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Blood Transfusions and DNA

Question : It has been stated that DNA is only found in white
blood cells as opposed to red blood cells. If a person receives whole
blood, which contains red cells, through a transfusion, is it possible
that DNA from the doner will mix or combine with the recipient’s DNA?

A followup question would be if a person receives a bone marrow
transplant, is it possible that DNA from the doner will affect the DNA of
the recipient? This effect being that the DNA would merge or one become
dominate over the other.

A more simple question – Is it possible that the DNA of one person will
mix or merge with the DNA of another person if a doner receives a whole
blood transfusion or a bone marrow transplant? Since bone marrow produces
blood cells, would the transplanted bone marrow produce cells with the DNA
of the doner or produce cells with the DNA of the recipient?

Answer : There are mutliple questions here, each of which would require quite a bit of explanation to respond completley. First off, reb blood cells as alluded
to, have no nucleus and no DNA. They do have rna….which is a nuclear
informational molecule. White blood cells do nave nuclei and a full
compliment of chromosomes. Red blood cells have a life span of about 120
days. White cells have highly variable life spans once released from the
bone marrow into the circulation…from hours to years. The subject is
complicated by the nature of cells…in that they divide to form “daughter”
cells. The original cell no longer is an entity. In transplantations of
tissues, be they a transfusion or a marrow transplant or organ transplant
the donor tissue if it does not come from the individual must meet certain
compatability criteria prior to transplantation. In peripheral
blood….blood in the circulation, this is somehat routine since it is the
first transplantation of human tissue to become routine. The donor cells in
a blood transfusion…which is a transplant, to my knowledge do not
generally remain detectable for long periods but simply die to be replaced
by the recipient’s own cells. This is not the case in bone marrow
transplantsan where stem cells seed into the recipient’s bone marrow to
produce their cells indefinatley…if the recipient does not reject the
transplant because of a lack of tissue compatability. There is also a chance
that the donor cells will “reject the new home” and attack the recipients
body. This is called a ” graft verses host response.” In any case, if the
new marrow is successful in seeding the marrow, the recipient will typically
have the donor’s DNA in all the decendents of the transplanted cells. The
dna from these cells does not generally “mix” with the DNA of the recipients
cells. Nor does it replace the DNA of the cells in other tissues of the
recipient.


Software Problems – 1

Did you ever try importing a CMYK format PSD (Photoshop Document) into GIMP ?

Well, GIMP fails to do this. I have tried looking for plugins. But sorry, if you want to open PSD files in GIMP, then you need to save them first as an RGB in Photoshop. There is no other way.

If you face problems with uninstalling EA Sports’ Cricket 2007 and get an error ‘Unable to locate EAInstall.dll”, then try doing this :

Paste eainstall.dll in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temp and make sure eaunistall.exe is in the same directory and then double click on it.

Are viruses constantly infecting your USB flash drive ?

I tried creating a new folder, and then renamed it ‘autorun.inf’. This prevents viruses from creating an autorun.inf file and executing malicious instructions. If you have U3 installed on your flash drive, then I am not sure if this approach works.

Did you ever want to edit a PDF and didn’t want to pay Adobe for a premium version of Adobe Reader ?

You can do so in OpenOffice.org Draw. You just need to download an extension. The PDF Import Extension allows you to import and modify PDF documents. Find the extension here : http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/pdfimport

Did you ever want to burn a CD and didn’t want to pay for bloated CD-writing software like Nero ?

InfraRecorder comes to the rescue. It is pretty light. And its Open-Source !

Setting up GVim for Windows

Create a file named _gvimrc in the “C:\Program Files\Vim\” folder (or wherever you install it into) with the following contents :-

syntax enable ” Enables colour syntax highlighting
set nocp ” Activates the ‘i’ key to enter insert mode ?
set bs=2 ” Enables backward deletion using backspace
colorscheme desert “Enables a colour scheme of your choice ; in my case its ‘desert’.

Hope it helped.

People are evil

People are always depicted to be tolerant, intelligent and sane. But I think this is the worst lie I have ever heard.

