Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Argument on Aluva's place-name origins

Somalatha escorted to yagasala

By K.J.Francis Joy:: First Published : 28 Apr 2009 01:53:00 AM IST
ALUVA: The Agnishtoma Somayagam Yagasala witnessed a rare ritual on Monday when the Somalatha, which was brought from Mujjuhva mountains of the Himalayas, was installed on a cart pulled by two calves and escorted to Agnihotrisala amid chanting of Vedic hymns.
Poojas were conducted for the Somayagam participants, considering them as Gods (Devas). An elderly devotee who was honoured as Somarajan was offered a seat on Ahanthi.
Yajamanan Kurusaroor Narayanan Adithiripad performed pooja by giving ‘Argyapadyadhikal.’ A ritual ‘Adhithyeshti’ was offered to Lord Maha Vishnu.
In another ritual, the Vedic scholars agreed to conduct Somayagam touching the ‘Thanunathram,’ the specially prepared holy ghee.
Performing ‘Pravargya Sambaram’ ritual, the scholars made clay pots named Manthrapoorvam, Mahaveeram and Upasayam.
Thousands of devotees visited the Yagasala and attended the ‘annadanam’ on Monday. The Somayagam will conclude on May 1.

Thank you, Mr.Ravi. Yours is the exact style in which Sankara used to argue. Sankara's pre-conditions were that the opponent should, if he is defeated, jump into fire, consume poison, jump to death from the hill-top, become Sankara's slave etc etc. I request Mr.Ravi to read Swami Vivekananda's comments on Sankara's personality. Sankara's style was typically bully-istic and not straight. That is how he 'defeated' the peaceful and innocent Buddhist monks that used to easily fall into his trap. Even here, Mr.Ravi tells me, "Thats why ur missionary find it difficult to convert indians(hindus) in large scale which u did anywhere in world"; arguing from a gross basic misconception. Anyway, what I said is Aluva's hidden history, hidden in ways similar to Western historical ideas about Indian heritage. By R.Sajan 4/29/2009 12:06:00 AM

Sajan,u r wrong.sankara philosophy is based on Knowledge rather rituals.The Buddists philosphy itself copied from Upanishads which they succesfully demonstrated among common people who kept away from sanskrit.But Sankara defeated all interpretation of Buddists regarding "atman" and developed "advita" which is the turning point in the fate of Buddism in india.Unlike in western or middle east caountries,where "philosophies" faught with swords and "iron rods", in india(Bharath) the philosophical battle done by great literary works and thesis in an academic point of view.Thats why ur missionary find it difficult to convert indians(hindus) in large scale which u did anywhere in world. By Ravi 4/28/2009 8:24:00 PM

‘Aluva’ was earlier ‘Aalawai”. The Rail station is even now Alwaye. The place got the name when Adi Shankara got his chieftain follower Jayaram to impale 700 Buddhist monks on Aalawai or Alavaanks [ iron rods sharpened at one end]and leave them on the Periyar shore to slowly die in pain. The Buddhists were in those days the only saviours of the oppressed subjects of local chieftains who saw their saviour in Adi Shankara. It is ideal that the Yaga is being held there. Yet it is Aceldama kind of blood-ridden land. Swami Vivekananda described Shankara as a mad fanatic because of such incidents. By R.Sajan4/28/2009 1:51:00 PM

Blaring PA system at the site is most ridiculous. Are these Yagas not to be conducted in peace and solemn silence? In the evenings, cacaphonic cultural programmes hamper the chanting. By R.Sajan4/28/2009 1:32:00 PM

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Taliban executes 14-year-old girl for planning to elope,+shariah

