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Ramdev ends nine-day-old fast: Sri Sri Ravishankar

12 Jun

Yoga guru Ramdev today broke his nine-day-old fast even as doctors said he will be discharged from hospital in two-three days though his condition is “stable”.

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar, who met the 46-year-old yoga exponent for the third day at a Dehradun hospital, said, “Ramdev has broken his fast by taking juice. He ended the fast in the presence of various religious and spiritual leaders”.

Ramdev, who went on his hunger strike to protest against corruption and black money issues, was admitted to the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences here on Friday after his condition deteriorated at his Patanjali Yogapeeth ashram in Haridwar.

Vijay Dhasmana, the hospital director, said, “I am thankful to everyone who came here and helped Ramdev to break his fast. His health is not such that he can be discharged today.

“It will take two-three days for him to be out of this hospital. By evening he will be shifted to a deluxe general ward. His condition is stable and he has broken his fast,” he said.

The yoga exponent”s close associate Balakrishna, who also ended his fast at the hospital, said, “Ramdev has considered the request of hundreds of his followers and people from the saints” fraternity”.

He said, “He (Ramdev) will take this satyagraha forward till his last breath.

“The protest will continue till our last breath. Ramdev wants black money to be declared as national wealth constitutionally. We appeal to all our followers and other people to break their fast as well,” Balakrishna said, adding “I also thank the media for helping us in spreading the message against corruption to the masses”.

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My success story will inspire comman man: Narayana Murthy

12 Jun

A self-proclaimed common man who created uncommon wealth for shareholders, employees and the founders got a warm farewell at the 30th annual general meeting of Infosys. N R Narayana Murthy on Saturday chaired the AGM for the last time as he hangs up his boots in August at Infosys — his “middle child”. 

Addressing shareholders, among whom sat people with just 15 shares and those with lakhs, Murthy said: “I am an average person with many below-average attributes…. My little story should be a confidence-booster for every average person in the world (so) that he or she can make a difference, at least in a small way, to this world.” 

Such typical humility apart, what’s incontestable is the fact that Murthy will go down as the architect of one of the biggest wealth-creation stories inIndia. Infosys employees, through stock options, have benefited to the extent of Rs 50,000 crore as the company has distributed 27% of its equity among them. The dividend distributed among the shareholders amounts to Rs 11,623 crore. The market capitalisation of Infosys, with 4.5 lakh shareholders, has annually grown at a compounded rate of 50% since 1994, making it India’s second most valued technology company. 

Watched by his newlywed son Rohan, daughter-in-law Lakshmi, wife Sudha and the families of other founders and senior executives, Murthy said turning 30 — Infosys is in its 30th year of operations — is a good time to reflect and look ahead. Thirty is also a time to break new ground. 

The company, which announced four new members to its board — V Balakrishnan, Ashok Vemuri, BG Srinivas and Anne Fudge — is positioning itself for a new version: Infosys 3.0. Murthy said: “The crucial things we have to do are: be firm in pursuing our values, recognize our weaknesses, embrace meritocracy, be open-minded about learning from people better than us, learn from our mistakes and not repeat them, be humble, honest and courteous, be firm in taking quick decisions.” 

“The Infosys journey has been an integral part of my life. My colleagues say Infosys is an inseparable part of me, and I am an inseparable part of Infosys. I have been a No. 1 actor in every major decision taken in this company so far. I have rejoiced in every milestone of the company.” He admitted: “It is not easy for me to deliver my last address at this forum. As I speak, a mosaic of images from the past whizz through my mind. The list seems endless, and it would be difficult to narrate them all. The day we assembled in my tiny apartment in Mumbai to decide that respect from every shareholder was the most valuable thing for us, was momentous.

Baba Ramdev not mature enough to lead: Anna Hazare

11 Jun

A day after he declared his campaign would have no truck with Ramdev’s call to arms, social crusader Anna Hazare on Friday said the yoga guru was “not mature enough to lead a social movement as he does not have expertise other than yoga”. 

In an interview, Hazare said: “To get involved in social work, one needs to be alert about many things and Baba is yet to learn it. Baba has the habit of taking decisions unilaterally.”

After news came in that Ramdev, who has been on an indefinite fast at Haridwar, was shifted to hospital, Hazare urged the government to open a dialogue with him on “humanitarian grounds”. Hazare said Ramdev had a right to protest against the government as it was a legitimate right of an individual in a democracy. 

Hazare who is pressing the union government for enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill before August 15, explained why he distancing himself from Ramdev. “In our agitation, we discuss the developments with other activists, share ideas, welcome suggestions before taking a decision. This is the way to run any campaign or agitation. Baba’s thought process is not like us, hence there are some shortcomings in his way of protest which has benefited the government.” But he acknowledged their target was the same.

