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It is a great relief to acknowledge that the Hindu community is at last waking up to the challenge of working together for the common good of the community.
It is but natural that people living around the proposed site for Krishna Avanti Primary School in Camrose Avenue, Edgware are a bit apprehensive and have reservation for the school sited in their area and how it would affect the area and the local amenities.
It seems this apprehension comes out of ignorance, jealousy and political mischief-making rather than the knowledge of the Hindu community, one of the most advanced, articulate, progressive and law abiding community among the ethnic minorities.
It is a well establish fact that any Hindu enterprise, whether it is a school, a temple or even a social club for the elderly, attracts more opposition than any such enterprise from other ethnic minorities. It is a pity that some of the local Hindu residents have joined hands with this mischief making minority who are fighting tooth and nail to scruple the project, even at this late stage when it has gained the wider support of the Council and the community.
Until now our community was docile, unable or unwilling to fight back. But all that is changing, as our younger generation is taking more interest in the community affairs. In a democratic society, the best way to fight such prejudice is to become member of a political party of one’s choice, participate and get elected. We still lag well behind Jewish and Muslim communities in political participation.
The I-Foundation is the driving force behind this first state assisted Hindu school, to be built on the proposed site at William Ellis Playing Field, on Camrose Avenue in Edgware. It is worth noting that the director of the charity states that the only user of the playing field is the local Belmont Football Club who support the school and will benefit from the excellent sporting facilities the school would provide to the local community, injecting well over half a million pound in improving the ground facilities.
At one time support for the school on the planning website was one to six against, when most Hindus were unaware of the stiff opposition organized by the local residents. But once they were informed, the local Hindus flooded the website with support with a majority of one to fifty in favour.
The school has, hopefully cleared the final hurdle when the Harrow Council’s Strategic Planning Committee gave it a thumb up sign.
In a few years when the school is up and running, attracting pupils right across ethnic minorities with excellent results and the price of their properties rising faster than the national average, due to excellent school on their door-step, these local people will appreciate the hard work put in by the I-Foundation, in the same way as Swaminarayan Hindu temple is now appreciated by most of the local residents in Brent East.
Some of the Harrow Councillors right across the political divide, especially Cllr. Anjana Patel, the only portfolio holder and Cllr. Navin Shah, leader of the Labour group have actively supported the school and I hope Hindu residents in Harrow will not forget their contribution, dedication and hard work come the next local election.
Sonia in stolen
Sonia Mano saw fit to represent Gandhi family, Gandhi tradition, Gandhi name and Gandhi heritage at the function, the inauguration of International Day of Non-Violence organized by The United Nation to mark 2nd October, the birth day of the most saintly person of the 20th centaury.
Sonia, the daughter-in-law of Indira Nehru Gandhi, a Kashmiri Brahmin,, after Indira’s marriage to Firoz Gandhi, has perhaps more in common with Mussolini than Mahatma, with her Italian ancestry and genealogy. Yet she did not hesitate to take her place at the celebrations with her fake identity, in an attempt to misappropriate Gandhiji’s name to gain a political mileage and international legitimacy. The fact that UN officials allowed this misrepresentation shows how ignorant, blind and uneducated they are.
Gandhiji was an mbodiment of Hinduism with deep and equal respect for all religions. He prayed twice a day, every day and constantly chanted the name of Lord Rama. In fact his dying words were ‘Hey Ram’ and a plea to forgive his assassin.
It is indeed a fitting tribute to Gandhiji who gave the world an alternative weapon or rather a refined technique to fight injustice, to liberate a country from the clutches of a colonial power.
Gandhiji won independence for India by peaceful means, and with out any malice towards Britain. the colonial power which had enslaved his beloved nation and bled it dry, economically, socially and culturally.
About 500 people, mostly of Indian origin, from around USA, held a peaceful protest outside UN to oppose the presence of Sonia who is not related to Gandhiji in any way what so ever but uses Gandhiji’s name and goodwill to gain a political mileage and international legitimacy from the world community.
Sonia is poles apart from Gandhiji when it comes to religious tolerance, political violence, honesty, integrity, corruption and holding political office, many placards held by the protesters read.
The protesters, in true Gandhian tradition, held a fast and candle lit vigil in front of Gandhiji’s statue in Union square where every one was allowed to garland or place a single white rose at the foot of the statue.
It was a dignified protest in true Gandhian style befitting this great occasion.
Is fasting good for a
With the rise of religious awareness, so many old traditions, some good and beneficial others retrigrade and harmful, are making a comeback. One tradition I am not so sure of is the tradition of fasting, especially by young and growing children. This tradition is gaining popularity among Jains.
Although fasting is normally good for health, as it installs discipline and cleanses the body and perhaps the soul, it could be damaging to a young child deprived of food for a long period of time.
Some very young children fast for up to ten days, taking in only boiled water. No doubt it requires a great determination and discipline and such an experience may stand them in good stead in their adult life, I can not help but wonder what the views of the medical profession are.
Perhaps the fast is carried out under strict medical supervision and as such fasting by children, a tradition in Jainism, an enlightened and progressive religion by all means, I an sure an extensive scientific research may have taken place, indicating what is the maximum time a body can be deprived of food, especially among children, without causing a lasting harm to one’s delicate health.
If so, it would be interesting and appropriate to publish such a research paper in popular ethnic magazines like India Link, for the benefit of not only the readers but also for the benefit of other children who would like to fast in the future. A personal opinion of a dietician or a doctor is not enough, nor should it be taken as a bible for such a serious undertaking.
When Gandhiji was fasting in protest, I remember reading in newspapers that after a few days, his body organs, such as liver, kidneys and digestive system were weakening and beginning to fail. That was the time the alarm bells would start ringing and even the British authority would give in rather than let Gandhiji damage his health or even die.
It would be interesting to know the views and opinion of other readers, especially those who have carried out such a fast in the past or taken part in a scientific experiment on fasting. Please share your knowledge with us, the readers of this prestigious publication for the common good.