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The things we have forgotten

The Things we have forgotten

The so called seculars of today don’t like to hear it for vested interests, though they say they don’t agree to it on some (home-made) factual grounds. But the fact is 80% population of this country has not ruled itself for about eight hundred years. So the interests of 80% population of this country have been put on back burner for eight hundred years almost without interruption, with patches of braveries and exceptions i.e. 80% by today’s count. This number was higher earlier, and because of the same reason has been declining steadily.

How many cases we can count in last eight hundred years, where the ruler’s first priority was welfare of masses, welfare of majority, welfare of Hindus? Maharana Pratap, Shivaji and may be a few more. What percentage of population did they rule, for how long, if you see it for a span of 800 years?

Religion being the primary identity for muslim rulers, they not only did no good for the majority, but most of them persecuted Hindus. Destruction of temples, mass conversions, massacres, imposition of taxes on Hindus – unless one has a hidden agenda,


Modern does NOT mean correct!

Modern does not mean correct


Talk about gay rights in India, talk about women's revealing dresses, talk about obscenity in bollywood movies – there’s a class of people who start shouting – Backward, Medieval times, conservative. These so called modern thinkers, who are basically western stooges, get their words out in the media because of prevailing conditions in the world - western thoughts dominate the world, western means modern. But at any time in history, aren't contemporary thoughts modern thoughts, anything happening in present days is modern. As per dictionary, modern means 'of or relating to the present time or the recent past'. It’s an entirely different topic whether its logically correct, is it scientifically correct, is it rational, is it right in the long run, do we want this trend to continue and are happy to give the results to our children and most importantly, do we have the knowledge to understand the implications of current or modern trends?

At any point of time, a person or a group of people do the best they can in the given circumstances. Based on their capabilities, constraints, what they do may not turn out to be correct, but because 'they' do it, they may think it’s correct. At any time, people also think they are the most modern and advanced compared to their previous generations. But modern does not mean right by default.


कश्मीर और सेकुलरिज्म

Kashmir and Secularism

जम्‍मू कश्‍मीर में भाजपा-पीडीपी के बीच गठबंधन का बहुत ज्‍यादा विरोध भी हो रहा है और समर्थन भी। मुझे लगता है मौका दिया जाना चाहिए, क्‍योंकि आप दिल्‍ली में बैठकर विरोध तो कर रहे हैं लेकिन 1990 के बाद आपमें से किसी ने कश्‍मीरी पंडितों के दर्द को न झेला है, न समझा है। लेकिन मुझे लगता है कि उजड़े हुए कश्‍मीरी पंडितों को घाटी में बसाने वाली यह पहली सरकार आई है, अन्‍यथा कोई उनकी सुध नहीं लेता था। उनकी बात करना भी सांप्रदायिकता के खांचे में आता था। यह तय मानिए कि कश्‍मीर की घाटी को नेहरू से लेकर आज तक के सेक्‍यूलरवादियों ने इतना उलझा दिया है कि बिना जनसंख्‍या में बदलाव लाए, बिना नया प्रयोग किये सीधे सीधे आप वहां से 370 नहीं हटा सकते हैं। 65 साल इंतजार किया है, तो थोड़ा और इंतजार करने में अर्धर्य क्‍यों हो रहे हैं।

मैं जनसंघ का पहला घोषणा पत्र पढ़ रहा था, जिसमें जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर को लेकर बड़ा ही खूबसूरत फॉर्मूला दिया गया था, जो मुझे उचित लगता है। उस घोषणा पत्र को डॉ श्‍यामाप्रसाद मुखर्जी के कहने पर बलराज मधोक ने तैयार किया था। उस फॉर्मूला के तहत जम्‍मू व लददाख के लोग धारा- 370 की समाप्ति चाहते हैं, इसलिए इन्‍हें मिलाकर एक स्‍वतंत्र राज्‍य बना देना चाहिए, जो धारा 370 से पूरी तरह से मुक्‍त होगा।

