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Forwarded message from Devant
[ Subject: Hindu Body Wins At Privy Council Against Trinidad Govt
[ From: Devant
[ Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006
Maha Sabha Wins Radio Licence Appeal: Privy Council Slams
The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha was today victorious in its
appeal to the Privy Council against the government
because of its consistent refusal to award the
organization a radio licence.
In a landmark 19-page judgment Lord Mance said 'in light
of the exceptional circumstances' of the discrimination
the Privy Council would order Attorney General John
Jeremie to do all that is necessary to ensure that a
licence is issued forthwith to the Hindu organization.
The State was also ordered to pay the Maha Sabha's legal
costs in all the courts.
The judgment was a unanimous one as the other law lords
agreed with the judgment delivered by Lord Mance. The
other law lords were Lords Hoffman, Hope, Hutton and
Brown. In addition to confirming the finding of
discrimination, the court also held that the Maha Sabha's
constitutional right to freedom of expression was also
violated. It found that there had been a conspicuous
failure to deal with the Maha Sabha's application for
over three years and ruled that there was 'unexplained
and unjustified discrimination in favour of Louis Lee
The court noted that the Maha Sabha's application had
been approved since the 1st September 2000 and found that
no explanation was given for the sudden award of a radio
licence to Louis Lee Sing's Citadel Limited which now
operates the I 95 radio frequency. Former Minister of
Science and Technology Hedwidge Bereaux told a media
conference that Citadel had applied for its licence on
March 13th 2001 but the law lord said this could not be
correct because the Companies Register showed that
Citadel was only incorporated on the 28th August 2001
shortly before the last general election after the 18/18
The court cited a letter dated 18th July 2002 by
Permanent Secretary Emmanuel George to Lee Sing,
describing it as 'a vigorous request' for an explanation
from Lee Sing as to why he was applying for a new radio
station when it was clear that he was already operating
92.5 FM. This frequency, as Mr George had noted, was not
given to Lee Sing, but Trinidad Broadcasting Systems
Limited. The law lord noted that no explanation was given
by Lee Sing but he was nevertheless granted a new licence
by the government.
The Court of Appeal had ordered the government to
consider the Maha Sabha's application within 28 days
however, by letter dated 17th May 2005 the Maha Sabha was
informed, for the first time, that Cabinet had long
considered and refused its application since June 21st
2004 on the ground that it was incomplete.
The Privy Council described this as 'remarkable' and said
that the failure to disclose this fact misled the Court
of Appeal which proceeded to hear the case 'on a false
premise'. The court said "The letter discloses a
situation in which the Court of Appeal was allowed to
proceed under a serious misapprehension in and throughout
the course of two substantial hearings. The Court of
Appeal was twice allowed to give judgment on false
premises viz, that Cabinet had never considered the
application, still less reached any decision on it prior
to the Court of Appeal's first judgment'.
The court commented that no explanation was given as to
why the State concealed these facts from the Court of
Appeal 'although it is obvious that one would be
expected'. The State's lawyer described the position as
'unusual and unsatisfactory' but the Privy Council said
this was 'an understatement'.
The Maha Sabha was represented by Sir Fenton Ramsahoye SC
and Anand Ramlogan. The State was represented by Russel
Martineau SC in the Appeal Court and Peter Knox QC in the
End of forwarded message from Devant
TRIBUTES TO HINDUISM
1. Mahatma Gandhi:
"Hinduism has made marvelous discoveries in things of
religion, of the spirit, of the soul. We have no eye for
these great and fine discoveries. We are dazzled by the
material progress that western science has made. Ancient
India has survived because Hinduism was not developed
along material but spiritual lines.
"India is to me the dearest country in the world, because
I have discovered goodness in it. It has been subject to
foreign rule, it is true. But the status of a slave is
preferable to that of a slave holder."
2. Henry David Thoreau:
"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous
and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in
comparison with which our modern world and its literature
"What extracts from the Vedas I have read fall on me like
the light of a higher and purer luminary, which describes
a loftier course through purer stratum. It rises on me
like the full moon after the stars have come out, wading
through some far stratum in the sky."
