India’s anger exposes gormless leaders and media


A 23-year old girl, raped and beaten to pulp by half a dozen goons, battled for life in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital for almost thirteen days; a day before the end she was flown to a Singapore hospital in a vain last-ditch attempt to save her life. She died early in the morning of December 29. Her injuries were so severe that an ordinary person may not have survived even for a day, but ‘Nirbhaya’ as a section of the media began to call her, wanted to live. Nirbhaya in Hindi means fearless, not the hallmark of the current political class and their media minions.

The candle light vigils and prayers for the young student of physiotherapy were a major protest to make life safer for women. The goons are already behind bars and the judiciary will have to handle this one very carefully. The government has already announced two inquiry commissions, one to look into women’s safety and another to speed up trial and conviction in rape cases.

Sensing trouble during the week-long mass protests, the administration and Delhi Police bared their fangs with mindless violence and restriction on the movement of citizens. Using water cannon in freezing Delhi, they somehow managed to disperse the protesters and yet they kept coming to India Gate, President’s House and the homes of senior leaders. The National Police Commission’s lengthy eight volume report published from 1979 to 1981 in which there were many important recommendations on handling rape cases as well as public issues are still gathering dust.

Normally, Christmas to New Year is a raucous week, but not this time. It’s been quiet and solemn. Many are quietly shedding tears, young and old alike.

 The pompous pontificating of major western media [BBC, CNN, Fox, etc] projecting sexual harassment as a way of life in India was gross propaganda and purposive dysinformation. Has the BBC ever uncovered the paedophiles masquerading as brain dead ruling Elites in British society? Has CNN and Fox done anything  to unravel why San Fernando valley is home to global pornography where thousands of unsuspecting women are lured into drugs and sex and disposed off like dregs of the society and no one notices it? Has the New York Times exposed the porn industry in which some US Senators have major shareholding? Has any newspaper reporter exposed the fact that woman Peace Corps volunteers from prestigious US universities in Cambodia sleep with 12-14 year old poor girls?  

 And despite the powerful feminist movement in Anglo-Saxon countries, are women safe there? Their conviction rate is as bad as India’s but I’d like to see a mass protest there when a raped girl dies as we have seen here. Europeans don’t have a monopoly to civility and being do-gooders.

 When Sextus Tarniquinius raped Lucretia in ancient Rome, Lucretia committed suicide. Sextus was son of the King Tarquin of Rome. Lucretia’s dead body was paraded through the streets of Rome. People revolted and banished the King and his son from the Kingdom paving the way for what eventually became the Roman Empire.  

 The dull, brainless western and Indian mainstream media’s sole responsibility now is not to state the truth as it is, but to project a criminal ruling class as do-gooders. It could have reformed today’s closely integrated global society; instead it shamed and discredited our profession. Since these rogues have chosen to be the minions of the ruling class, many more young girls and minor children and many more nations will be violated.  

by Arun Shrivastava

Delhi gang rape victim dies in Singapore hospital


At about 3.21 am on Saturday the super speciality hospital in Singapore announced the death of the 23 year old gang rape victim.

Hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh told the BBC that she had passed away due to multi organ failure due to “serious injuries to her body and her brain.”. He also added that “she was courageous” in fighting for her life for so long” against the odds “but the trauma to her body was too severe.”

According to hospital authorities she had been sinking ever since she had arrived in Singapore. In fact the doctors in Delhi, who had been attending to her told DNA on the request of anonymity that shifting her had led to further trauma to her. The journey had proved to be hazardous and she had suffered another seizure in the special aircraft while enroute to Singapore.

On December 26, she had suffered two cardiac arrests and Dr Naresh Trehan had been rushed to Safdarjung Hospital secretly to assess her condition. She had started having multi-organ failure and an infection to her brain had started spreading.

Doctors also told DNA that she had been put on a ventilator as soon as she landed in Singapore as her capacity to breathe on her own had collapsed.The Indian High Commission alerted itsaa superiors in New Delhi at 3.30 am as soon as the news was officially communicated to them. According to the Singapore hospital officials the girl’s family was with her when she breathed her last.

The Delhi Police immediately announced strict measures to restrict movement out of fear that protests would erupt. In fact, the union cabinet had decided to fly her out of Delhi after spontaneous protests broke out in the heart of Delhi. Last week had seen several surges of protests when protesters marched to South and North Block that houses the Prime Minister’s Office and the union home ministry as well as Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Arrangements are being made to fly her back to India.

