India Premiere Of World?s First Ever Film On Homoeopathy

Mumbai homoeopaths congregated to watch the unique global film, Just One Drop on homoeopathy, the system of medicine that has been practiced over 200 years!

For the first time in history, a global film on homoeopathy has been made by an American movie maker, Laurel Chiten. Prominent homoeopaths of Mumbai hosted a special screening in tandem with the world premiere of the film, congregating to show their allegiance to homeopathy. In other words, it was simply an opportunity for them to come together and celebrate this occasion. More so, celebrities, also firm believers of homoeopathy, Gracy Singh and filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya and world renowned homoeopath Dr.Rajan Sankaran, Dr.Meghna Shah – Dean, The Other Song, Dr.Jayesh Shah, Dr.Mahesh Gandhi, Dr.Divya Chhabra among many others were also present at the occasion.

Dr.Meghna Shah, Sooraj Barjatya, Gracy Singh and homoeopath Dr.Rajan Sankaran

Just One Drop takes a no-holds-barred look at homoeopathy and how it treats the entire person, not just the disease, on how it is a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself.

Producer/director Laurel Chiten has been critiquing and influencing social issues for over 25 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world; at universities and medical schools; won numerous awards; been nominated for an Emmy and been broadcast on PBS?s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens, and POV. Her previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers and institutions including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University.

Her films include: Twisted (2006) about people with the neurological disorder, dystonia. Touched, (2003) about people who think they have had contact with aliens and the Harvard psychiatrist who believed them. The Jew in the Lotus (1999), about a group of rabbis that met with the Dalai Lama, and Twitch and Shout (1994) about people living with Tourette Syndrome, nominated for a national Emmy. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.

Marc Wishengrad, the director of photography, camera operator, and lighting director has appeared in numerous award-winning films. Wishengrad was Emmy nominated for his camera work on one of the first reality TV shows, Discovery?s Trauma: Life in the ER. Most recently, The Curse of Micah Rood has won film festival awards including the prestigious HDFest?s 2009 ?Deffie? for Best Cinematography in an HD Short.? For over a decade, Marc has found a niche as a medical documentarian. He has shot surgical procedures and has made fundraising films about patients whose lives were saved at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Marc is fulfilling a life-long ambition documenting the wonders of the world?s cultural healing traditions.? Under the project The Healing World, Marc has filmed ceremonies in Japan, Southern Italy, Bermuda, Nigeria, Hawaii and Brazil.

Tamara Taddeo, Camera (India, Haiti, Montreal) Tamara has directed a snowboarding series (5 episodes) for a sport channel in Quebec called RDS and a documentary short Cold Rust that played in festivals around the world.? Tamara is presently directing and shooting a film about ?Unschooling?. Before directing and filming her own documentaries, she worked as a continuity supervisor on fiction films. Tamara graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.

This film is unique for all who practice homoeopathy or believe and are touched by it in some from or the other.? Hence the screening was followed by a meet and discussion on the integration of homoeopathy with allopathy for better treatment of patients. Patients also narrated their experiences.?

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Income Tax and Adhaar updates for Non Resident Indians (NRIs)

It is tax filing season around the world. In the US 18th April is the deadline for most individuals to file their tax returns. Likewise, the window of tax filing for the past Fiscal year in India has begun too. A few interesting updates for Non Resident Indians (NRIs):

India exempts NRIs from quoting Aadhaar in tax returns – Although NRIs are exempted from income tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. The Indian government has exempted Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from the requirement of quoting Aadhaar (Indian biometric ID card) number while filing income tax returns back home. Although NRIs are exempted from income tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. Many Indians in the UAE, who regularly file income tax returns in India but do not have Aadhaar, were worried after the government move to link Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number) issued by income tax authorities for tax and financial transactions by June 30, 2017. On March 30, a top Indian official clarified to Gulf News that NRIs were not eligible for Aadhaar and government departments had to give exemptions to NRIs in this regard. They were waiting for announcements on exemptions.

Expats stressed as Aadhaar becomes mandatory for tax returns -Expatriates living in India would often complain about heat, food and dirt. Applying, registering and getting an Aadhaar card might just extend the list of woes with another mandatory tryst with India?s famed red tape. Many expatriates would be required to obtain an Aadhaar number. The Finance Act, 2017 has made it mandatory to enroll for Aadhaar to file tax returns in India or apply for a PAN or keep the existing PAN active effective July 1. This applies to those who are eligible for Aadhaar and under the Aadhaar Act, anyone who is in India for more than 182 days in aggregate in the past 12 months becomes eligible to obtain Aadhaar, experts said.


As an NRI, your India-sourced income will be taxed in India: From update on Livemint “I am an NRI and was living in Kenya for the last 11 years. Since November 2016 I have been living in India. In December 2016 I also got a job here, in the diamond polishing business, which pays me a fixed salary of about Rs1 lakh per month. Depending on external factors, I may or may not go back to Kenya. Please tell me how I should file my taxes for 2016-17? Do I still qualify as an NRI?”

Residential status in India is determined based on your physical presence in India in the current financial year (FY) (1 April to 31 March) and the preceding 10 financial years . If the individual satisfies any of the basic conditions mentioned below, he would qualify as a resident, otherwise he would qualify as a non-resident (NR):
a) Stay in India during the FY is 182 days or more; or
b) Stay in India during the relevant FY is 60 days or more and in the 4 immediately preceding FYs is 365 days or more.

Additional tips from Abhinav Gulechha on his blog.?Impact of this provision on various categories of NRIs:

  1. NRI residing out of India ? comes to India every year for brief visits only: Requirement is not applicable to you, relax. If your income is below qualifying exemption limit, anyways no need to file return in India. However, if you are considering filing a return, you can do in a normal way. Leave ?Aadhaar? field in return form blank.
  2. NRI spending substantial time in India: This mostly applies to my seafarer friends who plan their work in such a way that they are < 182 days in India for a previous year, and hence are categorized as ?non-resident?. For such seafarers, please note that residency requirements under ITA and Aadhaar Act are different. The implications thus, are as follows:
  3. NRI returned to India/Resident of India (includes PIO/Expats) etc: Filing a tax return in India on or after 01/07/2017: Make sure that on the date of filing tax return (say X) you have NOT been residing in India for 182 days for period (X- 365), if yes, you cannot file a return without quoting your Aadhaar and if you do so, it can be deemed as ?defective?
    It may be noted that Government has not given any leeway yet (as I write the post on 10/04/2017) to PIO and expats. So, even if you are a US citizen residing in India, if you?re eligible for Aadhaar, you need to apply for it, and quote it in your tax return.

What does all this mean?

  • If you are an NRI (or OCI) living in India for more than 182 days, you should plan to get an Adhaar Card. (the process is rather simple for those residing in India)
  • If you have income earned in India, you should file tax returns in India.

USCIS ?Policy Memo? on H1 Visas: Is it really a big deal?

USCIS ?Policy Memo? on H1 Visas: Is it really a big deal?

A statement from a US ?government department can send ripples across the globe. Nowhere is it more evident than the recent ?Policy Memo? (link) issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The statement issued over the weekend has sent ripples across the IT community across the globe, and comes at a time where tech-companies are ready to file for H1 visa applications for 2018 fiscal year. The four-page memo is rather verbose and contains a lot of technical verbiage like

?Based on the current version of the Handbook, the fact that a person may be employed as a computer programmer and may use information technology skills and knowledge to help an enterprise achieve its goals in the course of his or her job is not sufficient to establish the position as a specialty occupation. Thus, a petitioner may not rely solely on the Handbook to meet its burden when seeking to sponsor a beneficiary for a computer programmer position. Instead, a petitioner must provide other evidence to establish that the particular position is one in a specialty occupation as defined?

In summary, however, the intent of memo is simple: The memo aligns with the Trump administration’s focus on reserving H1 visas for high-skilled (and higher-paid) professionals. The memo implicitly encourages low/mid-level to be reserved for American workers instead.

An immigration attorney following this process said the memo would increase scrutiny for H1-B applicants for the computer programmer job category. The attorney added that most Silicon Valley companies don’t hire entry level programmers, and so the real impact of the change would be felt by offshore companies. “It’s not an unsubstantial development,” said a USCIS spokeswoman.

Analysts and the media are divided over the impact of the memo. On one hand, some feel that the low-level jobs will continue to be reserved for Americans while many in the industry already realize that this is merely re-clarifying a policy that has been in place for a long time.

What are experts saying about this:

?The upshot is that a computer programming position is not?automatically?a specialty occupation,? Ron Hira, an associate professor at Washington DC?s Howard University, who specialises in offshoring and high-skill immigration, explained via email. ?The burden will be on the employer to demonstrate that the computer programming position it is trying to fill with an H-1B worker meets the ?specialty occupation? requirement. The job itself must be a specialty occupation,? he added. (link : Cheap Indian engineers now have no place in Donald Trump?s America ?)

“The clarifying guidance should have little impact on Nasscom members as this has been the adjudicatory practice for years and also as several of our member executives have noted recently, they are applying for visas for higher level professionals this year,” Nasscom said in a statement. Nasscom counts IT outsourcing firms like TCS, Infosys, Wipro as well as American firms like Cognizant, Microsoft, IBM and Accenture as members.? (H-1B visa memo to have little impact on Indian IT cos: Nasscom)

There are around 120,000 H-1B visa holders in the U.S., mostly from India. The clampdown on these visas will make it harder for more junior programmers to qualify for H-1B visas. Some estimate this could hold up around 40% of applications. It leaves Indian IT companies with an unpalatable choice: place fewer workers through the scheme, or hire more senior, better-paid programmers. Either option will crimp earnings.?(Trump Visa Crackdown Hits India?s Tech Giants )

Herbal tea ? with self boosting formula to heal you naturally

Tea is a healthy and delicious beverage for everyone, who is now enjoying it with their first meal of the day. When it comes to the choice of tea, then medicinal herbal tea is the most preferred tea by people due to its medicinal and healing properties. They are more different from other traditional tea which you enjoy every day with family. Nowadays herbal tea is found all through the world in the form of medicinal usage to improve health and digestion. Many practitioners consider it as a therapy to maintain healthy and long life. People have become very selective in selecting them as you find many herbal properties tea to evoke your sense with just a sip of it.

Most popular herbal tea

Among all the tea, mint is the most popular in which you have spearmint and peppermint flavors to enjoy the taste. Along with it, apple mint is also preferred and commonly grown in temperate gardens of the world. You have chamomile tea, holy basil, Echinacea, ginseng, parsley, Rooibos, sage and many more which are from centuries in use. Our ancestors used to sip them every day for long life. Most of the people are gaining benefits with medicinal herbal tea which act as a natural resource for boosting the immune system of your body.

Many people consume it when they are sick in health in order to kill all the bacteria which are making them sick. These herbal tea works as antibiotics to fight the bacteria. Those who wish to maintain longevity for life consume detox tea weight loss which enhances the strength in the body and fights with fungus and bacteria and even with viruses. It means that drinking herbal tea can easily battle with fever, cold, infections, soreness in throat and coughs. It is confirm that if you are consuming detox tea on a regular basis then you can lose your extra weight quickly than any other method. Drinking tea, I mean herbal or detox tea has many other benefits related to health.

This content aims to make the people know about the useful medicinal properties of herbal tea which are used to improve health and have a good immune system in the body.

An array of benefits from herbal tea

Herbal tea is used not only to maintain health but also, lose weight. You need to be a regular drinker of weight reduction tea which helps burn the excess fat in your body. You may feel the reduction of weight as each day certain calories are shed making you lose weight in an exact way. So, every person should be habituated of using this healthy tea to lose weight and boosts your body?s energy levels so that you can lose weight without causing any side-effects on the body. The natural ingredients in the tea make the process of fat oxidation in your body which causes to reduce weight and ensures the longevity for life.

NRIs wonder: How do I bring my issue to the attention of Sushma Swaraj?

As per some estimates, there are over 30 million NRIs and Persons of Indian origin living overseas. NRIs around the world continue to interact periodically with India and Indian government. Some of the interactions are for routine government services like issuance of passports, OCI, visas etc, and others could be for specific needs like repatriating remains of a loved one who might have passed away in a foreign land.

At the recent Paravarsi Bharitya divas, I attended an interesting Q&A forum where the desi diaspora had an opportunity to highlight their issues to the Indian ministers, diplomats and senior leaders. Sushma Swaraj, the charismatic External Affairs minister was absent as she was recovering after her operation. In her absence, the Minister Of State, V.K. Singh?(Retd Gen.)?chaired the session.

During the session, Gen. Singh made it a point to highlight how the issues faced by NRIs and Overseas Citizen are varied based on their economic strata, the country and region they live in and other geopolitical issues.

His comment was right on the money. The session and questions were wide ranging though the bulk of questions came from representatives from the Gulf and middle-eastern countries. Their issues focused on the recent retrenchment of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia, and other issues like repatriation of remains, loved ones in legal trouble due to some incidents etc.

Sushma Swaraj the superhero to the rescue

Indian external affairs ministers like Sushma Swaraj seem to be everywhere on the social media. A sampling of recent articles in the media

NRIs Wonder How do I get Sushma Swaraj to tweet about my issue?

During times of crisis, many of us would want a speedy resolution to our issues or at least highlight the issue to the media and seek attention. Many of us without the ?contacts? in government or media might wonder how some people end up getting the attention of Indian leaders and officials?

Although there is no cookie-cutter approach to short-circuiting the system, some folks have deliberately or accidentally stumbled on social-media hacks and viral-marketing techniques to make sure their concern goes viral.

  1. Write a well-worded summary of the issue. Post it on Facebook and other forums like
  2. Tweet continually about the issue. Use different phrases for a well worded tweet, linking to the facebook or page
  3. Make sure the tweets are also copied to Sushma Swaraj, MEA etc (@MEAIndia ?@SushmaSwaraj)
  4. Get all your friends, colleagues and others to
    • “Like” the Facebook link, and comment on it
    • Sign and comment on the petition
    • Make sure others retweet your tweets
    • Forward the link to others
  5. When you get a few hundred (or thousands) of likes and re-tweets of your tweets and Facebook writeup, approach the Indian media
    • if the tweet is really popular, the media might themselves pick it up
    • Times of India, The Hindu, Hindustan times, Deccan Herald, Deccan Cornicle, NDTV and others are continually looking for NRI stories, especially stories that go ?viral?

NCHT(UK) core response on the subject of Caste and the Equality Act 2010.

The NCHT(UK) is delighted to announce the launch of their core response to the Governments 16 week Public Consultation on the subject of Caste and the Equality Act 2010.?sandeshheader 600

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Dr Subramanian Swamy MP Rajya Sabha? and BJP leader, visited the UK at the end of March to help launch the NCHT(UK) report entitled “Caste, Conversion & A Thoroughly Colonial Conspiracy”.

HinduOdium “the irrational hatred of Hindus”, the Anglican Jihad, the White supremacist Anglican history behind the genesis of the Dalits and the modern day implementation of the colonial strategy of “divide and rule”, using the concept of Caste.


Prime Minister Cameron’s government courageously resisted the whirlwind of emotional manipulation whipped up by those extremist groups who would see a tranquil integrated Hindu community denigrated, disrupted and fragmented for political gain,? and it would appear that Prime Minister May’s government is also equally concerned with piercing the dustcloud of hype, spin and untruths in the pursuit of genuine equality and justice. We look forward to participating fully in the recently announced consultation on Caste.
BritishRajTo view or download a copy of the report please click the image to the right, a repulsive image no doubt but one which captures the still evident attitude of the Lords who have taken it upon themselves to promote thinly veiled and equally repulsive HinduOdium.

By the way, the new Government Equality Offices latest publication on Caste states “At present there is very little evidence as to the existence or otherwise of caste discrimination in Britain that may be captured by discrimination law” and then quotes NIESR’s latest master work, where we learn that “interviews were conducted with a mixture of first, second and third generation respondents from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds” – so much for the declarations from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society, and other politicians and clerics who weakly and unconvincingly repeat that this issue is not about an attack on the culture and religion of brown folks ripe for conversion. If, as Lord Harries and other luminaries declare, this phenomenon occurs in all communities and religions, why are the interviewees all brown and only from the Indian subcontinent?



Satish K Sharma B.Sc. (Hons) Econ MBCS FRSA
General Secretary, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)

Chair, British Board of Hindu Scholars

Chair, City of London InterFaith

NRI Businessman SPS Oberoi Saves 10 Indians From Death Sentence In UAE

Here is an interesting story about a topic many of us don’t think about – Indians getting into legal trouble while overseas. The issue can be especially dire for those in the middle east, accused of?murder. The article also highlights the?role of “blood money” in pardons.

Wikipedia “Blood money, also called bloodwit, is money or some sort of compensation paid by an offender (usually a murderer) or his/her family group to the family or kin group of the victim.?In Islam, it is also known as Diya ?- Diya (Arabic: ?????, plural diyat) in Islamic law, is the financial compensation paid to the victim or heirs of a victim in the cases of murder, bodily harm or property damage. It is an alternative punishment to qisas (equal retaliation). In Arabic, the word means both blood money and ransom, and it is spelled sometimes as diyah or diyeh.”

CHANDIGARH ? For SPS Oberoi, philanthropy is a way of life. So much so that Oxford University had bestowed an honorary doctorate on him for it.

The 59-year-old businessman, a native of India?s Punjab and is based in Dubai, is in the news again for depositing blood money to save 10 Indians from his home state who faced the death sentence for the murder of a Pakistani man in the UAE.

He puts his annual charity bill at Rs 36 crore, and is known as a saviour not only of Punjabis but of whoever approaches him, particularly in the Middle East or West Asia.

He deposited Rs 60 lakh (200,000 dirham) with a UAE court last week and the 10 youths from Punjab would soon be released as the murder victim?s father has agreed to a pardon. He says he has saved 88 people so far.

Oberoi is expected to bring ten youths back to their homes and give them jobs in the district offices of his social organisation, Sarbat Da Bhala Trust.

Into construction business in Dubai, Oberoi had moved there in 1992 and later came back to help his family settle in Patiala.

His philanthropy is expanding from Punjab ? where he runs offices that give out pension and help in getting jobs ? into Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, where he plans to open dialysis units and cr?ches, and donating computers for jail inmates.

He is known as an astute businessman, who has the Harnam brand of food products. He also dewaters spaces ? even parts of the sea ? to help construction of buildings in Dubai, including Burj Khalifa, the world?s tallest building. ?My business is booming. And the more charity I do the more business profits I earn,? he said over the phone.

He said he got into philanthropy after seeing conditions of a village in Punjab. ?Many people have no money for food, medicines, or for education of their children. I am doing very little,? he said.

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