College of the Redwoods football came up short on the road against Pacific 7 Conference rival De Anza, falling 42-34 Saturday afternoon in Cupertino.“I can’t fault our effort today at all,” Redwoods head coach Frank Borba said. “We missed on some big play opportunities and allowed some big plays by them.”Redwoods (1-1, 2-3) trailed 35-34 late in the fourth quarter to De Anza (1-0, 3-1) and it appeared that the home team had the game in hand, needing to just take a knee a few times to run out …
Amidst of the Maalin tragedy, a historic development went unnoticed in Maharashtra. A path breaking leap that perhaps can be seen a strong step towards the annihilation of caste system and patriarchy that still rules the minds of India.For the first time in its history of almost nine centuries, Non-Brahmin and female priests performed the Pooja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on Friday.The historic transition started with the Supreme Court verdict on January 15, 2014. The apex court had taken away the ancestral rights claimed by the Brahmin families, known as Badve and Utpat to appoint priests.After the verdict the temple trust interviewed 129 candidates for the post temple priests. Highlight of the selection process was that most of the candidates that appeared were non-Brahmins and even 16 women candidates were interviewed.Finally on Friday, five priests belonging to backward classes performed Pooja along with upper caste Brahmins at the historic Vitthal temple and 2 women priests performed pooja at the Rukhmini temple in Pandharpur.In a society that is still dominated by caste system and patriarchy, allowing women and people of lower castes to perform pooja at the temple may be seen as historic and pioneering by many. But those aware of the Maharashtra’s social essence will see this development as a perfect complement to the very quintessence of the medieval Bhakti movement.Poetry, literature and Social reforms flourished in the Bhakti movement. Saint Poet Dnyaneshwar (3th Century BC ) is seen as the pioneer of the Bhakti movement. Several great saint Poets Like Tukaram and Namdev were among others. All these saint poets worshipped Vitthal of Pandharpur.advertisementAt a time when caste system strongly dominated the society, these saints professed the message of equality. It was initially considered unorthodox, as it rebelled against caste distinctions and disregarded Brahmanic rituals which according to Bhakti saints were not necessary for salvation. In the course of time, however, owing to its immense popularity among the masses and even gaining royal patronage it became ‘orthodox’ and continues to be one of the most important modes of religious expression in modern India.The bhakti movement is also seen as a prominent emancipator movement against the Brahminical caste domination. The devotees and the proponents of the movements mostly hailed from Non Brahmin castes. Dnyaneshwar and Eknath were Brahmins but were strictly against caste supremacy. Progressive Thinker and saint Poet Tukaram belonged to the Kunbi Community. Chokha Mela hailed from the untouchable Mahar community. Similarly , Savata belonged to the Mali(Gardener) caste, Sena belonged to Nhavi (Barber) caste, Goroba was a Kumbhar (Potter),Namdev- a Shimpi (Tailor) and so on. Similarly, women Saint poets like Saint Sakhubai, Muktabai, Kanhopatra, Janabai contributed immensely to the Warkari Sect.Given the fact that the Bhakti movement was always above caste hierarchy and Brahmnical assertion, the new development in Vithhal temple of Pandharpur should be viewed as a continuation of the progressive thought that was professed by the great saint poets. From now on lower caste priests and women too have got the right to perform Pooja. A couple of years ago, another decision in Maharashtra was hailed by rationalist and that was allowing women into the main sanctorum of the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.Though caste system is abolished in India long ago , the discreet existence of the caste supremacy and patriarchy still hampers the social fabric of the country. But now the step to allow Lower castes and women to perform pooja in Pandharpur will be a giant leap in the long drawn efforts to annihilate caste from the society and giving women equal rights. The humanitarian message in the system is loud and clear, everybody is equal before the almighty. Just as Saint Chokha Mela who hailed from the untouchable caste wrote “Chokha Donga par bhaav naahi donga” which means Chokha may be from a inferior caste, but his devotion is not. Chokha Mela’s thoughts have been given justice in spirit after 900 years.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom August 28, 2019 Posted: August 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Weeks after three women were killed in a cliff collapse in Encinitas, a San Diego congressman and two California senators are pushing for federal funding for bluff stabilization.Congressman Mike Levin and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein want $30 million to stabilize an eight-mile stretch of the North County shoreline.The request is for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project, also known as the San Diego County Shore Protection Project. It would widen beaches and protect crumbling bluffs by adding tons of sand to a stretch of Encinitas and Solana Beach shoreline. Federal funding for bluff stabilization gaining support Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Pushpa, a book that recollects the experiences of Inger Solberg, a Scandinavian Designer in India, was recently released at the Danish Ambassador’s residence in New Delhi. Eminent personalities from the world of literature, films and theatre, among others attended the function. Commenting on the release of the first in a series of books to soon follow, the author, Inger Solberg commented, “Since I live in this wonderfully magical country full of love, spices and diversity, I have also spiked my stories with a bit of Indian garam masala. Everything tastes better with spices added to it, and so do the stories in my book.” The 280- page book is published by Mahaveer Publications, a prominent Indian publishing house is priced at INR 175 for the paperback edition. The book can be purchased from prominent bookstores all over South Asia including India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.Welcoming the author, Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India said, “This is part of the endeavours of the Danish Embassy to promote Danish authors and artists in India.” A part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be contributed towards charity for the betterment of battered and under privileged women.