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Mueller clears Trump


of collusion; puts Dems Islamic State
in impeach dilemma
Washington: While Special
Counsel Robert Mueller cleared
claims Sri Lanka
President Trump of colluding
with Russians, he did not com‑
pletely exonerate him on
obstruction of justice charge, all
but leaving the question to
Prime Minister Modi after
casting his ballot in Ahmedabad
on Tuesday. (Photo : Reuters)
carnage, toll 321
Sri Lanka's Maybe it was revenge
Congress.
Muellerʼs report provides fresh 66% voting President announces for NZ mosque attack:
security shakeup Lankan minister
evidence of Trumpʼs interference
in the Russia probe, challenging
President Donald Trump has
been taking a victory lap.
in 3rd phase
lawmakers to respond.
“The responsibility now falls to
(Photo Twitter) of peaceful
hunt” that has overshadowed the
Congress,” said Rep. Jerrold party and the presidency. And Indian election
Nadler, the chairman of the while Democrats say Muellerʼs New Delhi: A high voter turnout,
House Judiciary Committee, findings are far more serious including over 80 per cent in
which has the power to launch than initially indicated in Assam, was recorded in the third
impeachment proceedings. Attorney General William Barrʼs and largest phase of Lok Sabha
How far lawmakers will go,
Continued on page 4 elections Tuesday covering 116
though, remains unclear.
constituencies over 13 states & 2
Republicans are eager to push SEE DETAILED STORIES
ON PAGE 10. Continued on page 4
past what Trump calls the “witch
SEE PAGE 12‐13 FOR DETAILS.

Security personnel in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo


ʻColumbusʼ BAPS does shilanyas of 1st after a series of bomb blasts targeted churches and luxury hotels
who brought in the country. (Photo courtesy AFP)

Jainism to USA Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi Colombo: The Islamic State on
Tuesday claimed responsibility for
"The perpetrators of the attack
that targeted nationals of the cru‑
Abu Dhabi: Creating history in the Sanstha. the horrific Easter Sunday suicide sader alliance (anti‑IS US‑led coali‑
UAE, the BAPS Hindu Mandirʼs This is the first BAPS temple in bombings in Sri Lanka as the death tion) and Christians in Sri Lanka
foundation stone laying ceremony the UAE. The organization has toll in the carnage climbed to 321, were Islamic State fighters," the
was held on April 20, led by H.H. 1,100 mandirs worldwide, inlclud‑ including 10 Indians, with Prime brief message said.
Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiri‑ ing 100 in North America. Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Wickremesinghe on Tuesday
tual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan See page 15 for details. warning of more explosives and also acknowledged there was a
militants "out there" and that the prior warning of the attacks and
Indian Embassy was also a "possi‑ said some of ficials would likely
ble target". lose their jobs over intelligence
The Islamic State's claim came as lapses.
Sri Lankans started to bury the Sri Lankan authorities were mak‑
dead from the string of bombings. ing progress in identifying the cul‑
Gurudev Chitrabhanu Ji Tuesday was declared a national prits and evidence had been found
(1922-April 19, 2019) day of mourning and white flags on foreign links of the attacks, he
were hung from buildings across added.
New York: For a Jain sadhu, it
Colombo About the Islamic State's claim,
was a tumultuous life journey:
An Arabic language statement on the Prime Minister said: "We will
Popularity in India, vehement
the Islamic State group's of ficial be following up on IS claims. We
opposition when he decided to
A model of the Mandir to come up in Abu Dhabi, and al‑Amaq news agency made the believe there may be links."
travel abroad and got married.
H.H.Mahant Swami Maharaj and H.E. Dr Mugheer Khamis claim on an encrypted messaging Earlier in the day, De fence
Continued on page 4
Al Khaili,head of Abu Dhabi Deptt of Community app, saying the suicide bombers Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said
TRIBUTE ON PAGES 18‐19‐20. Development at the shilanyas ceremony. were "fighters of the Islamic State". Continued on page 4

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Mallika's production enthralls Trumpʼs first state


New York audience visit to UK in June
New York: The Indo‑American Arts
Washington: President
Council (IAAC) presented an
Trump and First Lady
enchanting evening of Indian dance
Melania Trump are
on April 17 with Mallika Sarabhai's
headed overseas,
ʻThe Colors of Her Heartʼ, a spell‑
where they are expect‑
binding, dance‑theatre‑multimedia
ed to meet with Queen
production. It was presented at The
Elizabeth II in the U.K.
Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New
and later mark D‑Day
York City to a full house.
in France. The White
Choreographed and directed by
House said in a state‑
Mallika Sarabhai with the visual
ment that the
imagery and story creating skills of
President accepted an
Yadavan Chandran, it incorporated This will be President Trumpʼs second
invitation for a state
the haunting lyrics of British musi‑ meeting with the Queen. (Photo : Vanity Fair)
cian Samia Malik who sang live on ʻThe Colors of Her Heartʼ, Mallika Sarabhaiʼs dance‑theatre show to create visit to the UK from
awareness about gender inequality and violence, has been touring America. June 3‑5, an honor he has been battles within her own party
stage. Six women told their
denied until now. over Brexit. The President's lat‑
poignant stories bringing aware‑ women encounter in our society. all of us have hidden from our own
It will be the President's sec‑ est visit to England will likely be
ness into the issue of gender With the music moving from the conscious minds because we need
ond meeting with the Queen met with protests again like last
inequality and violence. fast tempo of rap to soulful ghazals, to get on with it. We are saying, you
after the first took place last year.
On stage, the performance moved the audience was taken on a hard can deal with it and still get on with
summer. While in the U.K., the Trumps
from powerfully spoken mono‑ hitting and emotional journey. it, still better."
"This state visit will reaffirm will attend a ceremony in
logues sharing true stories of the The show closed to tremendous Earlier, IAAC Chairman Dr. Nirmal
the steadfast and special rela‑ Portsmouth to commemorate the
travails of women interspersed with applause from the crowd. The emo‑ Mattoo spoke about the IAAC team
tionship between the United 75th anniversary of D‑Day. Later
group and solo dances in different tive pieces moved the audience to working diligently to achieve their
States and the United Kingdom," they will travel to Normandy,
techniques and formats. In the tears as many re lated or goals with a great slate of events
the White House said. France, where the President will
backdrop, a projection screen drew empathized to the stories being told across all Indian art forms. He also
Trump will also meet Prime meet with French President
attention in parts to large silhou‑ on stage. Mallika Sarabhai said, complimented Mallika Sarabhai's
Minister Theresa May in London Emmanuel Macron to participate
ettes of the dancers and in parts to "Men weeping as much as women dance innovations and here social
even as she is battling ongoing in more anniversary events.
powerful words and phrases that because it touches something that activism.

Imran panned at home Vaisakhi mela to be held in


for saying terrorists used
Pak soil against Iran Hicksville on May 19
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Minister's statement is against the By The
Imran Khan on Tuesday came under national security as for the first time SATimes Team
attack by his country's opposition for he has admitted the use of (the coun‑
acknowledging in Tehran that in the try's) soil for terrorism in Iran." Hicksville, NY: T he
past terrorists had used his country's Pakistan Peoples Party legislator and first Vaisakhi mela in
soil to carry out attacks former foreign minister Hicksville, or so the
in Iran. Addressing a Hina Rabbani Khar said, organizers claim, will
joint press conference "We are worried for the be he ld on East
with Iranian President country after seeing it Barclay street here
Hassan Rouhani at the continually become a near the Sikh gurd‑
end of his two‑day trip laug hing sto ck". She wara and Hindu tem‑
(from left) Rajeev Maini, Deepak Bansal, Singer Harman Chahal, Onkar Singh,
to Tehran, Khan had said that the prime min‑ ple on Sunday, May
Jasbir Jay Singh, Kawal Sahni, Mohinder Miglani, Jay Sharma, Pupul Chopra
said, "I know Iran has ister had publicly spo‑ 19. It day‑long af fair
suffered from terrorism ken about the use of will not only be entertaining it Hicksville mela be construed as ers listed in the mela flyer
(perpetrated) by groups Pakistani territory is also meant to expose the a rival for the well‑established include Harman Chahal (who
operat ing from against Iran in the past populace, part icularly the Vaisakhi me la he ld in Glen was present at the kickof f ),
Pakistan. We (need to) also, but others who youngsters, to Punjabi culture Cove gurdwara. But then the Mannat Noor, Gurmeet Singh
have trust in each other Pakistan's PM had said much less and way of life. Best of all, it is argument of the growing South and Gagan Kokri. Bhangra and
that both countries will
Imran Khan was in severe things were oust‑ free, even the rides for kids will Asian population in Hicksville gidda? You got it. Makki ki roti
Tehran from April 21‑22. be free. At a kickof f meeting‑ area won. ‑ sarson ka saag? You got it,
not allow any terrorist ed from the country and
activity from their soil. We hope this cases were filed against them and cum‑press conference organ‑ The organizers who spoke at among many food stalls as well
will build confidence between us". their right to be elected was taken ized at Antunʼs on April 17, the the April 17 meeting included as bargain shopping, face paint‑
During a discussion on Khan's visit away. organizers provided details of Onkar Singh, Rajeev Maini, ing and mehendi stalls. As at
to Iran in Nat ional Assembly, Defending Imran Khan, his cabinet what to expect. They also con‑ Kawal Sahni, Pinky Jaggi, and the Glen Cove fair, the Grand
Pakistan Muslim League‑Nawaz colleague Shireen Mazari said, "He fessed that they were a little the program was moderated by Prize in the raf fle (tickets at
leader Khurrum Dastigir said, "Prime was quoted out of context". apprehensive initially lest the Jasbir Jai Singh. The perform‑ $20) will be a car.
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Islamic State claims

Mahendra Shahʼs paintings Sri Lanka carnage, toll 321


Continued from page 1
that Easter attacks were a "retaliation" for last month's

at show in Millburn, NJ Christchurch mosque shootings that left 50 Muslims dead


and were blamed on a white supermacist from Australia
Authorities have so far named a Sri Lankan Muslim
Pittsburgh, PA: A few paintings by group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NJT), for the
Mahendra Shah, artist and The South Sunday bombings which left over 500 injured.
Asian Times cartoonist for almost 10 Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said on
years, are among those of 10 featured Tuesday that he would move quickly to restructure coun‑
artists in AACʼs Points of Origin Show at try's intelligence and security apparatus in response to a
Millburn Library Gallery in Millburn, NJ failure to act on warnings received ahead of the Easter
from May 1‑28th. His ʻFive Sistersʼ paint‑ Sunday attacks.
ing was picked up for the show "I will completely restructure the police and security
announcement flyer. Shah told SATimes forces in the coming weeks. I expect to change the heads
that this painting is inspired by the 5 sis‑ of defense establishments within next 24 hours," Sirisena
ters he has had (one passed away). Shah said in a televised speech,.
is an architect by education, entrepre‑
neur by profession, artist and cartoonist Mueller clears Trump of collusion; puts
by hobby. He has been recording the Dems in impeach dilemma
plight of the immigrant Indians for the Continued from page 1
past many year in his cartoons. Hailing four‑page summary, theyʼve been hesitant to pursue the
from Gujarat, he lives in Pittsburgh, ultimate step, impeachment proceedings, despite pres‑
Pennsylvania. ʻFive Sistersʼ painting by Mahendra Shah sure from the left flank of the party to begin efforts to try
to remove the president from office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats to hold

US top court conservatives off impeaching the president, though she denounced
what she called his "highly unethical and unscrupulous
behavior." The question has divided the party, with some

signal possible support for


2020 contenders ̶ such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and
Kamala Harris ̶ saying impeachment is worth the politi‑
cal costs.

census citizenship question 66% voting in 3rd phase of


peaceful Indian election
Continued from page 1
Washington: The Supreme Courtʼs ‑ who oversees the U.S. Census federal dollars over the next 10 Union Territories amid some complaints of EVM malfunc‑
conservative justices signaled possi‑ Bureau ‑‑ has to change information years. tioning. Unfazed by the summer heat, voters turned out in
ble support Tuesday for the Trump contained in the once‑a‑decade popu‑ T he 85‑minute oral argument large numbers in West Bengal, Tripura, Goa, Gujarat,
administrationʼs bid to ask about citi‑ lation count. Tuesday grew testy at times, with Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh,
zenship on the 2020 census, during a Three federal courts have blocked several on the bench interrupting Chhattisgarh, and the Union Territories of Dadra and
high‑stakes argument where partisan the Commerce Department from counsel repeatedly, and others offer‑ Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. Prime Minister
lines were quickly drawn. adding the citizenship question, rul‑ ing lengthy explanations of their Narendra Modi cast his ballot in his home state of Gujarat
While the liberal justice peppered ing that Ross violated federal law in legal positions. and again underlined his focus on combating terrorism.
the government with questions about the way he went about trying to T he four le ft‑leaning just ices
the plan, the conservative justices include the question for the first time pressed the solicitor general for the ʻColumbusʼ who brought Jainism to USA
were mostly silent during arguments, since 1950. Justice Department to explain the Continued from page 1
in a sign the conservat ive Critics say adding the question reasoning behind the citizenship Then, based in New York, he became like the Pope of
majority could hold in the adminis‑ would discourage many immigrants quest ion, not ing experts at the Jainism, instrumental in setting up many Jain centers. In
tration's favor in the closely watched from being counted. How the justices Census Bureau have said the citizen‑ his later years, he extended the message of ahimsa to veg‑
case. rule could af fect how many seats ship question could lead to an under‑ anism. The South Asian Times pays a tribute to Gurudev
At issue is the level of discretion states have in the House of count of as many as 6.5 million, espe‑ Chitrabhanu Ji in the words of those who had long associ‑
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross ‑ Representatives and their share of cially in urban areas. ation with him.

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Asia Society names Discover, BuzzFeed, KPMG best


employers for Asian Pacific Americans in 2019
New York: Asia Society has named powering Asian talent, consumers, for APAs to advance into leadership diversity and inclusion leads to Asian Pacific American Consumers
Discover Financial Services, Inc. as and investors in the US and Asia. positions. Asia Society commends stronger innovation, growth, and and Investors.
the “Overall Best Employer” for "We launched this summit a all of this yearʼs winners for their success,” said Sara Breyfogle, exec‑ “We are again thrilled and hon‑
their ef forts in promoting and decade ago to shine a light on the commitment in these areas, and we utive sponsor of the Asian ored to be recognized by Asia
developing Asian Pacific American challenges and opportunities Asian hope that others will follow their Professionals employee resource Society, especially in this new mar‑
(APA) talent, with recognition for Pacific Americans face in the work‑ lead." group at Discover. keting category,” said Corey
“distinguished performance” given place,” said Tom Nagorski, Asia The “Overall Best Employer for Both BuzzFeed and KPMG are Anthony, SVP‑HR and chief diversi‑
to the leading independent digital once again recognized this year. ty officer at AT&T. “We appreciate
media company BuzzFeed and pro‑ Having only joined the survey last the individuality, culture, and her‑
fessional services firm KPMG LLP. year, BuzzFeed is again commend‑ itage of each of our customer seg‑
Asia Society will present the ed for their work, especially for ments and try to reflect that in our
awards to all the winning employ‑ promoting APAs into leadership advertising, marketing and spon‑
ers on May 15 in New York City at positions. Meanwhile, KPMG is also sorships throughout the year.”
the 2019 Best Companies for Asian named the best employer for spon‑ “PepsiCo is committed to creating
Pacific Americans Awards sorship and the development of smiles for our consumers and cus‑
Ceremony and Dinner, held in con‑ workforce skills for Asian Pacific tomers by of fering them unique
junction with Asia Societyʼs 2019 Societyʼs Executive Vice President. Asian Pacific Americans” award Americans. KPMG has been recog‑ moments. Delighting different con‑
Diversity & Marketing Leadership “While challenges for APA employ‑ recognizes companies that exhibit nized as an award winner in each sumer cohorts such as Asian Pacific
Summit. Previously known as the ees persist, weʼve also seen real excellence in all of the other award of the last eight years. Americans with our products and
Diversity Leadership Forum (DLF), progress being made by Fortune areas. AT&T and PepsiCo were noted making their lives more enjoyable
the Summit has expanded to a two‑ 500 and other multinational com‑ “At Discover, we are passionate for demonstrating innovative prac‑ through every sip and bite is our
day conference that looks at panies, both in creating an inclu‑ about fostering a collaborative and tices in a new category that was aim,” said Umran Beba, Chief
unleashing innovation and captur‑ sive workplace for APA employees, high‑performing work environment added to the awards process this Global Diversity & Engagement
ing market opportunities through as well as providing opportunities for all our employees, and believe year: Best Company Marketing to Officer at PepsiCo.

Mahwah Hindu Samaj Mandir Emirates to expand reach in India


priest assaulted in hate crime with SpiceJet codeshare partnership
Mahwah, NJ: Hindu Samaj Mandir Khosla, Founder Trustee of Hindu
priest Pandit Devendra Shukla was Samaj Temple and Founding Six Indian cities served by SpiceJet will join the Emirates network
harassed and assaulted in the park‑ Professor of Law, CUNY School of
ing lot of Interstate Shopping center Law, NY in an email to The South Mumbai: Emirates and SpiceJet have signed a
in Ramsey, NJ on April 3, 2019 at Asian Times. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a
7:24 pm. Ramsey Police was called in Ramsey police tracked Dow to his reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open
and Pandit Shukla was transported residence in Mahwah. He was new routes and destinations for passengers traveling
to the hospital, treated and released. charged with assault and burglary. between India and popular destinations across Africa,
The matter is under Investigation. Priest Shukla was in the hospital for America, Europe and the Middle East.
Priest Shukla was attacked and nearly two hours. Dow had allegedly Subject to necessary government approvals, the part‑
assaulted without any provocation cursed him and called him a ʻdirty nership will enable Emiratesʼ passengers to enjoy
by one Nicholas J Dow in presence of Indian.ʼ Meanwhile the complaint seamless connectivity on flights to India, leveraging
his six year old daughter who was Shukla filed with the Marwah Police SpiceJetʼs strong domestic presence and adding six
traumatized with what happened to has apparently been “misfiled.” new destinations: Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore,
her father. Priest Shukla is a passive Also a plea deal of 2 yearsʼ proba‑ Madurai and Calicut ‑ to the nine existing cities in India
gentle person and has worked at the tion has been of fered to Dow, the served by Emirates. This will bolster Emiratesʼ already‑
Temple for about 8 years. community has strongly objected to extensive network adding a total of 67 weekly connec‑ SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh and Emiratesʼ divisional
“Priest Shukla was frightened, which. A pet it ion too has been tions between Emiratesʼ hub in Dubai to these six fast senior VP Adnan Kazim after signing the MoU.
shaken, hurt and bleeding when he launched on change.org demanding growing destinations in India. This includes increased
made his initial statement to Ramsey the county prosecutor not to offer a domestic connectivity from Emiratesʼ nine Indian gate‑ by Emirates.
Police. plea deal and engage in criminal trial ways to points such as Goa, Hubli, Guwahati, SpiceJet passengers travelling from Delhi, Mumbai,
His daughter who was in the car asking for maximum punishment. Vishakhapatnam and Tuticorin which would allow for a Ahmedabad, Kochi, Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore,
was crying as the police interviewed The temple authorities are also greater variety of travel options between both Madurai, Kozhikode and 41 other domestic destina‑
him at the site of incidence. awaiting communication from the Emirates and SpiceJet flights. tions that the airline operates to, will be able to access
His daughter verified what hap‑ Bias Crime Unit of the police. “Our journey in India has been defined by progres‑ Emiratesʼ expansive network across the globe.
pened to her father asking police From the facility being vandalized sive investment, partnership and growth. We constant‑ Optimized scheduling will allow for minimal transit
again and again why?? Why did he with eggs and beer bottles thrown in, ly try to improve and provide our customers with times between India and these global destinations and
hit my papa? ? Paramedics in an exterior lights broken with baseball greater flexibility and travel choices. This partnership travelers on these codeshare routes will be able to
ambulance responded and took him bats, racial slurs hurled at priests, with SpiceJet and the mutual expansion of our network book connecting flights using a single reservation.
to the hospital for evaluation of his offensive flyers left on cars in park‑ will go a long way in further enhancing the travel expe‑ “I am delighted to announce that as part of
injuries and were concerned that his ing lot to hostile attitude of neigh‑ rience of our customers in India as well as those head‑ SpiceJetʼs international expansion strategy, we have
blood pressure had shot up after the bors towards Indian families ‑ this is ing into India, benefiting travelers and businesses signed a MoU for a codeshare agreement with
attack. His daughter was picked up not the first instance of the temple or alike,” said Adnan Kazim, Emiratesʼ Divisional Senior Emirates. This new partnership should immensely ben‑
by her older brother Nitin, from the the Indian community residing in the Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue efit passengers traveling on both airlines. While
place of incidence,” said Dr Dinesh area being targeted racially. Optimization and Aeropolitical affairs. SpiceJet passengers from across India will be able to
Passengers traveling from India will have more enjoy seamless connectivity leveraging Emirates vast
choice to travel seamlessly with minimum connection network across Europe, Africa, America and the Middle
times, when flying to destinations in Emirates' Europe East those traveling to India on Emirates will be able to
network such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Manchester travel to 51 destinations across our domestic network,”
and Amsterdam. The codeshare agreement will also said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director,
open up flights for Indian travelers to North and South SpiceJet. SpiceJet is Indiaʼs second‑largest airline in
American destinations such as New York, Washington, terms of domestic market share. Founded in 2005, it
Toronto, and Sao Paulo as well as Middle Eastern desti‑ now serves 51 cities in India and nine international
Mahwah Hindu Samaj Mandir nations such as Jeddah, Kuwait and Amman, operated destinations.
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US warns 'India‑based call center scam industry'