Daily Telegraph
First Published : 15 Apr 2009 01:35:11 AM IST

KABUL: The pair were shot dead in front of their village mosque as their villagers looked on in south western Afghanistan, a district official said.
Hashim Noorzai, head of Khash Rud district of Nimroz province, said the girl, called Gulsima, had been unhappily engaged to marry when she fell in love with Aziz, aged 17.
The pair attempted to escape the village of Lokhi and planned to head to Iran and marry, but were captured by villagers and dragged back.
After two days of deliberation, a council of elders had been unable to decide how to resolve the dispute, Mr Noorzai said.
Half the elders favoured some way of allowing them to marry, while the other half favoured execution.
As the council was deadlocked, local Taliban militants stepped in, overruled village religious leaders and declared the lovers must be executed, he said.
Ghulam Dastageer Azad, governor of the province, said the execution was an "insult to Islam".
Nimroz, a sparsely-populated, desert province on the borders of Iran and Pakistan has little or no Afghan government or foreign presence.
Taliban militants rule large swathes of the province with impunity and dispense justice based on their own interpretations of Sharia law and tribal code.
Abdul Jabar, police chief of the province, admitted he had no police stations in the district and said and many of the fighters who summarily judged cases were themselves often no more than 18 or 19.
Across the border in Pakistan, a deal to allow Sharia law in the Swat valley has seen Taliban militants hold public executions.
Mobile phone footage appearing to show a 17-year-old woman being publicly flogged for adultery in the valley sparked international outrage earlier this month.
Under Pashtunwali, the tribal morality code in southern Afghanistan, relations between unmarried or unrelated members of opposite sexes are strictly regulated.
Extrajudicial "honour killings" are also practised by families who believe a relative has brought them shame, including by refusing to marry a chosen partner.
The Taliban swept to power in the mid 1990s by offering strict justice and Islamic order after years of chaotic rule by predatory and rapacious warlords.
Their travelling justice commissions continue to settle disputes in much of the lawless south where the government has no power and traditional tribal power has been eroded by decades of war.
I think this is a mischief by Sree Ram Sene activists who have infiltrated into Taliban ranks to malign it with this kind of cruelty. The Taliban is a secular force as every Indian secularist knows. They would not stoop to such atrocity.
Indian feminists should call the lie and expose the Sene role. They should lose no time in collecting more pink chaddies for the Sene.

Monday, 13 April 2009

In Kerala, they don't throw shoes!

In Kerala, they do not throw Chappals!

Throwing Chappals is the in-thing in India now. We are a great people for imitating others.
In Kerala however, this ['throwing'] has been a usual procedure during strikes and Bandhs which they have daily.

As usual, the CPM showed the way. For the past 40 years, striking or agitating CPM guys have thrown things at non-participants.

They do not throw shoes [few wear shoes] or chappals though, because both are costly. Instead, they throw human excreta on the enemies. Striking government employees and teachers use nothing else, because they are educated, perhaps.

A few years ago, a member of the State Human Rights Commission took some action against some CPM civil servants and woke up one morning to find his entire house painted with human excreta. The Police refused to collect the material evidence and the investigations were a non-starter.

During Election time now, CPM cadres rough up journalists that they do not like, everywhere. So far, the journos have been protesting it by holding protest marches. Since 'throwing' is more effective, they might soon turn to it to protest. One hopes Kerala media men would not use the favourite Kerala material to throw at politicians.

Perhaps, they should. They are the 'model state' that the rest of India looks up to.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Paying bank loan doesn’t absolve one of fraud: Apex court

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court has ruled that a person accused of having availed a bank loan through cheating, forgery or criminal conspiracy with bank officials would be liable to be prosecuted even after paying the loan.

A bench of Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice Mukundakam Sharma gave this verdict Wednesday, rejecting a West Bengal woman’s plea to exonerate her of the charges of taking the bank loan in collusion with its officials as she had paid back the loan.

“When a settlement is arrived at by and between the creditor and the debtor, various criminal offences (like forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy) committed to take the loan do not come to an end,” said the bench, dismissing the woman’s plea.

“It is now a well settled principle of law that in a given case, a civil proceeding and a criminal proceeding can proceed simultaneously. The bank is entitled to recover the amount of loan given to the debtor,” the bench said.

“If in connection with obtaining the loan, criminal offences have been committed by the persons accused thereof including the officers of the bank, criminal proceedings would also indisputably be maintainable,” the bench added.

The apex court bench upheld the trial court ruling, which was further endorsed by the Calcutta High Court. All the courts below had consistently held that an accused cannot be absolved of his of her criminal liability by settling the civil dispute.

The case pertained to Calcutta woman Rumi Dhar, who had taken a loan from the Oriental Bank of Commerce in 1993.

As she failed to pay the bank loan in time, the bank initiated criminal proceedings against the woman, her husband and some other people, including some of its own officials saying they had defrauded and cheated the bank as per a criminal plot hatched amongst themselves.

The matter was referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which filed its probe report to the designated CBI court in Kolkata indicting all the accused for hatching a criminal conspiracy to cheat the bank and sought their trial.

Meanwhile, the bank also moved the debt recovery tribunal and it reached settlement with the woman that she would pay a sum of around Rs.2.5 million to settle her debt to the bank.

As per the settlement, the woman paid the requisite amount to the bank, which also returned her property documents, confiscated by the CBI, which she had pledged to the bank earlier.

After reaching settlement with the bank she approached the trial court in February 2006 pleading that she be exonerated from the criminal charges. But the trial court dismissed her plea. So did the high court in 2007 and the apex court now.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Indian Elections are Rigged

The voting begins on April 16; but the results come out only on May 16! This is because it takes a few days for the Rigging program in the EVMs to work. The Illuminati have already decided the results and rigged them into rhe machines. The EVMs have no Audit Trails.
Look at the casual way in which the Congress deals with the breaking up of the UPA. They already know how the results would be.