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Scarcity of Kumkum Lamented

Posted on 2002/2/17 8:48:02 ( 987 reads )


MANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA, February 13, 2002: Even with so many temples and religious festivals, Karnataka State has yet to achieve self-sufficiency in sacred kumkum, the red powder used in worship. It is traditionally made of tumeric powder and lime, but many chemical imitations have appeared, some of them harmful to the body. The kumkum sold in the state comes from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Nagpur. "All red you see is not kumkum," warned Anand from Theerthalli based NGO "Krishi Prayoga Parivar." He was participating in a workshop organized by Sahithya Kendra. "Today the kumkum available in homes, monasteries and temples is impure." Kumkum is not merely decorative, but sacred of the scared, "Mangala Dravyas," which ensures the balance of cosmic energy in human body, he added. Anand declared that except Shringeri Mutt, pure kumkum is not available anywhere. Shri Ragheshwar Bharati Swamy of Ramachandrapura Mutt in Hosnagar extended support to the campaign by producing kumkum in the traditional manner, he said.

South India Conference Protests Revised School Books

Posted on 2002/2/17 8:47:02 ( 944 reads )

Source: The Hindu

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA, February 12, 2002: The 29th all-India conference of Dravidian Linguistics which drew to a close here today has urged India's government to scrap any move to include in the country's standard school curriculum the theory that the Indus Valley civilization was of the Aryans and not of the Dravidians. In a resolution adopted unanimously at the valedictory function of the conference, it was pointed out that such moves went in letter and spirit against the accepted and well-established objective views of impartial historians and archaeologists. History, like any other scientific discipline, should be studied on the basis of considerations that were basically academic and objective and certainly not communal and political, which would jeopardize any serious and meaningful academic pursuit in the country. Furthermore, the theory recently put forward on the Indus Valley civilization was highly unscientific and whimsical, the resolution said. The conference wanted the Centre to give Dravidian South its rightful and legitimate share in the history books and to withdraw the new syllabus prepared and published recently by the NCERT, which negated national unity and integration. In another resolution, the conference appealed to the Centre not to ignore the Dravidian languages while extending financial assistance to living Indian languages. It was further demanded that Tamil, the oldest of the Dravidian languages, be declared a Classical language in view of its historicity and hoary past.

Tushar Gandhi Call Off Deal on Great Grandfather's Name

Posted on 2002/2/17 8:46:02 ( 922 reads )


MUMBAI, INDIA, February 9, 2002: In December of 2001, Tushar Gandhi, a great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was approached by an American company who wanted permission to use images of Gandhi to sell to one of their clients, a credit card company. According to Tushar he told the Indianapolis-based company, "I have no copyright over Bapuji. But they said they merely needed a no-objection certificate from me as one of his heirs." When news of the deal reached Mahatma's devotees the result was explosive. After receiving endless furious phone calls and negative publicity, Tushar Gandhi has called off the deal with the company.

Help Requested for Paper on Death and Dying

Posted on 2002/2/17 8:45:02 ( 1042 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, February 17, 2002: A PhD student living in the UK and currently working on a topic regarding "Hindu Philosophy On Death And Dying" needs some help with editing her draft. Any offer from a scholar will be gratefully accepted. Kindly contact Sibani Roy at "source" above.

Non-Hindus Help to Build Temple in Singapore

Posted on 2002/2/16 8:49:02 ( 867 reads )


SINGAPORE, February 12, 2002: Non-Hindus of various religions and ethnic groups are helping to rebuild the 127-year-old Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Ceylon Road, a Katong landmark often referred to simply as the Ceylon Road temple. Their generosity has helped the temple to raise more than US$2.7 million in three years. Mr R. Theyvendran, chairman of the rebuilding project, said that many contributors were non-Hindus. Some donors contributed cash, while others contributed by paying to light lamps during temple ceremonies. One donor paid for 5,004 lamps to be lit during a 10-day festival and pledged to pay for another 5,004 lamps when the building is ready. The temple has to be rebuilt because its foundations are weak. More than 20 craftsmen from India are working on the intricate carvings that will adorn the walls and roof. The one-story granite building is expected to be completed by next year.