New York: The US government is ing to a court document obtained serve as notice to transnational they did not pay what they identified 140 scammers, includ‑
taking aim at the "India‑based call by IANS. He is to appear in court criminal organizations of the claimed were back taxes or fines, ing Patel, "who have preyed upon
center scam industry", Assistant again on Wednesday. "This extra‑ lengths DHS (Department of according to the chargesheet filed taxpayers", he added. The fraud
Attorney General Brian dition once again demonstrates Homeland Security) is willing to against them. calls originating from India that
Benczkowski has warned while the (Justice) Department's unwa‑ go to arrest those who would When their victims agreed to are received by millions of
announcing the extradition of an vering commitment to disrupt and enrich themselves by extorting pay, the people at the call center Americans are hurting the coun‑
Indian citizen from Singapore dismantle the India‑based call the most vulnerable in our socie‑ arranged for payments to be col‑ try's reputation as a hub for back
allegedly involved in a multi‑mil‑ center scam industry and to work ty," said David Green, the Special lected in the form of store cards office, tech support and call cen‑
lion dollar racket. with our foreign partners to hold Agent in charge of the DHS or wire transfers by their co‑con‑ tre operations.
Hitesh Madhubhai Patel, 42, accountable those who perpetrate Houston Field Office. spirators in the US, who cashed In recent weeks, at least three
who operated the HGlobal call schemes that defraud our citi‑ He warned of g lobal action them often using stolen identities persons of Indian descent have
center in Ahmedabad, was extra‑ zens," Benczkowski said. against the owners, managers and and laundered the money, accord‑ been sentenced to prison terms in
dited to face trial on charges He added that "Patel operated a employees of overseas call cen‑ ing to the charges. In other cases of tax official imperson‑
relating to the scam that allegedly call centre that allegedly preyed ters, saying: "Our pursuit of jus‑ instances, they of fered people ation.
ripped of f thousands of upon vulnerable US citizens as tice for victims of their scams fake loans and collected fees for A federal court in Florida sen‑
Americans of millions of dollars part of a massive fraud scheme." does not stop at the water's edge." the lending that never material‑ tenced an Indian on Thursday to
using people in call centers After Patel flew from India to Patel was charged in 2016 along ized. eight and a half years in prison
impersonating US government Singapore, he was arrested there with 55 people, most of them of Since 2013, the tax official and last month another person of
officials, the Justice Department on September 21, 2018, at the Indian descent, and five compa‑ impersonation scam "has been on Indian origin to eight years and
said Friday. request of the US, and Singapore nies in the alleged massive scam. a relentless path, claiming more nine months.
Patel was arrested and pro‑ Law Minister K Shanmug am T he India‑based call centers than 15,000 victims who have In a separate case, Indian was
duced on Friday in a federal court issued a warrant on March 25 to allegedly impersonated tax or collectively suf fered over $75 sentenced to 16 months in prison
in Houston, Texas, where hand him over to America, the immigration officials and called million in losses", said Treasury by a federal judge in Atlanta earli‑
Mag istrate Judge Peter Bray Justice Department said. people in the US and threatened Inspector General J Russe ll er this month.
remanded him to custody, accord‑ "This historic extradition should them with arrest or deportation if George. Federal agencies have (IANS)

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S Bhalla, NJ AG Indian entertainment


Gurbir S Grewal honored at SALDEF Gala company Shemaroo
enters US market
"ShemarooMe" video streaming service
will bring 2500 titles across Bollywood,
Mayor Ravinder regional, other genres to consumers
Singh Bhalla
(2nd from Hoboken, NJ: Shemaroo
right), wife Entertainment Limited
Navneet Kaur (Shemaroo), one of India's lead‑
(3rd from right) ing integrated media content
receiving their houses, enters the US market
awards with the launch of its over‑the‑
top (OTT) video streaming serv‑ ShemarooMe capitalizes on its
ice, ShemarooMe, in the US. curated library of contemporary
Building on its vast content and classic film titles secured
library and expertise gained over five decades. "As a compa‑
over the past 57 years and in ny we've always understood the
more than 30 countries, pulse of our diverse audiences,
New York: T he Sikh American men in our community speak Sherif f, an Academy Award win‑
ShemarooMe will give Indian and our history is a testimony to
Legal Defense and Education Fund against gender inequality,” she ner, NBA player, governor, con‑
American audiences on‑the‑go that. Today, we are excited to
celebrated the achievements of said. gressman, senator or even presi‑
access to the company's exclu‑ extend our content offerings to
New Jerseyʼs Indian American SALDEF also intro duced the dent.”
sive portfolio of Bollywood, loyal fans of Indian entertain‑
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal Volunteer Award which was given One of the highlights of the
regional language, devotional ment in the US with a host of
and Hoboken, N.J., Mayor to Rajvir S. Goomer, who has been night, said the press release, was
and children's content. integrated features such as lin‑
Ravinder S. Bhalla at its annual volunteering for the organization the speech given by Kirandeep
Shemaroo originally unveiled ear channels, live streams and
national gala that was held April 6 for over six years. Kaur from Jackson, Mississippi.
the streaming service in India video‑on‑demand services. With
at the Sheraton in Tysons Virginia. T he g alaʼs theme was “T he 21‑year‑old moved to
earlier this year, leveraging the this launch, we look to further
At the gala that was attended by ʻCommitment, Hope and Renewalʼ Mississippi five years ago and dur‑
country's online video market build strategic partnerships in
over 350 guests from across the and these words echoed through‑ ing that t ime there had been
valued at over $700 million. the world's leading OTT mar‑
nat ion, Bhallaʼs act ivist w ife, out the nig ht in speeches by roughly three murders of Sikh
However, Indian American view‑ ket," said Shemaroo CEO Hiren
Navneet Kaur Bhalla, was also hon‑ awardees, staf f and board mem‑ Americans that were not investi‑
ership has equally driven the Gada. Indian American con‑
ored. bers. gated by local law enforcement.
demand for culturally niche, sumers can choose from seven
Grewal, who was awarded the The night was opened by new SALDEF community relations man‑
cross generational video content distinct content categories:
ʻ2019 Public Service Award,ʼ said: executive director Kiran Kaur Gill, ager Satnam Sing h went to
abroad. As the second largest Bollywood Plus, Bollywood
“More work needs to be done to who said, “Imagine a world where Mississippi to host a Know your
group within the Asian Classic, Gujarati, Punjabi,
preserve the American dream and Sikhs are seen as changemakers Rights forum knowing that these
American population that has Marathi, Kids and Bhakti (devo‑
our Sikhi.” and inspirational figures. Where murders had occurred. He con‑
the highest household income as tional) through subscription
Bhalla and his wife, Navneet Sikhs are recognized for their dis‑ nected the lo cal Sang at to
well, Indian American audiences options. The ShemarooMe OTT
Kaur Bhalla, a prominent human proportionate contributions to resources in Mississippi and soon
will remain a sizeable growth app can be downloaded through
rights advocate and lawyer and American society. Where a man in after the Sangat received answers.
opportunity for digital entertain‑ Google Play, the iOS App store
the executive director of Manavi, a a turban or woman with long hair The heartwarming speech high‑
ment companies. or online at http://shema‑
New Jersey‑based womenʼs rights represents trusted leadership and lighted the importance of commu‑
Though most streaming serv‑ roome.com/, and will soon be
organization, were honored with resource for those in need. Where nity and connectedness through‑
ices increasingly focus on glob‑ available on Amazon Fire TV
the ʻ2019 Sikh Image Award.ʼ when the average American thinks out the nation,” the press released
alized original programming, Stick, Apple TV and Roku.
“It is absolutely imperative that about a Sikh, they think of their added.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL April 27-May 3, 2019 7

Gabbard outraises Harris


among Indian-American donors
Washington, DC: Tulsi Gabbard, the first
Hindu US Congresswoman and Democratic
2020 presidential candidate, has vastly out‑
raised Senator Kamala Harris of Indian and
Jamaican descent among Indian‑American
donors in the 2020 presidential fundraising
derby so far.
Gabbard, who is a Hindu American but not
Indian‑American, has raised more than
$237,000, from the community. In compari‑
son, Harris, daughter of an Indian American
mother and Jamaican American father, has
so far raised only $72,606 from the commu‑
Tulsi Gabbard has raised more than
nity, according to AAPI Data, which publish‑
$237,00 from community
es data and policy research on Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders. Harris, unlike Gabbard, has not made any
In a clear sign that Harris, one of the attempts to reach out to the Indian‑
strongest contenders in the crowded 2020 American community so far, even though
Demo crat ic fie ld, has not been fully she has repeatedly cited her Indian identity
embraced by the community, the Senator and her mother's influence on her.
even trails New Jersey's Corey Booker On the other hand, Gabbard, an Iraq war
among Indian‑Americans, according to a veteran and the first Hindu candidate to get
media report. elected to US Congress, has a huge grass‑
Booker has raised more than $131,000 roots following among right‑leaning Hindu
from Indian Americans. A big reason for that Americans, having closely aligned with them
is New Jersey is home to nearly 370,000 right from the beginning of her congression‑
Indian Americans. al career.
But Harris' home state of California has Historically, Indian Americans have donat‑
the largest Indian American population in ed huge amounts to congressional and
the country ‑ more than 712,000. Yet, her gubernatorial candidates from the commu‑
campaign hasn't received traction among nity. However, their track record in
Indian American campaign donors, the AAPI bankrolling candidates from the community
Data research reveals. so far is spotty.
The Senator, however, received an impor‑ In the last presidential election cycle, the
tant endorsement when the influential campaign of former Louisiana Governor
Indian‑American Impact Fund announced Bobby Jindal attracted only lukewarm sup‑
that it is backing her earlier this week. port of the community. (IANS)

Indian‑American PAC
endorses Harris for President
Washington, DC: An Indian‑American politi‑
cal action committee (PAC) has endorsed
Democratic presidential candidate Senator
Kamala Harris of Indian and Jamaican
descent for the US presidential race.
"In such a critically important election,
one that will shape policy and politics for
generations to come, Indian Americans
can't af ford to stay on the sidelines," the
Indian American Impact Fund's co‑founder
Raj Goyle said in a statement on
Wednesday.
Goyle, also a former Kansas state lawmak‑
If elected Kamala Harris will become the
er, said it was for that reason that the
first woman, the first Indian American, the
organization chose to be "the first Indian‑
first Asian American, and the first African
American or Asian‑American political American woman to serve as President.
organization to endorse" Harris, whose
mother was from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Impact Fund Executive Director and former
"In the coming months, we look forward Maryland state delegate Aruna Miller said
to mobilizing our network of resources to her group was "proud to endorse" Harris.
ensure Senator Harris secures the "She is a tested leader who has demonstrat‑
Democratic nomination and is elected the ed, throughout her career, a strong commit‑
next President of the US," Goyle said. ment to our community's progressive and
Harris thanked the Impact Fund for the pluralistic values," Miller said.
endorsement. "This endorsement and the Harris, one of the first Democrats to
support of the Indian American Impact launch the presidential campaign in this
Fund and its members means so much to election cycle, is also one of the front‑run‑
me," she said in a statement on Wednesday. ners at the moment. If elected, she will
"Together, we will fight for an America that become the first woman, the first Indian
restores the values of truth and justice and American, the first Asian American, and the
works for working people, from raising first African American woman to serve as
incomes to expanding health care." The President. (IANS)
8 April 27-May 3, 2019 NATIONAL COMMUNITY TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Trudeau walks in Vaisakhi parade Tesla slams Indian American


after government removes critic with restraining order
San Francisco: Electric vehicle Now in compliance with the

reference to Sikh extremism (EV)‑maker Tesla has slammed


Randeep Hothi ‑‑ one of the
short‑sellers of the company and
restraining order, Hothi is
required to stay at least 100
yards away from Tesla's
Vancouver: Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau touted the strength and also its prominent Twitter critic ‑ Fremont factory in California as
contributions of Canadaʼs Sikh ‑ with a restraining order on well as its employees.
community as he celebrated the charges of stalking, harassing In addition, he also has to stay
religionʼs holy day of Vaisakhi in and endangering company 10 yards away from any Tesla
Vancouver. employees. vehicle with manufacturer plates
“As we celebrate Vaisakhi, let us In its complaint, Tesla claimed within five miles of the factory.
also celebrate all the incredible that three of its employees who The restraining order is effec‑
contributions of this community,” were driving a 'Model 3' car on a tive until May 7, when a hearing
he said in a speech after he walked Bay Area highway last week is scheduled.
in a parade Saturday organized by were pursued by the California Tesla also took the opportuni‑
the Khalsa Diwan Society. resident for about 35 minutes ty to note that Hothi "has a his‑
Trudeau joined other politicians where he drove ahead of, beside tory of trespassing at Tesla's
and community members in walk‑ and behind the car, swerving facilities". The company said one
ing amongst floats and performers. dangerously close to the vehicle, time Hothi "unlawfully" took
On the sidelines, people handed The Verge reported on Saturday. photos and videos of Tesla facili‑
out free food along the route, The company also claimed that t ies and uploaded them on
'Sikhs have helped to build Canada for more than 120 years' ‑ Hothi even swerved so close to Twitter.
including snacks and full meals to PM Justin Trudeau (Image courtesy: theprovince.com)
passers by. Sikhs have helped to the car that its crash avoidance The car‑maker also claimed
build Canada for more than 120 Street Gurdwara, where he deliv‑ threat posed by “extremists who safety feature was triggered. that, in February, Hothi struck
years, Trudeau said, adding there ered a speech with similar senti‑ support violent means to establish While Hothi, under the user‑ one of its employees while tres‑
are now Sikh entrepreneurs, politi‑ ments. Defence Minister Harjit an independent state within India.” name @skabooshka, published passing and surveilling the com‑
cians, artists and true leaders in Sajjan also attended the festivities. The 2018 Public Report on the images of the 'Model 3' car on pany's Fremont factory and "fled
every field. His morning speech came just Terrorism Threat to Canada drew Twitter earlier on April 18, con‑ the scene", the report added.
He said the values celebrated hours after the federal government the ire of the Sikh community firming his presence at the Later on Saturday, Hothi took
during the holy day, like equality agreed to remove a reference to when it was released in December. scene. to Tw itter and wrote to his
and social justice, are values that Sikh extremism from a report on For the first time, the report list‑ He claimed he saw the car vio‑ 6,800 followers ‑ "I will not rest.
make Canada stronger. terrorism. ed Sikh extremism as one of the late speed limits, and noted it This is my promise. Tesla is a
Before the parade, Trudeau visit‑ The language was changed late top five extremist threats in performed simple tasks like lane zero. @e lonmusk w ill go to
ed one of the largest Sikh temples Friday to remove any mention of Canada. changes, implying Tesla might prison."
in the country, Vancouverʼs Ross religion, instead discussing the (Source: theprovince.com) misrepresent the footage later. (IANS)

American ASC conveys concerns over Kartarpur Sahib


activists' stories in
Bharatnatyam form heritage destruction to Pakistan governor
San Francisco: A popular California‑ Toronto: A Sikh delegation representing the
based South Indian classical dance American Sikh Council (ASC) met with
group will tell the stories of American Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar of
activists Rosa Parks and Martin Luther Punjab, Pakistan and his staff to share their
King by employing the stylistic vocabu‑ concerns over the destruction of the Sikh
lary of the Bharatnatyam dance form. heritage due to new construction over the
The Abhinaya Dance Company of San fields and forests at Kartarpur Sahib, associ‑
Jose will perform "I Have A Dream: ated with Baba Guru Nanak and seek his
Stories of Rosa Parks and Mart in intervention. Gurmeet Kaur, a U.S. based
Luther King", Jr." in Oakland on April community activist led the ASC's heritage
27. committee and presented its concerns and
"I Have A Dream: Stories of Rosa requests to the Pakistan Government
Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr." is a regarding Kartarpur Sahib in particular and
re‑staging of excerpts from Abhinaya's the Sikh heritage in general.
performance "Stories of Justice", pre‑ Gurmeet Kaur started with discussing the
sented last November in San Jose, and currently proposed plans to cater to an
S.Gurmeet Kaur with S.T.Sher Singh while Governor Sarwar goes through the petition
features an opening number titled onslaught of expected visitors and how it that this campaign has a backing of over cluded the delegationʼs concerns by saying
"Gandhi's Inspiration." would destroy the 500 years old heritage by 17,000 petitioners worldwide, the ASC rep‑ that the onus of preserving the Sikh her‑
The show is directed by artistic direc‑ doing an irreversible damage to the sacred resenting 74 gurdwaras in the USA, the itage in Pakistan was on the Pakistan gov‑
tor Mythili Kumar and the performance fields of Baba Nanak where he farmed with Global Sikh Council (GSC), the Supreme Sikh ernment. He said that this heritage is an
depicts the non‑violent resistance his own two hands for 18 long years. Council of Australia, Navjot Singh Sidhu asset to Pakistan and by utilizing foresight‑
strategies of King and seeks to demon‑ “Constructing on this acreage destroys the (Minister ‑ East Punjab), other organizations edness and keen judgment they may make
strate that the fight for social justice is sanctity, the spirit of the sacred site and any and individuals including the Pakistan PTI Sikhs who already love this land, their
ongoing and that past struggles pro‑ chances of archeological revival of the lost MPA Momina Waheed. friends forever. The Governor said that he
vide lessons that enable us to confront heritage associated with Baba Nanak," she Ripsodak Singh the Principal of the Khalsa shared the concerns but since he was
our current problems. stated. Community School said, “We are asking that brought in very late to preside over the
Abhinaya dancers will dramatically She then mentioned of the voices against Kartarpur be setup as an ecological heritage work in Kartarpur, was unable to alter the
portray key protests in King's life, this destruction and how they have been village of Baba Nanak and all new construc‑ plans in prog ress and would have to
where he emphasized the principle of try ing to reach out to the Pakistan tion be done at least a kilometer away from approach the Prime Minister in this matter.
non‑violence, deriving inspiration from Government at all levels from the Prime current Gurdwara, outside of Baba Jiʼs fields On reminding that the Prime Minister has
Mahatma Gandhi's resistance move‑ Minister to the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara and align with the Guru period architecture forwarded their correspondence to the
ment against the British in India. Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) via written and not be in the form of modern, unsightly Governor, he said he will arrange a meeting
Acclaimed choreographer and dancer correspondence, personal meetings with the hotels and shopping malls that destroy the with the Prime Minister immediately upon
Rasika Kumar will present her solo on Pakistan Embassy, High Commission and spirit of the space.” his return. The ASC delegation thanked the
Parks' life. (IANS) via press for four months. She mentioned Sher Singh a renowned Sikh writer con‑ Governor and hopes he keeps his promise.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info DIASPORA April 27-May 3, 2019 9

Canada's move on Khalistanis Sushma Swaraj asks


over 500 Indians in Libya
a threat to India: Amarinder to "leave immediately"
New Delhi: As Libya's capital Tripoli contin‑
Chandigarh: Accusing the government of Prime to spread the separatist Khalistani ideology and related terms have been targeted by the ues to be hit by violence, External Af fairs
Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada of "suc‑ against a friendly country. Trudeau administration, he pointed out, adding Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that
cumbing to domestic political pressure to "Trudeau had been informed of Khalistani that it appeared to be a clear case of the over 500 Indians are stuck there and suggest‑
remove all references to Khalistani extremism activists being involved in financing terror Canadian government giving in to political ed that they leave the city immediately.
in its 2018 report on terrorist threats", Punjab activities in India from Canada," the Chief compulsions. The minister said that if the Indians strand‑
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the move Minister said. "It is obvious that Trudeau had played safe in ed in the Libyan capital do not leave immedi‑
was a threat to Indian and global security. "Pointing to the well‑known fact that view of the upcoming elections in Canada, giv‑ ately, then it may not be possible to evacuate
Amarinder Singh expressed shock at the rul‑ Trudeau's party was inundated by such ing in to pressure within his country. He has them later. Over 200 people were killed in
ing Canadian Liberal Party's "knee‑jerk deci‑ activists and separatists, the Chief Minister quite blatantly ignored the adverse impact this Tripoli in the last two weeks since renegade
sion that was clearly aimed at protecting its dubbed the erasure of the various references to could have not only on Canada's relations with Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar's
political interests in an election year", saying it Khalistan and Khalistani organizations from India but also on geopolitical stability," he troops launched a strike to oust UN‑backed
could have serious consequences for India‑ the latest threat report as an unpardonable act added. Prime Minister Fayez al‑Sarraj from power.
Canadian relations in the long run. in the eyes of the peace‑loving global commu‑ Amarinder Singh warned the Canadian gov‑ Swaraj tweeted, "Even after massive evacua‑
"Trudeau is playing with fire with his deci‑ nity," Amarinder Singh's spokesman said. ernment against encouraging hardliners tion from Libya and the travel ban, there are
sion to assuage inflamed domestic passions "Such an act amounted to endorsement of through such actions, which he said were detri‑ over 500 Indian nationals in Tripoli. The situ‑
through this ill‑considered move," Amarinder the terror activities and de facto promotion of mental to the interest of both India and Canada ation in Tripoli is deteriorating fast.
Singh said. extremism," the Chief Minister added, con‑ as well as the global community. Presently, flights are operational.
The Chief Minister pointed out that he him‑ demning outright the selective changes made "The world cannot afford to fan extremism in "Pls ask your relatives and friends to leave
self had given proof to the Canadian Prime by the Canadian government in its report on any form, which is what the Trudeau govern‑ Tripoli immediately. We will not be able to
Minister, during the latter's India visit in threats. ment was ef fectively doing with such ill‑ evacuate them later," she said on her Twitter
February last year, of Canada's soil being used Only references with respect to Khalistan thought moves," he said. (IANS) handle. (PTI)

9-year Indian girl wins Indians in Lagos run in support


$1 million in Dubai raffle of PM Modiʼs re‑election
Dubai: A nine‑year‑old Indian girl on won a luxury car in 2013. Eliza M. is

