A SERMON IN KAPTAI, BANGLADESH

A Sermon in Kaptai, Bangladesh.
“And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower.”

GLORIOUS QURAN SURAH VIII ‘SPOILS OF WAR, VERSE 61: “And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower.”

A Sermon In Kaptai, Bangladesh.

” Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God “.( The Holy Bible, The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 9)

” (This is) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that men of understanding may reflect “.(Holy Book of Quran, Surah XXXVIII, “SAAD” verse 29)

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – ESTABLISHMENT NUMBER. 22 – OPERATION EAGLE – LIBERATION WAR OF BANGLADESH 1971:

OPERATION EAGLE – BANGLADESH OPERATIONS – 1971-72 – A SERMON IN KAPTAI BANGLADESH

Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India initiated Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971 with military action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The battle plan of this military action is known as Operation Eagle. She had conceived this battle plan to bring peace in that region. She was inclined towards peace. She wanted to deliver peace to people of Bangladesh who had earlier declared their independence from Pakistan. During Operation Eagle, Bangladesh Operations of 1971-72, I had served in South Column, an Infantry Unit Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan. He was a great Islamic Scholar. He had explained to me that PEACE is the greeting of Righteous people.

  

OPERATION EAGLE – BANGLADESH OPERATIONS: The Flag of The Regiment of Artillery of Indian Army. This is a story about a Gunner, an Officer of The Regiment of Artillery who had commanded an Infantry Unit during India-Pakistan War of 1971 and had planned and executed Infantry Assaults on Enemy Posts to Liberate Bangladesh. His Unit was the first to receive the Gallantry Awards of Vir Chakra during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
The Military Operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts during Indo-Pak War of 1971 aimed at restoring Peace and to help Bangla Muslims to live in Dignity. My Unit had captured Kaptai and this Dam was not targeted for inflicting any kind of damage.
OPERATION EAGLE – BANGLADESH OPERATIONS: The Military Operation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts during the India-Pakistan War of 1971 aimed at restoring Peace and to deliver Peace to Bangladesh Muslims to help them live in Dignity. My Unit had captured Kaptai and this Dam was not targeted for inflicting any kind of damage. For example, we did not carry enough explosives to cause any significant damage.

 

My Unit never discussed any Battle Plan that required blowing up the Dam over Karnaphuli River at Kaptai.
OPERATION EAGLE – BANGLADESH OPERATIONS: My Unit never discussed any Battle Plan that required blowing up the Dam over Karnaphuli River at Kaptai. However, we discussed the Plan to capture Rangamati, and Kaptai.

AN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR WHO SERVED IN OLIVE GREEN UNIFORM:

A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL BK NARAYAN, THE REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY

I was in college from 1962 to 1965 and had obtained an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science from Osmania University, Hyderabad. I remember this period as the Golden Age of immortal Mohd. Rafi whose melodies still fill my ears. I grew up in this cradle of Urdu language Culture and had acquired my love for ghazals and qawwalis. I had spent time in Lucknow, a crown jewel in the Urdu speaking world, where you meet in the market place, ordinary folks who speak in tones that have made the language famous for its sweetness. Much later, I had served in the Land Forces of The Sultanate of Oman and took my first lesson in Arabic language. My love for Urdu and my Knowledge of Arabic language pales when I write about this Scholar and language expert whom I had met in India during 1971. He passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2004, in Bahrain where he had worked for over 20 years as the Head of the Translation Department at the Bahrain Archives. This is not a tribute about his academic accomplishments, the books that he had published, his military career or about his famous friendly relationship with President Gamal Abdel Nasser and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. I am writing this tribute to recognize his personal qualities and the values that he had promoted. I am writing this tribute to recognize him as a “peacemaker”.He represents a symbol of hope and the light that he had shown may lead us on to a path of peaceful co-existence.

I met Lieutenant Colonel.B K Narayan; he hails from  Karnataka, and he grew up as a Hindu, while he served in Indian Army in the Olive Green Uniform during the period of ” The Liberation War of Bangladesh ” in 1971. He had the unique distinction of commanding an Infantry Unit in the conduct of War while he had belonged to The Regiment of Artillery. I have not known a ‘GUNNER’ who could plan and execute Infantry Attacks on Enemy posts. Colonel Iqbal Singh, the Chief of Staff at the Force Headquarters also belonged to The Regiment of Artillery but the role played by Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan as an Infantry Commander during War is exceptional and has no comparisons that I am aware of. I had the opportunity to converse with him for extended periods of time and came to know his admirable personality. It is not the knowledge of Arabic language that has made him unique and sets him apart from all other language experts but he is special because of his love for Islamic Culture and his ability to project the deep understanding of that Culture when he spoke to others. He had performed the holy pilgrimage of Hajj and had observed all the rituals of that spiritual journey like a true and devout Muslim. When he narrated his Hajj experience, I could know the sense of joy and the purity of his intentions. His observance of hajj was genuine, real to its core.

