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Diwali Reception for Mayor Turner at CG’s India House BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA

HOUSTON: Ever since he has

City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with Indian Consul General Anupam Ray and his wife Dr. Amit Goldberg at a Diwali reception in Turner’s honor at the CG’s residence on Friday, November 11.

taken over as the new Consul General of India, Anupam Ray has been busy hosting many dignitaries, community celebrities, Indian national holidays and attending as many events as he can possibly squeeze into his crowded schedule, which also includes visiting the other areas of the country that the consulate serves. He has even renamed his official residence “India House” in alignment with what many other Indian missions overseas are called, (especially the Indian mission in London which is famously known as India House), which often has led to confusion with the India House community center on West Bellfort! This past Friday, November 11, Ray and his charming wife Amit Goldberg welcomed the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner to their India House off Chimney Rock to a packed house of local Indian guests who sat on chairs in the large backyard of the residence. He referred to India as the fastest growing economy in the world and added “we are beginning to

see the growth of multinationals in the US, and Houston has some of them.” He introduced several Indian multinational corporations as well as smaller Indian companies doing business in the Bayou City, and presented them to Turner as they stood on the covered back porch of the house. Turner lit the ceremonial Diwali diyas as Goldberg and the couple’s young son joined in. Several community activists spoke briefly, including Dr. Durga Agrawal of India House, Ramesh Shah of Ekal Vidyalaya, Murad Ajani, Partha Chatterjee of Durga Bari Society, Murad Ajani and Abeezar Tyebji, CEO, Shipcom Wireless. Turner lauded Houston’s diversity and said he hoped to go on a trade mission to India in 2017. “Diversity in reality is a descriptive term. Being inclusive is an action word,” he said. Among the Indian businesses, Rajarshi Gupta of Indian Oil Corporation Videsh, said that energy has created a strong bond between the two nations and leading Indian oil companies such as IOC, ONGC, and GAIL have set up offices here to pursue opportunities. Rahul

Chaturvedi of Reliance Holding USA, said the company has 100 employees here and is investing billions of dollars to build the largest carriers to transport LNG from Houston to India as well as is looking into opening a telecomm business in Dallas. Other speakers were Joseph Alenchery of Infosys; Pooja Shah of Tata Consulting Services; Hetal Shah of Mahindra and Arvindam Bhatacharya of Schlumberger. Jagdip Ahluwalia, Executive Director, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce acknowledged that “He (Consul General Ray) sees this as the next wave of business opportunity between India and Houston.” Sanjay Ramabhadran, a former president of IACCGH who is on the METRO Board and is Chairperson of the Houston Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council (South Asia), closed out the evening telling the Mayor who is a baseball fan that “the Cleveland Indians may have lost the World Series but the Indo-Americans in Greater Houston area consistently keep winning home runs!”

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November 12th, 2016 will go down in the books as one of the greatest parties hosted by Sunny Taj of ABCDHouston. Just like the name, it was a packed house filled with GRAND MASTI all over Midtown’s upscale GAGE Lounge where Houston Party Rocker DJ Zee opened up the night with what one may call a DHAMAAK-E-DAAR set followed by a GRAND DHAMAA-

KA performance by Aamchi Mumbai’s very own DJ Notorious, who never fails to mesmerize the crowd with his tunes. They say pictures can speak a thousand words and Meedu’s photography captured every word to describe the night pretty loud and clear. It’s sure was GRAND MASTI! Sunny Taj expressed, “Any event I host is put together with the intention of making sure that the

crowd has an amazing time and it should be even better than the previous one I hosted. Even today, after hosting events for over 17 yrs, I get nervous when the crowd walks in because I want to make sure I deliver what they came for, but at the end of the night when people reach out and tell me they had a blast, I smile with them because I know that I have delivered. Lastly, You can never have a successful night without thanking people who matter the most. Thank you DJ Zee and DJ Notorious for never failing to impress us. Also the sponsors: Anand & Dr. Ashima Chauhan, Amir Dodhiya (www.amirdodhiya.com), Hamid Lakhani (www.travelguzs.com), Prateek Jain from Energy Guru and Malik Tony from Desi Korner (D K Lounge). Thank you for always supporting my efforts and most importantly, thank you to EVERYONE, who showed up to make GRAND MASTI a success!!



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Moksh Community Arts Premieres with a Bollywood Dance Theatre Spectacular Dil Toh Baccha Hai- Celebrating Children BY MOKSH COMMUNITY ARTS

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Arts announced its arrival on the Houston Arts scene with a emotional and an entertaining performance by Naach Houston: “Dil toh Baccha Hai” (the heart is always young) A mesmerizing Production , from Artistic Director, Mahesh Mahbubani and the Amazing Naach Faculty Anita Vyas, Shah Ahmed, Zohair Alam, Prita Kapoor, Nirju Tailor, & Disha Thadani. A packed house buzzing with excitement, waiting to witness another World of Magic , Music , Dance, Theatre, woven into an emotionally and creatively charged hi energy production. Over 100 Performers waiting in the wings in their first costume, Happy faces with excitement coursing through the veins, Energy waiting to be unleashed into a memorable performance. “Dil toh Baccha Hai” as the title suggests is set around the idea that the heart is always young. This dance show case featured dancers as young as 4 years old and as old as 75 – all of them, young at heart, of course. Naach Houston’s recreational dance team along with the Naach Houston professional dance team performed four mesmerizing acts , interspersed with three student acts. Mausam, a celebration of four seasons of love; Night at the Movies – a tribute to the spirit of cinema showcasing a variety of songs and dances; Dil Toh Baccha Hai – a contemporary rendition exploring the issue of emotional child abuse and Superstar – a fun segment capturing the essence of being a superstar. The show opened to a full house with the foot tapping “Muqabla” featuring Naach Professional dance team in red LED cowboy hats – a hint at cultural collaboration “The Texan Bollywood” , followed by the film credits. The first act, Mausam had theme

based songs according to the season – Summer interpreted with Lets talk about love an Indo Jazz dance piece, followed by the Monsoons ‘ghanan ghanan’ from Lagaan inspired by folk dance styles , Winter interpreted through spaces within relationships, in contemporary dance style. Spring expressed its with “Saj Dhaj ke” lighting up the stage with vibrant performers. The student showcase that followed included songs ‘Chalak Chhalak’, ‘Chhota Baachha’ Love letter and ‘Aaj mein Upar’. Act 2 opened with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ‘Maston Ka Jhund’ a high energy dance followed by a fluid Indian contemporary dance piece ‘Mohe Rang Do laal’ inspired by Kathak. The Piece was Performed exquisitely by Jaanvi Ramalingam . The Mood switched to ‘Gabru’ a typical Bollywood style choreography, to finish this act with the current favorite ‘High Heels’ from Ki & Ka, performed in hip hop dance style. The Third act the title act On emotional child abuse Awareness. Opening with Blue umbrella interpreting the innocent and happy nature of a child, followed by a stark and beautiful dance rendition of the title track Dil toh Baccha hai in contemporary style.

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Zohair Alam, from the Naach Theatre group, performed a moving monologue depicting emotional child abuse, his story, he spoke to the audience from his heart followed by Jagoo power-

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ness class Bombay Jam Moksh Community Arts’ outreach program taught by Mahesh Mahbubani at the T E Harman senior center sugar land, since 2104, featured the young-at-heart Senior Citizens. This act brought the audience to its feet with Ticket to Hollywood and Fabulous. The final act Superstars opened with ‘Jabra’, followed by the epic ‘Deewani Mastani’ performed with grace and elegance by Simki Palicha, with mesmerizing costumes and intricate choreography. Mahesh Mahbubani came on stage and thanked the audience, the Diamond sponsor Amiralli Dodhiya of New York Life,Our Platinum sponsors Manish and

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ber 11, was a glittering evening of giving and celebration as the Indo American Forum of Fort Bend hosted The Spirit of the Holidays event at the Safari Texas Ranch. Attendees from diverse backgrounds joined hands to raise funds for earnest causes that meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Over the last 12 years, Indo American Forum of Fort Bend (IAF) is engaged in promoting proactive citizenry by providing a platform for community service. In a true Indo American spirit, the scintillating ambiance paved a way for an evening of Boots, Bangles & Bindis. Over 300 participants dressed and exhibited genuine spirit of the Holiday Season. Underwriter of the event was Zion Strategic Financial Services Group headed by Omar Saeed. Other major supporters of the event were Memorial Herman Sugar Land Hospital, Pioneer research Solutions APAAR/Munday Architects. Commissioner James Patterson, City of Sugar Land Council Members Amy Mitchell and Harish Jajoo graced the event. Sonal Bhuchar fabulously emceed the event. The program included wonderful dances – Diya Dance by The Layaa School of Dance, Flamenco Dance by Ritmo and Fuego, Philippino Tinikling Dance by the Filipino Young Professionals,These Boots Were Meant for Dancing by the


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Original 300 group and Dhamaaka Bhangra Dance by University of Houston Students. The variety of dances reflected the rich cultural celebration of diversity in the Fort Bend community. The Chairman of IAF Dr. Subodh Bhuchar applauded the support of all attendees and their organizations. Dr. Bhuchar re-

flected on the mission of IAF and invited youth to get engaged in community service. On behalf of Indo American community, select charities that serve the local community were recognized and supported with a donation. Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Education Foundation, Literacy Council of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Seniors – Meals on Wheels, Behind the Badge, Lunches of Love, Fort Bend Women’s Center and Youth in Philanthropy. These organizations touch and serve many needy people and worthy causes. Event Chair and Incoming Chair Minal Shah extended a vote of thanks and appreciation to all who made the event possible. A sumptuous dinner catered by Bombay Brasserie tickled the palates of all the guests. DJ Deep thrilled the attendees with head spinning Bollywood and Bhangra music and no one wanted to leave the dance floor,which was packed.’ IAF invites the community to come and enjoy its signature event ..NAVRATRI Garba on September 29, 2017 .



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The inflammatory rhetoric of the just concluded Presidential election and the bigotry that it has exposed across many sections of the country and layers of society have made it amply clear that there needs to be a protector of the rights for the beliefs of minority groups. Often the bigotry comes out in subtle remarks made by people in power, such as of Clay, West Virginia Mayor Beverley Whaling who made a derogatory and racist remark about First Lady Michelle Obama, and resigned on Tuesday, November 15 under pressure. Other everyday instances born out of ignorance or malice, if left unchecked, can have a profound snowball effect. That was illustrated by Sheetal Shah, Hindu American Foundation’s Senior Director based in New York, of a case in which a Hindu woman decorated the door of her apartment with the Hindu tradition of a swastika. A neighbor in the co-op building complained it was a Nazi symbol and she was asked to remove it and when she refused, the situation escalated. The woman called Shah and the HAF was able to explain the religious significance and mediated a settlement allowing the woman to display the symbol. Shah was one of the speakers at the Hindu American Foundation’s annual fundraiser, held once again this past Sunday evening, November 14 at India House, with a buffet dinner catered by Dawat Catering. She went on to explain, with a slide presentation, how pervasive the negative portrayal of Hindus has been in textbooks and across many policy-making bodies like school boards, city councils and county offices. She made the case for the HAF’s desire to become the group that all infringements

on Hindu rights and issues are referred to so that it could act and protect them through its advocacy and lobbying efforts in Washington, DC and through directors, staff and a leadership council spread across cities in the US. Shah followed on to describe how the organization was formed 13 years ago “around a kitchen table in Philadelphia” and has grown now to an office on 910 17th Street in Washington, DC run by 9 fulltime staffers and with a budget of $1.3 million, who lobby for issues and run several programs, such as internships for students interested in policy work. One such person was Anita Kapyur, a senior at Rice University, who shared her experiences as an alumni of HAF’s 2016 signature internship program on Capitol Hill after interning for Representative Ami Bera of California District 7. The HAF has six chapters nationally, and the Houston one is headed by HAF Director Rishi Bhutada who organized the fundraiser. Shah explained the HAF Vision to “advocate for the promotion of dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism”. Priya Prasad emceed the event and the invocation was by Kruthi and Keerthana Bhat, classically trained musicians who are recipients of numerous awards in India and the US, and Vikram Sheshadri and his wife lit the ceremonial diya. Bhutada proudly exclaimed that the event was sold out to a packed house of 200 and that $70,000 had been raised prior to the event; and later through the evening and during dinner, another $50,000 was raised. He then touched on the areas in which he has led the effort to correct textbooks and influence media like in the Take Back Yoga campaign, and policy as in renewable R1 religious visas. Seetha Aiyar, HAF’s Director of Philanthropic Partnerships explained how they HAF wanted to raise

its budget to $5 million so that it could add more staff and tackle more issues. The fundraiser paused to give Sanjesh Dhanja, founder of President of Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust, and Kiran Kumari, General Secretary of PHS, to speak about their work in Pakistan for equal rights of Hindus who are being ostracized for their faith, and young girls forcibly converted to Islam. They showed clips from their movie “Thrust Into Heaven” which was shown later the next day at the Keshav Smruti. The evening concluded with a stand-up routine by comedian Rajiv Satyal who has performed before in the Bayou City and for the HAF events across the country. Satyal performs weekly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and has being featured on NPR, NBC, and Nickelodeon, Satyal co-founded a seven-city tour in India in 2012, titled “Make Chai, Not War” that was covered on All Things Considered and recognized on Capitol Hill. His routine brought out loud laughs and applause for its self-depreciating pokes at Indian idiosyncrasies.

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in their allotted 20 overs. The game was still in balance as Cougars are known for their excellent bowling attack and their ability to defend small totals and ECC is known for their batting depth and prowess. Bhaskar from ECC set the tone for the chase with a couple of sixers in the first over. Prabhu Prashant got Ashok Balasubramanian cheaply in the next over but Gautam Singh and Bhaskar played sensibly to take ECC to 30/1 in 4 overs. Subbu and Krishna bowled some incisive overs but ECC started accelerating through some classical batting by Gautam and some innovative modern day batting by Bhaskar. Bhaskar fell for 25 but George Issac joined Gautam and both played some sensible attacking cricket to keep the scoreboard ticking at a fair pace. Gautam (43) fell with one run required to win and George (40*) finished the match and ECC cantered home in 15 overs for the championship. The game was followed by a well-organized prize distribution ceremony arranged by TCC. Mr Sudhi Seshachala graced the occasion as chief guest. He was lauded for his contribution and support to cricket in Houston. Jagadish Biradar, the organizer of the tournament coordinated the presentation

ceremony. TCC extended thanks and appreciation to Dinesh Kasliwal from Gladiators for his wonderful voluntary service in the scheduling of the tournament. Vasu Parupudi, the captain of Eldridge Cricket Club (ECC) was presented with the championship trophy and Ashwin Tandon, the captain of Cougars was presented with the runners up trophy. Man of the match for the finals was Gautam Singh from ECC for his excellent match-winning performance with the bat. Saad Sallahuddin from Woodlanders won the Best batsman with 283 runs, Bhaskar Saripella from ECC won the best bowler with 19 wickets, Kiran Muppala from ECC (233 runs 11 wickets) and Subbu Upadhyaya (202 runs and 12 wickets) from Cougars won the Best All Rounder, and Swaroop CK from Cougars won the Best Wicket Keeper with 34 catches for the tournament. This year there were a spate of centuries and all the centurions namely Rajendran Nair from STYX, Subbu from Cougars, Saad from Woodlanders and Megnath from Houston Titans were awarded special awards as was Srini Kolan from Gen X for taking a Hat-Trick.


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termined crowd to come out for an early weekday morning, 7:30am breakfast at the Junior League in the Uptown area, but that’s how you have to describe the supporters of the Houston Chapter of the Habitat for Humanity. The truly committed bunch of directors, volunteers, supporters and advocates for affordable housing in the Bayou City fought the morning rush hour traffic on Wednesday, October 26 to come to the 90 minute event that was truly to the point. The annual event allows the Houston HFH to feature their achievements and at least one homebuyer who is fortunate enough to qualify for a home built by the organization. This year that was Joe Schumack, a veteran, who attended the breakfast and will close on a 1,646sf, 3 bedroom, 2-car garage home in Brentwood valued at $118,000. The event began with a welcome by Sherman and Nicole Lewis, the Brick and Mortar Sponsors and Breakfast Chairs; with Sandra Torrance introducing Joe Schumack and invocation by Rev. Harvey Clemons, of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Allison Hay, the Executive Director of the Houston HFH spoke of the “deep thinking, collaboration and innovation” of the guest speaker as she introduced Jim Pate. KPRC TV news anchor Owen Conflenti did an onstage informal conversation style interview with Pate. Pate has become somewhat of a legend among the HFH community nationwide, and even internationally, for his dedicated and inspirational style of motivating volunteers, suppliers and community activists to build homes for those who can otherwise not afford them. He established the Dallas Chapter of the HFH, and in 2001 became the Executive Di-

At the Habitat for Humanity’s early morning Building a Dream Annual Breakfast on Wednesday, October 26, from left the Joint and Wall Sponsors Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy (a HFH Director) with Gaynell Dexler, Board Chair of Houston HFH behind them; Manisha Mehta, Farida Abjani, Rosmein Premji, guest speaker Jim Pate and Jawahar Malhotra.

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rector of the New Orleans Chapter and had driven down from the Big Easy for the event. Pate explained how he had been able to involve college students in the effort and his work overseas in the Philippines, South Korea, Botswana and Hungary (the country of the first overseas homes sponsored by the founders Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter) to build homes. Pate described his experiences with a folksy humor and explained that in Dallas he was building 40 homes a year. He then described the nightmare that unfolded after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in November 2005 and how he was able to recruit and mobilize thousands of volunteers to clear up the area of debris and gutted out

2,400 homes. “Of the 101 HFH homes we built, there was almost no structural damage,” he said proudly. “And we are building 30 to 35 homes a year now.” From the Indian community, Leela Krishnamurthy has been a Board Director of the Houston HFH for the past five years and has been a dedicated supporter and fundraiser. She was joined at her table by her husband Nat who is always by her side, and other IndoAmericans Manisha Mehta, Farida Abjani and Rosmein Premji. Brief closing remarks were made by Tanya Williams, who stood in for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who was busy on the campaign trail during the recent national elections.




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OUSTON: CRY, Child Rights and You America Inc. (CRY America), a 501(c)(3) non- profit that works towards ensuring children their basic rights to live, learn, grow and play will host the 13th CRY Walk for Child Rights across 16 cities. The annual walk brings together people from varied walks of life, who feel passionately for children’s cause. The event provides them a platform to help children secure a better future and reinforces the belief that the ability to change lives lies within each one of us. Walkers and runners alike, in Houston are invited to participate in 5k walk on November 20, 2016 at Lost Creek Park (3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479). Chief Guest for the Walk, Pandit Suman Ghosh will launch the event at 9:30. Events will include kid’s performances, music, face painting and fun activities for kids. The participants will also be


able to buy funky CRY merchandise like T shirts to support the cause for child rights. The annual event is not just a space for families to have an outing but also to support and ensure opportunities are provided to all children and bring lasting change in their lives. The national sponsors of the Walk 2016 are Star TV, TV Asia, Air India, Stratus, Shani International, Mera Sangeet and India Abroad. We appreciate the generous support of our event sponsors, media sponsors and donors in enabling this event. The volunteers, fundraisers and team leaders who have relentlessly worked to organize this event in aid of underprivileged children, deserve a special mention. Speaking about the event, Shefali Sunderlal, President, CRY America said, “Only when children are given the right opportunities, do they realize their full potential, aim for their

dreams and achieve them. Raising awareness and fund support by participating in CRY Walk is a step forward in ensuring that children get these opportunities and a chance at a healthy, successful life.” CRY America has thus far ensured that 618,915 children living across 3,084 villages and slums have access to education, healthcare and are protected from violations through support to 70 Projects in India and the USA. About CRY America: CRY, Child Rights and You America Inc. (CRYAmerica) is a 501c3 non profit that is driven by its vision of a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. With the support of over 25,153 donors and 2,000 volunteers, CRY America has impacted the lives of 618,915 children living across 3,084 villages and slums through support to 70 Projects in India and USA. For more information about CRY America or CRY Walk 2016, visit www.america.cry.org, email support@cryamerica.org or call 6179591273. For more information about CRY America or CRYWalk 2016 in Houston, visit http://bit.ly/2dfPsav or contact us directly by phone Mousumi Banerjee at 832-841-5727, Dharam Bali at 832-341-1142 or Ruchika at 281-944-8050.