N
Tuesday won a $1 million jackpot in the 140th Indian national to win a o fewer than 700 Indians
Dubai Duty‑Free's Millennium million dollars in the Dubai Duty‑ resident in Lagos on Sunday The run
Millionaire, six years after she had Free Millennium Millionaire promo‑ held a run session in solidar‑ session was
won a luxury car McLaren Coupe in tion since its inception in 1999, the ity and support for Indiaʼs incumbent part of global
the same raffle. Eliza M's lucky tick‑ report said. Following the draw, two
movement in
Prime Minister, Narendra Modiʼs re‑
support of PM
et was purchased by her father, more winners, including another election. The News Agency of Nigeria
Modi in
identified as M. The draw took place Indian, were announced in Dubai (NAN) reported that the run session run‑up to the
at the Dubai International Airport. Duty‑Free's Finest Surprise was held at the Tafawa Balewa general
Reacting to the win, the girl's Promotion. They won luxury motor‑ Square, Lagos. Sanjay Srivastava, the elections.
father, a Mumbaikar residing in bike each. Indian national organiser and president of Overseas (Image :
Dubai for 19 years, said he was a Mohammad Haneef Adam, a resi‑ Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party thenewsnige‑
regular participant in the Dubai dent of Dubai for 20 years, won an (OFBJP), Nigeria Chapter said the ria.com)
Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Indian Scout Bobber motorbike. "I run session was a global movement
promotion since 2004. am thrilled to have won such a practiced every weekend across the stop. “There is presently a coalition Modiʼs assumption of office.
According to the Khaleej Times, beautiful motorbike. I can't wait to globe. OFBJP is a non‑governmental of other parties contesting against “We were confronted with nepo‑
the girl is no newcomer to winning get my hands on this," he said. organization involved in community Modi but we have witnessed 70 tism, religious bias and lots of prob‑
Dubai Duty‑Free promotions as she (IANS) development in Nigeria and promot‑ years of backwardness and stagna‑ lems separate us but since he was
ing Indiansʼ common cause. tion in all aspects of our economy elected five years ago, we have wit‑
Srivastava said Modi had engaged before Modi came into power. nessed a beautiful transformation.
in transparent governance which “Presently we have reduced cor‑ “We want him back because we
was corruption‑free in the last five ruption cases and our Gross want to continue to experience a
years of his administration. Domestic Product (GDP) keeps peaceful society without discrimina‑
According to him, his developmen‑ improving; these and more positive tion,” he said.
tal projects extend to villages in developments we want to continue Another speaker, Mrs. Anusdha
India where they benefit from free in India. Vijay Singh said that Modi Jindall, said that Modi had shown a
electricity, gas distribution and other should be re‑elected because he had great sense of responsibility and self‑
amenities which they had been achieved remarkable development in lessness over the years and should
deprived of for long. the areas of banking, infrastructure be given a second chance to move
“This is a global movement to and industry expansion in the last the nation forward.
enable Modi to continue as Indiaʼs five years of his tenure. "Modi is hard‑working, a man with‑
NRIs from Frankfurt, Germany on way to India to vote for PM Modi Prime Minister so that the develop‑ “India as a country has experi‑ out sentiment and selfless, that is the
in ongoing general elections. (Source: NRI4Namo/Facebook) ment experienced in India does not enced sporadic development since kind of leader we need,” she said.
10 April 27-May 3, 2019 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Muller report clears Trump on collusion


but undecided on obstruction
New York: Special Counsel Robert
Mueller's report did not establish
that members of the Trump cam‑
Dems’ dilemma on
paign conspired or coordinated
with the Russian government in its
impeachment after report

H
US election interference activities, ouse Democrats were ment proceedings would begin.
but left enough ammunition for discussing Mueller's Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of
Democrats to pursue charges that damning findings on the House Intelligence
the president tried to interfere with the president's efforts to Committee, laid out the political
the probe. obstruct his investigation after calculus Democrats must make,
The 448‑page, two‑volume report days of skirting questions knowing a Republican Senate is
prepared after 22 months of inves‑ about impeaching President almost certain to derail
tigations by Mueller was sent last Donald Trump. On Sunday, top impeachment, regardless of
Thursday to Congress and released Democrats seesawed between Mueller's obstruction evidence.
Taking a victory lap and borrowing from 'Game of Thrones'
to public. describing Trump's conduct, as House Majority Leader Steny
theme, President Trump tweeted this image.
While it may have quelled allega‑ detailed by Mueller, in grave Hoyer doused talk of impeach‑
tions of Russian, the report said tion identified numerous links ing social discord among American terms and insisting impeach‑ ment last week, shortly after
that it could neither confirm nor between individuals with ties to the voters through disinformation and ment is not an immediate con‑ the Mueller report was made
rule out "that no criminal conduct Russian government and individu‑ social media operations. sideration. "We may get to that. public, saying he didn't think
occurred" on the obstruction of jus‑ als associated with the Trump The report also gave an inside We may not. As I've said before, the process was "worthwhile."
tice allegations, explicitly acknowl‑ Campaign, the evidence was not look at the Trump's inner circle it is our job to go through all Instead, Democrats have
edging that Congress could have suf ficient to support criminal gleaned from of ficials it inter‑ the evidence, all the informa‑ demanded more hearings on
jurisdiction over the matter. charges. "But the evidence does viewed with juicy tidbits like Trump tion we can get," said Rep. Trump's conduct and to hear
The report said that Trump had indicate that a thorough FBI inves‑ exclaiming after the Mue ller Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the from AG Barr. They also want to
phoned then‑White House counsel tigation would uncover facts about inquiry was established, "This is the House Judiciary Committee, bring Mueller in to testify next
Don McGahn and asked him to tell the campaign and the President end of my Presidency. I'm (exple‑ which is where any impeach‑ month.
Deputy Attorney General Ro d personally that the President could tive)". It enumerated ten instances
Rosenstein that Mueller was con‑ have understood to be crimes or where Trump could have potential‑ the Trump campaign ‑‑ or the style, Trump reacted with tweet of a
flicted and should be removed. It that would give rise to personal and ly interfered with the Mue ller knowing assistance of any other picture of him like a movie poster
added, however, that McGahn political concerns". This seemed to probe through intimidation in the Americans for that matter". proclaiming, "No Collusion. No
refused to do that. be mainly about the business deal‑ media or attempts to end it or pres‑ Demanding the release of the obstruction. For the haters and the
Democrats vowed to pursue the ings Trump had in Russia. suring officials. report in full, Democratic Senator radical left Democrats a Game
obstructions allegations. House The report detailed Russian mili‑ Before releasing the redacted Kamala Harris tweeted: "Americans over", and tweeted on Thursday
Judicial Committee Chairman Jerry tary intelligence agency GRU's report, US Attorney General deserve the unvarnished truth". morning his consistent position on
Nadler, said he would order hacking of e‑mails of Democratic William Barr told reporters that "all "The American people deserve the inquiry: "The Witch Hunt has
Mueller himself to appear before Party and it leaders, which were Americans can and should be grate‑ the truth, not a sanitized version of been a total fraud on your
his panel before May 23 to explain leaked to WikiLeaks and sowed dis‑ ful to have confirmed" through the Mueller Report approved by the President and the American people!
his findings. sensions within the party. Mueller's investigation that the Trump Admin", Speaker Nancy It was brought to you by Dirty
On the focus of the probe, the It also blamed a Russian company Russian "schemes did not have the Pelosi tweeted from Ireland, where Cops, Crooked Hillary and the DNC
report said: "While the investiga‑ with close ties to Kremlin for sow‑ cooperation of President Trump or she is on a visit. In his theatrical (Democratic National Committee)".

Trump sues to block


Democrats from seeking
Leader of militia arrested for
info into his finances detaining migrant families at border
Washington: President Trump and Trump Organization, the Trump Washington: T he FBI on authorities to bring more serious
his business filed suit ag ainst Corporation, Trumpʼs holdings Saturday arrested the leader of a charges like kidnapping and
Demo crat ic House Oversig ht company, the Trump Foundation rig ht‑w ing milit ia that was impersonating a police officer or
Committee Chairman Elijah and the Trump International Hotel detaining migrant families at an employee of the United States.
Cummings on Monday to block a in Washington. Mazars told the gunpoint near the border in T he org anizat ion led by
subpoena sent last week seeking committee that it would not be able southern New Mexico, as the Hopkins, the United
information about the presidentʼs to comply with demands for those group faced a torrent of criticism Constitutional Patriots, recently
finances. documents without a subpoena, for its tactics. Hector Balderas, uploaded videos of armed mem‑
In the complaint filed in according to Cummings. New Mexicoʼs attorney general, bers detaining children and their
Washington, D.C., federal court Trumpʼs lawyer in the lawsuit, said federal agents had arrested parents in a stretch of the New
Monday morning, Trumpʼs lawyers William Consovoy, said in a state‑ the leader, Larry Mitche ll Mexico desert near El Paso,
said that Democrats have “declared ment that the attempt by Hopkins, who had been operat‑ Texas, be fore handing the
all‑out political war” against him. Cummingsʼ committee to “obtain ing under the alias Johnny mig rants over to the Border
“Subpoenas are their weapon of yearsʼ worth of confidential infor‑ Horton Jr. Balderas said in a Patrol.
choice,” the filing states. mation from their accountants statement that Hopkins was New Mexicoʼs Demo crat ic
Last week, the House Oversight lacks any legitimate legislative pur‑ arrested on charges of firearms Governor Miche lle Lujan
and Government Re form pose, is an abuse of power, and is possession by a felon. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, leader of Grisham said that any mistreat‑
Committee subpoenaed Mazars, an just another example of overreach “This is a dangerous felon who United Constitutional Patriots, ment of asylum‑seekers on the
accounting firm that Trump had by the presidentʼs political oppo‑ should not have weapons around was arrested. border was “unacceptable.”
used to prepare several years of nents.” children and families,” Mr lantes.” T he firearms charge The American Civil Liberties
financial statements, according to T he presidentʼs counse l, Jay Balderas said. “Todayʼs arrest by against Hopkins is relatively Union denounced the militiaʼs
the lawmakersʼ document. Sekulow, told NBC News: “We will the FBI indicates clearly that the minor. But it is likely the start of actions in a letter Thursday, say‑
The subpoena requested a slew of not allow Cong ressional rule of law should be in the a deeper investigation into his ing the actions amounted to kid‑
financial documents and related Presidential harassment to go hands of trained law enforce‑ activities and those of the militia, napping by “racist and armed
materials from Trump, his trust, the unanswered.” ment of ficials, not armed vigi‑ and opens the way for the vigilantes.”
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA NEWS April 27-May 3, 2019 11

India to deal with US move to


New Delhi: India on Tuesday said it
is "adequately prepared" to deal
with the impact of the US decision
to end waiver for importing oil
from Iran and that it will continue
to work with Washington and other
partner countries to find "all possi‑
ble ways" to protect its energy and
economic security interests.
end waiver on Iran oil
oil to Indian oil refineries from May In November, the US reimposed
"Government has noted the 2019 onwards. sanctions on exports of Iranian oil
announcement by the US govern‑ "There will be additional supplies after President Donald Trump with‑
ment to discontinue the Significant from other major oil producing drew from a 2015 nuclear accord
Reduction Exemption to all pur‑ countries from dif ferent parts of between Iran and six world powers.
chasers of crude oil from Iran," the world," the Petroleum Ministry The External Af fairs Ministry
External Af fairs Ministry statement said, adding "The Indian spokesman added that the govern‑
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said refineries are fully prepared with‑ ment "will continue to work with
in a statement here, a day after the out any problem to meet the partner nations, including with the
US announced the decision. national demand for petrol, diesel US, to find all possible ways to pro‑
"We are adequately prepared to and other petroleum products in tect India's energy and economic
deal with the impact of this deci‑ the country." security interests."
sion. Ministry of Petroleum and The US on Monday announced India imports close to 10 per cent
Natural Gas has already issued a that sanction waivers for India, of its domestic oil requirement
statement in this regard," he said. China, Japan, South Korea and from Iran. Though the imports fell
Earlier, the Petroleum Ministry Turkey would not be renewed slightly in 2018‑2019 following
said the government has "put in when they expire on May 2. The the US sanctions, it is still signifi‑
place a robust plan" to ensure that decision is intended to deny Iran its cant at close to 20 million tonnes
there is adequate supply of crude principal source of revenue. per annum. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

CJI TRASHES SEXUAL India shares 'all


evidences' on JeM,
HARASSMENT CHARGE Azhar with China
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan
Gogoi rubbished an allegation of sexual
Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
New Delhi: India has shared with China "all evi‑
(File Photo: IANS)
harassment against him, saying there dences" of the terrorist activities of Pakistan‑based
was a "larger conspiracy" to destabilize Jaish‑e‑Mohammad (JeM) and its chief Masood
the independence of the judiciary, Azhar, the External Affairs Ministry said here on
which, he said, is "under very serious Monday as Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held
threat". talks with the Chinese leadership in Beijing.
After the allegation leveled by a for‑ Gokhale was on a two‑day visit to Beijing where
mer employee of the Supreme Court he held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang
was reported by a section of the media, Yi.
a three‑member bench of the apex "We have shared with China all evidences of ter‑
court, headed by the Chief Justice and rorist activities of Jaish‑e‑Mohammad and its
including Justice Arun Mishra and leader Masood Azhar. It is now for the 1267
Justice Sanjeev Khanna, held an urgent Sanctions Committee (of the UN Security Council)
hearing this morning ‑‑ a holiday ‑‑ over and other authorized bodies of the UN to take a
the matter. The bench said the judiciary important cases next week, and this Chief Justice asked, "In view of such decision on listing of Masood Azhar (as interna‑
"cannot be made a scapegoat" and that could be an attempt to dissuade me baseless charges, why would any person tional terrorist)," External Af fairs Ministry
the media should not publish the from hearing these matters," Justice want to become a judge as reputation is spokesperson said here.
woman's complaint without verifying its Gogoi said. all that the judges have, and that too, He was responding to queries on discussions
truth. "There has to be a bigger force behind under attack?" that the Foreign Secretary held in Beijing with
T he Chief Justice said the sexual this. There are two offices ‑‑ one of the The Chief Justice requested Justice regard to proscribing of Azhar.
harassment charge ag ainst him is Prime Minister and one of the CJI. They Mishra to take a call on passing a judi‑ China has been blocking India's move, which is
"unbelievable" and he would "not stoop want to deactivate the office of the CJI," cial order. supported by countries like the US, UK and France,
too low even to deny these allegations." he said. Anguished over the charges, the Chief at the UN Security Council to enlist Azhar as an
He said the issue has been brought "I will sit on this bench and discharge Justice said, "The judiciary of this coun‑ international terrorist.
out days before a bench headed by him my duties without fear and favour till try is under very serious threat. We will Last month, Beijing placed a latest "technical
is scheduled to hear "many, many sensi‑ my tenure is over. This is the reward a not allow this to happen...Nobody can hold", for the fourth time, on a US‑sponsored reso‑
tive cases". This is also the month of the CJI gets after 20 years of service," he catch me on money. People have to find lution against Azhar, a move that India called "dis‑
Lok Sabha elections in the country, he said.Justice Gogoi, who assumed the something and they have found this." appointing".
noted. of fice of the CJI on October 3, 2018, He said he has a bank balance of Rs "India will continue to pursue all available
"I don't think it's just a plot of a junior will retire on November 17 this year. 6.80 lakh and Rs 40 lakh in provident avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are
court assistant. There is a larger design. Contending that "there is a larger con‑ fund, after being in the judiciary for involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are
Someone wants to deactivate the office spiracy to destabilise the judiciary around two decades. brought to justice," the MEA spokesperson said.
of the CJI. My bench is set to hear some which has remained independent," the The Secretary General said the com‑ JeM has been responsible for a number of terror
plainant worked as a part of the home attacks in India over the last two decades, includ‑
office of Chief Justice only for a short ing the one on Parliament on December 13, 2001.
SC notice to advocate alleging period, and given the nature of her There has been an increased pitch for proscrib‑
duties, she had no occasion to interact ing Azhar in the aftermath of the ghastly Pulwama
conspiracy against CJI directly with the Chief Justice. terror attack on February 14, which was claimed
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to advocate Utsav And, she was dismissed from service by JeM.
Bains who has alleged that there is a conspiracy to frame Chief Justice as per procedure for inappropriate con‑ "We will work together with the Chinese side to
Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case. duct, he added. deepen mutual understanding, strengthen mutual
The bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, while directing the presence of The Secretary General said a criminal trust to implements the decisions that are taken
Bains on Wednesday in the court, asked him to produce evidence in support by the leaders and do it in a manner where we are
case is pending against the complainant
of paras 17 and 20 of his affidavit filed in the apex court. The court has
for allegedly taking bribe to promise sensitive to each other's concerns," Gokhale said.
taken suo motu cognizance of his affidavit.
employment in the Supreme Court.
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MAHA KUMBH
Lok Sabha elections:
Over 50% polling in phase 3
Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, (62.13 per cent) and Goa (58.93 per
and the Union Territories of Dadra cent). In Chhattisgarh, 55.29 per
and Nagar Haveli and Daman and cent of the electors cast their votes
Diu. till 3 p.m.
However, voting was dull in Karnataka, where the remaining
Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats are
Lok Sabha constituency where going to the polls in the third phase,
polling is being held in three legs saw around 50 per cent voting till 3
OF DEMOCRACY amid tight security measures. The p.m. Kerala, where polling is being
turnout was only 10.64 per cent till held in all the 20 Lok Sabha seats in
New Delhi: Millions of people came 3 p.m. the state, witnessed a turnout of 56
out to vote as over 50 per cent Voting began at 7 a.m. as the per cent.
voter turnout was recorded till 3 third, and the largest, phase of the Voting was moderate in Gujarat,
p.m. on Tuesday cross 117 Lok staggered seven‑phase electoral Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and
Sabha constituencies for the third exercise kicked off on Tuesday. Maharashtra. In Gujarat, 50.35 per
phase of Lok Sabha elections spread As per the latest figures received cent of the eligible voters had exer‑
Prime Minister Narendra Modi after casting his vote in
over 13 states and 2 Union till 3 p.m., West Bengal recorded the Ahmedabad on April 23. (Photo: PIB/IANS) cised their franchise till 3 p.m. while
Territories. highest turnout with 67.52 per cent in Bihar, it was 47 per cent.
Unfazed by the summer heat, vot‑ of the eligible voters casting their 67.08 per cent turnout. deferred by the Election Dadra and Nagar Have li saw
ers turned out in large numbers in votes. It was closely followed by Voting in the Tripura East seat Commission to the third phase on 56.81 per cent voting while Daman
West Bengal, Tripura, Goa, Gujarat, Tripura, where voting is happening was slated in the second phase of security concerns. and Diu witnessed 54.84 per cent
Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, only in one constituency, with polling on April 18 but was Voting was also brisk in Assam polling till 3 p.m.

Maharashtra records EC bars Sidhu from campaigning for 3 days


New Delhi: T he Election not split their votes.

57.01% voting Commission has barred Punjab


Minister and Congress leader
The Commission said it amounted
to making use of religion while
Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaign‑ appealing voters to support
ing for three days after it found him Congress candidate from Katihar,
guilty of violating the Model Code Tariq Anwar.
of Conduct (MCC) with his allegedly In the notice, the EC had said that
communal remarks. the Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar
It said he would be barred from had forwarded it a video clip show‑
holding any public meeting, proces‑ Punjab Minister and Congress ing Sidhu asking voters from the
sion, rally, road show, interviews or leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. "minority community" to prevent
make any public utterances in (Photo: IANS) any split of their votes.
media in connection with the ongo‑ issued a notice to the cricketer‑ He also asked them to do mass
While Kolhapur recorded
the highest at 65.70 per ing elections for 72 hours starting turned‑politician for violating MCC voting for the Congress so as to
cent, the lowest was in 10 am on Tuesday. during an election rally in Bihar's throw Prime Minister Narendra
neighboring Pune at 43.63 The poll panel had on Saturday Katihar where he urged Muslims to Modi out of power.
per cent. (Photo: AISN)

Mumbai: Maharashtra recorded a


moderate 57.01 per cent voting till
who exercised their franchise in the
14 seats. The fate of 249 candi‑
It's grand fight of grandsons in Haryana's Hisar
5 p.m for the 14 Lok Sabha con‑ dates including several political Hisar (Haryana): In the 2014 Lok Narendra Modi government and a
stituencies in Maharashtra which stalwarts, scions, royals and rebels Sabha elections, Hisar gave the Rajya Sabha MP. His mother, Prem
polled in third phase on Tuesday, including Shiv Sena Union Minister country its youngest‑ever Member Lata, is a sitting BJP legislator in
election officials said here. Anant Geete, state Bharatiya Janata of Parliament (MP) in Dushyant Haryana.
Voting was underway in Jalgaon, Party (BJP) President Raosaheb Chautala. He was only 26 years and Dushyant, who won the previous
Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Raigad, Danve‑Patil and big political clans one‑month old at that time. This election as the Indian National Lok
Pune, Baramati, Ahmednagar, like the Pawars and Vikhe‑Patils time, the Hisar Lok Sabha seat is wit‑ Dal (INLD) candidate, is now repre‑
Madha, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri‑ will be decided by the voters. nessing the grand fight of two great senting the newly formed Jannayak
Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and The main contests are between grandsons and one grandson of Janata Party (JJP) which has an
Hathkanangale constituencies. the ruling BJP‑Shiv Sena and the three political dynasties in the state. alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party
While Kolhapur recorded the opposition Congress‑Nationalist Dushyant, the great grandson of (AAP) for the Lok Sabha polls. He
highest at 65.70 per cent, the low‑ Congress Party (NCP), besides the former Deputy Prime Minister Devi parted ways with the INLD in
Dushyant Chautala.
est was in neighboring Pune at Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi ( VBA) Lal, faces tough competition from December last year after a bitter
(File Photo: IANS)
43.63 per cent. Dalit‑Muslim front comprising former IAS of ficer Bijendra Singh, split in the party and the Chautala
The other constituencies on the Prakash Ambedkar's Bharipa the great grandson of popular peas‑ family. now and Bhavya is only 26 years
higher side include Hatkanangale Bahujan Mahasangh and Owaisi ant leader Sir Chhotu Ram, and the Dushyant's father, Ajay Singh old.
(64.79 per cent), Jalna (59.92), brothers' All India Majlis‑e‑Ittehadul grandson of former Chief Minister Chautala, is the elder son of INLD Bhavya holds a Master of Science
Sangli (59.39), Aurangabad (58.52), Muslimeen (MIM), and some Bhajan Lal, Bhavya Bishnoi. All three president and former Chief Minister degree in Contemporary India from
Ahmednagar (57.75), Ratnagiri‑ local/regional parties. candidates are multi‑millionaires as Om Prakash Chautala. St. Antony College, University of
Sindhudurg (57.63). There are several key contests per the assets declared by them in In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Oxford.
Low voting was recorded in Raver among these 14 seats, nine of their respective affidavits. Dushyant had defeated Bhavya's Bijendra Singh is a product of New
(56.98 per cent), Madha (56.41), which are held by the BJP‑Shiv While Bijendra Singh, a senior father, Kuldeep Bishnoi, who had Delhi's Modern School (Barakhamba
Raigad (56.14), Baramati (55.84), Sena, while four are with the NCP, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) contested as a candidate of the Road) and St. Stephen's College. He
Satara (55.40) and Jalgaon (52.28). and one with the Shetkari officer, who resigned recently from Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC‑BL) did his Master of Arts (History) from
Since voting would continue Swabhimani Sanghatana (SSS). service, has been fielded by the rul‑ party, by a margin of over 31,800 the Jawaharlal Nehru University in
beyond 6 p.m, the EC of ficials The fourth and final phase of ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), votes. New De lhi in 1994. He did his
expect that the tentative estimates polling for the remaining 17 Lok and Bhavya Bishnoi by the Congress. Among the main contenders this Master of Science (Public Policy and
could be around 60 per cent of the Sabha seats of the total 48 in the Bijendra's father, Birender Singh, time on this seat, Bijendra Singh is Management) from Kings College,
approximately 2 crore electorate state shall be held on April 29. is the Union Minister for Steel in the 46 years old, Dushyant 31 years London in 2018.
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MAHA KUMBH
SC notice to Rahul in 'chowkidar' issue
T he court asked Gand hi to edged that "chowkidar chor hai",
explain by next Tuesday why con‑ a slogan he uses to target Modi in
tempt proceedings should not be the context of Rafale deal.
initiated against him for suggest‑ The BJP took objection to this
ing that the court had endorsed and Lekhi moved a contempt of
his polit ical attack on Prime court petition in the apex court.
Minister Narendra Modi amid the While hearing the petition, a
ongoing polls. three‑member bench, headed by
T he apex court, however, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had
exempted the Congress chief taken strong except ion to
from personal appearance. Gandhi's comment, saying he had
It will hear the matter on April "incorrectly attributed" the
OF DEMOCRACY 30 along with the review peti‑ remarks to the top court.
tions related to the Rafale fighter Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi,
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on deal. appearing for Lekhi, said Gandhi's
Tuesday issued a notice of crimi‑ Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a public rally in
The notice was issued a day affidavit was just lip service and
nal contempt to Cong ress
Dungarpur, Rajasthan on April 23. (Photo: IANS)
after Gandhi expressed regret to that he has expressed no apology.
President Rahul Gandhi while the Supreme Court for his com‑ made the controversial comment tention that classified documents Senior advocate Abhishek Manu
rejecting a plea for closing the ments over which BJP MP after the top court on April 10, accessed by the media cannot be Singhvi, appearing for Gandhi,
matter related to his "chowkidar Meenakshi Lekhi had moved a while agreeing to hear review considered as evidence. requested the court to close the
chor hai" remarks incorrectly contempt petition. pet it ions in the Rafale case, Gandhi had claimed that the case ag ainst the Cong ress
attributed to the top court. The Congress President had rejected the government con‑ Supreme Court had acknowl‑ President.

