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LAWS OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS!


Originally posted on Movid's Weblog:

In two books of the BIBLE the laws of the Medes & Persians find prominent mention.

ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS, ONCE A DECREE IS PROMULGATED, IT CANNOT BE RESCINDED OR ALTERED, COME WHAT MAY! THE LAW STAYS.

The books in the Bible are ESTHER and DANIEL. Both Esther and Daniel were from Jewry, but both belonged to a generation when the Jews were under captivity. Esther was chosen from among many who competed to become the queen of  an Emperor called XERXES (Ahasuerus) of Persia. His father was Darius, son-in-law of Cyrus, who founded the Persian Empire.

So historically when we try to put things chronologically, Daniel served Darius before Esther warmed the bed of Xerxes.

Before Darius took over BABYLON, there was a king called Balshazzar s/o Nebuchadnezzar, who saw a WRITING ON THE WALL and got the writing interpreted through Daniel…

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The Indian media had been wanting to purvey its cheap thrills by projecting Google Chrome’s SUNDAR PICHAI as a contender for the exalted throne of CEO at MICROSOFT against SATYA NADELLA, a MICROSOFT insider for 22 years. Thereafter knowing the inclination of the itching eared Indian public, brought out their serialized countdown to Bill Gates’ statement that Satya Nadella COULD be considered for CEO’s position at MICROSOFT. Finally as a denouement to this play, NADELLA SATYA was announced to have become the CEO of MICROSOFT! So they were able to fill up their front pages/headlines for the techie crowd to buy their brand of newspaper or watch their TV channel ! Sure, those who had advertised during the last 3 days, would have had the well-heeled techie eyeballs on their content.

We love MYTHS- atleast I love it. Because it is NOT didactic like a fable: secondly in MYTHS there are no value judgments, there are only winners and losers (the moralists and amoralists say,l why one won, and the other says why one lost). These things happened, if you want to believe, then believe. We are not bothered about your beliefs, in fact if your UN-belief is a hindrance to your believing these narrated instances, we can help you bring you to belief by repeatedly making a whole lotta MYTH evangelists to recall the episodes in a myth and DRUM YOU INTO BELIEF OF THE FACTS OF THE MYTH! Once you accept it as a FACT, then it is only a question of falling into the category of a MORALIST or an AMORALIST. ( well you need to read Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to imbibe the sense in which i am using it). Once this division takes place, we can ARGUE on end, endlessly! We Indians love ARGUMENTS and myths are the best source. It encourages us to become more TRUSTING in the IMPOSSIBLE!  This is what we want- WE LOVE IT, WE LOVE IT, WE LOVE IT.

This kind of serialized UPDATE is nothing but building a mass to carry the FACT

                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T8JwNZBJ_wI

The above is the url for FIRST interview granted by Nadella Satya and look out for 2 min 36 seconds, when he says that his first objective is to RUTHLESSLY REMOVE THE OBSTACLES TO INNOVATION! Wah! wah! wah!

WTF is INNOVATION? 

Anything that helps A MAN INCREASE HIS TIME and REDUCE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO IDEAS. The rest is all BULLSHIT. 

Now you might wonder how I came up with such a succinct definition? Simple- simple people love SIMPLE ANSWERS and they FIND THEM WITHIN THEMSELVES!

 Is it an easy task? Wouldn’t he be bringing in a whole lotta INSTABILITY, YES but the exposure of that INSTABILITY is to those able minds which can HANDLE the instability, the rest are going to remain the avant-garde illiterate and are in all probability destined to remain in a sheepfold of CONSUMERISM. He is on top and if he  RUTHLESSLY REMOVES THE OBSTACLES TO INNOVATION, it would be an eyeopener. 

