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Showing posts from November 17, 2006

Elephant playing Basketball

Don’t just laugh and skip the picture. For a minute think.Is the elephant naturally capable of this? Is the elephant capable of standing on two legs? How difficult it must for it to balance the weight? Think about the inhuman beating it suffers while practicing such acts for human entertainment. The end result is arthritis and early death.

Elephant Polo Should be Banned

Elephant polo has been taking place in Rajasthan for centuries. Earlier, it was the royals who watched these poor jumbos being controlled with sharp iron prods. These days it is the royals, Bollywood stars and the politicians who take part in this cruel sport. The infamous Elephant Polo Cup is scheduled in Jaipur tomorrow. And it involves around 20 elephants. It is being sponsored by Swiss jeweller Cartier and co-organized by the brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles, Mark Shand. "Elephants are endangered animals in India and they should be respected rather than exposed to cruel and inhuman treatment and made to play games for other people's entertainment," Anuradha Sawhney of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (PETA) said.So what has the sponsors got to say:A spokeswoman for Cartier said there was no cruelty involved in the event with the elephants only asked to amble around a field for 10 minutes. "The elephants otherwise would be cha…

University of Alberta to include classical Indian studies from September 2007

Jaskaran Singh writesStarting in September 2007, the University of Alberta will become one of the first postsecondary institutions in Canada to host a chair in classical Indian studies. The creation of the new program owes thanks to a $1.5 million donation to the Faculty of Arts by the Singhmar family.

The Saroj and Prem Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Polity and Society, named after the benefactors, was set up to study various aspects of ancient Indian culture, such as economics, philosophy, literature and arts.The creation of this chair also includes the opening of four new positions in the study of ancient India.

“We are hoping to have people by the September session,” Prem Singhmar said.

Elected Senator Satveer Chaudary asked to know Jesus by Opponent

Satveer Chaudary, a practicing Hindu, was re-elected from Minnesota District 50 on a democratic ticket in the just concluded US elections. The losing Republican candidate Rae Hart Anderson sent a Concession E-Mail - something like a congratulatory message. But this message was not a congratulatory message or a message conceding defeat. But in Satveer Chaudary’s words – an email concession which reads like an attempt to convert his religious beliefs.The entire e-mail message can be found here.Some excerpts: The race of your life is more important than this one--and it is my sincere wish that you'll get to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He died for the sins of the world, yours and mine--and especially for those who accept His forgiveness. His kingdom will come and His will be done--on earth as it is in heaven. There's more....I love belonging to the family of God. Jesus is the way, the truth and offers His life to you and each human being. Pay attention...this is very imp…

300,000 dollars needed to restore rare palm leaf manuscripts on Hinduism

Several newspapers had earlier reported about the efforts of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to restore a rare 700-year-old palm leaf manuscript on Hinduism. But the project is facing financial difficulties. BBC carries an exhaustive report on the restoration process including the financial angle missed in the earlier reports.The manuscript being restored is Sarvamoola Grantha - a collection of 36 erudite commentaries was written in Sanskrit by Sri Madvacharya (1238-1317 AD).The collection includes commentaries based on the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, Puranas, Brahma-sutras, Mahabharata, independent philosophical tracts, a commentary on daily rites, and several hymns in praise of Gods.The manuscripts were stored at Phalimaru Matha near Udupi and Dr PR Mukund, a professor of electrical engineering at RIT saddened by the deterioration of the manuscripts took up the project. The challenges in restoringThe 700 years that have passes has had its toll on the palm leaves most of them ar…