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HISTORY TELLS THAT LORD SHIVA HAD TWO WIVES GANGA AND PARVATI
Andhra Pradesh State was bifurcated with a ludicrously drafted bill by congress which was later passed by Parliament in a most undemocratic manner in Feb 2014. People voted for NDA alliance at Center and State hoping they would fulfill the promises made. The NDA government has presented 2 Union Budgets till date and 3 full budgets will follow before 2019 elections. Let us review the status of the commitments made, based on the budgetary allocations (for 22 months) and other actions.
Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014: Link to the act
Rajya Sabha Assurances : After the shameless drama in Lok Sabha with the flawed bill and resentment from public, Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, forced UPA to provide further benefits to the state. The 6 points for BJP to support the bill were announced by Prime Minister on floor of Parliament and approved by the UPA cabinet in 2014. [The 6 points announced by PM]
AP BJP Manifesto:
- Assurance to provide and extend ‘Special Category’ status by 5 more years.
- Provide Special package for backward regions on the lines of Bundelkhand and past packages.
- Allocating funds to completely fulfill first year(2014-15) revenue deficit. (Before 14th Finance commission report comes out)
Let us review the current status:
“Special Category” Status: Special category status was promised for 5 years in Parliament by the PM and approved by UPA cabinet. BJP went ahead and said that they would further extend the status by 5 years once they are in power.[Special category states get allocations as 90% grants and 10% loans,Concession on excise duty etc]
Status: No action till date. There is a blame game going on between NDA and UPA.
Special Package/Incentives: The parliament and UPA cabinet passed the implementation of a special package for the 7 backward districts for the state on the lines of other packages implemented in the past in Bundelkhand,MP,Orrisa.
Status: Rs 50 cr each for 7 backward districts was approved in Feb 2015 for the year 2014-15. There is no mention about allocation in the 2015-16 budget. Moreover, the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) scheme is now discontinued and state has to bear this burden. FM in his 2015-16 budget speech mentioned that they will provide special assistance to AP,Bihar and westneeds to be seen if the Rs 20,000 crore allocated to NITI Aayog will be used for this purpose.
15% additional depreciation on new plant and machinery setup in backward region. 15% investment allowance for industries setup in backward region. This is applicable for 5 years(2015-2020). The above allowance is futile, as the industry will only benefit once it becomes profitable.
Revenue deficit in 2014-15: Parliament and BJP promised to fulfil the resource gap in first year budget before the 14th Finance commission recommendations are approved. The state has a revenue deficit of Rs 9,736 crore till end of Jan 2015. The State requested an amount of Rs 15,691 crore. There was no allocation made in the 2014-15 union budget.
Status: An amount of Rs 500 crore was allocated in Feb 2015. Will more funds be released before April 2015 to bridge the gap?
Polavaram Project: This multi-purpose dam on godavari river would irrigate 7.2 lakh acres and provide 80+ TMC water for drinking and2009 National water commission approved the project at an estimated cost of Rs 16,010 crore which has skyrocketed to Rs 20,000 cr by 2015. Since 2004 the state government has spent Rs 5,700 crore on the project. AP Reorganisation act declared Polavaram as a national project. 50% of the canal work has been completed till date and the reservoir work has to start.
Status: An ordinance was passed to merge villages from 7 mandals of Telangana into Andhra Pradesh before the appointed day(June 2nd 2014). ‘Polavaram Project Authority’ was setup and Dinesh Kumar was appointed as CEO in Dec 2014. No commitment has been made on the funds spent by the state government.
2014-15:Rs 250 crore
2015-16:Rs 100 crore (This has caused lot of heart burn among people.)
Anticipating a delay, the state government has embarked upon ‘Pattiseema lift irrigation’ to pump 70 TMC of water from Godavari to Krishna and plans to complete it in 2015.
New Capital: State government has sent a report with estimates of Rs 20,935 crore for 5 years to develop the new capital. Act: Section 94(3) of the act.
