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Use rescued Afghans to correct misguided Indians


It is understood that our government while getting Indians vacated from Afghanistan, brought in 1,000 Afghans also ,who worked for the previous Afghanistan government friendly to India. Recently , Talibans have captured power in Afghanistan,  and declared that they will rule Afghanistan as per Sharia laws. In the meantime they started brutalizing common Afghani people, especially those who worked with American forces. Their rule will be as was in mediaeval period, humanity has much advanced from there. 

Seeing this in Afghanistan, Fundamentalist Muslims from all over the world, including those in India, are encouraged and supporting the taliban rule, from safe shelter in India . Women will be totally incapacitated. I am sure that intellectual Muslims whether they are in India or even in Pakistan will not support the taliban rule of mediable style. Intellectual Muslims of India should do something to stop this. 

One effective way could be 1000 Afghanis rescued by Indian government may be used to tell our people what the actual Taliban  rule means. Should Taliban  rule really come to India nobody will be safe including those Fundamentalist Muslims who are supporting this new Taliban rule. At this very moment whom these Talibans are killing, are all Sunni Muslims . 

These Afghanis who are brought in India from Afghanistan may be  brought in our TV and Press, and  interviewed in public gaze on the real situation in Afghanistan when common citizens of India including all minorities will know the truth in Afghanistan. They will know  what this Taliban rule means. Pakistan may be encouraging this rule there now, they also will not be safe by this Taliban. All opposition parties in India should bury the differences with the Modi government ,  and support him in this time of emergency situation. At the moment what we see is that all opposition parties have come together and using every tactics to somehow pull down the Modi government without thinking of the future of the country, none of them can lead the country in this hour of crisis.

Our government is taking a lot of measures already to stop the spread of Taliban culture and Secure the position of India.  I have full confidence on this  Modi Govt, and his international influence. Only he can do the magic, none else. Thanks for reading.

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Autograph and stamp exhibition at Milon Mancha


Yesterday attended an exhibition, it comprised collections of various hobbies, autographs, stamps and coins. The contributors were Rinky Bhattacharya, Pradip Roy Chowdhury, Shivaji Sanyal, Ratan Bhattacharjee, Rudra Mandal and Shruti Basu Ghosh. Duration was for three hours, from 5.00 to 8.00 in the evening, but interest among the audience overshot the scheduled time, I returned home at around 11.00 pm. This short- timing is appropriate for me, going by the place I live in and the distance from the venue of Milon Mancha.

Among the items on display that most attracted me was the autograph section, contributor was Shivaji sanyal. Here is a versatile man–he was and, is an actor in his sixties –did the role of homeo doctor in PIKU cinema alongside Amitava Bachhan among the countless he did so far. After he retired as a senior officer in a multinational company, he engages himself as an actor, poet, writer, model, anchor, a great speaker. When he speaks , you will be glued to your seat until he finishes.

Then I must mention the name of Sri Ratan Bannerjee. He has a collection of 5000 stamps, only a few he displays here today with assurance to come up more elaborately next. I have a great respect for him. Even at this age of 60 + he has a great zeal for this hobby. You will understand his commitment to his hobby when he explains what his stamp is particularly about and how he collected those stamps originally. I adore his kind of zeal; about me, forget my doing the same at this age , I could not do it when I was young in my school and college days when people learn to lay the foundations for life and naturally most productive.

I must mention the name of Sruti Basu Ghosh and her knowledgeable young husband. They displayed their collection of autographs and old coins. What is remarkable about this outstanding lady is that she in the course of her collection of autographs, contacted SATYAJIT ROY. She requested him to give her a autograph to which he complied by sending one with a forwarding letter composed in a poem, which is displayed above. I liked it very much and it impressed me. As many of us know that handwriting carries a stamp of personality of a human being, I noticed the same in Satyajit Ray’s writing to her. The letters are equally inclined to the right, and there is equal gaps between lines written, there is a great evenness in his writing not usually we see around.

There were a few others. Here, I must mention Milon Mancha stands upon two great pillars who are holding aloft it, they are Rudra mondal and Sharmista. Day in day out, they are pursuing one or other cultural activities in Mumbai and outside, and scores of people enjoy the fruit without having any personal contribution of theirs. This is a platform where many great personalities come and perform to whom we come in contact and mingle, which otherwise we can not think of. For example today SAMIR MANDAL , a painter of repute attended, shared his experience. Among his many students ex-Prime Minister, V. P. Sing was one. Padma Bhusan awardee and ex-Chairman of Sangeet natak academy , Sri Shekhar dasgupta.., often comes to MM and display is fireworks. Ratan Krishna saha, a member of this MM, has been awarded the prestigious national academy award by president of India. Could I ever make access to these great personalities without MM, Never, never. Long live Milon Mancha!!!!.

