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Vaisakhi Festival is celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth. History of Vaisakhi traces its origin from the Vaisakhi Day celebrations of 1699 organized by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh to form Khalsa - Brotherhood of Saint Soldiers to fight against tyranny and oppression.

Story of Vaisakhi The story of Vaisakhi Festival began with the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru who was publicly beheaded by the Aurungzeb, the Mughal ruler. Aurungzeb wanted to spread Islam in India and Guru Tegh Bahadur stood up for the rights of Hindus and Sikhs and the Mughals therefore saw him as a threat. After the death of Guru Teg Bahadur, his son, Guru Gobind Singh became the next Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh wished to instill courage and strength to sacrifice among his fellow men. To fulfil his dream, Guru Gobind Singh called on the historic Vaisakhi Day The Times of Canada

congregation of Sikhs at Keshgarh Sahib near Anandpur on March 30, 1699.

These five men were called Panj Piaras or ‘Beloved Five’ by the Guru. The Guru blessed them with a Pahul ceremony. In an iron vessel, the Guru stirred with a sword called Khanda Sahib, the batasha that his wife, Mata Sundari Ji had put into water. The congregation recited verses from scriptures as the Guru performed the sacred ceremony. The water was now considered the sacred nectar of immortality called amrit. It was first given to the five volunteers, then drunk by the guru and later distributed amongst the crowd. With this ceremony, all those present, irrespective of caste or creed, became members of the Khalsa Pantha (the Order of the Pure Ones).

When thousands of people assembled for Guru’s blessing, Guru Gobind Singh came out of the tent carrying an unsheathed sword. He gave a powerful speech to infuse courage amongst fellowmen. At the end of the speech he said that every great deed was preceded by equally great sacrifice and demanded that anyone prepared to give his life come forward. On the Guru’s third call, a young man offered himself. The Guru took the man inside a tent and reappeared alone with a bloodied sword. Guru Gobind Singh asked for another volunteer. This was repeated another four times until a total of five Sikhs had gone into the tent with the Guru. Everyone present was worried and though that Guru Gobind Singh has killed five Sikhs. At this point Guru presented all the five men before the people. Every one present was surprised to see all five men alive and wearing turbans and saffron-coloured garments.

The Guru regarded the Panj Piaras as the first members of the Khalsa and the embodiment of the Guru himself. With the constitution of the Panj Pyare the high and low castes were amalgamated into one as among the original Panj Pyare, there was one Khatri, shopkeeper; one Jat, farmer; one Chhimba, calico printer;


one Ghumar, water-carrier; and one Nai, a barber. The Guru gave the surname of Singh (Lion) to every Sikh and also took the name for himself. From Guru Gobind Rai he became Guru Gobind Singh. This was seen as a great step in national integration because society at that time was divided on the basis of religion, caste and social status. Guru Gobind Singh also bestowed on Khalsa, the unique Sikh identity. He directed Sikhs to wear five K’s: Kesh or long hair, Kangha or comb, Kripan or dagger, Kachha or shorts and a Kara or bracelet. Guru Gobind Singh also discontinued the tradition of Gurus and asked all Sikhs to accept Guru Granth Sahib as their eternal guide. He urged them to come to him with their hair and beard unshorn to get baptized by the sword.

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a harvest festival, the festival is of prime importance in Sikhism as a foundation day of Khalsa Panth. Besides, auspicious Vaisakhi day is of importance for astrological reasons too !!

Astrological Significance of Vaisakhi The festival of Vaisakhi falls on April 13 every year and April 14 once in every 36 years. Change in date is because of the fact that date of Vaisakhi is reckoned according to the solar calendar. Astrologically, the date of Vaisakhi is significant as marks sun’s entry into Mesh Rashi. For this very reason, many people also know Vaisakhi as Mesha Sankranti. The auspicious date of Vaisakhi is celebrated all over India under different names and rituals. It is celebrated as ‘Rongali Bihu’ in Assam, ‘Naba Barsha’ in Bengal, ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala and ‘Vaishakha’ in the state of Bihar.

Significance of Vaisakhi for Farmers For the agriculturally rich state of Punjab and Haryana, Vaisakhi marks the time for harvest of Rabi (winter) crops and is therefore extremely significant for the farmers. Vaisakhi Festival is also celebrated as a Thanksgiving Day festival in these states. After waking up early and dressing themselves in new clothes, farmers visit temples and gurdwaras to express gratitude to God for the good harvest and seek blessing for ensuing agriculture season. Farmers also celebrate Vaisakhi by performing energetic bhangra and gidda dance and participating in Vaisakhi Fairs.

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THE ANNUAL VAISAKHI carnival of the Sikhs, which is being celebrated in Surrey & Vancouver this month, is not just about parades and free food. The harvest festival that has been commemorated across India for centuries has a special significance in Sikh history. The real message behind a new revolution—started on Vaisakhi by the tenth master of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh—often

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gets eclipsed by controversies and enthusiasm generated by the festivities. Guru Gobind Singh, who was the last of the 10 Gurus of the Sikhs, laid the foundation of the Khalsa in 1699 at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, India in the foothills of the Himalayas. The birth of the Khalsa, an army of the pure, not only gave Sikhs a distinct identity, but also challenged the age-old caste discrimination practised in


orthodox Hindu society.

It was divided into four caste groups: Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (rulers), Vaishyas (food growers) and Shudras (menial workers). In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh asked for the heads of brave Sikh men to raise an army to fight against oppressive Islamist invaders, who were persecuting Hindus. Due to a lack of unity among castes, Hindus were virtually

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helpless in defending themselves against this repression. One by one, five brave men came forward to offer their heads to Guru Gobind Singh in response to his request. They succeeded in their test. At least three belonged to the so-called lowest castes not allowed in Hindu temples to perform even menial jobs. They were then baptized by Guru Gobind Singh and given a new surname of Singh (lion). Guru Gobind Singh himself had been known as Gobind Rai before this. His new identity came only after he was baptized by these men, who came to be known as Punj Piaras (five beloved ones). Since this time, a baptized Sikh is supposed to sport what are known as the five Ks: Kesh (long hair), Kangha (comb), Kirpan (sword), Kachehra (breeches), and Karah (iron wristlet). The common surname of Singh symbolized elimination of casteism. In fact, casteism had been challenged in the Sikh religion since the time of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikhism who died in 1539. It’s a separate matter that all the Gurus belonged to the Kshatriyas caste. The practice of langar (community kitchen) allowed everyone to dine together. The four gates of the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in Amritsar, greet people from all four caste groups of India in open defiance of casteism. Hymns of “Untouchable” saints, who were denounced by Hindu priests, were included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh The Times of Canada

asked Sikhs to follow Guru Granth Sahib as their guiding light after his death. Since then, devout Sikhs have considered Guru Granth Sahib as their living Guru.

es and highlight the progressive aspect of Vaisakhi. This would help end ongoing social injustice both within and outside the South Asian community.

The birth of the Khalsa was not only a challenge to ruthless Islamist rulers but also to Hindu orthodoxy. Guru Gobind Singh fought battles with Islamic rulers and with Hindu kings. The latter group opposed his reliance on an army comprised of people belonging to “low-caste” groups.

The revolutionary mission of Guru Gobind Singh can only be achieved by eliminating casteism instead of indulging only in ritualism and crowding the streets. Guru Gobind Singh tried to achieve his mission practically instead of relying on any spiritual power.

