Celebrate National Yoga Month with Free Yoga Classes!

Did you know that September is National Yoga Month? Unlike National Taco Day, this is an official holiday with lots of cool events happening in celebration (nothing against tacos, as they also deserve celebration). The video above is from a few years ago and features Yoga Month founder Johannes Fisslingers talking about the vision behind Yoga Month.

What sets National Yoga Month apart from National Taco Day, is that the Department of Health and Human Services endorses Yoga Month, and the nonprofit organization, Yoga Health Foundation, has all sorts of yoga events planned to help promote yoga for better physical and mental health. Here’s a tweet from the National Institutes of Health to kick off this month of yoga goodness:

Yoga Health Foundation has partnered with over 1,600 yoga studios in the U.S. to offer a free week of yoga to new students. You can sign up for your free week of yoga here. After you fill in your contact information, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can look up participating studios in your area and select the one where you want to take your free classes.
More Ways to Celebrate
The easiest way to celebrate National Yoga Month is to just do some yoga! Stop, drop and do your favorite pose. If you’re new to yoga, try one of these simple yoga poses for beginners to get you started. These are basic poses and yoga breathing exercises that anyone can do.

National Yoga Month is a great excuse to mix up your yoga routine a bit. Doing the same practice in the same space every day can get a bit monotonous, but making even a simple change can refresh your yoga routine. Change the venue or try a different style of yoga this month. Do you usually do yoga at home? Take a class at a studio or practice outdoors. Is vinyasa your yoga style of choice? Give kundalini yoga a try.

Adults aren’t the only ones who can celebrate National Yoga Month. Your kids might like getting in on the yoga action! Find a parent-child yoga class, or try a kid-friendly yoga video. Even toddlers can do a little bit of yoga. My two-year-old son loves practicing at home with the Cosmic Kids yoga videos. They’re free on YouTube!

Even your dog might enjoy a little yoga. Maybe that’s what she’s been trying to tell you when she interrupts your home practice to lick your face! Dog yoga might sound a little bit wackadoo, but “doga” is a thing. And it’s a fun, bonding activity that you and your dog can do together. Dogs, like humans, can get a lot out of yoga.

Yoga Health Foundation also has a database of other Yoga Month events that you can search by city or zip code. Not all of these events are free, but there are some really cool things coming up this month in the world of yoga that are worth your time and health!

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‘Yoga Joes,’ a peaceful spin on the classic toy, find fans among the military

Nicole Spector

The various health benefits of yoga have been proven for both men and women, and yet it’s commonly thought of — at least in the U.S. — as mostly a women’s fitness practice. We see more pictures of women than men on the covers of yoga-related magazines, and apparel brands have no shortage of yoga-appropriate wear designed for ladies, but not so much for guys. As a result, a lot of men never even give yoga a try.

Dan Abramson, a 31-year-old designer living in San Francisco who refers to himself as a “forever beginner” at yoga, was looking to make the discipline more dude-friendly — with a sense of humor. He created Brogamats, yoga mats and mat carriers that have a masculine edge. More recently, he came up with the idea of Yoga Joes, miniature green figurines that look just like the classic plastic toy soldiers, aka army men that are commonly sold in packs. But Abramson’s soldiers aren’t at war. They’re at yoga.

Yoga Joes: the classic green army men doing yoga
Yoga Joes
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He thought up Yoga Joes while brainstorming with his friend Paul Simmons, a standup comedian. They wanted to create something funny that guys could pass around to each other to promote yoga.


“We were thinking: dogs doing yoga? No. The Hulk doing yoga? No… And then it hit us like a ton of bricks — army men doing yoga,” Abramson told TODAY. “Their little platforms could be replaced with little green yoga mats, and the classic green army men toys were already in very similar gestural poses to yoga. For example, the ‘Warrior II’ pose was inspired by an army man throwing a grenade. Or the army man crawling through the trenches kind of resembles a ‘Cobra Pose.'”
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Yoga Joes shows army men striking a different pose
Abramson launched a Kickstarter in 2014 to start production of the “Yoga Joes,” which are made through plastic injection. The interest was strong and immediate: 2,879 backers pledged nearly $110,000 to make the project happen.
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Yoga Joes have been successful both as toys for kids and as conceptual art for adults.