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OUSTON: Anita Mantri passed away on November 10, 2016. She was the shining star for her parents, long-time Katy residents Vishakh and Shubha, her sister Trisha, and grandmother Kumud Vaidya. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Rice University in 2009, Anita was accepted into the M.D./Ph.D program at Texas A&M College of Medicine with the intent to pursue aerospace medicine. Her dream was to become a NASA flight surgeon, in order to research how the space environment can lead to clinical solutions for health problems on Earth. Throughout her career, Anita also worked at the NASA Ames Research Center as well as the NASA Johnson Space Center. Earlier this year, Anita was awarded her Ph.D after successfully defending her dissertation that examined the effects of oral contraceptive pills on bone’s response to exercise and spaceflight. Through her research, Anita was given the incredible opportunity to present to NASA officials and

(1986-2016) members of the United States House of Representatives. At the time of her passing, she was a third year medical student doing her clerkship rotations at Houston Methodist Hospital. She was also the president of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO), a member of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Council, and a Space Life Science fellow for the National Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). She enjoyed serving as a teacher for home-schooled students with kidney

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EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Returning Stolen Antiquities

High Stakes Gamble



With Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly defending

the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in recent public speeches, there’s no denying that the move is a high stakes political gamble for BJP. Though aimed at fighting black money and counterfeit currency, the exercise has also caused much hardship to the common man. Aside from long queues at banks and ATMs, people facing medical emergencies or planning weddings have been hit hard by the cash crunch. The situation is even worse in small towns and villages where banking penetration is weak. Yet, despite the inconvenience caused, the public has so far been largely supportive of the demonetisation move. They hope that it will fight corruption. But if the cash flow isn’t normalised soon and queues at banks and ATMs remain long, this supportive mood could quickly flip. It isn’t clear that the government has prepared adequately for the demonetisation effort. Even accounting for secrecy, it could have taken steps such as increasing the flow of Rs 100 notes and quietly recalibrating ATMs for the new notes, that would have mitigated public hardship. The move is risky as it could alienate a core support base for BJP: small traders and businessmen who largely deal in cash. In recent days, they have seen their supply chains dry up and customers dwindle for the want of liquidity. The pain can’t be sustained for long. BJP might want to advertise the demonetisation effort as a surgical strike against black money. But given India’s economy depends largely on cash, and 85% of the currency in circulation was in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination, the move is nothing short of a full-blown conventional strike with massive collateral damage. Given the nature of Indian politics, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that opposition political parties will use this opportunity to attack the government. We have already seen West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee try and reach out to arch rival CPM to corner the Centre on the issue. The upcoming winter session of Parliament is likely to be stormy with political battle lines clearly drawn – BJP will continue projecting demonetisation as a bold move to fight graft while opposition parties will highlight the plight of the common man. BJP’s strategy will work to the extent the government is able to stem the cash crisis quickly. -Times of India

he industrial-scale plunder of Indian antiquities over the three decades is shocking to say the least. Since 1980, around 20,000 idols, sculptures and other antiquities have been stolen and sold in foreign countries. Their market value is estimated at $10 billion although, in cultural terms, many of the pieces are priceless. This excludes those items looted during the colonial era and in the decades immediately after independence. It is important to recognize that the systematic plunder of our antiquities is not the work of small-time thieves acting independently but part of a sophisticated international mafia that includes criminal gangs, corrupt government officials, well-known art experts, and auction houses. These are often the same global networks used in recent years by the Islamic State (IS) to sell artifacts stolen from sites in Syria and Iraq. Note that items are systematically identified and targeted. They were often taken from iconic, protected monuments such as the Jain temples on Mount Abu, and visitors will be shocked to know that they are frequently shown modern replicas. Unfortunately, there was almost no effort till recently to stop the plunder. Not a single artifact was brought back between 2000 and 2012. The situation has since improved a bit with the Indian police, particularly Tamil Nadu’s Idol Wing, arresting a few kingpins. The role of the trade in funding the IS has made foreign governments more vigilant.Authorities have also been helped by a network of art history enthusiasts led by Singaporebased Vijay Kumar who have tracked down several pieces in galleries and museums around the world. As a result, around 20 pieces have been retrieved from abroad in the last two years. Another 2,900 seized items are currently lying with United States authorities alone. Hundreds more have been identified in Switzerland and Britain. However, this is barely a drop in the ocean and the flow of stolen items, on balance, is still outward. Repatriation is often hampered by the slow pace at which paperwork is processed by the Indian bureaucracy.

From a bronze Ganesh statute to a Jain figure of Bahubali, the US returned more than 200 pieces of artifacts to India during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June. (PTI file photo)

Even as criminal investigations are expanded, there is growing debate about what the authorities should do with the antiquities that have been retrieved? For some, it is obvious that the pieces should be given back to the individuals or institutions from whom they were stolen. However, there are others who feel that the pieces should be kept under the custody of the government and the best pieces should be displayed in museums. Having considered the matter from different angles, I have concluded that the artifacts should be sent back to their place of origin unless there is an overriding reason for not doing so. First of all, there is a simple principle that applies to all stolen goods. Whether it is a car or a piece of jewellery, the first claim remains with the original owner. No one else, including the government, has a natural claim. This should apply to antiquities as well. Expropriation by the State is not justice. Second, it is not obvious that the government will prove to be a more responsible custodian. Indeed, many pieces have been stolen from archaeological sites, monuments, and other sites managed by the government. For instance, crores of rupees worth of Vakataka-era coins were stolen from Nagpur University. Even the report on the theft went missing till it was finally traced in April this year. Indeed, it has been alleged that the slow pace of repatriation paperwork is partly due to the fact that government agencies do not want to acknowledge that certain pieces were

stolen from under their noses. Third, the experience is that retrieved antiquities are rarely displayed and end up in a warehouse. Indian museums are in a poor state and unable to exhibit even their existing collections. The famous Pathur Nataraja, for instance, was retrieved from Britain in 1991 but has not been seen since. Such an approach serves no purpose. Art history lovers have no access to the artifacts even as there is continued risk that the pieces will be stolen again and/or replaced with replicas. Finally, one needs to recognize that many of the items, particularly the temple idols, are part of a living tradition. Their creators did not see them as isolated pieces of art but as part of a broader cultural ecosystem. This is different from how we treat ancient Greek or Roman statues that were part of a dead culture. In contrast, returning temple idols to their place origin is important for preserving the associated culture and tradition. In fact, the real beauty and meaning of these idols are only apparent when they are seen in this context. It is not enough to end the plunder of our antiquities. We need to let our gods return home. The only sensible way to prevent future theft is to document them carefully in a publicly accessible National Antiquities Register. A properly documented artifact is worth little in the international black market and consequently much less likely to be stolen. -Hindustan Times


