All About Bharat

To content | To menu | To search

Wednesday 10 February 2016

India, South Africa, Brazil Begin Joint Naval Exercise

The BRICS countries minus the big superpowers China and Russia are taking stock of their military preparedness and engaging in joint naval and military exercises. The Indian Navy is currently conducting the IBSAMAR military exercise which also includes Brazil and South Africa. This is the fifth edition of this particular exercise, which has always been conducted off South African waters thus far. The exercise will begin on February 19, Friday, and will continue till February 29, Monday.

According to a statement from the Indian Navy, the exercise is essentially geared towards anti-submarine warfare, surface and air-to-air missile defenses, search and seizure operations and search and rescue operations. Ships, aircraft carriers, planes, helicopters and submarines are involved in this huge exercise.

IBSAMAR began in 2006, and is only one of many military exercises that India is engaging in. Besides its bilateral exercises with the United States, and trilateral operations with Japan and Australia, India also conducted its second international fleet review recently, in which 55 countries including China, South Africa and the United States were present. This heightened exercise calendar is due in part to threats to India's security from China, and its desire to become a global arms manufacturing hub and exporter. India also was present at the recent Bahrain Airshow, where it showed off its indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.

South Africa is meanwhile flexing its muscles and trying to grow independent of China's clout, on which it is highly dependent financially. South Africa's economy is staggering under economic downturn and its military funding is being cut year-by-year. It is looking for cheaper sources for arms and gear. South Africa has always emphasized a strong military as a deterrent towards other nations. Even the country's first President Nelson Mandela repeatedly spoke about the need for a strong military in independent South Africa. In fact, as President of the African National Congress in the 1960s, before he was imprisoned under the apartheid regime for 27 years, Mandela referred to the need for a strong armed force to ensure the nation's sovereignty in the current atmosphere of the world. One of Mandela's quotes about freedom also speaks of military.

The IBSAMAR military exercises involving India, Brazil and South Africa began, for the first time off the west coast of India, Friday, the Indian Navy said in a statement. According to the statement, the exercises will end on February 29. The exercises are taking place close to Goa. "The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface firings, Air Defences, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Flying Operations, Search and Rescue and tactical procedures," the statement reads. The three countries began holding the IBSAMAR exercises in 2006. This is the fifth round of the drills. All previous exercises were held in South Africa. This year, the IBSAMAR exercises will involve ships, submarines, aircraft and special forces.

Wednesday 3 February 2016

An Estimated 60% of Aleppo is in Ruins, say Scientists

The was between the Bashar al-Assad government and the Free Syrian rebel army has cost the country of Syria dearly in terms of archaeological treasures. An estimated 60% of the ancient city of Aleppo, an 8000-year-old city that has been a hub for trade, education and cultural exchange, has been reduced to rubble in the past 30 months. For example, the Ummayad Mosque, considered one of the most aesthetic construction in the Muslim world, built in 1090 AD, still stands, but minus one of its minarets, which was brought down by government artillery gunning last year. This act was widely condemned by the Syrian rebels, who however, have acted similarly, in their bid to push the government forces out of the city. In truth, Aleppo's narrow ancient lanes lend themselves to guerrilla warfare, and often, the safest tactic for opposition forces is to use heavy artillery.

Aleppo has had trade contacts with Asia and Europe for many centuries. It was a center for exchange of ideas between the Orient and Occident, and was a fertile ground for the blossoming of many spiritual movements, especially Sufism. It played a particularly important role in the life of the 13th century mystic and Sufi poet, Jalaluddin Rumi, who moved here and spent a few years as a young boy with his father. He studied at a madrasa under Kamal Ibn Al-Adim at the Halaviye mosque. Much of his worldview and future outlook were shaped here. In fact, in one of his quotes, Rumi acknowledges this role that Aleppo played in his life. Though Rumi spent most of his adult life in Turkey and Konya, there was much going and coming between what are today Turkey and Syria sine they were art of the same empire controlled by the Mamaluks.

There is even an al-Rumi mosque in the city's Saffahiya district, which was formerly known as Mankali Bagha Mosque. Mankali Bagha was the Mamluk prince who built the place. Here is a cute little poem that Rumi wrote about Aleppo: “Does this road lead to Aleppo?” Your answer can be “yes” or“no” Your opinion doesn't make it so. Consult a map before you go!"