Indian Composer Sets Sanskrit to Western Harmonies

Posted on 2002/2/16 8:48:02 ( 900 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, JANUARY 16, 2002: "I was destined to do this. I grew sick of Sanskrit in school, but it's caught me again," says 74-year-old composer Vanraj Bhatia, of his newest double album Ananta. He was trained in Indian classical ragas as a child and later studied composition in Western classical music with Nadia Boulanger. The text begins with the prayer "Asatoma Sad Gamaya" ("From darkness, lead me to light"), proceeds to the creation of the sacred syllable Om, and follows with a quantity of prayers and blessings. The second disc/audio cassette tells the evolutionary story of three ideas: Anant (the endless flow of creation), Atman (the eternal soul) and Anand (the joy of living). Bhatia was the first in India, in the late 1980's, to set Vedic chants in Western style harmony.

The Importance of Mountain Ranges For Our Planet

Posted on 2002/2/16 8:47:02 ( 1280 reads )


NEW YORK, USA, February 11, 2002: War, pollution and logging are despoiling the world's mountain ranges. The Alps, the Rockies and the Hindu Kush are most threatened, according to a UN study released today. Mountains are the "water towers of the world," supplying water to more than half the world's population, said the report by the Tokyo-based United Nations University. But 23 of the world's 27 current conflicts, from Afghanistan to Chechnya and Kashmir, are being fought in mountainous areas and are destroying the environment. Non-violent activities are scarring mountain ecology as well. The United Nations has designated 2002 the International Year of Mountains with the goal of alleviating the crippling poverty among mountain people and spotlighting the importance of mountains as the source of rich plant and animal life and more than half the world's fresh water.

Boston Catholic Leaders List 80 Priests Accused of Abuse

Posted on 2002/2/16 8:46:02 ( 927 reads )


MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, February 15, 2002: In a growing scandal for the Archdiocese of Boston, Roman Catholic leaders on Friday named 14 New Hampshire priests accused of sexual misconduct over a quarter-century. The Diocese of Manchester, which covers the state, gave the names to prosecutors and the public. "What I report is sad in one way because it is about sin, sickness and crime," Manchester Bishop John B. McCormack said Friday. "And yet in another way it is hopeful news in that our church and community will know that no priest is now serving in ministry who has to our knowledge engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor." Eighty priests in Massachusetts have been identified in recent weeks as having abused children over the past 40 years. Previously the Church had keep secret any reports of misconduct. Now some priests and the church face dozens of lawsuits there. Some of the lawsuits accuse Cardinal Bernard Law and other leaders of knowing about sexual assaults but failing to stop them.

University Course on Ayurveda in Argentina

Posted on 2002/2/15 8:49:02 ( 877 reads )


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, February 14, 2002: The Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Interamerican Open University), Argentina, is offering the first universitary post-degree course for Spanish-speaking medical doctors in ayurveda medicine starting March 2002. This one year training course is being offered through the Department of Ayurveda Medicine of the university and the Chairman Professor Doctor Sergio Lais, pioneer of ayurveda in Latin America. The course is for one year with 240 hours of intensive learning. Requirements to enter the course is that the candidate has to hold a medical doctor degree. For more information click "source" above.

Wasson's Alternative Candidates for the Vedic Soma Plant

Posted on 2002/2/15 8:48:02 ( 1142 reads )


CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, February 15, 2002: Citing recently published challenges to R. Gordon Wasson's identification of Vedic soma as the psychoactive mushroom Amanita muscaria (fly-agaric), this article reviews unpublished letters by Wasson in which he considered and rejected other psychoactive plants as candidates, including the mint Lagochilus inebrians, Convolvulaceae (morning glory) seeds, the fungal parasite Claviceps purpurea (ergot), and especially the psilocybin mushroom Stropharia cubensis, known also as Psilocybe cubensis. On www.askme.com Hinduism Board, a controversial question was asked about Hinduism and drugs, mentioning the poisonous and deadly mushroom Amanita Muscaria which is now identified as the Soma as mentioned in the Rig Veda. It has come to light that some people are using this mushroom as a hallucinogenic drug, and are relating it to Hinduism. To gain more insight on this subject, click "source" above or http://www.entheogen.com/amanita.html.

Shiv Sena Protestors Burn Valentine Cards

Posted on 2002/2/15 8:47:02 ( 844 reads )


MUMBAI, INDIA, February 15, 2002: Hard-line slogan-shouting Shiv Sena Hindu activists burned cards and gifts in protest against Valentine's Day which they say offends Indian tradition. Cane-wielding policemen guarded shops to prevent violence. The activists waved placards saying, "Down with Western Culture, Down with Valentine's Day," "Keep Hindu culture alive, Ban Valentine's Day" as they set fire to merchandise. "We are taking action against shop owners who have not followed our request. We had already warned them not to sell Valentine's Day cards or gifts," Anil Parab, a senior Shiv Sena leader said. Card shop owners in Bombay, who have tried to disguise the occasion as "Prem Din Utsav" (Festival of Love) to avoid trouble, said they were facing huge losses.

