State Forest Minister should clear his stand in this regard," Rai said.
"The killings of rhinos in Kaziranga and other wildlife sanctuaries in the State have increased manifold during the Congress rule. The presence of illegal cross border nationals has also increased in the State's wildlife sanctuaries. These illegal nationals are involved in poaching of animals found in the State's wildlife sanctuaries," Bhattacharya said.
The AASU has also demanded deployment of Army and paramilitary forces in the KNP for saving the wild animals from poachers. "The government should issue shoot-at-sight order in Kaziranga and find out the illegal Bangladeshi nationals settled near Kaziranga," Rai added.
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Bhashya of M G Vaidya : sudarshnaji

सुदर्शन जी


शनिवार १५ सितंबर २०१२ को भूतपूर्व सरसंघचालक श्री सुदर्शन जी का रायपुर में निधन हुआ. कुप्पहळ्ळी सीतारामय्या सुदर्शन यह उनका पूरा नाम. वे जन्म से मराठी भाषी होते, तो यही नाम सुदर्शन सीतारामय्या कुप्पहळ्ळीकर होता. उनका मूल गॉंव कर्नाटक में कुपहळ्ळी. सीतारामय्या उनके पिताजी.


सार्थकता और धन्यता

१८ जून १९३१ यह उनका जन्म दिन और १५ सितंबर २०१२ उनका मृत्यु दिन. मतलब उनकी आयु ८१ वर्ष थी. इस कारण, उनका अकाल निधन हुआ ऐसा नहीं कहा जा सकता. लेकिन कौन कितने दिन जीवित रहा, इसकी अपेक्षा कैसे जीया, इसका महत्त्व होता है. अनेक महापुरुषों ने तो बहुत ही जल्दी अपनी जीवन यात्रा समाप्त की है. आद्य शंकराचार्य, संत ज्ञानेश्‍वर, स्वामी विवेकानंद जैसे उनमें के लक्षणीय नाम हैं. एक पुरानी लोकोक्ति है; जो जीवन का मर्म बताती है. ''विना दैन्येन जीवनम्, अनायासेन मरणम्'' लाचारी से मुक्त जीना और किसे भी कष्ट दिए बिना, मतलब स्वयं भी कष्ट न सहते हुए, मृत्यु को गले लगाने में जीवन की सार्थकता और मृत्यु की भी धन्यता है. सुदर्शन जी का जीवन इस जीवन सार्थकता और मरण धन्यता का उदाहरण है.


स्पृहणीय मृत्यु

लाचारी मुक्त जीवन जीना, यह काफी हद तक हमारे हाथों में है. हम निश्‍चय कर सकते है कि, मैं इसी प्रकार गर्दन उठाकर जीऊँगा. संकट के पर्वत भी खड़े हो तो परवाह नहीं. अनेकों ने ऐसा निश्‍चित कर जीवन जीया है. लेकिन मरण? वह कहॉं हमारे हाथ में होता है? लेकिन सुदर्शन जी ने ऐसा मरण स्वीकारा कि मानों उन्होंने उसे विशिष्ट समय आमंत्रित किया हो! प्रात: पॉंच-साडेपॉंच बजे उठकर घूमने जाना यह उनका नित्यक्रम था. करीब एक घंटा घूमकर आने के बाद वे प्राणायामादि आसन करते थे. १५ सितंबर को भी वे घूमने गये थे. करीब ६.३० बजे उन्होंने प्राणायाम आरंभ किया होगा; और ६.४० को उनकी मृत्यु हुई होगी. उनकी मृत्यु सही में स्पृहणीय थी.