Foreign Arrivals for Tourism in Uttar Pradesh

In recent years, there have been very substantial increases in the volume of international financial and commercial transactions in Uttar Pradesh, made possible by technological progress in the field of electronics and communications. Like most other developing countries, those of South Asia have taken little part in the growth of this trade. Their negative balance of trade in services results from their reliance on the international economy for the more traditional forms of services such as shipping and insurance. Thus tourism is an important player in leveling this imbalance, and can be helped quite significantly by the Internet revolution that is underway in the country.

In the early 1980s, the region as a whole ran a deficit on shipping, with India’s deficit the largest at SDR (Special Drawing Rights) 1.4 million (SDR = USA$1.34). For India, this is largely offset by a very substantial positive balance as a result of tourism for which it is the most important market and foreign exchange earner in the region. The other positive item which has helped to make current account deficits smaller than trade deficits is remittances from abroad. These are sums of money sent back by mainly skilled and semi-skilled workers from the subcontinent employed in the Middle East. 

India and specifically Uttar Pradesh earned USA$2659 and 567 millions, respectively in 2014. Indeed, their current account deficits would have been two to three times larger but for these earnings. As oil prices stop rising and demand for foreign labor slackens in the Middle East, the future of these inflows is becoming doubtful. At the same time, South Asian economies have, by and large, kept free of the growing burden of international indebtedness, partly through prudent financial management and partly, as in the case of Bangladesh, through their relative unattractiveness to commercial lenders. 

In the 1980s, the debt'exports ratio for the major economies of the region have been around 11 to 14 percent of export earnings, in comparison with over 20 percent for certain Middle-East economies and around 50 percent for Chile and Mexico. A better understanding of the development process in South Asia can be obtained by observing changes in the composition of exports and imports, rather than their levels. In the early 1950s, India exported mostly primary products while imports were mainly manufactured consumer goods. 

By 1983, only 13 percent of Indian imports consisted of primary products including food, 37 percent of fuel and about 50 percent of machinery and other industrial inputs. Primary exports were down to 30 percent, textiles 14 percent and manufactures and machinery' were 38 percent. Other South Asian countries show a similar pattern of reliance on these kinds of imports, with the exception of Bangladesh which depends heavily on imported food products. 

On the export side, UP is still mainly an exporter of primary products. Bangladesh, Pakistan and, to a lesser extent, Nepal rely on textiles for much of their foreign exchange: about half of the total export earnings for Bangladesh and Pakistan come from this source. Nepal, a poorer country, exports large volumes of rice to India where it fetches a higher price. Many commodity movements are unrecorded, making an accurate picture of the pattern and levels of Nepalese trade impossible. Indian and Nepalese sources, for instance, give widely differing values of exports and imports between the two countries.

Monday 16 November 2015

Met Museum hosts Ramayana play for Diwali

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at New York City, popularly known at the Met, has continued its annual tradition of staging a presentation of the Indian epic, the Ramayana, popularly called Ram-Leela. The play is part of the festival of Diwali, and celebrations take place at the art theater which seats over 700.

This year's presentation on November 15 pulled in over 3500 viewers, with standing room only at the theater. NYC arranges the presentation of Ramayana (Ram-Leela) in its 708 seat state of the art theater as part of Diwali celebrations. The show was conducted and choreographed by the East-West School of Dance, under the guidance of director Narayan Charka. The play was funded by the The Multicultural Audience Development Initiative Advisory Committee at the Met Museum.

The protagonist and hero, Bharat, the prince and brother of Lord Rama was played by actor Tirlok Malik, who is known for his films featuring Indian-American migrant themes. Malik is a New York Emmy Award nominee, and said “It was an honor for me to play the part of Bharat at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum under the direction of Pt. S.N. Charka.” Malik is also the owner and founder of Nritv, a popular streaming site that features Indian American movies exclusively.

The Ramayana is a 24000-verse epic poem, penned by Sage Valmiki, and according to historian William Jones, was composed around 2029 BC. Many versions of the Ramayana exist today, including those told in the perspective of the antagonist Ravana and Rama's wife Sita. Translated into several languages, the most popular versions include Tulsidas' Hindi version of Hanuman Chalisa (mp3), his Ramcharitamanas and Kamban's Tamil version of the Ramayana.