Status: No allocation was done in 2015-16 budget. The state has entered into an MOU with Singapore government to prepare a master plan for the capital. This would be completed by May 2015 and submitted to Center and kept public domain. The land Pooling for the project is in final stages. There is speculation in media that Rs 2000 crore might be released from unused funds under various ministries before April 2015.
Educational Institutions: The 13th schedule of the act directed to setup IIT,IIM,IISER,NIT,Central University,Petroleum University,Agricultural university,IIIT,Tribal University,NIDM and AIIMS. The state government is expected to provide land and central government will fund the Institution.
Status: Foundation stone was laid for IIM Vizag in Jan 2015. Approvals for other locations identified by state government are in Progress and in final stages. The IIM session would start from 2015 in a temporary campus.
2014-15: Rs 7 crore for other Institutes which in revised estimates came down to Rs 7 lakh. AIIMS final budgetary allocation was Rs 1 crore
2015-16: Rs 208 crores was allocated. (IIM,IIT,NIT,IISER got Rs 40 crore each. IIIT:Rs 45 Crore, Central University: Rs 1 crore, Tribal University: Rs 2 crore, AIIMS-unknown). Rs 75 core was allocated for Agricultural University.
[To give you an Idea of the ballpark costs involved, setting up an IIM – Rs 1000 crore and IIT – Rs 1750 crore]. While AP BJP President and MP K Haribabu said that “In just 5 months we have provided Rs 7,500 crore through MHRD”, the actual allocations have been around Rs 300 crore in 2 budgets.
Infrastructure: The act specifies that
- The government has to examine the expansion of Vizag,Vijayawada and Tirupati airports to international standards.
- A feasibility study for a greenfield oil refinery and Petrochemical complex within 6 months has to be completed.
- Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor feasibility should be completed [was mentioned in 2014-15 budget]
- Government should develop a new major port at Dugarajapatnam and complete Phase-1 by 2018
Status: There is no fund allocation or progress on this front. Port was mentioned in 2015 rail budget, but more clarity is needed on funding and timelines.
Railway Zone: The act directs to examine the establishment of a new railway zone for the state within 6 months and take an expeditious decision thereon.
Status: A committee was formed and its term extended further. No action even after 9 months.
Metro Rail: The act outlines conducting feasibility study for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro rail within one year and taking decision thereon. Status: The State government appointed Shri E Sreedharan as the Principal Adviser of the Project. The team will submit the DPR by end of March 2015.
Allocations: 2014-15: None 2015-16: Rs 5.63 crore each.
No allocations were made for Police academy,Greyhounds,Octopus,Marine academy,SDR force setup in the new state. Other areas like Power and water sharing issues,Law & Order of Hyderabad with Governor,High court etc are not discussed here.
OTHER AREAS (Unrelated and outside the purview of Reorganisation Act):
14th Finance Commission: All the state governments receive a share of the central taxes and this allocation formula is reviewed every 5 years by a commission appointed by the President of India. The 14th finance commission’s report(2015-20) was approved by the government. Based on this an additional tax devolution of 10% was given to the states. States would now receive 42% of the central tax pool. AP share would be 4.3%. Even after due representations by the state to the chairman for providing a level playing field, there was no special treatment for Andhra Pradesh bifurcation losses. The state will receive additional grant of Rs 22,113 crore over 5 years to overcome the Revenue deficit. Similar grant is provided to 10 other states. There are additional funds that are allocated over a 5 year period[Rs 10,696 crore for Local bodies and Rs 2429 towards SDRF]. The state would also receive 4 % from the service tax pool. Apart from the above allocation, the center has transferred 24 central schemes to states (to fund partially) and 8 schemes to be fully funded by states.
For 2015-16 the state would receive a tax devolution of Rs 22,637 cr + deficit support 6609 cr = Rs 29,246 crore. (plus other funds for local bodies etc)
13th Finance Commission: State has to receive Rs 2,450 crore before April 2015 for the year 2014-15.
HudHud Cyclone: The state was hit by a devastating cyclone in 2014. The state received a relief package of Rs 737 crore. As per a UN study, AP and Orrisa had a loss of $11 billion(appox Rs67,000 crore) due to the cyclone.
