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Unmesh to unfold “Spectrum,” traditional music at its best

Houstonians will have the opportunity to connect with the elements of nature through Hindustani Classical music at Saadhana Unmesh, the muchcelebrated, much-awaited flagship event of the Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston (CICMH) on Saturday,Oct. 15. CICMH, founded by Pandit Suman Ghosh, strives to bring this traditional art form to the community in the purest and most holistic form. This event, to be held at Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School

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of Music, Rice University at 3:15 p.m, will feature the disciples of Pandit Ghosh, Hindustani Classical Music Virtuoso. During the course of this musical evening, aptly titled “Spectrum”, one can witness the confluence of Music and Tradition, with about 90 disciples of the much revered Gurukul, Saadhana Pariwar, ages 5 to 70, presenting a spectacular garland of Raags through delightful compositions and delicate moves. The rain of raags will display beautiful color schemes knit together by musical notes, creativity and imagination of the highest order from Pandit Ghosh, the maestro himself, portraying a whole

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The Mahatma Gandhi Library in Houston organized a 1000 Lights for Peace event at Miller Outdoor Theater on Oct. 2 marking the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Story on Page 6. Photo by SESHADRI KUMAR.

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NEWS Justice Hegde speaks on humanism and struggle against corruption By BHAMY V. SHENOY I had the pleasure of hearing an inspiring talk by Justice Santosh Hegde during an event September 29 at India House in Houston organized by the Foundation for India Studies. By the end of his talk about his struggle against corruption and the great need for humanism, everyone present must have felt, as I did, the urge to become involved in fighting the menace of corruption despite our distance from India. During his five years as a Lokayukta (anticorruption ombudsman) and helping more than 28,000 people receive justice, Justice Hegde witnessed a great deal of deeply rooted corruption. Since his retirement, he has given talks at about 850 schools and colleges to educate and encourage others to pay attention to this important issue.  He shared a number of examples. In one case, an exasperated old woman with a deaf grandson complained to Justice Hegde about a bribery problem. Her postman would not turn over her money order unless she paid him Rs. 25. The woman’s only source of income was her Rs. 250 per month pension. Justice Hegde informed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). However, Hegde had to ask a policeman to intercede on behalf of the old woman. The CBI response was that Rs. 25 was too small an amount for them to be concerned about in light of the crores of bribe money exchanged at high levels.  Relatives of a young girl killed in an accident called Justice Hegde for help after waiting three days for her body to


From Page 1 new dimension of this age-old complex musical system, bound to transport us to a spiritual world filled with happiness, attesting to the belief that this traditional music is a reflection of our association with nature. . A range of moods - from serenity to ecstatic joy, from sheer dynamism to tranquil calmness, can be experienced in this captivating music palette. Unmesh, meaning “blossoming”, will showcase the growth of musicality in the performers representing the wider community, and will help the blossoming of the mind and spirit of the audience as well. Guru Pandit Suman GhoshJi himself has conceptualized, directed and will be conducting this magnificent musical event in the most traditional way. The Chief Guest of the evening will be the Honorable Consul General of India, Shri Anupam Ray. Please come, enjoy this free event at this magnificent venue, open to all. Partake in India’s heritage at Saadhana Unmesh – Spectrum and feel the awakening in you. —By SASHI RAGHAVAN

be released after a postmortem in a government hospital. Delays of this kind are common, and bribing for the release of the dead body is standard procedure in government hospitals. The justice found three doctors on duty in the particular hospital department. Hearing that a Lokayuka had come to speak with them, two of the doctors immediately went on leave. The third said he was too busy helping a really sick patient. Finally due to Justice Hegde’s intervention, the young girl’s body was released without paying any bribe. The poor parents of a little girl without a rectum sought help from Justice Hegde after a doctor in a government hospital refused to perform the needed

surgery unless he was paid. Justice Hegde took the child to Manipal Hospital for the surgery. He offered this moving example to illustrate how we must all help others when we can. He was happy to see the girl after four years when her parents brought her to his office. Justice Hegde’s concept of humanism was touching and difficult to put into words here as he spoke about the greedy doctor who received his education with the assistance of society, is paid an attractive salary, and has an opportunity to serve society by performing a surgery. But he refused to do so. This doctor is a human being, See JUSTICE, Page 7

Justice Santosh Hegde, left, with Krishna Vavilala of Foundation for Indian Studies at India House in Houston on Sept. 29. PHOTO by NIK NIKAM.



ASIE endorses High Speed Bullet Train

ASIE Board Members – L to R – ASIE V P Dinesh Shah, Poolkeshi Patel, ASIE President – Naresh Kolli, Avinash Patel, Guest Speaker Jeff Moseley, Guest & TBPE Vice Chair Sam Kannappan, Gaju Patel, Chetan Vyas, Advisory Council Chair Ravi Arora, Madhu Kilambi, Sai Gowthami Asam.

American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects held a seminar on High Speed bullet Train between Dallas and Houston at Mayuri Restaurant on Sept. 21. Jeff Moseley, state vice president, Texas Central Partners, made a presentation on the salient features of the proposed high-speed train. Texas Central is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston using a proven, world-class technology that will provide a travel time of less than 90 minutes. Nearly 50,000 Texans, sometimes called “supercommuters,” travel back and forth between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth more than once a week. Many others

make the trip very regularly. The approximately 240-mile high-speed rail line will offer a total travel time of less than 90 minutes, with convenient departures every 30 minutes during peak periods each day, and every hour during off-peak periods – with 6 hours reserved each night for system maintenance and inspection. Texas Central will deploy Central Japan Railway Company’s (JRC) “N700-I Bullet” high-speed rail system based on their “Shinkansen” system that has been refined over more than 50 years of operation into the most reliable, comfortable and safe high-speed rail system in the world. Texas Central plans to make a direct investment of $10 billion. “Unlike other high-speed rail projects, we are backed by private investors, not public funds,” Moseley said. Environmental Imapct Study is now in progress. In Dallas, two potential station locations are being considered.  In Houston, the station is planned for the area along the 610 Loop between 290 and I-10. The Brazos Valley Station will be located on the rail line in Grimes County. The final station locations will be determined and announced as engineering, design and environmental analysis is completed. Our initial projections indicate that the Project will likely create an average of 10,000 jobs each year over the project’s 4-year construction period. On top of that, over 750 full-time, highly skilled jobs will be created along and at each end of the corridor to support the railroad’s operations. Construction of this highspeed railroad will inject 36 billion dollars into Texas’ already booming economy. By 2040, Texas Central is expected to have paid close to $2.5 billion in taxes to cities, counties, the state and other taxing entities. Moseley requested the ASIE board to adopt a resolution in support of the project. Naresh Kolli, president of ASIE, said at a future meeting the board will pass a resolution. Sam Kannappan, vice chair o the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, was felicitated at the meeting for his contributions to the community. —SESHADRI KUMAR


NEWS 82.5 years wait time for Advanced Degree Indians to get Green Card By Rahul Reddy & Emily Neumann, Attorneys at Law “It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Samuel Adams Right now, Indians waiting for an employment-based green card should be irate. Unless Indians in America are willing to push for reform, many will retire or even perish before ever receiving a green card through the employment-based immigration system because it may take 82.5 years if you are starting the process today. Foreign nationals rely on the monthly Visa Bulletin issued by the Department of State in order to estimate the length of the wait to receive a green card in various employment sponsored visa categories. However, the Visa Bulletin really only tells us who may be eligible during a given month. Attempts to estimate waiting periods based on the current month’s visa bulletin can be completely inaccurate. Beyond the Visa Bulletin, we can look to the USCIS Inventory of pending Employment-Based I-485 applications. This is updated quarterly and shows how many pending adjustment of status (green card) applications in each preference classification have priority dates in a given month and year. USCIS suggests that this chart can be used to determine how many applicants in a particular preference classification, such as EB-2, and from a particular country, have priority dates in the same month and year as your own. Then, you can determine how many applicants in your preference classification are ahead of you in line for a green card by adding together the number of cases with an earlier priority date than your own. Still, this is mostly inaccurate. The inventory does not include all potential employment-based immigrants. The report only contains principal and dependent employmentbased I-485s pending at USCIS Service Centers and Field Offices. It does not in-

clude cases pending consular processing at overseas posts. It also does not include individuals and their dependents with a pending or approved I-140 petition who have not yet filed an I-485 application or begun consular processing. So, while the visa bulletin makes it appear that the waiting period for Indians with an Advanced Degree may only be approximately 9 years and 8 months (the amount of time between January 15, 2007 and October 1, 2016 in the current visa bulletin), and the USCIS inventory suggests that about 19,040 people from India are waiting in line with a pending Adjustment of Status application, there are actually somewhere upwards of 100,000 Indians who do not yet appear on this inventory since just 2010. In FY 2011 the Department of Labor certified 31,273 job offers for Indian nationals. Each year after that, there were 30,278, 20,930, 35,092, 45,670, and 48,939 through the 3rd quarter of FY 2016 (June 30, 2016). This is a total of 212,182 labor certifications approved for just Indians since October 2010. In recent years, approximately 50% of all labor certification approvals were for positions requiring an Advanced Degree. This percentage is likely higher for Indians and does not take into account positions requiring a Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of progressive experience which also can be considered as Advanced Degrees for purposes of the EB-2 Preference Category. But, let’s just assume that 50% of the 212,182 labor certifications approved for Indians are Advanced Degree petitions. That is potentially 106,091 EB-2 applicants with priority dates after May 2010. Of the 140,000 green cards that are available for employment-based applicants each year, only 28.6% are allocated to the EB-2 category, or 40,040. However, this number is further divided by the per country cap which says that no more than 7% of the visas may be issued to natives of any one country in a fiscal year. That leaves Indians in the EB-2 category with approximately 2,802 green cards to be issued each year.

But remember, the approximately 106,091 EB-2 applicants we calculated does not include their family members. Let’s assume that each of these workers with an approved EB-2 labor certification is married. That comes out to 212,182 potential applicants waiting to file an adjustment of status since October 2010. But don’t forget, USCIS has 19,040 applicants currently in line for a total of 231,222 possible Indians needing EB-2 green cards. That means someone with a job offer today, may have 231,222 people ahead of them in line. So, how long might that take? Remember, there are only 2,802 that can be granted each year. To grant green cards to all 231,222 potential Indian applicants in the pipeline, it could take 82.5 years. There are other factors that come into play. For example, while EB-2 is limited to 28.6% of the 140,000 employment-based green cards, unused numbers from the family-sponsored preferences are added to the available employment-based numbers. On average, about 8,500 familybased green cards have been applied to the employmentbased category a year, so EB-2 may actually be able to use closer to 42,000 a year. Further, any numbers not used up by the EB-1 category trickle down to the EB-2 category. Since Fiscal Year 2007, on average, 55,415 green cards were allocated to the EB-2 category each year. If this were to continue, and if these “extra” 15,375 EB-2 green cards were allocated solely to Indian nationals each year, in addition to the 2,802 specifically allocated under the per country cap, the wait time could be reduced to only 12.7 years. However, the number of unused EB-1 green cards available for trickle down has declined drastically since late 2013. This is a result of larger numbers of typical EB-2 applicants opting for EB-1 to

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Mahatma Gandhi Library Speech Contest prize winners Tony Jha, left, and Rigved Sawale, right. Mahatma Gandhi Library presented the spectacular 1000 Lights for Peace, a celebration of the 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on Sunday, October 2nd at Miller Outdoor Theater. The spirit of Houstonians attending the program was truly visible during this auspicious celebration. The gorgeous day started with 5K Walk for Peace, coordinated by Mr. Sesh Bala. The participants walked around Hermann Park voting for peace with their feet, many proudly displaying signs depicting peace. The walk culminated on stage at Miller Outdoor Theater, welcomed by the talented Katy Taylor HS Drumline. The 1000 lights for Peace program started at 6pm with an invocation by Rev Daniel Dominguez from Centro Familiar Cristiano in Sugarland, and Dr. Kavita Vachaknavee from Arya Samaj Greater Houston. Neha Srivastava, the lovely Mistress of Ceremonies kept the evening flowing with historical perspectives on not only Mahatma Gandhi, but also social reformers including Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu. The Gandhi Darshan Exhibit, portraying the chronological lifetime of Gandhiji with actual photographs from that era, were on display as were booths for arts and crafts and face painting, which the children lined up for. The Vegan Society for Peace and the Indo-American Senior citizens club were active participants throughout the day. The evening started with the adorable children from Houston’s St. Catherine Montessori Catholic Choir directed by Tim and Mindy Snow. They brilliantly sang “Halleluleah.” Rigved Sawale, winner of the younger speech contest, inspired the crowd by reciting his winning speech “Truth: My Story.” Next was a high-energy, dynamic performance called Nsati by KoumonKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble, directed by Ms. Christina Gerard. Tony Jha then treated the crowd to his brilliant winning speech in the older category discussing Non-Violence: Means of Conflict Resolution. The students of Anjali Center of Performing Arts, directed by Dr. Rathna Kumar, performed a classical Indian dance to the melodious tune, Vaishnav Janato. The Keynote Speaker for the evening Houston City Controller Chris Brown spoke about how relevant the practice of NonViolence was in today’s strife ridden world and that Gandhi’s message of “Be the change you want to see in the world” was his primary influence for entering public service. The Ismaili Dance Ensemble presented an elegant performance featuring Turkish and Syrian folk dances. Dr. Manish Wani announced an unprecedented collaboration of MGL with Birla group in India to bring Eternal Gandhi Museum to Houston. It is one the world’s first digital multimedia museums preserving the historical events of Gandhiji’s life. Chris Brown presented the awards to more than 30 winners of the city-wide contests held by Mahatma Gandhi Library. The Abhinaya School of Performing Arts, directed by Indrani Parthasarathy, presented a “Collage for Peace” set to contemporary Carnatic fusion music with the dance style of Bharatanatyam. Atul Kothari, the founder of MGL, delivered the vote of thanks and urged everyone to think deeply about attaining peace in their own hearts. The spectacular evening concluded with the lighting of a candle by all as a symbolic pledge to observe peace in their own lives. The crowd reflected on how to emulate Mahatma Gandhi’s life listening to the soothing song “Imagine” by John Lennon and the soundtrack of “Jyot se Jyot.” To learn more about 1000 Lights for Peace, please visit gandhilibrary.org or contact Dr. Manish Wani at 713-829-6979.


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but does he have any shred of humanism? Justice Hegde urged all of us to shun greed and try to serve humanity. He described in some detail how he exposed three chief ministers and several other high-ranking authorities in the Bellary mining corruption scam.  While illegal exporters earned more than $100 per ton, government got less than one dollar per ton! Fifty trucks carrying iron ore managed to reach an export port without producing the five legally mandated permits. However there was no trace of the ore at the port. When port authorities were asked what happened to the iron ore, the explanation given was that waves came and washed it all out to sea!  When an honest officer working under the Lokayukta filed a complaint against the guilty, he was suspended by the minister. When Justice Hegde took up the matter with the government, he was told that nothing could be done to reinstate the officer. Hegde resigned in frustration and protest. In order to save the BJP government from embarrassment and public wrath, L. K. Advani, a family friend convinced him to take back the resignation and assured him that the suspended officer will be reinstated. Justice Hegde did so readily because he intended to submit an 11,000 page-report exposing high-level corruption. When the media then reported that Hegde had been offered a parliament seat, he gave a press statement that should he contest, voters should beat him instead of voting for him! The Q & A session was interesting and illuminating. Justice Hegde agreed that even the judiciary department is corrupt, though less so than the legislative and executive branches. His criticism extended equally to the fourth pillar of democracy, the media. While he appreciated help he received from media, he gave the example of the Radia tape to show how media has failed. Planting false stories has become easy in India where money is the absolute ruler rather than the people.  Hegde commented on his

Hazare, Arvind Kejrival, Sashi Bhushan, etc., to force politicians to pass a lokpal bill that was first suggested back in 1965. However, after the movement was hijacked to form the Aam Admi Party, he kept away. According to him, AAP is just like any other political party. According to Hegde, even Mahatma Gandhi would not win an election today, and that honest people can do much more from outside politics than within government. Unless Indian society changes and accepts moral values, it is impossible to fight corruption. He talked about one man who influenced the constituent assembly in 1946 when it was almost unanimously decided that to contest election, one must have minimum educational qualifications. The lone voice argued that, with less than 20 percent of Indian society as literate at that time, how could India be fairly represented? B. R. Ambedkar was convinced of that logic and supported the man.  Hegde insisted repeatedly that society must stop respecting and honoring people who have ill-gotten wealth. He gave the example of Pappu Yadav who, in spite of his criminal record and being sent to jail repeatedly, was elected to parliament. Hegde supported the reservation policy but suggested that a family should get reservation only once.  He said the reservation policy is now helping those who are already well off. Justice Hegde said he feels optimistic that despite the present rampant corruption and lack of moral values, India will overcome these problems and become a prosperous country in the next twenty-five years. He added that, in the unlikely case this does not happen and things become worse, there will be total revolution and the country will disintegrate. Hegde concluded by reiterating that we as a society should inculcate humanism, shun those with ill-gotten wealth, start teaching moral values in schools, and look for opportunities to serve society.  (Bhamy V. Shenoy is former President of India Culture Center of Houston.)

Sewa youth volunteers with President Sarojini Gupta After staying in a refugee camp in Nepal for 15 years, Sudarshan Luitel, a Bhutanese refugee, came to the U.S. in 2009. Seven years later, successfully studying at the Texas State University, the former refugee showcased his transformation. He spoke with an accent, but spoke in English clearly, and attributed his success to the help provided by Sewa International in terms of free vaccination, school supplies, tutorial help for studying English as a Second Language and finally, a college scholarship. “Your donations can help transform refugees like me,” Luitel told over 500 people gathered at the Sewa International’s Annual Fundraiser at Sri Radhakrsihna Temple Auditorium in Houston on Sept. 25. The event with inspiring speeches, scintillating performances and mouth-watering spread catered by Bhojan, drew people of diverse backgrounds with the common thread being their commitment to Service or Sewa . The chief guest and keynote speaker, Alief Independent School District Superintendent H.D. Chambers, spoke passionately about the work Sewa International does to serve the refugee and immigrant students of Alief ISD. He said “the challenges my school district faces with students speaking more than 91 languages are many ” and emphasized how “without the help of non profits like Sewa Houston it would not be possible for school districts to educate these students.” His comments underscored the importance of the work Sewa does through

School districts and its independent programs like ASPIRE tutorials. “America is more of an idea. Every community is a microcosm of the USA. For the country to prosper there must be support from the communities. If communities do not hlp each other, the country will crumble,” Chambers said. Alief community is a contributor to the concept of America, he said. Nearly 60 percent of Alief ISD students live in apartments. In this context, Sewa also helps refugee students who live in these apartments. Chambers said the challenge is to make apartment dwellers live like a community and he admonished Sewa to help build communities in apartments and help those students assimilate into the culture. People, faith-based organizations and schools are three pillars of the society and building a community begins with a family and building from within. And here comes the contribution of Sewa, Chambers said. Sewa President Sarojini Gupta drew loud applause as she shared with the audience the numerous strides Sewa has made in the past year. “This past year has been a year of progress and growing partnerships” Gupta said. She added that “Sewa served over 75 kids through the entire school year, took two field trips with the support of Brays Oaks Management District and tutored over 200 kids in Alief ISD summer schools. We also served over 70 pre diabetic and diabetic people through our Stop Diabetes Movement yoga camps.”

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Also present at the event were various beneficiaries of Sewa programs and speakers like SDM participant Dr.Satyanarayan Chilukuri, and noted scientist Dr.Sen Pathak. Dr. Chilukuri spoke about yoga as a complementary medicine and how Sewa programs helped provide good health and living in harmony with nature. A practicing doctors for 50 years, Dr. Chilukuri encouraged everyone to practice, yoga as it has immense impact on good health and wellness. Yoga will liberate us from unnecessary medications, he said. The evening’s highlight however was the speech given by Sadhvi Ritambhara Ji, who stressed on the importance of service and the long standing virtue of donating . She reiterated that Sewa does exactly that, serving humanity without any prejudice of cast, color or religion. With the support of its speakers, well wishers, the emcee of the evening Dr. Ratna Kumar, Director of Anjali School of Dance, Sewa was able to raise $168,000 against its target of $150,000. The evening’s entertainment comprised live dance performances, Saraswati Vandana performed by Neha Pendse and troupe from Aradhana school of dance, Chinese dance by J.H school of dance and Flamenco performance by Flamenco Houston. On behalf of our entire team Chapter Coordinator Kaushik Chatterjee and Project Coordinator Kavita Tewary thanked all Sewa Volunteers and donors who came out and made the fundraiser a big success.


COMMUNITY Tatvam School of Dance celebrates second annual day

Record crowd attends Durga Puja at VSGH On the 24 September 2016, “Tatvam” School of Dance celebrated its 2nd Annual Day at the Meenakshi Temple in Pearland. ‘Tatvam’, in Sanskrit literally means “fundamental essence”. Lavanya Prabu founded the dance school in the year 2014 with a mission to propagate Vazhuvoor style of Bharatanatyam that maintains the authenticity of the tradition and emphasizes on theory from early training. The basics and foundation of any art form is an important essence to erudition of culture and developing a skill. Learning dance and music facilitates knowledge in other subjects as well and it enhances talent that children inevitably use in other areas. More so when the dance is combined with spiritual combination it encourages the children to appreciate beauty and aesthetics within their surroundings. At ‘Tatvam’ the children learn not only the nuances of the ancient art form but it also allows them to experience divinity through the art.

The teacher Lavanya Prabhu believes that teaching the students theory aspect and the many facets of the ancient authentic dance form will help them develop love and passion for the art and look beyond Arangetram and make it a life-long journey. All the students of the dance school showcased the developmental stages that go make a full-fledged dancer and systematically presented in the program. The various progressive dance steps called the “Adavu”, that comprises rhythmic unit of dance within a specific tempo and time structure was depicted initially. This also involved composite movements pertaining to “Nritta” that were presented in the first half of the program. The second half progressed into Abhinaya, Natya and Bhava and items included Virutham, Pushpanjali, Natesa Kauthuvam, Padam, an rhythmic song of Anammacharya, Kavadi Chindu and concluded with the most popular dance Krishna Ni Beganae Baro. This was followed by recita-

tion of Sanskrit verses in unison by all the dancers that concluded the program. The participants Aakruthi Srikanth, Akshata P. Thupili, Akshitha Ramesh, Anantara Gokul, Ananya Vasant, Anita Aiyer, Anuradha Malya, Eesha Rao Agrahar, Hema Latha Ramaswamy, Keya Choksey, Lakshanya Reddy Solipuram, Mahee Rao Agrahar, Mira Lakshmi Vasudevan, Preethi Arunachalam, Raina Desai, Rhea Desai, Roshini Mohamed Jameel, Sahana Gokul, Samyuktha Prabu, Sanjita Chinta, Sanjna Ayyar, Shayonika Paul, Tarunikha Satish, Trisha Patil presented an sensational performance. Ms. Sandhya Ayyar was the emcee for the event. The students received certificates from Mrs. Nalini Mukopadhyay, one of the founders of the Classical Arts Society, Houston. Lavanya Prabhu thanked everyone who attended the program, participants, parents and all those who helped make the event successful. —By Thara Narasimhan



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The White House has abruptly shut down on suspicion of fraud an ongoing online petition that asked it to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, citing a law introduced in the House of Representatives last week. In a blurb headlined, ‘Closed Petition’, the White House’s ‘We the People’ web page, which hosts the initiative inviting petitions to the administration, said on Monday, “This petition has been archived because it did not meet the signature requirements. It can no longer be signed.” The petition had, until October 21, to gather 100,000 signatures to merit a response from the White House under the rules of the programme, which it had already collected, and several times more. At closure, the petition had 625,723 signatures. The website said “no more”, but a White House official told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity that there were “some technical issues with some of the signatures” that needed to be looked into. Some of the signatures “could potentially be removed if there is evidence of fraud” consistent with the terms of participation, the official added. Supporters of the petition,

which had generated considerable excitement among Indian Americans and in India, will be disappointed, especially as a counter-petition demanding a similar designation for India — as a “terrorist state” — was still up on the We the People page; although way behind, with nearly 66,000 signatures. The first petition seeking the Pakistan designation was started by an individual known by initials ‘RG’ on September 21, the day after Republican congressmen Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives demanding Pakistan be designated a state sponsor of terrorism. Citing the legislation in the petition, the sponsor wrote, it (designating Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism) was “important to the people of United State of America, India and many other countries which are continuously affected by Pakistan sponsored terrorism”. The White House official did not explain the kind of suspected “fraud” that shut down the petition. It was also not clear if it had been suspended and will return after the bad signatures were weeded out or whether the process will have to start afresh. Anyone can start a petition

after opening an account — just a name and email would do. (This reporter opened an account on Monday, and it took barely a few minutes.) But you don’t need one to merely sign an ongoing petition. Under the terms of participations, every individual is allowed only one email account, whether the intention is merely to sign or start a petition. The individual must be over 13 (as the general age-bar for starting an email account)—and cannot sign the same petition more than once. An official, though, when asked if signatories must be based in the US or be US citizens, said they can be “anyone provided they follow terms of service”. The We the People page said “The White House may disable user accounts, remove associated signatures and remove petitions created or signed by users that it has reasonable belief do not satisfy the above rules.” That seems to be what happened to the petition, which had generated considerable amount of excitement in the Indian American community. It was no different back in India, with signatures coming at a phenomenal speed, raising talk of a record turnout. The petition seeking a “ter-

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All American Rally for Trump in Philadelphia

In a potential game changer in the 2016 presidential election, activists from around the country have come together to organize a political rally supporting Donald Trump in the swing state of Pennsylvania. The first ‘All American Rally for Trump’ will take place at 1:30 PM on October 8 at the People’s Plaza located near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The rally is the creation of Indian Americans and African Americans who have come together and it will feature Indian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Haitian Americans, Jewish Americans and other groups who wish to see Donald Trump win the election. Bruce Carter who is the founder of Black Men for Bernie along with Hindu activists Satya Dosapati and Arvind Kumar are the main organizers of the rally. Over 1,500 people are expected to attend the rally which signifies the coming together of many people for their own reasons. Satya Dosapati, who is one of the organizers stated, “This is a very important election. It is the first time the voters have seen through the establishment’s manipulation of the electoral process and have decided to assert themselves.” “The Clinton family and Bush family partner with each other to advance the agenda of corporate welfare and illegitimate wars. This is an opportunity to end the political fortunes of both families,” added Arvind Kumar. Philadelphia has a large black population which has been let down by politicians who typically use them to further their careers. Elaborating on the reason for organizing this rally, Bruce Carter stated, “Black voters can no longer afford to be slaves to any party.”  The organizers plan to organize a series of rallies in other swing states. While Philadelphia will be the venue for the first rally, other rallies will be scheduled in the swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio when sufficient funds are raised

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Pakistan or Terroristan?

Reading about the Sept. 18, attack by four heavily armed (un-Pak) terrorists (described as the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades), @ the Line of Control near the town of Uri in India’s Kashmir, I thought of the word ‘Pakistan’. Just as night follows day, that word ‘Pakistan’ instantly comes to mind after a terrorist attack in India,. This time, for the first time ever, I thought of the ‘Pak’ in Pakistan. It was the 1957-movie Pak Daman (Ashok Kumar & Saira Banu music by Ghulam Mohammed) that made me realize that ‘Pak’ meant pure. My first reaction, considering the history of Pakistan even then, it sounded presumptuous. Now it’s an oxymoron. Now the whole world sees Pakistan as the terrorist State that it is. If Pakistan is the Land Of The Pure, then Iraq & Syria are two Jannats (Heavens) on earth. So any terrorists and especially those from Pakistan are un-Pak terrorists. And it’s about time we start calling Pakistan as Terroristan. Immediately after the Uri attack, louder than chest-thumping & justifiable, widespread anger in the print, broadcast & social media, were the usual suspects warning NaMo & BJP about knee-jerk reaction. At least it would be SOME reaction! When was the last time anyone remembers India reacting to a terrorist act? Reminds me of the illustrious freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak (yes, that one with the ‘Freedom is my birthright….etc.) In reaction to inaction from the Congress Party to repeated provocations by the British against India’s freedom movement, Tilak thundered, “When are we going to get mad?” Decades later entire India started saying the same thing to its own government. No pride. No selfrespect. No reaction. Instead Ramchandra Guha, a political hack, warns (NaMo) against jingoism. This is the guy who said, “Hindu fundamentalism is more threatening than Islamic terrorism in India. The reason is within India, Hindus are 85 per cent. I am terrified at the thought of Hindu majoritarianism.” India’s minority population since Independence has not drastically declined like the Hindus in Pakistan or Jammu. Rahul Gandhi talks about Hindu terrorism (to visiting foreign dignitaries) and R.Guha fears it. With friends like these, India doesn’t need enemies. Then there is Jamaat-e-Islami Hind president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari who condemning the Uri terror attack, urged the Centre to take all possible steps to avoid war with Pakistan and suggested that the two sides hold dialogue to resolve the disputes. “We strongly condemn the

(Uri) terror attack and death of the soldiers. (But) both India and Pakistan must show wisdom and sincerity using path of dialogue and consultation in order to resolve their issues. India must take all steps to avoid war with Pakistan.” In case you have just come out from under a rock, Sir, that’s what India has been doing for decades, but India can’t shake hands with a fist. India’s secular exercise of ‘strategic restraint’, has been exercise in futility. After NaMo’s speech at the BJP meeting in Kozhikode, when it sounded like that – strategic restraint - was the road the Prime Minister was going to take, the peaceniks started singing his praises for not listening to ‘hawks’ in his party. These are the same people who write about Aman Ki Asha with Pakistan come every New Year day. Dream on! Meanwhile in the ‘public domain’, Raj Thackeray-led MNS (Maharashtra NavNirman Sena) issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors, including Fawad Khan, who is part of one of the productions under Salman’s banner, and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”. Recent concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam, scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon, respectively were cancelled. Not to be outdone, The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution to ban Pakistani actors from the industry in the wake of the Uri attack. One of India’s three Khan superstars - Salman Khan - to the rescue. “Artistes from Pakistan should not be treated like terrorists and art and terrorism should not be mixed. Terrorism and art are two different subjects,” he said. Talk about missing the point. It doesn’t need explaining that there are many people who may not share this love-fest between Indian & Pakistani artists and that it would put the visiting artists in grave danger. Dear Salman , as a reader wrote to an Indian newspaper: ‘Yes… Pakistani artists are not terrorists, but the terrorists are surely Pakistani and these artists are artists not only because of their values but they perform to earn money and at least a marginal part of their income they definitely spend in Pakistan which leads to monetary transactions in Pakistan and become part of their revenue which Pakistan uses for producing terrorists and weapons. So we should not support Pakistani economy to produce more terrorists and weapons.’ Very well put. Of course the Shiv Sena has the stock answer to Salman Khan. ‘If Salman Khan loves Pakistani artists, he should migrate there’.

I think it’s about time Shiv Sena stopped telling Muslims to go to Pakistan when it doesn’t like their opinions. No one has the right to say that despite the freedom of speech in India. Salman Khan is an Indian citizen. Always was, always will be. I have not known Salman Khan to make communalistic or anti-India statements. It’s the other two Khan superstars – Amir & Shah Rukh who talked about intolerance in India. Lest anyone forget, Salman Khan was the first major celebrity during India’s 2014 general elections to ask a talk show host why Modi should apologize for the 2002 Gujrat riots when every inquiry had cleared him. He also asked where the apology from the Congress Party was for the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi & near-by areas after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. And Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) declared that we should keep art, sports above political conflicts. That’s like Stalin lecturing about peace & harmony. Communists look after their religion-less interests, their political gains. They don’t have a motherland. And Indian Communists, especially, have a long history of treacherous behaviour in the name of socialism. Mr. Yechury is also a perfect example of the ‘incestuous’ relationships in the Indian media. He is married to Seema Christi who is currently the Resident Editor of Indian Express. I wonder how many Indians know this to see through the real Indian Express. And if we dig deeper, we’ll find that such incestuous virus is widespread in India’s media. In the midst of all this, it is good to know that Dileep Padgaonkar, the ex-doyen of Indian secularism is not a voice that it was any more anywhere. Why do smart people fall for stupid ideas? The answer, Daniel J. Flynn reveals in his book Intellectual Morons, is ideology. Same reason Dilip Padgaonkar as the head of the three-member Centre-appointed interlocutors, declared in October 2010 that the Kashmir issue is a “dispute” also adding that a comprehensive solution could not be achieved without involving Pakistan. The Indian government for years refused to recognize Pakistan as a party in the Kashmir dispute. And here comes the interlocutor to throw water on that. Six years since that pronouncement by Mr. Padgaonkar, now even US & UK, the biggest (erstwhile) supporters of Pakistan, don’t recognize Pakistan as a party to the dispute. Time takes the sweetest revenge. Send responses to fly7_7@yahoo.com;





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The Musical Blossoming

Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston Spearheading the cause of Hindustani Classical Music and the Musicians


A Musical Panorama brought to you by the budding Musicians of Saadhana Pariwar - The Gurukul Conceptualized, directed and conducted by

Pandit Suman Ghosh

Hindustani Classical Music Virtuoso from the Mewati Gharana

Chief Guest : Dr. Anupam Ray, Honorable Consul General of India 3:15pm October 15th 2016 The Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston TX 77005 FREE ADMISSION cicmh@outlook.com

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Gauri Siddhivinayak Mandir of Houston 5645 Hillcroft Ave., Suite 701, Houston, TX 77036 A hearty invitation to all devotees for the Pooja & Havan Navaratri- Mataji Pooja & Havan of Mataji Shree Jagat Janani Adhya Shakti Bhavani

On Saturday, Oct. 8,2016 Pooja Starts at 2.00 PM Havan at 4.30 PM Purnahuti at 6.30PM ( Nariyel Offering) Aarti at 7.30 PM Mahaprasad will be served after Aarti Location: 5645 Hillcroft Ave Suite: 701 Houston, TX 77036 . 832-466-9868

Devotees willing to participate in Havan & Pooja may contact the priest Shri Pandit Pradip Pandya 832-466-9868. The Gauri Siddhivinayak Mandir Of Houston is a Non-Profit 501(c)organization; All donations are tax deductible. VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS NEEDED Visit SiddhivinayakHouston.com or www.facebook.com/GauriSiddhivinayakTemple/. Email: SiddhivinayakHouston@gmail.com


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