Insightful newsletter of Drishtikone: Issue #118 - Who was S. Radhakrishnan; Denisovans the 18 ft Humans

Insightful newsletter of Drishtikone: Issue #118 - Who was S. Radhakrishnan; Denisovans the 18 ft Humans
“My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

On 29th September 2008 - the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) led by Hemant Karkare arrested Sadhvi Pragya on the basis on just one evidence - that the bike she had sold some years back was used in some bomb blast.

She went through the torture that is very difficult to even imagine.  Being hit by belts, abused, men showing their private parts suggestively, not given enough to eat.

She was tortured by security agencies to such an extent that her spine gave way and she cannot even walk to the bathroom, Upama Singh, her sister, alleged. Thakur also developed breast cancer during her incarceration. (source)

This is how she looked when she was finally taken to a hospital.

Sadhvi Pragya after torture

People responsible for her state - Sushilkumar Shinde, Digvijay Singh, and Hemant Karkare.

She got bail in 2017.  Until then, no credible evidence was presented and charges were filed on the basis of a made-up story.

The “motorcycle” evidence was based on an estimation of a range of numbers that the motorcycle company had provided.  Using “creative imagination” the ATS had charged Sadhvi Pragya for conspiring to use the motorcycle that she had already sold many years back. (Source)  Go figure.

On top of that, the two other accused - Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra  - who were shown as “absconding”, were found to have been killed and their bodies dumped in 2008 itself.  The truth about encounter death of Dange and Kalsangra was revealed by police inspector Mehboob Mujawar in an affidavit where he claimed they had been killed in 2008 itself.

Despite the complete bastardization of the Indian judicial process and targeting of Hindus to create a theory and break down a woman who was vulnerable without support, no one spoke for her.

Forget about speaking for her, she was characterized as a terrorist.  Even when she was beaten up and tortured.  Worse than any Guantanamo Bay prisoner could have faced.

The journalists - men and women - even when they knew well what the truth and facts were kept spinning one web of lies after another against Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Col. Purohit.  So much so that they ensured that these two accused, NOT judged by any court as such, were branded as terrorists.  And spoken of in the league of Osama Bin Laden.

This is the kind of vicious, evil, egregious, and diabolical ecosystem we are up against.

The same journalists cannot get tired enough to call for the “rights of the accused, not guilty” in the case of Rhea Chakraborty.

And, we are told that “a woman is being treated badly.”

Those who danced over the mind-numbing scenario of the abuse, torment, torture, and daily molestation of Sadhvi Pragya on fictional charges - while they were branding her a terrorist for 8 years; are brushing up their feminist certificates.

That Rajdeep Sardesais, the Barkha Dutts, the Nidhi Razdans, the Rana Ayyubs, the Ravish Kumars, etc have gang-raped every conceivable idea of feminism, judicial rights, justice, fairness is known.  It is a fact.  A fact that screams in our faces day and night.  Night and day.  One night after another.  Day after day.

That we even chose to allow them any power to keep on with their diabolical agenda is a commentary on us as a society!

No, they are not diabolical because they are ideologically opposed to us.  They are diabolical because they have twisted the facts, made Saints out of terrorists, made terrorists out of ordinary men and women because they had ideological hatred WITHOUT any evidence to back them.  And, YET they get currency in our society!

Shame on us.

the debauched addicted to treason Vs the real heroes!

Today, I wanted to write a lot about the threat to Kangana Ranaut and the hypocrisy of Bollywood, intellectuals, and the political class.  But I couldn’t have said it better than Anand Ranganathan.

On another note, when Anand Ranganathan says “Give me 30 seconds..” you know someone is going to be ripped apart in the most delightful manner.  Listen to him and contemplate every word he says.

On one side are these debauched, incestuous, drug-addicted movie mafia, which cannot help but back those who work hard to destroy India.

And, on the other are these poor folks with humble means in the mountains.  They trekked over mountains to find an abode in India and even though they contribute to its economy and its life, the Tibetans still work to “pay off the debt” of India.

They are walking up the mountains carrying water, supplies, and food for the jawans who are guarding the nation’s frontier with their lives in peril.

These are Volunteers of Chushul village carrying water and Essential commodities to the Indian Army at the Black top. Salute to them.

Try walking on those slopes in that cold at that altitude and your respect for these folks carrying that weight will increase manifold.

This is from the funeral of the SFF commando Nyima Tenzing, who was martyred.  It is his wife with the tricolor that was wrapped around her husbnd’’s body before his last rites were done.

