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ABISHAAG & THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL!


WHAT HAS ABISHAAG GOTTA DO WITH THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL?, that when Adonijah asked for her hand  King Solomon should blow his top?

To refresh the memory of the Bible readers and aid the persons not familiar with the story of Abishaag, the Shunamite:-

Abishaag was a young virgin who according to the Bible was brought to the palace of King David of Israel to keep him warm thru body contact in his old age. Even before  the death of King David, there was Palace intrigue initiated by Bathsheba to promote her uterine son Solomon to become the king of Israel. The reason being that Adonijah the son of King David and Haggith had declared himself the King of Israel without the consent of the King.

However Bathsheba’s camp went on to write history, being the winners in the race for Kingship. So Adonijah wanted to get married to the woman who was warming up King David in his last years. Therefore he sends his mother Haggith ( a co-wife to Bathsheba) to the Queen Mother Bathsheba to persuade the new king Solomon to give Abishaag as his wife. All hell broke loose. Solomon asks his mother Bathsheba, ” Why ask for Abishaag only, whu don’t you ask for the whole kingdom- after all he is my elder brother?”,  and gets him murdered.

BUT WHY DID SOLOMON GET ADONIJAH MURDERED?

Reason must be that Abishaag was the only one who could have been privy to the drama enacted by Bathsheba, Benaiah the priest and the prophet, to crown Solomon- stated to have been with the consent of David, as she was in the presence of the King David. David never appeared before the public – even though he is stated to have blessed Solomon and proffered him the advise to kill Joab, Shimei etc.

This drama by Bathsheba carried the ring of approval of the vegetating David and this myth would have been blown up if Abishaag had become the spouse of Adonijah. This prospect of unveiling must have terrified Solomon, hence the outburst of telling his mom to have asked  him the kingdom for Adonijah.

TRUTH IS ALWAYS HIDDEN- LOOK FOR IT, ALWAYS.

THE GREATEST DRIFT


Drifting between the banks of REWARD and PUNISHMENT,

frittered away his life on Hope and Fear!

TAINTING THE CHILDHOOD!


The following is a news-item appearing in the SUN.

‘Girls of ten should wed’ By STAFF REPORTER Published: 14 Jan 2009 rigTeaserImage SAUDI Arabia’s most senior Muslim cleric says it is OK for TEN-YEAR-OLD girls to marry, reports claim. Al-Hayat newspaper quotes Sheik Abdul-Aziz bin Baz as saying anyone who thinks the girls are too young are doing them an injustice. He is reported to have said during a lecture on Monday that women marrying after the age of 25 are following a �bad path.� His comments come as Saudi human rights groups are fighting to put an end to marriages between the very young and pressing the government to define the minimum age for marriage. On Sunday, the government-run National Human Rights Commission condemned marriages of minor girls, saying they are an �inhumane violation�.

Besides the fact that women are treated as chattels even today, the latest is that:   women marrying after the age of 25 are following a �bad path, therefore the prescription of the patriarchal society is that as a preventive measure, girls should be married off even before they are subject to the basic bodily metamorphosis into women.

As per the Indian Muslim Law, the girl if married before puberty had the right to repudiate the marriage upon attaining the age of sixteen. That discretion is given so that the individuality of the girl could be established. In the muslim marriages, marriages are civil contracts and not sacraments, therefore it is a precondition that the parties to the contract could understand the contract before becoming parties to it.

Islam is a very liberal Religion in its marriage laws- esp. as interpreted by the courts in India. Why should a girl who should be leading a carefree life be exposed to the lecherous lust of the grown up adults. When the girl should be lavished with paternal love, why should she be made a fodder for the lust of older men? I see no reason, as to why a cleric should come to such a conclusion that marrying off early would prevent them from becoming BAD?

IT  IS NOTHING BUT FORCE BLOSSOMING THE BUD.

NEITHER THE PETALS GLEAM, NOR THE BEES RELISH THE ENTRY!

AMBUSH MORALITY!


Moral Principles of any culture are embedded in the human beings who represent that culture. Their belief in that culture should not be shaken, as that would leave them homeless in their land. Their belief would be dilapidated because of the invasion of an extraneous culture. But to hope for such a ideal situation would be foolhardy, as some persons who belong to the culture may not so zealously protect their culture when they are offered DEVELOPMENT. Development brings within itself certain extraneous cultural elements that might be disturbing to the local persons.

When Jehangir, the Mughal Emperor gave the rights to the East India Company to trade in Surat, i’m sure the EIC brought a whole lot of alien cultural inputs that must have disturbed the cultural sentiments of the locals. But the same EIC brought trade along with prosperity to that locality. I’m sure the local Surat residents must have seen many firang women in skirts, holding on to their men on the streets etc. But those changes were to be put up with, all for the sake of GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & PROSPERITY.

When the land cost in big cities had galloped beyond the entrepreneur’s reach, they had to seek out smaller cities/town for the purposes of setting up BPOs and Call Centres. Since getting / attracting English speaking crowd was not difficult in MANGALORE, they had set up those BPOs and Call Centres. With such developments, there was bound to be reaction from the locals. Kids with a decent knowledge of English were never given more than Rs.3,000/- PM as salaries, but with the arrival of BPOs and Call Centres their salaries increased manifold, leaving them with enough to splurge on activities that they had only seen on movies. So a shift in the activities takes place.

In Mangalore, we all saw the brutality heaped on the heads of young girls, which must have surely traumatized them. It was the location that made all the difference. Had it happened in another city, probably there would have been a severe political backlash. The opposition in Karnataka has not reacted with vehemence.

The basic question that shud be asked was whether the young boys and girls did whatever they did within the confines of a place that allowed such activity, in the eyes of the law. If the answer is YES, then any person who intruded has indulged in CRIMINAL TRESSPASS, as they were armed with sticks which gave away their INTENTION. Subsequently by their behaviour they have committed HURT, OUTRAGED THE MODESTY OF WOMEN & DESTROYED PROPERTY. All punishable under the INDIAN PENAL CODE.