Smart Cities: Vizag was selected as a Smart city. USA agreed to be a lead partner in developing the city. Krishnapatnam was selected in the previous budget. Status: No funds allocated. Not even a single rupee was utilised from the Rs 7000 cr allocated for smart city projects in country in 2014-15 budget. No clarity on allocations in 2015-16.
24/7 Power and Projects: The state along with Rajasthan and Delhi were selected for this pilot scheme. Apart from this NTPC will build 1000 MW solar projects and a 4000 MW thermal project. State and NTPC have signed MOU.
National Waterway-4: Clearances for this project on Buckingham canal are almostis a Rs 353 crore project.
NOFN: Andhra Pradesh has become the first state to opt for executing the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) on its own and the telecom department will reimburse the cost for the same.
In the past 9 months what has come across strikingly is that the actions are not matching the words! Narendra Modi’s commitments made to people of AP during 2014 election campaign still reverberate and await implementation. It needs to be seen on how much allocation will be made outside the budget provisions.
Andhra Pradesh has hard-working human resources,Intellectual capital,vast coastline and natural resources. All it needs is adequate and timely support from the Central government to attain a level playing field with the neighboring states. As the old adage goes “A stitch in time saves nine”, and it is high time for the central government to take the people of Andhra Pradesh into confidence and act steadfastly to fulfill the promises. Effective communication with all the stakeholders of the state would go a long way in allaying fears and misgivings.
After the budget, CM said “I am positive thinker and continue to believe that Modi would address AP’s problems.”.
With positivity we hope that the Prime Minister’s “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” mantra will provide impetus to the state to make rapid strides in development.
Author: @Rakitweets on Twitter.
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to declassify files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
“The process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on January 23, 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary,” PM Modi announced after a meeting with Netaji’s family on Wednesday here at 7RCR.
“There is no need to strangle history. Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it,” the PM said, adding, “I told Subhas Babu’s family members – please consider me a part of your family. They shared their valuable suggestions with me.”
PM Modi also told Netaji’s family that he will request foreign governments to declassify files available with them.
The PM said he would not only write to them, but also take up the matter during his meetings with foreign leaders, beginning with Russia in December.
Expressing happiness over the meeting, the PM said “It was a privilege to welcome family members of Subhas Babu; We had a remarkable and extensive interaction.”
“It was a very positive, an excellent meeting with PM Modi,” Ardhendu Bose, Subhas Chandra’s nephew said after the meeting.
Here are some of the images from the meeting tweeted by PIB.
On September 18, West Bengal government had declassified 64 secret files relating to Netaji.
Maa Shailaputri – Goddess Worshipped on the first day of Navratri
‘Shail’ means mountains and ‘Putri’ means daughter. She is also known as Parvati or Hemavati
Shailaputri is believed to be the rebirth of Sati, the daughter of Daksha and the wife of Lord Shiva. In her second birth she is Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya and later she became the consort of Shiva. This is one of the very first forms of Shakti and is closely associated with Lord Shiva.
Maa Brahmacharini – Goddess Worshipped on the second day of Navratri
Here Brahma means ‘one who constantly meditates on the Supreme Being’. Brahmacharini is highly pious and is a peaceful form or is in meditation. She is also known as Tapashcharini, Aparna and Uma.
This form of Durga is related to the severe penance undertaken by Sati and Parvati in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as husband. Some of the most important Vratas observed in different parts of India by women is based on the strict austerities followed by Brahmacharini.
Maa Chandraghanta – Goddess Worshipped on the third day of Navratri
Her name Chandraghanta comes from the crescent moon worn by her on the head.
This is a terrible aspect of Goddess Shakti and is roaring in anger. This form of Durga is completely different from earlier forms and shows when provoked she can be the terrible or malevolent.
Maa Kushmanda – Goddess Worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri
The name Kushmanda consists of three words. ‘Ku’ means ‘a little’, ‘Usma’ means ‘energy’ and ‘Anda’ means ‘the cosmic egg or universe.’ She is also known as Ashtabhuja.
Goddess Shakti is very happy in this incarnation and it is believed that the eternal darkness ended when she smiled. And this led to the beginning of creation.
Maa Skanda Mata – Goddess Worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri
Skanda is one of the names of Subrahmanya or Lord Muruga or Kartik – the General of the Army of the Devas and the most handsome God. Skanda Mata is the mother of Kartik. She is also known as Padmasana.
This the motherly form of Durga and she is benevolent.
Maa Katyayani – Goddess Worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri
She is called Katyayani because she was born as the daughter of Sage Katya of Katya clan.
This is the daughter form of Durga. Here is she a loving daughter. She is epitome of love but won’t hesitate to rise up in anger to defend righteousness and Dharma.
Maa Kalaratri – Goddess Worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri
Kalaratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. She is also known as Shubhamkari.
In this form she is believed to have licked the blood of demon Rakta Beeja who had the capacity to bring out thousand demons from a drop of blood spilt from his body.
This is the most violent form of Durga. This form primarily depicts that life also has dark side – the violent Mother Nature and creates havoc and removes all dirt.
Maa Mahagauri – Goddess Worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri
Mahagauri means one clean and bright like a ray of lightning.
This is the form of Mata Parvati when she did penance to get Shiva as her husband. It is believed that due to the intense Tapas performed by her without moving caused soil and dust to collect on her body. Lord Shiva cleaned her with water from Ganga. Purity is depicted in this form of Durga.
Maa Siddhidatri – Goddess Worshipped on the ninth day of Navratri
In this form Mother Goddess provides ‘Siddhi’ or knowledge.
In this form Durga removes ignorance and she provides the knowledge to realize That or Brahman. She is surrounded by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Demons and Gods who are worshipping her. The Siddhi that she provides is the realization that everything is Supreme Being or Brahman.
Posted by Abhilash Rajendran on Saturday, September 13, 2014
The leader of opposition was on indefinite fast for six day demanding special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
As his condition deteriorated, police swooped on the hunger strike camp here around 4am. He was taken to a government hospital in an ambulance and was admitted to the intensive care unit. Doctors administered him fluids intravenously.
Jagan’s mother Vijayamma, wife Bharathi and other family members and senior party leaders rushed to the hospital to meet him.
Police had to face resistance from scores of party activists, who had arrived here from various parts of the state.
The government’s action in foiling Jagan’s fast came under criticism from the party leaders. One of the senior leaders, Botsa Satyanarayana, said the party would hold a meeting to decide its next course of action.
Jagan had vowed to continue his fast till the central government accords special status to the state.
The concern was growing among the party leaders as the leader of opposition had turned weak and was barely able to speak.
Doctors had advised Jagan to call off the fast since ketones in urine had increased alarmingly and this could have an adverse impact on the functioning of his kidneys.
MECCA IS A HINDU TEMPLE NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
MECCA LOCATION 21.4167° N, 39.8167° E
MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE IN INDIA COORDINATES 23.1828° N, 75.7683° E
MEDINA LOCATION 24.4667° N, 39.6000° E
NOW ONE HAS TO STUDY DIFFERENT FORMS OF LORD SHIVA
Forms of Shiva
Shiva has many forms through which his different aspects and attributes are worshipped and brought into our lives.
He is Nataraj, the great lord of the cosmic dance of ecstatic dissolution, who consumes the entire universe in the all-pervasive cosmic fire.
He is Dakshinamurti, the enlightened youth who sitting beneath a banyan tree teaches through silence even the most senior of the sages.
He is Chandrashekhar who holds the crescent Moon on his head as an ornament and has the power to control the mind.
He is Nilakantha or the blue-throated deity who can transform poison into bliss.
He is Gangadhara who holds the Ganga River on his head, allowing the cosmic waters to stream into the Earth.
As Shankara, the giver of boons, he is auspicious, and promotes healing, blessings and abundance.
