Friday, August 29, 2008

Defining national identity by paying tribute to the yoddha (veterans) of Hindusthan

Defining national identity by paying tribute to the yoddha (veterans) of Hindusthan.

Please see the film of Steven Spielberg.

Steven Speilberg's film, 'Timeless Call' which defines American identity. This is a rivetting tribute to the veterans of US Army whose patriotism is the defining image of Americans' commitment to what they hold dear -- their nation.

Hindusthan has to reach such a stage when such a video should reverberate in every school, in every farm, every legislature, every bureaucratic institution of Hindusthan. A nation finds her identity and pays a tribute to Bharata Maata by remembering the heroes who have kept their lives on the line in defence of Hindusthana. Every child should remember these pitru-s, these ancestors who have defined sanatana dharma, that is Hindu rashtram.

We have 10 Jannpath chamchas amidst us who seem to be more ashamed than proud of the difficult battles and wars won with their lives by the soldiers of Hindusthana. These soldiers are the jyoti punj of Hindu dharma.

The temporary mad grip of third rate politicians permeating every public activity should end.

The nation of Hindusthan is greater than everyone of us. She is a reality, she is our mother who has nurtured us and has given us the opportunity to serve her. There cannot be a greater privilege than this.

To start with, let us remember our pitru-s by offering them tarpanam by setting up a War Memorial so that present and future generations will never ever forget that their sacrificees to achieve true swarajyam for Bharatam have not gone in vain.

The isssue is not about chamcha-s.

Ths issue is about every citizen of Bharata des'am who has a promise to fulfil and hand over the deepam of our civilizational heritage to the future generations.

Ths issue is about the future of the youngest nation on the face of the globe.

Ths issue is about every child saying in unison, Hindusthanam shall prevail. I am proud to be part of this journey in dharma. There can be no greater privilege in life.



On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 10:05 PM, S. Kalyanaraman wrote:

Defining national identity by paying tribute to the yoddha (veterans) of Hindusthan. Yes, we need a Hindusthan Patriot Act.

I watched almost the entire proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Denver for 3 nights and many hours of talk shows on MSNBC and .

As I recollect the memories of the events which unfolded in this Convention, I recall one event as the highlight of the entire Convention. To me, this is the defining moment, the very definition of American identity.

This was a 7 minute short film made by Steven Spielberg. The film was titled , 'A Timeless Call' and was a tribute to the veterans of US armed forces.

The message was gripping; the narrative and visuals were stunning.

I have to submit with sadness that in our civilizational history, we have not paid such a tribute to the yoddha (soldiers) of Hindusthan who have been fighting the longest, relentless war on terror for over 60 years now.

Will this event of Steven Spielberg's short film trigger two initiatives in Hindusthan? 1. A war memorial on the lines of the Arlington Cemetery in honour of the brave men and women bearing arms to protect Hindusthan. 2. A short film as a tribute to these brave men and women to protect dharma and the land of Hindusthan which is the only hope for heralding a world in dharma.


Excerpts from the speech of Chet Edwards, Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas, delivered in the Democratic National Convention, Denver, on 27 August 2008:

Last month my wife and I took our 11- and 12-year-old sons to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded soldiers. We met a young soldier in a wheelchair. He had lost both of his legs in combat in Iraq, and this courageous father was holding his infant child lovingly in his lap.

As we talked, I held tightly to my sons' hands, overwhelmed by a father who will sacrifice every day for the rest of his life because he served his country. We can never give that soldier his legs back, but he should never have to give up on the dreams he has for his child.

As we watch this Steven Spielberg film, let us remember that in the 21st century, we are the land of the free, because we are still the home of the brave.

Three Academy Award Winners Produce Tribute to Veterans for Democratic National Convention Tonight

| 27 Aug 2008 | 04:19 PM ET

LOS ANGELES, Aug 27, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- James Moll, Emmy winner and an Academy Award winning filmmaker for "The Last Days," Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, the Oscar winning producers of "American Beauty," produced the seven minute tribute to the country's veterans to be shown Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

"A Timeless Call" is narrated by Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg, with music by John Williams. It was written by Lorna Graham, a New York based television writer and producer. Andy Spahn, who runs his own entertainment industry based consulting firm, served as a consultant.

SOURCE: Steven Spielberg's office CONTACT: Steven Spielberg's office Marvin Levy, 818-733-9787 Copyright Business Wire 2008 -0- KEYWORD: United States

Antony seeks PM's intervention for War Memorial
Friday, June 13 2008 15:27 (IST)
New Delhi, Jun 13 (UNI) Defence Minister A K Antony has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for an early construction of a National War Memorial in the national capital as a mark of rememberance for the over 50,000 soldiers who died in various incidents since Independence.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister has said his intervention could pave the way for the construction of the Memorial near India Gate. He also blamed the Union Urban Development Ministry with dragging its feet on the issue.

The issue is wrapped in ''bureaucratic red tape'' for the past 40 years. The Urban Development Ministry has claimed that the proposed War Memorial will not be suitable near India Gate.

Noted designer Charles Correa had designed the memorial.

Meanwhile, the Defence Minister has also asked the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to prepare a Cabinet Note on the War Memorial and its progress in the last 40 years.

When approved, it would be India's first National War Memorial, commemorating soldiers who died in all the wars since World War II.

The India Gate is a War Memorial in New Delhi commemorating the Indian dead of World War I. The India Gate today also houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier -- the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

A few days ago, the three Service Chiefs had called on Dr Singh and raised the almost five-decade delay in building the proposed Memorial. The Cabinet Note is said to be a follow up of the meeting.

Over 50,000 soldiers have died in wars with Pakistan, China and the counter-insurgency operations in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.

Dateline: New Delhi.

National War Memorial

A concept plan for the National War Memorial, which envisages its location at India Gate complex, has been presented before the regulatory bodies namely, Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), Central Vista Committee (CVC) and Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC). Ministry of Urban Development has also been approached to assign the land around 'Chhatri' at the India Gate complex to Ministry of Defence for proceeding in the matter.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence, Mr M M Pallam Raju in a written reply to Mr Ravi PrakashVerma and others in Lok Sabha.

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