THE RASHTRAMANTRA OF NANAJI ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
Rashtramantra given by Rashtrarishi Nanaji Deshmukh that ‘I am not for
myself but for my own people and those are my own people who are
neglected and underprivileged’ can change the picture of the entire
nation. This mantra should be spread all over the country,” said noted
Ramkatha Vachak Morari Bapu addressing a gathering of Deendayal Research
Institute (DRI) workers at Ram Manohar Lohia Auditorium in Chitrakoot on
March 23. Earlier, Dr Nandita Pathak highlighted some of the activities
carried out by the DRI. She specifically mentioned the 1045 km Swavlamban
Abhiyan padyatra conducted some years back under the leadership of Nanaji
to raise the feeling of self-reliance among villagers. Morari Bapu said
that he had high regards for Nanaji and whenever he met Nanaji he
realised the great work done by him. He said the organisation which has
spiritual feelings makes tremendous success. He said Nanaji might have
departed, but his internal spiritualism is still in Chitrakoot. “The
Rashtramantra given by him will play a key role in transforming the life
of rural Bharat. The torch of rural uplift that Nanaji lighted from here
will make our villages self-reliant,” he said.
LAUDED FOR CHILD HEALTHCARE MODEL
"Bihar, one of the poorest
in the country, is at the forefront of the battle against vitamin A
deficiency, which afflicts up to 62 per cent of pre-school age children
in rural Bharat," says the 13th annual State of the World's Mothers
report by the Save the Children foundation. In 2009, Bihar's vitamin A
supplementation programme reached 13.4 million children under 5,
protecting 95 per cent of children in this age group against the
devastating consequences of vitamin A deficiency, says the report. This
high coverage came at a time when the national coverage across Bharat was
estimated at only 34 per cent, the report pointed.
CHINA SET TO GET
FIRST YOGA COLLEGE
Yoga College is being established in China by Yin Yan of the Yogi Yoga
Institute of China. She has married Manmohan Singh Bhandari, a Yoga
exponent from Rishikesh. The logo of the college, Shardha, Veerya Smruthi
and Pragyana, the quintessential components of Hatha Yoga was inaugurated
on May 4. “Yogi Yoga has trained over 10,000 teachers and instructors in
its branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou since 2004 upto
now," Yin Yan said. The three-year course would focus on Hatha
Yoga be conducted by a vastly experienced faculty from Bharat and abroad
headed by Bhandari. The first batch of students, chosen from the one
month course involving 200 hours of training, was being enrolled. The
course would focus on shaping up a good teacher. The entire 36 month
course was expected to cost around USD 4000. The degree would enable
teachers to become fulltime instructors of yoga, which is practised in
all most popular gyms and health centres in China. At a seminar on
yoga organised by her centre, Yin Yan described noted Bharatiya exponent
of Yoga, B K Iyengar as Mao Zedong of Yoga. Her institute has translated
vast works of Iyengar into Chinese. Iyengar was accorded big public
receptions when he visited last year.
WHEN NRIS CONTRIBUTE
TO THEIR MOTHERLAND
of the best Bharatiya students go abroad and this has led to some heart
burns against them. On the other side, some of those who have been
educated abroad and worked there and made a place for themselves in that
society, have quit everything to come back to Bharat. A man, who did well
in real estate in
came back to Punjab to open a hospital near his village. He succeeded and
the hospital continues to attract talented doctors from abroad who visit
it and provide their specialised skills and thus help patients. Another
Canadian came back to his village and set up a modern sanitation system.
Not content with that, he soon started expanding his endeavours and, in
time, was successful in providing more villages with such facilities.
Many NRIs have set up education institutions in remote areas. In some
cases, they had the kutcha paths of various villages paved with bricks to
improve the village environs. Another group set up an ambulance service
that serves five states — Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, Kerala and
Punjab. They also give first-aid training to school and college
students. However, many regret the fact that when they return, full
of good intentions, their efforts are thwarted by the government inertia
and the vested interests which prefer the status quo. It is a matter of
regret that on the one hand there is the general lament about brain
drain, while on the other precious little is done to harness the
contribution of those who come back with noble intentions.
BHARAT IS WORLD’S
MOST OPTIMISTIC MARKET
for the ninth consecutive quarter, has emerged as the most optimistic
market in terms of consumer confidence with an increase of one point to
123, but there is still some amount of cautiousness when it comes to
spending spare cash, said a Nielsen survey. “This optimism is reflected
in Indian consumers’ increased confidence in job prospects, which is a
good sign for the economy. However, job security is still a cause for
concern and consumers are still cautious when it comes to spending spare
cash,” said Justin Sargent, MD, Nielsen India.
with Deendayal Research Institute, Chitrakoot
I am Software
Engineer by profession and as part of my interest in social service I
travelled to different parts of India. I had a chance to visit
Chitrakoot (a border village between MP and UP) in Oct 2011. I do
not have much idea about a rural India or how a village can be
self-sustained but seeing this village I am sure I definitely have some
knowledge now. It also highlights the fact how much good a politician
can do provided he has the willingness.
To begin with I heard it’s one of the most neglected cities as it falls
right in the border of MP and UP and neither government willing to take
care. Also it is the place they say where Sri Rama of Ayodhya stayed
for 12 years during his exile. I heard 10-15 years back, it is a place
dominated by bandits etc. In this place Mr Nanaji Deshmukh with the
help of Dr. Bharat and Dr. Nandita Pathak set up an example of rural
India which now stands as a paradigm for the rest of the country to
take notice. Dr Abdul Kalam statement that rest of the country should
follow is an accolade in itself.
The key for its success was its ingrained methodology ie independence.
It doesn’t depend on the city for the resources rather work on the
better utilization what the village contains. In that way it is not
affected by outside industries, business, politics etc. A number of
strategies for alleviating the poverty and development of villages were
implemented. All these methods were focused on addressing the issues
like water scarcity, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and ill health.
One of the
main concepts they run is called Samaj Shilpi Dampati where young
graduate couples stay in a village for 5 years. They associate
themselves with the villages thus bringing awareness as well as
education. The organization can work with the graduate couples who in
turn work with the villages. With the communication problem taken care
of, the DRI people get associated with the villagers by doing various
activities like games shows etc. Once the trust is achieved then slowly
they raise the villager’s awareness towards proper agriculture
techniques, watershed management, organic farming etc. Micro financing
is also provided. So the whole purpose is to inculcate the villagers
into being individually self-reliant thus making the village
self-reliant. Another important aspect of it is the free dental
surgeries they do for the people with disfigured mouth etc.
One of the great dependencies for a success of this kind of project
will be funds which will run into crores. So how does the money come?
It is because of the donations of Mr Nanaji Deshmukh and hundreds of
other people several of them his allies who contributed for the cause.
Mr Nanaji is one of a kind person who gave up marriage and served the
entire life for the welfare of the community.
I do understand that not every village can be made like this nor every
person who is willing to do this has funds. But what about those
hundreds of politicians who are pocketing thousands of crores which if
used properly could have made India a completely developed
country? And also what about hundreds of thousands of individuals
like us who in our capacity if we serve the society itself could result
in a gigantic change of the society and the system.( Surya
Jilludimudi,Software Engineer & Social WorkerAtlanta, USA)
108 AMBULANCE SERVICE
COMPLETES 1 YEAR
US-returned young Bharatiya professionals had set up an ambulance service
a year ago to provide the facility in five states, including Punjab.
Started from two, the company now has 860 ambulances, Rs 80 crore
turnover and over 4,800 work force. Data released by the company
reveals that the ‘108’ service has helped save 1.53 lakh lives in Punjab,
which now has 240 ‘108’ ambulances operating in 20 districts. The call
centre of the ambulance service received 14.5 lakh calls in one year. Of
the 1.53 lakh patients that these ambulances ferried to hospital, 49,277
were expectant mothers while 23,144 were accident/trauma cases. 245
successful deliveries also took place in these ambulances.