Even people like JP of Loksatta say “People voted for the lesser evil: The Congress, despite its incompetent, corrupt and
centralized rule, got away with victories Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Assemblies because of people’s aversion to parties which sought to divide them on the basis of caste, religion, region and language. Since there was no party which… represented their quest for change, they were forced to vote for the least dangerous party.” But this is absolute rubbish. People are never tolerant. They are never averse to fundamentalism.

One of the reasons a direct democracy is bound to be aggressive, intolerant, sometimes insane is that people directly influence the decisions. We should be thankful to God for the fact that most democracies are representative democracies. Otherwise slavery would still have continued in Southern USA. All Hindus in Bangladesh would have been killed or driven away by now. All European nations would have banned minarets. (Like the Swiss did in a referendum).
All conservative European states would have passed discriminatory laws against the LGBT community. (Given a chance by the Supreme Court, this is what the people of California did in a referendum)

Indian Moslems (especially the South Indian ones) are depicted as tolerant. This is rubbish. When they have been given chances in the past, they seized the opportunities to massacre Hindus. For e.g. the Mappila Moslems of Kerala. Kerala is supposed to be the most tolerant place in India. But if you read about the atrocities they committed (the Mappila militant revolt of 1921), you will understand that they are not tolerant. Even a professional army took a lot of time to subjugate them. They felt they were superior and could easily defeat Hindus who made up 60% of the population. We should also remember the Direct Action day, the Calcutta Riots of 1948. The peasant moslems thought they could drive out the Hindus and merge Kolkata into Pakistan. Post-independence, Razakars were employed by the Nizam. The Hyderabadi Moslems honestly believed they could massacres millions of Hindus with a bunch of Razakars. Also, during election time speeches, the Moslems of UP deliver speeches on how Pakistan was exploited by India. (and the need to help Pakistan)

Telangana people are depicted as being oppressed and tolerant. On the contrary, each and every Telanganite harbours hatred towards Andhrites. When the people of Rayalaseema, Uttarandhra raised the slogan of Samaikhyandhra, I thought they honestly believed in it. It turns out that they were merely trying to protect their interests. The new ‘Rayala Telangana’ proposal proves that Rayalaseema people dont really care about Telugu people being united. When people take charge of democracy (like the Osmania students did), they always do insane things. No wonder the OU students threatend the 30 lakh Andhrites living in Hyderabad that they would ensure the settlers didnot return after Sankranti.

People are more evil than you think they are.

రండి, విప్లవం సృష్టిద్దాం !

ప్రపంచం లోని భాషల్లో చాల భాషలు localization పరం గా చాలా అభివృద్ధి చెంది ఉన్నాయి. ఏ విధం గా అభివృద్ది చెంది ఉన్నాయంటే : operating system interfaces అన్ని ఆయా భాషల్లో అనువదించబడ్డాయి. అలాగే internet లో ఉన్న విశేషాలు, సంగతులు, వార్తలు, బ్లాగులు ఇవి వెతకడానికి ప్రతి భాషకి చక్కగా పనిచేసే search engine లు ఉన్నాయి. కాని తెలుగు కి మాత్రం ఈ లోపం స్పష్టం గా కనపడుతోంది. అలగే మిత్రులతోనూ, బంధువులతోను chatting చేసుకొనేటప్పుడు చక్కటి తెలుగు పదాల్ని times new roman script లో type చేసుకోవాల్సిన దుర్దశ తెలుగు భాష కు పట్టింది. తెలుగు wikipedia కూడా చాలీ చాలని articles తో జీవితం నెట్టుకొస్తోంది. చాలా  మంది bloggers కి తెలుగు లో రాసే సత్తా ఉంది. కాని ఎందుకు రాయలేకపోతున్నారు. ఈ దుర్దశ నుండి తెలుగు భాషను మనం ఎలా బయట పడేయగలమన్నది చాల మందిని వేదిస్తోన్న ప్రశ్న.

