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From Kolkata

Holocaust Day

... Dr. B.K.Moza

Kashmir Sabha, Calcutta, is a social organisation of Kashmiri Pandits in Kolkata, affiliated to All India Kashmiri Samaj, Delhi (A.I.K.S.). Kashmiri Pandits are observing 20th January as the Holocaust Day in remembrance and reverence of those precious lives lost due to fundamentalist terrorism in Kashmir, in 1989-90 and thereafter, resulting in their internal displacement and diaspora outside their homeland. On this day in 1990, Kashmiri Pandits had to leave, under desperate circumstances, their hearths and homes in Kashmir, en masse, as the soft targets of a planned genocide let loose by the Islamist terrorists against this Hindu minority in Kashmir valley.

Though fourteen long years have passed, this hapless community stands up-rooted from their hearths and homes in their homeland of recorded history of more than five thousand years. They represent an infinitesimally small community and have been ignored both by the State and Central Governments as they do not represent a vote bank. They are the original inhabitants of Kashmir; the current year being the 5079 year of their original Saptrishi Calender. They are a peaceful and non-violent community, well known for their literary, intellectual and creative excellence. Historic invasions on Kashmir, mass murders, conversions and consequent migrations reduced them to a minority in Kashmir. Their fault, as considered by the terrorists, is, that they are the stooges of Bharat; their merit and no nuisance values and small numbers, as a minority, have made them victims of discrimination under prevailing conditions. All this has resulted in the ethnic cleansing, upheaval and diaspora of this small minority of Kashmir. About a thousand murders, including those of some veteran stalwarts of the community, arson of their houses, massacre of temples, rape, coercion and threats, under the glare of loud speakers in mosques and road side demonstrations, about their survival, safety and honour to their womenfolk led to the sudden mass exodus and displacement of this minority community of Kashmir. More than three lakh displaced persons are still passing their days in dilapidated shelters and inhuman conditions in camps in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi. Their cultural identity and rich heritage is severely threatened. Already disease, depression and environmental hazards have inflicted a heavy toll on these displaced people whose numbers have further shrunk on account of their living conditions.

While paying homage, to those who sacrificed their lives, and providing solidarity to the cause of this suffering minority in exile, Kashmir Sabha, Calcutta, appeals to the great institutions of “free press” and media of this country, on this holocaust observance day, to inquire into the sufferings of this distressed minority and to do the needful in providing them the required healing touch. This has remained of no concern to the authorities in power for this minority group does not represent a vote bank. It is a healthy development that dialogues on Kashmir are taking place between Governments of India and Pakistan and internally with the various Kashmiri political outfits of militant and otherwise origins. But it is unfortunate and unbecoming that Kashmiri Hindu minority is totally ignored and taken for granted in this process. Kashmir Sabha, Calcutta raises its voice, in conjunction with other affiliates of AIKS, and seeks justice in respect of the following:

1). Provision of Internally Displaced People status to Kashmiri Pandits in exile, as per the guidelines of United Nations.

2). To rehabilitate the up-rooted Kashmiri Pandits with security, safety and honour in Kashmir and safeguard their return by ensuring them their rights as “ Reverse Minority ” as per statutes of Human Rights Institutions. Kashmir has been provided a special status, under Section 370, in Indian constitution because in Kashmir valley the inhabitants are largely Muslim, which is a minority community in total Indian context. In fitness to this constitutional guarantee, Kashmiri Pandits should also be provided a reverse minority status in that state by the State constitution.

3). Kashmiri Pandits should find their rightful place in the negotiations to settle Kashmir issue in general and in special as a Kashmiri minority group for achieving their permanent and honourable return to their homeland, Kashmir. In this respect their apex body, AIKS, should be invited as the representative of this internally displaced minority group of Kashmiris in all negotiations for accomplishing settlement of Kashmir issue and for their rehabilitation in Kashmir.

In conclusion, Hindus and Muslims have lived, with harmony and peace and with reputable tolerance and respect for each other’s religious faiths in Kashmir. Kashmiri Pandits have been the glorious icons in the history of Kashmir, very essential nuts and bolts of freedom movement in Kashmir and India and as great pillars of Indian civilisation all through. The cross border terrorism and influence of fundamentalist trends have thrust a severe blow to peaceful inheritance of Kashmiri brotherhood and its glory. This has caused the discrimination, genocide and bloodshed. The result has been the displacement and mass exodus of Kashmiri minorities from this state and their breach of trust with the majority community. On this Holocaust Day, Kashmiri Pandits ensure their commitment to restoration of this trust and to the processes of their honourable return to their homeland, reconstructing its future and restoring its glory in the fast developing Indian scenario.