As Rudra, the fiery one, he is fierce, demanding purification, humility and self-abnegation.
Masjid Al Ghamama, Madina. Masjid Al Ghamama (مسجد الغمامة) is located next to the Masjid an Nabawi in Madina. The word `ghamam` in Arabic means clouds
ONE HAS TO STUDY ABOUT LORD SHIVA CLOUDS AND THE crescent Moon on his head as an ornament and has the power to control the mind.
Masjid Al Ghamama, Madina. Masjid Al Ghamama (مسجد الغمامة) is located next to the Masjid an Nabawi in Madina. The word `ghamam` in Arabic means clouds EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED TO HINDUISM TO LORD SHIVA.
MAHAKALESHWAR IS A THREE STOREYED TEMPLE
WHERE LORD SHIVA IS IN THREE FORMS
AGAIN IN MEDINA ALSO THERE ARE THREE MOSQUES
Three oldest mosques are located in Madina.
These are Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (The Prophet’s Mosque), Quba Mosque (Islam’s first mosque), and Masjid al-Qiblatain (Here the qibla was changed from Jerusalem to Mecca). Jannat al-Baqi, a grave yard, is just across from Masjid an-Nabawi where Hazrat Fatimah and Hazrat Hassan are buried.
NOW HISTORY OF MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE SAYS THE TEMPLE RESTED ON WOODEN PILLARS
AGAIN MEDINA HISTORY ALSO STATES THAT IT WAS BUILT WITH PALM TRUNKS
A square enclosure of 30×35 meters, the mosque was built with palm trunks and mud walls and accessed through three doors: Bab Rahmah to the south, Bab Jibril to the west and Bab al-Nisa’ to the east. The basic plan of the building has since been adopted in the building of other mosques throughout the world
MANY THINGS BASED ON MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE MECCA AND MEDINA RESEMBLES
BASED ON PLACE POSITION AND ARCHITECTURE ONE HAS TO STUDY MECCA MEDINA AND MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE .
KAABA HAS A INSCRIPTION OF VIKRAMADITYA
King Vikramadithya’s Kingdom extended to Mesopotamia and included the present day Saudi Arabia.
‘Evidence is now available that the whole of Arabia was part of the great Indian King Vikramaditya’s vast empire. The extent of Vikramaditya’s empire is one of the main reasons for his world-wide fame. Incidentally this also explains many intriguing features about Arabia. It could be that Vikramaditya himself had this peninsula named Arvasthan if he was the first Indian monarch to capture it and bring it under his sway…
Its central pilgrim centre, Mecca is also a Sanskrit name. Makha in Sanskrit signifies a sacrificial fire. Since Vedic fire worship was prevalent all over West Asia in pre-Islamic days Makha signifies the place which had an important shrine of fire worship.
Coinciding with the annual pilgrimage of huge bazaar used to spring up in Makha i.e. Mecca since times immemorial. The annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca is not at all an innovation but a continuation of the ancient pilgrimage. This fact is mentioned in encyclopedias.
‘A reference to king Vikramaditya comes in an inscription found in the Kaaba in Mecca .
The text of the inscription, supposedly found inscribed on a gold dish hung inside the Kaaba shrine, is said to have recorded in a volume known as Sayar-ul-Okul (meaning, memorable words) treasured in the Makhtab-e-Sultania library in Istanbul, Turkey.