Last and by no means least that while there are many who made big in the various discipline of art today, there are many more others who are/were not so big. There are still others who took tips from the big and accomplished , to make name for themselves later. Milon Mancha welcomes any willing like minded people who enjoys cultural activities, whether he is a Bengalee or not.

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WHY BADE GULAM ALI KHAN LEFT PAKISTAN FOR KOLKATA/INDIA.


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৪৭-র তখন প্রায় শেষ। ওস্তাদ বড়ে গোলাম আলি খাঁ সাহেব তখন ওপারে। পাকিস্তানের নাগরিক। ধর্মসূত্রে নয়, জন্মসূত্রে।
রেডিও পাকিস্তানের জন্য গান গাইলেন ওস্তাদ। রেকর্ডিং শেষে ফিকে হয়ে আসা রাত জুড়ে আবার তিনি একের পর এক সঙ্গীত সম্মেলনে। কখনো পেশোয়ার। কখনো করাচি। একদিন ফিরে এসে টেলিগ্রাম পেলেন, রেডিও পাকিস্তানের প্রোগ্রাম ডিরেক্টরের। খাঁ সাহেব যদি একবার অনুগ্রহ করে আসেন রেডিও স্টেশনে। গেলেন ওস্তাদ। সুগন্ধি চা আর একমুখ জর্দাঠাসা পানের পর মুখ খুললেন রেডিও-র কর্ণধার। একটা ছোট্ট অনুরোধ ওস্তাদজি, গানের মুখড়া যদি একটু বাদ দেন..খাঁ সাহেব বুঝলেন না। এবার কারণ ব্যাখ্যা ও রেকর্ডিং থেকে শোনানো হল চরাচর উন্মনা করা ঠুংরির প্রথম কলি ‘ইয়াদ পিয়া কি আয়ে, হায় রাম’! এই দুটো শব্দ বাদ দিন ওস্তাদজি, দুটো শব্দ বাদ দিলে তো আপনার অনন্ত মুধভরা গান ফুরোবে না!
আপনারা রামকে বাদ দিন, আমি আপনাদের বাদ দিচ্ছি। সিংহ গর্জে উঠলো রেডিও স্টেশনে। পরের দিনই চিঠি লিখলেন স্বাধীন ভারতের প্রথম রাষ্ট্রপতি রাজেন্দ্রপ্রসাদকে। হৃদয় নিংড়ানো প্রেম, অপেক্ষা আর যন্ত্রণা দিয়ে যে গান রচিত হয়, তাকে রক্ষা করতে আমি ধর্মনিরপেক্ষ ভারতের নাগরিক হতে চাই। ঠিক এক পক্ষ কাল পর ওস্তাদ বড়ে গোলাম আলি খাঁ সাহেব চিরদিনের জন্য জন্মভূমি পাকিস্তান থেকে এলেন কলকাতায়। হ্যাঁ। কলকাতাতেই। কারণ এই শহরেই সুরের ভুবনে অসুর আর শয়তানের প্রবেশ ছিল নিষেধ।

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BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT


Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare wrote it 400 years back in his HAMLET. It is really so, and this line comes to me again and again— more so, when I see long-winded speakers around. There is no dearth of such people around you and me. They are boring because they make their communication repetitive, and unnecessarily long and winding, sapping all the interest of the listener. When one word is sufficient, they love to use 100 words  at the earliest opportunity, regardless of what is at issue. I have a friend, he is not a mean man, he is perfectly knowledgeable. At the slightest provocation, he will come out with everything he learnt in history in his life. His submission normally becomes so long that often he forgets what he started with. Needless to say one can understand how much boring such persons are generally!!! Master communicator knows that fewer words, and even unsaid words, make more impact. Intelligent people talk less, and are less noisy. Also true is the fact that intelligent people shuns long-winded speakers.

When I am face to face with such boring people, the same quotation of Shakespeare comes to my mind. Brevity is really the soul of wit. People who know much, have control over language, say the whole thing in a few words. This makes a great impact on people around.  It is my experience that people of less wit and intelligence take longer route to convey things, use more words and take long time to express. Do you Remember short expressions like ” TO BE OR NOT TO BE”, ‘ ET TU BRUTE”, ‘ THEY ARE ALL GENTLEMEN’ ???  This expressions are short and crisp, conveys a whole story requiring a few thousand words. My advice to my friends don’t be verbose, if you can, use only a few words, instead of many. It is because, BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT, and honour it.

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TALIBAN EMPOWERMENT IN AFGHANISTAN, WILL  CREATE A DREADED SYRIA IN INDIA!!!!!


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It is a matter of worry for all of us in India. There is an understanding currently between America and Taliban in Pakistan. What it really means that America is handing over power to Taliban with a purpose to  leave Pakistan. This is selfishness on the part of America, they want to be big power without taking any responsibility. They created Taliban to secure their own interest in Afghanistan, supplied them arms, and trained to kill and create violence, used Taliban in all possible manner. By the process they disturbed our Asian sub-continent from the bottom….. now, as they no longer able to manage– actually they bitten more than they could chew, now they want to leave Afghanistan, virtually admitting defeat. This is a nightmare  for all of us, and, it is a good news for Pakistan, Taliban and the separatists in Kashmir. All these means terrorism, and more terrorism for all of India. Western people do not care unless they are affected; before 9/11, they did not know the pains of India from terrorism.

Recently, when a meeting between Taliban and America was going on in Dubai, on the arrangement of leaving Afghanistan to Taliban,  Taliban blew off a whole company of soldiers in Afghanistan. If this is state of affairs, when America has not yet left Afghanistan, imagine what would be the position when America has wholly left Afghanistan !!!!. There will be devastation all around. ISI and Pakistan will rejuvenate, Kashmiri separatists will be doubly encouraged. And what will follow to the safety and security of we Indians ???. There of course, are some Indians who are sympathetic to Talibans, they don’t know what it will lead to. Those are ignorant people. Their sympathy for Taliban and Pakistan, may or may not realize, but in the process there will be complete anarchy in India. India in that feared situations may turn into like devasted Syria, where there are refugees, refuges and refugees, violence, no food, no water, no medicine. I shirk from within. I may die before that, but what will happen to the fate of our descendants.

As such,  Taliban should not be allowed to be active in Afghanistan. Our prime Minister, has successfully done foreign diplomacy, won over all Muslim countries in the middle east, convinced them that Muslims in India are really safe and secure, in fact, they are better in India than their coreligionist in many Muslim countries. This has blunted the ploy of some opportunist Indian Muslims to garner support from outside , to their false claim that they , as a religious group, are oppressed and discriminated within India. ……India was invited as a special guest in the organisation of Muslim countries recently, which Pakistan has left in rage. Modi’s diplomacy with Muslim countries worked well so far; using the same acumen, Modi may tie down Americans in Afghanistan to make ourselves secure for all time to come.. Also very very important is that all of us at ground level should see that no minority in India is discriminated by misguided elements.

 

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I am a Hindu & Brahmin, I like Asaduddin Owaisi


I am a Hindu and a virtuous Brahmin, but I have a like for Asaduddin Owaisi, who is to many of my Hindu brethren, a controversial man, and bitterly hated. My friends will castigate me, as to why I like this fiercely anti-hindu Muslim leader, who leads the political party – Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen  which promotes Muslim interests in India.

Many like to compare him with Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. But there is a stark element of difference in Asaudddin, he is a nationalist. In his own words, he is not against Hindus, but against Hindutwa. He fights for the Muslim rights, true, but that staying within the bounds of Indian constitution. What more you want from him?

Owaisi admitted that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is a problem among Muslims and branded them dogs of hell. He is against Jaish, Azahar and all terrorists, he calls them satan. When Imran Khan spoke against minority rights in India, Asauddin castigated him , advising him to concentrate on the minorities’ welfare in his own country. At a time, after bombing of Saudi Arabia, he advised the Indian authority to keep watch on what was being said in  mosques, and what and who was injecting radical venom of communalism in India. Some time back Owaisi, went to Pakistan, and there, Pakistani Muslim leaders, wanted him to speak ill of India, he fiercely protested. These Pakistani Muslim friends of his, lamented they did not expect such rebuff from Owaisi. Owaisi told  them that  outsiders  should not  interfere in the internal affairs of India . His view is that Indian Muslims will be protected by the majority, secular Indians.

Imagin, in contrast, a big diplomat & political leader of India, after defeat in last lok sabha election, went to Pakistan, and was complaining against Modi to his Pakistani friend, and sought support of Pakistanis in dislodging Modi Govt in India.

My point is that, owesi is not so bad as he is depicted by many of us. He is only supporting Muslim cause for their all out upliftment. I find no harm in it, because they are also equal citizens, their upliftment will contribute to the upliftment of India as a whole. Their backwardness is well known, this might be one of the reasons for their large contribution to criminal population of India, hence their upliftment is required, and to be encouraged. If religious discrimination is not bad, then caste discrimination is also not bad.