Col Narayan was able to quote the Quran from his memory and would convey his understanding of the verses with great clarity. I had personally witnessed his amazing performance in a little town called KAPTAI, on the banks of Karnaphuli Lake, Rangamati Division of Bangladesh. He had conducted the Friday Worship Service for the local Bangla Muslims and delivered a sermon which was received with great appreciation by the worshipers. His job in Uniform did not impose any obligation to organize such an event. he held that prayer meeting entirely on his own initiative and it was purely an expression of his love to worship in the Islamic tradition and it also affirms his faith that the worship of God is not limited by one single tradition. The Friday Worship Service was held at the State Guest House in Kaptai where I had stayed after my Unit had captured Kaptai. It had a large Conference Room. Col Narayan had contacted the Muslim Clerics of the local Masjid and they were absolutely delighted when they met him. His Scholarship and devotion to Islam had captivated them and they had immediately agreed to convene the local congregation at the Guest House and organize the Friday Worship Service. The Conference Hall got totally packed with worshipers. I could watch the proceedings directly from my room in the State Guest House. The Bangla Muslim Community of Kaptai were truly appreciative of Colonel Narayan and his military campaign for bringing Peace and Joy to their Community.

I knew Col Narayan’s great admiration for Arab people. He had always described them as peace-loving people. He knew this as a fact and it was based upon his understanding of Islamic Culture and traditions. I would describe Col B K Narayan as a God’s humble servant. It is important to remember and pay tribute to such “peacemakers” as we can achieve true peace through reflecting and understanding the revelations from the Holy Scriptures of all people. The Regiment of Artillery of Indian Army must record this historical contribution made by a Gunner officer who had served as an Infantry Commander during the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

OPERATION EAGLE -BANGLADESH OPERATIONS: Major General Sujan Singh Uban, Inspector General of Special Frontier Force, was my Commander during Operation Eagle 1971-72 but he made no mention about ‘The Sermon in Kaptai’ in his book.
OPERATION EAGLE – BANGLADESH Ops: THE SERMON IN KAPTAI, BANGLADESH. We had helped the Bangladesh Muslims to regain their freedom and dignity. The India-Pakistan War of 1971 and the Birth of Bangladesh are very significant achievements of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. As I was then serving in an Establishment under the Cabinet Secretariat, I had a direct and personal understanding of her Foreign Policy Initiatives. She had personally approved our military Operation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. In the conduct of this War, we had faced a very critical moment and it needed her personal intervention and a decision that she alone could make. I rendered my services and had overcome the challenge posed by that critical situation. The importance of this situation could be understood as it needed an intervention from the Prime Minister. I am now asking the Government of India to recognize my GALLANT response in enemy’s territory without any concern for my personal safety.
Electricity generated at Kaptai helps to operate Chandraghona Paper Mills near Kaptai.An engineer who had worked in the Paper Mills at Chandraghona, a Bangla Muslim had helped my Unit during our military operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts.When our Unit reached Kaptai, the engineer happily returned to his home. I went and visited the Paper and Rayon Fiber Mill at Chandraghona.
OPERATION EAGLE 1971:Electricity generated at Kaptai helps to operate Chandraghona Paper Mills near Kaptai.An engineer who had worked in the Paper Mills at Chandraghona, a Bangla Muslim had helped my Unit during our military operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts. When our Unit reached Kaptai, the engineer happily returned to his home. He had joined Lieutenant Colonel Assar in a military operation at Chittagong. I went and visited the Paper and Rayon Fiber Mill at Chandraghona.
Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands(December 1985 to December 1989) – Lieutenant General(Retd) TS Oberoi, PVSM, VrC., former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Southern Command, Pune, former Inspector General, Special Frontier Force, former Commandant, Headquarters Establishment No. 22, Commander Operation Eagle –  Bangladesh Ops. He is the tall person in this photo wearing the dark brown turban. I knew him since 1971. Under his able leadership, the Liberation of Bangladesh had commenced in the year 1971 during the Indo-Pak War. Apart from his military wisdom, he took good care of all men under his Command. While I was proceeding to the Chittagong Hill Tracts, he had individually greeted all the members of my team and had delayed the departure of aircraft to ensure that a hot breakfast was served to all the men boarding the aircraft. He paid personal attention to all the aspects of the military mission to ensure the wellbeing of men apart from achieving success in accomplishing the military task. The sense of warmth he radiated is easily felt when we meet him in person. His grandson provided me the link to this photo. Photo Credit – Trishna-Ajay-Picasa Web Album.

