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Very often, I get emails from strangers who have read one of the many things I’ve written over the years for the Huffington Post on the fate of the Church in America.
I got another email again yesterday. This time, the inquirer, himself a writer himself for a major religious publication, wanted to know whether I thought the Church in all its communal expressions would have a brighter and more hopeful future than it appears today
Recently, again an accused is awarded a death sentence by a Mumbai Sessions Court “for raping and killing the techie, under IPC Section 302 (murder), Section 376 (rape) and Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence)”; terming it as the ‘rarest of rare’ cases. I am unable to understand the exact application of what the ‘Rarest of Rare’ doctrine is and how it is applied each time. The doctrine ‘Rarest of Rare’ was first articulated in 1980 in the Bachan Singh case. Then in 2008, the Supreme Court judges, in the Prajeet Kumar Singh
vs. State of Bihar, had ruled exactly on what would a rarest of rare case constitute. Court said that a death sentence would be awarded only, “when a murder is committed in an extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting or dastardly manner so as to arouse intense and extreme indignation of the community”. There is no statutory definition of what rarest of rare means but the controversy to this doctrine arises each time the Court awards death penalty and the debates go on and on. There are a number of cases in which the crime is same but the punishment differs. There are judgments in which the accused has committed either rape or murder and has been awarded death penalty but also there are cases in which the accused has committed rape as well as murder but then also he has not been awarded death penalty. It is hard for me to find out what led to the variation in punishment in such cases. Is it the ‘Crime’ or the ‘Criminal’ or the ‘Judge’? Bachan Singh considered all the circumstances relating both to the criminal and the crime, whereas Machhi Singh vs. State of Punjab focused only on the crime and not the criminal. What makes the Judge to decide whether the case falls within the rarest of rare case? Does the age of the victim cold be a deciding factor to make such categorisation of sentence or not? Because in one case the Bombay High Court confirmed a double-life and double-death sentence for rape and murder of a 2 year old girl; whereas in Mohd. Chaman vs. State (NCT of Delhi), the Supreme Court commuted the death sentence for rape and murder of a 1 year and 6 months old girl to life sentence. Also there are different assumptions of this doctrine as to when the collective conscience of society is shocked; which differs from judge to judge.
I do not want to go into the issue under Article 21 that, “Does death penalty violates the fundamental right of ‘Right to Life”? The judgments relating to Arbitrariness in sentencing the person to life imprisonment or to death sentence in similar crimes is, according to me, violating the Right to equal protection of the laws guaranteed under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. Reasonable discrimination among the citizens can only be made by the State by passing a proper law but here judiciary has stepped in to take this burden on its own shoulder, which is leading a very subjective interpretation of the doctrine created by it.
With the time, the doctrine which was supposed to be a principle based doctrine has now turned into a Judge-centric doctrine. If Judiciary still wants to keep this doctrine then they need to ascertain specific elements and circumstances on the basis of which the doctrine would completely rest. I feel that it is high time for the legislature to step in and clear the fog surrounding this doctrine because judiciary is giving a lot of subjective interpretation and in the course of that it is formulating itself as a “Super-legislative”.
Jindal Global Law School
The common use of internet has also given a new face to the crime and also a new medium to the bad elements to commit crime. Cyber defamation is a new concept but the traditional definition of the term is defamation of a person through a new and a potential medium. The term defamation is used to define the injury that incurred to the reputation of a person in the eyes of a third person. The so called injury can be done by verbally or written, or by signs or visible representations. The intention of the person, making the defamatory statement against whom, must be to lower the reputation of that person in the eyes of the general public.
Cyber law is the law that governs the crimes committed within the cyberspace. Cyberspace is a technical term used for the electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place. The crimes that are committed by using the computer fall within the definition of cyber crime. Cyber Defamation is also a cyber crime. Penalties for this crime vary from country to country. Stopping or addressing defamation can be difficult. If the person has no serious resentment, then a cease and discontinue letter may stop the behavior and get the statements removed from the Internet. On the other hand, if the person is acting out of meanness, it may be necessary to file a report with the police depending on local law. INDIAN PENAL CODE, 1860 contains provisions to deal with the menace of Cyber defamation in India.
You can get more information about Cyber defamation in India in the above mentioned link.
Will any intellectual reply to a starving Indian’s questions?
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The social contract was never a consensus for the state’s excessive power to take away the life of any person whether guilty or innocent to add to it the authority given to state was to create reformation of the society and death penalty is exhaustive of jurisprudence of punishment.
Furthermore, Article 21 clearly states about the Protection of life and personal liberty that clearly means that no person shall be deprived of his or her life and personal liberty. However, even though this right is limited to some restrictions by the state but such restrictions does not extend to taking away a person’s life. Therefore, the state cannot take anyone’s life under any circumstances, as the state will violate the article 21 of the constitution.
Also in some cases, new facts are discovered which gives the right to a re trial but the use of death penalty is exhaustive of such rights. The concept of criminal jurisprudence which states that it is better to free criminals than to punish an innocent. Capital punishment brings out a feeling of revenge and a trend of death in the society that is against the law, as the law itself aims at the peaceful and nonviolent working of the society. The whole idea of the social contract is to prevent commission of acts as gruesome as taking away life and if the state is involves in such acts, even though it might not be termed as murder, is still of the same kind and leads us back to the state of anarchy. Also by giving death penalty as the punishment, the law is creating a satisfaction in the minds of the family of the victim and such reliefs is not furthering the institution of peace and non-violence. The justification of punishment such as death penalty is deterrence, and then there are a number of studies that prove that deterrence is ineffective.
There is an argument for death penalty that if the convicts are only imprisoned then it is a waste of taxpayer’s money. But I would like to argue that the law instead of punishing them with death penalty, they should be forced into labor to earn sufficient to their survival. This not only saves the taxpayers money but also increases the man force and hence more productivity for the society.
It has been understood from a number of cases of attempt to suicide, that most convicts would rather suffer pain of death which lasts for anywhere between few minutes and few hours than to be imprisoned for their life by law. And death penalty as a punishment is providing them with what they need. It will be an easy way out for them from their inhuman actions, which they have done. Other punishments such as solitary housing units should be implemented for crueler punishment.
To conclude, death penalty as a punishment does not do justice as it obviously is not reformative or retributive and neither deterrence. Therefore, I believe that death penalty should cease to exist in a society whose point is to further peace and nonviolence, hence away from a state of anarchy.
Rishabh Gupta, Jindal Global Law School
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कल भारत का पहला संविधान दिवस मनाया गया। स्वतंत्रता के 68 वर्षों बाद और संविधान के लागू होने के 55 साल बाद यह शुरूआत की गयी है। कल से शुरू हुए संसद के शीतकालीन सत्र में पहले दो दिन को डॉ. भीमराव आम्बेदकर के 125वीं जयंती समारोह और संविधान के प्रति प्रतिबद्धता पर चर्चा के लिए रखा गया है। चर्चा की शुरूआत करते हुए देश के गृहमंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने एक बात जो प्रमुखता से कही वो संविधान के प्रस्तावना में शामिल ‘सेकुलर’ शब्द का आज की राजनीति में दुरूपयोग किया जा रहा है…………………….
Religion has been made a matter of politics over years. This time it is Sikhism which finds itself at the epicentre of the same. The entire debate over Punjab Blockade has been grossly politicized with divergent opinions coming from different segment of masses.
In a nation of billions practising various religions, some people tend to misuse it. People use religion as a weapon to hurt religious sentiments of others and cause mass unrest in the country. Latest example being the Punjab Unrest which somehow brings back the bad memories of 1984. The era of 1984 is seen as the darkest period in the history of Punjab.
In 1973 when Akali Dal and some other Sikh organisation passed a resolution for independent country for Sikhs, the central government denied this request and dissolved the then Punjab government. The Sikh organization, disappointed with the actions of the central government, decided to take up violence to get heard. The era saw killing of thousands of Hindus living in Punjab. Followed these killing was the blue star operation in 1984 which saw military forces marching in the Golden Temple at Amritsar, this operation followed killing various Sikhs militants. These killings spread a mass anger amongst the Sikh community which saw the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh Bodyguards. The assassination was followed by killing of Sikhs by Hindu radical groups.
Era of 1984 saw violation of various fundamental rights given to the citizen by the Indian constitution. Article 25 which provides freedom of religion was used in an inappropriate manner by various Sikhs and provoking groups who killed thousands of innocents just in the name of religion. These killings followed violation of article 19 which guarantees various freedom rights and article 21 which provides with right to life.
Today the situation in Punjab reminds people of the era of 1984 which might burn the state again if not controlled. The events of mass protests began in the state when a religious faction publicly desecrated the Sikh holy book of Guru Granth Sahib. Article 25 protects the Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. Desecrating of the holy books was disrespect towards the religion as Sikhs are sole worshipers of the holy book and the same act violates the right conferred under article 25. Sikhs responded by organizing protests and demanded that those responsible should be arrested. The Police arrested few suspects but even after that torn pages of the holy book were found in various districts of Punjab.
People who are using highways in the state are not allowed to travel for hours as the highways were being blocked by the protestors. Freedom to move freely throughout the territory of India which is conferred to the citizens by the Indian constitution under Article 19(1)(d) was violated. The method of protests used by Sikhs was wrong as to claim their rights, they violated rights of majority.
State government gave Police the charge of controlling these protests but these protests were marred when police opened fire on the protestors. Sikhs who protested exercising their right of freedom of expression given under article 19 (1) (a), violating this right police replied with a disproportionately and unnecessarily violent manner. This firing left behind few killed and many injured. The government responded by calling in the Indian Army and ordering a media blackout. Killing of protestors by police firing was violation of right to life protected under article 21. State which is responsible for the protection of the life of its citizen was responsible for killing them.
Currently in Punjab, the state government has ordered a media blackout, which has resulted in multihued rumours being spread in the state with no reasonable source of information available with the public. As media is not allowed to cover any matter of the state, it has caused mass chaos. In the case of Union of India v. Association of Democratic Reforms (2002) 5 SCC 294, the Hon’ble Apex court said “ one sided information, disinformation, misinformation and non information, all equally create an uninformed citizenry which makes democracy a farce.” Article 19 (1) (a) of the media was violated as they are not allow to publish any information and express their views in relation to the situation in Punjab.
It is the failure on the part of government machinery as it is unable to fulfil its constitutional obligation to protect the lives and properties of its citizenry. It is a need of an hour that government should take serious action against those who are disrupting the peace and harmony of the state. Religious violence is never beneficial for any religion as this violence only leaves behind aggrieved families. The state shall compensate people who have suffered in these events and should allow media coverage. Media coverage is important as the public will be made aware of the actions taken by government so that no rumours disrupt the state again. The government should make sure that peace is restored and situation like 1984 does not arise ‘again’.
Jindal Global Law School
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Recently print as well as electronic media showed “crusader against corruption” Arvind Kejriwal hugging fodder scam convict Lalu Yadav during Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s oath taking ceremony.
Did it shock you? Did it surprise you?
Well, I was neither shocked nor surprised. Please read two of several articles I have written on Arwind Kejriwal.
(1) Aam Adami Party’s “anti-corruption” is a corrupt business, uploaded on NarainD.blogspot.com on February 4, 2015.
(2) Why did Kejriwal resign in February 2014? This was written under a pen name soon after the resignation on Arvind Kejriwal in early 2014 and was originally published by newsmoble.in. Later I uploaded in on NarainD.blogspot.com.
Both are reproduced for your perusal. Visit NarainD.blogspot.com.
Reform Islam otherwise terrorists will continue to emerge
Irfan Habib, Azam Khan & Co, please listen to Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, the well-known Pakistani Muslim theologian, Quran scholar and educationist.
