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Fight With Equanimity, Channelise Energy -Sri Sri Ravishankar

Posted by :) on December 17, 2008

Discourse: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Source : Speaking Tree , The Times of India

When there is an attack on society and we lose our loved ones, it causes a lot of sorrow and fear. If we keep reeling in sorrow, fear and anger, then life moves on the path of destruction. But if we want to channelise this energy and prepare to face this war bravely, we need to first calm the mind and come to a state of equanimity.
We need to become sam-darshi or one whose vision is equanimous. Today, we are all angry with the politicians or with our system. Our police lack the necessary
tools… The whole of Mumbai seems angry. In a way, we have woken up. We are no longer ready to take the ‘chalta hai’ attitude. For so many years India has seen terrorist attacks in different places, for the first time, the entire community, especially the youth, has woken up…
How to make our system stronger?
Firstly, we need to come together… We need social leaders who are satya-darshi or truthful, sam-darshi or equanimous, and door-darshi or far-sighted. So let’s also resolve to first examine the qualifications of those whom we elect. We need to protect our country from those who manipulate issues for their personal gains and lead by playing vote-bank politics.
Secondly, we must resolve not to act out of anger, but instead channelise our dynamic energy for the common good; to expose all those who are supporting violence, no matter what religion they belong to; to get rid of the mentality which asks us to protect people from our own religion, or community, even if they are doing wrong. This is very important.
Three things need to be done today: Stringent laws should be in place and the hands of the police have to be strengthened.
Second, intelligence agencies and the police should be wellequipped and third, politicians should allow them to take necessary steps independently.
We consider the entire world ours… We might have different religions, communities, languages and cultures, but underneath all this diversity, every Indian is One. We are proponents of peace, but we are also from the land of Guru Gobind Singh. Today, we need Sant-sipahis or soldiersaints. Every one of us needs to be a peace soldier…
Peace does not mean inaction. We want a revolution, but a
peaceful one. Mahatma Gandhi advocated peace, but he did not just sit back and allow injustice. Being in peace, he took action. The essence of the Bhagavad Gita is this — to fight with equanimity. Today, we are again seeing a dharma yuddha — a battle for righteousness…
Whenever i visited Israel, i have been told by Jewish leaders that India is the only nation in the world where a Jew has never been attacked. India is known for its tolerance and peace… We shall not let the terror attacks in Mumbai sag our spirits. We shall overcome. And in doing so we will not let go of our culture and nature of peace and non-violence.
I would like to say to all the families who have lost their dear ones that the soul never dies. Know that once you drop the body, there is no more suffering to the soul. Those who have departed have merged with the divine, and their souls are still with you, with us, with the entire nation… Everyone will die, including us. But they have sacrificed their lives to wake us up and make us realise that others should not suffer, that this should not happen again. They are asking us to be Arjuna.
Excerpt from SSRS’s address to Mumbaikars during a prayer meeting for 26/11 terror victims.

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Mumbaikar’s anger – Politicians you stink

Posted by :) on December 15, 2008

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MUMBAI TERROR ATTACK IN PICTURES -PART D

Posted by :) on December 14, 2008

In Israel, the six people killed at the Chabad-Lubavitch mission in Mumbai were buried. The bodies of the young couple who ran the center, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, were wrapped in prayer shawls and shrouds as family and members of their religious community prayed over them. The Holtzbergs' 2-year-old son, Moshe, was rescued from the center unharmed on Thursday.

In Israel, the six people killed at the Chabad-Lubavitch mission in Mumbai were buried. The bodies of the young couple who ran the center, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, were wrapped in prayer shawls and shrouds as family and members of their religious community prayed over them. The Holtzbergs' 2-year-old son, Moshe, was rescued from the center unharmed on Thursday.

"My India is great". REUTERS/Pawan Kumar (INDIA)

People light candles in memory of those who were killed in the Mumbai attacks, in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, November 29, 2008. Commandos ended a three-day rampage by Islamist gunmen in Mumbai on Saturday, killing the last of the militants after nearly 200 people died in attacks that struck at bastions of the Indian financial capital's elite. The text on the board reads: "My India is great". REUTERS/Pawan Kumar (INDIA)

home to a Jewish centre - 29 November 2008 after the National security guard (NSG) commando's operation. The number of people killed in the terrorist assault on the centre has risen to eight according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. all of the victims were Israelis or US Jews.  EPA/STR

home to a Jewish centre - 29 November 2008 after the National security guard (NSG) commando's operation. The number of people killed in the terrorist assault on the centre has risen to eight according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. all of the victims were Israelis or US Jews. EPA/STR

Commando getting ready for assualt

Commando being dropped by a chopper

Commando being dropped by a chopper

Commando getting ready for assualt
Soldiers took cover along the sea wall during the   battle for the 105-year-old hotel, one of about a   dozen sites that the militants attacked in their   rampage beginning Wednesday night.