Who was the real Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan?

This past weekend - on Saturday (September 6th) was Teacher’s Day.  One of the legacies of semi-colonial times of the Nehruvian era is this day, which was named after Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.

Quite like Nehru, his name was so deified that no one would even dare question him or his credentials.

So, whoever is put on that kind of pedestal from that part of India’s history, one can be reasonably sure that something was not quite right with his or her story.

My doubts about Radhakrishnan started when I bought the commentary on Upanishads by him over a decade ago.

First, the book seemed like it was written by a Westerner in the way the material had been treated.  Second, after reading the first 10 pages, it became fairly obvious that the author had no idea about what he was really talking about.  It was a fairly removed, superficial, and shallow understanding of the Upanishads.  Upanishads are so profound that every word in any of them can leave one with hours of contemplation.  And, here was a man, who I was told represented all teachers - so the Teacher’s Day after him - writing in a way that clearly demonstrated his lack of spiritual understanding.

That’s what started my disillusionment with Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.

Here are some interesting pointers that will show who he was or at least was not.

In a compilation of essays by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (suspiciously housed in Khan Market, Delhi) titled “Secularism and the Law”, Saket Kumar writes in the article - Secularism - Strong law required to contain communal crimes about how S. Radhakrishnan defined Secularism.  Kumar shares:

“When India is said to be a secular state, it does not mean we reject the reality of an unseen spirit or the relevance of religion to life or that we exalt irreligion. It does not mean that secularism itself becomes a positive religion or that the state assumes divine prerogatives. Though faith in the supreme principle is basic to Indian tradition, the Indian state will not identify itself with or be controlled by any particular religion. We hold that no one religion should be accorded special privileges in national life or international relations, for that would be a violation of the basic principles of democracy and contrary to the best interests of religion and government. No person should suffer any form of disability or discrimination because of his religion but all alike should be free to share to the fullest degree in the common life. This is the basic principle involved in the separation of church and state”.

Fairly boilerplate - regular - stuff.  Correct?

Except that what he spoke in 1962 to another head of state was something entirely different!

Now, this speech was given to welcome Archbishop Makarios, who was also the President of Cyprus on 31st October 1962. (Source)

Read it carefully.  If needed, read it twice.

The operative part - “So there is nothing inconsistent between religion and politics.”

He was justifying how the President of Cyprus was also the Archbishop.  He needn’t have done that if he didn’t believe in that point and actually believed in the separation of “Church and State”, as Saket Kumar would have us believe.

The important question is - who was Radhakrishnan really? One who believed that Religion and State should be aligned or that Religion and State should be separated?

treason or juvenile naivete?

But what he says subsequently absolutely shocked me.  Remember, this was the time when China had attacked India and our soldiers were dying without adequate ammunition and clothing being offered to them and India was in really bad shape.

The war was fought between 20 October and 21 November 1962.  This speech by Radhakrishnan - 31st October 1962.

And, this is what this “great man” tells the Archbishop from Cyprus.

“It was only yesterday, in spite of our conflict with China, that we voted for the admission of China to the United Nations Assembly.” (Source)

He goes on to explain how cordial relations between China and India have been.

If you want conclusive proof of how the government of that day through the country and our jawans under the bus called China, here is one.

Spiritual plagiarist?

S. Radhakrishnan wrote his “seminal book” Indian Philosophy in 2 volumes.  The second volume was published in 1927.  By that time, he was an influential name in intellectual circles.  He held the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta.

Around that time, one philosopher named Jadunath Sinha had leveled charges of plagiarism against Radhakrishnan.

These charges were published in the January 1929 edition of Modern Review. Sinha had written a letter to Modern Review in December giving the details of plagiarism committed by Radhakrishnan. Sinha accused that in the second volume of Indian Philosophy, Radhakrishnan had plagiarized from his thesis Indian Psychology of Perception submitted to Calcutta University in 1922 for the award of Premchand Roychand Studentship which Sinha was eventually awarded. The reviewers of the thesis submitted by Sinha were Prof. Radhakrishnan and Prof. B N Seal. Though Sinha had submitted the first part of his thesis in 1922, the second part of his thesis was submitted in 1925. (Source)

What had happened was that Radhakrishnan had simply copied the material on ‘Yoga Sutra of Patanjali’ that he included in his book “Indian Philosophy” from Sinha’s thesis that he had submitted for the Premchand Roychand Studentship award! (Source)

Radhakrishnan and Netaji

In a note to Anuj Dhar later, Late Rai Singh Yadav had said the following about his knowledge of Netaji.