With this in view the vibrant cooperation, of the electronic Media and Press, is solicited for reaching and highlighting this appeal to the corridors of power , wherever these are.


Stories for the children

Three Questions --- Concluding Part

... M. K. Raina

Ananta requested the Tantrik to stay for the night, so that they could leave together for Arunagiri next morning, where he would pay him his fee. "How and wherefrom are you going to pay me," asked the Tantrik. Ananta was silent. He could not reveal the facts. The Tantrik got suspicious. He shut his eyes and meditated. After a while, he opened his eyes and fell at Ananta's feet. Anusuya looked puzzled. He did not know what was going on. The Tantrik disclosed that Ananta, was actually Rajkumar Arisudhana of Batsala. Both Anusuya and Pushpalata were stunned at the revelation. Tantrik said to Rajkumar Arisudhana, "I will not accept any fee from you. You are the son of the most noble king on earth. It was my guru Joginda, who performed Tapasya and Yagna to bring you into this world." Anusuya and Pushpalata touched Rajkumar Arisudhana's feet in reverence. Tantrik continued, "I will be pleased to send the message of your return to Maharaja Abhayadhiraj through my tantrik powers." After saying this, the Tantrik left.

Rajkumar Arisudhana left for his kingdom next morning. It was the last but one day of his five year limit. He was eager to reach Arunagiri. He took Anusuya, Pushpalata and their son along. They had to go a long way, first up to village Rudraloka and then rowing along the river Surbhi, to Arunagiri.

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Maharaja Abhayadhiraj was very perturbed, for, he had no news about Rajkumar. There was only one day left now for the five year term to end. Maharaja thought that his wish to crown his son as his successor, would probably not materialise. Maharani was very upset. She was longing to see her son, with or without answers. Both of them went to bed with a heavy heart.

Maharaja Abhayadhiraj saw Rajkumar Arisudhana in his dream, telling him that he would reach Arunagiri next morning. Maharaja woke up and told Maharani about the dream. Her joy knew no bounds. The Tantrik had done his duty of informing them about Rajkumar's return. Maharaja immediately called for the Mahamantri, Rajguru and others and told them to make grand preparations for receiving Rajkumar Arisudhana at the Surbhi banks.

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On reaching Arunagiri in his boat, Ananta found Maharaja, Maharani, Mahamantri and all other dignitaries waiting impatiently at the bank of Surbhi, with garlands in their hands. There was a sea of people behind them. A specially decorated elephant was there to carry Rajkumar.

People shouted slogans with joy, "Rajkumar Arisudhana Ki Jai". Maharaja and Maharani had tears of joy in their eyes. They embraced and garlanded their son. Others followed.

Rajkumar Arisudhana was seated on the elephant. Maharaja & Maharani got onto their royal carriage. Rajkumar had Anusuya, Pushpalata and their son seated on another carriage along with Mahamantri. They then set towards Rajmahal.

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Rajguru was waiting with flowers and tilak at the Palace Gate. He welcomed Rajkumar Arisudhana and applied tilak on his forehead. He escorted Rajkumar to Durbar Hall, where he was scheduled to answer the three questions in presence of all.

People had assembled in the courtyard of the Rajmahal. Rajkumar Arisudhana was given a royal bath and a royal robe before he took his seat in the Hall next to Maharaja Abhayadhiraj. Anusuya and his family also joined the Durbar. Maharaja asked his Mahamantri to proceed with the formalities. Mahamantri welcomed the public and then stated the purpose of holding Durbar. He requested Rajguru to pronounce the questions one by one to enable Rajkumar to answer them. There was pin-drop silence all around.

Rajguru pronounced the first question: 'What is that which a woman loves most?'

Rajkumar Arisudhana shut his eyes for a while. Then he looked at the blind Pushpalata and answered, "A woman loves her child the most."

Naturally. Rajkumar had changed his answer to this question. When Pushpalata donated her eyes, she knew very well that she would not be able to see the world thereafter. She also knew that her beauty, which she loved most and which she had restored by selling her house and the precious necklace, will mean nothing without eyes. Still she sacrificed everything for her child. This made it amply clear that her child was her ultimate love.

Rajguru pronounced the second question: 'In what lies one's lasting pleasure?'

Rajkumar answered: "One's lasting pleasure lies in one's contentment".

Mihira was not a bad man. Being ambitious is not sin. In fact ambitions lead to progress but one has to be contented with one's lot at a certain stage. Mihira had lost contentment. His ambition to be the wealthiest man turned him greedy and in the process, he lost everything.