Where to Find Fonts with Diacritical Marks for Sanskrit

Posted on 2002/2/15 8:46:02 ( 1019 reads )

Source: HPI

KAUAI, HAWAII, February 15, 2002: Several readers responded to the request for a font with diacritical marks for Sanskrit. Fonts are available on these web sites: http://www.omkarananda-ashram.org/Sanskrit/Itranslt.html; http://www.hknet.org.nz/fonts.htm; http://www.myfonts.com/Search?searchtext=devanagari; http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/indologie/font.html; http://www.vada.nl/talensa.htm#SAN

Is Human Evolution Finally Over?

Posted on 2002/2/15 8:45:02 ( 967 reads )


FEBRUARY 3, 2002: For those who dream of a better life, science has bad news; this is the best it is going to get. Our species has reached its biological pinnacle and is no longer capable of changing. That is the controversial view of a group of biologists who believe a Western lifestyle now protects humanity from the forces that used to shape Homo sapiens. "If you want to know what Utopia is like, just look around. This is it," said Professor Steve Jones, of University College London, who is to present his argument at a Royal Society Edinburgh debate, 'Is Evolution Over?' next week. This view is controversial, however. Other scientists argue that mankind is still being influenced by the evolutionary forces that created the myriad species which have inhabited Earth over the past three billion years. Human populations are now being constantly mixed, producing a blending, that some scientists believe, blocks evolutionary change. Hence, the blending of our genes which will soon produce a uniformly brown-skinned population. Apart from that, there will be little change in the species. However, such arguments affect only the Western world -- where food, hygiene and medical advances are keeping virtually every member of society alive and able to pass on their genes. In the developing world, no such protection exists. Sri Aurobindo taught that the next evolution of humanity would be in consciousness more than the physical form.

Press Criticism Continues on Corporal Punishment in Delhi Schools

Posted on 2002/2/15 8:44:02 ( 938 reads )

Source: Press Reports

NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 8, 2002: Despite the December 1, 2000, High Court order, corporal punishment appears to be commonplace in Delhi schools. In just the past week, three cases of violence against students were reported. Eleven-year-old Arti fainted after her teacher beat her with a stick for not bringing her English notebook to school. Student of a government school in Mukherji Nagar, Arti had to be hospitalized for five days. Nine-year-old Anuj, student of a reputed public school, has not attended classes for the last two months because his teacher slapped and ridiculed him in front of the whole class for faring poorly in exams. Anuj has threatened his parents that he will run away from school if they force him to attend classes. Experts say corporal punishments have a significant impact on a child's personality. "Every time a child is traumatized, he loses self-esteem. Due to this, he develops complexes, which become an inherent part of his personality," says Dr. Jitender Nagpal, consultant psychiatrist at Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. In most cases children awarded corporal punishment become more aggressive and defiant, he says. Vijender Kumar of the Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh says all schools are still practicing Victorian rules and the government is doing little to check the menace. The Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh is filing a contempt petition against the Delhi government for defiance of orders of the Delhi High court.

Uproar Over UK Minister's Call to Marry British Resident

Posted on 2002/2/14 8:49:02 ( 910 reads )


LONDON, UK, Feb 9, 2002: Ethnic communities have condemned strongly the British Home Secretary after he urged families who arrange marriages to find partners in Britain and not in Asia, triggering a new row over multi-culturalism. Mr David Blunkett was accused of "dangerous interference" in Asian culture when he said parents and men and women taking part in arranged marriages should look for British partners. In particular, Asian women educated in Britain would be better off finding a husband who spoke English, rather than just the language of their ethnic origin, he said. Mr Blunkett, who was launching his immigration White Paper, made his controversial statement after a record numbers of spouses entered Britain last year from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other Asian countries. More than 19,800, more than double the number in 1996, came to join their husbands or wives, many of them after arranged marriages. Under the new immigration proposals unveiled by Mr Blunkett, would-be immigrants must pass English tests, take citizenship classes and make loyalty pledges. The measures are the latest in a series which ministers have brought in or want to introduce to curb the number of immigrants arriving in Britain, as well as to integrate new citizens into Britain's way of life.

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