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BAPS Youth Convention

Over 10,000 youth between the ages of 8 to 22 participated in a convention hosted by the BAPS from July 1 to 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia . The 10-day event, unprecedented in the history of Hindus in North America was built around the theme ‘Moksha’ as life’s greatest pursuit that generates happiness to be experienced here and now. See Page 4.

IMAGH hosts Eid Milan

The annual Eid Milan gala hosted by the Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston on June 30 distinguished itself from the rest of the minority groups on many levels. As a part of the gala, the Houston Community College South Asian Students Scholarships were awarded to Syed A. Shahabuddin, Syed Bahrez Nadeem and Masooma Batool. Others in the picture are Rahat S. Kalle, left, joint secretary, IMAGH, HCC Trustee Neeta Sane, Mrs. Zohra Banu Langha, mother of Dr. Yunus Langha, right, vice-president, IMAGH. Langha dedicated the scholarship in his father’s name. See story on Page 11.

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Urban Naxals author unveils book in Houston

By SESAHDRI KUMAR The making of a film based on a book is normal. But, to publish a book based on a film is unheard of until now. Noted filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri penned his book “Urban Naxals,” based on his epoch-making film “Buddha in a traffic jam.” The Indic Book Club, Houston chapter, hosted Vivek Agnihotri’s book reading in Houston at the Indian Consulate on July 7. Indic Book Club is a network of Indic intellectuals from diverse backgrounds, who are keen on discovering their civilizational identity and using this understanding to better engage with the current global challenges. Each IBC chapter hosts regular talks by eminent speakers from various domains by bringing together an audience of such intellectuals. The term Naxalites comes from Naxalbari, a village in

West Bengal, where a section of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) chose to overthrow the state through violence. Mao Zedong provided ideological leadership for the Naxalbari movement, advocating that Indian peasants and tribals overthrow the government and upper classes by force. IBC’s Sunanda Vasisht introduced the book and the author. “Agnihotri turns his gaze on humanity, he is a character in the book and through him we discover India,” Sunanda said. It is like a friend taking you on a journey and discovering several truths along the way. The book, she added, will stand the test of time. Agnihotri realized that Naxals were not confined to the jungles of West Bengal and a few other states, and that they have a nexus with city dwellers in the academia, media, intellectuals and NGOs. When

Sunanda Vasisht, left, Vivek Agnihotri, Achalesh Amar and Pramod Kumar Buravalli at the Indic Book Club event display the copies of “Urban Naxals”. he made the film “Buddha in a traffic jam,” it was abandoned by the film industry. When he took the film on a road show to show it to students in university campuses, leftists staged massive protests and prevented the screening of the film in campuses. These are the urban Naxals. Agnihotri found the idea that naxals and jihadis were modern day Robin Hoods who helped the exploited poor a widespread misconception. The me-

dia played its part in sustaining this narrative. His alternative narrative that the Naxals are mass murderers had no takers, until he made the film and wrote the book. Urban Naxals are intellectuals who “present this beastly and gruesome reality in a sanitized, romantic, and palatable packaging for which the media and its urban audiences have a weakness.” The book is replete with facts, figures, questions, and

ideas about this menace to India’s sovereignty and integrity. What happened to political thinkers like Krishna, Buddha, Gandhi, Ambedkar and even Nehru and why has Indian academia ignored those thinkers and promoted Marx, Mao and Lenin instead was a question that he often pondered. He deplored the total extinction of Vinoba Bhave, who was the first to fight for the rights of farmers and got their confisSee NAXALS, Page 3

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A section of the audience who bought Vivek Agnihotri’s Urban Naxals stand with the author at the Consulate-General of India in Houston. Agnihotri is fourth from right and his wife Pallavi Joshi is fifth from left.

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-cated lands returned to them. Now, naxals masquerade as saviors of poor farmers and tribals. Agnihotri, in his film and the book, demolishes what he terms as the false narrative. Anupam Kher acted in one of the lead roles, that of the B-school Professor and Dean, who recruits and brainwashes students, playing on their guilt and plying on their idealism, to turn them into urban naxals The bastion of leftists, Jawahar Lal Nehru University prevented the screening of the film and Agnihotri showed it

on a street in broad day light to about 5,000 students. There was no place for Agnihotri’s narrative and he was dubbed as a “fascist Brahmin” and a lapdog of the right wing Hindu organizations. According to Agnihotri, Naxals do not want India to succeed. For the last 70 years, students, labor unions, media, intellectuals and legal activists successfully waged an anti-India campaign and now a DalitIslamic block is being created, he stated. India has problems, Agnihotri continued, but despite all its problems India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. India’s strength lies

in its civilization of contributing to humanity, creating human beings. “The solution to India’s problems do not lie in Delhi or JNU. It is in our families and villages. We create wonderful human beings. Then our families create the social structure, start believing in families, and take pride in Indian values. Indian woman is Shakti, not Sati,” Agnihotri said. Offering some practical advice, Agnihotri asked the gathering to “Give books as gifts, not money. Worship, Saraswati, not Lakshmi.” Of course, he does not recommend anyone shun Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Agnihotri describes his movement as a war of narratives and his book is being translated in many Indian languages.

He also expressed his optimism that the Indian army is neutralizing the Naxals and the “Red corridor” is shrinking. JNU Professor Makarand R. Paranjape, in a rare foreword to the book says, “Indiahaters, of whatever political or ideological stripe, have one dream. It is to capture power and install their own government in India. They hope to harness their disgruntled, some would say disenfranchised, constituents, ‘the Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, and other forgotten people’, united under one common red flag, to ‘demolish the State’. Agnihotri warns us against this real and present danger. It is a profound reflection on the condition of India, especially on the Maoist insurgency that is gnawing at the innards of our democratic polity.”

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BAPS convention draws over 10,000 youths

What does it take to shape generations of young people into thriving members of society, both now and in the future? Over the last five years, the youth of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha surveyed children for personal perspectives to better understand difficulties in decision-making. Guided by this data, the theme of the 2018 North American Youth Convention was developed as “Moksha”, which translates into ‘ultimate liberation.’ The concept of Moksha can seem irrelevant to youths, given the notion of invincibility associated with being young. However, the idea was presented throughout the convention in a practical and contemporary manner wherein programming focused on the importance of purpose, sincere effort, perseverance, prayer and introspection as core components of character. The convention was a journey spanning several days, leading youth on a path of knowledge that illuminated the relevance of spirituality in everyday life and the role of spirituality in defining a higher purpose. Over 10,000 children and youth between the ages of 8 to 22 were split into three groups and participated in three-day programs from July 1 to 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The 10-day event, unprecedented in the history of Hindus in North America was built around Moksha as life’s greatest pursuit that generates unwavering happiness to be experienced here and now. This broad theme led to a social conversation around “Moksha Now”, a theme that carried throughout the convention. The delegates learned that the means to achieve Moksha could also allow them to enjoy the world, especially when every task and activity undertaken focuses on keeping God and the Guru in mind. The comprehensive concept of Moksha was taught by explaining the efforts and context of Dharma (roles and responsibilities), Artha (worldly pursuits), and Kaam (desires). Speeches and presentations by senior swamis from India, Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharandas Swami and Pujya Anandswarupdas Swami, as well as many others from across North America, simplified how to make Moksha-centered decisions in everyday living. They explained that living life with the goal to attain moksha leads to an elevated experience of daily interactions and an unfailingly optimistic perspective of life and the world around us. Delegates experienced a grand multi-faceted stage program where the life and challenges of several characters were portrayed creatively

and practically as they navigated everyday scenarios that brought out dilemmas of desires versus values. Instead of looking for instant gratification, the young adults were asked to contemplate various perspectives that could lead to a higher way of life. The convention taught children and youth that making good choices lies in a balance between confidence and humility. Attendees took home a message of how to be less concerned about what others think of them, and more concerned about what they think of themselves. Sejal Maisuria, a volunteer from Scarborough, Canada, commented, “Coming to conventions like this, it broadens your horizons; you see so many people having dealt with so many issues and peer pressure issues, that it gives our delegates the tools and the know-how of when they go home, how to deal with the same situations.” The convention helped nurture the virtues and positive character building traits that help youth build a healthy identity anchored in deep roots. North American Youth Conventions continue to be a pillar for BAPS North America’s youth activities as they address the critical and relevant challenges faced by HinduAmericans on a daily basis. Remarking on his experience at the convention, Mr. Vivek Sharma, CEO and Founder of Generation Live said, “It’s a lived experience that we’ve all shared together, and the sheer effort, the teamwork, and the good will; you can’t help but just get wrapped up into that. To be part of that, I really am honored and proud.” The experiences the delegates had will inspire them to lead a life aligned with the values and teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and guru Mahant Swami Maharaj. The convention was organized by BAPS specifically for youths in North America and inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj and His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. To learn more about the convention, visit www.baps. org/nc18 or use the hashtags: #NC18BAPS, #MokshaNow. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a worldwide spiritual and humanitarian organization that is dedicated to community service, peace, and harmony. Motivated by Hindu principles, BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families, and individuals. Through various spiritual and humanitarian activities, BAPS endeavors to develop better citizens of tomorrow with high esteem for their roots and culture. Its 3,300 international centers support these character-building activities. Under the guidance and lead-

ership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS aspires to build a community that is free of addictions as well as morally, ethically and spiritually pure. For more details, please visit His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth and current spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was ordained a swami by Yogi-

ji Maharaj in 1961 and named Sadhu Keshavjivandas. As he was appointed the head (Mahant) of the Mandir in Mumbai, he became known as Mahant Swami. His devout, humble and service-focused life earned him the innermost blessings of Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Mahant Swami Maharaj travels throughout the world inspiring people

through his insightful spiritual discourses and disciplined conduct. His virtuous lifestyle and profound devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and gurus are ideals toward which devotees strive. Mahant Swami Maharaj became the guru and President of BAPS upon Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s passing in 2016.



Registrations close; World Hindu Congress 2018 gets overwhelming response

By MANU SHAH A digital billboard placed on a main highway in Chicago flashes a message about the World Hindu Congress (WHC) every 40 seconds and has been seen, at last count, by 1.5 million drivers. The windy city will play host to the WHC and welcome icons, thought influencers, prominent leaders and members of the Hindu community from September 7th 9th, 2018. They will gather to connect, discuss, energize and push awareness about critical issues facing Hindus worldwide and figure ways on how the community can be globally significant and impactful. The event is being hosted at Hotel Westin in Lombard, Illinois. Registration coordinator Amitabh Mittal stated that registration has been closed two months prior to the event due to the tremendous response. A few spots for co-sponsors are all that’s left and some spots have been reserved, on a case by case basis, for delegates from countries outside or North America. Over 2000 Hindus from across the globe and 250 thought leaders are expected to fly in to attend the gathering. They include heads of countries with a sizable Hindu population, top tier corporate heads from both India and the US, dynamic Hindu leaders and media personalities. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat is one of the key speakers. Tibetan leader HH Dalai Lama, Art of Living Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Chinmaya Mission Head, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Brahmavihari Das Head of International Relations from BAPS, Swami

Purnatmananda from Bharat Sevashram Sangh and Pranav Pandya from Gayatri Parivar will also be present at the event that has been dubbed as “the biggest Hindu gathering of leaders to date.” The conference is being organized by the World Hindu Foundation headed by IIT, Kharagpur graduate Swami Vigyananand. It will commemorate 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s historic Chicago address on September 11, 1893. This is the second such conference, the first was held in New Delhi in 2014. The theme of WHC 2018 is “Sumantrite Suvikrante” — think collectively, achieve valiantly. With over 3.23 million Hindus in the US and a little over one billion worldwide, making Hindus count globally is a key issue. Senior leaders of the organization elaborated on the significance of the conference. According to WHC founder Swami Vigyananand, wealth creation, quality education, a robust Hindu presence in mass media, Hindu leadership, unique strengths of Hindu women and Hindu organizations must be encouraged to “graduate to collective success.” This, he said, is the only way to increase our sphere of influence and have a positive societal impact. Convener Dr. Abhaya Asthana highlighted the importance of “boosting the profile of Hindus” on the world stage. Hindus, he emphasized, need to come together collectively and establish their presence, and only then can they wield their clout to make a positive difference.