Rajguru pronounced the third question: 'What is that which one can not hide for long?

Rajkumar replied: "One's Roots".

Narsimha knew very well that his prediction could get him into trouble, but he could not resist telling a fact. The astrologer in him did not allow him to keep quiet. He was sure his prediction was based on authentic calculations and he was correct. So even at the cost of his life, he could not hide from the world, the facts, much less his roots.

Maharaja Abhayadhiraj directed his Mahamantri to bring him the amulet given by yogi Joginda. The amulet was opened. Maharaja and Rajguru checked the answers with those given by Rajkumar. Maharaja was highly delighted and so were others. Rajguru announced that the answers were correct. People shouted jayjaykar for Rajkumar Arisudhana.

Next day, as the Sun rose high in the sky, Rajkumar Arisudhana was crowned as the rightful successor to the throne of Batsala. There was illumination throughout Arunagiri. Rajkumar got Anusuya appointed as a Mantri in the Durbar, much to the delight of Pushpalata, who enjoyed the function through the eyes of her son. In the midst of public, Maharaja Abhayadhiraj spotted an old man, who was watching the proceedings calmly. It was yogi Joginda. Maharaja, without caring for the royal protocol, went personally up to him and embraced him. He brought him to the ceremonial dais where he was welcomed with garlands. Maharaja introduced him to Rajkumar Arisudhana. Rajkumar touched his feet. Joginda was all praise for the prince. He blessed him and prayed for his long life. Maharaja gifted him a pearl necklace.

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There was one question which still bothered Rajkumar Arisudhana. Did he not commit a sin by not revealing his identity to Guru Vasudeva? He had thought to put this question to Rajguru, but since yogi Joginda was present in the Rajmahal, he deemed it proper to put the question to him only. Next day, after narrating the whole story of Guru Vasudeva and Narsimha to yogi Joginda, Rajkumar put the question to him. Joginda replied, "No. You have not committed any sin. You were asked to remain in the garb of an ordinary person and not to reveal your identity, while seeking the answers. You have merely complied with that condition. Moreover you did not hide your identity to cause any harm to anybody or to escape a punishment." Rajkumar Arisudhana was relieved to hear Joginda's reply and so were all others.

• • •

Five years later, Maharaja Abhayadhiraj and Maharani Vasundhara decided to relinquish the throne in favour of their son. So Rajkumar Arisudhana became the king of Batsala at the young age of twenty-five. At the age of thirty, he extended his rule to other regions which included Rudraloka, Chandri, and Saraspur. He treated all his subjects with love and care and provided them a justly rule. People were also proud of him.

And Maharaja Arisudhana came to be known for his wisdom and justice throughout Bharatvarsha. Anusuya, who was appointed his Mahamantri, proved his credentials by his wise counselling and guidance to the king all through his life.

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National Schools of Kashmir

An Institution with a Mission - 3

... J.N.Kachroo

Change of Guard:

ate D.N.Raina had a short tenure of just over a year as the Principal. The time was well utilized as a transition. I stepped into his shoes in 1970. Shri J.N.Patwari, my colleague for nearly three decades was promoted as headmaster. These changes ensured continuity of the spirit of the school motto and traditions. Late L.K.Rambal, Principal, College of Education and Prof. Dr. Susheela Bhan were coopted as members of the Managing Committee.

From day one, the challenging goal of modernising the school was relentlessly pursued with predetermined priorities.

Staff: Without violating the spirit of Grant-in-Aid Rules, an attractive salary structure including a provision for pension in addition to usual retirement benefits, provision for sponsorship for in-service training, and induction of female teachers ensured recruitment of young talented staff. Shri Bashir Ahmed, who was on deputation from the government joined the school service on permanent basis after resigning his government job. The practice of hiring on contract retired teachers was restricted to exceptional cases in the interest of maintaining standards in certain disciplines. (Ref: Appendix Pt.1)

1969-70 was mostly spent in planning, selecting staff, improving infrastructure starting from the bottom and the top at the same time, preparing a well equipped Kindergarten class, and imparting intensive teaching in 9th and 10th class. Teaching of English was reinforced as a prelude to changing the medium of instructions to English in a phased manner. This was achieved in three years. The result justified the efforts. details are of academic interest. (Ref: Appendix Pt.2)

Co-curricular Activities: Believing in imparting education beyond the text books for an allround development, a blend of sports and literary programmes constituted a workable calender.

