THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The sun that belongs to us

The sun that 
belongs to us
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October 2015

Dear Palash 

Namdeo Dhasal says of Ambedkar, mixing heady conviction with potent love: 

You are that Sun 
You are that one—who belongs to us.
Earlier in this paean, he looks us in the eye and says: 

Everyone is, as a matter of fact, as complete as the Sun 
That protects and preserves all; including the cactus; 
And uses the dew that forms on petals 
To heal all pain
And what kind of demons will such a sun slay? 

The powdered bones of those afflicted with sin are being scattered from high above in the sky 
And they vanish; the sun is setting over the lands ruled by demons— 
The devils who plucked the leaves of mythology from a blossoming spring; 
The devils who made my throat sing songs that condemned all regions of evil.
We read these words thanks to Dilip Chitre, someone so drenched in the light shed by Namdeo's Marathi that he became one with that light, and rendered such radiant versions in English (see A Current of Blood or read the full poem here.) What did Ambedkar do to receive such absolute love and claim a place as perennial as the sun? Ambedkar told us to annihilate caste. The blueprint for this was Annihilation of Caste, published on 15 May 1936.
Now Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Editionhailed as a 'superb, high-grade critical edition' even by professors of ethics who find virtues in Gandhi despite him swearing by the caste-affirming Bhagvad Gita—makes its way into the world as a paperback. On its striking new cover Ambedkar pierces through the haloed image of Gandhi. (For this, as for all Navayana covers, we have the inimitable Akila Seshasayee to thank.) But wait, could Arundhati Roy have discussed Ambedkar without dwelling upon Gandhi? Could Ambedkar have critiqued caste and not discussed Hinduism, its Vedas andshastras that he said needed to be dynamited? Let's ask questions, and answer them with more questions. If you have not yet read this antidote to Hinduism, grab AoC as part of our October-only offer where you can choose three of these four must-have books for Rs 850 (instead of Rs 1170):Annihilation of CasteThe South African Gandhi, Bhagwan Das's In Pursuit of Ambedkar and Dhasal's A Current of Blood.
Das, an un-acclaimed pioneer of scholarship on Ambedkar, offered a devastating critique of Gandhi in his soft-spoken way. Speaking of the connection between Hindutva and Gandhi, he did not mince words:
In my opinion, the Hindutva organisations would like to bring the dalits, who are actually not Hindus, into the Hindu fold and leave them there, at the bottom of the heap. Now, that is also what Gandhi attempted to do. He used to tell the dalits that God had created them simply to serve the so-called upper castes and that they should carry on with their caste occupations in the hope that in their next life they would be born in a higher caste. That is also what the Hindutva project is all about.
We commemorate October because this was the time when Ambedkar formally left the fold of Hinduism that he found lacking in reason, morality and love, and embraced Buddhism in 1956. In The Buddha and His Dhamma, published posthumously, he fuses the values of what's called European Enlightenment (a blend of some of the finest ideas floating around then) with those of the antigod credo of Buddha, and charts a path out of caste. Ambedkar here collapses all difference between centres and peripheries, declaring that every periphery is at the centre of the world. Which brings to mind this recent essay that tells us how one of Europe's key Enlightenment philosophers, David Hume, may have benefited from the work of Jesuit missionaries who carried the Buddha's ideas to the 'centre' of Europe in the early 18th century.For Slavoj Žižek, a philosopher for our times, Ambedkar is a new hero, but in Agitating the Frame (Rs 250), Žižek is equally interested in the place of violence in the Buddhist system of moral conduct. 

Haunted by a halo

And yes, Gandhi's day of birth looms on the horizon, reminding us that history is often both a tragedy and a farce. The publication of The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire by Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed has caused much anxiety and grief. UnlikeRajmohan Gandhi who begins to defend his grandfather without even reading the book, Patrick French says in his review in Outlook that 'it will no longer be possible to look at the Mahatma's South African years without considering his role as a stretcher-bearer of Empire.' In the days to come you will also find many excerpts, but there's no substitute to reading the book.
But if you are tired of Gandhi, we understand. Let Dhasal, then, have the last word: 

And I plunge a sharpened shovel into my own heart too; 
And soak the pages of your life with warm blood; 
And arouse the only honest thing in me.

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