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“Moms tend to like buying them as a non-violent toy, to inspire their kids to get excited about yoga,” Abramson said. “But now a lot of museum gift stores are carrying them, as a form of giftable art statuette. They just got into the [San Francisco] MoMa store, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Art Museum.”

Abramson’s creations have also gotten support from members of the military — a group he didn’t expect to attract.

“There’s a humongous community of people in the military that are really into yoga — whether it be for all around physical training exercises, or to treat veterans for post-traumatic stress,” Abramson said.

Yoga Joes shows army men striking a different pose
Yoga Joes shows army men striking a different pose
The concept of Yoga Joes has evolved into something much bigger than Abramson anticipated, and has connected to him to projects he never dreamed of being associated with, such as non-profits that bring yoga to soldiers.

“I connected with a great organization called Connected Warriors, and we were able to get Yoga Joes to Afghanistan,” Abramson said. “It was so cool, because this project was designed to convince more people to try yoga, and there it was: pictures of the Yoga Joes getting soldiers to sign up for yoga class at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.”

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Abramson has enjoyed making a toy traditionally associated with violence that instead delivers a message of peace and healing. He no longer seems concerned about whether Yoga Joes inspire men, specifically to partake in yoga, but whether it can inspire soldiers.

“Yoga celebrates a soldier’s most admirable qualities: discipline, focus and a desire to bring peace where there is pain.”


We lost terribly in 1965 war, Pak historian says

KARACHI: Pakistan “lost terribly in the 1965 war” with India, a Pakistani historian has admitted.

Dispelling “the victory myth”, historian and political economist Akbar S Zaidi said there cannot be a bigger lie as Pakistan had lost terribly, Dawn reported on Saturday. Zaidi said people are unaware of this fact because the history taught in Pakistan is from an ideological viewpoint. Zaidi said, “Students are not taught the history of the people of Pakistan. Rather it is focused on the making of Pakistan.”

Zaidi, who teaches history at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, added, “With the celebration of the victory in the 1965 war round the corner, there can be no bigger a lie that Pakistan won the war. We lost terribly in the 1965 war,” he said.

The remark comes with Pakistan just two days away from observing Defence Day to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war.

On when was Pakistan created, he said one obvious answer is it did so on Aug 14, 1947 but he read out an excerpt from a Pakistan Studies textbook in which it was claimed it came into being in 712AD when the Arabs came to Sindh and Multan. “This is utter rubbish!” he said, rejecting the textbook account.

Zaidi also acknowledged that Parsis and Hindus contributed hugely in the educational development of Karachi and in a similar manner the Sikhs in Punjab.


Pakistan has lost international support on Kashmir: Husain Haqqani

“Kashmir is an emotive issue in Pakistan because of the failure of its leaders to inform their people that Pakistan no longer enjoys international support on the matter,” said Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani Ambassador to the US.

According to Haqqani, who is currently the director of South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute, India refuses to discuss the Kashmir issue without the end of Pakistan-sponsored terror.

Whereas, he said, Pakistan for years has been trapped on its stance on the Kashmir issue, thus overlooking other crucial matters. “Pakistan has sought international support countless times for its position that Kashmir’s future must be resolved through dialogue with India.”

“Instead of accepting that it might be better for India and Pakistan to normalise relations by expanding trade and cross-border travel, Pakistani hardliners have stuck to a ‘Kashmir first’ mantra, which they know is unrealistic,” Haqqani reiterated.

Further, he expressed his belief that remaining adamant on Kashmir is futile and will only get Pakistan support from its military.


