Women Wronged in Bollywood

April 12, 2014

Indian cinema has just completed, self proclaimed, so called glorious hundred years. But for a right thinking person, it will be very taxing to see a Bollywood movie, if one has a sense of regard for women. Surprisingly, all the feminists are also silent on the wrong projection.

In Chennai Express, film, the loafer type hero (Shah Rukh Khan), finally gets a girl (Deepika Padukone) which belongs to a very affluent family and highly educated. Of course, film producer and director have a right and freedom to make what they want. But the reality that Indian films show woman in such a manner, will saddened all. And more shockingly, film broke all the earnings’ records.

In the movie Kuch Kuch Hota hai, the role of the heroine, Kajol is excellent and superb but entire credit for the success is given to Shah Rukh Khan although his role is very ordinary and cannot be said impressive or excellent.

In Dabang , entire credit of film’s success is given to the hero Salman Khan, although role of the heroine Sonakshi Sinha is much more impressive than Salman Khan. In three idiots the heroine of the film Kareena Kapoor is shown running around the rogue and duffer hero, Aamir Khan.

It is clear that the mindset of Indians have not changed. Indian men’s inexplicable love to show women as inferior object cannot be challenged. Now they must forsake their artificial superiority and celebrate the freedom of women and give them equal status.

In Bollywood, most of the heroes are old, sick, wrinkled and involved in murky things but their heroines are as young as 20 to 25 years category. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol etc., are in late fifties or sixties but their heroines like Anuksha Sharma, Ketrina Kif, Sonakshi Siha, Kangna, Priyanka Chopra, Parneeti Chopra are in only twenties, means younger by around fifteen to twenty years. Even then these heroines are treated as inferior object than these old and wrinkled heroes.

That aside, it is very clear that Bollywood would never change its mindset and would talk a bold, liberal, stance, when it comes to women. Even if a producer or director dared to do, the box office, comprising a very traditional, old-fashioned
Indian audience, would reject it severely.

Heroines are paid much less, their names figure after heroes and retired at an early age. Very beautiful, charming, charismatic, brilliant and talented heroines like Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Maneesha Koirala, Kareena Kapoor, Tabuu etc., are almost rejected and retired by Bollywood although they are much younger and charming than the popular hero of today like Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan.

Most deplorable part of Bollywood movies is the use of very reputed and popular actress as item dancers or in large number of movies, women actresses have to shed their clothes and to expose themselves, to add sex spices in movies. Bollywood is carrying forward the patriarchal type of social order.

Recently released film ‘Queen’ has not only contradicts the male dominated bastion, it has also razed old box office expectations. The film has given a very strong message for the feminist movement, women’s empowerment and women’s equality. She rejects man and conventional role of woman, to get married and become a child manufacturing factory.

Queen is based on a conservative Punjabi Hindu girl living in Delhi. Shockingly, like most Indian girls, she is unaware of her maturity, protected and restricted life. She is happy in this life. Her only wish is to get married, with lots of traditional fun and dance. She is happily ready to accept the commands of her father or husband for life’s decisions-like, joining a college or taking up a job.

One fateful day, Rani decided to go alone, for a honeymoon type fun trip to Paris and Amsterdam to forget the pain of a life without any individual freedom and space. On her trip, she makes friends with a free-spirited girl, and shares a room with three male travelers, all of different nationalities. This was her first and but appalling exposure to a free society—a world, without any question about any individuals sexual relationships and career choice also puzzled her in the beginning she accepted it as a new opening.

All her new friends of new world were fairly lost in this world and were not so well off and unsettled. They were just opposite to the likeness of Indian parents but they were happy in their free world. Their lives became a new lesson for Rani to stand up as a free woman and become a Queen for herself. Now she rejects the man, the protective male dominated parentage and males controlled customs and traditions.

By the Indian standard and Bollywood, the film has a vastly exceptional and feminist type approach and ending but audience liked and appreciated it. The film has given many messages. First, women are trapped. In the name of love, care and protection make them a family prisoner in the name of safety, ethics, tradition and values. We do not allow any free space to her. We need a slave in form of a good daughter, good sister, good wife or good mother. In the civilized west women have choices and space. Every Indian girl needs a voyage of self-discovery like Rani.

The film has given a message to ghettoized Indians to take goodies of west and forget our caste and religion based absurd theatre of secularism and quota justice. We should open our mind to open world, let a girl try out few relationships before she settles down. She should be unchained. Dating, drinks and modern cloths should not be a taboo. We need to free our women for a dazzling and joyful life. All Indian girls needs to awaken and respect our hidden Queen.

