Friday, June 3, 2011


Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai


Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar

Amaavaasya/ Kali Yugaabda 5113 / Kara Vaikasi 18 (June 1, 2011)


Shashi Kumar, Ranjith Mukundan, Venkatesh Seshasayee and Praveen Nale – these four software engineers, former employees of Wipro in Bangalore, quit their jobs four months ago and turned entrepreneurs. They set up a milk dairy in Kodihalli village of Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district (Karnataka, Bharat). The milk dairy will be set up at a cost of Rs 15 crore on 24 acres, and 300 marginal farmers (those with less than 4.5 acres of land) will be selected within a 15-sqkm radius of Kodihalli village to supply milk to the dairy. "The farmers will be educated on modern cattle-rearing methods, milking machines and increasing milk production. The dairy will be set up in five months and we will be recruiting 500 villagers," says Ranjith Mukundan. "The company will help the farmers get loans from banks to set up satellite farms and purchase cows. The milkman will sell milk directly to our company without any middlemen, the transportation of milk and regular medical check-ups of cows will be free for milkmen registered with our company," he added. The advantages of setting up satellite farms are many - each will be equipped with sensors, GPS, pedometers and other equipment to monitor and trace the movements of cows, how much milk a cow produces every day, and to check the animals' body temperature and keep tabs on their health, Ranjith added. Based on a report by Shri Pavan M V in THE TIMES OF INDIA, May 24, 2011.


A village in Ettimangalam in Melur block, Madurai district (Tamilnadu, Bharat) has been adjudged the best in the district as no form of untouchability has been reported from there. It is also said to have fared better than other villages in terms of communal harmony. Commending the efforts made by the villagers, District Collector U Sagayam presented a cheque of `Rs 2 lakh to the Panchayat president Raguram at the grievances redressal day meeting. THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, May 24, 2011.


Meet Shri Mansukh Prajapati. He comes from a potter's family of Rajkot (Gujarat, Bharat). `Mitticool', the refrigerator designed and produced by this under – matric is quite popular today. The earthen fridge does not require electricity and it is cheap, just above Rs 2,500 in the year 2004 when he marketed it. In 2005 Mansukh came up with his earthern `non stick' thawa which was certified by Tata Chemicals. It is the Rs 350 earthen water filter that Mansukh brought out in 1995, that paved the way for the series of innovations by this rural genius. No wonder he won accolades from Dr. Abdul Kalam, a former President of India as well as Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister. (Mansukh can be contacted at  Based on a report by Shri Naresh Bhai in SAMBHASHANA SANDESHAH, Samskrit monthly, June 2011.


N Umapathy, a club footballer, was anguished at the growing number of youngsters in his slum in Vyasarpadi, North Chennai (Tamilnadu, Bharat) turning to bad habits. And came the idea by which he formed Slum Children Sports Talent Education Development Society (SCSTEDS) in 2000. "Our plan was to divert the attention of slum children from bad things. To attract their attention, we used football." Said Umapathy. Over the years, the society has changed lives of over 6,000 children. "Ever since the society was formed, grooming the children in football and other sports has changed their mindsets", says N Thangaraj, who coaches the children along with Umapathy. "Besides instilling the spirit of game and competition in them, we make the children reach the ground on time to train and it makes them disciplined in schools too," adds Thangaraj. From a report by Shri G. Saravanan in THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS, May 22, 2011.


Ayurveda, the most ancient and important system of medicine in India, is important to modern natural medicine proponents. A group in Austria wants to make a renewed effort to explore Ayurveda. And they're doing is using, of all things, evolutionary biology. The chosen document is Charakasamhita: what historians regard as the most ancient and important of Ayurvedic treatises. Initially passed down through oral tradition, the subsequently written records of the Charakasamhita were repeatedly copied in the course of nearly two thousand years of history, leading to changes in the wording, which means that today, there are diverging manuscripts. Computer-aided analyses help determine the common source of the different versions of the text. Based on the analyses and using methods of textual criticism, they say their project goal,   the reconstruction of a version of the Carakasamhita that is closer to its original form, can be realized. This "critical edition" will then allow for content-related studies with regard to the history of Indian medicine, philosophy, religion and culture, as reflected in the Carakasamhita. University of Vienna regards itself as a leading center of critical editions and translations of ancient Indian Sanskrit writings and this project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund.  May 30, 2011.