October 2nd is Shastri Jayanti as well

shastri the simple man live by example

If I ask you, what is the existence of October 2nd in Indian history; probably you will not even think and tell that it is Gandhi Jayanti (Birthday of Mahatama Gandhi).

However, very few people know that it is the birth anniversary of Late Lal Bahadur Shastri as well, 3rd Primne Minister of India, one of the great freedom fighters, the great Indian Hero, who gave the slogan ‘Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisaan’.

Shashtri Jayanti

Isn’t it ironical, most of us are not aware of this fact, moreover I have hardly witnessed any type of coverage about Lal Bahadur Shastri or his birth anniversary in any newspaper or on any TV channels.

Here we have collected some links, which can help you know more about Lal Bahadur Shastri.

  1. Lal Bahadur Shastri @ Wikipedia
  2. A nice poem about Shastri ji.
  3. About Lal Bahadur Shastri  @ Manas
  4. Lal Bahadur Shastri Pictures, News and Articles @ DIGGSTARS
  5. A nice article about Shastri ji
  6. Why has history forgotten this giant?

So, go ahead read about Lal Bahadur Shastri, and do tell others about this forgotten National Hero.

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Ravi Shastri vs Nasser Hussain. India v England controversy 1.

Famous cricket players in India pledge to protect all women

India cricketers vow to respect women in new video

“Indian cricketers, Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri, Suresh Raina and Ambati Raydu recently supported the ‘Respect to Protect’ campaign, which calls for the protection and respect of all women. The video pledge supports women’s rights and is part of a larger movement by Hyderabad based NGO, “My Choices.”

Already gaining traction on social media with the hashtag #Respect2Protect, the video features the sportsmen talking about what protection of women entails. From safeguarding a woman’s right to equal opportunity irrespective of her choices in personal appearance and profession to respecting her economic, sexual, physical and social rights, the campaign highlights a community of support towards women’s rights and gender equality.”

Watch the video here


I just loved this. 

Yoga has become a diverse phenomenon throughout the world from spiritual gurus and meditation methods to physical fitness programs. Yet there is no doubt that Yoga as a term and as a movement overall has its roots in the Hindu and Vedic tradition over the last several thousand years and its prime texts like the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Shastras and Upanishads – including the use of Om, the essence of all Hindu teachings and mantras. Yoga philosophy follows Hindu concepts of karma, rebirth, liberation and Self-realization, and Hindu cosmology of the chakras and lokas.

Some people today say that Yoga is universal and so not limited to Hinduism. Yet the true name for Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, the “eternal truth or dharma.” Hinduism is also formulated as a universal tradition and yogic concepts of universality reflect those already existing at the core of Hindu teachings, which occur in all Yoga, Vedic and Vedantic texts.

In other words the universal view behind Yoga rests upon the universality of Hinduism and is not an outside or new concept that just recently has come into being. Hinduism is not formulated as one religious belief against another but as a set of dharmic teachings relevant to all creatures and to all worlds. It is not limited to One God, one scripture, one savior, prophet or revelation, but embraces all valid paths to Self-realization, wherever these may occur.

Does this mean one has to formally become a Hindu to practice Yoga? That is not the case, but one need not deny the Hindu roots of Yoga in benefitting from its teachings. One does not say that Zen is not Buddhist or Tai Chi is not Taoist, though these practices have been widely used outside of their original traditions.

Yoga is a great gift of India and Hinduism for all humanity. It has spread beyond India not only today but in many centuries past as well. May that sharing of Yoga continue and flourish!

—Vamadeva Shastri

India captain M S Dhoni might be fifth on the recent Forbes list of most valuable athlete brands, but he isn’t the one who gets the fattest BCCI pay cheque. Nor do any of his teammates. That honour belongs to former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, the highest-paid BCCI retainers.

With added bonus of about Rs 2 crore for their new roles — Shastri as Director Cricket and Gavaskar as head of IPL operations — the two will be getting around Rs 6 crore each annually. The two already had a Rs 4 crore per year contract as BCCI-endorsed commentators, which means they are on air for all of India’s international matches.

In contrast, Dhoni, in the last 12 months, has got Rs 2.59 crore for playing 35 international matches for India across all formats. That includes match fees as well as his Rs 1 crore retainer fee. Virat Kohli earned Rs 2.75 crore for playing 39 matches.

So Sunny Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri earn more than cricketers do. So? Why so surprised?

Tame pets are always more valuable, no?

(Image caption: Scanning electron micrograph showing a neuron on a nanorough surface making intimate contact with the surface. Surfaces has been given a false color for visualization. Source: Nils Blumenthal and Prasad Shastri)

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter

An accumulation of a protein called amyloid-beta into large insoluble deposits called plaques is known to cause Alzheimer’s disease. One aspect of this illness that has not received much attention is which role the structure of the brain environment plays. How do macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies, such as polysaccharides, influence cell interaction in the brain? In a paper published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, Prof. Prasad Shastriand graduate student Nils Blumenthal, in collaboration with Prof. Bernd Heimrich and Prof. Ola Hermanson, have discovered that macromolecules or support cells like astrocytes provide well-defined physical cues in the form of random roughness or ruffles that have a crucial role in promoting and maintaining healthy interactions between cells in the hippocampus. This brain area is regarded as the brain’s GPS system: It processes and stores spatial information. In Alzheimer’s disease, this area degenerates. Shastri says, “It has been long thought that only biological signals have a role in health and function of brain cells, but here we show that the structure of the molecules that surround these cells may be equally important.”

The researchers found that there is a restricted regime of roughness at the nanoscale that is beneficial to neurons. If the magnitude of roughness exceeds or is below this regime, neurons experience detrimental changes to their function. By analyzing human brain tissue from patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, Shastri’s team has found a crucial link between regions in the brain that have amyloid-beta plaque accumulation – which are responsible for neuron death – and unfavorable changes to the nanotopography in the tissue surrounding these neurons, that is the features of its surface.

Shastri and his co-workers have found that astrocytes provide a nanoscale physical environment that neurons need to function well. “Our discovery shows for the first time that stretch-activated ion channels may have a role in central nervous system function and disease. Hence, our findings offer new pharmacological targets”, says Blumenthal. Using synthetic substrates of precise roughness, they found out that stretch-sensitive molecules, including the so-called Piezo-1 ion channel in murine brain cells, direct the interaction between nanotopography, astrocytes and neurons. Former research has shown that the expression of MIB-1, a human analog of Piezo-1, is altered in human Alzheimer’s patients.