'Didi' dreams of PM post by Hans Raj Hans makes foray


fighting few LS seats into electoral politics
New Delhi: After winning millions of hearts
Asansol (West Bengal): In a
by giving out peppy Punjabi numbers, it is a
scathing attack on West Bengal
new innings for popular singer Hans Raj
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,
Hans as he entered the electoral fray on
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Tuesday. Hans is a BJP candidate from
on Tuesday accused her of
North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency
"dreaming" about becoming the
and replaces the sitting MP Udit Raj.
next Prime Minister by fighting
T he 57‑year‑old, who earned fame
only in a handful of Lok Sabha
through singing, has been in politics for
seats.
over a decade during which he had stints
He also said that if the Prime
with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the
Minister's post was ever put up Popular singer Hans Raj Hans.
Congress before joining the BJP three years
on auct ion, both she and
back. tumba" and "Tote tote ho gaya" ‑‑ which was
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
"I will be honest and do my best to hon‑ recreated as "Chhote chhote peg" in "Sonu
would have spent all the money
our my services to the people of the nation Ke Titu Ki Sweety".
they have "looted" to win it.
under the guidance of shri @narendramodi
"Didi (Banerjee) is dreaming Narendra Modi also hit out at Mamata Banerjee for
about becoming the Prime questioning the success of the Balakot air strike. @AmitShah ji. @BJP4India @BJP4Delhi," he Cong., BJP candidates
tweeted after filing his nomination papers,
Minister by fighting only a hand‑
just before the deadline ended.
file nominations in
ful of seats. If the post of Prime Minister Telangana farmers may Hans, who has made people dance to his Delhi
would have been auctioned, then Congress
and Didi would have spent all the money
contest against Modi peppy numbers, celebrated the spirit of
New Delhi: All the seven Congress candi‑
Sufism through his melodies and even made
they have looted, in that auction," Modi Hyderabad: Fifty turmeric farmers from dates and four from the Bharatiya Janata
people cry, now has the challenge to retain
said at an election rally here for BJP candi‑ Nizamabad district of Telangana plan to Party (BJP) contesting the Lok Sabha
the seat for the BJP. Born in Shafipur village
date and Union Minister Babul Supriyo. contest the e lect ion ag ainst Prime elections from the national capital filed
near Jalandhar in Punjab, Hans started his
"Didi, the Prime Minister's post cannot be Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi Lok their nominations on Tuesday.
musical journey by singing Punjabi folk,
auctioned. It cannot be bought with the Sabha constituency to highlight their The seven Lok Sabha constituencies in
devotional and Sufi music. His tryst with
money of Saradha chit fund or Narada problems. Delhi go to the polls in the sixth phase on
music started at an early age as he started
scam. One needs the blessings of 130 crore After making their presence felt in May 12. Former Chief Minister and Delhi
singing since the age of 5.
Indians to get hold of it," he said. Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in Congress President Sheila Dikshit on
The house he grew up in, his village, reli‑
He also hit out at Banerjee for question‑ April 11 election, a group of farmers on Tuesday filed her nomination from North
gious places in his village and people he
ing the success of the Balakot air strike, Tuesday announced their decision to take East De lhi. In North West De lhi,
met ‑‑ turned out to be his early musical
carried out by the Indian Air Force in the on Modi, who is seeking re‑election from Congress' Rajesh Lilothia filed his nomi‑
influences. He drew inspiration from a
aftermath of Pulwama terror attack. Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. nation while the BJP's Hans Raj Hans,
street singer ‑‑ who used to come near his
"You (Banerjee) should clarify how will However, none of the 178 farmers who who replaced the incumbent MP Udit
house every day and sing Punjabi devotion‑
you build up the bilateral relationship with contested from Nizamabad will be filing Raj, too filed his papers.
al songs. Famous for his long curly hair and
Pakistan? Will Pakistan accept you just by their nominations in the Prime Minister's Former international cricketer Gautam
classical variations in singing, he watched
seeing the flowers of Rose Valley? Will you constituency. Gambhir filed his nomination from East
and learnt Sufi music by listening to the
seek evidences of terrorism from the ter‑ T he All India Turmeric Farmers' Delhi on a BJP ticket while sitting BJP
people in a dargah in his village.
rorists as well?" he said, referring to anoth‑ Association president Daivasigamani said MPs, Meenakshi Lekhi and Ramesh
Ustad Puran Shah Koti trained him in Sufi
er ponzi scam in the state. 50 farmers, majority of them from the Bidhuri, filed their papers from New
singing. The name ʻHans' was reportedly
"The people of Bengal want to know why scheduled castes and women, would Delhi and South Delhi, respectively.
given to him by his guru.
you shed tears in favour of Pakistan after undertake "Chalo Varanasi" program to Congress candidates J.P. Agarwal,
He gained popularity for reviving Punjabi
the air strike in Balakot or the surgical file their nominations. Arvinder Singh Lovely, Ajay Maken,
folk songs while retaining rustic touch with
strikes. Is that your policy? It is the elec‑ They plan to file their nominations on Mahabal Mishra and Olympic medal‑win‑
songs like "Ni vanjaaran kuriey", "Nit khair
tion to decide the fate of 130 crore Indians. April 28, two days after Modi files his ning boxer Vijender Singh filed their
manga" and "Haal ve rabba". His last album
So the issues of nation's security are very papers. Polling in Varanasi is scheduled in nominations from Chandni Chowk, East
"Mundeh Punjabi" was released in 2017.
important. That's why Mamata didi must the last phase on May 19. Delhi, New Delhi, West Delhi and South
Some of the popular Bollywood tracks
answer these questions," he said. Delhi, respectively.
include: "Saiyyan", "Ik tu hi tu hi", "Tumba
14 April 27-May 3, 2019 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

What if there is a hung Parliament in India?


By Amulya Ganguli he appears to have decided to Janshakti Party.
keep his lines open for both the How will the national opposi‑

C
onventional wisdom has BJP and the Congress. tion fare in these circumstances?
it that the current elec‑ Another party whose name has For a start, it will have to accept
tions will not produce a figured in the speculation is that the inconvenient truth about
clear‑cut result as in 2014. The of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a itself that an inability to get its
reason is that there is no definite one‑time ally of the BJP which is act together to stand united
trend for or against any party at now engaged in trying to main‑ against the BJP made it lose the
the national level although such tain its dominance in Odisha race. Moreover, the ego hassles
tendencies are there in some against a combative BJP which among its senior leaders which
states such as Tamil Nadu. has replaced the Congress as the scuttled the earlier talks about
However, in the absence of an BJD's main opponent in the state. forming a mahagathbandhan
all‑India "wave", neither of the At the all‑India level, the BJD's (grand alliance) with a single
two main groups of protagonists position is for maintaining equi‑ opposition candidate against the
‑ the Nat ional Demo crat ic distance from both the BJP and BJP in every constituency will
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Union
Alliance (NDA) led by the the Congress. However, Chief continue to help the BJP retain
Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, state's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Kumar Modi and Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai during Minister Naveen Patnaik is of the its hold on power.
the parties in the "secular" camp a public rally in Araria, Bihar. (Photo: IANS) view that he will go with that The only card which the oppo‑
‑ is expected easily to cross the party at the center which will sition can play even in its frac‑
half‑way mark of 272 seats in the critics are bound to interpret names are already in the air, show special consideration for tured state is to assert that the
the Lok Sabha. the NDA's slender majority as a such as those of Telangana Chief the state. 2014 outcome was an aberration
The general assumption is that virtual rejection by the voters of Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao It doesn't take much perspicaci‑ caused up by two factors ‑ the
the NDA may barely cross the its legitimacy in view of the fall and the rising Andhra Pradesh ty to believe that if push comes unexpected rise of Narendra
finishing line or just fall short in its seats from the present 336. leader Jag an Mohan Reddy, to shove for the BJP, struggling Modi as a popular leader and the
while the BJP w ill not get a There is a political need, there‑ although both have been critical to maintain the NDA's majority in equally unexpected collapse of
majority of its own although it is fore, for the BJP to repeat its of the BJP. the Lok Sabha, it will listen to the Congress because of corrup‑
likely to emerge as the largest 2014 performance if the party Rao, for instance, had once Odisha's plea for he lp w ith tion ‑ an old malady ‑ and policy
party. In that event, there is wants to persist with its current taken the initiative to constitute greater sympathy. Given such paralysis, a new affliction.
every possibility of the BJP being dominance. a non‑BJP, non‑Congress federal possibilities, it is obvious that the In the absence of either one or
given the first chance by the The scene will obviously be front in Mamata Banerjee's com‑ BJP will not be able to display the other of these two factors,
President to form a government. even worse for the BJP if the pany, but the project went the kind of chutzpah that it does the scene would have been dif‑
Furthermore, there will be no dif‑ NDA is unable to get a majority nowhere. at present. It is bound to be far ferent. In a way, this is what
ficulty for it if the NDA has a and there is a hung parliament. It Reddy is at present too focused more subdued, a posture it appears to be happening at pres‑
majority. has been suggested that it will on his battles w ith And hra adopted recently when conclud‑ ent, with the BJP losing some of
However, the thinness of the then have to look for potential Pradesh Chie f Minister N. ing pre‑poll seat arrangements its earlier momentum and the
NDA's lead over the other parties allies to cross the magical figure Chandrababu Naidu to pay much with the Shiv Sena, the Janata Congress partly recovering its
can pose a problem. For instance, of 272. In this context, several attention to national politics. But Dal (United) and the Lok old self under a new leadership.

On Pragya Thakur, some questions for the BJP


By Harinder Baweja by a terrorist who had taken the sea route
from Pakistan?

T
errorism is a serious charge even if “India first, self last” is what BJP leaders
you have not been convicted for it. never tire of saying. How is Thakurʼs entry
The fact of the matter is that the into the electoral fray in Indiaʼs interest?
courts refused to let the 2008 Malegaon Former chief minister of Jammu and
blasts accused Pragya Thakur off the hook. Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, is not wrong
Her motorcycle was allegedly used to when she says, “Imagine the anger if Iʼd
transport explosives and for a blast that fie lded a terror accused. Channe ls
killed six people. It is not enough for the wouldʼve gone berserk by now trending a
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to put out the mehboobaterrorist hashtag! According to
narrative that the “Sadhvi” was implicated these guys terror has no religion when it
by an overzealous United Progressive comes to saffron fanatics but otherwise all
Alliance (UPA) keen on coining the adage Muslims are terrorists. Guilty until proven
of ʻsaffron terror.ʼ innocent.” There are some who believe
The BJP has many uncomfortable ques‑ Pragya Thakur is innocent until proven
tions to answer for why it got a terror sus‑ guilty but many would dif fer with that
pect to join the ranks of the party view. At the end of the day, she is a terror
overnight. The party might think it was a suspect and if she is so politically valuable,
political masterstroke to field her against BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addressing party workers in Bhopal. (Photo: IANS) the BJP could have waited for the court
the Congressʼs Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal, case to conclude. It is not only the “liber‑
but what stands out instead is the fact that say to her now that she believes she cursed they were doing? The ruling party, led by als” (this one has been coined by the right‑
the ruling party is unwilling to pay heed to Hemant Karkare to death? Karkare was the its two stalwarts ‑‑ Narendra Modi and wing as an insult) who are gobsmacked by
terror charges. What message is the gov‑ head of Maharashtraʼs anti‑terrorism Amit Shah – are running the fight for T hakurʼs political debut. Her calling
ernment sending not just to investigating squad and was probing charges against 2019ʼs big electoral battle on the issue of Karkare an “ant i‑nat ional” who died
agencies but to the courts still hearing a her. He was shot dead in Mumbai in 2008 nationalism and in the name of the 40 because she cursed him is a bit too much
case involving an act of terror? Will they by Ajmal Kasab, one of ten terrorists, who Central Reserve Police Force troopers who for many to stomach.
proceed against her if she gets elected and held Indiaʼs financial nerve center to ran‑ were killed in a deadly blast in Kashmirʼs W ho is ant i‑nat ional? T hakur or
finds a seat in the august house of som for close to 72 hours. Pulwama in February. How is their “mar‑ Karkare? No jury is needed to answer that
Parliamentarians? Is it the BJPʼs case that “martyrs” should tyrdom” at the hands of a human bomb one.
What, indeed, do the BJP leaders have to be differentiated on the basis of the work less or more than Karkareʼs who was killed (The article appeared in The Hindustan Times)

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info RELIGION April 27-May 3, 2019 15

BAPS Mandir
foundation
stone laid,
underlining
UAE’s
commitment to
social harmony
and spiritual
tolerance.

His Holiness Mahant Swami


Maharaj addresses the
assembly with a projection
of the temple model in
the background.

First Hindu temple


to come up in Abu Dhabi’
Abu Dhabi: Marking a significant
moment in the history of the UAE,
around 5,000 devotees and well‑
wishers witnessed on April 20 the
BAPS Hindu Mandirʼs shilanyas cer‑
emony, a Vedic ritual performed to
sanctify the main foundation
stones, heralding the construction
to begin. The Vedic ceremony was
performed by H.H. Mahant Swami
Maharaj, the spiritual leader of
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
Gracing with their presence were
H.E. Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili,
Chairman of the Department of
Community Development, H.E. Dr
r sadhus and
Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, senio
holy watersinto the foundation.
of Environment, and H.E. Dr Ahmad distinguished guests pour
Bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al
Falasi, Minister of State for Higher from Prime Minister Narendra of tolerance.”
Brahmavihari
Education as well as Indian Modi: “When complete, this Mandir HH Mahant Swami Maharaj HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, accompanied by Pujya
eeing the const ruction of the temp le, pours
will symbolize the universal human blessed the assembly, “We cannot Swami who is overs
Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri.
into the found ation at the Shilan yas cerem ony.
cement
Water from the three main holy values, and spiritual ethos that form buy peace with money or intelli‑
rivers of India was showered on the a shared heritage of both India and gence. Peace comes to those who and well‑wishers from India and BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a
foundation stones by His Holiness UAE.... UAE is celebrating the Year love peace. May goodness and many countries. spiritual, volunteer‑driven organiza‑
and distinguished guests. HH of Tolerance. This Mandir is an peace spread further from here.” The temple is being built by tion dedicated to improving society
Mahant Swami Maharaj and the expression by the UAE, of their love, After the event, over 17,000 devo‑ Mandir Limited, a non‑profit through individual growth by fos‑
Ministers then unveiled a Gift of friendship and faith in India and the tees and well‑wishers from organi‑ authorized by the UAE Ministry of tering the Hindu ideals of faith,
Gratitude, an intricate piece of art‑ Indian community.” zations like Art of Living, Chinmaya Community Development to collect, unity, and selfless service. HH
work comprising a base made of Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili told Mission, Jain Samaj, Dubai manage and disburse funds for the Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth
pink sandstone – the stone that will the gathering: “Our presence here Gurudwara, Brahma Kumaris, construction and management of and present spiritual guru of the
be used for building the Mandir and today shows the really strong rela‑ Iskcon, and Tamil Samaj visited the the Mandir in Abu Dhabi. Sanstha.
metal fins of various sizes forming tionship between the two nations. venue. This historic event was
an image of. Sheikh Zayed bin This Mandir reflects the greatness attended by devotees, volunteers
Sultan Al Nahyan, the earlier ruler
of Abu Dhabi. The artwork is a gift
to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed
Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on behalf of
the Indian community in apprecia‑
tion of the support of the rulers and
people of the UAE.
Pujya Brahmavihari Swami, a sen‑
ior BAPS sadhu overseeing the con‑
struction of the temple, stated
thanked the King HH Khalifa Bin
Zayad Al Nahyan and the Crown
Prince and others “who have shown
Khamis Al Khaili, H.E
so much love and extended their HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, H.E. Dr Mugheer
llah Humaid Belho ul Al Falasi and H.E. Dr Members of the community participate
complete support”. Dr Ahmad bin Abdu
Gratitude. in the Shilanyas ceremony
Ambassador Suri read out a letter Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi unveil the Gift of
16 April 27-May 3, 2019 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Multi-starrer movies: An Netflix amps up India slate


with 10 new original films
evergreen money-making trend
C
ontinuing its investment
in Indian content, global
By Natalia
streaming giant Netflix
Ningthoujam
announced a slate of 10 new

K
original films, across a range of
alankʼ, starring actors like
genres and subjects.
Madhuri Dixit Nene, Alia
With these additions, a total of
Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and
15 new original Indian films ‑‑ The films will be available to
Sanjay Dutt, minted Rs 21.60
including previously announced Netflix users by the end of 2020.
crore on its first day, making it
titles ʻMusic Teacherʼ, ʻCobalt
the highest opener of 2019 so far.
Blueʼ, ʻChopsticksʼ, ʻUpstartsʼ and Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag
With more all‑star cast movies
ʻBulbulʼ ‑‑ will be available to Kashyap after "Lust Stories" to
lined up this year, a trade expert
Netflix users around the world by tell spine‑chilling tales. This will
says most filmmakers tend to
the end of 2020. be produced by Ronnie
adopt the hit formula as it's one
"When Netflix launched in Screwvala's RSVP and Ashi Dua.
of the ways to pull audiences
India, we changed the way Indian Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies
from their palms and laptops into Multi‑starrer ʻTotal Dhamaalʼ raked in Rs 16.50 crore this year. audiences enjoy their films," Entertainment is producing ʻClass
the theatres.
Srishti Behl Arya, Director ‑ of 83ʼ. Directed by Atul
"Multi‑starrers have always For instance, two single hero Actor Kunal Kemmu has been a
International Original Film, India, Sabharwal, it explores the story
drawn in audiences. It is not a films this year, ʻKesariʼ and ʻGully part of filmmaker Rohit Shetty's
Netflix, said in a statement. of an upright policeman‑turned‑
recent trend though. I remember Boyʼ, raked in Rs 21.06 crore and ʻGolmaalʼ franchise for a while
"Given our diversity, history trainer whose students grapple
films like 'Shaan' and 'Naseeb' Rs 19.40 crore on the opening now.
and culture, India is home to with the complexities of honor,
were also multi‑starrers. But now, day, while multi‑starrer ʻTotal He has also been part "Go Goa
powerful stories waiting to be morals and devotion to the
audiences have a lot of options Dhamaalʼ brought in Rs 16.50 Gone" and "Kalank". Asked what
told to audiences around the nation. ʻGuiltyʼ, produced by
for entertainment. They don't just crore. he liked about being a part of
world. The depth of talent and Dharmatic and directed by Ruchi
have the option of going to cine‑ Some of the upcoming all‑star multi‑starrer movies, Kemmu told
vision of our creators is enabling Narain, explores the versions of
ma but can also watch films on cast films include Salman Khan, IANS: "The most important reason
us to create films our members truth that emerge when a small
phones. So, to lure audiences to Katrina Kaif and Tabu's ʻBharatʼ; is that it's not on your shoulders."
will love. We want to be a home town girl accuses the college
the big screen, multi‑starrer films ʻMission Mangalʼ, ʻGood Newsʼ; But that's not the only reason.
for India's finest filmmakers heartthrob of rape. Karan Johar,
come quite handy," film and trade Anurag Basu's untitled film with "It's the story that always
where their stories travel to more who has produced ʻGuiltyʼ, said:
expert Girish Johar told IANS. Rajkummar Rao, Abhishe k attracts me. A film like 'Golmaal'
people than ever before," Arya "Today a filmmaker with an inter‑
With the presence of stars, the Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh; only works because of all of us. It
added. As part of the new slate, esting idea has so many avenues
scale of a film rises. ʻHousefull 4ʼ and Anees Bazmee's is as much Ajay's (Devgn) film as
viewers can expect ʻGhost to connect with the audience... As
The box office performance, he ʻPag alpant iʼ, starring John it is mine or Arshad's (Warsi) or
Storiesʼ, which will reunite direc‑ a content creator, there has never
felt, also depends on how they are Abraham, Anil Kapoor and Arshad Tusshar's (Kapoor). These are the
tors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, been a better time to tell stories."
made and when they are released. Warsi. stories of the gang," Kunal said.