DRAGON DANCE IN GARBA LAND TO BOOST GUJARAT-CHINA BUSINESS
land of garba will host Chinese opera. As lion bonds with dragon to boost
business ties, a 72- member team will stage a Beijing opera, which dates
back to the third century, at Motera stadium, Ahmedabad for three days
during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit in January next year. A
300-member cultural troupe from China will stage more events during the
investment summit - a clear indication that the dragonland will be part
of the Gujarat story after countries like Japan and Canada have already
partnered Vibrant Gujarat 2011. The shows will be translated live
in Gujarati and will be fused with episodes from the Ramayana and the
Mahabharata. The opera is a traditional form of Chinese theatre
developed in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Though banned during the
Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), it was revived over the last two
BHARAT TO GROW AT
is projected to see a faster growth of 7.5 per cent this fiscal on the
back of higher savings and investment rates, even as most of the
Asia-Pacific economies are likely to expand at a slower pace, says a UN
report. "The Bharatiya economy’s strong fundamentals, namely high
saving and investment rates and rapidly expanding labour force and middle
class will ensure a steady economic performance... We expect it to expand
by about 7.5 per cent in 2012-13," UNESCAP chief economist Nagesh
Kumar said. The report said there are indications the Bharatiya economy
is turning around as core sectors, including manufacturing, show signs of
recovery. In 2011-12 fiscal, the economy faced a twin shock of
global slowdown and impact of tight monetary policy, it said.
VEDIC RITES BECOME PART OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Sunday Kashi Mutt at Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation (KVRF) near West
Hill, Kozhikode wakes up to the chanting of vedas. Around 300 women from
faraway places come here on weekends to learn the scriptures. Once they
arrive at the centre, they divide themselves into small batches each of
13-14 members. The teacher Sujesh Arya, a disciple of KVRF founder
Acharya M R Rajesh, imparts them practical lessons on Vedic
Sandyavandanam and related rituals from 8am to 12pm. The KVRF started
teaching vedas to women irrespective of their caste or age nine years ago
in a bid to break the age-old tradition of restricting the learning of
scriptures to Brahmin males. The institute has so far taught vedas to
more than 10,000 women from Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Thrissur.
They are well-versed in the art of performing agnihotram, nitya yajna,
and numerous other Smartha and Sroutha yajnas, Shodassakriya (the 16
Samskara Kriyas from birth to death), and Bali Vaishya Veda Yajnam.
MATHEMATICS IN SOUTH KOREA
Sewa International karyakarta
Ravi Kumar on his tour to south East Asia visitedSeoul from 26 -
30April. Three Workshops on Vedic Mathematics and Vedic Sciences were
held in Seoul National University main campus and
Sung Kyun Kwan University Suwon. These were attended by Head of
Mathematics Dept; Dean of Mathematics Faculty, Professors from
different areas of study, Research Students and Post Graduate
students. In every workshop professors and students showed keen
interest and unanimously requested the duration to be increased in
order to learn more. Three of these students later conducted classes on
Vedic Maths in two temples the next day to the great amazement of the
devotees. Ravi Kumar also explained the Hindu Influence in South East
Asia and around the world by means of Power Point Presentations at two
Radha Krishna Mandirs in and around Seoul. In all his speeches,
Ravi Kumar highlighted the strong historical, cultural and linguistic
connections between Koreans and Indians for the past 2000 years. He gave
several examples of common words in Tamil and Korean languages to the
great amazement of the audience, many of whom were made aware for the
first time. He also showed the closeness of cultural traits between
Bhatiyas and Koreans like using only right hand for giving and
accepting money and valuables from others, respect for the teachers,
respecting elders in families and society. Ravi Kumar narrated the
story (that most Koreans believe true) that a Bharatiya Princess of
divine birth (Mata Laxmi) sailed from Bharat in 48 AD to marry Korean
King Kim Suro, also considered as of divine birth (Lord Vishnu).