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IACAN: Meditation & its Benefits

HOUSTON: One of the goals of IACAN

is to provide support for the survivors and their care givers. IACAN plans and carries out several outstanding therapeutic activities that enable the survivors to share their experiences with others who are going through the same journey. These therapeutic activities help to educate, entertain, ease and exchange pertinent information among the survivors and care givers. One such activity is MEDITATION. IACAN had a very successful session on Meditation and it’s benefits on Saturday, November 5, at 6200 Savoy Drive. Roopa Naidu – Vice President at JP Morgan and a Heartfulness Meditation Trainer, conducted a very informative lecture on Meditation. Roopa had an excellent rapport with the participants. She started the session with an icebreaker activity and made the group feel at ease right at the beginning. She explained about how the Heartfulness meditation trains the mind to become peaceful, more focused and so the worries of everyday life can be tackled. She led the participants through a relaxation process starting from the toes to the head. After the relaxation, she guided the group to focus on the heart. The participants tried to focus their mind on their heart and not let the mind wander on to other things. She explained that the nature of the mind is to wander The way to train the mind to stay on one object or thought is to gently remind the mind to come back and focus on the heart. She assured that with practice, one will be able to achieve this skill and the most important thing is to start the practice of meditation and continue to do this every day. She said that Meditation helps to relieve stress, improves immune system, enables a good night rest and improves concentration. Everyday life is filled with activities and we feel that we do not have the time to do meditation. It is her firm belief that if you spend a little bit of time on meditation, you will be able to accomplish a lot in your day. Meditation gives you a calm mind through which you can experience your inner self. Mediation helps to get rid of anger, agitation, depression and insecurity and makes life a peaceful one. This informative session was followed by a healthy lunch. The participants were happy to experience the process of meditation. We are indeed thankful to Roopa for guiding us through the journey of meditation and attain a state of peacefulness at least for a little bit of time. IACAN hopes to bring lot more therapeutic activities in the future and serve our community IACAN contact information: iacannetwork@gmail.com, website-www.iacannetwork.org and Phone: 713-370-3489




OUSTON: “The World Diabetes Day” was commemorated on the 12th of November 2016 in Houston by VYASA, a research based yoga organization. The event was hosted at India House with a great success with over 100 participants benefiting from it. Two prominent Houston doctors spoke at the event about the nature of diabetes, how and why it affects people and how YOGA can help manage and mitigate Diabetes. The information lecture session was followed by the actual practice of yoga specifically helpful for diabetes. The event was brought to close with traditional prayer offering thanks and was followed by delicious Sattvic lunch sponsored by local couple, the Jilledimudi family. The event was thrown open at 9 am sharp by the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. The lamp was lit by the chief guest Dr. Manish Rungta and the speaker Dr. Ulupi Choksi. Dr. Rungta, who is a gastroenterologist and the present president of India House Inc., offered the Key note address and spoke about the anatomical causes of Diabetes and how it has become a veritable epidemic in our modern society. The key note address was followed by a brief overview of VYASA by Shri Rajeev Limaye, a VYASA yoga teacher. Various activities of VYASA which range from Yoga research at M D Anderson Cancer center on different cancer like Breast, brain, lung etc., Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) an ambitious project to control and manage diabetes throughout India and USA, providing professional YOGA Certificate Courses, yoga therapy certification courses and the Harris county Juvenile probation department were the highlights that was gracefully presented by Shri Limaye. The main speaker Dr. Choksi who followed the VYASA overview spoke elegantly on the

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Vyasa Houston Observes World Diabetes Day The presentations were followed by actual YOGA therapy protocol specifically for the control and management of Diabetes for a full 75 minutes a combination of postures, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. This practice was based on the research from VYASAat Bangalore, India. The program was kindly sponsored by Dr. Durga and Sushila Agrawal. Various upcoming programs of VYASA such as the next YOGA Instructors class starting January 2017 and the next Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) camp starting in February 2017 were also announced before adjourning for lunch. Thus the event that lasted half a day came to a close. VYASA Houston & Sewa international have been jointly organizing Stop Diabetes move-

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basics and understanding of Diabetes and the role of yogic lifestyle, left no doubt in the minds of the attendees as to the lifestyle choices that result in Diabetes and the role of yoga to control and manage the same. She also highlighted the genetic propensity of the South Asians for Diabetes and that they have to be doubly careful of their diet and lifestyle choices. An interesting

Yoga session during world Diabetes Day

result of the research she shared with the attendees was the fact that Stress has a role to play in the development of Diabetes; which is where she tied in the use of YOGA and the tremendous benefits it offers for the management of this disease. Dr. Choksi is an endocrinologist from Woodlands and the past president of American Association of Diabetes.

ment – SDM, a community based yoga research program for managing Diabetes through yoga in and around greater Houston area. Over 100 Diabetic participants have benefited from this already. For more information on Stop Diabetes camps please contact vyasahouston@ gmail.com or visit www.vyasahouston.org.


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes Seven Spices Garam Masala

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y popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Garam Masala recipe. Its mama’s own recipe, and seeing how expensive garam masala is in the stores, it may well be the best way to go! Garam masala (literally “hot mixture”) is a blend of ground spices which are common in India, Pakistan and South Asia. The word “garam” is used in the Aryuvedic sense to mean “heat the body” or elevate the body temperature because its origin lies in agni or the digestive fire. It is an essential ingredient in all Indian dishes and adds aroma to the food, especially if it is freshly made. The composition of garam masala varies with the region and the recipes in which it is used. In North India, the spices are blended in a powder, but in other parts of India, they can be ground with water, vinegar, coconut milk or other liquids to make into a paste. Some South Indian recipes use nuts, onions or garlic and others may use hing (asafoetida), chili, dagadphool or kalpasi (stone flower) which releases a strong woody aroma and flavor; and kababchini (cubeb) which smells a lot like cloves. When toasted, the masala releases its flavor and aroma. Each of the ingredients have their own influences on the body, but as a whole, garam masala has at least 9 benefits, according to Aryuvedic medicinal claims. It fights disease and builds immunity; is an effective pain killer; slows-down the aging process; promotes weight loss; increases the ability to absorb vitamins, minerals, and proteins; relieves gas, heart burn, and

soothes an upset stomach; lowers blood-sugar levels and educes bloating and aids in detoxification. This recipe is for the Punjabi style of garam masala that I grew up with in my ancestral homes in Lyallpur and Jhung. You will find many variations of it in the bazaars in Delhi, and of course many ready-made ones sold in grocery stores. The important point to remember is that it sprinkled on top of the prepared dish and not into it while cooking. When making garam masala, do not add too many cloves as it will they will color the dish and make the food appear black. If you do not want the too much aroma, you can avoid using jaiphal (nutmeg). Also, you can go easy on the jeera (cumin) if you like. This is my own tried and true recipe and once you use it, you’ll discover you can save a lot of money over retail garam masalas.