Modi effect! Pakistan-occupied Kashmir wants to be part of India

PM Narendra Modi’s style of governance has raised alarm bells for Pakistanas the residents of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) are now openly advocating to be a part of India.
Impressed with the Indian government’s response during the 2015 earthquake and 2014 floods, the region is witnessing pro-India sentiment.
Chairman of the Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool, Moulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi, who recently toured PoK said that people residing in the region want to be a part of India.
According to Dehlavi, the people of the region are distressed with growing extremism in Pakistan and want to lead a peaceful life. Given the opportunity, they would want a referendum so that they can vote to join back India.
The chairman of the Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool also said that the people in PoK think have a high opinion about India and, if given a chance, they will definitely opt to be the Indian citizens.
Dehlavi says that people living in Balochistan and Karachi also want to have cordial relations with India.
He further said that the PoK residents are highly impressed with PM Modi’s good governance style.
PoK these days is abuzz with pro-freedom slogans and this has made Pakistan nervous. Even the Pakistani media is widely reporting the issue.
On September 7, 2014, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the flood-affected areas of PoK. He was greeted with slogans “Go Nawaz Go”, which reflected the frustration of the people with regard to the apathy of the federal government of Pakistan in dealing with the very critical situation.
Conscious of the deteriorating situation in PoK, PM Modi made an offer of all possible help to the people there, when he visited flood affected area of the Kashmir Valley last year.
The PoK people are fed up with the atrocities committed against them by the Pakistani establishment for decades. The region has always been neglected by Islamabad and used for nurturing terror camps.

An Unforgettable Conversation Between An IITian And A Rickshaw Wala

An IITian and a rickshaw driver, here is the interesting conversation between them:

There were two rickshaw-walas vying for our business, when we wanted to go to Sankat-Mochan temple in Benaras. I agreed to go with the one, who was about 20 years of age, seemed like a regular young rickshaw-wala, but I found something interesting about him. I was not proved wrong.

He wanted Rs 50, we said Rs 30. We settled for Rs 40.

Here are the highlights of the conversation that ensued, while we rode the rickshaw:

Rickshaw wala : Where are you from?
Me: “Delhi.”
Rickshaw wala: working or doing some business?
Me : Working
Rickshaw wala: Where?
Me : In Internet!
Rickshaw wala : Even I want a job in that.
I just chuckled.
Rickshaw wala : I’m trying to get into engineering. I will get a good job then
Me :Really?? I asked a little interested.
Rickshaw wala : Yes, I applied for Guru Gobind Singh Indraprashta University in Delhi for engineering. That’s a good University.
Me : Yeah, its good . I agreed.
Rickshaw wala : and yeah , I appeared for JEE Yesterday.
Me: U mean IIT JEE ??
Rickshaw wala : “Haan, Joint Entrance Examination”
he pronounced it perfectly.Just to make it clear to me what JEE stood for.
Rickshaw wala : That exam was difficult , people prepare for 2 yrs for that exam , but its not that easy.What did u study ?
Me: I’m an engineer and did my MBA after that
Rickshaw wala : Where did u do your engineering?
Me: from IIT Delhi
He swung back, surprised, a little delighted, and smiled. “Ok,
Ok , then only 30rs for u
Swati and I laughed.
Swati asked When did you study for IIT ?
After this rickshaw job , at night Then he added
Which branch?
Me : “Chemical.”
RW: Then u must be strong in chemistry?
No , not like that
He continued Answer my question , what were the number of elements in periodic table when Mendeleev designed it ?
Now it was my turn to get surprised. He was quizzing me. Close to 70-80
“No, 63″ he said sharply.Which element has highest Electronegitivity?
Swati was laughing, and I didnt try too hard and said I Dunno
“Flourine”, he said confidently. Without a break he asked,Which element has highest electron affinity?
Now I was laughing too and said I dunno
Chlorine , which subject are you strong at?
clearly having proven that my chemistry wasn’t a strong point.
“Physics”, I said.
Good then whats newtons Second Law?
I thought I knew this one. “F=ma”, I said.
“Physics is not about formula, it is understanding concept!”, he reprimanded me in near perfect English. “Tell me in statement”
I was shocked. Swati continued to laugh.
I said “ok, Newtons second law, er….was….”
not , ‘was’ , its ‘is’ second law is still there he snapped at my use of ‘was’.
Surely, my physics wasn’t impressing him either. “I don’t remember” I said
“Force on an object is directly proportional to the mass of the object and the acceleration of the object”, he said it in near perfect
English.Did you do your masters ?
No , I did MBA
MBA’s just want money , they do nothing
Nope , nothing like that, we have to work for money.Didn’t think too highly of me apparently anymore.

