JANUARY 23, 1973 – AMERICA SURRENDERS TO PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
In my analysis, An Agreement Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam” represents America’s surrender to People’s Republic of China. In reality, Americans are fighting against the spread of Communism to mainland China and they are yet to fight against Communist China. Neither Korea nor Vietnam is the real Enemy.
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Nixon announces peace settlement reached in Paris JANUARY 23, 1973
VASANT PANCHAMI BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO GODDESS SARASVATI
VASANT PANCHAMI BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO GODDESS SARASVATI
On Monday, January 20 2018, I share my prayerful thoughts with Goddess Sarasvati on Her birthday as per Indian tradition. I need heart that can understand, I need eyes that can see, and I need ears that can hear God’s plan for my mortal existence.
VASANT PANCHAMI: BIRTHDAY OF GODDESS SARASVATI
Clipped from: https://www.thoughtco.com/vasant-panchami-1770222
As Diwali--the festival of light–is to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity; and as Navratri is to Durga, goddess of power and valor; so is Vasant Panchami to Sarasvati, the goddess of knowledge and arts.
This festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of the month of Magha, which falls during the Gregorian period of January-February.
The word "Vasant" (or "BASANT") comes from the word "spring," as this festival heralds the beginning of the spring season.
It is believed that on this day, goddess Sarasvati was born. Hindus celebrate Vasant Panchami with great fervor in temples, homes and even schools and colleges. Sarasvati’s favorite color, white, assumes special significance on this day. Statues of the goddess are dressed in white clothes and are worshiped by devotees adorned with white garments. Sarasvati is offered sweets that are given away as prasad to all people attending the ritual worship. There is also a custom of ancestor worship, known as Pitri-Tarpan in many parts of India during Vasant Panchami.
The Foundation of Education
The most significant aspect of Vasant Panchami is that it is also the most auspicious day to begin laying ones foundations of education–of how to read and write. Pre-school children are given their first lesson in reading and writing on this day, and all Hindu educational institutions conduct special prayer for Sarasvati on this day.
It is also a great day to inaugurate training institutes and new schools–a trend made famous by the renowned Indian educationist, Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861-1946), who founded the Banaras Hindu University on Vasant Panchami day in 1916.
A Springtime Celebration
During Vasant Panchami, the advent of spring is felt in the air as the season undergoes change.
New leaves and blossoms appear in the trees with the promise of new life and hope. Vasant Panchami also announces the arrival of another big springtime event in the Hindu calendar–Holi, the festival of colors.
Sarasvati Mantra: Sanskrit Prayer
Here is the text of the popular pranam mantra, or Sanskrit prayer, that Sarasvati devotees utter with utmost devotion on this day:
Om Sarasvati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||
Sarasvati Vandana: Sanskrit Hymn
The following hymn is also recited on Vasant Panchami:
Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa Shubhra vastraavritha|
Yaa veena vara danda manditakara, Yaa Shweta Padma asana||
Yaa Brahmaachyutha Sankara prabhritibhir Devai sadaa Vanditha|
Saa Maam Patu Sarasvati Bhagavatee Nihshyesha jyaadyaapaha||
"May Goddess Sarasvati,
who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me.
May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance."
Das, Subhamoy. "The History of Vasant Panchami, the Birth of Hindu Goddess Saraswati." ThoughtCo, Oct. 12, 2017, thoughtco.com/vasant-panchami-1770222. Das, Subhamoy. (2017, October 12). The History of Vasant Panchami, the Birth of Hindu Goddess Saraswati. Retrieved from Das, Subhamoy. "The History of Vasant Panchami, the Birth of Hindu Goddess Saraswati." ThoughtCo. (accessed January 22, 2018).
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MY INDIRA GANDHI CONNECTION FROM JANUARY 19, 1966
On January 19, 1966 I was a student at Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool. The appointment of Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister delighted my nationalist sentiment. I immediately sent her a letter of congratulations. She graciously responded to the same. During June 1967, I had the opportunity to meet her at her official residence in New Delhi along with a group of college students participating in National Seminar on National Integration. I was granted Short Service Regular Commission in Indian Army Medical Corps in the rank of Second Lieutenant during September 1969 while I was still studying in Kurnool Medical College. My career in Indian Army began and concluded during the years she was Prime Minister of India.