संघ-शरण जीवन

सुदर्शन जी राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ के प्रचारक थे. 'प्रचारक' शब्द का अर्थ, औरों को स्पष्ट कर बताना कठिन होता है, ऐसा मेरा अनुभव है. मैं संघ का प्रवक्ता था, तब अनेक विदेशी पत्रकार मुझे उस शब्द का निश्‍चित अर्थ पूछते थे. मैं वह बता नहीं पाता था. मैं वर्णन करता था. वह पूर्णकालिक होता है. अविवाहित रहता है. उसे कोई मानधन नहीं मिलता; और जहॉं, जो करने के लिए कहा जाता है, वहॉं, उसे वह काम करना पड़ता है. ऐसा अर्थ मैं बताता था. सही में 'प्रचारक' शब्द के इतने अर्थायाम है. सुदर्शन जी प्रचारक थे. वे सुविद्य थे. करीब ५७-५८ वर्ष पूर्व उन्होंने बी. ई. की परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण की थी. वह भी 'टेलिकम्युनिकेशन्स' मतलब दूरसंचार, इस, उस समय के नए विषय में. अच्छे वेतन और सम्मान की नौकरी, उन्हें सहज मिल सकती थी. लेकिन सुदर्शन जी उस रास्ते जाने वाले नहीं थे. उस रास्ते जाना ही नहीं और अपना संपूर्ण जीवन संघ समर्पित करना, यह उन्होंने पहले ही तय किया होगा. इसलिए वे 'प्रचारक' बने. संघ की दृष्टि से इसमें कोई अनोखी बात नहीं. आज भी संघ के अनेक प्रचारक उच्च पदवी विभूषित है. अनेक प्रचारक पीएच. डी. है. मेरे जानकारी के एक प्रचारक का संशोधन आण्विक और रसायन शास्त्र से संबंधित है. कुछ एम. बी. ए. है. एमबीबीएस है. बी. ई. और एम. ई. भी है. और अचरज तो यह है कि, इतनी महान् र्हता प्राप्त इन लोगों को हम कुछ अद्वितीय अथवा अभूतपूर्व कर रहे है, ऐसा लगता ही नहीं; और कोई बताएगा नहीं तो औरों को भी यह पता नहीं चलेगा. प्रचारक बनकर सुदर्शन जी ने अपने जीवन का एक मार्ग अपनाया. वह, संघ-शरण जीवन का, मतलब, समाज-शरण जीवन का, मतलब, राष्ट्र-शरण जीवन का मार्ग था. उस मार्ग पर वे अंतिम सॉंस तक चलते रहे.


'प्रज्ञाप्रवाह'के जनक

संघ की कार्यपद्धति की कुछ विशेषताएँ हैं, उनमें शारीरिक और बौद्धिक इन दो विधाओं का अंतर्भाव है. सुदर्शन जी इन दोनों विधाओं में पारंगत थे. अनेक वर्ष, तृतीय वर्ष संघ शिक्षा वर्गों में उन्होंने शिक्षक के रूप में काम किया है. वे अखिल भारतीय शारीरिक शिक्षा प्रमुख भी थे. सरसंघचालक बनने के बाद भी, वे जब संघ शिक्षा वर्ग के मैदान पर उपस्थित रहते, तब विशिष्ट कठिन प्रयोग स्वयं कर दिखाने में उन्हें कोई संकोच नहीं होता. वे उसका आनंद भी लेते थे. उस थोडे समय के लिए वे सरसंघचालक है, यह भूलकर एक गणशिक्षक बन जाते. जो बात शारीरिक विधा में वहीं बौद्धिक विधा में भी. वे अखिल भारतीय बौद्धिक प्रमुख भी बने. उसी समय, 'प्रज्ञाप्रवाह' के क्रियाकलापों को आकार मिला और उसमें अनुशासन भी आया. विविध प्रान्तों में बौद्धिक चिंतन का काम अलग-अलग नामों से चलता था. आज भी चलता होगा. प्रतिदिन की शाखा से उसका संबंध नहीं रहता था. लेकिन, राष्ट्र, राज्य, धर्म, संस्कृति, साम्यवाद, समाजवाद, राष्ट्रवाद इत्यादि मौलिक अवधारणाओं के संबंध में जो प्रचलित विचार है, उनका मूलगामी परामर्श लेकर इन संकल्पनाओं का सही अर्थ प्रतिपादन करना, यह इस बौद्धिक क्रियाकलापों का उद्दिष्ट होता था. उसी प्रकार, तत्कालिक प्रचलित विषयों का भी परामर्श इस कार्यक्रम में लिया जाता था. 'प्रज्ञाप्रवाह' इन सब को आश्रय देने वाला, उसे छाया देने वाला, एक विशेष छाता था और इस छाता के मार्गदर्शक थे सुदर्शन जी.


सरसंघचालक की नियुक्ति

प्रथम छत्तीसगढ़ में, फिर मध्य भारत में प्रान्त प्रचारक इस नाते, उसके बाद असम, बंगाल क्षेत्र में क्षेत्र प्रचारक इस नाते, अनुभवों से समृद्ध होकर, वे संघ के सहसरकार्यवाह बने; और सन् २००० में सरसंघचालक इस सर्वोच्च पद पर अधिष्ठित हुए.