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The Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill, which was first, passed in the year 1995 by the state’s nationalist Hindu parties and was sent to the president for approval in the year of 1996 and it took 19 years for this amendment bill to become a law. The president had approved the bill recently in the month of March 2015. The slaughter of cows was previously prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976. Now, the new Act has also banned the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, which were previously allowed on certificate basis.
Many beef traders are unhappy and jobless because of this amendment; in a way the rights of these beef traders are being violated under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India, which gives them the right “to practice any profession, or to carry any occupation, trade or business”.
Article 19(6) of the Constitution of India states that “Nothing in sub clause (g) of the said clause shall affect the operation of any existing law in so far as it imposes, or prevent the State from making any law imposing, in the interests of the general public, reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right conferred by the said sub clause.” Whereas the new law that is being imposed is beyond reasonable restrictions as it is forcing the beef traders to lose their job and not allow them to practice the profession of their choice. Just to please one part of the community the state is taking away the only source of their livelihood of the minority community. In my opinion this cannot be justified as reasonable restriction.
All the judgments related to the discussion on beef ban do not delve on the part that the ban leads to problems for thousands of people of the minority caste as compared to Hindus i.e. the Muslims and Dalits. They are the main persons whose lives are getting affected. Out of all the meat, beef is the meat, which is the cheapest, and by banning beef it is making lives of the poor more and more difficult. On the whole even the Supreme Court in the case of Mohd Hanif Quareshi and others v State of Bihar, leaves the question of this fundamental right unanswered. They are giving preference to directive principle in comparison to non-negotiable fundamental right and also in this case they recognized that a complete ban, irrespective of the age of cattle did interfere with their right to trade and livelihood and the judgments for nearly forty years following this judgment reflected this sentiment.
The Maharashtra government had in their defense to petitions that were filed before the Bombay High Court quoted “It is considered that the economy of Maharashtra was still predominantly agricultural and cow progeny is its backbone. Bulls and bullocks are useful not only as draught animal but also for agricultural purposes and breeding. They never cease to be useful as their dung is also a form of rich manure. Considering their usefulness, it was felt necessary to preserve and protect this cow progeny, including bulls and bullocks” whereas “Farmers have complained that unproductive cattle are a huge economic burden on them at a time when they themselves are being forced to lead a hand to mouth existence. The cost of rearing such cattle is nearly Rs 200 per day which just cannot afford”. In my opinion there is no economic purpose of cattle in practical life, as the money earned for cow dung will never exceed the cost which the farmers are facing in maintaining the cattle. So for the betterment of the farmers the State should rather allow cow slaughter but only for draught animals as there is not much purpose left for them as the previous legislation present before this legislation.
Also in my opinion banning beef would not lead to beef being completely removed from the state. In practical life this will lead to illegal trade and the state is losing out on tax money which could have been earned if not for the state to be just on the good side of the majority community. This tax money could have been used for betterment of the citizens, which is more important than banning beef for the vote banks of the majority community.
It is said that banning beef has benefited economically or agriculturally which clearly did not happen and rather it has violated the basic fundamental right to trade and occupation of people. Now, that possession of beef has been criminalized people have no right to choose their own choice of food. If we look at the practical impact of these laws and bans, according to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) as per 2007, meat production in India is estimated at 6.3 million tonnes, making India the world’s fifth largest meat producer, with 31% of the 62% bovine meat being that from cattle, certified by authorities as fit for slaughter. The above given numbers according to the statistics clearly indicate as to how many people are losing over their business and need to start afresh which eventually is causing them to start their livelihood again and making the development of the nation fall down.
Also, one question which is really important and needs to be looked about is not whether these supreme court judgments and other laws on ban of cow slaughter are constitutional because of article 48 and all the other directive principles of the constitution, but whether the non-negotiable fundamental right are not being given to the citizen hence making these judgments and laws unconstitutional.
–Khush Lodaya, 3rd year student
Jindal Global Law School
Reservation and Equality both are opposite to each other but have been described as a right in the constitution of India. Equality on one side deals with the equal rights of the citizens and Reservation on the other side talks about the discrimination on the basis of educationally and socially backwards. The consitution of India is itself mandates reservation but it does not define the word ‘backward classes’. This issue of reservation has always a point of dispute for the non-reserved and reserved communities in our country. In India, the word ‘reservation’ is used by various politicians during the election time to appease their vote banks.
From a constitutional law perspective, Article 15(4) of the constitution of India was drafted so that the government can make special provision for the betterment of backward classes. Also, Article 16(4) of the constitution allows the state to draft provision for the reservation of appointments in favour of any backward classes. At first instance, both the above stated articles are exception to Article 14 of the constitution which talks about equality before the law. According to Article 14 there should be equality amongst the equals. Yes, Article 15(4) was not drafted during the whole constitution was drafted but was drafted as an amendment to the constitution. It was that time when the constitution makers made this amendment to uplift the backward class but now the backward classes are as equal to the other classes so there is no point of having Articles 15 and 16 of the constitution.
In the case of Balaji v. State of Mysore, it was held by the Supreme court that only on the basis of person’s caste, you cannot determine whether it is backward or not. There are other factors such as occupation, poverty and place of birth which should be taken into consideration. When the constitution was framed, then the provisions relating to the reservations were made for educationally and socially backward communities but today, this has more become a caste issue.
Consider the recent case of Hardik Patel, who is protesting for including Patidar caste in other backward class. The Patidar caste of Gujarat have a high social status and they were not deprived of education, but why they are protesting for reservations is something which cannot be explained. The constitution of India has given reservations to other backward classes and also as per our Preamble to the constitution our country is a secular country which means respecting all religions and communities. Therefore, today the Patidar community is protesting for reservations, tomorrow other community will protest for reservations.
However, the Supreme court of India in a recent judgement on reservations has asked the central government to take steps to scrap off the reservations in the institutions of higher education. According to me, the reservation should be made by taking the economical conditions of the person into consideration and not social and educational backwardness. Although, the reservations were made with an objective to uplift the status of backward communities but this was made during the time when constitution was drafted. Today the reservation system is working against its objective as it is uplifting the reserved section of the society and detering the perspectives of non-reserved section of the society. The government can make an alternative of the reservation system by giving reservation only on the basis of economic status and can give various opportunities to the students to earn while they are still studying. Also, during the time when the constitution was drafted by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar the two articles i.e. Articles 15 and 16 of the constitution were drafted as temporary provisions keeping in mind that when the backward classes will be uplifted these provisions will be scrapped from the constitution. Now, 65 years have been passed after drafting the constitution and now the political system of our country has taken it as a permanent provision.
– Arpit Raj, 3rd Year Student,
Jindal Global Law School
Bihar voted against the politics of hatred and false propaganda. If we all think deep by positioning ourselves into moccasin of Bihar, it’s unfortunate that this state is asked to mandate one-a vegetarian party who does beef politics, other a corrupt party. Bihari’s choose to live with corrupt for 5 more years fearing for their own life over beef killings- which make lots of sense for the innocent lives and their families.
Bihar elections were not fought on agenda, but just on a bunch of lofty and flimsy statements of select few individual just for the sake to clutch into the power.
Indian voters are far more concerned about their own personal life, security and their children’s education. The tide turned against BJP consistently, first during Delhi, now in Bihar and one in En-Route for 2017. BJP’s continuing defeat is a clear sign that something is not right with in. BJP leaders cannot sit on like mute spectators.
Recent BJP’s Political leadership is all about the popularity of followers on twitter, Facebook, selfie business or a well-organized PR event on a foreign soil. Leadership quality tests failed when bills are bought on the floor of the house for approval and most importantly pretty much many bills failed to be approved. This cannot happen if leader is capable to convince the house, not threaten or abuse the stake holders or opposition who may not like the move.
Only achievement surfed after BJP took office (18 months) is to make administrative changes to obsolete laws via “ordinance” route. If questioned why easy ordinance route first, its leaders tend to stereotype blames- famous example being, India was politically dead in last 60 years and no one questioned why today? In a nut shell, BJP’s failure to pass important bills on the floor of house and scrapping of some of its bills by Supreme Court is a proven reality.
It seems true that some BJP leaders may not know “Yesterday was a history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is the day one need to make it happen”. Pointing figures backward or proposing hypothetical future is a fiction. We all the smart Indian voters notoriously live in real world! BJP missed its train and cannot change the dynamics of Indian politics.
India needs politically matured federal government which can be a part of solution, not being part and parcel of the problem.
The job vacancy for the post of eminent political leader who can ride India to new horizon of real development seems vacant as on today. Let’s see who will apply for this position in 2019. May God bless us moving forward.
By: Social and RTI activist- Veeresh Sayagavi from DC metro area United States.
बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव 2015 में भाजपा के नेतृत्व वाली एनडीए को मिली करारी हार ने भारतीय राजनीति में नए समीकरण बनने के संकेत दिए है। महागठबंधन, जिसमें क्षेत्रीय दलों जदयू और राजद के साथ राष्ट्रीय पार्टी कांग्रेस शामिल थी, ने बिहार में जातिवाद के नए आयाम कायम करते हुए शानदार जीत हासिल की और एनडीए के सबका साथ, सबका विकास के साथ जातिय समीकरण के तिलस्म को चकनाचूर कर दिया। इस परिणाम के बाद केंद्र में सत्तारूढ़ बीजेपी में आरोप-प्रत्यारोप के साथ मंथन का दौर जारी है क्योंकि ये एक साल के भीतर मिली दूसरी हार है………
This article is an observation on the possibility/impossibility of establishing an Islamic State/New Caliphate by ISIS who claimed to have been responsible for the recent Paris carnage.In fact it is based on the book by Tarek Fatah.
Of late, the internet and news channels have been abuzz with conflicting views on various issues and practices, some of which even date back to prehistoric era, and one has to wonder how tolerant we are towards people from other communities and religions.
WHAT IS KOHINOOR ?
The Koh-i-Noor “Mountain of Light”; also spelled Kohinoor, Koh-e Noor or Koh-i-Nur) is a 105 carat (21.6 g) diamond that was once the largest known diamond in the world. The Kohinoor originated in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, belonged to various Indian and Persian rulers who fought bitterly over it at various points in history, and seized as a spoil of war, it became part of the British Crown Jewels when British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli proclaimed Queen Victoria “Empress of India” in 1877.
Like all significant jewels, the Kohinoor has its share of legends. It is reputed to bring misfortune or death to any male who wears or owns it. Conversely, it is reputed to bring good luck to female owners.
INDIA DEMANDING FOR KOHINOOR
This is not the first time Indians are demanding the United Kingdom to return the Kohinoor diamond. The diamond was, by force, made to be presented to Queen Victoria in 1850, by the Marquess of Dalhousie, the British governor-general of Punjab.A lobby of businessmen and actors with Indian origin, which calls itself the “Mountain of Light” is all set to sue Queen Elizabeth II, demanding the return of the 105-carat stone.
David de Souza, co-founder of the Indian leisure group Titus, is helping to fund the new legal action and has instructed British lawyers to begin High Court proceedings, reports HansIndia. “The Kohinoor is one of the many artifacts taken from India under dubious circumstances. Colonization did not only rob our people of wealth, it destroyed the country’s psyche itself,” he said.
THE JOURNEY OF DIAMOND
According to some sources, the Koh-i-noor was originally found more than 5000 years ago, and is mentioned in ancient Sanskrit writings under the name Syamantaka. Hindus believe that Krishna himself obtained the diamond from Jambavantha, whose daughter Jambavati later married Krishna. The legend says that the diamond was stolen from Krishna as he lay sleeping. Another source claims that the diamond was discovered in a river bed in 3200 BCE.
Historical evidence suggests that the Kohinoor originated in Golconda kingdom, in Hyderabad state of Andhra Pradesh, one of the world’s earliest diamond producing regions. South Indian folklore is definite in claiming a local origin for the stone. It is certain that the stone was mined in India, as until the 19th century India was the only place in the world where diamonds were known. It is likely that the diamond was mined in the Kollur mines in the present day Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.