Several Presidents, Prime Ministers and ministers ofKorea claim
today that they are the descendents of the Divine Princess from Bharat.
Narrating this episode Ravi Kumar urged the Bharatiyas
in Korea to work for a meaningful interaction with Koreans so
that the Koreans too start owning the Universal Vedic Values as their
own. All the programs were planned meticulously by Dr Abhijit Ghosh,
Professor of Yoga in Dong Seoul University, South
Korea and a team of wellwishers.
SAVING LIVES ROUND THE CLOCK, A STEP AT A TIME
9.45 pm, a young woman walks into the Kibithoo health sub-centre, blood
dripping from her face; yet another victim of a domestic squabble. Oni
Ering and Pura Menu, auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) at the sub- centre,
clean the wound, stitch it, and send her back with tablets and a neat
bandage. Ering and Menu's work isn't done, though. It's never exactly
done when you have set up camp at a place near China border, offering
24x7 services to the people. Run by the Karuna Trust, the Walong Primary
Health Centre (PHC) is one of 11 such establishments being run by NGOs on
a non-profit basis in Arunachal Pradesh under the Public Private
Partnership (PPP) model of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) since
2006. The sub-centre caters to 10 villages sprinkled over the mountains,
where landslides and road blocks are common occurrences and walking long
distances routine. "At times, we walk about 10-km stretches to reach
our destination," says Milo Yanga at Walong PHC. Equipped with a
modern delivery room, the centre also conducts blood tests.
"Earlier, we had to go to Tezu, about 200 km away, for a blood
test," says Billangli Tamai, who runs a PCO at Walong.
VISA RELAXATION TO
MAKE BHARAT A TOURIST HUB
The ministry of
external affairs has decided to extend the tourist visa on arrival policy
to France, Germany and Russia. The idea is to attract international
tourist traffic and turn Bharat into a major tourist destination.
"The criteria for providing the facility to any country include
security implication - how much is the presence in that country of people
inimical to India's interests - and tourist inflow from there. These
three countries made the cut," an MEA source said. Bharat currently
issues VOA to 11 countries like Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines,
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Finland, Luxembourg and New
DOMINATE U.S. GENERIC SPACE
pharmaceutical companies filed 51 percent of the overall global
applications called ‘drug master filings’ in the U.S. market during 2011.
The DMFs are the approvals to supply complex raw materials to all generic
manufacturers in the U.S. market beneficial of all global markets. These
companies have put aside over half the certified profiles for active
pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Of the global DMF filings in U.S.,
Bharat estimated for 45 percent in 2009 which increased to 49 percent in
2010 and 51 percent in 2011, so for the last three years there has been a
constant increase in the trend of such application from Bharat.
HINDUS PLANT1000 TREES AT
NDAKAINI DAM IN KENYA
Trees were planted by volunteers from the Hindu Religious and Service
Center (HRSC) at the Ndakaini dam in Gatanga District. The Ndakaini
Dam is one of the main sources of Nairobi’s tapped water and is an
important strategic landmark in the nation. It is managed by the
Nairobi Water Company. It catches the water run-off from the
Aberdare Mountains, stores it, treats it and slowly releases it
year-round for use by Nairobi residents. After the tree-planting exercise
on April 22, done by fifty enthusiastic volunteers from Nairobi, there
was a short baraza where Mr. Njoroge- the Chief Human Resource Office of
the Nairobi Water Company, in his address on-behalf of the MD of the
company, thanked the Hindu Community for planting trees at the site since
2005. He pointed out the first site where trees have already
bloomed to full-size. The HRSC has planted 50,000 trees since 2005
in sites across Kenya with 16,000 of these planted at
Ndakaini. On behalf of the HRSC, the Hindu Council of Kenya
and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Dr. Minesh Shah, convenor of the Tree
Planting Committee, re-iterated the Hindu Community’s commitment to play
a positive role for the nation.