DEGREES FOR A PRICE

April 7, 2014

Once upon a time there were writer and poets who used to write under veiled or fake names. But now in India, Ph.D., thesis, assignments, projects, research articles and proposals and even books are written and drafted by such ghost writers. Student develop this tendency at the school level itself where even models, charts, practical works etc., are available readymade in the market for a price.

 

This business is so lucrative that now large number of NGOs and activists have jumped in this ghost writing business. First they organize seminars, conferences, workshops, discussions, lectures etc., on attractive, modern topics and collect donations and grants from governments and other bodies. After the event they publish all the papers presented in the form of books and journals and again they charge hefty amount from the contributors to publish their work. These ghost contributors get points for their published work in appointments and promotions. 

 

This is how millions of students are getting high grades, good marks, degrees, awards, jobs and promotions. Such fake projects, articles, assignments, proposals hardly cost few thousand bucks but the returns are manifold. There are many individuals and groups involved in this ‘knowledge’ trade. Right from a photocopy shop to published houses and NGOs. They copy someone’s dissertations or research papers and sell it to others. Even MBAs and PhDs are involved this ‘knowledge’ trade and earn fast and easy loads of buck. This research methodology is very simple, “cut, lift and paste,” research methodology.

 

Ghost writing industry is growing and became an integral part of educational reforms. This is another sign of education standard sliding. Already there are numerous government schemes responsible for the rot in education world, like RTE, SSA, Mid Day Meal, Operation Blackboard et.. Even the highest body NAAC, (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) responsible for given grades to the colleges and universities detected that a large numbers of report, submitted, were prepared by ghost writers or were plagiaries.

 

The meaning of academic morals can have any meaning or no meaning but it is the corruption of worst form in education. After acquiring required degrees, the students will get for which they have no competence. In the cut and paste methodology morals first get boots. Most of the examiners and experts do not take the pains to read a thesis or an article properly or some say, “Why ruin a poor student’s future”, little realizing that they are spoiling a nation.

 

If the examiner or the expert is honest, they can easily detect the fraud. The disparity between the student and the ghost writer must be conspicuous and easily detectable but no body does the needful. One of the biggest signs is the enormous gap in the language used in the thesis or article and language used by the candidate in the viva or interview.

Now almost 80% to 90% of research work, research articles in the country is downloaded. Even the persons, occupying high positions, are found, using this research methodology. This is a highly blossoming industry. Neither moral nor culpability figure, when income, jobs and promotions are involved. But in the process honest and hard working suffer and lose out in promotions. But the real crunch comes when they perform.

 

There is no reward for hard work in this country. Government should de-link assignments, project works, published work and research from appointments and promotions. Due to this compulsion, all rush to the scrap market and scrap dealers of knowledge. Only performance in the exams should be taking into consideration. There must be tough and honest exam system to give a degree or to give a job. Similarly in promotions performance and seniority should be taken into consideration. At the most extra curricular activities, one like NCC, excellence in sports etc., should be taken into consideration, for appointments and promotions.

 

But for all this, our mind set has to change. The Netaji and the Babus in the MHRD have to think beyond themselves. They have to think of nation building and stop thinking education as a business or a vote acquiring tool.

KARMA AND THE DEMI – GODS

April 5, 2014

Recently, the most powerful lady of India, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi visited the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Shri Imam Bukhari and requested him to stop the division of ‘SECULAR’ votes. It is a well known fact that what the practical meaning of ‘secular’ votes is.

Now the question comes to mind that what was the need of such a powerful lady who has single handed ruled this largest democracy of the world for ten long years, to visit an imam or a small demi-god. The answer is not very difficult to see. She failed and failed completely to perform her duties means ‘karma’ honestly. God gave a chance to serve the people and nation but she could not fulfill that task and now to ‘veil’ those failures she needed the help of a demi – god.

Karma means ‘action’, and refers to the actions of our body, speech, and mind. Every action we perform leaves an imprint, or potentiality, on our very subtle mind, and each imprint eventually gives rise to its own effect. Our mind is like a field, and performing actions is like sowing seeds in that field. Virtuous actions sow seeds of future happiness, and non-virtuous actions sow seeds of future suffering.

There is a growing tendency in Indians to live in denials and failures but rush to demi- gods to get the best of life without any merit and ‘karma’. Now for her development, judicial reforms, corruption, terrorisms etc., were not important but the ‘secular’ and good wishes of an imam of a mosque are most important to get.
It is because of her karma or actions that were impure, contaminated world and experience so many difficulties and problems. Her actions are impure because her mind is contaminated by the greed of power and poison of self-grasping. This is the fundamental reason why nation is experience suffering.

