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Ekal Vidyalaya’s Annual Fundraising Event Raises Funds for Over 1,400 Schools

HOUSTON: Thanks to the gen-

erosity of local Indian diaspora, the Houston Chapter of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation successfully raised over $525,000 in charitable donations to fund over 1400 nonformal schools across tribal and rural India at the Chapter’s annual fundraising event, held on Saturday, August 27. There are over 1.5 million children in over 55,000 Ekal schools across the country. The event, held at Stafford Center of Performing Arts, included a dinner and the Bollywood song entertainment program, titled ‘Ek Alag Si Shaam’. The program was performed by a very talented group of local Houston artists, led by Salil Bhadekar, the famed Sa Re Ga Ma Pa winner of both Hindi and Marathi editions. About 1200 attendees were thoroughly entertained by Salil and the female vocalist, Manik Joshi, and their musicians, as the three-hour long concert took them down the memory lane, with thoughtfully composed sequences of songs, originally sung by the stalwarts, such as Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Yesudas, Manna Day, Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhosle, among others. The soldout auditorium at Stafford Center turned into cheering and singing along audience, as Salil delivered some of super hits of the yester years in an inimitably entertaining style. As the night progressed, Salil and his crew also enthralled the audience with their farmaish songs – having received close to hundred individual song requests during the breaks. The event kicked off with the “lamp lighting” (removing darkness of illiteracy with light of education) ceremony led by the Consul General of India, Dr. Anupam Ray. Many prominent local philanthropists and dignitaries, including Dr. Renu Khator, the Chancellor and the President of University of Houston, also participated. Naren Chavda, the President of Ekal Houston Chapter, welcomed the guests and talked about the tremendous progress

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made by the Ekal movement in the 26 years since its inception. He also expressed his gratitude to the guests and donors for their generous pledges sponsoring Ekal schools. A captivating Ekal Abhiyan DVD was played (also found on YouTube, titled, “Ekal Stepping Forward 2016”). A few of the attending dignitaries, including Drs. Ray and Khator, as well as some of the new Ekal donors, made a brief appeal for the charitable cause, while articulating their passion and commitment to the Ekal mission. Among many volunteers helping ensure a smooth and well-coordinated event, noteworthy mentions were high school and college students from the area. Their enthusiasm to give time for charitable causes was evident, especially in light of the new school year having just started. “The passion, support and commitment of our donors and the dedication of our volunteers made this event such a success,” said Dr. Vivek Pradhan, Ekal Houston Chapter PR Officer, in his Vote of Thanks. “While much has been accomplished, a great deal more needs to be done to maintain the momentum in this journey.” asserted the new, incoming Ekal Houston Chapter President, Pankaj Desai, while also personally acknowledging multiple Ekal donors. About The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, USA: The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation is a tax exempt, registered, non-profit service organization dedicated to bringing education & village development to rural India. The overriding philosophy is to take a holistic approach to social and economic development. The Ekal movement is the largest grassroots, non-government education movement operating in remote and tribal villages of India. Ekal presently operates in 55,000+ villages, educating over 1.5 million children. Ekal Vidyalaya’s goal is to raise the necessary funds to run 100,000 non-formal schools across tribal and rural India by the end of 2015. For further information visit www.ekal.org and click on Who We Are or What We Do, or contact us at ekalusa@ekal.org. For further details contact Dr. Vivek Pradhan, Public Relations Office, Ekal Houston Chapter, vivek. pradhan.hou@gmail.com

Salil Bhadekar and his crew in action, mesmerizing the audiences with their performance

Ekal volunteers with Salil Bhadekar and team

Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India (Houston), addresses the audience

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Stunning Celebration : Festival of Flowers for Janmasthami at ISKCON of Houston

HOUSTON: On Thursday, Au-

gust 25, there was an extraordinary festival held at ISKCON of Houston to celebrate Janmashtami - Lord Krishna’s appearance day. This celebration was extra special as it also marked the 30th Anniversary of the installation of our Texas-sized deities, Sri Sri Radha Nila Madhava, at the Houston temple . Additionally, this was the first time our deities were bathed (abhisek) with thousands of rose petals. The affair began a few days prior as delighted volunteers assisted in preparation of stunning decorations for this memorable observance. A plentiful of vibrant roses, carnations and mums touched with baby’s breath were carefully assembled by devotees to complement the already admirable temple room. A unique touch were strands of popcorn that decorated the altar beams vertically with red carnations giving the altar a resemblance of an entryway to heaven where the deities dwell in their divine presence. The deities looked glorious with their outfits of burnt sienna resembling the color warm orange palette of a morning sunrise. Thousands of guests made their way into the temple room to glance upon the deities all day and evening long. Just like one embraces a new day, in taking the beauty of the earth’s morning hues, every person present embraced the warmth of Sri Sri Radha Nila Madhava as they radiated pure brilliance. As is a big birthday bash for Krishna, there were a plentiful of things occurring on temple grounds. Lively kirtans were held while the beaming deities were bathed in rose petals throughout the evening. The grounds couldn’t be more inviting as there were booths for newcomers to become acquainted with the day’s celebration. There was a welcome booth along with tilak booth, ISK-

CON 50 booth, Japa booth and Nila Madhava’s Boutique. For congregational members, there was a booth for Goswami Academy, abhisek and jhulan (swinging) of baby Krishna. The booth for henna art was quite active with girls getting gopi designs on their smiling faces. This glorification of Krishna’s appearance day was enhanced by special guests, His Holiness Veda Vyasa Swami and Consul Mr. R.D. Joshi. Cultural programs included dances to celebrate Lord Krishna, music, singing and interfaith prayers. Other entertaining performances included Hindustani classical bhajans, semi classical dances, classical Odissi dances and Polish dancers all of which surcharged the atmosphere with their energy. The Hare Krishna kids also performed their contemporary dance to the captive audience. Interfaith participation included prayer by Dr. Zahra Jamal, Associate Director for community engagement, Boniuk Institute, Rice University; Lowell A Davis, Executive Director of St.