Owaisi was born on 13 May 1969. He comes from a political family of Hyderabad.  He did his graduation in Bachelor of Arts from Osmania University. He is a barrister by profession and studied at Lincoln’s Inn of London. He is a man of razor sharp intelligence, a great speaker, his listeners were spellbound by his oratory, in his student days in London. I like his oratory as much as I like Smriti Irani’s.

I like good orators. I like the lectures of Asauddin, Smriti Irani, Modi, and from good old days, Mujibar Rahaman, Margarette Thatcher, Tony Blair, John Major, David Cameroon   etc. I have many  lecture podcasts of these great people saved in my computer. When I have complete peace , I listen to those lectures. Good oratory, is a great art;  in ancient Greece there were special schools to teach this art. We know Alexandre only as soldier, this apart he was an orator and philosopher. I respect human being for his qualities, not for his caste, color, and religion.

I am a free bird, not in bondage in any way—ideas included !!!!!  I will not shrink from praising the right, and equally, condemning the wrong. I am a patriotic Indian, in every sense of the term. LONG LIVE INDIA, JAI HIND, JAI BHARAT!!!!!!!!!!!

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MEDICAL BOOKS( ALLOPATHY) FOR SALE


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YOUR USEFUL BOOKS has been selling Homoeopathy and Ayurveda books, for quite some time  successfully. Now the same is being, extended to sell allopathy books as well. There are at this stage nearly 4000 books , those are put on sale, those belong to Medicine, ortho, dentistry, nursing etc, etc. The potential buyer, may select his/her choice of books, and then forward the title, his address and phone number to the mail ID–butinaigaon@gmail.com. Also may enquire by contacting me at 9022641876. I expect some queries from my ex-colleagues with whom I worked in ESIC Hospitals for a long time.

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A Nation is in protest against Pulwama terrorism and I AM DEEPLY ANGUISHED.


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Our nation has become one in the wake of terrorist attack in the Pulwama district of J&K . Throughout the nation a spontaneous protest has rightly erupted. Every street corner, and gullies including my Housing society, led a candlestick procession, in honor of the departed souls. I salute them………

Just before election such an attack, bears an extra importance. Terrorists and its mentor Pakistan, has a calculation that Modi has to act. This will harden the terrorists’ position, strengthen them.

Further, there is a new angle to it, a local youth, repeat local youth, has been motivated into it. So far, terrorists from Pakistan, did this job, and now local youth appeared into the scene. Matter of worry is that, being emboldened the same nefarious activity will be extended to other cities of India by the terrorists , i.e., local people, Indian citizen, will be used to destroy life of property of Indians. This is in a time when America is withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, paving way for Taliban to rule Afghanistan. Taliban is a friend to Pakistan, and Pakistan is a enemy to India, Kashmir is a fertile ground for both of them.

There is a sizable Muslim population in India, while the upper class and educated Muslim are truly patriotic Indians, like you and me-not a shade less. But matter is different for Muslims forming the lower rung of society, they are obsessed with religious sentimentality, they live and die in the name of religion, except religion they do not have any other existence. Pakistan out of their enmity with India and bent on taking revenge of separation of East-Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is on a low intensity war, and this Muslims from lower rung of society will be used, to conduct future terrorist act in India. This will be aggravated to the extent Govt humiliates the religious minorities. In their suppressed anger against the Govt, they will join the anti national forces. Religious separation existing in India today must be healed, this will deter terrorism from across the border. AT THE MOMENT WE ARE AT A GREAT DANGER THAT TERRORISM OF PULWAMA BRAND, MAY EXTEND TO OTHER CITIES–MUMBAI MAINLY, WHERE I PRESENTLY LIVE. I HAVE A FEAR.

 

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After slamming ‘Chhath’, Raj Thackeray accepts invite for chat. ( from TOI)


Democracy is the best form of Govt, where leaders get position and their livelihood , and by extension many other things, from the votes given by citizens. If voters are unhappy with the leaders, they wont be there anymore. Raj had done many unfair and illegal thing to the north Indians, trampled their rights what constitution guaranteed them. Votes have made him to amend what various institutions of the society, could not…….. Now, 2019 election is knocking at the door, Raj require vote, he has come to appease Chhath puja devotees. It looks democracy–however deficient in quality, has its uses to cure many ills. In this respect TOI report reproduced here, which may come up for use as references in future. Its educative also.

