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MUMBAI TERRORISTS!


In the TV Channel HEADLINES TODAY, there was an eminent panel of Analysts which included 2 foreign INTELLIGENCE  ANALYSTS.  When  asked  whether  HOT PURSUIT  was  an option for  India,  they  said that on two grounds it was not advisable:-

1. That hot pursuit was successful when the host country was friendly, and

2. That it was a collective belief, of the Indian nation, that the terrorists came from a neighbouring nation and one had to have more concrete material to act upon such a premise.

In the INTERNATIONAL LAW, hot pursuit is allowed when the mischief-maker moves into alien territory subsequent to the mischief done by him. This provision is allowed, as the rights of the victim nation need not be deterred by niceties when they can apprehend the mischief maker, even when he had entered the alien territory.

INTERNATIONAL LAW IS MAN MADE like any other law, but that the precedents are not of great relevance. History may be of relevance, i repeat, but PRECEDENTS ARE NOT BINDING.

Therefore when  BUSH and BLAIR invent the WMDs based  on the  so called facts  submitted  by the CIA  chief,  and act upon it, a  third world country  which has  proof  is, international opinion-wise prevented from  launching  an attack to DECAPITATE the head of the terror outfit outside its territory!

We have to learn the un-highlighted part of HISTORY. We have to draw inspiration therefrom.

After the execution of Saddam Hussein,  the fact finding committee  finds out from the CIA chief that the intelligence inputs regarding the presence and manufacture of the WMDs was not factual. But by then it had become a fait-accompli.  Somebody owns up for the non-factual representation made, and he resigns and no further action against him is taken. To put it in simpler terms, the man who cooked the intelligence did give the so called proof (at that point in time) for the chief executive to act, in a way that he always wanted to. And to top it, after accomplishing the mission, he goes scot-free. The congress finds out that  he had furnished incorrect facts and thereby made the chief executive take a wrong decision!!

Cut back a few centuries, Warren Hastings and Dalhousie commit excesses in India, when the British Parliament finds that the public opinion was getting sticky, they call for the IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS against these Governors-General/Viceroy,  make a great forum for EDMUND BURKE and FOX to display their verbal skills and make vituperative speeches and then the  SOVEREIGN PARDON follows and the rogues are let free. No Indian gets to trouble those rogues in The Great Britain. They both lived happily everafter, with none to look down upon them.

IT IS EASIER TO GET PARDON THAN TO OBTAIN PERMISSION!

I HOPE, THAT WE LEARN THE LESSONS THAT HISTORY HAS TO OFFER, AND STRIKE THE ROOTS OF TERROR WHEREVER THEY BE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY FEEL SORRY- IF AT ALL WE HAVE TO. WHEN THE MEMORIES OF THE MUMBAI BLASTS ARE STILL FRESH, THE JUSTIFICATION WOULD BE HIGHER.

STATECRAFT IS HIGHER THAN INTERNATIONAL LAWS -WHICH ARE NOTHING BUT POST-FACTO FORMULATIONS TO DELAY AND DISSIPATE THE ANGER AND MERELY SETTLEMENT OF PAYMENTS. STATECRAFT IS ROOTED IN LIVES OF ITS CITIZENS, HONOUR AND SOVEREIGNTY.

YES WE CAN AND WE SHALL!!

TERRORISM & ROBESPIERRE- louis must die!!


“When a nation has been forced to resort to the right of insurrection it returns to a state of nature as regards its tyrant. How can the latter invoke the social compact? He has annihilated it. The nation can preserve it still, if it thinks fit, in whatever concerns the interrelations of its citizens: but the effect of tyranny and insurrection is to break it entirely as regards the tyrant; it is to throw them into mutual war; the tribunals, the judiciary procedures, are made for the members of the city. … The right to punish the tyrant and that to dethrone him are the same thing. The one does not admit of different forms from the other. The tyrant’s trial is insurrection; his judgment is the fall of his power; his penalty, whatever the liberty of the people demands.

Peoples do not judge like judiciary courts. They pass no sentences; they hurl the thunderbolt. They do not condemn kings: they thrust them back into oblivion; and this justice is not inferior to that of courts. If they arm themselves against their oppressors for their own safety, why should they be bound to adopt a mode of punishing them which would be a new danger to themselves?

As for me, I abhor the penalty of death so lavish in your laws, and I have neither love nor hatred for Louis. Crimes only I hate. I have asked the Assembly, which you still call Constituent, for the abolition of the death penalty, and it is not my fault if the first principles of reason seem to it moral and political heresies. But if you never bethought yourselves to invoke them in favor of so many unfortunates whose offenses are less their own than those of the government, by what fatality do you remember them only to plead the cause of the greatest of all criminals? You ask an exception to the death penalty for him alone against whom it can be legitimate! Yes, the penalty of death generally is a crime, and for that reason alone, according to the indestructible principles of nature, it can be justified only in cases when it is necessary for the safety of individuals or the social body. Public safety never demands it against ordinary offenses, because society can always guard against them by other means and make the offender powerless to harm it. But a dethroned king in the bosom of a revolution which is anything but cemented by laws, a king whose name suffices to draw the scourge of war on the agitated nation, neither prison nor exile can render his existence immaterial to the public welfare: and this cruel exception to ordinary laws which justice approves can be imputed only to the nature of his crimes.

It is with regret that I utter this fatal truth. But Louis must die, because the country must live.” –ROBESPIERRE

I have nothing to add to the brilliant logic and persuasive reasoning given by Robespierre, when the question came up for the execution of LOUIS XVI, the deposed King of France.

Robespierre stood against capital punishment, but when it was his turn to give his opinion on the sentence of death for the tyrant, he stood up and distinguished his general opinion on CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

We are in TERRIBLE TIMES. Mumbai is being taken over by terrorists, who deserve NO SYMPATHY. The TERRORISTS stand in the shoes of the TYRANT mentioned in Robespierre’s speech. The time has come for our justice system to be altered vis-a-vis the terrorists on similar lines of REASONING, so audaciously spoken by Robespierre.

LET US RISE AS A NATION AND HAVE NO COMPUNCTION IN COMMITTING THE TERRORISTS TO SUMMARY TRIALS WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, WITH NO RIGHTS WHATSOEVER TO PRESENT THEIR SIDE, AND DECIDE THE TRIALS EXPEDITIOUSLY BASED ON EVIDENCE PRODUCED BY THE PROSECUTION, SO THAT FAITH IS RESTORED IN OUR SYSTEM, BESIDES HAVING THE MINIMUM DETERRENCE.

Alberuni & HISTORY


There is an interesting anecdote, maybe apocryphal, which goes as follows:-

There was a boy who told another boy, from another city, that his father dug and dug and dug the soil and they discovered cables running which belonged to times anterior to Graham Bell and that upon verification they found out that the telephone system was in use in their town prior to the claim by Graham Bell.

Upon hearing this, the other replied, ” How interesting! U know, that my father told me just a few days back, that his town’s-folk dug and dug and dug the ground and after many months of digging they found nothing and upon verification came to the conclusion, that their town was using the WIRELESS system prior to the time of the claim of invention of wireless by Marconi!”

Jokes apart, the anecdote reveals that our claims on science, history, statistics and such subjects shud have cold facts to sustain our premises, especially so when claims are being made. Otherwise it becomes just a claim to temporarily outwit other claims. We shud submit ourselves to the scrutiny of others, instead of telling others to have BELIEF or Faith in our presentations.

In INDIA, according to ALBERUNI (a historian who came with Mohd. of Ghazini), there were no historians in INDIA and consequently there were only Philosophies and MYTHS and no HISTORY.

There have been Fahien, Hieun Tsang, Kautilya and others of their ilk, who had left copious writings on the facts as seen by them, which in my view was sufficient to constitute history. Further, we as Indians (unlike the pompous Jews who had an exalted notion of their own importance in the world history!) have been modest in perception of our own importance and consequently led our day to day lives, without embarking on presentation of perceptions and calling them as HISTORY. So Alberuni’s statement may not be all that right.

WHAT is History?- is in itself a polemic. If i were to be asked, if the books written under the patronage of a Ruler were to constitute History (however impartial it may seem), i’d say an emphatic NO. In this 21st century, when information and knowledge have exploded beyond the imagination of man, there are many untold reasons for which people write. In those olden days why a Fahien or Hieun Tsang had to write and to what extent they benefited from such writings cannot be fathomed now. Consequently, where all they adjusted the facts to suit their paymasters, cannot be known.

THE WINNER WRITES HISTORY.

History also conceals the most disturbing areas. For example, the BOOK OF ESTHER in THE BIBLE, is the story about a woman called ESTHER saving the JEWS from utter destruction from the mischief planned by Haman, who was the chief minister to the emperor Xerxes (Ahaseurus(?sp.) in the KJV). The more important issue that shud be of concern is that how a Jewish woman cud be encouraged by another Jewish guy, called Mordecai, to become a co-wife of an INFIDEL called Xerxes? The Mosaic commandment proscribes the Jewry from wiving or giving in marriage to persons outside their community. Here she is “BEAUTY TREATED” by Heggai, and is sent to be the fodder for the lust of Xerxes and comes out triumphant as the Queen.

NOW how do we include this book in the holy BIBLE? After all the book of JUDITH was excluded on similar grounds(in the protestant Bible), but for the fact that the man, Holofernes, therein was merely a general and not an Emperor!! So, we romanticize the hole issue, oops- whole issue, and skim over the commandments and present a great history for the festival of PURIM.

Therefore HISTORY is not an impartial account of facts, but presentation of FACTS to ultimately lead the reader to an OBJECTIVE. AKBAR NAMA and BABUR NAMA are not meant to be impartial accounts of facts for the reader to arrive at his own conclusions, it is an effort to display the greatness of their subjects.

Even Boswell, was blinded by his admiration for Dr. Johnson. How else could we explain the taunts heaped on  the Scottish by Dr.Johnson? If in a Biography, a person can’t be impartial, how much worse wud it get, in the so called historical writings.

Alberuni, if i get my facts right, was in the entourage of Mohd. of Ghazini. The Mohd. we are talking of, had to have someone to narrate the exploits and obviously Alberuni was living off the munificence of the RAIDER. To pass off his writings as HISTORY, wud be a misnomer. Paens or Panegyric wud be a better classification of his works.

IT IS WORSE STILL, WHEN SUCH A PANEGYRIST as ALBERUNI , LOOKS AROUND FOR PAENS AND PANEGYRICS AND WHEN HE FINDS NONE, MAKES A BLATANT STATEMENT THAT INDIANS HAVE NO HISTORIANS OR SENSE OF HISTORY!!


BANGALORED!


If one wants to get into the sleepiest city in this great country of ours, one has to visit nay, stay, in this city for at least one month continuously. Indeed my friends are all surprised that, when most say such nice things about Bangalore, why shud i take a contrary view.

The first is ALTITUDINAL PROBLEM. Bangalore is situated @1000 metres ( a lil less than Solan) above the sea level. Therefore for the denizens there is less air to breathe and over a period of time a certain unexplained sluggishness creeps into one’s lifestyle. This lethargy is unfelt by the persons who have stayed out for a long time in Bangalore.

Because of this high altitude, the tea comes to boil faster but the flavour and the colour do not get drained into the brew. Hence do not go by the boil, leave it simmering for twice the time at the plains.

The altitude is DISGUISED. None sees any hills and valleys around hence it gives an appearance of plains, yet has all the difficulties of the hills.

The second is THE TIME LAG. None in Bangalore reacts instantaneously, except the Auto-rickshaw drivers. This is because everyone else is still figuring out in which language to respond. whereas this time-lag does not hit the rickshaw-wallah, as he has already figured out the appropriate language ( Appropriate language doesn’t mean the language known to the other, it is merely a choice out of the six languages thru which the true-blue Bangalorean launches his strategic attack) he smooth talks his way into your wallet!

If one calls for an electrician or carpenter or a plumber, he is quick to respond and say that he wud be there in half-an-hour. But only divine guidance could get him to your home within the next 7 days. It is all taken in one’s stride. The landlord himself might leave the home after the call- as the call was made at the importunity of his Xanthippe- and would give a time lag of 7 days for that half-an-hour to mature. Efficiency is at its lowest ebb.