Meanwhile, a group of Ramdev’s followers from Pune visited Ralegan Siddhi on Friday morning to extend their support to Hazare’s campaign. The followers said that though Baba was their spiritual guru, they did not agree with his call to arms in the fight against corruption and they would join Hazare’s protest.

Why IPL-IV Wasn’t A Hit

10 Jun

Didn’t Cricket’s T20 format advertise itself as one modelled to ensure a nail-biting finish with the climax stretching to the last ball/last over? Perhaps why, it has stuck to the script for the last three IPL editions and doled out quite a few exciting contests and helped in promoting both the league and the format. What worked in its interest was that the quality of players didn’t seem to affect the outcome or more importantly the excitement of the game.

 

Unfortunately though, that didn’t seem to have been the case in the recently concluded fourth edition, which hasn’t only quashed any such definite notions about the format, but has also thwarted most of the appeal that the previous seasons had gathered. It’s alarming to note that for every one close encounter this season, there have been thrice as many one-sided affairs. This is simply anti-T20 policy. So, what has led to such a drastic change in IPL’s basic character? The obvious reason seems to be the thinning of domestic/international talent and hence the decline in quality. The player pool hasn’t swelled but the numbers of participating teams have. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Overseas recruits

 

The induction of foreign recruits in each team was not only to give the league an international touch but also to get top quality cricketers on board. It was only fair to assume that these foreign recruits would, every now and then, win the game on their own. Since only 4 overseas players were allowed in the playing XI, it was imperative to get quality cricketers on board.

 

But with the International commitments clashing with the IPL and the political stand-off (in case of Pakistani cricketers), top cricketers from at least three strong cricketing nations – Australia, England and Pakistan have stayed away this season. While there were still quite a few brilliant cricketers around, there were a lot of second string international recruits too.

 

Most teams played at least one overseas player to make up the numbers despite knowing that the player isn’t a match winner. Otherwise why would you see the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Rimmington, Mathew Wade, Davy Jacobs, Stephen O’Keefe etc playing in the IPL? I don’t mean to offend anyone but aren’t these guys just good domestic cricketers in their respective countries? Would you play them if you had International cricketers to choose from? More importantly replacing an Indian domestic player with an International ‘domestic’ player is never going to raise the standard.

 

Indian recruits

 

There’s been a lot of talk about the paucity of good Indian talent and the thinning of the existing talent (because of the increase in teams) leading to the decline in the quality. But are we really seeing things as they are or there’s more to it than what meets the eye?

 

Here’re a few Indian cricketers who impressed in the domestic circuit—Varun Aaron, the guy from Jharkhand, who bowled the fastest ball by an Indian. Pawan Suyal, a young left-arm seam bowler from Delhi who caught everyone’s eye in the domestic circuit. Sumit Narwal, arguably the best all-rounder in the domestic circuit this season. Pankaj Singh, the highest wicket-taker in the first-class season. Deepak Chahar, another young prodigy who took the world by storm on his debut. Abhinav Mukund, the left-hander from Tamil Nadu scored heavily for his team and South Zone.

 

These cricketers and many others like them were picked up by the IPL franchisees on the back of their domestic performances. But unfortunately these guys didn’t enough chances to showcase their skill in the IPL.

 

No, I’m not blaming the franchisees for not giving them an opportunity, since the IPL may not be about providing a platform, but winning the contests. I am only underlining the fact that certain players were stuck in a team that didn’t have a place for them in the XI. While there was a plethora of fast bowlers in Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI struggled to find decent Indian fast bowlers. Pune Warriors and CSK could easily spare a few unused batsmen which teams like DD and Kochi could have happily utilized.

 

When there’s an obvious scarcity, it’s unfair to hoard talent. How about having a window of trading during the IPL season to replenish the resources, for doing it after the season is a tad too late? Also, it’s imperative to ensure the availability of International players from stronger nations else we would have to entertain the thought of playing 5 overseas players instead of the existing four.

Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Gandhi , Fast and Sathyagraha

8 Jun

New Delhi is witnessing a comedy drama enacted by sudden reformer Anna Hazare, Yoga company chairman Ramdev. The BJP, RSS and Sangh parivar are excited. The television channels have good business hours.

Everyone tries to project that India is boiling of corruption issues. The truth is that a common man life is as usual as any other day. They watch these dramas as if they are watching a mega serial.

Now it is clear. This is BJP Vs Congress war for the next parliament election. In fact BJP need not worry and need not do something to promote its chances. The Congress popularity is already gone. According to the trends next Government will be formed by BJP alliance.