The Khilji dynasty at Delhi ended in 1320 C.E and Ghiyas ud din Tughluq Shah I ascended the Delhi throne. Tughlaq sent his son Ulugh Khan in 1323 C.E to defeat the Kakatiya king Prataparudra. Ulugh Khan’s raid was repulsed but he returned in a month with a larger and determined army. The unprepared army of Warangal was defeated. The loot, plunder and destruction of Warangal continued for months. Loads of gold, diamonds, pearls and ivory were carried away to Delhi on elephants and camels. The Koh-i-noor diamond was part of the bounty. From then onwards, the stone passed through the hands of successive rulers of the Delhi sultanate, finally passing to Babur, the first Mughal emperor, in 1526.
The first confirmed note historically mentioning the Kohinoor by an identifiable name dates from 1526. Babur mentions in his memoirs, the Baburnama, that the stone had belonged to an un-named Rajah of Malwa in 1294. Babur held the stone’s value to be such as to feed the whole world for two days. The Baburnama recounts how this Rajah of Malwa was compelled to yield his prized possession to Ala ud din Khilji; it was then owned by a succession of dynasties that ruled the Delhi sultanate, finally coming into the possession of Babur himself in 1526, following his victory over the last ruler of that kingdom. However, the Baburnama was written c.1526-30; Babur’s source for this information is unknown, and he may have been recounting the hearsay of his day. He did not at that time call the stone by its present name, but despite some debate about the identity of ‘Babur’s Diamond’ it seems likely that it was the stone which later became known as Kohinoor.
Tavernier’s illustration of the Koh-I-Noor under different angles
WHAT IS KOHINOOR
IS IT STONE OF EMPERORS OR IS IT MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT?
he Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan – famous for building the Taj Mahal – had the stone placed into his ornate Peacock Throne. When Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangazeb, put his ailing father under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort, legend has it that he had the Kohinoor stationed against a window so that Shah Jahan could look at the stone and see the Taj reflected in it. There it stayed until the invasion of Nadir Shah in 1739 and the sacking of Agra and Delhi. Along with the Peacock Throne, he also carried off the Koh-i-noor to Persia in 1739. It was allegedly Nadir Shah who exclaimed Koh-i-Noor! when he finally managed to obtain the famous stone, and this is how the stone gained its present name. There is no reference to this name before 1739.
The valuation of the Kohinoor is given in the legend that one of Nadir Shah’s consorts supposedly said, ‘If a strong man should take five stones, and throw one north, one south, one east, and one west, and the last straight up into the air, and the space between filled with gold and gems, that would equal the value of the Koh-i-noor’
After the assassination of Nadir Shah in 1747 it came into the hands of Ahmed Shah Abdali of Afghanistan. In 1830, Shah Shuja, the deposed ruler of Afghanistan, managed to flee with the Kohinoor diamond. He then came to Lahore, the capital of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, where it was given to the Sikh Maharaja (King) of Punjab Ranjit Singh, in which after, in return, Maharaja Ranjit Singh was able to persuade the East India Company to lend their troops and win back the Afghan throne for Shah Shuja.
SHAH JAHAN WITH PEACOCK THRONE AND KOH-I-NOOR.
THE DIAMOND PASSES OUT OF INDIA
Ranjit Singh crowned himself as the ruler of Punjab and willed the Koh-i-noor to Jagannath Temple in Orissa while on his deathbed in 1839. But there was dispute about this last-minute testament, and in any case it was not executed. On March 29, 1849, the British flag was hoisted on the citadel of Lahore and the Punjab was formally proclaimed to be part of the British Empire in India. One of the terms of the Treaty of Lahore, the legal agreement formalising this occupation, was as follows: The gem called the Koh-i-Noor which was taken from Shah Shuja-ul-Mulk by Maharajah Ranjit Singh shall be surrendered by the Maharajah of Lahore to the Queen of England.
PROMISE BY PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA TO RETURN WITH KOH-I-NOOR
Narendra Modi‘s maiden visit to the United Kingdom as the prime minister of the country, during which he will also attend a dinner at the Buckingham Palace with the Queen, will coincide with this lawsuit demanding the return of Kohinoor to India.
Keith Vaz, the longest serving MP of Asian origin, had called for the diamond to be returned in November when Modi visits the UK. “What a wonderful moment it would be, if when PM Modi finishes his visit, he returns to India with the promise of the diamond’s return,” said Keith as per a report on the International Business Times.
After the Bihar election debacle, BJP-led NDA government at the center and PM Narendra Modi would gain some brownie points if Kohinoor returns to India. However, the British government in 2013 rejected the demands for the return of Koh-i-Noor, and the British PM David Cameron had said “he did not believe in returnism”.
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हाँ जी ! मैं पुलिस हूँ ! आपका ठुल्ला , आपका मामू !
हाँ जी ! मैं पुलिस हूँ ! जब आप बिना हेलमेट और तीन सवारियां बिठाकर अपनी बहादुरी का परिचय देने सड़क पर आते है तो कहते हैं ठुल्ले से दस बीस में निपट लेंगे। जरूर , पर जब आप सड़क पर गिर जाते हैं तो इसी ठुल्ले की नाकामी को कोसते हुए पूरी व्यवस्था को गालियां देते हैं। आपके पिताश्री आपके इन मर्दोंवाली कारनामों पर गर्व करते हैं पर जब आप किसी गरीब को ठोकर मार देते हैं तो इसी ठुल्ले को वह ऊपर वाले से फ़ोन करा मामले को रफा दफा करने का दवाब बनाते हैं। जी , कभी कभार आप आपने यार दोस्तों को अपनी नयी कार में बियर का जश्न मनाते नाकाबंदी में इसी मामू पर रौब झाड़ने लगते है। बियर से भी कम दाम पर इस मामू की कीमत बताने से आप नहीं शरमाते और चालान काटने पर मोबाइल घुमाने लगते है । जब कोई बदमाश आपकी इसी कार में बैठी गर्ल फ्रेंड को घूरने लगता है तब इसी मामू से उम्मीद करते है कि वह इन बदमाशों से लोहा ले और आपका मोबाइल भी शायद साइलेंट हो जाता है। कुछ देर मामू की औकात का मजाक उड़ाती आपकी दोस्त भइया प्लीज़ पर उत्तर आती हैं।आपका दोस्त मोटरसाइकिल पर बैठ लड़कियों के दुपट्टे भले खींचता रहे पर मेरी नासमझी पर आपको बड़ा क्रोध आता है जी हाँ , मैं वही आपका ठुल्ला , आपका मामू पुलिस वाला हूँ । मैं वही हूँ , जब आप टीवी स्क्रीन पर पॉपकॉर्न खाते हुए आतंकवादी हमले देख रहे थे , मैं कसाब की एके 47 की गोलियां अपने सीने पर ले रहा था। किसी ठेले के सामने कार रोक कर ट्राफिक जाम करने के पहले सोचिये की कौन निकम्मा और असली में कौन देश का ठुल्ला है। आप तो सौ सौ की नोट निकाल लेते हो पर मैं तो एक पानी की बोतल भी नहीं खरीद सकता। भूख बेबस कर देती है खोमचेवाले से दो तीन दोना उठा लेने की क्योंकि १० घण्टे किसी अनजान जगह पर खड़े होने पर कोई टिफ़िन लेकर नहीं आता।
आप अपने मोहल्ले की टूटी सड़क के लिए ठेकेदार से नहीं लड़ पाते। राजनेताओं से उनके वादों के सवाल नहीं पूछ पाते। गली के माफिया से बच कर रहते हैं। सामने जा रही लड़की की छेड़खानी भी आपके लिए मनोरंजन लगती है। थिएटर हो या रेलवे , ब्लैक की जगह खुद खोजते हैं। पर एक पुलिस के सिपाही से उम्मीद करते हैं वह चौवीसों घंटे आपके साथ मौजूद रहे । बीच बाजार हो रहे अपराधो को नज़रअंदाज़ कर देते हैं और बाहुबलियों की जीप पर खड़े नारे लगाते हैं पर मेरी लाठी से चूक हो तो मोमबत्तियों का जुलस बड़ी संजीदगी और जिम्मेदारी से निकालते हैं। कोई भी जुलुस निकले , नेताओं के भाषण हो , आप सडको पर आ जाते हैं और मुझे धुप सहते हुए आपकी सुरक्षा आपके ही लोगों से करनी है। आप अपने घरों में आराम से त्योंहार मनाते है और बेचारे आपका यह मामू बिना छुट्टी किये आपकी खुशियों में कोई दखल ना पड़े उसके लिए सड़कों पर खड़े यातायात व सुरक्षा व्यवस्था में तैनात खड़ा रहता हूँ। जिसकी फाईलों में मैं कई अपराध दर्ज़ किये , जिसे मैं ढूंढता हूँ जान की बाजी लगा कर , उसे ही आप चुनाव जीता देते हैं और फिर मेरी ड्यूटी लगती है उसके साथ साये की तरह रहने की और सल्यूट मारने की।
बहुत पहले एक गाना गाया जाता था ” इनकी ना मानो सिपहिया से पूछो “, बड़ा विश्वास होता था इस सिपहिया पर. जब बच्चे रोते थे तो कभी माएं हमारा डर दिखाती है की चुप हो जा नहीं तो पुलिस आ जायेगी। कितना आदर और भय होता था लोगों में जैसा राजकपूर ने गाया था ” आधी रात को मत चिल्लाना नहीं तो पकड़ लेगा पुलिसवाला ” वह ज़माना कहां और कब चला गया। चाहे आप ठुल्ला कहें या मामू पर कितना सुरक्षित महसूस करते है जब वह हमें देख लेते हैं। मुझे इसके साथ यह भी देखना है की आप किसी बहकावे में आकर दंगा फसाद न करें। मुझे यह भी संभालना है की किसी राजनैतिक या सामाजिक समस्या पर आप भीड़ न जमा करें . मुझे चाक चौबंद होना की मंत्रीमहोदयजी की कार बिना किसी रूकावट के इस सिग्नल से निकल जाए। मुझे रेड अलर्ट किया गया है की आप के बीच कोई आतंकवादी गतिवधियां ना हो जाए। कुछ लोगों के वादविवाद में भी मुझे दखल देकर शान्ति बनाये रखना है। मैं अकेला चार किलो की बन्दूक कंधे पर लादे और हाथ में लाठी लिए इन सब जिम्मेदारियों को निभा रहा हूँ। मुझे बड़ा सतर्क होना है क्योंकि इस चौराहे पर खड़ी उस मूर्ति पर कोई कबूतर ना बैठ जाए। कहीं गन्दा हो जाएगा तो लोगों की किसी कोई भावना को आहत पहुंचेगी। आप इस चिलचिलाती धुप में भले न निकले , सर्दियों में अपने कम्बल से न निकले या फिर बारिश होते ही छत के नीचे भागे पर मुझे तो इसी चौराहे में खड़ा होना है।
आपको नागरिक जिम्मेदारी पता है या नहीं पर उम्मीद यही की जाती है पूरे संविधान का हर शब्द का पालन मैं कर सकूँ। इस चौराहें पर दसों घंटो खड़ा होने के बाद मुझे यह भी ध्यान रखना है की हर एक चीजों का विस्तृत विवरण लिखूं ताकि अदालतों में बड़े बड़े कालेजों में पढ़े बड़ी बड़ी पदवी वाले लोग उस पर बहस कर सकें। यदि उन्होंने थोड़ी भी गलती निकाल ली तो मेरी निंदा करने कई लोग इस चौराहे में खड़े हो जायेंगे। आपके घर में ट्यूब वाली टीवी से कब एलईडी वाली पतली टीवी आ गयी पता नहीं चला पर मुझे तो अपनी वही लाठी लिए सौ साल पहले का कानून और हजार संसोधन को बखूबी याद रखना है।
देश के प्रधानमंत्री कहते है स्मार्ट बनो। कभी उन्होंने देखा है टेन्ट में सोते हमें। कभी झाँका है हमारी खण्डहर सी बैरकों में। जब आप लोग ऑफिसियल काम से जाते हैं तो होटलों में रहते हैं। हम जब अपराध की खोजबीन या दुर्दांत अपराधियों को भी लेने जाते हैं तो बस स्टैंड या रेल के प्लेटफॉर्म पर सोते हैं।
क्या आप जानते हैं की हर साल 2730 से अधिक सिपाही सर्विस के दौरान प्राकृतिक मौत के शिकार होते हैं ? हमें तो सरकारी अस्पताल के लाईन में भी लगना होता है। आप चौंकिए नहीं यह जान कर की हर साल तनाव से 235 पुलिसवाले आत्महत्या कर लेते हैं ? सिर्फ महाराष्ट्र में एक साल में 40 पुलिसवालों ने ख़ुदकुशी की।
आप ठुल्ला और मामू का मजाक करने के पहले यह भी जान लें की हर साल 740 से अधिक मामू और ठुल्ले आपकी जान बचाने के लिए अपने आप को शहीद कर देते हैं और 3750 से अधिक घायल हो जाते हैं। सिर्फ पिछले पांच साल में सरकार कितनी बदली वह तो नहीं जानते पर यह जान लें की 4000 पुलिस वाले अपनी जान पर खेल गए थे। पिछले पांच साल में 10000 सिपाही आपके पत्थरों , हिंसक भीड़ और जनांदोलन में घायल हुए और 80 से ज्यादा लोगों ने उग्र भीड़ के सामने अपनी जान गँवा दी।
आपका देश चल सके और इस देश के तथाकथित वीईपी जिनके साथ फोटो खिंचवा कर सोशल साइट्स में अपलोड कर आप अपनी महत्ता बढ़ाते हैं की दिन रात सुरक्षा में मेरे जैसे 47500 से भी अधिक लोग लगे हैं उनकी कारों के इर्दगिर्द भागते रहने और उनके घर की चौकीदारी में।
किसी इलेक्शन वोटिंग डे में आप देर से उठते हैं छुट्टी समझ कर पर आपने हमें तो बंदोबस्त में देखा होगा सूरज निकलते ही किसी सड़क की मोड़ पर जानते हुए की रात भी ढल जायेगी घर जाते हुए। यदि अपने शहर के बाहर जाएँ तो वर्दी , जूते , हेलमेट और जालीदार जाल लिए सिर्फ 60 रुपये के दैनिक भत्ता के लिए खड़े रहते हैं , जिसमे आप क्या खिला सकते हैं खुद ही समझ लें। चलिए ! आपने मेरी इतनी सुनी इसके लिए शुक्रिया ! कहीं देर हो गयी तो निलंबित हो जाऊँगा !