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Dr. Naresh Parikh assumes charge as the President of AAPI at the 36th annual convention

Columbus, Ohio: July 8th, 2018: Dr. Naresh Parikh, a cardiologist, entreprenor, leader, and community activist, assumed charge as President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) during the historic 36th annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Hall her on Saturday, July 7th night as the convention came to a conclusion with the gala attended by over 1,700 delegates from across the nation. Along with Dr. Parikh, his executive committee consisting of Dr. Suresh Reddy, President-Elect; Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, Vice President; Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Secretary; Dr. Anjana Samadder, Treasurer; and Dr. Ajeeth Kothari, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, were administered the oath of office as the AAPI delegates cheered loudly wishing them the best in the upcoming year. As the President of AAPI, “I will dedicate my time, energy and skills to maintain the integrity of AAPI and promote membership database and scrub data. We will work together encouraging and motivating more and more Physicians and Dentists to join AAPI and work towards increase in AAPI membership representing all sections, including, women, young and old, while providing enhanced membership benefits including liability insurance carrier, billing, collection company, cardiac remote monitoring, and credit card transactions through reputed banking services. Our Mission and Motto for the upcoming year is “As your president I plan to invoke this year as the year of progress and balance,” the soft spoken Dr. Parikh declared in bis inaugural address. Dr. Parikh was gracious in acknowledging the contributions of Dr. Gautam Samadder, his predecessor. “I have enjoyed serving AAPI for all these years and it was a true pleasure this past year working in close association with Dr. Samadder. I have learned much from him and offer that as a Compliment for his achievements for AAPI,’ he said. Dr. Gautam Samadder, through a visual presentation summarized the many achievements of his year long presidency, including GHS in Kolkatta, Health Clinic inauguration in West Bengal, African safari, contributions to Veterans Obesity and Lukemia Society, India day parade and Leadership seminar, among the many others. He thanked his executive committee members, convention committee and all who have generously devoted their time, talent and resources

Dr. Naresh and Asha parikh for the success of the many programs he had initiated under his leadership. “It’s been a humbling experience to work with an esteemed galaxy of AAPI leaders, leading this great organization, for the past year. With the active support of my executive committee and BOT members, I truly believe, I have been able to fulfill many of the priorities I had forth at the beginning of my presidency during the convention in New Jersey last year,” Dr. Samadder said. Placing his confidence in the AAPI members who have elected him to lead this 37 years old organization, Dr. Parikh said, “AAPI has made great progress from a fledging association of the 1980s to what you see today, a robust, powerful medical organization in our country. An organization is only as strong as its members make it and our AAPI membership is an incredible group of dedicated passionate individuals. I would like to congratulate the members of AAPI for their strength and the support they have given in its wings of flight.” Graduated from Nagpur Medical College in 1972 and a cardiologist by profession, Dr. Naresh Parikh is serving as the CEO of Georgia Clinic, a multi-specialty organization, founded in 1998, serving patients from dozen locations. A practicing Cardiologist in Atlanta, Georgia for 30 years, Dr. Parikh was instrumental in starting IPA in 2016 with 53 participating providers and has been active in DRS ACO. Dr.

Parikh is also involved with Cigna Health Spring as a counsel to improve Hedis score and improve MRA scoring for Georgia Physicians. “I had started working as an ordinary member in 1986 with Georgia Association of physicians of Indian Origin and was elected President of GAPI, and then rose to be the Regional Director of AAPI SE and had served as a member of the BOT of AAPI. And today, I am honored and humbled by AAPI members, entrusting the largest ethnic medical organization, representing the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin, with the responsibility of leading it to newer heights,” Dr. Parikh recalled. Dr. Parikh been very active and leading several local and national level programs for AAPI in the past several years. He has been a Patron Member of the AAPI Charitable Foundation since 2006. His organizing skills were highly appreciated when he served as the Chair and Convener for AAPI annual convention in 2006. Dr. Parikh was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan concerts and was instrumental in successfully raising money for AAPI. Not satisfied with growing professionally and contributing and leading AAPI, Dr. Parikh has been generous with his time, talents and resources towards charitable causes for long. Dr. Parikh has been devoting time energy towards several noble causes across the US and in Indihar. Parikh started Atlanta’s first Charita-

ble Medical Clinic in 1996 and was the Medical Director for over 10 years. He has led and organized several healthcare fairs and contributed in fund raising events for AAPI in their mega shows by Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal and Hema Malini. “It’s been an honor and privilege for me to be associated with AAPI because I recognize the tremendous potential and the lead role that is being played by AAPI in promoting friendship between India and the United States. As members of AAPI, we have not forgotten our roots and are engaged in several activities such as conducting Indo-US Healthcare Summit that has shown us a new trail in healthcare sector in India and will continue to pave way for new frontiers in public private partnership.” As the president of AAPI, which has been playing a major role in supporting noble causes around the world, Dr. Parikh’s goal “is to be actively engaged in the SEWAK project in India.” In 2014, as the Treasurer of AAPI, Dr. Parikh had the honor of meeting with Hon. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to launch the Swasth India Portal. In the same year, he had sponsored the screening of the popular movie in Atlanta – “The Ship to Theseus” and helped to raise awareness about the need for organ donation. In 2015 Dr. Parikh sponsored the community reception of Vikas Swarap – writer of Slum Dog Millionaire, a winner of 8 Academy awards. Since 2017 onwards, he is serving as the President of Georgia Gujarati Doctors and Dental Association. Dr. Parikh has been in the forefront in helping AAPI sign MOUs with Rajkot, Gujarat, India Thalassemia Major Koticha Foundation; and with Rajkot, Gujarat, India Kidney Research Foundation; and with AAPNA, BMANA – Formation of “SAPNA”. Thalassemia Major is a devastating disease, prevalent in Southern part of Gujarat. India. An NGO, Koticha Foundation is doing an excellent service for the Community. AAPI has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) whereby, we have made an appeal to the Ministry of Health to make mandatory blood screening before marriage or high school/ college admissions. AAPI recently opened a charitable clinic in Panvel, Mumbai, MS known as Tara Clinic and is being sponsored by Naresh and Asha Parikh Foundation in collaboration with AAPI Charitable Foundation. This clinic is serving residents from the Panvel tribal community which is about 2

hours away from South Mumbai. During a historical event on Jan 27th, 2018 in Miami, FL, Dr. Naresh Parikh, along with the immediate past President Dr. Gautam Sammader and AAPI Strategy Advisor Anwar Feroz Siddiqi, was installed as a Founding Member. Dr. Parikh initiated a strategic and symbolic “Singing of MOU with Physician of Pakistani and Bangladesh origin with AAPI in Feb 2018 In Miami, Florida. This brings about a non-binding alliance of three south Asian physicians groups that will help support strategic and agreed upon programs that impact health and wellbeing of South Asians, such as addressing the higher incidence of heart diseases in South Asians. Dr. Parikh said, he will form a national panel and advisory committee to help and guide the international medical graduates from South Asia. He wants to have an alliance of 10 percent of the nation’s doctors, the group can be more engaged in mainstream policy through the American Medical Association. Efforts will also include civic engagement in health fairs and providing telemedicine services to South Asian nations. Dr. Parikh wants to address three key priorities for the year July 2018 to June 2019: Opioid epidemic and awareness, to be coordinated by Dr. Kavita Gupta and Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Lymphoma and Leukemia Research, under the leadership of Dr. Vinod Shah; and, the Silent Epidemic, TB in India, with a major focus at The Global Health Summit to be held from Dec 28th to 30th in Mumbai. Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, Dr. Manoj Jain of CDC and Chief Strategy Adviser of AAPI Anwar Feroz Siddiqi have been instrumental in coordinating this new initiative with the USAID and with various agencies in India. He plans to continue the “work initiated by past president Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar on Traumatic Brain Injury as we all know India is leading capital of roadside auto accidents resulting in deaths.” He wants to continue to support past president Dr. Narendra Kumar’s project of Dr Ramesh Kumar Foundation for trauma rescue initiative in Kerala. Also, Dr. Parikh pledged to “work on Atherosclerosis prevention and education within Indian population, which is also very dear to me. Georgia Clinic will be doing research on patients in Atlanta Metro.” Dr. Parikh was instrumental in launching of a new partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to end tu-

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berculosis (TB) in India. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, signed earlier this year in New Delhi and announced in Mumbai, AAPI and USAID will work together to utilize the 100,000-strong network of physicians of Indian-origin living in the United States to support health programs in India, engage AAPI’s network of private charitable clinics for TB awareness, detection and treatment, and explore opportunities for collaborations between U.S. and Indian medical schools to exchange cutting-edge health care solutions. Speaking about the USAIDAAPI collaboration, Dr. Naresh Parikh, President of AAPI, said: “Elimination of Tuberculosis has been a matter of national concern for many years now. Through our partnership with USAID, we aim to bring American technical expertise to help strengthen India’s fight against TB. Also, we intend to bring in leading subject matter experts, introduce global best practices and cutting-edge business solutions that will complement and grow existing USAID programs in India.” In his efforts to make AAPI’s voice heard in the corridors of power, Dr. Parikh wants to continue “our ongoing and year around efforts to have a meaningful and convincing conversation with USA Lawmakers to increase Residency Slots for Physician of Indian origin that can help fill up slots and partner with USA in easing shortage of Physicians, particularly in underserved areas. This effort is being coordinated by Dr. Ajeet Singhvi who is very passionate about leading this initiative. Dr. Parikh called upon the entire AAPI family to work towards staying united and for the betterment of the organization they all love dearly. “Let this year be a year of unity, progress and balance. Let us set aside all our differences and we all pledge to unite and work together as one team for betterment of AAPI and keep AAPI in balance,” he said. As the President of AAPI, Dr. Parikh will “carry forward my duties of AAPI Office and keeping transparency, accountability and branding of AAPI. Under the current dynamic and dedicated team of executives, we strive to achieve higher standards for AAPI and to achieve our chosen agenda. I am committed to working with the AAPI Team to establish AAPI’s image in the US and globally.” During the luncheon, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy, who spoke passionately about the fast-growing Indian American community, said, “The Indian-American community is often hailed as one of the most successful ethnic groups in the United States. According to census data, its members have obtained income and edu-

cation levels far above the national average. But this socioeconomic achievement has not translated into commensurate political clout, as shown, for example, by the community’s lack of success in federal elections.” He urged them to get actively involved in the political process of the nation. “We have the choice to be at the table or on the table. Given our heritage, we the Indian Americans belong at the table. Get actively involved in the affairs of the local community and that’s the path to larger role in the nation.” Ambassador Sandeep Chakravarthy, Consul General of India in New York in his keynote address, praised the contributions of Indian American Physicians for their commitment, dedication and, especially for contributing to the advancement of Indo-US relationship. Describing it to be the “elephant in the Room, he spoke about how Artificial Intelligence is coming to play a key role in the healthcare sector. Dr. Parha Nandi, in his inspiring and motivational speech stressed the need for continuing to live one’s values in everyday decisions one makes despite challenges and fear of failures. Dr. Ashok Jain, the outgoing Chair of BOT, delivered his address, enumerating the accomplishments of AAPI and wishing the new Team under Dr. Parikh all the best wishes. “As the Chairman of BOT of AAPI, it has been an eventful and exciting year for me and for all in AAPI. We have had many new beginnings and shutting down of some programs. We faced many challenges, specially cleaning up of voters list and membership list and conducting a smooth and peaceful election in 2018. During the past year, we have initiated many new projects and programs both here in the US and in India. Welcome to Dr. Kothari as the new BOT chairman. We all know, he is a man of principle and knows the bylaws by heart. He is our new BOT CHAIR, and a great asset to AAPI. I wish Dr. Kothari and the new team under his leadership, and the new Executive committee under Dr. Naresh Parikh good luck and best wishes in the coming year,’ he said. AAPI honored its own accomplished members for their excellence in respective areas. Dr. Atul Mehta was honored as the Most Distinguished Physician; Dr. Amit Chakraborty for his Distinguished Service; Dr. Jay Bhatt as the Most Distinguished Young Physician from YPS; and Dr. Rahul Damania as the Most Distinguished MSRF member. Research and Poster Contest winners were recognized and given cash awards. Dr. Kanuj Patel and Dr. Amu Susheela were declared the winners. The India-focused CEO Forum discussed about concrete ways AAPI delegates can contribute to the growth of the nation. Children were engaged in several activities challeng-

History must return to its geography

Last week, a news brought cheer to heritage enthusiasts. Two exquisite bronzes of the 11th century emperor, Rajaraja Chola and his queen Lokamahadevi, that were stolen from the Brihadeesvara temple in Thanjavur, returned home after 60 years. Back in Tamil Nadu, they are expected to be consecrated once again, and hopefully placed in the temple. Quick on the heels of this small piece of good news, came the disturbing update of many more lost Tanjore bronzes. Experts estimate that over 50,000 Indian sculptures and artefacts have been stolen and sold to collectors abroad. Every time, I visit a museum overseas and see one of our exquisite culture boxed up in a cold museum, my heart bleeds for the wilful destruction, dislocation and displacement of our civilisational inheritance. These antiquities belong to the place of their origin and consecration. They were created with great devotion, with inscriptions, manuscripts and collective memory delineating how they were to be worshipped. #BringOurGodsHome is the hashtag of India Pride Proj-

ect (IPP), a global volunteer organisation, that tracks and helps bring back India’s stolen heritage. IPP founder Anuraag Saxena says, “India’s cultural treasures have been looted for centuries. Huge sophisticated criminal networks spanning across the globe have systematically plundered our history.” Of the 50,000 stolen artefacts, IPP has traced 2,800 to museums across the world by matching information on stolen goods with catalogues from auction houses. It is a unique voluntary global team exercise. After Narendra Modi took over as country’s PM in 2014, we saw a few countries returning some of these stolen artefacts, during his visits to those countries. In 2016, an offer to return 200 more was also received but two years have passed, and only 27 of these have been brought back to Delhi, and not one has been returned to its original home. This shows the apathy of the departments concerned. Can we not even bring back what is offered? India’s heritage cannot be in the crypts and chambers of Europe and America’s museums.