ఇప్పుడిదంతా చెప్పడంలో నా ఉద్దేశం తెలుగు లోని english పదాల్ని వాడడం మానెయ్యాలని, లేక మన operating system లు అన్ని తెలుగు లోనే వాడాలని కాదు. అది అవివేకం అవుతుంది, మొదటి కే మోసం అవుతుంది. తెలుగు లో blog చెయ్యమని ప్రోత్సహించనా నా మాట వినే వాళ్ళు ఎక్కువ ఉండరు.

internet లో తెలుగు భాష వైభవం మనకి కనపడకపోవటానికి ప్రధానమైన కారణం ఏంటంటే మనం ఎవరం తెలుగు keyboard లు వాడం గనుక. ఇంకో కారణం ఏంటంటే ప్రస్తుతం ఉన్న transliteration tools లో type చేయడమంటే నల్లేరు పై నడకే. ఈ విషయాన్ని మీకు స్పష్టం గా ఈ video లో చూపిస్తాను.

ప్రస్తుతమున్న tools లో మీరు తెలుగు వ్రాయాలంటే కొన్ని నిబంధనలు ప్రకారమే రాయాలి. ఇష్టం వచినట్లు రాస్తే మీరు రాసినది తప్పుల తడక అవుతుంది. ఉదాహరణకి ఒక అచ్చును సాగదియాలంటే capital letter రాయాలి. ఇవన్ని చేస్తూ కూర్చుంటే తెల్లవారిపోతుంది. అందువలన తెలుగు లో వ్రాసే ఆసక్తి చాలా మందికి కలుగకుండా పోతుంది.

కానీ తెలుగు భాష చరిత్రలో ఒక విప్లవాత్మకమైన మార్పు ని తీసుకు వచ్చే అవకాసం google మనకి ఈవేళ ఇచ్చింది.
మానమ computer లో తెలుగు వాడే విధానాన్ని ‘google transliteration IME’అనే ఒక tool శాస్వతం గా మర్చివేయబోతోంది. ఈ  tool ని మనం install చేసుకున్నట్లయితే మనం ఏ application లోనైన దీనిని వాడుకొనే అవకాసం మనకు లభిస్తుంది. ఈ tool ని ఎలా వాడలో, ఎలా install చెయ్యాలో మీకు ఈ వీడియో లో స్పష్టం గా చూపిస్తాను.

తెలుగు భాషను ప్రోత్సహించడం లో మీరు చేసే ఉడత సాయం బ్రహ్మాండమైన మేలు చేస్తుందని మీకు గుర్తు చేస్తున్నాను. అందుకని నేను మనవి చేసేది ఏంటంటే సాటి తెలుగు వారి తో chatting చేసేటప్పుడు తెలుగు లోనే మాట్లాడండి. ఈ tool కొన్ని తప్పులు చెయ్యొచ్చు. ఐతే ఇందులో Personalized choices అనే ఒక సౌకర్యం వలన దిద్దుబాట్లని గుర్తుపెట్టుకోగలదు. అంటే దీనికి కాస్త training ఇస్తే ఇది విజ్రుమ్భించి పని చేస్తుంది. దీనిలో ఉన్న ఒకే ఒక్క లోపం ఏంటంటే english లోకి మారడానికి ctrl-g నోక్కల్సి ఉంటుంది. ఇది కొంత మందికి అసౌకర్యం గా అనిపించవచ్చు. telugu script రాని కొందరిని అతి త్వరగా నేర్చుకోమని ప్రోత్సహిస్తున్నాను. google లోని తెలుగు వారి అండతో విడుదలైన ఈ transliteration tool ని దైనందిన జీవితం లో వాడడం షురూ చేయండి. ఈ మాత్రం చేయగలిగితే మీరు తెలుగు భాషకి చెప్పలేని మేలు చేసిన వారు అవుతారు.

Nageshwara Rao tells me that the IME tool by Microsoft is far better. You can check it out here.

How the Encyclopedia Britannica article on Hinduism was rewritten

Courtesy: Amit Raj Dhavan

This article will highlight some of the misinterpretations of Hinduism in Encyclopædia Britannica, many of which are very offending to any Hindu reader and those who know and respect Hinduism. The author has based this article on the contents of [1]. Text quoted from Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition is in slanted red typeface.

In the following lines an argument is presented, which shows and questions the biased intentions of a popular reference source like Encyclopædia Britannica. Information conveyed by an encyclopedia should be unbiased, impartial, based on facts, true to the greatest extent, and not  anybody’s personal opinion. In this light, the article on Hinduism in Encyclopædia Britannica has been examined. The absurd choice of  contributors of an article on Hinduism by the authorities of Encyclopædia Britannica will also be analysed. It is felt that Britannica’s article on Hinduism is written in a sense that ill-disposes a reader towards Hinduism, whereas this is not the case with Britannica’s articles on other religions  like Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. After thought and analysis, I have been left with an impression which can be best summarized in the  following question: Why is Encyclopædia Britannica hostile towards Hinduism?

A Master’s level physics text written in English can be read, at least most part of it, by a person who has a Bachelor’s in English. But reading a text does not mean that it has been understood! To understand such a text on physics, at least   one is required to have adequate knowledge of physics. Generally, a linguist is not a physicist. In this sense, what this   person (who does not know physics) would infer from a physics text cannot be relied upon, and of course, before his or  her findings are published, they have to be scrutinized. Religion is based on belief, and reliable information on any  particular religion can be conveyed by a person who believes in it, has good knowledge about it, and therefore realises it. Authorities of Encyclopædia Britannica had forgotten this fact when they had to publish about Hinduism, but they had  well-remembered it when they had to publish material on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. On the one hand they have   chosen people like Rev. Henry Chadwick to write on Christianity, Fazlur Rahman, an alim, to write on Islam, and Rabbi Lou Hackett Silberman to write on Judaism, and on the other hand they have chosen Wendy Doniger, who is criticised for her  negative portrayals of Hinduism ([2],[3]), as a writer and editor of Hinduism. From the stated writers or editors of   Hinduism in Encyclopædia Britannica ([1]), none of them is a Hindu, or of Indian origin, or a holder of Hindu scholarship,  e.g. an acharya. To write on Christianity, Encyclopædia Britannica chose a Reverend (a priest of the Christian church), for Islam, an alim (a Muslim learned in religious matters) was selected, to describe Judaism, a Rabbi (a religious leader and  teacher in the Jewish religion) was opted, but for information on Hinduism they had to choose people who have been  criticised by Hindus and academia. Why has Encyclopædia Britannica been partial in its choice on religious matters?


The lengthy article on Hinduism (approx. 51 000 words) in Encyclopædia Britannica ([1]), does not depict Hinduism in a positive manner, in general. It looks more of a critique of Hinduism, where several concepts—fairly clear to an average Hindu—have been predicted as tensions and confusions. Britannica has misrepresented the concept and message of Hinduism, and Hindu values have been disparaged. The articles on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism have been written in a very good  sense, and the evils of these religions have been subjugated by the way of presentation of those themes. In almost every section of [1], unnecessary contradictions and tensions have been mentioned with exaggeration. Why? It seems that the  ambition of Encyclopædia Britannica is to show Hinduism inferior to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, but even then the  question is: Why?


Britannica disrespects more than 800 million Hindus by publishing mendacious statements about their religion. Some of these statements are extremely false, concocted, and rude. How painful they are to a Hindu heart, there is no account of that. About Lord Krishna, who is respected and revered by all Hindus, the article says ([1]):

Krishna was worshipped with his adulterous consort, Radha.


