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Manmohan Singh meets AB Vajpayee and LK Advani

On the eve of the winter session of Parliament, Dr Manmohan Singh visited Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Mr LK Advani at the former’s residenceto discuss the Indo-US nuclear deal on which the BJP has hardened its stand by demanding a renegotiation.

“In the course of the meeting, they discussed current political issues, including the nuclear deal,” said Sanjaya Baru, PMO spokesman.

great significance is attached to this meeting as BJP has demanded the deal’s renegotiations saying he agreement in its present form does not give importance to India’s long-term strategic programme. It may be noted that recently David Mulford, US ambassador to India had a series of meetings with top leaders of the BJP including Rajnath Singh and Advani. Nuclear deal is going to be debated in the winter session of the parliament on 27November.

Prime Minister of Britain joins Diwali festivities at the House of Commons.
Gets Hindu name

Prime Minister Gordon Brown with Keith Vaz MP
and Ramesh Kalidai Gen. Sec. HFB

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who opened the Sixth Annual Diwali reception at the House of Commons on 14 November, was given an honorary Hindu name by the Hindu Forum of Britain.

Welcoming the Prime Minister to the multi-party reception attended by over 100 MPs and 200 community leaders to celebrate the Hindu festival of light, Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindi Forum of Britain said, “One of the meanings of the word ‘Gordon’ in Gaelic is a ‘hill with meadows’ . But in Sanskrit, the sacred language of the Hindus, we have a word for this too. It is a name for Lord Krishna, and it also refers to a sacred hill, called ‘Govardhan’. We would therefore like to welcome you as an honorary member of our community, not as Gordon Brown, but as Govardhan Brown.”

Replying, the Prime Minister thanked the Hindu Forum of Britain not only for organising this event here today, but also for the important role the Forum plays nationally in Britain. He envisaged this role will continue to grow. He also added that on his visit India early next year he would take the opportunity to speak to Prime Minister Singh about the success of the Hindu community in Britain.

Other speakers at the reception, which was sponsored by Barclays Commercial, included Caroline Spelman, Chair of the Conservative Party, Vincent Cable, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Tony McNulty, Home Office Minister for Security and Policing, and Harriet Herman, Deputy Leader of the House.

Harriet Herman launched a guide for Hindu charities published by the Hindu Forum of Britain. The guide, Working with a Hindu Ethos, is an easy reference book for Hindu groups who wish to form and run charitable organisations in keeping with Hindu values.

The colourful reception had transformed the House of Commons with traditional diva lamps, Indian statues, costumes, incense, floral rangoli patterns, food displays, Indian sweets, chanting, and Indian classical music.

Commenting on the way Diwali is celebrated in Britain, Ramesh Kallidai, said: “Diwali is no longer just an ethnic festival. With 30,000 people in Trafalgar Square, and 20,000 each in Leicester, Birmingham and Ealing Road, it is now one of the national festivals of Britain. Its appeal lies in its basic message of justice, rule of law and the importance of family values.”

Nandigram -a tragedy that could have been avoided

The past week has seen renewed brutal violence being perpetrated against the people of Nandigram by heavily armed groups of CPI(M) cadres and hired thugs, directed by the West Bengal State government. This operation is clearly being carried out in revenge for the resistance by the people of Nandigram to the seizure of their land for a Special Economic Zone, which, despite the brutal response of the state, led to the cancellation of the planned SEZ earlier this year. In a return to the horrific events of March 14th and 15th, hundreds have been injured and thousands made homeless in the last few days. An unprovoked attack by the CPI(M)’s ‘private army’ on a peaceful and visibly unarmed procession of 20,000 men, women and children residents of Nandigram left unknown numbers killed and fatally wounded. This was followed by a wave of further attacks on the surrounding villages in which many more people were killed, women were raped and homes were torched. There are reasons to believe that the numbers killed and raped are much higher than officially reported, with reports of CPI(M) cadres systematically removing bodies of the dead and injured in trucks. The police have remained silent spectators to these atrocities confirming the complicity of the State government in the on-going violence. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has further confirmed this in his statement to the media today that the Nandigram protestors have ‘been paid back in their own coin’. Forces of the Central Reserve Police Force who were sent in only after the CPI(M) cadres and thugs had established their control have also notably failed to disarm the state-sponsored criminal gangs. It is widely known that the CPI(M) has done a deal with the Congress-led Central government and has withdrawn its objections to the US-Indian nuclear deal in return for the Central government turning a blind eye to the events in Nandigram.

The CPI(M) has falsely claimed that ‘outsiders’ including Maoist groups are initiating actions in Nandigram. While a broad range of political forces are supporting the Nandigram movement, the resistance has been organised and waged by the men, women and children of Nandigram (many of them erstwhile CPI(M) supporters) who, drawing on their traditions of struggle dating back to the Tebhaga movement, have courageously mobilised to defend their land and livelihood.