इस देश में देश की हर समस्या के लिए सिर्फ खाकी सस्पेंड होता है या ट्रांसफर।
जिस बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव 2015 पर पूरे देश की नजर थी वो संपन्न हुआ जिसमें नितीश कुमार नीत् महागठबंधन विजयी रहा। यह चुनाव कई मायनो में ऐतिहासिक था और कई रिकार्ड इस चुनाव के परिणाम ने बनाये। महागठबंधन द्वारा घोषित मुख्यमंत्री नितीश कुमार पाँचवी बार बिहार के मुख्यमंत्री पद ग्रहण करेंगे और ये एक कीर्तिमान है। इससे पहले बिहार में कभी कोई इतनी बार मुख्यमंत्री नही बना और इतने दिनों तक कोई इस पद पर रहा भी नही है। इस रिकार्ड तोड़ प्रर्दशन के लिए नितीश कुमार को बधाई और बिहार की जनता को भी बधाई।
पिछले कुछ दिनों से बाहरी दुनिया को देश की तस्वीर ऐसी दिखाई जा रही है जैसे कि आपातकाल लागू कर दिया गया है या अराजकता की स्थिति हो गई है। साहित्यकारों, फिल्मकारों, वैज्ञानिकों और कलाकारों द्वारा सम्मान वापसी करना और देश की कुछ प्रसिद्ध हस्तियों द्वारा सामाजिक परिस्थिति को खराब बताकर ऐसा किया जा रहा है। ऐसा करने के पीछे कुछ तो वजह होगी और उन वजहों में कितनी सच्चाई है इसे जानने की कोशिश करना आज सर्वाधिक महत्वपूर्ण है।
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RSS has done it again, Bihar too lost
Yes, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has done it again.
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Restless Soul Syndrome
Please do not jump to condemn me as a secularist or non-secularist. RSS does not always stand for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. It also stands for Restless Soul Syndrome. Some scientists believe that this RSS is caused by a virus which mutates very fast for survival.
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भारत सरकार ने देश की बेटियों को एक और अहम जिम्मेदारी दी है और वो है लड़ाकू विमान उड़ाने की। रक्षा मंत्रालय ने एक हालिया फैसले में इस विषय में अपनी मंजूरी दी है। इसकी जानकारी रक्षा मंत्रालय द्वारा 24 अक्टूबर 2015 को एक प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के माध्यम से दी गई। सेना के तीनो अंगों में महिलाओं की भर्ती को मंजूरी साल 1991 में मिल गई थी और पहली महिला पायलट………….
Post-election scenario in Bihar
There are several possibilities
Possibility No. I
‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) of Nitish-Laloo-Congress wins
There are two chairs in the chamber of the Chief Minister. In one chair the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is sitting in the lap of his 90-year-old Tantric. In another chair the two deputy Chief ministers, Laloo’s two sons, are sitting in the lap of the biggest Tantric of all, Laloo. The original agreement was to have only one son of Laloo as Deputy Chief Minister but both had to be accommodated because of dispute about the age. While Tejashwi claimed to be elder on biological grounds, Tej Pratap claimed to be elder account of his declaration before the Election Commission.
The Congress member of the Council of Ministers is happy occupying the orderly’s stool outside the chamber.
A file is brought for the CM’s signature. The Congress nominee grabs the file and enters the chamber. The Chief Minister and two deputy Chief ministers rush to snatch the file. The file is torn in two parts. Now the two deputy Chief ministers are fighting and that half is also torn in two parts.
The three comeback to sit in their respective laps. Each one puts his signature. Nitish Kumar uses the pen provided by his Tantric. The two Deputy Chief ministers use pens provided by the biggest Tantric. The junior minister from the Congress collects three parts of the file and hands over to messenger waiting outside. The messenger carries the file to the Chief Secretary.
The Chief Sec’s decision had not yet known.
Possibility No. 2
Nitish Kumar becomes CM with the support of RJD but Laloo’s two sons are defeated.
The Chief Minister provides ‘Z’ category security to his Tantric who is getting open threat to his life. Now the two Tantrics are using their supernatural power to defeat each other.
Possibility No. 3
Nitish Kumar and Laloo agree that Nitish Kumar’s Tantric and Laloo, the biggest Tantric, should form a grand alliance. The request Rahul to take help of a Tantric from abroad.
The three are now using all their supernatural powers to topple the BJP government. Never lose hope. Nitish Kumar cannot afford to lose hope because he he had the assurance of his Tantric that one day he would be the Prime Minister of India. Laloo cannot afford to lose hope because the he has worked very hard, including visits to the jail, to build his empire based on the solid caste foundation.
October 26, 2050
If there is any man who brought cartoon to mainstream journalism in India, it is none other than R.K. Laxman whose cartoons are full of humour and thought provoking. Lived a fuller life of 93, Laxman is synonymous with cartoons in the newspaper world.
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In India one cannot be an intellectual or secular unless he/she condemns BJP and Narendra Modi. That’s why I say that the intellectuals are very much in the company of Laloos and Owaisies.
Read “Hypocrisy of Indian Intellectuals” on NarainD.blogspot.com.
अभी दो तीन दिन पहले एक विडियो इंटरनेट पर चलन में था जिसमें भाजपा अध्यक्ष एक निजी चैनल के पत्रकार को लगभग डांट रहे थे। कल एनडीए सरकार के एक मंत्री ने एक बयान दिया और जब मीडिया उनके पीछे पड़ गया तो उन्हें सफाई पेश करनी पड़ी। आज देश में हर दिन एक घटना होती है……
India, boasting of its amicable democratic principles abroad, is rotten with communal agenda within. This schism has simmered after the election of Narendra Modi. Despite his continual struggle to persuade his party-men to maintain the secular fabric, the latter is fragmented with every Ikhlaq being buried and with every Zahid’s burning to death. His Digital India isn’t competent enough to sweep his dreadful image under the carpet and his Clean India is being implemented by RSS goons to decimate muslims. It is as if they have mis-interpreted the message of ‘Clean India from Pollution’ to ‘Clean India from Muslims’.
Modi had promised at the outset to take everyone along the path of development irrespective of any religious affiliations but now it seems, the promises were hollow as is usual with every politician. A 55-year old man is lynched by a mob at Dadhri just because he ate what hindus don’t. Democracy turned into mobocracy. Hell! And when Modi, an outspoken leader, a self-proclaimed symbol against terrorism and a staunch premier is expected to order a stringent punishment against the accused, he comes up with soft political words, “unfortunate death”. By advising both the communities to make peace he, in a certain way, tried to neutralise the issue and provoked the pliable hindu youth to keep it up. This loose stance on communal terrorism reflected in the action-replay of Dadhri in Himachal Pradesh, that too, in the presence of the police.
This is high time for the frenetic elements of all religions (not only hindus but muslims too) to realise the true logic behind the idea of every religion. It is for the common good of communities and for the convenience of people. When a faith takes the life of an innocent, it ceases to be a religion. Eating or drinking a particular stuff or avoiding it are flexible choices, based on different philosophies different people follow. India is home to most of these philosophies on which different religions are based. For the peace to prevail, the co-existence of all these philosophies is necessary. Here comes the need of delimitation of Personal Law Codes from Common Civil Code and their effective implementation. The laws to halt the imposition of choices by one community (even if majority) over the other need to be enacted. We have to work on our conscience. Muslims can digest beef and non-muslims can eat pork. Both can enjoy their respective choices without interfering others. What is it which makes them ‘kill’ on such issues?
Modi isn’t able to silence his fanatic RSS and VHP colleagues as they have contributed to his win in the lok sabha elections and Shiv-sainiks are allies of his party in Maharashtra. Moreover, he owes a lot to RSS founder Bhagwat, as he has volunteered for this association. This is for the same reason when Panchjanya, an RSS publication comes up with the justification of Ikhlaq’s murder, he remains dumb. He definitely needs to take the class of the hardline hindu leaders in BJP like Sakshi Maharaj and Sadvi Prachi who most often exercise their mouths to offend non-hindus. The lesson is straight. Religious teachings are applicable to the community which believes in them. In no way, the teachings in Vedas be applied to a muslim or those commands stated in the holy Qur’an be imposed on non-muslims. Until the religious leaders carry on talking of the superiority of their respective religions over others, India will never attain internal peace.
For India to be a successful nation, with religious harmony and cultural diversity, its leaders have to delink religion from politics. It is the time for Modi and Co. to tame the fundamentalist groups supporting him directly or indirectly in lieu of his silence on their heinous acts. If their actions are not checked, the whoops in Dadhri and Kashmir will continue unabated. Everyday a Noman will be killed and a Zahid burnt. Every week, a rationalist in Kulbargi will be silenced. The cultural tourism will culminate with every ban on Pakistani artists visiting India. Every year, the intelligentsia will return the rewards. Every minute, a holy book will be desecrated and every hour, the democracy will die a million deaths.