GUJARAT GOES GREEN
multi-benefit pilot project generating one-MW electricity from solar
panels atop the Narmada branch canal was dedicated to the nation by
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on, April 24. Under the project, set
up jointly on an experimental basis by the State- owned Sardar Sarovar
Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) and the Gujarat State Electricity
Corporation Limited, solar panels have been fitted over a 750-metre
stretch on the Sanand-Kadi Narmada branch canal to generate 16 lakh units
of clean electricity annually. As the canal will remain covered, it is
estimated that the project will prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of
water annually. Mr. Modi said the pilot project would put Gujarat and
Bharat on the world energy map, and it would also be a major contribution
to the humanity in the field of clean energy and solving the problem of
both water and power shortages.
VIVEKANAND JAYANTI AT
International celebrated Vivekanand Jayanti as Harmony Day with a formal
launch of Yoga Centre for seniors in Melbourne. Besides other eminent
personalities it was addressed by Mrs.Roz.Blades, Cr.Ex-Mayor of
Dandenong Council who is the inspirer of the project and Mr. Vasan
Srinivasan, President of FIAV. The program also had demonstration
of Yoga by Shri Kanwal Bhagat. The Yoga center is proposed to be named as
Chintaman Datar Yoga Centre for seniors. Shri Chitamni Datar was a
continuous source of support for many decades to the for Hindu society in
Melbourne and was actively associated with Sewa International.
AGNI V SCIENTISTS
Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi has congratulated the Bharatiya
scientists for the successful launch of Agni V. In a statement issued on
April 21 from Mumbai by the RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachara Pramukh Dr
Manmohan Vaidya Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi said, “Bharatiya scientific community
in general and the team of Bharatiya scientists in particular, who
led successful launch of Agni V, deserve hearty congratulations for their
remarkable achievement. The launch of Agni V has empowered the Bharatiya
Armed forces and made the nation proud.”
YOGA IS KEY TO PROLONGING MY MANCHESTER UNITED CAREER
football player Ryan Giggs has said that practising yoga has kept him in
the game for so long and added that he would still love to play another
100 games for Manchester United. Ryan Giggs, who is chasing his 13th
Premier League title, said that he had had to change the way he thinks on
the pitch but that he is still "living the dream". "The
yoga has definitely helped me," the 38-year- old said. "It
helps me train every day because it gives me the flexibility and the strength
not only to play the game but to train as well.”I rarely miss a training
session even [if I do] a little less than the younger players I still go
out and train. [When you get to my age] you have to change the way of
thinking. I was a quick player when I was younger, now I am not so quick.
[You have to] use your experience, use your intelligence on the pitch, to
adapt your game and change your game, as I have done."
NURSE WITH IDEAS
It was a
typical struggle by Doctors while trying to reach an area between brain
and spine during surgery that began Nirmal’s tryst with odontoidectomy,
the medical name for the surgical procedure. Nirmal Thakur, a nurse in OT
, after 11 years and over 500 surgeries has an international patent in
her name — for designing the monopolar cautery point, a simple innovation
from used surgical materials, that has made life simpler for
neurosurgeons at the institute. The innovation has been published in the
Indian Journal of Neurosurgery’s March 2012 issue. “I have done about 600
procedures till now with the instrument. It is a very useful tool for
transoral surgeries,” Dr Sarat Chandra Professor in AIIMs said. (Indian Express
April 29, 2012)
JHARKHAND FARMER SPENT 14 YEARS DIGGING A 'POND'
farmer from Vishnu Pur of Kurua village, Sukhjora Panchayat of Jharkhand,
Shyamal Chaudhary, requested the Block Development Officer to have a pond
dug that would fulfil the irrigation requirements of the fields. The BDO
denied. A determined Shyamal took it as as a challenge and started
digging a pond on his own land. When Shyamal, a Class Eight dropout,
started out, many people taunted him. He simply ignored them and started
digging the pond in 1997. After fourteen years of continuous hard work,
he not only created a pond but gifted it to the community that was going
through hard times in the absence of irrigation related facilities. The
pond, 100x100 metres long and 22 feet deep, now benefits numerous
villages in the vicinity: Kuruvaa, Petsar, Margadi,Beltikari, Vishnupur
and Baiganthara to name a few.