However, why in India we do not know of the EXEMPTIONS and JUSTIFICATIONS that are embedded in the same IPC? Sections 97 to 105 under the head of PRIVATE DEFENCE and take advantage of those?

Dr. Samuel Johnson’s recipe was this: If a madman were to come into this room with a stick in his hand, no doubt we should pity the state of his mind; but our primary consideration would be to take care of ourselves. We should knock him down first, and pity him afterwards.

I wish the young girls and boys had resisted the goons who had entered the pub AMNESIA at Mangalore and used their RIGHT TO SELF DEFENCE and caused the rogues to limit the imposition of their morality to their mothers, sisters and wives (if at all they would take it lying down)!!

These boys and girls were definitely not persons labouring under the dictum TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK! I wish and pray to God that the anarchy let loose by the goons in Mangalore are taught a lesson not to enter into others’ premises to impose their anachronistic sense of morality.

If the morons had had the balls they should have protested democratically and requested the pub owners to refrain from admitting Indian young girls. Secondly they should have spoken to their MLA and the MP to make laws to disallow young girls and boys. Instead what they did was an AMBUSH. It was an AMBUSH MORALITY.

The so called leader of that goon gang has the gall to go on the TV stating that women were not intended to be targeted and that that was unfortunate, as if the violence exhibited was legal! What notions of legality. These goons have no sense of morality that could be democratically propagated, but a sense of exclusivity that gives them a sense of superiority that they are commissioned to do things that are illegal and offensive to the society.

To add amusement to this drama enacted by the Ram Sena, their chief reels off a sanskrit shloka  MATRU…… etc signifying that the Indian culture extols Woman etc. He has to be probably reminded that Aishwarya Rai,   Shilpa Shetty,  Deepika Padukone and Shamita Shetty all hail from the same town of Mangalore or thereabouts, and the way they have glorified womanhood in scantily clad clothes and published as visual ads for movies & commercial advertisements should have elicited worse response from the Ram Sena and its votaries!

IT IS TIME WE STOOD UP FOR THE LIBERTIES GRANTED BY GOD AND ALLOWED BY OUR CONSTITUTION and VOW NOT TO ALLOW SUCH AMBUSH MORALITY TO INFLICT PAIN AND INJURY TO OTHER INDIANS.

THE MANGALORE MAUL!!!


Yesterday (25/01/2009), there were TV reports stating that some self appointed high priests of INDIAN CULTURE entered a pub by name AMNESIA in Mangalore, karnataka and beat up the women who were in the pub. It was said to have been done by the members of a group called RAM SENA.

The most important point is that i had seen myself on the TV a woman’s ponytail being pulled by a male hand, besides two women were seen running and a man(?) kicking them from behing and they both fell down and scrambled back to stand up. The images revealed that the INTRUDERS were not only NOT civilized but were BRUTAL.

In INDIA we are breeding people who have ARROGATED TO THEMSELVES THE RIGHT TO BE THE GUARDIANS OF THE MORAL STANDARDS OF THEIR LOCALITY. The same ignorant fellows should know that this country’s development, when it spreads would bring with it many disturbing features which may not be familiar to the terrain in which such developments take place.

I am tempted to cite an anecdote which happened during the reign of Akbar the Great. Salim Chisthi’s sons complained to their father that Akbar was poaching women from their harem. The wise Chisthi said, ” When you invite a mahout into your home, be ready to make your door big enough to let in the elephant too!”

It is the same story in Mangalore, when call centres and BPOs have migrated to towns like Mangalore, the goons should be educated that micro skirts, smoking and beer swigging women would also proliferate and it cannot be controlled by the mere wishes of the local denizens.

The rogues who had indulged in such terrorizing acts of beating women should not only be arrested but also be handled in such a way that they feel the humiliation which they so zealously carried out on their victims.

Of late in the state of Karnataka such types of violence seem to be on an upsurge. It is my surmise that, the lumpen elements are emboldened on the ideological starching delivered by the idealogues of the brigade that peddles small minded morality in the name of religion.

Whatever be the reason, the goons had no right to firstly enter a pub for enforcing their idea of morality, secondly they cannot violate the personal integrity of another Indian.

THEY NOT ONLY OUGHT TO BE PUNISHED, BUT ALSO EXPEDITIOUSLY and EXEMPLARILY.

SMOKING IN MOVIES- DELHI H C


Judging issues based on PRINCIPLED DECISION MAKING is the ULTIMATE in Democracy. Otherwise in a country of 1.2 billion population, it becomes the opinion of the Judge of the day, which is not applauded but carried forward grudgingly as a dubious precedent.

Justice Kaul of the High Court of Delhi has decided the issue of SMOKING ON FILMS on PRINCIPLES, that it has put the bogus pioneers of such causes in a quandary.

We all know that a MINISTER’s position in the Indian polity is two-fold:

to promote legislation of the policies of the Government &

to be answerable to the Parliament collectively with the cabinet and also w.r.t his ministry.

But some Ministers ( servers), instead of serving the public have hijacked their office to include prescriptions that are not commanded in law. To make matters worse they had even been emboldened to RESTRAIN people from doing things that are /cannot be proscribed by law.

One of those ministers who instead of taking up basic public health issues that haunt this country had hijacked the ministry in trivial issues like who would be the In-Charge of AIIMS?, whether people could smoke in public/ restaurants? etc. The statistics show that the state of the country in Public Health is appallingly bad. Even when the Prime Minister wants a by-pass surgery, he uses AIIMS for security reasons and not the medical skills that the Institution  brings! The WHO report would bear me out in this regard that the amount spent in India for Health is 1% of her GDP and much below the 5% norm.

HE SAW SMOKING AS THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT IN THE HEALTH OF THE NATION. He even aided in the issue of putting up statutory warnings, on movies/TVs, when a scene of smoking came up in a film!!

We respect Mahatma Gandhi because each Indian knows that he was one person who attempted at every level to follow what he preached. Had he merely prescribed things without following those prescriptions, we would not have had time for him. In India there are many who prescribe without practicing what they prescribe.

