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THE CONTINENTAL SHUFFLE
Over 250 million years ago, India, Africa, Australia, South America and Antarctica were all one continent called ‘ PANGEA’and is also known as ‘ GONDWANA LAND ‘. Over the next several million years, this giant southern continent proceeded to break up, forming the continents we know today. What ultimately formed the majestic Himalayas about 60 million years ago, was the rapid movement of India northward toward the continent of Euro Asia(LAURASIA). India charged across the equator at rates up to 15 cm/year in the process closing an ocean named Tethys that had separated fragments of Pangea. This ocean is entirely gone today. To understand the fascinating mechanics of the collision of India with Asia, we must first look beneath the Earth’s surface. For at least 80 million years, the oceanic Indian Plate continued its inexorable collision with southern Asia, including Tibet. The Indian sub-continent began to be driven horizontally beneath Tibet like a giant wedge, forcing Tibet upwards and this process continues today. In about 10 million years, India will plow into Tibet a further 180 km and the country of Nepal will technically cease to exist. But the mountain range we know as the Himalaya will not go away.
The cartoon picture of decapitated Buddha that was published in The Ann Arbor News on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 is plainly disgusting and is clearly an insult. It serves no purpose other than to hurt the feelings of people who respect Lord Gautama Buddha.
Having worked for the Central Intelligence Agency’s ‘ Campaign for Tibet ‘ for over four years in the past, I have come to the following conclusions :
1.America’s support for Democracy and Human Rights is good when and where it serves their selfish interests.
2.America does not care to give a hoot to Buddha.
In his most recent appearance at the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Bush spoke about human rights and the protests in Burma. If Democracy is good for Buddhist monks of Burma, it is equally good for Buddhist monks of Tibet. He had expressed no concern about the brutal oppression of human rights in Tibet.
If the pro-democracy movement in Burma is orchestrated by foreign agents, it would not deserve any support from India. We should let Burmese people develop their own political parties and any outside interference should be condemned.
GLORIOUS QURAN SURAH VIII ‘SPOILS OF WAR, VERSE 61 : “And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower.”
” Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God “.( The Holy Bible,The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 9)
” (This is) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that men of understanding may reflect “.(Holy Book of Quran, Surah XXXVIII, “SAD” verse 29)
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – ESTABLISHMENT NUMBER. 22 – OPERATION EAGLE – LIBERATION WAR OF BANGLADESH 1971:
Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India had initiated Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971 with military action in Chittagong Hill Tracts. The battle plan of this military action is known as Operation Eagle. She had conceived this battle plan to bring peace in that region. She was inclined towards peace. She wanted to deliver peace to people of Bangladesh who had earlier declared their independence from Pakistan. During Operation Eagle 1971, I had served in South Column, an Infantry Unit Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan. He was a great Islamic Scholar. He had explained to me that PEACE is the greeting of Righteous people.
AN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR WHO SERVED IN OLIVE GREEN UNIFORM:
A personal tribute to Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan, the Regiment of Artillery
I was in college from 1962 to 1965 and had obtained an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science from Osmania University, Hyderabad. I remember this period as the Golden Age of immortal Mohd. Rafi whose melodies still fill my ears. I grew up in this cradle of Urdu language Culture and had acquired my love for ghazals and qawaalis. I had spent time in Lucknow, a crown jewel in the Urdu speaking world, where you meet in the market place, ordinary folks who speak in tones that have made the language famous for its sweetness. Much later, I had served in the Land Forces of The Sultanate of Oman and took my first lesson in Arabic language. My love for Urdu and my Knowledge of Arabic language pales when I write about this Scholar and language expert whom I had met in India during 1971. He passed away on Sunday May 2, 2004 in Bahrain where he had worked for over 20 years as the Head of the Translation Department at the Bahrain Archives. This is not a tribute about his academic accomplishments, the books that he had published, his military career or about his famous friendly relationship with President Gamal Abdel Nasser and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. I am writing this tribute to recognize his personal qualities and the values that he had promoted. I am writing this tribute to recognize him as a “peacemaker”.He represents a symbol of hope and the light that he had shown may lead us on to a path of peaceful co-existence.
