Arundhati Roy : Out of Book Shelf

It seems Arundhati is confounded about idea of nationalism. Anti establishment sentiments appeal to her wisdom more than constructive criticism of establishment from within.

I would have chosen to become a disciple of Arundhati Roy, had she shared the dais with Abdul Kalam and urged Muslims of India to have him as role model instead of a Separatist who is enemy of the nation  and a financial puppet of our neighbours. I would have chosen to become her devotee if she had conveyed that India is a state where a Muslim can become – A president of the Nation, A giant IT company owner with 1.37 weightage on BSE Sensex, Bollywood’s King Khan, Bharat Ratna for his service to musical instrument Shehnai and Captain of Indian cricket side without having being converted to Hindu religion.

Yes freedom of expression does matter in a democracy along with right of self determination. But what Arundhati Roy seems to have forgotten is all those freedoms and rights she openly advocates should necessarily be within the framework of constitution along with a sense of national pride and supreme interest of the nation embedded into them.

Anything outside this framework without loyalty to the national flag is not only undemocratic but also antinational – treason of highest class. Her continuous soft support for Anti Establishment Sentiments give her image of frustrated citizen who sees no hope in fighting the system from within.

Probably Roy needs to visit schools again where one is taught – Ask what I can do for my country instead of what my country can do for me.

By taking side of Separatist leader in the valley, Roy has lost respect of millions of Indians whose heart pumps with excitement every time they listen to national anthem. May be as a consolation prize, she might get support of people who choose not to salute the Indian national flag.

Coming to right of self determination – Right of self determination on choosing nationality for any state today in modern India does not solely lie with the state itself. Behind every 1 Separatist in the valley there are thousands in other states of India who want to protect national territories. Their right matters too.

Sad part is some idiots in the valley do not foresee that their future is best secured with rising economic power that India is instead of following a country in complete disarray. Greater sad part is Arundhati Roy does not realize it either.

If Kashmir has to established as a separate country on the grounds of hate India (as it is predominantly a Hindu nation) then there is another chaotic 21st century Pakistan in the making.

Right of self determination as described by Roy can never be compared with Independence struggle of India. Firstly Delhi is not as much a foreign rule to Kashmir as much as British were to Indians (scope of present article does not go deep into this). Secondly India got independence from British not out of Hate Christianity school of thought (although Hindus suffered from the conversions the most). Churches have been protected in India post 1947. Can it be said about the temples in barbaric north western part of our neighbour’s post 1947 – A country which laid its foundations on hatred for other religions rather than self respect for their own and eventually crucified their own fate.

I would like to share here a wonderful memory here – A Muslim Tabala maestro once happily accepted a small idol of Lord Vitthal from the organizers before the concert. Such majestic and outstanding was the display of his skills in playing Tabala that a Hindu Audience gave him standing ovation for complete 3 minutes. I Hope Arundhati Roy shares such experiences with her friends from the valley.

Arundhati Roy is certainly out of book shelves of many Indians– Forever.

(Coming Soon – In the next article, would give a fitting reply to Arundhati’s arguments which she made in her speech in Delhi)

Jai Hind

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Bharat Ratna Kalmadi

In a country where so many people are below poverty line, someone hitting headlines for misappropriation of funds is a real champion. Let me share here news from IBN live – giving some of India’s statistics which are not so favourite numbers Indians remember.

N C Saxena report gives a shocking figure of % of people below poverty line. Report says 50 % of Indians live below poverty line. It was no surprise report was rejected. And it would be matter of  great irony if the Saxena panel was asked to revise the Planning Commission’s 28 per cent figure.

If you are shocked with these figures, hold your breath as I share with you Arjun Sengupta Committee report. It says 79 % of Indians live on less than Rs 20 a day and 836 million Indians remain marginalized and need assistance.

 Government of India was smart enough to accept tendulkar report which gave a poverty figure of 37 %. Something easy to digest I guess.