———————-After Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray announced that he would be visiting Ayodhya on November 25, his cousin and has accepted an invitation from the Uttar Bharatiya Maha Panchayat   , a social outfit of the north Indian community, for an interactive session with representatives of the community in Kandivli on December 2. Raj’s acceptance of the invite was made public by MNS general secretary Sandeep Deshpande in a tweet on Monday.

Vinay Dube, national president of the Maha Panchyat in his letter to Raj Thackeray stated that a few leaders were trying to fuel clashes between the Marathi ‘manoos’ and the north Indian community in order to draw political mileage. The aim of the interactive session was to clear the air among both communities in order to maintain social harmony and understand the views of the MNS chief on north Indians, Dube stated in the letter.

The move is being seen as MNS’s bid to shed its antinorth Indian image and woo non-Marathi voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly polls, especially after the rival Sena’s chief Uddhav decided to press for the Ram temple in Ayodhya by visiting the temple town.

Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Sanjay Nirupam demanded that Raj Thackeray first apologise to the north Indian community for attacks on its youths in the recent past. Raj Thackeray’s supporters had beaten up north Indian youths in Kalyan when they had come to attend railway board exams in November 2003. At that time Raj was in the Shiv Sena. Later, as MNS chief, he strongly opposed the ‘chhat puja’ organised in the city. In another incident, MNS cadres had beaten up taxi drivers from the north Indian community in Dadar in 2008.

The MNS’s latest move was just an attempt to gain political traction ahead of elections, claimed Uttar Bharatiya Sangh, another social outfit of north Indians. “The event is nothing but an attempt at fulfilling political ambitions. Interacting with a few people would not help to change the MNS’s image from the minds of members of the north Indian community. The Maha Panchyat does not represent the entire north Indian community. People will not accept the MNS,” said Sanjay Singh, president of the Uttar Bharatiya Sangh’s Yuva Morcha.

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VIJAYA SANMILANI AT MILAN MANCHA-2018 .


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday I attended the Vijaya sanmilani of Milan Mancha at the Kalpataru club house adjacent to MIG cricket club in Bandra East. The venue, strategically located for the convenience of members to attend, was arranged by Renu Swamy couple, like they had done  last year. It was a compact 4 -hours happy gathering of the members of Milon mancha, primarily, it was a cultural meet exchanging good wishes after Durga puja, followed by song, dance, drama etc where children also participated in a major way. There were many artists from many fields to perform–mentioning there name individually will eat up all the space here, naturally that is not my intention here in the interest of brevity. only a few of those present actually performed because of paucity of time. Rudra Mondal rightly said many of our artist-members are so popular that they alone can carry a program single handed whole night successfully.  Not to be surprised, many are nationally  known, one is even PADMA SHREE awarded. Some of our artists  often give international performances. Do you want to be on-board next time? if you are of like mind and have innovative idea on travelling, you are very much welcome, in fact, MM is long in search for you, please contact Sri Rudra Mondal at Milon Mancha…………………………………… Program started at 6.00pm, and I left after dinner at 11.00 pm.

 

Primarily credit  goes to Rudra Mondal and Sharmistha, they created the platform Of MM wherein they pulled in, such accomplished artists from all fields. This platform is gradually becoming the centre-stage, of all like-minded cultured Bengalees in Mumbai. I am grateful to Shivaji Sanyal–actor, poet, writer, model, author, a multi-disciplinary man, who referred me here, but for whom I could not have made accessed to this bunch of wonderful, and magnificent set of people.

With the lasting impression I returned home at around 1.00 am in the night. LONG LIVE MILON MANCHA!!!!!!

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Way to cross the life’s crowded Roads (!!!???###)


 

It is a big bad world, and this man, perhaps from long and bitter experience found out a way , how to live in this world, and applied it to cross the crowded city road. Does this point out to us the real art of living in this complex unfair world?. Very difficult to say. Many will have many opinions. It stokes me into thinking to find the correct answer. Hope, those of you read it, will give your opinion. I have seen how wealthy, well-educated , highly placed people, resorts to corruption, without any compunction. Don’t write them off , those are in no way mean people, they enjoy social position; you may like or don’t like them , you can’t say anything on their face, if you dare otherwise , you will pay the price and that through your nose….. those are fiercely manipulative people, can make you — the innocent,  maligned with the guilt projected from their own!!!!! IS IT THE TRICK TO SUCCESS?

