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Sunday, 6 March 2011

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Indian-origin officer to head Singapore Army 
Singapore, March 5 Singapore has appointed Brigadier General Ravinder Singh as its next army chief, the first Sikh in nearly 30 years to be given the force's baton.  Brig Gen Ravinder Singh, 41, will take over from Major-General Chan Chun Sing on March 25, the Straits Times reported. A Singaporean of Indian origin, Brig Gen Singh is currently the Deputy Secretary (Technology) in the Defence Ministry. He had joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in December 1982.  Singh made significant contributions to the SAF that included the application of the Integrated Knowledge-Based Command and Control (IKC2), it was reported. He also served as Assistant Chief of General Staff (plans), head of Joint Communications and Information Systems Department and Chief of Staff - Joint Staff.  He is also the first non-Chinese Army Chief in nearly 30 years. Colonel Mancharan Singh Gill was the first ever Sikh and non-Chinese to take up the post in 1982, the report said.  Though Major-General Chan is retiring according to an announcement by the Defence Ministry, local media speculated that he would contest the coming general election for a parliamentary seat under the banner of the ruling People’s Action Party. — PTI








"Bomb of Silence"- Invincible Defence Technology for Sri Lanka
Uploaded by admin 11:16:00 PM  By Michael Larrass, Ph.D., Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Kulwant Singh, Ph.D. and David R. Leffler, Ph.D.  Abstract  (May 18, Washington, Sri Lanka Guardian) Modern physics has discovered a fundamental field of pure intelligence containing in seed form all the manifest states of the universe. Although its existence can be inferred, this unified field is not open to direct observation. Its unifying properties can be experienced when the awareness of the observer becomes refined during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) and TM-Sidhi® Programme. The experience of the unified field creates a psychophysiological state in the observer that reflects the properties of the field: infinitely correlated, unified, self-referral, and integrative.The development of these qualities is not obtained through behavioural or intellectual training, but occurs spontaneously by cultivating a state of least excitation of the nervous system. The unique results of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme have been documented in over 600 research studies, many of them published in scientific journals. Use of this holistic consciousness technology will enable the military to set up an ongoing Conflict Prevention Operation through a Prevention Wing of the Military®. In addition to its regular duties, this unit would create a heightened state of mental alertness and radiate intrinsic peacefulness as the basis for impenetrable, non-aggressive defence and constructive peacebuilding without political, economic or cultural bias.  Preface  The Sri Lankan Defence Review Committee article "Preparing To Meet Challenges To National Security 'In The 21st Century: The Organisational Dimension'" states:  There has been no structured Higher Defence Organisation in Sri Lanka. Everything has been "ad hoc". Even the present National Security Council is gazetted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and is confined to counter terrorist operation. The whole structure has to be reorganized in the light of the mistakes made and experiences which should be lessons for the future. The main objective is to concentrate on "Conflict Prevention" because conflict is costly in lives and money and hinders the nation's progress. The Armed Force carried out this "conflict prevention" task effectively until a failure in "intelligence" and Higher Direction led to the conflict in 1983 lasting nearly two decades to the detriment of the nation. [i]  The challenge of defending Sri Lanka in an increasingly complex operations arena calls for fundamental innovation. If the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka is to achieve its stated goal of "Conflict Prevention," which is of a clearly different order of magnitude, an equally momentous shift in its approach will be required. If old tools no longer suit the task, coating them with paint of a different colour will not help. In the same way, Sri Lanka needs new tools, not new coats of paint, to create a stable defense. The human resource-based technology of the "Bomb of Silence" is intended to provide vital new tools to Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence (MoD).  These vital tools are the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme. The TM programme is a simple, easily learned, non-religious meditation technique. Physicist and Vedic scholar Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived these programmes from the ancient Vedic tradition. Over 600 scientific studies at scientific research institutions all over the world have been conducted on these programmes. This extensive research indicates that these programmes eliminate stress individually and collectively. [ii]  The Physics Behind the "Bomb of Silence"  Until the end of the 19th century, the most fundamental layer of creation that western physicists conceptually grasped was that of the atom (from Greek "a-tomos" = in-divisible). It was considered to be the building block of creation. Then came the conceptual quantum leap that the atom could be divided after all. This leap revealed, as if through a magical portal, a sub-microscopic and sometimes totally virtual landscape of subatomic particles, gauge fields, and the unified field. It was followed by the technical breakthrough of the atomic bomb.  