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Indian Thoughts, Advanced Modern Concepts


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We live in a Technological Age.

Whatever Theories have been formed they find expression in Technology.

Technology is so advanced that we are in fact of theories to support them!

Yet some of the Theories in Science need further examination and updating

Indian Philosophy has crossed this barrier thousands of years back and some of the Theories which we use now had ben used by them and were developed further,

(Note. In India, we use the term Philosophy in the broadest sense ,that is to know, to be aware of;Science is included in this)

But then there have been claims often that ’this is in Indian Philosophy,the finding is not new’.

This statement has been repeated ad nausea that people have started ridiculing these assertions.

We shall examine some of the Theories of Indian Philosophy and their relevance to modern Scientific Thought.

( When we say Indian Philosophy, it includes…

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Bill to prevent floods, settle water disputes

Amid recurrent floods and ongoing water disputes between states, the government on Monday floated a draft bill which seeks to set up 12 river basin authorities in the country to settle discords and prevent deluge and pollution in inter-state rivers.

The Draft River Basin Management Bill, which seeks to amend the River Boards Act, 1956, was put in the public domain by the Water Resources Ministry.

The draft legislation seeks to create a mechanism for integrated planning, development and management of water resources of a river basin. The River Boards Act lacked such a provision.

So far, not a single River Board has been constituted under the present Act as no state ever made a request under the provisions of the legislation.

The bill proposes a two-tier structure for each of the 12 river basin authorities.

Every river basin authority would consist of an “upper layer” called the governing council and a “lower layer” described as the executive board charged with the technical and implementation powers for the council decisions.

The governing council has extensive membership and representation including chief ministers of the co-basin states, ministers in charge of Water Resources, one Lok Sabha member, one MLA among others.

Likewise the executive board has also been given a broad base membership under the bill.

The governing council will approve the river basin master plan to ensure sustainable river basin development, management and regulation. It will also take steps to enable the basin states to come to an agreement for implementation of river basin master plan.

The council will also settle inter-state water disputes.

The executive board on the other hand will prepare schemes for irrigation, water supply, hydropower, flood control, pollution control and soil erosion.

The draft bill has been prepared by the Justice Tejinder Singh Doabia Committee which was set up last year to ‘study the activities that are required for optimal development of a river basin and changes required in existing act’.

The draft River Basin Management Bill also provides that in case of a dispute or difference between two or more states regarding any recommendation of the river basin authority or the refusal or neglect of any state to undertake measures in pursuance of the river basin master plan, the governing council of the river concerned would use conciliation and mediation as means to resolve disputes.

If the matter could not be settled, the dispute will then be referred to the Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 for adjudication.

Every river basin authority will have its own funds and budget and is required to prepare an annual report to be tabled in Parliament.

The bill proposes to set up river basin authorities for Brahmani-Baitarini basin, Cauvery basin, Ganga basin, Godavari basin, Indus basin, Krishna basin, Mahanadi basin, Mahi basin, Narmada basin, Pennar basin, Subarnreakha basin and Tapi basin .

People and stakeholders have been asked to offer their comments on the draft bill by July 31.

Srinagar: 8 jawans killed in Hizb strike ahead of PM’s visit Last updated on: June 24, 2013 19:58 IST

Army personnel talking positions after a militant strike on a convoy outside Srinagar on Monday

Eight army soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded, 3 of them critically, in a militant strike on the Srinagar Muzaffarabad road Monday afternoon.

Soon after militants also struck at Barzalla, a posh uptown locality on the airport road, lobbing a grenade and opening fire at the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force convoy injuring an officer.

The twin attacks come a day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are due to arrive in the state for a two-day visit.

Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack. A person Baliguddin, identifying himself as spokesperson of the outfit, called up a local news agency and said several squads have been formed and similar attacks will be carried out in the city in the future as well.

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Image: Army personnel running for cover after a militant strike on a convoy outside Srinagar on Monday
Photographs: Umar Ganie


The security had been beefed up across the summer capital Srinagar since Sunday following the Saturday’s attack in the busy business centre of Hari Singh High Street in which two cops were gunned down.