And the critical point here is in a country where there so many of them are poor; winning elections has an open secret.  Pump the money in. No wonder after many disgraceful headlines kalmadi’s party has not sacked him. And irony is, it is a party of which mahatma Gandhi was a part of.

Kalmadi can be hailed as a hero where there are so many are poor. He is doing something which people below poverty line cannot do.

I recommend Bharat Ratna for Kalmadi. 

 And Mr kalmadi need not have to worry about his political future. I assure him it is sound and safe.

Have a look at most prominent Indians here who have made this country proud.

Sanjay Dutt was caught with modern automatic guns allegedly received from anti-national elements. But such is his charisma that, still he successfully finds a place in news papers on his 51st birthday. Probably this country does not want to read how Prakash Amte and his organization celebrates Baba Amte’s Birth anniversary.

Laloo Prasad yadav went to jail in fodder scam. Today he walks free with his head held high in pride. Ask him to deliver speech on ethics, he would mesmerize you.

Sunanda pushkar and Shashi Tharror are now hitting romantic headlines for their proposed marriage after disgraceful days of the past. The whole controversy behind Sweat Equity has turned really Sweet now.

R R Patil made not just an irresponsible statement but insensible as well after Mumbai was under attack in 2008 which arguably costed him his job. Today 2 years down the line he is heading the same department – This is no less than a promotion.

I guess Kalmadi’s party requires kalmadi more than any poor in India. Come elections, it is people like kalmadi who are going to bail the party out.

Probably Mr. Kalmadi is on right track in a democratic India. Let us not denounce our real hero. A Bharat Ratna Kalmadi.

 Jai Hind

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Sack Pawar Now

Stunned I was some years back as I read Mr Manmohan Singh’s CV. High in qualification and rich in experience is what one could describe. I thought finally we have a man who can deliver and make changes with iron hand. Some years down the lane I have found I was quick to hope. And not just quick but foolishly quick. It made me realise that CVs can truly be very deceptive and can give false impression of a candidate’s abilities to take up the assignment he has applied for.

Mr Singh was nothing but a spot less face hired by congress to carry out the dirty business behind him.  Sadly Mr Manmohan Singh now can easily claim to be one of India’s most successfully failed Prime Minister. A dark spot on a wonderful career. A spot big enough to be recognised as a separate career itself.

We all know and believe that the turban is still clean. But we do not simply want a clean prime minister. We want a performing one also. My appeal to Mr Prime Minister is – Sack Pawar Now. He is not only allegedly involved in murky deals of IPL but also has completely failed to control food prices as an Agricultural Minister.  I know it is difficult to sack supreme leader of a party especially when one of your state government banks upon his support. (NCP has 62 seats in Maharashtra Assembly out of 144 jointly held by ruling coalition.)

Let us have a look at Mr Pawar’s statements as Agriculture Minister in last few months. A classic case of how one can contradict his own previously made statements.

7 Nov 2009 : Food prices will decline after the rabi crop

20 Dec 2009 : Says Controlling food prices is responsibility of the states.

11 Jan 2010 : “I am not a fortune Teller.” – To a question when food prices would come down.

13 Jan 2010 : High food price inflation may start moderating in seven to 10 days, following the measures unveiled by the government, said Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday.

25 Jan 2010 :  Pawar says 312 districts in the country ie around 55% of the total districts faced drought during kharif season affecting the agriculture produce. But the situation improved after the monsoon revived. The production of wheat will be very good this year due to cold weather condition.

8 Feb 2010  : Mr Pawar ascribed the phenomenon of inflation to the increasing purchasing power of the Indians.

 25 Feb 2010 : “Prices of essential commodities have shown declining trend,”  Pawar said in the Indian Parliament replying to a discussion on price rise.

Now coming to what are the facts —Latest government data shows that India’s food price index rose 17.58% in the last 12 months.

It is no magic that Mr Pawar still holds the portfolio as his Boss Mr Prime Minister continues giving goody goody speeches against eradication of poverty and corruption, both either directly and indirectly linked with Mr Pawar. Calculation is simple. The fate of ruling coalition in Maharashtra State Assembly would depend upon support from NCP of which Mr Pawar is the Big Boss. We need action Mr Prime Minister that matches thoughts and follows intention.

 The whole nation is asking one simple question for which they are not getting answer for a quite a long long time now. How Mr Pawar is doing justice to his role as Agriculture Minister if he is spending too much of his time on cricket related matters?

And the best thing about Mr Pawar is that he is no selfless cricket lover also. The world is surely not so naive not to understand link between politics and cricket especially in an era where money attracts cricket and not the other way round.

Mr prime Minister buck stops at your desk now. Act now or stop acting as if you are acting. Sack the Man. Make him go because he completely deserves to. Quite a few people might argue – “sacking him does not solve problem.”  But the fact is keeping him does not solve either.

And Mr Prime Minister, this time for a change you can come out of role of a Italian Puppet and show the country that even Prime Minister can take his own decision.

 Jai Hind

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Eie Mere Watan Ke Logon

As I quietly entered pantry with a cheerful morning behind on 6th of April, my attention was captured by flash news on NDTV – Naxalites kill 70 CRPF jawans. A tsunami of shock clubbed with anger hit me. 70 was a big number of jawans for India to lose but not for a 20:20 CRICKET Game which the entire crowd of intellectuals were discussing in the pantry regardless of what was going on the news channel.

A rapid round of questions surfaced in my mind as I sat there feeling disgusted about how not just enemies outside but inside also can kill us – whenever they want and where ever they want. And all we with the massive army at our resort can do is – condemn

Is a Jawan’s compensation less than what a cheer leader is getting to shake their bums for 3 hours? Is the widow of the brave man going to get a job? How much pension she would get? Is it matching with the rising inflation and sky rocketing food prices? Do widows get petrol pumps, they are promised to receive in massive political rallies prior to elections? And if they get any (I doubt completely) are they going to be trained effectively to manage it professionally?

Promises are plenty.

1)    Rs 15 Lakh as Ex-gracia from the centre.

2)    Rs 10 Lakh from CRPF risk fund

3)    Rs 3 lakh as  Ex-Gratia from State Government

4)    Rs 10 Lakh from state government as part of scheme of anti-naxal operation.

5)    Rs 60,000 from CRPF central welfare fund.

I expect the best talent in investigative journalism to work on to see if all the compensation reaches the people who deserve most and not on finding the truth behind an ordinary tennis player’s love for a disgraced cricketer who is from a country which is most definitely supreme enemy of the great nation that India is.

TOI is covering sania marriage issue giving a lot of space on the front page in past few days as if the marriage of Sania  is the most critical SOCIO-POLITICAL issue in India and its success or failure determines the fate of Kashmir problem.

I see the whole coverage as no less than ordinary society gossip of how most stunning girl in the society eloped with the ugly looking boy in Flat No XXX.

Coming back to Naxal Attack- P Chidambaram probably made a box office statement in his visit to west Bengal before Naxal attack in his advice to CM of West Bengal about the growing Law and Order problem in west Bengal – The Buck stops at CM’S desk. It should not go beyond that.

Congress leaders were beaten and no wonder home minister was probably for a change doing a postman’s job for high command conveying its message to the CM.

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Probably home minister was following his fellow minister of Agriculture who after many random and contradictory statements, one fine morning said- Controlling food prices is the responsibility of the state government. I think PC is just a master in subject called “Holding Position without Performance”. Pawar holds a PHD.

And before the dust could settle down from the controversial use of language by the home minister, naxalites landed a deadly blow to operation green hunt killing 70 CRPF Jawans.  As the media kept chasing the home minister P Chidambaram post naxal attack to know where does the buck stop now? P Chidambaram this time showed good sense of responsibility and accepted- Buck stops at my desk.

I hope honourable minister it really does. And compensation for slain jawans reaches where it ideally should as media moves in search of breaking news proving it is not just the public memory which is short but the media memory as well.

Jai Hind

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