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INDIRA GANDHI BECOMES INDIAN PRIME MINISTER – JANUARY 19, 1966
Following the death of Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi becomes head of the Congress Party and thus prime minister of India. She was India’s first female head of government and by the time of her assassination in 1984 was one of its most controversial.
Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the independent Republic of India. She became a national political figure in 1955, when she was elected to the executive body of the Congress Party. In 1959, she served as president of the party and in 1964 was appointed to an important post in Lal Bahadur Shastri’s ruling government. Soon after becoming prime minister, Gandhi was challenged by the right wing of the Congress Party, and in the 1967 election she won only a narrow victory and thus had to rule with a deputy prime minister.
In 1971, she won a resounding reelection victory over the opposition and became the undisputed leader of India. That year, she ordered India’s invasion of Pakistan in support of the creation of Bangladesh, which won her greater popularity and led her New Congress Party to a landslide victory in national elections in 1972.
During the next few years, she presided over increasing civil unrest brought on by food shortages, inflation, and regional disputes. Her administration was criticized for its strong-arm tactics in dealing with these problems. Meanwhile, charges by the Socialist Party that she had defrauded the 1971 election led to a national scandal. In 1975, the High Court in Allahabad convicted her of a minor election infraction and banned her from politics for six years. In response, she declared a state of emergency throughout India, imprisoned thousands of political opponents, and restricted personal freedoms in the country. Among several unpopular programs during this period was the forced sterilization of men and women as a means of controlling population growth.
In 1977, long-postponed national elections were held, and Gandhi and her party were swept from office. The next year, Gandhi’s supporters broke from the Congress Party and formed the Congress (I) Party, with the “I” standing for “Indira.” Later in 1978, she was briefly imprisoned for official corruption. Soon after the ruling Janata Party fell apart, the Congress (I) Party, with Indira as its head, won a spectacular election victory in 1980, and Gandhi was again prime minister.
In the early 1980s, several regional states intensified their call for greater autonomy from New Delhi, and the Sikh secessionist movement in Punjab resorted to violence and terrorism. In 1984, the Sikh leaders set up base in their sacred Golden Temple in Amritsar. Gandhi responded by sending the Indian army in, and hundreds of Sikhs were killed in the government assault. In retaliation, Sikh members of Gandhi’s own bodyguard gunned her down on the grounds of her home on October 31, 1984. She was succeeded by her son, Rajiv Gandhi.
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THE COLD WAR IN ASIA – TIBET EQUILIBRIUM CORE POLICY ISSUE
The spread of Communism to mainland China in 1949 makes ‘Tibet Equilibrium’ core policy issue of all other countries. In terms of size, and geographical location, Tibet occupies unique position as ‘Balancer’ to maintain regional stability.
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MAKE TIBET CORE ISSUE OF YOUR POLICY TIBETAN GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE PRESIDENT TO INDIA
President of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay
NEW DELHI: President of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay today appealed to India to make Tibet a "core" issue of its policy.
Inaugurating a year-long ‘Thank You India’ campaign marking 60 years of Chinese "occupation" of Tibet and the Dalai Lama coming to India, the president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said the security of India "partly depended" on the "situation" in Tibet.
"We thank India for its support in past six decades to our cause and also appeal to it to support us politically and make Tibet its core issue," he said.
Asserting that the Tibetans are in India because of the support of Indian government and people, Sangay said, "We are a success story and it has been a great journey, thanks to India and its people."
The security and stability in China as well as India depends on the safety and stability in Tibet, he said.
Advocating good relations between India and China, Sangay, however, suggested his host country to be "cautions" of China’s expansionist policy.
"Sixty years back, we lost our country to Chinese occupation. We do not want other countries to face the same consequences," he said.
Replying to a question on Doklam, the CTA president said that going to the United Nations could be one option for Bhutan who lays claim on the region where Chinese and Indian armies have faced a stand-off.
Sangay said that the ‘Thank You India’ campaign symbolizes gratitude of the Tibetan people towards their host country and it will begin with a interfaith meeting, which will be attended by the Dalai Lama at Rajghat on March 31 followed by a public event at Thyagraj stadium on April 1.