इसके बाद केवल घाटी बचेगी जहां धारा 370 लगी रहे। धारा 370 के कारण घाटी का अविकास तो दिख ही रहा है, जब 370 के बिना जम्‍मू-लदाख में विकास होगा तो घाटी के लोग भी देर सवेर धारा 370 को हटाने की मांग के लिए सडक पर उतरेंगे और यही वह मौका होगा जब घाटी से भी 370 को हटाने की प्रक्रिया शुरू होगी।


Why we expect so much from our PM?

why we expect

Most of Modi supporters are still with him and those who seem to say – What has Modi done in last 10 months? are the ones who didn’t support Modi in 2014 Loksabha elections. When Modi government increased the train fares right after assuming office, I remember one security guard in my office saying – ‘What can Modi do, he has no other choice because previous government was corrupt and mis-managed the finances, so the fares had to be increased. Modi cannot bring money from his home to run the railways.’ So even the so called not-so-educated types know the basics of economics and understand that it takes time for things to show effect. In spite of that, there is no denying the fact that expectations are huge from Modi. Some reasons:

Broken Window theory: This theory was first introduced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982 and the title of theory comes from this example:

“Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.


Secularism is just synonymous with Sanatan Dharma

Secularism is just synonymous with Sanatan Dharma

So often have I stumbled upon Facebook profiles or living creatures that proudly proclaim their being ‘secular’, in the ‘Religion’ section/in a context of that, and I have always wondered, “Isn’t ‘secularism’ an attribute that characterizes states in their approach of treating their citizens equally irrespective of their religion?” In the light of that, extrapolating it to individuals, a secular person would simply mean one who treats humans equally irrespective of their religious affiliations, or the lack of that.

Having earned some reasonable understanding of the Sanatan Dharma (commonly known as Hinduism), I can vouch for its motto, “सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिन: सर्वे सन्तु निरामया: सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद दुःख भाग्भवेत” that is, “May all be happy, may all be healthy, may everyone possess goodwill towards everyone else, may no one suffer”. Evidently, this verse testifies the inclusive nature of Sanatan Dharma where there is no discrimination on the basis of religion. It is the message of Universal Brotherhood, that this verse so strongly carries. “वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं” i.e. “The whole world is family” further corroborates this concept of Universal brotherhood. And, realizing that mind has this unique ability to conceive notions,  and they will differ from one mind to another,


Maoist War Against India: Time for United & Strong Response

 Maoist War Against India Time for United  Strong Response

The May 25 th, extremist attack by Maoists in Chhattisgarh was one of the depredations that hit India. But, more tragic is what follows – delayed tactical response, leadership confusion and helplessness, scripted statements carrying no conviction and even ministers looking for opportunities to derive political mileage. In the world of security what happens is important, but what decides the end game is how the governments respond to them. While the former is not always and fully in their control, the latter is a matter of their conscious choice. The tragedy of what they fail to protect and prevent is compounded by the wrong or inadequate response that guarantees perpetual failures.

There is a predictable pattern of discourse that follows major attacks. Political statements and counter statements, Centre versus State blame game, accusations of intelligence and security failure, all relevant, but leading nowhere. There is no clear and unequivocal message to the perpetrators, enunciation of a new national policy and strategy, initiatives towards capacity building and pressing into action innovative tactical plans.


Is it the time to think about permanent solution for Pakistan problem?

Is it the time to think about permanent solution for Pakistan problem

I was born & brought up in a very small town in central India. As a child I used to go Annual Dashara Kavi Sammelan with my father. I think I was 12-13 years old when I heard a poem titled “Kashmir Mat Maango Kah Do Pakistan Hamara Hai” by Shri Abdul Jabbar (I am not sure about name). I again heard that poem in my school on annual Hindi poem recital competition. At that time I wasn't that much aware about world and Indian politics but somehow this poem agitated me from inside. I still remember that day coming back home with a heavy heart.

The feeling that someone wants to take away my mother India's belongings created a deep sense of rage. Probably I count that day as the day of my political awakening. As a child I forgot the rage and anger after 2 or 3 days but that poem always echoed in my mind. The poem says to anti India people that forget Kashmir but its Pakistan which belongs to India. I don’t want Pakistan to merge with India as it will come with all other problems but Kashmir was & will be an integral part of India.

It was in 1990-91 and Kashmir Jihadi terrorism was at its peak.