A senior police officer said militants ambushed the Baramulla bound convoy on the highway near Hyderpora Monday afternoon, firing indiscriminately from automatic weapons.

“Four army soldiers were killed on the spot and 13 others were injured who were evacuated to hospital for treatment. Another trooper succumbed in the hospital. Condition of some of the injured is critical,” the officer said.

One of the vehicles in the convoy which was targeted bore bullet marks with the windshield having been smashed in the attack.

Heavy army, paramilitary CRPF and police reinforcements were moved in the area which was immediately surrounded. Heavy firing was reported from the area.

Massive searches were on when reports last came in. Traffic on the highway was disrupted due to the attack.

Militants also struck in the Barzalla locality of the capital city where they lobbed a grenade and opened fire injuring a sub-inspector of the CRPF. He was immediately shifted to SMHS hospital for treatment.

Security forces immediately moved in the area to mount searches.

High tension gripped the capital city which had been on a high alert in view of the visit of the prime minister and to Kashmir on Tuesday.

Security forces have erected barricades all across the city and all the passing vehicles and pedestrians are being searched and frisked.

During his visit, Dr Singh will review the progress of development works and commission the Banihal-Qazigund rail tunnel billed as longest in India.

The separatists have called for a strike Tuesday against the visit.

The frontline Hizbul Mujaheedin outfit has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks.


HR&CE razes Vijayanagar era temple

by Gomathi Chetty on 20 Jun 2013 4 Comments

In an act of inexcusable sacrilege, the beautiful thirteenth century Adinarayana Perumal Temple, Pazhaverkadu (Pulicat), was bulldozed and destroyed by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department (HR&CE), on June 13, 2013. The ruination took place in the name of temple renovation, leaving devotees shattered, and reduced to tears. Since there was no advance information regarding the proposed razing of the temple, no preventive steps were possible in time.


Adinarayana Perumal Temple, Pazhaverkadu, is one of the rarest architectures in south India. It is a marvel of laterite blocks, and is famous for its Ramayana miniature sculptures. The vimana (tower) was made using limestone. Now it is completely demolished.

Devotees from Chennai and neighbouring districts who visited the temple on hearing the news learnt that the temple had fallen into disrepair owning to local village disputes, and had been closed for over twenty years. Though it was the responsibility of the HR&CE department to protect the temple, it did not perform its duty. HR&CE charges hundreds of crores as administration charges.


The temple has been in a dilapidated condition for long. To rescue it from oblivion, local residents and volunteers managed to get help from the Reach Foundation, a heritage conservation NGO, in 2006. The local fishermen community contributed labour and the Ramakrishna Mission which runs the local evening school provided boarding and lodging to the activists. The village youth toiled day and night to clear the vegetative growth that was literally strangulating the temple; they removed as many as 300 snakes from the premises. This was a stupendous task, but they successfully cleaned up the area and reopened the temple (see links below).


The Adinarayana Perumal Temple, Pazhaverkadu, owns two acres of land in Thaangalperumpalam village, which is insufficient for its maintenance expenses. The HR&CE department, which neglected the temple when it had shut down due to poor maintenance, promptly took over the temple administration after local residents and Reach Foundation restored it in 2012. But it has still not prepared any registration documents for the temple as per the HR&CE Act. Nor has action been taken to collect the temple income.


It bears stating that the 13th Finance Commission sanctioned about Rs 250cr to the HR&CE department to protect heritage structures (temples) in Tamil Nadu. This is HR&CE took over the temple and allotted around Rs 52lakh for its renovation.


Thus, a Vijayanagar era heritage temple – restored by citizen activism – was destroyed by contractors and officials of the HR&CE department in the guise of renovation! All that was now needed was to proceed to restore – scientifically – the damaged portions of the temple; but it was not to be.