Look at SATYA NADELLA’s biography, it is full of illustrious parentage and in-laws’ parentage. All those IAS tags and what they did when they were with the political honchos! Compared to those of the illustrious academic record of SUNDAR PICHAI, studying in Manipal, smacks of CAPITATION FEE to start with. No great scores in GMAT too- IT SEEMS! Yet INNOVATION has got him there. NADELLA SATYA has made it. If 10 years back, if someone had told me that a person from any of the Manipal engineering colleges woul;d make it make it as the MICROSOFT CEO, i would have LMAO. But it is a reality today. 

So, TELL ME NOW, HOW CAN I HELP WITHOUT BELIEVING IN MYTHS?

 

POLYPHEMUS & ULYSSES


One of the stories which found a place in our school books, while we were yet in school, was the encounter between ULYSSES and POLYPHEMUS. Ulysses was the wise & courageous warrior who on his way back to Ithaca, had to encounter many hazards for which he was inadvertently responsible. Ulysses had hurt the cattle holy to Neptune or of Polyphemus, who was the son of the sea god Neptune (I stick to the Roman version, even though the Greek name was Poseidon). So Neptune, troubled Ulysses throughout his journey back to Ithaca in Greece.

Thus Ulysses and his men find a way to a cave in an island, while Polyphemus – the ONE EYED GIANT- was out grazing his cattle. One way in, same way out, that was the way to the cave. Ulysses and his men enjoyed the cheese, butter and other dairy products which were available in the den of Polyphemus. Upon arrival of Polyphemus, Ulysses and his men were frightened by the sheer size of the giant and Polyphemus, killed one of Ulysses’ men and ate him. However, to inveigle himself with the giant, Ulysses gave the giant a flask of wine and Polyphemus, who had not been introduced to intoxicants, felt good and drank till he could drink no more and dozed off. As a mark of gratitude, Polyphemus promised that HE WOULD KILL ULYSSES LAST!

Ulysses, was not a man like some of our political leaders who inveigle themselves with the powerful for the crumbs and betray the trust reposed by their followers. Ulysses gets back to SAVE THE LIFE OF HIS COMRADES. His assurance from Polyphemus did not lull him into lethargy, instead he devised ways to outwit the giant and obtain the release of all his other surviving seamen through a safe passage. THAT IS LEADERSHIP. I wonder whether Ulysses told his comrades about the promise made by Polyphemus to kill him last – that would probably have aroused the suspicion of his comrades! Probably he told them and sensitized them that each one should redouble his efforts to find a scheme to get out of the den, as none could be sure that the giant would NOT pick him for the next meal!

I believe that Ulysses would have asked his men to put their heads together and devise a scheme and bring it to fruition, instead of playing for time for merely securing his life. This is logical as in ODYSSEY, there is a shipwreck and Ulysses, loses most of his men and the way Homer describes the scene of Ulysses wailing and falling asleep on the shore, it appears that Ulysses cared more for the life of his men than any leader would care for.

The issue is not the story of POLYPHEMUS and ULYSSES, but to highlight how leaders of  a group of persons or organization or institution with lesser resources and power should not merely obtain for themselves PERSONAL CONCESSIONS at the cost of the group, but ensure that the WHOLE GROUP GETS THE BENEFIT. It is for this reason that the guardian goddess of Ulysses was Minerva (Athena in Greek)- the goddess of Wisdom.

But the way politics – especially the politics of handling the religious, linguistic and cultural minorities is concerned, the POLYPHEMUS like institutions or political leaders target the LEADERS of minorities and as an appeasement tell them that :THEY SHALL BE THE LAST TO BE KILLED! Just as Polyphemus promised Ulysses. But unlike Ulysses, these leaders of minority interests, do not devise ways to obtain legislative concessions which are already enshrined in the constitution of India, but enjoy the perks of some sinecure, show of importance and miss an opportunity to uphold the linguistic or religious or cultural values which have actually propelled them in the first place to represent such interests.

There have been many riots in our country, have the leaders representing the interests staged a dharna like ANNA HAZARE for passing of a legislation? Nay. Let us get the legislation passed, so that the next generation could get the LETTER OF THE LAW to bloom and get their rights unmolested by mere numbers!

