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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.

MUMTAZ & AURANGZEB


I know of none, including myself, who could imagine Aurangzeb in the arms of his mother Mumtaz.

Everyman is  predominantly a product of his Times. We as commoners imagine that all children have, at sometime or the other, been carried about in the arms of their mothers, but when it comes to being the most favoured spouse of the Emperor of India ( that comprised of major parts of present day India+ parts of Afghanistan + Bangladesh+ Pakistan+ Burma), with a retinue of attendants, servants, menials etc etc., at her call always, it is quite possible that the child would be carried by the nurses and brought to the MFQ (Most Favoured Queen) at feeding time alone.  So that she could be allowed the luxury of keeping the Badshah seduced and dependant on her.

Mumtaz had apparently an enviable life, but to maintain that is not so easy. She, according to Historians, was careful not to breed regal sons through other harem women, so that they would not come to war with her own children. What she was ensuring was merely that, may the best of my Sons make it as the Emperor. And by hindsight, we have to conclude that Aurangzeb was the best.

Even Shah Jahan, made it to the throne of the Mughal Empire with the help of Mumtaz’ father, who sanitized the way to the throne by eliminating the potential Challengers, while Shah Jahan was still on his way from Deccan. One of the potential challengers was Shah Jahan’s own brother, who was favoured by Nur Jahan.

I am not at all surprised that Aurangzeb was Mumtaz’s son, and a true blue one at that, that he kept up the promise that his maternal Grand father had exhibited. I see more of the Maternal side of RUTHLESSNESS in his behaviour, than the genial temperament of his forebears like   Babur,  Akbar and Jehangir.

But my innate sense of the ROMANTIC IMAGE built about Mumtaz, the Taj and Shah Jahan revolt within me to make way for REALISM. The images are so over powering that i cannot visualize Aurangzeb having been in the arms of Mumtaz Mahal.

AN OVERPOWERING IMAGE THAT BROOKS NO REALITY!!

MUMTAZ AT AGRA!


Agra. The very word evokes ROMANCE.

Shah Jahan had chosen his bride

Mumtaz, who was his soul mate.

The one who not only frittered

his time, but littered.

Only Mumtaz littered for Shah Jahan,

hoping that uterine siblings don’t fight unto death.

The fool Shah Jahan believed

& in deference to her charms, acquiesced!

Shah Jahan aids Dara,

Aurangzeb serves it up at Kashmiri Gate.

Aurangzeb cuts off water to Shah Jahan

Gets the Badshah to his knees.

Shah Jahan spends his last days sighting

The Taj instead of ruling the Empire!

Alas, the POISONED WEED had bloomed

In the pool of the Regal Romance.

RAGGING IN COLLEGES.


There are many ROMANTIC ideas on the topic of Ragging which are let loose, to camouflage the REALITY that exists behind this practice. Some of those are that it facilitates the juniors to get acquainted with the new surroundings in college, it breaks ice with the seniors, it develops bonding between the freshers and the seniors for life and  that it allows latent talents in juniors to be brought to light.

But, as i have already stated, these are romantic ideas, which have no bearing with reality. The seniors are mostly REPAYING WHAT THEY, AS FRESHERS, received from their SENIORS. Secondly, their sense of power increases and with the GROUP to back them, further they turn brutal when confronted with spunky juniors.

WHERE IS OUR PERSONAL INTEGRITY?

I like to cite an incident that is supposed to have happened in the roads of Bangalore recently. In a scene of a minor car accident, the guy who had hit the other car gets threatened by the guy whose car was hit. The guy threatens by pulling out a pistol, alarmed, the accident causer whips out his revolver and shoots the original THREATENER dead. Good defence for the guy threatened, HE APPREHENDED DEATH AND AS  SELF DEFENCE TOOK THE EXTREME STEP!!!

If the facts are sustainable during the Trial proceedings, I am all for the person who shot dead the other. The reasons are:-

it must have been the notion of the first threatener that the other person might not have a weapon, which emboldened him to whip out his weapon to intimidate the other.

secondly, once threatened, the reaction of the threatened may not be rational esp. if he has a weapon himself.

