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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.

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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.


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