According to reputed dictionaries [4] and [5], the word adulterous is related to adultery, and adultery refers to sex  between a married man or woman and someone who is not their wife or husband. Consort means an associate ([5]). Neither through Hindu history nor through any reliable Hindu belief it can be stated that Lord Krishna had an illicit sexual relationship with Radha. They are symbols of pure divine love. How could the writers of this text, Arthur Llewellyn Basham, J. A. B. van Buitenen, and Wendy Doniger publish such nonsense? How could authorities of Britannica allow this menace to Hindu belief? Instead of mentioning the exemplary virtues of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna, their righteousness has been critically examined. Moreover, insane and illusionary fiction has been presented as a fact. In [1], it is stated:

The story of Rama, like that of Krishna, also has a shadowy side.

and

The benevolence and beneficial activity of these figures (Rama, Krishna, et al.) is, however, occasionally in doubt. Vishnu often acts deceitfully, selfishly, or helplessly; …


And then starts the critical examination of virtues of Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, and Lord Vishnu. Is criticism the job of an encyclopedia? The sole task of the writers of [1] was to tarnish the image of Hinduism, its principles, its beliefs, its revered. Has Britannica examined the shadowy sides of Jesus, Mohammad, or Abraham?


The preposterous imagination of the writers of [1]has presented an unacceptable statement which shows their lack of knowledge of Sanskrit language and Hinduism, past and present. The compound word shivlingam is composed of words shiv and lingam. Here shiv means Lord Shiv, and lingam means symbol. Therefore, shivlingam means the symbol of Shiv. Shivlingam is known to all Hindus as a symbol of Lord Shiv. In Sanskrit language, it is common that one word has two or more meanings. Reference [6] provides more than 10 meanings of the word lingam. I state two other meanings: 1) gender, and 2) the male sex organ. Suppose a Sanskrit language student is asked to fill a medical form in Sanskrit. There it is required to tick or cross the box called lingam. Common sense says that in the form to be filled, the word lingam means gender. It would not make any sense to adapt the second meaning (male sex organ) for this purpose, certainly not for female applicants. To clarify further, an example from English language will be discussed. In English language, the word PETER can be used in at least three different ways ([4]). PETER can mean: 1) name of a person, 2) to gradually stop or disappear, and 3) a penis. What would it mean if you ask a person, “Are you PETER?”? The answer is obvious, and so is the meaning of shivlingam. In [1], it is stated:

Yet another epiphany is that of the lingam, an upright rounded post, usually of stone, representing a phallus, in which form he is worshipped throughout India.

and

One of the most common objects of worship, whether in temples or in the household cult, is the lingam (phallus). Often much stylized and representing the cosmic pillar, it emanates its all-producing energy to the four quarters of the universe. As the symbol of male creative energy it is frequently combined with its female counterpart (yoni),
the latter forming the base from which the lingam rises.


Symbols can be given many meanings, but not all are accepted meanings. The accepted meaning of shivlingam is the
the symbol of Shiv, and not the phallus. It is weird that the foundation on which the
shivlingam rests could look like a vagina to the writers of [1]. The meaning of shivlingam as asserted by Britannica is not accepted by Hindus, then why has Britannica misinformed the reader, and hurt Hindus worldwide? Encyclopedia is not a stage to display insanity. The authors of [1] should restrict their epiphany only to themselves. If shivlingam represents a phallus then all cylindrical objects like pens or lipsticks represent a phallus.

The article does not hesitate to mention Hindus “killing” people of other religions, but it never mentions that Hindus were
brutally massacred by people of other religions. At this point, three excerpts from [
1] have been quoted in the following lines.

From time to time Hindus, especially Shaivites, took aggressive action against Buddhism. At least two Shaivite kings—the Hephthalite invader Mihirakula (early 6th century) and the Bengal king Sasanka (early 7th century)—are reported to have destroyed monasteries and killed monks.

and

These strands converged at the end of the 20th century in a campaign to destroy the mosque built in 1528 by a  lieutenant of the Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya, a city that has traditionally been identified as the place where Rama was born and ruled. In 1992 Hindu militants from all over India, who had been organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP; “World Hindu Council”), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS; “National Volunteer Alliance”), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP; “Indian People’s Party”), destroyed the mosque in an effort to “liberate” Rama and establish a huge “Rama’s Birthplace Temple” on the spot. In the aftermath, several thousand people—mostly Muslims—were killed in riots that spread across North India.

and

It is hardly the case that Muslim rule was generally loathsome to Hindus.


In  [1], there is no mention of genocide of Hindus and demolition of Hindu temples by the Mughals [7], or sabotage of Hindu schools (gurukuls) during the British rule. Did Muslims, Christians, or Jews inflict any acts of ethnic cleansing ever? According to the articles of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in Encyclopædia Britannica—No! There is no mention of Hindu suffering during the Mughal empire, neither in the article on Hinduism ([1]) nor in the article on Islam ([8]) in Britannica. In recent affairs, as the 1992 Ayodhya episode has been mentioned, there is no mention of hundreds of thousands of
Kashmiri Hindus who have been forced to leave their homeland by Islamic militants ([
9],[10]). Ethnic cleansing of Hindus is not an issue for Britannica. If one consults an encyclopedia to know about a religion, then he or she is interested in the concept of the religion. Other details, as stated above in this paragraph, are not required. Still, if Britannica wants to publish such material then the publishing should be fair, and all religions should be treated in the same way. But this is not the case! In Britannica’s article on Judaism ([11]), the atrocities imposed on Jews have been well-mentioned. Given below
is a text from [
11].

In the 20th century, particularly after the events symbolized by Auschwitz (a Nazi death camp in Poland, where approximately one million Jews were killed) …


The struggle of Hindus in surviving the attacks of Muslim invaders in the past, and the present day pain of Kashmiri Hindus has not been mentioned anywhere by Britannica. Do Hindus feel pain without pain?


There is no good mention of good deeds of Hindus or Indians in Britannica’s article. It seems that Britannica wants to make sure that no Hindu feels proud after reading about his or her religion in Britannica, and people who would like to know about Hinduism from Britannica get the worst possible impression about Hinduism. The wisdom of Hindu thought has been kept in dark by Britannica, forget highlighting it. Words are very playful, little adjustment and toning can make a great difference. The language used to write Hinduism in Britannica is English but this English has a different “sense” than the English used to write Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The editors of [1] have ridiculed Hinduism. They have mentioned, to a great extent maligned, Hindu history with such confidence as if they were witnessing the events themselves. Britannica’s article ([1]) talks about one of the greatest spiritual orders in the world—Hinduism—but there is no reference to spirituality in a spiritual way. Britannica has well propagated the essence of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, but in case of Hinduism, it has not. As an example of usage of language, an excerpt from Britannica’s article on Islam ([8]) has been stated.


In Baghdad the tomb of the greatest saint of all, ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī, is visited every year by large numbers of pilgrims from all over the Muslim world.


In the above mentioned excerpt, the phrase: the greatest saint of all, sounds very positive. There is nothing wrong in stating your beliefs with pride, especially when it is a presentation of your core, your culture, your true self. But Britannica did not give Hindus a chance to present their religion, and the ones who were given the privilege
to speak, have vilified and traduced Hinduism.


Mahatma Gandhi is called father of the nation by Indians. About present-day obedience of his teachings, Britannica
says ([
1]):

Although the memory of Gandhi continues to be revered by most Indians, his policies and principles carry little weight. The great bulk of social service is performed by government agencies rather than by voluntary bodies, whether Gandhian or other.


From the above mentioned statement what does one learn about Hinduism? The statement is not required at all in an encyclopedia article on Hinduism. Though it would be interesting to know if Britannica had conducted a nation wide survey in India to find out to what extent are Gandhi’s policies followed there. There are many organizations in India (too many to name) that have been inspired by Gandhi and are propagating his policies and principles even today. There are many Indian non-governmental organizations that conduct considerable social service, esp. at the time of national calamities.
Indians have generously donated to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to help humanity. I fail to  comprehend on what grounds Britannica has made these claims. At this point, it should be adduced that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS; “National Volunteer Alliance”) that has been termed as a “militant” organization by Britannica, is very much respected in India and is known for its social services. If it would have been a militant organization then it would have been permanently banned by the Indian court of law. Fundamentalist nature of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS; “National Volunteer Alliance”) has been elaborated in [
1] but there no mention in [1] or [8], how the want for an only-Muslim state led to the partition of India. This resulted in the creation of Islamic state of Pakistan in 1947. Does not this show the intolerant face of Islam? One can say that there is no need criticise a religion in an encyclopedia article about it. Fine, but this rule should be applied equally to all religions. Britannica has failed to do this.

The Christian church has been very well mentioned in Britannica’s article on Christianity. In [12], an entire section with subsections has been written on Church and social welfare. It is mentioned how the Christian church has healed the sick, taken care of widows and orphans, and done good to society. Article [12] also elaborates Christian beliefs in charity and  prosperity of all. Some excerpts from [12] are mentioned below.

The Christian church has responded to the matter of human illness both by caring for and healing the sick and by expressing concern for them.

and

In the early church, the care of the sick was carried out by the deacons and widows under the leadership of the bishop. This service was not limited to members of the Christian congregation but was directed toward the larger community, particularly in times of pestilence and plague.

and

The Christian congregation has traditionally cared for the poor, the sick, widows, and orphans.


In the above mentioned lines there is nothing to impugn; it is generally true. The contrast is striking when one reads Britannica’s view on Hinduism. There is no mention of the social work done by Hindu organizations, e.g. provision of free schooling and medical care, helping the needy, etc. There are many temples in India that offer all visitors a complete meal for free, but writers of [1] are blind to see the good done by Hindu organizations and temples. In everything they have tried to find a sexual angle. What was guiding them? About Hindu temples, all they have to mention is erotic art of
Khajurao, where they have once again misinterpreted the details, and not to mention again, they have ridiculed Hindu customs and beliefs with their false assertions. In strict sense, the term
devadasis, is used for a lady who has surrendered herself to God. About them [1] states:

The god’s handmaidens (devadasis) performed before him at regular intervals, watched by the officiants and lay worshipers, who were his courtiers. These women, either the daughters of devadasis or girls dedicated in childhood, may have also served as prostitutes. The association of dedicated prostitutes with certain Hindu shrines can be traced back to before the Christian era.


Are these words trying to prove the connection between Hindu shrines and prostitution? Several cases of sexual abuse and sex scandals concerning Christian clergy have been exposed ([13],[14],[15]). Does [12] mention these cases? Of course, not! Well, these things are not “religion” and need not to be mentioned in an encyclopedia article on religion. But is it fair that when Britannica mentions Hinduism, it spurts whatever ugly it feels, and when it mentions Christianity, it hides whatever ugly it wants?

In the lines above, only a few of the many objectionable statements of [1] have been mentioned and analysed. In general, Britannica’s article on Hinduism ([1]) is absolutely deplorable. The intention of my work is not to encourage religious rivalry. This writing is about Hinduism; it does not intend to show other religions in bad light. It was the reprehensible treatment of Hindu sentiments by Britannica that inspired this work. Academia and related works should endorse equality of all religions. Encyclopædia Britannica has been very unjust and despicable in its writing on Hinduism. This can be felt very strongly by anyone who knows about Hinduism. Comparison of Britannica’s articles on Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism explicitly asserts that it has treated Hinduism unevenly and abhorrently. It is strongly needed that Britannica replaces its mal-information about Hinduism with information and facts that are true, honest, and in which Hindus believe. After all, it is about their belief. Only in this way religion, which is based on belief, can be interpreted with the belief that it is truly interpreted and not maliciously misinterpreted.


References

[1] “Hinduism,” Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition, 2009.

[2] K. Ramaswamy, A. de Nicolas, and A. Banerjee, Invading The Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America. New Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2007.

[3] A. M. Braverman, “The interpretation of gods,” vol. 97, no. 2, December, 2004. [Online]. Available: http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0412/features/index.shtml [Accessed: May 4, 2009].


[4] Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. [CD-ROM]. Cambridge University Press, 2003.


[5] Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate Dictionary. [CD-ROM]. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2003.


[6] V.S. Apte, The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 3rd ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1965.


[7] H. Mukhia, The Mughals of India. Malden, MA: Oxford: Blackwell Pub., 2004.


[8] “Islam,” Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition, 2009.


[9] “Islamic terrorism and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits,” [Online]. Available: http://www.kashmiri-pandit.org/sundry/genocide.html [Accessed: May 4, 2009].


[10] K. P. S. Gill, “The Kashmiri Pandits: An ethnic cleansing the world forgot,” [Online]. Available: http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/kpsgill/2003/chapter9.htm[Accessed: May 4, 2009].


[11] “Judaism,” Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition, 2009.


[12] “Christianity,” Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition, 2009.


[13] “Timeline: US Church sex scandal,” September 7, 2007. [Online]. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3872499.stm [Accessed: May 4, 2009].

[14] Jesmi, AmenOru Kanyasthreeyude Atmakatha (Autobiography of a Nun). Kottayam: Di. Si. Buks, 2009.


[15] C. Landau, “Sex abuse by nuns: the unknown story,”October 2, 2007. [Online]. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7022694.stm [Accessed: May 4, 2009].

Phir Mile Sur

The new ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ was trendy, but not as captivating as the original.

“How can Deepika’s legs help us to initiate the national integration feeling… Should have cast more national heroes who made us proud… guys, words from Sachin are more mass appealing than Deepika, Karan Johar and Abhishek Bachchan.” — Adarsh Koyya

Here is an excellent review by krishashok : http://krishashok.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/mile-sur-mera-tomorrow-fail/

Here are the videos :

The new Telugu lyrics :

స్వర సరితలు కులుకుతూ సొంపుగా కడలి లోకే చేరగా…
మబ్బులై పైపైకి తేలి కురిసే చలచల్లగా…
నీ స్వరము నా స్వరము మన స్వరమై మ్రోగెనులే …
నీ స్వరము నా స్వరము మన స్వరమై మ్రోగెనులే …

The classic video :

The original lyrics :

Hindi: मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा तो सुर बने हमारा

सुर की नदियाँ हर दिशा से बहते सागर में मिलें बादलों का रूप ले कर बरसे हल्के हल्के मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा तो सुर बने हमारा मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा … मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा …

Kashmiri: चॉन्य् तरज़ तय म्यॉन्य् तरज़ इक-वट बनि यि सॉन्य् तरज़

Punjabi: तेरा सुर मिले मेरे सुर दे नाल मिलके बने एक नवा सुर ताल

Hindi: मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा तो सुर बने हमारा

Sindhi: मुंहिंजो सुर तोहि देसा पियारा मिले जडें गीत असांजो मधुर तरानो बने तडें.

Urdu: سر کی دریا بہتے ساگر میں ملے

Punjabi: बदलाँ दा रूप लैके बरसन हौले हौले

Tamil: இசைந்தால் நம் இருவரின் சுரமும் நமதாகும். திசை வேறானாலும் ஆழிசேர் ஆறுகள், முகிலாய், மழையாய், பொழிவது போல் இசை, நம் இசை.

Kannada: ನನ್ನ ಧ್ವನಿಗೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಧ್ವನಿಯ, ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಧ್ವನಿಯ .

Telugu: నా స్వరము నీ స్వరము సంగమమై, మన స్వరంగా అవతరించే

Malayalam: എന്റെ സ്വരവും നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്വരവും ഒന്നുചേര്‍ന്നു നമ്മുടെ സ്വരമായ് .

Bengali: তোমার সুর মোদের সুর, সৃষ্টি করুক ঐক্য সুর.

Assamese: সৃষ্টি হো ঐক্যতান.

Oriya: ତୋମା ମୋରା ସ୍ବରେର ମିଲନ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରେ ଚାଲଦୋଚତନ .

Gujarati: મળે સૂર જો તારો મારો, બને આપણો સૂર નિરાળો .

Marathi: माझ्या तुमच्या जुळता तारा मधुर स्वरांच्या बरसती धारा .

Hindi: सुर की नदियाँ हर दिशा से बहते सागर में मिलें बादलों का रूप ले कर बरसे हल्के हल्के मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा तो सुर बने हमारा मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा … तो सुर बने हमारा