संघ के संविधान के अनुसार, सरसंघचालक की नियुक्ति होती है. यह नियुक्ति निवर्तमान सरसंघचालक करते है. उस नियुक्ति के पूर्व, कुछ ज्येष्ठ सहयोगियों के साथ वे विचार विनिमय करते है. आद्य सरसंघचालक डॉ. के. ब. हेडगेवार जी ने श्री मा. स. गोळवलकर उपाख्य गुरुजी की नियुक्ति की थी. डॉक्टर के एक पुराने सहयोगी श्री आप्पाजी जोशी ने, अपने एक लेख में, इस बारे में हेडगेवार जी ने उन्हें पूछा था, ऐसा लिखा है. १९३९ में, संघ की कार्यपद्धति का विचार करने के लिए, वर्धा जिले के सिंदी गॉंव में, तत्कालीन प्रमुख संघ कार्यकर्ताओं की जो बैठक हुई थी, उसमें हेडगेवार जी ने आप्पाजी से पूछा था. श्री गुरुजी ने उनका उत्तराधिकारी निश्‍चित करते समय किसके साथ विचार विनिमय किया था यह मुझे पता नहीं. लेकिन श्री बाळासाहब देवरस की नियुक्ति करने का पत्र उन्होंने लिखकर रखा था; और वह तत्कालिन महाराष्ट्र प्रान्त संघचालक श्री ब. ना. भिडे ने पढ़कर सुनाया था. यह मेरा भाग्य है कि, उनके बाद के तीनों सरसंघचालक मतलब श्री बाळासाहब देवरस जी, प्रो. राजेन्द्र सिंह जी और श्री सुदर्शन जी ने इन नियुक्तियों के संदर्भ में मेरा मत भी जान लिया था. अर्थात्, अकेले मेरा ही नहीं. अनेकों का. सुदर्शन जी ने तो २०-२५ लोगों से परामर्श किया होगा. हेडगेवार जी के मृत्यु के बाद गुरुजी की घोषणा हुई. गुरुजी के मृत्यु के बाद बाळासाहब की नियुक्ति का पत्र पढ़ा गया. लेकिन बाद के तीनों ससंघचालकों ने उनके जीवित रहते ही अपने उत्तराधिकारी की नियुक्ति घोषित की. १९४० से मतलब करीब ७५ वर्षों से यह क्रम बिल्कुल सही तरीके से चल रहा है. न कहीं विवाद न मतभेद. यहीं संघ का संघत्व है. इसका अर्थ विशिष्ट पद के लिए एक ही व्यक्ति योग्य रहती है, ऐसा मानने का कारण नहीं. अंत में, कोई भी नियुक्ति व्यवस्था का भाग होती है. लेकिन पद के लिए योग्यता होनी ही चाहिए. १९७२ में श्री गुरुजी पर कर्क रोग की शस्त्रक्रिया होने के बाद, एक दिन एक विदेशी महिला पत्रकार ने, मुझे पूछा था (उस समय मैं तरुण भारत का मुख्य संपादक था)  Who after Golwalkar? मैंने कहा, ऐसे आधा दर्जन लोग तो होगे ही! उसे आश्‍चर्य हुआ. वह बोली, ''हमें वह नाम मालूम नहीं.'' मैंने बताया, ''तुम्हे मालूम होने का कारण नहीं. हमें मालूम है.''


निर्मल और निर्भय

सन् २००० में तत्कालीन सरसंघचालक प्रो. राजेन्द्रसिंह जी ने सुदर्शन जी की सरसंघचालक पद पर नियुक्ति की. ९ वर्ष वे उस पद पर रहे; और अपने सामने ही वह पदभार श्री मोहन जी भागवत को सौपकर मुक्त हो गए. सुदर्शन जी स्वभाव से निर्मल थे; कुछ भोले कह सकते है. अपने मन में जो बात है, उसे प्रकट करने में उन्हें संकोच नहीं होता था. उनका अंत:करण मान लो हथेली पर रखे जैसा सब के लिए खुला था. किसी की भी बातों से वे प्रभावित होते थे. कुछ प्रसार माध्यम इसका अनुचित लाभ भी उठाते थे. लेकिन उन्हें इसकी परवाह नहीं थी. वे जैसे निर्मल थे, वैसे ही निर्भय भी थे. किसी के साथ भी चर्चा करने की उनकी तैयारी रहती थी; और वे मानापमान का भी विचार नहीं करते थे.