HIGH ALERT IN DELHI

All roads leading to India Gate, Rajpat and Vijaychowk, where violent clashes broke out over the last weekend in the wake of the brutal assault, were barricaded, have been closed. The Delhi Police tightened security across the national capital on Saturday as soon as the news of the death of the victim reached.

The Delhi traffic police posted a tweet early this morning: “Entire central Vista including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and all road leading to India Gate will be closed for general traffic, Kamal Attaturk Marg also closed. All travelers (sic) are advised to avoid these roads..”

10 metro stations have been closed. These include Rajiv Chowk, Barakhambha Road,

PM’s CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

PM Manmohan Singh condoled the death of the 23-year-old medical student. His message:

I am deeply saddened to learn that the unfortunate victim of the brutal assault that took place on December 16 in New Delhi has succumbed to the grievous injuries she suffered following that attack. I join the nation in conveying to her family and friends my deepest condolences at this terrible loss. I want to tell them and the nation that while she may have lost her battle for life, it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain. We have already seen the emotions and energies this incident has generated. These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change.

It would be a true homage to her memory if we are able to channelize these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action. The need of the hour is a dispassionate debate and inquiry into the critical changes that are required in societal attitudes. Government is examining, on priority basis, the penal provisions that exist for such crimes and measures to enhance the safety and security of women.

I hope that the entire political class and civil society will set aside narrow sectional interests and agenda to help us all reach the end that we all desire – making India a demonstrably better and safer place for women to live in. I pray for the peace of the departed soul and hope that her family will have the strength to bear this grievous loss.

SIGNIFICANT BRAIN INJURY

The Singapore hospital said earlier that the woman had suffered “significant brain injury” and was surviving against the odds. She had already undergone three abdominal operations before being flown to Singapore. Protests over the lack of safety for women erupted across India after the attack, culminating last weekend in pitched battles between police and protesters in the heart of New Delhi. New Delhi has been on edge since the weekend clashes. Hundreds of policemen have been deployed on the streets of the capital and streets leading to the main protest site, the India Gate war memorial, have been shut for long periods, severely disrupting traffic in the city of 16 million. Commentators and sociologists say the rape has tapped into a deep well of frustration that many Indians feel over what they see as weak governance and poor leadership on social and economic issues. Many protesters have complained that Singh’s government has done little to curb the abuse of women in the country of 1.2 billion.

A global poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in June found that India was the worst place to be a woman because of high rates of infanticide, child marriage and slavery.

New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures.

Government data show the number of reported rape cases in the country rose by nearly 17 percent between 2007 and 2011.

Saikat Datta

Delhi gang-rape survivor’s condition worsens


Mount Elizabeth Hospital
 

The condition of the 23-year-old victim of a gruesome gang-rape in Delhi, admitted in a super-speciality hospital here yesterday, has taken a “turn for the worse” tonight with signs of severe organ failure.

“As of 9 pm (6:30 PM IST), the patient’s condition has taken a turn for the worse. Her vital signs are deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure,” Dr Kelvin Loh, Chief Executive Officer, Mount Elizabeth Hospital said in a statement.

“This is despite doctors fighting for her life including putting her on maximum artificial ventilation support, optimal antibiotic doses as well as stimulants which maximise her body’s capability to fight infections,” the CEO said.

“Her family members have been informed that her condition has deteriorated and they are currently by her side to encourage and comfort her,” he added.

The statement said the hospital’s medical team continues to “provide all possible treatment and care”, to the victim, who was air-dashed from the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi for specialised treatment.

He said the the High Commission of India is with her and her family at this critical time.

The girl was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus on December 16, triggering massive protests across India and prompting the government to airlift her to the leading multi-organ transplant speciality hospital.

She had undergone three surgeries at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she remained on ventilator support during most part of the treatment. Doctors removed major part of her intestines which had become gangrenous.

Earlier in the day, the security was tightened at the hospital, favoured by well-heeled patients, with each visitor screened before being allowed into the ICU.

The victim’s father, who flew in with her, said he was reassured that the best is being done for his daughter.

The High Commission of India has assigned a liaison officer with the family.

The girl was shifted to the hospital here following what the Indian government said a “purely a medical decision” taken by doctors.

The unknown side of Hinduism


Hinduism is a whirlpool of knowledge, that which cannot be understood at first glance. To be a Hindu is not just about being gifted, but it’s an experience we need to live out in accordance with the Shastras.

Walking through a temple might be an overwhelming experience, where we would believe the superior powers are embedded within the deity. Sure enough, but how did this power get there? How did the idol get a life and how are we sharing this power? Or rather…what is this power that we define as “the ultimate truth”?

