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Reservation of Jobs for Dalits in Private Sector and Multinational Companies in India

Reservation of Jobs for Dalits in Private Sector and Multinational Companies is being aired from several political quarters and is being advocated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Uttar Pradesh State Government recently offered incentives and concessions to companies setting up quotas for the poorer sections in the society. Emily Wax in Washington Post examines in the article titled India's Lower Castes Seek Social Progress In Global Job Market.The article discusses the caste system, mentions most foreign multinational companies are not fully aware of not fully aware of the caste system, then there are numbers and statistics of upper castes in jobs around the world, mentions activists trying to put pressure U.S. Congress to address the issue of untouchability and finally the points raised by the critics on reservation based on the caste system.It’s true that caste continues to be a major factor in India especially in matters like marriage. But poverty in modern India is no lo…

Political Themes to Dominate Ganesh Pandals in Ganesh Utsav 2007 in Gujarat

With State Assembly elections around the corner, the Ganesh Pandals for Ganesh Utsav 2007 in Gujarat is all set to be dominated by political themes. Idol makers are busy deciding on the best political and current affairs theme. The competition among the idol makers and the ‘yuvak mandals’ in cities like Vadodara are so fierce that each is making sure that their ideas remain a secret. Ganesh Utsav 2007 is on September 15. Apart from the Ganesh idols meant for puja, the Ganesh committees in each area create various tableaux reflecting current issues. An important theme this year is the heavy rains and flooding in Gujarat. Going by the experience of previous years, some themes this year might be inspiring, some might evoke laughter and some might kick up controversies. RelatedGanesh Pandals in Mumbai

River Ganga Changing its Course in Allahabad

The government of India has admitted that River Ganga is changing its course near Phaphamau town in Allahabad. This was informed to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian parliament, during question hour. Hindustan Times reportsA study by the Central Water Commission has confirmed that the sacred river for Hindus, Ganga, is changing track fast and in future may pose danger to Phaphamau town, if remedial measures are not taken soon, Rajya Sabha was informed. The technical team comprising of experts from Ganga Flood Control Commission, Patna, UP Government, Ministry of Railways and Central Water Commission, found that Ganga has moved towards Phaphamau side and it has been rapid in the last few years. The reason for Ganga gaining pace in changing track are two, first, higher silt generation leads to more deposits on the bank and second, more wastage generated by human reaching the river.Slight shift in River Ganga’s course has been noted earlier. But such large rate of change is the …

United States Religious Worker Visa Limits affects Hindu religious workers badly

The proposal to amend U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations regarding the special immigrant and nonimmigrant religious worker visa has hit Hindu religious workers badly especially those involved in Hindu temple constructions.The new rule addresses concerns about the integrity of the religious worker program which has been marred by fraud. Hindu temple constructions rely heavily on the R-1 religious worker visa which helps in bringing shilpis, people traditionally trained in building Hindu Vedic stone temples as per Shilpa Shastra – the ancient text dealing with HinduTemple architecture.In 2006, Hindus were one among the top users of the special immigrant and nonimmigrant religious worker visas. The new Special Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Religious Workers Visa rules can be found here.
The main concerns for practitioners of Hindu religion with the special immigrant and nonimmigrant religious worker visa are:
Skilled temple workers like ‘shilpis’ does not come under…

Hindu Adoption in India – Laws for adopting a child into Hindu family

Hindu couples adopting a child in India have to follow the Hindu Adoption Act (HAA) of 1958. The Act is applicable to all Hindu sects, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. This Act does not wholly recognize the adoptions by Muslims, Christians, Muslims, Parsis and Jews. The personal law boards of Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism primarily takes care of the adoption in these communities. The Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) of 2004 looks into adoption irrespective of religion.Some of the main points in the Hindu Adoption Act (HAA) of 1958Any male Hindu who is of sound mind and is not a minor has the capacity to take a son or a daughter in adoption. Provided that, if he has a wife living, he shall not adopt except with the consent of his wife unless the wife has completely and finally renounced the world or has ceased to be a Hindu or has been declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be of unsound mind.Any female Hindu who is sound mind, who is not a minor, and who is not marrie…

Quotes from Bhagavad Gita Sankhya Yoga with Swami Sivananda Commentary

Krishna to Arjuna: This (Self) is said to be unmanifested, unthinkable and unchangeable. Therefore, knowing This to be such, thou shouldst not grieve. (II.25.)
Commentary

The Self is not an object of perception. It can hardly be seen by the physical eyes. Therefore, the Self is unmanifested. That which is seen by the eyes becomes an object of thought. As the Self cannot be perceived by the eyes, It is unthinkable. Milk when mixed with buttermilk changes its form. The Self cannot change Its form like milk. Hence, It is changeless and immutable. Therefore, thus understanding the Self, thou shouldst not mourn. Thou shouldst not think also that thou art their slayer and that they are killed by thee.Swami Sivananda