AN ODE TO AUTUMN

November 27, 2014

If you ever forget me,

You will find my name on the every leaf,

In every step in a meadow you visit,
You will find parts of me, scattered every where.

And bright but cool rays of light,
Dance with you to gather, through;

All the snowy, cold days passing;

As light, between two shying lovers.

Pleasant, as the calm ocean, where each wave;
Of a special shade will brush your heart and mind.

You will find me on a sleeping meadow, tired and naked;
Covered with a green leaves, start to finish.

New growth out of the germ-free land,
That extended  between you and me, far away;

From the dazzle and prattle;
where your captive soul ache Love.

Young lovers want to warm their love,

Under a huge banyan tree,
You will discover me the last green leaf,

Challenging  fall awaiting the spring.

If you ever forget me,
There will appear an idea,

In your wits with giant minarets and towers;

Dotted and buzzing shrill with my name.

DO THY DUTY WORK IS WORSHIP

October 10, 2014

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is giving his top priority to ensure the timely presence of government employee in their office. For this he is planning to install Bio-metric Attendance System (BAS) in offices. This will enable an employee to register attendance by presenting his/her biometric (finger print/Iris) which will be authenticated online by matching it with the bio-metric stored in the UIDAI data centre against the employee´s Aadhaar number.

Department of Information & Technology (DEITY) has invited people to suggest a suitable logo and tagline for BAS to popularize the system.  Although this is an excellent exercise to create a sense of belongingness and discipline in the government employees but this is also a very pathetic commentary on the state of affairs in the government departments that the PM of a nation is burning his energy to ensure the presence of his staff in their offices for which they are paid.

Indian bureaucrats are only for power and benefits. It is amply clear that Indian bureaucracy has failed completely in delivering good governance. It is now completely un-accountable and irresponsible organ of governance. Now bureaucrats are completely dependent on political masters or are their voice. Like chameleon  they change their loyalty to fit with political powers. Now good governance in India means cultivation  a system that protects and serves best the whims and fancies of political masters.

Now it has become a time tested trend that bureaucrats act like a middleman between political masters and citizens but in this alliance of convenience, welfare of people and state are left behind. Today people hardly remember big and great names  likef T.N.Sheshan, K.P.S.Gill, Jag Mohan, Shree Dhran, Vinod Rai etc., but now bureaucrats are identified with corruption and misdeeds. They have almost abandoned responsibility and surrendered to their  own marginalization.

Lower bureaucracy like parwari, tehsildar, clerks,  junior engineers,  policeman,  who are the complete failures in the system. It is the lower bureaucracy that has only one job to collect money from the people and complete the collection targets set by higher bureaucrats and political masters.  They have no principle because there is no accountability neither to the people and nation nor  to each other.

Due to this attitude now honest officers are treated rogue officers and subjected to all type of harassments, even teased and mocked by his own colleagues. Now no body helps honest and dedicated officers. Bureaucrats have failed to keep pace with the changing world and to fulfill the aspirations of the people.

Now in India people join government sector only for power and  benefits but no accountable. Now most of the people feel that these type of civil servants are simply not suitable for free India or are not required at all.  Any system where are loads of easy bucks with minimum work but no accountability, time bound promotions has not only failed by it was fated to fail. There are no incentives for merit or hard work but rewarded not to work or if work, work wrong.  Now our bureaucracy is so  ill reputed to which meritorious and hard working youth no longer ready, even to apply for these jobs.

Tired of all this PM Modi ji is moving in the right direction. But a natural question comes to mind that how can mere timely presence can motivate a man to work. One man can take a donkey to a pond but twenty cannot make him drink. So with the timely presence, there must be a time bound calendar for bureaucracy to complete all the work in a fixed time failing which they must be punished.

Similarly if any customer goes to court against any department or against any bureaucrat, this must be treated as incompetency of the concern department or concerned bureaucrats. As teachers and bankers finish all the work in a systematic manner in a calendar year, in the same manner all the departments must have calendars to do all the work.