I happened to be at Madras Christian College during 84-86 and when i joined the college, there were guys who were in the second year of Under Graduation  who used to call themselves as SENIORS, but i had joined the college to pursue PG. As was the custom in the hostel SELAIYUR HALL, even PG students were treated in a manner not befitting their education. Since i had local support, at the first instance when a “senior” tried his stunts with me, i let it be known that i may not take things lying down if  things went beyond reasonable limits. The guy who heard that quickly went to a guy in the I year PG, who had studied at MCC and thereby a senior,  and took his aid to RAG me.

The ragging went on in the right spirit till the Senior PREM, asked me a few personal questions and started treading on areas, which are taboo for unrelated people to comment upon , much less to make derogatory comments. I told him in a voice, that was stern with a countenance severe, that i might do unto him what he might end up regretting. Since, he had a few seniors on his side, he pooh poohed my threats.

It was a Saturday, and i had told some of  the orderlies of my dad to come over to the college as i had to settle some issues with a student. The orderlies had come over and i had told them to wait at NAIR’s shop nearby and seeing me they should not show any signs of acquaintanceship but watch me closely and pick up a fight with the guy,whom  i would discreetly indicate. It was common for this bully to get a few freshers for BUN, BUTTER, PICKLE & OMELETTE and as usual landed at Nair’s shop.

The 4 orderlies were shown the person who i thought, was screwing my trip. When Prem started his durbar, the burly merciless orderlies walked thru the group he was heading and in the process tripped the eatables on the stool before him. They pretended as if it had happened by accident  but Prem unaware of the set-up, started the logic  as to why they had to walk thru the  circle they were occupying? Prem, uttered an expletive that became a justification for them to launch what was premeditated.

They started in chaste Tamil, with the most dirty expletives belonging to Madurai and Tirunelveli dialect, calling into question the legitimacy of his birth, his sister’s character, his father’s prowess et al. He was stunned. They picked up the bun omelet that had tripped over and stuffed it into his mouth with the grains of sand and probably dog shit!!

None of the gang was sympathetic to his cause- if any! He was manhandled and smothered like a headless chicken. He quickly ran away towards the college, probably with the hope that he could bring some friends.I was not far away from the scene and as already intimated, they left without talking to me.

Prem, met the Dean who was more sympathetic in hearing but sluggish in action, and for want of identity of the trouble makers, was not inclined to make any complaint. Further no visible physical injury was shown to sustain his story.

Meanwhile, in the Hall, the word had spread around that Prem was roughed up. He was seen crest fallen and had to lie low to erase the memory of his ill-treatment in the  hands of rank strangers.

The election time came and the same Prem came calling. He wanted votes, fortunately i had mustered the support of more than 50% of the inmates of the Hall. I set up a candidate against Prem and Prem lost the election and when he was neutralized and became friends and he had this to say NEVER EVER PRESUME HOW A MAN WOULD REACT, AFTER YOU HAVE PROVOKED HIM.

JUST AS THE PROVOKER CHOSE HIS TIME, THE PROVOKED WOULD CHOOSE HIS TIME TOO.

Therefore in colleges, the Seniors shud not be allowed to get PHYSICAL, ABUSIVE or OPPRESSIVE. They may not only be dangerous to the freshers, but may turn out to be LETHAL to the seniors themselves.

IF U SHOW YOUR POWER WHEN U CAN, THERE IS EVERY POSSIBILITY THAT THE VICTIM MIGHT BE DOUBLY LETHAL WHEN HE GETS HIS POWER!!

LET US SANITIZE OUR COLLEGES FROM RAGGING!

WOMEN’S DAY


This blogger had no clue that it was WOMEN’S DAY this day, and as usual attended the Church Service this morning. Right from the ushers to the offertory collectors, the job was outsourced to women. All the women were dressed in their best and seemed chirpy.

Surprisingly though, the sermon was by Mr. Herbert Samuel and the topic was CHRISTIAN SOCIETY & DOWRY. The reading was taken from Joshua 15:18-27 (the portion where Caleb’s daughter walks back to her father and obtains a “blessing” in the form of a land with springs of water!)

17: And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
18: And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou?
19: Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.

Please read verse 18 which has been reproduced above, it says

“..as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field”, it is clear from the above verse that Achsah asked Othniel to ask her father Caleb for a field, even though the Thamizh translation says, that she took Othniel’s leave for asking her father.

Christians have become ROMANTIC CHRISTIANS. They have lost the capacity to look at things the way ther ARE. Instead, they have started reading meanings and implications that are consistent with their existing theories and doctrines. In the realm of Physics Michaelson and Morley, invented ETHER, which helped them put a lot of niggling questions on hold and continue with their THEORIES. But the invention of ETHER was  a stumbling block for the evolution of Quantum Physics, which  was overcome through  elimination by Albert Einstein. It needed a genius as Albert Einstein to remove the bunkum added to physics. Likewise many additions which, in the name of prosperity and development, have been added to Christianity, has indeed harmed the Christian principles.

The TIME has come for Christians to go beyond the purveyors of ETHER and the concept of ETHER. The ETHER of ROMANTICISM which is  being intricately woven by the Christian preachers, are to be purged. Otherwise we may be blinded by such doctrines, which become  difficult to sustain at the QUANTUM LEVEL.

Coming to our WOMEN’S Day, effort was made to make it seem that DOWRY was evil and society should be purged of it. At least as per the Jewish custom, which is the precursor to the Christian custom, dowry was given by the Bridegroom to the Bride’s father. King David paid 100 foreskins as dowry in return for the hand of Saul’s daughter. The king Saul needed no wealth other than the security of his kingdom, which could be best served by reducing the number of opponents. The opponents were the non-abrahimites, who had not circumcised themselves. So the girl’s father demanded whatever he thought could best compensate for the departure of his daughter from the parental home. Some clever Fathers outsourced their risky tasks to the prospective Grooms- nice policy, either a strong groom for his daughter or a dead person who desired beyond what he deserved!! But those were polygamous days.

It is the policy of the Government that DOWRY should not be demanded by the Groom. Any demand is punishable and in the event of the death of the girl within 7 years of her marriage, a strong presumption in Law is raised that the reason for her death was demand of dowry, by the husband and his  relatives. Despite these laws, certain Christian churches silently support the dowry system and to make matters worse take a 10% cut of the dowry, payable as TITHE! So much for Romantic Christianity.

Let the Christians resolve that the property of the family be apportioned at the time of the marriage of the eldest daughter, between all the siblings and that one equal share, of the existing properties, could be either taken by the girl at the time of marriage , or alternatively, take an equal share of all the properties left behind by the parents after their demise.

The DAUGHTERS want an equal share of the property at the time of their marriage, and upon the demise of her parents come again and litigate against the brothers claiming that the sharing was not EQUAL and want more out of the properties that the boy had earned by working shoulder to shoulder with his parents till their demise. The boys, further, do not get the share till the death of their parents and may end up getting their legacy, like Aurangzeb’s son at the ripe age of 65. To avoid this inequity, it is best that both the options are offered to the girl at the time of her marriage and once she exercises her option, that should be treated as final and binding.

Nothing substantial or of substantive import are being preached in the churches. They are a confused lot. In their act of balancing the Word with the social legislation, they have got themselves into the rut of ROMANTIC CHRISTIANITY.

This is some evolution since Emperor Constantine, from ROMAN CHRISTIANITY to ROMANTIC CHRISTIANITY.

THE KINGFISHER SWOOPS!


Finally the battle is won and lost. I am ineffably happy that the same Indian, who had brought back the SWORD OF TIPU has succeeded in the AUCTION at the ANTIQUORAM in NEW YORK CITY to reclaim and RECOVER the legacy of one of the GREATEST MEN IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND.

This blogger was anguished at the coldness exhibited by the very people, who owed their very existence in the political panorama of India, in reclaiming the Timepiece, bowl, specs, sandals and the thali that the Mahatma had used once. But it is not their fault- it is the system. The system tells us to debunk the value of the items put up for sale so that it could be bargained for at a cheaper rate on a future date. But VIJAY MALLYA, like the true blue KINGFISHER had waited for the appropriate moment to strike, AND HE STRUCK! WHAT A BLOW THAT WAS, MY COUNTRYMEN!!!

Generations to come, it may be, will scarcely believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth’- Albert Einstein (1944)

(this statement was made w r t Mahatma Gandhi by the second greatest scientific mind of the 20th century- the first being MAX PLANCK- the German first and the Jew next!!)

The SCARCE BELIEF, that the generations to follow might suffer from, cannot be allayed except thru education, but it is through these symbols of personal effects that we give concrete shape to the History of this nation.

That Gandhi lived and saw the world through those SPECS, drank the goat’s milk from that BOWL, had his meals out of that THALI, woke up to the alarm of that TIMEPIECE and strode on those SANDALS, shall stand in History. These are hard REALITIES and stand as ROCK EDICTS for generations to feel the presence of THE MAN, who like Colossus strode the sub-continent and pygmied the sustainability of the Global Imperialism through NON VIOLENCE .

This blogger’s anguish was poured out in an earlier blog, that had found a reference in the E-Version of MIDDAY. The link is given below for reference:

https://movid.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/gandhis-souvenir/

HISTORY IS BUILT FOR NATIONS AND PEOPLES, BY ITS OWN PEOPLE. IT IS A CONTINUAL PROCESS and Shri. Vijay Mallya has truly paid off his debts as a FREE INDIAN to the Nation by SUCCESSFULLY BIDDING. There have been many who, before the Auction, went to town talking of bidding and gathered to themselves MEDIA ATTENTION, and all those big-talk, by hindsight, seems as fulminations from the publicity seeking windbags! But the man, MALLYA has lived upto his PEDIGREE after his obtaining the TIPU’s SWORD earlier. It was sad that there was no NATIONAL participation in TIPU’S SWORD, but now the SALAR JUNG of THE 21st CENTURY has earned the ADMIRATION and REGARDS of millions of Indians.

It has been reported that the Justice Dept. of the US had issued notice to the Auctioneers not to part with the items. The least that the PEOPLE of India can do, is to convince the Government that it should not put any blocks in the way of the KINGFISHER, from recovering those items for India. MOVID is of the view that the US system itself would accord that in Time, but no delay is to be caused by our oblique JINGOISM.

AS AN INDIVIDUAL, I HAVE RESOLVED TO PRAY GOD, THAT HE SHOULD GRANT ME THE RICHES TO FLY KINGFISHER ALWAYS, AS A HOMAGE TO MALLYA’S STUNNING RECLAMATION OF INDIA’S HERITAGE!




GANDHI’S SOUVENIR!


Finally a few personal effects of Gandhiji are surfacing. The Navjivan Trust, which was stated to have been formed in the year of our Lord 1929, was ignorant of the fact that Gandhi’s SPECTACLES, WATCH, BOWL, PLATE and SANDALS were not traceable and when they surface in an auction house, we shameless Indians clamour for those articles as the HERITAGE of this nation.

The Navjivan Trust must have inventoried all the items left behind by Gandhi upon his assassination. Even if they had inventoried and were unaware of the presence of these articles at the time of such inventorying, how did they suddenly realize that these items belong to them?

We as a nation have shamelessly, in the guise of SOCIALISM, trodden upon the Constitutional guarantees given to the Princely States, such as the Titles and Privy Purses, thru brutal amendments, merely based on POLITICAL OPINIONS. We have not exhibited character by standing by those assurances given by the Constituent Assembly to the princes and nawabs, which secured for the nation a peaceful transition.

Had we had the POWER to make similar amendments, we would have obtained all those personal effects of Gandhi, through such Amendments. In fact a court in London is said to have honoured an order of the Madras High Court, which resulted in the repatriation of the personal effects of Gandhi, which were intended to go under the hammer.

This time, in the foot steps of the Madras High Court, the Delhi High Court had issued a similar order declaring the Auction as illegal. But the story is that the venue is not LONDON but the legally vibrant US of A. The honouring of the order may not be that implicit. Otis (the possessor of the articles), has wisely chosen the venue that may ask for hard legal provisions and may not be as compliant.

A case of theft, under the Indian Penal Code, is punishable with a maximum punishment of 3 years. Under section 468/469 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the limitation period would be 3 years. However, there is a possibility of the plea that the TRUST, had become aware of the loss/theft of the articles only now and therefore the obstacle of Limitation could be overcome. But the CURIOUS CASE IS THAT, THE TRUST WAS UNAWARE OF THE ARTICLES MISSING/STOLEN AND HAVE NOT REGISTERED AN FIR IN ALL THESE 60 YEARS!!

When TIPU SULTAN’S sword was bought by Vijay Mallaya and brought with so much fanfare, it was not projected as a national treasure. If there was one MAN, who put up a credible resistance against the BRITISH and its local stooges, it was TIPU and his father Hyder. Yet we do not respect such histories.

Now that we have discovered that the Mahatma’s personal effects have been located, we as SELF-RESPECTING INDIANS, should not make legal claims to obtain it for FREE, but use our resources and get it in the Auction. THAT IS THE LEAST OF ALL THE HOMAGES THAT WE CAN PAY THE MAHATMA.

It is not essential for a pea-brained man like me to find ways of obtaining it, but gratuitously i may be allowed to suggest that some business houses may be encouraged to buy it in the auction and hand it over to the GOVERNMENT OF INDIA as a NATIONAL TREASURE.

Mr.John Otis, the possessor of the said articles, has come up with a preposterous offer. The offer is  that if the Government of India allocates 5% of its GDP towards healthcare, then he would donate the articles to the government. Mr.Otis must be under some delusion if he  thinks that the Parliament of India is full of deal makers & that they would go for a deal that appears to have been said to boost his own image and ostensible noble intentions? Does he know that 5% would be around Rs. 35,000 crores? All those items could be got at a fraction of the cost of what Mr.Otis wants the parliament to allocate! Get real, Mr.Otis, get a good bargain in the auction, but do not tread on areas you have no clue about.

LET US VALUE WHAT IS OURS, AND LET US NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO PUT A PRICE ON OUR TREASURES.

LET US GIVE A SENSE OF HISTORY TO OUR CHILDREN, BY RECLAIMING WHAT WE FEEL IS OURS!!

PEACOCK YARD!


There was a Peacock farmer and he had employed many hands for keeping the farm in good condition. He was fascinated by this bird, a bird that danced unfurling its tail feathers and made its way to the hearts of peahens. The farmer was fascinated by the different blues & greens that glimmered off the feathers of the peacocks. It was not merely the sight of the peacocks that fascinated him, but also their behaviour before the peahens that elicited his curiosity. The farmer would often wonder if he would still fan out his feathers and strut about if he were a peacock, merely because he wanted to attract a peahen!

The peahens would watch the peacocks in envy and wonder: why a peacock would be interested in a drab and ordinary tailed creature as a peahen. Yet when the peacocks danced they were all eyes and were consumed with passion for a union. Some had their passions reciprocated and some had it repulsed. But life went on as usual in the Peacock yard.

The farmer had employed farm-hands for collecting the fallen peacock feathers. Most of those had been tattered on the edges, uneven and sometimes they were like quills with merely a tuft left in the end. But the farmer was very careful to have all the feathers collected and would store them up, so that when people in the vicinity asked for peacock feathers, he never said no but handed over a feather. This left the people in the vicinity happy, as they could trust his generosity and reciprocally they did not look the gift horse in its mouth.

The farmer, after sundown would walk into the peacock yard and would watch the peacocks on full moon days. He was thrilled to see the peacocks dancing to the silvern orb and surely it was a sight to behold the feathers shimmering in the moonlight. The farmer would walk up to the brightest of the peacocks and pluck a feather and go down to the least attractive of the peacocks and pluck a feather. This was a ritual on a full moon day. He had plucked feathers and had stored them separately, for handing it over to persons who appreciated the beauty of the peacock feathers. The true sign of a person who appreciated anything is that, in exchange for what he is attracted to, he would be willing to part with what he himself values most.

The farmer used to hand over a bunch of these full-moon peacock feathers to the beauty appreciators. One of the friends of our farmer was a person by name Don Juan, who also upon receiving a bouquet of full-moon peacock feathers, saw the beauty of those feathers and wanted to be with the farmer and see him harvesting those feathers.

Don Juan spent the whole day, on a full moon day, with the farmer and saw that the feathers which were gathered by the farm hands  were not of the quality or grade that he had received from the farmer.

So while at eventide, at supper with the farmer, Don Juan asked how the gifted feathers were far superior to the ones which were being gathered by the farm hands. The farmer gave a self-gratified smile and said, PAL, WHAT IS GLEANED, CANNOT COMPARE WITH WHAT IS PLUCKED!

ON his way back, Don Juan went thru the line like an obsessed person WHAT IS GLEANED, CANNOT COMPARE WITH WHAT IS PLUCKED!

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