Friday, November 23, 2012

Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and Dharma Raksha

Aurangzeb was the most fanatic among mughal rulers, his Islamic expansion madness resulted in the conversion of Hindus into Islam all across the India. His religious intolerance is the darkest chapter in Indian medieval history.

Not satisfied with mass demolition of temples and forceful mass conversion of Hindu, He decided thet if he could convert the revered Brahmin Pandits of Kashmir that millions of followers would then easily be converted.

He issues orders to Kashmiri Pandits, convert to Islam or die... Threatened with conversion or death, the Pandits panicked. They came in a delegation to Chakk Nanaki, Pargana Kahlur and requested Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji to help them.

Hearing the serious nature of the conversation, Guru Ji's nine year old son Gobind Rai Ji told his father what the problem was.

After hearing Pandits' trouble, Guru ji asked for the possible ways to deal with the problem. His son Gobind Rai responded "Who would be better than you to defend the poor Brahmins".

Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji decided to stand up for the right of freedom of worship and told the delegation to tell Aurangzeb that if he could convert Guru Tegh Bahadur they would gladly convert.

Aurangzeb got furious after this challenged and ordered to kill Guruji. Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded at Chandni Chowk in Delhi on 11 November 1675. There stands a Gurdwara named Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib today.

His sacrifice has been graded as the Supreme Sacrifice by many historians in their writings.
Guru Tegh Bahadur - Hind di Chaadar..

Today is the Martyrdom Day of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Jee. Let's salute this great protector of Dharma and Bharatvash.

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Dil Kya Chahata Hai...

मर्ज़ भी है पता और दवा भी मालूम है,
फिर भी ये दर्द पलना चाहता है।
बड़ा नादाँ है ये दिल,
ग़म की आग   चाहता है।

नादानियों के बिना जिंदगी मुकम्मल कहाँ
बड़े शिद्दत से नाकामियों की ओर  चलना चाहता है।

लोग सयाने हो गए, रिश्तो का हिसाब लगते हैं
कोई गिला नहीं दुनिया से, बस अपनापन बदलना चाहता है।
बड़ा नादाँ है ये दिल,
अपने ही ढंग में ढलना चाहता है।

Marz bhi hai pata aur dawa bhi malum hai...
Fir bhi ye dard palna chahta hai..

Bada nadan hai ye dil,
Gam ki aag main jalna chahata hai...

Nadaniyo ke bina jindagi mukkammal kaha,
Bade siddat se nakamiyo ki oor chalna chahta hai...

Log sayane ho gaye, Risto ka hisab lagate hain...
Koi gila nahi duniya se bas apnapan badlna chahta hai,

Bada nadan hai ye dil,
Apane hi dhang mein dhalna chahata hai...

(Ghazal Composed on 23 Nov 2012, by my introspective blues... )
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Namaste Bharat! Happy Deepawali...

'Yunan Misr Roman, sab mit gaye jaha se,
Ab tak magar hai baaki namo nisaan humara...'

Though above line were written by great urdu poet Iqbaal, who turned into a Jihadi soon after the movement of a separate Islamic state. However, these lines tell the truth about human civilization. Every other civilization vanished after upcoming/invasion of new one. At same time Bharatiya civilization continued since the time eternal and will be there till the eternity owing its natural ways and the ultimate resilience.

Since the times before Harappa and Saraswati River civilization and till current 21st century, the Diya of Deepawali has been lightening the land of Bharatvarsh every year.

This Deepawali has always brought Ram Rajya and prosperity to the Bharatiyas. Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram came back to Ayodhya on this great day, Shri Krishana relieved the people from the tyranny from great asuras.

And even today, each and every household of Bharatvarsh welcomes the homecoming of good rule, prosperity, empowerment and the joy.

Unlike west and islamic cultures, where society is largely netted on the mean materialistic relations, where people are violent and cold hearted for others and strangers, we Bharatiya have great respect for every being.

Owing to our seasonal festivals, which come with great lessons of co-existance, inclusion and concept of world-family, the common populace are peace-loving, most tolerant, inclusive, cheerful and ready to welcome every guest with great heart. This is more true even with the people who are on the margins of the society.

I have been lucky enough to see different civilization in person and whenever I compare, my Bharat stand way ahead of others. I am proud of my culture who gave me such a big perspective... I am proud of my forefathers who fought the countless wars to protect our Dharma. And I am committed to pass this culture to coming generation with more richness and protection.


2069 Vikram Samvat
7:11 pm, 13 November 2012
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Two Monks and A Pretty Lady

Once upon a time a big monk and a little monk were traveling together. They came to the bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river.
There was a pretty lady who was stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn't cross the river. The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back to which the lady accepted.
The little monk was shocked by the move of the big monk and was thinking " How can big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with females? " But he kept quiet.
The big monk carried the lady across the river and the small monk followed unhappily. When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.
All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy with the act of the big monk. He was making up all kinds of accusations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet. And the big monk had no inclination to explain his situation.
Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily at the big monk. " How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female, especially when she is very pretty? All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite. "
The big monk looked surprised and said, " I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along? "
Moral : This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us and they make us angry. But like the little monk, we are not willing to let them go away. There is no point in remaining hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over. Learn to move on in life!
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Re-introducing Simply Yuva

Six years ago, I conceptualized this idea to empower youths about their electoral rights, employment, society and the culture.

when I researched about existing Youth portal I found the element missing. Hence I am re-introducing it with more objectives. Authors, bloggers, poet, cartoonists and photographers are most welcome as contributor. Feel free to write:

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Arrange Marriage vs Love Marriage

Arranged marriage is -

 "While you are walking unfortunately a snake bites you." 

But Love marriage is -

"Dancing in front of a cobra and singing, chuma chuma de de..." 

This joke is clearly telling about the freedom lost after a marriage.

Being a single and never married person, I am no idea about happily married people as I have seen them very rarely.

But as it comes to marrying someone, it gets very tricky. I think, calculations work in both process.

Why to become choosy about things, if you able to spot you lover marry with the person... If not, you have system to find. :)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Meaning of being a celebrity!

When a public figure, whom millions of people consider their ideal and inspiration, takes a step, it worth a million steps as people starts taking similar steps. In this context Aamir Khan and his Satyamev Jayate  successfully demonstrates the celebrity power to a corruption and hopelessness ridden nation.
Needless to say the aforesaid programme is not totally ‘social’ per say, it is more than a commercial program with double advantage of making image of Mr Khan along with the financial gains. But the issue of this article is not about the programme and its beneficiary, but the mindset of the mass and the media is main issue. 

For a man of celebrity status, It is easy to make issue out of everything. But for a non-celebrity but expert of social matter, neither common man nor media is bothered.  With name Satyameva Jayate, a great thinker, political activist and author Shri B Shantanu have been voicing against the evils of politics and governance since years, yet media find no time to highlight the concerns raised by him. The thoughts and ideas of Shri B Shantanu have been awakening young minds some of these are - On “The Idea of India: Reconstructing a National Identity” and Message for the Young.. and  On Politicians and Morality..
But our media is celebrity centric! The western media, which are emulation source of Indian media, often give space to the individuals who work for national cause. However, here only the crown matters for them. Even if by chance Indian Main Stream media mentions such efforts, they would do it in insignificant ways. 
Since years, activists and researchers are writing on water conservations. I am tweeting on this since years. Even some blogs and articles but who cares about well thought and serious effort to solve the problem.  
On female feticide hundreds of activists have devoted their lives against this heinous crime since decades, but on this matter, only Mr Khan was highlighted. The ways, he tossed the issue of caste, again was not with an intention of social cause, but to gain the crown.
Needless to say, Aamir’s version of truth is stereotyped and only one sided. I agree with the author in that write up - Satyamev Jayate should be about many-sided truths – not just one.  
It has become a natural tendency for masses to emulate the celebrity. Often media do portrait the brighter side of celebrities. But the effect to masses convey from the both aspects of celebrities. And the public life of a celebrity is personal only within limits of his/her bedroom. Beyond that every aspect can influence million of people.  
  In our society, we don’t abandon older wife in order to gain over younger one; specially when there are kids in the family. But it is needless to say that the mentality and media purposefully ignoring this negative aspect of his influence. Indian Matrimonials

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

कैसे सेकुलर हो, अपना नाम भूल जाते हो...

गत दिनों मुनव्वर राना साहब NDTV के एक कार्यक्रम पर आये. मैं उनकी शायरी का बहुत बड़ा प्रशंसक हुआ करता था. ये जनाब राय बरेली के हैं, और शायरी में बेजोड़ हैं. अपने समय के शीर्ष शायरों में इनको शुमार किया जाता है.
    लेकिन उस NDTV वाले कार्यक्रम में मैंने इनका एक अलग ही चेहरा देखा. जो जिन्ना और तालिबान का मिला जुला प्रतीत हुआ:

"तुम्हे हुकूमत मिली तुम गुजरात बनाते हो, 
हमें  हुकूमत मिली हम दिल्ली बनाते हैं...
हम  औरंगजेब हैं, हम अपनी खिचड़ी खुद पकाते हैं"

मुनव्वर साब से ये मुल्लागिरी की उम्मीद नहीं थी. बहरहाल, उनको जवाब मिलना चाहिए:

गुजरात याद रखते हो, काश्मीर भूल जाते हो, 
कैसे सेकुलर हो अपना नाम भूल जाते हो...

पोलिटिकली कर्रेक्ट होना तो बहुत आसान है, 
हैरानी है कि हजारों की गयी जान भूल जाते हो...

मज़हब की दूकान सरेआम चला लेते हो, 
लेकिन अपना फ़र्ज़ और इमान भूल जाते हो...

नोआखाली से रावलपिंडी तक कौम बना लेते हो, 
और लाखों की गयी जान भूल जाते हो...

आगजनी और लूट का अधिकार याद रखते हो, 
और अपनी जमीं अपना हिंदुस्तान भूल जाते हो...

कातिल औरंगजेब भी कही तुमसे अच्छा था, 
तुम तो सेकुलर के चक्कर में आत्मसम्मान भूल जाते हो! 

                                                © अमित श्रीवास्तव, लखनऊ  २४ जुलाई २०१२

उपसंहार:  राना साहब की उत्तेजक शायरी के ठीक २ दिन बाद बरेली और आसाम में दंगे शुरू हो गए... शायद ये इनका असर है या एक आम सोच है, लेकिन एक जिम्मेदार शायर से इतनी नीच सोच की उम्मीद नहीं थी.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Know Your President

Officially the first citizen of India and the supreme commander of Indian Armed forces, the president is not more than a rubber stamp.

Since it is symbolically important to the image and nature of the nation, it reflect the ruling regime and also the electoral fallacy or electoral wisdom.

Last president, allegedly a cook of Gandhi dynasty, reflected India's timid and remote controlled image for 5 years.

Today, new president election results are to be declared. And to keep its tradition, UPA is making another dynasty loyalist Pranab who has a long history as crooked! 

Here are some of his hight level corruption charges:

1. He was holding 'office of profit' at the time he filled nominations.

2. Shah commission, which was made to examine the culprits of Emergency 1975, found Pranab as one of the main power exploiter.

3. As per Frontline: "The commission noted in great detail that Pranab had played a great role in unceremoniously removing T.R. Varadachary as State Bank of India’s Chairman without citing any reason and appointing K.C. Puri in the post. Puri happened to be a close aide of Sanjay Gandhi. The Shah Commission also noted that Pranab, as the Minister of State for Revenue, played a major role in bypassing official procedure during the Emergency to target people who were known for their anti-Congress politics." His decisions and actions during the Emergency (1975-77) were anti-democracy and he harassed the other parties.

4. As per Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Pranab scammed a whopping Rs. 60,000 crores from Indian treasury to benefit Reliance Power. 

5. In his another anti-democratic and anti-Indian move, Pranab saved the culprit of Navy War room leak. 

6. `Mukherjee's name was involved in the controversy surrounding the scam. This was a huge scam to the tune of Rs 2,000- Rs 2,500 crore, in which the then commerce minister Kamal Nath was also involved. Twenty lakh tonnes of rice was exported to a third country under the pretext of supplying it to African nations as part of hunger alleviation projects,'' ~ Arvind Kejriwal

7. And his mightiest blow to the nation was the Economic Crisis  of India and outpouring European and US economy.

Many more serious crimes Dada did to serve the welfare and strong hold of Gandhi dynasty.  His loyalty is being rewarded at the cost of nation. 

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Questioning the existence - A monologue

This time I am not going to ask myself: 'Who am I'
Budhha did that and he gave a solution to us: the middle path.
I would rather ask 'where am I?'

Not at this place where caste, religion identities are the only thing that matter...
Not at this place where I am a part of huge crowd, trying to live like a commoner...
Was not contained by the ambitions or dream,

Hence this place where I am,
Does not impress with its outlook of identities, rush or crime.

I am well behold by my karma and thought.
Seeking own salvation, but in my own way.

Wherever I am, I there to extend helping hands to my extent.

Understanding them but not being their part.
They can create troubles in their ways...

But I have my own path of vogue, and I must go on.
Some nice people called me friend...
Some not so nice people saw me as enemy.

But I am what I am. It might take a bit longer...
As I am by my own.
I must carry own.

I am not here to stay,
Not to contained by success and suppressed by failures...

I am universal set of all those,
Yet a null to be among them.
I am neither alfa, not omega..
I am the 'Aum' the universal truth.

And where I am, is a station of my journey,
Wherever I am, I am responsible for my being. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Let it be, imperfect me with myself

On 29th June, 2012

One more year passed by, 
while I remained the one...
Staying and counting by.

Life has been a space in time..
Where people come and go, 
They have to go and they do so.

While being me, most of the time,
into the thoughts and reality... 
I Seldom forgot, 
when to dim, when to shine. 

It was only me, 
lived in dark age and waited for the renaissance.. 
held on ups and stood through down,
Lived through guilt, 
Survived thorough innocence 

who am I? the dream chaser?
or own record breaker...

Let it be, imperfect me with myself, 
(just like this poem)
Incomplete yet total in run,
Let life be "coming soon" with fun...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ignorance is our leisure...

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star”  ~ Confucius

Starting with this quote of Confucius, I wanted to draw our attention on the ignorance we are carrying forward in our daily life. It is not about being a pessimist or being a critique, but an observation from real life situation. 

Talking about our society and country... a high level of ignorance could be found at every aspect. It is not only political, economic but also societal and personal.

One of the most common attribute to the ‘educated’ class, when you talk about ‘politics’ or ‘public policy’ they make face of disgust. It a fashion and its contagious. They would flaunt it and say, ‘I hate politics’. Majority of them, never go and vote. However, they never miss a chance to cruse and abuse the criminal type political leader who was elected due to ignorance of such people.
But they love their ignorance! And you cant convince them to do... not to blame. 

The Ignorance [Image Atribute:]

The fundamental rights of a human being are being systematically ignored. Identity politics is part of daily life at cost of poor. In primary education, secondary education, higher education, in government programmes and even in business and public sector jobs.
Demoractic rights are curtailed too. You cant contest elections on more than half of seats in local bodies, and almost one third of the seats of Parliament. You have only voting rights that too, only once to elected! Our ignorance dint allow us to rise above the level of being apologist to the rough sectarian politics.
Courts are continuation of British era, with a sole purpose to justify the ruler’s act. Our ignorance does not allow questioning a verdict or functioning of the court.   Thanks for Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha of the Allahabad High Court, only once, court did it duty and the ruling class got furious. The resultant is known as the darkest hour of Indian democracy

Since then courts are almost doing what government wants. KGB was best last example and he is enjoying chairman of a national commission after retirement. Oh! Sorry, If you dint understand the above para, I was only talking about the ignorance of ‘educated-aware-able’ class. 

Well, ignorance is bliss for many... after all you need not to worry about things which have nothing to do with you. But that ignorance also hides the fact that every public policy is related with the life of an individual.

- Amit Srivastava , Lucknow 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Indian Economy, Scams and Economic Sovereignty

While all Indians are living uncomfortably under a scam ridden country, the trails of graft and scams are still coming with same speed. 

For example, just one major 2G scam ($ 40 Million) is substantial portion of India's GDP ($1.73 Trillion). Since then huge scams like Commonwealth Games Scam,  Coal Scam, KG Basin Oil Block selling, NRHM Scam, MNREGA Scam and IPL Scam are equally huge, the portion of black money is huge in proportion in Indian power game. 

It is funny to see the top brass of government are not only covering up all he scams but also taking retrogressive steps to shoot down new business and start-ups.  The Annual Budget 2012-2013 of Indian Union presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukharjee imposed a new tax ‘Startup Tax’.
“It is proposed to insert a new clause in section 56(2). The new clause will apply where a company, not being a company in which the public are substantially interested, receives, in any previous year, from any person being a resident, any consideration for issue of shares. In such a case if the consideration received for issue of shares exceeds the face value of such shares, the aggregate consideration received for such shares as exceeds the fair market value of the shares shall be chargeable to incometax under the head “Income from other sources. However, this provision shall not apply where the consideration for issue of shares is received by a venture capital undertaking from a venture capital company or a venture capital fund.”

When entire world is promoting home grown industries, protecting the economic welfare of nation based MNCs, the dumb fellows of the largest market of the world is hurting own companies and start-ups.

            Though, it was taken back after corporate world called it Pranab’s Death Blow to Startups in India , extremely ill advised and Devil in the Budget . But it exposed the pressure from west on Indian government to harm its own SMEs. It is certainly the ‘indirect bailing out the Boston at the cost of Bangalore’ in line with what Barak Obama wanted.

Huge list of services under tax gambit was only to fuel the already rising inflation and dearness. An additional tax burden of Rs. 45,940 crores (app. $10 billion), are be imposed on the citizens.

As per the Economist, the poor show on economic reforms reflects the politics. No strict measures taken on graft, political control and monopoly on coal, infrastructure and natural resources; rather it was promoted through indirect means of taxes for ‘Social Programme’.

            The recent backing to Greece, Spain and Italy by IMF and Indian contribution to it, is yet another example of weakening of the Indian Economic Sovereignty.

The international agencies are new means for monetary control.  This fact is well analyzed by the book: “The World Bank in India: Undermining Sovereignty, Distorting Development” .
“Going by a report in The Economic Times of Aug. 29, 2010, India was the largest recipient of World Bank loans, with over $9 billion (15 percent of all loans) as of the fiscal year ending June 2010. When the country already has an embarrassment of riches, why it mortgages itself to a dubious moneylender is a mystery.”

New global regime of economic colonial power playing it well, and our political leaders are only helping them. The questions arise are we just divided voters and taxpaying jerks for our government and UPA allies? Or we are just market for western economic colonial powers? Indian democractic system does not give any power beyond voting to Indian citizen. All we can do is to read and write... discuss and argument!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Let's have a personal revolution!!

I was told, truth prevails...
But lairs got most of it.

I was told honesty sails,
But cheats made most of it.

I was told, love wins all,
But found it was nothing but calculations...

They said, hard work pays,
And by preaching they made millions.

They call up on to help the suppressed,
And they always wanted to be their leader...

They call for justice,
But saved the 'references' for own self purpose.

They call up on revolution,
But only as their power solution!

Who are they?!
Why can't they call the spade a spade?!

They are made of all ourselves,
The self core means and hidden agenda.

The ethics are for 'others'
'Someone else' should speak the truth.
Get me rich, suppressed will always be poor...

That double faced bastard
live though our situational hypocrisy.

Let's get it straight,
Be the mean but don't lie.
Tell the truth that you do sell dreams...

Tell people that one's self is best well-wishes.
No preaching, no dream selling!

Let's have a renovation,
Against ourselves and against our conditional solutions,
a personal revolution!!

1 June 2012
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Divisive Agendas and Educated Indians

While caste being less and less important in common lives of Indians, caste-politics is picking up and growing up to deeper depths. Education and appointments are totally casteists now, even the text book and examination papers are becoming tool for justification of caste politics and vote bank politics.
            When India won freedom, entire population was poor and illiterate, regardless of its caste line. Reservations were far less and only in Electoral and public jobs.
At present, 64 years down the line, Indian populous is richer and more literate and even more urban (where caste don’t even matter in real life), the caste quotas are must increased and infested all higher educational institutes even specialized agencies such as ISRO, NRSA, DRDO and all other government agencies.
What is making this tendency stronger? Certainly nothing but the lust of power, which is being clinched through divisive vote bank policies.
What most of aware writers, tweeters, thinkers and nationalist people are missing to understand is - the attempt of congress party to break social structure into isolated case lines.
Last month, in April 2012, the Educational Bill was passed in Loksabha to increase the limit of reservations beyond 50% in government institutes such as AIIMs, IITs, IIMs and others.
Interestingly BJP is supporting this Sonia's project of 'breaking the society' silently and profoundly, as they don’t want to miss the pie of caste votes.
Being based only on caste line and endless generational reservations, the current reservations are the tool of depriving the deprives, even if one who is resource less, could work hard, its his caste which matter the most now. The resourceful people get all the perks, and no caste in India is entirely resource-less. 

The demonization of Hindu social structure is much beyond reality now. Sociology books tell fictions stories about caste, all for justification of this discrimination.
Manufactured caste atrocities stories are always popular, to justify vote back politics & to make educated folk in apologetic mode.
Those who are giving ideas to ruling congress party on religion and caste lines are also parallel contributors of 'Dalitstan' out of India – just like upcoming Israel, Gaza sort of ghetto.
It is interesting to note that, this widening social division is No. 1 enemy to BJP 's Hindutva or cultural nationalism, as it break the national unity into mean caste feeling. But like foolish or clueless folks, BJP supports every quota moves in parliament, but forwarded by Sonia's men, even without a debate. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Reply to a Buddhist Casteist

Udayveer ji,

talking about the caste should not be one sided. What Dr Ambedkar did was not Annihilation of caste but rather insitutionalization of caste. The worst form of caste discrimination, which is publish in the govt report or any other report - is not universal. Even today, 99% atcrocities against poor or dalits are done by the so called OBC castes, who gets more reservations than even dalits!

Talking on Dr Ambedkar, he was an educated rhetoric. His father was working in army. Local king sponsered all education on Mr Ambedkar.

Dispite that, he never participated in freedom struggle and demanded separate electoral. Political parties and govt documents often lie in order to maintain the political correctness. Read and think.

Let's talk about another great leader who also belong to same caste - Babu Jagjeevan Ram. He was a great freedom fighter, finest statesman and perhaps he inducted several dalits in main stream politics. He went on becoming deputy PM. But since he was not rhetoric, he has no name.

It is not general castes or others, but it is those who demanding caste based reservations are the real propagater of caste systems. Proud of their castes, still want free ride and want deprive others' hard work!

So, rise above personal gains and think on rational lines.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The God of the Himalaya

It was a summer of our college days of JNU. While other guys went home in vacations, my entire class headed towards Himachal for the academic tour. And we have to study the physical geography.

All of us were very excited as we were going to mighty Himalayas for the first time. Class was divided into several committees and I was convenor of academic committee, as I loved briefing my folks every morning about the tasks of the day.

The tour was under supervision of our guru ji Prof Milap Chand Sharma, a world famous glaciers expert and our coolest professor. It was fun-learning experience as we learn geological history of the Himalayas along with the environmental importance of the mountains.

We tracked up to the mouth of Beas river and also walked over the parent glacier of this river.  The natural beauty near Beas kund was amazing. Tough and rocky vertical tracking made it very adventurous.

On due course, we met many mountaineering groups most on them were defence personnel. We also met a group of college student who were on fun tour at lower heights.

Songs, Bonfire and joke were shared with them, as we all are good friends. I still remember a guy from the group singing 'Purani Jeans aur Guitar' song and one girl from our lot almost fell for him!

Alas! Those were the days, we dint care about the frequent rain... And I even dared for skinny-dipping into glacial ice water at height of 5000 meters. Needless to say it was the most chilling bath I ever took.

Our camp was near the Snow Avalanche observatory established by Indian army. O! how we loved sleeping in our sleeping bags while dew condensed dripping through our polyester tent roof.

Being a fearless rowdy guy is not always good, as you might get to assign the toughest job. And similar situation happen when Prof send me to sample collection at further height along with a senior researcher.

As we climbed up further weather got worsen. After crossing two summits, we climbed further and measured the samples with their skylines. In search of samples we had already crossed 6000 meters of height. There we met shepherds who offered us 'ghee' of mountain sheep and goats.

I was not in favor of climbing further as a fresh gale had arrived and it was intensified with icy rain. Even those shepherds supported my idea and suggested that we should return back from there.

But the guy with whom I went for sample collection, insisted for climbing further. Ahead was a very narrow vertical cliff, any small slip could have cost our lives... And the guy was adamant to go further.

Suddenly someone from lower summit called both of us by name. I felt delighted as it was getting intolerable to continue, and it was forbidden to desert the partner. This call was very timely I thought. We observed, it was our local cook. I wondered that time how it is possible to listen from someone who is below 1000 meters.

The cook shouted again and asked us to come back on base camp as guru ji had called back. I was more than happy to return and that other guy had to option but to follow me.

After two hour of descending journey we reached our camps and I started saying 'how tough it was, it had been more tougher if cook had not called us back!'

However the cook said, he never left the camp and dint got to call us back. We were shocked and started wondering how did it happen!? It was certainly not an illusion as we both had different mind set on tracking but we saw same guy, heard same voice. We were told it was a god of mountain who saved us from ascertain death.

Prof Sharma is from Himachal only, he later told us about the Gods of Himalaya. He said, you guys did a great thing by obeying that omen, else there have been several disappearance among those snow covered peaks.

It was a great experience to tour and camp in Himalaya as it breaked many myths and rationalities of theoretical life. I could never forget that particular trekking!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Tech Dependent Life...

Being a Tech Entrepreneur, IT professional and Social Media enthusiast, technical things - smartphone, laptop and the related accessories have become integral part of personal and professional life. Even If I have to take it to public, these things are essential. 
  Even though such things have become need of life, living with those needs are really tiring. How much I wished to escape from such dependency.... but day by day it is growing deeper. 

Simple Nokia 2300 was much better then Blackberry, at least it had everything I needed. I remember how we had ques in Hostel phone lines before the mobile started. That time we wished to have handsets.

Growing needs also making the great contribution in technical vulnerability. My personal experience says this story of tech dependency and vulnerability.
All jokes on blackberry addicts seem realistic when I am really busy posting on social media, specially on twitter . The emails and news related with industry and the cyber activities do get into nerves sometimes. Even if I try to remain not-so-techie for few days. 
Thankfully, BlackBerry smartphones have lots of technical snags.  Hence, I usually get some break from it. Still tech dependent life is not peaceful, I must accept.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Uttar Pradesh 2012 : Changing the wind of Indian Politics

With the largest number of Assembly and Parliament seats, Uttar Pradesh has always foretold the direction of Indian politics. Current assembly elections too are not an exception.  
However, people of Uttar Pradesh dint participate much in polling until these 2012 Assembly elections. It was a huge increase at 59.48 %. Though It was bit lesser than the other four states such as Manipur (79.8), Uttarakhand  (67.22), Punjab (78.57) and Goa (81.74). As per election commission analysis UP observed highest number of increase in voters since last assembly elections, it was 45.81 % from the last assembly elections. 

Credit goes to the election commission for getting maximum population of citizens into voter list. The campaign through several media helps in communicating election commission message across the masses. 

Some political parties like BJP also run campaign among youths for voter awareness. Ramlakhanpal Sharma, young MLA of BJP, Varun Gandhi, young MP of BJP and Anurag Thakur, MP and President of Youth BJP took active campaigns for voter awareness in youths. Harshwardhan of Congress also promoted similar awareness in western UP. 

Owing to its importance in national politics, the assembly elections of UP is also being dubbed as ‘semi-final’ for general elections 2014. Though, the patter and the issues are different from these two elections, the stake for national parties are highest.

Despite situated in fertile plains of Ganga and Yamuna, UP remain one of the poorest state of India. This poverty and backwardness is less due to population burden, more due to the massive misuse of development funds. The best example was the huge investment in parks and statues by outgoing Mayawati’s government.  Probably she is the first one to install her own huge statues in a democracy like India. 

Everything was visible and clear to mass – the corruption regime at centre and at state were adding much in their lives. Anti-corruption drives by Anna Hazare and his followers in urban areas and by Baba Ramdev in rural area – created much of awareness among the people. The huge turnouts owe much to these two prominent personalities; even if political parties refuse to admit.  

Being in ground during polls helped me getting firsthand experience about the people’s polling mood.  Much before to the elections, in November 2011, Kamaljit Singh a political activist from Saharanpur (Western UP) said about the political neutrality of a particular group who remained shy from voting all the time. That time we expected them to come and vote due to agitated state of national mood. From Deoria Md. Babudin expected similar trends in ongoing elections. 

While visiting UP during elections, I found those observations were right. Now when the voters have come and voted in huge number, everyone wants to take credit. But have the people of UP forgotten the crimes in street during the rule of SP or shoe fetish and statues love of Mayawati ?
While exit polls are there to keep politicians positive, people of Uttar Pradesh might have much to reply the corrupt leaders. If it is proved on 6th March, this is going to be a paradigm shift for Indian politics. 

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