Citizens must be free and empowered  to lodge their complaint against any bureaucrats if they redress the grievance of the citizens. For this purpose there should not be any requirement of sanction against the erring bureaucrats. Citizens should be rewarded if they help in apprehending a corrupt or incompetent bureaucrats.  For their actions they must be accountable like a doctors and for wrong actions must be punished.

This is a good beginning. Slowly and slowly all the departments should adopt this system of BASof marking the attendance. Judiciary also needs this system very urgently to reduce the pendency of cases.  as there are almost four crore pendency of cases.  From magistrate to Chief Justice of India should mark there attendance using this system.

Work should be done with a religious spirit. An employee is duty bound to do his work for which he is paid. He must perform his duties honestly and  without any attachment . As a man offers his prayers, in the same manner he must do his duty. Duties done honestly is the highest service to God.  Honest performing the duty is like offering prayers. Such honest bureaucrats do not need any sacrifice or offering to please their demy-Gods or masters.

                                                                        Cheers to PM Modi ji.

ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE HINDUISM

October 5, 2014

The term “enlightenment” is used by some philosopher and artist, in the 18th century in Europe and America. It started out of the renaissance and continued till the beginning of the 19th century. People of this Enlightenment era were convinced that they were emerging out, from centuries of darkness and ignorance into a new dawn, enlightened by reason, science, love and respect for humanity. Among the philosophical rationalist two prominent names Descartes and Spinoza can be included and among the political philosophers Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Marx can be included in this category. Due to the discoveries in the field of science of natural laws, self confidence also increased in the society which was also an equally important feature. For example: Newton discovered the Law of Gravity and Galileo discovered the movement of planets, the moons and the stars. This new found knowledge destroyed the fanatic and blind world of knowledge built by ignorant armies of religious preachers.

But Hindus used and preached Enlightened thousands of years before in the form of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Sanskrit: vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam. From “vasudhā”, the earth; “ēva” = indeed is; and “kutumbakam”, family;) is a Sanskrit phrase that is often cited to assert that the whole world is one single family.[1] The earliest reference to this phrase is found in the Hitopadesha, a collection of parables and is part of all the Hindu philosophies

Although the Enlightenment was more than a set of fixed idea but an attitude, a method of thought also. It was a desire to re-examine and questioned all popular ideas and values and to explore new ideas for the welfare of mankind. Although thinkers and intellectuals related with the notion of Enlightenment considered reason to be the most common source, influencing the thinking of the common men, but most of them believed that the average persons’ reason had been influenced or rather corrupted by the environmental influence and especially by the un-necessary influence and involvement of the church and other western religions, in the day to day life. Churches were considered the most corrupting of influences and held responsible by them that transcends or corrupts reason.

Nut Indians or Hindus have different message for humanity:

ayaṁ bandhurayaṁ nēti gaṇanā laghucētasām | udāracaritānām tu vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam ||
Discrimination saying “this one is a relative; this other one is a stranger” is for the mean-minded. For those who’re known as magnanimous, the entire world constitutes but a family.
The above verse is also found V.3.37 of Panchatantra (3rd century BCE), and in the 1.3.71 of Hitopadesha – (12th century CE).

The statement is not just about peace and harmony among the societies in the world, but also about a truth that somehow the whole world has to live together like a family. This is the reason why Hindus think that any power in the world, big or small cannot have its own way, disregarding others.

The Enlightened were those thinkers and intellectuals who had escaped religious influence- and those who had escaped the biased and prejudiced judgments of religion. It was only by the exercise of reason that the damaged caused by religion can be undone and one can discover or uncover the true nature that lies waiting to be revealed beneath the layer of prejudices and preferences. Although the thinkers and intellectuals who believed in Enlightenment were successful in convincing the people that the church was the principal institution which has enslaved and ruined them, but religious preachers, themselves fail to renounce the religion altogether fearing reprisal and losing of benefits. The shift was not from faith to non-belief but from faith to deism. Deists believed that the power who had created the universe, allowed it to function like a clock without divine intervention. Deists believed that human achievements and happiness should be aimed at this life only itself and not at the unknown life to come in future.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a philosophy that nurtures and promotes an understanding that the whole world is one family. It is a philosophy that tries to cultivate an understanding that the whole of humanity is one family. It is a Hindu philosophy emanating from a spiritual understanding that the whole of humanity is made of one life energy. If the Parmatma (God) is one how then an Atma (Soul) can be different? If Atma is different how then can it ultimately be dissolved in the Parmatma? It is a Sanskrit phrase and spread and adopted by Hindus meaning that the whole earth is one family.