HR&CE proceeded in typical ham-handed fashion. Keeping experts of the State archaeological department and Archaeological Survey of India in the dark, HR&CE, which has already destroyed nearly one thousand temples over the past few years, in the name of renovation, repeated its sin once again. The temple was handed over to the PWD officer, though this department and its staff have zero knowledge about heritage structures and Agama Sastra.


What happened on June 13 is truly shocking. The department permitted the contractor-renovator to use earth mover vehicles (bulldozers) to demolish the temple structures. This is completely unlawful activity, but the officer supposed to supervise the temple renovation did nothing to protect the heritage structure and stop the nonsense.


Now, the majesty and warm dignity of the ancient structure has made way for a vimana made of cement and iron . The department was supposed to strengthen the foundation before constructing the vimana, but simply demolished it and began started constructing a new one with alien materials like cement and chemicals. The mandatory permission from the State or Central archaeological departments for activity in a heritage building was brushed aside. In all, the several vimanas, temple structures, and the magnificent doorway stand demolished.


Pazhaverkadu gets its name from the abundant vela trees in the area. The Dutch called it Pulicat as they could not pronounce the local name. Many trades and communities thrived here over the centuries, including the British, Dutch and Chinese. According to a 16th century stone inscription over the entrance of the Devi shrine, Pazharverkadu was also known as Pralaya Kaveri and Mallapatnam.


The Adinarayana Perumal Temple was been built by Balavandakulu, a Telugu, as per the Telugu inscription found at the Thayar shrine in the complex. The entrance to the temple is striking, and even though the gopuram is missing, the main entrance with the walls on either side looks like the entrance to a fort!
At some stage, the temple came to be called mini-Angkor Vat, because it is an ancient Vishnu temple; has intricately carved Ramayana scenes on its roof cross-beams, close to the ceilings, the figures not taller than 8 inches; and the roots of trees encircle the temple like a big asura trying to gobble the temple to assuage his hunger! Pipal trees played havoc with the temple, ruining the stone ceilings and making the pillars fall apart.


The original temple was a magnificent structure, typical of the great temples of south India. At the entrance is a small mandap with Garuda facing the main shrine; inside are exquisite murtis of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. The Rama image is broken, with the bow and arrow missing. There was once a separate sannidhi for Rama to the right of the main sannidhi, which has now collapsed.


The mandap leading to the temple has beautiful carvings of dancers and the dasavatara. On one pillar has a relief of a monkey eating a jackfruit; above is a panel of four monkeys juxtaposed to look like a single monkey. There are rich carvings of mermaids, man-beasts, man with several heads.
The Adi Narayana Perumal deity is flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi. The utsavars had been removed to a newly built Varadaraja temple for safety. The Lord in this temple is seen in standing posture, with sankh and chakra in his upper hands. His lower right hand is Abhaya hasta and the lower left hand rests on His thigh.
Outside the sannidhi are a small set of beautiful images, whose lower right hand is Varada hasta and whose lower left hand rests on the thigh. He too is flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi.
The Thayar and Andal Shrines are separate on either side of the main mandap. The bali peetam is a beautifully carved structure, with steps leading to the top of the bali peetam from all four sides.
By all accounts, the temple was popular with the villagers and till 1988 a priest used to come from Ponneri and Laksharchnais, Navaratri puja and other pujas were conducted regularly. The last samprokshanam was in 1979.


Pazhaverkadu is also home to an ancient Shiva temple whose deity is called Samaya Eswaraswamy and Anandavalli, which too falls under the HR&CE Trust. This too is in ruins, but is restorable. There is a Subramanya swami temple, 150 year old, built by some Chettiars in the vicinity, and another 10th century Chola era temple in the nearby “Koviladi” island.


Pazhaverkadu lies between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, hence people from both States flock there. It is a tourist attraction due to the nearby sea, boating, a bird sanctuary, Dutch cemetery and remains of Dutch era, and the Samaya Isvarar Temple which also partly built of laterite.


