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If you are an atheist Indian citizen, born in any of the thousands of faiths existing, this may be the group for you.

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Comment by Adriana on August 16, 2011 at 11:10am

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_anna/

 

11,266  have signed the petition, 5000 in the first hours, Let's get to  50,000 

Posted: 16 August 2011
It’s outrageous! Anna Hazare has been arrested and is being held in an undisclosed location. But as he was taken away he said:

"Don't let my arrest stop this movement. This is the nation's second struggle for freedom."

Let’s heed his call to action -- if we all now stand with Anna and show that we will not be silenced, we will force the government to free him and listen to the demands of the people.

Sign the urgent petition on the right to PM Manmohan Singh and Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi to Free Anna, then send this to everyone -- it will be delivered directly to them:

More ways to take action:

  1. Use the tools below to share by Email, Facebook, or Twitter
  2. Are you in Delhi? Join a candle light march tonight at 7pm at India Gate to show how many Indians stand with Anna's call to end corruption and demand his freedom.
  3. Not in Delhi. Click here to join an action near you

Comment by dooneplace on July 21, 2011 at 2:12pm

GOD, MUSIC AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Anjum Altaf in The South Asian Idea:

Sitar_vias_imgIn a discussion of the arts, it was mentioned that middle-class families in India encouraged children to learn classical music because it was a mark of high culture; it made one special in one’s esteem and in that of others. It was then asked why classical music was not healthy in Pakistan given that much the same considerations should be applicable across the border. It is my sense that the question was less an expression of belief and more an opening for a discussion and I am going to exploit that to speculate on some topics of interest.

The one-word, and not altogether flippant, answer to the question is God. Hindu deities (Krishna and Saraswati, to mention just two) not only approve of but delight in music. Whether Allah approves or disapproves is still in doubt with no resolution in sight while the camp of disapprovers continues to add adherents.

That would be sufficient; but simple answers rarely do justice to the fascinating complexities of reality. Many conjectures beg to be addressed and many tales clamor to be told.

Ustad Jhandey Khan was the guru of Begum Akhtar and the mentor of Naushad. His story, found in a fading magazine from the 1960s, was the centerpiece of a lament about the conflicted state of music in Pakistan. Ustad Jhandey Khan loved his music and would weep all night after practicing certain ragas. Then something would happen; he would unstring his instruments and pronounce that henceforth there would be no more profanity in his house. Life would lose all meaning; after a while he would quietly go back to the music. The point of the article was that music would never flourish in Pakistan till this conflict between the yearning of the soul and the voices in the head was resolved.

More here.

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Comment by Adriana on April 25, 2011 at 4:17pm
you guys may be interested on this discussion I posted in Worldwide News about Sathya Sai Baba (link)
Comment by Jean Marie on April 20, 2011 at 6:36am

 

If anyone in this group has concerns about internet privacy, here are some good links, that i swiped off of a post by Chris!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/fashion/03noticed.html?_r=1

 

above links,  but in other languages:

https://www.accessnow.org/pages/protecting-your-security-online

 

apologies if the languages in the link above are not applicable to most or any people in India.

Comment by dooneplace on April 4, 2011 at 11:46pm

GET A GRIP, INDIA!

by Vivek Menezes

Cricket_batLook, the fact is that cricket barely qualifies as an international sport.

There are a billion and a half subcontinentals who’ve been fed cricket, cricket and more cricket for decades – the very definition of a captive audience – so there’s steady interest here. But look beyond, and we’re talking a very steep, genuinely precipitous, drop-off to England, Australia, South Africa and the West Indies, where “our” sport runs a distant third or fourth to the popularity of football, rugby, basketball, athletics, swimming, etc. And after England and its overseas spawn, you may as well stop counting, because you’re done with all the legitimate cricketing sides in the world. Pretty pathetic, isn’t it?

Indians don’t like to consider this truth, but it’s become quite apparent that most other countries only continue with cricket because India is obsessed with it – they play to keep us company, to humiliate us when the chance presents itself, and, especially, to pick up generous paychecks which would be entirely unforthcoming if India grew up, and concentrated its efforts on real sports, played by a majority of nations, the kind of sports that show up at the Olympics. 

But you see, that precise sticking point is the crux of why Indians are obsessed with cricket – it’s another plain fact that we’re really, really horrible at sports where the rest of the world competes, and we hate the Olympics, beacause we get ritually creamed each year (at Beijing, India’s best Olympics ever, little tiny countries like Mongolia out-ranked us. Yes, Mongolia.)

Continue reading "Get a grip, India!"

Comment by dooneplace on April 3, 2011 at 12:30pm

A Poem For Sunday

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"Brother, I’ve seen some" by Kabir, appeared in the March issue of Poetry, and is translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra:

Brother, I’ve seen some
     Astonishing sights:
A lion keeping watch
     Over pasturing cows;
A mother delivered
     After her son was;
A guru prostrated
     Before his disciple; ...

You can read the full poem, with the enlightening payoff at the end, here.

(Image: Hindu devotees play with coloured powders during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on March 21, 2011 in Vrindavan, India. Holi, the spring festival of colours, is celebrated by Hindus around the world in an explosion of colour to mark the end of the winter. By Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

Comment by Adriana on April 1, 2011 at 2:39pm
Perhaps Indian atheists would like to comment on this discussion I posted.
Comment by dooneplace on March 26, 2011 at 10:08pm

Comment by Jean Marie on March 26, 2011 at 12:59pm
still, even brave Veena has to say, "I am a muslim", can you imagine, if she'd said, "I am an atheist"?????????  i do think all hell would have broken loose, maybe she would even be arrested..
Comment by Jean Marie on March 26, 2011 at 12:57pm
dang........that Veena clip just about choked me up!  MORE LIKE VEENA!!!  yes!!
 

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