अल्पसंख्य आयोग के सामने

एक प्रसंग बताने लायक है. २००१ में संघ ने एक व्यापक जनसंपर्क अभियान चलाया था. मैं उस समय दिल्ली में संघ का प्रवक्ता था. दिल्ली के संघ कार्यकर्ताओं ने कुछ लोगों के साथ मेरी भेट के कार्यक्रम निश्‍चित किए थे. उनमें, वर्तमान प्रधानमंत्री डॉ. मनमोहन सिंह, सतर्कता आयुक्त एल. विठ्ठल, मुख्य चुनाव आयुक्त एम. एस. गिल, विख्यात पत्रकार तवलीन सिंग, आऊटलुक के संपादक (शायद उनका नाम विनोद मेहता था), और अल्पसंख्य आयोग के उपाध्यक्ष सरदार तरलोचन सिंह (त्रिलोचन सिंह) से हुई भेट मुझे याद है. एक गिल साहब छोड दे, तो अन्य सब से भेट, उन व्यक्तियों के कार्यालय में न होकर, घर पर हुई थी. तरलोचन सिंह ने सिक्ख और हिंदूओं के संबंध में मुझसे बारीकी से चर्चा की. मेरे साथ करीब सब स्थानों पर उस समय के दिल्ली के प्रान्त संघचालक श्री सत्यनारायण बन्सल रहते थे. मेरी बातों से तरलोचन सिंह का समाधान हुआ, ऐसा लगा. उन्होंने पूछा, ''आप जो मेरे घर में बोल रहे है, वह अल्पसंख्य आयोग के सामने बोलोगे?'' मैंने कहा, ''हमें कोई आपत्ति नहीं.'' उन्होंने हमें समय दिया. हमने अंग्रेजी में एक लिखित निवेदन तैयार किया और वह आयोग को दिया. कुछ प्रश्‍नोत्तर हुए. बाहर पत्रकारों का हुजूम उमड़ा था. उन्होंने ने भी आडे-टेडे प्रश्‍न पूछने शुरु किए. तरलोचन सिंह बोले, ''इनके निवेदन से मेरा समाधान हुआ है. तुम क्यों अकारण शोर मचा रहे हो?''


कॅथॉलिकों से संवाद

इस अल्पसंख्य आयोग में जॉन जोसेफ (या जोसेफ जॉन) नाम के ईसाई सदस्य थे. वे केरल के निवासी थे. उन्होंने पूछा, ''आप ईसाई धर्मगुरुओं से बात करोगे?'' मैंने हॉं कहा. वे इसके लिए प्रयास करते रहे. संघ के झंडेवाला कार्यालय में दो बार मुझसे मिलने आए. रोमन कॅथॉलिक चर्च के प्रमुखों के साथ बात करना निश्‍चित हुआ. उनकी दो शर्तें थी. (१) उनके साथ प्रॉटेस्टंट ईसाई नहीं रहेंगे (२) और उनके बिशप, संघ के प्रवक्ता आदि के साथ बात नहीं करेंगे. संघ के सर्वोच्च नेता के साथ ही बात करेंगे. मैंने सुदर्शन जी से संपर्क किया. वे तैयार हुए. दोनों की सुविधानुसार दिनांक और समय निश्‍चित हुआ. और बैठक के दो-तीन दिन पहले चर्च की ओर से संदेश आया कि, चर्चा के लिए संघ के अधिकारी को हमारे चर्च में आना होगा. चर्च नहीं, और संघ के कार्यालय में भी नहीं तो, किसी तटस्थ स्थान पर यह भेट हो, ऐसा जॉन जोसेफ के साथ हुई बातचित में तय हुआ था. मुझे चर्च की इन शर्तों से क्रोध आया और मैंने कहा, बैठक रद्द हुई ऐसा समझे. सुदर्शन जी केरल में यात्रा पर थे. दूसरे दिन दिल्ली आने वाले थे. मैंने उन्हें सब बात बताई. वे बोले, ''जाएंगे हम उनके चर्च में!'' मुझे आश्‍चर्य हुआ. मैंने तुरंत जॉन जोसेफ को यह बताया. सुदर्शन जी, मैं और महाराष्ट्र प्रान्त के तत्कालीन कार्यवाह डॉ. श्रीपति शास्त्री, ऐसे हम तीन लोग कॅथॉलिक चर्च में गए. हमारा अच्छा औपचारिक स्वागत हुआ. वहॉं हुई चर्चा के बारे में यहॉं बताना अप्रस्तुत है. वह एक अलग विषय है. सुदर्शन जी चर्चा से डरते नहीं थे, यह मुझे यहॉं अधोरेखित करना है.

बाद में प्रॉटेस्टंट पंथीय धर्म गुरुओं के साथ बैठक हुई. वह नागपुर के संघ कार्यालय के, डॉ. हेडगेवार भवन में. प्रॉटेस्टंटों के चार-पॉंच उपपंथों के ही नाम मुझे पता थे. लेकिन इस बैठक में २७ उपपंथों के २९ प्रतिनिधि आए थे. डेढ घंटे तक खुलकर चर्चा हुई. सब लोगों ने संघ कार्यालय में भोजन भी किया.


मुस्लिम राष्ट्रीय मंच

मुसलमानों के साथ भी उनकी कई बार चर्चा हुई ऐसा मैंने सुना था. लेकिन उस चर्चा में मैं उनके साथ नहीं था. इसी संपर्क से 'मुस्लिम राष्ट्रीय मंच' का जन्म हुआ. इस मंच के संगठन का श्रेय संघ के ज्येष्ठ प्रचारक, जम्मू-काश्मीर प्रान्त के भूपूर्व प्रान्त प्रचारक और संघ के विद्यमान केन्द्रीय कार्यकारी मंडल के सदस्य इंद्रेश कुमार जी को है. सुदर्शन जी ने उन्हें पूरा समर्थन दिया. 'मुस्लिम राष्ट्रीय मंच' के जितने भी अखिल भारतीय शिबिर या अभ्यास वर्ग आयोजित होते थे, उनमें सुदर्शन जी उपस्थित रहते थे. वे मुसलमानों से कहते, ''तुम बाहर से हिंदुस्थान में नहीं आए हो. यहीं के हो. केवल तुम्हारी उपासना पद्धति अलग है. तुम्हारे पूर्वज हिंदू ही हैं. उनका अभिमान करे. इस देश को मातृभूमि माने. फिर हिंदूओं के समान आप भी यहॉं के राष्ट्रीय जीवन के अभिन्न घटक हो, ऐसा आपको लगने लगेगा.'' मुस्लिम राष्ट्रीय मंच के कार्यक्रमों से मुसलमानों में भी हिंमत आई. देवबंद पीठ ने 'वंदे मातरम्' न गाने का फतवा निकाला, तो इस मंच ने अनेक स्थानों पर 'वंदे मातरम्' का सामूहिक गायन किया. सब प्रकार के खतरें उठाकर जम्मू-कश्मीर की राजधानी श्रीनगर में मंच ने तिरंगा फहराया और वंदे मातरम् गाया. इतना ही नहीं, १० लाख मुसलमानों की हस्ताक्षर एक निवेदन राष्ट्रपति को प्रस्तुत कर संपूर्ण देश में गोहत्या बंदी की मांग की. हाल ही में मतलब जून माह में राजस्थान में के तीर्थक्षेत्र पुष्कर में मुस्लिम मंच का तीन दिनों का राष्ट्रीय शिबिर संपन्न हुआ. सुदर्शन जी उस शिबिर में उपस्थित थे. सुदर्शन जी को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पण करने हेतु अनेक मुस्लिम नेता आए थे, उसका यह एक कारण है.

तृतीय सरसंघचालक श्री बाळासाहब देवरस ने संघ में कुछ अच्छी प्रथाएं निर्माण की. उनमें से एक है, रेशीमबाग को सरसंघचालकों की स्मशानभूमि नहीं बनने दिया. उन्होंने बताएनुसार उनका अंतिम संस्कार गंगाबाई घाट पर - मतलब आम जनता के घाट पर, हुआ था. सुदर्शन जी का भी अंतिम संस्कार वही हुआ. वह दिन था रविवार १६ सितंबर २०१२. एक संघसमर्पित जीवन उस दिन समाप्त हुआ. उसे समाप्त हुआ कह सकते है? नही. केवल शरीर समाप्त हुआ. उसे अग्नि ने भस्मसात् किया. लेकिन असंख्य यादें और प्रेरणाप्रसंग पीछे छोडकर...

श्री सुदर्शन जी की स्मृति को मेरा विनम्र अभिवादन और भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि.