Nandigram is bound to creat a storm in the winter session of the parliament.


The Congress-led India government had planned to destroy the Lord Rama Bridge (Lord Rama is revered in Hinduism as an incarnation of the Supreme Godhead) in order to make an easy route for commercial and American warships into the borders of India. This plan had met with stiff opposition in the country as well as in the courts. In a writ petition the Supreme Court had ordered to stop the dredging of the bridge and had required the government to submit an affidavit in support of its plans. The petition had argued that the Bridge, apart from having a great ancient religious significance, having been built by Lord Rama’s army in order to facilitate the passage of the Lord to Sri Lanka in order to save His wife from the clutches of the tyrant king Ravana, had also historical, defense and environmental significance and that it should be preserved.

The Government had submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court denying the very existence of Lord Rama and described the Holy Scripture Ramayana as a myth, as was orginally dictated to the Hiindu masses by the Colonial Missionaries. NASA has already ruled that the structure cannot be attributed to a natural phenomenon, also admitting that there are signs of erosion due to a rise in sea levels between India and Sri Lanka.

Lord Rama had in practice laid down the art of ‘Raj Dharma’ (righteous rule) and the Hindu principles of spiritual and family life. The Lord had shown to the people how it is possible to live the “ideals” of Dharma by living them Himself. To deny the existence of the Lord means destroying the very basis of the Hindu dharma.

Mahatma Gandhi, the father of nation, was a great follower of Lord Rama and had died while chanting the name of the Lord. It is disgusting to see that the Congress party which had considered Shri Gandhi its absolute leader has now completely forgotten him, and in order to appease the minority vote bank has adopted a policy which will erode and destroy the Hindu dharma. The Congress-led government through its state Governors has even been preventing the non-Congress state governments from enacting any laws to protect Hindus from the onslaught of foreign religions. In view of the systematic erosion of and attacks on the Hindu religion, the High Court of Allahabad had recently under Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution given directions to the state to enact laws giving protection to Hinduism.

Hindu Council UK severely condemns the attack on Hinduism and implores Hindus of all strands to unite and defend their religion and oust from power the anti-Hindu leaders, the anti-Dharma forces, peaceably and democratically. HCUK itself is non-partisan.

Suraj Sehgal Director for Defence and Security

Hindu Council UK

The Lord RAM surveyed the Ram Setu and said “Hanuman, how diligently and strenuously you and your vanara sena had built this bridge several centuries back. It is remarkable that it has withstood the ravages of the climatic and geographical changes over centuries. It is indeed an amazing feat especially considering the fact that a bridge at Hyderabad built by Gammon using latest technology collapsed the other day even before they could stick the posters on its pillars.” Hanuman with all humility spoke “Jai Sri Ram, it is all because of your grace. We just scribbled your name on the bricks and threw them in the sea and they held. No steel from TISCO or cement from Ambuja or ACC was ever used. But Lord, why rake up the old issue now.”

Ram spoke “Well, Hanuman some people down there want to demolish the bridge and construct a canal. The contract involves lot of money and lot of money will be made. They will make money on demolition and make more money on construction. “

Hanuman humbly bowed down and said “Why not we go down and present our case”

Ram said “Times have changed since we were down there. They will ask us to submit age proof and we don’t have either a birth certificate or school leaving certificate. We traveled mainly on foot and some times in bullock carts and so we don’t have a driving license either. As far as the address proof is concerned the fact that I was born at Ayodhya is itself under litigation for over half a century, If I go in a traditional attire with bow and arrow, the ordinary folks may recognize me but Arjun Singh may take me to be some tribal and, at the most, offer a seat at IIT under the reserved category. Also, a God cannot walk in dressed in a three-piece suit and announce his arrival. It would make even the devotees suspicious. So it is dilemma so to say.”

“I can vouch for you by saying that I personally built the bridge.”

“My dear, Anjani putra, it will not work. They will ask you to produce the lay-out plan, the project details, including financial outlay and how the project cost was met and the completion certificate. Nothing is accepted without documentary evidence in India. You may cough but unless a doctor certifies it, you have no cough. A pensioner may present himself personally but the authorities do not take it as proof. He has to produce a life-certificate to prove that he is alive. It is that complicated.”

“Lord can’t understand these historians. Over the years you have given darshan once every hundred years to sai nts like Surdas, Tulsidas, Saint Thyagaraja, Jayadeva, Bhadrachala Ramdas and even Sant Tukaram and still they disbelieve your existence and say Ramayana is a myth. The only option, I see, is to re-enact Ramayana on earth and set the government records straight once for all.”

Lord smiled “It isn’t that easy today. Ravan is apprehensive that he may look like a saint in front of Karunanidhi. I also spoke to his mama Mareecha, who appeared as a golden deer to tempt Sita maiyya when I was in the forest and he said that he won’t take a chance of stepping on earth as long as Salman Khan is around.” (Contributed by Dr. CP Dalvi)

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