आज विजयादशमी का पर्व पूरे उल्लास से मनाया जा रहा है। आप सभी को विजयादशमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें। बचपन से सुनते आ रहें है कि आज के दिन ही भगवान राम ने राक्षसराज रावण को पराजित कर देवी सीता को मुक्त कराया था और यह पर्व उसी के उपलक्ष्य में मनाया जाता है……
The other day a popular English news magazine carried a story regarding display of royal Indian jewels across the world this fall. The story mentioned six royal style icons and their jewellery that made news.
Top amongst them is Maharani Gayatri Devi who was admired for her charm and beauty and featured in the list of Vogue’s Ten Most Beautiful Women of the World.
It took me a lot of effort to write this post. You’d think, for someone like me who has been vocal on social media, it shouldn’t be difficult. Right?
Penning that first word itself has put me in a lot of dilemma, whether writing this was a bad idea in the first place.
I eat Beef. So do many others around the world. And so do many in India. Almost all muslims in India, have at some point or the other eaten it as well. I know for many of you it might be offensive to even hear me say that I do this.
Frankly, I’m not sorry.
In many parts of the country, terms like “Bade ka Gosht”, “Bhakkad” and the likes are used instead of bluntly referring to it as, Beef.
Over decades we took special care not to be offensive. When friends would ever ask, whether you eat Beef? The answers would be vague enough to not show that we do. Yes, at some point or the other, our parents have told us to try not to openly say it to others.
But that time has gone. It went off when an old man was killed for eating Beef. Oh sorry, on rumors of eating beef!
Forget just that, for than the shameful act of actually killing the person, it is the people who are actually trying to justify the act. Trying to find reasons on blaming the family by labeling them as thieves?!!
The world might laugh on hearing this news, but we in India, “The beef eating Muslims”, aren’t. we cannot. Be prepared to add another clichéd label on your next vilayat visit, where you’ll happily enjoy alongside other beef eating people, who aren’t Muslims!!
Beef is offensive to you?
Alcohol, pork and many of the religions which have anything to do with idol-worship might be offensive to many, if they don’t come from the same thought school as you do. Would you also help us get rid of all these?
Many out there are nothing but hypocritical fools, who won’t eat beef but are okay with showing off their leather jackets or their new branded bags. Where do you think leather comes from? From the vegetable skin that you eat?
The idea to call a beef ban is not to ensure that it doesn’t offend religious sentiments, but to try and show power that now the fringe can do what they feel like. They want to show that we, the minorities are at their mercy. But sorry, that ain’t gonna happen. We won’t back down, if you think we would. Our Idea of India is not a Hindu nation. We have fought for it’s freedom too. Are my fears of how the nation is going to be, before the elections, coming true ?
You are completely okay if you don’t want to eat beef, and we do try not to offend you to. No one goes and sets a slaughter house near a temple or in a densely populated population which doesn’t eat meat. It is mostly located in muslim ghettos far from the comfort of your homes. The fact that a lot of our population is depended on this trade, their livelihood and the three square meals their families get, are depended on it, makes it more important than anything else.
If any of us, tries to shove beef down your throat, or try to show disrespect to your values, then I’d be sorry.
But, I’m definitely not sorry for eating beef.
Aam Aadami Party will be known for mking tall promisses it cannot fulfil.
बिहार चुनाव के महासमर में लालू यादव के द्वारा दिया गया एक बयान महागठबंधन के लिए मुसीबत का सबब बनते जा रहा है। विपक्षी एनडीए ने इस बयान को लपकने में देर नही की और भाजपा अध्यक्ष अमित शाह ने रातों-रात रणनीति बदलते हुए लालू यादव पर हमला …………………….
जैसे-जैसे बिहार विधानसभा के मतदान की तारीख नजदीक आ रही है सभी राजनीतिक दलों के नेताओं के बीच जुबानी जंग तेज होती जा रही है। इस जंग में सभी दल और सभी स्तर के नेता शामिल है। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी, भाजपा अध्यक्ष अमित शाह के नेतृत्व में बिहार भाजपा के सभी नेता अपने गठबंधन के सहयोगियों के साथ राजद प्रमुख लालू यादव, महागठबंधन के नेता नीतीश कुमार के अलावा अन्य विपक्षी नेताओं का…………….
When high-level corruption in India had state patronage
The Enforcement Directorate’s findings that crores of bribe money taken by the former Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) S. P. Tragi in Rs. 3586 crore VVIP chopper deal – scrapped following the scandal – were used for buying properties in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon besides for investment in the companies floated by his cousins has reminded me of a very old but almost similar case involving one of the ancestors of S. P. Tyagi. That ancestor was very lucky because he made money when corruption had state patronage.
Read full story on NarainD.blogspot.com
Bollywood director and actor Farhan Akhtar seemingly condemned the unfortunate killing of the 50-year-old man who was lynched by a mob in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, following rumours that he was involved in cow slaughter.
आज देश के दो महापुरुषों का जन्मदिवस है। आधुनिक भारत के वर्तमान स्वरूप का निर्माण करने में इनका महत्वपूर्ण योगदान माना जाता है। अहिंसा के पुजारी गांधी जी और जय जवान-जय किसान के प्रणेता पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री लाल बहादुर शास्त्री जी के जयंती पर शत्-शत् नमन। 2014 में केंद्र ………………..
Many years ago, a solitary figure clothed in a loin cloth, firmly holding on to his stick of principles and ideologies, set out on an expedition…
Indian politics do not want to retire from politics. They cannot live without feeling of being politically important, even nominally. Read full story on NarainD.blogspogspot.com.
Like a typical NRI, he just used the right steps to clean himself after meeting an Indian. This is a typical trait of NRIs visiting India or meeting Indians. They suspect us of carrying our Indian bugs, virus in our hands.
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी आज अमेरिका की दूसरी बार यात्रा खत्म कर वापस देश लौट चुके हैं। प्रधानमंत्री अपनी विदेश यात्रा के कारण हमेशा विपक्ष के निशाने पर रहते हैं। विपक्ष का मानना है कि देश की आंतरिक समस्याओं को नजरअंदाज कर वो विदेश यात्रा पर रहते है। अब तक प्रधानमंत्री ने……………
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी आज अमेरिका की दूसरी बार यात्रा खत्म कर वापस देश लौट चुके हैं। प्रधानमंत्री अपनी विदेश यात्रा के कारण हमेशा विपक्ष के निशाने पर रहते हैं। विपक्ष का मानना है कि देश की आंतरिक समस्याओं को नजरअंदाज कर वो विदेश यात्रा पर रहते है। अब तक प्रधानमंत्री ने……………
Before the last general election to the Lok Sabha, the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had said that he had ‘no doubt that Narendra Modi as Prime Minister would be a disaster. On the other hand Rahul Gandhi has all the qualities to be a good Prime Minister.’
I beg to differ with the ‘learned doctor’. Whenever I hear Rahul Gandhi’s speech at a public rally, I am reminded of a famous Santa-Banta joke. This happened today also when I heard on TV his speech at an election rally in Bihar where he was in august company of Tejashwi Yadav, one of the contenders to succeed RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav who says that his primary aim is to save the country, Bihar in particular, from ‘communal forces’. It is another matter that the people who know him believe that presently his two primary aims are to save himself from going back to jail and to keep his party relevant in Bihar politics
Read full story on NarainD.blogspot.com
बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव की उल्टी गिनती शुरू हो चुकी है और मैदान में उतरे दो बड़े गठबंधन एनडीए और महागठबंधन दोनो ही सरकार बनाने का दावा कर रहें है। एनडीए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के विकास के एजेंडे पर वोट मांग रही है तो वहीं महागठबंधन बिहार में 10 साल तक सत्ता में रहे नीतीश कुमार के द्वारा किये गये विकास कार्य के आधार पर वोट मांग रहा है…….
बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव का बिगुल बज चुका है। पूरे देश की नजर इस चुनाव पर नजर है। इस चुनाव में सत्ता और विपक्ष दोनो के लिये करो या मरो की स्थिति है। केंद्र में सत्ता पर काबिज बीजेपी नीत एनडीए बिहार में अपनी पूरी ताकत के साथ मैदान में है। एनडीए के सामने बिहार में पिछले 10 सालों से कुर्सी संभाल रहे नीतीश कुमार के नेतृत्व में महागठबंधन ……………….
आरक्षण समाज के पिछड़े वर्गों के लिये संविधान प्रदत अधिकार है। संविधान निर्माताओं ने समाज के पिछड़े वर्गों के उत्थान के लिये ये प्रावधान किया था। लेकिन उनका मानना यह भी था कि ये लंबे समय के लिये नही होना चाहिए। इसके पीछे की शायद ये सोंच थी कि समाज के पिछड़े वर्गों को प्रोत्साहन और उत्थान के जरिये मुख्य धारा में शामिल करना……………..
आज टीवी पर एक वाद-विवाद देख रहा था जिसमें चर्चा हो रही थी कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने आयरलैंड में विपक्षी दलों की धर्मनिरपेक्षता पर कटाक्ष किया है। आयरलैंड में प्रधानमंत्री के सम्मान में आयोजित एक कार्यक्रम में आयरिश बच्चों ने संस्कृत में श्लोक पढ़े और स्वागत गान गाये। प्रधानमंत्री ने इस पर कहा कि हम आयरलैंड में तो ऐसा कर सकते हैं लेकिन भारत में करते तो शायद धर्मनिरपेक्षता खतरे में पड़ जाती………….
देश की राजधानी में डेंगू से मरने वालों की संख्या दिनोदिन बढ़ती जा रही है। सरकारी आंकड़ो में अब तक 17 मौत दर्ज है लेकिन राजधानी दिल्ली में हीं ये संख्या 34 के करीब है। दिल्ली से सटे गाजियाबाद और नोएडा में 10 और 11 मौत की खबर है। सिर्फ पिछले हफ्ते दिल्ली में 1919 नये मरीज सामने आये है……..
Over the past two weeks, the obsessive and kite-flying reporting in the media over the Sheena Bora murder case makes it appear as though there is no other imperative issue to be reported in India. What should we call this – yellow journalism, sensational journalism or is it journalism at all? “The nation” has arrived at a standstill. It just needs to know one thing: Who murdered Sheena Bora?
The media is praising itself for having beaten the police in discovering Siddhartha Das, the man who is purported to be the biological father of Sheena and Mikhail Bora. However, over the span of its analyst work, he has been all over our television screens – his face sometimes hidden by a handkerchief, sometimes by a crash helmet. He was interviewed in a car on the Eastern Bypass in Kolkata, as if he was a whistleblower. Das says he is concealing his face to shield his identity from neighbours, friends and co-workers, yet the media is by all accounts unemotionally reaching every one of them for their responses in any case. This may not be illegal but that does not mean it doesn’t stink.
We are encountering a sort of news coverage that has tossed all media morals, profound quality and laws to the wind. A sort of news coverage where pretty much anyone and everyone are voicing assessments and turning investigative officers – tossing about odd speculations and affirmations and the media is lapping it up for TRPs and hits.
Hypothesis formulated by media
TV channels are airing the issue as the primary debate with panellists turning moral police on their prime time slots. Cameras are reaching all over, right from Guwahati to Kolkata, to Alipore, to Raigad to Dehradun and obviously Mumbai – the location of the crime. Specialists from distinctive fields are conveying their own particular judgements, sometimes alluding to Indrani Mukherjea as Lady Macbeth and in some cases proliferating speculations on why the murder occurred.
We are told, because of the endless debates on TV, that the Indrani is a small-town “social climber” which has largely offended the people of Guwahati. Times Now’s Arnab Goswami informed us that Indrani is “a crazy and evil genius” and “maverick murderer” but NOT a “psychopath”. An anchor from NewsX, the channel that was set up by Indrani and her spouse Peter Mukherjea, was cited in the Times of India saying that there was something wicked about Indrani Mukherjea’s eyes. What’s more, actor Rishi Kapoor tweeted that Indrani is “a real weirdo”.