The traffic snarls, slow response to situations, breathing problems like bronchitis etc. are all off-shoots of the above mentioned facts.

GIVE THE TOUGHEST JOB TO THE LAZY AND HE’LL FIND THE SHORTEST ROUTE TO DO IT!!!

The upside of all the above is that, some inter-city guys remember that in INDIA, we have the industrious Mumbaiites, worker-bee Madrasis, profit oriented Gujratis and Marwaris, the politically savvy Delhiites etc., and the thought of the efficiency of these places, keep the smart Bangaloreans on their toes and provide EASY and LAZY solutions that are marketed all over the country and thereby sweatlessly make all the moolah.

NO SWEAT: In Bangalore one doesn’t sweat, at any time of the year, and that has led to the lower middle classes getting to do no physically exerting job and thereby increase in toxicity. For precisely this reason, it is easy to find them obese and dark complexioned- not because of their natural complexion, but because of the sweat pores being blocked out.

Despite such besetting prospects, it is this laziness that produces some of the most path-breaking solutions and therefore prosperity to this HIGH ALTITUDE city.

If one is not convinced about my hypothesis, one could see that it was Bangalore which liberated INDIA from the EDUCATION POLICY and made it a big time business by allowing admissions into Professional Colleges on payment of Capitation fee;

it was Bangalore that made the obsolete LAND & LABOUR LAWS of this country defunct by popularizing the IT industry and creating wealth without large holdings in land and bypassing the unionization of Labour force and;

it is in Bangalore that one could talk in any language (except Tamil during the cauvery disturbances) and see the true INTEGRATION of INDIANS on NON-LINGUISTIC BASIS.

Now the latest is that they have got the Airport so far away from the city that, a new direction of growth has been given to the future state of TELENGANA & RAYALSEEMA, instead of the state of Tamil Nadu thru Hosur!!

If there is any new direction given to our great country, it has its origins from this city of BANGALORE, not because it is the most INDUSTRIOUS or CAPITALIZED or SUPER-SKILLED or ENLIGHTENED, but because it ATTRACTS THE LAZY AND CHURNS THEM INTO INNOVATORS FOR THE NEXT EVENTUALITY.

THIS RECESSION TOO SHALL PASS, BUT THE RESOLUTION SHALL EMANATE FROM BANGALORE.

WE BANGALOREANS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ENGLISH, A WORD FOR MOVING OUT WORK OVERSEAS, AND WE SHALL FIND A WAY TO BEAT THE RECESSION TOO! WE HAVE MANY LAZY GUYS PLANNING IT OUT HERE!!!

My Father is greater than I!!!


IN  the Gospel of St. John, Jesus says MY FATHER IS GREATER THAN I.

In another instance Jesus says I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE.

Let us cut back to the old Testament and there when Moses asks YAHWEH what he shud tell the Pharaoh as to the God’s  name, Yahweh tells him to say, “I  AM  HAS CALLED US TO WORSHIP HIM”.

So what is the “I”?

The Psychologists have split up the human consciousness into EGO, SUPEREGO, ID, etc. Almost in all systems, the Psychologists have made the divisions three fold. They have adequately defined the nature of the space held by each of the three divisions. But by dividing thus, probably the Psychologists have achieved clarity in expression and the efficacy of such division has been salubrious, from the therapeutic point of view. But it still does not clarify the above statements that have been made in the spiritual sense. Maybe the TIME has come to attempt at some effort, to deconstruct the statements that offer a severe challenge to our understanding and grammar.

The blogger is of the opinion THAT THE I SPACE IS TO BE OCCUPIED BY THE INTERACTIVE SELF.

INTERACTIVE MEANS, THE SPACE THAT INTERACTS BETWEEN THE BASENESS OF HUMAN DESIRES, AMBITIONS, REQUIREMENTS ETC., AND THE HIGHER SELF, WHICH IS INACCESSIBLE EXCEPT THRU PRAYERS, WORSHIP AND THANKFULNESS.

It is this I space, that was occupied by the Son Jesus. Thus Jesus becomes the INTERCEDER.

