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One of the shareholders of NDTV, Mr. Dutta alleged that the media house and its promoters have violated a number of laws

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Executive co-chairperson of NDTV Prannoy Roy. Source: NDTV

 by Salil Gewali 

June 08, 2017:

In the democracy, everyone is answerable to the Government. For any perceived misdeeds or infringement of laws by any person/ persons or business house/houses, the Government usually deploys its competent agencies for the right investigation. It comes under the fundamental norms of the constitution that one is not above the laws. So constitutionally laid down rules and regulations are equal for all.

But one is quite surprised why a certain media groups and journalists are going all out to lambast the government when the CBI recently raided the house of the executive co-chairperson of NDTV Prannoy Roy. Please note, every day a number of such raids are carried out across the country but why are uproars only when it is against a certain media? How could we guarantee that the media in question is a holy cow?

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Yes, this current crackdown against NDTV is pertaining to Rs 48 crore clear default on a loan provided by ICICI bank against which, CBI has filed the FIR on the basis of the relentless complaint by Sanjay Dutta who himself was one of the shareholders of this media company.

Mr. Dutta alleged that NDTV and its promoters have violated a number of laws. A renowned journalist and former Editor of ‘The Hindu’ Ms. Malini Parthasarathy aptly quipped ‘NDTV should allow a probe & not retreat behind the shield of press freedom which is too weighty a concept to be invoked for personal issues.’

The erstwhile vibrant media that never loses its steam to dress down the Government and political leaders for any irregularities and that claims that all political leaders must be subject to a close scrutiny of the media, the fourth pillar of the democracy, should now fully cooperate the investigating agencies.  They should not play the victim card and blame the government. Or else, this will only set a wrong precedent that might result in the weakening the governance body by subsequently increasing the monopoly power of a few corporate giants and the elite groups who well know how to score their self-centered goals and agendas.

Particularly, in view of the open glorification and warm embraces extended to some “azadi factions” by NDTV and the like it is too essential that the government should be extra careful so that the integrity and sovereignty of the country is not disturbed. Very frankly speaking, is it not pretty hard to trust NDTV which with impunity aided and abetted a quirky and anarchist – Kanhaiya Kumar and such others … of JNU while downplaying hardships and sacrifices of the army jawans? How could the subversive elements be praised as “heroes” of the country, some stone-pelters as lovable “misled youths”, while ones who guard the country along the hostile and icy POK borders as double zeros? It is very important now that the government must sit up and watch the postures and bearing of a certain media before the security system, mutual co-existences among diverse communities, and the administrative setups of the nation get destabilized.

 Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali

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A Book Edited by the NASA Chief Scientist Launched by the Governor of West Bengal

Unless we are awakened to the profound wisdom of Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita now, a day might not be that far when we have to send our children to Germany, France, USA.. to study them, and to know about Indian culture

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A world-acclaimed book research-based book entitled 'Great minds on INDIA' (Bengali version) ---- authored by a Northeast-based writer and researcher Shri Salil Gewali, has been launched by the Governor of West Bengal Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata.

By Dr. Naresh Goswami, Dibrugarh, Assam 

A world-acclaimed research-based book entitled ‘Great minds on INDIA’ (Bengali version—- authored by a Northeast-based writer and researcher Shri Salil Gewali, has been launched by the Governor of West Bengal Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. The special function organized for the book-release was attended by a galaxy of scholars, academicians and representative of various colleges, universities, media houses, and social organizations.

The Governor heaped praises on Gewali’s work by saying —- “The book showcases the exceptionally rich civilization of India and its remarkable contributions to the world in the development of the Modern science, Mathematics, Linguistic, Metallurgy, Cosmology, Psychology, and other areas of studies.”

Quoting from Gewali’s book, the Honorable governor said —  “Twenty-four centuries before Isaac Newton, the Indian scriptures asserted that gravitation held the universe together. The Sanskrit speaking Aryans subscribed to the idea of a spherical earth in an era when the Greeks believed in a flat one.”  Emphasizing the importance of the book in the present contest, the Governor further added: “This title doubtlessly serves as a LIGHT of wisdom even to the educated who have lost their faith in the ancient heritage. Truly, the ancient knowledge has been held as eternal wisdom. Our most beloved eleventh President of India, eminent scientist — Dr. Abdul Kalam has regarded Vedas as the oldest classics and the most precious treasures of the East. Great philosopher, writer, poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore was highly inspired by the Upanishads and the works of the greatest Sanskrit poet Kalidas while writing his ‘Geetanjalee’. And Mahatma Gandhi, an epitome of peace, tolerance and non-violence whose works and lifestyles inspired many great scholars, statesmen, scientists and diplomats of the modern age, also admitted the Bhagawata Gita as a boundless ocean of priceless gems. Even VS Naipaul, the renowned author of ‘A Wounded Civilization’, admits the Eastern Wisdom as the noblest of all.” Finally the governor – Shri Keshari Nath, in his speech remarked — Unless we are awakened to the profound wisdom of Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita now, a day might not be that far when we have to send our children to Germany, France, USA.. to study them, and to know about India’s rich culture”          

This unique book has been translated into Bengali by Dr. RN Das and edited by Prof. Nirmal Maity of Kolkata which is originally prefaced by a NASA Chief Scientist, Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.  This book is now being used as a textbook in some of the schools in Kolkata for students from Class -6 to 10.

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The book first published in the Xerox format in 1998 and later brought out in its normal print format in 2009 by Academic Publications of Shillong (Meghalaya), it has been highly lauded across the country and abroad.

The book first published in the Xerox format in 1998 and later brought out in its normal print format in 2009 by Academic Publications of Shillong (Meghalaya), it has been highly lauded across the country and abroad. The first original English edition unveiled in 2009 by then Governor of Meghalaya Shri RS Mooshahary, the book’s translated versions such as Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi editions have subsequently been launched by the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the Governor of Maharashtra and Gujarat in the years 2013 and 2015 respectively.

This landmark compilation of the quotes of world-famous luminaries, which is edited by a NASA scientist – Prof. AV Murali, has long been captivating the attention of the noted scholars from across the world. Robert Brenton of Brooklyn, New York says – “ ‘Great Minds on India’ is fantastic and a further testimony to the immense wisdom that comes from the great masters in ancient India, who saw the truth in ancient times and left it for us to ponder.

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During his exhaustive research, Mr. Gewali realized that Modern scientists like Erwin Schrodinger, Niels Bohr, Julius Oppenheimer, David Bohm, Werner Heisenberg, David Josephson, and so on had sufficiently got the ideas related to Quantum Physics from the ancient literature of INDIA. Voltaire, Johann Goethe, Hegel, Emerson, Henry Thoreau were other front-ranking philosophers of the modern time who were inspired by the fathomless depth of the ancient wisdom of INDIA.

Lastly, in the book, the opinion by  one of the greatest poets of 20th Century – TS Eliot, swells our chest. Eliot writes in his ‘After strange God’ — “Indian philosophers’ subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys.”

Here again exclaims a prominent philosopher and critic of Germany – August Schlegel – “Even the loftiest philosophy of European appear like a feeble spark before the Vedanta.”