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Happy Republic Day

In Writing on January 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

Wish you all a very happy 64th Republic day 🙂

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“Dussehra -Good over Evil” in Modern Day

In Blog, customs & Traditions, Festivals of india, Inspiration, News, Pictures, Reblog, Religion and Spirituality, Story, Video, Writing on October 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

 

 

The holy book ‘The Gita‘ says, whenever there will be excess of evil Lord will rebirth to wipe out the evil from the face of the earth. I do not Know if the theory of incarnations  even exist. and I have never seen such godly act of wiping out the evil from the face of earth even though we see excesses being done everywhere.

 

India Celebrates Dussehra

 

English: Picture taken in 2005 at Maddox Squar...

English: Picture taken in 2005 at Maddox Square, Kolkata. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today India is celebrating Dussehra which basically symbolises “Win of goodness over evil“.  This day Goddess Durga (symbolising women power) hunts down demon Mahishasura.  This day Lord Rama killed the proud King Ravan.  Let me share with you Why it was Goddess Durga who had to Kill demon Mahishasura despite the presence of the almighty Trimurtis. In fact upon hard meditation and prayers the demon mahishasura gets a boon from God Brahma (The creator) that no Man can kill him. Now with this power his atrocities grows day by day to such an extent that his excesses continues over the women. Finally, It comes to the Adi Shakti to end the excesses of the demon. She symbolises the women power. What No man could Do, It was upto the ultimate Source of Power theAdi Shakti, Goddess Durga to put an end to Mahishasura. Also if you happen to see Ramayana (video as under), Ultimately SitaWife of Lord Rama & One of the form of Adi Shakti was the cause of the death of the Ravana.

 

 

 

Modern day Durga ?

 

The Excesses s against women, corruption, and many un social evils are prospering day by day, unabetting . Having said that,I must say, I’m no atheist but simply waiting for some super power to wipe out evil is neither acceptable nor feasible.  What I see is a girl from Pakistan, Malala, who raises her voice for the education which is the basic right of every individual and more so for the girl child. This girl has not even crossed primes of her age and is already a force to reckon with. I see the Goddess Durga  in her, fighting against the evil/ demon of illiteracy.

 

The Crusader -Malala Yousafzai

 

Picture courtesey: Lena Shareeff’s Blog Jasoos

 

What this day symbolises is “win of good over evil” …….. excuse me …I DO NOT see any good ness around or if it’s even present in people like Malala or people like Anna, I do not see any WIN. DO YOU?  We must make an introspection, Why there is darn NO WIN?  Let me help you with a story which every one of us must have heard in our childhood.

 

Story

 

Once upon  a time there was an Old man.  He had four sons. One night, he had a dream that he was going to die. Next morning he called for all his sons. He gave each of them a piece of stick and asked them to break it. Each one of them broke it easily. Then he gave each of them four such sticks tied together and asked them to break. None of them could break it.

 

Moral of the Story

 

Before I say further, Let me ask you, if you saw the video I posted above. This video is a Ramlila play which depicts How Sita is tortured by Ravan and how Ram kills Ravan and eventually people celebrate. That all happened in past where we had one ravana one mahishasura fighting. But in the modern day the evil or the demon is multifaceted  It has taken the forms of corruption the forms of illiteracy, the forms of crime against the girl child, crime against women and many many many more. It seems the lesson what we needed to take from the story has been put on our face by the evil.  They have become united in their effort to spread anarchy across the globe.

 

A Ramlila actor wears the traditional attire o...

A Ramlila actor wears the traditional attire of Ravana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here I must ask you to rewind the video to the point where the protagonist of the movie Shah Rukh Khan sings few line Impressing the need to fight the modern day Evil.  I will put that particular clip for you here.

 

 

“Ram hi to Karuna me hai Shanti me Ram hai”
“Ram hi hai Ekta me Pragati me Ram hai”
“Ram bas bhakton nahi Shatru ki bhi chintan me hai”
“Dekh taj ke paap Ravan Ram tere Man me hai..Ram Mere Man me hai”
“Ram to ghar ghar me hai, Ram har aangan me hai”
“Man se Ravan Jo nikale Ram uske Man me hai”

 

Ram is in Peace, Unity, Progress, not only in followers’ mind but also in enemy’s mind.  O’ Ravan If you let go all the evil you will find Ram in you, Ram is in every home, everywhere.  Ram is in anybody’s who shuns evil from his/her mind. This is the rough message which this line presents.

 

let me come back to the point.  Single Malala or single Anna or Single Arvind can’t break the shackles. We ought to support them in the endeavours. Then only we can expect to WIN.

 

One such effort, I have seen in Lena Shareef’s Blog post #GIRL WITH THE BOOK, where she has become a media in support for Malala Yousafzai.  Let us begin with support to this young child in her crusades by supporting Lena in her endeavours.

 

***If you want to join the #GIRLWITHABOOK movement, please submit a picture of yourself with a book to girlwithabookmovement@gmail.com. Make sure to include the title of the book and the city, state, country that you took your picture****

Feel free to post on our Facebook page or tweet at us @_girlwithabook as well. We invite submissions from girls, boys, men and women, because a cause like this needs support from everyone.  

 

 

Let us say No to Bribe

 

Let us say No to Illiteracy

 

Let us Wholeheartedly say YES to a Girl Child 🙂 

 

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The Second October – Tribute to a Statesman

In Blog, History, Inspiration, Life, News, Pictures, Politics, Thoughts, Video, Writing on October 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Lal Bahadur Shastri लालबहादुर शास्त्री Prime M...

English: Shastri statue in Mumbai in Maharasht...

Lal Bahadur Shastri :*Denomination: 1 Forint

Lal Bahadur Shastri :*Denomination: 1 Forint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many of us remember 2nd october as the day of birthdays. Okie most of Indians celebrate the day,first, it being a National holiday; secondly It being the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Off course, it’s a day to celebrate for the Mahatma  who led Indians out of the clutches of 200 years of british rule. But do you remember too, it as the day another freedom fighter was born. He who moulded India not only before freedom but even after India was free and at the time when India most importantly needed someone who can sail India safely from the prying eyes of our enemies.  YES, It the birthday of our second Prime Minister of independent India Shri Lal bahadur Shastri.

Second Prime Minister of India - 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan'

Tribute to LBS

The much celebrated PM of India was born in Mughal sarai (UP) and Joined Indian freedom struggle at an early age. He was jailed for participation in Non coöperation movement and later released, he being minor at that time. When Nehru died in 1964, the job of building India was thrust on the strong shoulders of Shri Shastri.

In his first broadcast as Prime Minister, on 11 June 1964, Shastri stated:

“There comes a time in the life of every nation when it stands at the cross-roads of history and must choose which way to go. But for us there need be no difficulty or hesitation, no looking to right or left. Our way is straight and clear—the building up of a socialist democracy at home with freedom and prosperity for all, and the maintenance of world peace and friendship with all nations.”

He was instrumental in bringing Green Revolution in India. He understood that the India, being a primarily agri based economy, could not take a giant leap to be an industrial superpower. It’s had to be slow and steady and without ale support of millions of  Agriculturist it was just impossible. It was during his tenure that Indo-pak war of 1965 took place. he was of the view that India pakistan must live in peace but when war was thrust on India by Pakistani counterpart, He was all into this and within 6 days of fighting the UN brokered ceasefire. You can well understand the mental faculty of the genius in his national broadcast on the day of ceasefire

“While the conflict between the armed forces of the two countries has come to an end, the more important thing for the United Nations and all those who stand for peace is to bring to an end the deeper conflict…. How can this be brought about? In our view, the only answer lies in peaceful coexistence. India has stood for the principle of coexistence and championed it all over the world. Peaceful coexistence is possible among nations no matter how deep the differences between them, how far apart they are in their political and economic systems, no matter how intense the issues that divide them.”

It was during this time he gave India it most important slogan JAI JAWAN JAI KISAN . On this line, (it is believed that on LBS request) many films with nationalistic fervour were released , like Manoj Kumar’s Poorab aur Pachim etc. One particular song which I shall never miss – “Hai preet jahan ki reet…

The final curtain fall on his life was not in India but in Tashkent, 1966. The night after signing Tashkent Declaration with Pakistani president Muhammad Ayub khan, he had a stroke and he died (as claimed). However there are several conspiracy theories on his death. July 16th 2012 edition of magazine Outlook has an article on mystery death of Second Prime Minister of India.

…….On his return to India, Nayar recalls, he was confronted by Shastri’s wife Lalitha who was troubled by the fact that the body was blue and inquired about “certain cuts” on his body. She also pointed out that no post-mortem had been done either in Russia or in India……

A youtube video

This brought an end to a great statesman , India will ever see.

One thing I would like to mention that Our present generation of administrators must learn. He belonged to poor family and rose to be prime minister of India. however when he dies he was still poor, with only one car which he has bought on installment, though he brought prosperity to millions of Indians, as against present times, when most of our leaders are neck-deep in corruption and busy filling their pockets instead of caring for billions of Indians.

Ushering Into Change phenomenon ?