“Netaji had crossed over to the Soviet Union somewhere on the Soviet-Manchurian border, where he was taken into custody by the Soviet Frontier Guards. This was stated by none other than Babajan Gouffrav, a member of the Soviet Union’s Politburo — the highest policymaking authority in the Soviet Union. Gouffrav was also the Director of the Institute of the Oriental Studies in Moscow, and a leading member of Uzbek politics. Babajan Gouffrav had visited India several times and was conversant with the political scene in India. He was a close friend of Professor Ram Rahul of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, who visited the Soviet Union several times, and who I also knew for years.

According to Babajan Gouffrav, India’s Ambassador in Moscow Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was allowed to see Netaji somewhere in the Soviet Union on the condition that the Ambassador would not talk and mutely converse in any manner with Netaji. After this strange meeting, Ambassador Radhakrishnan informed Prime Minister Nehru about Netaji’s presence in the Soviet Union. This fact came to be known and speculations were rife in New Delhi about the ways and means of securing the release of Netaji from the Soviet custody, but nothing was done at the official level to secure Netaji’s release.”

Also, read the cutting from Hindustan Times below.

Radhakrishnan must have been quite a rascal to have met Netaji in Russia and let him be there tortured and in jail by the Russians!

He never even once came out with it.

Plagiarist, double-faced, liar, and couldn’t be trusted to have the back of those who fought for India?

That’s what comes out from these incidents, isn’t it?

the Denisovans - 18 feet Homo Sapiens?

In 2008, an excavation in the Altai region of Siberia unearthed a bone of a small girl and a tooth from an adult individual.   As per the DNA testing, the girl had roamed the Earth approximately 41,000 years ago.  Interestingly, the tooth was over 2.5 times the human tooth. And, these body parts were from a new species unknown hitherto to the historians.  A species that lived between 700,000 to 40,000 years ago.  The species has been classified as Homo sapiens ssp. Denisova and Homo sp. Altai (where ssp is sub-sub-species and sp is sub-species).

Now what is most interesting is that this species of Homo Sapien was of unusual size – as much as 3 times a modern 6 ft tall man!  It is not easy to fit that big a tooth in a human jaw bone and the size based on the right jaw would take the adult to that size.

Which areas did they inhabit?

Isn’t it interesting that we have not heard of this species much?  They may have played a major part in our own civilization.  Read this article for complete details - Denisovans – 18 foot Human Giants who lived 40,000 years back in Asia

Now, watch this interesting TED talk on Mysteries from Mahabharat.

nota bene

Y-plus security to Kangana: In view of a renewed threat to Kangana Ranaut after she spoke about drug use among a section in the film industry following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Home Ministry has decided to accord her Y-plus category security.  The Y-plus category central cover entails deployment of about 10 armed commandos with the protected (Source)

DRDO gamechanger: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully completed the flight of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).  The scramjet engine has been developed by the DRDO scientists which will help achieve a speed 6 times the speed of sound! Very few countries have such capability today. (Source)

Chandra Kochhar’s Hubby Arrested: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday arrested former ICICI Bank MD-CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar in connection with its money laundering probe against the couple and companies run by them, people familiar with the development said. (Source)

China using Pakistan: The US Department of Defence in its annual report to Congress on ‘Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2020’ has stated that Pakistan is among the countries, which have been chosen by Beijing for “military logistics facilities”.  According to the Defence Department’s report published last week, the PRC is seeking to establish a robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.  “Beyond its current base in Djibouti, the PRC is very likely already considering and planning for additional overseas military logistics facilities to support naval, air, and ground forces. The PRC has likely considered locations for PLA military logistics facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola, and Tajikistan,” read the report. (Source)

Krishnamurti speaks about Freedom

Jiddu Krishnamurti was one of the sharpest minds in the last two centuries.  His razor-sharp capability for vivek (विवेक) - discrimination between Truth and Untruth - was most remarkable.  Very few have been able to get to that level.  Once he attained to that level, it was very easy for him to walk off from being “anointed" as the head of the Theosophists with a castle to himself in Europe.

Instead, he led a life of a spiritual nomad, who went from one city to another trying to wake people up.

His focus on Freedom was acute.  He never wavered from its central precept of striving for freedom of within.

This is a beautiful little movie on who he was and how he became who he became and his commentary on Freedom.

Please spend some time to know him.

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