A friend of Sanjeev Khanna was asked if he thinks that Khanna could be the killer. As a companion why would he want to answer that?
Some channels are even dramatising the issue by representing the sequence of events with cartoons and animation. A few sites are heading off to any degree to build readership, distributed a wide range of dinky hypothesis like ‘was Sheena pregnant?‘ without verifying any facts and expounding on Indrani’s past life in Guwahati by pulling out anonymous individuals.
The print media is also not behind in the race of TRPs, giving an excessive amount of space to the theme with half page on page 1 and two more pages inside with pictures of Indrani and Peter boldly captioned with ‘once happy couple’. The dramatic saga is getting the same space even weeks after the news first broke out. Individuals from varied media sections, whoever was “once” in contact with the media aristocrat Indrani Mukherjea are presently bouncing in to get some media visibility. Should the viewers trust these odd, unconfirmed speculations? And why is there a necessity to carve out so many personal details to validate the importance of the case?
Is this a case of Trial by Media?
All segments of the media are occupied with making their own speculations about Peter Mukherjea’s satement that he didn’t have a clue; how Rahul Mukherjea can stay quiet about the disappearance of his girlfriend and what kept Mikhail Bora away from getting suspicious when is sister went missing. Indrani’s marital history has become the butt of jokes on social media that is biting into the seriousness of the case. First sister, then daughter is another hot topic. The social media with no gate-keeping is also showing its really ugly and dangerous side with just about anybody saying anything. Twitter and Facebook are full of such comments.
NDTV has gloated that it is against tabloidisation of the news. However, in covering this case, it has done exactly that. In a show titled “The Indrani Files”, Barkha Dutt asked: “Do we have to reserve judgment? How deep are we going into the lurid details of this saga?” But then, she continued to do exactly that. The others on her board generously analyzed Indrani Mukherjea’s character and declined to consider that she has not yet been proven guilty. Barkha Dutt asks one of her panelists, Anil Dharkar: “Is this a murder that the media must investigate?” He replied: “This is a murder that the police must investigate.”
Critics have once again risen to the occasion by attempting to portray it as a trial by media. They cite the ongoing vilification of Indrani Mukerjea a direct analogy with that of the Talwars’ in the Aarushi murder case. Trial by media proponents argue that Indrani is a victim of adverse media prejudice painting her as guilty. In a letter to Chief Justice Mohit Shah, Ex-top police officer and diplomat Julio Ribeiro demanded his intervention to stop the ‘media trial’ in the sensational case.
Having said that, the media is determined to examine this case, and help the Mumbai police crack the case that it believes to have already cracked. So India Today TV went into Indrani Mukherjea’s previous spouse Sanjeev Khanna’s Facebook page and attempted to connote meanings to all the posts on the days before and after the alleged murder.
And what have the police found yet?
There is no body, just remnants of a burnt corpse discovered three years back. According to reports, some samples were sent to forensic laboratory. Then we heard that these samples had been misplaced. Now we hear they have been found and some more discovered at the same spot. These have now been sent for DNA testing, a procedure that takes some time. Until this is done, nobody, not even the Mumbai police can be sure whether these body parts belong to the missing woman, Sheena Bora. Apart from this, the police have built the case based on the admission of a man who says he was the driver of the primary accused, Indrani Mukherjea. The confession, on the police’s own admission, was extracted through extreme pressure. We can only imagine what that could be. And we also know that such confessions can be retracted.
Given this state, it is misleading to watch news channels making an attempt to legitimize the over-the-top coverage of this story as an “obligation” of the media to ensure that the case is solved. Instead, is it not the responsibility of journalists to ask the police some difficult inquiries? Why is Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria not asked to clarify for what reason he has opened up the case to the world though the DNA investigation on the remnants of Sheena Bora’s body is still on? What was the rush? It should be argued that Maria, at the helm of a 40,000-strong police force in a city of 21 million people, would have more weighty administrative and law and order responsibilities, rather than one media-propelled case.
What should be kept in mind?
According to me, the real scandal is that the Sheena Bora murder case did not receive the coverage it merited- the twin failures of Worli police to pursue the missing persons’ complaint that Rahul Mukerjea filed and the Raigad police to lodge an accidental death report after recovering Sheena’s burnt corpse and investigate the case further. Hence, if I was reporting the case, I would have focussed on this aspect. I believe that this would help the media better track the state of policing in the country where one has to be tremendously resourceful or persistent to urge police personnel to heed the call of duty. In this context, Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria’s personal and his prolonged involvement in the investigation and interrogation reveals a police force acutely conscious of the media spotlight and the importance of perception management.
The failure to push the police force on the real issues of the day — be it the unsolved murders of rationalists like Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, or the recurring hooch deaths across the country — reveals the limits of the media’s potential and impact. Hence, it is the need of the hour to overcome this shortcoming instead of getting swayed to commit media trials.
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बिहार विधानसभा 2015 की चुनावी प्रक्रिया अब आगे बढ़ चुकी है। पहले दौर के मतदान की नोटिफिकेशन जारी हो जाने के बाद लगभग सभी दलों द्वारा उम्मीदवारों के घोषणा शुरू हो चुकी है। इसके साथ ही संभावित उम्मीदवारों और टिकटार्थियों में संतोष-असंतोष का दौरा पड़ना शुरू हो चला है…….
There are many reasons cited for Dengue. Believe me, none of them is Dengue. Its ous system which has failed us all in curbing this Mosquitoe Menance.
Really, it seems there was nothing that is not as easier than moulding public opinion for or against some topic. Latest one being played in Mumbai was the decision by the state government to issue auto permits only to people who can talk Marathi.
As usual, people started involving politics, culture etc., to condemn the decision. One can’t blame these guys who are blaming the government, for the headlines of all leading news channels/papers are almost distorting the mere fact.
For example – “Maharashtra does it again”.
Funny, I have not seen a taxi driver in Delhi, who cannot speak Hindi and not an auto driver in Bangalore, who cannot speak Kannada. So, in what way it is different, if the government of Maharashtra says that permits would be issued only to Marathi speaking people.
Now, let me assert the fact that I am not a Marathi, nor a Maharashtrian origin guy. I spent about 23 years in Maharashtra, and all I could do was to learn Hindi and a little bit of Marathi. Had anyone spent this much time in Bengal or Tamilnadu, he would have learnt Bengali or Tamil. I never had any aversion to Marathi, but could not learn it due to the sole reason: Marathi is redundant in Maharashtra, at least in the urban area.
Friends from other parts of India may say, urban area is supposed to be cosmopolitan. I beg to differ – cosmopolitan is not defined by – not speaking local language nor was it speaking only Hindi and English. Cosmopolitan means being familiar with various cultures and places. Now, if people coming from other states are not cosmopolitan – in a sense if they cannot accept the local language and customs, and ridicule these, it is their problem. Whether a city or state is cosmopolitan or not will never affect it – as long as it generates revenue and jobs, attracting people from less developed areas.
And, why cry about the cosmopolitan nature of Mumbai, after coming from places that are less cosmopolitan in nature? What right one had to criticise the city, state and culture after coming there for survival?
The hypocrisy of these guys is stands out as these are the same guys who spend good amount of money and time to learn English and gets stamped of their knowledge of the language before trying to move into US and UK.
When there is no objection to learn English, French, or Mandarin, why there should be objections to learn Marathi or Telugu or Tamil, if one wants to live in these states, driving autos?
However, if one examines the issue at hand, it was people and parties of Maharashtra, especially the Shivsena that caused this situation. First, they made the language and culture exclusive of local populace, by declaring that people live in Maharashtra only are Marathis. About two thirds of total Marathi population was excluded this way. Then, continuous agitations against people from other states – this only made the migrants more adamant.
However, the most important thing is there is not sufficient literature, art, music, cinema from Marathi medium. I know, many of my friends quote few authors – but they miss the point. See the quantity and quality of books, novels, magazines, movies made in Telugu, Tamil and Bengali. And in these states, migrants were not persecuted. In fact, these states have adopted migrants. Best case is Tamilnadu, where none of the popular personalities – MGR, Jayalalitha, Rajnikant and Kamal Hassan are Tamilians. But, they became more tamilians than the natives.
Yes, Tamilnadu opposed to Hindi. But, it was only when it was pushed down them. Anyway, Hindi was the newest addition to the Indian languages and Tamil had space along with Sanskrit for millennia. And, all Tamilians when they migrate to north, learn Hindi. In fact, their Hindi accent was ridiculed by all Hindi speaking people, including Marathis.
But, at the end of the day, Tamilians could migrate to other places and mixed with local populace, and kept their own identity intact. At home, they could retain the Tamil flavour. Same case with Bengal. Of course, now Shivsena started realising their past mistakes, as I heard one of the Thakerays talking about reviving Marathi on the lines of Tamil.
Hope, there comes a day, people speaking all languages learn to respect other languages.
I could take out one instance from the life of Shivaji, which many in Maharashtra had forgotten. Sadly, now, everywhere Shivaji was painted fair in colour – contradicting the fact that he was dark like the majority of Maharashtrians or Marathas. When one of his generals presented him a beautiful Muslim lady taken prisoner in a war, Shivaji commented: “Had my mother been so beautiful like this lady, I also would have been beautiful”. Yes, only those who respects their mothers can respect mothers of others.
Change has to come within first, before expecting the world to change in tune with us.
भारत में लोक सभा चुनाव 2014 में जब भारतीय जनता पार्टी के नेतृत्व में एनडीए की सरकार बनी। मनोनीत् प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी द्वारा पाकिस्तान समेत सभी पड़ोसी देशों को शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में शामिल होने का न्यौता देना पूरी दुनिया के लिये किसी आश्चर्य से कम नही था।
My op-ed in Kashmir Times, 15 September
चुनाव आयोग द्वारा चुनाव की तारीखों के ऐलान से बिहार में चुनावी समर का श्रीगणेश हो गया है। पांच चरण में होने वाले मतदान से इस बार कई मायनो में नये इबारत गढ़े जायेंगे। अक्तूबर में 12,16 और 28 तारीख और नवंबर में 1 और 5 तारीख को मतदान होंगे। परिणाम 8 नवंबर को घोषित किये जायेंगे।
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बिहार विधान सभा चुनाव इस बार काफी रोचक होता जा रहा है। इस रोचक चुनाव पर एक नजरिया।
Of late, Asaduddin Owaisi, who inherited a well-established political legacy of MIM from his father was more like a businessman ready to test foreign waters. His success in areas outside of Hyderabad had thrown him into national lime light, despite the fact that his triumphs were limited to few seats. He became a go to man to the common Muslim voter, who already felt cheated by all those secular political ventures since independence.
His announcement of entering Bihar political arena in the coming elections had already jittered self-proclaimed politicians. Unlike the minority leaders of north India, for one, he doesn’t depend on any other political leader or party and a foreign returned, educated politician around whom the new generation of Muslims would rally.
That BJP is his main opposition, at national level is no secret. But, it was not BJP that loses sleep due to his entry into north Indian politics. BJP, if work out their strategy well, may in all probability welcome him. It is for the secular parties led by caste leaders, he poses a great threat. Given the fact that Hindus would never vote enmasse, as caste politics play a vital role in the elections. And the Muslim votes would normally decide at least in those constituencies where they have considerable presence, forced many of these leaders to become secular.
For the first time in the recent past, there would be one leader from the minority community who would be seeking votes based on religion. Though Kashmir was full of Muslim parties, voters there behave like Hindu voters of other states and split amongst themselves. Threatened leaders apart, even observers are apprehensive about the repercussions of MIM’s entry into mainstream national politics.
Main concern is his entry would further polarise the voters already divided on religious lines. Of course, this was always the case with any of our political parties and minority leaders who supported various major parties at different stages. On the other hand, for MIM, it was Congress or TDP that took their support at various stages. This, is the main difference between Owaisi and other leaders of Muslims. He negotiates from the position of strength while others do bargain for some soaps.
