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Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar

Amavaasya / Kali Yugaabda 5112 / Vikruti Kaarthigai 19 (December 5, 2010)

There does exist a different world, right amidst us. There is just not enough light being thrown on it. This world is filled with gentle and caring human beings, where stories of determination and courage are enacted every day. Honesty and Passion motivate the ordinary citizens of this world to do extraordinary tasks, one day at a time for several decades even. "Panchaamritam" is a Seva that has been throwing light on this Other World by reporting on five good things every fortnight. And they have done this 199 times already. Issue No. 200 is just a few days away! (A recent note in the `Seva Bharathi Tamilnadu Blog' )


An Integral Coach Factory (ICF) employee, Jayakumar of Chennai (Tamilnadu, Bharat) handed over Rs 1,99,700 to Anna Nagar police station on November 22 , 2010. His son Aravind Raj spotted 500 rupee note bundles scattered on the road while Jayakumar was taking him in his two-wheeler to the Velammal School, Mugappair. The ICF employee collected the money and submitted it to the nearby Anna Nagar police station. This was later advertised in newspapers. Selvam Arumugham, an employee in BIL International Private Ltd, noticed it and informed the police that he had lost money on the same day. Selvam was carrying the day's collection of Rs1,99,700 and gave it to his son, who was pillion riding his bike. As it started raining, Selvam put his son in an auto and sent him to school. After sending him, Selvam realised that he had left the money with his son. Immediately he followed the auto in his bike only to find that his son had dropped it on the road. A search proved futile. After hearing Selvam's story, and verifying it, the police handed over the money to him. Jayakumar and son were honoured and appreciated for their honesty by Chennai City Police Commissioner.

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, November 30, 2010.


The book Economic Principles of the Vedic Tradition (2010) by Nicholas Kazanas (Publisher: Aditya Prakashan, Delhi) deals with economic principles as found in the more ancient sources of the Vedic period in so far as this is possible. Despite few economic terms used throughout the text like Land Value Taxation (which means simply taxing the value of land alone) there is nothing complex or complicated in this study and reading it does not require any training in Economics. By showing the relation of the Indic principles to certain modern concepts and particularly to Land Value Taxation, the book goes a long way in bringing into light many valuable economic concepts and practices supported by an institutional framework.  Thus we meet the same concern about the distribution of wealth that occupies the mind of modern economists. How much does a man or a family need to earn and how much should be given to the royal treasury (i.e. the State) and how should these be determined? Or to put it in other terms, how should taxation be levied? Then, how should the State dispose of its revenue? Also, how should lending operate and what would be fair rates of interest? The lawgivers in ancient India were fully aware of all these issues. A most surprising feature is the principles of free access to land for all and the Land Value Tax which should be the source of Government revenue (and expenditure). It is surprising because Land Value Taxation is supposed to be a fairly modern concept. 

From a note by Dr. S Kalyanaraman, Chennai.


Hermunde village in Udupi district (Karnataka, Bharat) chants `kabaddi, kabaddi' as Mamata Poojary wins the Best Raider award at the Asian Games. Before the talent spotters discovered her, she lived with her parents in a remote hamlet in Dakshina Kannada district where they had no electricity, where two decent meals a day was a luxury, and where even now no vehicle can drive up to her doorstep, because there are no motorable roads. Her parents are coolies, her brother works in a garage. Mamata had to trudge five to six kilometres to school every day. The fish that she or her brother caught in the roiling stream near their home was the only `delicacy' her family could afford. Fish, fried or pickled, incidentally remains her favourite dish. Despite being poor, her parents never dissuaded her from sports. On November 26, 2010, India beat Thailand 28-14 at Guangzhou to win the gold medal in women's kabaddi and Mamata was adjudged Best Raider of the Asian Games. The Southern Railways asked Mamata if she would play for their team and offered her a job in Andhra Pradesh. But Mamata was then in the final year of her BA course and unwilling to give up her studies. But when she was told that she could complete her education later, she accepted the offer but returned last year to clear her exams. , November 29, 2010.


Patient and persistent efforts to bring about social transformation can bring about spectacular results. The place is Kadaladi Community Block in Ramanathapuram district (Tamilnadu, Bharat). Sevabharathi recently conducted a blood group identification camp there, as a prelude to blood donation camps. Speaking at the inaugural function as the Special Guest, the Chairman of Kadaladi Community Block, Shri Lingam Palkalai remarked, "This block is known for frequent violent incidents involving knife attacks and liberal spilling of blood. So, I am immensely pleased and surprised that the villagers have come forward to join hands with Sevabharathi and donate blood to save lives." Those in the audience immediately promised that they will not just stop with blood donation, but actively participate in the other Seva projects of Sevabharathi as well! Touching, isn't it?     From blog:


"It is my passion to donate blood till the time I can do so", said Rattan Lal Chugh, a resident of Fazilka (Punjab, Bharat), who has become synonymous with blood bank in the area. A shopkeeper, 39-year-old Rattan Lal Chugh has donated blood 102 times in over 23 years. He has been donating the elixir of life since he was a youth. Knowing well that blood can be donated every three months, Chugh has donated it 102 times instead of 92 times. The reason: He would never turn away anyone at his doorstep seeking blood. He has not only donated blood but has also contributed towards organising blood donation camps through which nearly 2,000 voluntary donors have donated blood. In recognition of his commendable services towards blood donation, he was honoured by the principal secretary, health, at a state-level blood donation function held at Barnala recently.

Based on a report by Shri Praful C Nagpal in THE TRIBUNE, Bhathinda Edition, August 2, 2010; also from PATHIK SANDESH, Hindi monthly, Jalandhar, September 2010.