R. R. Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,     

Service Number: MS-8466, Rank: LIEUTENANT/CAPTAIN Branch: Army Medical Corps/Short Service Regular Commission;

Designation: Medical Officer, South Column, Operation Eagle

“PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN”

Photo of a reservoir inside Chittorgarh Fort, ...
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RANI PADMINI OF CHITTORGARH 

I had the good fortune to serve in the Indian Army and had the opportunity to take part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. During my school years, I was a student of Indian History and always performed exceedingly well in that subject. In 1962, when China launched a massive attack across our Himalayan frontier, I was a young college student and took part in a protest march to express my resentment. I participated in the National Cadet Corps training but I never had the physical strength and profile to qualify myself to join Army and fight a battle on behalf of my country. I went to Medical School and in the pre-final year, I was selected in an interview and was granted the rank of Second Lieutenant and joined the Army Medical Corps. I could join the battle in support of those brave and strong men who confront the enemy. Army Service gave me the opportunity to know people of this Land and their great traditions. I take pride in the fighting spirit of each one of them, to name a few, the Jat, the Rajput, the Sikh, the Dogra, the Garhwal, the Kumaon, the Gorkha, the Maratha, the Mahar and the Madras.  

I contemplate on ideas of dignity, pride, honour and courage. I knew my men well. I know their strength as well as their fears. I understood that the word courage does not mean being fearless. I see courage as the ability to meet your challenge and perform your duty in spite of fear. The ability to conquer fear is courage and it is not the absence of fear. 

If I have to choose one reason to claim that I am proud to be an Indian, I would give that credit to Rani Padmini. India has produced several great sons and daughters who are well-known for their accomplishments. I am proud because of Padmini’s faith in her own personal dignity and her decision to uphold her honour and integrity when she faced the challenge of fear induced by an impending outcome that she was unwilling to accept. Her monumental courage gives me the reason to claim that I am proud to be an Indian. 

 

     

Rani Padmini - Her Essence and Her Existence. She had defended her essence and had destroyed her physical existence and her essence still lives in the heart of Indians and gives them a sense of pride. She had declared her Victory over Death.

 

ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE : 

What you are is your essence and what you do is your existence. Man is a physical, mental, social, moral, and spiritual being. Man’s essence is defined by the contents of his character and conduct. Rani Padmini had set values and had defined her existence in terms of those values that she had cherished. She had responded with a great sense of courage and had dissolved her physical existence to defend her essence; the sense of dignity and the sense of honor was her true nature, and her physical being merely existed to project her essence. She had declared her Victory over Death and her spirit, her essence, her true nature still lives in the hearts of Indians making her an immortal being. 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, 

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, 

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.

A PHOTO AND A BIT OF INDIAN HISTORY

One of the Kirti toranas of Kakatiya Dynasty
A Photo and a bit of Indian History. The Great Kakatiya Dynasty, Warangal, India.
A Photo and a bit of Indian History. PRATAP-RUDRA: The names speak for themselves. It is a testimony to the influence of Kakatiya Dynasty over Telugu speaking people.

My elder brother Pratap and me (Rudra) come together as Prataparudra. Does that name sound familiar to you? My father taught Indian History all his life and he was clearly inspired by the names of the legendary figures found in our history books. He selected names to reflect his admiration for people who lived before and who had established a glorious period in the collective memory of Indians. My elder brother got his name Pratap to remind us of the bravery of Rana Pratap who challenged the Mughal emperor Akbar. Telugu people also take pride in the legacy of the great Kakatiya Dynasty that ruled much of the Telugu speaking areas in 12th century A.D. The famous Thousand-Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda near Warangal was built in 1162 A.D. by the Kakatiya king Rudra Deva(1158-1195 A.D.) who is also known as Prataparudra I. One of the few queens in Indian history and a most prominent ruler of Kakatiya Dynasty was Rani Rudrama Devi(1262-1295 A.D.). Her grandson, Prataprudra ascended the throne in 1280 A.D. During his reign, art and literature flourished. The conquest of South India(Deccan) by the Delhi Sultanate started in 1296 by Alauddin Khilji. The first invasion in 1303 A.D. was repulsed by the valiant resistance of the Kakatiya army. The Khilji dynasty ended and Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq ascended the Delhi throne in 1320 A.D. The first attack by Muhammad bin Tughlaq was repulsed. During 1321 A.D. after an initial failed attempt, a much larger force attacked the Warangal Fort for the second time and finally King Prataparudra was taken prisoner. While being taken as a prisoner to Delhi, King Prataparudra released his life into the loving embrace of River Narmada and preserved his dignity. Maharana Pratap, Chatrapati Shivaji and King Prataparudra are our national heroes because of their resistance to foreign rulers and occupation.  

ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE: Who you are ( your essence ) is defined by what you do ( your existence ). King Prataprudra desired to exist as a man of honor and integrity and defended the dignity of his existence and did not desire to yield his dignity to keep his existence. Indian tradition makes a distinction between Subjective Reality of Existence and the Objective Reality of Existence. The Subjective Reality of King Prataprudra who was taken as a prisoner by his enemy was not consistent with the Objective Reality of Existence of King Prataprudra as defined by his nature. The King took the extreme measure to destroy the reality of his subjective existence as a prisoner and upheld the  true nature of his essence which was consistent with the Objective Reality of his existence. By killing the prisoner, the King  became an immortal individual. The prisoner had died and the King lives in the hearts of Telugu people.     

Our names have stories to tell and guide us to revisit the history and we take pride in our Telugu heritage.    

A Photo and a bit of Indian History. PRATAP-RUDRA: The names speak for themselves. It is a testimony to the influence of Kakatiya Dynasty over Telugu speaking people.

 

DEFENDING INDIAN IDENTITY-THE CHALLENGE OF TERROR

Defending Indian Identity-The Challenge of Terror. The tragic scene at Lumbini Amusement Park, Hyderabad, India on August 25, 2007 (Hyderabad Bombings).

In the Land from where beautiful thoughts have blossomed, the people have now become increasingly vulnerable to Terror Attacks and a countless number of innocent lives have already perished because of evil forces which desire to wipe out our Identity as a people. While we commit ourselves to promote peace and goodwill and work for the well- being of all people, there is no escape from the challenge that we face today. As a community and as a nation, we have no alternative other than preparing ourselves to this threat that is showing its ugly face without prior notice or warning.

Defending Indian Identity-The Challenge of Terror. The tragic scene at Lumbini Amusement Park, Hyderabad, India on August 25, 2007 (Hyderabad Bombings).

A STRATEGY TO FACE THE SECURITY CHALLENGES OF TERRORISM

Defending Indian Identity-The Challenge of Terror. The tragic scene at Lumbini Amusement Park, Hyderabad, India on August 25, 2007 (Hyderabad Bombings).

Terror and ruthless violence have become the tools of fanatics who would like to impose their socio-cultural agenda to bring about large scale societal changes by using coercion and not negotiation. The recent bomb attacks in the city of Hyderabad on August 25, 2007 is establishing a trend. The targets of terror are very soft and nothing was known about an impending attack. There is no easily identifiable group. There is no proclaimed goal or agenda other than that of destroying the fabric of the Indian society. We should stop clinging to the traditional views of conventional wars between countries. Each incident of terror attack should be legally defined as an act of war and the suspects should be held accountable for war crimes. The Armed Forces of the country should be equipped, prepared and redeployed to join this battle at a short notice.The military planners need to evolve a strategy for urban warfare and to pursue an enemy hiding in densely populated areas and to engage enemy targets with great precision and fire power which could be delivered with greater accuracy. The military intelligence capabilities should be enhanced to evolve military operations against internal enemies. We may need trained, rapid response teams to respond to this kind of aggression and its aftermath of wounded victims. The asymmetrical war unleashed by the terror groups is of equal importance in terms of the danger it poses to our national sovereignty. The response to each attack should come from the nation as a whole with the Armed Forces keeping the option of a military strike in retaliation.

The most important task following a terror attack would be that of caring for the victims. The Army Response Teams should be called in to arrange for the evacuation and treatment of the victims in the same manner that casualties from a battle field are taken care of. The wounded should be treated, rehabilitated and be provided followup care and paid a disability pension if required. We need to take care of victims instead of forgetting about them after paying some compensation. The investigation of the incidents and the prosecution of suspects should happen under the jurisdictional directions from the military authority.There should be no public disclosures about the evidence and the tools and methods used for collection of evidence. Such disclosures would only help the terror groups to plan their future attacks better. The suspects should be tried under the provisions of the military law in military courts. Indian citizens who are accomplices to these acts of war should be charged with treason and tried as traitors. If we are at war with groups and terror outfits based in foreign countries, our trade and diplomatic relationships should reflect the state of war that exists and there should be no normalization of relationships till such time the threat is neutralized.