Listen to an un-success story. Syed  Mujtaba Ali, a great literary giant in Bengali literature, was talking to Shankar, a much junior writer, but widely acclaimed in Bengali literary, intellectual circle. I should mention some details here, that will make the context clear–Mujtaba Ali was not awarded any coveted prize till then, but relatively lesser writer, Shankar, got many such prizes by then. Shankar, out of respect to the writer, Mujtaba Ali, enquired how an insignificant writer like himself, could get so many awards, while giants like Ali, did not get any. In reply, what Ali said, was quite significant. He told an anecdote in that connection– that  a small rat and a an elephant were waiting at the side of a muddy land at the center of which there was clear potable water, both were thirsty, the rat  sprinted over the mud quickly , quenched its thirst, and returned satisfied.  But the elephant as soon as  put his leg on the muddy land to quench his thirst, sank into the mud due to its heavy weight, died. Conclusion is that in this dirty muddy world the good people are often ignored. Thus, behind many successes, there are many dirty muddy stories. Perhaps my young man in the video learnt the dubious trick.

 

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Drinking Amul-milk, is safe ???


It  is a common knowledge that non-branded Milk that we consume, is adulterated, with detergent and other adulterants. Only a few days back, in Mumbai, a truck load of milk was seized, and found to be containing undesired elements. This milk was destroyed. It was reported that the said milk , on consumption, may damage your heart, kidney.

Periodically, we hear this news of severe milk adulteration. Every time I become scared, worry that the Amul milk, I consume daily–what about this??–is this also contaminated ??? not wholly impossible in our corruption ridden society. I love to believe chances are less in the case of Amul, or such High class brand, which under the leadership V. Kurien, brought the white revolution in India.

Once Before when I confronted a news of milk adulteration, I connected the PRO of Amul Milk dairy in Gujrat, to know whether there milk was OK. They denied, but I told them they should in the face of such reports of adulteration, should periodically, inform the public about their maintenance of right quality, which will remove fear from the mind of crores of people like me who are consuming Amul milk, daily, believing that it is really nutritious and safe. They did not care. Have you ever seen Amul-milk, ever done such program?? In the midst of spate of reports of widespread milk adulteration, Amul keeps mum. Does this mean Amul has nothing to say ?……. if so, there is room for doubt.

I shall send my article to the mail ID of Amul milk manufacturers in Gujrat. If you–the reader, are convinced by my argument, I request you also to ask Amul to periodically, make TV programs to assure us that  their milk is safe.

Thanking you for reading my blog.

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#ME TOO, THE NEW POLITICAL PARTY


Heads are rolling, Nana patekar, Aloke nath, M J Akbar. Many , many others are trickling in, soon those will pour in like a heavy shower. M. J. Akbar has come back from his foreign tour, and resigned also by this time. Everyday newspapers are carrying the news , revealing new names who used power, to exploit sexually women placed junior to them. Exploitation of women by men, sexually, is not a new thing, it has been happening from time immemorial, in one form or the other, and I for one do not think, it will ever stop, in the known set ups. Undoubtedly, these sexual exploitation, takes away self respect and dignity of living and freedom from the life of women. Ideally, at least,in a democratic set-up these should not occur.
I recommend a political party may be formed under #ME TOO. Their agenda should be formed, and well publicized. There may be debates, bringing in all sorts of points, opinions, suggestions regarding sexual vulnerability of women and remedial actions. As half of us, are women, response to such political parties will be fierce from all classes…….and if everything goes well as per present expectation, such parties will come to power, and take remedial action.
It may so happen alternatively that such debates will take us nowhere, and people will not talk of it anymore. Conclusion is that when God created human being, left an unfinished task intentionally, wished us to continue to search for it. So far only affected women were protesting bringing in allegation against men. Now, from opposite sides defamation cases being filed, and nos are increasing. A section of women are raising their voice against this # ME TOO. American president used his position to sexually use his assistant Monica lewinsky, now his wife, Hillary Clinton, is defending him saying it was not a case of abuse of power. Wives of accused are filing suits against those making allegation. Many women are started talking about this, one such is given below from today’s TOI. I am sure such objections will rise. Friend, please read the report in TOI —
At a time when the #MeToo movement is shaking up gender dyna ..
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66270763.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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Bangla bandh on 26.09.2018, and 3 deaths.


Bengal had bandh yesterday. Two students died in Islampur in Bengal. It is a planned game of political parties. Common people, especially the poor , is the instrument of political parties to achieve power.

……….  It is true we blame political parties for many things but I know very well without them country can not run. To hold and administer the country you need a Govt and that Govt is formed by the political parties—–in that sense , you need a Govt, and to form a Govt you need political parties. These are evils, necessary evils indeed.