The prescriber of such non-smoking was the same who in his earlier avatar, along with his supporters was RESPONSIBLE FOR FELLING TREES (a crime under the FOREST ACT), blocking vehicular traffic (besides restricting the rights of individual citizen is also a crime under the IPC) and CREATING NUISANCE TO THE PUBLIC in the name of caste politics. He alongwith his father has the least right to spearhead smokeless India. He had trampled on the LIBERTIES OF INDIANS FOR GARNERING AND COAGULATING THE SCUM OF HIS SUPPORTERS!

IT IS TO BE MENTIONED THAT THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI HAS DECIDED AND STATED THAT PREVENTING THE DIRECTORS OF MOVIES TO SHOW SMOKING SCENES WAS VIOLATIVE OF ARTICLE 19(1) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA. THE COURT HAS FURTHER OBSERVED THAT THE DIRECTOR’S CREATIVITY CANNOT BE THUS RESTRAINED. THANKS TO MAHESH BHATT- ONE MORE INDIAN WITH BALLS.

THE MINISTER IF TAKEN TO THE OLYMPICS AND MADE TO WATCH THE 110 MTS HURDLES, WOULD TELL HIS GOONS TO REMOVE ALL THE HURDLES SO THAT ALL THE HURDLERS COULD RUN SMOOTHLY WITHOUT ANY IMPEDIMENT. HIS UNDERSTANDING IS SHALLOW AND HIS ZEAL MISPLACED. IT IS TIME HE WAS TAUGHT THE BASICS OF LIFE!

IT IS TIME THAT SOME MORONS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE SOCIETY HAS MANY UNDESIRABLE THINGS LIKE CIGARETTES, BEEDIS, SNUFF, CHEWING TOBACCO, ETC WHICH CANNOT BE GOVERNMENTALLY BANNED AS THEY WOULD RESURFACE IN UNPALATABLE FORMS AND BECOME MORE DELETERIOUS TO THE SOCIETY.

NADAR-INTER GENERATIONAL CONTINUITY


In  THE HINDU dated 19-01-2009 Mr. S.Gurumurthy has written an article titled Is caste an economic development vehicle?, wherein he has concluded that the caste system’s perceived nuisance in politics can be mitigated by promoting the economic potential of caste.

In the said article, he has brought out the bright side of the caste system as was prevalent in India. Inter-alia he has made the following statements which have been excerpted for affording greater clarity.

“The Nadar caste runs over three-fourths of the retail trade, match works, and fireworks in Tamil Nadu.

An empirical study was conducted in some 25 caste-based industrial clusters in different places in India by a team of academics and professionals trained in modern business under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Swadeshi Academic Council. It showed that whether it is the Jatavs of Agra and Kanpur, or the Nadars, Naidus, or Goundars of Tamil Nadu, or the Patels of Gujarat, or the artisan Ramgadiyas of Punjab, they have risen as competent entrepreneurs – many at the global level – mostly by leveraging on their kinship-based social capital.

It is the community that has acted as the knowledge provider thorough kinship and social network.”

Before making a sweeping statement that the NADARS of Tamil Nadu had leveraged their caste connections to propel themselves to their position of predominance in Retail, match works & cracker industry, he shud have done a background check for the reasons leading to such predominance, than to use the success of the NADAR caste for his half-baked hypothesis of leveraging the caste connections.

The reasons are manifold.

In my opinion, the NADARS were built for hard labour and completing the tasks ahead of them in a manner that is instructed them. The reason being that NADARS were from the community of palmyra climbers and were able bodied. The men folks’ greatest investment was in their body and subsequently in their skills. They had to climb the tall palmyra trees and cannot afford to lose their grip on the tree even in the event of being stung by a scorpion or a bee (it is very common to experience these threats at the top of the tree). This trait of sticking to their tasks even in the event of pain, had inculcated in them a strong ability to hold on to the basic reality of sticking to the task.

Besides the fact that the NADARS had to have capable bodies, they had built a capacity to endure pain and finish the objectives set before them.

Further, all the nectar gathered cannot be sold therefore they had to decide based on the local saleability, as to how much had to be brought down as nectar (in Tamil padhaneer, in Malayalam akkaani) and as to how much to be brought down as toddy. The unsold portion of the nectar was brewed into a type of country sugar called in Tamil a Karuppatti. To top it all, all the sprouting shoots on the tree top cannot be chosen and sliced for draining nectar. As some had to be left for the formation of the tender kernel called nongu (in Tamil) and some left for maturing into full grown fruits for the purposes of the seeds and subsequently for the harvest of the tubers that come out of those buried seeds.

The point that i am trying to bring out is that, the NADARS had to apportion the basic resource in such a way that it would fetch them the maximum returns. It is in these activities that the NADARS had learnt the basics of apportioning the resources, assessing the market conditions and saving for a rainy day. IF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO WAS PLAYED IN THE PLAYGROUNDS OF ETON, it was surely in these circumstances that the NADARS had learnt the skills and built their character.

There were many instances where the palmyra climbers had slipped from the trees and fallen to death & sometimes crippled with disabling injuries. Constant rains deprived them of their livelihood for days on end- when climbing trees besides being hazardous ,would dilute the nectar and make the nectar useless for consumption or sale.

It is from such insecurities that the concepts of SAVING and HEALTHCARE emanated. It is a fact that there were a lot of ASANs, who were NADARS, who learnt the medicinal properties of herbs and used them in treating bone injuries. The NADAR community developed these Asans for treating their own people, who suffered grave injuries and bore the livelihood of these asans, out of their earnings and produce, as an obligation of labour towards the community and generously paid those asans .

Since the physical labour was demanding and hazardous, the life of a palmyra climber was uncertain and his work of climbing the tree did not, in any case, last beyond his middle age- as his reflexes and strength subsided with age.

The women folk had to sell the country sugar (karuppatti) in the local markets and assist their menfolk in the earnings of their household. In their spare time they had to weave baskets out of the palmyra leves, make hand fans and other fancy items out of the palmyra.