India’s tangible culture belongs to its people. The Western world has a healthy museum culture, where people are exposed to ‘Other cultures’, with interesting display of antiquities taken from the colonised world. India and her antiquities is a jewel in the crown there, but, what about the Indian child here, who is deprived of any knowledge of his cultural inheritance? Taking lead from French President Macaron, recently promising to return all of Africa’s artefacts, India must also up the ante, and seek a return of its civilisational legacy. India must set up an Empowered Committee to negotiate with other nations to repatriate India’s heritage. It’s time for India to seek a restitution of all her antiquities and artefacts—whatever the provenance, and then ensure reinstating them at their place of origin—thereby bringing back to life not just our monuments, but our identity.

ing their minds. A beautifully choreographed fashion show was a treat to the hearts and souls of all as beautiful women and handsome men cat walked wearing elegantly designed Indian attire. Physicians of Indian Origin in the United States are reputed to be leading health care providers, holding crucial positions in various hospitals and health care facilities around the nation and the world. Known to be a leading ethnic medical organization that represents nearly

100,000 physicians and fellows of Indian Origin in the US and being their voice and providing a forum to its members to collectively work together to meet their diverse needs, AAPI members are proud to contribute to the wellbeing of their motherland India, and their adopted land, the United States. The convention is a forum to network, share knowledge and thoughts, and thus, enrich one another, and rededicate for the health and wellbeing of all the peoples of the world.

Dr. Naresh Parikh invited all delegates to come and participate at the 37th annual convention to be held in Atlanta, GA from July 3rd to to 7th 2019. And the Global Healthcare Summit is planned for December 28th to 30th, 2018 in Mumbai. We look forward to seeing you all in Atlanta, GA for the convention and for the GHS in Mumbai, India!” For more information on AAPI and the 36th convention, please visit: www.

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Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America holds international convention

MMNA Executives and Guests of Honor (Left to Right). Swapnil Laddha – Chapter Vice President, Devu Heda – Chapter president,Vikas Bhutada, MMNA NEC President , Anand Daga – Co-convener, IMRC2018, Vandana Daga, MMNA Sakhi Chair, Shyam Maheshwari, MMNA BOT Chair, Snehal Mantri, Mantri Developers, India, Lisa Gillmor , Mayor of Santa Clara, CA, Vimal Sodhani, Recipient of MMNA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’,Padma Bhushan Ved Nanda, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India - San Francisco, CA, Pratik Gattani, CEO of IDC Technologies, Suresh Deopura, CEO of Dew Software & MMNA BOT, Ramesh Partani, Representative from ABMM, India, Kalpana Gagrani, ABMM-Mahila Sangathan President, India, Vasant Rathi, Chairman of Advanced Enzyme Technologies, Vrushali Tapadiya – Co-convener, IMRC2018 and Vijayshri Choudhary – Convener, IMRC2018. Santa Clara, CA – Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America (MMNA) held its ninth biennial convention, International Maheshwari Rajasthani Convention (IMRC), at Santa Clara Marriott from June 30th through July 3rd, 2018. IMRC 2018 was hosted by MMNA’s West Coast - North chapter with the theme of Rangilo Rajasthan, Suneharo San Francisco, and Anokho IMRC 2018. The convention is a forum to celebrate and preserve Rajasthani culture as well as to foster relationships within the relatively small Maheshwari community living in North America. A record-breaking 750+ attendees from North America and around the globe congregated in the heart of Silicon Valley. This grand event was organized by an innovative team of 100+ volunteers who worked relentlessly over 15 months planning all the details. The host committee was led by Vijayshri Choudhary – Convener, Anand Daga and Vrushali Tapadiya – Co-conveners, Devu Heda – Chapter President, Swapnil Laddha – Chapter Vice President, and Vandana Daga – Sakhi Chair with support from Sureshji Deopura, Chapter Mentor and MMNA Board of Trustee. Indian Prime Minister Narendraji Modi applauded MMNSA’s efforts with a personal letter. Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok (Consul General of India - San Francisco) and Mayor Lisa Gill-

mor (Santa Clara), graced the opening ceremony by lighting diyas (lamps). Distinguished guests speakers included Padma Bhushan Shri Ved Nanda, Shri Ramesh Partani from Akhil Bharatvarshiya Maheshwari Mahasabha, along with eminent business leaders from MMNA community including Shri. Suresh Deopura, Shri Pratik Gattani, and Shri Vasant Rathi as well as Smt Snehal Mantri from India. Shri Vimal Sodhani was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to MMNA. “Each and every one of us have been blessed with a uniqueness (a gift), representing a different aspect of the Brahman. Our purpose in life is to utilize that uniqueness in the service of others. This is the shortest path to the Divine.” said Vimal Sodhani. During the three day event, attendees were able to engage in a variety of social and cultural activities, enjoy delicious ethnic cuisine, and participate in intellectually stimulating workshops and networking events. Participants gained from breakout sessions focused on health, wellness, technology, investment, life planning, and social causes catering to different ages and interests. The youth group, RAYS, orchestrated cultural discussions as well as personal and professional networking sessions. They mentored and facilitated discussions for junior RAYS (13-20 years of age) to make them better appreci-

ate the Rajasthani culture and help them navigate through high school and college life. Other MMNA’s key initiatives such as Sakhi, Business & Entrepreneurship Track (BET), Philanthropy, Matrimonial, Education and Rajasthani Abroad Senior Samaj, also played a role in formulating educational workshops. MMNA members showed their generosity by donating $65K for educational assistance and youth development programs.Prince Bhojwani, RAYS Co-President said, “The mission for RAYS is to form connections among Marwari youth living in North America through shared culture and heritage. We connect almost 400 Maheshwari youth across the country by hosting annual events. By raising funds, RAYS will be able to do double down on this mission by creating a world class mentorship program, assist communities connected to our members, and sponsor the wide array of non-profit projects started by our youth.” Raj G. Asava, BET Chair, said, “Six dynamic industry leaders of Maheshwari background spoke on wide ranging topics, from the challenges and joy of the start-up journey, to highlighting business opportunities made possible by emerging cutting-edge technologies.” IMRC 2018 cultural team’s vision instilled an added sense of pride with Rajasthan and India. The host chapter team’s tribute to India and its diversity on the

Raj G. Asava, Chair of Business & Entrepreneurship Track, moderates the Business Opportunities in Emerging Technologies panel; Seated from left to right are panelists: Asheesh Birla, Vivek Mohta and Shalin Mantri opening night triggered patriotic tion saw the debut of brand new sentiments with the audience. The mascots, Mr. Bavlo and Ms. Bavli cultural highlight for the next day who are tech-savvy and grounded included scintillating Rajasthani by Rajasthani roots. They cheered folk dance, Kalbeliya, performed our audiences throughout the by Aakansha Maheshwari’s event with Bay Area hospitality. group. For the finale gala night, Additionally, we had a phone app Ravi Jakhotia, otherwise known that kept our attendees organized around the world as DJ RAVI- and informed up-to-the-minute. DRUMS, along with stellar music Vikas Bhutada, President of band Dhwani, turned the ballroom MMNA summed up the event into a concert hall. as, “I believe that I can speak Ramesh Partani from India for almost everyone here when I said, “It was an amazing experi- say that IMRC2018 was one of ence to participate in the IMRC the most memorable experiences at Santa Clara. The Maheshwari of my lifetime. A big Thank you community in the US has kept it- to the West Coast North Chapter self rooted to its culture and tradi- - the conveners, volunteers, partions through the MMNA activi- ticipants, guest speakers, and the ties so well. The energy was high, list goes on. Thank you for makparticipation was marvelous, an ing this weekend unforgettable for unforgettable experience.” our community and for the generOn a lighter note, the conven- ations to come.”

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Indian Muslims in Houston celebrate “Idea of America”

Maqbool M. Haq, right, chairman of the board of directors of IMAGH, receives an award from Mohammed Nasrullah of the Council for American Islamic Relations, Houston chapter. CAIR recognized IMAGH for its outstanding civic engagement and community service. Also in the picture are IAMGH President Munir Ibrahim, left, Gordon Quan, advisory board member and Abeezar Tyebji, chairman of the IMAGH advisory board. By SESHADRI KUMAR and so on. He offered numerThe annual Eid Milan gala ous examples of how alleged hosted by the Indian Muslims victims of racism themselves Association of Greater Houston resorted to more racism. on 30th June distinguished itDr. Branfman can make such self from the rest of the minor- a statement and he has earned ity groups on many levels. The the right to do so. What made community showed its strength Dr. Branfman a popular hero of living in amity, demonstrated was not his outstanding accomits passion for the adopted land plishments in the field of plasof opportunity, while proudly tic surgery. It was, as he put it, cherishing its cultural roots. an ordinary act of a normal huThere was no display of vic- man being that brought him the timhood. Instead, the gather- accolades. ing of Indian Muslims proudly It was a Saturday morning in joined Abeezar Tyebji in sing- early 2017. Dr. Gary Branfman ing the American National an- woke up to see the Islamic them in a stellar voice. That Center of Victoria in flames as was a rare gesture seen, espe- firefighters took hours to excially among the first genera- tinguish it. He saw the gutted tion Indian American groups. structure and drove straight to A plastic surgeon from Vic- the Mosque’s president home, toria, Texas and past president and gave him a set of keys to of the Temple of B’nai Israel the local synagogue for the in Victoria, Dr. Gary Branfman Muslims to pray. drove home the message that That a Jew gave the keys “there is no room for racism” of the synagogue to a Muslim in a racy and unconventional group made headlines locally presentation laced with rich hu- and internationally, on print, mor. radio and television. An equal opportunity ofWhy, the doctor questioned, fender, the surgeon exposed should it be such a heroic act the subtle presence of racism worthy of praise? Anybody everywhere, but added that few could have done that, it was a recognized it. Traditionally, friendly gesture from one huracism is whites against the man being to another and adddevesh pathak cpa OL AD 11-2-15.pdf 4 11/2/15 PM blacks, Muslims against Jews ed that he was “not12:07 quite sure









Keynote speaker Dr. Gary S. Branfman, third from left, is felicitated by Munir Ibrahim, left, Maqbool Haq and Abezeer Tyebji, right. why it was monumental news.” Dr. Branfman also pointed out instances of double standards in racism. When whites refuse entry to blacks in a restaurant, it is racism. When a black shop owner says white

customers are not welcome, that is racism. If President Trump is called a racist today, what about former President Barack Obama, who flirted with notorious antiSemites like Pastor Jeremiah

Wright and Minister Louis Farrakhan, questioned Dr. Branfman. Today, Martin Luther King would not have appreciated the

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Carrying the tradition of imparting Vedantic wisdom to the youth, which was very close to the heart of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, Chinmaya Mission Houston(CMH) conducted a power-packed intense summer camp for CHYK. From June 15th to 17th, 35 youngsters aged 17-28 had a reflective weekend guided by the dynamic Acarya Vivek Gupta of CM Niagara Falls and inspiring Brni. Shweta Chaitanya of CMH. Themed aptly as “Evolution Within – From Prosperity to Peace,” the camp introduced the participants to their own minds. The Acaryas, through interesting exercises, interactive sessions, insightful workshops and enlightening discourses, empowered the participants to observe their own minds. At the end of the camp, all were able to make a paradigm shift in making the normally distracted or even negative mind to be trained as focused, creative and constructive. Vivekji elaborated on the six sacred verses of the Siva Sankalpa Suktam, the Vedic hymn that highlighted the way toward an auspicious mind. The participants unraveled the ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of their thinking faculty. As the Acaryas distilled the Truth of the text into simple, practicable and easy-to-remember messages, they also guided the attentive youth into deep introspection. The participants played exciting games like “Ego Erasers” which helped them to see their similarities with others whilst respecting the differences. Every day, each participant completed the “Reflective Activity of the Day” (RAD) which made them examine their own minds deeply. Complementing the talks that raised questions like “What is willpower?,” and “How can you develop willpower?,”the reflective excursions into the mind gave an opportunity to not only apply the wisdom but also internalize it. More reflective time was interspersed between discourse sessions through mounam (silence) and meditation. While the focus was intense, fun did not take a back seat during the camp. From watching Incredibles 2 movie to building towers of cards, the enjoyment was palpable. Open Mic Night gave the youth a perfect platform to showcase their talents like standup comedy, singing/dancing to bhajans and social commentary. The powerful message of the camp got assimilated into the young minds as they resolved to slow down, step back, see more, and smile more as they take firm steps in their spiritual evolution. Both the Acaryas helped the youth translate rich ancient philosophy into practice by giving them a variety of tools to transform mindlessness to mindfulness, apathy to empathy, and prosperity to peace. As the attendees left with a firm resolve to work on their self development goals, their subtle minds were naturally filled with gratitude for the countless volunteers behind the scenes and the amazing legacy of Acaryas Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty. Jayakrishna Gundamaraju’s extraordinary coordination made the camp a real success. Tradition steeped in wisdom, diffused with fun is the norm at Chinmaya Mission Houston, located at Chinmaya Prabha, 10353, Synott Road, Sugar Land, TX-77498. For more information, visit or call Jay Deshmukh 832 541 0059. ( Camp participants Suriya Sharma and Saaketh Rao contributed to this report by Satchitananda. Photos by Jayakrishna Gundamaraju.)

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Death of a Nation, new film by Dinesh D’Souza explores Lincoln-Trump phenomenon

Abraham Lincoln said the essence of slavery is “You work, I eat.” (Stealing another person’s labor.) One political party in today’s America believes in that principle. Another party stands for the opposite. “The hand that makes the corn, gets to eat the corn.” (Eat your own fruits of labor.) The two parties in American politics stand for each of these opposing core principles. Which is the Democratic Party and which is the Republican Party? This thought proving question from the Indian American conservative thinker and film maker Dinesh D’Souza fed my curiosity as I struggled to understand the true meaning of the words like “racism” and “fascism,” prevalent in today’s political discourse. Of course, D’Souza has the answer based on his research and scholarship. Our conversation was in the context of his latest film, “Death of a Nation.” Most of the people who have no understanding of the political philosophies of the two parties or those who have misunderstood them would get some clue. The film will open the eyes of the viewers and help them find the answer. The film is due for release in theaters on Aug. 3.


From Page 11 words of Jeremiah Wright, Dr., Branfman continued. In his view, both Farrakhan and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos should be labeled bigots, by virtue of their speeches. He also questioned the trend of asking the descendants of racists to pay for reparation for the past sins of their ancestors and wondered “when does it end.” Capping the talk, he stated that eliminating racism requires recognizing racism first. One can’t cure racism,with double standards or more racism. Education, he emphasized, is the only weapon. Earlier in the program, Serene Kaggal rendered the Indian National Anthem, after the American National Anthem by Tyebji while Adina Nasir presented some sacred verses from the Quran. IMAGH President Munir Ibrahim began his welcome address with Islamic, Hindu and Jewish salutations. He noted the presence of India Culture Center representatives and Joseph Emmett who is teaching Vedanta in the Houston area, among the audience. “All faiths have the sound principle of tolerance...we are

A few days earlier, Dinesh and his wife, Debbie will be in Fort Bend County. On July 27, the Fort Bend County Republican Party is hosting an evening with Dinesh and Debbie D’Souza, featuring an exclusive preview of the movie, Death of a Nation at the Safari Texas Ranch. Debbie, formerly a Fort Bend County resident, was president of the Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club, a Spanish teacher at Fort Bend ISD schools and an accomplished singer. Now, she co-produces her husband’s films. The title of the film may raise the spectre of death, but it does so only metaphorically. D’Souza says the film “is a description and analysis of the current situation in which we find our country.” It looks deep into history and finds where racism and fascism are today. What is unprecedented in our lifetime is that a major political party refuses to accept the legally elected President and it has not happened since 1860, D’Souza says. Death of a Nation, is a searching exploration of the true history and meaning of racism, fascism, and Nazism. striking parallels between the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump. This movie is educational, showing

the Lincoln-Trump similarity. “Lincoln was elected to unite a country and stop slavery. Democrats smeared him, went to war against him, assassinated him. Now their target is Trump,” D’Souza says. Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right “by any means necessary.” Who are the real racists? Who are the real fascists? Which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that

here to unite, to understand one another, tolerate and appreciate each other,” Ibrahim said. He urged the gathering to make a difference in the community by voting and getting involved as politicians from both sides of the aisle were present. India’s Deputy Consul General Surender Adhana, in his remarks, stated that the event marked the celebration of cultural diversity and pluralism of India. “Today, we are celebrating the success of the Islamic American community in Houston,” he said. Recalling the celebration of the Holy Ramadan and the International Day of Yoga in the same month, Adhana continued to state that “together we can create a better world without any prejudices.” In keeping with the spirit of the Gala, Aman Ali, an awardwinning story teller and young American Muslim entertained the gathering with some standup comedy rich in self-deprecating humor which evoked a great deal of laughter. In the awards ceremony that followed, the Latafath Hussain Community Service award was presented to Farida Abjani, CEO and co-founder of Shining Nightingale, Inc., a home health agency. She is involved in several charities and is on the Advisory Board of the Department of Aging and Disability.

The 2018 Raj Bhalla Community Service Award was presented to Daya, a non-profit organization serving the South Asian community by providing culturally specific services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Houston Community College South Asian Students Scholarships were awarded to Masooma Batool, Syed A. Shahabuddin and Syed Bahrez Nadeem. After brief presentations about Club 65 by its President Parul McGuire and South Asian Youth Association by its president Mohammed A. Khan, Tasnim Vadva presented “History of India” through colorful, period costumes. Tasnim, who chaired the Eid Milan committee, in her message of thanks said: “The Muslim-American cultural identity is a work in progress. As industrious, freedom-loving Muslims, the Constitution of the United States allows us dynamic interpretation of Islam. We are dedicated to the idea of America. We honor that which is common to all of us: Our humanity and our faith in a power greater than ourselves. As professionals, artists, scientists, musicians and in every other walk of life, each of us contributes to the evolution of the American identity.”

praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them? Moreover, which is the party of racism today? Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left? Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, Death of a Nation exposes hidden history and explosive facts.(Visit “Lincoln united his party and saved America from the Democrats for the first time. “Can Trump—and we— come together and save America for the second time?” asks D’Souza. The film is based on two of D’Souza’s books, “The Big Lie” and “Death of a Nation.” Racism is the doctrine of ethnic exploitation, taking advantage of somebody by making them inferior and by race or skin color, D’Souza explained. Fascism is a cousin of racism, he added Hitler was also a fascist, he was against Jews, and felt ethnic superiority. He stood for authoritarianism, tyranny and targeting minorities. “The Left says Republican Party is racist and Trump is a fascist. Nazis suppressed free speech. The Left is doing that now,” according to D’Souza. Many on the Left say Republican principles are different and the parties switched, meaning erstwhile racist Dem-

ocrats have now become Republicans. D’Souza destroys that argument. The Dixiecrats were racist Democrats who briefly broke from the party, and later rejoined. The States’ Rights Democratic Party (usually called the Dixiecrats) was a short-lived segregationist political party in the United States. It originated in 1948 as a breakaway faction of the Democratic Party to protect states’ rights to legislate racial segregation. The Party opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. Its members were referred to as “Dixiecrats,” a portmanteau of “Dixie”, referring to the Southern United States, and “Democrat”. D’Souza in his book lists 200 Dixiecrats. How many of them became Republicans? Only one, Strom Thrumond, D’Souza says. Rest of them like George Wallace and Robert Byrd remained Democrats. D’Souza’s first three films, 2016: Obama’s America; America: Imagine a World Without Her; and Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, were controversial and big hits. President Trump pardoned D’Souza on May 31 for violating campaign finance laws when he donated to a friend’s senatorial campaign. The film has been underway for more than a year.


NEWS India will lose ‘special privileges’ if it buys crude from Saudi Arabia, U.S., says Iran Iran will end “special privileges” for India if New Delhi tried to replace Iranian crude with supplies from Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United States, said a senior Iranian diplomat in New Delhi on July 10. Speaking at an event organised by the All India Minorities Front at the Parliament annexe, Massoud Rezvanian Rahaghi said that Iran had tried to help India whenever possible on strategic issues like energy and connectivity, but argued that India’s investment promises in the port of Chabahar have not been delivered. “In previous round of U.S. sanctions between 2012 to 2015, Iran did its best to ensure security of oil supply to India. ...However, if India were to replace Iran with countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, U.S. and others for the 10% of its oil demand then it may have to revert to dollar-denominated imports which mean higher CAD and deprivation of all other privileges Iran has offered to India,” Mr. Rahaghi

said. The Iranian response comes days after India was asked by the Donald Trump administration to drastically cut down crude supply from Iran. India has not spelt out how it would address the concerns of the U.S. government. The Ministry of External Affairs has maintained that Delhi would consult “all stakeholders” in ensuring energy security. The Iranian official said that Iran remained an open market for Indian requirements like petroleum, , urea and LNG and Iran understood India’s energy requirements. U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal Mr. Rahaghi also spoke about the impact of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and argued that unilateralism by the U.S. was imposing a heavy cost on the world. He cautioned that a conflict in the Gulf region would “drive up” the price of crude oil and impact growing powers

like India and China. Mr. Rahaghi said that Iran came as a “blessing” to India in New Delhi’s quest to access the markets of the emerging economies in the Central Asian region but hinted that Tehran is not satisfied with India’s investment levels in the Chabahar port. “...It’s unfortunate that Indian investment promises for expansion of Chabahar port and its connectivity projects have not been accomplished so far, and it is expected that India take immediately necessary measures in this regard if its cooperation and engagement in Chabahar port is really of strategic nature,” said the Iranian diplomat. Iran reserved the right to act in response to U.S. measures. “Iran and Syria are winning against terrorism and some of these forces are now coming to Afghanistan,” he said while asking regional powers to remain vigilant of spill over effects from the wars in West Asian region.

The visa predicament faced by a Philipino spouse of an Indian national was brought to the attention of Rajnath Singh Soon, irrespective of the place of the wedding , the foreign spouse can convert the tourist visa to a dependent visa Spouses of the Indian nationals getting married abroad will no longer have to face difficulties in converting their tourist visa to dependent visa as the government plans to change existing rules. The move came after the Philipino spouse of an Indian national, who married outside the country, faced difficulties in converting her tourist visa to X2 (dependent visa) as the existing visa rules did not per-

mit to do so. The husband had complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “We are doing away with the particular rule and simplifying it so that irrespective of the place of the wedding , the foreign spouse can convert their tourist visa to dependent visa,” a senior Home Ministry official said. As per the visa manual, tourist visa can be converted to X2 visa only when the marriage takes place in India and gets registered within the validity of the present tourist visa. Contrary to that, if anyone wants to do so has to go back to his or her country and come back on an X2 visa. With the amendment of the

visa rules and streamlining the process, the conversion of tourist visa to X2 would be allowed even if the marriage takes place on foreign soil. However, the facility will not be offered to the nationals of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq, and citizens of Pakistani origin and stateless persons. Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee last week, the Home Minister had said that the government would facilitate safe and convenient entry inside the country to legitimate international travellers and provide all visarelated and consular services to foreigners staying in India in a faster and convenient mode.

Spouses of Indian nationals can convert visa category even if married abroad

Pakistan puts Nawaz Sharif and daughter on exit control list The Pakistan government on Tuesday placed ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on the exit control list (ECL) to prevent them from flying abroad after they return to the country from London on Friday. The move came days after the accountability court in Islamabad convicted Sharif and Maraym in the Avenfield properties corruption case and sentenced them to 10 and seven years jail respectively. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving Pakistan. The father-daughter duo are currently in London to look after Sharif’s wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from throat cancer and has been on ventilator since June 14 after a cardiac arrest. “The interior ministry on the request of the country’s anti-graft body — National Accountability Bureau (NAB) — has placed the names of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on ECL,” an official of the Interior Ministry confirmed. He said after the conviction of Sharif (68), and Maryam (44), in a corruption case, the ministry entertained the NAB’s request and placed their names on the ECL. While they will not face any difficulty in coming to Pakistan, they are expected to be arrested during the immigration process at the airport as per standard procedure for all those placed on the ECL, Geo TV reported. The NAB has already declared that Sharif and Maryam will be arrested upon their arrival at any airport of the country. Speaking to reporters in London, the three-time prime minister said that he and his daughter would land in Lahore and decide their future strategy once they arrive in Pakistan. Sharif has said that he is not afraid of going to jail. “I am coming back to liberate Pakistan from the shackles of fear created by a few judges and army generals,” he had said after he was sentenced last Friday. Officials from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had also arrested Sharif’s son-in-law, retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, in Rawalpindi and sent him to jail on Monday. He had also been sentenced by the accountability court to one year in prison on charges of abetment in the Avenfield case. Meanwhile, the NAB has decided to request the caretaker government to provide a helicopter to it so that it can shift Sharif and Maryam to Islamabad after their arrival at the Lahore airport on July 14. A NAB official said taking both the convicts to Islamabad from the Lahore airport by road may require elaborate security arrangements . “Since the road option may be difficult for the authorities concerned with regard to provide security cover, a helicopter should be provided to the NAB to avoid problems in the arrest and shifting them (Nawaz and Maryam) to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi after producing them before the accountability court,” the official said. PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Auranzeb said a large number of party workers will gather in Lahore from all provinces of the country to give historic welcome to Sharif and Maryam. “Our workers cannot be stopped by any hurdle,” she said.

Ratan Tata to share dais with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Tata Trusts spokesperson declined to comment, saying if at all it happens, it will be a private affair of the 81-year-old Tata Group patriarch. The RSS on July 10 said industrialist Ratan Tata will share the stage with its chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event to be held in Mumbai next month. In June, former President Pranab Mukherjee attended a function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Nagpur, an event which had become a matter of much debate. “Tata and Bhagwat will attend an event in Mumbai on August 24 organised by the Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti,” a Sangh functionary told PTI in Mumbai. The Samiti, an NGO, has its premises near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and has been serving cancer patients from the facility. Mr. Tata has visited the premises and is aware of the NGO’s work, the Sangh functionary said. The Tata Trusts spokesperson declined to comment, saying if at all it happens, it will be a private affair of the 81-year-old Tata Group patriarch. Mr. Tata on December 29, 2016 paid a surprise visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on his 79th birthday which his spokesperson then had termed as a “courtesy call”. One of the secretaries of the Samiti told PTI over phone: “We have approached Tata for gracing the occasion of the centenary of our founder Palkar and the golden jubilee of our organisation on August 24. But he has neither accepted our invite nor declined the same. So we are hopeful.” The big-ticket event will be held at the Yashwant Natya Nandir in Matunga in central Mumbai, the NGO official said. The over 160-year-old Tata Trusts, which is the largest public charity in the country, has been a supporter of the Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti, named after a Sangh pracharak, and had initially funded purchase of dialysis instruments and other palliative care equipment by the organisation, the official of the NGO said.

NEWS India, US likely to mend trade ties by mid-July The ongoing negotiations between India and the United States on multiple trade tussles are progressing smoothly and a deal could be announced when an Indian delegation visits America in mid-July. The deal is likely to involve bringing down the duty on high-end Harley-Davidson motorcycles to zero, addressing an issue that President Donald Trump continues to raise publicly and privately, about trade relations with India. India imports only a few dozen fully assembled motorcycles in the high capacity category that attracts highest duties. A U.S delegation led by assistant US trade representative Mark Linscott was in New Delhi recently. An Indian delegation led by Santosh Sarangi, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, will be in Washington later this month, and an agreement on several contentious issues is likely, according to sources familiar with the developments. As part of a package deal, America is likely to maintain the Generalised System Preferences (GSP) for India which allows many exporters to enjoy lower tariffs on specific exports to the U.S. India is likely to change the price restrictions imposed on medical devices imported from America to trade margin rationalisation, a more acceptable global practice being demanded by American manufacturers. The US Trade Representative (USTR) has launched a process to terminate the GSP status for India, partly in response to complaints from U.S manufacturers of medical devices. Senior Indian diplomat Puneet Kundal participated in a hearing at the USTR recently on India’s GSP status, and the Indian embassy is processing clarifications to further questions currently. Even partial resolution of the pending trade issues could infuse fresh new energy in bilateral ties, taken by a hit by the abrupt postponement by the U.S, of the 2+2 dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of both countries that had been scheduled for this week. “Both countries are aware of what is at stake. A resolution of trade issues are well within reach,” said Mukesh Aghi, president of the U.S -India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). The U.S. had invoked Section 232 (b) of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose 25 per cent duties on steel and aluminium from India. India had taken the issue to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The U.S. is also challenging India at the WTO for its export subsidy programmes. Other market access issues are also on the table. American companies are also protesting data localisation requirements that India has announced.

Supreme Court nixes prayer plea at Taj Mahal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday barred people who don’t live in Agra from offering Friday prayers in a mosque located inside the Taj Mahal complex, saying the monument could not be decimated. “This (the Taj) is one of the seven wonders of the world and we do not want this to decimate. We are dismissing it (the plea),” a bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said. The court was hearing a plea that had challenged a January 24 order from Agra’s additional district magistrate (city) that barred non-residents from offering Friday prayers in the mosque on the ground of security. “Why for such prayers should they go to the Taj Mahal?” the bench had said at the outset. “We are not entertaining this (plea)... there are other mosques also. They can offer their

prayers there.” The counsel for the petitioner, Syed Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi, president of the Taj Mahal Masjid Management Committee, Agra, had said every person should be permitted to enter the mosque and offer prayers. The petitioner also said that tourists visited Agra throughout the year and the January 24 order was an “illegal and arbitrary classification” between residents and non-residents on the question of security “not based on any intelligible or rational principles”. “Hence, the said impugned order is liable to be struck down,” the plea said. It contended that when local residents were allowed to enter the mosque to offer prayers after being frisked by security agencies, nonresidents could also be permitted to go inside in the same manner.


SC begins crucial hearing on pleas for decriminalizing homosexuality The Supreme Court on Tuesday began a crucial hearing on a batch of petitions seeking decriminalisation of consensual sex between two adults of the same gender. A five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R.F. Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra, said it will also examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict that had set aside the Delhi High Court judgment decriminalising gay sex. In 2013, the apex court had upheld same-gender sexual relations as a criminal offence by setting aside a 2009 Delhi High Court judgment that had held as unconstitutional section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes such actions between two consenting adults of same sex as a penal offence. During the hearing on Tuesday, the bench said it would examine the constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC and the fundamental rights of the LGBTQ (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community. Section 377 refers to ‘unnatural offences’ and says whoever voluntarily has carnal inter-course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term

which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine. When the hearing was about to begin on the batch of writ petitions, an advocate appearing for NGO Naaz Foundation, which was the first petitioner to approach the Delhi High Court in 2001 on the issue, sought permission to intervene. The bench said the curative petitions filed by it has a limited scope and would have to be heard by some other bench. It was on the petition filed by the Naaz Foundation that the Delhi High Court had decriminalised section 377 of the IPC, which was challenged in the apex court by some individuals and religious organisations. Even the Centre had at that time favoured retention of the provision in the IPC as penal offence. Tuesday’s hearing began with senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for dancer Navtej Jauhar, one of the petitioners, telling the court that the right to have sexual freedom should be examined in view of the nine-judge bench verdict on privacy which was delivered on August 24, 2017. In the judgment on privacy as a fundamental right, the apex court’s nine-judge bench had said the right to privacy cannot be denied to members of the LGBT community merely because they have unconventional sexual orientation

and form a miniscule fraction of the over 1.32 billion Indian population. The bench, which agreed with the submission of Rohatgi, also said it would examine the fundamental right to life and sexual freedom. In the writ petitions too, there is a challenge to the 2013 judgment of the apex court by which homosexuality was held as a criminal offence. On Monday, the apex court had refused to defer the hearing after the Centre sought more time to file replies on the PILs. After the apex court had set aside the Delhi High Court’s 2009 judgment decriminalising sex between consenting adults of the same sex by holding Section 377 of IPC as “illegal”, review petitions were filed. On their dismissal, curative petitions were filed by the affected parties seeking re-examination of the original verdict. During the pendency of the curative petitions, the plea was made that an open court hearing should be granted and after the apex court agreed to it, several fresh writ petitions were filed seeking decriminalising of Section 377. Others who have filed petitions against section 377 are journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur.

Because of the order, non-residents were being deprived of offering customary prayers at the mosque, the plea said, adding that it was violative of their fundamental rights. “It is worth mentioning that all the affairs in respect of the Taj Mahal complex have been managed, controlled and supervised by the Archaeological Survey of India,” it said, seeking a stay on the operation of the January order. Another bench of the apex court is seized of a matter relating to the protection and preservation of the 17th century monument. PTI

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NEWS Film Critic ‘exiled’ from Hyderabad over comments on Ram & Sita

In an unusual and dramatic move Telangana police has cracked down against a renowned film critic Kathi Mahesh and banished him from entering Hyderabad city for six months for making inflammatory comments against Hindu deities Ram and Sita and shifted him to neighboring Andhra Pradesh. Telangana Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy said that he has been banned from entering the city for endangering the peace. A team of city police officials hon Monday handed him over to Andhra Pradesh police as he was a resident of Chittoor district. “If he comes to the city without permission, he may face three months imprisonment”, the DGP told a press conference adding that if any body hurts the religious sentiments of any community, stern action will be taken against the person. “for present he was banned from entering the city. Whether the ban should be extended to entire state of Telangana will be considered later”, he said. The move came on the day when a Hindu religious figure Swami Sampoornanda tried to organize a protest march to demand action against Kathi Mahesh. But the city police kept him under house arrest and did not allow him to venture out. Police had tightened the security around his house in Jubilee Hills in view of his plan to organize a Yatra. Kathi Maehsh as in the eye of a storm ever since he made some inappropriate and controversial remarks against the celestial couple Ram and Sita during a panel discussion on a TV channel sparking a strong protest from various quarters. On receiving a complaint last week Kathi Mahesh was summoned to the police station for questioning and later let off. Even after this he continued to make controversial remarks on social media prompting the latest action. Apart from expelling Kathi Mahesh from the city for six months the city police also issue notice under Cable TV Regulation Act to the TV channel on which he made a remark. The channel management was asked why action should not be taken against it for endangering the peace.

Death for 2012 Delhi gang-rape convicts as Supreme Court junks review

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death penalty for three men convicted in the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a young woman in 2012. A three-member bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan dismissed a petition filed by three of the four convicts to review the apex court’s May 2017 order confirming the death penalty given by the Delhi High Court in 2014. The court said the death-row convicts had failed to point out any “error” in the earlier judgment. It said the convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no grounds have been made out for review of its verdict. More from Homepage Five men and a juvenile had lured the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend on to a bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, before repeatedly raping the woman and beating both with a metal bar and dumping them on a road. The woman died of internal injuries nearly two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. Four of the attackers were sentenced to death in 2013 while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven-month trial. The Delhi High Court upheld that verdict in 2014. The four convicts—gym instructor Vinay Sharma (23), bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Thakur (31), fruit-seller Pawan Gupta (22) and unemployed Mukesh Singh (29)—had then appealed to the Supreme Court. Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay had appealed for a review of the death sentence. The fourth death-row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition. The sixth defendant, a minor accused of pulling out part of the woman’s intestines with his own hand, was sent to a reform home for three years and has since been released.

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Indian’s ‘Auntie Maria’ towers over Paris

The hand-painted cut-out portrait of Auntie Maria in Paris. LONDON place: there are engineers, ur- tion. We began with a doorIndian artist Hanif Kureshi ban planners, architects and to-door campaign in the urban has created a stir in France by artists. villages of Delhi, asking for taking to the streets of Paris “Since its inception in 1958, permission to paint their walls, literally. urban development of the dis- followed by a three-to-fourKureshi, who believes in trict was accompanied by com- year progression, making retaking culture to the common missions and acquisitions of quests to paper-pushers at variman through giant street instal- works representative of the ous government offices.” lations, has been given pride of great artistic trends of the 20th He added: “I was still a stuplace in a Paris exhibition. century: surrealism, kinetics, dent of fine arts in Vadodara Kureshi, described by the or- conceptual art... which today when I realised how art in our ganisers as “a promising young constitute the largest collec- country has become instituartist of the Indian scene”, has tion of works of art in a public tionalised by the top artists, put up a 10m tall, hand-painted space.” galleries, collectors. While that cut-out portrait of an Indian Fabrice Bousteau, the artis- is not something we’re neceswoman, “Auntie Maria”. tic director, commented: “In sarily opposed to, it can be This is included in an ex- the last 15 years, cities around quite restrictive in many ways. hibition, Les Extatiques (The the world have been reinvented “Our country has a rich Ecstatic), being held in La with the aim of increasing the heritage of arts and crafts, and Défense, Europe’s largest pur- enjoyment of the inhabitants yet India’s contribution to the pose-built business district, especially by reducing noise world of art is but barely 1 per 3km west of the city limits of and visual pollution, by de- cent. We believe that the only Paris. It is known for its high- creasing traffic, by multiply- way to spread art and make it rise glass-and-steel buildings. ing the cycle paths, enlarging more popular is to take it to the Kureshi, 31, who studied green spaces, by rehabilitating streets and have more people fine arts at the Maharaja Saya- heritage jewels and bringing participate.” jirao University of Baroda, has art to the streets so that it is part gained a fair amount of recog- of everyday life. nition in the West. His work “La Défense, a district of has been shown at the Venice Paris born of a utopia of the The servitors of the JaganBiennale (2011), Centre Pom- 1960s, is the very symbol of nath temple plan to place their pidou, Paris (2011), Design this evolution of the city.” objections to non-Hindus’ enHelps in Helsinki, and Finland Marie-Celie Guillaume, extry before the Supreme Court, (2012). ecutive director of Paris La Puri MP Pinaki Mishra of the India has always had artists Défense, explained: “At 60, ruling Biju Janata Dal has capable of doing large paint- Paris La Défense has opened a said. Mishra, who had accomings. Before the arrival of new chapter in its history. The panied a team of servitors to digital technology, Indian film business district is becoming a meeting with chief minister posters were painted by hand. more and more a place of life, Naveen Patnaik on Sunday, M.F. Husain was one such art- leisure but also of culture.” ist who began by painting BolKureshi, who heads an or- said the delegation had sublywood posters. What these ganisation called St+Art Foun- mitted a memorandum saying artists showed was a remark- dation, once said in an inter- the apex court hadn’t heard able ability not to lose a sense view: “There are two ways the servitors. He emphasised that the of perspective even though of looking at street painting. apex court had passed only an they had to get up on ladders to On the one hand, there’s grafinterim order on July 5 when do film posters (few of which fiti, which seemingly stands for it suggested that non-Hindus survive). complete freedom. The artist be allowed to enter the shrine. Patrick Devedjian, president refuses to look to the authori”It’s not the final verdict. The of the department of Hauts-de- ties for permission and grabs Jagannath temple is different Seine, the locality where the what he believes is his freedom from other temples and has a exhibition is being held, said: of expression.” unique system. While other “Paris La Défense is mostly In the UK, Banksy is the temples have deities, a ‘livknown in France as the incar- best-known exponent of guering god’ is worshipped here,” nation of the world of work, rilla art. with its concrete and steel towKureshi pointed out: “The Mishra said. “The servitors ers, where passers-by have other is street art that takes can present their case when their eyes on their smartphone. the legal route. This is some- the amicus curiae (friend of “Yet, since its creation, this thing we have worked hard to the court) visits the state. They is a territory where art has its achieve at the St+Art Founda- can also present their views before the Supreme Court.”

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SPIRITUALITY 7 Divine Laws for Happiness and Fulfillment and Ram Katha Rahasya Swami Mukundanandaji, a world-renowned teacher of Spirituality, Yoga & Meditation, will conduct two different programs from August 4 – August 17 in Houston. The first week-long program is a Life transformation program (LPT) for the holistic well-being of body, mind and soul. It is a combined approach of yoga and intellectual discourses by Swami Mukundananda. Swamiji will delve into the topic of 7 Divine Laws for Happiness and Fulfillment at India House, from August 4 to August 10. In the Second program, Swamiji brings the pastimes of Shree Ram alive and explains its invaluable significance to our modern lives in Ram Katha Rahasya at Hindu Worship Society from August 11 to August 17. Swami Mukundananda received his degrees in Engineering and Management from two world famous institutes in India- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) respectively. However, the call of God was so strong that a short while after landing a top corporate job, he renounced his professional career to take Sanyas at age 23 in quest for God-realization. Swamiji is a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and the founder of JKYog - a nonprofit organization dedicated to the spiritual, mental and physical wellness of Humankind. During the first week-long Program from Aug. 4-10, Swamiji will be presenting 7 Divine Laws for Happiness & Fulfillment. The first part of each day’s session focuses on Yoga & Meditation and the second part comprises of spiritual discourse & Devotional chanting. During the second weeklong program on Ram Katha Rahasya from Aug 11-17, Swamiji reveals the secrets to true eternal happiness hidden in the divine pastimes of Lord Ram. Swamiji’s narration evokes love and laughter in the diverse audience with ages ranging from children to elderly, other leelas moves audience to tears, yet bringing a sense of tranquility. “So many confusions and stresses clouded my mind. Mukundanandji took this ancient knowledge what was otherwise too complex and made it simple to understand in the context of my life. Absolutely life transforming!” says Sheela. Admission to program is Free and Prasadam will be served after discourses. Free Registration is requested.

Swami Mukundananda’s enlightening discourses clarify the deepest concepts of the Vedic scriptures with wit and perfect logic. Over the last two decades, Swamiji has been travelling all over the world, awakening thousands of seekers through true Yoga and Spirituality. Swamiji has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies like Google, Oracle, Yahoo, and for the youth, Swamiji has conducted programs at prestigious universities like Princeton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT, and Duke. Details: 7 Divine Laws for Happiness & Fulfillment at India House at 8888 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031 from August 4 (Sat) –10 (Fri). Aug 4 – Aug 5 (Sat-Sun) 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM; Aug 6 – Aug 9 (Mon-Thu) 6 PM – 9 PM, Aug 10 (Fri) 7PM-9PM. Ram Katha Rahasya at Hindu Worship Society, 2223 Wirtcrest Lane, Houston, TX 77055 from August 11(Sat) to August 17(Fri). Aug 11-Aug 12 (Sat-Sun): Discourse from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Aug 13-Aug 17 (Mon-Fri): Discourse from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Contact 281-630-5982, 832-377-6070, Email: Free Registration at

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Weekly Havan Satsang every 10 a.m. to noon. 8Apr FriSchool 7:00 p.m Brahma isor12 pleased DAV Sanskriti Sundays a.m. tofrom 12Kumaris noon. - Havan, Hindi open for public Tuesday 5.30UgaPM10Sunday call 281DAV Sanskriti School Sundays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Havan, Hindi dhi Telugu and Kannada New to announce a new location and Naitik Shiksha classes. DAV Montessori School for ages 2 to in 7 to 7.30 PM, Saturday 10AM to 630-5982/832-377-6070/281-782and Naitik Shiksha classes. DAV Montessori School for ages 2 to Year Houston at 14333 Pavilion Point years. Call Arti Khanna 281-759-3286. Free Yoga classes on Sat. 2 PM, Sunday 12 noon to 4 PM. 7345 or email: houstonjkyog@7 years. Call Arti Khanna 281-759-3286. FreeAtYoga classes onHwy Sat. 14- Apr Thu p.m Tamil (77083)(near Beechnut and Sanskrit & Upanishad classes 6-8 p.m. 14375 Schiller Rd. Address: 2341 N.7:00 Galveston Ave, Sanskrit & Upanishad classes Tue. 6-8 p.m. At 14375 Schiller New year 6). Daily Raja Yoga Meditation (bet Westpark & Bellaire off Hwy 6). 281-752-0100. Pearland, TX 77581. Vipassana MeditationRd. (bet & Bellaire off Hwy 6). 281-752-0100. 14-Westpark Apr Thu 8:30 a.m Vishu classes the VipascomDurga Bari Temple “Registerare foroffered Houstontoarea Kani Darshanam munity free of charge. Visit the Chinmaya Mission Durga Bari temple is open from sana Meditation course as taught 15Apr Fri 7:00 p.m Sri center for a tour every SaturChinmaya Mission youth, and children. There are no6weekly 9 toSunday 11 a.m.satsangs and 4 tofor7 adults, p.m. Mon. by S. N. Goenka. July to 18, Rama Navami day orOct. Sunday between Sunday satsangsand for adults, youth, andfor children. no weekly Balavihar classes satsang children during the sum-7 thru Sat. Sandhya aartiSunday at 6:30 2018, 19 There toanytime 31,are 2018, Dec. 15-Apr Fri 6:00 Sunpm 11:00 am –Sept. 1:00courses pm. Located The center Balavihar classes and Sunday satsang for2018. children during theFREE. summer. Regular weekly will resume on 13. at p.m. Temple closes at 7classes p.m. to 19, All are Dwajarohanam, Mahotsavam is open 7ondays a TX week. Contact mer.special Regular weekly classes will resume Sept. 13.77498. Located at Chinmaya Prabha, 10353 Road, Sugar Land, New day from 9 a.m. to Synott 7 p.m. Donations are accepted from those 1st day is may us between atSugar (832)Land, 379-8888, houston@ Chinmaya Prabha, Synott Road, TX 77498. New members visit the welcome 8 a.m. - 8:45 or Temple located at10353 13944 Schil- desk who upon completing thea.m. train16-Apr Satvisit p.m Poo, or to members the welcome between a.m. - 8:45 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. Visit www.chin or call ler Rd a.m.-11:30 (off may Hwy 66:00 bet. Bellaire & desk ing wish to 8contribute forBharati future Pallakku, Meenakshi Pattasign-up for classes and tours. All 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Visit www.chin Bharati Sutaria 281.933.0233. Westpark). Call Ganesh Mandal at students. Instructionorincall Vipassana bbhishekam Raja YogaisMeditation teachers Sutaria 281.933.0233. 713-797-9057 / 832-423-8541. meditation given in ten-day re24-Apr Sun 9:30 a.m Ma- treats. at the Visit Houston center each have Vedanta Society hotsavan day, Meenakshi 15+ years teaching experience. 7Vedanta Divinefinal Laws forofHappiness Vedanta Society Aryaof Samaj Satsang Society Greater Houston, 14809 Lindita Drive (77083) Chinmaya Mission Kalyanam &Vedanta Fulfillment and Ram Katha Weekly Havan Satsang every SunSociety of Greater Houston, 14809 Lindita Drive (77083) has classes every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Gospel of Sunday satsangs for adults, 30-Apr Rahasya Sat 9:00 a.m Sita day by from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. DAV hasRamakrishna, classes every Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Gospel of Sri 1st & 3rdfrom Sunday; Bhagavad Gita, 2nd Sunday; on youth, and children. Located at Rama Kalyanam Pujya Swami Mukundananda School Sundays 10 a.m. Sri Ramakrishna, 1st & 3rd Sunday; Bhagavad Gita, 2nd Sunday; on works of Swami Vivekananda, 4thSanskriti Sunday; Holy Mother Sarada’s Chinmaya Prabha, 10353 Synott Swamiof5th Mukundananda, a world12 noon. - Havan, and works Swami Vivekananda, 4thto Sunday; Holy Mother Sarada’s Gospel, Sunday. Swamis of Ramakrishna Order visit TX toHindi conduct Road, Sugar Land, 77498. renowned teacher of spiritualNaitik Shiksha classes. DAV MonSri Radha Krishna Gospel,and 5th lectures. Sunday. Swamis of Ramakrishna Order conduct retreats www.houstonvedanta. org or visit 281-584-0488. New members may2toto visit the ity, Yoga and andTemple Meditationwww.houstonvedanta. will have tessori School fororages 7 years. retreats lectures. org 281-584-0488. welcome desk between 8 a.m. Free program on 7 Durga Divine Laws Arti Khanna 281-759-3286. On the auspicious occasion of Call Bari - Temple 8:45 a.m.classes or 10:15 a.m.-11:30 for Happiness & Fulfillment at InFree Yoga on Sat. Sanskrit Nav Ratri,Bari thetemple Temple will have Durga Bari Temple Durga is open from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Mon. a.m. Visit www.chin mayahousdia House at 8888 W Bellfort Ave, & Upanishad classes Tue. 6-8 p.m. Mata Ji Ki Chauki & Akhand Durga Bari temple isatopen from to 11 a.m. and 4Bharati top.m. 7 p.m. Mon. thru Sat. Sandhya aarti 6:30 p.m. Temple closes at 7 Sunday or call Sutaria Houston, TX 77031 from August At 14375 Schiller Rd. (bet WestRamayan Path.9 Mata Ji Chauthru Sat.from Sandhya aarti at7 6:30 p.m.281.933.0233. Temple closes at 7 p.m. Sunday special a.m. toKi p.m. services - Priest Bishnupada 4th(Sat) –10th(Fri). August 4thPuja park & Bellaire off Hwy 6). 281ki by Mahant Ravi Shanker Puri. special from 9 a.m. to Temple 7 p.m. Puja services - Priest Bishnupada Goswami 281-597-8100 is located at 13944 Schiller Rd (off Vedanta Society (Sat) & 5th April (Sun): 08, Yoga2016 & Medita752-0100. on Friday start- isCall Goswami 281-597-8100 Temple located at 13944 Schiller Rd (off Hwy 6 bet. Bellaire & Westpark). Ganesh Mandal at 713-797Vedanta Society of Greater Houstion from 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm, DisBrahma Kumaris ing onwards. Akhand Hwy07:30PM 6832-423-8541. bet. Bellaire & Westpark). Call GaneshLindita Mandal at 713-7979057 / ton, 14809 Drive (77083) course fromPath 5:45starting p.m to 7:30 pm., The Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Ramayan Saturday 9057 / 832-423-8541. has classesCenter everyisSunday froma August 6th (Mon) – 9th (Thu): open 7 days April 09, 2016 at 5:00PM on- Meditation 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Shiv Shakti Mandir Yoga Meditation from 6 p.m to week. The center offers free Raja wards& until Sunday April 10, Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 1st Shiv Shakti Mandir 7:15 p.m,7:00 Discourse from 7:15 pm6640Yoga Meditation classes:  Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir, Open daily 7 a.m.Monto 8 2016 PM. Prasad Will &Harwin. 3rd Sunday; Bhagavad to 9 p.m. August 10th (Fri): DisFri @ 6:00-6:45am and 7-8Gita, pm,  Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir, 6640 Harwin. Open daily 7 engagea.m. to 8 p.m. Allafter major festivals, as well birthdays, naam karan, served Ramayan Path. For as 2nd Sunday; on works of10Swami course from 7 p.m – 9p.m. Sat-Sun @ 7:00-8:30am, am-2 p.m. All major festivals, as well as birthdays, naam karan, engagement andinformation other ceremonies. Virat Mehta4th 713-278-9099 or further pleaseCall callPandit Vivekananda, Sunday; Holy Ramand Katha Rahasya from Au-puja pm.  Visiting hours are Sat-Sun @ ment other ceremonies. 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Book Marshal Sam classes.on CallField 281-402-6585; 9-10am andManekshaw Meditation from 10Mission -Yoga, vatam kids 4Chinmaya tostories 18 yrs for -from meditation, slokas, scriptures, ery Sunday aton 5810 Almeda Ge- 10 Book Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw 361-243-6539 puja or other Telugu Fellowship Friday, July @ 6:30 p.m. visit (Global 10.30am. Ist & 3rd Sundays, there schedule slokas,Summer stories from scriptures, Vishnu Sahasranam, bhajans, com- noa Rd. Sunday School at 9:15 ceremonies. Telugu Christian Friday, July 10 @ 6:30 p.m. Organization for Divinity). is Gyanshala ClassesFellowship for Kids Both BalaVihar and Adult adult Zoroastrian Association Houston will every third Vishnu Sahasranam, bhajans, com- a.m. petitions and fun activities. Malayalam service atof9:30 meets Saturday of Saumyakasi Sivalaya ages 4-14yrs. from 10-12:15pm classes remain closed from Heartfulness Meditation Zoroastrian Association of Houston will Behram Panthaki and his petitionswill andclasses. fun activities. Adult meditation Register at present a.m.Saumyakasi onBrigadier 1st & 3rd Sunday. Adult the month at Triumph Church, Sri Sivalaya is located followed by Lunch. Visit www. May 27th classes. to September Heartfulness Meditation is8th. aat wife present Brigadier Panthaki and his Zenobia authors of the10555 much meditation Register or Bible class atPanthaki, 9:30Behram a.m. English W. Airport Blvd., Stafat Chinmaya Prabha, 10353  or send email Classes will resume on Sunpractical technique of tuning inwife Zenobia Panthaki, authors of the much acclaimed book: “Field Marshal Sam or service at 10:30 a.m. on 2nd & ford TX 77477 at 6:30 Sri Ravula 281-995-0930. p.m. Join ott Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. at for more day, September 9th. New mem- Manekshaw: wards to experience our higher acclaimed book: “Field Marshal Sam The 713-991-1557 Man and His Times”, Sri Ravula 281-995-0930. 4th Sunday. Call us for a time of praise, worship Temple timings: Monday to Fridetails. Hare Krishna Dham ber registration Bala Vihar at selves. Meditationfor with someone Manekshaw: The Heritage Man andand HisCultural Times”, the Zoroastrian or 281-261-4603. and fellowship. Worship is in Hare Krishna Dham day: AM -Airport 12:00 Noon Houston, and Yogpeeth will be in Chinmaya who hasconducted theoriginal capacity of temple, yogic Center, Houston’s Vedic at the9:00 Zoroastrian Heritage and Cultural 8787 W Blvd., TX Patanjali English. Call Chris Gantela 281Sri Guruvayurappan 5:30 PM 8:00 PM. Saturday and Free Yoga Classes every Sat/Sun Smrti Hall Saturday, August Houston’s original Vedic temple, transmission can help exISKCON ofon Houston. Atyou 1320 W 77071. Center,Starts 8787 W Blvd., Houston, TX at Airport 6:30 with social hour. 344-0707, or Rev. V. Gurrala Temple Sunday: 9:00 AM 2:00 PM and at Arya Samaj from 8 am to 9:30 12th from 2Houston. PMDaily to 5AtPM and ISKCON of 1320 W 77071. plore the(77018). Heartfulness practice 34th St. Darshan Starts at 6:30was withIndia’s socialfirst hour.Field Sam Manekshaw 281-997-0757. Hours: Mon to Fri 6 a.m. -8 a.m. 5:00 PM 8:00 PM. For more ina.m. Call Anil 281-579-9433. Sunday, 19th 9:30 Marshal 34th St. August (77018). Daily more deeply. There arefrom noDarshan charg& Arati Times: 4.30am, 7am, Sam Manekshaw was India’s first Field and a distinguished war hero. HisGaudiya Math For and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekformation Contact 281-568-1690 other free classes, call Indra 281AM tothis, 12 Noon. Detailed in& for Arati Times: 4.30am, 7am, es and we4.30pm, invite you to courage, 8.30am, 12noon, 7pm, Marshal and a distinguished wardedication hero. His his character, and the Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Matha ends & Holidays: 6 a.m. to noon or Jay Deshmukh at 832-541-0059 537-0018. formation will be4.30pm, provided at to 8.30am, 12noon, 7pm, experience the unique benefits of 9pm. Sunday Festival: 5.30 pm to courage, his character, andare thelegendary. dedication For Yoga/Herbal prodhis troops and country at 16628 Kieth Harrow Blvd., and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bhaor visit ucts, call Shekhar 281-242-5000. the time of registration. Nopm reg9pm. Sunday Festival: 5.30 this transmission. Workshops onto to 7.30 pm. Weekly Gita classes for country are legendary. Thehis lifetroops of thisand distinguished soldier is portrayed by two distinguished Houston 77084. Satsang Sundays jans Saturdays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple; www.Divyaistrations will be Gita doneclasses formedBala 7.30 Weekly for Heartfulness relaxation and adults; 281-433-1635 or authors The lifewho of this distinguished soldier portrayed by twoof distinguished worked closely with him and many the historic 5isto 7shared pm. Mantra meditation, Sundays 9from a.m. 1 a.m. 7toa.m. to Special 8 p.m. Vihar 2018.or Darshan adults;during 281-433-1635 itation arecall heldSeptember weekly throughharekrishnadham authorsthat who worked closely with him and shared many of theThrough historic events changed the geo-political landscape of the region. Sanatan Dharma poojas (weekends and holidays) festivals as well kirtan, Hindu Temple of classes. For more including information: Vis- daily. harekrishnadham out Houston, Saturdays eventsAll thatmajor changed geo-political landscape of the region. Through anecdotes related bythe Behram and Zenobia Panthaki we get a Vedic Education and Hindiunique classChoroon (Annaprasam) for kids, birthdays, naam karan, engageThe Woodlands it 11 amwww.chinmayahouston. at at India House. Web: as anecdotes by ideals, Behram Zenobia Panthaki we get anoon unique insight intorelated the man’s hisand military acumen, his mannerisms, and Houston Namadwaar es for kids. Gita classes Thulabharam, Vahana Pooja, ment and other ceremonies. Call 7601 S. Forest Gate Dr, org or call Bharati Sutaria; Email: his insight into the man’s ideals, his military acumen, his mannerisms, and sense of humor. Houston Namadwaar 1:30 pm Wed. Hanuman Chalisa A prayer house where the Hare Nirapara. Temple is located at Pandit Pradip Pandya 832-466The Woodlands, TX 77382 281.933.0233. houston.heartfulness@gmail. hisBrigadier sense of Panthaki humor. himself boastsand a distinguished 30-yearon military A prayer house where the Hare 9868 Ramcharit Manas Tue. Rama Hare Krishna Maha-man11620 Ormandy (77035) Tel: for pujaPanthaki andSt.other ceremoTemple Hours, Weekdays: Vedanta Society com. Cell: 713-929-0040 Brigadier himself boasts a distinguished 30-year military career that earned him 12 military honors. Zenobia Panthaki accomRama Hare Krishna Maha-man7:30–8:30 p.m. tra is continuously chanted. Week713-729-8994 email: temple@ nies. At 5645 Hillcroft Ste 701, 7:30 AM 9:30 AM VedantaPrakash Society Miryala of Greater Hous- panied (Ragini MD) career that earned him 12 military Panthaki accomher husband on his postingshonors. to 281-499-3347. manyZenobia small cantonment towntra is14809 continuously chanted. Week- Houston, or ends: 8-11 AM & Classes 4-7 PM,(77083) TXhusband 77036. on his postings5:30 PM -small 8.30 PM ton, Lindita Drive Heritage panied her to many cantonment townships all over India and became involved with running welfare proends:classes 8-11 AM 4-7 PM,Weekly Weekdays: 7-8 AM &&6-7 PM. 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At 14102 Schiller (off Aarti and discussion onRoad Vachana @of7:30 PM; kananda, 4th Holy Moth- prayer Weekdays: jans, competitions and fun activian intimate, witty and scintillating story a superhero “ Sam’s humanism, his notations on official files, his colorful language and his (Global Organization for Hwy 6 bet Bellaire Westpark followed by and Prasada. Con- files, Contact er Sarada’s Gospel, 5thDivinity). Sunday. Sahitya 7:30 his AM832-585--0001 - 9:30 AM ties. Adult meditation classes. manism, his notations on official colorful language and his doodling”. - doodling”. 77082). Tel 281-596-9642. vsnahous or or Swamis ofat Ramakrishna Order tact: 5:30 PMis -dedicated 8.30 PM to the men in Register www.ashirwadaSaumyakasi Sivalaya This book, with over 200 photographs, Patanjali Yogpeeth Jagadeesh Halyal 832-744-4166. 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Sunday at 5810 Almeda Genoa comson Road, Houston; South Jain Society Aarti at 12:00 PM Houston’s original Vedic temple, SynottTemple Road, Sugar Land, TX sale at portion the discounted of $35, and autographed byWar the authors. 77478. timings: Monday to major of the price royalty will be donated to the WoundedA For other freeSchool classes, Sunday at call 9:15Indra a.m. be Houston: 246 Daniel Drive, Jain Society of timings: Houston (JSH) loPM -Welfare 8:30 PMAssn. ISKCON of AM Houston. AtMonday 1320and W 77478. Temple to Rd. major portion the royalty donated toFluor the War Wounded Friday: 9:00 - 12:00 Noon Foundation of of India and the will War 5:30 Widows of India. 281-537-0018. For Yoga/Herbal Malayalam service at 9:30 a.m. Sugar Land) from 3:00 to 5:30 pm) cated at9:00 3905 Arc StreetNoon Houston @ 7:30 PM; Assn. of India. 34th (77018). Darshan Friday: AM - Daily 12:00 and Foundation of India and the WarAarti Widows Welfare 5:00 -St. 8:00 PM Saturday and Sunproducts, call Shekhar 281-242on 1st & 3rd Sunday. Adult Bible Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) Texas 77063 M-F from Contact(Basava 832-585--0001 & Arati Times: 4.30 7-a.m, 5:00 - 8:00 PMis open Saturday and Sun- families who believe in Veerashaiva dharma day: 8:30-2:00 PM anda.m, 5:00 8:00 dharma). Monthly 5000. Web: class at 9:30 a.m. English service classes for children; Study Circle 7:30 AM to 12 Noon and 4 to 7 or 8.30 a.m, 12 noon, 4.30 p.m, 7 day:Call 8:30-2:00 and 5:00 - 8:00 Mahamane PM. BhartiPM Sutaria 281-568families whoprogram believe infor Veerashaiva dharma (Basava dharma). Monthly prayer and discussion on Vachana Sahitya and at 10:30 a.m. on 2nd & 4th Sunfor adults & Devotional singing PM, Sat, and Sun from 8 AM followed p.m, 9 Jay p.m. Sunday Festival: PM. and Call Bharti Sutaria 281-5681690 or Deshmukh 832-541Mahamane programContact: for prayer andSwaminarayan discussion on Vachana Sahitya Prasada. vsnahous orTemple Jagadeesh Sathya Sai centers Call by 713-991-1557 or 281for all. Service atprograms - food to 6 PM. Jain Society of Houston 5.30 pm to 7.30 p.m. Weekly Hindu Satsang Shree Swami1690 oror Jay Deshmukh 832-541- day. 0059 visit www.saum followed by Prasada. Contact: vsnahous or Jagadeesh Halyal 832-744-4166. Sunday program held at two lo261-4603. distribution, canned food drives, invites Jain allwww.saum year Gita for adults; callround. 281- Halyal 832-744-4166. narayan Hindu Temple, under 0059classes or scholars visit Houston: 12127 nursing Telugu(North Christian Fellowship home visits, at Please call Urvashi Jain 713 789 433-1635 or harekrishnadham @ cations Shree NarNarayan Devtutoring Gadi Mar Thoma Church Louetta Rd, Houston; South Telugu Christian Fellowship schools, etc. Contact Venkat Rao 2338.Gandhi Visit lupur. Opens daily from 7 a.m. Library Mar Thoma Church Trinity Mar Thoma Church every(North) Sunday at 5810 Almeda Genoa Houston: 246 Fluor Daniel meets every third Saturday of Dr, the - p.m. 602-503-2249 Ranji for more information. Houston Namadwaar to 12:30 andAlmeda fromor4Genoa p.m. Gandhi Library Mahatma Gandhi Library Book Trinity Mar Thoma Church every Sunday at 5810 Rd. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Malayalam service at 9:30 a.m. on 1st Suga Land, from 3:00 pm to month at Triumph Church, 10555 Raghavan (South) 281-451-8238. Shiv Shakti Mandir A prayer house where the Hare to 8:30 p.m. Daily aarti at 7 a.m. Mahatma Gandhi Library Book Club: Meets 2nd Sunday of each Rd. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Malayalam service at 9:30 a.m. on 1st & 3rd Sunday. Adult Bible class at 9:30 a.m. English service at 10:30 5:30 pm. Sai Spiritual Education W. Airport Blvd., Stafford TX Visit Sanatan Hare Shiv Shakti Mandir, 6640 Rama Krishna Mahaand 7a.m. p.m.English Saturday sabha from Club: Meets 2nd Sunday of each month; 12:30 PM at Arya Samaj & 3rd Sunday. Adult Bible class at 9:30 service at 10:30 a.m. on 2nd & 4th Sunday. Call 713-991-1557 or 281-261-4603. classes for children; study circle 77477 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a Sadhu Vaswani Center Open daily 7 a.m. to 8 mantra continuously chanted. 5p.m to 7 p.m. followed by aarti month; 12:30 PM13475 at Arya Greater Schiller a.m.adults. on 2nd & 4th Sunday. or 281-261-4603. for Service programs of praise, worship andCall fel--713-991-1557 Sadhu Vaswani Center of Housp.m. AllHouston, major asSamaj well time Weekends: 8-11 festivals, AM & 4-7 PM, at 7 p.m. and Maha-Prasad (free Greater Houston, 13475 Schiller Sri Guruvayurappan Temple Rd. Join the discussion of the great food distribution & food drives; lowship.  Worship is in English.  ton holds regular Satsang on 3rd as birthdays,7-8 naam engageWeekdays: AMkaran, & 6-7 PM. dinner). Website www.issotx. Sri Guruvayurappan Temple Rd. Join the discussion of the great man’s autobiography – The Story Hours: Moncall tovisits, Fri 6 a.m. -8 a.m. Thursday and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nursing home tutoring information Chris Gantela of(281) the month andWeekdaily ment and other Kuteeram” ceremonies. Call For Weekly “Gopa chilorg, phone 530-2565. man’s autobiography – The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Hours: Mon to Fri 6 a.m. -8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekends & Holidays: 6 a.m. to noon and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bhajans at schools etc. Contact Sanjay 281-344-0707, or Rev. Vijay GurArti at 7.30 p.m. Call 281-463Pandit heritage Virat Mehta 713-278-9099 dren’s classes and SriSanatan Dharm of Hardik My Experiments with Truth. Call Manish Wani 713-829-6979. ends281-997-0757. &(North) Holidays: to noon p.m. 8:30 p.m. Bhajans Saturdays 7 p.m. to6 8a.m. p.m.; Sundays 95:00 a.m. to 1to a.m. Special poojas Gupta 832-687-6766 or and 0379 or e.mail or Raval 361-243-6539 for rala mad Bhagavatam classes. Call Call Manish Wani 713-829-6979. Maha Sabha Saturdays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Special poojas (weekends and holidays) Choroon (Annaprasam) for kids, Sondip Mathur (South) 832-215Sri Guruvayurappan Temple Gaudiya Math puja or other ceremonies. 281-402-6585; visit www.godiWest Indian Religious Organiza(weekends and holidays) Choroon (Annaprasam) for kids, Thulabharam, Vahana Pooja, Nirapara. Temple is located at 11620 8675 Hours: Mon to Fri 6 a.m. -8 a.m. Shri Govindji Gaudiya Matha Heartfulness Gauri Siddhivinayak (GlobalMeditation Organization tion called Sanatan Dharm Maha Thulabharam, Vahana Pooja, Nirapara. Temple is located at 11620 Ormandy St (77035) Tel: 713-729-8994 email: temple@ and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekis a Hindu Vaishnava temple of Siddhivinayak Heartfulness Meditation is a Sadhu Vaswani Center forGauri Divinity). Sabha Branch # 377 is located Temple Ormandy St (77035) Tel: 713-729-8994 email: temple@ ends & Holidays: 6 a.m. to noon Sanatan Dharam and worshipping practical technique Sivalaya of tuning in- Sadhu Vaswani Center of HousSaumyakasi Temple at 26100 Tina TX Darshan from 7Sivalaya a.m.our to 8is p.m. Preksha 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.onBhaplace of Shri ShriLane, RadhaKaty, Krishna, wards to experience higher ton holds regular Satsang 3rdMeditation Sri Saumyakasi lo- and 77494. Durga Mata Pooja is held Darshan from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Preksha Meditation daily. All major festivals as well jans Saturdays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Shri Gaur Nitai & Shri Ram Chinmaya MeditationPrabha, with someone New facilities of JVBand Preksha of the month daily Meditation Center. Classes for Yoga cated 10353 Thursday everyMandir Friday 7 pm to14102 9.30 daily. All major festivals asyogic well as birthdays, naam karan, 9 a.m. toofCall 1 JVB a.m. Special bar. isfrom open daily from facilities Preksha Center. Classes for Yoga who has the capacity ofengageandNew Meditation under guidance by Meditation Samani jis and discourses. At Arti at 7.30 p.m. 281-463Synott Road, Sugar Land, TX Sundays pm. Contact Ram Sharma @ as birthdays, naam karan, engagement and other ceremonies. Call poojas (weekends and holidays) 5.30 AM until 8.30 PM. We urge and Meditation under guidance Samani jis and discourses. At 14102 transmission cantimings: help youMonday explore 0379 Schiller Road (off Hwy 6 bet by Bellaire and Westpark - 77082). Tel or e.mail 77478. Temple 713-412-9985 ment and other ceremonies. Call Pandit Pradip Pandya 832-466Choroon (Annaprasam) for kids, you to make a special effort to Schiller Road (off Hwy 6 bet Bellaire and Westpark - 77082). Tel theFriday: Heartfulness practice more to 9 a.m.- 12 Noon and 5 281-596-9642. Pandit Pradip Pandya 832-4669868 for puja and other ceremoThulabharam, Vahana Pooja, Nijoin our Sunday services regularly deeply. are no charges for 281-596-9642. p.m. - 8 There p.m. Saturday and Sun98688:30 for5645 puja and other ceremonies. At Hillcroft 701, rapara. Temple is located with your family & friends. The at 11620 Yogpeeth this, and we invite you toSte day: a.m.-2 p.m. and 5experip.m. Patanjali Exciting Summer Camp nies. At 5645 Hillcroft Ste 701, Houston, TX 77036. services are held Ormandy St. (77035) Tel: 713theCall unique benefits this -ence 8 p.m. Bharti Sutariaof281Free Yoga ClassesPatanjali every Sat/SunYogpeeth at Arya Samaj fromfrom 8 am5.30PM to 9:30 Houston, TX 77036. to 7.30PM followed by todeli729-8994 email: temple@ gurutransmission. Workshops832on a.m.Free 568-1690 or Jay Deshmukh every Sat/Sun at Arya from am 9:30 CallYoga AnilClasses 281-579-9433. For other freeSamaj classes, call8Indra 281cious prashad. Daily Aarti times Veerashaiva Heartfulness and medi- 541-0059 orrelaxation visit Samaja www.saum a.m. Call Anil 281-579-9433. For other free classes, call Indra 281537-0018. For Yoga/Herbal products, call Shekhar 281-242-5000. Web: Veerashaiva Mangala Aarti5:30 am. Bhog Preksha Meditation tation are held weekly VSNA Houston isSamaja athroughout group of 537-0018. For Yoga/Herbal products,: call Shekhar 281-242-5000. Web: and Aarti 12:30 pm. JVB Preksha Meditation Center Houston, at 11 VSNAincluding HoustonSaturdays is a group of and Evening Aarti Siddhivinayak Temple amGauri at India House. Web: www. conducts weekly Meditation, Yoga - 7:00 pm. Enroll your child in Sri Darshan from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Swadhyay WANT TO HOST SUMMER CAMP? Vedic School. We offer sessions inside YOUR its Govindaji; Email: houston. daily. All major festivals as well PARTNER WITH US & HOST YOUR SUMMER CAMP AT INDIA HOUSE Hindi classes for all ages. 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