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poetry


Breaching the seen and savoring the unseen unifying principle, is the essence of poetic writing. A descriptive prose that is evocative of the sensual reality is great, but the prose that goes beyond the apparent and the known, and lays down a relationship between things unrelated is sheer TRANSMUTATION of PERCEPTION.

Very few have seen and fewer still have expressed it in intelligible ways. When a WRITER, correlates images that do not have connection, but expresses it in a way that evokes a response from the reader, his mission is complete. A poet is born.

How many could have brought out poetry in such terms:-

SHE SAW HER LORD

AND BLUSHED!!!

That is scrumptious poetry. None but one endowed with poetic sense could link the water in the wedding at Cana turning into wine by Lord Jesus Christ, thus. I have not read a more succinct poem ever.

THE PAWN FROM PILIBHIT.


Since 1952, because of the LIBERAL constitution adopted by us Indians, we Indians have  obtained the RIGHT TO VOTE without any gender, educational, caste or regional distinction. But whether we had exercised our RIGHT judiciously or not, is besides the point. The point is, we had embarked on a PREMISE and given LIFE to  the idea UNIVERSAL ADULT ADULT FRANCHISE. We have had our share of political chicanery, turmoil and travails, but we have followed the IDEA- which is an achievement in itself.

India is a land of MYTHS, LEGENDS and SNAKE CHARMERS, or so the West believes. The Idea of REPUBLIC MIGHT HAVE HAD ITS ORIGINS IN GREECE, BUT IT HAS BEEN CONSUMMATED ONLY IN INDIA. It is the hugest and the most variegated election process. There are unimaginable undercurrents that flow beneath the apparent calm, with each cultural, linguistic, caste, ideological group throwing its might so as to get as many of its representatives elected to the Parliament.

But of all the visible symbols of DEMOCRACY IN INDIA the towering symbol is the NEHRUVIAN family. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (in the minds of the people from the Northern India, Pandit means a Brahmin and not necessarily a Learned person- it is not uncommon for a chaprasi in a govt. office, who is a Brahmin by birth, to be addressed as a Pandit!!!), then Mrs. Gandhi followed by the spunky but reckless Sanjay Gandhi, finally the suave and dignified Rajiv Gandhi (except for his utterances like:WHEN A BIG TREE FALLS THE EARTH SHAKES(anti-sikh riots); YOU’LL BE HAVING A NEW FOREIGN SECRETARY (APV was the casualty)) is the FAMILY with the greatest VISIBILITY in the political firmament of India. To be of appeal to the 70 crore electorate is impossible, but for a family to be recognized as a NATIONAL political force is no  mean achievement.

There are many mavericks who make statements of vengeance, retribution, eye for an eye talk, which pass by without incidents, but the latest one by VARUN GANDHI has taken the whole Indian scenario by storm. It seems that it is not the CONTENT as much as the PERSON WHO UTTERED the statement that mattered. Priyanka disowns the words to be emanating from a GANDHI (not the Mahatma clan).

I say the PERSON WHO UTTERED THE WORDS as, if someone of lesser visibility or appeal had uttered the same words, the effect would not have been the same. The effect of Varun having uttered the words struck the latent desires of the vandals. Varun has become the shepherd of that flock. Whether this would lead to a conflagration of the state of Uttar Pradesh is doubtful. The executives are less likely to heed to the voice of the political Mistress, as she has to show herself to be a pleasing person during the elections and therefore may leave it to the bureaucrats to deal with this issue- AS DEEMED FIT!!!

Meanwhile, Varun Gandhi is being said to have become a PAWN in the hands of  the BJP. To understand this concept, one has to have a decent idea of the game of CHESS. A Pawn is a piece in the rank of a foot soldier and not vested with much movement within the board. Further the PAWN, is the first line of defence of each side, therefore VULNERABLE and many a time has to don the msntle of the SACRIFICIAL LAMB. There are 8 pawns on each side. Each Pawn starts on the 2nd square from his side and he cannot turn back, COME WHAT MAY! His best leap could be the initial leap of 2 steps, which means he could move into the 4th row of his column- that is he jumps over the 3rd row and never to step that again, unless he gets himself upgraded. The beauty of the attack of the pawn is that he could attack  only diagonally but never the piece straight ahead! He is a BLOCKER of the opposing force and also attacking the flanks of the opponent.