He also had allies among Muslims. His struggle was not therefore just against Islam or purely for the defence of the Hindus, but against all state oppression. Though all the Sikh Gurus opposed casteism, the Sikh community has been divided along caste lines. The Dalits, or “Untouchables”, who were Sikhs, have been treated unfairly in Punjab. Sikh priests and the leadership put more emphasis on a separate Sikh identity; fundamentalist groups use Vaisakhi festival to stress the need for a Sikh homeland. The issue of caste-based discrimination, therefore, still remains unaddressed. This subject is often ignored by organizers of the Vaisakhi parades, even in a multicultural Canadian society. Due to the arrogance of the Sikh leadership, many Dalits are turning to sects led by living Gurus, who are locked in a tussle with Sikh fundamentalists. This has partly contributed to the problem of Sikh militancy in Punjab.

He lost his father at the age of nine—Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded by Islamist rulers in Delhi when he came to the help of the Hindus, who were being forced to embrace Islam. In addition, Guru Gobind Singh lost his four sons in the war against oppression. Two died in the battlefield, while two were executed. His mother, Mata Gujri, died of shock after receiving news of their execution. Guru Gobind Singh himself succumbed to his injuries following an assassination attempt. It is not surprising that Guru Gobind Singh’s ideology impressed Bhagat Singh, a towering leftist revolutionary and freedom fighter of India who was hanged for killing a British police officer in 1931. In one of his essays, Bhagat Singh, who died as an atheist, described Dalits as the “backbone” of Guru Gobind Singh. Karl Marx also briefly mentioned Guru Gobind Singh’s military power in his notes on Indian history.

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Karan Goyal

From Taxi Driver To Top Producing Karan Goyal was really not that much different from any new immigrants when he arrived in Vancouver from India in 2004. Like many others, he went back to school immediately to get a local education in hope that this would jump start his career. Even with a diploma in business administration; however, that jump start Karan was hoping for never came. He had to do all sorts of odd jobs, at a pizza place, at a grocery store - you name it, to make ends meet. After all, with a young family to support, limited resources, and visually no social network, options weren’t exactly aplenty for him. After struggling for a while, he went with the obvious - driving a taxi for a living. That was 2006.

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Yet eight years later, Karan Goyal, soft spoken and with a gentle smile, sat in front of me for a conversation as one of the top producing life and health insurance advisors at Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network, a partner with Desjardins Insurance. He had been the No. 1 producer of his financial centre in both 2012 and 2013. He has also been an active contributor to the community, being a volunteer for various cultural societies, Heart and Stroke foundation and blood donation camps. How did this all happen? How did you make that switch from driving a taxi to being a financial services advisor? What did you have to go through and was it hard for you to transition?

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Changes do not happen overnight. One has to really work hard to make anything happen at all. I believe strongly that if hopes were dupes, fears may be liars. Honestly, it was not easy at first to convince people they could trust me with their finances. The only thing I could rely on, which later on became my ultimate strength, was my product knowledge and the ability to always empower my clients to make their own well-informed decisions.

three things were established it wasn’t so much about me going after potential clients; rather, it was the other way around – they’d come to me. My focus was never on selling insurance to my clients but on training myself to think differently and always act in the client’s best interest. Given my solid product knowledge, I was able to make good recommendations that answered my customers’ questions based on their circumstances and needs.

How did you find your clients and gain their trust? Selling insurance isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Yet from what I heard, you seemed to be a natural at it.

You were recently honoured with a Volunteer Appreciate Award from Vedic Hindu Cultural Society of British Columbia. Can you tell me more about that? What kind of volunteer work have you done?

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work. For me, it is important to give back to the community and volunteering is an excellent way to do just that. It gives me immense pleasure to devote my time and energy to people or organizations in need, particularly at Vedic Hindu Cultural Society. I was rather surprised when I was given the award because I didn’t think I did anything extraordinary. Because of my own experience, supporting new immigrants with their needs is always something I am very passionate about. Some people would ask the question: I am still struggling myself, how can I find the time and heart to volunteer to help others? Well, let me tell you my volunteering work not only helped many others and the community it certainly boosted my own self-esteem and confidence as well. And we all know how that’ll help you do better in other aspects of life. So I call on everyone to be generous about your time and be a volunteer for a cause you find worthy. I heard you recently held a health related seminar at the Surrey Mandir in collaboration with the Heart and Stroke foundation. That sounds like an interesting idea. How did that go? Yes. This seminar was the first of its kind to be held at the Mandir. I’ve always been trying really hard to promote a healthy life style in our community. We are known for our hard work and resilience. But issues like health and physical well-being are often secondary in our mentality, especially amongst the new immigrants. My goal is to change that status quo and The Times of Canada

educate the community to be more conscious about their lifestyle and health. Being able to work with the Heart and Stroke foundation was incredible. So many people attending the event enjoyed the healthy eating and living tips. After every seminar like this, people would always come to me to discuss life and health insurance with me. I ended up being one of the top health insurance producers within the DFSIN network and receiving an award for that. I guess sometimes passion can be rewarding. What kind of a role did your family (your wife and daughter) play in the pursuit of your new career? Was there a lot of pressure? My wife has been nothing but supportive. She has taken on so much family responsibility to allow me to focus on work. She is the true love of my life and I am so lucky to have her. My daughter, on the other hand, has always been so curious about everything I do. She doesn’t care about my work schedule. She just wants to be there to play with her dad. I really don’t mind at all. In fact, I quite enjoy the naughty little tricks she plays, even if they only take my mind off of work for a few minutes. Did you find the years doing odd jobs and driving a taxi helpful in what you later achieved? Work is work and no job is ever odd. I always felt proud of what I was doing. I learned a lot from


my earlier work, which ultimately helped me understand life better and develop skills to handle customer relationships. What kept you going all those years you were struggling to prove yourself? Sometimes life closes doors because it is time to move on. In a way that is a good thing. We will not move forward unless circumstances force us to do so. When time is tough, just remember pain doesn’t come without purpose. Every great success requires some worthy hurdles to get there. What advice would you have for other new-comers who may still be in search for the right place for themselves? Never give up as there is always a silver lining to every dark cloud. You just need to wait for the right moment to shine. Vaisakhi Special 2014

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“Here lies one who spared neither man nor God Waste not your tears on him, he was a sod Writing nasty things he regarded as great fun Thank the Lord he is dead, this son of a gun.” - Death at my Doorstep

That’s a lift from the epitaph Khushwant Singh wrote for himself. (Death at my Doorstep, Roli Books) Khushwant Singh, the author, scholar and journalist known for an irreverent, wicked sense of humour, who passed away on March 20th, 2014 at the age of 99, did one better — he needed no obituary. He had written one for himself well in advance. He died less than a year before he would have been 100 years old. He was born on 2 February 1915, at Hadali in Punjab, now in Pakistan. Khushwant Singh’s father, Sir Sobha Singh, was a civil contractor and a prominent builder of Lutyens’ Delhi. The internationally acclaimed author was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the government The Times of Canada

under late Indira Gandhi. He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. He shrugged off intellectual trappings and promoted jokes in a way that no other writer had ever done before him, or since. He ruled the literary pages with his satirical take on contemporary issues but attracted controversy over what


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Kingdom and the embassy in Ireland in 1948-50. Khushwant Singh started his writing career with Yojana, the planning commission’s journal which he founded and edited. Khushwant Singh authored some internationally renowned books

History of the Sikhs won him international acclaim, was an atheist who also wrote Agnostic Khushwant: There is no God, published in 2012, in which he argued for either re-orienting religion or scrapping it—something completely unpalatable to believers. In 2002, the author candidly wrote about his life, family history and his relationship with politicians in the autobiography “Truth, Love and a Little Malice”.

like “Train to Pakistan”, “I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale”, “A History of the Sikhs”, “The Company of Women” and “Delhi”, and has written over 30 novels, many short stories, essays and countless commentaries. Ironically, Khushwant Singh, whose scholarly treatise A