Anyway, there is not a single election since the days of Indira Gandhi, without polarisation of votes, on some pretext. If not religion, elections were fought and won on caste lines. Considering the various types of classifications that we are capable of, it doesn’t matter whether the polarisation was on the lines of religion, or region or caste or language. There was polarisation, nevertheless.
Coming to riots, if not religion based riots, there were caste based riots. But, when riots within one religious fold happen, no religious colour is seen. But, lives lost were lost – irrespective to whomever they belong to.
However, there is one optimism that could be seen from Owaisi’s expansionism. If he could establish himself as the one leader of Muslims across nation, he would probably become the most powerful leader of the community. And this increases his bargaining power – or the collective power of the community.
Despite the secular slogans, so far there was very little these secular parties delivered to the average Muslim on the streets. And these vote bank politics called minority appeasement, and forced susceptible Hindus to consider the election is between ‘us’ and ‘them’ – evolving politics on religious lines.
So, as such, Owaisi’s expansionism would do well to both communities. For Hindus, it will reduce the friction amongst various castes, albeit temporarily, which, slowly may consolidate. For Muslims, it increases a strong representation, as they would be having one voice.
However, the problem is for Owaisi. As the saying goes, reaching top is easier than staying there. Considering the ever increasing expectations of Muslim youth, he had to find ways to deal – not with the Government that is in power, but the real power centres of Islam – the conglomeration of Imams and Mullahs.
The difference between the growth rate of (not census one, but economic one) Hindus and Muslims was primarily due to isolation of religious institutions of Hinduism from direct politics. Hindus may go en-masse to Asharam to Radhe Maa, but when it comes to exercising their franchise, an overwhelming majority are not under the influence of any religious leader. In fact, this was effectively utilised by various caste based faction leaders time and again to consolidate their base.
For Owaisi, the problem is a double edged sword, and he has no choice but to isolate religion from politics. Without isolating these religious leaders and modernise education in madrasas, it is next to impossible to provide quality of education to the next generation of Muslims. And, it is almost impossible to snatch power from the Imams, who became quasi-politicians. If he fails, to his voters who believed in him feel cheated and he would be pushed into the bandwagon of all those Muslim leaders who used the community.
Coming to the majority politics and rights of minorities, there may not be any appeasement tactics by the BJP Government, but there would not be any suppression either. Given the current image of India in global arena, the edge India enjoys over China is pluralism and liberal administration. With lots of commercial interests in stake, BJP would never destabilise the economy and the image. Last thing they want would be branded as a dogmatic Government.
One may argue that the representation of minorities may get reduce, but it hardly matters to the community, and the nation at large.
Speaking of riots by majority community, it is simply an absurd that riots happened only in BJP ruled states. In fact, riots happened during Congress rule were never probed properly and in many riots, people from both communities were killed. There would be a stalemate between the Muslims led by a powerful commander and the BJP leaders, as both will not stick their neck for the fear of permanent damage. The moment nationalist Government will become fundamentalist, majority of Hindus will reject this and this will only lead to bring back the parties with no real voter base. BJP would never want such a situation.
So, now it is upto Owaise to chart a new course in the history of Muslims and in India.
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Ankit Banerjee compares two contemporary legends of the game — Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara.
Next to Don Bradman’s ridiculous average of 99.95 comes Graeme Pollock at No 2 with 60.97 if we take the cut-off as minimum of 20 innings played in Tests. Juxtapose those figures with Kumar Sangakkara, before he commenced playing his farewell Test, now played at Colombo against India: 85 Tests as a pure batsman [not keeping wickets] in which he scored 9233 runs at a staggering average of 67.39. This one stat, in a sea of astounding volume of work in his career, is suffice to put the Sri Lankan among the pantheons of the greats. Had he not donned the big gloves in 48 Tests, Sangakkara could have enjoyed an even more staggering average. [Also Read: 15 memorable quotes by Kumar Sangakkara]
As he signs off in a few days’ time, it’s worth taking a look at his overs numbers prior to his farewell Test and see how it measures up against the great Sachin Tendulkar:
Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara in Tests
Sangakkara averges much higher than Tendulkar, but what is not evident in the above stats is the Sri Lankan’s consistency right through his career. Barring his debut year in 200 when he averaged 24.86 from four Tests, there has been just two calendar years when his average dipped under 40 — in 32.46 in 2005, and 39.45 in 2008. On the other hand, Tendulkar has experienced some inexplicable dips. In his last two years of cricket, Tendulkar’s form was ordinary. He scored at 23.80 in 2012 and 34.50 in 2013. Of course, one cannot forget the fact that Tendulkar career spanned much longer —24 years. Sangakkara rides into the sunset when people are asking “why” and not “why not” because he is still a top gun in international cricket.[Also Read: Legend Kumar Sangakkara receives Guard of Honour in his last Test in Colombo]
Sachin Tendulkar’s home and away records
Tendulkar has not averaged below 40 in any country. His lowest average is in Zimbabwe —40. Throughout Tendulkar’s playing days, Australia were undoubtedly the toughest of opponents and excelling against them in their backyard was exceptional. The Little Master scored runs at 53.20 in the 20 Tests that he played Down Under.
Kumar Sangakkara’s home and away records:
Sangakkara has got runs all around the world, but there is wider gap between the home-away record than Tendulkar. In India, Sangakkara averages just 36.50 and hasn’t been very successful in South Africa and West Indies too, where he has scored runs at 35.75 and 34 respectively.
Pundits rate overseas performances highly than home, especially the in English and Australian conditions. While Tendulkar averages over 54 in England, Sangakkara has scored runs at just over 41. In Australia, Sangakkara averages over 60, but has played only five Tests compared to Tendulkar’s 20 Tests. [Also Read: One legend talks about another: Sachin Tendulkar hails Kumar Sangakkara’s batsmanship]
Also, Tendulkar has faced a variety of world class bowling in Australia: from Merv Hughes to Shane Warne to Glenn McGrath to Brett Lee to Jason Gillespie to Mitchell Johnson. He has mastered all.
Sangakkara’s 192 at Hobart in 2007 is regarded as one of the greatest knocks played Down Under by a visiting player. With little more support from other batsmen, he would have won Sri Lanka the Test by chasing down 507! For Tendulkar, there is that hundred at Perth in 1991-92 season and the double century at Sydney in 2004.
Technically, Tendulkar is regarded as the game’s most complete batsman. Sangakkara too has all the shots in the book and more often than not made it count with his bat. He got those big double hundreds — he is just one behind Bradman. Tendulkar managed six doubles compared to Sangakkara’s 11. The elegant left-hander also has a triple hundred, something no Indian other than Virender Sehwag has achieved.
What works in Tendulkar’s favour is that he has faced the likes McGrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Brett Lee, Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald, Warne, Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose and the others at their prime.
There can be multiple arguments presented to prove Tendulkar was the best, but Sangakkara camp can indisputable claim that the Indian maestro had the comforts of a batting line-up that comprised the likes of Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. For Sri Lanka, throughout Sangakkara’s tenure, the fortunes of the side relied on him and Mahela Jayawardene.
To put it in a nutshell: There is where little to choose between two men who were the finest by a long way from their respective countries.
(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)
Really, who are you?
Member of Parliament. Vice President of INC. More importantly Rajeev Gandhi’s son and Indira Gandhi’s grandson ie A GANDHI! That’s you, Mr. Gandhi, no!? Unfortunately, that’s the most of you. To me, you start and end at this one thing – being a GANDHI!
To make myself clearer, let me re-phrase my thoughts – who’s Rahul? What has he done in his life? What have been his achievements? What has been his contribution to the Indian polity and society? How capable is he to lead the INC and, god forbid, the nation?
Before actually getting into the details of it, let me tell you why I am asking you all these questions. To be brutally true, for you I am nothing. I am no one. Or, I could be anyone. Well, when there are over one and a quarter billion people just like you, the truth is that you’re figuratively nobody. However, I am someone. I am a building block of this nation and that’s what my real identity is. I am an Indian and INDIA at an individual level. I guess, now you can understand the relationship I have with you. You represent me. You talk about me. You (should) care for me. You (should) work for me. You (definitely) affect me.
Come, let’s try to know you first.
How did the politician “Rahul Gandhi” come into being?
Born in the year 1970, Rahul, you completed your education by the year 1995. I tried searching a lot but I couldn’t find any details of what you did from 1995 to 2002-03. All what’s available on public domain says that your start-up“Backops Services Private Ltd.” was trying to get established.
Out of blue it was announced in March 2004 that you’d be contesting in the General Election due in May 2004. At best, it was hurried move to bring back the Grand Old Indian Party – the Indian Nationa Congress back in the limelight. It was so hurried that when the announcement was done, there was no written piece of information available about you. No CV was created. May be they didn’t get the time in the excitement of getting the torch-bearer from the holy bloodline or may be there wasn’t much to tell about. You won, of course. That too with a margin of over 100,000 votes but did it change much for the INC? No and the world knows it! And despite you being the face of the INC’s campaign for the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the party managed to grab ONLY 22 seats of the 403. TWENTY TWO with a total of only 8.53% of votes. Did you know it, the scion of INC? The General Elections of 2009 were slightly better with regards to your and INC’s performance. Not only UPA came back to power but you also won the constituency of Amethi by a margin of over 350,000 votes. In 2012, your 200 rallies strong campaign helped the INC get a total of 28 out of 403 seats and charting 4th overall rank in UP. That’s like 7% of the assembly seats of UP.
I wish you were smart enough to take a clue from these elections.
How did you perform in the Lok Sabha and in your constituency?
There was an article in the Indian Express titled “In attendance, Rahul led party in Lok Sabha — from the bottom”. Do I need to say more? Can I elaborate it any further without making you clinch your fists and making your party members bless me with all sorts of cuss words? Well I don’t care. So, read on –
Oops! That’s too bad. Had I been there in your place, I would have hung my head shame. Rather, I would have dug a pit and buried myself there for a couple of years.
How can a political figure stand complete without displaying his command over words? You have moved a lot of people with your words. Some in fact even fell on their faces hearing you. Yes sir, you said a lot of things which are plain stupid and should never ever had come out of mouth of a statesman. Please find below some of the pearls of your wisdom.
“People call us an elephant.. We are not an elephant.. we are a beehive.. it’s funny but think about it. Which is more powerful? an elephant or a beehive?”
I don’t understand anything here – neither the literal meaning of it nor the metaphorical. Blame my banality or my mediocrity for it. However, I am damn sure even Gulzar, the king of out-of-the-world metaphors won’t get it either.
“If India is a computer, Congress is its default programme.”
Of course it is. It’s the malware that has infected the computer. It’s the virus that doesn’t die.
“India is going to be the 21st century’s Saudi Arabia in terms of human resources”
God save India if such a thing has to happen to her.
“Politics is everywhere.. it is in your shirt.. in your pants.. everywhere.”
Well this one’s my favourite and it’s an excellent one. The politics is indeed everywhere and the one which is there in pants is my personal favourite. I savor it, I long for it and sometimes I think my political pants make me do some amazing stuff.
“It (Congress) is a funny party. It is the largest political organization in the world but perhaps does not have a single rule or regulation. We create new rules every two minutes and then dump them. Nobody knows the rules in the party”
Well, it’s not funny, actually. However, it reflects a lot about the work culture you have in your party and it also goes to show how much you think before opening your mouth.
I am sure, a lot of people reading it (assuming a lot of people do read it) will continue to daydream about you, your capabilities and your potential.
(Please open Google, go to Image Search and then type Rahul Gandhi Funny. You’ll see to see what India thinks of you)
How did you become so powerful? Who gave you my control?
Having found all this information about you on public domains and after absorbing a lot of it, I couldn’t help myself. I have these aforementioned questions banging my head like anything. Trust me it’s 2 AM but I am too curious to ask you these questions.