THE BEST PART OF BEING A PAWN IS THAT IF HE CROSSES SEVEN SQUARES HE BECOMES A QUEEN (OR ANY OTHER PIECE) ON THE BOARD. MARK THE NUMBER -SEVEN, A DIVINE NUMBER.

Varun Gandhi has the Pedigree that has appeal to the Feudalistic masses of India. He is likely to be of  appeal even to the Punjabis of India, as he is from the gene pool of  the Brahmin-Parsi-Punjabi. All these issues may not appeal to a non-brahmin, non-parsi and non-punjabi, but in the long run will have a coagulating effect. He may start off as a mere PAWN, but if he gets a party to back him initially and then influence the party cadres to such an extent as to command their loyalty, there is every possibility for him to become a force to reckon with in the whole of Northern India. Again, SEVEN STEPS and he could be the QUEEN. He has taken the initial leap jumping over the 3rd square in his youthful exuberance, like a pawn, but sustained effort may redeem the promise shown by his father Sanjay. It is not uncommon for persons to make entry into politics thru CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AND STATEMENTS (remember Bal Thakeray’s entry, Karunanidhi’s anti-brahmin agenda etc..) but once vested with power, the INSTITUTIONS OF INDIA correct them and if they do not teach him the lessons, there are  unacceptable means adopted by even more cantankerous characters- let us leave it to the God and Devil.

NEVERTHELESS, A PAWN AT THE END OF THE BOARD IS NEVER THE SAME AGAIN, HE CAN TURN AROUND. WATCH OUT FOR VARUN!!

REGIONALISM V. FEDERALISM


With the general elections for the Parliament round the corner, the mask of  “NATIONALISM” has given way to REGIONALISM. The Indian Nationalism was gradually crystallized in the concept of  FREEDOM FROM FOREIGN RULE. The only person who propelled this concept through his political actions was MAHATMA GANDHI. The Mahatma did not unite the present India alone, he united the present day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and galvanized it into a unit that threatened the might of the Imperial British through the tool of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE astutely mixing it with Non-Violence. This had engendered a sense of Nationalism- a human emotion he stirred in the hearts of the INDIANS with the hope that we do not have to be under foreign rule, but can and should govern ourselves. All the territories  and peoples within the said larger India became a SINGLE UNIT.

But with this year’s RAILWAY BUDGET, Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav had asserted that REGIONALISM WAS THE FUTURE OF THE NATION.

What is surprising was that Shri. Lalu Prasad, who belongs to the state of Bihar and the erstwhile Jharkhand never had thought so earlier. He would even go to the extent of saying OVER MY DEAD BODY, if the formerly united state of Bihar were to be bifurcated! But after the truncation of Bihar he had reconciled to the status of Bihar being reduced to the parliamentary might of a state like Tamil Nadu. Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats and Tamil Nadu has 39, but Tamil Nadu has more Members of Parliament if one includes the Rajya Sabha seats.

What the states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra have stood for was not REGIONALISM but FEDERALISM. These two states did not build up parliamentary might thru aligning with other states on grounds of REGION, ETHINICITY, CASTE spread beyond its state geographical territories. These Presidencies were split up acceding to the aspirations of various LINGUISTIC and Cultural identities (like Gujrat, Andhra Pradesh…). But the statement of Lalu Yadav is the last desperate howl of the politician who has seen the rise of FEDERALISM over parochial REGIONALISM.

Earlier the Regionalism was not so obvious as the states of UP, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan were all under the kitty of one political party. No more. The people have been made aware of many hushed lies that were propagated to keep them tied to just one party. The State identities are yet to take shape under the umbrella of a legitimate IDEOLOGY/ASPIRATION of the state. In these states the unity is still based on caste identities with no Ideological Vanguard. It is the Ideology that legitimizes the aspirations of any party vis a vis the Constitution. Not a mere aspiration of promotion of a particular caste or religion.