The power of the stone is not generate within the stone itself but is generated through the mystical diagram that defines the nature of the deity enclosed within the shrine. Various “bija mantras” attributed to the deity are embedded within this mystical diagram. For now this is just a copper/gold plate that carries the lines that define the true nature of the deity.

dwajastambhaThe real play starts at the dwajastambha, the main pillar in front of the temple. The fire of life is ignited along a darbha grass rope that connects the main dwajastambha to the shrine within the sanctum. The dwajastambha itself is a complex flag post, which contains designs all of which are attributed of the enclosed deity. Fire and ghee ignite the life of the mystical diagram placed within the sanctum followed by a series of hymns that are sung rhythmically along the cardinal directions within the shrine chamber. The mystical diagram comes alive when the fire with the burning ghee falls on its metal surface.

After this ritual the deity is placed over the metal plate and sealed to the floor using a mixture known as “ashtabandhanam”. The idol, made of a specific black stone is the carrier of this energy. This energy is maintained and enhanced by constant worship. Worship includes the bathing of the idol with water, milk, sandal wood, fruit mix, honey, oil, ghee and the like. Food is offered in the form of incense, flowers, fruit and rice to the deity.

The inner power of the idol is maintained by constant “pradakshinam” or circumambulation around the main shrine chamber and various prakaras. Only oil lamps should light the interior chamber and electricity is strictly prohibited. Flower garlands should be strung with banana fiber and not thread. Every thing that is offered to the deity is in its purest form. Hence the power of the deity is maintained.

What is the real nature of this “power”?
The nature of this power is strangely electrical, meaning it can produce anything from a mild shock near your elbow to making you shiver if you cannot cope with it.
The point is, we need to be ready to receive this power and for that the body and mind need to be prepared. Hence the various philosophies of detachment and zero desire so that we can concentrate on the Self instead of getting distracted by the world around us.

I know I made this sound really simple but this is belief as it stands today and no, Western science cannot prove this in a hurry.

10 Most Popular Books of 2012


“A room without books is like a body without a soul” said Marcus Tullius Cicero. There are certain books that are shelved as ‘must read’ and each year so many such books are published. Here are 10 popular books that were published this year, as listed by goodreads.com. These books are certainly a must read!

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
The Fault in Our Stars is the fourth solo novel by John Green and was published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she later meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. Green stated on his Tumblr blog and his YouTube vlog that “the title is inspired by a famous line from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar (Act 1, scene 2). The nobleman Cassius says to Brutus, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.'”

 

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Lauren Oliver:
Pandemonium is a dystopian young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver, which was published in February 2012. It is a sequel to the 2011 book, Delirium. Pandemonium follows Lena, the series’ central character, as she explores the Wilds outside the walled community she was raised in.

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James:
Erika Leonard, better known by the pen name E. L. James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shades Freed is one of the popular books published this year. It is the third book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. It was published on April 17 this year. The book is a mix of fate and spite combined to make Anastasia’s worst fears come true. Anastasia is the female protagonist of the trilogy. She is the primary love interest of Christian Grey, with whom she finds true love.

 

Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth:
The second novel Insurgent in the trilogy ‘Divergent’ was released in May 2012. Divergent is the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth. Roth said that the idea for the series was born while she was studying in college. The third book in the series will be released in the fall of 2013.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling:
The Casual Vacancy is another ‘must read’ novel which was published this year. It is a tragicomedy novel by J.K. Rowling. The book was published worldwide by Little, Brown Book Group on 27 September this year. It was Rowling’s first publication since the Harry Potter series and her first novel for adults.

 
The novel is set in a suburban West Country town called Pagford and commences with the death of Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. Major themes in the novel are politics, class and social issues like that of drugs, prostitution and rape. The novel was the fastest-selling in the UK in 3 years and had the second best-selling opening week. It became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 in its first week of release. Within the first three weeks itself the book’s total sales topped one million copies in English in all formats across all territories. The book is being adapted into a BBC television drama and will be released in 2014.

 

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare:
City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and was published this year. It follows the books City of Bones, City of Glass, City of Ashes, and City of Fallen Angels. The next book in the series is City of Heavenly Fire which will be the final book in the Mortal Instruments, closing the series. City of Lost Souls was released on May 8 this year.