I met Lieutenant Colonel.B K Narayan; he hails from Karnataka, and he grew up as a Hindu, while he served in Indian Army in the Olive Green Uniform during the period of ” The Liberation War of Bangladesh ” in 1971. He had the unique distinction of commanding an Infantry Unit in the conduct of War while he had belonged to The Regiment of Artillery. I have not known a ‘GUNNER’ who could plan and execute Infantry Attacks on Enemy posts. Colonel Iqbal Singh, the Chief of Staff at the Force Headquarters also belonged to The Regiment of Artillery but the role played by Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan as an Infantry Commander during War is exceptional and has no comparisons that I am aware of. I had the opportunity to converse with him for extended periods of time and came to know his admirable personality. It is not the knowledge of Arabic language that has made him unique and sets him apart from all other language experts but he is special because of his love for Islamic Culture and his ability to project the deep understanding of that Culture when he spoke to others. He had performed the holy pilgrimage of hajj and had observed all the rituals of that spiritual journey like a true and devout Muslim. When he narrated his hajj experience, I could know the sense of joy and the purity of his intentions. His observance of hajj was genuine, real to its core.
Col Narayan was able to quote Quran from his memory and would convey his understanding of the verses with great clarity. I had personally witnessed his amazing performance in a little town called KAPTAI, on the banks of Karnaphuli Lake, Rangamati Division of Bangladesh. He had conducted the Friday Worship Service for the local Bangla Muslims and delivered a sermon which was received with great appreciation by the worshipers. His job in Uniform did not impose any obligation to organize such an event. he held that prayer meeting entirely on his own initiative and it was purely an expression of his love to worship in the Islamic tradition and it also affirms his faith that the worship of God is not limited by one single tradition. The Friday Worship Service was held at the State Guest House in Kaptai where I had stayed after my Unit had captured Kaptai. It had a large Conference Room. Col Narayan had contacted the Muslim Clerics of the local Masjid and they were absolutely delighted when they met him. His Scholarship and devotion to Islam had captivated them and they had immediately agreed to convene the local congregation at the Guest House and organize the Friday Worship Service. The Conference Hall got totally packed with worshipers. I could watch the proceedings directly from my room in the State Guest House. The Bangla Muslim Community of Kaptai were truly appreciative of Colonel Narayan and his military campaign for bringing Peace and Joy to their Community.
I knew Col Narayan’s great admiration for Arab people. He had always described them as peace-loving people. He knew this as a fact and it was based upon his understanding of Islamic Culture and traditions. I would describe Col B K Narayan as a God’s humble servant. It is important to remember and pay tribute to such “peacemakers” as we can achieve true peace through reflecting and understanding the revelations from the Holy Scriptures of all people. The Regiment of Artillery of Indian Army must record this historical contribution made by a Gunner officer who had served as an Infantry Commander during the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Related Blog Posts :
1. Liberation War of Bangladesh – Fallen Heroes on both sides – October 28, 2007
2. About Guns, Victory, and Gallantry awards – Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 – October 23, 2007
3. Sangram Medal 1971 – A Story that I shared with the Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services – November 22, 2007
4. India and Iran – What is the Connection ? – January 28, 2008
5. The Spirit of a Jew – Revisiting the Birth of Bangladesh – February 10, 2009
6. The Phantoms of Chittagong – A Story from Chittagong Hill Tracts – August 17, 2009
7. The Fifth Army – The Untold Story from Chittagong Hill Tracts – August 18, 2009
8. The Medical Plan for Fifth Army in Bangladesh – The Experience of Madhurya in Chittagong Hill Tracts
9. Award of Gallantry Awards – Indo-Pak War of 1971
10. The Art of Battlefield Medicine
Dr. R. R. Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Ex – Number. MS-8466, Rank. LIEUTENANT/CAPTAIN AMC/SSC
Medical Officer South Column Operation Eagle 1971
Headquarters Establishment No. 22 C/O 56 APO.
- Operation Eagle – an Open Letter to Government of India (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- A Letter to the Living Tibetan Spirits (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- Operation Eagle – Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- The Battle Plan of Operation Eagle – Permission for Disclosure (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- Operation Eagle – a Letter to Union Minister of State for Defence (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- Operation Eagle – Registration of Public Grievance (bhavanajagat.wordpress.com)
- Operation Eagle – Honours and Awards Representation (bhavanajagat.com)
- Special Frontier Force-operation Eagle-gallantry Award (bhavanajagat.com)
I belong to ‘The Land of Gautama Buddha’ and I had whole heartedly pledged my support to His Holiness Dalai Lama and to the people of his Land and I firmly believe that we should seek and give our support for a ‘ FREE TIBET ‘.