Basil’s Singers and students Summer learning school of St. Basil’s school of Gregorian Chant Campus ministry, University of St. Thomas; Bahai prayer; Veronica Ajak and family presented Christian catholic prayer; Islam prayer by Saif Hassan with Aga Khan Council. The ISKCON youth group, Jiva Jago, presented a remarkable drama about Krishna’s appearance. Every participant’s performance and prayers was received openly and amicably. This wonderful cultural program incorporated different faiths and performances showcasing unity in diversity. As the evening progressed closer to midnight, a class was held by HH Veda Vyasa Swami glorifying Lord Krishna’s appearance. He reminded all - just as the sun is always there, regardless of whether it can be seen or not, Krishna too is always there. He also advised that we use this body in service to Krishna because everything belongs to him. That is exactly what occurred at midnight during aarti and kirtan. Devotees used their arms to reach over Krishna and Radharani to

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shower them chest deep with rose petals. Others used their eyes to take part in the festivities. Everyone used their voices to sing in devotion the maha mantra. Many devotees danced in ecstasy in their euphoric state of love! Afterward, devotees immersed themselves in sumptuous prasadam. The following day, Friday, August 26, was a much more intimate family-oriented celebration of the appearance day of our beloved Acharya and spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is the Founder-Acharya and spiritual mentor of the Hare Krishna movement. Disciples and grand-disciples of his as well as devotees glorified him. They thanked him for the transcendental knowledge he has bestowed on us fallen souls, the international Hare Krishna family he created and most importantly, for showing us what true love really is – loving service to Krishna and to one another. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was showered with love, admiration and sweet sincere words of


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gratitude. He was also showered in ‘tons’ of rose petals for his vyasa puja with elated kirtans and blissful dancing devotees. Showering our spiritual master in rose petals was a first time for the Houston devotee community. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the devotees enjoyed prasadam in the company of one another. Somehow, it seemed that his birthday feast consisted of endless cake as he had four tables of amazing prasadam offerings. It was an extraordinary gathering of souls on the Lord’s birthday and the following day indeed. I have no doubt Krishna was happy, seeing us together in merriment celebrating these auspicious days. We offer our profound respect and gratitude to our Founder-Acharya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, because without him, these two momentous celebrations, with our Hare Krishna family, would not have occurred. Visit ISKCON of Houston, where anyone and everyone is welcomed at 1320 West 34th Street in Northwest Houston. Website: iskconhouston.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Opportunity Fair for Women – A Success

Women’s Voice for Better America, Front Row from Left: Rita Talwar, Neeta Sane, Pam Gaskin, Clara Kuaiwa, Tarik Celik of Star Learning. Back Row from Left: To-Nhu Huynh, Martha Auriemma, Farida Abjani, Mary Figures, Lubna Jamshed, Deepica Sigh, Gayatri Rao, Nargis Ahmed, Tonya Bias, Tramine ChatmanRose, Shefali Patel, Mahtab Moradi, Tamara White, Farah Khan, Maleeha Samee, Karen Overton.


Women’s Voice for Better America, a Houston based-network of women from all walks of life, hosted the first ‘Opportunity Fair for Women’ on Saturday, August 27, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Star Learning, 3528 Texas 6, Sugar Land, Texas. The Opportunity Fair for Women attended by approximately 100 participants, provided free resources, services and information to all the attendees seeking increased access to quality healthcare, cancer-free living, bone marrow registry, job search techniques, small business start-up assistance, financial strategies, investments, civic participation and voting. The presentations by MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann, Indian-American Cancer Network, Ibn Sina Community Medical Center, DAYA-Houston, Workforce Solutions, SCORE Houston, New York Life Insurance, Wealth Development Strategies and League of Women Voters energized women to further their goals in life. Women’s Voice for Better America is a multi-ethnic organization dedicated to the advancement of issues that pertain to women. The organization’s focus is on increasing women’s access to healthcare, careers, entrepreneurship, finance, voter education, family support and civic engagement. For more information, visit www. NeetaSane.com/OpportunityFair or Women’s Voice for Better America on Facebook. Contact Neeta Sane at 832-279-8601 for further information.

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Maha Puja was performed with great fanfare and turnout in honor of the Holy month of Shravan at Sri Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple in Houston on August 28. Over 300 devotees were present at the Yajna, and Maha Prasad was served to all in attendance. The Priest of Sri Gauri Siddhivinayak Houston, Pandit Pradip Pandya would like to personally thank all the devotees who made this event a success..

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students, some parents and fellow artists were genuinely heartfelt, with so much emotion and warmth coming from almost a dozen of them that there were very scant metaphors or expressions of affection, respect and admiration left to be uttered. Whatever gap there was in their rapture was filled by their deferential body language and tender gazes fixed upon their Guru who sat smilingly on the sofa besides the Indian Consul General Anupam Ray as they paid tribute to him. It had been the desire of the students of Pandit Suman Ghosh to hold a reception for him and they approached Ray with the idea of doing so at the CG’s house in Memorial. In the short five months that Ray has been in the Bayou City, he has shown his deep appreciation for the Indian arts and literature by his involvement with the community in programs – like the International Yoga Day and with Samskriti in the Incredible India - that highlight them. Ray has shown that he is not a captive of the mundane, but an intellectual drawn to an unconventional perspective of life. Interspersed between the speeches were short videos from two of Ghosh’s contemporaries Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, a tabla virtuoso and percussionist with numerous awards including two

Grammy nominations, and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, creator of the mohan veena and a Grammy winner – who also heaped praise upon him. What mattered most to Ghosh were the words of praise that his own Guru, the renowned Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, shown in a video and uttered at a concert in Houston, saying that “his student had gone two steps ahead of him.” As the evening’s emcee Sunanda Vashisht explained, Jasraj paid the tribute after an incident with a shlok which Jasraj had composed long ago while both men toured extensively in Mumbai, but had forgotten about and lost in the ensuing years. The composition came back to Jasraj’s mind one day but he could not recall it and so he contacted Ghosh. Fearing that the composition would disappear into oblivion, Ghosh immediately set out to retrieve and recreate this shlok called Nandkumarashtakam and then presented it in front of his astonished Guru. Pandit Ghosh began training at the age of 7 under the guidance of his mother Monika Ghosh. Later he trained under maestros like Pandit Shrikant Bakre, Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, and finally, the living legend of Indian music, Padma-vibhushan Pandit Jasraj and started offering concerts by age16. Ghosh taught at Jasraj’s School of Music in Tampa, Florida before moving to Houston and then started his own school – The Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston - in Sugar Land in 2008. As a testament to his personal involvement in their musical journey, nine teenage students of his - Aamani, Amiya, Bhavi, Deepshikha, Devangshu, Jaytirth, Meera, Prasun and Saarang - sang two shloks while Ghosh himself played the harmonium in accompaniment. Sunanda Vashisht opened up the program with a detailed description of Ghosh’s impact on the musical scene in Houston and internationally, describing him as “a performer par excellence, path finding guru,

research scholar, writer and a visionary”. Consul General Ray gave a few introductory remarks after which others in the audience spoke in admiration of Ghosh’s work, intense humility and dedication first to his students and the annual Saadhana Unmesh concert that they present their skills at. Pat Jasper, the Executive Director of the Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife and Traditional Arts program, spoke of her admiration for the pursuit of musical excellence in the Hindustani style of schooling – the Gurukul - from a tender age which has produced the artist Suman Ghosh. Suresh Raghavan, a parent of one of the students explained how Ghosh was a guru with high energy, dedication and encouragement imparted education and even helped shape worldviews in as close to the traditional Indian style of schooling called Gurukul. Another parent, Sangita Vennelakanti, spoke of Ghosh as a path finding Guru who can transform lives. S o n a l Bhuchar, a former Fort Bend

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Hundreds Throng Mata Di Chowki by Puneet Khurana at HWS

The congregation hall was packed for the performance and the late night parshad and dinner.