In a minute we reached our destination. We got off and I told him that he must and should definitely study more, and that I thought he was sharp as hell. He took only Rs 30, smiled and began to leave. I got my camera out and said Let me take a pic of u. He waved me off, dismissed the idea and rode off before I could say anything more….leaving me feeling high and dry like a spurned lover.

Damn, what a ride that was! India is changing, and changing fast. And so it goes !!!!!


A Dossier on the FTII

Pankaj Saxena

A common allegation that one continues to hear since the Modi Government came to power is that they are saffronizing the institutions, or agents of the RSS are taking over the Government, or the rightists are hounding out the scholars, or Modi “bhakts” are appointed to key posts, and variants thereof.
In the last few days, one heard such fulminations surrounding the manufactured FTII ruckus. Ever since Gajendra Chauhan was appointed the Chairman of the FTII, a certain section of the students at FTII have been protesting the changes in the administration.

They allege that the Modi Government, in collusion with the State government, is saffronizing the institutions of the state and FTII happens to be one such institution. Their charge is that FTII, along with many other institutions and pretty much everything else in the country, is turning Right.

To an uniformed newcomer, it would seem as if the so-called Right in India is orchestrating a whole-scale invasion of the Centre and the Left. And so, as is usual in such cases, one needs to question the basics with the first obvious question: is it really true? Is FTII really turning Right? And even if it is turning Right, is it turning from the Centre, or from the Left?

Before we answer those questions, we need to know a little about the foundations of FTII.

What is now known as theFilm and Television Institute of India (FTII)was established in 1960 in the premises of Prabhat Studios in Pune. In 1960, it was just the Film Institute of India (FII). The television wing was added later in 1974. The stated aim was to train a new generation of visual and performing artists through the medium of motion pictures. However, there is more here than the eye can see.

The 1960s was a really heady era.

Nationalism was an unutterable, obscene word in both India and abroad. It was barely thirteen years since Indian independence. The assassination of Gandhi had helped Nehru consolidate his hold over power. And Nehru never hid his love for Communism.

Communism was dominant, the Cold War was escalating and India had unwittingly chosen the Soviet side. Communist propaganda flowed freely in India. Every policy in India was a copy of a Soviet policy. Every institution was modeled on its counterpart in the Soviet Union. The Five Year Plans of India were a perfect example. In the Soviet Union, their aim was to nationalize economy and to extend the government’s all-seeing eye, down to the lowest level.

To a lesser degree, Nehru achieved the same with his Five Year Plans. They were nothing more than a tool to control the country and its institutions by a patron-privilege system, ensuring the continued hold of the Congress Party over the nation.

The Communist leaders of the Soviet Union did not stop at nationalizing economy and agriculture. They provided their guiding hand in cinema and theatre too. They were a crucial media and could not be left free from state control. They were necessary to consolidate the hold of Communist ideas over the minds of the young generation. It was with this goal that the various institutes in literature, drama, cinema and theatre were set up in the USSR in the 1960s.

Interestingly, FTII in India is one of the only five institutions in the world which teaches a proper film course and which are funded by the State. The other four are in Russia, Germany, Cuba and Australia.[1]Two countries in this list were communist until the recent past. One is still a State-run communist dictatorship.

The FTII in 1960 was set up in imitation of its Soviet counterpart in order to control the minds of the young generation and to turn them Leftwards. In this historical context, we need to examine the question of whether the FTII is turning Rightist. Under the rule of the first truly-centrist government in Indian history, the institute of FTII is cleansing itself of the Leftist influence and is turning neutral. The only real sense in which the institute can be blamed for turning Right is in the case that it is turning away from the Left. But then can it really be blamed for doing that?