The year-long campaign will include events in more than 20 cities, including Bengaluru and Shimla, and will have initiatives like ‘Little Tibet festival’, ‘Green India’, ‘Healthy India’, ‘Feed the Hungry’ and ‘Clean India’.
SURVIVAL IN DEEP PIT – VIRTUE OR SIN?
Military Service imparts survival skills as much as fighting skills. Infantry soldiers dig and prepare pits of various sizes to take cover while they come under enemy fire and to fight against advancing enemy.
Survival on battlefield depends upon external circumstances on which individual may have no control. Soldier may not have the option to get away from the battlefield.
The Old Testament Book Genesis shares the story of Joseph who was thrown into a pit by his brothers.
Apparently, Joseph’s brothers hated him and they conspired to get rid of him.
Fortunately, Joseph survived his ordeal when his brothers changed their mind and sold him as slave.
But, not all of us could be as fortunate as Joseph. I may voluntarily choose the confinement of entering a pit to survive while facing adverse external circumstances. It will not be easy to extricate oneself from such a pit if the pit grows deeper and deeper.
Indian tradition describes the condition of proverbial frog using Sanskrit phrase “Kupa Manduk Nyaya.” It refers to a man who is arrogant and is unwilling to learn on account of intellectual pride.
Survival in a deep pit imposes challenges of its own. Apart from lack of mobility, man loses advantages of developing social relations, and gets virtually isolated while keeping his existence.
When survival is threatened, man may have to choose the confinement of deep well rather than making the foolish attempt to climb out of the deep pit. Man may not be able to save himself through his physical or intellectual effort if external circumstances erect insurmountable barriers.
I do not have physical or mental capacity to seek the world and people who exist outside my confined space. For I have no hope of emerging from the deep pit to claim victory, I seek the satisfaction of learning from my defeat.
From bottom of the deep pit, I give thanks to God for letting me survive in a world where people have eyes but cannot see, have ears but cannot hear and have hearts but do not understand what I say.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – MODERN-DAY SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
The United States institutionalized the practice of ‘Slavery’ by enacting Public Laws such as PRWORA. Unqualified Aliens perform labor on the US soil paying taxes as mandated by Federal Insurance Contributions Act or FICA. However, they cannot receive Retirement Monthly Benefit from Social Security Administration(SSA) even after attaining full retirement age of 67-Years. Those Unqualified Aliens continue to work and pay taxes just to survive defending their mortal existence. In my analysis, such labor practice represents Involuntary Servitude, Forced Labor, Serfdom, and Slavery. The provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act or ERISA do not regulate Social Security Administration which manages Public Trust Fund that provides Social Security Retirement and Disability Benefits.
In my analysis, Slavery is practical reality of modern times as governance through Social Contract has degenerated leading to the creation of Police State. America spends more money than any other country to incarcerate people in a variety of prisons and detention centers.
FLORIDA PRISONERS PLAN MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY STRIKE OVER ‘SLAVERY’
© Reuters Florida has the third-largest prison system in the US, with 97,000 inmates.
Inmates of Florida’s prisons are planning to use Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday to launch a statewide strike over conditions they say amount to modern-day slavery.
The unusual protest has been called by inmates angry at being used as unpaid clean-up crews for storm debris in sweltering temperatures last September, after Hurricane Irma struck the state.
But organizers cite a number of other long-standing grievances for the planned month-long action, in which prisoners will refuse to take part in work assignments and forego purchasing “overpriced” luxury items such as snacks and toiletries, in an attempt to hit the state’s department of corrections in the pocket.
“Our goal is to make the governor realize that it will cost the state of Florida millions of dollars daily to contract outside companies to come and cook, clean and handle the maintenance,” the unnamed prisoners said in a statement posted on the website of the inmates’ advocacy group Fight Toxic Prisons.
“This will cause a total breakdown. We must use everything we have to show that we mean business.”
Florida has the nation’s third-largest prison system with 97,000 inmates, according to state figures. It is also one of the most troubled and violent such systems, with allegations of abuse of inmates rife.
In 2017, officers were cleared of blame for the death of a mentally ill patient they left in a scalding shower for two hours as punishment. In-depth investigations by the Miami Herald uncovered large numbers of rapes, beatings and cover-ups in the state’s non-air-conditioned jails.
