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The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) looks to be financially a rich party and presenting a cash garland of Rs 5 crore on the anniversary bash and another one of Rs 18 lakh just show it.

Wonder who presented it to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati? It is none other than Karnataka party unit chief Marsandra Muniyappa, who gave her a garland made of hundreds of Rs 1,000 notes worth Rs 5 crore at a BSP rally marking the 76th birth anniversary of its founder Kanshi Ram on Monday.

When channels flashed the pictures of the garland, we all mistook it to be made up of  some shiny, imported flowers. But no! Close-up shots showed that the garland was made up of currency notes and it took nearly three months to prepare it in Mysore.

The event was indeed a white elephant, costing the party a jumbo affair. Reportedly, the cost of BSP’s silver jubilee rally was Rs 200 crore, and Rs 5 crore was spent of catering. Not to be left behind, as many as 2,400 buses were hired to ferry audience and 1,00,000 kg flowers were used in the venue, besides deploying 10,000 policemen on duty.

But what is surprising is, Maya had openly told that her state government was not in a position to pay compensation to the victims of stampede recently. And everybody is busy criticizing her ugly show of wealth and power. The party of the state is bankrupt to pay compensation to the victims, but has lot of money to celebrate the anniversaries or birthdays.

Now it is official, and no wonder if Maya is welcomed everywhere with garlands made of currency notes.

Many political parties, including the Congress, is condemning this shameless show of money power. The Congress is getting outside support of the BSP for the UPA government at the Centre. If Congress is an ally, why can’t the party members, or say chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tell Mayawati openly that they don’t need her support, as she is indulging in the so-called ugly show of money power?!

But I doubt if the Congress can ever tell Maya to withdraw her support. For, indirectly, they too are indulging in the same kind of game. The Congress is spending crores of rupees for the glorification of  former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and even Priyanka Gandhi Vadodra through various advertisements all these years. There are several statues of Nehru, Indira and Rajiv in many parks across the country.

If the Congress points finger at the BSP, they will in turn get pointed from others and they are aware of it! So, the question remains. Who is indulging in the ugly show? Just the BSP or even others?!

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N. Ram, Editor of The Hindu, like other journalists had protested when M.F. Hussain had to take refuge in Qatar fearing for his life in India due to his nude paintings of Goddesses. A reader has given him a befitting reply.


An Open Letter to N Ram , Editor in Chief , ‘The Hindu’
03/03/2010 19:23:57

Dear Ram,

I have taken time to write this to you Ram-for the simple reason that we have known you for so many years- you and The Hindu bring back happy memories Please take what I am putting down as those that come from an agonized soul. You know that I do not mince words and what I have to say I will-I call a spade a spade-now it is too late for me to learn the tricks of being called a ‘secularist’ if that means a bias for, one, and a bias against, another.

Hussain is now a citizen of Qatar-this has generated enough of heat and less of light. Qatar you know better than me is not a country which respects democracy or freedom of expression. Hussain says he has complete freedom-I challenge him to paint a picture of Mohammed fully clad.

There is no second opinion that artists have the Right of Freedom of expression. Is such a right restricted only to Hussain? Will that right not flow to Dan Brown-why was his film-Da Vinci Code not screened? Why was Satanic Verses banned-does Salman Rushdie not have that freedom of expression? Similarly why is Taslima hunted and hounded and why fatwas have been issued on both these writers? Why has Qatar not offered citizenship to Taslima? In the present rioting in Shimoga in Karnataka against the article Taslima wrote against the tradition of burqua which appeared in the Out Look in Jan 2007.No body protested then either in Delhi or in any other part of the country; now when it reappears in a Karnataka paper there is rioting. Is there a political agenda to create a problem in Karnataka by the intolerant goons? Why has the media not condemned this insensitivity and intolerance of the Muslims against Taslima’s views? When it comes to the Sangh Parivar it is quick to call them goons and intolerant etc. Now who are the goons and where is this tolerance and sensitivity?

Regarding Hussain’s artistic freedom it seems to run unfettered in an expression of sexual perversion only when he envisages the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. There is no quarrel had he painted a nude woman sitting on the tail of a monkey. The point is he captioned it as Sita. Nobody would have protested against the sexual perversion and his orientatation to sexual signs and symbols. But would he dare to caption it as ‘Fatima enjoying in Jannat with animals’?