In its earlier avatar, the FII started running film courses in 1961. From 1962 to 1971 the institute was run by Jagat Murari. The job of painting the institution Red was not complete yet. Nehru’s dictatorial daughter had arrived on the political scene of India. The country was to experience its first post-independence brush with absolute dictatorship.

Between 1967 to 1971, Indira Gandhi had achieved near-absolute control over the government and the Congress Party. She had nationalized many private institutions. The Press was not untouched. It was 1971 and the Emergency was yet to come but freedom of speech and expression in the country was already being suppressed.

It was in this atmosphere that the Television Wing was added to the Film Institute of India in 1971 and it was rechristened Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). The stated goal was to provide ‘in-service training to personnel from Doordarshan’.[2] The unstated goal was to control the media by controlling news and training journalists and TV artists in a State-run enterprise.

Had it been just a matter of State control, things wouldn’t be so bad. In the 1970s Indira Gandhi had her famous tryst with Communism.[3] A deal was struck. In return for passive support to the Congress Party in areas in which the Communist Party was not directly influential, the academia and media of the country was handed over to the Communists on a platter.

Dr. Nurul Hasan, cherry-picked by Indira Gandhi, inducted from the Rajya Sabha, became the Union Education Minister in the fateful year of 1971. He was an avowed Marxist who wore his political orientation on his sleeve. Under him, the Leftists went on to capture every institution in the media and academia, throwing out great scholars, genuine historians and talented artists. Within a decade, the rout was complete. The country was painted Red. The nation had turned Left. We are still to recover from that.

As FTII was a State-sponsored, State-run institute, it also swayed to the Left, even more than before. A quick look at the Presidents of the FTII society since 1974 confirms the suspicion.

Anwar Jamal Kidwai was the President of the Institution from 1974 to 1977. He was another bureaucrat, cherry-picked by Indira Gandhi. He created the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi. With no experience in filmography, his was a clearly political appointment.

The second President of the Institution was S M H Burney from 1975 to 1977, with part of his tenure overlapping with that of Kidwai. He was the vice-chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia. Another cherry-picked government bureaucrat during the Emergency, another one from Jamia Milia Islamia… one wonders what was the fascination of FTII with Islam and Jamia Milia Islamia in its initial stages. Burney also had zero experience of filmography.

It was these two Muslim government bureaucrats from Jamia Milia Islamia who steered the FTII during the Emergency, making sure the institute did not even budge against the dictatorship of Indira Gandhi.

And a counter question to all those who question the efficiency of Gajendra Chauhan and Prashant Pathrabe: have you ever tried to find the truth behind the founding Presidents of FTII? Will your artistic sensibilities be equally appalled at finding out that the founding Presidents of FTII had no artistic background whatsoever? That they were just spineless stooges of Indira Gandhi?

In 1977, the nightmare of the Emergency was over. The Janata Party came to power. FTII also saw better days. R K Laxman was appointed its President, and ran the institution from 1977 to 1980. He was a genuine artist who observed politics from a distance. But he too had zero experience of filmography.

The first three Presidents of FTII, thus, had nothing to do with filmography.

In 1980 the Janata Party government fell and in the subsequent elections Indira Gandhi came back to power. Responding to the political mood of the country, FTII chose Shyam Benegal, as its next President. His prowess in movie-making is questioned by none, but he is an arch-Communist, a died-in-wool Nehruvian, who believes every word of Nehru’s Discovery of India.

In his famous documentary, ‘Bharat ek Khoj’, based on Nehru’s book, he shows the imaginary Aryans invading India on horses, but makes no mention of the very real invasion of Islam.

Next in line for the throne of this Leftist institution was Mrinal Sen who ran FTII from 1984 to 1986, a reputed film maker. However, he too was a staunch Marxist. He has openly declared his Marxist and Naxalite sympathies.[4]

From 1987 to 1995, the institute was run by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. This was a comparatively creative period for FTII, even while the politics of the nation was in turmoil.

Since 1995, FTII took an even uglier turn than before. So far, it had been following an overtly leftist agenda with veiled attacks on Hindu society and philosophy. In 1995,Mahesh Bhatt was appointed its President. In the three years till 1998, the institute became openly and virulently anti-Hindu. Mahesh Bhatt is not just a leftist; he has declared sympathies for terrorists and considers India to be the terrorist state, instead of Pakistan. Under his reign, FTII just became an institute which produced C-grade movies, producing bile in the name of social activism.

