Archives for April 2018

A new film on Love Jihad by Sudipto Sen

Renonwned film artist Sudipto Sen has made a new film titled ‘In the Name of Love-Melancholy of God’s Own Country’. A screening of the film was organised by Global Indian Foundation and Vivekanand Vichar Manch of Jawahar Lal Nehru University in Delhi. The film focuses on the issue of ‘love jihad’ and religious conversion of girls in Kerala and is based on a true story.

Members of Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union and Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment disrupted the screening. The organizers of the screening in a statement said: “After disrupting the screening of the movie at Sabarmati dhaba, the left-wing protesters grievously injured a guard intentionally.”

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Summary of films by Sudipto Sen

AASMA (IN THE NAME OF JIHAD) – Hindi feature film – Just Completed
https://pro-labs.imdb.com/title/tt2949654/

LUCKNOW TIMES – Hindi feature film – Completed
https://pro-labs.imdb.com/title/tt4696884/?ref_=sch_int

IN THE NAME OF LOVE!
An hour-long documentary on the issue of religious conversion and so called ‘LOVE JIHAD’!

Project in development:
INDIAN AUTUMN – Indo-US Co-Production film – English/Bengali Bi-lingual film – On Development
(2017-2018)
Hindi/English feature film NUTAN BAZAAR (2017-2018)
History of 5000-years of Indian civilization – A TV Series

Work of reckoning:
English feature film THE LAST MONK (2006)
World Premier at Cannes Film Festival – 2006
Special Invitation Screening at Rotterdam Film Festival – 2006 
Participated in 37 other film festivals

Short feature film AKHNOOR (2007) 
(An Indo-Belgian Co Production) 
Attended 17 International Film Festivals

Malayalam Feature Film ANTHIPONNOVETTAM (2008)
An Indo-French Co Production CORENTIN’S QUEST(2008)
BLUE MOUNTAINS by Suman Ganguli (Consultant)

Documentaries: 
THE OTHER WEALTH (1997) 
A human story on pristine water body near Kolkata
Attended 21 International film festivals

NA BATE DER… (It will not be late) (2003)
A film on revolutionary peasant movement in India
Attended 11 international film festivals 

LAND WITHIN RIPPLES (1998)
A documentary on fast vanishing Islands at World’s largest deltaic region, Sundarvans

Worked For:
THE WORLD BANK (As an empanelled producer 1998-2002) 
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE, UNDP / UNIFEM / UNEP / ACTIONAID / ADB / DFID
Made more than 75 Developmental Corporate films

Ad & Corporate
Worked for more than 50 commercials and corporate films

AWARDS
BEST FILM AWARD (AKHNOOR) at Golden Gate Film Festival, USA 2007-2008 
INTEGRATED REALIZATION AWARD (AKHNOOR) at Brussels International Film Festival 2008 SPECIAL JURY AWARD (AKHNOOR) at San Francisco Film Festival 2007 
Best Cinematography (THE LAST MONK) – Cine International FF

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Australian city Mayor promotes Yoga for mental health

CITY of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst has urged kids to take up yoga as a way to help maintain mental health. Mayor Dewhurst joined children at Leisure World in Thornlie to promote the centre’s junior yoga program and encouraged youths to take up yoga to help manage stress.

Gosnells is a suburb of Perth, located within the City of Gosnells. Gosnells is approx. 20 kilometres south-east of Perth CBD.

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Hindu Council rebuts ABC radio’s biased program against Hindus

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is generally well known for its balanced view of the world. Despite its high journalistic standards, it sometimes slips into Hindu bashing in the garb of India bashing. 

Mr Philip Adams one of the respected, popular and long standing radio broadcaster did it this time under the heading “India Now : the great democratic experiment”. Hindu Council of Australia’s National President Mr Prakash Mehta, accused Mr Adams of being ignorant of India’s history, its great achievements and of playing in the hands of disgruntled communal Indian politicians.  He also objected to Hindu bashing evident in the broadcast. Other listeners also objected to the one sided views expressed in the program.

Phillip Andrew Hedley AdamsAOFAHAFRSA (born 12 July 1939) is an Australian humanist,[2]social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts an ABC Radio Nationalprogram, Late Night Live, four nights a week, and writes a weekly column for The Australian.

The radio program was aired on ABC radio and its audio can be heard on http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/features/india-now/india-now:-the-great-democratic-experiment/9688786

Mr Prakash Mehta said,

It seems this time Phillip Adams brought Congress Party spokespersons and paraded them as academic scholars. Don’t believe in what I say? Read on….