As mentioned earlier, the first word is made up of three Sanskrit words – Vasudha, Eva and Kutumbakam. Vasudha mean the earth, Eva means emphasizing and Kutumbakam means a family. It means that the whole earth is just one family. The concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam originates from Hitopadesha. Hindu writers and scholars like Jaidev, Chanakya, Manu, Maharshi Ved Vyas, Goswami Tulsidas, etc., can be kept in this category.

The wave of changes that swept Europe, also influence the religion. The supremacy, power and prestige of church and the Pope was also questioned and challenged. People no longer believed in God’s blessings in human affairs. Prior to the Enlightenment principle and before the discovery of natural laws, people believed that event and thing that happened on this earth was the direct blessings of God. But when scientists and scholars like Marx, Charlse Darwin etc., established that it was not God but nature itself caused changes, man’s faith in God was declined and religious obligations were no longer the important concern of the people. People who believed in the Enlightenment focused only on man instead of paying any attention to God and the Church. Famous poet Alexander Pope wrote a beautiful couplet on the changing attitude of man, “Know then thyself presume not God to scan,”.

Marx believed that with the faith in Enlightenment and increased and changing knowledge would increase man’s production powers. Even machines were not merely tools of production but a powerful idea spreading Enlightenment which could transform the nature and defeat scarcity. Marx and Enlightenment thinkers supported the democratization of knowledge and importance of the spread of knowledge for the onward movement and progress of society. Knowledge should be used to wipe out ignorance and abolishing the class division. The spread of knowledge should encourage, creating a radical democracy, in which every one has an equal share of political and economic rights.

In the works of Karl Marx, some elements of Enlightenment, self realization, modernity, maturity of mind through reason and struggle towards freedom can be seen. He saw capitalism as an evil system of economic relations that exploited labor for individual profit and cut of man from productive labor through the individual ownership of means. He further believed that the bourgeois class and capitalism were a stage necessary in the movement for man’s self realization toward communism. Conflict between social and economics structure of capitalism helps the enlightenment belief of self realization, believed Marx. It is through creation of polycentric class concerns, with the use of human reasons in understanding the nature, causes and source of exploitation as private ownership of the means of production that the workers can create for themselves, free from all type of exploitations. In Marx’s concept of exploitation free world, there is no place for state and state powers and people are Enlightened to govern them. This is nothing but Hindu concept Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

The legacy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam defines in totality to guide the political and moral doctrines of modern society. All the branch of learning such as art, politics, moral values, literature, racial relations etc., is influenced by its effect. Enlightenment philosophers were the first and the most vocal ones to work for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and subsequently human rights. Before the arrival of such thinkers, in Europe, in social hierarchy men occupied positions by virtue of their birth. Enlightenment thinkers like J.S.Mill, Rousseau and Emmanuel Kant stressed the need for a change in the way people are governed. These ideas sowed the seeds of the idea of democracy in the United States, Western Europe and non-Islamic countries of Asia. Although Marxist thinkers denounced these democracies as “bourgeois democracies”, because the democracies rejected Marxism but they were successful democracies where ballot and not the bullet decided the power and delivered Enlightenment. .

Enlightenment also helped communism to grow. Marx wrote Communist Manifesto in 1840s which was adopted by many governments. Ironically Communism was responsible in crushing democracies and human right. Erstwhile USSR and some east European countries and China adopted communism. But baring China Communism failed every where. Even the disintegration of USSR and east European countries were the result of cruelty and violation of human rights in Communist rule.