The situation went from bad to worse under the two-year reign of Girish Karnadfrom 1999 to 2001. Of course, several things can be said about Girish Karnad. But one thing is certain: he is the epitome of the modern anti-Hindu. Karnad has demonized Hindus and Hinduism in his plays, all the while extolling Islamic dictators and invaders as paragons of virtue.

And so in Bali, the Sacrifice, he portrays the Hindu king as a blood-thirsty monster who goes about killing people, usurping people’s rights, while the Jain queen is an exploited creature who reels under the barbarity of Hinduism. In his other play, Tale Danda, he tells how Hinduism and Brahmins smothered a reform movement in north Karnataka but completely blanks out the historical fact of how, just after the events depicted in Tale Danda, Islam wiped out Jainism and any other kind of reform in the same region.

Karnad also depicts ancient India as a time and place for constant debate between the violence of Hinduism and the non-violence of Jainism. However, he holds a beef-eating ceremony in Bangalore for protesting the beef ban in another state. Apparently, for Karnad, it is not violence when the Muslims commit it.

Girish Karnad is also notorious for ad hominem attacks on personalities like Arun Shourie, scholars whom he cannot counter intellectually. Kannada literary legend S L Bhyrappa has accused Karnad of turning bloody tyrants into national heroes.

And it was this very anti-Hindu Girish Karnad who ran FTII from 1999-2001.

The next to hold the reins of FTII was Vinod Khanna from 2002-2005, after which the institution again went into the hands of the virulent anti-Hindu U R Ananthamurthy, a venomous critic of S L Bhyrappa. Anantamoorthy stands firmly on the extreme Left of the political spectrum. He was fond of taking public vows of abstentions from certain public events in protest of the works of great litterateurs like Bhyrappa.[5]

Like most Leftists, Ananthamurthy was more than happy to declare his political orientation in public.He immersed himself deeply in politics. An open enemy of the BJP and Narendra Modi, he made an unsuccessful run for the Lok Sabha in 2004. His stated goal was to stop the BJP. One wonders why a man of arts has such strong and irreconcilable political views. Like most Leftists, he used to make unsubstantiated and unsubstantiable claims like ‘beef eating is mentioned in the Mahabharata.[6]

During the run-up to the 2014 General Elections in India, like many other self-declared guardians of humanity, he declared that he would not live in a country ruled by Narendra Modi.[7] After Modi’s victory, again like most of his kin, he did not of course, forsake the privileged life in India that he was leading.

One wonders what an anti-Hindu, Marxist luminary like him would be doing in an institution teaching filmography. Neither was Ananthamurthy qualified in any aspect of film making. Should an arts institution tolerate someone with such radical and communal views? But then he headed the institution twice!

The credentials ofSaeed Akhtar Mirza,who succeeded Ananthamurthy, were even more radically anti-Hindu than his predecessor. He is a member of the Congress-backed, foreign-funded, anti-India organization called ANHAD,established byShabnam Hashmi, the Muslim communalist working undercover as a secular activist in India.

Other members of the organization are famous Marxists like Harsh Mander and K N Panikkar. ANHAD was established in 2003, as a response to the Gujarat riots and has been pursuing a political vendetta against Narendra Modi since then. The organization is known for its backing by the Congress Party and Sonia Gandhi. It is known for repeatedly accusing Modi for the Gujarat riots, filing legal petitions again and again, even in contempt of the Court.

Behind the very thin veneer of secular activism, ANHAD is nothing but a front for Islamists, Communists and Leftists who have a bone to pick with Narendra Modi, the BJP and the Hindu society at large. Apart from ideological leanings, this violent anti-Hindu posturing helps it get foreign funding, mainly from Christian missionary organizations.[8]

Saeed Akhtar Mirza proudly conforms to the political ideology of ANHAD. What is such a man doing as the President of a film and television institute?