- मा. गो. वैद्य

(अनुवाद : विकास कुलकर्णी)


Shreeniwas Vaidya

Thursday, September 27, 2012

'No rehabilitation without proper land documents'

Guwahati, Tuesday, September 25, 2012




'No rehabilitation without proper land documents'


KOKRAJHAR, Sept 24: The rehabilitation of the displaced people staying in various relief camps in BTC is being made only after proper scrutiny of land and other related documents. Talking to reporters, BTC Deputy Chief Kampa Borgoyary said that no one would be allowed to resettle if they failed to produce land pattas and other documents verifying them as Indian citizens.    

Borgoyary said, the BTC administration was gearing up for proper scrutiny of displaced people in the recent violence, for resettling them to their respective villages. He said the scrutiny was just completed in the Chirang district, where people were forced to produce land pattas.

Borgoyary said, of 25,000 families affected in the recent conflicts, 18,000 families had filled up the formats of the rehabilitation forms as per the Government norms in Kokrajhar district. He said, nearly 8,000 families were reported to have no land patta while another 8,000 families were recorded as doubtful citizens. On the other hand, 1,077 families have no lands in the region, he said, adding that the BTC administration, in association with concerned department of the State Government has been carrying out the process of resettlement in the region, so that only the genuinely affected people were rehabilitated at the earliest.

Borgoyary said, the displaced people would be rehabilitated after the proper scrutiny of the land documents as per the agreement with the group of ministers of Assam Government and BTC administration in August this year.


Rs 300 for voter identity card!


GUWAHATI, Sept 24: Rupees 300 can give you a fake Indian voter identity card in the northeast. This was revealed by the three illegal Bangladeshi nationals, who were picked up by the Guwahati Police from a city hotel on Sunday night, following an interrogation.  Md Masud, Shohel Rana and Shafikul Islam entered Tripura with Bangladeshi passports and later took the help of Shikhan Mian, who is a resident of Tripura, to visit Assam. Police sources said Shikhan Mian was paid Rs 300 by each of the three Bangladeshi nationals to arrange Indian voter identity cards for them.  The four including Shikhan Mian reached Guwahati from Agartala on Sunday and stayed in a city hotel. Acting on a tip off, the border police raided the hotel and nabbed the four persons.  The border police also recovered Bangladeshi currency and passports from the arrested persons.


Around 14 lakh people marooned, 16 districts affected by floods


GUWAHATI/NALBARI/JORHAT, Sept 24: The flood situation remained grim in the State on Monday with more new areas submerged across 16 districts, including some parts of Guwahati city, marooning nearly 14 lakh people in the State.

 A total of 1,972 villages had come under floodwaters, official sources said. The government has opened 169 relief camps for the marooned, the sources said, adding that over 2.31 lakh people were staying in these relief camps.

 Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has instructed the State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Prithivi Majhi from Tokyo to monitor the relief and rehabilitation works in the flood affected districts of the State. "As per the directive of the Chief Minister, Prithivi Majhi has asked the concerned ministers of the flood affected districts to monitor the flood situation and to take up rescue and relief measures on a war footing," stated an official statement. 

 Official sources confirmed that four people had died in the floods — one in Dibrugarh district and three in Tinsukia. Unofficial sources, however, put the death toll at eight. The sources further said the figures might increase as nine people were reported missing till Monday evening.

 The flood situation in lower Assam districts especially Kamrup (rural), Nalbari, Barpeta and Baksa remained grim with the water level not showing any receding trend. Sources informed that three more embankments were breached on Monday in lower Assam.

 Floodwaters of the Mora Pagladiya river breached one new embankment at Balijhar in Nalbari district while the other two embankments were breached at Rangiya in Kamrup (rural) and Goreswar in Baksa districts by Nona and Pagladiya rivers respectively.

 As per official reports, nearly 60,000 people in 55 villages are affected by the floods in Rangiya, Hajo, Nalbari and Baksa. Over 10,000 flood-affected people of Barjhar, Dipta, Suradi, Dahkauniya, Nambarbhag, Alagjhar among other villages have taken shelter on high grounds.

The surging waters flowing down from the Bhutan hills have caused extensive damage in lower Assam districts this time.

Most of the areas of Rangiya subdivision in Kamrup (rural) district have been submerged by the floodwaters. The flood situation has added to the woes of the people of the greater Rangiya subdivision as the authority concerned has not initiated timely steps to repair the damage in embankments.

Flood situation in Baksa district also remained critical on Monday. Flood affected people of 10 villages under Barama revenue circle in Baksa district protested against the failure of Baksa district administration in providing flood relief materials. Flood situation is also grim in Barpeta district till the time of filing this report.