Ingredients: • 150gm kali mirch (black pepper) • 150gm jira (cumin seeds) • 50gmmottiillachidanna(large black cardamom seeds) • 50gm dal chini (cinnamon) • 50gm saunth (ginger powder) • 20gm jaiphal (nutmeg) • 20gm loung (cloves) Directions: 1. Remove the seeds from the cardamom and place in a bowl. Break the cinnamon sticks into small pieces and set aside. 2. Combine the ingredients and crush them into a fine powder in a mixee or blender. 3. Pour the powder into a tight fitting glass jar to keep out humidity and keep in the aroma. 4. Use a small amount per dish, but always add it at the end by sprinkling it on top, especially on dals (lentils) and other curries. 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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ditya (Farhan Akhtar) seeks redemption. A freak incident disturbs him deeply. Unable to let go, he moves to Meghalaya for some soul-searching and immerses himself in humanitarian causes. Back in Mumbai, Joe (Arjun Rampal) now owns a posh club and judges a reality show. He is rich but numbed by succumbing to mediocrity. KD (Purab Kohli) still hopes to reunite with the two once again and make music someday. While most sequels are remakes of the original, credit goes to Shujaat Saudagar for showcasing a new chapter in the lives of the members of ‘Magik’, the Rock band that caught our fancy eight years ago. The cult musical drama swayed the aficionados of Hindi film songs, luring them to rock music. Abhishek Kapoor’s fresh take on friendship tugged at your heartstrings with its effortless storytelling and legit conflicts between characters and within themselves. He didn’t tell you what you should be feeling about the protagonists, allowing you to inter-

pret their vulnerabilities and distinct personalities. Thus, you could relate to a Joe Mascarenhas, who is forced to compromise on his values and sensibilities to ensure he puts food on the table. Shujaat takes the camaraderie between Aditya, KD and Joe forward, this time adding the dilemma of Jiah (Shraddha Kapoor) to their existing set of traumas. While the gorgeous actress is a welcome addition to the group and renders a fine performance, her track s e e m s forced and out of place. Overall, acting is one of the highlights of the film with Farhan, Purab and Arjun in particular, being extremely effective. Marc Koninckx’s cinematography is remarkable and deserves a special mention as well. On the flip side, Prachi Desai continues to play the mature wife, who yearns for the companionship of her regret-prone husband. Shashank Arora, who was terrific in Titli, gets nothing significant to do here either. Also, the script is a major downer. It is way too contrived, directionless and morose to hold your interest.

With no strong conflict point to hold it all together, the story goes haywire. The narration tries too hard to manipulate your feelings and spoon-feed emotions by explaining the unsaid thoughts of the characters, depriving you the joy of discovering it for yourself. Given the genre, the music of this film is a huge letdown. Barring the Usha Uthup track, it is not a patch on the former’s iconic songs. Having said that, we are still open to a third instalment, provided Magik finds a valid reason to reunite. After all, music needs to come from the heart for you to feel it. -timesofindia.com

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Deepika on Padmavati: It is a challenge and I’m ready for it

Deepika Padukone has her plate

full with some top notch Bollywood and Hollywood projects. While the diva has charmed one and all in her glamorous avatar in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage opposite Vin Diesel, fans are also keenly awaiting to see her performance as Queen Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next magnum opus. The actress is understandably excited about the same. Calling her titular role in the film an extremely difficult one, Deepika said, “Padmavati will be extremely difficult and I am ready for that experience and journey.” Deepika who has now completed nine years in the Hindi film industry as a leading actor said that she has a lot more to give in the years to come.”It doesn’t feel like I have completed nine years. It feels like I have a lot more to give. Like I am ready for even more challenging roles and challenging films. And one of those experiences will be Padmavati.” Deepika who recently made her first international red carpet appearance when she graced the MTV European music awards in Rotterdam termed it as a fun experience. “Walking the international red carpet is exactly the same as walking the red carpet here in India. It’s always fun to get ready and interact

with the media and fans on the red carpet. I have been a big fan of music and it was amazing to watch artistes perform live.” Deepika also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for abolishing 500 and 1000 rupee notes. “It was high time we did something like this. It’s an exceptional move. I congratulate the government for it.” The actress refused to divulge anything about her recent look test conducted by Majid Majidi for his next film. “You will know soon”, said Deepika. While her Hollywood flick gears up for release, Deepika is hopeful that the cast and crew will visit India for promotions. “I have spoken to them a lot about India. They know a lot about India. Hopefully all of them will be here.” In the meantime, her debut film Om Shanti Om has been picked up by the Japanese who will be adapting the same into a play. -indianexpress.com


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1st Test: England End Four Short of Unlikely Win



AJKOT: (ESPN Cricinfo): England 537 (Stokes 128, Root 124, Moeen 117) and 260 for 3 decl. (Cook 130, Hameed 82) drew with India 488 (Vijay 126, Pujara 124, Ashwin 70, Rashid 4-114) and 172 for 6 (Kohli 49*, Rashid 3-64) On a day that Alastair Cook scored his fifth Test century in India, the most by a visiting batsman, he came desperately close to registering an unlikely Test win, but his opposite number Virat Kohli and R Ashwin saw India through with a 14.2-over partnership after England needed six wickets in 25.2 of the minimum of 49 overs they had given themselves to win the Test in. As England bowled their overs quickly and got 52.3 of them in, Kohli, digging in, having a go at the team mascot for returning the ball too soon, casting rueful glances at his departing partners, hitting boundaries to eat up time, rescued India when they nearly threw it away through no experience of batting when to save Tests. As much as Kohli’s resistance, the lower-order runs in the first innings and some tight bowling at times, India could thank umpire Chris Gaffaney’s interpretation that Ashwin was playing a shot when his bat would be hidden behind the pad and about a foot wide of the line of the ball. It arguably earned India nine overs. Ashwin went on to survive 53 balls to go with Kohli’s 98 to finish a Test that he will count as a good one despite taking only three wickets in the whole match. England, though, will consider it as a moral victory. Ashwin had to bowl 61 overs for third of those wickets after he had struck with the last ball of the first session of the Test. His match figures of 3 for 230 were keeping in with his overall average of 53.4 against England. On the final day, Ashwin felt the need to bowl with a changed action, getting more side-on, rocking back on the right foot, which resulted in more pace and more rip, but all that it got him was economical figures. He conceded 31 runs in 13.3 overs, which might have had a part to play in the slightly conservative declaration: the asking rate for India was over six