So on the whole, the NADAR community is not like what Gurumurthy says that they garnered the retail and match works business thru social networking. It is too simplistic, as probably he comes from a background where his forebears lived off selling concepts of SIN, GUILT, PROPITIATION, READING KUNDALIs and NATAL CHARTS PRESUMING TO PREDICT FUTURE, using temple lands for tenancy and produce skimming!!

The insecurity of NADARS led them, by God’s grace, to toil in areas where they could give businesses to their succeeding generations. Earlier, the father NADAR had nothing but a house and the right to tap the palmyra as a lease holder, to bequeath to his son;but the realization that each generation had to start from the scratch made them move over gradually to more steady incomes and giving their children education. If Gurumurthy is to understand this, he has to understand that it was not because of CONNING THE PUBLIC THRU RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS THAT THE NADARS CAME OUT OF SUCH PLIGHT, BUT  THAT THEIR LABOUR AND HARDWORK COULD NOT KEEP THEM DOWN ANY LONGER! It was the inter-generational continuity and inter-generational sacrifice that has taken the NADARS to where they are.

Alas! Gurumurthy cannot understand that, as he probably comes from a stock that claimed pre-eminence in the society thru peddling small minded spiritualism which is NOT AN EFFORT THAT IS BASED ON HARD LABOUR, BUT SUSTAINING THE FRAUD OF HIS FOREBEARS! For his community, it is important to network and sustain the collective fraud of the consciousness promoted thru the ages.

IT IS THE NADARS WHO HAVE RETAILED THE GOODS OF THE SOCIETY TO THE POOREST OF THE POOR, NOT THROUGH PROFITEERING, BUT THROUGH RATIONALIZATION OF PROFITS.

The homogeneity of the NADAR community is zealously guarded not through myths of superiority, but because of the realization by each generation that the previous generation had suffered enough, to bring the candle of progress from afar, beguiling the MYTH CREATORS who tried in vain to snuff out the flame that the NADARS protected so carefully.

IT IS THE SACRIFICE FOR THE PURPOSE, DESPITE THE SCORPION STINGS, THAT HAS BROUGHT THE NADARS WHERE THEY ARE AND NOT BECAUSE OF THE HALF-BAKED CONCEPT OF SOCIAL CAPITAL AS INTERPRETED BY THE BIGOTED GURUMURTHY.


CAUVERY OH! CAUVERY.


The following is the take of WIKIPEDIA on the life of Rani Mangammal of the NAYAK DYNASTY that ruled Madurai.

When Rani Mangammal was engaged in settling her policy towards the Mughal Empire, Chikka Deva Raya of Mysore in a pursuit of territorial expansion annexed the territories up to Salem and Coimbatore from Madurai Kingdom between 1690 and 1694. In 1695, Tiruchirapalli, then capital of Madurai, was also besieged by Mysore armies was defeated and sent back.

Shortly after her war and peace with Thanjavur in 1700, both united and proceeded against Chikka Dev Raya. The later had built an Anicut (which means “dam” in Tamil) across the river Cauvery thus preventing adequate supply of irrigation water for Thanjavur and the northern parts of Madurai Kingdom. Same year, the river also ran near dry. Anticipating a drought and famine situation, both Madurai and Thanjavur armies united to attack Mysore. But by that time, heavy rains had washed off this Anicut, which was located at the site where the present Kannambadi dam stands.
The cauvery dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka dates back to centuries and if one hopes to find  simple solution to this complex issue, there is no way.
Political solution is the only way, but when are the people of these two states going to accept the verdict and accept their award and move forward.
History is not that which is written, but that which is believed to have happened!
Each generation has its own take on the happenings of the past!
The only solution is to keep the award on paper, merely for enforcing it when necessary through FORCE, but allow the political leadership to engage in talks till the rains arrive and wash away our disputes!!

ROADIES – MTV


This evening (17th January, 2009) at 7 pm IST on the MTV channel there was a programme called ROADIES. The preliminary rounds were conducted in various cities, especially the ones where Hindi, the official language of the Union of India is spoken widely. In fact during the course of the programme there was a statement made that HOW ONE COULD CALL ONESELF AN INDIAN IF HE DOESN’T KNOW THE RASHTRABASHA?

Even though it’s not the issue that i intend to write about, since the point was made and it demands a mention, i shall deal with it first. As we all know, the English equivalent of RASHTRABASHA is NATIONAL LANGUAGE. If one has a little acquaintance with the laws of this land there is an Act passed by the Parliament called THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT, 1963 and came into effect from the REPUBLIC DAY of 1965. English along with Hindi would continue to be the other OFFICIAL language of the union. So i know of NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE but scheduled languages numbering 22, which also includes SINDHI which is not the language of any state in India. These EXALTED EPITHETS which are disseminated by the TV channels bring about an appearance of truth, with no underlying substance. In a multi-linguistic nation like India, if one were to go by the MOST WIDELY SPOKEN LANGUAGE, no doubt, it is HINDI. In a democracy it must needs be that anything that is recognized by the majority has to be approved if it is not contrary to the Constitution. The constitution does not prohibit anyone from making titles for any language, if one were to go by that basis each language might start proclaiming a title that has a semblance of truth and to the irritation of the native speakers of other languages.

What was surprising was that the MALE PARTICIPANTS in ROADIES had meekly submitted to a situation wherein a stick activated by a spring would be let loose between the legs of the bent male participants so as to strike their pudendum or scrotum or testes/penis! The whole exercise was conducted in the view of the female participants of ROADIES.

The cameras were in good numbers so as to capture the wincing guys, as well as to bring out the reactions of the female participants, who did show varied expressions- some looked on with curiosity, some with concern and some with suppressed amusement.

Towards the end of ROADIES, the Director of the show was shown trying the strike of the rod on his balls! That moron may do it. as he would popularize the show and increase the TRP ratings of ROADIES, but why should such dangerous and disgusting acts be let out into the living rooms of single room houses of the middle class?

There is every chance that the boys who suffered the blows to their balls, with just their boxer shorts to guard- could suffer from haematoma of the testes, scrotum or even damage to the penis. It was nothing but an attempt  to emasculate the boys in ROADIES  in the name of testing the BALLS of the  participant males, and should attract the provisions of ATTEMPT TO CAUSE GRIEVOUS HURT of the Indian Penal Code.

My heart goes out to the two boys who got it real bad. One guy was from Gujarat and the other  from the North Eastern states. The Director who  made the female participants  to watch  this spectacle  of ROADIES must be a DOWNRIGHT PERVERT. To transfer the gender and subject a female to go thru anything so degrading as that would have brought the NATIONAL COMMISSION for WOMEN up in arms. Poor boys!- now i know why the Ancient Olympics did not allow any women spectators.

ROADIES is a good concept that tests the courage, sociableness, team spirit et al of the selected contestants; but this incident is TRULY A BENCHMARK FOR PERVERSION! The contestants are so desperate, that they would even submit their basic rights (physical integrity, in this case) in their effort to win the ROADIES contest.

ARE WE HEADING FOR SUCH BALL CRACKING CONTESTS IN THE FUTURE DEMANDING OUR MOST BASIC RIGHT OF PRESERVING OUR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY.

TO MAKE IT WORSE, DISPLAY IT THRICE A WEEK ON TV WITHOUT WARNING AND STILL WORSE, THAT IT IS A TEASER IN THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR ROADIES?

IT SEEMS THAT WE HAVE ENTERED A STAGE OF VOYEURISTIC SADISM.

LIKE THE INVENTION OF THE GUILLOTINE, THE DEVICE THAT STRIKES THE BALLS OF THE GUYS MAY ALSO BE MASS PRODUCED IF WE DO NOT RESTRAIN SUCH PERVERSE MORONS.

SERIAL MONOGAMY!


The following are the explanation given in the ONLINE MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY:-

Etymology:
French monogamie, from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek, from monogamos monogamous, from mon- + gamos marriage, from gamein to marry
Date:
1612
1archaic : the practice of marrying only once during a lifetime2: the state or custom of being married to one person at a time3: the condition or practice of having a single mate during a period of time

This word seems to have been in usage since 1612 and etymologically has its origin from French. There are three meanings given in the dictionary and the ARCHAIC meaning seems to have been the starting point of the evolution of the ascribed meaning of the word.
1archaic : the practice of marrying only once during a lifetime

When widow remarriage, to avoid destitution, was recommended by Prophet Mohammed or Muhammed)[3][4][5] (ca. 570 Mecca – June 8, 632 Medina), there appeared  a strong recommendation for polygamy in Islam.
In Christianity, when exactly Monogamy was prescribed is a matter of debate. When Jesus says YOU SHALL NOT PUT AWAY YOUR WIFE AND MARRY ANOTHER, EXCEPT FOR ADULTERY BY THE WIFE, was He talking of MONOGAMY or merely of not deserting the first wife for the next?
HINDUISM had been liberal on this count and it is the STATUTORY PROVISIONS enacted in the 1950’s, which prescribe MONOGAMY.
Kristina Durante of the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at Austin, upon clinical findings has reported in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters that:
“RESULTS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHYSICAL BEAUTY AND FERTILITY AND SUGGEST THAT WOMEN HIGH IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ENGAGE IN OPPORTUNISTIC SERIAL MONOGAMY– BEING OPEN TO AFFAIRS AND MOVING ON TO A NEW RELATIONSHIP IF A HIGHER-QUALITY MATE BECOMES AVAILABLE.”
What i am interested is that usage of the phrase SERIAL MONOGAMY.

We have waited this long to phrase the deed of Elizabeth Taylor! (Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (born 27 February 1932), is a two-time Academy Award-winning English-American actress. Known for her acting skills and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages).
She is credited to have married EIGHT TIMES , which consisted of 7 husbands- with Richard Burton having found his name in THE ROLL OF HONOUR twice. The ROLL goes as below:-
Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) (divorced)
Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) (divorced)
Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) (widowed)
Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) (divorced)
Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) (divorced)
Richard Burton (again) (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) (divorced)
John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) (divorced)
Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) (divorced)
The FORCE OF GRAVITATION was felt and handled much before it was conceptualized in scientific terms. Likewise human behaviour always precedes our conceptual understanding.
I have heard of the phrase SERIAL MURDER, SERIAL KILLER, etc., but it is for the first time that i have read the phrase SERIAL MONOGAMY. It is not SERIAL MARRIAGE but SERIAL MONOGAMY. It is thru this phrase that the sanctity of the institution of marriage is poetically brought out by the said Kristina Durante!!!

The marriage is serial– in the sense that one after another has happened in a chronological sequence, but it is the addition of the word MONOGAMY, which makes it lethal. It is an attempt to phrase the idea that NOT MORE THAN ONE MARRIAGE SUBSISTED TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME AT ANY POINT OF TIME!

In the Indian society, except for the Islamic Marriages all the other religion based marriages are SACRAMENTS. But in Islamic marriages, it is a contract.
I think if we expand our phrases further, Islamic marriages could be called MULTILATERAL MARRIAGES  & for the HINDU, CHRISTIAN, PARSI, SIKH & JEWISH MARRIAGES THE NOMENCLATURE COULD BE BILATERAL MARRIAGES, as there is a precondition that one cannot marry during the subsistence of an earlier marriage.

The way the new phrases are being invented and fitted into existing remote patterns of associations, it may not be long before phrases for SAME SEX marriages could be designated as BOLT-BOLT MARRIAGE, NUT-NUT MARRIAGE, BOLT-NUT BACK FITTING MARRIAGE, LICK-SUCK MARRIAGE & be used in common parlance, to specify the nature of each association!!

GOD SAVE HUMAN EXPRESSION!

AURANGZEB!


If one wants a different take on  the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, other than the one  that is  mostly believed, then one should necessarily go through the  blog’s link provided below:-

http://i-irat.blogspot.com/2007/10/aurangazeb-bad-ruler-or-bad-history.html

The TRUTH of all the averments made therein are difficult to refute and much more difficult to prove. Hence each is left with one’s proclivities to believe any of the history, that is made available to us. If one were to go by the writings of Niccolao Manucci (1639–1717),  then it is imperative to believe that Aurangzeb was careful about how history was written.

According to me, the moment a person is too careful as to what people of repute write, then either he changes his behaviour or if -he has the power- he gets such things written that would be favourable.

If one were to read THE GREAT MUGHALS by Abraham Eraly, when the court historians asked Aurangzeb as to how History has to be written regarding his ascension after the death of Dara, Murad and Shuja ( Aurangazeb’s uterine brothers), he is supposed to have said  as per Manucci that YOU KNOW HOW TO WRITE HISTORY AND HOW DARA DIED FOR HIS APOSTASY, SHUJA FOR HIS REBELLION & MURAD THROUGH HIS CARELESSNESS! Could a court historian dared to have written anything contrary to the perceptions and beliefs of the Emperor? So relying on such documents as GOSPEL TRUTH, is foolhardy.

Be that as it may, the point that i’d like to talk about is that WE INDIANS ARE NOT ABLE TO RECONCILE THE BASIC IDEA THAT A MAN WHO KILLED THREE OF HIS BROTHERS AND IMPRISONED HIS FATHER, RULED THE LARGEST LANDMASS OF INDIA UNINTERRUPTED FOR FORTY NINE YEARS! THEREFORE OUR BELIEF IN GOODNESS, KINDNESS, PEACE & RECONCILIATION TAKES A SEVERE BEATING.

The reconciliation is very simple- Aurangzeb was an exception to the general rules of GOODNESS. He was born in November and at that time it was stated to have been predicted that his birth was not good for his father! Whether this was written after the imprisonment of Shah Jahan or before must be interesting.

Secondly, there must have been other predictions also. I recall the predictions given at the time of the Travancore king  Sri Chitirai Thirunal: one predicted that he would lose his kingdom and the other said that he would annex his neighbouring kingdom also. By hindsight we know that both happened SIMULTANEOUSLY!

Sri Chitirai Thirunal’s kingdom had to cede to the Indian Union, shortly after C.P.Ramaswami Iyer was unceremoniously chased out of the Travancore state. At that moment the titular placebo of RAJPRAMUKH was conferred on him of both the Travancore and Cochin states. So both the astrologers were RIGHT and in spirit the one who predicted that he would annex the neighbouring state was wrong. Because, at the time of his prediction that MUST HAVE MEANT A THING THAT WAS NOT ENTIRELY TRUE IN THE FUTURE, THE WAY IT MUST HAVE BEEN IMAGINED!

What i like of Aurangzeb’s LIFE is that he used the three concepts that were never exploited with such fierceness ever:

1. Administration of the Kingdom

2. Religion

3. Austerity

When he imprisoned his father, he cited that Shah Jahan had spent too much time on the pleasures of life and therefore never had time for administration of the affairs of the state.

Religion was profusely used for the conviction of Dara; unifying Muslims by imposing JIZIYA;  and showing himself as  pious and also strong.  He liked to be addressed by Murad as   HAZRAT (His  Holiness!)

Austerity was not a cost cutting measure, but made a way of life to discourage any emotional expression. Music and mirth were banned in his court! Any exuberance was not allowed.

I like his prescriptions as they all denied LIFE in different forms and made life in the Mughal Court UNIPOLAR, thereby hastening the depletion of life.

One of the main reasons for the disintegration of the Dynasty was that the Indians who were used to and impressed bythe Mughal OPULENCE, were not impressed by the MUGHAL AUSTERITY and imagined in their hearts that they could defy the Mughals after the passing away of the brutal emperor.

BESIDES, ARJUMAND @ MUMTAZ MAHAL DID NOT ALLOW THE OTHER WOMEN TO BRING FORTH CHILDREN FROM THE ROYAL SEED OF SHAH JAHAN, BECAUSE SHE FEARED THAT HER CHILDREN WOULD FIGHT OTHER WOMEN’S CHILDREN OVER THE CROWN AND THEREFORE ZEALOUSLY ENSURED NO PREGNANCY BY OTHER WOMEN.

ALAS, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT HER OWN CHILDREN FOUGHT OVER THE KINGDOM TILL DEATH!

WOMAN PROPOSED AND GOD DISPOSED!!!

PETROLEUM RATS!!


Now that the petrol pumps in India have gone dry and WE INDIANS, are at the mercy of the OIL OFFICERS of the three petroleum companies viz. INDIAN OIL, HINDUSTAN PETROLEUM & BHARAT PETROLEUM, it is time to see if the Nationalisation which took place in 1974 & 1976 have served the country well or has benefited and enriched the wrong persons.

Here below are the extracts of the ACTS passed by the Parliament of India, whereby BURMAH SHELL and ESSO were nationalised. The objective, as always is laudable, but in the Management and Implementation of these laudable objectives the RATS start their activities. The objective stated by both the Acts are, “…a view to ensuring coordinated distribution and utilisation of petroleum products distributed and marketed in India by the said company…”

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THE BURMAH SHELL (ACQUISITION OF UNDERTAKINGS IN INDIA) ACT, 1976

ACT NO. 2 OF 1976

[24th January, 1976.]

An Act to provide for the acquisition and transfer of the right, title and interest of the Burmah Shell Oil Storage and Distributing Company of India Limited in relation to its undertakings in India with a view to ensuring coordinated distribution and utilisation of petroleum products distributed and marketed in India by the said company and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

8. Payment of amount. (1) For the transfer and vesting in the Central Government, under sections 3 and 4, of the right, title and interest of Burmah Shell in relation to its undertakings in India, and for the vesting in the Central Government, under section 5, of the rights specified therein, there shall be paid by the Central Government to Burmah Shell an amount of rupees twenty-seven crores and seventy-five lakhs in such instalments and in such manner as are specified in the Second Schedule.

The amount specified in section 8 shall be deemed to correspond to fifteen million two hundred and nine thousand seven hundred and seventy-two pounds sterling (hereafter in this Schedule referred to as the principal amount).

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THE ESSO (ACQUISITION OF UNDERTAKINGS IN INDIA) ACT, 1974

ACT NO. 4 OF 1974

[13th March, 1974.] W

An Act to provide for the acquisition and transfer of the right, title and interest of Esso Eastern Inc. in relation to its undertakings in India with a view to ensuring co-ordinated distribution and utilisation of petroleum products distributed and marketed in India by Esso Eastern Inc. and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

8. Payment of amount. (1) For the transfer and vesting in the Central Government, under sections 3 and 4, of the right, title and interest of Esso in relation to its undertakings in India, and for the vesting in the Central Government, under section 5, of the rights specified therein, there shall be paid by the Central Government to Esso an amount of rupees two crores and fifty-nine lakhs in such instalments and in such manner as is specified in the Second Schedule.

The amount specified in section 8 shall be deemed to correspond to thirty lakhs, eighty-four thousand, six hundred and ninety dollars (hereafter in this Schedule referred to as the principal amount)

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One can see from the legislations passed that the Nationalisation of these 2 petroleum companies cost the exchequer $ 1,52,09,775/- (= Rs. 76,04,88,750/- as on today’s rate at Rs. 50 per $) for Bharat Petroleum & it was Sterling Pound 30,84,690/- ( =Rs.22,20,97,680/- as on today’s rate at Rs.72 per Pound) for Hindustan Petroleum.

We made a good deal for ourselves as the schedule for payment stipulated a long drawn payment of installment and interest for that period at the rate of 8% in the case of Shell, and 6.5% in the case of ESSO.

All this was possible because the concept of MIXED ECONOMY with a terrible slant towards the socialistic ideals of the political class was holding fort in the early and mid seventies.

In INDIA there is a CLEAR DISTINCTION of the three arms viz. LEGISLATURE, JUDICIARY & EXECUTIVE, in the sense that each one understands the LETTER OF THE OTHER AND MISSES THE SPIRIT OF THE LETTER!

What has happened is that the letter is clear theoretically and conceptually, but in the IMPLEMENTATION the spirit is lost. When the matter reaches the court, the dispute is further obfuscated by getting into the OBJECTIVE OF THE ACT which again takes the colour of the WEIGHTAGE given by the Justice for any of the concepts of SOCIAL PURPOSE, LETTER OF THE ACT, MISCHIEF CORRECTION, ACT AS A WHOLE etc., etc..

The clear objective as stated in the two acts are

“ensuring coordinated distribution and utilisation of petroleum products”

Now we have a shortage because of the LACK OF CO-ORDINATION and consequently NO DISTRIBUTION and NON-UTILIZATION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, because of the strike by the oil officers.

The problem is in the perception. The Government probably perceives that the OIL COMPANIES have been handed over the MONOPOLY to import, refine, sell and acquire lands under the Land Acquisition Act for public purpose and therefore even though they are a CORPORATION, the salaries have to be kept with a view on the spectrum of the Government salaries.

The OIL OFFICERS probably feel that they have no such benefits like Pension, or the POWER that comes out of the position that a government Officer of their rank enjoys and therefore ought to be treated as a corporate officer and should be entitled to all the benefits due to a corporate employee. But it is to be stated in all fairness that the OIL OFFICERS do enjoy all the perks available to a corporate Officer, like club membership, decent accommodation, traveling allowances and hotel accommodation that are commensurate with any big business.

YET THE OIL OFFICERS WANT A RAISE THAT WOULD TAKE THEM WELL BEYOND THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA OR THE CABINET SECRETARY!

Probably they have forgotten that their business was acquired thru the sovereign power of the legislature and handed over for NOT MAXIMIZATION OF PROFITS (as wud be the objective of pvt. businesses) BUT FURTHERANCE OF SOCIAL OBJECTIVES OF OPTIMIZATION OF EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION.

Let me also recall for the readers that 2 oil officers were shot dead in the past for having been honest and unyielding to the pump owners. Are we to assume that these 2 died because they were UNWISE or UN-CORRUPT? I shud say that they were UNWISELY UN-CORRUPT. The other Oil Officers who have survived the same pump owners, are they to be construed as PLIANT and ACCOMMODATING? And if so, have they done that without consideration? Therefore it cannot be said that there are no avenues for making the extra buck, but laws have to be made for the honest and therefore we cannot say that the oil officers have to live an impoverished life.

But as it stands today they have a lifestyle that is commensurate with those of their counterparts in non-governmental businesses and since they are adequately compensated for out of the GOVT. run businesses, they shud give up their revolt and join duty and serve the NATION.

TILL THE OIL OFFICERS RETURN TO WORK, LET US CYCLE TO WORK AND ENCOURAGE OUR KIDS TO WALK IT TO SCHOOL.

OIL IS SURELY FATTENING!

The sins of acquiring ESSO and SHELL (at throw away prices)are being visited upon the children of the previous generation.



Che sera sera!


Most of us must have heard the English song by the title CHE SERA SERA, sung and popularized by Doris Day in the Hollywood flick by name THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, by Alfred Hitchcock and made in 1956. But most of us know very little about the origin of the title or its original meaning- as it appeared in the text.

In English it could be averred authentically that it was in the play DR.FAUSTUS (putative authorship ascribed to Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare) that the very same letters were used. For the benefit of those who want to know the context, i’ve excerpted the part wherein it appears below:-

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there
is no truth in us. Why, then, belike we must sin, and so
consequently die:
Ay, we must die an everlasting death.
What doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera,
What will be, shall be? Divinity, adieu!

Che sera, sera is an unhappy phrase as there is a mix up of Latin and Spanish, but the spelling has stuck to the context of the Hollywood song by that Title. Dr. Faustus utters the lines excerpted above, when he debunks DIVINITY as a subject.

The Hollywood song goes WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE GIRL.… It is shown as a song sung by the young mother while playing to party gathering and montaged with she dressing up her boy. The song is REALISTIC and goes on to show how one can’t be certain about the future and the anxieties about looking good, earning well, being happy are all beyond man’s ken and it should not be preponed but snuffed out with the thought WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE! For readers who are eager to know the lyrics, i’ve reproduced the same here:

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.