Besides political ideologies and struggle for human rights, the Enlightenment thinkers were also responsible for big success in the field of psycho-analysis. For most of modern psycho-analytical theories, credit goes to Sigmund Freud. Though Freud, Nietzsche and Marx do not belong to the age of the Enlightenment but they tried and implement the Enlightenment legacy. But the contribution of Marx was unique as he advocated the right of common man.

Although Marx was a bitter critic of Hinduism, he very intelligently stole a number of ideas from Hinduism, Enlightenment is one such philosophy stolen by Marx from Hinduism. In Hinduism this philosophy is named as Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
Many of today’s self styled ‘Enlightened thinkers’ have actually have little regard for the others’ freedom of conscience and principal of autonomy that underpinned Enlightenment thought. Actually the concept of Enlightenment thought was very strongly advocated in Hinduism in the form of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.As mentioned, the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam was first time discussed in “Hitopadesha” a collection of Sanskrit prose and verse, written by Narayan, in 12th century A.D.

In the name of Enlightenment, ‘the notable shifts in the recent history of world’ as numerous accounts put it, has certainly had its misuses, which use it from the pogrom to mindless consumerism. It now has a veritable army of self-styled activism. Militant secularists, new secular Atheists, human right champions, Non- Government Organizations, Environment Activists turned terrorists …each in turn draw justification from the intellectual emanations. And each in their turn will betray it.

But all these Enlightened, from the zealously anti-religious but zealously pro-science. Marx tried – albeit contested – to the Enlightened have been reversed, turned in on themselves. He pretended to follow scientific knowledge, but had become his faith even freedom itself, that integral Enlightenment impulse, has been recognized as the enemy of the people.

Enlightenment thoughts of Marx and others maintain, stand in contradiction to such oppressive, enervating tendencies. Our freedom of conscience to our freedom to decide how to live – which often lies ravaged. Lip service duly paid, he suggests some moderations. Marx’s confused and beguiled argument, smuggled under Enlightened grab, is not unique. We are not rational a relentlessly unreliable set of barely conscious interest, neither can we trust ourselves, nor can we be trusted. But Enlightenment cannot be separated from the social struggles underpinning its triumph at the end of the eightieth century, so its degeneration – the ‘destruction of reason’ as one thinker was to call it – cannot be separated from the history of bourgeois reaction that succeeded it.

References:

M. Horkheimer and T. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment (Stanford).
Feenberg and Leiss, The Essential Marcuse (Beacon).
J. Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (MIT).
Writings of the Young Marx on Politics and Philosophy, edited by L. Easton and K. Guddat (Doubleday).
Hitopadesha. Hitopadesha is a collection of Sanskrit fables in prose and verse. According to the author of Hitopadesha, Narayana, the main purpose of creating the Hitopadesha is to instruct young minds the philosophy of life in an easy way so that they are able to grow into responsible adults. It is almost similar to the Panchatantra. The whole philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is an integral part of the Hindu Philosophy.
Panchatantra.
The Hindu, Chennai, India.

LOVE MY SELF

October 5, 2014

If you truly love me,
Don’t fall in love with my weekend best.
Don’t love my outer looks,
As it is painted best countenance,
It is highly deceptive and varying.
Fall in love with my real self,
The way it come into view.
I may not have appealing form,
Truthfully, I never cared.
Fall in love with my annoyance,
My resentful moods,
That roams in vacuum, at times.
Fall in love with my innocence,
But at times most mature and sober.
Fall in love with my purity,
As pure as a virgin or snow.
Fall in love with my mis-fortunes,
Indicating failures in life.
Fall in love with the scars,
Given by most un-kindest souls,
Fall in love with my entire existence,
Unmindful of merits and de-merits;
Or don’t trouble me with your calculated love. .

Haider: Completely Flawed.

October 5, 2014

Bard of Avon, Shakespeare must be crying in his grave in West Minister Abbey after seeing Haider, which almost ridiculed his greatest revenge play Hamlet. Haider, based on the disturbed 1990 Kashmir. It describes the so called untold story of excesses committed by Indian Army and violation of human rights.