|“Fortunate are those who were born (and lived) during king Vikram’s reign. He was a noble, generous dutiful ruler, devoted to the welfare of his subjects. But at that time we Arabs, oblivious of God, were lost in sensual pleasures. Plotting and torture were rampant. The darkness of ignorance had enveloped our country. Like the lamb struggling for her life in the cruel paws of a wolf we Arabs were caught up in ignorance. The entire country was enveloped in a darkness so intense as on a new moon night. But the present dawn and pleasant sunshine of education is the result of the favour of the noble king Vikramaditya whose benevolent supervision did not lose sight of us–foreigners as we were. He spread his sacred religion amongst us and sent scholars whose brilliance shone like that of the sun from his country to ours. These scholars and preceptors through whose benevolence we were once again made cognisant of the presence of God, introduced to His sacred existence and put on the road of Truth, had come to our country to preach their religion and impart education at king Vikramaditya’s behest.”|
For those who would like to read the Arabic wording I reproduce it hereunder in Roman script:
| “Itrashaphai Santu Ibikramatul Phahalameen Karimun Yartapheeha Wayosassaru Bihillahaya Samaini Ela Motakabberen Sihillaha Yuhee Quid min howa Yapakhara phajjal asari nahone osirom bayjayhalem. Yundan blabin Kajan blnaya khtoryaha sadunya kanateph netephi bejehalin Atadari bilamasa- rateen phakef tasabuhu kaunnieja majekaralhada walador. As hmiman burukankad toluho watastaru hihila Yakajibaymana balay kulk amarena phaneya jaunabilamary Bikramatum”.
(Page 315 Sayar-ul-okul).
[Note: The title ‘Saya-ul-okul’ signifies memorable words.]
Following are the Arabic wording of the inscription reproduced in Roman script:
“…Itrashaphai Santu Ibikramatul Phahalameen Karimun Yartapheeha Wayosassaru Bihillahaya Samaini Ela Motakabberen Sihillaha Yuhee Quid min howa Yapakhara phajjal asari nahone osirom bayjayhalem. Yundan blabin Kajan blnaya khtoryaha sadunya kanateph netephi bejehalin Atadari bilamasa- rateen phakef tasabuhu kaunnieja majekaralhada walador. As hmiman burukankad toluho watastaru hihila Yakajibaymana balay kulk amarena phaneya jaunabilamary Bikramatum…” (Sayar-ul-okul, pg. 315).
Rendered in free English the inscription reads as follows:
“…Fortunate are those who were born (and lived) during king [Vikramaditya’s] reign. He was a noble, generous dutiful ruler, devoted to the welfare of his subjects. But at that time we Arabs, oblivious of God, were lost in sensual pleasures. Plotting and torture were rampant. The darkness of ignorance had enveloped our country. Like the lamb struggling for her life in the cruel paws of a wolf we Arabs were caught up in ignorance. The entire country was enveloped in a darkness so intense as on a new moon night. But the present dawn and pleasant sunshine of education is the result of the favour of the noble king Vikramaditya whose benevolent supervision did not lose sight of us – foreigners as we were. He spread his sacred religion amongst us and sent scholars whose brilliance shone like that of the sun from his country to ours. These scholars and preceptors through whose benevolence we were once again made cognizant of the presence of God, introduced to His sacred existence and put on the road of Truth, had come to our country to preach their religion and impart education at king Vikramaditya’s behest…”
However, the book (from which the above quotation comes) remains a controversial issue, with some Muslim communities having a skeptical view about the existence of the book. Which makes it uncertain if the so-called golden dish was present inside or associated with the shrine (in its modern sense) as claimed. It may be noted though that the era of Vikramaditya, if placed in the 1st Century BC, makes him predate the origins of Islam by a few centuries, and hence, there may not be any direct association between the king and Islam.’
My answer to the italicized portion is that Vikramadhitya was originally called Chandragupta II .
If Vikramadhitya’s date is 1 BC,it is possible what is mentioned in the Kaaba does not refer to Vikramadhitya, but could refer to his descendants,who could have been named after him, as the original Vikramadhitya was named after His father.
n the west the other bank of the Sindhu River; in the South the Setu; Badarinarayana in the Himalayas formed the North limit and the city of Kapilavastu, the boundary in the East. These were the limits of Vikramaditya’s Empire.
Another sloka states,
“By the grace and command of Siva, Gandharvasena’s son, Vikramaditya reigned as Emperor, for hundred years. His son “Devabhakta” after ruling for ten years, was killed in a battle by the cruel Sakas.”(Kali 3130 or 29 A.D.)..”
Second point is that there are no historical proof for the existence of the Prophet.
Please read my post on this.