Jesus thru  HIS submission, to the FATHER, of his baser self, in the form of flesh,  was able to  integrate  this  lower  self with the  I SPACE- which  has been his original  space while he was with GOD AND WAS A PART OF GOD.  This is the example that Jesus wanted man to emulate. He took upon the human form to demonstrate that it was possible to submit the BASER SELF TO THE HIGHEST SELF- that is the Father Space.

When Jesus said I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE, he was stating that the I space in him was a part of the GOD the father’s space.

Human beings have this I space but get contaminated by the above mentioned baser self and the identification becomes so thorough that the human has evicted the interactive space of GOD THE SON, and thereby loses the connection with the HIGHER SPACE OF GOD THE FATHER.

So when Moses says he has to worship I AM, he was taking the JEWS to get them reconnected with the INTERACTIVE SPACE of GOD the Son.

Jesus’ statement that HIS FATHER WAS GREATER THAN I, is plausible as the interactive GOD THE SON could get disconnected with the GOD THE FATHER, when the son space is laden with SIN. This took place when Jesus was laden with the sins of the world. That disconnect takes the SON to the underworld and Jesus’ submission even there to the FATHER space brings him back to life thru RESURRECTION.

I believe that the above satisfies my rational mind. Even to REASON, GOD reveals himself thru REASON- if it is tempered with willingness to know  the Truth  and Humility.

CLASSICAL LANGUAGES OF INDIA -affirmative action


Let me state unequivocally that, by any criteria one may choose, Tamil is one of the great classical literatures and traditions of the world.” This quotation was not taken from any recent literary or political statement made in India but from the official “Statement on the Status of Tamil as a Classical Language” issued by the University of California, Berkeley (April 11, 2000). Why has it taken so much time in India to recognise the status of Tamil as a classical language? The reason is political, according to Prof. George L. Hart, who authored the Statement.

The above is excerpted from the Article which appeared in THE HINDU dated 09th JUNE, 2004. The author was one S.S.Vasan, a Rhodes Scholar, Trinity College, Oxford, U.K..

If one were to ask a votary of any particular language, no doubt he/she wud say that his/her language is the best. But when we are talking about CLASSICISM of a particular language, it is not based on the feelings of the person but subject to objective assessment, based on certain criteria, accepted by eminent persons who have adequate knowledge of Languages.

Kannada and Telugu have been accorded the Classical status. As per an article appearing in THE HINDU dt. 10th Nov., 2008, and scripted by one C.Gouridasan Nair; Mr.Krishna Iyer (formerly Justice of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India) besides two others are said to have stated that classification of certain languages as classical created UNHEALTHY HIERARCHIES among languages, and fomented LINGUISTIC FANATICISM.

The above statement by the said Mr.Krishna Iyer and others is the most preposterous statement ever made on this topic. The reasons are:-

Tamil is no doubt hoarier than the other two classical languages declared by the Government of India. I am specifically leaving out Sanskrit, as it is accepted by most as the oldest of all the Classical languages declared by the Govt. of India- yet the native speakers of Sanskrit are negligible and many consider this as dead as Latin and of use only in religious chanting, with no day to day use in a large scale. Mr.Krishna Iyer’s apprehensions are unfounded as, whether it is classified by the Government or not, Tamil had been recognized as a Classical language by the learned. By according official status, the country is doing itself a favour by admitting to its variegated culture of this vast and great country and the cultural length of its past.

If one language is older, distinct and unsullied by other cultures, and therefore if a person takes pride in it, that cannot be called fanaticism. Fanaticism is IMPOSITION of a culture on another, NOT PRIDING ON ONE”S CULTURE OR LANGUAGE. Iyer’s apprehensions are like the AMERICAN DEFENSE (besides S replacing C), the bombing is never on a landmass contiguous to its geographical territory but in alien far-away lands like Vietnam, Iraq, Nicaragua etc.!!

Therefore the place of TAMIL, is not because of anyone doing any favours. It is because of its intrinsic qualities. Even if a hierarchy is not built, the language wud stand on its own. After all it is an INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE, being recognized in the currencies of Singapore, Malaysia & Sri Lanka.  And we as INDIANS shud be proud of such a language and make TAMIL an option in all colleges in India to study this language. After all TAMIL is the only LIVE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL LANGUAGE from INDIA.

As regards LINGUISTIC FANATICISM , it is at best an EFFECT that is created not because of a DECLARED superiority of a particular language but because of an attitude taken by the INDIVIDUAL . Merely because it MIGHT produce an undesirable effect, it does not mean that we shud not classify, and therefore club the Horses, Donkeys and Mules, merely on the overall features and functions assignable and call them all quadrupeds.

TAMIL’s UNIQUENESS in the country was ASSERTED not in 2004. It was taken up against certain sections of the political ideologues who wanted to make HINDI the sole OFFICIAL LANGUAGE of the union to the exclusion of ENGLISH, 15 years after the adoption of the constitution, when a consensus was a precondition to Hindi being made so, as per the CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION.

At that time the other languages did not have the METTLE in them to assert its place in the union, but now that they see the benefits, others also want to climb the band wagon. There is no resistance from the other languages, as this wagon’s uniqueness cud be considerably diluted, which is in-keeping with their motives!!

It is a kind of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. Give everyone a chance is a policy relating to opportunities available in a social setting. It cannot be applied to the assessment of the DISTINCTNESS of the CULTURE of a language, ANTIQUITY of the language & VOLUME OF LITERARY works of a language that command greatness and the live population that continues to interact in that language.

The title or epithet of CLASSICAL LANGUAGE has become a joke, with each asking for his/her language to be included and the process has become a question of numbers with the ability to push the agenda thru political clout.

Since TAMIL was CHOSEN as the first Classical language, let us enumerate the CRITERIA and see whether the other languages which make a claim to classicism measure up to it and if not, based on other valid reasons classify them also as classical languages, instead of the cacophonous noises made- based on numbers.

PROPHECY-II, BARACK OBAMA


Well, i have been bombarded with many a comment, which i chose not to approve, asking me how the earlier blog on the subject of OBAMA WINNING THE ELECTION on the 24th of October, 2008, could be called a prophecy, as there was ALREADY A 50% chance of me getting it right anyway.

It needs a DIVINE EXPLANATION:-

THAT WHICH IS, ALREADY HAS BEEN.

AND THAT WHICH WILL BE, HAS ALREADY BEEN.

GOD ALLOWS THE SAME THINGS TO HAPPEN AGAIN. (Ecclesiastes ch. 3, v. 15- THE BIBLE)

The above passage is from the Bible and putatively attributed to the KING SOLOMON. The version of the Bible quoted above is THE NEW LIFE VERSION and i have deliberately left out the KING JAMES’ VERSION, as that could be confusing, to those not acquainted with the early 17th century English.

This passage in the Bible, impelled me to see the present happenings and correlate it with the Historical figures in the Bible. And i came to the conclusion that the Bible is the MICROCOSM given to man for understanding the MACROCOSM. He can draw from the historical figures not merely structurally, but based on the sounds of the characters.

Nostradamus’ HISTER was later interpreted to mean HITLER, post facto. Therefore one has to look for sounds of characters and also structurally the situation, and thereafter interpret the present happenings vis-a-vis the past. Just as …. AND THAT WHICH WILL BE, HAS ALREADY BEEN.

The sounds are very important, as the SOUNDS ARE NOTHING BUT THE word in action AS VOICE.

In my PROPHECY-BARACK, i had shown how similarities occur between the past and therefore by studying the sound patterns, the present could be DIVINED. I call this BIBLICAL AUDIOMANCY.

THE REASON BEING THAT,WHEN THE SOUND ASSOCIATIONS HAVE COAGULATED TO FORM A PARADIGM OF THE PAST, THE IMPENDING RESULT SHALL GO THE WAY IT WAS DECIDED EARLIER!!!

BIBLICAL AUDIOMANCY!!!! (DESERVES SOME SERIOUS RESEARCH AT THE MIT!!!)

ALL PROPHECIES ARE RISKS TAKEN BY THE DIVINER, AND POST FACTO ADJUSTED TO SUIT THE OUTCOME.

BUT IF ONE WANTS TO MAKE IT A SERIOUS BUSINESS, TO BAMBOOZLE THE LESS DISCERNING, GO AHEAD!!!!



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