Our government has an obligation to protect and defend the rights of the people and we need to step up our response to these acts of war of aggression.

Defending Indian Identity-The Challenge of Terror.

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY-THE PORTRAYAL OF RELIGIOUS ICONS

Kasturi tilakam la laata palake vakshasthale kaustubham,

Nasaagre nava mouktikam karatale venum kare kankanam

Sarvaange hari chandanam cha kalayan kanthe cha muktaavalim,

Gopastree pariveshtitho vijayate Gopaala choodamanee.

THE PORTRAYAL OF RELIGIOUS ICONS

Apart from the basic differences in the ideas and thoughts of various religious traditions of this world, there is a fundamental difference in the visual characterization of the religious icons. The first thing that strikes the mind of the reader of religious scriptures is the difference in the way the scriptures portray their icons. I have seen The Holy Bible, The Holy Quran and no image comes before my eyes. I have to really struggle hard to imagine as to who is speaking to me.These Scriptures have several characters which are clearly human but there is no description of their physical attributes and the portrayal is lacking in information that would help the reader to develop a visual image. If you read the above verse, the beautiful image of Lord Krishna automatically comes before you without any effort. I define this as Indian Identity, it is a reflection upon our nature and our literature does a marvellous job giving life and color to the icons and I feel it becomes very easy for me to get connected to them and listen to them as they guide us in our spiritual journey.

Yasya smarana matrena, janma samsaara bandhanaath

Vimuchyatey Namasta tasmye, Vishnave Prabha Vishnave.

Just remembering Vishnu’s name could deliver us from the trappings of samsara and the remembrane becomes all the more easier when you recall the image.

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY-MATRU DEVO BHAVA

Tridevi: Lakshmi, Parvati, Saraswati
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THE DIVINITY OF MOTHER  AND FATHER  :  

Jesus taught this prayer to His disciples and it is given in The Book of Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 9-13. ” Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” In relation to God whom He called “Father”, Jesus claimed the unique and distinctive relationship of “Son”. In an absolute and unqualified way, Jesus claimed that He is the Father’s unique Son. “No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son”(MATTHEW 11:27). Jesus expressed this intimacy of relationship by addressing God as “ABBA”,  the word for father in Aramaic language. Nowhere in the literature and the prayers of ancient Judaism is this invocation of God as “ABBA” to be found. The final words of Jesus when He died on the cross were,” Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit “(LUKE 23:46).    

THE DIVINITY OF MOTHER     

   

 

   

  

MOTHER GANGES OR GANGA DEFINES THE MOTHER MOTHER PRINCIPLE - RIVER GANGES OR RIVER GANGA IS VIEWED WITH REVERENCE AND AFFECTION BY PEOPLE OF THE LAND OF INDIA.

 

My Indian Identity could be attributed to my claim of the Divinity of my Mother. When I speak to God, I refer to the Divine Entity as my Mother and Father. In Indian literature, while speaking of parents, invariably the word mother takes precedence over the word father. In my prayers, I address God as my Mother and Father. My traditions, my rituals and Cultural practices stress the Divinity of Mother. The river I worship is Ganga Maa(Mother Ganges), the cow I worship is Go Maata, the provider of my linguistic identity is Telugu Talli, the country of my origin is Bharat Maata. The following prayers are an example of my belief in a Divine, Universal Mother.    

Siddhi buddhi pradey Devi, bhukti mukti pradaayini    

Mantra Murtey Sadaa Devi, Maha Lakshmee namostutey.    

Padmaasana stitey Devi, Para Brahma Swaruupini    

Parameshwari Jaganmata Maha Lakshmee namostutey.    

THE MOTHER PRINCIPLE IN INDIAN TRADITION  :    

The term or word mother describes a female parent and it also conveys an idea that mother gives birth to something, it is the source, or origin of something, it nurtures something in a manner like that of a mother, and it also speaks of having the responsibility, and authority of a mother. The word mother could be used as a title to address a female person with respect and affection. The word mother is also often used as an adjective to describe something derived or learned from one’s mother. Indian Culture has given three icons who represent the three aspects of motherhood. Goddess Lakshmi represents the mother who nurtures, the provider of material wealth, prosperity, and well-being. Goddess Parvati represents the mother who defends, the source of energy, and the sustainer. Goddess Sarasvati represents the source of knowledge, and the provider of learning, speech, and wisdom   

  

BHARAT MATA OR MOTHER INDIA REPRESENTS THE COUNTRY AND THE LAND OF MY ORIGIN.