3. Arthur Schopenhauer:
"In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and
so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the
solace of my life -- it will be the solace of my death."
4. Ralph Waldo Emerson said this about the Gita:
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad Gita. It was as
if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but
large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old
intelligence which in another age and climate had
pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which
The famous poem "Brahm" is an example of his Vedanta
5. Wilhelm von Humboldt pronounced the Gita as:
"The most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical
song existing in any known tongue ... perhaps the deepest
and loftiest thing the world has to show."
6. Lord Warren Hastings, the Governor General, was very
much impressed with Hindu philosophy:
"The writers of the Indian philosophies will survive,
when the British dominion in India shall long have ceased
to exist, and when the sources which it yielded of wealth
and power are lost to remembrances."
7. Mark Twain:
"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left
undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most
extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds.
Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.
"Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of
human speech, grandmother of legend, great grandmother of
tradition. The land that all men desire to see and having
seen once even by a glimpse, would not give that glimpse
for the shows of the rest of the globe combined."
8. Rudyard Kipling to Fundamental Christian Missionaries:
"Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle
the Hindu brown for the Christian riles and the Hindu
smiles and weareth the Christian down; and the end of the
fight is a tombstone while with the name of the late
deceased and the epitaph drear, "A fool lies here who
tried to hustle the east".
9. Jules Michelet, a French historian, said:
"At its starting point in India, the birthplace of races
and religions, the womb of the world." This is what he
said of the Raamyana in 1864: "Whoever has done or willed
too much let him drink from this deep cup a long draught
of life and youth .. . Everything is narrow in the West -
- Greece is small and I stifle; Judea is dry and I pant.
Let me look toward lofty Asia, and the profound East for
a little while. There lies my great poem, as vast as the
Indian ocean, blessed, gilded with the sun, the book of
divine harmony wherein is no dissonance. A serene peace
reigns there, and in the midst of conflict an infinite
sweetness, a boundless fraternity, which spreads over all
living things, an ocean (without bottom or bound) of
love, of pity, of clemency."
10. Shri Aurobindo:
"Hinduism.....gave itself no name, because it set itself
no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion,
asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single
narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or
cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the
Godward endeavor of the human spirit. An immense many-
sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-
building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of
itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion,
11. Will Durant would like the West to learn from India,
tolerance and gentleness and love for all living things:
"Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and
spoliation, India will teach us the tolerance and
gentleness of the mature mind, the quiet content of the
unacquisitive soul, the calm of the understanding spirit,
and a unifying, a pacifying love for all living things."
12. Joseph Campbell:
"It is ironic that our great western civilization, which
has opened to the minds of all mankind the infinite
wonders of a universe of untold billions of galaxies
should be saddled with the tightest little cosmological
image known to mankind? The Hindus with their grandiose
Kalpas and their ideas of the divine power which is
beyond all human category (male or female). Not so alien
to the imagery of modern science that it could not have
been put to acceptable use.
"There is an important difference between the Hindu and
the Western ideas. In the Biblical tradition, God creates
man, but man cannot say that he is divine in the same
sense that the Creator is, where as in Hinduism, all
things are incarnations of that power. We are the sparks
from a single fire. And we are all fire. Hinduism
believes in the omnipresence of the Supreme God in every
individual. There is no 'fall'. Man is not cut off from
the divine. He requires only to bring the spontaneous
activity of his mind stuff to a state of stillness and he
will experience that divine principle with him."
13. Sir Monier-Williams:
The Hindus, according to him, were Spinozists more than
2,000 years before the advent of Spinoza, and Darwinians
many centuries before Darwin and Evolutionists many
centuries before the doctrine of Evolution was accepted
by scientists of the present age.
14. Carl Sagan, (the late scientist), asserts that the
dance of Nataraj signifies the cycle of evolution and
destruction of the cosmic universe (Big Bang Theory). "It
is the clearest image of the activity of God which any
art or religion can boast of."
15. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a professor of Eastern
Religions at Oxford and later President of India:
"Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason
and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be
experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no
Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not,
and there are sins which exceed his love."
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