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been among the busiest days this year for the Hindu Worship Society and the crowds kept coming, despite being hampered by parking. The main congregation hall was standing room only, well into the night as the faithful came in to be part of the adulation for the Goddess Durga, in a late night ecstatic performance in true Punjabi style. The occasion was the Mata di Chowki performance by New Delhi-based religious artist Puneet Khurana who held the audience spell-bound by his high-volume delivery just in front of the deities this past Friday, August 26 at the temple complex on Wirtcrest Road. Khurana’s backup musicians were seated on a dais just off to the side while the faithful were seated on the floor in full view of the deities. Puneet Khurana is a well-known

religious singer who has shot to fame with his vibrant delivery and performances and has three bestselling CDs - Maa Mere Bhi Ghar Aana, Jai Ganga Maiya Ki and Sai Ji Meri Jholi Bhardo. Khurana and his group are on a 30day tour of eleven states in the US and started it off at the HWS Houston with the Friday night performance. By coincidence the Chowki was celebrated coming alongside Janamashtami this year. In North India this special Mata di Chowki and Jagran poojas are usually offered anytime towards invoking the strength of the Maa Durga. These are among the highest attended religious functions, and apart from temples, many people may hold them to receive blessings of the Goddess for special projects or functions they are going forward with. Temple organizers of this Mata di Chowki performance by Khurana and his group were delighted by the outpouring of support and the estimated 400 people who attended the single-night event. There was the late night parshad and dinner (catered by Bombay Brasserie) as the Chowki came to a resounding conclusion around 11pm. The Hindu Worship Society was

Puneet Khurana and his group performed at the Mata Di Chowki at the Hindu Worship Society on Friday, August 26.

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Swami Ramdev in Houston

From left: Shekhar Agrawal, John Mendelsohn, Swami Ramdev, Ed Emmett, Durga Agrawal. Photos: Bijay Dixit

Swami Ramdev ji and Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor of the University of Houston System

Audience Enjoying Swami Ramdev Pravachan



Swami Ramdev visited New York, Toronto and Houston a week ago teaching what he is living proof of – the physical and mental benefits the practice of yoga brings. Lithe in his saffron robes and a sense of serenity around him, the Swami greeted his ardent followers everywhere he went with one message: Yoga for health, happiness and inner peace - a teaching he has been espousing relentlessly for over two decades. As Chief Guest at the Independence Day Parade in New York, he inspired a crowd of 30,000 to be good citizens of their Karma Bhumi and proud Indians of their Janam Bhoomi. He enlightened doctors at the LIJ Northwell Hospital in New York on inner peace and addressed several gatherings of Indo Americans on wellbeing

and happiness with yoga. On August 23, Houston got a mix of all of the above. A roomful of over 1000 Houstonians, eager to understand how yoga can bring inner peace to stressed minds and bodies, greeted the “Sant of Haryanvewala” at VPSS Haveli. President of Patanjali Yogpeeth USA Shekhar Agrawal got the proceedings underway by inviting Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Dr. John Mendelsohn, Past President of MD Anderson Cancer Center to say a few words. Judge Emmett encouraged the gathering “to take Swamiji’s knowledge and wisdom out of the room, in our hearts and distribute it to make the world a better place.” Dr. Mendelsohn who introduced Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2001 described him as “first and foremost a teacher, an entrepreneur of the

largest and finest pharmaceutical company in the world and a true nationalist” Seated upright in a half lotus pose, Swami Ramdev dwelt on the connection between good health, inner peace and yoga with humor and a healthy dose of practicality. In a mix of Hindi and English, he guided the crowds through a collective OM and a series of Pranayam exercises which he explained connected one with the divine power to awaken the chakras, self-healing and self-realization. The root cause of misery, Swami Ramdev elaborated, is the sense of inner incompleteness which is cloaked by the pursuit of materialistic pleasures. He offered a solution: Meditation – a practice that stills the mind and connects one with the divinity or Divyata within you. The rising divinity leads to the feeling of oneness, the recognition that what is in me is in you or “Ekatva as it is known in Hindi and brings inner peace. He added that no outside force can make you happy or complete. One can only experience it within oneself. Often breaking into a smile or laughter, Swamiji emphasized that being a yogi does not mean distancing oneself from the world. As a yogi, he stated, he did not want anything for himself but worked 18 hours a day for the welfare of others. He pointed out that Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd, which provides livelihood to 100,000 people directly and 1 million indirectly, is the only company in the world that plows 100% of its profits in charity and education. Swamiji claimed he hasn’t missed a day of yoga since he was 9 years old and proved it by standing on his head, demonstrating some fast paced Sun Salutations, several pushups and back exercises. When the applause died down, he asked the gathering, with a perfectly straight face, to practice CONTINUED ON PAGE



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these asanas every day! Swami Ramdev also shared some basic tenets of healthy living: 6 hours of sleep, rising early, eating raw vegetables and fruits, avoiding meat, eggs and salt with milk products, chewing thoroughly, and drinking water one hour after a meal. The three things, he further reflected, one must never do are “inaction, reaction and wrong action.” He also stressed the fact that anger leads to acidity and negative

Guru Pandit Jasraj’s life as an example of someone who chose to be faithful to his quest to be his personal best as a classical vocalist and turned down offers of help by his father-in-law, the filmmaker V. Shantaram, to be in a singer for Bollywood movies. “I came from this tradition and took up classical music in that spirit,” he said, adding his most memorable moment was when he sang Vandematram

at the Indian Parliament in 1997. Ghosh complimented Consul General Ray, noting that his name “Anupam” meant “unparalleled” which he truly was. Ray acknowledged the compliment and also said that next year, the Consulate’s Republic Day program would be a concert of all young Indians from Houston. The evening concluded with dinner and a recital by Ghosh to the appreciative audience.

chemical reactions in the body, causes aging and reduces one’s lifespan. A passionate educator, Swamiji outlined his plans of starting 500 Acharyakulams across India and a world class university spread over 1500 acres near Delhi, India that would offer topnotch education in all streams. A sum of about $3.5 billion has been earmarked for his educational projects. He also spoke of his vision of building a huge medical facility that would cater to the needs of the poor. Swami Ramdev capped the eve-

ning by thanking the trustees and volunteers of Patanjali Yogpeeth USA who put together the event with the support of the Hindus of Greater Houston and VPSS Haveli. Chairman of Patanjali Yogpeeth USA, Brahm Aggarwal joined Swamiji on stage to offer Shradhanjali to Pujya Pramukh Swami of BAPS. Earlier in the day, Swami Ramdev met a small group of high level educators including Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the University of Houston.


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18 September 02, 2016 Servants to Smart Phones

Not so very long ago, middle class India’s favourite con-

versational topic was servants (now referred to as domestic executives). Servants took priority even above one’s baba log. After all, the baba log were there to stay, at least until they went away to college, preferably in the US, or got married to the person you’d chosen for them. There was no such certitude of tenure with regard to servants. Raju may have worked diligently for you for eight years and you’d got to think of him as a part of the family. Then one day he’d say he was going to go to his muluk, promising to be back in a month’s time, and off he’d go, never to be seen again by you. Or your next door neighbours would snaffle him from under your nose with the lure of 200 bucks a month more than what you were paying. Servants were a constant source of tension and of talk. But now that full-time servants are getting rarer, thanks to a growing economy which offers more avenues of alternative employment, they’ve been replaced in conversation by another ‘S’ word: Smart phones. By a law of inverse proportion, as servants get fewer, smart phones get more plentiful. Now everyone seems to have a smart phone, including the Rajus of yesteryear. And everyone’s constantly talking not just into their smart phones but about their smart phones. How many GB does your phone have? you’ll be asked. I’d always thought GB was short for Great Britain – never mind that it mightn’t be so great after Brexit – but in this context GB apparently refers to something called giga bytes, whatever the heck they are. Then there was this mysterious Fauji that everyone was carrying on about. Who was this aspirational armyman? A new version of ‘Jai jawan, jai kisan’? But it turns out that Fauji is not Fauji at all but 4G, which is better than 3G, whatever that is. So servant talk has given way to smart phone talk. But in a way it still remains servant talk. Because as our obsession with smart phones shows, we’ve become servants to the damn things. -timesofindia.com



How many ways can you love your

country? Actually being Indian is the first way, by which I mean holding an Indian passport. In my case, three passports. This is because Indians are required to get advance visas for most countries, and I travel a lot. So I have to carry with me two expired passports which have long-term valid visas. I have never really worked outside India much but I know there are some Indians who have kept their passports even though their entire working life has been spent abroad. The music conductor Zubin Mehta is one such person. Amnesty International’s Secretary General in London, Salil Shetty, is another. Mehta for many years led the New York Philharmonic and was the only member of the group required to queue up for a visa when they travelled but he chose to retain his Indian passport. The second way that India can be loved is by loving Indians. I mean all Indians. Those of your faith but also those of different faith and different caste and different language. Those with whom you agree and equally those with whom you do not. Those who eat meat, of any sort, and those who do not. To love all Indians is to love India in reality. To love the lines on a map is to love a symbol. The third way to love your country is to learn its languages, as many as you can. Gandhi said all Indians must learn Hindustani in both the Devanagari and Perso-Arabic script. I have taught myself to do both but I do not agree that all Indians should learn Hindustani. The fourth way to love India is to understand its classical music and its poetry. This comes mostly in adulthood because Hindustani music is mature and its mood is not joyous but melancholic. It is not possible to truly understand this country and its people if one does not understand what Khayal and Carnatic are and why they are rendered in the way that they are, with the singer’s eyes closed. I know many poems by heart, like Shelley’s Ozymandias, but the one that moves me most every time I read or listen to it is Nag daman, by

Narsinh Mehta (who wrote Gandhi’s favourite song Vaishnav Jan). Nag daman is about how the boy Krishna battles the snake Kalia but does not kill him. It does not embarrass me to say that I am often moved to tears when I hear this poem, especially when it is set to simple music. The fifth way to love India is to love its food. This is not to say that you must hate the food of others. I am open and some years ago on a visit to Vietnam, I ate snake and dog on the same day in Hanoi. I enjoy Japanese food a lot but the food I prefer is Indian. Above all I like the food of the peasant Patidar, which is a thick bajra roti (called Rotlo in Gujarati) and a vegetable with some garlic chutney. I eat it most days for lunch and I could eat that every day for the rest of my life. The sixth way to love your country is to read and know its Constitution. India has one of the longest constitutions in the world but what I mean is knowing the opening bits, the preamble and what it signifies, and what the fundamental rights promised to us actually mean. It is one of the greatest documents on earth and should be absorbed by more Indian citizens. The seventh way is to honour those who serve. To me the teacher is more important than the sportsman. The sporting victory promotes a nationalism that is hollow and one that inevitably wanes. I do not hate sportsmen but I do not hold their contribution as

being of any great significance. The eighth way I love India is by paying my taxes. I do not take any pride in doing this because it is what I have to do. But most Indians do not pay their income tax. Of these, most are not required to because they are either poor or they are exempt. I am not referring to them. I ask those Indians of the upper class and middle class who cheat on their taxes: do you love India? You will say yes. I say no. The ninth way to love your country is by empathising with its people. To feel the pain of the marginalised and the weak. To be hurt when Dalits are hurt, to be humiliated when adivasis are humiliated, to feel ashamed when Muslims are persecuted, as they often are in our country. The last way in which we can love our country is to be open to its contradictions and its differences. Imposing a uniformity on such a vast place, whether a uniformity of language, of religion, or of personal law, of food preferences, or of music, is to me to not love this country in whole. These to me are the principal ways we can love our country. To me, everything else is incidental. You may disagree with and perhaps dislike this view and even hate me for it. But I will love you just the same. IE Aakar Patel is the executive director of Amnesty International India. The views expressed here are personal.


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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi - Part 14


he story thus far…Newspaper reporters from all over the world were there to report the progress of the Gandhi’s satyagraha. The march ended on April 5 at Dandi village. Gandhi and his selected followers went to the sea shore and broke the salt law by picking up salt left on the shore by the sea. Gandhi then gave a signal to all Indians to break the salt law and prepare to resist the police action in a nonviolent manner. Heeding Gandhi’s word, all over India people swarmed to the nearest sea coast to break the salt law. Great excitement was created everywhere. Only a few people knew how to make salt, but the people soon found their own ways of making it. All that mattered was the breaking of the salt law. Gandhi and other leaders had made arrangements for the continuation of the agitation if they were arrested. A chain of leaders had been chosen, so that as each leader was arrested another would be ready to take his place. The government waited for some time before taking any action, and then at last retaliation began. Gandhi was left at liberty, but many other leaders were taken into custody. Jawaharlal, Mahadev Desai, and Gandhi’s son Devadas were the first to pick up salt to break the law and be sent to jail. In dealing with the breakers of the salt law, the police resorted to their usual brutal methods. The Indian National Congress was declared illegal. Some newspapers, threatened with censorship, suspended publication. The people held hartaals (strikes) and demonstrations, and mass arrests were made. Soon the jails were overflowing. The people remained nonviolent, lest Gandhi should call off the movement. Gandhi then informed the Viceroy that he was going to raid the government salt works at Dharasana. Lord Irwin decided to act. Two English officers, with pistols, accompanied by many Indian policemen armed with rifles, arrived at Gandhi’s camp in the middle of the night. They woke Gandhi and said, “You are under arrest.” Gandhi was taken to Yeravda Central Jail and was thus absent for the raid on the Dharasana salt deposits. The salt deposits were surrounded by barbed-wire fencing and protected by four hundred Indian policemen armed with steel-toed canes. A few British officers were in command of them. Gandhi’s volunteers halted some distance away from the fence. Then a select group of them advanced towards the fence. Police officials ordered the volunteers to disperse but they ignored the warning. Suddenly the police rushed at them and rained blow after blow on the defenseless men. Not one of the volunteers even raised an arm to stop the blows. They fell down, some with broken skulls, some with broken shoulders, arms,

or legs. When the entire first batch had been knocked down and carried off on stretchers, another batch advanced to meet the same fate. The campaign went on for hours. Finally, as the heat of the day increased, the volunteers stopped their activities for that day. Among the volunteers two had died and 320 were injured. Gandhi’s arrest had created a great sensation in India and abroad. Representations were sent from all parts of the world to the British Prime Minister asking the government to release Gandhi and make peace with India. Even those who were cooperating with the British demanded the release of Gandhi. Gandhi proved to be more dangerous inside the jail than outside. While he sat quietly in Yeravda Jail, countrywide outbreaks of civil disobedience were greatly taxing the British. The jails were full. The government was in distress and finally, in 1931, had to release Gandhi, Nehru, and other leaders.As soon as Gandhi was out of prison he asked for an interview with the Viceroy, Lord Irwin. The interview was immediately given. Gandhi and Irwin met, but the two men seemed to have come from two different worlds. Gandhi did not go to seek any favors. He wanted to negotiate on terms of equality. The meeting went on for many days and finally the talks culminated in a treaty, the GandhiIrwin Pact. It embodied compromises made by both sides. Irwin agreed to release all the political prisoners, and Gandhi promised to suspend civil disobedience and send a Congress representative to the Round Table

Conference. At the time, in London, the British government was holding a Round Table Conference on the future of India. The Gandhi-Irwin Pact was a victory for nonviolent resistance. But some of Gandhi’s Congress followers thought that he had not gained much as a result of the pact. Gandhi was designated as the sole representative of the Congress to the Round Table Conference. In August 1931 he sailed for London with a small party. Gandhi went to England with the object of reaching an agreement with the British on a fair Constitution for India and also of winning the hearts of the British people. In his first object he failed, and in the second he met with great success. Gandhi spent 84 days in England and most of the time he was meeting and talking to people. Prime Minister Winston Churchill refused to see him but Gandhi captivated the hearts of many. He had tea with the King and Queen. When a reporter asked him if he thought he had been dressed well enough for such an august tea party, Gandhi replied, “The King had on enough for both of us.” At the Round Table Conference nothing was conceded to India. The Conference played up the differences between Hindus and Muslims, and this only served to worsen communal tension in India. Gandhi returned with nothing except warm goodwill for India from the hearts of many English people. At home, Gandhi found that the government had returned to the policy of repression. There were widespread arrests and seizure of property and bank accounts of people and organizations who were hostile to British interests. Early in 1932 Gandhi wanted to meet the new Viceroy, Lord Willlingdon, but the Viceroy made it clear that the days of negotiations were over. Gandhi informed the authorities that he was again starting a civil disobedience movement. The Viceroy thought it was a threat and had Gandhi arrested and lodged in Yeravada Central Jail. Several other leaders and many followers of Gandhi were also arrested and jailed. — To be Continued next week

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HOUSTON: Certification brings

visibility to a business and promotes growth. This was the message shared by 8 panelists at the Annual IACCGH Supplier Diversity event held at the Hess Club on August 23. The event which drew over 100 attendees is in the words of Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia “a continued commitment by the Chamber to educate the community about the benefits of certification as a Women or Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE).” Welcoming the gathering, President Joya Shukla also emphasized the Chamber’s commitment of connecting diversity suppliers to corporations. Chief Guest, VP Fred Whipple highlighted Shell’s efforts to encourage supplier diversity for the past 20 years. Today the Company had redoubled its efforts to build more suppliers as it fosters better cost structure among other benefits. Affirming that “no organization stands alone” Moderator Jewel Smith of CenterPoint Energy invited the panelists to share “resources and nuggets of information” that would be important for business success. Houston Minority Supplier Diversity Council President Ingrid Robinson underscored the fact that Certification validates a Company’s status as a 51% minority owned business to major corporations. In addition to certification, HMSDC also helps suppliers connect with companies, advocates on behalf of minorities and provides access to national/international markets.


Supplier Diversity Lunch and Learn

innovation” that suppliers brought to the table. Donovan Casanave outlined Shell’s guidelines that would help a supplier “fit into their corporate pipeline” HMSDC Past President Richard Huebner, considered the father of Diversity in Houston, was also present in the house and was presented

Supplier Diversity Panel, from left: Shurronda Murray, Carlecia Wright, April Day, Ingrid Robinson, Jewel Smith, Donavan Casanova, Marian Nimon, Annie Lidge, Cindi Salas Photo: Bijay Dixit

“Get every certification you can get” was Women Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) President April Day’s advice. Certification by the WBEA assured Corporates that the woman owned business had been “vetted” and given the stamp of approval. The organization, she noted, also helps in capacity building programs and opportunities to connect with other Women Owned Businesses. Carlecia Wright from the City of Houston stepped up to stress that “certification can be leveraged in many ways.” The Office also certifies on behalf of Texas Transportation facilitating suppliers interested in working with METRO, TxDOT or the airports. The office also helps suppliers navigate the business process and offers free legal service once a month. METRO’s External Relations Of-

ficer Shurronda Murray encouraged the gathering to register as a Vendor and get certified as a METRO Small Business Enterprise. Certification by METRO is free, good for 3 years and race and gender neutral. It also offers eligibility to bid on contracts with SBE goals and notice of procurement opportunities. Midway, the dialogue turned to four corporate representatives who outlined the qualities they looked for in suppliers. Each of them added a supplier diversity success story. Global engineering giant FLUOR’s Supplier Diversity Manager Annie Lidge described high safety records as an overriding factor in choosing a supplier. MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Marian Nimon spoke of supplier credibility and quality commitment while Cindi Salas of CenterPoint Energy highlighted the “creativity and

a plaque for his efforts in promoting the concept of supplier diversity. On behalf of the Chamber, he presented plaques of appreciation to the panelists. The Chamber is hosting its 17th Annual Gala at the Hilton Americas on September 9th with Keynote Speaker Bruce Culpepper President Shell USA. For more information, please log onto www.iaccgh.com

Spectacular Janmashtami Celebrations by the Hindus of Greater Houston


OUSTON: The new academic year in Houston begins with the 27th grand annual Janmashtami celebrations by the Hindus of Greater Houston. We invite all Houston families, friends and neighbors to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) at the Hall B3, George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, September 10, from 6 pm until midnight. HGH has planned special programs for all ages to make this event a grand success and the event is free and open to all.

Meet Dr. David Frowley, popularly known as Pt. Vamdev Shastry a Padma Bhushan Awardee for his work on Yoga and Vedanta, and listen to his inspiring speech and interactive session on Hinduism and the modern world, an extract from his best seller “Arise with Arjuna”. As a tribute to Pramukh Swamiji, who led the BAPS Sanstha and took it to greater heights and prominence in the world, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir organization will present a




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Indo-American Charity Foundation’s Health Fair A Success SUGAR LAND: On Saturday, Au-

gust 27, almost 100 patients were seen at a health fair hosted by the Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF). Patients began lining up as early as 7:30 a.m. even though the health fair was not scheduled to begin until 8 a.m. For four hours, patients of all ages came to see three doctors who would provide free consultations for their respective specialties at the ACE Pain Management Center/Medwin Family Medicine & Rehab Clinic in Sugar Land. Dr. Surya Raghuthu of ACE Pain Management provided guidance and tips to those dealing with chronic pain. Dr. Manjula Raghuthu, a family physician, gave assistance to patients dealing with a variety of health issues or those who just needed a regular check-up. Dr. Purvi Parikh, a dentist who is also an IACF board member, also donated her services with free dental check ups. The health fair allowed patients without insurance to get free tests for critical health conditions such as: Diabetes, Kidney function, Liver function, Cholesterol. IACF holds similar health fairs throughout the year by partnering with other organizations and doctors. This was IACF’s second health fair of 2016. These health fairs not only provide benefits through doctor check-ups and testing, but also

Doctors provide free services to local community

privileged and needy with monetary contributions and volunteer work through established and emerging organizations [501(c)3] in the Greater Houston Area. IACF was founded in 1988 by a group of Houstonians of Indian origin (Indo- American) compelled by an altruistic desire to give back to their local community. Their mission to help the underprivileged originated with the effort to fight hunger, and has now developed into a multi-faceted philanthropic endeavor to help those in need of health, education and human services in the Greater Houston Area.

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create a safe environment for people to address health concerns they may be avoiding. To learn how you can support IACF or to become a volunteer, visit

www.iacfhouston.com. ABOUT IACF The Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) is a non-profit charitable organization that helps the under-


video presentation and an exhibition on the contribution of Swamiji. An eye-catching Rangoli (art work) will be displayed at the entrance to captivate the visitors. The hall will be adorned with specially decorated booths, temples and will also hold some commercial booths for those who wish to shop while you celebrate. The evening will commence with the children’s costume contest which isthebiggestparticipationinthewhole of Houston. Other children activities such as art contest, Matki Phod, etc will keep the children enthused. A cultural program of colorful Indian dances presented by professional

Dr. David Frowley

dance schools and groups in Houston will be an audio visual treat. Wear your Indian costumes and dance all night to the foot tapping Garba music performed live by the best singer Kashmira Nayak with Darshak Thakkar on the drums. Dance till you are tired and we expect to increase the pace of the music this year so that we can keep up with the high energy level in Houston. Other items such as, booths by various organizations, beautiful decorations, mouth-watering Indian Snack Food and more will make for a special evening. This celebration is brought to you by the Hindus of Greater Houston whose mission is…. “To bring Hindus Together”. Please visit www. hindusofhouston.org for more information. OR contact Chairperson Partha Krishnaswamy (713-9628523) for event details, Sheetal Rathi (281-597-8794) for costume contest, or Sharad Amin (713-854-0633) for booth information. For more information, see www. hindusofhouston.org


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes

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here are two chutneys that are commonly found in most Indian restaurants, no matter where you go: pudine ki chatni (mint chutney) and imbli ki chatni (tamarind chutney) and these are usually served as dipping sauces to go with all types of fried snacks like samosas, pakores and tikkis or as condiments with fast foods like gol gappas, dahin bhalle or pappri chaat. Unfortunately, in most restaurants both these chutneys are cut with too much water and are runny which makes them thin and hard to savor with snacks. To be true to their taste, chutneys must have the thickness and sticking power of a true sauce. You should be able to see the mint and tamarind adhere to the surface in order to enjoy the flavor. The tamarind tree produces edible, pod-like fruit which is used not only in cuisines but also in medicines and metal polish. The tree is indigenous to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent and was introduced to South East Asia and Mexico and South America in the 16th

century. The tree is long lived, can grow to 60 feet tall and survives in many types of soil. The flesh of the mature fruit is sweet and sour, reddish-brown and the pod contains flattened, glossy brown seeds. The fruit is high in calories and carbohydrates as well as magnesium, iron, phosphorus and potassium and vitamins B1, B2 and B3. In Southeast Asia, it is used as a poultice or balm applied to the foreheads of fever sufferers. Tamarind contains tartaric acid which is a weak acid that can remove the green coat that can cover copper or brass utensils, statues or lamps. The nice part of tamarind chutney is that once it is made, you can keep it in a jar in the fridge for a long time and it won’t spoil. Ingredients: • 100 gm imbli (tamarind) – dried pressed packet • 200 gm gur (brown rock cane sugar, jaggery) • 2 cups thanda pani (cold water) – about 600 ml

1 tsp saunth (dried ginger powder) • 1 tsp mirch (red pepper) • 1/2 tsp jeera (cumin powder) – if desired Directions: 1.Take the imbli out of the packet and place it into a pot with 2 cups of water. Crush the gur into small pieces and also add it into the water. 2.Turn the heat on and let the water come to a boil. When the water has reduced to half, then turn the heat off and let the mixture cool down. 3.Once it is cool, then mash the softened imbli with your hands and remove the outer skin and any seeds. 4.Now add the red pepper and saunth and mix well. Do not add salt to this chutney. If you want to, add the jeera in too and mix well. 5.Pour into a jar and keep in the fridge for long preservation. 6.Imbli di chatni is best served with snacks like gol gappas, samosas, pakore or with dahin bhalle. Shakuntla Malhotra is a skilled cook of Punjabi dishes made in the oldfashioned style that she learnt as a young woman in her ancestral home in Lyallpur (since renamed Faisalabad), India before it became part of Pakistan after the Partition. People have often admired her cooking for its simplicity and taste that comes with each mouthful. Even in her late-eighties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share some of her delectable recipes.


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ENTERTAINMENT:REVIEWS/NEWS ENTERTAINMENT:REVIEWS/NEWS Tiger Shroff Film is Electric Blue-clad Promo of Swachch Bharat

A Jatt superhero who bumbles and

fumbles? Who behaves like a little boy around his formidable ‘bebe’, and is all shy and tongue-tied around a hot babe? Who has, haha, a fear of heights? Sounds like a barrel of fun, no? The first half of A Flying Jatt is not afraid to be silly and is very enjoyable. Tiger Shroff plays a martial arts teacher in a school where he strives lamely to catch his students’ eye, as well as a pretty colleague whom we know is interested in the environment because she clutches a couple of books on the subject to her bosom. No one ever goes to class: it is that kind of film. The pollution, we soon learn, is Enemy No One, riding on the back of the greedy capitalist Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon, camping it up madly) and the evil monster-dipped-intothe-vat-of-chemicals Raka (Nathan Jones, boasting an old-fashioned Bollywood name for a modern-day ‘gora’ villain). When the Flying Jatt’s mum sends him off with the classic ‘jaa, duniya ko bacha’, we laugh out loud. Because, you know, that’s what superheroes do: once they are in costume-and-cape and armed with their super-powers, we know all will be well. Tiger Shroff is a thing of beauty when he flexes his splendid, impos-