Why the BJP chose to be in the background instead of leading anti corruption war? The reason is very simple. They are also corrupt. Whatever the trend they set it will be used against them if they come to power. Moreover they can have some kind of bargain with Congress party. When BJP was in power it went slow in Bofors case and in turn Congress helped BJP in turning a blind eye to Babri demolition.

The Sangh Parivar tactics always have a disclaimer policy. It starts from the assassination of Gandhi to demolition of Babri masjid and genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. No organisation of Sangh Parivar can be punished for these historical crimes. All these incidents happened spontaneously organised by individuals. A patriotic Indian should hope so!

The events of exposure of corruption of UPA and anti corruption movements may be useful in hiding the fact about alleged involvement of RSS in terrorist activities as exposed by Asimananda. The Congress party is on back foot on corruption issues and will not take any action on RSS.

Of late Sangh parivar have reformed and have developed some aversion to violence. They have started loving the methods of Fast, Sathyagraha etc, the assassinated Gandhian methods. The brand , copy right and intellectual property right owners of Satyagraha, M/S Congress party are surprised that their old rusted tool is stolen by BJP.

Anna Hazare with a Gandhi cape provided the saffron brigade a hope to capture power. After initially praising Narendra Modi he nosedived and said more liquor flows than milk in Gujarat. But ideologically Anna should be their close pet. His trust was named Hind Swaraj trust.

Saffron clad Baba Ramdev came in handy for the parivar again. He was so good and quick to change to Salvar kameez and claim adventurous status like Chatrapati Shivaji. By this comparison he insulted the legacy of Shivaji.

The climax of Ramdev drama was a black day for Narendra Modi . Blacker than his genocidal days. For BJP Leaders it reminded Emergency. It was a massacre of democracy so and so. Most forcible verbal attacks condemnations came from BJP leaders. Rest of the country was silent. Only the television channels were full of shouts and cries because they meant their business.

A fantastic joke came from Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. He said ‘The Mahatma would be crying ” on seeing the police action in his meeting.

Did Mahatma Gandhi traveled to Delhi to organise a fast along with thousands of followers to gain popularity? If he had seen Ramdev wearing Salvar kameez and escaping he should have commented ” Hey Ram Dev go back to your ashram and teach Yoga if you still remember it”

The methods of Fast and Satyagraha have fallen into the hands of blackmailers. In one of its cruel form Mr. M.Karunanidhi conducted half a day fast few years ago and aided the Government of India’s position in the massacre of Srilankan Tamils.

People have started to think about the relevance of these Fast and Satyagraha methods. Those who organise these events are not sincere. They announce fast unto death. But cannot resist eating in four or five days. None of them have gone up to death. Only Potti sri ramulu of Andhra and Dileepan of Srilanka have died, Another great soul Sharmila Chanu who is on fast unto death protest in the north eastern state of India for ten years is not worthy a matter to discuss in Patriotic anti corruption Media.

Since the Fast and Satyagraha are employed by proxy servers just for popularity it is easier for the Government to disorganize and disperse the misled crowds of TV viewers. The attempts by Sangh Parivar to imitate the spontaneous protests of Arab countries have failed. But the campaign is successful. The Congress Government has been exposed enough on corruption issues. This is good for the country.

Baba Ramdev Effect: Govt tells Team Anna we can draft Lokpal Bill without you

7 Jun

 After evicting Baba Ramdev from Delhi, the government today asserted itself against Anna Hazare and his colleagues, sternly telling them that it would go ahead with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill “even in their absence” if civil society representatives continued with their boycott of the joint committee meetings.

It also underlined to the Hazare camp that its involvement in the drafting exercise was being seen as undermining of the “supremacy of the Constitution” by other political parties. The government, however, invited them for the next meeting of the joint committee on June 15.

The government’s curt message was delivered shortly after the Congress bracketed both Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev together calling them “mukhautas (masks)” of the BJP and asserting that there was “no bigger sanyasi” in contemporary politics than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

This sudden assertion of authority was a clear attempt by the UPA government, and the ruling party, to regain some of the significant ground it had yielded ever since it notified the joint drafting committee in April under pressure from Hazare who had launched an indefinite fast against corruption at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The committee has met thrice.

Yesterday, the Hazare camp expressed its solidarity with Ramdev — who was forced out of Delhi on Saturday night — and announced that it would not attend today’s scheduled meeting in protest. The co-chair of the joint committee, Shanti Bhushan, even demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet over the police action on Ramdev, who had organised a fast on the issue of black money.

The five ministers in the joint committee went ahead with today’s meeting in the absence of civil society representatives. One of them, a combative Kapil Sibal, told reporters that Hazare and his colleagues were not “serious” about drafting the Lokpal Bill and criticised the language he said they used against the government.