Long live multicultural, multi-linguistic and multi-religious mosaic of INDIA. 

Actaeon & Artemis (Diana)


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At college Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT was prescribed for detailed study and the following is excerpted from Act I Scene i of the play and the lecture was by Prof. Eugene D’ Vaz. Most of the lecturers would have got stuck with the opening lines “IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE…………”, but this Prof was different!

DUKE ORSINO 

Why, so I do, the noblest that I have:
O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,
Methought she purged the air of pestilence!
That instant was I turn’d into a hart; 
    And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, 
    E’er since pursue me. 

Now, it may not be that difficult to correlate the sculpture with the highlighted portion of the text. The summary would be simple: since the time Duke Orsino set his eyes on Olivia, he became a hart and his “own” desires like cruel hounds pursued his self. But the nuance was in the splitting of the person of the duke from his desires. The Prof went on to talk of the mythological character called ACTAEON, who being a hunter by profession, one day accidentally saw the Goddess of Chastity, Hunting  and the Moon, bathing with her maids. Thereupon, Actaeon was stunned at the beauty of Diana and stood transfixed. Diana cannot take such things lightly, so the Goddess in a jiffy turned ACTAEON into a Stag and his own Hounds started pursuing him and tore him to pieces!

It was this DUALITY of the self which pre-occupied the prof’s lecture. The Prof was graphic in his description and he went on to add: ACTAEON, as a HUNTER could have never imagined how it was to be the HUNTED and more so when he was hunted by his own hounds, ignorant of the fact that the hunted stag was their own master Actaeon!

There is this journalist, who was good at expose^s and suddenly, his own female journalist has brought about an accusation of SEXUAL ASSAULT on this journo!

Such is the case of a retired Supreme Court Justice (whose name is withheld for reasons best known to the victim!)

All these are stunned like Actaeon, being pursued by their own respective systems, which they once controlled! 

What I like the most about Indian reporting is that, it has a story line built so malleable, that anyone can add or subtract or tweak the story line and keep it going till overtaken by a more scandalous story! If one asks for the facts- NO ONE KNOWS! We Indians are all living on MYTHS- myths which let our imagination free play and never ever RESTRICTED by facts! (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/tarun-tejpal-sexual-assault-case-goa-police-files-fir-shoma-chaudhary-tehelka-defends/1/326022.html)

Okay, I agree that these are still in pre-FIR stage, what about the latest news that the statement recorded by a Superintendent of Police was tweaked to implicate the accused in Rajiv Gandhi murder case? Is the then SP confessing now, because age and conscience have caught up with him? Truly scandalous! (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/former-cbi-official-says-he-did-not-record-perarivalans-confession-verbatim/article5384370.ece)

We, as a nation, should strive to segregate FACTS from FICTION-at least on matters which involve ascribing CRIMINALITY to INDIVIDUALS and not merely drum up imaginary charges with the media and when the matter goes for trial there are no FACTS to show! Can we ever be sure of what we read daily in the news papers?

Political VENTRILOQUISM!


This is the best coinage which describes the politics of FEEDING THE MEDIA WITH VOICES OF THE HAND-HELD TOY OF THE VENTRILOQUIST and COUNTERING THAT VOICE OF THE TOY WITH THE VOICE OF THE VENTRILOQUIST CHIDING THE TOY FOR HAVING SAID WHAT WAS APPARENTLY SAID BY THE HAND-HELD TOY!

Still for those who have not understood the SKILL, the VOICE BOX is the same but the VOICE is modulated so as to seem as if the voices which emanate are from different SOURCES!

When the CONSTITUTION of India was reduced to WRITING every effort was made to ensure that the LETTER is not made a route for the clever and the crooked to stuff it with their perverse spirit. But, it has been the bane of language that some clever crooks have hijacked the letter to accommodate their perverse spirit, from time to time, upon any matter which had been reduced to writing. When the Holy Books have not been spared, what sanctity could a Social Super-Legislation hold?

If DEMOCRACY is ascertainment of opinions of the people and then sieving the same with the experts and if found viable, then that legislation is to be carried through- as the opinion of the majority is accommodated within the constitutional framework and a law passed for implementation.

In VENTRILOQUISM, the ventriloquist is the GOOD GUY and the TOY in his hand is the cheeky, irreverent and shameless fellow. But the voice emanates from the SAME SOURCE, albeit having the illusion that they are DIFFERENT. As per the constitution of India, the CABINET headed by the PRIME MINISTER is responsible to the PARLIAMENT, which is the conglomerate will of the people. When the cabinet becomes THE TOY IN THE HANDS OF THE VENTRILOQUIST and the party becomes the VENTRILOQUIST, we have to know that the system has been PERVERTED. The CONSTITUTION has been perverted. There is every possibility that the will of the people would be trimmed or adjusted to appear constitutional whereas, in reality it the WILL OF THE FEW- a kind of OLIGARCHY with an epicentre lying outside the DEMOCRATIC CIRCLE!

Whether it be a party’s politburo, or a party’s Working committee or a semi-religious group or a family and its members, if they control the GOVERNMENT and NOT THE ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT OR ASSEMBLY, then it OUGHT to be called VENTRILOQUIST POLITICS! This is dangerous and deleterious to OUR DEMOCRACY.

I, as an individual do not have to agree or endorse the LAWS passed, but surely I HAVE TO COMPLY. This is because of the structure, but if the structure itself is undermined by EXTRANEOUS POLITBURO, WORKING COMMITTEES, FAMILIES and RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, then it is time to strengthen the CONSTITUTION of India, by asking the vote seeking CANDIDATES to STATE THEIR POSITIONS ON ISSUES OF POLITICAL IMPORT and not to be carried away by the parties which have been under the strangle hold of ideologies alien to democratic beliefs!

It is in this context that it should be seen, if a Cabinet which is more at the pleasure of a few, could send a bill to be passed as an ORDINANCE to the President and the very FEW, spew expletives against the ORDINANCE when the STRATEGIC REASONS for such an ORDINANCE is laid open for the world to see. The ORDINANCE route is an emergency measure and not a backroom door for the oligarchy to smuggle bills to appease its supporting “voices”.

THIS POLITICS OF VENTRILOQUISM SHOULD STOP or BE STOPPED , through DEMOCRATIC PROCESS by defeating such forces which believe in kitchen cabinets, strategic groups and think-tanks, which merely give the FORM of democracy, but have become cankers which have depleted the vitals of DEMOCRACY.

WE NEED POLITICAL LEADERS WHO COMMUNICATE, and when given a chance TO CARRY OUT whatever they COMMUNICATED. Not merely leaders who carry people with them and proffer a semblance of peace but leaving the effervescing underlying  lava of communal disharmony, inequities and injustices untouched.

LONG LIVE INDIA AND MAY TRUE DEMOCRACY BLOSSOM!

 

DEMOCRATIC RETREAT!


“Democracy” in essence means policy decisions are the prerogative of the people and the people SHALL decide. Therefore elections in India is a method to know the “will” of the people and the elected representatives through their legislation and executive control,  are supposed to reflect the WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

Periodic elections ensure that the will of the people can be altered or reassured, by either changing the party that runs the Government or re-electing the same party. What is the best way for a party which is 100% sure of NOT BEING RE-ELECTED? It has to RETREAT- like in a battle. So what does the retreating army do- FIRST AND FOREMOST IS TO TAKE AWAY THE ASSETS OR TO DESTROY THE ASSETS, so that the opponent is not empowered to deploy those assets against the retreated army.

In a democratic set up- it is not as much as TAKING AWAY or DESTROYING the assets as CREATING A LIABILITY OF GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS to the new victors of the democratic terrain!