At 95, he wrote The Sunset Club, a novel about three friends in their 80s who spend the evenings in Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens talking about love, lust,

sex and scandal towards the end of their lives. At 98, he published Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life, ruminating on a life lived fully and the lessons it taught him. The renowned journalist’s son, Rahul, said the author had stopped writing a few weeks back, but he was reading papers every morning. “He had his favourite malt whisky, his first meal of the day. He was alert mentally till the very end.” Rahul said. Bikramjit Singh

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PARENTS God could not be everywhere so he created parents. Especially the mother because she not only bears the child in her womb for 9 months but then goes through the battle of life and death to deliver this new life. She looks at this angel’s face and in her overwhelming giving nature forgets the pain she had been through. She nurtures this child who feels blessed in her arms and safe with her. She breast feeds and makes this child feel the warmth of an ocean of unconditional love that she has for her baby. She is the first teacher of the baby and some religions say that under her feet is the heaven, thus raising her to the position where she sits next to The Lord! Father’s role is that of a provider and protector. A child needs both parents but there are some children who are not fortunate and have just one parent and this one parent then

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ends up doing everything thing that otherwise two people would have done. These children are still lucky as there are some who lose both their parents. Some people who unfortunately do not have children then

our parents went through when they brought us up. How many of us have ever turned back and said “thanks” to them for taking care of us? Or thanked God for giving us parents? It is very important that we do so now before it’s too late. We usually realise their value once they are gone or away for some reason. Believe me when I say it’s a blessing in disguise to have parents and even bigger blessing to find parental love in our in laws. Love is very important in our life and for us humans it’s part of our basic needs. Think about life where there is no hatred, no jealousy, no complaints, no feelings of revenge, no anger, no blame and abundance of forgiveness!

go to orphanages and adopt children like these and become their parents hence these children also end up getting parental love and guidance. There is unfortunately no “user’s manual” on how to raise a child, it is Mother Nature that plays a huge part in this matter. Important thing is that the parents play their role to their 100 percent and children play theirs to their 100 percent. Important is “gratitude” which gets lost somewhere in the fast paced life. We forget the pain that The Times of Canada

Very easily you will brush this comment away by saying it’s not possible, or it’s more to do with changing other people around you. Well as they say charity begins at home and so how about being selfish here? How about nominating one day in a week, or a month or a year or a life time where we decide today I shall not be angry, hurt anyone, be jealous, blame anyone or think wrong about others. Just for today I will only give love and blessings, share other people’s pain, give donation or help others everything that is good and positive and nothing negative! After doing it analyze your feelings that you have at the end of that day comparatively to those when you had anger, complaints, frustrations and other unhappy experiences.


Remember the more expectations we have the more frustrations we face when these expectations are not met! Parents have expectations from their children and children from their parents and they feel it’s their right! Unfortunately this is what is leading to majority of problems within parents and children and the best solution is “gratitude” feel grateful for having parents and stop taking them for granted thank them once in a while and tell them you love them, believe it or not many issues will get resolved just with this little act of kindness and love! Parents must constantly do their task of being parents and selflessly raise their children without expectations because it’s God who gave this opportunity to the parents to do HIS task! Just the way we do our job at work properly and then expect rewards same way let’s do our job properly as parents and children and leave the rest to The Lord to decide! Remember Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita said that we must do our “Karma” and leave the result to the Almighty Lord himself! In conclusion all I would say is spread love and not hatred! More you give more shall you receive . God Bless Love and Light Vandna Kapoor 6046797445 Vaisakhi Special 2014

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Step into the Pacific Oral Health Centre (POHC) in Surrey, BC, and you will discover a vibrant environment where affordable and accessible oral health care is provided to financially challenged individuals. Dedicated dental professionals including UBC dental students help make this possible. The Pacific Oral Health Society, the non-profit agency that runs the clinic, notes on its website that prior to 2013, low-cost dental care in the Fraser Valley now home to almost 600,000 people in the three municipalities of Delta, The Times of Canada

Surrey, and White Rock was almost non-existent. It states there is a “substantial need for oral health care among those who could not access it 22

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The concept for the Pacific Oral Health Centre was developed initially by a Surrey and Richmond dentist Dr Harinder Dhanju. To help him develop his idea he established the Pacific Oral Health non-profit society, and invites Dr Chuck Shuler, the present Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC and also former Dean Dr Marcia Boyd to form a Board of Directors. They were joined by two local community dentists, Dr Coby Cragg and Dr Ajay Potluri. The Board steered the new project through years of planning and eventual construction of the state of the art facility located at # 300 - 15850 24th Ave Surrey After lengthy consultation with dental professionals, local and provincial governments, and UBC Dentistry, the society opened its clinic faThe Times of Canada

cility in March 2013. In April of 2013 and February of 2014, successful community clinic days offered free dentistry, courtesy of volunteer dentists and UBC students, to people in need.

contribute in training our future dentists. The Community’s participation is essential to make this project Participating facul- sustainable. ty dentists, hygienists and assistants are The objectives dedicated professionof the Society are als giving back to the threefold: community. POHC staff is satisfied to • To provide learn that the comaffordable and accessimunity is taking the benefits from the ser- ble oral health care to financially challenged vices provided at the individuals centre. Patients take the responsibility of • To support and their oral health and 24

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Bollywood actor Amir Khan stays away from politics. Amir is busy hosting a TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ . Amir said to journalists at Indian women’s press corps (IWPC), “I don’t belong to the field of politics. Why does one enter politics, to contribute to the society..,,I can contribute to the society from where I am. This is why I would not join politics”.

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Amitabh Bachan joined politics in 1984, supporting Rajiv Gandhi who was a family friend. He stood for elections in Allahabad and beat H.N Bahuguna, the former CM of UP by a record margin. Unfortunately things turned against him after his name appeared in the bofors scandal. He left active


politics then although he is still supporting Samajwadi party which is being run by his friend Amar Singh. Jaya Bachan followed her husband and entered into politics but unlike him there was little limelight that was thrown on her. She got elected into Rajya Sabha

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and represented Samajwadi party. Jaya supports other members more over Amar Singh but there are not many reports on any scuffles between Amar Singh and Jaya over this. Hema Malini joined politics with her husband Dharmindra in 2004 and became a part of BJP. She did campaign for her friends like Vinod Khanna and is in fact leading a very active political life. She was elected as General Secretary of BJP in 2010. Jayaprada entered into politics with the introduction of N.T. Rama Rao, in south India. She was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh in 1996. She also joined the Samajwadi Party and contested the elections under the party banner in 2004. However, she was expelled from the SP as she was suspected of anti- party activities. When Shatrughan Sinha ran for elections for the first time, he was running against another celebrity, Shekhar Suman. Bihar elected Sinha as their representative. In the 13th Lok Sabha, he held the portfolios of Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Shipping. The former cabinet minister is now an active member of the Bhartiya Janata Party. Sanjay Dutt’s nomination certainly caused a lot of media and political speculation. He contested elections as the candidate of the Samajwadi Party in Lucknow. A lot of hue and cry was raised about Dutt’s nomination, keeping his criminal background in mind. However, Sanjay decided to quit politics and has decided to just stick to the acting industry, saying that he prefers the latter’s atmosphere more. The Times of Canada


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Indian Politics

Indian politics has become an interesting battlefield where many battles have been fought since time immemorial but over the time things have taken many turns from Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru and other freedom fighters who dedicated their lives to the country to 2014 Elections where we can see Rahul Gandhi on one side trying to hold on to the legacy and Narinder Modi on the other hand fighting for power with Kejriwal in the middle holding his broom symbolizing his mission to clean up the political mess and corruption in the country. Looking back from where we stand today if we see how Indian politics has evolved we can definitely say there has been a complete revolution. Jawahar Lal Nehru became the first Prime Minister in 1947; he drove India towards modern age of technological advancements and innovations. Moreover, he greatly The Times of Canada

acknowledged democratic value and equality for all, regardless of caste, color or creed. He brought forward radical changes in domestic, international, economic, agricultural and social policies. He established numerous basic and heavy industries, which he believed were fundamental for Indian economy to take a step forward towards development and modernization.