Flood situation in Majuli island in Jorhat district has taken a worse turn on Monday. Most parts of the river island are under water.Floodwaters washed away Kamalabari-Auniati road. The Jorhat district administration closed all the educational institutions in Majuli for an indefinite period.

On the other hand, massive land erosion is also continuing at Namoni Majuli. About 11 houses have been washed away last night at Subidha Chapori under Ahotguri Gaon Panchyat in Majuli. Most of the areas in Majuli have no road communication, no electricity and no ferry service.

Meanwhile, 41 prisoners have been shifted to the Jorhat Central Jail on Monday from Majuli.

The Indian Air Force, Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were engaged in relief and rescue work. Air force helicopters dropped 250 quintals of food items among the marooned at Sootea in Sonitput district and at Sadia in Tinsukia district.

Many areas of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, the Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary have been submerged, forcing animals to take shelter on high grounds.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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These are paintings.......not photographs . Incredible !

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Fwd: Vedic wisdom of eating with hands

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From: Bhaskar Bhatt <>
Date: 26 September 2012 1:33:10 PM GMT+05:30
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Subject: Fw: Vedic wisdom of eating with hands

Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Eating food with the hands in today's Western society can sometimes be perceived as being unhygienic, bad mannered and primitive. However within Indian culture there is an old saying that,
" Eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit".

In the Big Brother series some years back, an English participant complained about an Indian participants use of her hands during food preparations and her eating habits, "They eat with their hands in India, don't they? Or is that China? You don't know where those hands have been."  Within many Indian households nowadays, the practice of eating food with the hands has been replaced with the use of cutlery.

Have you ever thought of why previous generations in India ate with the hands? There is a reason for their this.  The practice of eating with the hands originated within Ayurvedic teachings. The Vedic people knew the power held in the hand.
The ancient native tradition of eating food with the hands is derived from the mudra practice, which is prevalent in many aspects within Hinduism. Mudras are used during mediation and are very prominent within the many classical forms of dance, such as Bharatnatyam
The hands are considered the most precious organ of action. This is linked to the Vedic prayer of
"Karagre vasate Laksmih karamule Sarasvati Karamadhye tu Govindah prabhate karadarsanam"
(On the tip of your fingers is Goddess Lakshmi, on the base of your fingers is Goddess Saraswati; in the middle of your fingers is Lord Govinda), which we recite whilst looking at our palms. Thus, this shloka suggests that all the divinity lies in human effort.
Our hands and feet are said to be the conduits of the five elements. The Ayurvedic texts teach that each finger is an extension of one of the five elements. The thumb is agni (fire) (you might have seen children sucking their thumb, this is nature's way of aiding the digestion in children at an age when they are unable to do an physical activity to aid the digestion), the forefinger is vayu (air), the middle finger is akash (ether - the tiny intercellular spaces in the human body), the ring finger is prithvi (earth) and the little finger is jal (water).

Each finger aids in the transformation of food, before it passes on to internal digestion. Gathering the fingertips as they touch the food stimulates the five elements and invites Agni to bring forth the digestive juices. As well as improving digestion the person becomes more conscious of the tastes, textures and smells of the foods they are eating, which all adds to the pleasure of eating.

You may have noticed that elders in the family hardly ever use utensils to measure all the different type of masala, and would instead prefer to use their hands to measure the quantity instead. As each handful is tailored to provide a suitable amount for the own body. Overall there are 6 main documented forms that the hands take when obtaining a measurement a certain type of food ranging from solid food to seeds, and flour.
This is a prime example of how many things within Hindu culture may seem weird and unusual at first glance, but once a closer look is taken it is surprising, but a vast amount of knowledge is revealed.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fwd: [sanghshakha] India sold in the hands of US & European [India for Sale]--Must Read


India sold in the hands of US & European:
(1) Empirical studies have shown that consumer prices in supermarkets in Latin America, Africa and Asia have remained higher than the open market by 20 to 30 per cent….

(2) The Indian retail market is estimated to be around $400 billion with more than 12 million retailers employing 40 million people. Ironically, Wal-Mart's turnover is also around $420 billion, but it employs only 2.1 million people…….

(3) New York Times expose showed how Wal-Mart had captured nearly 50 per cent of Mexico's retail market in 10 years. as per the NYT disclosure "the Mexican subsidiary of Wal-Mart, which opened 431 stores in 2011, had paid bribes & an internal enquiry into the matter has been suppressed at corporate headquarters in Arkansas"……..