Buddham Saranam Gachhami
Dhammam Saranam Gachhami
Pradesh.State of Andhrainfluence of Buddha on our hearts and minds.Acharya Nagarjuna,another great Teacher lived in the present India is the blessed Land where Lord Gautama Buddha had lived and preached.His great compassion and noble qualities made a great impact on our character and our identity as Indians.The symbols such as the National Flag and the National Emblem that we have chosen to represent us speak volumes about the long-lasting
I had the good fortune to visit Buddhist temples known as ” GOMPAS ” and got acquainted with the Buddhist religious traditions for over four years while I lived with Tibetan Buddhists.I had also visited Tibetan Camps at Bylakuppe and Mundgod in the State of Karnataka.In December 1974,when I had arrived in Secunderabad,I thought that I am posted to a military station away from my camp life with Buddhists.The motto of our military formation in Secunderabad is ” BASH ON REGARDLESS “.I reached Secunderabad from the Himalayan frontier with the hope that I could bring my wife and my daughter from Kadapa where they had been living while I was serving at a field location where families are not permitted to live.As I arrived at my new Unit,the first thing that I was told was that I need to immediately proceed on an exercise and that I am not allowed to bring my family to Secunderabad as my services are urgently needed for the exercise.I dutifully took my place in a military convoy and after a few hours my vehicle went past the government quarters where my parents lived while my father worked as Principal of the Nagarjuna Government College in NALGONDA.I reached the exercise location near NAGARJUNA SAGAR and that was my first visit to that area even though I had lived in Andhra Pradesh for a fairly long time.I took the opportunity to visit the historical site of Acharya Nagarjuna’s ‘VIHARA’.Buddha had left his wife and son in the middle of the night and abandoned his life of comfort in a royal palace as he desired to find the “TRUTH”.I had no intention to travel in the foot steps of Gautama Buddha,but I chose to stay away from my family if that could help His followers to reclaim their lost possessions and preserve their identity.Even today when I look back,I do not regret the time I spent away from my family and my mission to support Tibetan Buddhists was indeed a serious one.I was willing to put my life on-line if that could make a difference in the lives of those Buddhists who needed my services.I want to share the following essay which was published in ‘The Ann Arbor News’ on Thursday,October 14,1999 and hopefully this essay may convey you the passion with which I had served to support the followers of Gautama Buddha:
DON’T NEGLECT TIBET FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING MONEY IN CHINA
The United States-China relationship has naturally come under a critical review because of the nuclear espionage charges.It is irrelevant if China has actually benefited from the sensitive information that the U.S. has lost.What is far more important is the fact that the U.S. has lost its ability to keep sensitive information secure.
Presidential candidate George W.Bush has very correctly pointed out that the U.S. needs to prepare against a potential military threat that China might pose.
A review of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship should take us back 30 years to the time it actually began.The relationship,from the beginning,has no solid foundation.In spite of the huge trade and commerce relationship that the U.S. built up with China over these years,there is a basic lack of trust.
The reason for this mistrust is political.The Chinese political system derives its strength from the ideology of communism.The U.S. essentially adheres to the values of democracy,freedom and liberty.
China, as of today, is not a free society.Its political philosophy does not inspire us and is not trustworthy.Whatever the U.S. business investments may be,whatever the market reforms that China has introduced in recent times may be, there is a huge gap in terms of our political ideologies.
Communism and democracy cannot become good partners in a bilateral relationship.
The reason that I believe would end the U.S.-China bilateral relationship is the problem of Tibet.
The identity of Tibetan people could not be destroyed by all these years of Chinese oppression.The passion of Tibetan people for their freedom could not be subdued by prolonged, brutal occupation. Tibetan people are brave and courageous. They are willing to pay the price to regain their land and liberate it. They have the strength, will power and commitment to achieve this goal.
I witnessed this fact when I marched with hundreds of Tibetans through dense inhospitable forests for three months some years ago.
This was not a camping expedition.We had sick people and severely injured people who were sent to hospitals.We had beautiful people who lost their lives in those remote forests and they lay buried or cremated there. Their sacrifices are etched into my memory.
The only reason for taking that risk to suffer loss of life is the issue of winning back Tibetan freedom.
I also had an opportunity to speak with hundreds of Tibetan boys.Each one of them had a clear idea of their national identity and a compelling desire to win their freedom even if they had to pay for it with their lives.
The U.S. should understand that the issue of Tibet is not going to fade away.
When China occupied Tibet, the U.S. sent its citizens to help these people to plan their resistance.The U.S. sent tons and tons of supplies to aid their struggle. U.S. did not cover itself in glory when it withdrew this support it gave to Tibetans. The U.S. personnel were withdrawn and the aid dried up. That was an intensely painful moment for people like me who were then living with Tibetan people.
All of us had an understanding of the event that led the U.S. to backstab the Tibetan people. The U.S. sacrificed the freedom of the Tibetan people in its quest for establishing bilateral ties with communist China.