Can't believe I haven't Meghan Markle's


been to India: Downey Jr sari‑clad image goes viral
H D
uchess of Sussex Meghan
ollywood's 'Iron Man'
Markle sported a sari and
Robert Downey Jr, who
embraced tradit ional
video conferenced with
Indian culture, it has emerged in a
Indian fans across four cities in
never‑before‑seen footage of a trip
a one‑of‑a‑kind fan event, was
she made back in January 2017.
humbled and overwhelmed by
The 37‑year‑old travelled to New
the "incredible" love. He says he
Delhi and Mumbai shortly after
can't believe he hasn't visited
her romance with Prince Harry
the country and promised he
went public as part of her work
will be there soon.
with the charity World Vision,
The actor has been aggres‑
reports dailymail.co.uk.
sively promoting the forthcom‑
She was keen to highlight issues
ing ʻAvengers: Endgameʼ, which
of gender equality and girls' limit‑
is a culmination of over 20
ed access to education in the coun‑
Marvel movies, and wraps up
try. At the time of her trip, news of
10 years of storytelling.
her romance with Prince Harry
Ahead of its release in India
had only just emerged.
on April 26 in English, Hindi,
During the trip, Markle visited
Tamil and Telugu, Downey Jr
schools and he lped to paint a
connected with fans across
mural and plant a flower in the
Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and
gardens.
Bengaluru through a live video
She wore a sari with shades of
conference.
blue and green and also sported a
Fans cheered 'RDJ' for him
traditional tilak on her forehead.
and danced for him while he
While on a visit to the school,
responded with flying kisses
Markle said: "What we found is
and with his arms wide open
that the enrolment at this school
for all the love he received. Actor Robert Downey Jr has been went up three times once the
"Wow... I can't believe it... aggressively promoting ʻAvengers: Endgameʼ.
latrines were built so that girls had
This is incredible," said Downey
access to clean hygiene and bath‑
Jr. "I am humbled. I am going to bow in front as he stood up to take a bow when fans Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wore a sari
room facilities while they're at
of you... This is deeply appreciative," he said danced away in unison. when she visited India in 2017.
school."
TheSouthAsianTimes.info ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD April 27-May 3, 2019 17

Marvel films might have 'AndhaDhun' crosses Rs


superheroes in different sizes 200 crore mark in China
M
arvel Studios want their films to
"reflect audiences all over the
globe that are cheering" their
work. Though they are going big on diversi‑
ty, they are yet to have a plus‑size superhero
or someone who doesn't have an envious
physique. But this might change "sooner
than you think", says Marvel Studios
President Kevin Feige.
Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson and Chris
Evans are some of the Hollywood stars who
have donned the superhero costume for
Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It's not
just their special skills or superpowers that
fans across the world are in love with, but
also their jaw‑dropping figures.
When IANS asked would Marvel like to Actress Brie Larson in a still from
introduce superheroes who don't possess ʻCaptain Marvelʼ.
the "perfect figure", Feige said here with a ʻAndhaDhunʼ stars actor Ayushmann Khurrana in a lead role.

A
laugh: "Yes, I would because then maybe I Is India part of the diversity plan?
can be a superhero." Superheroes generally "There is no official update but we want ctor Ayushmann Khurrana's Matchbox Pictures, it released as the
come in figure‑enhancing tights. Doesn't he our films to reflect the world, to reflect audi‑ "AndhaDhun" has registered busi‑ 'Piano Player' in China.
feel they are being stereotyped? ences all over the globe that are cheering ness of over Rs 200 crore in According to a statement from the
"Traditionally, if you look at the way they for our films. We want them to see them‑ China since its release on April 3, making makers, the film, also starring Tabu and
are drawn in the comics, they go to very selves up there. its way into the top five grossing Hindi Radhika Apte, has earned over Rs 200
iconic mythic proportions. We happen to "In our comic books, there are a lot of films in the country. crore in just 13 days.
have many actors and actresses who have characters and opportunities to do that." Sriram Raghavan's "AndhaDhun", fea‑ The film also received a standing ova‑
mythic proportions themselves for real but I As of now, all eyes are on the highly antici‑ turing Ayushmann as a blind man, was tion as the opening film at the Indian
will just say yes and perhaps sooner than pated film "Avengers: Endgame", MCU's widely appreciated in India. Produced by Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)
you think," he said during a group interview. 22nd film. Viacom18 Motion Pictures and recently.

'Kalank': First‑class Kangana vs Alia: Family


performances save film joins the war of words
I
f actress Kangana Ranaut's
tirade against Alia Bhatt
wasn't enough, the former's
sister Rangoli Chandel entered
the 'war of words' zone, as did
the ʻRaaziʼ actress' mother Soni
Actor Razdan.
Madhuri Kangana has been calling out
Dixit in a Alia since earlier this year for
still from not supporting her film
the film.
ʻManikarnika: The Queen of
Jhansiʼ, and had claimed this
was all a part of a "strange sort
of racket" in a section of the
film industry.
Ever since, Kangana has made Actors Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt.
By Troy Ribeiro palpable, as is the pain of Partition. several references regarding
While the first half establishes the char‑ Alia, the latest being over her "mediocre" over again. What is left to be said then

S
et in the pre‑Independence era, in acters and their lives and how those are performance in the otherwise widely about abusing and hatred I wonder. Apart
Husnabad in undivided India, intertwined, it drags and there are abun‑ lauded ʻGully Boyʼ. from character of course. Agenda. What's
director Abhishek Verman's dant uncalled for scenes like the lengthy The controversy took a different turn hers?"
ʻKalankʼ is a saga of love, where all the six bull‑fight with Zafar or Bahaar Begum's with Kangana's sister hitting out at Alia Rangoli had a response soon after.
pivotal characters crave for love and yet, (Madhuri Dixit) dance. and her mother Soni Razdan, calling them "Dear Soniji, Mahesh Bhatt never gave
have to let go of it. The performances are what elevate this "non Indians who are living off this land, her a break, Anurag Basu did. Mahesh
Roop (Alia Bhatt) agrees to marry Dev narrative. The film is Alia Bhatt's canvas using and abusing its people and its Bhatt ji works as a creative director in his
Chowdhary (Aditya Roy Kapur) whose and she delivers a stellar performance yet resources, lying about intolerance and brother's production house. Please note
wife, Satya (Sonakshi Sinha) is terminally again and is convincing as Roop, the spreading hatred". that he doesn't own that production
ill. In a loveless marriage, Roop falls in lovelorn girl trapped in a loveless mar‑ "Time to think about their agenda and house. After 'Woh Lamhe' when Kangana
love with Ironsmith Zafar (Varun riage. not to get carried away with their provo‑ refused to do a film written by him called
Dhawan), an illegitimate Muslim boy. Varun Dhawan as Zafar is his usual cations," Rangoli had tweeted recently, ʻDhokha' where he wanted her to play a
This tale of love and stigma seemed to filmy self with his customary swag, but referring to an article about the mother‑ suicide bomber, he got so upset that he
have many possibilities, but alas the treat‑ performs well in the second half as the daughter duo's British passports. not only shouted at her in his office, but
ment and story takes a clichéd and over transition of his character is evident, from Soni finally broke her silence over the later when she went for 'Woh Lamhe' pre‑
dramatic path that mars the viewing expe‑ the embittered and angry man to some‑ issue. view to a theatre, he threw a chappal on
rience. one who has been conquered by love. In a now‑deleted tweet, she wrote: her.
The film, except for the climax, fails to Sonakshi Sinha is wasted as Satya, and "Mahesh Bhatt is the man who has given "He didn't allow her to see her own film.
engage and involve you. The pathos in the Madhuri Dixit as Bahar Begum disap‑ her a break...She goes on to attack his She cried the whole night, and she was
climax with each one losing their love is points. wife and daughter. Daughter over and just 19 years old."
18 April 27-May 3, 2019 JAINISM TheSouthAsianTimes.info

The legacy Chitrabhanu Ji left


For a Jain sadhu, it was a tumultuous life journey: Popularity in India, vehement opposition when he decided to
travel abroad and got married. Then, based in New York, he became like the Pope of Jainism, instrumental in
setting up many Jain centers. In his later years, he extended the message of ahimsa to veganism. We pay a
tribute to Gurudev Chitrabhanu Ji (1922‐April 19, 2019) in the words of those who had long association with him.
By Dilip V Shah As the years went by, mation of scores of Jain centers
Author of book ʻChitrabhanu: Chitrabhanuji contributed enor‑ in the US and around the world
Man of the Millenniumʼ mously to organizing Jain com‑ and converted hundreds of
munities in US and Canada. His Americans to become vegetarian,

I
t was the year 1970 and Shri organizing principle was that of he regained his popularity with
Chitrabhanu Ji, then called a unity – all the Jains together the Jain community as if he had
Muni (monk), was enjoying without any distinctions of sect, never left India. In 1983,
the zenith of popularity in language or the region of India Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji
Mumbai not only in Jain circles they came from. He, along with a formed “Vegetarian Society” in
but also among the general pub‑ Sthanakwasi Muni Sushil Mumbai. In coining the phrase
lic. It was his personality, youth‑ Kumarji inspired the formation “Reverence for Life” for this
ful appearance, powerful oratory of JAINA – the largest organiza‑ organization, he was signaling to
and deep knowledge of Jainism tion of Jains outside India. the world that Ahimsa can not be
and other religions that drew Because of his fluency in limited to “not killing” but should
masses to wherever he spoke. English, Chitrabhanuji became also mean unconditional love,
His Mahavir Jayanti lectures on darling of the Jain youngsters, respect and friendship to all liv‑
Chowpatty beach drew unprece‑ many of whom stayed vegetarian ing beings. Our treatment of fel‑
dented crowds where govern‑ under his influence. He helped low humans, animals, plants and
ment ministers also attended. He form more than 40 Jain centers the environment must all be
was also attracting attention of in the US and Canada. He also directed by that understanding
many westerners who wanted to regularly visited Jain communi‑ of Ahimsa. Our own self‑worth
learn meditation from him and ties in the UK, Singapore and of cannot be measured by our phys‑
learn about Jainism. course India, organizing a dozen ical possessions but by the num‑
But the Munishri was not con‑ annual pilgrimages to Palitana ber of blessings we collect from
tent in the strictures of monk‑ and Shikharji. There is a large all living beings. This was the
hood and traditions of a particu‑ group of Americans at Lake message Chitrabhanuji preached
lar sect he was representing. He Whitmore in Michigan who have to hundreds of thousands.
wanted to fully expound chosen Chitrabhanuji as their But one day in the early 1990s,
Mahavirʼs humanitarian message leader and have their own a group of young Americans con‑
– of service to the sick and the church called the Light House fronted Gurudev in Las Vegas,
poor. He led many relief opera‑ Center named after a popular questioning him how could he,
tions for those who suffered nat‑ book by Chitrabhanuji titled “The an apostle of non‑violence, con‑
ural calamities. He did not wish Beacon”. sume dairy? They brought up
to be preaching to only those In 1981, Chitrabhanuji moved the gross cruelty visited upon
who came to the Upashrays but back to India with his family but dairy cows and not just on the
For a Jain muni to leave monkhood and get married in 1971 (to continued to visit US for half the day they are slaughtered for
wanted to spread Mahavirʼs mes‑
Pramoadaben) became explosive news for the Jain samaj at the time.
sage universally. He was con‑ year every year. Only in 2016 he meat and leather. Gurudev
stantly getting invitations to Ahimsa can contribute to the with the money he had saved stopped coming to America due researched the subject and con‑
speak at Jain Sanghs and multi‑ common goals for humanity and from teaching. Almost all of his to his advanced age. sulted leaders of the vegan
faith forums from Africa, Europe counter the curse of wars, students were American but movement in America – people
and America. It was the invita‑ hunger and poverty. gradually, Jains of New York Hailed back like Ingrid Newkirk of PETA and
tion from the 2nd Spiritual
Making
started visiting the center. The home Dr. Neal Bernard of PCRM
(Physicians Committee of
Summit in Geneva organized by center obtained a small marble
the Temple of Understanding in
USA that finally persuaded him
New York home murti of Mahavir swami and it
became the first Jain place of
Returning to India was like a
homecoming. When people
Responsible Medicine).

Continued on page 19
to travel overseas. Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji vis‑ worship in the US. learned that he had inspired for‑
As a Jain sadhu who had ited many European cities and
always walked barefoot, the idea America in this historic journey.
of flying overseas on a plane for He also traveled to Africa to
hin was revolutionary albeit con‑ speak at Jain centers in many
troversial. But in the end he cities where local Jains had
decided to follow in the footsteps never seen a Jain monk. From
of his hero – Virchand Raghavji there he went to America to
Gandhi who introduced Jainism attend the Third Spiritual
to the western world almost 100 Summit held at Harvard Divinity
years earlier. So, on the night of School University. His speech in
March 29, 1970 amid loud front of leaders of 40 different
protests from the traditionlists, religions earned him the title of
he took a historic flight to go to “Hit speaker of the Day” in the
Geneva. local Boston newspaper.
Munishreeʼs message to the Numerous speaking engagement
delegates of the Geneva Summit requests followed. Chitrabhanuji
was a mixture of hope for the decided to settle in the US. He
humanity and the need for the chose New York as his home.
leaders of different religions to In New York, he taught medita‑
unite and create a common pro‑ tion at various colleges, and
gram that can bring amity world‑ within two years of his penniless
wide. He talked about how Jain arrival in the US, he opened Jain
ideas of Nayas, Syadvad and Meditation International Center Chitrabhanu Ji visiting the Jain center in Los Angeles in 2008. (Photo Sailes Jain)
TheSouthAsianTimes.info JAINISM April 27-May 3, 2019 19

Continued from page 18...

Apostle of Veganism
Learning the horrors of milk
production, both Chitrabhanuji
and his wife, Pramodaben,
became completely vegan, giving
up all dairy products, leather,
silk, wool or pearls. Also, they
joined in the campaigns of vegan
advocacy. In his public speeches,
Chitrabhanuji stopped talking
about Syadvad, Gandharvad or
Anekant and began talking about
the virtues of veganism. His cam‑
paign for veganism is nothing
short of advocating another rev‑ As Muni, Chitrabhanu Ji used to draw huge crowds in Bombay, Jains and non‑Jain alike.
olution just like the first one flawlessly memorized the previ‑
when he decided to leave monk‑ ous gatha. “Why would I waste
hood and travel by airplane. my breath teaching something
Gurudev Chitrabhanuji was the new until they learn (implement)
first Jain leader to take up the the current (vegan) lesson?”
cause of veganism. He urged boy‑ It is impossible to visualize how
cott of milk and ghee even in Jain community in America
temple rituals. He sighted pas‑ would look like today had he not
sages from Jain Agamas that con‑ set foot on American soil. He
demn use of dairy. But his con‑ became the first Asian leader of a
stant talk of veganism annoyed religious community in America
some Jains who refused to take a to be invited to offer a prayer in
critical look at the reality of mod‑ the House of Representatives. He
ern milk production practices. received many honors from uni‑
Once told that his veganism versities, cities, states and NGOs
refrain had become tiresome to for his message of peace and
many of his listeners, non‑violence.
Chitrabhanuji laughed and ref‑
erenced the way we were taught The Jain Meditation
in Pathshalas when we were International Center, founded by
young. The Pathshala teacher Gurudev in 1971 in Manhattan,
never gave a fresh gatha of any was the first Jain center in
given Sutra till the student had America.

ʻColumbusʼ who brought Jainism to USA


By Arvind Vora came to New York City on September 11, Jain vegetarian dinner. It was a traumatic
Jain representative to many forums 1971 ….” Needless to say, it was a yearlong time right after 9/11, and to show our sup‑

J
celebration and I accompanied Chitrabhanu port a donation check was presented to the
ains all over the world are saddened Ji to many centers in USA when resources of Uniformed Firefighters Association for
by the news of their spiritual leader newly arrived immigrants like myself were Widows and Children Fund. Gurudev
Shri Chitrabhanu Ji leaving his mortal scarce and family responsibilities of young Chitrabhanu offered his blessing as a con‑
body on April 19 in Mumbai. His contribu‑ children of great importance. cluding remark followed by Maitri Bhav Nu
tions are immense to Jain community, more 2. Year 2002 was the 2600th Birth Pavitra Zarnu sung by Pramodaben
specifically to those who left India to live in Anniversary of Mahavir Swami, the 24th Chitrabhanu.
Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North and last Jain Tirthankara. Understandably 3. Many visitors including VIPs
America over the last several decades. every Jain would like a magnificent celebra‑ approached me to have a Darshan of
Since 1972, Chitrabhanu Ji had made New tion in NYC befitting its status as a world Gurudev. I needed to be careful who I take
York City his base while staying in Mumbai capital. The Jain Center in NJ with Bharatiya to his home, but end results were always
during winter months. For those of us who Vidya Bhavan had planned a week‑long cel‑ pleasant. First, I used to reach out to his
came to the US earlier than him, it was a fas‑ ebration in NJ but NY like most other cen‑ assistant Mamata Yagala, an unwavering
cinating time for several reasons. His aban‑ ters was in the same mode as any yearly cel‑ supporter of Gurudev who was a school
donment of Jain asceticʼs vows, travelling ebration of Mahavir Jayanti. Not too teacher in NYC, and upon her passing to
overseas and getting married was for Jains pleased, towars the end of 2001, Pramodaben to secure an appointment.
as explosive a news as was man going to the Gurudev Chitrabhanu ji in later Chitrabhanu Ji instructed the local Jain cen‑ Followed by visitors, Gurudev would first
moon for humanity. Many Jains consider years at his New York home. ter leaders to have the celebration at the pay respect to Tirthankaras in his temple,
him as ʻColumbusʼ who brought Jainism to (Photo : Bakul Matalia) United Nations and advised them to contact then would bless visitors with Vakshep
USA. ʻWho is the single most significant Jain in me. It was a catch‑22 for me ‑‑ I canʼt disre‑ (scented and purified sandalwood dust). He
Personally, three events were significant North America?ʼ the obvious answer would spect Gurudevʼs wishes but then there was‑ would show them a framed photo of the first
for my association with him. be: Gurudev Chitrabhanu. Because he did nʼt enough time. December, January and Tithankara – Shri Rishabhdev ‑‑ and a very
1. At a JAINA (Federation of Jain more for Jains, Jainism and Jain institutions February are winter months and the cele‑ pious image of the last Tirthankara, Mahavir
Associations in North America) meeting in than almost anyone we can think of in bration must take place on the exact date of Swami. Last several years were difficult due
1995 at Siddhachalam in NJ, I indicated that North America.8 April 25, 2002. The only concession I was to his health. I must have almost 40 books
1996 will be an auspicious year for us since 8 Only he had a vision when he made up able to get was to schedule the event for the written by him or about him. He would
it will be the 25th Anniversary of the arrival his mind to go outside India evening since it was Thursday, a working invariably give me at least one book every
of Gurudev Chitrabhanu Ji in USA as well his 8 Only he knew what would lie ahead day. It was a joint collaborative celebration time I visited him at his home, what I call a
75th birth anniversary. The JAINA Board 8 Only he knew the rewards for every‑ by Jain Center of America (JCA), JAINA, gift of Gyan
assigned me the responsibility of the cele‑ one in spite of risks for himself Long Island Multi Faith Forum (LIMFF) and He, like a shining star, showered his light
bration at various Jain centers. In my letter 8 Only he knew the sufferings and agony Temple of Understanding (TOU). Thirty on many, enlightened many. True to his
to Jains and Jain institutions I wrote: of painful decisions items were part of the two‑hour event vision, I am sure he will never cease his mis‑
“If we were to ask a simple question, He made that monumental decision and attended by a capacity audience followed by sion no matter where his soul resides.
20 April 27-May 3, 2019 JAINISM TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Gurudev Chitrabhanu Ji
The Jain yogi I came to know
By Dr. Sulekh C. Jain to address him as Gurudev demic centers and presence in nearly 20
Past President JAINA Chitrabhanu ji. He agreed. Thus universities). Afterwards, they donated
started an enriching relationships $15,000 to fund an Internat ional