Nehru advocated for a mixed economy where government controlled public sector co-existed peacefully with the private sector. He was a passionate supporter of education and believed that educating the young India was imperative for the country’s future growth and established numerous institutions of higher learning, including All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Management and the National Institutes


of Technology. He even included free and compulsory primary education to all children in his five-year plan. He laid the stepping stone for the foundation of the National Defence Academy India and the Atomic Energy Commission of India (AEC). Despite being a follower of peace and non-violence, he realized the importance of defence and tried to equip the country with the best modern equipment’s and defence methods to safeguard the freedom of the nation. He initiated the non-aligned movement (NAM) professing neutrality. He strongly supported the inclusion of People’s Republic of China in the United Nations to establish warm and friendly relations with the neighbouring country. It was during his tenure that the Portuguese left Goa and the region became a part of India. Upon Nehru’s death in 1964, Lal Bahadur Shastri became the new prime Vaisakhi Special 2014

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minister, and Indira took on the role of Minister of Information and Broadcasting. But Shastri’s leadership was short-lived; just two years later he abruptly died and Indira Gandhi was appointed by Congress Party leaders to be prime minister. Within a few years she gained enormous popularity for introducing successful programs that transformed India into a country self-sufficient in food grains—an achievement known as the Green Revolution. In 1971, she led to the creation of Bangladesh; brought about a radical change in the country’s economic, political, international and national policies. She oversaw the implementation of over three Five-year plans - two of which were successful in meeting the targeted growth. One of her crucial economic decisions included the nationalization of fourteen major commercial banks. She then nationalized the coal, steel, copper, refining, cotton textiles, and insurance industries. The main aim of this move was to protect employment and secure the interest of the organized labor. As for the private sector industries, she brought them under strict regulatory control. She even nationalized the oil companies after the 1971 war against Pakistan when India faced oil crises. She changed the course of the nation - from an import dependent country, India could now manage a decent portion of its demands from domestic production. She mainly targeted at growth with stability and progressive achievement of self-reliance. She also brought social reforms by introducing clauses in the Indian Constitution related to wages equal pay for equal work to both men and women. After Indira the next significant Prime Minister we can talk about is her son Rajiv Gandhi. He began to put an end to the License Raj, government quotas, tariffs and permit regulations on economic activity, modernized the telecommunications industry, the education system, expanded science and technology initiatives and improved relations with the The Times of Canada

United States. He lead in a significantly different direction from Indira Gandhi`s socialism. He improved bilateral relations with the United States which was long affected by Indira`s socialism and close friendship with the USSR and expanded economic and scientific cooperation. He increased government support for science and technology and associated industries, and reduced import quotas, taxes and tariffs on technology-based industries, especially computers, airlines, defense and telecommunications. He introduced measures allowing businesses and individuals to purchase capital, consumer goods and import without red-tape and bureaucratic restrictions. In 1986, Rajiv announced a national education policy to modernize and expand higher education programs across India. In the year 1986 Rajiv Gandhi founded the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System. V.P. Singh became the seventh Prime Minister of India on December 2, 1989 and served till November 10, 1990. On the recommendation of the Mandal Commission, Singh passed a fixed quota reservation for all jobs in public sector for people falling under the historically disadvantaged “Other Backward classes” (abbreviated as OBC). However, this resulted in strong objection from non-OBC youth in urban areas of North India. After VP Singh the next important role was played by P.V. Narasimha Rao. He was the first person outside the Nehru-Gandhi family to serve as Prime Minister for five continuous years, the first to hail from southern India and also the first from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Since Rao had not contested the general elections, he then participated in a by-election in Nandyal to join the parliament. Rao won from Nandyal with a victory margin of a record 5 lakh (500,000) votes and his win was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. His cabinet included Sharad Pawar, himself a strong contender for the Prime Minister’s post, as Defence Minister. He also broke a convention by appointing a non-political economist and


future prime minister, Manmohan Singh as his Finance Minister. Narasimha Rao changed the name of the Congress Party from Congress (Indira) to Bhartiya Rashtriya Congress (Indian National Congress), a symbolic but significant departure from one person owning up the party and to bring it back to its historic roots. Several commentators argue that while Rao should be rightly blamed for his failure to protect the Babri Masjid, at the same time, he should be given credit for initiating the process of economic reforms in India. His role in appointing Manmohan Singh as his finance minister and giving him the freedom to unveil the economic reforms package to bail the Indian economy out of an unprecedented crisis cannot be forgotten. Rao initiated many economic reforms that transformed India. The next important Prime Minister in Indian Politics was Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In spite of the intense international criticism and the steady decline in foreign investment and trade, the nuclear tests in India were popular domestically. Effectively the international sanctions failed completely in swaying India’s decision to weaponize their nuclear capability, something that was planned for and anticipated by the Vajpayee administration. He initiated a new peace process aimed towards permanently resolving the Kashmir dispute and other conflicts with Pakistan. His handling of the Kargil crisis is believed to have played a big part in garnering the votes. He introduced many domestic economic and infrastructural reforms, including encouraging the private sector and foreign investments, reducing governmental waste, encouraging research and development and privatization of some government owned corporations. Vajpayee’s pet projects were the National Highway Development Project and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Vajpayee’s administration earned Vaisakhi Special 2014

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the ire of many trade unions and government workers for its aggressive campaign to privatise government owned corporations. Vajpayee promoted pro-business, free market reforms to reinvigorate India’s economic transformation and expansion that were started by the former PM Narasimha Rao but stalled after 1996 due to unstable governments and the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Increased competitiveness, extra funding and support for the information technology sector and high-tech industries, improvements in infrastructure, deregulation of trade, investments and corporate laws —- all increased foreign capital investment and set in motion an economic expansion.

government has continued the Golden Quadrilateral and the highway modernization program that was initiated by Vajpayee’s government. Singh has also been working on reforming the banking and financial sectors, as well as public sector companies. The Finance ministry has been working towards relieving farmers of their debt and has been working towards pro-industry policies. In 2005, Singh’s government introduced the value added tax, replacing sales tax. In 2007 and early 2008, the global problem of inflation impacted India. Singh’s government made many economic reforms; improved the health and education sector within the Nation.

In 2001, the Vajpayee government launched the famous Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which aimed at improving the quality of education in primary and secondary schools. In late 2002 and 2003 the government pushed economic reforms, and the country’s GDP growth accelerated at record levels, exceeding 6–7%. Increasing foreign investment, modernisation of public and industrial infrastructure, the creation of jobs, a rising high-tech and IT industry and urban modernisation and expansion improved the nation’s international image. Good crop harvests and strong industrial expansion also helped the economy.

Singh is known to be a pro-US leader and has contributed substantially in cementing the ties between the two countries. Singh has continued the pragmatic foreign policy that was started by P.V. Narasimha Rao and continued by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Singh has continued the peace process with Pakistan initiated by his predecessor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The government reformed the tax system, increased the pace of reforms and pro-business initiatives, major irrigation and housing schemes and so on. The political energies of the BJP shifted to the rising urban middle-class and young people, who were positive and enthusiastic about the major economic expansion and future of the country. He faced stiff opposition from other equally strong originations within Sangh Parivar such as the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. However, he continued with his aggressive economic reform policy. Manmohan Singh’s was sworn in 2004 as the Indian Prime Minister. His The Times of Canada

Singh’s government has also been improving foreign relations especially expanding ties with Israel. Since 2003, the two countries have made significant investments in each other and Israel now rivals Russia to become India’s defence partner. Though there have been a few diplomatic glitches between India and Russia, especially over the delay and price hike of several Russian weapons to be delivered to India, relations between the two remain strong with India and Russia signing various agreements to increase defence, nuclear energy and space cooperation. 2014 Elections have Rahul Gandhi on one side Narinder Modi on the other and Kejriwal in the middle. Rahul’s recent efforts as a lawmaker have centered on anti-corruption legislations and those that provide definitive rights to specific segments of society. The draft of six legislations on which Gandhi has been laying


thrust are the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill; the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill; the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill; the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organizations Bill; the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill and the Public Procurement Bill. Kejriwal established the AAP in November 2012 as he believed that electoral politics was the next logical step in the fight against corruption. This caused a rift between him and Hazare. The party name reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi, or “common man”, whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent. He became the fifth most mentioned Indian politician on social media channels in the run-up to the Delhi legislative assembly election of 2013. AAP formed a minority government in the hung assembly, (claiming support for the action gauged from opinion polls) with outside support from the eight Indian National Congress MLAs, one Janta Dal MLA and one independent MLA. Kejriwal was sworn in as the second-youngest chief minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013, after Chaudhary Brahm Prakash who became chief minister at the age of 34. He was in charge of Delhi’s Home Ministry, Power, Planning, Finance, Vigilance ministries. He resolved the problem of water and power to a great extent. Narendra Modi is contesting the election from two constituencies: the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency and the Vadodara constituency. His candidacy is supported by spiritual leaders Ramdev and Morari Bapu, and by economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya, who are apparently fascinated by Modi’s knowledge of economics. Indian Politics is looking forward to the next step in its revolution very eagerly. What is your view? Who do you think should be the next Prime Minister? Vaisakhi Special 2014

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Ruby Bains: Vaisakhi is certainly a great reminder to follow the true path to embark on Spiritual Journey and to embrace One creed and obliterate differences of Religion. Happy Vaisakhi everyone!

Inderpal Singh Gill: Happy 315th Birthday of Khalsa to all. May the coming year bring you luck and prosperity.

Manmohan Kaushal: “I convey my heartiest wishes to you and your family on the glorious occasion of Vaisakhi. May this be the beginning of a lucky year ahead”

Lucky Randhawa: SW Media groups wishes you a Happy Vaisakhi ! May this Vaisakhi bring joy and success to you and your family.

Davinder Benipal: It is the most festive and spiritual day for our family, as it marks the day the Sikhs received their insignia and in honour of that we celebrate it with the world. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. Happy Vaisakh

Pardeep Sharma: “Hope your Vaisakhi is filled with lots of fun and merriment”

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Amritjit Singh Saran: On this auspicious day I wish happiness and peace for everyone. I wish you a great Vaisakhi! Have lot of fun and may you all prosper now and throughout the year. Nanak Naam Chardhi Kala Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala.

Dr. Pargat Bhurji: Khalse de 315 saajna diwas di sare manukhta nu lakh lakh wadhayi hovey. Hirdey vich pyar hovey ghar vich anand atey sansar vich mitarta.

Pramod Sharma Rana: Wish you all Happy Vaisakhi. May Mata Rani guide you towards peace and prosperity. Have a fulfilling Vaisakhi.

Parag Ogiral: “May all you come up as bright as sun, as cool as water and as sweet as honey. Hope this Vaisakhi fulfills all your desires and wishes. Happy Vaisakhi”

Hardeep Gill: Celebrate the joyous occasion of Vaisakhi with fun. Wishing you and your family a fun filled Vaisakhi and a prosperous year ahead. May Waheguru Ji show us all the path of truth and compassion. Happy Baisakhi!

Vinod: “Wishing you all a very warm happy Vaisakhi, May god bless you in all that you do”


Monika Verma: Vaisakhi is the occasion to celebrate brotherhood and compassion. May you have a good time with your loved ones. Be kind and love all. Happy Vaisakhi.

Manjinder Bharaj: I wish you a very Happy Vaisakhi. May Waheguruji accept your good deeds, bring all the years full of love and contentment.

Kamal Sharma: Sonu Nigam & Kamal’s Video Palace wishes the entire community a very Happy Vaisakhi. May this Vaisakhi brings joy, success and happiness for you.

Rajat Bedi: I convey my heartiest wishes to you and your family on the glorious occasion of Vaisakhi. May this be the beginning of a lucky year ahead! God Bless.

Puneet Agarwal: Vaisakhi is a reminder to all of us to reflect on the personal and community development and revive the spirit. Vaisakhi is a time to reconnect with the roots, so children learn about our culture and religion. Happy Vaisakhi!!

Jaspal Vashisht: Happy Vaisakhi! May this auspicious holiday bring you happiness, prosperity and joy! Vaisakhi Special 2014

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Like many new immigrants he also struggled in the beginning did all kinds of odd jobs which even included fruit picking. He started his career as an insurance agent in 1983 and then there was no looking back. He gives credit to his honest and hard working approach 100 percent credit for his success. Like there are many stars in the sky but some shine more than others so did this young entrepreneur. He is humble and in reality a gem of a person. He believes in giving and is actively involved in charity and giving to the poor and needy to the best of his ability. His sense of social responsibility is incredible and worth praising. This humble insurance agent later opened another business as Satish Accounting, then ventured into building properties got involved in property development and construction business. Satish is a polite and down to earth person. He is very humble and friendly, loves God and his creation. He befriends children, youth and adults very easily and endeavours to help one and all.People from all age groups feel comfortable discussing their problems with him and he definitely goes out of his way to help, thus doing all possible social work that he can do. Everyone from all age


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In 2014 twelve cities are scheduled to host matches: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manuas, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where the final will be played at the rebuilt Estádio Mário Filho, better known as the Maracanã. It was at that stadium where the only previous World Cup held in Brazil concluded in 1950. All four previous World Cups in South America – Uruguay in 1930, Brazil in 1950, Chile in 1962 and Argentina in 1978 – have been won by teams from that continent. Final tournament: The allocation for other confederations is: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 4.5, Confederation of African Football (CAF) 5.0, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) 3.5, South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) 4.5, Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) 0.5, and one slot for the hosts Brazil. The teams will be drawn into eight groups of four with the top two going into the knockout phase. Following the news that the BarThe Times of Canada

celona goalkeeper has been removed from this summertime’s attraction, Goal is looking forward to other high-profile players who risk sitting out Victor Valdes’ name has been included to the escalating list of celebrities expected to be excluded from this summer’s World Cup in Brazil because of injury. The goalkeeper tore his anterior cruciate ligament in an innocuous incident during Barcelona’s routine 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo, not only ending his season, but his contribution in the Spain troop as they looked forward to defend their title. An excessive number of well-known names can share in Valdes’ pain. Roma confirmed every Dutch football admirer’s worst worries when midfielder Kevin Strootman was removed from the World Cup having torn the frontal cruciate muscle in his left knee because of an injury astoundingly just like the one suffered by Valdes. Strootman, who underwent the problem during Roma’s Serie is not anticipated to coming back to the football ground till 2015. England has already lost the services of Arsenal


winger Theo Walcott. The fleet-footed wide man also ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham in January, and will not be going to South America. His club team-mate Jack Wilshere broke his foot playing for England against Denmark and might not return to first team action until the second weekend of May, thus also placing doubts over his partaking in Brazil. Falcao is one more big name who has yielded to knee problems during this season. Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao seems unlikely to be fit in time for the World Cup after tearing his ACL during Monaco’s Coupe de France encounter against Chasselay at the end of January. Although Forward’s rehabilitation is going on better than expected, he does face a huge challenge to be in a position of being ready by June. Germany trio Holger Badstuber, Ilkay Gundogan and Sami Khedira have also been stricken by injury worries. Bayern defender Badstuber has been out with a cruciate ligament injury since November 2012 and it is still unclear as to when he will be able to return. Dortmund star Gundogan Vaisakhi Special 2014