The flawed script penned by Vishal Bhardwaj and master jack-journalist cum writer cum multi-facet- expert Bashrat Peer. It tried to capture the attention of the people by scripting the valley turmoil. They tried to lift the main script from Hamlet and filled the modern version of Hamlet by flawed emotions and  flawed colours.  Casts also excelled in this flawed theater. After almost four centuries of Bard’s death, they again slay the Bard most cruelly; ‘most unkindest cut of all’.

Bollywood never dared or cared to depict the Kashmir Valley. Film says that the Indian Army picks up ‘innocent men’; the ‘innocent men’ go missing; never heard of them again. If found, they are dead in ‘fake encounters’. Haider’s father a good doctor and a caring man but turned a collaborator and his home became a hideout of militants. Hamletian twirl makes Haider’s mother and uncle, conspired to get rid of his father and now onwards Indian Army and patriots helping the Indian Army are shown as villain and villains are shown as victims. This flawed victimhood is enough to defame the Indian Army.

Luckily cinemas in Srinagar and other parts of the state are almost closed. They were forced to shut by extremists  issuing fatwas as films are ‘un-Islamic’ Most of the cinemas are turned as ghost buildings, a painful reminder of the mis-deeds of these self styled ‘victims’ and ironically these properties are protected by the Indian Army.

So Kashmiris watch movies behind closed doors fearing ‘Haiders’ who in thousands roaming in street with abhorrence for India, Indian Army and Hindus.

Hamlet is given a very poor treatment.  Abhorrence turned Haider into a beast. Mr.Bhardwaj failed to understand inside of Hamlet. He creates ‘Hamlet’ into Haider

Into a mindless brute, full of hate that destroys all the beauty of the film. Mr.Bhardwaj created a very complex mother-son relationship but failed to solve the puzzle.  Tabu, Shahid and Narendra Jha shattered by the disappearance  of Kashmiri youth. Tabu is excellent in her performance.

The beginning is simple but supple, open up on a fateful, fearful night in Srinagar when a doctor harbouring terrorists, arrested by Army who subsequently disappears. Hiw wife (Tabu) shares sexual relationship with her brother-in-law Kay Kay Menon) like Mugul families.  His son, forced to leave Kashmir by his terrorism-paranoid mother, returns as an educated young man and ravaged to sees his mother’s illicit relationship with his uncle.

Mr.Bhardwaj apes Shakespeare but fails. Comic relief is provided by two Salman Khan lookalikes running a video parlour who were tragically killed. Towards the end three grave-diggers sing and dance in and around the grave who happen to be terrorists. This scene is taken from Shakespearean Hamlet.

Music, photography, lyrics, natural beauty etc., all are below average. Kay Kay is also very good but Shahid failed to do justice to his difficult role. As Haider’s love Shraddha Kapoor fights to create space for herself like a biased and fixed journalist, one can compare her role with the pseudo-secular journalist.

Haider looks at the grim reality of the valley with a tainted glass where patriots are shown as villains and villains as victims and tried to use Shakespearean prism.

GENOCIDE OF PUNDITS

September 11, 2014

Sigris were cold in pundit hamlets,
People here were fuels to jihadi guns,
Wailing widows crying for slaughtered kins.
Terrified returning homeward their tired way,
As world a towering inferno to them.
The air was carrying a sad silent tone,
Weeping birds complain to moon and stars
Crying about the lost ones,
Who will never be seen again,
No memorials erected for those slaughtered,
As they were not mad vote machines.
In that method less madness,
Some might have slaughtered with a fire within,
Or arms that might have raised an empire,
Or hands that might have rocked the oceans,
Some great Vivekanand might be there,
Or some cherished Tendulkar,
Might have lost his blood.
All merit they had but sad fate,
Slaughtered for a status and crown
And their shivering bones remained,
Unprotected from insult and bloodbath.
Let not power mock their toll,
Sad destiny and remorseful smile,
And rude kotwals of secular trade dancing,
Multicultural dons will remain their,
To curse names and race for their trade
Bestowed with a treasure hidden.
On unclaimed pyre lie their corpses,
Unfortunate, cursed and unattended,
Nation mocking their poor faith,
Alas! Poor pundits of Death Valley.
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Don’t Go Kashmır My Countrymen

September 11, 2014

Even if the peacock dances on your way,

Even if God blesses you when you pray,
Even if the sun is warm or the breeze is fair,
Or even if the sick thoughts force you there,
And even if you are charmed to stay,
By the fixture music, parting twist, but keep away.