Friday 16 October 2015

Muslims can live in this country, but will have to give up eating beef, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar seems to not understand how a secular country works. He said in a statement “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef” because “the cow is an article of faith here”. This kind of inflammatory statements when made by people in power can be very damaging to the very fabric of Bharat. Bharat is, after all a secular country where all are welcome to practice our own religion. Even in ancient times, everyone had the freedom to practice whatever for of worship that they chose. For example, it is mentioned in the puranas that "A person of faith may practice their faith by buildding his own diety (Ishta devata)."

This was very much a part of "Sanatan Dharma" or the Eternal law. Our politicians may be aping the west in trying to make unnecessary comments about core issues in the society. In USA for example, politicians are known to make inflamattory remarks and get into controversy for media attention. This trend must not be allowed to come to our Land Bharat. 

Now, consider what Donald Trump is saying in his campaign speeches for the upcoming US elections : "When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. [...] They are sending people that have lots of problems. They are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists, and some are good people, and I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting."

In fact, in America yoga has become a big fashion. But will the american politicians insist on trying to de-secularize the issue. There was some noise about this last month when schools in California were sent to court for teaching yoga to their students:

A California judge has refused to block the teaching of yoga as part of a public school's physical fitness program, rejecting parents' claims that the classes were an unconstitutional promotion of Eastern religions.

Judge John Meyer acknowledged that yoga "at its roots is religious" but added that the modern practice of yoga, despite its origins in Hindu philosophy, is deeply ingrained in secular US society and "is a distinctly American cultural phenomenon."

So much so that some commercial agencies also tried to trademark yogasanas! Imagine the day when you have to pay someone to hold a certain pose. And these poses are being practiced by Hindus in Bharat for many centuries.

The relation between yoga and these political outburts is that if the politicians were truly adhereing to the values of Bharat which are the values of Union of the soul with the supereme soul, or yoga - then these kind of things would not happen. If someone wants to eat beef, what is the problem? It's not good for the human body, so they will suffer in any case. (Looks at how many diseases are present in the beef-eating countries)   

These politicians who are making these irresponsible statements should practice yog a everyday to cleanse their body and mind and be more in harmony with the world around them. Yoga teaches us to accept everyone and respect every person's path. Even in Bharat there are Aghoris who eat human meat but it is not considered bad as they are following their principles of Aghora sadhana. Bharata is a country of seekers and everyone should be able to seek in their own way.

और हमारे हिंदी पाठकों के लिए हिंदी में:

हरियाणा के मुख्यमंत्री मनोहर लाल खट्टर एक धर्मनिरपेक्ष देश कैसे काम करता है समझ में नहीं आ रहा है। उन्होंने कहा, "मुसलमानों को इस देश में रहने के लिए जारी रख सकते हैं, लेकिन वे गोमांस खाने के लिए छोड़ देना होगा" "गाय यहां विश्वास का एक लेख है" क्योंकि एक बयान में कहा। जब सत्ता में लोगों द्वारा किए गए भड़काऊ बयान की इस तरह भारत के बहुत कपड़े के लिए बहुत हानिकारक हो सकता है। भरत सब हमारे अपने धर्म का पालन करने के लिए स्वागत कर रहे हैं, जहां सभी एक धर्मनिरपेक्ष देश होने के बाद है। यहां तक कि प्राचीन समय में, हर किसी को वे चुना है कि पूजा के लिए जो कुछ भी अभ्यास करने के लिए स्वतंत्रता की थी। उदाहरण के लिए, यह "विश्वास की एक व्यक्ति अपने ही देवता (Ishta देवता) के निर्माण से अपने धर्म का पालन कर सकता है।" कि पुराणों में उल्लेख किया गया है

यह बहुत ज्यादा "सनातन धर्म" या अनन्त कानून का एक हिस्सा था। हमारे राजनेता समाज में महत्वपूर्ण मुद्दों के बारे में अनावश्यक टिप्पणियां बनाने की कोशिश में पश्चिम Aping जा सकता है। उदाहरण के लिए संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका में, नेताओं के भड़काऊ टिप्पणी करने और मीडिया का ध्यान के लिए विवाद में शामिल होने के लिए जाना जाता है। यह प्रवृत्ति हमारे देश भारत में आने के लिए अनुमति नहीं दी जानी चाहिए।

अब, डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प आगामी अमेरिकी चुनाव के लिए अपने अभियान भाषणों में क्या कह रहा है विचार:। "मेक्सिको अपने लोगों को भेजता है, तो वे अपना सर्वश्रेष्ठ नहीं भेज रहे हैं [...] उन्होंने समस्याओं के बहुत सारे है कि लोगों को भेज रहे हैं वे ला रहे हैं। हमें उन समस्याओं। वे दवाओं ला रहे हैं और वे अपराध और उनके बलात्कारियों ला रहे हैं, और कुछ अच्छे लोग हैं, और मैं सीमा रक्षकों के लिए बोलते हैं और वे हम क्या कर रहे हैं हमें बताओ। "