The prisoners have dubbed their protest Operation Push, after civil rights leader Jesse Jackson’s 1970s campaign to improve economic conditions for African Americans. Almost a third of Florida inmates are black, compared to fewer than 17% in the general population.
They force them to work at gunpoint and they pay them nothing. There’s a word for that, it’s called slavery
Paul Wright, Human Rights Defense Center
One key demand is a reasonable wage for the labor inmates provide.
“They force them to work at gunpoint and they pay them nothing,” said Paul Wright, executive director of the Florida-based Human Rights Defense Center.
“There’s a word for that, it’s called slavery.
“Florida is one of the few states in the country that doesn’t pretend to pay even a nominal wage. Some states might say they pay 10 cents a day, or 15 cents an hour, or whatever, but here they make it pretty clear they don’t pay prisoners anything, they’re not going to, and prisoners are totally enslaved at every level.
“There’s no legal way for Florida’s prisoners to earn money in the prison system.”
The inmates also want the return of parole as an incentive for those with long-term sentences and an end to what they see as price gouging on food and other necessities.
“One case of soup on the street cost $4, it costs us $17 on the inside,” the prisoners said in their statement. “This is highway robbery without a gun. It’s not just us that they’re taking from. It’s our families who struggle to make ends meet and send us money, they are the real victims.”
Advocacy groups and friends and families of inmates have organized solidarity rallies outside several prisons and department of corrections offices on Monday, including in Miami and Tallahassee.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, officials sent an email to employees at department headquarters urging them to lock doors and stay inside during the protests.
Tensions are running high in the Florida prison system. Last August, all facilities were placed on a three-day lockdown after unspecific threats of rioting.
In an emailed statement to the Guardian and other media outlets, department of corrections communications director Michelle Glady did not address detailed questions about the planned response to Monday’s planned protests.
“The department will continue to ensure the safe operation of our correctional facilities,” she said.
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SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – CELEBRATION OF LIFE – TRIBUTE TO DR ALBERT SCHWEITZER
On January 14, 2018 I pay my humble tribute to Dr. Albert Schweitzer who promoted the ideal of treating life with respect. To describe Man as Spiritual Being I give attention to both Biology and Medical Science to arrive at correct understanding of Real or True Man. The term ‘Spirit’ has to be defined as vital principle found in all living things and hence Science has to account for Spirit using Science called Anatomy that describes structures and Physiology that describes functions performed by anatomical structures such as cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
ALBERT SCHWEITZER BORN – JANUARY 14, 1875
Clipped from: Albert Schweitzer born – Jan 14, 1875 – HISTORY.com
The theologian, musician, philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning physician Albert Schweitzer is born on this day in 1875 in Upper-Alsace, Germany (now Haut-Rhin, France).
The son and grandson of ministers, Schweitzer studied theology and philosophy at the universities of Strasbourg, Paris and Berlin. After working as a pastor, he entered medical school in 1905 with the dream of becoming a missionary in Africa. Schweitzer was also an acclaimed concert organist who played professional engagements to earn money for his education. By the time he received his M.D. in 1913, the overachieving Schweitzer had published several books, including the influential The Quest for the Historical Jesus and a book on the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Medical degree in hand, Schweitzer and his wife, Helene Bresslau, moved to French Equatorial Africa where he founded a hospital at Lambarene (modern-day Gabon). When World War I broke out, the German-born Schweitzers were sent to a French internment camp as prisoners of war. Released in 1918, they returned to Lambarene in 1924. Over the next three decades, Schweitzer made frequent visits to Europe to lecture on culture and ethics. His philosophy revolved around the concept of what he called “reverence for life”–the idea that all life must be respected and loved, and that humans should enter into a personal, spiritual relationship with the universe and all its creations. This reverence for life, according to Schweitzer, would naturally lead humans to live a life of service to others.
Schweitzer won widespread praise for putting his uplifting theory into practice at his hospital in Africa, where he treated many patients with leprosy and the dreaded African sleeping sickness. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1952, Schweitzer used his $33,000 award to start a leprosarium at Lambarene. From the early 1950s until his death in 1965, Schweitzer spoke and wrote tirelessly about his opposition to nuclear tests and nuclear weapons, adding his voice to those of fellow Nobelists Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell.