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NEWS Katy Youth Cricketers raise meals for Houston Food Bank

Katy Youth Cricket (KYC) young cricketers between ages 6-14 years, who firmly believed in KYC’s mantra that “we have two hands, one for ourselves and second to help others,” participated in Houston Food Bank (HFB) - Hunger Game 2016 from 22 July - 6 August 2016. “Serving our neighbors and communities is the best way our young cricketers could have spent part of their summer holidays. KYC’s vision is to instill these values of com-


Parent Volunteer at KYC. Along with cricket coaching, KYC’s aim is to provide program that builds character, team work and promote healthy choices. “Volunteering during Hunger Game made me realize how lucky & fortunate I am”, said Vinayak Belavadi, 12 year old KYC cricketer. “We wish that HFB - Hunger Game never finishes as this is the best game we have played” said all KYC children partici-

pants. KYC, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit volunteer run organization based in Katy, provides an opportunity for young boys & girls to learn and play cricket through variety of skill based cricket coaching programs and participation in youth league in Houston and other cities of USA. For more information, contact Dhaval Mehta at 832-525-8906, or Organizer@




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munity service and charitable giving, which would empower them to good Citizens” said Dhaval Mehta, President KYC. These young cricketers spent 124 hours volunteering at HFB Portwall Warehouse location. Instead of spending time with their friends and family on a cruise or on a beach vacation, these young cricketers decided to go around in their neighborhood collecting food donation and raising money to help those less fortunate in our community.

“It was fun filled experience volunteering at Hunger Game to help those that are less fortunate in our community” said Anish Havalimane, 10 year old KYC cricketer. Pride of doing community service to help others was evident on their face as they volunteered for multiple 3 hour shifts at HFB. Winston Churchill once said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” is KYC’s way of living life said Milind Waghmare







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NEWS Hindu Americans lead efforts to build political coalition for Trump

Philadelphia: A day after US presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said in a New York event that he loves the Hindus and India, not far from New York, in Philadelphia another

group of Hindus were silently scripting together a brand new political coalition. Led by Hindu activists Satya Dosapati, Arvind Kumar , African American activist Bruce

Carter, it brought together for the first time Hindu-, African’, Chinese-, Hispanic-, Korean-, Jewish-, Muslim-, PakistaniAmericans together under the banner of the “All American

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Rally for Trump” spelling a new age of minority political activism in America. Among them they already represent a substantial voting population in US. While Hindus in America represent the highest income group among all religious groups, yet very little political activism has been seen around them. This is exactly what Satya Dosapati and Arvind Kumar wants to change. While both these Hindu activists have a huge enthusiasm for Civil Rights issues, building a political coalition of minorities in America has also been their lifelong dream. “After what we saw at Charlotte, Ferguson and Chicago,we could not stay back. We need to make the world free of racism and Hindu Americans being a high income population

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in America need to take the lead in bringing together all minority communities together to build a racism free America. “Indians have suffered historically from racism. We understand the pain. Also as a Hindu my fundamental belief is spiritual equality of all irrespective of race and gender and that is what is the essence of my activism is. “We have to do everything possible in this generation to end the concept of race based demarcations. “Children belonging to the African American and Latino community need education and empowerment urgently. The extreme levels of poverty in these communities are unacceptable. “Dr. King’s dreams have remained far from being realized and we need to do everything possible to realize it. Successive democratic dispensations have failed in this regard. Donald J. Trump is a non establishment candidate and holds out great hope in this regard,” said Satya Dosapati African American activist Bruce who had previously worked to rally the community for Bernie Sanders was in deep praise of the efforts by the Hindu leadership. The rally attracted many Chinese Americans. The coming together of communities hailing from two so-called Asian rivals in US, may also send strong reverberations to the leadership in the respective countries to build bonds of co-operation. It is bound to open up new avenues of co-operation in the political sphere among people representing very ancient civilizations. Latino singer Ruben Obed from Puerto Rico also enthralled the gathering with songs of revolutionary fervor and hailed coming together of the coalition with great hope for the Latino community. Arvind Kumar, a technology entrepreneur and also an organizer of the rally urged voters to vote for Trump. “We have a deep entrenched establishment in America which is rooting for Hillary. The Clintons have a quarter century history of being detrimental to the interests of India, Asia at large and for the entire world. Look at what they have done in Haiti. Look at what they have done in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Global capture of power, looting and escalation of global terrorism has been the hallmark of this globalist establishment. Within America under their successive establishment regimes, minority communities like African Americans and Latinos have suffered. They have remain stuck in poverty and with lack of education and jobs. Domestic terrorism has become a routine affair. We need Trump to become the President to change all that.”

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FEEDBACK ‘Practicing Hindu’ questions Hindu-Americans’ support for Trump

I am an Indian American and a practicing Hindu. I am also passionate about politics and this election cycle has got me stirred up more than ever, I confess. While the Republican presidential candidate’s abusive language in talking about Muslims, immigrants, and women has angered me, the recent revelations of the candidate’s uncouth comments about his sexual assaults of women got me to express my feelings in a public forum, such as this! He dismissed all that as “locker room banter” ignoring the fact that he was there to do a guest appearance in a soap opera to promote his reality TV show, The Apprentice. The video clip disgusted me and millions of other men & women. This is an ongoing saga in the Trump campaign now. Then I heard that a so called Hindu American Republican group was doing a fundraising effort for this vile man. I have no problem if an Indian American organization gets politically active and raises funds for their chosen party and candidate. But if they call themselves “Hindu American,” I cannot keep quiet. As Hindu Americans, many of us are ashamed of our country-

men (some of them politicians) when they raped, women and girls, (some of them months old babies.) While our leaders talk big about how they revere women, it sounds so hypocritical, since their actions belie their words. Women don’t need to be revered or championed they just need to be respected. Yes, “Immigrants who grew up in India are well acquainted with a broken governing system. I am talking about politicians who routinely protect the heinous rapists for political reasons. Have all the Hindu Americans forgotten the Nirbhaya horror? And the continuing sexual assaults on women in India and men looking the other way for lacking courage to speak up against these atrocities against women. It is a sad day indeed for Hindu Indian Americans, to watch these folks hijack our religion for political purposes. I am not totally surprised though, as these are the same folks who parade the image of Swami Vivekananda at every chance they get, while they speak ill of Christians and Muslims, ignorant that the great Swami preached, “Hindus accept every religion, praying in the mosque of the Mohammedans, worshipping

Continued from Page 4 Support for the coalition rally came from various minority groups in America as well. The Yezidis, a community ravaged by the ISIS in Iraq, with many Yezidi women been taken away by ISIS as sex slaves lent support to the rally. The emergence of Hindu activists in politics to serve interests of the community and the society at large in America is a new development.

As India is emerging as an economic powerhouse on the world stage, the emergence of the Hindu leadership in America holds deep symbolism. What a historic rally at the equally historic Liberty Bell in Philadelphia beholds before us is only for time to tell. But the coming together of a minority political coalition in America led by the Hindus is a space definitely something to watch out for.






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Participants in the Hindi dance-drama “Har, Har Mahadev” ‘Har Mahadev – Nritya Natika’ of Shree Madan Dham USA and Manoranjan Inc. was presented by Master Trivedi ji at the Stafford Civic Center, on Friday 14 October. This two and half hour long Nritiya Natika was composed with a new concept “Universal brotherhood, peace, and Harmony, written by combining Hindi, Sanskrit and Gujrati languages by Indravadan Trivedi, popularly known as Masterji and Dr. Sarita Mehta. Subhash Gupta, president of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation

of USA and his wife Sarojini Gupta were the Chief Guests. Masterji Trivedi, trained 47 Houston based budding performers and artists. This magnificent work, transported audience on a thrilling spiritual dances and musical adventure with this impressive overture. It was highly applauded by audience. The opening dance of Lord Ganesh as well as character of Parshuram was performed by Masterji himself. Dr. Omkar Dave, as lord Shiv, was the main character of the natak, and one of the

principle deities of Hinduism. Shiv. The magnificent dance, the great Tandav Nritya of Lord Shiva was breathtaking. The dances of the budding dancer Richita Shah’s as Chadra Prabha and Lavani Dance were a sight to behold. Her Nagin dance in a group with other six girls was also highly applauded by audience. Yogina Patel left the audience spell bound, who performed the role of Devi Sati, the daughter of Daksha Prajapati and consort of Lord

Shiva, who immolated herself after her father insulted her husband Lord Shiva. Akshay Shah as Dakh Maharaj and Rasesh Dalal as Narad win the hearts of the audience. The MC of the play, Ina Patel, was the anchor, her style of speaking and grasp on speaking Hindi pronunciation was superb. Dr. Sarita Mehta, President of Vidya Dham, poetess and writer, a retired lecturer of Hindi Language and culture from the Rice University delivered the message of love,

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South Asian Democrats speak out against Trump

EDISON, NJ -- South Asian community leaders gathered outside the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center on Oct. 16, Saturday afternoon to protest the Donald Trump Rally hosted by the Hindu Republication Coalition, through a press conference and rally of their own. The rally and subsequent press conference drew more than 50 members of New Jersey’s South Asian community. Over 15 elected and party officials attended from the federal, state and local levels including Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and more. Congressman Pallone condemned Trump’s comments against Muslims and immigrants and said his New Jersey appearance was just meant to drive more divisiveness. “It’s important for us to be here today to say that that values are not the values of not only the South Asian community, but the Trump values are not American values,” he said. The event was organized by South Asians for Hillary New Jersey State Representative Amit Jani and the general South Asian community throughout the state, including the South Asian American Caucus, once indications were given that Trump would be visiting Edison earlier this week. “We don’t think it’s right

for someone from out of the state to come here and raise political issues with our faith and say they speak for over 3.4 million Indian-Americans across the country, even more Muslim-Americans, and the South Asian communities as a whole,” said Jani. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji gave an inspiring speech, citing his background as a proud South Asian, U.S. Marine and Hindu. “If you are a real Hindu, you are also a Muslim; if you are a real Hindu, you are also a Christian; if you are a real Hindu, you are also a Jew,” he said. “Because that is what my diaspora community believes in, and that is why we are overwhelmingly going to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.”  Muslim community leaders Shariq Ahmad, Sam Khan and Imtiaz Syed joined Hindu community leaders Raju Patel and Sunita Viswanath with the Coalition of Progressive Hindus to speak at the press conference as well. The rally also featured a large contingent of college students from Rutgers University, led by student leader Mohamed Asker, who also spoke at the press conference. The full list of elected and party officials included Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe,

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Republicans dent Democrats’ Indian-American vote bank

October 18, 2016, Washington, DC With his strong pro-India remarks at a recent rally, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to have dented the Democratic party’s traditionally-strong IndianAmerican vote bank, Republican party insiders say. The first-of-its-kind address by a presidential candidate to a purely Indian-American event, might not have an immediate impact on the upcoming general elections which is just three weeks away, but in the long

run it could be seen as a key marker for a number of IndianAmericans swinging towards the Republicans, they said. “I am a big fan of Hindu and I am a big fan of India. If elected, the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House,” Trump had said at the rally. “Trump’s remarks at Edison, New Jersey to Indian-American community were very constructive and positive in India-US relations,” said Sampat Shivangi, who has been a Republican delegate in the last four national conventions.

Shivangi said with Trump’s appearance at the event attended by over 5,000 IndianAmericans, Republicans made a “strong case” for itself in Indian-Americans and the party has been “successful” this time. “He has promised to be the best friend of India in the White House which is a welcome sign and a reminder to Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton to open up to India and Indian-Americans to tackle the radical Islamic threat that has been rampant in last several years destroying the core

fabric of democracy across the world,” Shivangi said. “One major difference that I have come across this election cycle amongst Indian-Americans, who were supporting Clinton, is that they are changing their support silently in favour of Trump,” the IndianAmerican told PTI. Rohit Vyas, a popular news anchor and news director of TV Asia - the largest Indian-American channel in the US - agreed with Shivangi that Republicans have now gained ground among Indian-Americans.

Vyas, who has been holding special election shows for the past several months and conducting weekly national telephone poll among IndianAmericans, said that the community this time is equally split between Clinton and Trump. “From the last two phone polls we have conducted it seems the Indian-American community is equally divided between Clinton and Trump. From the October 13, 2016 conversation with viewers it appeared the recent controversies affecting both Trump and Clinton didn’t seem to matter,” Vyas said. “Most older generation viewers are concerned about which leader will be better for US-India relations and for Indian Americans,” he said. Younger viewers overwhelmingly through informal polls said they were most concerned about which candidate would work to establish tuition-free college education, health-care benefits and, above all, employment for fresh entrants into the American workforce, he added. “While Sanders was in the race, he was the runaway favorite of young Indian voters. Now it seems they lean more toward Clinton. The older generation seems to be gravitating toward Trump, especially those who are in business,” Vyas said. However, major fund raisers for the Clinton Campaign disagreed. Referring to findings of the Fall 2016 National Asian American Survey released last week, Ajai Jain - a major fund raiser for the Clinton Campaign - said that 70 per cent of Indian-Americans registered voters were democratic supporters and are stronglybehind Clinton while only seven per cent support Trump. “Hillary Clinton has built strong relations with India when she was the first lady and later as secretary of state. No incoming US president has had the level of interaction with India that Hillary has had,” California-based Jain said. “Hillary has walked extra mile for India. As US Senator she was co-chair of the Senate India Caucus. And as US Secretary of State she made multiple visits, during which she highlighted the need for India to ‘not just look east, but engage east and act east’ -a mantra, Modi government subsequently adopted,” Jain asserted. “Clinton has developed strong ties with India. I am sure she will take it forward as president, as President Obama has done and continue strongUSIndia ties,” Jain said. (Business Standard | Financial Express | India Today)

FEEDBACK Justice Santosh Hegde

To the Editor: This refers to the article ‘Justice Hegde speaks on humanism and struggle against corruption’ (India Herald, Oct. 5).  I myself attended the lecture and was indeed impressed by Mr Hegde’s crusade against corruption. He seems to have helped quite a few victims of corruption. I wish we have many more inspired and dedicated people like him to continue the crusade. He might have given many talks to school and college students but I am afraid defeating corruption takes much more than a former judge speaking about it; for example, religious leaders and educationists should impress on their followers the value of honesty and sincerity and the legislatures (assuming honest leaders are elected) impose severe penalties on the corrupt.   I have read quite a bit about Mr. Hegde even before.  I have seen that at some time or the other, the two main Indian parties – Congress and BJP – have accused Mr Hegde of favouring the other party. So he must have done something impartial. But one thing that baffles me is that time and again, one and only one major accomplishment is mentioned – the imprisonment of the four Karnataka ministers. There are a lot more corrupt ministers and other officials in Karnataka, who have done much worse things. Almost everyone on the streets of Karnataka knows their names. I cannot believe that during the entire five year tenure of Mr. Hegde as Lokayukta, no one has complained against these individuals. Mr. Hegde has also mentioned that he himself has taken initiative in some cases, but why not in the case of these big looters? Mr. Hegde has also talked of corruption in the judiciary. The Congress governments, when they had the power, mostly appointed only those individuals who will look the other way when congress corruption is involved. They appointed some retired judges as chairmen of judicial commissions and this removed any incentives the judges may otherwise have in being ‘just’. After this power is removed from the government, the new judges are selected by a collegium, which consists of supreme Court judges, who were the products of aforementioned

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corruption. The Supreme Court  naturally struck down the petition to replace this collegium by a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) as ‘unconstitutional.’ Who will voluntarily take away the power and advantage he/she has? Will it ever become ‘constitutional,’ with such numbers of corrupt legislators still in office? The less said about the media in India the better. Most of them have been bought. You cannot even believe what the call news, definitely their opinions glorify the corrupt, who bought them.  A typical example is a ‘reputed’ Indian newspaper publishing a story calling the burning of a train as a ‘prank.’   Prabhu Narumanchi Houston


Indian Delegation Visits US to Study Good Governance. A 25-member delegation from India is visiting the United States for a two-week program to understand governance in the country. The delegates are young professionals and university students in India, many of whom are working closely with the government.They intend to observe best practices in American governance and how can some learnings be adapted for India. Some areas of interest are local governance, use of technology, politics and campaigning, public services etc. The program is organised by Vision India Foundation, a non-profit institute which engages youth in nation-building activities. They are covering Boston, New York, Washington DC, Durham and Atlanta during the program.



Navarathri doll displays During the just concluded Navarathri festival season, South Indian families in the Houston area decked the dolls as tradition goes and invited friends and families to visit. The display of dolls is becoming more elaborate and expansive with the organizers spending a great deal of time in assembling the exhibits based on themes. Also, families vie to bring in new editions of dolls from Chennai. Here are some representative displays.


COMMENTARY By NIK NIKAM, MD I am independent , and I am not supporting any candidate at this time. More than an individual, it’s a question of what principle we all believe and practice. DT is part of a larger system that is going to be governing this country if he is elected; and similarly if Hillary Clinton is elected she will peruse her party agenda. The real question is how these ideologies differ and which one you subscribe to. Just as anyone who believes in Christianity or Islam follows their principles, the same thing holds true in a two-party political system. As a doctor, I follow conservative principle and believe in doing what is just right for my patients. I’m sure you don’t want me to order a number of tests on you just because I can. Resources in this world are limited, and we have to learn to be conservative to protect our

resources for the coming generations. You may not feel that way. You may have a different view of this world. I feel this election is going to decide what kind of justice system we are going to have for the next 2-3 decades and that is vital to this country’s future, based on what principle you adopt. DT is obviously going appoint conservative judges who are just supposed to interpret the law and not create or administer the law.  The immigration issue had been tossed around for more than 3 decades and the hardcore career politicians in Washington have done nothing. DT is the one to educate the problem of illegal immigrates taking jobs away from American latinos, along with committing crimes, etc.  The trade deficit with China is more than $500 billion, and no politician in the past has ever stressed. This is an due to upside down trade agreements,


Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton where our country is bleeding in all directions economically. DT is the first person to educate the public on what trade deficit, and currency manipulation by Chinese could do to this country. Let’s talk about the jobs. Most the manufacturing is gone, and the service jobs have gone to other countries from the trade deals made by HC  team. They are going to get worse. DT is the first person to hammer the point that we need to bring jobs back to America, force Apple to make their iPhone in the US. DT is willing to do the unconventional things against the Washington establishment to bring this country back its jobs,etc. He is not afraid to call for term limits on congressmen and senators. We have term limits at state levels for Governors, etc. Let’s talk about Globalization with open borders, open trade, and jobs; which have

taken a toll in Europe leading to Brexit. Brexit would be like a preview if American elections were a feature movie. Other areas that need to be abolished are the so-called super PAC, wall street mega-donors, and the Washington lobbies for special interest groups, banks, and drug companies. I’m sure you are not going to see the special privileges removed under DNC or for that matter the GOP establishment. The problem with ISIS. The current administration has not been able to address in an effective manner, while the Russians are bombing the civilians(?) in Syria. So, it is not that people blindly vote for one candidate. People should vote for the principle they believe in and the party that can deliver along those lines. I have not even talked a single issue with Hillary Clinton, so far. I’m sure there are others who

have a different view of this country, and they stand by that. I have no problem with that. Is DT perfect? The answer is no! He has many flaws, maybe, more so than most ordinary people. Yet, he has mobilized 11 million people, and each one of his rallies draws 20,00030,000 views on live streams, which no other politician has been able to do. This is a fact. Do I agree with everything he says? The answer is no. But, then do you agree with everything your teenager or your spouse does? You have the constitutional right and power to change things you don’t like by exercising your vote on Nov. 8, 2016. It is a precious power responsibility that lies within you.     We should be voting our conscience, keeping in mind what is in our best interest, in the interest of our profession, and of course our children’s future.



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Admist the busiest time of the year in H-Town with celebration of the nine days of Navarathri festival where display of deities and dolls by the South Indian Community and the Dandiya Raas dancing time by the North Indian community, there was an exquisite and extraordinary exhibition of Crochet art with creative expression at its best. This collection of unusual and unique Crochet patterns featured all the best of collections of Mrs. Indira Rao, at the home of Vrinda and Dr. Dinesh Pejawar, in Missouri City. The Crochet display was brilliant as each piece had trendy color coordination. She does crocheting for fun and the time she must have spent shows the immense patience and concentration with which she made them. She brought to life her imagination that was beyond comprehension. The Swan with her babies and the white ducks with beaks that were with bright red and eyes that were black dots. There were quite a few large ones that could be either a blanket, shawl or throws that could be spread out and many smaller pieces that could be a tablecloth, fruit bowls or just a centerpiece. There were cute little pieces of baby cardigan and frock that were specially made for her grand kids. Mrs. Indira Rao has experimented many different embroidery patterns and linen pillow top and many unusual designs. Her artwork is a mere display of not only her ingenuity and special gift and a talent that is rare. She has used her precious time in all the precocious creative work that was evident in her invaluable and incredible work. The exhibition and the work itself showed that she has invested her life in creating art of crochet that is worthy of appreciation and an art that is a worthy pursuit to build patience, concentration and keeping our creative mind entertained. Having started this hobby in childhood, 84-year-old Indira Rao continues this pratice even today and her art pieces exceed 200. —Thara Narasimhan Another person who saw the exhibits, wrote: A thing of beauty is a joy forever……..this oft quoted line took a new meaning for all of us who had the privilege of seeing a lifetime worth of dedicated work of Mrs. Indira Rao! Her nimble fingers have been crocheting not for just a couple of decades folks, but 70 plus years! Yes crochet… but not the usual two-dimensional white lacy patterns that you would see on an occasional table or two. These beauties, some 180 or so pieces, were in scintillating colors of emerald green, sky blue, deep sea turquoise, mustard, baby pink, rose red, purple and so many more. The display also included three pieces that her mother and teacher crafted in the 1930s. The colors, while absorbing in themselves, were not what blew the minds of the people present - engineers, doctors, architects, moms, dads, kids, and grandkids alike, at this fabulous exhibition hosted by her daughter and son-in-law, Vrinda and Dinesh Pejaver of Missouri City. The most amazing part of it was the perfectly crafted 3 dimensional pieces of snow white swans with beaded eyes and colored beaks or the red tulips with green stems, or even the two dimensional, precisely crafted loops, all emerging in perfect symmetry with not a single step out of place! So much so, one very perplexed engineer could not fathom how the symmetry was so perfect! Vrinda, Mrs. Indira Rao’s daughter, not only displays the pieces regularly in her home switching it out seasonally, but what is admirable is that her husband Dinesh is equally enthusiastic in preserving and displaying it. He has immortalized it by photographing these pieces and creating a coffee table book of the collection.



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Srimathy Kalaprapoorna Utukuri Lakshmikantamma (Dec. 1917 – Dec. 1996) was a well known Telugu poetess, writer, speaker on Hindu Dharma. On Sept. 24, 2016, a life size bronze statue of her was unveiled in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh. Her son, Dr. Utukuri Narendra, who lives in Houston has written this piece in memory of his mother. I am very honored to write about my mother and her extraordinary achievements and contributions (about 25 works) in the field of Telugu literature, and expounding on Hindu Dharma through the format of very eloquent speeches (approximately 3,000 in her entire life time) in Andhra Pradesh as an ambassador of Vishwa Hindu Parishat. Hundreds or at times even a thousand people listened to her talk on various subjects, be it Telugu literature, Hindu Dharma, etc. very fervently and in absolute awe and silence. She was born on December 21, 1917 in Rajahmundry also known as Rajahmahendravaram, A.P. It is noteworthy that this was the capital city of the Chola king Raja Raja Narendra. He was the one that encouraged the poet Nannaya Bhattu to translate Bharatam into telugu. Unfortunately, the poet passed away very untimely after translating only two and a half cantos. By the way, she named me after the king purely out of extreme love and respect for her mother tongue telugu. Her father Nalam Krishna Rao was a reputable poet, journalist, and active participant in the social reform movements of his time. A firm follower and also believer in Brahmo Samaj. She did write some poetry in the style of “Brahmo” songs. Inspite of her father’s influence she remained, spiritually, idol worshipper and also an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Ramachandra Bhagavan. Her mother Nalam Suseelamma actively participated in her husband’s activities. She was also the founder of Andhra Mahila Gaana Sabha [Andhra Women’s Music society]. One of her distant

aunts,Srimathy Battula Kamakshamma, founded the Arya Vysya Seva Sadanam from where mother got her education in Samskritam and Telugu. The Sadanam was converted to Andhra Yuvati Sanskruta Kalasala [Sanskrit College for Women] later. As such Lakshmikantamma became actively involved in political and women related social issues at an early age. She got her Diploma in “Ubhaya Bhasha Praveena” from the Andhra University at the early age of 18 years. Ubhaya Bhasha Praveena meant an expertise with knowledge in two languages, like, Telugu and Sanskrit. She was married to my father Sri Utukuri Hayagreeva Gupta at the age of 13 yrs, before the Sharada Act was promulgated. She had 11 children over the years and only 5 of us survived. The children that did not survive perished as infants due to physical ailments which were very prevalent in those days. Fortunately I was one of those five survivors. I have two brothers and two sisters. My father was an advocate. He earned his Law degree from Trivendrum in Kerala. Over the years of her life she earned many a honorary titles by the various organizations in various cities of Andhra Pradesh on various occasions. She was bestowed with titles, like: “Telugu molaka” [Telugu sprout] and “Vidwat Kavayitri “[Poet of excellence]. “Sahiti Rudrama” [Queen Rudramadevi in literature] by Devulapalli Ramanuja Rao, President of Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Akademi, was the proud recipient of ten more titles including Kalaprapoorna (awarded by Andhra University, 1976), Andhra Saraswati, Dharma Prachaara Bharati, and Sangeeta Sahitya Kalanidhi. She also was the recipient two very rare. Such honors were usually bestowed on the kings and great poets of the yore and rather unusual in modern times. To my knowledge, my mother was the only author and also a woman to be honored with such honors to date. As a result of her literary and social accomplishments she was invited to partici-

pate as an executive member in several literary and social organizations in Andhra Pradesh. To mention a few, they are like: Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Academy, Telugu Bhasha Samiti, Andhra University Senate, Viswa Hindu Parishat, Guild of Service, Central Sahitya Academi, and many more. All such memberships were of ex-gratia nature only. It was firmly believed in the early fifties that one has to be a man to be a poet or a speaker, be it the field of literature or religious topics. May be in that context, the Telugu Bhasha Samiti located in the then Madras announced an open competition all over Andhra Pradesh for a book on the female poets, writers in Telugu. That was the year 1953. There was also a deadline for submission of the manuscript and also an award associated with it. My mother was very much encouraged by my father and also some of her very close associates and friends to take up the venture. Little did any one know or even surmise that she would put in an enormous effort and interest to come up with the book “Andhra Kavayitrulu.” She travelled all over the state covering every nook and corner to bring the poetesses to light in her book. She discovered to her own surprise that there were about 200 or even more ladies of excellent caliber who were only waiting in the shadows of the dominant male writers to be brought into the lime light. All of them felt more than honored to give their 100% cooperation. In those days due to lack of any efficient copying machines or methods, we, the children and our cousins and our family friends rewrote the manuscripts with our own hand writing. The Bhasha Samithi wanted 5 copies of the manuscript. It was a very voluminous manuscript involving a monumental task. In any case the writing and the copying finished just one day before the deadline for submission. My elder brother had to travel by train to Madras to submit the manuscript on time. All the efforts paid off with the announcement of First prize to my mother. That happened to be a very big beginning of her literary and social career. She became an overnight celebrity in entire Andhra Pradesh. People were astounded by her great efforts and sincerity. All the women writers thanked her profusely. In the history of Telugu literature, this book Andhra Kavayitrulu is the only comprehensive work on women poets to date. Later Dr. Bezwada Gopalareddy ( Ex Chief Minister of Andhrapradesh, Ex Governor of Uttar Pradesh and also the chairman of the Andhrapradesh Sahitya Academy) encouraged her to travel all over India to compile an anthology of All India Women writers. She un-

dertook that responsibility also on her shoulders, travelled to all the states of India and had personal interviews with the female contributors to literature and published the book, “Akhila Bharata Rachayitrulu (1963).” She also wrote 17 other works in Telugu and Sanskritam. Her contributions into 4 basic categories, like: Classical Poetry in Telugu and Samskritham, Modern Poetry, Essays and autobiography, and Plays. She was also chosen to be part of the cultural delegation to east European countries, like East Germany, Lithuania, Chechoslovakia and Russia in 1972. She was the only female participant among 30 other male poets and writers from all over India. That was a delegation sent by Government of India. Her life was full of exemplary achievements, Sri Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, produced a documentary on her life under the banner of “Telugu Velugulu.” Also a public library in Toronto, Canada, collected complete works of Lakshmikantamma. Her work had been research topic for doctoral dessertations. She was also involved in various social activities related to Women’s welfare aspects mainly. She actively promoted and encouraged widow remarriages, dowry-less marriages, women’s education, etc. In fact, her own marriage to my father was without any dowry in the ‘30s. It had been the principle of our grand parents from both sides. In the weddings of all our siblings including myself there was never any issue of dowry demand. Even to date our both children (son and daughter) were married without any such issues. We firmly believe it is

a social evil and also a crime to demand dowry from a girl’s parents. I tried to be very brief to write a short piece about my mother for this news paper. Mother passed away on 1st December 1996 in our own house in Bapatla, A.P. She had a bout of liver cancer 6 months before her final journey. She had a minor procedure to clean up the blockage in her bile duct done for Dr. Nageswar Reddy of Hyderabad. She was too frail for any surgical intervention. I happened to visit her in the hospital. The doctor gave her about 2 months to survive. We had to take her back to Bapatla as she expressed her desire to spend the last few days in her own house in Bapatla. I left her with a heavy heart and travelled back to Mississauga, Canada. Unfortunately, I could not go to Bapatla to be at her side when she left this earthly abode and travelled to the “urdhva loka.”. I could only console my self with the shloka from Gita: “Jaatasya hi dhruvo mrutyurdhruvam janma mrutasyacha Tasmaat aparihaaryerdhe na tvam sochitumarhasi.” I must also mention that she taught me and all my siblings (we were 3 then) Samskritam and Bhagavadgita at our tender ages like 7 to 9 in the late 40’s. She encouraged us to learn Hindi and she also learn it along with us. I was very much encouraged to write this by a great friend of mine, Sri Murali Ahobilavajjula. I must also confess that I based my write up on the lines of an article, “Dr. Utukuri Lakshmikantamma, by Srimathy Nidadavolu Malathi. It is included in the website Thulika. net.



Panneerselvam holds first Cabinet meeting after Jayalalithaa’s illness

For the first time after the Tamil Nadu Governor re-allocated the portfolios of ailing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam today presided over a meeting of the state cabinet to discuss, among other matters, the vexed Cauvery issue. Although the government did not release details of the agenda of the meeting, the Cabinet is understood to have deliberated on the ongoing Cauvery water sharing dispute with Karnataka, besides other subjects. The meeting also comes ahead of the scheduled onset of north-east monsoon later this month. The rains in December last year had wreaked havoc, flooding Chennai and nearby districts.

Last week, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had allotted the portfolios including Home held by Jayalalithaa to Panneerselvam, till the time she returned to resume official duties.  The government released photographs of today’s cabinet meeting, where Panneerselvam was seen seated with a picture of Jayalalithaa placed on his desk.  The nearly hour-long meeting was held in the backdrop of the ongoing Cauvery water sharing row with Karnataka and demands by Opposition parties for an all-party meeting on the issue. Farmers’ bodies and political parties had staged a two-day state-wide rail blockade ending Tuesday, urging the Centre

to constitute the Cauvery Management Board. The Raj Bhavan had last week in a release, said Paneerselvam, who holds the Administrative Reforms portfolio, in addition to Finance, “will also preside over cabinet meetings.”  The last Cabinet meeting held by Jayalalithaa was in July this year to discuss the state budget.  68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. A specialist from London besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, had also examined Jayalalithaa, who is being treated for infection with respiratory support.

In a belated but apparent damage-control exercise undertaken ahead of the release of his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday broke his silence and said that “for me, my country comes first” and that he would not engage any talent from the neighbouring country under the “given circumstances”. On a day when Film & Television Producers Guild of India (Guild) president Mukesh Bhatt, along with Johar’s Dharma Productions’ team met Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar and sought protection for ADHM’s release, Karan chose to come clean on the controversy over his decision to hire Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in his film. The twin developments brightened the prospects of the release of Karan Johar’s film on October 28 as scheduled. After the meeting, the Mumbai Police came out with a categorical statement that they would provide protection to the release of Johar’s film. “The Mumbai Police will provide adequate protection to cinema theatres as and when required,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe. Pakistan actor Fawad Khan costars with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. In 90-second video footage released to the media, Karan explained as to why he remained silent for the past one fortnight ever since the clamour for a ban on the release of ADHM and he felt “ a deep sense” of hurt and pain that a few people would actually believe that “I am being anti-national”. “I need to say this and I say this with strength that for me my country comes first. Nothing else matters but my country,” Karan said. “…Going forward I would like to say of course I will not engage talent from neighbouring country

given the circumstances,” said the filmmaker. Seeking to clarify his stand on the ongoing debate over a ban on the Pakistani artistes in the wake of a terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu & Kashmir, Karan said, “I respect the Indian Army. I salute the Indian Army for everything they do to protect us in our environment. I respect them with all my heart and I say I condemn any form of terrorism. Any form, especially the terrorism that would affect the people of my country and me”. Explaining as to why he had chosen to hire Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in ADHM, Karan said, “When I shot my film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil — in September to December last year — the climate was completely different, the circumstances were completely different”.   “There were efforts made by our country for peaceful relationships with the neighbouring countries and I respect those efforts then, those endeavours then, and I respect the sentiment today. I understand the sentiment because I feel the same,” he said. “With that same energy I beseech you to know one thing that over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and I don’t think it is fair to them to face any kind of turbulence on account of other fellow Indians,” said the ADHM maker. “I hope all of you understand the circumstance and situation we are in and respect the fact we love and respect our country over and above anything else,” Karan concluded, after saluting the Indian Army and condemning all kinds of terrorism that affect the people of India. The assurance of protection given by the Mumbai Police to Karan for the release of his film should be seen in the context of an announce-

ment made on Friday by the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors’ Association of India (COEAI) -- a body representing 400-odd single screen theatres in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa that it had kept on hold the screening of ADHM in view of the “turmoil” in relations between New Delhi and Islamabad and the threat handed out to multiplex owners by the Raj Thackerayled MNS against screening Johar’s film. Meanwhile, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap -- who has come under severe flak for his angry tweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the efforts to ban the release of ADHM -- defended the stand taken by him through a series of tweets. “It’s unfortunate that I have to explain my intention behind my tweet, because others and my industry colleagues have to suffer for me having an opinion,” Kashyap wrote in an extended Facebook post. “I am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t! When we don’t involve ourselves, they ask “why is Bollywood quiet now?” When we involve ourselves, we become the scapegoats to distract you from the real news,” he wrote. Hitting out at the media for using the film industry to sensationalise news, Kashyap said, “Either way they use us to sensationalise news. Still, I’d rather put my opinions out there on my own platform, than give the media a bite.” “NO, Anurag Kashyap did not “ask the PM to apologise” (which most of the headlines would want you to believe, no one has their mind anyways), I merely questioned the fairness in judgement of a situation: the PM visited Pakistan for talks at the same time that a filmmaker was working with a Pakistani actor. Neither was aware of future events or mood,” he said.

Dil Hai Mushkil, but Karan Johar says ‘India first’

Jaishankar’s remarks have exposed govt.’s ‘lie’: Congress

Congress on Wednesday latched on to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s remarks that the Army had carried out “target specific, limited-calibre, counter- terrorist operations” across LoC in the past too, to “expose” the BJP and Modi government’s “lie” on the recent surgical strikes.  The party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala hoped that Jaishanker would not get “axed” like his predecessor Sujatha Singh for “speaking the truth” and “expose BJP’s deception”.  “Modi Govt’s rhetoric, bravado and machismo’s exposed by FS, Jaishankar. Amit Shah’s and Parrikar’s lies lie exposed. (sic).  “Hope FS Jaishankar won’t get axed like Sujatha Singh for speaking the truth qua valour of Armed Forces and exposing BJP’s deception,” Surjewala tweeted.  His tweets came a day after a Parliamentary panel was told that the Army had carried out “target specific, limited- calibre, counter-terrorist operations” across the LoC in the past too, but this is for the first time the government has gone public about it. The information given by Jaishankar to the Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs appears to contradict Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s claim. Sources said Jaishankar made the remarks when specifically asked by MPs whether surgical strikes have been carried out in the past. “Professionally done, target-specific, limited-calibre counterterrorist operations have been carried out across the LoC in the past too, but this is for the first time that the government has made it public,” Jaishankar had been quoted as saying by unnamed sources present in the meeting.The top diplomat’s comments assume significance in the context of remarks by Parrikar last week rejecting Congress’ claims that surgical strikes were undertaken during the UPA government too.




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Saturday, Oct 29, 2016

Saturday, Oct 29, 2016

5:00 PM - Diwali Samaiyo

11:30 AM - Rajbhog Arti 11:45 AM - Hanuman Pujan

Chopda Pujan/Diwali Arti Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 3:00 PM - Chopda Pujan 7:00 PM - Diwali Arti

Nutan Varsh - Annakut Monday, Oct 31, 2016

7:30 AM - Maha Arti & Sneh Milan 11:30 AM - Annakut Thal & Arti

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