Thought of Pundits those lived living death,
Memorize the faith and guns of killers heath,
Forget the buffets of spice,
And the green valley of apple and rice,
Or the show of light and flight;
And the temples in ruins or white.

Remember those slaughtered met ill-timed end;
My dear country men don’t go Kashmir my friend.

Don’t Go Kashmır My Countrymen

September 9, 2014

Even if the peacock dances on your way,
Even if God blesses you when you pray,
Even if the sun is warm or the breeze is fair,
Or even if the sick thoughts force you there,
And even if you are charmed to stay,
By the fixture music, parting twist, but keep away.

Thought of Pundits those lived living death,
Memorize the faith and guns of killers heath,
Forget the buffets of spice,
And the green valley of apple and rice,
Or the show of light and flight;
And the temples in ruins or white.

Remember those slaughtered met ill-timed end;
My dear country men don’t go Kashmir my friend.

GREAT INDIA LOOT

August 31, 2014

Social justice Acts open a pawn shop for the people,
Right from Kashmir to Kanyakumar and Kuchch to Kamlasagar,

And begging stays open 24 hours a day,7 days a week.

 

Indians come running with begging reasons,

Television, Laptop, Sarees, Cycles full length rationale;

No shame, no fear, no merit but all number game.

 

Quota Bill kills all equality, system have to offer;

Special drive and catalogues to keep in good humour,

Indians pawn their hands, saving the thumbs for last, they pawn.

 

Now Toilets, Jan Dhan Yojna new their skeletons,

Falling endlessly from the empty coffers,
And when the last Indian has pawned everything.

 

But this Quota Bill fakes Right to Equality,

Kills idea of Secularism, paints a new racism,

Ignoring all our tears and sighs.

 

Brands this venture as the great:  

THE MUSEUM OF NATIVE INDIAN CULTURES
Need Indians one vote to enter from the liquor store and reservation.  

 

 

N.B. Kamalasagar Kali Temple is located about 27 kilometers from Agartala, Tripura, India. Kamalasagar Kali Temple is located in the Bangladesh border and is one of the most popular Hindu Temple in Tripura. The image of the deity housed at the temple resembles Mahishasurmardini. Situated on the hillock overlooking the Kamala Sagar, Kamalasagar Kali Temple dates back to the 17th century. 

 

This poem is a sarcasm on Indian political system which gives special packages for some castes and religions but brands them as secularism and social justice. In reality it is a new kind of apartheid and racism.

 

HIDDEN TREASURE

August 8, 2014

When clad, 
Nobody visualizes 
The treasure hidden
Under wrappers.

 

As, in daylight,

None has notion

Of the stars and moon,

In the blue sky. 

 

But bare in the day,

And bare in the night,

Vibrate the imagination

And the world of life. 

 

Your thighs stand out. 
Your hips excel, 
Shines all your 
Squeeze lyre.

 

Your couture bosoms 
– As two vivacious balls,
Adding passion,
To your youthful torso.

 

 Your bosom glows,  
Ah! piercing nipples! 
Greasy and slim back! 
Ravishing sides! Pliable shoulders!

 

When naked, eyes:
Become insightful also: 
Gaze deeper and deeper;  
Fixed but more fluid.

 

Within those penetrating looks,

Beauty glides,  swims, leaps,

extensive and moving,

In a right direction, plunging!

 

Diving deeper and deeper;

In the being, where only;

Bliss and ecstasy smiles,

Only naked and naked world.

 

Images imprinted in the heart,

By sensuous painter,

Take a deep bathe,

In the mystical regions.

 

To be simple but stylish,

Be hard but gaze yielding,

Be anxious but stare calm,

Be a victor but appear virgin.

 

That is the way to live,

With body and soul un-wrapped,

Un-clad, free and open,

Why the world be otherwise?

 


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