This is not a recent development but been accepted almost without question since independence. It is a state of denial because it has not organized that the ways of God cannot ‘veil’ the smokescreens that conceal the negative aspects of people. Consequently, in India, God and religion have become unchallenging tools to cover failures and wrongs. It blocks development and acts as an excuse for ineffectiveness or rather an authorization for misdeeds.

Suffering is created by her own actions or karma – it is not given to her as a punishment. She suffers because she has accumulated many non-virtuous actions. The sources of these non-virtuous actions are her own delusions such as anger, attachment, and self-grasping ignorance. That is why demi-gods replaced higher actions.

This lend a hand why India falling to achieve the vast potential of 125 crore plus people and plentiful of natural wealth. She constantly disappoints the admirers and try to validate the existence of clerics. Most recently poor economic performance, sick governance, endemic corruptions have spoiled the nation. But instead of doing ant good rulers are rushing to clerics.

Putin or Bush or Blair never go to demi-gods but they work honestly and boldly. But Indians do nothing but when there in trouble rush to clergies. In the name of God we drag on developments, opposing to changes and even provide an excuse and a cover for the criminalization of politics, election campaign are corrupted, large bribes are paid for coalitions. This has made India an unpredictable, unreliable, uncompetitive and difficult place even to live.

China, Japan, Korea, Singapore etc., are progressing but we have given up trying to compete. But our leaders are busy visiting imams without any shame and taking shelter demi-gods centric secularism. This tendency has developed ‘jugaad’ syndrome or self defeating disorder, ‘ chalta hi’. A system that does not want any accountability and responsibility but eventually all will be well.

The genuine Asian miracle economics from China to Japan and from Korea to Singapore, are rising powers that managed to put together all tools of rapid growth but without the blessings of imams or consolidating secular votes. The elections are focused inwards, mired in shallow secularism and false claims about India as world’s superpower.

This has made democracy, secularism, social justice etc., terms, a laughing commodity. Now even the idea of India is in danger. It is not the democracy or the secularism that are at fault but the leadership which has more faith in imams, mazars and not in actions leading to development, honesty, patriotism.

The Gita says that once we have purified our mind of self-grasping and all other delusions, all our actions will naturally be pure. As a result of our pure actions or pure karma, everything we experience will be pure. We shall abide in a pure world, with a pure body, enjoying pure enjoyments and surrounded by pure beings. There will no longer be the slightest trace of suffering, impurity, or problems. This is how to find true happiness and success from within our mind. This will made demi-gods and imams redundant.

DICTATOR IN CHAIR

April 3, 2014

The general elections-2014, in the country is very close and voters are trying to get the best price or bargain for their votes. In India elections and politics are become a trade and a very paying vocation.

In this elections Congress has Sonia/Rahul as top masters. In BJP, entire party is rallying behind Narendra Modi and newly jumped AAP Arvind Kejriwal has its leader. All are trying to woo voters and allies to garner majority. But by all indications, Modi is not only the front-runner but has emerged as the strongest and most popular choice for the office of the prime minister.

Although India is a democratic nation and our leader boast of the nation, as the largest democracy but presidents of all the political parties behave like a dictator. Their arrogance can be compared with soft fascism.

Be it wealthy Sonia Gandhi or Naveen Patnayak or daughter of a dalit Mayawati or son of a backward, poor farmer Laloo Yadav or Mulayam Singh Yadav. All are one and the same after getting and tasting power. There is a long list of such type of leaders. Karunanidhi, Jaylalita, Mamta Bennerjee, Sharad Panwar, Nitish Kumar, Aubdullhas, Muftis, etc., Now even Arvind Kejriwal has developed this type of dictatorial tendencies as I am the only person right and the best.

It is clear; power corrupts and complete power corrupts completely. Individual authoritarianism, intimidation by power groups, chauvinism, surrendering to individual or groups as a God, strong must rule etc., are some of the traits of a dictator or a fascist ruler.
Most of the leaders have characteristic of a soft dictator. Even the voters are now down with a Self-defeating personality disorder (also known as masochistic personality disorder) so they do not like soft and democratic leader.

Back to Modi now, people want to see him as at least a soft dictator if not a hard dictator. Now Modi is an iconic figure of patriotism, development, Hinduism and honest. But with all these merit voters visualize him as at least a soft dictator. There is no denying the fact that team Sonia/Rahul/MMS ruled over this country for a decade and these years they destroyed every thing in a very calculated manner.