G
urudev Chitrabhanu ji was my that spanned 48 years. Conference on Jainism and Bioethics at
guide and a mentor. I had a long Claremont, a first. They walked their talk.
and personal relationship with Jain community in A crusader against
him. Many a t ime he and his w ife,
Pramodaben, stayed at our house.
USA then and now animal suffering
In 1971 when Chitrabhanu Ji
Maitri Bhavnu song at JAINA arrived in USA, there was only the
After seeing the cruelty to and suffering
of animals, particularly cows and calves,
meet in Atlanta Jain Center of America in New
he adopted veganism (pure ahimsak) as
York, no Jain temple, bare ly
At the 2015 JAINA (umbrella body of his own lifestyle first and then vigorously
1,000 Jains in whole of North
Jain organizations) convention in Atlanta, preached it. He vehemently opposed the
America, and hardly anyone knew
GA, during the opening ceremony before use of any dairy products for food, wor‑
about Jain Dharma. Gurudev was
paying tributes to the founder of JAINA, ship as well as use of all animal products
a big and important part of all the
Gurudev Chitrabhanu, his famous song of for clothing, jewelry, auto accessories or
growth since then and I salute
universal friendship “Maitri Bhavnoo home decoration. Inspired, I have been
him for his steadfast and untiring
Pavitra Jharnooʼ was played. For nearly practicing veganism for at least 30 years.
contributions. He was the most
45 years I have known this song, but It is due to him that vegan food is now
important figure in American
never before I felt so much emotion and regularly offered at JAINA, YJA and many
Jainism. We all Jains owe him a
energy as I did that time. I was really other events.
debt of sincere gratitude.
moved.
I have had many opportunities I call him Charitra‑bhanu
My first phone introduction of working with Gurudev in cities
such as Boston, Houston, In an article in 1979, the Harvard
Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus. Crimson wrote, “What sets Gurudev Shree
The year was 1971. I was sitting in my Chitrabhanu apart from many gurus in the
We talked, shared ideas and way
office in Boston area and my eyes moved West is that he sees the guru as but a
to go. During my eight years in
to a news item in a weekly news bulletin means to find one's inner guru. ʻHe is like
JAINA, first four as Secretary and
from the Indian Embassy in Washington an ice cube in a cooling drink. He cools
then as its President, he was my
D.C. It noted the arrival of the Jain monk your consciousness and then disappears,ʼ
mentor and constantly my marg
Chitrabhanu to the US after weathering Chitrabhanu writes. One's devot ion
darshak. Though he himself was a
many odds and demonstrations against belongs to oneself, not to any teacher.
Shwetambar Moort ipujak, he
his travel by traditionalist Jains. Though always preached and stood for Gurus‑‑the word means "dispeller of igno‑
Muni Chitrabhanu Ji was well‑known in unity among all Jains. rance and bringer of light"‑‑can be anyone,
Bombay and Gujarat area, I being from Chitrabhanu Ji was a part of the regardless of race or sex, who helps one
Delhi had never heard of him. I immedi‑ Pictorial tribute to Chitrabhanuji by dispel the darkness and ignorance of his
emergence of Jain presence out‑
ately contacted him on the the phone. He
Mahendra Shah, who has been contributing
side India: in UK, Belgium, Kenya life. Faced with fast‑paced technologically‑
cartoons to The South Asian Times almost
came on the line himself. I said, “Vandana, and Africa in general, but on oriented lives, Westerners were thirsting
since the beginning.
namaskar Muni ji” and introduced myself. American soil in particular. He con‑ for the rest and calmness of the East,
He stopped me, saying he is no longer a secrated dozens of Jain temples here yet Great visionary Chitrabhanu says: ʻIf they take the time to
Jain muni and hence w ill like to be never let his name be engraved in any understand the inside life as they have
addressed simply as as Chitrabhanu. His
thinker and author understood the phenomena of the outside,
temple. He graced practically every JAINA
honesty and frankness touched my heart. I and YJA (Young Jains of America) conven‑ He was a great orator and an author and it will be a blessing for mankind.ʼ It is just
told him that for me he was still a Jain tions. We also went to US Congress for the had written about 25 books in English, this Eastern calm and self‑awareness that
scholar in different robes and I would like Jain prayer. which deal with the topic of self‑realiza‑ Chitrabhanu is trying to instill.”
tion. He inspired many Jains and non‑ A disciple, Michael Finn has this to say:
Jains and changed their ways of life. He “Chitrabahnu, whom I met in 1972, was

Torch‑bearer for
enjoyed the company of scholars and the first and only guru I ever followed in
thinkers and inspired them to think of my life. He was virtually ego‑less, caring
compassion and ahimsa rationally and and very gentle. When he spoke, it was
poetry. He would say: ʻYour ego can be a

Jainism in the West


critically. About 20 years ago, author,
ecologist, filmmaker Michae l Tobias good servant, but always will be a poor
recorded Gurudevʼs life story and in 2012, masterʼ. He gave me a great deal and
his interview of Gurudev was published by asked for nothing in return, except to try
By Hasendra Shah Our Jain center held a special place in
Forbes magazine. very hard to find my true Higher Self ‑ the
Jain Center of Southern California Chitrabhanujiʼs heart, as he felt he always

M
God within.”
y personal experience as a got a warm welcome whenever he visited Conqueror of ego
President of Jain Center of us. He was instrumental in bringing Jains To end, a quote from
He never built any institution named
Southern California in the mid‑ together to form a community here and he Gurudev himself:
90s with Chitrabhanu ji provided me a encouraged them to have a Bhagvan after him and except being called Gurudev
unique window to his openness and frank‑ Mahavir temple. The initial Pratishtha of he never succumbed to the temptation of “How much beauty goes unnoticed by a
ness. His humility was perceived by many the three idols in the very first newly built adding long titles and degrees to his man who has been blinded by the fury of
as arrogance. His happy family life was the temple in the Los Angeles area in 1988 was name. He never raised funds for his needs hate and prejudice? If only he was able to
subject of gossip among people. His com‑ done by Chitrabhanuji. He also was instru‑ and projects here or in India. shut out the noise and emotional discor‑
monly known name as Gurudev mental in helping us procure the carved In 2011, Pramoda Chitrabhanu behn did dance in order to find peaceful harmony
Chitrabhanu irked many as to them he was teakwood temple for the Jain Center from the mangalacharan and sang Maitri‑ within himself, what beautiful music of
not a monk anymore. Yet, he loved all Jains Las Vegas. bhavnu at the inauguration of the first amity he would feel and hear!”
unconditionally and that was his Maitri‑ Jain Center of Southern California is eter‑ Jain Studies prog ram in America at
bhav. He lived in the true spirit of his eter‑ nally grateful to Pujya Chitrabhanuji for his Claremont Lincoln University, CA (starting Dr. Sulekh C. Jain is Past President
nal poem “Maitri Bhavanu PavitraZaranu”. love and guidance to this community. to this benediction, now we have Jain aca‑ JAINA who now lives in Las Vegas,
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SUBCONTINENT April 27-May 3, 2019 21

BLOODBATH IN SRI LANKA


Colombo: With the death toll in the

EASTER BOMBINGS: Death toll


deadly Easter Sunday suicide
bombings in Sri Lanka increasing
to 290, police spokesman Ruwan
Gunasekera confirmed that 24

mounts to 290; 24 arrested


people have been arrested for their
involvement in the island's bloodi‑
est attacks in a decade.
Gunasekera confirmed the toll
and the arrests to the media here. down from the 17th floor, BBC
He also added that 500 people reported. The bloodbath started
were injured. around 8.30 am at the St
Gunasekara said that the police Anthony's Shrine at Kochchikade
has seized a van and its driver who in Colombo during Easter Mass
is suspected of transporting the where one man said he heard a
suspects into Colombo and also booming explosion and saw virtu‑
raided a safe house used by the ally the whole roof come crashing
attackers. down. "We just ran," he told the
No group has yet claimed direct media. Minister of Economic
responsibility for the eight bomb‑ Reforms Harsha de Silva described
ings that ripped through churches the carnage. "Horrible scenes. I
and hotels, mostly in the capital saw many body parts strewn all
Colombo. over," he said.
Sri Lanka declared a nationwide Sri Lankan Police chief Pujuth
curfew and placed curbs on social Series of blasts ripped apart St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade and Shangri‑La hotel in Colombo. Jayasundara had issued a nation‑
media to kill fake news after sui‑ wide alert 10 days ago warning
cide bombers carried out a string ry hotels in the heart of Colombo Dehiwala in Colombo, killing two the mayhem. that suicide bombers planned to
of well‑planned explosions target‑ and in a church each in Colombo, persons, and a housing complex at Officials and survivors painted a hit prominent Catholic churches.
ing luxury hotels and Catholic Negombo, 30 km from here, and in Dematogoda in the city leaving horrific picture of what happened. Although Christians form only
churches in Colombo and else‑ the Tamil‑majority Batticaloa town three policemen dead. Kieran Arasaratnam, who was around 7 per cent of the Sri
where, triggering international in the island's east that was once a A total of 27 foreigners, includ‑ staying in the Shangri‑La, one of Lanka's mainly Buddhist popula‑
outrage. Tamil Tiger stronghold. ing people from India, Turkey, the the three hotels, said he heard tion, they are found both in the
The first of the eight blasts took In the afternoon, another blast US, Britain, the Netherlands, what sounded like a "thunder", majority Sinhalese and minority
place in the morning in three luxu‑ hit a guest house near the zoo in Portugal and China, perished in forcing him to sprint all the way Tamil communities.

THAWHEED JAMAAT
5 INDIANS AMONG
290 DEAD IN SRI
World condemns multiple
LANKA BOMBINGS blasts in Sri Lanka
BLAMED FOR LANKA New Delhi: Five Indians are among
the 290 people who have been con‑

BLASTS: REPORT firmed dead


in the deadly
Easter
Sunday sui‑
cide bomb‑
ings in Sri
Lanka, while
many others,
including a
Indiaʼs External
leading Affairs Minister
Tamil Sushma Swaraj.
actress, had a
Security staff on guard outside St Anthony's Church in Sri Lanka.
narrow escape. External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj quoted the Colombo: The international commu‑ Sri Lanka as an affront to universal
Indian High Commission as saying nity has strongly condemned the values and confirmed that many of
that it had been informed by the multiple blasts at different loca‑ its citizens were among the victims.
National Hospital in Colombo about tions in Sri Lanka, mostly in capital President Donald Trump tweeted:
the death of three Indian nationals ‑‑ Colombo. UN Secretary General "We stand ready to help" Sri Lanka.
Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar, Antonio Guterres expressed outrage Pakistan Prime Minister Imran
A blast victim being taken for treatment in Colombo. Ramesh. "We are ascertaining fur‑ over the Easter bombings of church‑ Khan said in a series of tweets that
ther details," the Minister said. es and hotels in Sri Lanka and his country "stood in complete soli‑
New Delhi: Thawheed Jammat, an As per the report, the initial
A fourth casualty was reported by called for "swift justice" to the per‑ darity with Sri Lanka in its hour of
Islamist hardline group with sig‑ assessment is that the attack was
authorities in Kerala, who said that a petrators. "The Secretary General grief".
nificant presence in India's Tamil likely to be carried out by local Sri
woman hailing from the state was reiterates the support and solidarity "My profound condolences go to
Nadu state, is reportedly being Lankan Muslims. However, count‑
killed in Colombo where she was hol‑ of the United Nations with the peo‑ our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan
considered as the prime suspect er‑intelligence experts said that it
idaying. Kerala Chief Minister ple and the Government of Sri stands in complete solidarity with
behind the Sri Lankan blasts, would not have been possible to
Pinarayi Vijayan expressed condo‑ Lanka in this difficult moment for Sri Lanka in their hour of grief,"
according to a Times of India carry out attacks of such magni‑
lences over the death of 58‑year‑old the nation", Guterres's Khan tweeted.
report. tude without any external terror
P.S. Raseena, who arrived in the Sri Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric British Prime Minister Theresa
The Wahhabi‑aligned Sri Lanka force.
Lankan capital along with her hus‑ said. India strongly condemned the May and the leader of the opposi‑
T hawheed Jamaat (SLTJ ) has Activities of SLTJ have triggered
band to meet their relatives engaged serial blasts with President Ram tion Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn,
found traction in the countryʼs a Buddhist backlash in Sri Lanka
in business in Colombo. Meanwhile, Nath Kovind and Prime Minister too have condemned the attacks.
eastern province and has been resulting in some tension between
noted Indian Tamil actress Radikaa Narendra Modi saying that New European Commission President
pushing Sharia law with burqas Buddhists and Muslims, including
Sarathkumar had left one of the Delhi stood in solidarity with the Jean‑Claude Juncker expressed
for women and building mosques recent attacks against Lord
three hotels in Colombo just before island nation. The United States "horror and sadness" over the string
to disseminate radical messages. Buddha's statues in the country.
it was bombed. denounced the Easter bombings in of blasts in the island nation.
22 April 27-May 3, 2019 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky Putin, Kim to discuss ties,


wins presidency in Ukraine denuclearization: Kremlin
Kiev: Comedian snap vote after former
ing states with an extensive joint bor‑
Volodymyr Zelensky, pro‑Russian President
der," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry
whose only previous Viktor Yanukovych
Peskov told reporters.
political role was play‑ was toppled in the
"There is no doubt that Russia will be
ing the president in a Fe bruary 2014
ready to do everything to promote the
TV show, won a land‑ Maidan Revolut ion,
process of denuclearization of the
slide victory in which was followed by
Korean Peninsula to the best of its abil‑
Ukraine's presidential Moscow's annexation
ities," he added.
election. He trounced of Crimea and insur‑
Peskov said that the non‑disclosure
incumbent Petro gency in eastern
of information about the place and
Poroshenko by taking Ukraine.
date of their meeting was related to
73 percent of the vote, The next president
security concerns but added it will take
according to part ial w ill inherit a dead‑
place in Russia.
official results. lo cked conflict N Koreaʼs denuclearization will Speculation has grown that the meet‑
Zelensky, 41, who is between Ukrainian be high on Russian President
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has ing could take place in the Russian Far
best known for starring troops and Russian‑ Vladimir Putinʼs agenda.
no previous political experience. East city of Vladivostok.
in a political satirical backed separatists in
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir When asked if Russia and the US con‑
drama called "Servant of the People", won the the east, while Ukraine strives to fulfil EU
Putin and North Korean leader Kim tacted each other on the problems of
first round on March 31 with more than 30 requirements for closer economic ties.
Jong‑un will discuss bilateral relations, the Korean Peninsula, Peskov said a
per cent of the vote, almost double what Poroshenko garnered just 24 percent, losing
denuclearizat ion of the Korean "certain exchange of views is under‑
Poroshenko got when he finished in second to the 41‑year‑old comedian and actor across
Peninsula and regional cooperation in way", but it was impossible to talk
place with 15.95 per cent. the country, with 42 percent of ballots count‑
their first meeting later this month, the about some kind of close coordination
With no previous political experience, ed. Observers say Ukraine's new leader may
Kremlin said. on this issue.
Zelensky's campaign has focused on his differ‑ seek to use his outsider status to try to
"The baggage for discussion is very Kim has met US President Donald
ence to others rather than on any concrete pol‑ improve ties with Moscow.
extensive. Here we must still remember Trump twice. They ended their latest
icy ideas. Ze lensky said he wanted to "re boot"
first of all that we are talking about summit in Vietnam's Hanoi on
The 53‑year‑old incumbent president, one of Western‑brokered peace talks that have so far
negotiations of the heads of neighbor‑ February 28 without an agreement.
Ukraine's wealthiest oligarchs, was elected in a failed to end the conflict.

EU foreign chief Runaway Saudi sisters 'treated


urges Libyans to like slaves'; seek help
re-start dialogue Tbilisi: In the latest case of Saudi women fleeing the
ultra‑conservative kingdom, two sisters are seeking
international help and have urged the UN to help them
get to a "safe" country.
The sisters ‑‑ Wafa, 25, and Maha al‑Subaie, 28, ‑‑ are
currently in Georgia and under state protection in a
shelter. But they say they don't feel safe here because
"it would be easy for their male relatives to find them",
the BBC reported.
"We have to cover our face, we have to cook... like
slaves (in Saudi Arabia). We don't want this, we want
real life, our life," said Wafa.
"Georgia is a small country and anyone from our
family can come and track us down. We want a coun‑
try that will welcome us and protect our rights."
The women have made their case for international
help on Twitter, under the account @GeorgiaSisters
and appealed to the UN to help them get to a "third,
safe country".
They traveled to Georgia as Saudis do not require
European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
entry visas. Looking distressed and terrified, the Saudi
Strasbourg (France): Amid a Mogherini warned against sisters arrived at Georgia's migration department
deadly military escalation in "the multiplication and prolifer‑ accompanied by immigration authorities.
Libya's capital this month, the ation of various initiatives" Asked why they felt threatened in Saudi Arabia, Wafa
European Union's foreign poli‑ aimed at ending the chaos that said it is "because we are women". In Saudi Arabia,
cy chief Federica Mogherini has gripped Libya since late women are forced to obtain the permission of their
In Saudi Arabia, women have to seek
called for the country's warring dictator Muammar Gaddafi was male guardians if they want to work or travel.
permission from men if they want to work
factions to swiftly resume talks. toppled in 2011. "Our family threatens us every day in our country,"
or travel (represntational image).
"A rapid return to the negoti‑ Over 170 people have been she said, while her sister Maha said they had proof of
ating table is essential and is killed and 750 have been this. "In Saudi Arabia men control women's lives from
still possible," Mogherini said in injured in fighting between In a similar case this year, Saudi teenager Rahaf birth until death under the male guardianship system,"
an address at the European eastern strongman Khalifa Mohammed al‑Qanun made international headlines in said Human Rights Watch Middle East Director Sarah
Parliament here. Haftar's forces and those loyal January after she flew to Thailand and barricaded her‑ Leah Whitson.
"We believe more than ever to the United Nations backed self in a hotel while appealing on Twitter for help to "The Georgian authorities have said they will respect
that the United Nations and the government since Haftar avoid deportation. the sisters' right to claim asylum, which is the appro‑
(planned) National Conference ordered an assault on the capi‑ She has since been granted asylum in Canada. priate and welcome response. The real focus now
track are the only real opportu‑ tal nearly two weeks ago, while And in March, two other Saudi sisters who spent six should be on removing the systematic discrimination
nities for a peaceful solution," some 18,000 have fled their months hiding in Hong Kong were granted humanitari‑ that women face in Saudi Arabia and providing mean‑
she added. homes, according to the UN. an visas after fleeing to escape lives of "violence and ingful and effective assistance to Saudi women subject‑
oppression". ed to abuse," she added.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info BUSINESS April 27-May 3, 2019 23

New Delhi: As they explore ways to


recover debt, lenders of Jet Airways
are in favor of a resolution outside
the insolvency law framework in
Jet Airways crisis: Lenders keen on
non‑IBC resolution if bidding fails
case the ongoing bidding process
fails to take off, sources said.
Running into debt of more than
Rs 8,500 crore, Jet Airways has shut
down operations temporarily after details of initial bidders are expect‑
lenders decided against extending ed to be known on May 10.
emergency funds for its survival. As they wait for the completion of
SBI, the lead lender of the seven‑ the bidding process, the lenders are
member consortium of domestic also looking at options to raise
banks that have extended loans to funds from the carrier's available
the airline, has started the bidding assets, including utilizing Jet
process for stake sale in the carrier Airways' 16 own planes.
and clarity about potential bidders On Friday, sources said that
would emerge next month. lenders have been proactive and
While lenders are "reasonably cannot be blamed for the current
hopeful" of a successful bidding situation at the airline. "T hey
process, sources said banks are (lenders) have been actively engag‑
working on a plan B in case things ing with the company for almost
don't progress as expected. nine months ever since the airline
If the bidding process fails, started incurring cash losses and
lenders would favor a resolution for have been urging the management
the debt‑ridden Jet Airways outside to come forward with a definite
the Insolvency and Bankruptcy plan for resolution."
Code (IBC) framework, sources said. "Unfortunately, the management
Hundreds of Jet Airways employees held a peaceful demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and the promoter delayed in taking
Recovery on the basis of existing
security and tangible assets would the process, wherein the resolution cerned, sources said, adding that Airways, TPG Capital, Indigo a decision leading to the present sit‑
be a preferred option, they added. would be market‑linked and time‑ then banks would realize better Partners and National Investment uation. The lenders continued to
Under the Code, the National bound. value from the aircraft and other and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) ‑‑ are support the airline during this peri‑
Company Law Tribunal's (NCLT) Outside the NCLT would be a bet‑ tangible assets owned by Jet learned to have shown interest in od," one of the sources had said.
approval is required for initiating ter option as far as plan B is con‑ Airways. Four entities ‑‑ Etihad picking up stake in Jet Airways. The (PTI)

GARMIN BULLISH ON Fake review factories fooling


INDIAN LUXURY online Amazon shoppers: Report
WEARABLE MARKET San Francisco: Amazonʼs online
shoppers are being fooled by fake
also pays an extra fee.
“Which?,” a brand name used by
members potentially engaged in
writing fake reviews. “We donʼt
New Delhi: Bullish on the Indian marine devices that make use of review factories running on multi‑ UK‑based Consumersʼ Association, allow people to facilitate or
luxury smartwatches market, US‑ the Global Positioning System ple Facebook groups. The scam is said that “nearly all” of the encourage the trade of fake user
based wearable major Garmin is (GPS) for navigational assistance, supported by several large and Facebook groups it uncovered last reviews. The groups brought to
set to introduce its super premium would unveil five watch variants in small companies as well as by autumn were st ill act ive, the our attent ion have now been
'MARQ' line‑up of smartwatches in the luxury segment. entrepreneurs who depend on report said. removed for violating our poli‑
the third quarter of 2019. The five variants in the "MARQ" Face book to spread posit ive Earlier this wee k “W hich?” cies,” the report quoted Facebook
Smart watches grew 54.3 per‑ line‑up would include the Garmin reviews about their products list‑ claimed that Amazonʼs system as telling “Which?”
cent and accounted for MARQ Driver, MARQ ed on Amazon to its 2.6 billion was being undermined by a flood “We urge people to continue to
29.8 percent of all wear‑ Aviator, MARQ Captain, users globally. Fake reviewers, of fake five‑star reviews for unfa‑ use our reporting tools to flag
able device shipments in MARQ Expedition and backed by Amazon sellers, post miliar brands. content they think breaks our
2018 says a recent MARQ Athlete. details about the products on “Researchers analyzed listings rules.” On the other hand, Amazon
report by the T he company, Facebook Groups to influence of hundreds of popular tech prod‑ claimed it invests “significant
International Data which also pro‑ consumers, the Guardian reported ucts and found top‑rated items resources” to protect the integrity
Corporation (IDC). vides GPS solu‑ on Saturday. were dominated by brands with of reviews on its site, the report
In the fourth tions to the Indian Since the reviewers have to real‑ names such as Itshiny, Vogek and said.
quarter of 2018, Army, said it would ly pay for the items, Amazon is Aitalk, many with thousands of “We have clear participation
the worldwide mar‑ intro duce the fooled into believing that the unverified reviews,” the report guidelines for both reviewers and
ket for wearable smart watches buyer is genuine but after leaving added. In October 2018, “Which?” selling partners, and we suspend,
devices grew 31.4 per‑ after all the govern‑ a glowing review, the product said two large Facebook groups, ban and take legal action on those
cent, reaching a new high ment regulations are manufacturing company refunds plus some smaller groups, may who violate our policies,” the
of 59.3 million units. met with. the purchase price and sometimes between them have up to 87,000 report quoted Amazon as saying.
New products from play‑ According to
ers like Garmin, Fitbit and Huawei CyberMedia Research (CMR),
helped the basic wearables catego‑ Garmin will see tough competition
ry return to growth during the from luxe brands including the
third quarter of 2018. likes of Tag Heuer, Brietling and
"Garmin will soon come up with Omega. However, aspirational
a new product called "MARQ" users are likely to drive its sales in
which is in the ultra‑premium cate‑ the country.
gory. The price range of these will "With rising af fluence in the
be close to Rs 2 lakh. After wit‑ country, the market is now home
nessing our growth last year, we to aspirational customers who
see that India has a great potential seek premium, uber‑luxe devices.
in all price categories," Ali Rizvi, T his breed of customers care
National Sales Manager‑Garmin about their appearances and are
India, told IANS. willing to spend more on luxury
The Kansas‑headquartered com‑ brands," Prabhu Ram, Head,
pany, which also produces con‑ Industry Intelligence Group (IIG),
sumer, professional aviation and CMR, told IANS.
24 April 27-May 3, 2019 SPORTS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Here's why Dhoni refused singles in 19th over