Soldiers took cover along the sea wall during the battle for the 105-year-old hotel, one of about a dozen sites that the militants attacked in their rampage beginning Wednesday night.

David Guttenfelder/Associated Press

Indian commandos took control of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai on Saturday morning after a three- day siege by terrorist fighters. Photo: David Guttenfelder/Associated Press

Exhausted commandos took a break after the hotel went   up in flames.

Exhausted commandos took a break after the hotel went up in flames.

David Guttenfelder/Associated Press

Indian soldiers were thanked by Mumbai residents with handshakes and roses after the assault. Photo: David Guttenfelder/Associated Press

Michael Rubenstein for The New York Times

Mourners at the funeral of Hemant Karkare, the head of the police antiterrorism unit, who was killed in the attacks. Photo: Michael Rubenstein for The New York Times

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MUMBAI TERROR ATTACK IN PICTURES -PART C

Posted by :) on December 14, 2008

Smoke billowed out of the hotel in the final hours of   the assault.

Smoke billowed out of the hotel in the final hours of the assault.

A grieving relative of a terrorist attack victim is consoled outside the St. Georges Hospital in Mumbai. Authorities estimate 172 people died in the attacks and hundreds more were injured.

A grieving relative of a terrorist attack victim is consoled outside the St. Georges Hospital in Mumbai. Authorities estimate 172 people died in the attacks and hundreds more were injured.

Seriousely injured is being taken to hospital

Seriousely injured is being taken to hospital

The aftermath of the attacks. A grenade damaged service station near Chabad House. (Joe Leahy/FT)

The aftermath of the attacks. A grenade damaged service station near Chabad House. (Joe Leahy/FT)

Kasab - The only terrorist suspect caught LIVE

Kasab - The only terrorist suspect caught LIVE

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MUMBAI-TERROR ATTACK IN PICTURES PART-B

Posted by :) on December 14, 2008

The full scope of the horror and desperation of the   terrorist attack

The full scope of the horror and desperation of the terrorist attack

Security officials survey a destroyed room inside the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel after the armed siege on November 29, 2008 in Mumbai, India. Indian officials have declared the siege at the Taj hotel over as the remaining militants were killed when commandos stormed the building. The city of Mumbai was rocked by multiple coordinated terrorist attacks that targeted locations popular with foreigners, late on November 26, killing at least 195 people.  (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Security officials survey a destroyed room inside the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel after the armed siege on November 29, 2008 in Mumbai, India. Indian officials have declared the siege at the Taj hotel over as the remaining militants were killed when commandos stormed the building. The city of Mumbai was rocked by multiple coordinated terrorist attacks that targeted locations popular with foreigners, late on November 26, killing at least 195 people. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Injured officer being taken to hospital

Injured officer being taken to hospital

Members of Indian fire brigade try to douse the fire at the Taj Mahal Hotel after the end of a gun battle between Indian military and militants inside the hotel in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. Indian commandos killed the last remaining gunmen holed up at the luxury Mumbai hotel Saturday, ending a 60-hour rampage through India's financial capital by suspected Islamic militants that killed people and rocked the nation. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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MUMBAI- ATTACK IN PICTURES PART-A

Posted by :) on December 14, 2008

Witnesses described the gunmen as young men in their 20s dressed as typical Mumbai youths in jeans and t-shirts. The government alleges they were members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned Islamist terrorist outfit from Pakistan.

Witnesses described the gunmen as young men in their 20s dressed as typical Mumbai youths in jeans and t-shirts. The government alleges they were members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned Islamist terrorist outfit from Pakistan.

Smoke billowed out of the hotel in the final hours of   the assault. After the siege, commandos combed the   565-room hotel for gunmen but found none alive.

Smoke billowed out of the hotel in the final hours of the assault. After the siege, commandos combed the 565-room hotel for gunmen but found none alive.

A resident takes cover as commandoes fire at suspected militants holed up at Chabad House

A resident takes cover as commandoes fire at suspected militants holed up at Chabad House

Guests trapped in the Taj desperately try to escape as fighting rages inside the building. The Taj and the Trident-Oberoi hotel complex several blocks away are patronized by Indian industrialists, celebrities and most international businessmen who visit Mumbai.