Next example-is the painting of Saraswati copulating with a lion. Here again his perversion is evident and so is his intent. Even that lets concede cannot be faulted-each one’s sexual orientation is each one’s business I suppose. But he captioned it as Saraswati. This is the problem. It is Hussain’s business to enjoy in painting his sexual perversion. But why use Saraswati and Sita for his perverted expressions? Use Fatima and watch the consequence. Let the media people come to his rescue then. Now that he is in a country that gives him complete freedom let him go ahead and paint Fatima copulating with a lion or any other animal of his choice. And then turn around and prove to India-the Freedom of expression he enjoys in Qatar.

Talking about Freedom of Expression-this is the Hussain who supported Emergency-painted Indira Gandhi as Durga slaying Jayaprakas Narayan. He supported the jailing of artists and writers. Where did this Freedom of Expression go? And you call him secularist? Would you support the jailing of artists and writers Ram –would you support the abeyance of the Constitution and all that we held sacred in democracy and the excessiveness of Indira Gandhi to gag the media-writers- political opponents? Tell me honesty why does Hussain expect this Freedom when he himself did not support others with the same freedom he wants? And the media has rushed to his rescue. Had it been a Ram who painted such obnoxious, .degrading painting-the reactions of the media and the elite ‘secularists’ would have been different; because there is a different perception/and index of secularism when it comes to Ram-and a different perception/and index  of secularism when it comes to Rahim/Hussain.

It brings back to my mind an episode that happened to The Hindu some years ago.[1991]. You had a separate weekly page for children with cartoons, quizzes, and with poems and articles of school children. In one such weekly page The Hindu printed a venerable bearded man-fully robed with head dress, mouthing some passages of the Koran-trying to teach children .It was done not only in good faith but as a part of inculcating values to children from the Koran. All hell broke loose. Your office witnessed goons who rushed in-demanded an apology-held out threats. In Ambur,Vaniambadi and Vellore the papers stands were burned-the copies of The Hindu were consigned to the fire. A threat to raise the issue in Parliament through a Private Members Bill was held out-Hectic activities went on-I am not sure of the nature and the machinations behind the scene. But The Hindu next day brought out a public apology in its front page. Where were you Ram? How secular and tolerant were the Muslims?

Well this is of the past-today it is worse because the communal temperature in this country is at a all high-even a small friction can ignite and demolition the country’s peace and harmony. It is against this background that one should view Hussain who is bent on abusing and insulting the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Respect for religious sentiments, need to maintain peace and harmony should also be part of the agenda of an artist-if he is great. If it is absent then he cannot say that he respects India and express his longing for India.

Let’s face it-he is a fugitive of law. Age and religion are immaterial. What does the media want-that he be absolved by the courts? Even for that he has to appear in the courts-he cannot run away-After all this is the country where he lived and gave expression to his pervert sadist, erotic artistic mind under Freedom of Expression. I simply cannot jump into the bandwagon of the elite ‘secularist’ and uphold what he had done. With his brush he had committed jihad-bloodletting.

The issue is just not nudity-Yes the temples-the frescos in Konarak and Kajhuraho have nude figures-But does it say that they are Sita, Sarswati or any goddesses? We have the Yoni and the Phallus as sacred signs of Life-of Siva and Shakthi-take these icons to the streets, paint them -give it a caption it become vulgar. Times have changed. Even granted that our ancients sculptured and painted naked forms and figures, with a pervert mind to demean religion is no license to repeat that in today’s changed political and social scenario and is not a sign of secularism and tolerance. I repeat there is no quarrel with nudity-painters have time and again found in it the perfection of God’s hand craft.

Let me wish Hussain peace in Qatar-the totalitarian regime with zero tolerance May be he will convince the regime there to permit freedom of expression in word, writing and painting. For this he could start experimenting painting forms and figure of Mohamed the Prophet-and his family And may I fervently wish that the media-especially The Hindu does not discriminate goons-let it not substitute tolerance for intolerance when it comes to  Rahim and Antony and another index for Ram.

I hope you will read this in the same spirit that I have written. All the best to you Ram.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

One of my old colleagues, Sudarshan Bharatiya sent me a mail today on Taj Mahal. Indeed, it was an interesting revelation and the pictures with the text made it much more worth to save and share the mail.

IS HISTORY JUSTIFIED??? ??

BBC says about Taj Mahal — Hidden Truth – Never say it is a Tomb.