played all around a straight delivery in the first innings. Vijay and Pujara then calmed India’s nerves for a bit before they got into an unusual drive fest against the spin of Ansari. Vijay had lofted him down the ground beautifully in the first innings, but this time got too close to one and failed to get the elevation. Drilled back at Ansar, this half chance hit the index finger of the right hand and popped out. The next offering, in the 11th over, went to Broad at point at about one-fifth the pace but popped out again. By the time Pujara got out lbw to Rashid’s legbreak that hit him in front of middle, which should mean that on a fifth-day pitch this had to be pitched outside leg, England Virat Kohli cuts with authority, India had lost 5.4 valuable overs. v England, 1st Test, Rajkot, 5th day, Pujara’s partner, Vijay, didn’t help matters by looking away November 13, 2016 as opposed to being alert to a an over. possible review. Having come so close in the end, This was just before tea. Soon England will wonder if they could after the break, Vijay was done in by have declared earlier - when the Rashid’s drift; playing at a delivery asking rate reached five perhaps - that pitched outside leg and came but only those who have worked back to take his inside edge for a extremely hard to get into lead will bat-pad catch. Ajinkya Rahane saw know the risks involved in giving a a short ball, shaped up to pull and chance to an opposition that had won exposed his stumps, and then ended 12 last home Tests not affected by up looking to cut as this Moeen Ali weather. They would have also taken offbreak cramped him up. He was into the equation the pitch, which was bowled off the pads, and you wonturning square in the end but when dered if India - not the best at batting England batted it did so from the out draws - would mess this up too. rough and not from the centre, which Either not trusting their defensive is what concerns most batsmen. games or mindful of bouncing balls There will be those criticising the going to hand if they defended, Kohli pitch, but they will do well to look and Ashwin too kept playing their at the number of missed chances shots. Except in one particular over that rose to 11 with Zafar Ansari when Ashwin exploited the umpires’ dropping a tough chance from M leniency towards batsmen pretending Vijay and Stuart Broad shelling a to play at balls. On three occasions dolly from Cheteshwar Pujara. Any he was hit on the front pad well in of those wickets, coming at the back front of and straight of the bat. On of Gautam Gambhir’s duck, would all three occasion, Gaffaney ruled have opened the Test up. Staying un- not-out because he reckoned Ashwin beaten would have helped Gambhir’s played those balls. As much was concase on a day that KL Rahul returned firmed when England challenged the to first-class cricket. As he looks to middle call. revive his Test career, Gambhir did The DRS playing conditions have himself no favours by giving second no room for the third umpire to overslip catching practice after having rule the on-field umpire on whether

the batsman played a shot or not. Gaffaney told third umpire Rod Tucker Ashwin had offered his bat in his opinion. The replays returned an umpire’s call here, but the other two were hitting the stumps flush. Finally, though, India’s need to attack got the better of them and Ashwin drove Ansari to short cover after having hit three fours in an Ansari over. India still had a minimum of 10 overs to survive. Wriddhiman Saha came out charging at the spinners, and was applauded by Kohli when he lofted one over mid-on. The charge got him soon as he offered a return catch to Rashid. This brought back memories of Adelaide when India had come close to an improbable target, but lost in a collapse triggered by Saha’s forays down the wicket. Kohli, though, stayed firm as the Test grew tenser in the last 10 overs. England tried everything. They brought all the fielders in, their reserve fielders sat the edge of the boundary to save time should India hit boundaries. One such boundary, hit by Ravindra Jadeja, bisected the two reserve fielders, but was returned promptly by Dharamveer, a specially abled man who travels to India matches and is allowed to watch from the boundary edge. Kohli saved the match in his own way. He used his wrists to keep the ball down but kept driving hard at balls. In he 46th over, it nearly got him out as he looked to whip a sharp offbreak to midwicket. The ball, fortunately for him, fell straight of forward short leg. In his own way, Jadeja kept hitting boundaries with Rashid spinning the ball into him, and ended up with 32 off 33. England will still be happy they pushed India after their batsmen had made the pitch and the bowling look easy. Cook became only the fourth visiting batsman to score 1000 runs in India, Haseeb Hameed registered the highest score for an England teenager but fell 18 short of what would have an emotional debut century in front of his family, and the promoted Ben Stokes scored a run-a-ball 29 to facilitate the declaration, but as it turned out England didn’t have enough time in the end. Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo


Pakistan vs. Kiwis Test to Take Place Despite Quake


HRIST CHURCH (ESPN Cricinfo): The first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval is expected to go ahead as scheduled on November 17, despite Christchurch having suffered a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, just after midnight on Monday. The Pakistan men’s team, who were in Nelson when the quake occurred, reported being a little shaken by the experience, but will prepare for Thursday’s Test as usual. “Preparations for the Test are going ahead, but we are continuing to monitor the situation,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said. “It’s just a case of staying in touch with authorities.” Both teams arrived in Christchurch on Monday and have training sessions scheduled for Tuesday. The area continued to be hit by aftershocks, however. A 6.3 magnitude quake was felt at around 1.30pm on Monday, and these are expected to continue through the next week. Pakistan team manager Wasim Bari said NZC had assured his side of their safety, in the team hotel and at the ground. The cricketers had spent a largely sleepless night in Nelson. They had evacuated their hotel when the quake hit, and most had not returned to their rooms for the remainder of the night, electing instead to remain in the reception area. For us it was something new because we don’t have many earthquakes in Pakistan,” Bari said. “This was a pretty strong one. We’d just finished watching the India-England match and the doors and windows were going from one side to another as if they were made of paper. There was some trauma as well for the boys. Back home, the families had felt disturbed.” The Pakistan women’s team, meanwhile, had ridden out the quake in the upper floors of a Christchurch hotel. Their manager Basit Ali told Geo News that the team was safe, though “still scared”. The New Zealand men’s squad had only assembled in Christchurch on Monday morning, but fast bowler Matt Henry - a Christchurch native - had been in the city overnight. He described the experience as “a bit scary”, but was pleased the Test would go ahead.