 

 

     

 

   

  

     

  

  

GREETINGS TO BELOVED MOTHER TELUGU. TELUGU TALLI, THE MOTHER OF LINGUISTIC TRADITIONS OF TELUGU LANGUAGE, MY MOTHER TONGUE.

 

 

     

 

   

  

     

   

  

  

 

     

 

   

  

  

   

  

 

    

 

   

  

Goddess Laxmi - The Mother Principle that is the Origin of Life and its material well-being.

 

Goddess Shakti or Goddess Parvati, The Divine Mother, The Source of Energy and the Sustainer of Life.

 

Goddess Sarasvati, The Divine Mother, The Provider of Pure Knowledge and Perfect Wisdom.

 

MOTHER IS A BIOLOGICAL PARENT, THE SOURCE OF MY LIFE, THE SOURCE OF MY ENERGY, THE SOURCE OF MY KNOWLEDGE TO PERFORM MY LIVING FUNCTIONS.

 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,    

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,    

M.B.B.S.,  Class of  April,  1970.    

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY-MY BIRTHPLACE

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY – MY BIRTHPLACE

BHARAT DARSHAN - DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY - MY BIRTHPLACE. SAINT POET OF INDIA, THIRUVALLUVAR LIVED IN MYLAPORE, MY BIRTHPLACE.
BHARAT DARSHAN – DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY – MY BIRTHPLACE. SAINT POET OF INDIA, THIRUVALLUVAR LIVED IN MYLAPORE, MY BIRTHPLACE.

 

MYLAPORE – MY BIRTH PLACE :

BHARAT DARSHAN – DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY – MYLAPORE – THE TOWN OF PEACOCKS

 

The Tamils called it ‘ MAILAPUR ‘(town of peacocks), Mailiga Vandha Voor(town where peacock offers worship) and in Sanskrit it is known as ‘MAYURPURI’. Greeks called it ‘ MALIARPHA ‘ and the Portuguese called it ‘ MELIAPUR ‘.Finally, the English called it ‘ MYLAPORE ‘. It is a known center of human habitation for thousands of years. Even before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Tamil Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar lived here.He conveyed his noble thoughts in the form of poems and his work known as ” THIRUKKURAL ” can rightly be claimed as a gift of God to mankind. I am happy to present some poems translated into English by Shri.J Narayanaswamy.

10. KINDNESS IN WORDS

91. Sweet words laced with love, free from 

deceit, are the gift of the enlightened 

92.Saying sweet things with a smile, is as 

good as munificence of a kind soul 

93.Earnest words from the mind, conveyed 

with a smile, have virtue in them 

94.The woe of unfriendliness does not afflict 

those who instil mirth by sweet words 

95.Those adorned with modesty, speaking sweet 

truths do not need other decorations 

96.Pursuing virtue in the goodness of 

fruitful words, vanishes harm

97.Graceful words of kindness

yield fruitful good deeds

98.Sweet words free from deceit, afford

pleasure to life and fame beyond it

99.who perceive seeds of goodness in sweet

words have no mind for harsh things

100.None having ripe fruits relish raw ones; who will

speak harsh when sweetness can achieve good.

Please feel free to spread those sweet words which took birth in MYLAPORE.

 

Bharat Darshan - Defining Indian Identity - Saint Poet of India, Thiruvalluvar defines Identity of my Birthplace.
Bharat Darshan – Defining Indian Identity – Saint Poet of India, Thiruvalluvar defines Identity of my Birthplace.

Kapaleeswara Temple
This landmark Temple of Kapaleeswarar binds me to my birthplace of Mylapore, Madras(Chennai). The Presiding Deity of this Temple is my personal Protector and hence I am “RUDRA.” 

 

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

DOOM DOOMA DOOMSAYER

 

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY-THE LAND OF CULTURAL VALUES

‘VANDE MATARAM’

THE LAND OF CULTURAL VALUES :

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”.