NOBW OPPOSES CLOSING
OF RURAL BANKS
Coming down heavily on the
Government move to close or relocate the lose making branches of banks in
rural areas, the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) termed the
move diametrically opposed to the very object of nationalisation of Banks
in 1969. The United Front of Bank Unions (UFBU) has lodged a protest
against this retrograde move through a letter addressed to Secretary of
Financial Services. “The thinking of the Government to close the loss
making rural branches or relocate them is fraught with the potential
threat to the social banking, depriving millions and millions of people
living in the rural side access to institutional credit. We request you
to re-visit the idea and continue to extend support to the rural
branches,” the UFBU said in a letter addressed to the Secretary,
Department of Financial Services.
Save the Cow, Save Earth
By Dr. Subramanian Swamy
West-influenced intellectuals sneer at the mention of the cow. The same
intellectuals first sneered at yoga. Now it is a fashion to do
pranayama at cocktail parties The arguments in the West for cow
slaughter are no more uncontested. They also sneered at our sanyasis as
`godmen'. Now they flock to ashrams with their white friends ever since
the Beatles. Who knows, they may soon have a cow in their backyards.
India has 150 million cows,
each of them giving an average of less than 200 litres of milk per year.
If they could be fed and looked after, they can give 11,000 litres, as
Israeli cows do. That would provide milk for the whole world. The milk
we produce today is the cheapest in the world. With enhanced production
we could become the world's largest exporter of milk and it could be
India's biggest foreign exchange earner.
For those of us who are desi by pedigree and conviction, I place some
facts about the cow in the perspective of modern Hindutva.
The cow was elevated to divinity in the Rig Veda. In Book VI, Hymn
XXVIII attributed to Rishi Bhardwaja extols the virtue of the cow. In
Atharva Veda (Book X, Hymn X), the cow is formally designated as
Vishnu, and `all that the Sun surveys'.
Indian society has addressed the cow as gow mata. The Churning of the
Sea episode brings to light the story of the creation of the cow. Five
divine Kamadhenus (wish cows), viz, Nanda, Subhadra, Surabhi, Sushila,
Bahula emerged in the churning.
Thousands of names in our
country are cow-related: Gauhati, Gorakhpur, Goa, Godhra, Gondiya,
Godavari, Goverdhan, Gautam, Gomukh, Gokarna, Goyal, Gochar etc.
They signify reverence for the cow, and our abiding faith that the cow
In 2003, the National Commission on Cattle under Justice G. M. Lodha
submitted its recommendations to the NDA government. The report called
for stringent laws to protect the cow and its progeny in the interest
of the rural economy, a constitutional requirement under Directive
Principles of State Policy. Article 48 of the Constitution says: `The
State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on
modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for
preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter of
cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle'. During the First
War of Independence in 1857, when Bahadur Shah `Zafar' was installed as
emperor by the Hindus in Delhi for a brief period, his Hindu prime
minister, on the emperor's proclamation, made cow killing a capital
offence. In Maharaja Ranjit Singh's kingdom, the only crime that
invited capital punishment was cow slaughter.