In Blog, Business, Cartoons, Current affairs, News on September 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

India is always known as elephant against China which is popularly known in circles as crouching tiger. A fast paced tiger pitted against a slow moving elephant. But over these 4-5 years the elephant has been pretty asleep while tiger has been roaring all thorough these years. BRICS- the group of emerging countries has been actually slowing down. Lots were being said about the Once popular and hero of India in 90s- Mr. Manmohan Singh, a well renowned economist who made India usher in a new world of emerging country.  Three years of silence was supposedly lots, finally he meekly-roared, puts some courage, puts his defiant foot forward. After 3 years of lull, two days made history in UPA-2. First increase in diesel price by 6 rupee, secondly, putting a cap on the subsidized LPG cylinders, Thirdly, allowing 51% FDI in retail and 49% FDI in civil aviation industry. All these measures made withing 24 hours after a washout of monsoon session of parliament was tremendous about turn by the Govt.

There is definitely Two perspective to the moves.

Govt perspective: Definitely fiscal deficit is a major concern which is getting to abyss at a fast pace. major oil companies are making huge losses on a daily basis where in all petroleum products govt provide huge subsidies be it petrol, kerosene, diesel or LPG. Definitely FDI in retail & Aviation shall mark a turn around  in ailing airline industry and will boost retail trade in India with wal-mart like major players being part of Indian consumers.  Govt claims to raise an additional Rs 20,300 crore for the Oil companies.  Economist are all cheers for these measures. It might give kick start to all due reforms pending.  Finally the so called ‘Policy-Paralysis’ has come to end. Market, elated with the news gained at SENSEX.

“The decision of the government to hike diesel prices and LPG (beyond six cylinders) are borne out of necessity. CII fully understands the economic compulsions for such a decision,” CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said in a statement.

“Diesel has larger weight than petrol, it (hike in petrol price) will have inflationary effect but it is a good decision. It will put pressure on inflation in short but in long run will have good impact on economy,”  – Crisil Chief Economist D K Joshi

The middle class woke up to double whammy this morning. It has added further burden to already agitated Indians. At this juncture, when the prices of basic commodities are sky high and inflation is refusing to buzz despite all RBI efforts. it’s is expected to go up by another 0.40%. The aam aadmi, the common man is the one who suffers. He has his valid reasons. When the Govt is all down with plethora of corruption accusations and of misusing tax payers money on cases like 2G, Coal-gate, Common wealth games issues. What a common man is fed up of is that the Govt crib that it has no money to pay for the subsidies (implied)  then what is happening to the tax payers money.  All the money is being used for unnecessary study tours, for renovating Planning commission office STATE OF ART-TOILET (costing crores), for private presidential trip,  so on and forth. Definitely, when the the hard earned tax payers money is being drained with such apathy, govt will be out of money to pay for other necessities.  Common man is on the streets crying foul. Yesterday, I was watching The Newshour debate in a TV news channel- Times Now, where a well known corporate figure  supported govt in case of putting cap on the number of subsidized LPG cylinders. His point of view was ” a PRUDENT family shall need at the most 6 cylinders in an year” that meaning half-a-cylinder per month. Well I have a doubt about what a prudent family means? Personally I alone use one cylinder in a one and a half month without much of cooking and never to waste. How come a prudent family(might be ONE member family) require only 6 cylinders in a year.

An article on How price hike affects common people.

Top 10 Impacts of Diesel Price Hike

Political fights:

These announcement has added fuel to the already fuming relationship between Govt , allies and opposition. The two major parties supporting Govt at the centre SP, led by Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav  & TMC led by Mamta have raised a strong concern against he policies announced. However, public knows the drama being played by them. They allready know that they are just pretending to showing empathy in front of public just in order to rake in the votes for coming elections- Public Posturing. The main opposition NDA has got another weapon to fire.

Government facing a double sword from political parties on one hand and public on the other is putting a brave face with one liner- ” Tough Times need Tough decisions”. This is hard to say what shall be the final outcome. I mean weather govt can stand to all these pressure or submit.  The coming days will be testimony to it.

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  • The unusually large diesel price increase suggests that economic reformers have persuaded Congress leaders of the urgency of curbing the budget deficit – now about 6 per cent of gross domestic product for the central government alone – in order to stave off a threatened downgrade by credit rating agencies that would reduce Indian sovereign debt to “junk” status. – FT Article

Ind Vs Nz

In Cricket, Pictures, Sports, World cup on September 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

 

Count down has begun. The much celebrated the newest and craziest format of cricket – T20. The mahakumbh of T20 The world cup is to begin in just 2 weeks time. Ahead of that India has very limited number of games for the practice and experiments MSD has to do away with.

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However, Today, another T20 game between India and Newsland was a last ball finish. Thanks to MSD and team. news land was certainly better team today. The thing Indians are cheering even after the defeat is that ‘Yuvraj-backbone of Indian T20 team is back’.

Lets not get into details of whys? and hows? But one mentality I have seen is they intend to create pressure and let things loose till the end and get it hasten when the deadline arrives- procastinate Is this the mentality of people in general. The way msd took 6-7 dots, certainly cost us the game. No grudges against mccullam and franklin who played wonderfully for NZ

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