Friday, March 29, 2013

Sayyid Ahmed Khan on communalism

The rise of Muslim communism is associated with Sayyid Ahmed Khan. As we all know he was a great educationist and social reformer who established the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh.

He tried to bring the teaching of the Quran in line with modern ideas and emphasized the value of service. Though this led to a sharp conflict between him and leaders of orthodox Islam, he believed in  the close cooperation of the Hindus and the Muslims.

To support his belief is this paragraph in his own words said in 1884:
     'Do you not inhabit the same land? Are you not burned and buried on the same soil? Do you not tread the same ground and live upon the same soil? Remember that the words Hindus and Mohammedan are only meant for religious distinction; otherwise all persons, whether Hindu or Mohammedan, even the Christians, who reside in this country, are all in this particular respect belonging to one and the same nation. Then all these different sects can be described as one nation, they must each and all unite for the good of the country which is common to all'.

But with the rise in the INC, Sayyid Ahmed became apprehensive about the position of the Muslims, particularly of the Muslim zamindars many of whom had supported him. The British also pulled strings behind the scenes. Ahmed Khan now declared that the interest of Hindus and Muslims were different and even opposite. He even organized a counter-movement swearing loyalty to the British.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Earth Hour

Started in Sydney in 2007 as a city event,  it is being observed globally now!  Thanks to voluntary action of the individuals across the world in saving our planet.

India joined Earth Hour Movement in 2009. Year by year it's gaining momentum. This year it's today  23 March 2013.. Come and join hands...let us do our bit to save the crisis of climate change...

All you need to do is just switch off lights for an hour 8:30-9:30 PM

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Quilting is the method of holding various layers of fabrics to retain heat,to keep heat out or to be resistant to various things,as it is evident by the use of quilted padded cricket and football guards.Quilting falls into the realm of embroidery in that the layers forming the quilt or padding are held together with stitching.The main forms of quilting are:

English Quilting: Surface and backing fabrics are separated by the padding of carded lamb's wool,cotton wadding,flannel or thick blanket.The three layers are tracked together in a wide frame of parallel vertical and horizontal lines.

Italian quilting: the surface layer is backed with butter muslin and both are tacked together.Running stitch is worked in two parallel lines according to the required design,forming a channel through which the thick wool is threaded,from the back.Whenever the woolen padding thread has to turn a corner,a slight loop is left to allow for possible shrinkage.

Trapunto: It is also known as stuffed quilting and is like Italian quilting in that two layers (front ground and the butter muslin) are originally tacked together.Single lines of running stitch are worked around outline areas to be enclosed.These areas are then padded from behind,with wads cotton wool or other padding materials.

Dadabhai Naoroji's on drain of wealth

There was a claim being made in those days that British rule had brought India the benefits of security of life and property. Questioning  this claim Dadabhai Naoroji's remarked:
    The romance is that there is security of life and property in India; the reality is that there is no such thing. 'There is security of life and property in one sense or way-i.e, the people are secure from any violence from each other or from Native despots...But from England's own grasp there is no security of property at all, and, as a consequence, no security of life. India's property is not secure. What is secure, and well secure, is that England is perfectly safe and secure, and does so with perfect security, to carry away from India, and to eat up in India, her property at the present rate of £30,00,000 or £40,00,000 a year. I therefore venture to submit that India does not enjoy security of her property and life. To millions in India life is simply "half-feeding" or starvation, or famines and disease.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Exhibition 'Karigar'

NAYANI is exhibiting its art, jewelry and apparel in 'Karigar' an Handicraft/Handloom Exhibition at AICOOB Nagar Residents Welfare Association Ground, Udupi garden signal, 1st stage, BTM Layout, Bangalore-68

From 1st to 10th March 2013 b/w 11 am to 9 pm

Please do visit us at stall 64.

Here are few snaps of the event: