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Political VENTRILOQUISM!


This is the best coinage which describes the politics of FEEDING THE MEDIA WITH VOICES OF THE HAND-HELD TOY OF THE VENTRILOQUIST and COUNTERING THAT VOICE OF THE TOY WITH THE VOICE OF THE VENTRILOQUIST CHIDING THE TOY FOR HAVING SAID WHAT WAS APPARENTLY SAID BY THE HAND-HELD TOY!

Still for those who have not understood the SKILL, the VOICE BOX is the same but the VOICE is modulated so as to seem as if the voices which emanate are from different SOURCES!

When the CONSTITUTION of India was reduced to WRITING every effort was made to ensure that the LETTER is not made a route for the clever and the crooked to stuff it with their perverse spirit. But, it has been the bane of language that some clever crooks have hijacked the letter to accommodate their perverse spirit, from time to time, upon any matter which had been reduced to writing. When the Holy Books have not been spared, what sanctity could a Social Super-Legislation hold?

If DEMOCRACY is ascertainment of opinions of the people and then sieving the same with the experts and if found viable, then that legislation is to be carried through- as the opinion of the majority is accommodated within the constitutional framework and a law passed for implementation.

In VENTRILOQUISM, the ventriloquist is the GOOD GUY and the TOY in his hand is the cheeky, irreverent and shameless fellow. But the voice emanates from the SAME SOURCE, albeit having the illusion that they are DIFFERENT. As per the constitution of India, the CABINET headed by the PRIME MINISTER is responsible to the PARLIAMENT, which is the conglomerate will of the people. When the cabinet becomes THE TOY IN THE HANDS OF THE VENTRILOQUIST and the party becomes the VENTRILOQUIST, we have to know that the system has been PERVERTED. The CONSTITUTION has been perverted. There is every possibility that the will of the people would be trimmed or adjusted to appear constitutional whereas, in reality it the WILL OF THE FEW- a kind of OLIGARCHY with an epicentre lying outside the DEMOCRATIC CIRCLE!

Whether it be a party’s politburo, or a party’s Working committee or a semi-religious group or a family and its members, if they control the GOVERNMENT and NOT THE ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT OR ASSEMBLY, then it OUGHT to be called VENTRILOQUIST POLITICS! This is dangerous and deleterious to OUR DEMOCRACY.

I, as an individual do not have to agree or endorse the LAWS passed, but surely I HAVE TO COMPLY. This is because of the structure, but if the structure itself is undermined by EXTRANEOUS POLITBURO, WORKING COMMITTEES, FAMILIES and RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, then it is time to strengthen the CONSTITUTION of India, by asking the vote seeking CANDIDATES to STATE THEIR POSITIONS ON ISSUES OF POLITICAL IMPORT and not to be carried away by the parties which have been under the strangle hold of ideologies alien to democratic beliefs!

It is in this context that it should be seen, if a Cabinet which is more at the pleasure of a few, could send a bill to be passed as an ORDINANCE to the President and the very FEW, spew expletives against the ORDINANCE when the STRATEGIC REASONS for such an ORDINANCE is laid open for the world to see. The ORDINANCE route is an emergency measure and not a backroom door for the oligarchy to smuggle bills to appease its supporting “voices”.

THIS POLITICS OF VENTRILOQUISM SHOULD STOP or BE STOPPED , through DEMOCRATIC PROCESS by defeating such forces which believe in kitchen cabinets, strategic groups and think-tanks, which merely give the FORM of democracy, but have become cankers which have depleted the vitals of DEMOCRACY.

WE NEED POLITICAL LEADERS WHO COMMUNICATE, and when given a chance TO CARRY OUT whatever they COMMUNICATED. Not merely leaders who carry people with them and proffer a semblance of peace but leaving the effervescing underlying  lava of communal disharmony, inequities and injustices untouched.

LONG LIVE INDIA AND MAY TRUE DEMOCRACY BLOSSOM!

 

DEMOCRATIC RETREAT!


“Democracy” in essence means policy decisions are the prerogative of the people and the people SHALL decide. Therefore elections in India is a method to know the “will” of the people and the elected representatives through their legislation and executive control,  are supposed to reflect the WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

Periodic elections ensure that the will of the people can be altered or reassured, by either changing the party that runs the Government or re-electing the same party. What is the best way for a party which is 100% sure of NOT BEING RE-ELECTED? It has to RETREAT- like in a battle. So what does the retreating army do- FIRST AND FOREMOST IS TO TAKE AWAY THE ASSETS OR TO DESTROY THE ASSETS, so that the opponent is not empowered to deploy those assets against the retreated army.

In a democratic set up- it is not as much as TAKING AWAY or DESTROYING the assets as CREATING A LIABILITY OF GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS to the new victors of the democratic terrain!

ELECTRICITY supply and distribution is a state issue, consequently,  when a party which runs the State Government is sure of losing the elections, all it has to do is to create a LIABILITY by borrowing electricity from all and sundry, distribute it to farmers and run up unpaid bills which will create heartburn to the people, against the succeeding incumbents. This is a classic case of CREATING A LIABILITY for the new Government and buying time for the vanquished to re-marshal its forces. The interest burdens would surely ensure that the new incumbent would not be able to spend any money on welfare projects and also earn a reputation for mismanagement!

If one reads these devices, it is often seen that such LIABILITIES are created in the last one year of the incumbency of the political party to be ousted!

Let us take the cost of the FOOD SECURITY BILL? It has been projected to be @ Rs. 25,000/- crore per year. BUT IS THERE A CEILING on this amount? NO, the proponents of the Bill have ensued that the cost ceiling is not FIXED. Therefore, like in any project, inflation and cost escalations could be cited for overrun of these projections. In any case, it seems that a beautiful WHITE ELEPHANT has been gifted to the next government so that all its surpluses, if any, is sucked out servicing this WHITE ELEPHANT, which the incumbent government has cleverly brought for the next Government to mount. (MIXED METAPHOR, LIKE MIXED ECONOMY?)

These kind of bills being passed during the closing of any political party’s term smacks of creation of a LIABILITY for the next than a genuine effort to share the good fortune of the people with the less fortunate. These Acts once passed cannot be ignored as these relate to the vote casting public and thereby becoming a COMPULSIVE LIABILITY in the hands of the next. This device seems to be a CLEVER RETREATING STRATEGY in Democracy!

Long live India’s democracy.

Rajneesh Vs. Asaram Bapu!


I would not have brought in a comparison between Rajneesh @Osho  and Asaram Bapu had TIMES OF INDIA not carried an article defending Asaram Bapu on the grounds that Asaram was a married man and had never ever recommended sexual abstention or celibacy; that the sense of guilt was propounded by the Christian theologians; that Asaram is merely alleged by a girl to have been molested sexually and  that if at all what Asaram is alleged to have committed was an offence, it would be for the courts of law to determine and that there was no MORAL ISSUE involved in the allegations against him!

I have never found such a fallacious argument ever advanced in support of any Godman.

Let us first be frank to admit that he was in peddling his branch of SPIRITUALITY. Do we have any Godman in this country who has propagated SPIRITUALITY through sex? Yes, the shining example was RAJNEESH @ Osho. His method was, as i understood him, that one cannot reach the ultimate by having unresolved issues merely based on feelings of GUILT. One has to overcome, rather go beyond Guilt and if sexuality stood in the way, one ought to take a deep dive into what one fears as inducing GUILT and overcome through SURFEIT of the same! But sex was never prescribed by him as a remedy. He wanted to show that sex was beautiful, let human beings not make it ugly through GUILT.

If not for anything else, Osho was not a hypocrite, he might have been fundamentally wrong, but in no case did he practice something which he did not preach. To put in simple terms he was HONEST with himself.

I would consider it an insult to compare an honest man with a hypocrite- especially when he assumes a garb of spirituality and pontificates on spiritualism, whereas he does not have the minimum moral standard to have the parents of the female child around when he administered whatever he wanted to administer. It is the law of the land prescribed to police officers that NO WOMAN SHALL BE FRISKED OR PERSONALLY SEARCHED BY ANYONE EXCEPT ANOTHER FEMALE. Further, it is an acknowledged rule that most of the male doctors while examining a female patient always have another female nurse around so that he does not become a victim of any allegations raised by the female patient later.

When such is the practice, should it not have been that Asaram Bapu should have had another female or male relative of the girl around when he was launching on his spiritual “cornucopia”?

To defend a Godman who is accused of molesting a young girl on inane grounds of GUILTLESS HINDUISM is perverting the very basis of Hinduism. Even the HINDU MARRIAGE laws do not permit bigamy (at least after 1955) except for people who can show that it is their religious practice to marry more than one. When such is the case defending a so called spiritual guru, who is alleged to have exploited the innocence of a teenaged girl, is not only premature but untenable to any civilized society!

 

Telangana – Vishalandhra – Hyderabad!


STATES REORGANISATION COMMISSION REPORT

States Reorganisation Commission Title

The States Reorganizaiition Commission was constituted by the Central Government of India under the States Reorganization Act and consisted of Hon. Fazal Ali, K.M. Panikker, & H.N. Kunzru. The Report submitted by the Committee in 1955 known as SRC Report went among other things into the problems of Telangana and Andhra regions, and the arguments for and against the merger of two regions.

Case for Vishalandhra

369. The next question which we have to consider is the future of the Telugu speaking areas of the existing State of Hyderabad, with particular reference to the demand for creation of Vishalandhra.

370. It is unnecessary for us to trace the history of the Andhra agitation in any great detail, because the Andhra State is now in existence, having been established on 1st October, 1953. In point of fact, however the arrangements which were made in 1953 have not been regarded by the Andhras in the new State, especially in the Circars, as final and the case for the creation of Vishalandhra has remained substantially un-examined.

States Reorganisation Commission Para 366 to 369

371. The advantages of a larger Andhra State including Telangana are that it will bring into existence a State of about 32 millions with a considerable hinterland, with large water and power resources, adequate mineral wealth and valuable raw materials. This will also solve the difficult and vexing problem of finding a permanent capital for Andhra, the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are very well suited to be the capital of Vishalandhra.

372 Another advantage of the formation of Vishalandhra will be that the development of the Krishna and Godavari rivers will thereby be brought under unified control. The Krishna and the Godavari projects rank amongst the most ambitious in India. They have been formulated after prolonged period of inactivity, during which, for various technical and administrative reasons, only anicuts in the delta area have been built. Complete unification of either the Krishna or the Godavari valley is not, of course, possible. But if one independent political jurisdiction, namely, that of Telangana, can be eliminated, the formulation and implementation of plans in the eastern areas in these two great river basins will be greatly expedited. Since Telangana, as part of Vishalandhra, will benefit both directly and indirectly from this development, there is a great deal to be said for its amalgamation with the Andhra State.

States Reorganisation Commission Para 369 to 374

373. The economic affiliation of Telangana with the existing Andhra State is also not unimportant. Telangana has in years of scarcity a sizable deficit in food supplies. The existing Andhra State, however, has normally a surplus which Telangana may be able to use. The existing State of Andhra has likewise no coal, but will be able to get its supplies from Singareni. Telangana will also be able to save a great deal of expenditure on general administration in case if it is not established as a separate unit.

374. The creation of Vishalandhra is an ideal to which numerous individuals and public bodies, both in Andhra and Telangana, have been passionately attached over a long period of time, and unless there are strong reasons to the contrary, this sentiment is entitled to consideration.

The Case for Telangana

375. The case of Vishalandhra thus rests on arguments which are impressive. The considerations which have been argued in favour of a separate Telangana State are, however, not such as may be lightly brushed aside.

376. The existing Andhra State has faced a financial problem of some magnitude ever since it was created and in comparison with Telangana the existing Andhra State has a low per capita revenue. Telangana, on ther other hand, is much less likely to be faced with financial embarrassment. The much higher incidence of land revenue in Telangana and an excise revenue of the order of Rs.5 crores per annum principally explain this difference. Whatever the explanation may be, some Telangana leaders seem to fear that the result of unification will be to exchange some settled sources of revenue, out of which development schemes may be financed, for financial uncertainty similar to that which Andhra is now faced. Telangana claims to be progressive and from an administrative point of view, unification, it is contended, is not likely to confer any benefits on this area.

States Reorganisation Commission Para 374 to 378

377. When plans for future development are taken into account, Telangana fears that the claims of this area may not receive adequate consideration in Vishalandhra. The Nandikonda and Kushtapuram (Godavari) projects are, for example among the most important which Telangana or the country as a whole has undertaken. Irrigation in the coastal as of these two great rivers is, however, also being planned. Telangana, therefore, does not wish to lose its present independent rights in relation to the utilization of the waters of Krishna and Godavari.