Aerial view of the Taj Mahal

Aerial view of the Taj Mahal

The interior water well

The interior water well

Frontal view of the Taj Mahal and dome

Frontal view of the Taj Mahal and dome

Close up of the dome with pinnacle

Close up of the dome with pinnacle

Close up of the pinnacle

Close up of the pinnacle

Inlaid pinnacle pattern in courtyard

Inlaid pinnacle pattern in courtyard

Red lotus at apex of the entrance

Red lotus at apex of the entrance

Rear view of the Taj & 22 apartments

Rear view of the Taj & 22 apartments

View of sealed doors & windows in back

View of sealed doors & windows in back

Typical Vedic style corridors

Typical Vedic style corridors

The Music House--a contradiction

The Music House--a contradiction

A locked room on upper floor

A locked room on upper floor

A marble apartment on ground floor

A marble apartment on ground floor

The OM in the flowers on the walls

The OM in the flowers on the walls

Staircase that leads to the lower levels

Staircase that leads to the lower levels

300-foot-long corridor inside apartments

300-foot-long corridor inside apartments

One of the 22 rooms in the secret lower level

One of the 22 rooms in the secret lower level

Interior of one of the 22 secret rooms

Interior of one of the 22 secret rooms

Interior of another of the locked rooms

Interior of another of the locked rooms

Vedic design on ceiling of a locked room

Vedic design on ceiling of a locked room

Huge ventilator sealed shut with bricks

Huge ventilator sealed shut with bricks

Secret walled door that leads to other rooms

Secret walled door that leads to other rooms

Secret bricked door that hides more evidence

Secret bricked door that hides more evidence

Palace in Barhanpur where Mumtaz died

Palace in Barhanpur where Mumtaz died

Pavilion where Mumtaz is said to be buried

Pavilion where Mumtaz is said to be buried

NOW READ THIS…….

No one has ever challenged it except Prof. P.N. Oak, who believes the whole world has been duped. In his book Taj Mahal: The True Story, Oak says the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz’s tomb but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya ).

In the course of his research Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace was usurped by Shah Jahan from the then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh.

In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shahjahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz’s burial.

The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur still retains in his secret collection two orders from Shahjahan for surrendering the Taj building.

Using captured temples and mansions, as a burial place for dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers. For example, Humayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried in such mansions.

Oak’s inquiries began with the name of Taj Mahal. He says the term ‘Mahal’ has never been used for a building in any Muslim countries from Afghanisthan to Algeria .

“The unusual explanation that the term Taj Mahal derives from Mumtaz Mahal was illogical in at least two respects. Firstly, her name was never Mumtaz Mahal but Mumtaz-ul-Zamani,” he writes.

Secondly, one cannot omit the first three letters ‘Mum’ from a woman’s name to derive the remainder as the name for the building.

“Taj Mahal, he claims, is a corrupt version of Tejo Mahalaya, or Lord Shiva’s Palace.

Oak also says the love story of Mumtaz and Shahjahan is a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists. Not a single royal chronicle of Shahjahan’s time corroborates the love story.

Furthermore, Oak cites several documents suggesting the Taj Mahal predates Shahjahan’s era, and was a temple dedicated to Shiva, worshipped by Rajputs of Agra city.

For example, Prof. Marvin Miller of New York took a few samples from the riverside doorway of the Taj. Carbon dating tests revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shahjahan.

European traveller Johan Albert Mandelslo, who visited Agra in 1638 (only seven years after Mumtaz’s death), describes the life of the cit y in his memoirs. But he makes no reference to the Taj Mahal being built.

The writings of Peter Mundy, an English visitor to Agra within a year of Mumtaz’s death, also suggest the Taj was a noteworthy building well before Shahjahan’s time.

Prof. Oak points out a number of design and architectural inconsistencies that support the belief of the Taj Mahal being a typical Hindu temple rather than a mausoleum. Many rooms in the Taj Mahal have remained sealed since Shahjahan’s time and are still inaccessible to the public . Oak asserts they contain a headless statue of Lord Shiva and other objects commonly used for worship rituals in Hindu temples.

Fearing political Backlash, Indira Gandhi’s government tried to have Prof. Oak’s book withdrawn from the bookstores, and threatened the Indian publisher of the first edition dire consequences. There is only one way to discredit or validate Oak’s research. The current government should open the sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal under the UN supervision and let international experts investigate.