In spite of certain infrastructural shortcomings, games, sports summer camps, hikes, sports, especially races became regular features. Besides participating in inter-school events, the school had the distinction of representing the state at many national levels. (Ref: Appendix Pt.3)

Annual symposiums, debates, elocution contests, quiz and essay writing competitions, cultural meets, musical programmes and mock Parliaments formed an integral part of the 'School Action Plans'. Invariably the subjects or themes of each of these activities were topical intended to educate the students and increase the awareness of the parents, who formed the bulk of the audience at the presentation occasions. These public functions were chaired by VIPs, intellectuals, academicians adding credibility to the efforts. (Ref: Appendix Pt.4)

Enrolment: Close rapport with parents, completion of 'Annual Action Plans', vibrant activities of students and good results at the matriculation exams, revived the popularity of the school. It became co-educational. Roll of the school rose to over 1700 in 1982 against less than 800 in 1969. It catered to the less previleged and weaker sections in particular.

Finances: With increase in roll and certain amendments in Grant-in-Aid Rules, the situation was eased. But certain illogical provisions hampered growth. A struggle to get the rules modified gave birth to 'Kashmir Aided Schools Association', with late D.N.Nadim as President and J.L.Taimiri as V.President. I was elected its Secretary. The Association met with little success till late S.M.Abdullah came to power in 1975.

S.M.Abdullah's Patronage: A two hour impromptu meeting with late Shaikh Sahib in January 1974 at Delhi proved very propitious for the aided educational institutions in general and National School in particular. J.N.Patwari, V.P.Gurtoo and late J.L.Dhar were with me. Soon after he assumed power in 1975, an 'Advisory Committee on Aided Education' with four non-official members headed by the Finance Minister D.D.Thakur was constituted. Late S.K.kaul and I were nominated as members. The other two never attended any meetings. This Committee got the rules rationalised. It proved a saviour of small schools and defendant of honest ones.

National School used to hold a symposium on the life and works (or related topics of late J.L.Nehru on 27 May every year. Sheikh Sahib condescended to preside over this function on 27 May 1974. Starting from that day, he regularly graced one or the other function every year. On his advice, National School would hold its Annual Day on 2nd October to synchronise it with Gandhi Jayanti. He presided over it almost regularly.

A Catastrophe: In late 1970's, the school building was crying for repairs. But the landlords were trying to rope in a powerful party to convert it into a commercial complex. The school could not be ousted without government support. The C.M., late Sheikh Sahib did not favour the idea. Instead he advised the School for a settlement, assuring government aid.

Negotiations, swinging between outright purchase and effecting repairs with revision of rent, belied any conclusion for over two years. Hardly a month after the passing away of Sheikh Sahib, the school building was destroyed in a fire in the wee hours of 7th October 1982. The C.M., Dr. Farooq Abdullah visited the site within hours and assured help for rehabilitation.

Before noon of the same day, the school management was served an injunction forbidding change of status-quo. A legal fight ensured which reached the apex court more than once.

The police investigating agency picked some important persons for questioning. However, the scene changed fast. The investigating agency instead of solving the mystery of fire, kept the school staff on tenterhooks. The C.M's enthusiasm to help the school waned. The school was advised to shift to the outskirts of the city. The stalemate continued for nearly four years. The story is painful, but illustrative of how public interests can be got trampled.

The school continued to function in shifts. The classes were held in ramshakled rooms in the ground floor of the burnt building, in tents and a make-shift barrack made on a 16 feet wide road leased by the Muncipality a few years earlier.

Resurrection: The impasse was broken by the G.M.Shah government which acquired the property under Land Acquisition Act and transferred it to the school on payment of 50 % compensation. The other 50 % was paid by the government as Grant-in-Aid. This was also challenged in the Hon'ble Supreme Court which did not agree to any plea to oust the school from a building specially designed and built for the school. Also the court upheld the validity of the acquisition. However, the plantiff's lawyer withdrew the case before the Hon'ble Court could record a judgement. The building was finally handed over to the school on 15th May 1986. The building was rebuilt and roofed by October 1986. It seems that the school has yet to claim building grant under rules.


National School, Srinagar - Recollections 1969-1986

  1. Staff 1980: With one M.A.B.Ed. at the top, the School had 25% trained post graduates;

  2. 50% trained graduates and 25% other special line teachers.

  1. Results after 10 years of change: Pass percentage in 1980 was 95, in 1981, it was 88 and in

  1. 1982, it was 92. 40% of the successful candidates were placed in Ist Division. The School figured in the State Merit List (first 20 ranks) every year, capturing 30 places or 10.7% of places from 1969-1981. Figures of 1982-86 not available. In 1973 (Nov), the School captured Ist (Pankaj Koul), IIIrd (Ravinder Wattal) and XIVth (Surrinder Bhat) positions.