FEDERALISM IS TO BE PROMOTED AGAINST THE BRAND OF REGIONALISM BEING PROPAGATED BY SOME POLITICIANS.

FEDERALISM is based on the STRUCTURE sanctified by the CONSTITUTION, whereas REGIONALISM is nothing but the ganging up of some states on certain parochial grounds such as caste, linguistic fraternity and fear of losing the dole received thru GOVERNMENTAL spending!!

The no of lok sabha seats are frozen as per the 1971 census, so that the states that have faithfully implemented family planning are not adversely affected. But when it comes to the allocation of the Central Revenues, it could be seen that the percentage of allocation is more or less approximating the percentage of population as it exists as per the latest census. Thereby in the name of SOCIALISM, the more populous states get more of the Governmental funds. These states live off the REVENUES of the states that are showing greater output plus tax compliant. The populous states are more on the Expenditure side than the Revenue side of the National Revenues. It is this privilege that some of the REGIONAL SATRAPS do not want to lose. The productive states are galloping ahead in Education, manufacturing, trade, commerce, infrastructure building, efficient tax collection etc. and the only way to counter is to build up the concept of REGIONALISM and grab more in the name of EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION!!!

I hope each state builds its own  state-wise priorities and fuel the growth on the directions possible.

LET US NOT FALL A VICTIM TO REGIONALISM IN THE GUISE OF FEDERALISM!!

ARE INDIANS GETTING SUCKED INTO PAK’S, SINDHI V. PUNJABI VORTEX?


The headlines in all English news channels in India are saturated with the skirmish between Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. Zardari is no Bhutto. In any case Zulfikar Ali Bhutto became a larger than life figure because he was able to whip up animosity in the then West Pakistan against the Bengali Mujibur Rahman. The Awami League of East Pakistan was the sworn enemy of all that the West Pakistan stood for. West Pakistan had been and will always be FEUDALISTIC, in its political structure.

In India why are we so much bothered about who rules Pakistan? Does it really matter? Going by the past, the ARMY had stepped in continually on one ground or the other and is the only INSTITUTION that Pakistan could boast of.  To have a fair idea of how big Pakistan is, let us look at its population- it is marginally more than the population of UTTAR PRADESH (approx. less than 17 crores).

The demography of Pakistan is as follows as per Wikipedia:

The Punjabi population is estimated to comprise 44.15% of the national total. The Pakhtuns are the second-largest group at roughly 15.42% but this percentage is expected to increase due to their higher birth rate and immigration to Pakistan’s urban centres and the general stabilization of birth rates amongst other ethnic groups. Next, the Pashtuns are followed by Sindhis at 14.1%.

The President is a SINDHI ruling a predominantly Punjabi speaking population. Moreover , as already mentioned, like Zulfikar, he does not have a common enemy like the Bangla speaking  East Pakistanis.  In 1972 the population of Pakistan was 6.5 crores and more or less equivalent to the population of East Pakistan. Therefore there was a need for the Punjabis and Sindhis  to unite. Mujib returned with 160 of the 162 seats to the Parliament. But now ZARDARI IS SEEN AS A SINDHI, WHO HAS STEPPED INTO THE SHOES OF HIS DEAD WIFE BY DEFAULT CUM FRAUD. But, he wants his share of IMMUNITIES that go with POWER in PAKISTAN.

With all these in the backdrop, he is showing reluctance to bend with the PUNJABI POLITICAL CLASS represented by Nawaz Sharif and his gang.  He neither has an issue that could unite Pakistan, nor does he seem to have the TACT to realize that he is there by a stroke of good fortune. BUT FORTUNE IS FICKLE, AND IN PAKISTAN IT IS BOTH FRAGILE & FICKLE.

But why are we Indians getting involved in this FEUDAL POLITICS? Besides the politicians, there is the ARMY that keeps an eye on the POLITICS of PAKISTAN and like a fly-swatter comes heavily periodically and ensures that the true process of a democratic integration does not take place.