Guests trapped in the Taj desperately try to escape as fighting rages inside the building. The Taj and the Trident-Oberoi hotel complex several blocks away are patronized by Indian industrialists, celebrities and most international businessmen who visit Mumbai.

Commandos take positions

Commandos take positions

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Pakistan : should we attack ?

Posted by :) on December 12, 2008

Make it count

Anand G Mahindra

When the guns fell silent at the Taj in Mumbai, an eerie silence replaced their staccato rhythm. A few days later, boisterous noises more familiar to the city returned when SMS-summoned crowds gathered at the Gateway to declare “enough is enough”. Queues began to form in front of the forest of TV microphones that were there to record the vox populi.
And then the war cries began. “There is no alternative but to launch a full-scale attack on Pakistan,” shouted a college student. “George Bush did not hesitate before going into Afghanistan to avenge 9/11!” George Bush, a role model? I could not believe my ears as the speeches
grew more strident and unreal. It was as if all the lessons of the past eight years of dubious US diplomacy had been lost through collective amnesia. As America prepared to repudiate its follies and install a president that would be more thoughtful and collaborative, we in Mumbai were casting a halo on the misguided adventures of his predecessor!
The sheer naivety of some of these brave-hearts was astonishing. Had they simply overlooked the fact that Bush’s broadsides never targeted nations with nuclear missiles pointed back at him? Perhaps they were too young to have seen photographs of Hiroshima and the terror of remote-controlled radiation. Perhaps they were just too emotional at that point to weigh the devastating consequences of a protracted war.
The lesson from Iraq is that if ever a country in today’s times wishes to carry out attacks on a sovereign nation, then it should do so only with the assent and collaboration of the international community. Let us give our diplomats in Delhi the legroom to pursue a strategy of talking tough, while simultaneously providing evidence to the US of Pakistan’s hospitality to terrorist groups. There should be unrelenting pressure on Pakistan to prove its anti-terror credentials, which it will be able to do only by permitting other nations to join forces with it in an uncompromising assault on rogue regions and terrorist camps within its territory.

Even more distressing than the war-lust at the Gateway, however, were reports carried by the media about unprovoked verbal assaults on innocent members of the minority community. Terrorism ultimately is bred by poverty and prejudice. How can this country prosper if the target of prejudice is 150 million citizens who are made to feel they are not part of the mainstream?
I believe that what we have seen in the last few days is the true manifestation of the much-maligned “spirit of Mumbai”. I take pride in the fact that the public behaviour of all communities has been exemplary. Because of this the attackers did not achieve one of their principal goals, which was to incite a resurgence
of communal rioting in Mumbai. The strongly expressed anger and the newly minted demands for accountability have been and must continue to be combined with the intrinsic resilience and spirit of tolerance that have always characterised Mumbai. This is not simply a warm and fuzzy utopian aspiration. Mumbai’s survival is dependent upon enhancing the strength of its community networks.
There has been speculation about the local support that may have been extended to the terrorists. Indeed, every campaign of terror relies on segments of the local population that are alienated and marginalised. It is only when citizens grow disaffected with the objectives of the terrorists, and recognise that their interests lie elsewhere, that the tide turns against the violence.
The most effective weapon we have against terrorists is to become even more steadfast in our resolve to band together as a community and ensure that no member of the minority cowers with the fear of reprisals or discrimination after an attack. We need to erect a wall interlopers cannot penetrate. Behind that wall will be a city that will eject them rapidly and forcefully even if they do manage to stray into it. When every street is filled with informers and defenders of peace, then Mumbai may be held up as a template for battling terrorism. That would be a true victory for people power.
The writer is a Mumbai-based industrialist.