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1) by Sylvia Day:
Bared to You is a 2012 New York Times bestselling erotic romance novel by author Sylvia Day. It focuses on the complicated relationship between two people with equally abusive pasts. The novel was initially self-published on April 3, 2012 by Day, with Berkley Books re-publishing the book on June 12 this year with an initial print run of 500,000 copies. Day said that Bared to You will be the first novel in her Crossfire trilogy, with the follow-up novel Reflected in You published in October 2012. Bared to You was declared Penguin UK’s “fastest selling paperback for a decade” and Penguin Group (USA) reports that Bared to You is Berkley’s largest breakout book of 2012.

 

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer:
Cinder is the debut novel of New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer, and published by Macmillan Publishers through their subsidiary Feiwel & Friends. The story is freely based on the classic fairytale “Cinderella”.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is a non-fiction book by Susan Cain published in 2012. Cain argues how modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the behavior and capabilities of introverted people, leading to “a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.”  The book presents a history of how Western culture altered from a culture of character to a culture of personality in which an “extrovert ideal” dominates and introversion is seen as inferior or even pathological. Stating that temperament is a core element of human identity, Cain cites research in biology, psychology and evolution to demonstrate that introversion is both common and normal.

 
Quiet reached the number 1 position on the NPR Bestseller List, number 3 on the Los Angeles Times Best Seller list and number 4 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:
Gillian Flynn is an American author. She has published three novels Sharp Objects in 2006, Dark Places in 2009, and Gone Girl in 2012.

Delhi gang-rape: PM’s wife expresses outrage, calls for severe punishment


The prime minister’s wife Gursharan Kaur on Monday joined the people in expressing outrage over the gang-rape of a young girl and said severe punishment should be meted out to the culprits.

She, at the same time, said any protest against the “ghastly” crime should be peaceful as it would yield more results than violent demonstrations.

The December 16 incident in a moving bus in Delhi was a “very bad incident” and that she was at loss of words in expressing her condemnation, she said.

“We all are very sad at this incident but if they (protests) are conducted in a peaceful manner, they will yield more results,” Kaur told reporters on the sidelines of the release of a book Sikh Heritage Ethos and Relics in Delhi.

“This is a horrible crime…Such incident need to be condemned in the strongest possible way,” she said.

Kaur said severe punishment needed to be handed down to the accused and that there was a need for fast-track courts to deal with such cases.

Matisse stolen 10 years ago found in US


Portrait of Henri Matisse 1933 May 20

Portrait of Henri Matisse 1933 May 20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo: AFP

On July 16, a plane from Mexico City landed in Miami Airport. One of the passengers was a woman holding a bright-red tube that contained a rolled canvas of Henri Matisse. She left the airport for what would turn out to be a meeting with the law.

A few days later news emerged that an FBI operation in Florida had successfully retrieved a painting by Henri Matisse that had been stolen from a Venezuelan Art Museum in 2002. The hunt took almost ten years, and only last week two suspects were arrested when trying to sell the “Odalisque In Red Pants”.

Undercover FBI agents arrested Miami resident Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman, 46, and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo, 50, of Mexico City when they were trying to sell the painting. The dealers did not even conceal the fact that the canvas had been stolen, thus explaining their incredibly low asking price. Despite the fact that Matisse’s painting was estimated at $3 million, they were ready to sell it for only $740,000. Now, the unfortunate black market art dealers are facing long-term prison sentences.

One would think that the crime had been solved, and that the investigators can head home job well done – but things are not that simple. The history of the theft of the painting is, in fact, rather complex. The “Odalisque In Red Pants” painted by Henri Matisse in 1925 was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in Caracas in 1981 from a New York gallery for half a million dollars.

The picture was long considered one of the gems of the museum’s collection, but in 2003 information appeared that the “Odalisque” was for sale on the black market. After a close examination it turned out that the painting in the museum’s collection was a forgery. Obviously, unidentified criminals had stolen the original painting replacing it with a fake so skillfully made that museum specialists had not been aware of the swap for quite a long time. The investigators failed to establish the exact time of the crime, but it was most likely committed in 2002.

Now a comprehensive examination is needed in order to figure out whether the picture obtained in the FBI operation is the original stolen from Caracas, or if it is yet another high-quality forgery.

The search for stolen art objects often takes many years, and it is not only the robbed owners that become victims in such situations, but also the new owners of the paintings. For example, not so long ago, Niko Pirosmani’s painting the “Black Lion”, stolen back in 1993 from the house of the former rector of the Georgian Academy of Arts Apollon Kutateladze, was discovered in Moscow. A major scandal broke out, but it turned out that the painting was legally purchased at an auction. After the new owner of the paintings became aware of its criminal past, he went to Tbilisi and re-bought the picture, which is considered to be one of the best works by Pirosmani, from the family of the artist Apollon Kutateladze.

Armen Apresyan