The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5,verse 5 of The Holy Bible teaches that humility has its own rewards. I inherited a sense of humility from the Land of Bharat.I consider humility as my acquired behavior and my Culture helped me to learn it through repeated practice and by giving me opportunities to display it in every aspect of my life. My Indian Identity is defined by this Cultural value. The ultimate purpose of life is defined as getting back to the Lotus Feet of the Lord. I am encouraged to touch and worship feet to reach my goal with a sense of humility. I began the process of learning with a sense of meekness. First I was directed to humble myself before Lord Shiva. I seek pure and perfect knowledge and humility is the light that shines on the path to wisdom. Humility is the gentle wind that dispels the dark clouds that prevent you from viewing the brilliant sun shining in the sky. Ego, like the cloud that causes darkness, could be driven away by learning to be humble. In my daily life, I am given the opportunity to humble myself several times. My living experience is full of interactions with objects which I am guided to treat with a sense of reverence. The Sun, the Sky, the Moon and the Stars, the Wind, the Earth, the River and Water, the Fire and the Light, the Mountain and the Hill, the Plants and the Trees, the flowers,the fruits, the grains and the orchards, the lion, the tiger, the elephant, the Cow, the Bull, the Monkey, the Eagle and the Peacock, the Snake, the Spider, the Rat and the changing seasons I view with respect. As a kid , my learning experience began with showing respect to my parents, my elders, my teachers and the idols and the images that receive worship. The essence of my learned behavior is humility. The Land has given me a sense of meekness and with that I may inherit the Identity of the Ultimate Reality.

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY – ‘KARNA’ MY FAVORITE HERO

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Dana, Veera, Soora  Karna(Generous, Brave and Courageous) is a man ‘True to his Salt’. But for his unflinching loyalty to his benefactor, the Story of Mahabharata would have been different. The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 13, reads “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “A man without character should be rejected.
 

  

THE ROLE OF CHARACTER IN DEFINING IDENTITY 

Dr. Martin Luther King wished for the day when his sons would not be judged by the color of the skin but by the content of their character. Character is defined as the combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group or thing from another. Character is a description of a person’s attributes, traits or abilities. 

PRINCE KARNA – A TRUE HERO : 

In the Indian epic of Mahabharata, Prince Karna is allied with the enemies of the Pandavas. Karna is the first son of Queen Kunti and is the half brother to the Pandavas and is the eldest of them. However, Queen Kunti abandoned him after his birth and he is known as ” Radheya” and as ” Suta Putra ” as he grew up in the house of a charioteer. Karna sought a position at the court in Hastinapura. His identity as a low-caste person came in the way of his quest for knowledge and mastering the art of archery. Dronacharya the teacher of Kuru princes has refused to teach him. Later, Dronacharya held an archery contest at Hastinapura and Karna is publicly humiliated as he is made ineligible to participate in the competition for he has no princely status. Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kaurava brothers comes to the rescue of Karna. He immediately appoints Karna as the King of ‘ANGA’ province and makes him eligible to participate in the archery contest. Thus Karna becomes a true friend and a loyal ally of Duryodhana. Karna fought for the Kauravas in the great battle at Kurukshetra. Because of the fear of the impending battle, Queen Kunti approached Karna and for the first time reveals her identity as his mother and calls him as “Kunteya”. The true character of Karna comes out when he tells his mother that he must fight the Pandavas but promises not to kill any of them other than Arjuna. On the 15 th day of the battle, Karna is appointed as the Commander and Chief of the Kaurava forces. Karna braved impossible odds in his whole life and died with great courage, valor and honor. It is Karna’s fate to be sacrificed in a climatic battle with Arjuna. It is a death that is a reminder of the necessity of sacrificial destruction for redemption. The dignity with which Karna conducted his life makes him my favorite hero and I would claim that Loyalty, Dependability and Trustworthiness is the bench mark of Indian Identity. 

ESSENCE AND EXISTENCE  : 

The essence of salt exists in its flavor and if salt loses its taste and flavor, its existence has no purpose and it would be discarded. A man has to define as to who he is, his true nature and his existence would be valued as long as he retains the flavor of his essence. The reality of existence is a prerequisite for having essence and a man of character and integrity would only exist to display his true nature. 

To many of us who have the privilege to serve in Uniform, nothing is really more important than being ‘LOYAL’. Many had cheerfully accepted the test of Loyalty and willingly sacrificed their lives in the discharge of their military duty and I am proud to describe this as our national character and as our true Identity. 

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, 

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India, 

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.

DEFINING INDIAN IDENTITY-THE TEN COMMANDMENTS-A CHALLENGE

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS :

The “Ten Commandments” are given in the Book of Exodus, The Second Book of Moses, The Old Testament of Holy Bible and are repeated in the Book of Deuteronomy,The Fifth Book of Moses. In Exodus, Chapter 20, verses 1-5 read as follows:

1.And God spoke all these words, saying:

2.”I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage”.

3.”You shall have no other gods before Me“.

4.”You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”:

5.”You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me”.