has made just one Bundesliga appearance this season due to a back complaint and his comeback is also clouded by uncertainty. There is better news for Khedira who claims he will be back in Real Madrid training within weeks after rupturing knee ligaments in November, although he still needs to confirm his form and fitness. In Italy, Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi’s participation in Brazil seemed doubtful when he suffered a knee injury against Livorno in January. However the 26-year-old is expected to return to training in April, giving him the chance to The Times of Canada

prove his fitness in the final weeks of the season. Meanwhile, Portugal will have to make do without teenage starlet Bruma. The Galatasaray livewire also suffered an ACL injury in January and will be out for a minimum of six more months. Finally, Japan captain Makoto Hasebe underwent surgery at the end of last month after injuring his right knee again. It is not yet known when the Nurnberg player will be ready to return to action, but it is expected to go right down to the wire.


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History Andres Iniesta sprints across to the Spanish support in the corner of Soccer City. His team-mates, substitutes and coaches flood over to embrace him. Before he is bombarded by his colleagues, he tears off his jersey in haste to reveal a heartfelt message. ‘Dani Jarque. Siempre con nosotros’, translated simply as ‘Dani Jarque. Always with us’. An emotional goal, an emotional tribute, and the culmination of an astonishing journey for the most successful international team of the modern era. Spain, after years of being characterised by fantastic players but never fantastic teams, were favourites to triumph in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup. The generation of Raul had been unceremoniously brought to an end by the late Luis Aragones in 2006, a bold move vindicated by victory at Euro 2008. The World Cup was expected to authenticate the brilliance of this team. After suffering a stunning loss to Switzerland in the opening match, they overcame every challenge with distinc-

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tion. In the knockout stages, Portugal, Paraguay, and Germany all fell. Only the Netherlands remained. The final itself was physical, and the intimidating behaviour of the Dutch represented a deliberate ruse to interrupt the slick Spanish passing game. Nigel De Jong and Mark van Bommel pummelled through Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Iniesta with impunity. Punishment for their actions wasn’t forthcoming. Still, chances for victory came and went. David Villa was denied by a heroic Johnny Heitinga block. Sergio Ramos inexplicably headed over from eight yards out. And, as the match entered extra-time, Cesc Fabregas could only find the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg. Arjen Robben had missed a guiltedged opportunity for the Oranje. It was tense, and increasingly unclear whether Spain would realise their destiny. The match stretched deep into extra-time, so deep that teams usually settle for penalty kicks. Not this time. With four minutes remaining, Fabregas pounced on mis-control from Rafael van der Vaart to send Iniesta clear. The ball spun in the air off the end of his foot, and bounced once. It hung for


an age, then returned to a height from which Iniesta could strike. Van der Vaart slid in front, attempting to deny him. Iniesta’s half-volley is true, and careers into the net past Stekelenburg. The joy on his face is intense, the sensation of success overwhelming. Starting again from the abyss, and then overcoming the distressing death of Dani Jarque. The defender had suffered a cardiac arrest 10 months previous. Tragedy enveloped the entire squad, but Iniesta in particular. They had been international colleagues at Under 17, 19, and 21 levels; friends. And in that moment, when Spain finally joined football’s elite nations, Iniesta remembered that friendship, and celebrated it in front of the watching world. Speaking after the match, he said, “When the game finished a lot of the difficult moments flashed in front of me. But football sometimes gives back. Every situation has its moment and with this one I felt enormous happiness.” Scoring the winning goal in a World Cup final is special. But to do so with the humbleness and honour of Iniesta makes his effort all the more memorable. Vaisakhi Special 2014

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A very simple but extraordinary farmer man from a small village in Ludhiana district and came to Canada in 1979. Most of his life he lived in BC but has established business in India and in Canada. In the beginning 3-4 years he only did furniture manufacturing. On asking if he found settling in Canada a struggle he said “No� because he felt he was entrepreneurial in his thinking and worked hard to achieve his vision. In 1982 he started his construction business named Gill Paradise Homes Limited in 1989 he started his door business and has taken both businesses to their peak.

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efforts and hard work to succeed there is no way one can ever fail.

His latest project in Surrey Center is coming up soon under “Gill Paradise Homes Ltd”,which will be one of its kind in Surrey and will become a great attraction for visitors to come and view. Investors would be looking forward to invest in it and people will crave to buy their state of the art dream home in it. There will be over 200 Units that he will be building in this coming up surrey rise project. He is a man of few words but great caliber. He has established a great empire of a booming business named The Rite Style Manufacturing Ltd. A millionaire who lives a very down to Earth life feels it’s hard work that has lead to his success and has great plans to continue doing it for all his life. In his view a man like him dies within a few days of his stopping to work. He has a passion which is rare to find. He has the latest technology The Times of Canada

that he is proud of because that top of the line Italian machinery and equipment has enabled him to minimize waste and optimize production. He is having the best possible software, hardware and manufacturing machines. His assembly line is very simple, clear, easy to understand and leads to perfection.

He is a generous man and does a lot of charity too. He holds eye camps and contributes other charitable activities. He is very kind and helpful businessman. He contributes to the society in all possible ways that he can. He is a great employer too and works hard on his people, looks at them as his investment into the business and takes care of them like family. People like him are rare to find who live each moment of their life to its full and cherish it as if it was their last! He wishes everybody a very Happy and prosperous Vaisakhi!

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Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara The culture of India is one of the oldest and unique. There is amazing cultural diversity throughout the length and breadth of India. The South, North, and Northeast have their own distinct cultures and almost every state has carved out its own cultural niche.

India is one of the the first and the supreme cultures in the world. Probably no other culture in the world that is as varied and unique as India. It is a vast country with a variety of geographical features and climatic conditions. India is home of an ancient civilization of Indus Valley as well as four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Indian culture is a composite mixture of varying styles and influences. In the matter of cuisine, for instance, the North and the South are totally different. Festivals in India are characterized by color, gaiety, enthusiasm, prayers and rituals. The Times of Canada

In the realm of music, there are varieties of folk, popular, pop, and classical music. The classical tradition of music in India includes the Carnatic and the Hindustani music. While the national languages are Hindi and English, there are about 22 official languages and nearly 400 living languages spoken in various parts of the country. Most of the languages of India belong to two families, Aryan and Dravidian. Culture plays an important role in the life and development of Indo-Canadian diaspora. It represents a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. Culture and creativity manifest themselves in almost


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all economic, social and other activities. India has one of the world’s largest collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings and writings. In order to preserve these elements many Indo-Canadian groups and cultural organizations are engaged in performing, visual and literary arts and festivals etc. WIN – Writers International Network Canada is one of such groups that promotes networking between South Asians and other communities in Canada. For more information please contact Ashok Bhargava at : Vaisakhi Special 2014

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Today we have very little time for ourselves and whenever we need to steal more time we steal it out of our meal time. We humans are very forgetful and surprisingly have forgotten many basic facts of life. First act of life is breathe in and last is breathe out and during our life time we breathe all day everyday and yet never think about the importance of breath. According to Hindu mythology we have counted breaths and once we have taken all our breaths that we were granted by the divine we die. In olden days people practiced pranayama and yoga regularly and generated a lot of positive energy in their body. They also practiced holding their breath for long periods of time and hence lived a much longer and healthier life than what we do now. God has given us body mind and soul, in this body is a temple and the soul is the God and the mind is a priest. The way we keep our temples, neat and clean with a lot of devotion, dedication and love. We need to treat our body mind and soul the same way. Think about it for a second, would you offer fast food to The Lord? Meat? Alcohol? If course not then why would you offer that to the divine in your body? Today The Times of Canada

we have very little time for ourselves and whenever we need to steal more time we steal it out of our meal time. This has made our life more and more mechanical leading us to more health problems, more stress, depression and other discomforts. We then complaint that we don’t get peace in life and then blame it on the fast pace of time or in circumstances. We forget our own contribution to the situation.