This entry is dedicated to the memory of those brave men who gave their precious lives fighting the massive Chinese aggression in 1962.I experienced the traditional Indian hospitality at a forward Company location in Arunachal Pradesh(North East Frontier Agency) and my memories are fresh after a lapse of nearly 35 years and the reason is that I still feel the same passion to serve our men who fight for our country.
In 1962 while the Chinese attacked India, I was a first year student studying for a Bachelor of Science degree(3 year degree course) at Government Giriraj Arts College, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh. India was taken aback by this unprovoked and unexpected invasion across the Himalayan Frontier.There was a spontaneous reaction from people across our nation. Nizamabad was no exception and the Giriraj students took out a procession to condemn the enemy. I was not a student leader but I was the son of the Principal of the College. That placed me in the very first row of students who led the procession. At that time, I did not visualize myself that I would be wearing the Olive Green Indian Army Uniform. By year 1972, I had completed two years of service in Indian Army and the great moment in my life arrived when I stood before the War Memorial in WALONG. The following verses were inscribed on it:
The sentinel hills that round us stand
bear witness that we loved our land.
Amidst shattered rocks and flaming pine
We fought and died on Namti Plain.
O Lohit, gently by us glide
pale stars above us softly shine
as we sleep here in sun and rain.
Let us keep our collective memory afresh and pay tribute to these loyal sons of our land.
THE TRADITION OF HOSPITALITY IN INDIA :
Hospitality is a fairly popular tradition for a variety of cultures across our globe. In India the tradition was well established a long time ago and we elevated it to a degree which may not be seen anywhere else in this world. The Vedic statement ” Athiti Devo Bhava ” is a thought that was expressed only in our land. The word ‘Athiti’ defines the guest as a person who could show up at your home without a prior notice or formal invitation and on a day and time of his own choice. Our literature is full of stories about this great tradition of hospitality and the episode described in the story of MAHA BHARATA shows the importance of preserving this tradition. Princess Draupadi was overwhelmed by the arrival of a large number of guests , while she and the Pandava brothers lost their kingdom and were living in the forest. She did not want to fail in her duty of being a good hostess. She was desperate and she met this challenge by earnestly praying to Lord Krishna. Upholding the principle of hospitality is very important to Lord Krishna and He gracefully provided the help Draupadi needed to serve her guests in accordance with our DHARMA(Right Conduct). Her adherence to the tradition of hospitality truly defines the Indian Identity.
Most of you would have experienced some act of hospitality or the other and I want to narrate a simple act of hospitality that I had experienced at CHINGAWANTY ( or CHIGWINTI ) in Arunachal Pradesh and would take this opportunity to speak of my memorable experience at this forward Company location and describe this as our Indian Identity.
THE TRADITION OF HOSPITALITY AT CHINGAWANTY ( CHIGWINTI ) :
The Company Commander Major.G B Valenkar was the recipient of VIR CHAKRA award for his role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and at that time we had worked together in the same Unit. He had briefed me about the traditional hospitality of the men of his Company. Before the dinner was served, he told me that the men would continue to serve food till such time I would announce that I am fully satiated and that I need no further servings. Then,they would bring one more final serving to ensure that I am truly satiated and well fed. I wanted to test them and find out for myself their devotion to their hospitality tradition. After dinner was announced, I mentioned my preference for bread. Instead of ‘chapatis’, I told them that I would like to be served with ‘purees’to go with my meal. The dishes were served piping hot and the purees were made one after the other and a fresh serving would arrive just before I would finish the previous serving. The food was delicious and the mountain weather was cool and refreshing and I was young and had a healthy appetite. I continued eating while having a pleasant conversation with Major.Valenkar and after several servings, the man stood before me respectfully and had asked me to grant him some additional time before he could bring forth the next serving. He mentioned that the cook had run out of the dough he had prepared for the evening meal. I responded saying that I really need no further servings and asked him not to bother about preparing more dough. The man submitted that it would not be fair on my part to stop him at that juncture and stated that I could only stop him from serving only at a time when he is able to provide more servings. In Indian tradition, the guest is also expected to give his host a reasonable opportunity to fulfill his obligation and the host has also a right to derive a sense of satisfaction by observing the rules of hospitality. I had to concede and in a little while, he resumed his service. After eating to my heart’s content, I had told him that I am really satiated. He agreed to bring in the final serving and he passed in the test and he did not give up until he made sure that I am fed till such time that I am fully fed.
I am speaking of this hearty meal to just give you a chance to taste the passion that keeps us united and we relished the opportunity to serve our land and defend its traditions.
Annam Brahma raso Vishnu robhaktaa Devo Maheswarah
Yevam samchintya bhumjaano,drushti doshie ranlipyatey.
The above verse is asking us to consider both, the meal, and the guest who is partaking the meal as God.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.