“I reject in the strongest possible terms the language used by Anna Hazare and others which I must say was not the language of civil society. They have called the government cheats, liars, conspirators. I can only hope such kind of language will not be used in the future,” he said. “Letter writing, asking us to participate in public debates or raising the issue of Ramdev or televised discussions at the meeting are all extraneous to the proceedings of the joint drafting committee. Its mandate is to draft a Lokpal Bill. The government has always cooperated with the demands raised by the civil society.

Sibal made it clear that the government would go ahead with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill even if the civil society representatives refused to participate in future meetings. He read out the responses sent by some of the political parties on the questionnaire circulated by the government inviting suggestions on the Lokpal Bill.

Sibal said the BJP’s view was that law-making was the prerogative of the Parliament and cannot be done by a select group of civil society. Similarly, BSP had said that procedure adopted for drafting of Lokpal bill “was not consistent with Parliament processes”. The CPM and the CPI have also echoed this.

Addressing a press conference earlier, Congress media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi, in a clear reference to Ramdev, said, “A satyagrahi does not run away stealthily wearing women’s dresses. Satyagrahi is always ready to sacrifice his life. Such a person is being compared to Mahatma Gandhi and Vivekananda. Gandhiji never said he feared for his life from the state.”

He also took a dig at the BJP which had organised a day long fast at Rajghat in protest against police action on Ramdev. “Who are these people – those whose ideology led to the creation of Rajghat before time? Gandhiji wanted to live for 125 years. How serious is their fast that the Leader of the Opposition is dancing with her friends at Gandhi’s Samadhi? What is it that they are celebrating – by putting forward the mukhautas of Anna Hazare and Ramdev?” said Dwivedi.

Hazare’s group had also decided to boycott today’s meeting because they wanted the government to make its stand public on certain contentious provisions in the proposed legislation, like whether the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary needed to be brought under the purview of the Lokpal.

Reacting to the government’s remarks, Hazare’s colleague Arvind Kejriwal, one of the members of the committee, denied the use of “unparliamentary” language. “We have always been very proper and correct in our communication with the government. After what the government has said today, we have decided to call a meeting tomorrow to discuss what our future course of action should be,” he said.

Headley was in touch with Pakistan officials, terrorists

25 May

The revelation by prosecution’s star witness on the second day of the trial of his one time friend, Pakistan-born Canadian Tahawwur Rana in a Chicago court, has put Islamabad squarely in the dock, adding fuel to demands for stopping US aid to an unreliable ally in the fight against terrorism.

The issue has further strained US relationship with Pakistan amid mounting pressure from Congress to reduce foreign aid since the May 2 US raid on Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, just outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Federal prosecutors Tuesday also established Rana and Headley’s long-time friendship with the consul general for Pakistan in Chicago. All three men attended the same top military school in Pakistan.

US-born son of a Pakistani father and an American mother, Headley had changed his given name of Daood Gilani in 2006 to scout targets for the Mumbai attack without arousing suspicion.

Giving vivid details of the terror plot he enlisted Rana to help carry out, Headley said he was recruited by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed to take part in the plot to attack Mumbai.

Describing his last several months in Mumbai, Headley said he received the final orders from his handler from Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), a man known only as Major Iqbal — which he said provided help to the terrorists.

Major Iqbal was apparently upset that the Mumbai airport was not being considered as a possible target by the attackers, according to Headley’s testimony.

Iqbal wanted Headley to scout the Indian Naval Air Station in Mumbai as well. “He was really keen on that,” Headley testified.

Headley said he was asked to conduct surveillance and mark on his GPS the location of the Chabad house, a Jewish community centre in Mumbai.

Headley said that Major Iqbal was interested in attacking the Chabad House since Iqbal believed it was allegedly a front for the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.

Headley said that the Chabad house was difficult to locate since it was at the end of a narrow alley, where his GPS could not receive a signal.

He described how he received instructions to shoot surveillance films for the attackers to help them plan their routes.

Headley also testified that he purchased traditional colourful bracelets worn by young boys and men in Mumbai so that the attackers would blend in.

In September 2008, Headley said that the planners for the attacks decided they would use what Headley called a “stronghold option” to barricade themselves in the hotels and fight to the death instead of trying to escape from Mumbai.

Headley testified about Abu Qahafa, one of the planners of the attack: “Abu Qahafa said if they knew they would leave, they would not fight as well.”

It was during this time that it was decided the terrorist gunmen would use Indian cell phones to communicate with each other and their handlers.

(Sources – http://www.deccanherald.com/content/163917/headley-touch-pakistan-officials-terrorists.html)

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