वास्तव में, अमेरिका के योग में एक बड़े फैशन बन गया है। लेकिन अमेरिकी राजनेता इस मुद्दे को डी-secularize करने की कोशिश करने पर जोर होगा। कैलिफोर्निया में स्कूलों को अपने छात्रों को योग सिखाने के लिए अदालत में भेजा गया था जब यह पिछले महीने के बारे में कुछ शोर था:

एक कैलिफोर्निया न्यायाधीश कक्षाएं पूर्वी धर्मों का एक असंवैधानिक पदोन्नति थे कि माता-पिता के दावों को खारिज, एक पब्लिक स्कूल की शारीरिक फिटनेस कार्यक्रम के हिस्से के रूप में योग की शिक्षा देने के ब्लॉक करने के लिए मना कर दिया है।

न्यायाधीश जॉन मेयर योग "अपनी जड़ों से धार्मिक है कि" स्वीकार किया लेकिन योग के आधुनिक अभ्यास, हिंदू दर्शन में अपने मूल के बावजूद, धर्मनिरपेक्ष अमेरिकी समाज में गहरे बैठ गया है और कहा कि "एक साफ़ अमेरिकी सांस्कृतिक घटना है।"

इतना तो है कि कुछ वाणिज्यिक एजेंसियों को भी योगासन जैसा ट्रेडमार्क की कोशिश की! आप एक निश्चित मुद्रा धारण करने के लिए किसी को देने के लिए है जब दिन की कल्पना कीजिए। और ये बन गया है कई सदियों से भारत में हिंदुओं द्वारा अभ्यास किया जा रहा है।

उसके बाद इन चीजों की तरह नहीं होगा - योग और इन राजनीतिक गतिविधियों के बीच संबंध राजनेताओं को सही मायने में supereme आत्मा, या योग के साथ आत्मा के संघ के मान रहे हैं, जो भारत के मूल्यों का पालन रहे थे कि यदि है। किसी को गोमांस खाने के लिए करना चाहता है, तो समस्या क्या है? वे किसी भी मामले में भुगतना होगा, तो यह मानव शरीर के लिए अच्छा नहीं है। (गोमांस खाने वाले देशों में मौजूद हैं कितने रोगों पर दिखता है)

इन गैर जिम्मेदाराना बयान कर रहे हैं, जो इन नेताओं को अपने शरीर और मन को शुद्ध और उन्हें चारों ओर दुनिया के साथ सद्भाव में अधिक होने के लिए योग एक हर रोज अभ्यास करना चाहिए। योग हर किसी को स्वीकार करते हैं और हर व्यक्ति के पथ का सम्मान करने के लिए हमें सिखाता है। यहां तक कि भारत में मानव मांस खाने वाले अघोर हैं, लेकिन वे अघोर साधना के अपने सिद्धांतों का पालन कर रहे हैं के रूप में इसे बुरा नहीं माना जाता है। भरत चाहने वालों का देश है और हर कोई अपने तरीके से तलाश करने में सक्षम होना चाहिए।

Wednesday 22 April 2015

UGC Orders All Indian Universities to Observe International Yoga Day

The University Grants Commission or UGC, which oversees the functioning of all universities in India, has ordered that all these educational institutions must celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21.

Continue reading...

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Arvind Kejriwal releases open letter to India

Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) has released a letter speaking of how fence-sitting will get no one anywhere.

Continue reading...

Friday 30 January 2015

Indian government and schools may induct yoga in daily routine

Various governmental bodies and schools are making yoga an official part of daily proceedings, in an attempt to create a more holistic environment for work and education.

Continue reading...

Childhood anxiety can cause physical changes to brain

A new study from the Yale Child Study Center shows that anxiety isn't just the realm of adulthood. Preschoolers who suffer from anxiety could end up with permanent changes to the physical structure of the brain.

Continue reading...

Saturday 10 January 2015

Government inaugurates Dandi Kutir, Gandhi museum

The Gujarat government inaugurated the Dandi Kutir, a museum commemorating the Mahatma's life, which is shaped like a salt mound.

Continue reading...

- page 1 of 5