Today, with nuclear technology being used by a large number of countries worldwide, the power advantage over other nations is no longer acquired through the quantity of nuclear warheads deployed. Another consideration is that it is probably just of matter of time before terrorists use nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Dwelling on these levels of technology prevents Sri Lanka's civilian and military leaders from taking the next step towards deploying an even more powerful and influential technology. Sri Lanka needs to make a similar epistemological leap that led to the conceptualization of the nuclear bomb. What is the nature of this leap?  When scientists deal with the finest level of physical existence (paramanu), they actually deal with an object that is intrinsically subjective, although it actually transcends the structure of cognition (paramanu = beyond the mind). A basic, but generally ignored, fact is that physicists themselves are made of matter: molecules, atoms, subatomic particles, gauge fields, and the unified field. When scientists investigate these levels, they eventually begin to explore the basic fabrics of their own physical being down to the finest subnuclear level-the unified field, an area of unlimited potential.  Modern biophysicists say that the matter of our body is constantly emerging from and returning to that field. Some theoretical physicists go as far as to claim that the unified field is a non-material field of pure intelligence. [iii] These physicists assert that modern science had opened access to a new objective reality. However, the very nature of the fragmented approach (fission technologies) of modern physics seems to shut the door to the direct experience and utilization of the unified field. [iv] In contrast, Maharishi and other scientists believe that the consciousness technologies of the Vedic tradition, in particular the TM and TM-Sidhi programme, provide the subjective experience of this reality. Heisenberg's and Einstein's attempts to bridge the gap between subject and object and to arrive at a holistic meaning of science had remained incomplete. This is likely due to these scientists' lack of a means for easily, naturally-and reproducibly the unified field within themselves. Maharishi and other scientists benefited from the leap in world consciousness to a new readiness for authentic experience in the early 60's. Hiroshima was the climax of the half-vision of the quantum scientists. In the 1970's, Maharishi felt the time was ripe to speak of dropping a "bomb of silence behind the enemy lines."  The objective cognition of the unified field outside the observer has no effect other than duly exciting him about his scientific achievement for a limited amount of time. On the other hand, the authentic experience of the field of pure consciousness within the observer creates a distinct mode of physiological and mental functioning. In this state, one finds a measurable easing of stress and structural distortions in the individual body and mind, and a heightening of awareness. Applying this awareness will enable the MoD of Sri Lanka to create a new evolutionary dimension of conflict resolution and prevention.  Humanity still has not taken a definite path at the nuclear crossroads. Down one path, we have a nuclear war technology disrupting the finest levels of matter. Down another path, we have an inner technology that creates a coherent and unifying influence, first in the individual mind and then, through a process of synergy, in collective consciousness, disallowing an enemy from arising. Research on the Maharishi Effect (discussed below) has shown this approach to be a very useful one.  A Sociological Quantum Leap  In 1974, the American sociologists Borland and Landrith [v] published a research paper in the United States on the effects of group meditation on collective consciousness. They claimed that in communities in which 1% of the population practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique, negative trends such as crime, traffic accidents, and hospital admissions decreased. [vi] On a larger scale, this was confirmed in the following years by research in war zones. [vii] The phenomenon was called the 1% Effect or the Maharishi Effect after the founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme. This trigger effect of small numbers is familiar to several branches of science: medicine, which acknowledges pacemaker cells that compose about 1% of an organism and assure the coherent contraction and relaxation of the heart muscles; and physics, where about 1% of phase-coherent light waves causes a transition to the laser effect.  The Transcendental Two-Pronged Approach  Two-pronged battle plans have a long history in the art of war. The battle against war and terrorism could likely be won in exactly the same way:  * On a tactical level, military personnel instructed in the simple technique of Transcendental Meditation in the course of their general training [vii i] can be deployed without any additional logistics. The immediate effect would be improved mental and physical stability, increased clarity of mind, and enhanced social intelligence of the "front line" personnel. (A paper published by India Defence Consultants summarizing research that documents such individual benefits is available at:
http://www.invinciblemilitary.org/articles/idc1.html.) * On a strategic level, long-term planning of a global peacebuilding force stationed in Sri Lanka itself would include a group of approximately 10,000 [ix] participants to be recruited from existing meditating military personnel, who would receive additional training in the TM-Sidhi programme. Performing the group dynamics of consciousness twice a day in a group, in one location, preferably in a place in central Sri Lanka, this group would produce a coherence-enhancing field effect not only in Sri Lanka, but also for the world's collective consciousness as a whole, preventing the accumulation of disorderly and weakening tendencies that destabilize national integrity and invite foreign aggression. [x] 10,000 participants are well over the square root of 1% of the world's population, which should induce the Maharishi Effect worldwide.  The additional cost for introducing the Transcendental Meditation Programme is approximately 500 Sri Lankan rupees per person, and an additional 1300 rupees per person for the TM-Sidhi Programme. This means approximately 18.25 million Sri Lanka rupees for teaching the entire group. But even at that relatively small cost, one should ask the question: What precisely can the MoD of Sri Lanka expect from this technology?  The results predicted on the basis of reduced trait anxiety, greater acuity of perception and more comprehensive cognition, increased field independence and stronger internal standards [xi] are:  * Significantly improved listening skills, leading to: * More comprehensive decision-making, leading to: * Enhanced cooperation with former adversaries, leading to: * Improved cultural communication, and * Trouble-free multi-purpose deployment of resources.  Improved listening skills alone will have enormous consequences in all areas of the armed forces of Sri Lanka and even on a national level. Should the technology be implemented, then whenever military, trade, or policy strategists are invited to describe Sri Lanka's new attitude, the answer will invariably be that Sri Lanka has learned to listen, and react in harmony with the global community.  The Sri Lankan government draws its decisions from the collective consciousness. The more coherent the collective consciousness, the more coherent the government.  Terrorist attacks will stop only when minds are freed from stress, are less cluttered with preconceived notions, and are ready for new input. Sri Lanka will listen to what it really needs when stress and incoherence in the collective consciousness is reduced. Listening also leads to greater coherence in action, reducing the aggression potential within the nation. Living Up to the Vedic Ideal of Military Defence  Certainly, throughout its history, Sri Lanka has had internal squabble and conflict. Creating a new influence internally as well as globally with a technology that originates from the Vedic heritage (heyam duhkham anagatam - avert the danger that has not yet come) would have a unifying influence on the originator and help lift the shadow of Sri Lanka's current struggles.  Conclusion  The study of history reveals that promoters of innovations have one common trait: they flush the enemy of all armies out of its cover. The greatest threat to all militaries is the enemy within. The enemy within is the belief that greater quantities of known material or the intensification of established methods will result in victory. "Victory", wrote General Giulio Douhet in his then groundbreaking book on aerial warfare, The Command of the Air, "smiles upon those who anticipate the change in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur." [xii] The Stone Age did not come to an end because of the lack of stones, but because something better entered the field of our awareness. If Sri Lanka acts now, the same will happen to the bomb age.  Today a pioneering international group of retired, reserve and active duty senior military officers and defence experts are anticipating another new change in the character of war, and providing all the world's militaries with a definitive defence strategy. [xii] This group includes Major General Kulwant Singh, Lieutenant General José Martí Villamil, Major General G.H. Israni, Major General D.D. Ghoshal, Major General K.K. Ganguly, Major General G.K. Sahney, Colonel S.P. Bakshi, Colonel Brian Rees, Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chassé, Lieutenant Colonel Jitendra Jung Karki, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Neate and former military aide to President Ronald W. Reagan and President George H. Bush U.S. Coast Guard Captain Raymond Seebald. These experienced military leaders advocate the deployment of Prevention Wings of the Military to reduce collective social stress. Director Singh said, "A military response [to terrorism] is no response at all, because it does not get at the root cause of terrorism. Terrorism is a human problem, and it requires a human solution. Any retaliation will only make the terrorists harder. We cannot kill terrorism by any means other than prevention." [xiv] As directors of the programme, these leaders are charged with the responsibility for promoting this invincible defence strategy in the near future to prevent war, terrorism and political violence.  If they succeed, paradoxically, militaries will move forward by looking backward to ancient Vedic high culture whose principle military tenet was heyam duhkham anagatam - the prevention of suffering before it emerged. According to The Ramayana of Valmiki the city of "Ayodhya abounded in warriors undefeated in battle, fearless and skilled in the use of arms..." [xv] However, soon more military scientists of the new millennium may be arguing that a more enlightened interpretation of preventive defense is warranted. Vedic literature describes the righteous stress-free lifestyle of the inhabitants of ancient Ayodhya. Add this to the knowledge of the field effects of consciousness (gained from extensive modern scientific research conducted on the Maharishi Effect), and we see that Ayodhya's first line of preventive defense was likely created by the purity of the inhabitants' collective consciousness. This collective consciousness "...the brilliance of which…" according to Valmiki, "…spread for four miles…[made Ayodhya]…worthy of its name" ['The City none can challenge in warfare']. [xvi] Through the Maharishi Effect, Sri Lanka now has the opportunity to even surpass the city of Ayodhya. It could become the nation that none can challenge in warfare. Sri Lanka could create victory before war by preventing enemies from arising. Globally, in the future, this could change the character of war and terrorism to: no enemies - no war or terrorism.  Editor's Note: For more information about Invincible Defense Technology the author's request that readers view an online video by Dr. John Hagelin entitled: "An important message for all military leaders" on the International Center for Invincible Defense website. Video link:
http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2009/05/bomb-of-silence-invincible-defence.html
India US Defence Policy Group meeting concludes  The two-day Indo-US Defence Policy Group (DPG) meeting has concluded in Washington during which officials of the two countries discussed regional security, issues of mutual concerns and maritime security.  In the senior-most bilateral defence meeting between the two countries, the Indian delegation was led by the Defence Secretary, Pradeep Kumar; while the US side was led by Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defence for Policy Affairs.  "During the meeting, attendees discussed the working group structures that enable defence cooperation between the two countries, regional security issues of mutual concern, and maritime security cooperation," Cmdr Leslie Hull-Ryde, spokesperson, Department of Defence, said.  The DPG meets annually and last met in November 2009.  As outlined in the 2005 New Framework for the US-India Defense Relationship, the DPG serves as the primary mechanism to guide the US-India strategic defense relationship Hull-Ryde said.  India US Defence Policy Group meeting at the Pentagon comes ahead of the six-day visit of Army Chief General VK Singh starting Monday.  In the last five years, defence relations have been expanding between the two countries under the New Framework for US-India Defense Relations.  The US undertakes the highest number of joint exercises with India amongst all nations.








Former Indian Army Major In Trouble In US Over Kashmir Human Rights Lawyer’s Murder 
Avtar Singh was arrested Feb. 19 on suspicion of spousal abuse, said Police Chief Myron Dyck of the small town of Selma. Singh is accused of killing Jaleel Andrabi in the Kashmiri city of Srinagar. He fled India in 2005 and was living in Canada before fleeing to US.  FRESNO – India is seeking the extradition of a 45-year-old California resident for the alleged kidnapping and murder of a Kashmiri human rights lawyer.  Avtar Singh was arrested Feb. 19 on suspicion of spousal abuse, said Police Chief Myron Dyck of the small town of Selma.  Selma police did not receive any notice or paperwork to detain Singh at the time of his arrest, Dyck said. Singh posted bail and was released from the Fresno County the following day, Dyck said.  A woman who identified herself as Singh’s wife answered the phone at his home and said her husband was not available to talk.  According to the Associated Press, Avtar Singh was a major in the Indian army in the 1990s. He fled the country after he was accused of killing Jaleel Andrabi in the Kashmiri city of Srinagar.  His location was discovered after the spousal abuse arrest, according to the AP.  Selma City Police, who Singh last month on charges of domestic violence in California, on Wednesday said that Singh is a ‘free man’ and is not under any kind of police surveillance.  “He is not in our custody, he was released on bail and since then he is a free man,” Lt. Christie Ediger, a Selma Police official told Kashmir Dispatch over phone from US.  The official, however declined to comment on the Interpol’s Red corner notice against Singh and whether Interpol has approached Selma Police with a fresh request to keep a vigil on him.  “I cannot comment on that aspect,” she said.  A New Delhi based news paper on Monday reported that Singh, a prime accused in the kidnapping and murder of human rights activist, Jaleel Andrabi was in preventive custody of Selma Police.  Singh has been evading arrest since he fled India. In 2005, he was traced to Canada but soon went into hiding after his cover up was blown off. Later, he had migrated to US and is presently running a trucking business in Selma, Fresno County in California.  Earlier, Andrabi’s family had also expressed apprehensions on the attempts made by the government to extradite Singh. A family member told Kashmir Dispatch that the delay on part of the government might allow Singh to run away from his present location, as he did before when he was traced to Canada in 2005.  Major Avtar Singh of 35th Rashtriya Rifles, is accused of killing 11 persons including Andrabi. He fled India in 2005 and was living in Canada before fleeing to US.  According to the investigations carried out by a police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) on court orders, Singh along with government gunmen abducted Jaleel near Barazulla on airport road on March 8 in 1996, when the activist was driving home along with his wife.  The mutilated body of Andrabi was found in the Kursuraj Bagh, Srinagar on the banks of the Jhelum River on the morning of March 27, 1996. 42-year old Andrabi had been shot in the head and his eyes had been gouged out. An autopsy showed that he had been killed days after his arrest.  A case was registered under FIR No. 139/96 in police station Saddar, Srinagar and a case for the past 15 years is pending in the CJM Court.




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