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Islam : A Religion Of Peace

Posted by :) on December 12, 2008

The ideology of Islam has no place for violence

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The big question on everyone’s mind is how to solve the problem of terrorism. On the one hand, the authorities are trying to crush the terror menace through legal action; and on the other hand, reformers are trying to curb it by engaging in condemnation. However, both of these methods are, apparently, proving to be ineffective. Then what is the solution?
The present problem of terrorism is based on an ideology and that cannot be countered
or killed through legal action or by mere condemnation. We have to develop a counter-ideology to overcome it. Violence begins from the mind. It must, therefore, be uprooted from the mind itself. This goes directly to the root cause of terrorism. Therefore, in order to eliminate this root cause we need to initiate our efforts by beginning from the right starting point. And this is the re-engineering of minds of individuals by taking them away from the culture of violence and bringing them closer to the culture of peace.
Let’s look at two parallel examples from history. One pertains to the American campaign against communist Russia and the other refers to the American campaign against Saddamled Iraq. Both communist Russia and
Iraq were declared enemies of the US, but while America was successful in curbing the menace of communist Russia, it failed to cope with Iraq. The reason was that America met the Russian challenge at an ideological level, while it opted for military action against Iraq.
Terrorism will persist in one form or another until the ideology of violence is countered with another ideology based on peace. But let us first understand the ideology of violence that is resulting in terrorism. This ideology is that Islam is a political system and that it is the duty of all Muslims to establish the political rule of Islam in the world. This kind of thinking was not prevalent during the time of Prophet Muhammad or his early
companions. It is a later invention. This was developed over the last few centuries by a handful of people and has become widespread in the Muslim world today. This has led to the present-day violence.
A large number of Muslims, especially many among the youth, have become obsessed with this ideology and are trying to establish the political rule of Islam, thinking it to be their ticket to paradise. Having failed to achieve this objective of establishing Islamic rule by peaceful methods, they have started resorting to suicide bombing. The idea being that if we cannot eliminate non-Islamic rule, then let us at least destabilise it and pave the way for Islamic rule.

After studying Islam by making reference to its original sources — the Quran and Hadith — one can say with certainty that the political interpretation of Islam is an innovation and the real Islam, as followed by Prophet Muhammad and his early followers, is based upon peace, compassion and tolerance.
People consider peace as the greatest good in the world. However, peace does not prevail in the world today. This is because people the world over are acting intolerantly and indulging in acts of violence, saying, “Give us justice and peace will ensue”. But when people, ostensibly seeking justice, stoop to violence, peace can never prevail. Peace is always desirable for its own sake, and every other desirable state
comes after peace, not along with it. So, the maxim to follow, when peace is the desired state, is: “Ignore the problems, and avail of the opportunities.”
Once people become tolerant and obtain peace for its own sake, what that actually does is open up opportunities. It creates favourable conditions which enable people to strive for their ideals, eventually attaining justice and other constructive ends. This happens due to the law of nature. When the individual refrains from making a controversial matter into one of prestige, this gives rise to serious thinking. This non-emotional thinking helps him to understand that if he were to walk out of the point of controversy he would find all other
paths open to him.
This ideology of peace can counter the ideology of violence and it is based on the original sources of Islam. Prophet Muhammad provides a very clear historical example of this in his method of negotiating the Hudaybiyya peace treaty. On this occasion he brought matters to a successful conclusion by unilaterally accepting all the conditions of his opponents. In this peace treaty, the Prophet had not apparently received justice or his rights. But what was in effect a 10-year no-war pact gave the Prophet an opportunity to work uninterruptedly on a constructive programme which would otherwise have been impossible. By means of this peaceful non-political pro
gramme, the Prophet and his companions were able to consolidate themselves so thoroughly that they had no need to wage war; they were able to take control of Mecca peacefully.
From this example of the Prophet, we can understand that there is no room for violence in Islam. The ideology of Islam banishes the notion that there can be anything acceptable about terrorism. Islam is a completely peaceful religion and the Islamic method is a peaceful method. By following the ideology of peace, each individual’s mind can be re-engineered away from the culture of violence and closer to the culture of peace.
The writer is a Delhi-based religious scholar.

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Blogs unite Indians in face of terror

Posted by :) on December 9, 2008

New Delhi (IANS): As Indian security forces waged a 59-hour battle against the terrorists who had attacked 10 prominent places in Mumbai, internet blogs united horrified people across India. While some used them to give vent to their anguish and pray for the victims, others provided minute-by-minute updates of the tragedy.

“An eerie feeling when you wake up in the morning and hear such words from a three-year-old – ‘Bua (Aunt) no office today. Taj Mahal (hotel) is burning. I saw it’. Strange, looking at her innocent face I realised I didn’t matter to myself. It’s our kids we fear for. Guess the time has come to talk them through the word terrorist.”

The entry was made by Saakshi O. Juneja in her blog post “Mumbai – Shaken and Stirred” Thursday. The previous night, armed young men had unleashed a reign of terror in India’s financial capital. At least 152 people were killed and 327 injured in the attacks – the most audacious the country has ever seen.