The ideas and thoughts that are expressed in the above Commandments basically oppose attitudes and personal behaviors which constitute and define Indian Identity.If I accept the Ten Commandments, even the simple practice of traditional greeting of “NAMASKAR” would be prohibited. I greet my God with ‘Namaskar’ and so also I greet my parents, my teacher, my guests, the Sun, the Light, the river, the mountain, the monkey, the cow, the plant, the tree, the rock, the idol with the same reverence and in the same way. The term ‘omnipresent’, being present everywhere at the same time describes God’s Absolute nature and Indians are culturally driven to seek divinity in all living objects and in all objects of this created world and universe. I touch and worship feet, I worship the fire, the water, the sky and the earth. I have a complete freedom of choice. I choose the object that I want to worship and do it at a time, place and manner that appeals to my free will.The Commandments intend to take away that freedom of expression and the manner in which I could worship God.

I had expressed my concerns about “The Ten Commandments” in an essay that was published in ‘The Ann Arbor News‘ in its daily edition dated Wednesday, March 1, 2000. I am reproducing the “OTHER VOICES” essay:

Indiana on verge of imposing religion on people :

 

The Ten Commandments and the imposition of Religion on people.

I am indeed distressed to read the news report from Indiana announcing that the state House as well as the Senate had overwhelmingly approved a bill that would permit the display of the Ten Commandments at public buildings, including schools.

This is not a trivial matter. That state is on the verge of imposing religion upon its people. A similar bill was introduced in the U.S. Congress during 1999. The idea of displaying the Ten Commandments is receiving widespread support from the conservative Christians. I am shocked there has been no public opposition to such bills apart from a small concern about violating the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.

Indiana state Rep. Jerry Denbo assumed that the Ten Commandments are not bad principles. Unfortunately, most Christians presume that the Ten Commandments are divine law and that they are benign and noncontroversial principles. Many proponents of these bills also believe that they can prevent juvenile crime and violence by propagating the Commandments.

What is generally not known to supporters of these bills is the fact that the First and Second Commandments have actually sown the seeds of religious intolerance, disharmony and hatred and inspired communal violence of an epic proportion.

These Commandments have curbed the religious freedom of innocent people who are totally unaware of the existence of the jealous God who delivered people from their bondage in Egypt. These Commandments have provoked and gave legitimacy to the religious persecution of helpless people who never even heard of a prophet by the name of Moses. These Commandments specifically deny an individual’s freedom to choose any god of personal choice and prohibit the right to offer worship to an image or form of one’s liking. These Commandments divide the people into two groups, the believers and the non believers.

In spite of their profound religious philosophy and the strength of spiritual knowledge, the Hindu community landed in the camp of non believers with very tragic consequences.

Unlike the Old Testament, the New Testament has no coercive language, and the ministry of Jesus has been a lot more tolerant of the non believers. Islam which emerged later, gave full recognition to Prophet Abraham and Prophet Moses. Islam only recognized Jesus as a prophet of lesser importance. Their holy book Koran, vehemently opposes the claim of Jesus to be the son of God.

However, Islam became a very strong and ruthless advocate of the first two of the Ten Commandments. Starting from early 11th century A.D., Muslim forces repeatedly invaded and attacked the people of the Indian subcontinent, for the Muslims hated the Indian people who are known for worshiping idols.

The Muslim armies carried out brutal and vicious campaigns, looting and plundering India with a belief that they were justly punishing people who are non believers. The Muslim attackers destroyed Hindu temples and ruined priceless pieces of art and architecture. The Muslim invaders not only enslaved the Indian people but also built their mosques over the sites where the Hindu temples stood before.

This religious persecution on such a vast scale continued unabated for several centuries.The memories of repression still linger in the minds of the victims and are reflected in the distrust and tension between the Hindu and the Muslim communities of the present day.

If the governor of Indiana decides in favor of displaying the Ten Commandments at public expense, he should omit the first two. He should refrain from promoting a bigoted notion that people who worship idols deserve to be punished, and he should not directly or indirectly infringe on the rights of the religious minorities of his State.    

   

  

 

  

    

  

 

 

Lord Rama whom I adore, during His life journey described in the epic poem of Ramayana worships His parents, His guru, the River Ganges, the Sun God, Lord Shiva, and others just like any other ordinary mortal being . Gods whom Indians worship participate in similar acts of worship. Lord Shiva worships Lord Rama and Lord Rama worships Lord Shiva.

The Ten Commandments pose a challenge to the survival of the seeds of ideas and thoughts that are planted in the Land of Bharat and the Indian Identity would only exist if people are willing to stand up to this challenge.

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970. 

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