Che Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Che Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here’s what my sweetheart said.

Che Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Che Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Che Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Che Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

The movie (The Man Who Knew Too Much) was made in 1956, there appears to have been an earlier version to the movie in the 1930’s, but the Doris Day song Che sera, sera appeared in the ’56 movie. The interesting thing is that a TAMIL movie by name AARAVALLI was made in 1957 and there is song sung by Jikki and A.M.Rajah which goes by the name CHINNA PENNANA PODHILE, which adopts the tune of the Doris Day, Che sera, sera and an interesting translation of the song except for the fatalistic statement WHAT WILL BE, SHALL BE!

I had the opportunity of listening to that song in Tamil once, but before i could replay the song, the mechanism of asking for my credit card and consequently the collection, popped up and, as I do not subscribe to downloading songs from internet, i abandoned the idea. I shall be much obliged if anyone could tell me where this CD wud be available, so that i could buy a copy.

One can hear the song in the following link-

One can compare the Tamil copy with the original English song from the various links available on internet.

Che sera, sera!

TITHES in CHRISTIANITY.


Most Christians know that ABRAHAM gave one tenth to MELCHISEDEC, who according to HEBREWS Ch.6 is the forerunner of Christ. So the percentage is mentioned as 10% of the INCREASE of every Christian. The percentage is not in doubt.

The Levites were given this Tithe as they were not given any portion of land in the land of Canaan, like the rest of the 12 tribes (Joseph had 2 tribes Ephraim & Manasseh, therefore totally 13 tribes) as they were not to indulge in labour, in common parlance that could be called as profitable.

The order changed with the advent of Christianity, as non-jews who did not belong to the Tribe system, took up to either spreading the Gospel or became a part of the Church. Therefore the Priests and the Church have replaced the tribe of LEVI.

BUT THE MOOT POINT IS WHETHER IT WAS THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD TO HAND OVER THE TITHES TO THE CHURCH/PRIESTS OR IS IT TO BE APPORTIONED AMONG OTHERS, AS WELL?

The Bible at Deuteronomy Ch.26 talks of the principle of Tithing. An excerpt of the verses 12 & 13 are reproduced here below:-

26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

26:13 Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.

There is a mention of THREE other category of persons, which are STRANGERS, WIDOWS & FATHERLESS.

The STRANGERS, WIDOWS & FATHERLESS form the vulnerable section of the society and we know from the Bible that PERSONS HAVE ENTERTAINED ANGELS BY ENTERTAINING STRANGERS; the praiseworthy act of the WIDOW who dropped a mite in the offertory and Jesus’ love for Children and their INNOCENCE.

By the new law, since Levites are not the natural priests under Christianity, the Levites have been left out and the Christian Church and Christian Priests have been included. But the Social aspect of the STRANGERS, WIDOWS & FATHERLESS, have NOT BEEN EXCLUDED by Jesus or his DIRECT DISCIPLES. They ought to be included in the process of TITHING.

Unfortunately, the following passage from MALACHI 3:10 has been used by priests to excite the GREED and enforce a false sense of DUTY on the Christians:-

MALACHI 3:10

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

The passage from MALACHI has consequently UPSTAGED the COMMANDMENT of God thru MOSES, on the grounds of GREED and FALSE DUTY.

Jesus’ law and the prophet condensation is LOVE YOUR GOD & NEIGHBOUR.

The NEIGHBOUR includes, a supportless widow, a helpless stranger and a fatherless child in need. Therefore these OUGHT TO BE PROVIDED FOR OUT OF THE TITHES.

To hand over 10% of a person’s increase entirely to the Church/Priest may lead to Man’s irresponsibility towards his NEIGHBOUR. As a Christian, it is MY DUTY TO APPORTION THE TITHE for all the four purposes and distribute it in a way that God gives me the mind to give.

The Church and the Priests have hijacked Deuteronomy 26 at the gun point of Malachi 3:10.

It is time that we honoured God and took up our Social Responsibilities and discharged them directly without delegating them in the hands of persons who might be like ELI and his sons.

Let me also make a pertinent point that the commandments of God thru Moses holds good even today, unless over-ruled by Jesus explicitly (like when Jesus says about Divorce “the law says….but I say unto u..” etc.

FEEL THE POWER OF GIVING BY GIVING TO THOSE WHO YOU FIND THEMSELVES HELPLESS & NEEDY.

GOD WANTS YOU NOT ONLY TO GIVE, BUT ALSO WANTS YOU TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR GIVING.


The ZEBRA PUZZLE!


My nephew asked me, “WHETHER THE ZEBRA HAD BLACK STRIPES ON WHITE OR WHITE STRIPES ON BLACK BASE?”

I was stunned for a couple of minutes. I had to go to the internet to have a closer look at a high resolution photo of a Zebra. I had a closer look at the following photos and i have forced myself to come to the conclusion that the base colour is white/grey and the stripes are BLACK.

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~kantner/zebras/pictures/ZEBRA5.JPG

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~kantner/zebras/pictures/zebra.gif

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~kantner/zebras/pictures/zebras_sb.gif

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~kantner/zebras/pictures/albinozebra.jpg

The reasoning i have used is that the fourth photo shows an ALBINO Zebra, and the consequential loss is the stripes. The animal is in the company of other zebras but looks more like a MULE. The albino zebra looks as if the stripes have been rubbed off. I am also acutely aware of the fact that the Albino effect is because of the loss of PIGMENTATION, and therefore it cannot be conclusively stated that the base is white/grey, as even the pigmentation required for the off-white/grey would be lost in the lack of pigmentation.

The second reason is that if one observes the limbs of the zebras, they are mostly white/grey, and that gives more reason to go the way i perceived.

But in any case, it is clear that one cannot ask those questions and get simple answer, as the animal kingdom’s colouring cannot be explained as a painting wrought on a canvas.

God’s creation keeps popping questions that look so simple and inane, but when kids ask simple questions we have to give some reasonable answer and encourage them to find out the reasons without debunking their questions. The questions may not answer vital issues, but they show the adults their own inadequacy of reasonable answers to such apparently simple questions.

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