Rebuttal of Points made by Sunil

1. India took a giant leap from the millennia of caste ridden Hindu culture to the oppressive British Raj: Interestingly, despite being a political science expert, he forgets that Moghuls ruled for nearly 800 years before the British? He also forgot the reign of Harsha, Vikramaditya, Maurya et al known as the golden era of India? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikramaditya 

2. He forgets Basaveswara 12th century statesman and philosopher and his phenomenal work even before Magna Carta in inclusiveness including empowerment of women https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basava 

3. left suffered in emergency. Interestingly left wholeheartedly backed emergency. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supporting-emergency-was-a-mistake-cpi-leaders/article7359292.ece 

4. Gandhi then Nehru and then the WW II aftermath saved democracy in India but doesn’t tell us that Nehru lost to Patel by 0-12 (of the 15 members three abstained) in the congress party election, yet Gandhi issued a dictate, Nehru should be PM. Thus, both these leaders killed democracy in the embryonic stage itself and Nehru shamelessly accepted to become the first PM and Gandhi considered his wish more important than democratic election. (https://theprint.in/opinion/jawaharlal-nehrus-election-as-indias-first-prime-minister-wasnt-unanimous/34519/) 

5. He says the new definition is democracy is Hinduism but forgets that Hindu majority India and the BJP – a nationalist party- made, for example. a muslim as President (Abdul Kalam), Hepatulla (Governor), Zaidi (Chief election commissioner). Democracy survived because of Hindu majority need a proof? see what happened in neighbouring Pakistan

6. Army is being used NOW to handle internal crisis like J&K and Naxals. For the last three decades, army is used in J&K and against Naxals. Yet Sunil uses the word ‘NOW ‘

7. farmers and dalit protests give hope: Check out who instigated Dalit protest by blatantly false statement that Atrocities Act is being abolished..Rahul Gandhi !.. http://www.republicworld.com/opinion/opinions/rahul-gandhi-fictitiously-revoked-the-sc-st-act-to-incite-hatred-in-society

He further added that :

1. RSS had no role in freedom movement: It is the same hogwash that congress party pushes. RSS did participate in the Quit India Movement. Read British Home Department records at that point in time instead of the history written by the Leftist and Nehruvian historians (https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/this-day-75-years-ago-contrary-to-dogma-rss-did-take-part-in-the-freedom-movement-including-quit-india-movement/)
2. Appointment of Army Chief by Modi govt superseding two seniors is a threat to democracy. Indira Gandhi brought Arun Vaidya in 1978 superseding Gen Sinha. Also the UPA superseded Sinha to bring in Dhawan? (https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/12/05/in-an-unusual-move-govt-supercedes-two-generals-to-name-bipin-r_a_21620874/)
3. Nandini echoes Rahul Gandhi when she says democracy is in threat because the impeachment motion against Chief Justice is rejected by Vice President. Naidu rejected CJI impeachment after consulting several legal luminaries. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/vice-president-venkaiah-naidu-rejects-opposition-notice-to-impeach-chief-justice-dipak-misra/articleshow/63875690.cms 
4. Nandini again echoes Rahul Gandhi by accusing bench fixing by CJI http://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/shocking-congress-calls-cji-dipak-misra-a-bench-fixer 
5. Terrorism: Cases were falsely lodged by Congress Party going by recent judgement from Supreme Court. Court considers evidence before giving judgements. http://www.afternoondc.in/city-news/search-those-who-implicated-swami-aseemanand-to-prove-hindu-terrorism/article_221000 
6. People are ignoring gangrapes: Really? Media reports otherwise http://indianexpress.com/article/india/unnao-kathua-rape-cases-rahul-gandhi-leads-candlelight-march-as-protests-break-out-across-country-kuldeep-sengar-5135506/ 
7. Media subordinated: NDTV, IndiaToday TV, The Wire, Indian Express, the Hindu are anti Modi media and spew venom day in and day out against Modi. Google it …
8. Retired general appointed to political office. Well General Vaidya and Air Marshal Latif were appointed as Governors by Indira Gandhi too. But here because of Gen Singh we could safely bring back over 4000 Indians, and 500 Americans trapped in Yemen- rescued mainly included Muslims and Kerala Leftists !! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/04/08/india-leads-rescue-of-foreign-nationals-including-americans-trapped-in-yemen/?noredirect=on
Both Sunil and Nandini conveniently forget that in 2014 Modi’s BJP was in power only in four states now it is in power in 21 states and congress is reduced to four. All democratically elected with two defeats too Punjab and Delhi. Yet they feel democracy is in danger. http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/bjp-rules-21-states-now-congress-reduced-to-4/552636.html 

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The most sacred Hindu places of worship in Bali

Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the oldest and the most revered temple in BaliIndonesia. The temple is actually a collection of several temples along the hiking path to the summit. The main temple also the highest, the Pura Lempuyang Luhur, lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang.[1]

The temple is located on Mount Lempuyang or Gamongan Hill, Bunutan village, Abang subdistrict, Karangasem, east Bali, around 10 kilometres north from Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem. The temple complex is dedicated to Ida Betara Hyang Iswara, the guardian of the east.[2] It is one of Sad Kahyangan Jagad or the “six sanctuaries of the world” which are the six holiest places of worship on Bali.

The most popular temple among visitors is the Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang. With its towering white candi bentar split gate, three dragon stairs and three kori agung gates, this compound has a spectacular view to the west overlooking Mount Agung, the highest volcano in Bali.

The temple consists of several temples along the hiking path to the summit of Mount Lempuyang or also known as Gamongan Hill in eastern Bali. The temples along the hiking track among others areː

  • Pura Puncak Bisbis
  • Pura Pasar Agung
  • Pura Lempuyang Luhur

Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple, is the crown jewel of the complex (and also its namesake). It sits atop the mountain’s peak, which is believed to be its most sacred spot. Those who make it to the top are rewarded with a peaceful sanctuary and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

 

The establishment of places of worship around Mount Lempuyang is believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island of Bali.[1] The puras of Mount Lempuyang, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple in the area, is grouped one complex of pura which represents the Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang. The temple groups are considered as part of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali.[2] The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang is also one of the group of temples in Bali known as Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana. Each of the temple in the Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight cardinal directions. Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of east (purwa) and the color white. This direction is associated with the domain of Balinese the god Iswara.[3]

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang was restored in 2001.

The piodalan or puja wali festival (pura’s anniversary) of Pura Penataran Agung is held once every 6 months every Waraspati (Thursday) or one day after the Galungan festival.[7]

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Jakarta President urges Hindu community to improve quality of human resources

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Hindu community to improve the quality of human resources and to prepare for facing global challenges and rapid industrial development. “Global challenges necessitate Hindus to become more intelligent, creative, and innovative in responding to the changes,” President Jokowi remarked in his speech while attending the commemoration of Dharma Santi National Seclusion Day in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Saturday.

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Anzac Day celebrations in Canberra

Hindu Council of Australia represented by its National President Mr Prakash Mehta, attended ” Australian Jewish ANZAC Day Service” at National Jewish Memorial Centre in Canberra. The Ceremony was attended by a many few multi-faith religious leaders, by the Ambassador of Israel to Australia, by ACT leader of opposition and many other dugnatories.

The program commenced with the unfurling of the flag, Australian National Anthem, a welcome speech by Rabbi Shimon, followed by prayers for Australia, prayer for Australian Defence force, prayer for Remembrance, a speech by Mr Mark Sofer, Ambassador of Israel and a speech by Mr Alister Coe, MLA , Leader of Opposition. The program concluded with a minute of silence for the fallen Anzac heroes.

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100 years on, remembering the Hindu-German effort to end the British Raj

In April 1918 ended the US trial of Ghadar leaders and their German financiers who were trying to smuggle arms to South Asia. hen the Hindu-German conspiracy trial began in the US on November 20, 1917, American newspapers competed to describe the scenes in the San Francisco courtroom that – as their narratives went – was packed with “turbaned”, “glowering” and “excitable Hindus”. By the time it ended next year on April 24, the trial had lasted 155 days, and cost the US government $450,000. It proved expensive – at £2.5 million – for the British too, whose intelligence and other officials worked determinedly through the war years, from 1914 onward, to prove the existence of a conspiracy planned on neutral American soil to foment a revolution in British India.

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Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrated in Sydney

A function to celebrate 70th Independence Day of Israel was held in Sydney at Four Seasons Hotel. The function was attended by NSW Premier  Gladys Bereziklian, MP Luke Foley, Israel ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer, President Zionist Council of NSW Richard Balkin and President NSW Jewish board of deputies Jeremy Spinak. Hindu Council was represented by its NSW President Jay Raman and NSW Secretary Ashwani Jain.  

Israel and India have a special relationship as Indian blood was laid in  Haifa for the liberation of Haifa town and to bring Israel as a nation into existence again in 20th century.

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Anzac Day ceremony at Hornsby NSW

Members of Hindu Council of Australia attended a pre-dawn memorial service to commemorate Anzac ceremony at Hornsby. The march started from Hornsby RSL club and the actual ceremony took place in front of the Hornsby Railway Station. 

The ceremony was attended by Parveen Gupta on behalf of  MP Julioan Leeser, Phillip Ruddock mayor of Hornsby council, Matt Kean state MP and by many others. Terry James president Hornsby RSL club addressed the ceremony. Sanjeev Bhakri, Bhagwat Chauhan, Rajendra Jalpota and Ashwani Jain attended on behalf of Hindu Council of Australia.

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Bible lessons should be a must for Hindu students, says Christian activist

Australian students should be ­required to study the Bible as part of a well-rounded education, ­regardless of their religious background, according to American investor and Christian activist Chuck Stetson. 

“I argue that if you don’t have knowledge of the Bible you can’t understand the English language, literature, history, art, music or culture fully,” he told The Australian, after speaking at a forum in Sydney.

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