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Why Govt’s Demonetisation Move May Fail to Win the War Against Black Money


EW DELHI: The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes is unlikely to help the government suck out black money from the economy as hoarders keep a tiny portion of their illgotten wealth in hard cash, going by income-tax data. Cash recovery has been less than 6% of the undisclosed income seized from tax evaders, shows analysis of data from tax raids from financial year 2012-13 onwards. In a move that received a mixed response, Prime Minister NarendraModi announced on Tuesday night a recall of the two currency denominations and set a 50day deadline to exchange old banknotes with new at banks and post offices. Critics argued the move would do little to unearth black money hoarded by the rich who park their cash in different asset classes than keep it idle. Tax data seem to bear that out. For instance, in income-tax probes from April 1 to October 31 this financial year, black-money holders accepted having stashed Rs 7,700 crore worth of ill-gotten assets. The cash component was merely Rs 408 crore or 5%. The remaining was invested in business, stocks, real estate and benami bank ac-

counts, the data show. Financial year 2015-16 saw the highest blackmoney detection in the period, of which 6% was cash. The actual proportion of cash would be even lower as the tax department’s classification of seizures considers currency and ornaments as one unit. One of the reasons why tax evaders and corrupt public officials prefer not to stash cash could be the sheer logistics of it. Rs 1 crore in Rs 1,000 notes, if stashed evenly, occupies one sq ft and weighs 13 kg. Rs 100 crore would weigh 1.3 tons and occupy an area the size of a three-wheeler goods carrier, making the movement of cash without detection difficult. Ill-gotten wealth mostly enters the formal economic system through real estate and shell companies, a finance ministry source said. Currency switch could result in hardship for low-income groups as only 28%-32% of Indians have access to financial institutions, including post offices and banks. Further, 33% of the 138,626 bank branches are in 60 Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities, leaving rural India at a huge disadvantage. -hindustantimes.com

HYDERABAD: Several farmers

who sold their land in the Amaravati Capital Region in 2013-14 were left holding a lot of cash in their bank lockers. They are now hunting for friends and relatives who can accommodate deposits up to Rs 2.5 lakh in their bank accounts without attracting a penalty. Bank officials at Vijayawada, Mangalagiri, Thullur and Guntur said that anxious farmers were doing the rounds at banks and asking officers how to deposit money without attracting penalty. Between October 2013 and March 2015, many farmers in the Amaravati Capital Region sold their lands amid reports that the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh would be established there, and land rates went through the roof. Land which earlier cost Rs 40 lakh per acre was sold at Rs 1 crore or more. At least 6,500 acres were sold. However, as the state government fixed the registration value of land between Rs 8 and 16 lakh, about 95 per cent of the money was paid in cash. While most of the farmers parked the money by purchasing cultivable land elsewhere, building houses or buying luxury cars, some farmers deposited them in lockers or kept the cash in safes at home. A Balaram Reddy, a real estate agent at Patamata in Vijayawada, said, “There is at least Rs 5 to 6 crore in cash belonging to farmers of villages under Thullur, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri mandals. The farmers, who became millionaires overnight, are running from one bank to another to find ways to exchange the demonetised currency or deposit it. Some are


Farmers who Turned Millionaires Overnight Face Prospect of Losing Lakhs

The exemption on capital gains tax for Amaravati farmers is yet to be declared by the Centre, so the farmers with cash in hand are facing a major loss.

even approaching real estate agents. What can we do?’’ An SBI official said, “Some farmers were lucky that they opened multiple bank accounts during the land deal frenzy in 2014, when banks conducted drives to encourage customers to open accounts. Many of them have four or five accounts. Farmers are spreading the deposits in these multiple accounts. We witnessed a lot of that in the last two days.’’ According to Ramakrishna Reddy, MLA from Mangalagiri, “Some farmers preferred just one account as they wanted less complication. The farmers who accumulated money in bank lockers to use for marriages are doomed.” He added that his phone was constantly ringing as farmers from his constituency were seeking his advice. “They became rich overnight two years ago, and poor by a few lakhs on November 8 night,’’ Reddy said. The exemption on capital gains tax for Amaravati farmers is yet to be declared by the Centre, so the farmers with cash in hand are facing

a major loss. However, a new business has begun in the villages of the region. Mokamatam Venkatesh, a real estate agent turned currency agent, in Inavolu village said, “Rs 300 commission for a Rs 1,000 note, Rs 150 commission for a Rs 500 note. That is the rate. We take your useless currency notes now and pay you back three months later. There will be nothing on paper; no signatures, no promissory notes, no bonds, etc. Just an assurance that you will get back your money minus the commission after three or four months.” He added, “Business is good; many people who do not have enough bank accounts to deposit the cash without attracting penalty are my customers.” “Agents are using accounts of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, or accounts opened by people under various government schemes to receive benefits, to deposit the money collected from people with lots of cash,’’ an official said. -indianexpress.com

Tractors Rev up as Auto Segment Wobbles at Mahindra and Mahindra

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd’s

(M&M’s) September quarter performance matched investor expectations on the back of robust farm equipment sales that surpassed the industry average. A good monsoon and pent-up demand fuelled farm equipment sales that nearly doubled from a year back. Consequently, operating

leverage led to a 180 basis points margin expansion to 17.7%, in spite of lower money realized on sales. In contrast, the auto segment’s performance was tepid giving little reason for investors to cheer. An 11.7% growth in auto sales was unimpressive. Margins too fell slightly year-on-year. In contrast, during the previous boom, M&M’s auto sales—

mainly utility vehicles—beat industry growth rates. Thankfully, the quarter under consideration was not as bad as in the recent past, when both auto and tractor sales were pathetic due to the demand slowdown and the firm’s profits went downhill. Including Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd, the firm’s 15.3%

growth in consolidated net revenue trickled down to a 28.3% jump in higher operating profit from a year ago. Although this was in line with Bloomberg’s average estimates, it has led to concerns on the future outlook. Indeed, while the management has revved up fiscal year 2017 forecast for the farm equipment segment from

13-15% to 20%, the outlook for the auto segment is worrisome. That’s one reason why the stock closed 6% lower on Friday. Meanwhile, the demonetization imbroglio could also have a shortterm bearing on M&M’s sales, given that a significant part of its sales are to rural customers. -livemint.com


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he birthday of the divine guru of Sikh community, Guru Nanak, is celebrated as the Guru Nanak Jayanti, and is one of the sacred festivals in Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Founder of Sikhism) was born on 14th April 1469 RaiBhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekpura District of Pakistan now known as Nankana Sahib. The occasion of his birthday is celebrated every year on the Kartik Poornima tithi as per the Lunar calendar while according to the Gregorian calendar it falls in the month of November. The festival is usually of three days, two days before the birthday; Akhand Path

(reading of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs) is practiced. A procession led by the Panj Pyaras (Five Beloved Ones),carrying the Sikh flag known as Nishan Sahib and the Palki(palanquin), of Sri Guru Grant Sahib, is organized one day before the birthday. This procession is accompanied by singers singing hymns, Gatka teams (martial arts) performing ability and art, bands playing devotional tunes, preachers, and innumerous followers. The day of the birthday is started with Asa-di-Var (morning hymns) and other hymns from the holy book followed by Kathav (exposition of the scripture). Finally the celebra-

tion ends with the serving of Langaar (community lunch) in which food is served to rich and poor people without any discrimination in the name of religion, color or gender. Guru Nanak passed away in 1539, leaving behind a revolutionary movement participated by all religions from every part of the country to remove discrimination’s and sectarian conventions. Thus all the citizens of India should equally participate and contribute in the path of secularity and equality. -festivalsadvices.com

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Sikh devotees carry the palki and the Guru Granth Sahib during the procession at the Golden Temple on 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Amritsar.

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