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Jan 26 2006 : Double Danger for Israel and to the rest of the World.
According to an exit polls; Islamic "super" terrorist organisation Hamas fared better than expected in Palestinian elections Wednesday, and the ruling "lesser" Islamic terrorist Fatah Party which is slightly ahead, might be forced to invite them into a coalition government and put the so-called peacemaking with the Jews at risk.
On one hand Iran is going ahead with its nuclear program and on the other hand the terrorists are getting upper hand in and around Israel. Although they pulled out of Lebanon, Syria is also in support of the Islamic terrorists and recent Syria-Iran talks have increased the suspicions that there is some dangeorus plan chalked out by these rogue Islamic countries. "Axis of evil" is not just a few countries, but its the Islamic terrorist network which has nodes all over the world, including countries like Pakistan which is training and human resource manager and Saudi Arabia which is the financier.
US, UK, EU, Russia and Israel should act and act now.. else the Octopus of Islamic terrorist will spread its poisonous tentacles over Israel, then to Europe and then .... no limit.. ACT AND ACT NOW !!!!
Jan 22 2006 : Israel's defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran's nuclear program, but said international diplomacy must be the first course of action. Israel needs to understand that even if a channel is opened with Iran, it will not stop Iran's support to Islamic Terrorist, striking non-muslims, especially Israel, with the support of Syria.... And a nuclear arsenal in hands of Ahmedinijad, are more dangerous, not only for Israel but for the rest of the world, since any attacks by Israel on Iran may soon spiral into a major war.
Jan 2006 : Warrantless Wiretapping of Muslim phones and Electronic Surveillance of Radiation around Mosques
- Is it Ethical?
This issue has raised many hackles, and has bothered even US Congressmen and Senators.
Let's see what the law has to say:
”The objective of electronic surveillance when used in law enforcement is to gather evidence of a crime or to accumulate intelligence about suspected criminal activity.” Common sense also tells us that suspicion of intent to commit a crime is sufficient and adequate reason for detention and rendition.
Oh ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you. (Repentance: 123)
-- Swami Vivekanand.
Breaking news on NDTV.. It says Muslims are attacked by Hindus and NDTV is taking interview of Muslims for this.. When Hindus were stabbed to death, did NDTV reported that they were Hindus.. then why now.. is this what we call the responsible media ?
22 Hindus killed by Islamic Terrorists in Doda... So Hindus decide once and for all.. Will you keep getting killed by the cult of violence.
Why only the muslims (re)act.. ? Why not Hindus ? Another example is Vadodara (Baroda) where muslims are up in arms against the Police and Hindus.. The reason.. a Dargah was demolished... but then, even other structures including 20 temples were demolished? So why only muslims reacted .. non-muslims have to decide once and for all... it is either now or never.
ARISE AWAKE AND STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED !!!
27 Jan 2006 : No country in the world is non-aligned, so why should India be ?
The United States is close to reaching a nuclear cooperation deal with India. Will the deal be declared before the visit of President George W. Bush in March or during his visit, remains the question. Prez Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed last July on an accord for civil nuclear energy that ended the 30-year-old ban on atomic cooperation with India. The details of that accord are still to be negotiated.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who visited India last week to negotiate details of the agreement, told reporters he was confident a deal would be reached soon. "I think we have made a lot of progress over the last six months. I was not discouraged by my talks in Delhi last week," Burns told reporters. "That (a deal) might happen before the president's visit." Pressed further, he said: "It is my assessment, and I have been the one negotiating this for six months, that we are very close to an agreement."
"Difficult choices" for the final agreement
A related issue is whether India will vote with the United States when the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) board of governors debates Iran's nuclear program at a February 2 meeting. Washington and major European powers say Iran is developing a bomb and want the case referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
The U.S. ambassador to India, David Mulford, said this week if India did not back the U.S. position, the nuclear agreement could be in trouble. India has rejected attempts to link the Iran vote to the India-U.S. nuclear cooperation. It is a bit embarrassing for both India and US before the visit of Prez Bush. Both sides are now trying to play it down by saying Mr Mulford's comments were "taken out of context".
The opposition parties in India are also putting pressure on Manmohan Singh Government for not supporting US in the Iran vote. But the fact remains that India needs to take a tough stand and align with the West. In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (in an interview with Reuters) the two sides were making progress but India had to make some "difficult choices" for the final agreement for nuclear coopertion to be reached, declining to give specifics.