sibly toned muscles. He dances like a dream. And because he is still a workin-progress actor to whom fumbling and bumbling and being awkward comes naturally, he is a good fit for his character, even if it’s cobbled together from familiar caped crusaders: bits of Superman and Spiderman and our own home-grown Krrish. He gets able support from Singh as the proud Sikhni with superpowers of her own: no baddie ever invented

waste is a great stroke, but to keep belabouring the point is pointless. Except for a couple of effective scenes, the enormous Jones is a bore. And without the funny bits which kept the pre-interval parts afloat, the faults start glaring. The song-and-dances, bunged in just to show off Tiger’s limber moves, are a drag: Bollywood superheroes can save the world only after the ‘naach-gaana’ is over. Our Jatt Singh-Is-King-of-Kings

can be a match for Bollywood moms. And from Gaurav Pandey as his brother-cum-best-pal. Fernandez has to jump up and down and squeal girlishly, when she is not dancing alongside the Jatt, or not being taken on an aerial survey, all of which she delivers on. The second half goes south. The film starts getting preachy and heavy. Abad guy who fattens on garbage and

superhero needs nothing but his ‘kada’: kryptonite is so last century. Nice touch. But he also needs a plot to help him fly all the way. This could have been such a rollicking film, especially for kids —it had all the ingredients, and an engaging start, fronted by a hero who is light on his feet. Too bad it ends up being a promo for Swachch Bharat. - indianexpress.com


Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar Among Top 10 Highest Paid Actors

NEW YORK: Wrestler-turnedactor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy “Central Intelligence.” Johnson, known as “The Rock” during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular “Fast and Furious” racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. Earlier this week the magazine named “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence the world’s highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million. Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses. Jackie Chan, who has not had a

big US box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the burgeoning Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million. Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film “The Martian.” “Iron Man” Downey fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in “Captain America: Civil War.” He ranked eighth, tied with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, with $33 million. Harrison Ford crept onto the list for the first time since 2009 thanks to his return as Han Solo in the blockbuster new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie and video game. Ford, who also is to reprise his role as adventurer Indiana Jones in 2019, ranked 20th with earnings of about $15 million. Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements. - livemint.com

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26 September 02, 2016

Bravo Magic Seals One-Run Win in 489-Run T20I SPORTS


Hales’ 171 out of 444 for 3 as England Seals Series



AUDER HILL, FLORIDA (ESPN Cricinfo): West Indies 245 for 6 (Lewis 100, Charles 79) beat India 244 for 4 (Rahul 110*, Rohit 62, Bravo 2-37) by 1 run A hurriedly arranged exercise to take a glimpse into the future of cricket economy provided a giddying look into the future of Twenty20 cricket on the field. This was a future of fearless, relentless, calculated, almost unhurried hitting taken to the next level as West Indies first amassed their personal best of 245 only for India to come within two runs of mounting the highest successful T20I chase almost without breaking a sweat. Evin Lewis and KL Rahul, replacing regular openers Chris Gayle and Shikhar Dhawan, smashed hundreds, but in this future bowlers did deal the consequential blows. India bowled superb wide yorkers to concede just 40 in the last four and 64 in the last seven, but the wily Dwayne Bravo outfoxed MS Dhoni and the centurion Rahul by defending seven runs in the last over. India needed two off the last ball, but Bravo made Dhoni wait and wait before bowling a slower ball that was caught by Marlon Samuels at short third man. On a day that some batting records were broken and all sorts of others, and low-flying aircrafts, were under threat - Richard Levi’s fastest hundred off 45 balls thrice, most runs in an over, most runs in boundaries in a team innings, highest T20I score, highest successful T20I chase - the bowling was the story of the day. In particular the last over of the day. When Bravo began it, 483 runs had been scored in 39 overs. Thirtytwo sixes and 35 fours had been hit on a flat deck surrounded by short boundaries. Johnson Charles had looted 79 off 33, playing only five scoring shots on the off side. Playing only his second T20I, replacing Gayle, Lewis had hit five sixes in a Stuart Binny over. Rohit Sharma looked like he could cream his way to another hundred when he scored 62 off 28. Andre Russell, the best T20 cricketer going around today, had just been mercilessly taken for 36 runs in his last two overs.

Alex Hales slams a six over deep midwicket, England v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, August 30, 2016.


Evin Lewis eyes the off side, India v West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill, August 27, 2016.

Bravo had no business even hoping to save this one, especially when bowling to a man batting on a smooth hundred and the other renowned to be one of the best finishers in ODI cricket, Dhoni. In ran Bravo, a ninerun 18th over behind his back, hoping to not concede a boundary first ball, to “try to get into the over”. He had reason to just hope: 20 of the 39 previous overs had been taken for at least a boundary in the first two balls. Bravo did way better, though, bowling a bewitching slower ball, dipping on Dhoni - 40 off 21 at that time - drawing a big edge, but at short third man Marlon Samuels dropped what Ian Bishop called was the “sittest of sitters”. This was the second catch West Indies had dropped; Russell had reprieved Rahul when he was only 36. Rahul had gone on to play a chanceless innings, continuing to run hard despite having been hit on the toe twice. Back to the frustrated Bravo then. This one was full and outside off, Rahul smashed it into the off side, and now was the time to hope this went to a fielder. Straight to the sweepercover fielder it went. Six required off four now. Still a matter of hoping. Bravo’s next ball was on a length, but smartly he followed Dhoni, cramping him up, conceding just the leg-bye. If Bravo and Russell were the big boys West Indies went to with only 53 required off the last four overs, Bravo now went to the big boys of

death bowling. No more mucking around. Bowl them yorkers. The first one was a low full toss, the original call was two as this went to long-on, but finally, at long last, Rahul had had enough up haring up and down with a badgered toe. Also if there had been a run-out - and there could only have been one at Rahul’s end - India would have had a new batsman facing up with four required off two balls. Instead we had the cool head of Dhoni. Against his trusted lieutenant for years at Chennai Super Kings. Bravo bowled the near perfect yorker, Dhoni dug it out powerfully, the ball bounced over Bravo’s head, who got a hand to it, slowing it down. Was this absorbing of the blow that cost West Indies the second run here? Would this have been a single had Bravo not intercepted or would it have beaten long-off to end the game right there? Now time stood still. Dhoni has often destroyed many an inexperienced bowler by bringing the contest to a one-on-one from the 11-on-1 that it is for major durations of the match. The hunter had become the hunted now. Bravo had begun the over with nothing to lose, and now he had left Dhoni in the spotlight. And he left Dhoni on a slow burn. About five minutes went by before he bowled the next ball, but it seemed like an eternity. First a man from the off side was moved to midwicket inside the circle to block that Dhoni bunt into the leg side for a couple. Then once the

field was set, once Dhoni was ready to face, Bravo walked back all the way to long-on for another conference with Kieron Pollard and new captain Carlos Brathwaite. Dhoni had met an equal at mindgames. He had only recently outfoxed Bangladesh when they needed two off the last ball. He was now being given enough time and more whether to go for a boundary or the safe route of getting bat on ball for a single to tie and then see if they could get the bonus second? Bravo, and those who know Dhoni, knew the answer. “Knowing MS,” Bravo said in a flash interview, “I knew he was going to take the safer route.” Bravo said he wasn’t always sure of bowling the slower ball, but once he saw Dhoni move towards him a little, he pulled out that slower dipping offcutter again. Destiny’s child Samuels, twice Man of the Match in World T20 final wins, got another chance as Dhoni edged while trying to push this into the off side for the safer route. Samuels caught it this time. Bravo had taken a stunning catch earlier to get rid of Ajinkya Rahane and had taken the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli without pulling out his Champion Dance, but turns out he had saved it for something special: this. Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