3. a) The School represented the State at national level 3 times at R.C., two times at Camps organised by the Central agencies at Delhi.

b) Presented Iqbal Night, Lalded Night, Kashmiri Folk Music at Tagore Hall.
4. The following graced the School during the period:

Swami Ranganathananda (R.K.Mission), L.K.Jha (Governor), Mekhala Jha, Syed Mir Qasim, Sheikh Abdullah, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Mirza Afzal Beg, Begum Abdullah, D.D.Thakur, M.K.Tiku, P.L.Handoo, Mohd. Shafi, Prof. Rais Ahmed (VC, Kashmir University), Dr. Agha Ashraf, M.S.Pandit, S.L.Pandita, Prof. A.A.Suroor.

M.C. during the crisis: J.N.Bhan, S.K.Kaul, G.A.Burza, M.K.KIlam, Prof. J.K.Pandita, Dr. K.N.Pandita, J.N.Patwari, Qazi A.Rashid, Bashir Ahmed and J.N.Kachroo.
5. They brought honour to themselves and to the School:

  1. [Pre-1969 .. in continuation] S.N.Kaul, M.L.Seeru (C.Es), Prof. Dr. A.K.Raina (DU),

  2. Prof. Dr. M.K.Teng, Dr. M.L.Peshin, Dr. C.L.Peshin, Dr. R.L.Kaul, Dr. Mohd. Yousuf,

Prof. P.N.Kak (Physics), Prof. M.L.Raina (English), G.L.Sumbly.

Makhan Lal Dhar - A businessman, now the President of the School.

Business: Mohd. Yousuf Beigh, Mohd. Amin, Gh. Hassan Beigh, A.K.Kaul, Nazir Ahmed.

  1. Post 1969: Ashok Sultan (BE IIT, C-T ITI) Chittranjan Kaul (BE, MBA IIM), Kuldeep

  2. Peshin (CPWD), Dr. Anil Karihalloo (Scientist USA), Anil Zutshi (Eng - USA),

Dr. Pankaj Kaul (UK), Dr. Ravinder Wattal (Mumbai), Rajeev Khashu (Siemens), Sanjeev Khashu (Eng - USA) Dr. Pradeep Mattoo.

(Most of the above under 5 contacted)

School in Financial Distress!

Can such a distinguished institution which has rendered meritorious service, Starve, much less Perish.

Its assets: Thousands of its students across the globe.
Contact: J.N.Kachroo, 4-B/202, Whispering Palms, Lokhandwala, Kandivli (E), Mumbai 400101. Tel: 28865853. E-Mail: kachroofam@yahoo.co.uk
Spirituality & Religion

Inner Strength

... Dr. J.P.N.Trakru

Man is born with a blue print from the past as a carry forward of all his deeds or misdeeds. With a new environment and a fresh opportunity provided he can try once again to mend his ways or plug in the pot holes, which he mined on his last sojourn. If you are lucky enough to come across a divine Guru, as a guide to light your path, think yourself blessed. The inverting darkness of ignorance that discriminated you from the light house of your Atma, that was your birth right, can be spiritually lifted with the loving benevolent father once again beckons you into ‘His’ fold.

The simplicity of Siddha path is open to one and all to heal us in Body, Mind and Soul in order to reverse the process from where we stand today. No prerequisites are required except the will to be healed. When faith in your own stamina is lost, it has an easier inflow towards another way of life, not hard to tour. Avdhoot Baba Shivananda’s ( He is belongs to the Siddha lineage initiated by Bhagwan Nityananda) approach is so unbelievably simple that it is hard to believe the results till they actually show up. With simple chanting of god’s name, that is proclaimed as beneficial by every religion, Baba takes you to inaccessible dimensions. In fact, he does it all single handedly on the strength of his own Sadhana, what he transfers to us is sheer grace, a divine blessing and a benediction.

Chanting :

Most unobtrusively, revered Baba asks the audience to just sit with their eyes shut, and he undertakes to do the rest himself. With this one singular gesture which seems the easiest for any seeker to fulfill, he achieves tremendously. The total misleading by the eyes that has become the gateway of perception to all the senses of the body potential are immediately given the “shutters down” order to disconnect with the entire outside panorama at one stroke! The reversed sight or the insight is immediately switched on to the internal hemisphere on its first step towards unbounded infinity. There one contacts the essential ingredients of the human frame viz. the basic breath rhythm, the seven Chakras through which all outer stimuli makes an entry and the mind ego connection that separates us from the substratum-the Atma. Exploring within the higher domains through meditation seems to take one directly to the path of self-realization or the realization of what the self looks like today and what it can become after the cleansing process.