Simran is to chant his name think about God all the time with every breath if possible breath in and out his name! Live in gratitude, HE has given us a lot to be grateful for, For once let’s stop asking for what more we want from him or go to his door with complaint, let’s just for once whole heartedly offer gratitude for all that we have already received and see how it feels. God is Love and in Love we can find God.

We do not wish to take responsibility of our actions and we turn a blind eye when someone shows us the mirror. What has gone wrong? How can it be fixed? Answer is simple “introspect” stop and think about what is the aim of your life? What are you doing to achieve it? Whatever you are doing is it leading to your mental satisfaction besides monetary gains? Meditation, yoga or any type of physical exercise, and the three “s”( Sewa, Satsang and Simran) approach can help. Sewa means service, helping others, donations, serving the poor and needy. Satsang is to be together with like minded people and sing in the praise of The Lord!

Think about the unconditional love of Meera and Radha for Lord Krishna! We might have an excuse that they were divine and that they were different well so are we. He makes us all the same it’s our choice what we do with this precious gift of life! With the remaining breaths in our life now what is your plan? Invest them or spend them choice is always there it’s upto us which path we choose! Wishing you a very happy Vaisakhi! May The Lord show us all the right path!


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Kal, Aaj aur Kal By Noor Vasaya twitter: @TheatreNearYou email:

This is my attempt to give all Hindi cinema fans a brief look into Bollywood’s Kal Aaj Aur Kal (past, present and future) in my STYLE. I tend to use lot of relevant movie names in my writing. First of all let me make my PEHCHAAN. I am EK, DIL SE RANGEELA HINDUSTANI, BAMBAI KA BABU who left APNA DESH to make BASERA in PARDES LEKIN BEES SAAL BAAD, PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI. The name Bollywood was coined as a portmanteau derived from Bombay and Hollywood, the American counterpart city. Though Bollywood is not a physical city like Hollywood, it refers to the Indian Film Industry.

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Thank God they did this when it was called Bombay; otherwise it would have been called MULLYWOOD (Mumbai + Hollywood). Though the Khans (Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh) are still dominating the 100plus crore club with movies like Chennai Express, Dhoom3 and Jai Ho, the year 2014 in my opinion, belong to the younger lot like GUNDAY Arjun Kapoor & Ranveer Singh. In addition, BESHARAM Ranbir Kapoor, along with his co-star Deepika Padukone ruled the box-office and the hearts of moviegoers in 2013 in YEH JAWANI HAI DEEWANI. Deepika also gave 2 more 100plus crore movies last year, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rassleela RAM-LEELA and Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express with Shah Rukh Khan.


Farhan Akhtar (writer-director-actor-singer), son of film actress and an award-winning screenwriter Honey Irani (Aaina, Lamhe, Kya Kehna, Kaho Na Pyar Hai, Armaan) showed his dedication and talent and won the very well deserved best actor award in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He is truly a multitalented artist just like his father, Javed Akhtar. Javed sahab started his career writing scripts in early 70’s with Salim Khan (Salman-Arbaaz and Sohail’s father). Salim-Javed wrote stories, screenplays and dialogs for many superhits that played a huge role in Amitabh Bachchan’s stardom in the 70’s. These include Zanjeer, Sholay, Majboor, Dostana, Kaala Patthar, Shaan, Trishul and Don, to name a few. Javed sahab gained similar success as a lyricist just like his father Jan Nisar Akhtar. I guess it runs in the family. Another versatile actor-cumsinger-CUM-DONOR, NAUTANKI SAALA, Ayushman Khurana showed

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great potential last year. I absolutely loved his performance in his debut film VICKY DONOR, directed by Soorjit Sirkar, who later directed another offbeat thriller MADRAS CAFÉ, released in 2013. Both of Soorjit’s directorial ventures were produced by John Abraham. I am hoping for a HATTRICK from this successful union. Speaking of a hat-trick, Ayushman’s 3rd release, BEWAKOOFIAN hasn’t been as well received as expected, but his chemistry with co-stars Rishi Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor has been admired by many. He is also working in Dum Laga Ke Haisha by Maneesh Sharma, another hat-trick director of Band Baja Baraat, Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl and Shuddh Desi Romance. I wish Ayushman great success in 2014, as he has been selected to play a Marathi scientist in a period biopic, BOMBAY FAIRYTALE. Let’s see how much fight this title has to face for using the name Bombay in a SATTA, the right-wing Hindu nationalist party Shiv-Sena who made such a well-known name, BOMBAY changed to Mumbai in 1995. The newly crowned QUEEN of 2014 is Kangana Ranaut, who is getting her dues with some great projects. Though I never liked RAJJO’s (Kan-

gana’s) WOH LAMHE in the past, I had NO PROBLEM appreciating her LIFE IN METRO and walk on the ramp in FASHION by Madhur Bhandarkar. His movie failed to make Kareena Kapoor Khan a better HEROINE though. Kangana also gave a KNOCK OUT performance in TANU WEDS MANU, which unfortunately didn’t do as well. Her recent role in Rakesh Roshan’s mega blockbuster KRRISH 3 and it’s stunningly picturized song “dil tu hi bataa” song with the hunk Hrithik Roshan gave her much needed notice. You will soon see her causing DARD to MARD in REVOLVER RANI, a film directed by Sai Kabir Shrivastav and produced by Raju Chadha. Another Student Of The Year (SOTY) is Alia, a promising young actor from the Bhatt dynasty. She is step-sister to Pooja Bhatt and daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Rajdaan, the actress from the art cinema. You will also see Alia in 2 STATES releasing in April 2014 with Arjun Kapoor (Ishaqzaade, Aurangzeb and Gunday). Alia’s career looks quite promising on the Bollywood HIGHWAY (made by Imtiaz Ali).

Varun Dhawan is also in the RACE of becoming a HERO NO.1. He has what Govinda had in the 90’s: good comic timing, physique, dancing ability and backing of the comedy masala director No.1 David Dhawan, who made Govinda a star with movies like Hero No.1, Coolie No.1 and others. Unlike most star sons, Varun’s debut movie SOTY was not produced or directed by his father David. He was LUCKY to be launched by Karan Johar’s DHARMA PRODUCTIONS. You will see Varun with Ileana D’Cruz (BARFI and PHATA POSTER NIKLA HERO) and Nargis Fakhri (Rockstar and Madras Cafe) in MAIN TERA HERO, which is directed by none other than David Dhawan under BALAJI banner and slated to release in early April.

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There are also other promising actors who made their mark in last couple of years, and have great potential if given the right script and directors. This includes Sushant Singh Rajput (TV series Pavitra Rishta), who debuted in a wonderful movie called KAI PO CHE with Rajkummar Yadav/ Rao. His potential was immediVaisakhi Special 2014

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ately noticed and was followed up by another hit. We saw Sushant in Shuddh Desi Romance with Pariniti Chopra, and Rajkummar Rao in Shahid as well as Queen with Kangana Ranaut.

li in Aashiqui. Here is another fun fact related to this trivia. Rahul ROY with ADITYA Pancholi’s voice in Aashiqui, and the lead actor in Aashiqui 2 was ADITYA ROY Kapoor. What a coincidence.