Bengaluru: M.S. Dhoni was at his
menacing best during his
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) nar‑
IPL final in Hyderabad
row one‑run loss against the
Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 12
(RCB), here at the Chinnaswamy.
New Delhi: The final of the 12th Hyderabad was expected to
By play ing a vintage 84‑run
edition of the Indian Premier host the Eliminator and
knock, which just came of 48
League will be played at the Qualifier 2, but due to local
deliveries, Dhoni almost pulled
Rajiv Gand hi Internat ional elections scheduled on May 6,
of f a miraculous chase on
Stadium in Hyderabad on May 10 and 14, that will not be pos‑
Sunday.
12 after the Tamil Nadu Cricket sible as the police will not be in
Chasing 162, CSK managed to
Asso ciat ion ( TNCA) wasn't a posit ion to provide the
score 160/8 in their stipulated
g iven permission to open required security and permis‑
20 overs, thus succumbing to
stands I, J and K. Chennai will sions.
their second consecutive loss in
now host Qualifier 1 while Vizag was kept as back‑up
the ongoing edition of the Indian
Vizag will host the Eliminator and w ill now host the
Premier League (IPL).
and Qualifier 2. Eliminator on May 8 and
The visitors, during the chase, Chennai Super Kings' skipper MS Dhoni in action at While the playoffs are gener‑ Qualifier 2 on May 10. Jaipur
were at one stage reeling at 28/4. M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (Photo: IANS) ally hosted in the venues of the will host all the four women's
That's when Dhoni came to his
winners and runners‑up, certain matches. While the first match
team's rescue and almost man‑ passing it on to new batsman were a few dot balls, whether we
challenges has seen the Board on May 6 is clashing with elec‑
aged to snatch away victory. Dwayne Bravo, who was at the could have got those extra
of Control for Cricket in India tions, RCA has got the required
With 66 runs needed in the other end. boundaries or not," he added.
(BCCI) face this issue wherein clearance.
final two overs, the 37‑year‑old Questioned about his decision, The CSK skipper further said
they had to bring in Vizag in the The three women's teams will
took the matters in his own Dhoni said, "As I had played so that Dwayne Bravo would have
picture. Qualifier 1 w ill be be Trailblazers, Supernovas and
hands and got CSK over the line many deliveries, I could afford to found it dif ficult to connect on
played on May 7 in Chennai. Velocity.
by smashing 24 runs in the first take that risk because a lot of the "spungy" track. "It was still
five balls of Umesh Yadav's final runs were needed. I think in 10 difficult at the end. It was slightly etkeeper‑batsman was the best to part of an innings w ith MS,"
over. With two needed of the final or 12 de liveries, we needed spungy (the pitch) and the new judge the situation. Fleming said in the post‑match
ball, Dhoni played and missed it something close to 40 runs or 36 batsmen found it dif ficult. "I think more the reason was press conference.
which saw Parthiv Patel score a runs or something like that, Boundaries were needed and yes that Dhoni fe lt he was best Dhoni, however, was critical of
direct hit to run out Shardul which meant a lot of boundaries we have lost by one run but at equipped to hit those sixes. The his top‑order batsman while chas‑
Thakur to seal RCB's win. were needed." the same time we have to see way he calculates the last few ing a "below‑par total". "It's just
During the course of the chase, "So yes, right now you can cal‑ what if there were few dot balls overs based on his power, he that batting, once you go in and
the former India skipper had cat‑ culate, two runs over there, one and whether we could have got would have looked at it saying 'I that's the time you need to think
egorically declined taking singles run over there, and we are those extra boundaries or not." need four‑five sixes to win the as an individual what really is
off three balls in the penultimate through, because we lost by one CSK's head coach Stephen game'. As it panned out it was needed for the team as of now
over when they needed 36 runs, run, but at the same time what Fleming also did not question pretty close. He's so calculative, I whether it's a partnership needed
preferring to keep strike than you have to see is what if there Dhoni's decision, saying the wick‑ would never question the last or few big shots," Dhoni said.

New women hockey Team Pld Won Lost Tied Pts

players very talented: Indian CSK 9 7 2 0 14


MI 10 6 4 0 12
Rani Rampal Premier DC 10 6 4 0 12
New Delhi: Rani Rampal, Indian women's
SRH 9 5 4 0 10
hockey captain, believes the women hockey
scenario has changed in the recent past and
the interest being shown by the new gener‑
Indian
hockey
player
League KXIP 10 5 5 0 8
ation will further help in development of
the game in the country.
Rani
Rampal.
(File
Standings KKR
RR
10
9
4
3
6
6
0
0
8
6
Talking to IANS, she said, "The scenario
Photo:
has transformed in the past couple of years. RCB 10 2 7 0 6
IANS)
T he 2016 World Cup was a defining
moment, which brought women's hockey
the much‑needed limelight."
Praising new players, Rani said they were
extremely talented and refreshing, and
ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Bajrang, Sakshi to lead India
many things could be learnt from them.
experience and helped us lift our game," the
"With women's hockey progressing and
24‑year‑old said. Speaking on her journey
entering its next phase of growth, new
so far and leading the national team, Rani
avenues have been created for individuals New Delhi: Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik and
said, "I always loved playing hockey, but
interested in pursuing the sport at a profes‑ World No 1 Bajrang Punia will spearhead Indiaʼs cam‑
never imagined that I would get the oppor‑
sional level," she said. paign at the Asian Wrestling Championships starting
tunity to represent India and make such a
On the recently concluded Malaysia tour, Tuesday.
fulfilling career out of it. I started playing
Rani said the series helped her side gain a Besides Sakshi and Bajrang, Vinesh Phogat is another
professionally at the age of 14. Since then,
lot of experience, which could bear fruit in big names who would be vying for top honors during
every moment when I was able to make my
the future. the mega‑event. Sakshi, the bronze winner at the Rio
country proud has been very special to me."
"I was delighted to see the number of Olympics, also settled for a silver, in womenʼs 65kg,
The skipper also praised companies like
matches my team won in this tour. Our while Pooja Dhanda won the bronze metal in womenʼs
Welspun India, a Mumbai‑based textile
coach led the team to victory by motivating 59kg category.
company, for supporting players like her
players at every step. Playing at an interna‑ At the Asian Championships, Sakshi will go back to
and helping in nurturing talent that will
tional level has helped the team learn sever‑ her 62kg category, while Navjot Kaur will represent
help India in improving its rank, not just in Olympic bronze medalist
al things. This tour was definitely a great India in womenʼs 65kg. Sakshi Malik.
hockey but in other sports as well.
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Tim Cook proves he's better Apple CEO than Steve Jobs
By Nishant Arora and streamlined the production iOS devices," Cook stressed when
process, overhauling the entire the FBI came knocking at Apple's

T
he death of Apple's co‑ operations," writes Kahney. doors, asking the company to
founder Steve Job on In a September 2014 interview unlock an iPhone belonging to one
October 5, 2011 shook the with TV talk show host Charlie of the terrorists in the 2015 San
world. Critics predicted that the Rose, Cook said he desperately Bernardino shooting in California.
Cupertino, CA‑based iPhone maker wanted to continue Job's legacy On personal front, the Apple
is doomed and would only survive and "pour every ounce that I had in CEO's decision to come out as the
for two to four more years at the myself into the company," but he first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO
most. never had the objective of bring made him the "role model for the
Timothy Donald Cook (known as the same as Jobs. LGBTQ community.
Tim Cook by the world and "Tim Tim Cook's first keynote after Religious to the core, Cook said:
Apple" by President Donald Trump) Jobs' death where he introduced "I consider being gay among the
has proved them wrong. the iPad 3 and an updated Apple greatest gifts God had given me".
Considered a "colorless, unimag‑ ware? It was Cook's uncanny abili‑ TV in March 2012 lacked charis‑ Being born and raised in
inable drone," Cook who joined ty to go in details while remaining ma. But Cook was up to something Alabama where racism is still alive,
Apple at age 37 in 1998 had none calm, his vast know ledge of really big ‑‑ taking manufacturing Cook saw worst behavior in terms
of the charisma and driving per‑ streamlining operations and impec‑ out from the US to Chinese facto‑ of discrimination that "literally
sonality of his former boss who cable work ethic that won Jobs' ries. made him sick".
was beloved and immortalized. heart. In fact, after a long stint at "Hon Hai Precision Industry Today, he has made Apple a more
Journalist Leander Kahney, in his IBM and later Compaq, "Cook him‑ Company Limited, better known as inclusive and diverse place to work.
biography of Tim Cook, takes a self turned down Apple recruiters Foxconn, came to define manufac‑ "Under his leadership, Apple has
deep dive into how Cook turned a multiple times". turing in the Cook era," says the hired a g reater proport ion of
company that was near bankruptcy His meeting with Jobs in 1998 author. minority workers than many of its
amid low employee morale into the convinced him that working with a Apple Watch was the first major Silicon Valley peers and given gen‑
world's first firm that touched $1‑ Silicon Valley legend who created product under Cook's direction erous grants to historically black
trillion mark last year. iconic iMac, iPhone, iPod and iPad with no inputs from Jobs, which colleges and charities," writes
Born in 1960, Cook made this line‑up would be "a privilege of a became an instant hit. Kahney. Under Cook, Apple has
possible with his unique set of lifetime". Cook always took a strong posi‑ done great job at the front of
strengths, which Jobs identified Jobs hired Cook as Senior Vice tion on privacy which made him a accessibility, diversity at work,
and made him the Apple CEO on President of worldwide operations, darling among the Apple users. environment and improving work‑
with a base salary of $400,000 and Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took
August 24, 2011. "Apple does not want your data. ers' conditions at its suppliers' end.
a $500,000 signing bonus. Apple to the Next Level; by
Why did Jobs pick Cook over Apple does not want to read your Humble and soft‑spoken, Cook is
"It was one of the best hires Jobs Leander Kahney; Penguin
more popular names around for emails or sell your personal infor‑ pushing Apple and the entire tech
Business
the CEO job ‑‑ like Apple Chief ever made". Apple was bleeding mation to third parties or advertis‑ industry forward, creating an ethi‑
Designer Jony Ive or Scott Forstall, then, production lines were in a tem needed a fresh lease of life. ers, nor would provide backdoor to cal transformation. Other brands
Senior Vice President of iOS soft‑ mess and the supply chain ecosys‑ "Cook fixed Apple supply chain government agencies to hack into are now following Apple.

A look at the Holocaust through Anne Frank's eyes


By Sidhi Jain Netherlands Embassy in India, Anneke
Adema, spoke of Anne's life and the trag‑

T
he diary of Anne Frank, a young ic experience she had.
chronicler of the horrors of the "There are messages from her life that
Nazis' genocide of the Jews, offers are still very valid today: the importance
a beacon of hope ‑ and humanity ‑ to the of tolerance, non‑discrimination and
millions who read her thoughts, written hope. We have a tendency to forget histo‑
while hiding with her family for two ry, and people should see these pictures ‑
years before being betrayed and sent to ‑ of Auschwitz, for instance,” Adema said.
the death camps. Reflecting on her life With the focus on educating school and
75 years after her arrest, and death, is a university children about the brutality of
trave lling exhibition that has come the Second World War and the Nazis'
briefly to Delhi. cruelties, the diplomat also invited about
"Anne Frank: A History for Today", an 50 students to the exhibition.
exhibition of photographs and archival Adema stressed on telling children that
information, takes visitors to Nazi‑occu‑ "they are living in India, the biggest
pied Europe during the Second World democracy in the world, and how valu‑
War as it follows Anne's journey from able that is". A few of Anne's heart‑break‑
Germany to the promise of a refuge in ing last words in the diary, written before
the Netherlands, but back to a German the arrest, remind us of the hope she car‑
concentration camp. ried with herself: "I see the world being
Born in 1929, she moved to slowly transformed into a wilderness, I
Amsterdam with her family to escape the hear the approaching thunder that, one
"Anne Frank: A History for Today" is a traveling exhibition, currently in Delhi.
g row ing vict imizat ion of Jews in day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffer‑
“The Diary of Anne Frank” is easily one of the most popular books among
Germany after Adolf Hitler came to ing of millions. And yet, when I look up at
generations of readers since World War II.
power in 1933. However, things did not the sky, I somehow feel that everything
go well for the Franks after Germany annex where the Franks went into hiding. diary, a small, red‑checkered notebook will change for the better, that this cruel‑
invaded the Netherlands in 1940, and But after being caught, they were sent that went on to contain her vivid obser‑ ty too shall end, that peace and tranquili‑
Jews began to be rounded up. to the dreaded Auschwitz from where vations and experiences, and eventually ty will return once more."
In the exhibition's photographs, a Anne and her sister were sent to the become one of the world's most popular‑ "Anne Frank: A History for Today" is
young Anne and her sister Margot are equally infamous Bergen‑Belsen camp ly‑read personal accounts of the open for public at the India International
seen growing up from childhood to where they died in February‑March Holocaust. It is titled sim0ply “The Diary Centre here till April 29. It is organized
teenage. Happy family photographs and 1945, after having contracted typhus. of Anne Frank”. by the T he Anne Frank House,
images taken at school, soon gave way to Their father, Otto, was the only survivor. During a walkthrough of the well‑curat‑ Peace Works and Embassies of the
a dark place in their factory ‑‑ the secret Recorded are quotations from her ed exhibition, the Deputy Head of the Netherlands and Israel.
26 April 27-May 3, 2019 SELF HELP TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Is your data safe? New trends to watch out for


K
eeping data secure is becoming more ble. SonicWall recorded 32.7 million IoT
challenging, as the methods attacks in 2018, a 217.5 percent increase
employed by cybercriminals grow over the 10.3 million IoT attacks the compa‑
more sophisticated every year. ny logged in 2017.
Globally, cyberattacks were up in 2018 And while there is growth in the use of
over the previous year, according to a new encrypted traffic, suggesting that organiza‑
report from SonicWall, which offers breach tions and businesses are taking security
detection and prevention solutions to small‑ seriously, it coincides with more attacks
and medium‑size businesses, enterprises being cloaked by TLS/SSL encryption.
and government agencies. The company Indeed, more than 2.8 million attacks were
logged 10.52 billion malware attacks in encrypted in 2018, a 27 percent increase
2018, the most ever on record, representing over 2017.
a 22 percent increase over the previous But thereʼs some good news as well. In
year. 2018, cryptojacking vanished nearly as fast
“Those who want to protect their data and is it appeared. The volume peaked in
that of the people they do business with, One is that criminals are increasingly Based on a sampling of more than 700 mil‑ September with 13.1 million recorded
should be aware of cybercrime trends and using PDF and Office files to spread mal‑ lion malware attacks, SonicWall found that attacks, but has been on a steady decline
seek out smart solutions that evolve as new ware. In 2018, SonicWall Capture Advanced 19.2 percent came across non‑standard since. The report suggests that worldwide
threats emerge,” says Bill Conner, president Threat Protection, a multi‑engine, cloud‑ ports in 2018, an 8.7 percent year‑over‑year phishing attacks are also in decline. In 2018,
and CEO of SonicWall. based sandbox service, found malware hid‑ increase. SonicWall recorded 26 million phishing
The report highlights some recent trends den in 47,073 PDFs and 50,817 Office files. Have you outfitted your home with smart attacks worldwide, a 4.1 percent drop from
that individuals, businesses and organiza‑ Whatʼs more is that criminals are using non‑ tech? Keep in mind that the Internet of 2017. The average SonicWall customer
tions should keep in mind. standard ports for attacks at a growing rate. Things (IoT) is also growing more vulnera‑ faced 5,488 phishing attacks in 2018.

What every family should know Tips to manage asthma


about childhood development and avoid your triggers
A M
ore than 26 million Americans drought, floods, wildfires and tornados,
s a parent, you are probably track‑
are living with asthma, including can create airborne irritants and allergens
ing every move your young child
6.2 million children. While there for individuals with asthma. Use the Air
makes, paying special attention to
is no cure, asthma can be managed and Quality Index found on the American Lung
developmental milestones such as sitting,
treated so that those with the condition Association site to stay aware of current
standing and talking.
can live normal, healthy lives ‑‑ indoors as conditions and help protect yourself from
“While the pace of development does
well as outdoors. outdoor air pollution. People with asthma
vary from child to child, parents should
May is Asthma Awareness Month and a will want to avoid being outside on days
pay attention when things seem amiss.
great opportunity to learn more about when the air quality index value is above
Sometimes the cause of a delay is a med‑
common triggers ‑‑ which include respira‑ 100, or in the orange, red, purple or
ical problem, and in many cases, early
tory infections, allergens, irritants, exer‑ maroon categories.
intervention is important,” says Dr. Garey a medical professional helps families get
cise and emotions ‑‑ as well as better 4. Know your own triggers. Avoiding
H. Noritz, a pediatrician who cares for chil‑ the support and information they need to
understand what causes your symptoms. and controlling your asthma triggers all
dren with disabilities, and who authored manage their childʼs health care and help
To get started, the American Lung begins with identifying them. Work with
an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) them reach their full potential.
Association is offering the following tips. your doctor to find out what allergens or
clinical report on motor delays. “You are Pediatricians can play a critical role in
1. Combat indoor allergens. Animal dan‑ irritants may be causing your asthma
the best expert on your child, so if you working with parents to identify intellec‑
der, dust mites and mold are common symptoms; an allergy test can help.
have any concerns, you should address tual delays.
allergens found indoors that can cause Together you and your doctor can create
them with your pediatrician.” One of the more common inherited caus‑
asthma symptoms. Keeping a clean home an Asthma Action Plan that includes find‑
For parents of young children who have es of intellectual disability, Fragile X syn‑
can help keep the presence of such aller‑ ing simple solutions to reduce your expo‑
concerns about their childʼs intellectual or drome (FXS), can only be confirmed with
gens in check. For allergen‑specific clean‑ sure to your asthma triggers and make
physical development, Dr. Noritz offers the the FMR1 DNA Test for Fragile X.
ing tips, as well as strategies for reducing breathing easier. You can learn more about
following advice: “All children with developmental delays,
the growth of mold and dust mites in your your asthma and how to manage triggers
4Make an appointment: Donʼt wait intellectual disability or autism spectrum
home, visit Lung.org/asthma‑triggers. Be at Lung.org/asthma, and through a free
until your next scheduled appointment to disorder should be considered for a genet‑
forewarned, cleaning supplies that have one‑hour, interactive online course at
speak with your pediatrician about your ic evaluation,” says Dr. Robert A. Saul, a
odors and fragrances can cause asthma Lung.org/asthma‑basics. If you suffer from
concerns. Make an appointment as soon pediatrician and medical geneticist who is
symptoms to flare. Check the label and asthma or love someone who does, take
as possible. a member of the AAP. “While therapeutic
stick to safe, asthma‑friendly products. steps to better understand the condition
4 Use free resources: Online resources interventions are vitally important, a diag‑
2. Avoid smoke and tobacco. Any kind and reduce the presence of common trig‑
can help parents prepare for their pedia‑ nostic genetic evaluation is equally so.
of smoke, including tobacco smoke as well gers in your everyday life.
trician visit. One such tool, “Physical Although there is no cure for FXS, with a
as smoke from e‑ciga‑
Developmental Delays: What to Look For,” diagnosis, we can offer important support‑
rettes or “vaping,” are
an AAP online checklist available at ive treatments and take educational and
known to irritate the
healthychildren.org/motordelay, is a good therapeutic approaches. Having a reason
airways of the lung. If
resource for parents and caregivers of for a childʼs intellectual disabilities and
you have asthma, donʼt
children under 5. Available in English and behavior problems can be reassuring for
smoke and avoid being
Spanish, the interactive tool is designed to families, and a diagnosis enables families
around people who do.
improve the early identification and care to receive counseling for family planning,
If you need help quit‑
of motor developmental delay. Through participate in clinical research if desired,
ting, visit Lung.org/ffs.
on‑screen guidance, parents can identify and connect with support groups.”
3. Stay weather‑
topics to discuss with their childʼs pediatri‑ Remember, there are many ways you
aware. Climate change
cian. can be proactive about your childʼs early
increases the risk that
4 Request genetic testing when a motor and intellectual development. If you
air pollution will wors‑
developmental problem is confirmed: have any concerns, seek out tools,
en. Be aware that
When it comes to intellectual delays and resources and the advice of your pediatri‑
extreme weather
disabilities, having a correct diagnosis by cian as early as possible.
events, such as
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By Dev Banad Viswanath, Esq.


& Michael Phulwani, Esq.