The cow, according to the Vedas, provides four products for human
use: (i) Godugdha (cow milk): As per
Ayurveda, cow milk has fat, carbohydrates, minerals and Vitamin B, and
even a capacity for body resistance to radiation and for regenerating
brain cells. (ii) Goghruta (ghee): The best ghee, it is, as per
Ayurveda useful in many disorders. In yajna, it improves the air's
oxygen level. (iii) Gomutra (urine): Eight types of urine are used for
medicinal purpose nowadays, among which cow urine is held to be the
best. The Americans are busy patenting it. It has anti-cancer,
anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
It has immune-modulator properties, which makes it useful for immune
deficiency diseases. In the classics there are many references to cow
urine as a drug of choice. Even the Parsis follow this practice.
Lastly, (iv), Gomaya (dung) is considered as valuable as Gomutra and
used to purify the environment, as it has radium and checks radiation
Ancient Hindu wisdom on the medicinal properties of cow urine is borne
out by two patents granted in the US for cow urine distillate (Patent
numbers 6410059 and 6896907).
Even China has granted the distillate a patent as a DNA protector. A
global patent has been granted for cow urine, neem and garlic as a pest
repellent and for fungicidal and growth promoting properties for
different crops (WHO 2004/ 087618A1). A US patent has been granted for
strains from Sahiwal cow milk for plant growth promoter phytopathogenic
fungi controlling activity, abiotic stress tolerating capability,
phosphatic solubilisation capability, etc. And CSIR has filed for a US
patent for amrit pani, a mixture of cow dung, cow urine and jiggery,
for soil health improvement properties.
These claims were initially made in the Charaka Samhita, Sushrut,
Vaghbhati and Nighantu, Ratnakar, etc. They prove the utility of cow
dung and urine for sustainable agriculture as well as for disease prevention.
The arguments in the West for cow slaughter are no more uncontested.
There are better sources of protein than beef. Any dietician's chart
shows that beef with 22 per cent protein ranks below soya-bean (43),
groundnut (31) and pulses (24 per cent).One
kilogram of beef takes seven kg of crops and 7,000 kg of water to
Thus cow protection makes economic and ecological sense. Swami
Dayananda Saraswati, convenor of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, has
argued that non-vegetarianism indirectly contributes heavily to
greenhouse gases and other pollution.
He quotes a UN report from 2006 that says, "Raising animals for
meat as food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and
trucks in the world combined". Ten of billions of animals farmed for
food release gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide
through their massive amounts of manure. "The released
methane", the report says, "has 23 times the global warming
potential of CO2". For these animals to graze, virgin forests are
cleared. The livestock industry also needs vast stretches of land to
raise mono-crops to feed the animals. The CO2 that the trees and plants
store escapes into the air when they are destroyed.
Growing fodder implies heavy use of synthetic fertilizers produced with
While this process emits a huge amount of CO2, the fertilizer itself
releases nitrous oxide (3) -- a greenhouse gas that is 296 times more
potent than CO2. Alarming though these facts are, all that people have
to do is to avoid red meat. There will be no need to breed millions of
animals for daily slaughter. The animal population will consequently
A single individual by not consuming meat prevents the equivalent of
1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions in a year. This is more than the one tonne
of CO2 prevented by switching from a large sedan to a small car.
So there are a number of reasons to be a vegetarian. People who eat
meat think a pure vegetarian diet is optional. But now they have no
choice if they are alive to what is happening to this life-bearing
planet. There is no justification for eating meat, given the
devastating consequences for the planet.
A new fervour for a cow renaissance is necessary. It is constitutional
(for India) and we should defend it with all our might.
How A Mother Saved Her Son
This is a true story of a
Mother’s Sacrifice during the China Earthquake.
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins
of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the
But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a
person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two
were supported by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back
and her head.
With so many difficulties, the
leader of the rescue team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall
to reach the woman’s body.
He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold
and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search
the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader
was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of
the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through
the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body.
Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined
objects around the dead woman.
There was a 3 month’s old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under
his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman
had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was
falling, she used her body to make a cover to
protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the
team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly
to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell
the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you
can survive, you must remember that I love you.”
This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body
that read the message wept. ”
If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is
the mother’s love for her child!!