Bloggers Vinu and Arun Shanbhag frantically uploaded photographs of the three spots where the terrorists were holed up, taking many foreigners hostages, and of the security operations on their blogs and , respectively.

These photographs were also supplemented by the uploading of images on picture sharing websites.

In an open letter to “Dear Mr. Terrorist” on his blog, Shoaib Mohammed Daniyal condemned the terrorists for killing innocents in the name of the maltreatment of Indian Muslims.

“You say that they killed 130 people in Mumbai to avenge the maltreatment that people like me with names like Mohammed have faced in India. Let me tell you something about myself.

“I did my schooling in Calcutta in one of the city’s finest schools – La Martiniere for Boys. I completed my graduation in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra and am now employed with a premier business research firm in Gurgaon.

“If there was wide spread discrimination against Muslims, as you claim, how did these institutions take me in? A cursory look at my name is all it takes, if you want to discriminate,” Daniyal’s blog entry read.

As soon as terror struck Mumbai, communities condemning the dastardly attacks spurted on various social networking sites.

“Mumbai Terror Attacks: I condemn it”, a community on popular networking site Facebook, was created within hours of attack asking everyone to “stand together irrespective of race, colour, creed and religion”. So far, it has attracted 12,842 members.

The Mumbai terror attack and the Indian response to it has been the main topic for online discussions.

Praying for those who fell victims to the sinister designs of the terrorists, one blogger wrote: “My heart goes out to the victims of this terror attack; to those families who are mourning the loss of a loved one today; and to the families of those who were wounded. May the creator help all those hurting in India and around the world to find solace and comfort during this time.”

Within no time of the incident, a blog “Mumbai Help” come up with helpline numbers, and lists of those dead and injured in this unfortunate incident. Another site, “Mumbai Metblog” , is asking readers to donate blood to injured people in attack by providing the telephone number of hospitals.

On microblogging site Twitter, 80 messages were posted within five seconds with the updates of the incidents. Moreover, a new profile – mumbaiattack – was created just five hours after the terrorist struck.

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Crackdown On LeT’s PoK Camp

Posted by :) on December 9, 2008

Mumbai terror guru captured in Pak raid

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: The US-India 48-hour deadline is working. Pakistan on Monday closed down a terror camp run by Lashkar-e-Taiba, and arrested top LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
In an operation backed by army helicopters, Pakistani troops swooped down on the Shawai camp outside Muzaffarabad, and after a scuffle, picked up Lakhvi from among a group of men. While the operation was confirmed by Pakistan army officials, there has been no official reaction from India.
However, privately, government sources said Pakistan needed to “do more”. In Washington, the US government said there were “some positive steps”.
It was the first concrete step from Pakistan to address Indian concerns about terrorist groups like Lashkar, or even to arrest LeT’s operational leaders. According to reports, eight LeT operatives have been picked up. India will continue to ask for Lakhvi to be tried in India, while maintaining its demand to arrest other LeT commanders like Muzammil and Zarrar Shah, named by the terrorist nabbed in Mumbai.
The Pakistani action, coming after days of immense bellicosity with India and lusty demands for “solid evidence”, has clearly come under the influence of US pressure. Given the nature of the Mumbai attack and the confessions of the arrested terrorist, there was little doubt in the minds of US, Indian and other international investigators about who exactly were involved.
In fact, by the time US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice arrived in Delhi, she had with her names and camps of those involved in the attacks, corroborated by US and Indian officials.
India would not have been able to achieve such outcomes by itself, given its lack of levers with Pakistan. But India was careful not to
engage in precipitate action, because it could have threatened the fledgling civilian government, opening it to another military coup, which India did not want.
However, Indian officials said the real action needed to be against ISI, because closing down a couple of LeT camps wasn’t enough as long as ISI retained the ability to create more such outfits. The LeT shares an umbilical relationship with the ISI. Besides, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa remained untouched, though the police chief in Pakistan’s Punjab ordered that all religious bodies of banned outfits should be closed.


WHO IS
LAKHVI?
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, known as Chachu among other aliases, was “personally” involved in the planning and execution of the terror attacks in Mumbai, the lone terrorist arrested, Ajmal Amir Kasab, has told ATS
Lakhvi is believed to have personally seen off the 10 fidayeen to Mumbai, from Azizabad locality in Karachi on November 23
He and LeT’s India operations chief Yusuf Muzammil remained in touch with the 10 terrorists
even as they executed the Mumbai carnage

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