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November 2015 Blog Posts (20)

OUR GARDEN SO SWEET SO LOVELY

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            OUR   GARDEN  SO  SWEET  SO LOVELY

                                          By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

Our neighbours and our families have shown that spirit of cooperation that is rather rare in housing societies. The motivation for them to use their time and energy in positive thinking, planning and execution of plans has been their ardent desire to see flowers, foliage and fruits in their backyards. The…

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Added by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM on November 30, 2015 at 10:52 — No Comments

OUR GARDEN SO SWEET SO LOVELY

AUM

            OUR   GARDEN  SO  SWEET  SO LOVELY

                                          By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

Our neighbours and our families have shown that spirit of cooperation that is rather rare in housing societies. The motivation for them to use their time and energy in positive thinking, planning and execution of plans has been their ardent desire to see flowers, foliage and fruits in their backyards. The…

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Added by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM on November 30, 2015 at 10:52 — No Comments

DOES THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT STILL REMAIN RELEVANT ?

  At one time, Russia , China and Cuba were considered as the torch bearers of world communist movement. Several parties and groups in other countries received their inspiration from the  leadership of the communist parties of these countries.

Caught in the wilderness :

Now, the world communist movement appear to have lost it’s sense of direction and looks like being caught in the wilderness , as the one time leader of communist movement…

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Added by N.S.Venkataraman on November 29, 2015 at 5:24 — 1 Comment

What terror means to the world?

What terror means to the world?



This question might sound weird and stupidous to many peace-makers and peace-lovers who strive tirelessly to serve for the betterment of the world peace. Does terror has any message to the world? Does terror make changes or change any makeovers in the world upon which day-to-day life running? Actually, there is nothing to learn out of terror attacks which kill hundreds of people causing trouble and havoc in a country’s internal peace and international… Continue

Added by Balamurali Balaji on November 23, 2015 at 4:09 — No Comments

MAHARISHI SWAMI DAYANAND SARASWATI ON NATIONAL DEFENCE



MAHARSHI DAYANAND ON NATIONAL DEFENCE

By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM



Maharshi Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who brought in a religious renaissance in the 19th century India, in his principal work Satyarth Prakash (Light of Truth) has dwelt at length on the question of national defence in the sixth chapter. The sixth chapter is basically about good governance and, of course, national defence is an integral part of good governance. The bottom line of the Maharshi’s…

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Added by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM on November 21, 2015 at 12:47 — No Comments

MAHARISHI SWAMI DAYANAND SARASWATI ON NATIONAL DEFENCE



MAHARSHI DAYANAND ON NATIONAL DEFENCE

By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM



Maharshi Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who brought in a religious renaissance in the 19th century India, in his principal work Satyarth Prakash (Light of Truth) has dwelt at length on the question of national defence in the sixth chapter. The sixth chapter is basically about good governance and, of course, national defence is an integral part of good governance. The bottom line of the Maharshi’s…

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Added by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM on November 21, 2015 at 12:47 — No Comments

TIPU SULTAN A SPLIT PERSONALITY

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                    TIPU  SULTAN  A  SPLIT  PERSONALITY

                                        By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM

Was Tipu Sultan, Rajah of Mysore a patriotic warrior who loved Hindustan more than his own life and limbs? Or was he a Middle Age Islamist Jehadi whose actions and omissions were guided by his supposed zeal to convert Hindus, Christians and others of his principality to Islam and found a kingdom named…

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Added by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM on November 16, 2015 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

MASSACRE OF INNOCENTS IN PARIS - IS THE WORLD REALLY HELPLESS ?

 

 The massacre of more than 120 innocent people in Paris in November,2015 is not the first  incident of horror in recent times. The massacre of school children in Pakistan, the  September,11 attack in USA when thousands of innocent people lost their lives , the Bombay blast and so many other terrorist attacks around the world have really created a grave crisis, which the world is not able to handle.

Are  condemnations enough…

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Added by N.S.Venkataraman on November 15, 2015 at 14:47 — No Comments

WHAT DO DEPRIVED PEOPLE EXPECT FROM NARENDRA MODI ?

