India’s secularism has discriminated and is discriminating against the Indic Dharma viz Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh.
We were demonstrating because it is not acceptable
- to see half million Kashmiri Hindus displaced from their birth rights and birth place
- to see terrorists who bombed Bangalore, Ahmedabad and other Indian cities go unpunished
- to see the Indian Govt remain silent on the plight of Malaysian Hindus who have no citizenship, social, economic, educational, religious and civic rights even after several generations have been born there.
- to see the Indian Govt not decisively and incisively deal with Hindus’ right to religious access to Amarnath and other shrines [situated in Pakistan due to separated from India during the indecently hurried and mismanaged partition by the British in August 1947]
- to see the Indian secularism [for the greed of the block Indian Muslim vote] skewed against the inherent interest of the Hindu majority
Comment: Whatever the mudslinging preceding the election, I am very glad that from Mrs Vijayalaxmi Pandit, first Indian female Ambassador and Politician, Mrs Indira Gandhi First Female Prime Minister, now India has first female President to be proud of in the exemplary equality stakes.
I hope she proves to be an exemplary president championing equality issues in all spheres especially female participation and representation in all fields.
27 July 2007: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6919862.stm
This is one of the issues which I hope the first female president and champion will get to grips to address. The re-training and rehabilitation and gainful utilisation of previously socially, economically, environmentally and culturally
fettered widows is and ought to be one’s dharma – social, statutory, ethical, moral and religious duty.
Comment: Its about time that both USA & France exemplified equality besides Saudi Arabia that I have already mentioned quite some months ago.
Nancy Pelosi is one of the Democratic Party’s best fund-raisers
Comment: Well I am so glad that the first ever woman speaker (not that they have had any trouble speaking even at most inconvenient of times) is in place especially in that forsaken country. It is a turning point which I presume will culminate in the first female (and more sensible and sophrocyne) president of the United States of America. But I do not think that many would wish to see the Clinton clan return. Both were responsible for embarassing debacles. Both must be incarcerated.
Poppies were placed in Trafalgar Square to mark Armistice Day
The Queen led the ceremony by laying the first wreath 12/11/06
Thousands joined the ceremony to remember the fallen
Comment: The war dead also include the single largest sacrifice by any nation – 2 million in all Indian Soldiers who gave their lives in the WWII which may otherwise quite certainly have had a different outcome.
In the name of equality and diversity I must say that I am glad that the perpetrators the current racist murder are brought to justice. But In the same way it is also incumbent upon the authorities especially the Police to ensure that they are equally swift and even handed when the racism is against the BME Communities.
11 Nov 2006 Tougher race hate laws considered : Ministers are considering whether race hate laws should be revised after BNP leader Nick Griffin was cleared of charges relating to speeches he made.
Comment: Although Hindus have only one school in Britain – I am still against Faith Schools because I consider those eventually leading to segregated non-cohesive Britain. I feel that the needs of the diverse communities in mainstream education ought to be met at the mainstream schools including learning one’s own mother-tongue.
Like I’ve said before, at my high school in Mombasa, Kenya, which was built by a philanthropist Kutchch Gujarati Muslim named Allidina Visram – we had readings from one of Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish and Zoroastrian holy texts at our daily morning Assemblies. Our Principal was a Welshman who lived in his bungalow built on the cliff on site with a magnificent view of the sea. English Language and English Literature teachers were also white. Yet all the knowledge and experience gained on overseas postings appears to have been lost in Britain.
Since 1980 as a Chairman of School Governors in Milton Keynes – I have been persuading the power brokers and the policy makers that they would neglect sciences and maths at their own peril.
Despite Tony Blairs pre-1997 election – empty mantra "Education, Education, Education", he has, only near his disgraced departure after 9 years, suddenly seen the ‘light’.
What a pity?
Comment: I am glad this has now happened. It was overdue. Not a day sooner. I hope it also covers men and trans-sexuals and that it has effective teeth without the battered victims have to languish for decades in the hope of effective justice. At the same time I hope it does not give a license to all Indian women to discard their positive chaaritra (character) with the filthy bath water.
This is definitely a positive legislation for which to be successfull – all must work together including concerned neighbours to alert the perpetartors the serious consequences of their loss of emotional intelligence before reporting them to the authorities and the authorities which are more male orientated must have a cultural change (parivartan) accepting that such outragious behaviour is not becoming of the modern Indian citizen – male, female or mixed.
Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done.
As the dawn breaks on a New Day, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: Our health, our family, our friends, the grace of God which never ends. Let us release our grudges, anger and pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us vow to live each day in the most pious, God-conscious way. Let us vow to serve all who are in need, regardless of race, caste, gender or creed. Let us vow to keep God in our heart, to chant His name each day at the start. Let us vow to lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth, and from wrong to right. And let us vow to remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none. May your weekend and your year be filled with prosperity and peace, and love and joy which doesn’t cease. May you have success in all you do. And may God’s blessings be showered upon you. (Anonymous)
Wishing all Muslim brothers and sisters a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr. May you and you family be blessed for now and for the future..
For my Malaysian friends:
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from our home to yours.
Maaf sahir batin.