ELECTRICITY supply and distribution is a state issue, consequently,  when a party which runs the State Government is sure of losing the elections, all it has to do is to create a LIABILITY by borrowing electricity from all and sundry, distribute it to farmers and run up unpaid bills which will create heartburn to the people, against the succeeding incumbents. This is a classic case of CREATING A LIABILITY for the new Government and buying time for the vanquished to re-marshal its forces. The interest burdens would surely ensure that the new incumbent would not be able to spend any money on welfare projects and also earn a reputation for mismanagement!

If one reads these devices, it is often seen that such LIABILITIES are created in the last one year of the incumbency of the political party to be ousted!

Let us take the cost of the FOOD SECURITY BILL? It has been projected to be @ Rs. 25,000/- crore per year. BUT IS THERE A CEILING on this amount? NO, the proponents of the Bill have ensued that the cost ceiling is not FIXED. Therefore, like in any project, inflation and cost escalations could be cited for overrun of these projections. In any case, it seems that a beautiful WHITE ELEPHANT has been gifted to the next government so that all its surpluses, if any, is sucked out servicing this WHITE ELEPHANT, which the incumbent government has cleverly brought for the next Government to mount. (MIXED METAPHOR, LIKE MIXED ECONOMY?)

These kind of bills being passed during the closing of any political party’s term smacks of creation of a LIABILITY for the next than a genuine effort to share the good fortune of the people with the less fortunate. These Acts once passed cannot be ignored as these relate to the vote casting public and thereby becoming a COMPULSIVE LIABILITY in the hands of the next. This device seems to be a CLEVER RETREATING STRATEGY in Democracy!

Long live India’s democracy.

Rajneesh Vs. Asaram Bapu!


I would not have brought in a comparison between Rajneesh @Osho  and Asaram Bapu had TIMES OF INDIA not carried an article defending Asaram Bapu on the grounds that Asaram was a married man and had never ever recommended sexual abstention or celibacy; that the sense of guilt was propounded by the Christian theologians; that Asaram is merely alleged by a girl to have been molested sexually and  that if at all what Asaram is alleged to have committed was an offence, it would be for the courts of law to determine and that there was no MORAL ISSUE involved in the allegations against him!

I have never found such a fallacious argument ever advanced in support of any Godman.

Let us first be frank to admit that he was in peddling his branch of SPIRITUALITY. Do we have any Godman in this country who has propagated SPIRITUALITY through sex? Yes, the shining example was RAJNEESH @ Osho. His method was, as i understood him, that one cannot reach the ultimate by having unresolved issues merely based on feelings of GUILT. One has to overcome, rather go beyond Guilt and if sexuality stood in the way, one ought to take a deep dive into what one fears as inducing GUILT and overcome through SURFEIT of the same! But sex was never prescribed by him as a remedy. He wanted to show that sex was beautiful, let human beings not make it ugly through GUILT.

If not for anything else, Osho was not a hypocrite, he might have been fundamentally wrong, but in no case did he practice something which he did not preach. To put in simple terms he was HONEST with himself.

I would consider it an insult to compare an honest man with a hypocrite- especially when he assumes a garb of spirituality and pontificates on spiritualism, whereas he does not have the minimum moral standard to have the parents of the female child around when he administered whatever he wanted to administer. It is the law of the land prescribed to police officers that NO WOMAN SHALL BE FRISKED OR PERSONALLY SEARCHED BY ANYONE EXCEPT ANOTHER FEMALE. Further, it is an acknowledged rule that most of the male doctors while examining a female patient always have another female nurse around so that he does not become a victim of any allegations raised by the female patient later.

When such is the practice, should it not have been that Asaram Bapu should have had another female or male relative of the girl around when he was launching on his spiritual “cornucopia”?

To defend a Godman who is accused of molesting a young girl on inane grounds of GUILTLESS HINDUISM is perverting the very basis of Hinduism. Even the HINDU MARRIAGE laws do not permit bigamy (at least after 1955) except for people who can show that it is their religious practice to marry more than one. When such is the case defending a so called spiritual guru, who is alleged to have exploited the innocence of a teenaged girl, is not only premature but untenable to any civilized society!

 

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