What made you rise and (try to) shine even after such fiascos? I mean even after knowing how much you contributed to the party’s success in General and State Assembly Elections, how could you rise to the post of “General Secretary” of the “All India Congress Committee” and the Vice President of the party later on? How? And why? What did you contribute? What was your value addition? How were you better than, let’s say, Sachin Pilot?
So, what do I want to say?
You’re not a part of the Government of India anymore. You, your party and the UPA are not in power. Worst, your party represents only 44 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies. That’s about 8% of the total seats in the Lok Sabha. However, you and the bunch of Congress MPs have grabbed the attention of entire nation. unfortunately, there is hardly any good thing to say about it.
Do you realize that you and your party members just wasted an entire session of the parliament? Do you even know how many man-hours have you wasted? And how much did it cost us? You don’t have the slightest idea of it.
During the entire monsoon session you asked very fervently the resignation of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. What for? For the involvement of the ladies with Lalit Modi and Chouhan’s in possibly one of the biggest and recent scam – the Vyapam scam. You had this single point agenda right from Day 1 of the session and the entire session got wasted for that.
How could you let that happen? Weren’t there other alternative action plans that you could have pursued? Did you think of dragging Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje to the court? Don’t you think a PIL kinda thing would have helped you out? INC has a pool of very learned and experienced advocates like Kapil Sibal. You could have used them?
No. You didn’t. The congress didn’t think either. You all put your shallowness on display every single day of the session. Placards were displayed, Sonia Gandhi went down to the well, Youth Congress members shaved their head. What the hell was all that? Theater? Or an over-zealous move to keep the nasty dynasty working?
It was probably the worst of INC so far. But I am not surprised. In fact I believe there are much more worsts lined up as the Grand Old Party of India gears up for its extinction. I would request you to spare me the horror. Spare the one and quarter billion dreams the horror of you and your party getting callous and getting out of the context.
Last but not the least
You are the precious one for your party not for me. Not for the rest of India. You get all the news space you get because you are the Rahul Gandi and not because of your oratory skills. You don’t know what real India is, what real Indians are. What you have seen all your life are the people who suck up to you. But remember Digvijays and Sanjays don’t are not equal to India and Indians.
I know you’re trying too hard to survive. You are trying to keep the party in centre-stage. In an ideal world we should have lauded and applauded you but the reality sucks. The reality is that you suck at politics. You don’t have knowledge to be the VP of India’s oldest party. You don’t have skill to lead a nation. You don’t have sincerity to represent people. You don’t have clarity of thoughts to give proper answers in interviews. You carry cheat sheets to parliament. You copy obituaries from your phone. You’re wasting nation’s time and money. You’re wasting my time. And I won’t allow you to do it.
We don’t want your hyperactivity. We don’t want any activity from you. Please take another holiday, get to know a local girl, fall in love with her and never come back. We can manage without you. We have had a lot of good Gandhis. We definitely can manage without you.
PS: This letter is about you. I intentionally didn’t bring up the scams done in UPA 1 and 2. I didn’t write to get into mudslinging. I didn’t want to accuse anyone because what’s done is done. It’s over. I just wanted you to give a perspective of how wasteful your existence is. For me. For India!
Not Gonna Lie, Politics in India is on its worst phase.Politicians who use to speak moral catchphrases are nowadays considering it cliches. They are coming with some catchy lines e.g; JDU which literally means Janta Dal United has got a new meaning of Janta ka Daman aur Utpeedan given by Prime Minister of India. Later BJP was quoted Badka Jhootta Party by CM of Bihar. May be it seems humorous to some people bur we can’t deny the fact that Our Country who used to be an example for others in morality and for our culture is losing its ground in every nook and cranny. The Politicians who used to be a symbol of inspiration are becoming a matter of joke.We have seen arguing them in parliament now we won’t be surprise if we saw them killing each other(porn gate and chilli gate).
They should try to avoid showing their true colors to its Janta.
One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops – a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.
At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight,built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back.
Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it. The next day the same thing happened – Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the next.
This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.
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By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!”
The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, “And why not?”
With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Big John has a bus pass.”
Management Lesson: “Be sure there is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one.”
Many in America will remember the gruesome way that some pseudo-religious cult demonstrated their bizarre notions and beliefs by attempting mass suicides in the 90’s. The 39 followers of Heaven’s Gate committed mass suicide in order to reach an alien spacecraft. Back in late the 70’s, another dangerous cult consumed the lives of more than 900 Americans at ‘Jonestown’ in a frantic bid to keep its lid on mental and physical abuses that has occurred at the hand of its leader Jim Jones. These groups thrived on deceit, coercion, blackmail, physical and mental abuses on its members. They are also notoriously adept at discrediting its whistleblowers.
Today we see similar signs beginning to unfold in the ‘Shugden’ group that proclaims as the only pure Buddhist lineage now led by a disgruntled Tibetan monk named Kelsang Gyatso. The same monk who have ordered the anti-Dalai Lama protests according to former members of the group. In late 70’s, The Dalai Lama deemed the Shugden to be a highly sectarian and disservice to Buddha dharma. Shugden leader named Zemey Rinpoche had published a book in 1973 where he threatened its members of ‘wrathful punishment’ if they were to study and engage with other Buddhist lineages. Since then, a number of former Shugden members have gradually come forth to testify on abuses that they had experienced in Shugden centers, notably the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). These centers have successfully evaded media scrutiny on these abuses by launching peremptory verbal attack against the Dalai Lama as a cover up.
Soon the American public will see NKT’s front group International Shugden Community (ISC) members traveling cross continent from Australia to England to here in US following the Dalai Lama. They accuse the Dalai Lama of “banning” Shugden and “persecution” of its followers in India. However, the Dalai Lama is a refugee devoid of state mechanism to effect such ‘ban’. Unbelievable as it may sound, they often chant slurs and slogans like “False Dalai Lama, Stop Lying!” that begs the question, who is the ultimate beneficiary?
On 23 June, a new video has surfaced on internet in which a former senior member of Shugden gives details of its links with Chinese government agents. This explains the easy access to fund to organize protests against the Dalai Lama across different continents.
China invaded Tibet in 1949 and occupied it since then. The Dalai Lama has sought genuine autonomy for Tibet. Some experts believe that China is waiting for the Dalai Lama to pass away and hope Tibet issue to die with him. While governments and leaders have lauded his approach, meanwhile China have used every means to discredit the Dalai Lama by openly calling him ‘devil in sheep’s clothing’. Such actions are identical to those of Shugden and sheds light on a more potent threat against the Dalai Lama, a marriage of convenience between the Chinese government and the Shugden.
Lets look at factors that makes up a cult and seven characteristics of NKT Shugden group that strongly mirror those of a cult and perhaps the reason why Tibetans generally resist it.
1) Absolute faith on its leader. Kelsang Gyatso, the leader of the Shugden NKT group systematically bans his followers from reading materials written by other teachers (and other kinds of books for that matter) and forbids members from receiving teachings from other Buddhist teachers. A letter sent by NKT center to its branches reveal how this is implemented.
2) Supremacists ideology. The Shugden group claims that their understanding of the Dharma is the purest in Tibetan Buddhism. Other teachings from the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya, Nyingma, Kagyu, and Jhonang are not accepted as part of their “pure Dharma teachings”. A written work by a Shugden leader Zemey Rinpoche titled ‘the Yellow Book’ published in 1973 details a list of ‘wrathful punishment’ for anyone who practices the teachings of other lineages.
3) Financial exploitation of its members. The Followers are financially exploited as the former members/survivors of the NKT testified that they were even asked to take loans and sell their properties to fund the center.
4) Blackmails and intimidations of its members. Ex-members of NKT has endlessly shared stories where they were threatened with legal and spiritual backlash if they spoke out against the NKT. Followers were often told that they will “burn in hell” if they harbor slightest of doubt regarding the NKT or its leader.
5) Portraying as a victim. The NKT often places itself as a victim of “discrimination” and “religious oppression” mainly by the Dalai Lama. The members of the NKT are still drowning in the mindset of a being a “victim” of oppression from a stateless religious leader who tirelessly bears the responsibility for the survival of Tibetan culture and six million Tibetans.
6) Isolation. The NKT members are coerced into mental isolation and even being barred from meeting family members in some cases.
7) Promise of “eternal bliss.” Kelsang Gyatso, the leader of NKT Shugden in his commentary to Heart Jewel, stated that by putting their trust in Shugden, the followers will naturally become pure, have a powerful ally and always make the right decisions.
These dreadful signs of decay are threats to a healthy society, especially to a much smaller Tibetan Buddhist community. The Dalai Lama since early days has cautioned about this and in response, Shugden group did what a cult does best, they levelled baseless allegations against him in an attempt to discredit him. While Tibetans inside Tibet are calling in support of the Dalai Lama at the risk of their lives under China, the NKT Shugden group is never seen protesting against the Chinese government’s repression in Tibet.
Today, the Dalai Lama is a towering spiritual figure and popularly acclaimed as a global champion of peace and compassion. He is greatly loved in the free world and is coming to California to celebrate his 80th birthday with his American friends after appearing at Glastonbury Festival in UK.
By Tsering Wangchuk, Press Officer, DIIR, Central Tibetan Administration with contribution from Mr. Kim Se Hoon. Student at Univ. of Rochester
The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Central Tibetan Administration.
NDA govermently recently celeberatedd its first year in office by claiming a corruption free governence. But the first blemish has emereged when the health minister of Modi government caught carpeting corruption in AIIMs. Story of AIIMS penetrated the coru[tion free goerence period whe a honest vigilence officer are removed from the office on the plea ofthe then MP & now Health minister of iIndian union. But No words came from PMO. This is next in the row of ervealed corruption where the Sushma Swaraj had helped Lalit Modi who os involved in corruption involving in more than Rs 700 crores. He is abosconding. In such a sitition, sushma’s action is questionable.
NDA government & Amit sah have put up their weight in defence of Swaraj. But it cannot washed out the conflict of interest the case implies. Amit Saha quoted Quattrochhi & Anderson, culprit of Bofors scandal, allowed to escape from INdia. Saha very soon forget that votors ensured that Congress paid for its misdeeds. By the same token, they gave a very comfortable majority to BJP because Narender Modi promised to deviate from the UPA’s path. The simple question is, how can misdeeds of past, let alone justify, the mistakes of current misdeeds.
The matter became more serious because Swaraj,s daughter has worked with Lalit Modi’s legeal counsel, while liked email nerates that Swaraj’s husband sought lalit modi’s help to secure admission of his nephew in one of the college of UK. Therefore, Swaraj,s stand of humanitarian ground, is questionable one.
The humanitarian argument is very wide. First Swaraj should have counsulted the agencies before whom legeal action is pending. Secondly, is it possible to extend humanitarian helps to all culprits? if not, then how special treatment to lalit? All persons are equal as per law of the land? It is strange that in Purtagal law does not stipulate any such complusory procedure, as claimed by Sushma. All such make her activity more serious. Beaing a foreign minister she could have verified the claim of Modi. Neither she consulted legeal experts nor her fellow Ministers, implies her intention not so clean as she claimed.
Corrouptin free goverence was the promice of our PM. He talked about zero tolerence. But BJP MP government is undr serious scanner where even office of the Governer is under doubt.
The common people needs answer from PM to whom they voted. Misdeeds of predessor cannot justify the misdeeds of the present government in office.
The AAP is a total waste party as most of the party in India.It is High time some one should take the initiative to ban the parties which take birth for its own future,and not for the people or nation.All ready we have plenty of parties and it is the great curse of the nation today.We can stick to democrcy only if we have two partiesWhis sufficient to rule India.Please think about it.
Therefore the minister should think for the future, think out of box taking an outside view rather than being confined to vision of bureaucratic mandarins of the north block.