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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.

Bangladesh makes it to final of Asia Cup

In Writing on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Continuing their supreme form, unlike India,  Bangladesh beat Srilanka in  one of the league matches to qualify for the finals. Bangladesh, despite loosing early wickets, showed patience and perseverance. Sakib played some furious shots to come up with brilliant 56 runs 46 balls studded with 7 boundaries. Sakib was adjudged Man of match. In first innings Sri lanka played mediocre to put a target of 233 which was later reduced to 212 a/c to D/L method. 

Now Bangladesh will play against Pakistan in finals.

Eid Mubarak

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Eid 🙂

Curious Case of Junagadh

In Anecdotes, Books, History, quote on May 31, 2011 at 2:01 am

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. This was a moment that which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance…”   Tryst with destiny

 

The speech, rich in emotion and rhetoric has been widely quoted since that night and continues to remain one of the most touchy ones till date.

Currently I’m reading Ramachandra Guha‘s “India after Gandhi – The History of the World’s Largest Democracy“. I must admit, this is so interesting a read that I wanted to write few excerpts from the book pertaining to the drama that followed after Independence in relation with the making India as one dominion.

Many accounts have been written on what happened just before and after 15th August, 1947. But very few book account the details how India who, in pre British Raj, was an amalgamation of some 550 princely state came together as ONE. Many historians, academicians  and political theorist had one question in mind, ” Even if India wins freedom, how long will they able to sustain it?” and “Will the disintegration of India shall stop with Indo-Pak division?” These questions have troubled many of them as and when India and the Indians continued to believe in the ideals of democracy. For the India stood for exception to their rules. The book deals in detail about the incident that followed independence day. The efforts of iron man of India, Sardar Patel, and V P Menon in bringing some 564 princely states under one banner is exemplary.

Particular references have been made for states such as TravancoreBhopal, Junagadh and Hyderabad and a separate chapter on Kashmir.

However theres is something special about Junagadh (which in my opinion is responsible to some extent to the crisis in Kashmir).

Curious Case of Junagadh

(The writing that follows is my interpretation of the story of Junagadh from the book, Read it at your own Risk 😉 )

Junagadh, one of the few states  that had not signed up by 15th August, had a muslim nawab ruling over mainly hindu populace. So according to Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s “Two Nation Theory”, Junagadh having 82% of hindu population had to accede to Indian dominion. However the Nawab of Junagadh advised by its minister announced accession to Pakistan. Pakistan pondered over this issue for few weeks then finally assented to the accession. [This be known that while C P Ramaswamy, the then Dewan of Travancore, had declared Independence of Travancore, Jinnah had welcomed it.]

 “It seems to have done this in the belief that it could then use Junagadh as a bargaining counter to secure Jammu and Kashmir. That state too had not acceded to either dominion by 15th August. It had Hindu Maharaja and a majority Muslim population: in structural terms, It was Junagadh in Reverse.”

The accession to Pakistan had enraged Indian leaders. Within few weeks of accession to Pakistan people of Junagadh revolted against nawab. He fled to Karachi and left Junagadh in the hands of his ministers. Sir Shah Nawaz the then Dewan of Junagadh wrote to Muhammad Ali Jinnah that, after immediate accession a number of congratulations poured in, but when situation is grim, Pakistan and muslim brethren are indifferent and cold. Muslim of Kathiawar had lost all their enthusiasm for Pakistan. Finally after long drama, Sir Shah Nawaz handed over the administration to Indian Government.

While all this was happening, Indian delegation met Jinnah on junagadh issue. Jinnah’s response was that the matter of accession is of Nawab that holds a plebiscite or public opinion is inconsequential.

While Nehru always wanted Kashmir to be part of India, Patel was at one time inclined to allow the state to join Pakistan. His mind changed on September 13, the day the Pakistan Govt. accepted the accession of Junagadh. For “if Jinnah could take hold of a Hindu-majority state with muslim ruler, why should the Sardar not be interested in a Muslim majority state with a hindu Ruler”

What followed is known to all…

 

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