Last September, India had supported the United States at the IAEA in a vote that declared Iran had failed to comply with its international obligations. And the situation has now deteriorated since then. Iran has broken seals and started the research work in the nuclear plant. If not months, but in years to come Iran will have the nuclear bombs. We can not have one more country with a Islamic bomb, the first one being Pakistan. We hope that India takes a clear stand. No country in the world is non-aligned, so why should India be?
26 January, Republic Day - a pledge to defend the freedom of India.
Two events are associated with India’s freedom from colonial rule. One is Independence Day (15th August) and the other, Republic Day (26th January). The former is a historical event, when India gained independence in 1947 and freed herself from the foreign rule, whereas the Jan 26 is the day when India became a Sovereign Democratic Republic with a constitution coming into effect. On Independence Day, the past is recalled whereas, on Republic Day, the pledge is renewed. Independence Day has rhetoric built in the celebration; Republic Day is without speeches.
Every year, a grand Republic day parade is held in New Delhi, India's capital city to observe the anniversary of the Indian Republic. The Government of India spends a lot of energy and resources to put up a good show and the various government agencies spend the several months planning for the event.
Republic Day is also celebrated all over the country at all the administrative units like the capital cities, district headquarters, sub divisions, talukas, and panchayats. The major ceremonies at Delhi and the state capitals revolve around the parade in which all the defence services police contingents, Home guards and Civil Defence, NCC, school children and cultural troupes participate followed by a display of tableaux and folk dances.
The celebration mood lasts for one week. It consists of the ground preparations, rehearsals, the main display and spills over to the ‘Beating of Retreat’ on January 29, a day before Martyrs Day which marks the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi.
The Indian constitution whose promulgation is celebrated is highly symbolic of the aspirations which ‘we the people of India’ cherish. It ushered in a social revolution silently by changing the status of the individual from a subject of a colonial empire to a citizen of a free country. It laid down the method of governance and established the relationship of the citizen to the state. It endeavours to secure justice, liberty, equality and fraternity and assures the dignity of the individual by conferring fundamental rights upon the citizen. With one stroke, it abolished all distinctions of status, rank, creed, colour and sex. It outlawed untouchability, an abominable social practice that had created discrimination and tensions in society.
Republic Day reminds us of the fulfillment of the pledge that was made on the midnight of Independence. It is future-oriented, a vision of India that we nourish, an acceptance of responsibility and making of promises as well as recapitulation of the achievements. The act of framing the Constitution puts a spotlight on B.R. Ambedkar whose indefatigable labour and sharp insights helped the preparation of the document. As the Minister for Law, Dr. Ambedkar placed the draft Constitution before the Constituent Assembly on 4th .November 1948. He gave satisfactory answers to many questions about the Constitution. The part of the Constitution wiping out 'untouchability' was approved on 29th November 1948. We should remember the words of Dr. Ambedkar in answer to the debate on the Indian Constitution
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a great revolutionary.
Give me blood, I will give you freedom -- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose(born on January 23rd 1897), a great revolutionary.
Known as Netaji (leader), Subhash Chandra Bose was a fierce and popular leader and a great revolutionary. He was the president of the Indian National Congress in 1937 and 1939. He followed the path which no one even could have thought of and founded a nationalist force called the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj). Had India got Independence because of his armed struggle, India would have been a strong nation and perhaps would have been amongst the top five.
Subhas Chandra was born on January 23rd 1897 in Cuttack (in present day Orissa). A brilliant student, he topped the matriculation examination of Calcutta province and passed his B.A. in Philosophy from the Presidency College in Calcutta. He was strongly influenced by Swami Vivekananda's teachings and was known for his patriotic zeal as a student. His parents' wishes kept him away from the Indian freedom struggle and led him into studies for the Indian Civil Service in England. He stood fourth in those examinations.
He returned to India, being deeply disturbed by the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre by General Dyer in 1919. He came under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and joined the Indian National Congress. He was elected president of the Indian National Congress twice in 1937 and in 1939, the second time defeating Gandhiji's nominee.
Bose advocated complete freedom for India at the earliest, whereas the Congress Committee wanted it in phases, through a Dominion status. Other younger leaders including Jawaharlal Nehru supported Bose and finally at the historic Lahore Congress convention, the Congress had to adopt Poorna Swaraj (complete freedom) as its motto.
Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha Movement (1930) again found Subhas in the thick of the fight, and the Government arrested him and lodged him in jail. When the Satyagraha Movement was called off in March 1931 upon the conclusion of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact, Subhas, who, along with others, was also set at liberty, raised his voice in protest against the Pact and the suspension of the movement, specially when patriots like Bhagat Singh and his associates had not been saved from the gallows. He was imprisoned and expelled from India. But defying the ban, he came back to India and was imprisoned again! In fact Bose was jailed eleven times between 1920 and 1941.
During the World War II, Bose warned the Indian people and the British against dragging India into the war and the material losses she could incur. He brought a resolution to give the British six months to hand India over to the Indians, failing which there would be a revolt. There was much opposition to his rigid stand, and he resigned from the post of president and formed a progressive group known as the Forward Block (1939).
The second World War broke out in September of 1939. As predicted by Bose, India was declared as a warring state (on behalf of the British) by the Governor General, without consulting Indian leaders. Subhas Chandra Bose started a mass movement against utilizing Indian resources and men for the great war. There was a tremendous response to his call and the British promptly imprisoned him . He took to a hunger-strike, and after his health deteriorated on the 11th day of fasting, he was freed and was placed under house arrest. The British were afraid of violent reactions in India, should something happen to Bose in prison.
Bose suddenly disappeared in the beginning of 1941 and it was not until many days that authorities realized Bose was not inside the house they were guarding! He traveled by foot, car and train and resurfaced in Kabul (now in Afghanistan), only to disappear once again. In November 1941, his broadcast from German radio sent shock waves among the British and electrified the Indian masses who realized that their leader was working on a master plan to free their motherland. It also gave fresh confidence to the revolutionaries in India who were challenging the British in many ways.
The Axis powers (mainly Germany) assured Bose military and other help to fight the British. Japan by this time had grown into another strong world power, occupying key colonies of Dutch, French, and British colonies in Asia. Bose had struck alliance with Germany and Japan. He rightly felt that his presence in the East would help his countrymen in freedom struggle and second phase of his saga began. It is told that he was last seen on land near Keil canal in Germany, in the beginning of 1943. A most hazardous journey was undertaken by him under water, covering thousands of miles, crossing enemy territories. He was in the Atlantic, the Middle East, Madagascar and the Indian ocean. Battles were being fought over land, in the air and there were mines in the sea.
At one stage he traveled 400 miles in a rubber dinghy to reach a Japanese submarine, which took him to Tokyo. He was warmly received in Japan and was declared the head of the Indian army, which consisted of about 40,000 soldiers from Singapore and other eastern regions. Bose called it the Indian National Army (INA) and a government by the name "Azad Hind Government" was declared on the 21st of October 1943. INA freed the Andaman and Nicobar islands from the British, and were renamed as Swaraj and Shaheed islands. The Government started functioning.
Bose wanted to free India from the Eastern front. He had taken care that Japanese interference was not present from any angle. Army leadership, administration and communications were managed only by Indians. Subhash Brigade, Azad Brigade and Gandhi Brigade were formed. INA marched through Burma and occupied Coxtown on the Indian Border. A touching scene ensued when the solders entered their 'free' motherland. Some lay down and kissed, some placed pieces of mother earth on their heads, others wept. They were now inside of India and were determined to drive out the British! Delhi Chalo (Let's march to Delhi) was the war cry.
An unparalleled example of the declaration of Independent Indian government with a cabinet & its own army was seen in form of the Indian National Army under the leadership of Subhash Chanda Bose. It literally had a military attack on British India & had confronted them till Imphal. With the help from Germany & active support from Japan, they shook the very foundation of the British Empire.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the history of humankind. Japan had to surrender. Bose was in Singapore at that time and decided to go to Tokyo for his next course of action. Reportedly, the plane he boarded crashed near Taipei and he died in the hospital of severe burns on 18 August 1945. He was just 48. Nobody took pain at that time to investigate deeply into the conspiracy of assasinating Netaji. Was the assasination plot hatched by Indian National Congress ?
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Know what your duty is
and do it without hesitation
For a warrior, there is nothing better
than a battle that duty enjoins
- Bhagvad Gita, Sankhya Yog (2-31)
Makar Sankranti -- The oldest solstice celebration.