Found the Love of Life, but want to get


A
fiancé(e) K‑1 visa is a nonim‑

married in America: The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa


migrant visa for foreign citi‑
zens whose fiancé(e) is a U.S.
citizen and they wish to get married
in the United States. This visa allows
the final decision as to whether the days of the green cardʼs expiration. should apply for a green card at the

VISA
the foreign citizen fiancé(e) to enter
the United States and marry his/her individualʼs fiancé(e) would be Dependents of K‑1 nonimmi‑ same time as the K‑1 visa holder. In
U.S. citizen fiancé(e) within 90 days allowed to enter the United States. grants, unmarried children under the order to qualify for a green card, the

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LAW

Legal lane of Global Village with Divya Suwasini


By Ashok Vyas Legal Eagle from the point of view of an entre‑ specific state, such as Delaware
insight4creativity@gmail.com preneur, Divya says, “I think the General Corporate Law or New
Divya Suwasini biggest difference between the two York Consolidated Partnership

P
resident of India awarded countries lies in the different Laws. In the US, there is no statuto‑
gold medal to Divya avenues for raising capital. The US ry mandatory minimum paid‑up
Suwasini as she passed law is much more investor‑friendly and capital requirement. This allows
with flying colors from NALSAR the financial markets are mature founders to initiate their startup
(National Academy of Legal to sometimes weed out schemes or with very little money, sometimes
Studies and Research) University, business plans which do not add even from the comfort of their
Hyderabad in India. One of the value in the long term. The Indian garage (the way Apple was
three daughters of encouraging markets are relatively younger and formed).”
Divya Suwasini receiving gold
parents, Divya had decided to there are fewer legislations allow‑ What has helped India move up
medal from the then Indiaʼs
study law as there was no lawyer ing investors to raise capital. This on the ʻease of doing businessʼ
President Pranab Mukherjee at
in her family. She became the only feeds into the entrepreneurial spir‑ NALSAR University in 2014. index? Divya explains that the
law student selected as the ʻYoung it of the investors.” Divya feels that push towards Insolvency Laws and
South Asian Scholarʼ by the South legal research is a pervasive tool India and USA? According to Divya, having a Foreign Investment
Asian Research Network, in con‑ Stephen (University of Virginia for bringing about amendments to “A majority of startups in India are Facilitation Portal are some key
junction with IHD, New Delhi, UN‑ School of Law), Carl Weisbrod (ex‑ laws. The first article she wrote structured as a private limited features contributing to economic
ESCAP, SSWA office, and UN Planning Commissioner of NYC). I dealt with the issue of enforcing company. The Companies Act growth of the country. She also
International Labor Organization. went on to assist Prof Erik foreign arbitral awards in India. It 2013 regulates the formation of a gives credit to Modi government
She got a clear idea through SAR‑ Vermeulen with innovative was about a critical issue, that private limited company. It enables for recognizing the stalled technol‑
NET training program about how research in Indian venture capital Indian courts overstep their a founder to register as a private ogy in the railway sector and open‑
she could contribute to the growth funds and startups.” authority and interpret domestic limited company with the flexibili‑ ing this sector for foreign direct
of the Indian corporate sector. Now in the US, she has recently legislations to favor Indian parties, ty of having 2 to 200 shareholders investment. When you talk to
The understanding of laws of dif‑ completed her training at the New which results in investors shying and founding the business with as Divya Suwasini, her genuine love
ferent countries is the need of the York office of Israelʼs top law firm ‑ away from investing in India. Her little as Rs 100,000 as the mini‑ for complex legal knowledge and
hour in the context of rapidly Shiboleth LLP. The American Bar research work was cited by several mum paid up capital. In contrast, its applications makes conversa‑
changing, globalizing world. Associationʼs Section of periodicals in articles discussing here startups are formed in the US tion about law appear as interest‑
Divyaʼs selection to represent her International Lawʼs International arbitration in Iran and in the con‑ state where the founder is based or ing interaction for a layperson.
law school at Radzyner Law School Legal Exchange Training Program, struction industry where the startup business is In the changing world with digi‑
in Israel opened for her a world of through its affiliation with U.S. Hasnʼt the Modi government based. A US startup can be formed tal revolution, there will be more
new opportunities. She recalls, “I Department of State, sponsored encouraged startups and what is as a corporation, limited liability transparency. We will need global
interacted with world renowned her training program. the major difference in the busi‑ company (llc) or limited partner‑ legal minds to smoothly usher in
legal minds such as Prof. Paul While comparing India and USA ness environment for startups in ship governed by the laws of that global village on legal lanes.
28 April 27-May 3, 2019 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Humor with Melvin Durai

Good parenting means


teaching important lessons
I
ʼve been a parent for more than
16 years and let me tell you, it
isnʼt easy. Every stage of a childʼs
life unleashes new challenges on a
parent. When I hear that a group of
kids has committed a misdeed of
some sort, Iʼm not quick to blame
poor parenting. I know from experi‑
ence that itʼs not wise to judge other
parents until youʼve determined,
beyond any doubt, that one of your
kids wasnʼt involved.
BEST But even if my kids werenʼt
involved (theyʼre good kids), Iʼm not
RATE quick to judge the parents because I know
that every parent has unique circumstances
a president, but letʼs stretch our imagina‑
tions for a moment. Would you feel proud if
FOR and unique challenges. If one of my kids
does something terrible, I donʼt want to be
your child became a president, but was
boastful and ill‑mannered, always belittling
INDIA blamed for it. And if one of my kids does
something terrific, such as win the Nobel
people on social media? I wouldnʼt. Iʼd want
to grab a slipper and chase him or her
AND Prize, I donʼt want to take the credit for it. I
just want to take the prize money. (Well, not
around, at least until the bodyguards stop
me. Whether my kids become doctors,

PAKISTAN all of it. Just enough to pay for the ambu‑


lance Iʼd have to call when their mother
lawyers, flight attendants or store clerks, Iʼd
first want them to be caring, considerate and
faints upon hearing the news.) conscientious adults. Iʼd rather picture my
People often think that a successful parent son as a courteous waiter at a restaurant
New York Head Quarter is one whose children have achieved great than a rude billionaire at a beach club.
422‑S Broadway academic and career success. We admire Itʼs up to parents to teach their children
parents whose children have become doc‑ important values. Here are just a few of the
HICKSVILLE
tors or engineers or any type of high‑earn‑ lessons Iʼd want my kids to learn:
NY 11801 ing professional. All parents want their chil‑ 1. Be honest. Lying, cheating and stealing
dren to be successful in their careers, but is are examples of dishonest behavior.
516‑827‑1010 that really enough? Children learn at an early age whatʼs accept‑
Imagine that your child becomes the presi‑ able and what they can get away with. I
dent of a country – any country around the never let my kids get away with lying, except
world – but lacks integrity and is disrespect‑ when theyʼre telling me that Iʼm the greatest
ful toward political opponents, journalists dad in the world. Fatherʼs Day lies are gener‑
and others? I know itʼs hard to imagine such ally okay – and so is telling me that Iʼm in
great shape and donʼt need to go on a diet,
or that my hair isnʼt falling out – my scalp is
Laughter is the Best Medicine just asserting itself.
2. Be respectful. I want my kids to be
respectful to their elders, as well as every‑
one else. Itʼs easy to show respect to people
in equal or superior positions, but how you
treat the disadvantaged and underprivileged
reveals your true character. All humans
deserve respect, even the ones who are
crazy enough to vote for the other party.
(Iʼm speaking, of course, about the
Libertarian Party.)
3. Be humble. I want my kids to do well in
life, but I donʼt want them to be boastful
about their achievements. I donʼt want them
to think that theyʼre better than others, just
because those other people werenʼt lucky
enough to have the greatest dad in the
world.
4. Be kind. Itʼs important to be kind to oth‑
ers and not just your own kind. I hope to
teach my kids to be kind in many different
ways, including opening doors for strangers,
helping old people cross busy roads, and
handing the remote control to their father
when the football game is about to start.
5. Be generous. I want my kids to be gen‑
By Mahendra Shah erous with their time and money. I want
them to be especially generous when a per‑
Mahendra Shah is an architect by education, entrepreneur by profession, artist and humorist,
son holds his hand out and asks for money. I
cartoonist and writer by hobby. He has been recording the plight of the immigrant Indians for the
donʼt want them to say something rude, such
past many year in his cartoons. Hailing from Gujarat, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
as, “Get lost, Dad!”
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Chandigarh, India: +91-172- 256 2832, 257 2874


By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899
psharma@premastrologer.com; w.premastrologer.com

APRIL 27‑MAY 3, 2019


Aries: Those posted out of town may Cancer: Donʼt take it easy on the Libra: Things brighten up on the Capricorn: Too much work and little
find it difficult to get leave to spend academic front, as you can easily romantic front, as someone catches rest may play havo c w ith your
time with family. Donʼt leave anything spoil your chances. . Something that your fancy. health. Donʼt take hasty decisions on
to chance on the professional front, as you has been bugging you on the professional Financially, things may not look too bright the financial front that might leave you
can find yourself at the receiving end. front is likely to get resolved. Some compli‑ as expenses rise. There is a risk of things regretting later on. Try being satisfied with
Stress‑induced fluctuating moods may cations are foreseen in matters related to coming to a standstill on the professional your current profile as a job switch now
prove detrimental for your love life. property. Getting into a romantic mood front, but you will find a way to get started isnʼt a good idea. Suitable returns can be
Remaining well prepared at all times will may be difficult, as you have too many once ag ain. Some more hard work is expected in a property transaction. A fit‑
help in sidestepping disaster on the aca‑ things on your mind. Taking up a workout required for achieving what you have set ness tip given by someone can benefit you,
demic front. routine will be in your interest. out for on the academic front. only if you adhere to it.
Taurus: Curb your tendency of not Leo: A trip abroad may be delayed Scorpio: Tone down your expecta‑ Aquarius:Finding a superior in good
eating right to avoid ill health. Your due to some unforeseen reasons. tions from others as you may not be mood can encourage you to project
expectations from someone in the Students will be able to seek guid‑ on their priority list. An of f mood your request. Money given in good
family may be dashed by his or her nega‑ ance to overcome academic difficulties. lover will need your loving care to be faith will be returned with interest. It is best
tive response. Frustrations and disappoint‑ Some new procedures instituted at work brought into mood. Pressure from the sen‑ to steer clear of gossip mongers, as you can
ments in your current relationship cannot may prove a hindrance rather than a help. ior may press your domestic commitments. end up getting mired in a controversy on
be ruled out and may even make you look You are on the path to achieving financial Something just doesnʼt seem right at the the family front. Good preparation blended
outwards. Clearing a tough competition or security by switching to saving mode. present moment, so take the next step only with luck may find you sailing smoothly on
examination is possible for some on the Someone is likely to steal the limelight from once you are satisfied. Spend some time on the academic front the coming week.
academic front. you on the social front. the treadmill to shed your extra calories. Pisces: You may find spouse a bit
Gemini: Keeping excellent health will Virgo: You may take the initiative of Sagittarius: T hings may not be overbearing, but he or she will have
not pose much difficulty for those discussing your future with the one going your way on the social front, a reason for it. You may be called
suf fering from a lifestyle disease. you love. Your monetary situation so donʼt press your luck. upon to undertake a task which will raise
Someone you are attracted to may make the may get shaky, as you make it a habit of Not much headway is likely to be made at your image on the social front. Carrying on
first move, so expect a whirlwind romance overstepping the budget. Attempts to work for those involved in a time consum‑ with the task entrusted to you at work will
to sweep you of f your feet the coming appease a superior at work may prove ing project. Expressing your inner feelings not pose much difficulty. Some of you may
week! Keep your speed in check on the counterproductive. is likely to create a special bond with lover. get involved in preparing for something
road. Be prompt in discharging whatever Joining a gym or starting an exercise Solutions offered for a health problem may important on the academic front. Improper
responsibility is given to you on the profes‑ regime is indicated for some and will help not prove effective; a doctorʼs guidance is handling of funds needs to be guarded
sional front. bring them back in shape. must. against.

27 April, 2019 be plenty but working under


Influenced by number 9 and ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK extreme stress levels would show
the planet Mars, you are dynam‑ on your health. Children would
ic, courageous, energetic, warm investment. Romance will be on March and September will be always welcome new ideas and be interesting and a major source
hearted and a religious person. top of your list. There seem to be highly important. thoughts, but you need to check of your happiness. For those who
You are a great admirer of music chances too of a new arrival as your tendency to behave extrava‑ have been unsuccessful in find‑
and literature. You are research well. Your financial condition will 30 April, 2019 gant, stubborn and vindictive at ing a life partner till now should
oriented and have a strong deter‑ improve as you pickup job Dominated by number 3 and times. rejoice, as a matrimonial wedlock
mination, but you need to check involving higher responsibility the planet Jupiter. You are cre‑ seems later in the year. T he
your tendency to behave jealous, and position. Some exhilarating ative, simple, courageous, digni‑ This year you would change months of November, February
lazy and erratic at times. news from distant relations will fied and original person. You pos‑ plans more often than usual. You and May will prove to be event‑
boost up the spirits of the entire sess an outstanding character, would be working closely with ful.
T his year investments w ill family. Travel and journey will which makes you are highly sym‑ known people who would influ‑
bring you fresh gains and you be pleasurable. The months of pathetic, helpful and generous. ence your decisions. Both your 3 May, 2019
will spend more on luxuries and January, May, July and October You love peace and harmony and earnings and your expenses Ruled by number 3 and the
other comforts. Romantic entan‑ will be significant for you. you dislike arguments and con‑ would be high. It is a period to planet Jupiter. You are ambitious,
glement will be pleasant and frontat ions, but you need to spend as per your budget. dignified, confident, helpful, hard
chances to enter into a matrimo‑ 29 April, 2019 check your tendency to behave Frequent and fruitful journeys working and systematic. You are
nial alliance will be very strong. Ruled by number 2 and the moody, timid and spendthrift at are likely to keep you on the blessed with remarkable imagi‑
Religious feelings will arise mak‑ Moon. You are highly active, reli‑ times. move. Later in the year, influence nation and strong intuition, but
ing you embark on a pilgrimage able, methodical, imaginative, of a spiritual person would be a you shouldnʼt behave restless,
later in the year. Expect gifts and trustworthy and warm‑hearted This year brings in apprecia‑ source of inspiration in your life. vindictive and dominating at
goodies both in cash and kind, person. You do not have any hesi‑ t ion and rewards that you Health would definitely need times.
but some unexpected expenses tation in spending your time and deserve. Investments in real more attention, especially for
will take you by surprise. The money for others. You are very estate during this year will prove those suf fering from asthma, This year lady luck is definitely
months of January, April, July fond of making new friends, but hig hly rewarding. However bronchitis and high blood pres‑ on your side. Pending assign‑
and September will especially be you need to check your tendency indulging in speculation will be sure. The months of December, ments and jobs will be complet‑
significant. to behave restless, stubborn, lazy detrimental and should be avoid‑ April and July will prove to be ed. Investors who speculate in
and careless at times. ed. Legal disputes, which have significant. the stock market will benefit
28 April, 2019 been bothering your mind, will financially. Important decisions
Governed by number 1, and the This year long awaited promo‑ settle amicably to your satisfac‑ 2 May, 2019 that you will take during this
Sun, you are original, active, tions and monetary benefits will tion. Children will be a major Ruled by number 2 and the phase will enhance your prosper‑
responsible, trustworthy and a finally be yours. Financially you source of happiness and spouse Moon. You are simple, friendly, ity and security in years to come.
very simple person. You are high‑ will face some problems initially, will keep you happy. Health of cooperative and love peace and Sportsmen need to take extra
ly talented and fond of accepting but things will become better your parents will suf fer due to harmony. You are full of new and care of their health. T hose
challenges, but you need to con‑ later in the year. This is an excel‑ stress, and rise in family medical innovative ideas and simply a involved in art and other creative
trol your tendency to dominate, lent period to develop new con‑ expenses will bother your mind. perfectionist in whatever work profession will receive recogni‑
overspend and behave destruc‑ tacts and revive old ones. The months of December, April, you decide to do, but you need to tion and monetary gains. Your
tive at times. Traveling will be undertaken for June and October will be highly control your tendency to be spouse in a loving and caring
attending auspicious events. important and eventful. moody, jealous and fickle‑minded mood will provide immense sup‑
T his year you should plan Avoid entering into any financial at times. port. Children will demand more
things well in advance to reap joint ventures and stay away 1 May, 2019 attention. Pilgrimage or journey
benefits. Efforts that you put dur‑ from speculation. Wedding bells Governed by number 1 and the This year you would be able to will be high on your cards. The
ing this period will bring desired w ill ring for those e lig ible Sun. You are active, assertive, make your point heard without months of November, March and
results in the long run. towards the end of the year. The original, authoritative, brilliant being pushy or forceful. Financial July will prove to be highly sig‑
Favourable period for property months of November, February, and a talented person. You gains and other rewards would nificant.
30 April 27-April 3, 2019 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

THE SPIRITUAL MEANING


OF OUR BIRTHDAYS
most of the day earning a living, that our lives are really worthy of
then fighting the traffic to return celebration?
home, eating dinner, entertaining We can celebrate each day with
themselves, and going to bed. A gratitude that we were born as a
By Sant Rajinder Singh
majority of that time is spent in human being. Our human birth
Ji Maharaj taking care of the needs of the should not be taken for granted.

P
physical body. Yet, there is more Any other life form lacks the fac‑
eople are happy on their to life than just the upkeep of our ulty by which they can know
birthdays; their faces physical body. We have a spiritual themselves and know God. As we
beam with happiness on side. To celebrate each day as our lead our lives in the human form,
their special day. But we should birthday, we can devote equal we can realize that it is our turn
consider every day as our birth‑ effort, if not more effort, to find‑ to know God. Will we make the
day. When we go to sleep at night, ing the Divine within us. best use of that opportunity or
no one knows if they will awaken How then should we spend our squander it? God has given us this
the next morning. When we do day to make it a true birthday so body to use to earn the spiritual
get up the next morning, we
should consider that new day to
be our birthday. Most people devote the entire gift wealth that will take us back to For us, the day dawns when we
This means living each day as if God. However, what do we do? make a connection with the inner
it were the most special day of
of the human form to feeding it, We live out our lives meeting the Light and can drink from that
our lives. reproducing, and keeping it alive. same needs of survival as all other fountain of light at anytime. It is a
What can we do to make that species of life. Most people devote time of celebration, for we receive
day special? We can celebrate We are in the most precious form the entire gift of the human form the key to the inner kingdom. We
to feeding it, reproducing, and have the meditation technique by
each day as our true birthday.
How do many people spend their
one can have. We should earn the keeping it alive. We are in the which we can go within anytime
day? They wake up, shower or spiritual capital for which we most precious form one can have. we want. It is now up to us to
bathe, get dressed, have breakfast, We should earn the spiritual capi‑ make use of the gift by putting in
and either take care of their fami‑ received this body—knowing tal for which we received this time for meditation so we can go
ly or go to a job, often fighting
traffic to get to work. They spend
ourselves and knowing God. body̶knowing ourselves and
knowing God.
back to God in this lifetime.
(For more visit www.sos.org)

Receptivity: Being the empty cup


By Sant Rajinder
Singh Ji Maharaj

B
eing recept ive is like
being an empty cup. This nating our soul and spreading
describes the attitude we Meditation with the attitude that light to the whole world. We can
should adopt in meditation and we are an empty cup is the highest reach this ultimate stage when
in our spiritual life. In medita‑ we further ignite our spark by
state of prayer. It means that we do
tion, pitchers of divine wine of developing receptivity, a ruling
spiritual love cascade into us not even ask for anything but just passion, gratitude, and love.
from God. If we meditate like an wait lovingly and devotedly for Receptivity is an openness to
empty cup, we can receive per‑ receive the light, love, and bliss
whatever God wants to give. It is a
petually wine of ecstasy. of the Eternal Flame. It involves
Meditation should be an effort‑ prayer in which we know that God keeping our floodgates open to
less ef fort. We close our eyes will give us what is best for us. receive all the treasures of the
and simply gaze at what lies in Divine.
front of us, without any thought Meditation with the attitude
of what will or should appear. that we are an empty cup is the
The sooner we sit in that state, highest state of prayer. It means
the sooner we will have inner that we do not even ask for any‑
progress. It is for God to decide thing but just wait lovingly and
what to give us within. For exam‑ devotedly for whatever Go d
ple, sometimes when meditating, wants to give. It is a prayer in
we get distracted by thoughts which we know that God will give
such as wanting to see a particu‑ us what is best for us.
lar colored light or inner experi‑ To derive the greatest benefit
ence. Our mind becomes so ing the way for the divine grace more grace and blessings than Our spark is lit by a spiritual from the blessings bestowed by
determined to see what it wants to enter. It is like a friend is we could ever have dreamed of. Master at the time of initiation God, we should adopt this hum‑
to see that it distracts us from knocking at our door, but he or If we sit in humility and keep our into the inner light and sound. ble attitude of the empty vessel.
our concentration. In meditation, she cannot enter because we are hearts open for whatever God Next, we maintain the flame Our mind will be emptied of its
we should not be disturbed by standing in the doorway. The wants to give us, pitchers upon when we learn to meditate, lead ceaseless desires and distrac‑
thoughts generated from our very thought of what we expect pitchers of the sweet waters of an ethical life, become a vegetari‑ tions. We will instead be open to
mind. Even sitting with a precon‑ to see in our meditation is an life will pour into us. The divine an and avoid alcohol and intoxi‑ receive wave after wave, pitcher
ceived idea of what we should obstacle for it keeps our mind wine of the light and sound will cating or hallucinogenic drugs, after pitcher, of sweet grace. We
see is considered a distraction of active and we cannot focus our flow through us and around us, perform selfless service, and by will find ourse lves attaining
thought. If our mind is constantly attention on the inner light. We and we will be satiated with bliss attending satsang. Finally, we union with God in the shortest
thinking of what it wants to merely have to sit at the door and inebriated with the wine of merge our individual spark into possible time.
receive in meditation, it is block‑ and wait. God will fill us with spiritual love. the dazzling Eternal Flame illumi‑ (For more visit www.sos.org)
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