Now voters want a new dictator who can ‘save’ them and India. First they tasted Arvind Kejriwal. He failed and failed miserably. Now in Modi they see a ray of hope. For them, Modi is the only decisive, efficient, spotless, thinker and above all a ‘leader’ who can ‘deliver’ and he has a lofty record in Gujarat. Modi has delivered development, growth, excellent social and secular harmony and stability and corruption free best governance. People see in Modi a rescuer from disaster. But no body wants to like any soft ruler.

Similarly market forces, corporate India and business, all are backing Modi. They are all tired of useless and wasteful social schemes, poor infrastructure, corrupt and sick regulatory mechanism, anti-development environmentalists etc.. They all think Modi is the remedy for all the ills.
Behind the rise of this type of tendencies is also alienation and exploitation of middle classes by the ruling class and the lower classes as well during the last decade of total failures. Ruling class and the upper classes have got free hand to rob the people. The lower classes have had the freebies and schemes like NREGA, RTE, SSA, NRHS, etc., All this was done at the cost of middle class. They seek liberation in Modi now.

Similarly Indian’s best friends are Islamic countries, African countries, Latin American countries, Communist countries where there is only dictatorship and secular democracy is totally rejected. Democratic, liberal and secular countries are loathed by Indian secularists, media, intellectuals, etc.,

So although in India there is secular democracy but no body likes secular democracy by heart. All want to see as soft dictator in the chair who can liberate them. In India, we are still marching to a negative direction. While other democracies are marching to nation first tune but we are going in the opposite direction.

NO EXCELLENCE; WE ARE INDIANS

March 30, 2014

In India, there is election season. Political parties, leaders, intellectuals, activists, NGOs, environmentalists, media, columnist, leftist, rightist, secularists, academicians, etc., etc., all are in fray. All are in search of issues, declarations, manifestos, programme to woo the voters and vote banks to come to power.

 

Ironically in this secular democracy religion, caste and freebies are most popular tools to attract voters. For Congress, secularism is the most important declaration. By this weapon, their aim is to lure Muslim vote bank. For BJP, opposing Congress brand secularism is the most important declaration. By this they want to impress upon Hindus. Now for BJP, national security, terrorism, UPA scams etc., are issues of less importance.  Recently jumped into politics, Aam Aadmi Party developer cum founder Shri Arvind Kejriwal, communalism is the biggest issue in India. He said this during his interaction with Muslims at India Islamic Centre, Delhi. Now they have also shunned even corruption.

 

What is it about Muslims that all politicians feel compelled to surrender to ‘secular-communal’ banality to get the Muslim votes? In the name of this secularism all type of free samples are offered to them. Minority quotas, minority institutions, minority budget, minority scholarships, minority pilgrimage (Haj), even special packages to terrorists, rioters, criminals, jail birds belonging to minority groups, free land to graveyards, madarsas etc., are some of the free attractive measures given to them. Here it would be in the fitness of things, practically minority means, Muslims only.

 

Now this election rotating around secularism, practical meaning to please Muslims, second around quotas, means to please castes that get quota benefits for free and third everlasting poor, for freebies are reserved. It means, Indian secular democracy is an ancient barter economy; give and take. Who so ever gives the best price, voters oblige him. It is the best bargain system.

 

But if honestly coming round to believe that our biggest worry should be inefficiency borne out by incompetence, corruption, quotas and freebies. And needless to say this disease is the root of all the problems. No body is talking about excellence. Excellent health facilities, excellent education, excellent roads, excellent water and electricity, excellent safety and security, excellent bureaucracy, excellent judiciary, excellent housing, excellent agriculture, excellent villages etc., are the actual causality.

 

India‘s big fortunes, fortunes of having intellectual stalwarts like Gandhi, Nehru, Azad, Ambedkar etc., at the sunrise of self-government has been its worst misfortune. They developed a very corrupt notion about democracy and secularism in the mind of voters, majority of them was illiterate.

 

Over the next few decades, our leaders tried to take the education to the lowest section but we destroyed the educational excellence so that the weakest could join the mainstream. Now the average intellectual competence is determined not by the brightest but by the duffers. The lowering of standard, to accommodate the vote banks, has destroyed all the institutions. Acts and schemes like, much hyped RTE, Mid Day Meal Scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Scholarships and Awards without merit, Caste, Communal and donation quotas and assured promotion to next standard without exam etc., have almost destroyed the Indian education and its excellence.

 

Take for example Indian Civil Services and Indian Judiciary. Over the years the merits for intake have been lowered tremendously. Nation does not get the officers and judges it had till four decades ago. However they have better and higher degrees but lower knowledge. These degrees do not add excellence to their life, profession and intellect. No amount of training and experience can replace the excellent academic background. One can think the fate on any nation when such officers become national strategists after promotions.