Now let’s talk about Aashiqui too (2). It was a runaway success of 2013 that swept a lot of awards. The Bhatt touch repeated history by showcasing some new talents and jump-started the careers of many not-so-well-known artists in Bollywood just like Aashiqui did in the 90’s. Actors Mushtaq Khan and Deepak Tijori; music director Nadeem Shravan; lyricist Sameer (son of Anjaan); singers Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Puadhwal were all around, just like Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, as well as music directors Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly and Mithoon Sharma, but became famous and more sought-after names after the success of their Aashiqui’s. The superhit title song, “tum hi ho” sung by Arijit Singh, who was also one of top six contestants in a reality-singing series, Fame Gurukul in 2005. The latter will do to Arriji Singh what the original did to the career of Kumar Sanu. The original also introduced two unconventional looking actors, Rahul Roy (winner of Bigg Boss season 1) and Anu Agarwal. Both of them did not do as well and disappeared after appearing in some average films. One fun fact is that Rahul ROY’s voice was dubbed by ADITYA Pancho-

We also saw the return of Madhuri Dixit-Nene in an item song in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, as well as a main lead in Vishal Bhardwaj’s bold sequel DEDH-ISHQIYA with great Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Gangs of Wasseypur and D-Day). Madhuri’s rival from the 90’s, Juhi Chawla who also reintroduced herself in a negative role and appeared with her for the first time in Gulaab Gang. It had a great start at the box-office but got overshadowed by the QUEEN.

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Movies slated for 2014 release: Main Tera Hero: April 2014 2 States: April 2014 Revolver Rani: April 2014 Humshakals by Sajid Khan with Saif Ali Khan Bang Bang directed by Siddharth Raj Anand. The film features Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. Desi Magic, directed by Mehul Atha. It is a romantic comedy movie starring Ameesha Patel, Zayed Khan and Randhir Kapoor in the lead roles. The Villain is an upcoming action romance film directed by Mohit Suri (Aashiqui). It features Sidharth Malhotra (SOTY), Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui) and Amrita Puri.


Gabbar is an upcoming Hindi action drama film, directed by Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. It features Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles. Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film written and directed by A.R. Murugadoss, and produced by Vipul Shah. P.K. (also spelled Peekay) is an upcoming 2014 Hindi satiric film (why italics?) directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The film is slated to release on 25 December 2014 with Aamir and Anushka Sharma. Year-end seems to be lucky for Aamir as 3 Idiots and Dhoom 3 were both released in December. CHALTE CHALTE KYA KEHNA YEH DIL CHAHTA HAI MERE HUMDUM MERE DOST ki YEHI HAI ZINDAGI ki JEEVAN DHARA, KABHI KUSHI KABHI GHAM KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA KYON KI PHIR MELENGE HUM TUM

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PRESERVING OUR VEDIC HERITAGE How Vedic Knowledge Can Creat a Better World

We live in a world where we are bombarded with millions of bits of data coming at us through various channels whether it is the television, radio, or the internet. All these sources tell us how to dress, eat, and behave gripping us in the outer world that we perceive through our senses. Despite advancements in the field of technology, science, medicine, and education our planet is in a greater state of chaos and disenchantment than it has ever been before. Wars, poverty, natural calamities, and diseases such as cancer are wreaking havoc in our modern world. The world is in a complete imbalance when it comes to the natural harmony on the planet and the material kingdom. This is because humanity has lost its connection with the spiritual basis of life. For centuries our Vedic tradition of knowledge has been the source of spiritual knowledge and practices like meditation, yoga, yagya, etc. for all of mankind. While there has been a resurgence of interest in these practices in recent years, a lot of these practices and their practitioners are not authentic. At the same time, the tradition of training authentic Vedic experts – Vedic Pandits – has been in steady decline, and it is The Times of Canada

becoming more and more difficult even for our mandirs to obtain properly trained Pandits.

We should all be concerned about this trend, as it does not bode well for the preservation of our spiritual, cultural and religious heritage for future generations. The good news is that there are a number of organizations trying to reverse this, and they deserve our support. In this article I wanted to highlight one such organization that is leading the way in training Vedic Pandits in their ancient role as peace-keepers for society – Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation. Founded by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1980’s, this organization has trained over 50,000 Vedic Pandits, many of whom are employed in temples and mandirs throughout India and the world. The uniqueness of Maharishi’s organization is that its training fully develops the consciousness of the


Pandit by establishing the awareness of the Pandit in Atma – the spiritual basis of life. This is achieved through daily practice of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, Maharishi’s revival of the practice of the Patanjali’s Yog Sutras. This is a critical aspect of the Pandits training, because then when they perform yagya or anusthan from the level of Atma, where sound and its material form are one, the yagya is enormously powerful and fulfills its purpose. As we know from our tradition, Yagya is a time-honored practice for the prevention of problems and the promotion of success and good fortune. Yagya involves the application of specific, prescribed sounds from the Vedas, and through recitation on a fine level of awareness by trained Vedic Pandits can achieve a specific effect: Vaisakhi Special 2014

for example, to eliminate obstacles, avert impending dangers, or promote health, financial success—even world peace. Maharishi also revived the tradition of large groups of Pandits performing Yog and Yagya daily to restore harmony and dharma in society, something that was upheld by some of India’s ancient Rajas. For example, Vedic scripture refers to both Shri Ram and Yudhisthira as maintaining thousands of Vedic Pandits in daily performance of Yagya for the welfare of society. In modern times, this has been all but forgotten by our leaders. However, in recent years science has been investigating whether it is possible for such Vedic experts to produce this effect in society. More than 20 experiments involving large groups of people practicing Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Sidhi program together has shown positive results. During periods when a large enough group is together, there are significant decreases in societal problems such as crime, armed conflict and negative economic trends. Furthermore, between 1987 and 1990 Maharishi assembled a group of 8,000 Vedic Pandits who performed Yog and Yagya daily. It was during this period that the world witnessed a remarkable transformation - the end of the cold war, fall of the Berlin wall, and conflicts subsiding throughout the world. The Times of Canada

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Important Tips for Citizenship Test

Prof. Avtar S Virdi Canada has been divided mainly into five regions/ areas. Remember a formula to learn their names – ACPWN. A – Atlantic, C – Central, P – Prairie, W – West Coast, N – North. There are ten provinces and three territories in Canada. The ten provinces are ‘British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Foundland and Labrador’. The three territories are ‘Yukon, Northwest territories and Nunavut’. Canada became a confederation on July 1, 1867. July 1 was celebrated as Dominion Day before 1982. Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined at that time. There are thirty five Fathers of Canada. Three of them are Sir John Alexander Macdonald, Sir George Cartier and Sir Leonard Tilley. All five great lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are linked by different rivers and St. Lawrence River starting from Lake Ontario and after passing through the cities of Montreal and Quebec, drain out all the water into Atlantic Ocean. This is not shown in the official book. Canada is known for huge production of gold, copper, lead, zinc and diamonds.

There are five main acts – 1774 Quebec Act, 1791 Act (Upper Canada and Lower Canada separation), 1867 British North America Act, 1969 Official Language Act and 1982 Canadian Carter of Rights and Freedoms. There are hundreds of other things about Geography, History, political system and people of Canada the test takers are supposed to learn properly before writing their Canadian Citizenship Test in order to become Canadian Citizen. Moreover, they are expected to have good command over English or French.

There are three levels of Canada government – Federal, Provincial and Municipal. There are three key facts about Canada government – Federal State, Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy. There are three parts of our parliament – the Queen, the House of Commons and the Senate. There are three branches of our government – Executive (Prime Minister and cabinet ministers), Legislatives (Rest of the MPs and senators) and Judiciary. There are three branches of Judiciary – Supreme Court, Federal Courts and Provincial Courts.

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