From the history of the FTII, ever since its inception in 1960, its makeover in 1971 and through the history of its Presidents, it is clear that it is a State-sponsored, taxpayer-funded institute, meant not for training students in arts, but for creating a generation of propagandists who will toe the Leftist ideology.

In reality, FTII is an ultra-Left organization, maintained for propping up the corrupt rule of Congress and communists, even after they lose their hold on actual political power. It is institutes like this which keep legitimizing the corrupt rule of the Congress and its State ideology even after their electoral defeat.

The current protestors accuse the present Chairman and President of putting an end to the “independent” voice of the institute ignoring or forgetting or deliberately suppressing the fact that FTII was never an independent institute. It was a mouthpiece of the Congress-communist regime that has been in charge of the nation for the past 65 years.

The institute has followed the political fortunes of New Delhi very closely, swaying the way the political wind was blowing in the corridors of power in Delhi. A State run film institute, it has been everything but independent. In fact the very raison d’ atre, behind the establishment and funding of FTII was NOT to let fine arts and performing arts function independently in India. The very motto to establish such institution was to establish Leftist control over performing arts of the country.

The demise of global Communism meant that the unholy alliance of the Left and the Islamists on the global scale would bear fruit in India too, and FTII since the 90s has become an institute dedicated to the purpose of churning out anti-Hindu and communalist propaganda with strains of borderline racism.

The budget of the institute runs into crores of public money, and is funneled into this bottomless pit of anti-Hindu mediocrity. Now that the Congress government is no more, such State-funded, Soviet-style institutes should be disbanded. The State should not interfere in the arts. Most countries in the world have long disbanded such State-run Leftist institutes when global Communism collapsed in the 1990s. India is one of the few shameful exceptions.

Since the Modi government came to power in 2014, the Left has steadily lost its political patronage. And as the FTII was an ultra-Leftist organization, it suddenly found itself without patrons. The new appointments since the regime change in 2014 have focused on apolitical candidates with at best a mild centrist political affiliation. Gajendra Chauhan is not known for his strident political beliefs, nor is Prashant Pathrabe for that matter.

The Leftist camp followers and their foreign-funded Leftist patrons cannot digest this massive loss of patronage to their political beliefs. They are writhing in pain, smarting under the fact that their privileged, State-funded luxurious lifestyles are now in danger. It is this Leftist ‘independence’ of FTII that is in danger now that apolitical candidates are chosen for positions of power in the institute.

The institute of FTII is not actually turning to the Right, as the chest-beaters at its gates falsely proclaim. It is in fact, turning away from the Left, to a decidedly neutral ground. And this development should be welcomed.


[1] http://www.virtualpune.com/html/channel/entertain/movie/html/ftti.shtml

[2] http://www.ftiindia.com/brief_history.html

[3] Shourie, Arun. Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud. New Delhi: Harper Collins, 2014.

[4] Thorval, Yves (2000). Cinemas of India. Macmillan India. pp. 280–282


[6] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/pejawar-seer-objects-to-ananthamurthys-statement/article5180017.ece

[7] http://www.thehindu.com/2005/12/14/stories/2005121406080400.htm

[8] http://deshgujarat.com/2013/04/16/shabnam-hashmis-anhad-is-majorly-church-funded/

Pankaj Saxena is a scholar of History, Hindu Architecture and Literature. He has visited more than 400 sites of ancient Hindu temples and has photographed the evidence. He’s also writes articles, research papers and reviews in various print and online newspapers and magazines and is the author of three books.

CPM to celebrate Sri Krishna Jayanthi in Kerala

Kannur: In an apparent bid to prevent its cadres from migrating to the BJP, the CPM in Kerala has decided to celebrate Sri Krishna Jayanthi this time.

The party has decided to use the occasion which falls on September 5 to conduct a procession of kids and distribute sweets, like what the BJP and its feeder organisations have been doing for years. The instruction has gone to all local committees to organise kids for the procession that would celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. This, the party believes, would prevent its cadres and their families from taking part in the procession that is arranged by the BJP.