I have a sneaking suspicion that we as Indians love to be voyeuristic and see how the DIVORCED WIFE CONDUCTS HERSELF IN THE HOME OF THE NEW HUSBAND!!!

Pakistan is a double truncated chip of the big block of India and does not deserve the coverage that the TV channels are happy to dish out. I wish and hope that the channels would give as much coverage to the politics of the major states of India like, UP, Maharashtra, AP, West Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu instead. If the TV channels educate the Indians on the realities of India, they would be doing some service.

What surprises me is, why are the TRP ratings high for such news? Maybe, we drum up the importance of Pakistan as a traditional enemy and what they did to the Hindus during partition and in Kashmir. But that belittles a GREAT COUNTRY LIKE INDIA.

A COUNTRY THAT HAS INSTITUTIONS AND PRIDES ITSELF IN MULTI CUTURALISM AND GUARANTEES TO THE MINOROTIES, SHOULD NOT BE WASTING ITS TIME FOLLOWING THE LOW FEUDALISM OF PAKISTAN. NOT EVEN FOR DIPLOMATIC REASONS!

30 years to uphold SELF DEFENCE!!


“In that event he can go the extent of causing the latter’s death in the exercise of the right of private (self) defence even though the latter may not have inflicted any blow or injury on him,” a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and H S Bedi observed.

The problem is not with the law of the land, it lies elsewhere. Why does it take 30 years for the courts to acquit a man who had killed another in self-defence? The answer include the following:

1.The police is interested in statistics and consequently, presses for prosecution even when the evidence clearly shows that the Act was in self defence.

2. The lower court, in this case the Sessions, is indifferent to the TRUTH and routinely, when there is a case of death, leans on the side of CONVICTING instead of the TRUTH.

3. The local police is interested in the Law & Order problem that might erupt in that area, which might create DISORDER. So the police prefers INJUSTICE to DISORDER.

4. During the TRIAL of the case, it is very difficult to establish if the DEATH occurred due to SELF-DEFENCE or  is it merely  a plea set up, to evade the consequences.

5. Before a matter comes up to the Supreme Court, there is considerable systemic delays which start from the Sessions court, appeal to the High Court, Revision, Review & writs in the meanwhile.

6. When a person has been acquitted on grounds of self-defence the Society does not feel compunction for having kept him tied to the courts for ONE GENERATION! It views it as  POETIC JUSTICE, meted out to the Accused for some crime committed in the past or in the PREVIOUS BIRTH.

7. WE AS INDIVIDUALS COMPRISING THE SOCIETY, DO NOT FEEL OBLIGED TO TAKE THE SIDE OF THE SURVIVOR WHO WAS COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO TAKE HIS RIGHTS SERIOUSLY

THE PROVISIONS OF THE RELEVANT SECTION OF THE INDIAN PENAL CODE IS REPRODUCED HERE BELOW:-

Section 100. When the right of private defence of the body extends to causing death

The right of private defence of the body extends, under the restrictions mentioned in the last preceding section, to the voluntary causing of death or of any other harm to the assailant, if the offence which occasions the exercise of the right be of any of the descriptions hereinafter enumerated, namely :–

First-Such an assault as may reasonably cause the apprehension that death will otherwise be the consequence of such assault;

Secondly-Such an assault as may reasonably cause the apprehension that grievous hurt will otherwise be the consequence of such assault;

Thirdly-An assault with the intention of committing rape;

Fourthly-An assault with the intention of gratifying unnatural lust;

Fifthly-An assault with the intention of kidnapping or abducting;

Sixthly-An assault with the intention of wrongfully confining a person, under circumstances which may reasonably cause him to apprehend that he will be unable to have recourse to the public authorities for his release.

WE AS INDIANS ARE IN THE THRESHOLD OF DECIDING OUR RIGHTS OF SELF-DEFENCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE LIGHT OF GOONS WHO HAVE ALIGHTED ON THE MORAL ARENA, WHO HAVE THREATENED AND ASSAULTED INDIVIDUALS EVEN WITHOUT GIVING THEM A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO RETREAT OR RECANT.

THREE CHEERS TO THE SUPREME COURT THAT HAD DECLARED THE LAW OF THE LAND CATEGORICALLY!


DEMOCRACY OF ORISSA!


The latest murder of Democracy was enacted in the Legislative Assembly of the state of Orissa. What amazes me is that the doctrine of NOTICE and exercise of FREE-WILL which are intertwined inextricably in any Liberal Democracy, have been the casualty.

The ruling party moves a MOTION FOR CONFIDENCE and the members are given adequate time to become aware of the importance of the session and make themselves available, thereby the DOCTRINE OF NOTICE is upheld.

Secondly, it is the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of an Elected member of the House to exercise his vote CONSCIENTIOUSLY or in accordance to the directions of the WHIP, to the extent that the direction is not from the Whip, upholds the free will.

In the state of Orissa, yesterday (11/03/2009) the motion of confidence was passed by a VOICE VOTE. This is the most RIDICULOUS thing that can happen in a maha populous democracy like India. It has been reported that most of the members had walked out and the vote was taken thereafter and it was not counted as there was no request for DIVISION. What kind of democracy are we running?? MISERABLE is the word.

Firstly in an important session that affirms the legitimacy of the Government, the people should be made aware of the QUORUM, secondly the people should be made aware of who voted for whom (since whip is issuable in such matters).

Even today we know of the issues that Barak Obama as a Senator voted for or against, as that is the only indication for the electorate to decide on which side of any opinion he leaned. Likewise, in India , we need to know as to which side or opinion that an elected member stood for.

The ruling party engages its force thru the Speaker, as well as thru the advantage in numbers, and provokes the opposition to a walk-out and as soon as the opposition leaves, they call for a VOICE VOTE. THIS IS AMBUSH DEMOCRACY!

IT IS TIME WE AMENDED THE CONSTITUTION TO ENFORCE A PROCEDURE THAT ON SEMINAL MATTERS, SUCH AS CONFIDENCE MOTIONS, IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENUMERATE THE QUORUM AND ALSO TO PUBLISH AS TO WHO VOTED FOR AND WHO VOTED AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

OPACITY BREEDS TYRANNY. WE, BY ALLOWING SUCH THINGS, ARE MAKING OURSELVES A PARTY TO THE DISINTEGRATION OF DEMOCRACY.

A MAN AT THIRTEEN!


A student from Utah, thirteen years in all and takes TWO of his female teachers aged 39 and 46. The person is  a student of 13 years, how cud he have succeeded with two women and worse still his own teachers!! I am sure  that such a thing is not happening for the first time, not at least in Utah. Not long ago there was a similar story that a 17 year old male had had sexual relations with his female teacher.

The TEACHERS from the state of Utah badly need a crash course on Ethics. If not on the grounds that having sex with an under-aged person is a crime against the society, at least it has to be drummed into their heads that they just can not have a sexual relationship with a STUDENT of the same school, that had employed them, in contravention of the contract.

The interesting part is that the women FOUGHT OVER THE 13 YEAR OLD MAN!!! They were not even ashamed of the matter spilling over and stenching the public domain. This speaks a lot of the moral standards that they presume others have.

Maybe, both were in Love and therefore they did not feel guilty of the sexual relations that each was having with the 13 year old man. Love sanctifies many things and they must have felt that sex was okay, if there was the element of love, even though with a 13 year old student.

Over and above all the above social considerations, the structure of a man in sex is such, that he cannot be called a VICTIM, as a girl of his age would be considered. For a man needs to perform, at least he has to be ready to perform, and if he cannot be ready any amount of seduction may not culminate in sex. So to treat the student as an UNDER-AGED VICTIM is nothing but an unwanted extension of the social fiction.

What distinguishes this 13 year old student is the fact that he had been mature enough to keep the sexual relationship discreet and he was not the one who did the ratting.

I am reminded of the two whores who went with a child to king Solomon, with the claim by each that the child was her own. Maybe, it is time to call for the sword and not merely determine, which whore loved the child more, but chop the child which had matured beyond its years and before its time- that it has become ROTTEN.

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