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President’s Message to the People

On the eve of the 65th Republic Day, the president of India, in his speech said, “Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy, and weakens the foundations of our state. If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments. Equally dangerous is the rise of hypocrisy in public life. Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance. False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power.” The full text of the speech is below: 


Enlightened Leadership Views:

The political leaders and political parties promise their voters. They are promising removing of poverty, creation of jobs, growth in economy, removal of corruption, good…

TOI’s Note to their Readers

Times of India has published a note to their readers on 23rd January, 2014 on the front page of their paper. This article can also be be read online on their portal at this link: A note to our readers: TOI’s sole allegiance is to you. The note to their readers is mentioned below in quotes: 
It is being said that this paper, after initially supporting AAP, has now ‘turned’ against it. We were prepared for this. We have been called pro-Congress, anti-Congress, pro-BJP, anti-BJP. We have been accused by some of being cheerleaders for Narendra Modi, and by others of running a campaign against him. And depending on who you listen to, we are either too soft or too hard on Rahul Gandhi. 
Truth is, we have no political masters, nor do we have any hidden agendas. The only side we take is that of our readers.
We do not seek power or influence despite being by far the world’s largest-circulated English newspaper. But we do want to use the columns of this paper to do good. We want to make India a b…

Happy “Makar Sankranti”

Makar Sankranti” is a festival celebrated in various parts of India with different names. It is basically a harvest festival. Makara in Sanskrit means the Capricorn Zodiac Sign. And Sankranti means the movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another. Makar Sankranti, therefore, means the transition of the Sun into the Capricorn Zodiac Sign. The Sun keeps on moving from one constellation to another. These constellations have been given various zodiac signs. And Makara (Capricorn) is one such sign. At this point the Sun ends its southward (Dakshinayana) journey and begins its northward (Uttarayana) journey.

In the ancient Indian context the Sun is a metaphor for wisdom. The light is a metaphor for wisdom and darkness is a metaphor for ignorance. All movement stands for growth. This is where the Upanishads say, Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya. It is a request to the divine to move us from darkness to light. It is a request to the divine to move us from ignorance to light.

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Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014 !!

Let us bury the old and and give birth to something new - new hopes, new aspirations, new ideas, new values and new resolutions. The old goes and the new comes in. The snake slips out of the old skin and comes out with a new skin. It feels fresh and new. It is a process of rejuvenation and a rekindling of new energies and new life. Just see, the goose has come out of the bottle. It has always been out and it has never been in. This is what is called “thinking out of the box”
There are three kinds of forces that are acting on our lives. And these three forces are: Pull, Push, and Stretch. The pull and push forces are from the outside. They are acting on us from the outside. These are coming from the society, parents, teachers, etc. The stretch force is individual. It is arising from within. It is not from outside. It is not an external force. It is an internal force. It helps us to make new resolutions and act on those resolutions. It helps us to create new milestones and move ahead o…