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Archive for October, 2017
Read this news item appearing in the ToI on 23/10/2017. Tamil Nadu earns 30% of its revenues from liquor sales, based on a monopoly status exercised through the provisions of certain Articles of the Constitution of India. The State Govt is the licensing authority for the manufacture and the same Govt has monopoly in marketing liquor within the state of TN.
The responsibility is dual, rather their control could be exercised at the point of production as well as at the time of sale.
Let’s cut the cackles and come to the horses, it has been reported that ANCIENT CASK PREMIUM XXX Rum contained alarming levels of tartaric acid, acetic acid and ethyl acetate which could cause gastrointestinal diseases!
That the Govt has failed in its duty by not banning that brand or at least warning its customers of the health hazards.
The wives and women of regularly drinking men have been expending their ire on the shops; and the Supreme Court had issued orders to remove liquor shops on highways much to the perverse delight of some women and wives, but what about the quality of content sold by these shops? The health hazards of these chemicals are passed off for the ill effects of drinking! The deaths and ill health caused by these hazardous drinks are billed to drinking, whereas the reality is that it is the profiteering of the distillers and the connivance and lack of quality checks by the licensing authority, who are the culprits!
Why not make an open market for liquor sales when the government, which has taken upon itself to sell and collect taxes on it has grossly abdicated its responsibilities?
Should we take the taxes collected from liquor sales and build our infrastructure at the cost of serious exposure to gastrointestinal issues to those regular drinkers?
Don’t we as enjoyers of those taxes disassociate ourselves, like the priests of yore, citing moral reasons, and allow the distillers to sell substandard products?
Let us leave morality aside and provide the minimum safe guards to those products the consumption of which we may not agree.
The following is a portion of I Kings 21:
7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
Jezebel’s techniques at handling the male ego is amazing.
Ahab refuses to eat food and his Queen, Jezebel is concerned. Asks him as to what is distressing him, the King of Israel is neither wicked enough to dispossess Naboth of his vineyard nor is he good enough to relent his pursuit of wanting to possess the vineyard. Caught between his covetousness and incapacity, like a disgruntled kid, refuses to eat food and makes a mighty show of it.
Jezebel steps in.
She smothers that wee little manhood still left in him by asking him in a reprimanding tone:
Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry:
The King of Israel with ten tribes under his rule, must have been bewildered and Jezebel instinctively follows it up with the solution thus:
I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
That the King of Israel, who ought to be upholding the Rule of Law, sheepishly hands over the symbols of his power and authority to a woman who promises to take through cunning and violence the heritage of his subject and hand it over to the King!
What a plight of a King, who did not know the nature of his office. The same King on the advice of his courtiers or even the same Jezebel had, in the previous chapter of the same book of the Bible had sent word to Benhadad, the Syrian King thus: Let not him who puts on his armour talk like one who is putting off his armour!
The weakness of Ahab is to be contrasted with David’s reply to Michal when she reprimanded David for dancing in the presence of the Ark of God. I Samuel 6 runs as follows:
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
I know not whether David danced naked or in the exuberance of his dance he was seen undressed as is reported:
Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD;
In any case, that was not palatable to the Princess Michal. So the Princess admonishingly chides David and see the response from the MAN. David refuses to be ‘cowed’ down and rebuts the princess and defends his action.
Ahab, though a King, behaved like a spoilt kid and went running to the mothering Queen, little realising that it was his own power which was deployed by Jezebel to procure for him Naboth’s vineyard. Worse part was that the sin which accrued out of that act of getting Naboth killed was billed to his account also!
But the beauty of all these virulent Queens who use their men’s resources and power meet their Jehus also.
Jezebel threatens Jehu thus: HAD ZIMRI PEACE? (Refer my earlier blogs on this topic)
Jehu was made of sterner stuff, he just orders the eunuchs from her own harem to throw her down and his orders were complied!
Jezebel’s end though pathetic, is fittingly cathartic.
The Bible says:
25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
Ahab allowed himself to be stirred up and Jezebel was the best in this business. There was none like her in the Bible, even her relative Athaliah is not a patch on her. Elijah blurted out and ran away, but Jehu, kept all these things in his heart and after his anointment wreaks retribution on the whole bunch of the Omriites.
Ahab exposed the underlingness of his subordinates before his Queen Jezebel.
Permitting the use of his seal, without him sealing the orders himself; thereby empowering and sharing his power and also shortening his own time for recall! It might seem like delegation, but it was sharing. Jezebel took hold of Ahab’s seal and whatever she wrangled out of Ahab during her pillow talks, she converted them into Regal proclamations and orders!
Ahab’s childish desire for land got him into trouble, Naboth’s vineyard and Ramoth Gilead. The man who defeated the Syrian Benhadad, became a shadow of his former self. Irony is that he uses the principle that even ancestral property from the hands of the legatee was subject to procurement by money or exchange and thereby denied the sanctity of a heritage; whereas, in the matter of ramoth gilead he relies on the same principle which he denied at home and says that Ramoth Gilead belonged historically to the Israelites. This double talking principles did him in.
Fourthly, Ahab did not show humility when Micaiah predicts disaster as Ahab did in the case of Naboth. In Naboth’s story he had contributed to the crime by having shared his Regal Authority with Jezebel. But in Ramoth Gilead he had not been specifically arraigned with any sin. Yet his arrogance and preconceived notion of Micaiah did Ahab in.
Budding to blossoming
In the exuberance of blossoming little do the petals sense the irreversibility of the blossoming! The petals would wilt one day and then the petals would yearn for the Reversible!
When I was probably 10 years old and while playing chess with my dad’s friend’s son, who was in college, one of my moves forked the opponent’s king and one of his pieces, he didn’t notice the threat to his king and made a move leaving the threat to the King open, and in a flash I cut his King.
I started jumping for joy, whereas the opponent was amused at my exultation and was telling my dad that I can’t cut his king without notifying him of the threat to his king. For the life of me I couldn’t understand what he was talking about!
I sprang an analogy and asked him, if I could cut his Queen, the most powerful piece on a side, without notifying why should I notify?
Logic, but the game cannot end in a whimper. The game of chess is so structured that there is another result called STALEMATE!
When the King is not under a threat on the square he stands but cannot move into any square without a threat, and no other move is possible, then the result is a DRAW because of a STALEMATE!
Had my older friend clarified that NOTICE was essential because there was a possibility of a stalemate where the King is immobilised from moving into a square and sacrificing himself, and there is no other move possible with any of the pawns or pieces, I probably would have understood. Probably‼
The point I’m labouring is that a King can be mated but cannot be ambushed. Therefore, the Doctrine of Notice is essential. And the King is the only piece in the chess board which has this privilege. Every other pawn or a piece could be sacrificed, the King – NEVER.
An exalted position but restricted in moves. His greatest liberty is his capability to jump one square to his left or right while castling with the rooks. Even while castling he can’t jump a square under threat or run into a square under threat!
Great model for our honchos‼
There are the marching pawns which squint while cutting! They are the BLOCKERS- they impede the progress of the other side.
There are those diagonally moving Bishops, who squintingly HAVE AN EYE ON THE OPPONENTS.
There are those rooks which help the King to jump to security and move straight, like the FORCES.
The knights have a convoluted movement capable of jumping the occupied or unoccupied squares but have to cut on landing, if their landing square isn’t free! The knights are the PARATROOPERS.
Finally the Queen, who is the most powerful piece and is a clone of a bishop and a rook. It could move diagonally or straight up or down. The only drawback is that theoretically, the King could end up with eight more queens, if each of his pawns were to be Queened! A sort of harem of chaos! Good for the King. Structurally, the Queen is the most belligerent piece and has the greatest latitude to move within those 64 squares – a kind of SHUTZSTAFFEL!
When a King surrounds himself with such people with delegated responsibility, why worry about footmen on footbridge?