The CPM’s decision follows the assessment that the RSS has been using the procession for unifying people on the basis of religion. The move by the CPM follows the celebration of a festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha by former BJP cadres who joined the party recently.

The party has been conducting Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi campaigns to keep the Ezhava community, which has been backing the party for long, in good humour. As the SNDP and the BJP are getting closer, this year’s celebrations would be ramped up by many levels.

The CPM had been against the Sri Krishna Jayanthi procession because it felt that children were being put under strain during the procession. However, now it has decided to swallow its protest and conduct a similar procession in order to prevent further attrition from its camps. In order to pre-empt any embarrassment later because of the sudden change of stance, the party has already officially clarified that the event is being conducted by its children’s unit.


Carbon dating suggests ‘world’s oldest Koran is even older than the Prophet Muhammad

Carbon dating suggests ‘world’s oldest’ Koran is even older than the Prophet Muhammad

Scholars believe a copy of the Koran held in England may be even older than the Prophet Muhammad.

Carbon dating of a fragment from a Koran stored at a Birmingham library suggests that the book was produced between 568 and 645 A.D., said scientists at the University of Oxford, but Islamic scholars generally believe Muhammad lived between 570 and 632 A.D.

If the carbon dating is accurate, the Koran was made before the first formal text was assembled on orders from the caliph Uthman in 653 — and it could date from Muhammad’s childhood or even before his birth, reported The Times of London.

That’s comparable to the discovery of gospel sayings dating from Jesus Christ’s infancy, academics say.

Muslim scholars strongly dispute the findings, which contradict most accounts of the prophet’s life, but some historians say evidence was mounting that traditional accounts of Islam’s origins are unreliable.

“It destabilizes, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged — and that in turn has implications for the historicity of Mohammed and the Companions [his followers],” said Tim Holland, the author of “In The Shadow of the Sword.”

Other very old Korans suggest that holy verses circulated in written form before Muhammad’s death.

Keith Small, of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, cautioned that carbon dating was done only on the Koran’s parchment and not its ink, but he said the dates were probably accurate.

“If the dates apply to the parchment and the ink, and the dates across the entire range apply, then the Koran — or at least portions of it — predates Mohammed, and moves back the years that an Arabic literary culture is in place well into the 500s,” he said.

Small said that would lend credibility to the historical view that Muhammad and his followers collected text that was already in circulation to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than receiving revelations from heaven.

“This would radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition and the history of the rise of Islam in late Near Eastern antiquity would have to be completely revised, somehow accounting for another book of scripture coming into existence 50 to 100 years before, and then also explaining how this was co-opted into what became the entity of Islam by around AD700,” Small said.

Muslim scholars, however, said the dates confirm that the Koran had faithfully preserved for more than 1,350 years the words passed on by Muhammad to his followers.

“If anything, the manuscript has consolidated traditional accounts of the Koran’s origins,” said Mustafa Shah, from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.


17 Images That Prove Yoga Isn’t Just for Skinny White Girls

17 Images That Prove Yoga Isn’t Just for Skinny White Girls

When you think about people who practice yoga, what image do you see in your head? Usually, you’re less likely to conjure images of the Indian people who created yoga thousands of years ago, and more likely to think of rows of perfectly toned, Lulumelon-clad white women. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does discredit the many different people with their many different body types who practice yoga for their own spiritual and physical health.

“People see yoga as the thin, blonde, white girl,” Valerie S., who’s Filipino and Mexican, told Colorlines’ Miriam Zoila Perez. “I’m happy to be someone who is not of the main kind of people and show that people like me can do yoga as well.”

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Initially, Valerie said, she found that yoga classes weren’t necessarily fit for larger people, but she eventually found the right teacher. “I’ve never really been that discouraged because my first teacher was pretty positive about it — you didn’t have to get the pose right, you just had to know how to move your body around,” she said. “I’ve learned that I can do [any] pose, I just have to modify it in a certain way.”

Valerie, with 48,000 fans on Instagram, isn’t the only woman of color, or larger person, to rock the yoga mat. Here’s a more inclusive spectrum of the wide variety of people who practice yoga.

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