Now, the intricate stone work and carvings, particularly the majestic archway, have given way to smooth cement, courtesy the ‘renovation’ by a department more concerned with spending budget money than in preserving a heritage structure. The contractor, with iconoclastic zeal, poured hard cement over the laterite blocks with the carvings of gods and literally effaced them! Experts feel that cement should not have been used in the work at all, and the lime mortar would have been more appropriate in the conservation work as it has more ‘air’ content.


This is now the HR&CE is ruining temples all over Tamil Nadu. This is the best reason why the department should be disbanded and temples returned to the local communities.


Pakistan Funds Terrorist Outfit Openly

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The Punjab Government of Pakistan has funded the LeT front,Jamaat-ud-Dawah, considered a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba.Earlier I have posted the list of Journalists who were  paid by The Government.

It is open secret that the ISI and The Government of Pakistan has been funding terrorist Organisations.

Now this has become official.

It is also known that the Mumbai Terror attack was conceived,directed and controlled by the ISI.

Couple this with Headley confessions to the US

The picture is complete.

Noe Nawaz Sharief is freezing these funds for the future.

The result could be the hiding of the allocation by the Government departments and the ISI.

And Sharief will be sailing in uncharted waters.


Besides a grant-in-aid of over Rs 61 million for the JuD centre known as ‘Markaz-e-Taiba’, the provincial government has allocated Rs 350 million for setting up a “Knowledge Park” at the centre and other development initiatives.

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  America Falls Behind in Creating Rich Entrepreneurs
Published: Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | 1:03 PM ET

By: | CNBC Reporter & Editor

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The creation myth of American wealth is almost always rooted in the entrepreneur.

It’s the two kids who start a computer company in their garage or dorm room. Or the former standup comic who creates form-shaping undergarments, or the South African immigrant who creates a new electric car and private space program.

But despite the high-profile examples, America may actually be falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to creating entrepreneurial wealth. A new study from Barclays, “Origins and Legacy: the Changing Order of Wealth Creation,” finds developing countries now lead the U.S. when comes to wealth creation by entrepreneurs.

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Worldwide, 40 percent of millionaires (which is defined as those with investable assets of $1.5 million or more) cited a “business sale or profit” from their business as their source of wealth. Only a quarter of the millionaires cited inheritance as their wealth source.

In the U.S., only 21 percent of millionaires cited business sale or profit as their source of wealth. A much larger percentage cited saved earnings or personal investments as their sources of wealth.

In the Asia-Pacific region, 57 percent cited business sale or profit as a source of wealth—far more than in the U.S. South Africa (68 percent) and Latin America (58 percent) were also higher.

So is America losing its entrepreneurial mojo? There is some evidence that entrepreneurial activity is flagging. The latest data from the Kauffman Foundation found that there were 514,000 new business owners a month in 2012, down from 543,000 in 2011. The 2012 numbers marked the lowest in five years.

(Read More: Key to Wealth: Work, Risk or Luck?)

A report from the Hudson Institute found that brand-new companies added 2.34 million jobs in 2010 compared with an average of about 3 million a year dating back to 1977.

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Barclays says developing countries now lead the entrepreneurial wealth creation, with CNBC’s Robert Frank, and the “Street Signs” panel.

But the Barclays report said another difference between the U.S. and other countries could also be one of basic wealth cycles. Wealth in developing countries is newer, and therefore there is more wealth from freshly minted companies than from savings or investments.

“These [developing] markets have a much shorter history of widespread wealth creation and many of the high-net-worth individuals in these markets are first generation wealthy,” the report said.

Entrepreneurs were also more likely to increase their fortunes during the recession compared with those with inherited wealth or those who made their money from investments and savings.

They are also more prone to taking risks, given that risk-taking is key to entrepreneurial wealth. As a result, their fortunes are more volatile than the wealth made from savings and earnings.

(Read More: We’re Rich Again! So Why Don’t We Feel It?)

“Entrepreneurs need to embrace volatility and recognize that fortunes can be lost as quickly as they were made,” the report said.

By CNBC’s Robert Frank. Follow him on Twitter