Value of Chanting :

Each body cell has its own frequency. With each movement, there is vibration and sound. To create harmony they have to move in unison. To create harmony they have to move in unison. Whenever, rhythm or harmony is disrupted there will be disease and disorder. One of the pivotal practices of Siddha marg is chanting. Congregational chanting has a most significant effect on the body and mind and due to the vibrating energy that it produces. Human cells respond to pure vibrations born of mantras of the Holy name and thus internal harmony is restored. Of all healing sounds that are the most potent, are redeeming names of God that have transforming powers to purify and lift one to a higher state of awareness. Its importance lies in making it the centrifugal force of life. Chants calm, clear and help the mind to rejuvenate beyond compare. Each word uttered leaves a subtle impression, erasing by its positivity the previous negative imprints. The pure syllables of the names of God are a powerful breakthrough into the mass of irrelevant thought process. They open up the higher state of awareness, bringing in clearer perception of us. Bathing in these purifying sounds opens up our heart, especially when we invoke ‘His’ presence and consequently we feel uplifted. Then our most stubborn and inborn faults are dissolved and annihilated.

Many of us visit the Babulnath temple. What do we find there? Yes! there is a Shiva ling with a snake coiled up around him in three and a half circles. Above this idol of Shiva ling and snake, housed over a stand with three legs is an earthen pot filled with water. There is a hole in this pot from where water is dripping down below. That’s how we offer water to Shiva as a mark of obeisance. In exactly the same manner there is a ling in the Muldhara Chakra of every human being. Kundalini Shakti-the serpent power-is coiled around Muldhara Chakra exactly in three and a half circles. Kundalini in Muldhaara Chakra is in dormant form. From Sahastrasar Chakra, elixir drips down on the shivaling drop by drop. The tripod like contraption in Shivaling is comparable to the three nadis i.e. Ida, Pingla and Sushana.

Ida and Pingla represent the force of the Moon and Sun respectively. This is a beautiful symbolic description of Shiva. It has been said that man is a replica of God. Our Siddhas have imparted this sacred knowledge in our Vedas, Puranas, Upnishads and other holy scriptures.

Shivpanchakshri Mantra 'Namah Shivaya' :

This mantra is drawn from the five elements of nature namely, Earth, Sky, Water, Air and Fire. This mantra is capable of cleansing up all these elements. Seed of this bija mantra has all the characteristics of its parent body. Shiva panchakshari mantra is evolved from the five seeds of aforesaid natural elements (Namah Shivaya) NA- consecrates Prithvi Tatav. Ma- Jal Tatva, Shi- energizes Agni Tatva, VA- Energizes Vayu Tatva and finally YA- Energizes Akash Tatva. ‘OM’ purifies Brahma Tatva and crown Chakra.

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Report & Biradari News
Heritage Lottery Fund

Britain’s Heritage Lottery fund has sanctioned aid of £45,000.00 to Kashmir Bhawan Centre, Luton to start a website on Sir Aurel Stein manuscripts pertaining to Kashmir, which are available in Oxford University’s Bodelein Library. The Deputy High Commissioner of India officially launched the project at the India House on 17th December 2003. A number of representatives of press, media and distinguished scholars and members of Kashmir Bhawan Centre were present. The Deputy High Commissioner gave a detailed account of works executed by Sir Aurel Stein who was an Indologist, Archeologist, Geographer and Translator.

During the coming years, Kashmir Bhawan Centre in Luton will help Shri S.N.Pandita an Indian scholar and grand son of Shri Nityanand Shastri who assisted Shri Aurel Stein in translating Kalhana’s Rajtarangini and Hatim’s tales and Dr. Evison, Chief Librarian of Bodeline Library to jointly work on the Kashmir manuscripts collection available in the library. There are 300 manuscripts considered precious Treasures of Kashmir history, language and literature which bear remarkable stamp of oriental legacy.

Felicitated :

Dr. Motilal Anand Vaishnavi of Health Care Delivery Systems, International Technology Resc. Centre, Civil Hospital, Gandhinagar, Gujarat was felicitated at the Annual Ceremony of India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. The ceremony was held at the Hotel Holiday, Juhu, Mumbai on 11th November 2003, where a Seminar on 'Economic Growth & National Integration' was held along with the presentation of awards. Shri Vaishnavi was honoured with the India's most coveted Institutional and globally reputed Presentation of 'Bharat Jyoti Award' along with a 'Certificate of Excellence'.

