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Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar
Amaavasya / Kali Yugaabda 5112 / Vikruti Aavani 23 (September 8, 2010)


Occasionally `Bharat' proves its superiority over `India'. Like this: Smt Lakshmi (30) was in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was to be her fourth delivery. She developed labour pains. Neighbours rang up 108 and called in the ambulance. She was taken to the Primary Health Centre. The nursing staff there found it to be a Caesarean case and referred her to the nearby town, Palani. Just then Lakshmi's husband and mother in law rushed in and began attending on her. They corrected the infant's position inside the womb and soon Lakshmi gave birth to a child in the normal way. Lakshmi is one of the 87 persons comprising 19 families, of what the statute book describes as `Scheduled Tribes', relocated to the plains near Andipatti (Theni district, Tamilnadu, Bharat),   from the Western Ghats forest by the forest department last year. Every child birth in these Vanavasi families is INVARIABLY a normal delivery and, as a rule, the mother and the new-born are safe. Interestingly, it is the husband and mother in law who perform the delivery, that too at home. A team of government doctors who inspected Lakshmi later on exclaimed that incurring fees in the range of Rs 25,000 and more for Caesarean deliveries could be avoided if the services of a few persons like the relatives of Lakshmi were available to them.

From a report by Shri N. Angubabu in DINAMANI July 28, 2010.


Exactly 100 PANCHAAMRITAMs back, that is in PANCHAMRITAM 93,  the good work done by Shri Nagarajan, a weaver of Vellakovil (he planted 22,000 trees in spite of ill health) was featured. It was in 2006. Recently, Nagarajan exhibited his good heart; he visited another person doing similar eco-seva and admired him by accompanying a journalist who was on his way to meet that person. The `another person' is Shri Ayyasami, 74, of Yezhoor, off Thookanaickenpalayam (Erode district, Tamilndu, Bharat); this agriculturist has planted over 10, 000 trees along a 3 mile stretch near his village.  Even while tending cattle as a lad, he had processed neem seeds in a pool on the outskirts of his village where excess water is collected; later on he sowed them. His father, who was a tree lover, is the great inspiration for Ayyasami. Based on a report by Shri  M.S. Satyanathan in DINAMALAR VAARAMALAR, September 5, 2010.


Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864 - 1924), the legendary educationist of Bengal keenly observed a particular young scientist, in fact, an Assistant Accountant General at the Indian Finance Department, Calcutta. This man spent several hours in a science laboratory, immersed in research, before and after his office hours every day. Ashutosh Mukherjee asked this young scientist whether he would take up professorship in physics department in the Calcutta University. Because the job measured up to his thirst for knowledge, he readily agreed. Soon he made progress admirably. Ashutosh Mukherjee was happy and advised him to go to England for acquiring further knowledge. The young man replied: "What is special about going abroad? I shall work in this land only. Shall acquire more knowledge here itself - without going to a foreign country. And I shall stun the world with my achievement." He did. Working with very ordinary instruments, he came up with a stunning achievement. He won the Nobel Prize too, for that in 1930. The name of such a great son of Bharatmata is (Sir) C.V.Raman (1888 - 1970).

A write up by Shri Ramanuja Naik in SAMBHASHANA SANDESHAH, Samskrit monthly, Bengaluru – 560 085, Septmber 2010.        


Meet Shri Harish Chandra, 22. He has passed the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) examination this year. His mother Gita Devi works as a domestic help and his father is a daily wages labourer. They live in Otters Line, a hutment near Kingsway Camp, Delhi, Bharat. It is the hard work that Harish had put in all along which brought about this glory. Because of poverty Harish was about to drop out of school when he reached Class 7. But he did not. He worked in a grocery to earn money needed to continue his studies. Once he cleared Class 11, he began taking tuition for kids around. This way, he completed his Post Graduation. The Principal of his college advised him to prepare for the IAS. Harish, as is his practice, put his entire energy in the competitive exam and was selected for IAS in the very first attempt. His dream came true. Of course, thanks to hard work. He says his inspiration was Shri Govind Jaisawal, son of a rickshawman. Govind had, in a similar manner, cleared the IAS in 2006.   PATHEYA KANN, Hindi magazine, Jaipur,  August 16, 2010 / IBN Live


Thirty five undergraduate students from seven engineering colleges, four in Bangalore and three in Hyderabad, have done something that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago. One of the five satellites carried by the PSLV-C15 launched on July 12, 2010, is a Pico satellite named `Studsat', which weighs less than 1.5 Kg. A Pico sat is a miniaturized artificial satellite. This is the first time in India that a Pico sat with an imaging camera has been designed, fabricated and built by students, under the guidance of scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The idea behind this exercise was to provide students an opportunity to understand the mission aspects and gain hands-on experience in building a work satellite. Satellites launches by ISRO have always attracted public attention. But it was the Chandrayaan-1 launch in October 2008 that fired the imagination of students. The outcome was an impressive increase in the number of young men and women showing interest in space research. The decision to sacrifice precious payload to accommodate the demonstration satellites shows that ISRO is playing for the future. With Chandrayaan-2 and human space flight in prospect, it is clear that rising India's future is very bright. From an editorial in ANDAMAN WAVE, English fortnightly, Port Blair, July 31, 2010.