(4) In India, we are aware that Wal-Mart alone had spent Rs.52 crore in two years to lobby, as per a disclosure statement made in the U.S. It has certainly paid off.

Made in the United States
For U.S. President Barack Obama there could be nothing more cheering. The 'underachiever' now goes to the presidential polls with a lot of confidence — India's decision to open up FDI in multi-brand retail comes as a shot in the arm for the beleaguered American economy and will obviously boost his poll prospects.

Mr. Obama certainly knows what is good for the U.S. economy; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also knows what is in America's interest. Mr. Obama, for instance, wanted to stop outsourcing to protect U.S. jobs. No amount of persuasion from India changed his mind. Similarly, knowing how important FDI in retail is for him, he had pitched for a new wave of economic reforms. It was surprising to see Mr. Obama telling India what is good for us.

Aided and abetted by TIME magazine and credit rating agencies like Standard&Poor's, Fitch and Moody's, India finally buckled under global pressure. What is little known is that India was also under a G-20 obligation to remove all hurdles to the growth of multi-brand retail.

But is FDI in retail really good for India? Will it improve rural infrastructure, reduce wastage of agricultural produce, and enable farmers to get a better price for their crops? While a lot has been said and written about the virtues of big retail, let me make an attempt to answer some of the big claims.

Agriculture: The Prime Minister has repeatedly projected FDI in retail as a boon for agriculture. Unfortunately, this is not true. Even in the U.S., big retail has not helped farmers — it is federal support that makes agriculture profitable. In its last Farm Bill in 2008, the U.S. made a provision of $307 billion for agriculture for the next five years. .

Where is the justification for such massive support if big retail was providing farmers better prices? And let us not forget, despite these subsidies studies have shown that one farmer in Europe quits agriculture every minute.

The second argument is that big retail will squeeze out middleman and therefore provide a better price to farmers. This is again not borne by facts. In the U.S., some studies have shown that the net income of farmers has come down from 70 per cent in the early 20th century to less than four per cent in 2005.

This is because big retail actually brings in a new battery of middlemen — quality controller, standardiser, certification agency, processor, packaging consultants etc. It is these middlemen who walk away with the profits and the farmer is left to survive on the subsidy dole.

Monopolistic power enables these companies to go in for predatory pricing. Empirical studies have shown that consumer prices in supermarkets in Latin America, Africa and Asia have remained higher than the open market by 20 to 30 per cent.
And finally, the argument that multi-brand retail will provide adequate scientific storage and thereby save millions of tonnes of food grains from rotting. I don't know where in the world big retail has provided backend grain storage facilities?
FDI is already allowed in storage, and no investment has come in. Let it also be known that even the 30-per-cent local sourcing clause for single-brand retail has already been challenged and quietly put in cold storage by the Ministry of Commerce.

Employment: The Indian retail market is estimated to be around $400 billion with more than 12 million retailers employing 40 million people. Ironically, Wal-Mart's turnover is also around $420 billion, but it employs only 2.1 million people. If Wal-Mart can achieve the same turnover with hardly a fraction of the workforce employed by the Indian retail sector, how do we expect big retail to create jobs? It is the Indian retail sector which is a much bigger employer, and big retail will only destroy millions of livelihoods.

State government's prerogative: Very cleverly, the Central government has allowed the State governments the final say in allowing FDI in retail. This may to some extent pacify those State governments opposed to big retail. However, the industry is upbeat and knows well that as per international trade norms, member countries have to provide national treatment. Being a signatory to Bilateral Investment promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPAs), India has to provide national treatment to the investors. Agreements with more than 70 countries have already been signed. State governments will, therefore, have to open up for big retail. Industries will use the legal option to force the States to comply.

And more importantly, let us look at how the virus of big retail spreads, even if the promise is to keep it confined to major cities. Recently, a New York Times expose showed how Wal-Mart had captured nearly 50 per cent of Mexico's retail market in 10 years. What is important here is that as per the NYT disclosure "the Mexican subsidiary of Wal-Mart, which opened 431 stores in 2011, had paid bribes and an internal enquiry into the matter has been suppressed at corporate headquarters in Arkansas".

In India, we are aware that Wal-Mart alone had spent Rs.52 crore in two years to lobby, as per a disclosure statement made in the U.S. It has certainly paid off.

(Devinder Sharma is a noted food and agricultural policy analyst.)

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