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April 9, 2010

Dalai Lama stresses on Indian traditions and values

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has appealed the youth not to ignore traditions and ethics.The Dalai Lama was releasing the ‘Encyclopaedia of Hinduism’, which took more than 15 years to compile, along with renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev, and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani in Haridwar.

Primordial Sound Om

The ‘Encyclopaedia of Hinduism’, compiled by Swami Chidanand Muni, is available in 11 parts in English language. It would also be available on-line.

“Indian public, I think, should know that, particularly younger generation, should know that while we are getting modern education and modern technology, you must preserve 8,000-year old India’s traditions,” the Dalai Lama said.

On the occasion, Baba Ramdev said that Indian seers would guide the world.”Knowledge, lives, character of Indian seers is so great that world can learn from it,” said Ramdev.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Advani said that the ‘Encyclopaedia of Hinduism’ should be translated in all the languages so that people of the country can benefit.”My own suggestion would be that it should not be confined to the English language; it should be, after all it is intended, of course, for the whole world,” said Advani.

“People in India deserve it even more and therefore it needs to be translated in all the major Indian languages,” he added.Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who had come to participate in the inter-faith conference, termed his experience as ‘invaluable’.

“Great saints from every religion such as Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam had come. It was an invaluable experience as I got company of, blessings of these great saints. I feel blessed,” Oberoi said.

The Dalai Lama is on a two-day visit to Uttarakhand, for a series of programmes being organised by Parmarth Niketan, an ashram in Rishikesh, as a part of the ongoing Maha Kumbh mela.

Source: One India


January 30, 2010

Court questions rail surcharge on Kumbh pilgrims

Citing the subsidy given to Haj pilgrims, a recently floated Hindu Personal Law Board has moved the Allahabad High Court seeking its intervention in getting free rail passes for poor pilgrims and a 50 percent concession to all others going to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela that is on in Haridwar now.

Kumbh Mela

“The present policy of the government is discriminatory and in violation of the provisions of the Indian Constitution which disallows any discrimination on religious lines,” the board’s counsel Ashok Pandey said.

A division bench of the court here directed the railway administration to submit the circular whereby the surcharge was being levied by the Indian Railways on pilgrims travelling to Haridwar for the Maha Kumbh Mela.

According to the pubic interest litigation (PIL) moved Wednesday: “The railway administration are charging a surcharge ranging from Rs.3 to Rs.15 per ticket from every rail traveller going to Haridwar during the Kumbh Mela period.”

Board secretary V.L. Misra told reporters here Thursday: “Since the local railway administration refused to provide us a copy of the circular, we urged the honourable court to direct them to submit a copy directly to the court.”

The Court has fixed Feb 3 for the next hearing.

Source: Express Buzz

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