                       

There is one central government and several state governments in India and   the responsibilities and authority of central and state governments are  different. However, in the last eighteen months, everyone in India appear to think that Modi government and Modi in particular ,should  be held responsible for every unsavoury happenings in India , though Modi…

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Added by N.S.Venkataraman on November 13, 2015 at 15:32 — No Comments

Gandhi Journal Article-II (November 2015): Gandhi on theory and practice of Islam

Gandhi Journal Article-II (November 2015)

Gandhi on theory and practice of Islam

By Dr. Anupma Kaushik 

The word Islam means peace but today it invokes images of…
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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 9, 2015 at 8:28 — No Comments

Be good, live better!

Be good, live better!

Oh! My dear friend, you are too busy in attending the school, college or office work whole day. In spite of the tight schedule, you are asked to drop your long-time friend at the airport after the office, or attend a party tonight hosted by your neighbour. Earlier in the morning, you were planning to spend the evening by playing a game or listening to music of your choice.

My friend, are you ready to accept either of these requests that have…

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Added by Balamurali Balaji on November 8, 2015 at 1:53 — No Comments

Be good, live better!

Be good, live better!

Oh! My dear friend, you are too busy in attending the school, college or office work whole day. In spite of the tight schedule, you are asked to drop your long-time friend at the airport after the office, or attend a party tonight hosted by your neighbour. Earlier in the morning, you were planning to spend the evening by playing a game or listening to music of your choice.

My friend, are you ready to accept either of these requests that have…

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Added by Balamurali Balaji on November 8, 2015 at 1:53 — No Comments

Love and Law

Love and Law

Oh! My dear friend, the world has become so violent filled with lots of hatred nowadays. You can’t see love so widely spread as air in your surroundings. You don’t easily sense love and passion very often. You seem to be detached from your surroundings.

 

Oh! My friend, you must step up your passion for love. You stretch your hands and heart to your people, friends around you so as to bring love in your life.

 

It is a battle between…

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Added by Balamurali Balaji on November 8, 2015 at 1:46 — No Comments

"Nonviolence, the only short-cut"

"Nonviolence, the only short-cut"

“I do not believe in short-violent-cuts to success.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, December 11, 1924)



The Global War on Terror tries to sell us the false idea that we can effectively fight terrorism by killing “terrorists,” instead of addressing the conditions that led to terrorism in the first place. A “short-violent-cut to success,” instead of addressing economic inequality, lack of basic needs like education: that’s long-term work. More…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 7, 2015 at 8:10 — 1 Comment

Gandhi Journal Article-I : November 2015

Gandhi Journal Article-I (November 2015)

Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh : A Clash of Ideology

By Jai Narain Sharma 

 
Great men of all generations have been anxious about…
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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 6, 2015 at 7:28 — No Comments

The opposite of love

The opposite of love

“I am trying every moment of my life to be guided by ahimsa, by love.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, January 12, 1934)

Hafiz asked Rabia, "O Daughter of God, is hate the opposite of love?" She replied, “No. Love has no opposite.”

Rabi’a, the 7th Century mystic from Basra (not yet Iraq) and founder of the Sufi movement, was voicing the very vision that would be foundational for Gandhi: that the world is based on sat ‘Truth, reality, the good’ so that in the…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 6, 2015 at 7:11 — No Comments

"What a smile did."

"What a smile did"



“Not an ounce of nonviolent energy is ever wasted.”
–Gandhi (Harijan, January 11, 1948)
 
Mrs. Hartsough (the mother of one of my nonviolence mentors, David Hartsough) stood day after day in front of Hanford WA nuclear plant, to try to reach the conscience of those who…
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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 5, 2015 at 10:41 — No Comments

Gandhi and Mother Cow

Gandhi and Mother Cow

“Cow protection to me is one of the most wonderful phenomena in human evolution.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, January 1, 1925)



Cow protection. Why would Gandhi be concerned about this ancient duty to “Mother Cow”? Hint: it was about more than the cows. The practice, which he said he would “defend against the whole world,” represented, in essence, the height of ahimsa. Protection of the cow meant to him, really, the protection of all non-human life, of which…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 3, 2015 at 8:44 — No Comments

We often make terrible mistakes by copying bad examples.

“We often make terrible mistakes by copying bad examples.”

–Gandhi (Young India, February 16, 1921)



There, he said it and I’m glad.

People, especially if they’re new to activism, have a tendency to copy tactics that they see others have used, but it’s harder to look beneath those tactics to the strategy they are enacting. Why is that? Unfortunately, this inability to understand strategy, is due, quite often, to a lack of one. In place of clear long-term, nonviolent…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 2, 2015 at 7:57 — No Comments

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