 

This is true to every profession in India. This is extremely worrisome. We always live in denials and lies. Nation is controlled by mediocre. They are all around us. Even now teachers fudge documents to collect points so that they get an edge over others and such ‘pointed’ teachers push their students to cheat so that institution’s record remains flawless.

 

This is the reason why our top leaders and diplomats are dwarfed and silenced by their counterparts. In all our negotiations with China, Pakistan and even with Bangladesh, we end up as jokers and surrendering to their designs as mediocre mind cannot think through their motives. Indian analysts rob western thoughts and literature without thinking about Indian needs as the have no patriotism.

 

Our scientists, doctors, even film producers cannot anything of significance. To hide our failures, we take shelter in stupid notions like secularism, social justice, multiculturalism, tolerance, non-violence, biggest democracy etc..  Because we lack so much in merit and excellence, our political class repeatedly using such notions and offering freebies, they get away as saviors

 

Worse of all, Indians are now so insecure and coward that they collectively try and silence the idea of excellence because this excellence will disturb their free siesta. Notions like secularism, social justice, multiculturalism, tolerance, non-violence, biggest democracy are creations of insecurity, fear and insecurity. Indians are now down with Self-defeating personality disorder (also known as masochistic personality disorder) so they san excellence.

 

We are now proud of anarchist over populated democracy, communal secularism, racist social justice, sectarian multiculturalism, tolerance and non-violence, reddened by riots, but hate merit and excellence; because Proud to be Indians.

Bye Bye Behan-ji, Welcome Bhabhi-ji

March 27, 2014

At New Delhi Railway Station, a Page-3 brand fashionable lady was standing in a long ‘Q’ to buy a ticket. Man’s ‘Q’ was mush longer. An ordinary looking middle aged man, in a disheveled condition, came rushing to the lady and requested her to buy a ticket for him.

The man addressed the lady, “Behenji, will you please buy a ticket for me, as my train is about to leave.” The lady stared at the man very scornfully and rudely said, “No”. Again after few minutes another man funnily dressed, aping Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan jumped out of the ‘Q’ and smilingly addressed the lady, “Bhabhiji, please buy a ticket for me, as it is very depressing to stand in a ‘Q’ with these rustic Indians.” The lady smiled at the stranger and bought a ticket for him too.

After collecting the ticket, the man curtly said, “Thanks”. But the lady again smilingly said, “Most welcome”.

So this is the power of ‘Bhabhiji’. Simple ordinary dejected man shockingly saw this metamorphosis but failed to understand the power of ‘bhabhiji’.

This is modern Delhi where behanji, mataji, didi, beti are anathema but bhabhi, madam or first name are wonderful salutation. Now behanji, mataji, didi, beti are most distressing words to modern woman. These terms of sweet nothing by definition, but treated as a mark of backwardness by most of the modern women, hence an insult. The important cultural meaning attached to these words is abhorred ant it makes then rent and fume.

Modern woman want to present herself as young and attractive sex symbol but these words snatches this attraction automatically. Most of the women say they find these words insulting and disgrace as they are not independent and free and they are prefix or suffix of someone.

Here, little do they realize that problem is with their mind set and they are suffering from “Attention Deficiency Syndrome” which makes them take behanji, mataji, didi, beti offensive.

Women feel the address behanji, mataji, didi, beti offensive as it deprived them of their sexuality and gender appeal. Even an 80 years old woman will be elated if addressed as bhabhiji means she has still some substance and attraction. Even now kids, shopkeepers, rickshaw-walas, sweepers etc., all use this new born fashion in relationship. The moment you are out of the threshold of your house behanji, mataji, didi, beti relationships are left behind. Now bhabhiji, madam are the out house relationships open to all.

Dress also matters a lot. If you wear a decent and graceful dress like saree, salwal kameez, lehenga etc., she will be treated as backward, traditional, behanji, mataji, didi, beti but one wearing low waist jeans, showing hip’s parting, deep neck upper showing breast  midriff,  high heals, she will be treated modern, educated, smart, advanced madam or bhabhiji. Moreover behanji, didi, mataji are seen to be older with closed chapter but madam or bhabhiji younger with open chapter.

Today modern woman want to present herself as sex symbol. These terms behanji, mataji, didi, beti automatically comes with the loads of biases affixed.the moment somebody calls you behanji, mataji, didi, beti or even aunty, what they are implying that you many be young and beautiful but not enough to be tempt with. It means that in modern rocking society and parties, there is no taker for you and you may sit in one dark corner.

It is also a reality that madam and bhabhiji are also mocked behind their back, but behanji, mataji, didi, beti or even aunty are not terms to be welcomed. They are insult to their attraction, sex and sexuality and youthful beauty. Once you are labeled as behanji, mataji, didi, beti or even aunty that is all about you. You are finish. If you try to dress up or try to do any of the things modern madams or bhsbhiji are allowed to do you is as good as a jester.

If one is called a behanji, mataji, didi, beti or even aunty and she does not like it, she makes it a point to display all the modern madam antics. Now so many women can be seen behaving like kids to make them look younger and smart madam and bhabhiji.

Moreover Indians are silly enough to feel proud when they are branded as liberal, modern, secular and western. Madam and bhabhiji addresses are attached with brands but behanji, mataji, didi, beti are purely Indian means one is backward. That is why even an eight year old will loathe to be called mataji or behanji and a fifteen year old beti. This is modern-confused India.

Live for Your ‘Self’ in Your ‘Space’

March 24, 2014

Most of the time modern day, modern and fast feels tired, exhausted and somewhere lost in the fast running world. They have no idea nor will to look back and see what they can do about it. When they get up in the morning after a night sleep, they feel tired and disinterested in work and in themselves. It means they are cut off from their own self and their space has been encroached upon by others. Soul, mind and body are the most important part of an individual self but no body cares to give enough space to them.

 

Then they should see within. Are you given enough rest and sleep to your body? Give proper rest and sleep to your body to heel it. It must be systematic and disciplined. It is a very famous proverb, ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes healthy, wealthy and wise.’ If one sleeps just for few hours daily but sleeps long on all weekend, this practice must be stopped as it is very harmful. Feel your self after giving adequate rest and enjoy it.

 

Close your eyes and plan your day and finance. Don’t be in a rush and confusion all the time. This injures inner self and ultimately inner peace.

 

Today, stress is the worst problem. Family stress, work stress, financial stress and traveling stress etc., leading to number of ailments and disorders, Try to divert the attention off the stress and let it solve or die with time. Yoga, meditation, Vedic hymns like Gaytri Mantra, classical music, etc., are the best remedy to divert the attention and strengthen the inner self.

 

Similarly drinks like tea, coffee, chocolate and cola drinks, fast food, junk food, Chinese food, etc., must be avoided as they hinder sleep and increases mental uneasiness and restlessness. One must have balanced attitude towards things and situation and things. Rigidity and toughness must be discarded. Be soft and positive to every body and to all type of situation.

 

Even if tired and disinterested try to spent some time alone and talk to yourself about your life. For this sitting in a temple or ashram may be highly appropriate. Long walk in the lap of nature are a very good cure. Other alternate are jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing, aerobics, exercise, yoga. This is an excellent way to boost confidence level, energy level and refreshes body and self.

 

Eating habits are also are important to give peace and comfort. Meals should be small and light and it should be taken through out the day. Heavy meal like meat, eggs, too much oil, ghee and spice must be avoided. A healthy and balanced diet not only keeps fresh but shuns lethargy. Also ensure to take adequate carbohydrates, milk and water. Cow milk is the best liquid to be taken daily. When adequate water and liquid are not take body gets tired soon, this leads to physical and mental fatigue.

 

Involve yourself in oil message, spa, yoga, and acupuncture at regular intervals. These activities are excellent ways to re-energize the mind, body and soul and clear the fatigue. Breathing exercise are also very useful to de-stress and relax the system.

 

There must be a place in your house to sit peacefully and meditate. That place must be declared free of very such thing which involves the mind like mobile phone, computer, laptop, television etc. These gadgets are also become source of irritation. So try to minimize their use. Books like the Gita must be read there and Vedic hymns should be recited or can be listened on tape. Researches in America and Europe have proved that Vedic hymns, Hindu scriptures like the Gita etc., have a healing impact on mind.

 

If such minor things are followed in life, one will see ones self shine with enlightenment and there will be enough self space for happiness, contentment and fulfillment. It also needs to be explained here that distinct type of voices and ways are present, it up to an individual how to exploit them.

Secularism in India: A Theater of Absurd

March 22, 2014

With the announcement of general elections 2014 in India, all the political parties have been expressing their love and concern for Muslims and competing with each other to woo Muslim voters. Even BJP is also using some tokens of love and try to prove that BJP is the best well wisher of Muslims.

 

Now all the leaders right from Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh, Nandan Neelkarni from Congress, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Laloo Yadav, Nitish Kumar, Mamta Beharjee, from regional parties to Arvind Kejriwal and Prof.Anand Kumar of AAP  can be seen wearing skull caps and attending Muslim congregations to prove their secularism and love for Muslims. Now skull cap means a degree of secularism.

 

There is a feeling about their voting pattern across political parties. All believe, they vote en-bloc in favour of a party or a candidate. Most of the time a direction or an order is issued from some clergy or some head of some prominent mosque. They are confident that their vote can bring any party to power.

 

In state like UP, Bihar, Bengal, Kerala, J&K, Assam and Andhra Pradesh, where a majority of Muslims live, Muslims are responsible for the rise of regional parties and regionalism. National parties like Congress, BJP and Communists figure third or fourth positions.

 

A majority of Muslim votes go to different political parties based on their local and religious interest. So all the self styled secular parties are racing fast to announce quotas, freebies and funds to Muslims. They are also busy to place a sense of fear of Modi and BJP in their psyche. For Muslims national issues are no issues.

 

Secular parties have created another myth among Muslims that they are wronged and they have not benefited from economic developments. They now live with a victim syndrome. But if budget and other schemes are studied, it is not the case and maximum funds are allotted to Muslims. Islam is almost adopted by government of India.

 

As Hitler used to say and believe that if lie is presented repeatedly in a forceful manner, it will appear as truth. Secular groups have succeeded in this ploy. Actually Muslims are not a minority group. They are actually second largest majority group but most powerful one. But Muslims feel they are minority and wronged group. Despite constitutional safeguards and numerologically strong position, they nursed victim psychology.

 

They have special rights to protect and spread religious identity and security. As UPA and Congress have no development plank, they started consolidating caste and communal vote banks. The Sachar and Rangnath Mishra Committee were such steps. Sachar and Rangnath Mishra created an atmosphere in which pluralism, secularism and multiculturalism etc., mean appeasement of Muslims.

 

In the 12th plan a special tactic has been espoused only for Muslims, making blocks the basic units for planning and implementing special schemes for Muslims. Special funds were allotted to Muslim majority villages. The secularists still cry hoarse that Muslims are victimized.

 

Now India has Minority Affairs Ministry and Minority Commissions but for all practical purpose they are become Muslim Affairs Ministry and Muslims Commissions. Similarly in every stree and corners one can see Muslim Universities, colleges, schools, madarsas, Haj Houses, Waqf Boards, etc., and all are funded by government. Government allots maximum funds to Muslims.

 

The main reasons behind the backwardness of Muslims are big families and faith in madarsa and Urdu education. They also waste a lot of time and money on useless and unproductive religious rituals. They have complete disdain for women’s empowerment, modern and scientific education.

 

Muslims feel that India is secular because of the strength of Muslims. This is erroneous notion. India is secular because Hindus are absolutely apathetic to their nation and religion. They live and die for minor personal gains and loss. India is secular because of Hindus, not Muslims, Sikhs, Christians or Parsis.

HOLI: SYMBOL OF SECULARISM, EQUALITY AND RIGHTOUSNESS

March 22, 2014

Holi is an ancient and popular festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. Although this is a Hindu festival but it is almost a national festival and is celebrated through out of India. It is the most vibrant of all the Indian festivals.

 

 

This festival finds a detailed description in the early Hindu scriptures such as

Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. It is a very ancient festival and historians believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans. Some historians find evidences that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival has changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.

 

 

There are two ways for calculating a lunar month- ‘purnimanta’ and ‘amanta’. In the former, the first day starts after the full moon; and in the latter, after the new moon. Though the amanta reckoning is more widespread now, the purnimanta was very much in practice in the earlier days.

 

 

According to this purnimanta calculation, Phalguna ( a month of Hindu calendar) purnima was the last day of the year and the New Year heralding the Vasanta-ritu (spring season starting from next day). Thus the full moon festival of Holika gradually became a festival of joy, colours, merriment, informing the beginning of the spring season. This perhaps explains the other names of this festival - Vasanta-Mahotsava and Kama-Mahotsava.

 

 

Not only in the Vedas and Purans, a detailed description is found of Holi as Narrad Purana and Bhavishya Purana, the festival of Holi finds a mention in Jaimini Mimansa. A stone inscription belonging to 300 BC found at Ramgarh (Vindhya) has mention of Holikotsav on it. King Harsha, too has mentioned about holikotsav in his work Ratnavali that was written during the 7th century.

 

 

The famous Muslim tourist – Ulbaruni too has mentioned about holikotsav in his historical memories. Other Muslim writers of that period have mentioned, that holikotsav were not only celebrated by the Hindus but also by the Muslims.

 

 

People spend the day smearing colored powder all over each other’s faces, throwing colored water at each other, having parties, and dancing under water sprinklers. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants) is also traditionally consumed during the celebrations.

 

 

The emphasis of Holi rituals is on the burning of the demoness Holika. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits. This is known as Holika Dahan.

 

 

In spite of being such a colourful festival, there are various aspects of Holi which

makes it so significant for Indians. Though they might not be so apparent but a

closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than

meets the eyes. Ranging from socio-cultural, religious to biological there is every

reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its

celebrations.

 

 

Holi  reassures the people of the power of the truth, as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. It teaches the people to follow a good

conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. It is generally considered to be one of the least religious festivals in the Hindu calendar.

 

 

It is also associated with the farmers and agricultural which enjoys the change of seasons and ripening of the crops. The Holi festivities serve as a joyous bridge across the social divisions and all are treated equal that normally play an important role in Hindu society. It is the most secular of all the festival cutting across religion boundaries.

 

 

The holiday is an occasion for all people, regardless of gender, age, wealth, or caste to join in the fun that takes place in the temples and streets of villages, cities, metropolitans. As is the case with many Hindu festivals, the observance of Holi can vary widely from region to region. In some areas the festival can last for much longer than the standard two days, and many Holi festivals have specific rituals that are oriented to their history and the deities that are associated with them. Holy of Mathura, Virandawan, Varanasi, Mysore, the Punjab is very special attraction and a joy to watch.

 

Myth and Reality: Draupadi and her five Husbands……………

March 22, 2014

In India there is hardly any body who knows perfectly about Hinduism and Hindu mythologies. It is highly doubtful weather any body has read the Mahabharata carefully. This is a very sad reality that majority of Indians are Hindus but there is no HinduUniversity or Research Institute in India to study and research on Hinduism, Hindu mythology, Hindu epics, Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures. Only ABCD (American Breed-ed Confused Desis) brand Communist, Muslims and Western scholars fabricate irrelevant things and stories about Hindus and Hinduism. Same is the story about Draupadi and her five Husbands. No body knows any thing about her and about her five husbands but all talk and talk nonsense. She is a much mocked and vulgarized lady by half baked scholars.

 

Once there was a heated argument between the highest God of this universe Lord Shiva and King of Heaven Lord Indra about who would be the supreme God or authority in Heaven and subsequently in the Universe. Lord Shiva said as He was the God of Gods, so he would naturally be the supreme authority. But Lord Indra was not ready to accept this argument and He said as He was the King of Heaven, so he would be the supreme authority of Heaven.

 

So no body was ready to budge from their declared stand and authority and accept other as the superior. So ultimately there was a fierce war in the Heaven. In that war Lord Shiva defeated Lord Indra and in anger Lord Shiva cut Lord Indra into five pieces.

 

Om seeing the dead body of her husband, His wife cried inconsolably. Listening the cries of Lord Indra’s wife, Lord Shiva was appalled and rushed to console the widow of Lord Indra. The widow of Lord Indra asked Lord Shiva to re-restore the life of her husband. But Lord Shiva expressed his helplessness and said He cannot revive Lord Indra as He Himself had killed Him.

 

On the insistence of Lord Indra’s widow, Lord Shiva said that He could revive her husband but the new incarnation could not live in Heaven and it had to live on earth or Prithvi Lok and only after completing and fulfilling all the assign tasks and duties, it would return to Heaven.

 

Subsequently five pieces of Lord Indra’s body took birth in form of five men on Prithvi Lok. Lord Indra’s head became Dhram Raj Yudhisthira, expert in law, chest became Bhima, master of the mace, arms became Arjuna, best archer, abdomen and pelvic parts became Nakula, most handsome and master swordsman, and legs became Sahadeva, master swords man and  formidable in war.

 

Seeing this, the widowed wife of Indra said to Lord Shiva that she had to live like a widow, although her husbands was alive in form of five different men. So she instead of going with her husband to Prithvi Lok. King Drupad was performing a yajya. Lord Shiva made her appear from the haven fire (haven Kunda) and a girl appeared from the haven kunda of Raja Drupad and this girl came to be known as Draupadi, the daughter of Fire,  of the Mahabharata.

 

When this girl became of marriageable age, she prayed to Lord Shiva to bring back her husband Lord Indra. Again Lord Shiva said that these Pandavas had not yet completed their age on Prithvi Lok and they had not yet completed all the allotted work. So Lord Indra cannot return to Heaven. So on this Draupadi married Arjuna and later on due to Kunti’s blessings Draupadi got all the Pandava as her husbands with all the qualities, strength and powers which Lord Indra possessed.

 

This secret was known only to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna Draupadi, and five Pandavas.  After completing their age on Prithvi Lok and completing all the allotted works, all the Pandavas and Draupadi, again went back to Heaven.

 


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