Winter was a very difficult time for all primitive agrarian societies from east to west. The end of the growing season meant that the people had to live mostly on the food they had stored. In addition, the sun appeared in the sky for shorter and shorter periods each day, giving rise to the fear that it might disappear altogether, leaving the world in darkness and cold. The strengthening of the sun following the solstice was a reason for celebration, signifying the return of hope for a new spring. The concept of the birth, death and rebirth of the sun became associated with the winter solstice and thus with the savior god of many cultures.
The different dates for these celebrations are due to the precession of the equinoxes, which moves the date of the solstice backwards approximately one day every two thousand years. Currently, the calendar date of the winter solstice is in transition between the 21st and 22nd of December. By this definition, the oldest of the solstice celebrations is Makar Sankranti in India, which takes place on January 14th - an indication that it has been observed for over 30,000 years. Even if we offset the calendar discrepancies by 13 days, the possible age of this observance comes to about 10,000 years and still it becomes the oldest.
Across the globe there are Solstice celebrations fall on different dates; from East to West, from Shohgatsu in Japan to Christmas in Europe; the Makar Sankranti being the oldest of all.
Most of the Christians celebrate Christmas, birth date of Jesus Christ, on 25 December. But why was Dec 25th chosen as a date for celebrations. Actually, Christianity borrowed and then replaced Mithraism, which was the main religion in Persia and Rome. Followers of Mithraism used to worship the Vedic Sun-god "Mitra" or "Mithra". It was the birthday of Mithra, 25 December (winter solstice at that time), that was taken by the early Christians as the birthday of Jesus as a need and urgency by the early Christians to compromise with existing traditions. The real birthday of Christ was abandoned in favor of the birthday of Mithra. The worshippers of Mithra were called "Soldiers of Mithra" which is the origin of the term "Soldiers of Christ."
Read More : Is 25th December the correct date for celebrating Christmas ?
Introduction of Makar Sankranti -- Solstice celebration in India:
On Makar Sankranti day the Sun begins its ascendancy and journey into the Northern Hemisphere, which is called as Uttarayan. Thus, it is believed that it signifies an event wherein the Gods seem to remind their children that 'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'. May you go higher & higher - to more & more Light and never to darkness. Sun for the Hindus stands for Pratyaksha-Brahman - the manifest God, who symbolizes, the one, non-dual, self-effulgent, glorious divinity blessing one & all tirelessly. Sun is the one who transcends time and also the one who rotates the proverbial Wheel of Time. The famous Gayatri Mantra, which is chanted everyday by every faithful Hindu, is directed to Sun God to bless them with intelligence & wisdom. Sun not only represents God but also stands for an embodiment of knowledge & wisdom.
Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the India, with great devotion, fervor & gaiety. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar & Prayag and pray to Sun God.
It is celebrated in southern part of the India as Pongal, and in state of Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi. Gujarati's not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline. They may be trying to reach upto their glorious God or bring about greater proximity with the one who represents the best. It is a day for which Bhishma Pitamah kept waiting, during the Mahabharat period to leave his mortal coil.
Astrological Significance:Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti is transition. There is a sankranti every month when the sun passes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. There are twelve signs of the zodiac, and thus there are twelve sankranti's as well. Each of these sankranti's has its own relative importance but two of these are more important - the Mesh(Aries) Sankranti and the most important, the Makar(Capricorn) Sankranti. Transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn, during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is known as Makar Sankranti. From this day begins the six-month long Uttarayan, considered very auspicious for attaining higher worlds hereafter.
While the traditional Hindu Calendar is basically based on lunar positions, but sankranti is a solar event, so the date should have been 21 or 22 December since the current date of the winter solstice is in transition between the 21st and 22nd of December. We all know that the dates of all Hindu festivals keep changing since most of the Hindus follow Lunar calendar. But Makar Sankranti is a Solar Solistice event, and should have been celebrated on 22 December.
So how or why is Makar Sankranti celebrated on 14th January?
The Indian winter solstice was traditionally been celebrated as Sankranti, though somewhere down the centuries a calculation of the precession of the equinoxes, which moves the date of the solstice backwards was not taken into account and hence it is still celebrated on 14th of January every year. But this day is still called as Uttarayan, which means "Northern journey", and marks the beginning of the sun's ascent. This proves that Makar Sankranti was been observed and celebrated on 14 January for over 30,000 years by the Hindus, who still follow traditions of the Sanatan Dharm, the Eternal Law.
This festival is celebrated differently in different parts of the India.
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