378. One of the principal causes of opposition of Vishalandhra also seems to be the apprehension felt by the educationally backward people of Telangana that they may be swamped and exploited by the more advanced people of the coastal areas. In the Telangana districts outside the city of Hyderabad, education is woefully backward. The result is that a lower qualification than in Andhra is accepted for public services. The real fear of the people of Telangana is that if they join Andhra they will be unequally placed in relation to the people of Andhra and in this partnership the major partner will derive all the advantages immediately, while Telangana itself may be converted into a colony by the enterprising coastal Andhra.

379. Telangana, it has further been urged, can be a stable and viable unit considered by itself. The revenue receipts of this area on current account have been estimated at about Rs. 17 crores, and although the financing of the Krishna and Godavari projects will impose a recurring burden on the new State by way of interest charges, the probable deficit, if any is unlikely to be large. In favorable conditions, the revenue budget may even be balanced or indicate a marginal surplus. This fairly optimistic forecast can be explained or justified by a variety of reasons.

States Reorganisation Commission Para 379 to 383

380. One important reason is, of course, that the existing Hyderabad State and Telangana as part of Hyderabad have benefited considerably from the implementation from April, 1952, of the Finance Commissions’ recommendations. The increase in central payments from out of the divisible pools of income-tax and Central excise which has been possible under the present arrangements and the reduction in police expenditure for which credit can be taken, as the situation in Telangana improves, more or less offset the loss on account of the abolition of internal customs duties; and if the scope which exists of raising the yield of certain State heads of revenue is fully explored, the financial position of Telangana need not cause anxiety.

The State of Hyderabad

381. The advantages of the formation of Vishalandhra are obvious. The desirability of bringing the Krishna and Godavari river basins under unified control, the trade affiliations between Telangana and Andhra and the suitability of Hyderabad as the capital for the entire region are in brief the arguments in favor of the bigger unit.

382. It seems to us, therefore, that there is much to be said for the formation of the larger State and that nothing should be done to impede the realisation of this goal. At the same time, we have to take note of the important fact that, while opinion in Andhra is overwhelmingly in favour of the larger unit, public opinion in Telangana has still to crystallize itself. Important leaders of public opinion in Andhra themselves seem to appreciate that the unification of Telangana with Andhra, though desirable, should be based on a voluntary and willing association of the people and that it is primarily for the people of Telangana to take a decision about their future.

383. We understand that the leaders of the existing Andhra State may be prepared to provide adequate safeguards to protect the interest of Telangana in the event of its integration in Vishalandhra. These safeguards may take the form of a guarantee (presumably on the lines of Sri Baug Pact between Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra) of opportunities for employment for Telangana in the public services of the new State at least to the extent of one-third, that is to say, roughly in the proportion, and an assurance that particular attention will be paid to the development plans of this area.

States Reorganisation Commission Para 383 to 387

384. We have carefully gone into the details of the arrangements which may be made on these lines. It seems to us, however, that neither guarantees on the lines of the Sri Baug Pact nor constitutional devices, such as “Scottish devolution” in the United Kingdom, will provide workable or meet the requirements of Telangana during the period of transition. Anything short of supervision by the Central Government over the measures intended to meet the special needs of Telangana will be found ineffective, and we are not disposed to suggest any such arrangement in regard to Telangana.

385 A further point to be borne in mind is that the State of Andhra was brought into existence only recently and has still not got over the stress of transition. It has for example, still to formulate a policy on land reforms and the problems arising from the partition from the composite State of Madras have, by no means, been. Tackled fully yet. Integration of Telangana with Andhra at this stage is, therefore, likely to create administrative difficulties both for Andhra and Telangana.

386. After taking all these factors into consideration we have come to the conclusions that it will be in the interests of Andhra as well as Telangana, if for the present, the Telangana area is to constitute into a separate State, which may be known as the Hyderabad State with provision for its unification with Andhra after the general elections likely to be held in or about 1961 if by a two thirds majority the legislature of the residency Hyderabad State expresses itself in favor of such unification.

387. The advantage of this arrangement will be that while the objective of the unification of the Andhras will neither be blurred nor impeded during a period of five or six years, the two governments may have stabilized their administrative machinery and, if possible, also reviewed their land revenue systems etc., the object in view being the attainment of uniformity. The intervening period may incidentally provide an opportunity for allaying apprehensions and achieving the consensus of opinion necessary for a real union between the two States.

388 Andhra and Telangana have common interests and we hope these interests will tend to bring the people closer to each other. If, however, our hopes for the development of the environment and conditions congenial to the unification of the two areas do not materialise and if public sentiment in Telangana crystallises itself against the unification of the two states, Telangana will have to continue as a separate unit.

States Reorganisation Commission Para 388 to 392

389. The State of Hyderabad (as we would prefer to call this unit), to be constituted for the time being, should consist of the following districts,’ namely, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Warangal including Khammam, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Hyderabad, Medak and Bidar and Munagaala enclave in Nalgonda district belonging to the.Krishna district of the existing Andhra State.

Source: Government of India’s “Report of the States Reorganisation Commission, 1955”.

The above is extracted from WIKISOURCE: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/India_States_Reorganisation_Commission_Report_Telangana_Andhra

The above is for easier reference,  as it then existed and perceived by the political decision makers of that time (especially as my friends from both the sides obfuscate facts!)

SARAH NAVAROJI!


If any reader of this blog jumps to a conclusion that SARAH NAVAROJI, is a Gujarati, he is  wrong! Sarah Navaroji is a THAMIZH nun, who runs a Church in Kuttiappa Gramani Street, Kilpauk, Chennai. So the surname NAVAROJI has nothing to do with Gujarati, but a part of her Saurashtrian culture.

In the latest language census of India, the Saurashtrian language  is listed as a dialect of Gujarati! The old Gujarati did exist between AD 1100 to AD 1500, whereas, Saurashtrians claim that they left the surroundings of the Somnath temple upon the invasion of Mohammad Gazhini. If Mohammad Gazhini died in AD 1030, and Old Gujarati itself evolved only between AD 1100 and AD1500, how could Saurashtrian be classified as a dialect of Gujarati- at best Saurashtrian could be called the uninterrupted Grand Mother of Gujarati!

Now coming back to the topic on Sister. Sarah Navaroji, she must have got converted to Christianity from Hinduism. If one were to go to the temple town of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, one could find a lot of Saurashtrian Schools and also people still residing there and according to the latest Language census of India, 0.45% of Gujarati speaking people of India reside in Tamil Nadu, as they have taken Saurashtrians as ethnically and linguistically akin to the Gujarati people.

Can you believe that this people enjoyed the patronage of various Tamizh kings since the sacking of Somnath? In Tamizh these Saurashtrians are called a PATTUNOOLKARAR- which means “people who are connected with silk thread” and these Saurashtrians are not only domiciled in the state of Tamil Nadu, but most of them consider themselves Tamizh. The “accommodation” of the Thamizh people is unmatched, as there is not a single state in India which has not only “allowed” a different cultural community to live uninterruptedly in their state for more than 1000 years, but have encouraged them to MAINTAIN THEIR CULTURAL IDENTITY UNMOLESTED AND UNCORRUPTED!

Sister Sarah Navaroji, is a great Tamizh Christian Lyricist, composer and singer. I for one believe that there are three, nay, four songs which melt my soul anytime and  suffuses me with divine rapture- if only one cares to find out those songs, they are:

1. Um paadam panindhen (link to Sis. Sarah Navaroji unavailable)

2. Paavikku Pugalidam (http://www.dhingana.com/paavikku-pugalidam-song-ennai-marava-yesunnadha-tamil-latest-223da31)

3. Ennai Maravaa (http://www.dhingana.com/ennai-maravaa-yesunadha-song-ennai-marava-yesunnadha-tamil-latest-2a3da31)

4. Anaadhi Devan un (http://www.dhingana.com/anaadhi-devan-song-ennai-marava-yesunnadha-tamil-latest-3a3da31)

The beauty about these Tamizh devotional songs is that all these songs were written by Sis. Navaroji, for whom Tamizh must have been the second language after Saurashtrian, while she was a part of the CEYLON PENTECOSTAL MISSION, which split up after one Pastor Alwyn of Ceylon was excommunicated and defrocked by that church! Her voice is replete with devotion to her God and though she is a Saurashtrian had written the lyrics in chaste Tamizh and sung them flawlessly and also composed the music for her lyrics. The rendition was under the directorship of T.A Kalyanam, who was a Tamizh film music director during the 50’s.

I personally think, if Mohammad Gazhini had not invaded India and had not these Saurashtrians migrated to the Tamizh speaking regions of the present day India, Sis. Sarah Navaroji would never have sung or written or composed these songs! WHAT A LOSS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN? I would also like to add that T.M Soundarrajan, Tamizh playback singer was also a Saurashtrian. What a great gift these Sourashtrians have been to Tamizh culture!

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