Shri Vaishnavi is a life member of Kashmiri Pandits' Association, Mumbai.

Annual Hawan: This year, the Annual Hawan was performed at Kashyap Bhawan, Bhawani Nagar, Andheri. Hawan started at 3.00 PM on 7th February. Puran Ahuti was offered at 2.00 PM on 8th February. About a thousand biradari members partook Naveed on the occasion.

Milchar Editorial Board:

Shri J.L.Manwati has been appointed as Associate Editor of Milchar. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Kashmiri Pandits' Association, Mumbai on 25th January 2004.

tsók módúr’ released:

This book of short stories in Kashmiri by Shri M.K.Raina, a member of the Board of Trustees of KPA and Co-editor, Milchar, was released in a function held at Kashyap Bhawan, on 26th January 2004. The book was released by Shri J.N.Kachroo, Ex. Principal, National High School, Srinagar and a founding member of the Project Zaan. It is worth mentioning that the stories are written in Standardised Devanagari Kashmiri Script side by side with the Indo-Roman Script, the first attempt of its kind, for benefit of the readers.

Akruti Kashmiri Software:

The Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, under a package arrangement with Shri M.K.Raina, have released Akruti Kashmiri Software, the modified version of their Akruti Devanagari Software. This software is upgraded with the inclusion of three new diacritical marks of the Kashmiri Script as approved by the Standardisation Committee headed by Dr. Roop K. Bhat of Northern Regional Languages Centre.

It may be mentioned that another Kashmiri Software namely 'Arinimal', is already available free of cost from Shri Sandeep Bhat of Penfosys, Pune, the developer of the software.

AIKS Delegation meets Frank Pallone Jr.

A delegation of All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) led by its President Mr. M.K.Kaw met Frank Pallone Jr., Chairperson of Kashmir Task Force of the India caucus, in New Delhi on 11th January 2004 and discussed the emerging situation in Kashmir particularly after the successful India Pakistan summit and the SAARC declaration on terrorism and SAFTA. The delegation represented all affiliates and associates of AIKS. Amongst those who were part of delegation included Mr Sunil Shakdher, Vice President AIKS and President, Kashmiri Samiti Delhi (KSD); Mr H.N.Jattu, Vice President AIKS and President, All India Kashmiri Pandit Confrence (AIKPC); Mr. M.L.Kaul General Secretary AIKS; Mr. Shiban Dudha, Treasurer and Political Advisor, AIKS; Dr. M.L.Hashia, Vice President Kashmir Sewak Samaj, (KSS) and Dr. B.L.Khachroo, President Kashmiri Pandits United Forum (KPUF).

At the outset the president Mr Kaw expressed gratitude on behalf of the community in exile for the uninhibited support from the US Congressman in the International fora for espousing the cause of internally displaced community. The delegation emphasized that the Pandits are against any division of Kashmir and they were having feelers from different shades of opinion in Kashmir, including mainstream political parties and those who have a difference of opinion to initiate a dialogue on their return and political rehabilitation with honour and dignity.

The plight of Pandits still living in Kashmir valley was also discussed with Mr. Pallone. He was given a first hand account of their miseries which had compounded due to continuous indifference shown by the state and central Governments. Mr. Pallone was all support for AIKS stand on Kashmir.

Frank Pallone, Jr. is known for his great love and respect for India. Very few know that he has also championed the cause of other suffering people around the globe, be they native American tribes in the U.S.A. or victims of genocide such as Armenians and Kashmiri Pandits, or those who died in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Congressman Pallone was the inspiration behind the creation of the India Caucus in the U.S. Congress in 1993 and served as its Co-chairperson until 1998. While his personal passions include environment and health care, he has long campaigned for granting a permanent security council seat for India, closer military tied between Israel, America and India, and continuation of rogue nation status for Pakistan on account of its various misdeeds.

Mr. Frank Pallone has not taken up the cause of Kashmiri Pandit community in exile only in US but has time and again vociferously presented the plight of this community with highest Indian authorities as well. In recognition of his relentless services to the Kashmiri Pandit Community in exile, he was honoured with a shawl and a momento. AIKS also acknowledged the contribution of Dr. Vijay. K.Sazawal of Indo American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) for his espousal of the cause of Kashmiri Pandits in exile at the higher levels of US administration.

(Input: AIKS)

News from Faridabad

vúshún athvàs: Under the auspices of KSS Faridabad, a congregation of the Kashmiri Pandit artistes living in the National Capital Region organised 'vúshún athvàs' at Sharika Bhawan, Faridabad. The artistes met in two sessions. Morning session started at 11.00 am and involved discussions about the present state of exiled Kashmiri Pandit artistes and the ways to establish them, as the Music, Theatre and other art forms of Kashmir can be saved by saving our artistes only. All the artistes present expressed their concern about their recorded numbers with Radio Kashmir Srinagar. The record of the credits of the artistes has been destroyed by the radio Kashmir authorities after the turmoil in 1990, so that no artiste can claim that these songs have been sung by him/her. The artistes vowed that they will do their best to re-record the number sung by them when they were in Kashmir.

The mindset of Kashmiri Pandit community regarding the artistes was also underlined by the artistes. They are specially invited (to sing) for the 'Mahendiraat'. The artistes pledged to change this mindset, so that they are not taken as mere marriage singers.

The evening session involved a cultural programme at Sharika Bhawan Auditorium, where many KP artistes participated and gave their performances. The artistes included Mrs. Archana Sopori, Abhishek Raina, Darshana Mehra, Dhananjay Kaul, Sanjeev Raina Gautam,Mrs. Sushma Kalla, Pulkit Premi, Satish Handoo, Subhash Handoo, Rohit Das, Sandeep Kaul, Usha Talashi and Dalip Langoo. Shri Roop Krishan Kaul accompanied the artistes on Tabla, Sunny Nayak on Dholak and Sonu on the Keyboard. Programme was compared by Shri Dileep Kumar Kaul.

At the end, the artistes presented a Memento to Shri J.N.Kaul Papaji to express gratitude for his encouragement. Shri Subhash spoke on behalf of the KSS Faridabad and thanked everybody for cooperation.

Navreh at Hari Parvat, Faridabad:

According to a a message from Kashmiri Sewak Samaj, Faridabad, Navreh, will be celebrated on March, 21, 2004 at Hari Parvat, Anangpur, Faridabad, in a befitting manner with fervour and gaiety. The programme will include Satsang, discourse on Art of Living and exhibition of Sacred Relics of Pir Pandit Padshah Reshi Peer Sahib, besides Maha Yagna.

The Committee is making efforts to bring the 'RELICS' of Peer Pandit Padshah, RISHI PEER, to Hari Parvat, for the “Darshan” of the devotees. The “RELICS” will be accompanied by a group of immediate descendents of the great PEER Sahib.

Satguru Sri Sri RAVI SHANKER, the founder of the 'Art of Living' will also give a discourse. Ms. Chitra Roy, famous singer and party will lead Satsang. Distinguished Kashmiri Artists will present a two hour programme of Kashmiri Music.

Nuptials :
Tejasvi D/o Smt. Sarla & Shri M.K.Kachroo of Chembur was married to Shailendra, S/o Smt. Savita & Shri S.P.Bakshi of Delhi, at Delhi on 17th November 2003.
Alok, S/o Smt. Usha & Shri Ashok Tiku of Indra Darshan, Oshiwara married Sumedha, D/o Smt. Sarla & Shri Avtar Krishen Tikoo of Indore at Indore on 7th December 2003.
Sameer, S/o Smt Meena Wanchoo of Vile Parle, Mumbai was married to Pritika, D/o Smt. Rita and Dr. N.K.Shah at Kolkata on 19th January 2004.
Parag, S/o Smt. Asha Kaul of Gandhi Nagar, Bandra was married to Sheetal, D/o Smt. Asha & Shri Radha Krishen Tikoo of RNA Complex, Mira Road at Mumbai on 26th January 2004.
Shikha, D/o Mrs. Nirmala and Late Tej Kishen Tiku of Pune was married to Prashant, S/o Mrs. Pinky and Mr. Vijay Kumar Gupta at Mumbai on 31st January 2004.
Ashish, S/o Smt. Meena & Shri Ashok Dhar of Model Town, Mulund was married to Anshi, D/o Smt. Veena & Shri Tej Krishen Raina at Delhi on 31st January 2004.
Yegneopavit (Thread ceremony) performed :
Parag S/o Smt. Asha Kaul on 23 January 2004
Ashish S/o Smt. Meena & Shri Ashok Dhar on 26th January 2004.
Arvind S/o Shri Radha Krishen Tikoo on 23rd January 2004.


Editor-in-Chief: P. N. Wali. Printed and Published by C.L.Raina for and on behalf of Kashmiri Pandits’ Association (Regd), Kashyap Bhawan, Plot No: 16, Bhawani Nagar, Marol Maroshi Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 059. Tel: 28504954. E-mail: kpamumbai@yahoo.co.in

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