RENT BRIDGE: England 444 for 3 (Hales 171, Buttler 90*, Root 85, Morgan 57*) beat Pakistan 275 (Sharjeel 58, Amir 58, Woakes 4-41) by 169 runs England have produced some astonishing batting feats in one-day cricket over the last 18 months, but they surpassed even themselves at Trent Bridge as they plundered the highest total in ODI history to wrap up the series against Pakistan in overwhelming style. On his home ground, Alex Hales surged to England’s highest ODI innings, finally knocking Robin Smith’s unbeaten 167 against Australia in 1993 off the top spot, while Jos Buttler hit England’s fastest fifty off 22 balls as they tallied a monstrous 444 for 3 to overtake Sri Lanka’s 443 for 9 against Netherlands in 2006. Needing to score six off the final over to set a new high total seemed a formality, but Buttler and Eoin Morgan struggled to lay a bat on Hasan Ali until Buttler connected with a smite through the covers off the last ball to give put England top of the pile. Pakistan, unsurprisingly, did not get close, bowled out for 275 although Mohammad Amir joined in the batting fun with his own 22-ball fifty, the highest score by a No. 11 in ODIs. Yet while it was another one-sided encounter in this series England’s batting had been a sight to behold. Their landmarks, personal and collective, have been regular since the start of last summer. England have never been through a season unbeaten in limited-overs cricket since the game changed to white balls and have only one previous whitewash in a series of at least five matches. Both of those are now very much on the cards.


September 02, 2016


Bilateral Trade Reached USD 109 Billion, GST to Boost it Further: US to India

ullish on expanding economic ties with India, the US on Sunday said bilateral trade has reached USD 109 billion and it will get a further boost from new reforms including GST even as it flagged persisting concerns American firms have on issues related to business climate in the fast-growing economy. US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who will be on a 3-day India visit from Monday, also said that travel and tourism and sub-national engagement have been identified as two new areas of focus to drive commercial cooperation between the two countries in 2017, under which the focus would shift from India and the US to Chennai and Charleston. She said the Obama Administration in the past seven-and-a-half years has made significant progress toward realising the potential of what could be one of the largest commercial relationships in the world. “Our two countries enjoy a thriving trade and investment relationship. US-India bilateral trade reached USD 109 billion in 2015, up from USD 37 billion in 2005. “US and Indian companies are also investing in each other’s economies at record levels. In 2015, US investment in India reached more than USD 28 billion and Indian investment in the United States reached more than USD 11 billion. In fact, US affiliates of Indian-owned firms now employ more than 52,000 workers in the US,” Pritzker told reporters in an interview. She exuded confidence that “India’s rapidly growing economy and the Modi government’s ambitious reform agenda, including the landmark Goods and Services Tax, passage of the recent national bankruptcy law, and liberalised foreign direct investment limits in key sectors, point to-

ward a deeper economic relationship in the years ahead.” Asserting that there is a tremendous potential for the US and India to achieve even more together, the Secretary said she is particularly excited over two new areas of focus that will drive their cooperation in the coming year — travel and tourism and subnational engagement. She described increasing the number of travelers who move between the US and India as a significant commercial opportunity. More than

meet with top investors and network with their international peers. Pritzker, who has been the US Secretary of Commerce for over three years and is a key member of President Barack Obama’s economic team, will be travelling to India for the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and the US-India CEO Forum. During the visit, she will meet Indian entrepreneurs and participate in an event celebrating US-India cooperation on travel and tourism.

US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

1 million people travel between the two countries each year. “While that figure is strong, there is certainly potential for growth,” she added. On sub-national engagement, Pritzker said: “Both US and Indian states play a vital role in driving economic growth and setting business climate policy. Companies choose to invest in Charleston, South Carolina or Chennai just as much as they select the US and India.” Pritzker said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit will highlight India’s strong culture of innovation on the global stage and provide Indian entrepreneurs with an exceptional opportunity to

India and the US have decided to be Travel and Tourism Partner Countries in 2017. On whether the Modi government has delivered on its target of improving ease of doing business score and the feedback from the US companies operating in India, she said: “We welcome Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious efforts to improve India’s business climate and enable greater trade and investment. The recent passage of the Goods and Services Tax, for example, is a truly historic accomplishment with potentially far-reaching benefits for the Indian economy and our expanding bilateral trade and investment partnership with India.” She added: “However, the GST is

just one in a series of steps the Indian government has taken to improve the ease of doing business in India. Since taking office in 2014, the Modi government has passed the national bankruptcy law, raised foreign direct investment caps in sectors including defense and insurance, established commercial courts, and ratified the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. “On infrastructure, the Modi government has established Special Purpose Vehicles for smart cities, promoted municipal bonds for urban development, and launched a National Infrastructure Investment Fund. We applaud these reforms and urge the Government of India to prioritise their full implementation.” She further said that while the US companies have responded positively to these efforts, they also continue to raise concerns about persistent business climate issues that impede greater trade and investment between our two countries. Pritzker said: “These include unclear tax policies, burdensome regulations, inadequate protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and onerous localization requirements. Companies seek a more transparent and predictable policy environment, including consistent notice and comment procedures in the rule-making process, in order to plan investments and inform longterm business decisions. “Industry also sees promising opportunities to facilitate trade further through streamlining complex and cumbersome customs processing procedures, implementing a singlewindow approach to government licensing, and increasing predictability and efficiency in government approvals and inspections related to cross-border trade.” - indianexpress.com


India Becomes Fourth Country to Successfully Test Launch Scramjet Engine ISRO’s scramjet engine test launch.

SRIHARIKOTA: India on Sunday became the fourth country to successfully test launch a scramjet engine, The Hindu reported. The test flight, which represents a milestone in the ISRO’s efforts regarding its future space transportation system, took place at the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre launch pad. The purpose of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) experimental mission is the realisation of an Air-Breathing Propulsion System that utilises hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the atmosphere as an oxidiser. The scramjet engines help reduce launch costs by cutting down on the amount of oxidiser which needs to be carried along with the fuel. An ISRO official told Indian news agency IANS that the two air-breathing engines hugging an Advanced Technology Vehicle rocket normally start breathing air when the rocket reaches a height of 11 kilometres. The ISRO said, “With this flight, critical technologies such as ignition of air-breathing engines at supersonic speed, holding the flame at supersonic speed, air intake mechanism and fuel injection systems have been successfully demonstrated.” -dawn.com


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