There are are worldly interests in it . Once you are there you enjoy power, and the material possession that comes with power.  Due to imperfect practice of democracy, almost any misdeed you do going  there, you can escape with impunity. Even this cannot be said, as nobody reads me I am safe. All political parties vie with one another to be there. To get attention of the public and harvest voters, they do all sorts of acrobatics–it may be moral, immoral , ethical, unethical– everything, only words and interpretation will enthrone them.

To get public attention, they make happen events that will set public into motion. There were two students died in Islampur. I think there was a language issue initially, later worked up, that led to fighting in public which led to the death of two students. With death, a bigger issue created, which in turn led to bandh, a still bigger issue. And bandh led to burning of bus and human bleeding, and then set of debates and endless events that will set the future chain of events…… Everything will calm down as soon as the last vote is cast for 2019 General election, even they won’t waith for the result.

All those  above creates an effective medium for political parties. It is not bad, but only thing bad is the price the people , in this case, death of innocent school students from poor families pay. There was another death, this was of a shop keeper. In this just concluded political violence everybody gained except the poor people. Political parties tested their strength–the stronger fight in the form of more violence this time indicates BJP gaining strength, I guess there will soon be more bandhs by BJP in WB. TV channels also doing brisk business. Whole day they are showing dead bodies of two students with their relatives wailing. It breaks my heart to see mother of these boys are crying but helpless because other channels also show the same thing. All these work up the public ,and political parties are encouraged to call more violence, make happen more deaths etc etc.. These are instruments for them to remain in public attention.

It is the poor, half fed, unfed pay the price. Rich, educated who understands own well being don’t participate in it. They observe from far, it’s not that such violence they dislike, they enjoy the warmth of sort. Here, education is the culprit. If the people who died were educated, well fed, had higher standard of living, I am sure they would not be there to die. We can save our people from being used by political parties by making them educated. I am sure political parties do not like to educate them. They will talk of virtues, but never will want that the poorest and backward, become really educated. I have seen how the poorest of the poor, without food, shelter and water, are divided among political parties, and fighting among themselves to uphold the raw interest of political parties and in many cases, in the process they are not able to visit their homes for fear of political parties controlling those areas. I shall be happy only then, when all of our people become educated and behave as responsible political party supporters like those in European countries. With such responsible voters , political parties will not resort to bad deeds like this.

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ONOSMODIUM-30


This particular homeopathic medicine has a great significance for me, for, this liberated my wife from a long drawn headache, that she suffered. Time was 1981, I was then working in ordnance factory Shahjahanpur, an unknown and unfamiliar place. For the first time I came out of my home state then and to make matters worse, my skill in any language other than my mother tongue–Bengali, was deplorably poor. Hindi, I did not know, which you cannot complain against because it is the national language; about English–speaking was difficult, even with tremendous difficulty, I could manage to speak some Benglish which was not enough for a comfortable communication for a gentleman, in a distant place from home  in a different culture.

In such a background, my wife was suffering from a long drawn headache, later on I came to know that in doctors’ vocabulary it as migraine. I took her to an allopathy-doctor, he prescribed for her eye testing, vitamins, and some others I do not remember now. Her eyes were tested, new specks were taken, medicines were swallowed. There was no improvement. I  then moved to  another doctor, then another, then another, then another…, but her headache did not improve. Net result was she continued to suffer. Every family man knows well that if anybody in the family falls sick, it is not he or she alone, rather whole family suffers– that too being away from home, outside the home state, for the first time, with poor command on the local language. I was actually direction-less.

I heard all my life in Kolkata, that  homeopathy, unlike, allopathy  treats  deseases by studying symptoms; operation or any other invasive methods are not required. I bought a homeopathic Meteria Medica, and started studying from cover to cover. Technical names of deseases, human organs, and many other terms and phenomenon, were not understandable to me, but at least I understood the physical and mental symptoms. On repeated studying the Meteria Medica, I understood that most of the symptoms  tallied with those mentioned under ONOSMODIUM. I understood this was my medicine. But then I had something more to do i.e deciding potency. I had no idea which to select among–30, 200, 1000, 1M……… I then asked a knowledgeable man explaining my position, as to what could be the potency to select, at this he advised me to start with 30 potency, and I did. As I did not have the required knowledge, whatever I heard from anybody, that was  OK .I bought a dram of ONOSMODIUM-30 in globules.

Next bout of migraine started, and applied the globules with a little bit trepidation,…lo!!! her migrain gone very very very quickly, in a matter of say 10 minutes. But then started doubting–it is me or something else. She was OK, but I was eager it comes to her again–yes, it came nearly 15 days after. This time, I allowed to grow her migraine, when it was extreme not anymore bearable, then I applied my homeo medicine–ONOSMODIUM 30,  this was my surprise for the second time. Pain is again gone. Now, I am sure I cured my wife’s migraine with homeopathic medicine onosmodium-30, which one after other doctor failed to cure. It was a great, great satisfaction for me, then I bought at least 15 homeo books. It is not my intention to give impression here that without systematic study you can replace a professional doctor, who have professional degrees. Please have respect for them.

MY POINT IS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE LOST HOPE BY TRYING ALL DOCTORS, IT MAY SOMETIMES HELP YOUR CURE, IF YOU HAVE SOME HOMEOPATHIC BOOKS AT YOUR HOME, FIRSTLY BECAUSE IT IS NOT INVASIVE, SECONDLY, LEARNT FROM HOMEOPATHIC DOCTORS THAT IT HAS NO SIDE EFFECT. THERE IS ONE MORE THING TO IT, IT IS A SYMPTOM BASED DIAGNOSIS, WHICH YOU KNOW BEST AS IT IS YOURS OWN,  DOCTOR DO NOT HAVE TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR ALL PROBLEMS/SYMPTOMS.

 

 

 

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Don’t be pumped up by facebook ‘like’s


 

Many are obsessed with ‘like’s in face book page. Although some are obsessed with sending, receiving,  planning and grouping over these ‘ like’s and other comments of approval, these are sheer meaningless exercise. ‘like’ does not mean the like  of the reader, it is only a befooling HR exercise, just they do not like to offend the writer, and nothing more, or , at best, you can say they do not like to discourage .  Many click ‘like’ even without reading the post in facebook.

In serious cases, the ‘like’, will be supported by proper reasoning, but mostly no reasoning is given because no reasoning for ‘like’ is there, to communicate. In all probability, many might not have read your material at all before giving their ‘like’s. In my blog, I often get a like from a person who cannot read at all, he locates me by my photo, and he is the first to give me the ‘like’. YET THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO THIS ‘LIKE’.

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Only artificial intelligence can ensure right public service, and healthcare in India, weighed down by its 130 crores , mostly deprived people.


  As for me, I am obsessed with application of AI in all aspects of public service and healthcare in India. Almost nothing is perfectly in position. I do not blame our authorities for it, they are brilliant people. It is the sheer number what is at the root of all problem. It is a country of 130 crore people. It is an unmanageable number in a democratic set up.

Go to a municipality office, you will see an unwilling clerk is attending a huge number of tax-payers desperately waiting for  service; go to a bank branch, you will see a group customers waiting and the counter man has no time to look up to his customers; go to a hospital where a long queue of patients writhing in pain, waiting for the doctor impatiently; go to a police station to lodge a complaint against local hooligan, your ordeal starts . The list is endless. It is a story of multitudes, its a story of want, negligence, deprivation, inefficiency, and ignorance. Resources widely fall short of demand.

In view of above, we need to introduce AI which may help to meet the gap. In this connection , I have collected an article on AI , and reproduced below, in sharing with you all. Please read on.This article says how introduction of AI in healthcare can help us.

[[[A closer look at how AI works; how it can be integrated into the current healthcare delivery mechanism of the country and what are some of the other challenges AI faces in this space.

Artificial Intelligence(AI). A concept which has recently entered India and is slowly making its mark in various sectors and services. Healthcare startups along with hospitals are in the process of integrating AI into their workplaces to optimize the healthcare services delivery. This piece addresses two main questions – How do you integrate AI in the sector; how does one trust AI to do the right job?

Before we get about answering these two questions, it becomes essential to know what AI is and how it planned on being used in the healthcare services space.

WHAT DOES AI HAVE TO DO WITH HEALTHCARE?

In a country like India where the doctor-patient ratio is in a horrible state (1:1700 as opposed to 1:1000 per WHO standards), AI can take the country’s existing healthcare delivery and further accelerate the process. In fact, AI is the only thing which can bridge the inequalities in this sector. AI will also be paramount in processing large volumes of cases and data, allowing more immediate, effective healthcare delivery. For eg, AI is capable of figuring out which will be the next seasonal epidemic and effectively dealing with this situation. It can scour through all oncology journals and combine the research to come up with an actual cure for cancer.

In addition, the current world revolves around data. Medical data is a crucial part of online data and increasingly more people often google their symptoms expecting credible results. Another factor to keep in mind is the fact that AI and Deep Learning is becoming a central point for most of today’s innovation in the technology space and healthcare data is a part of this phenomenon too.

HOW DOES AI INTEGRATE INTO THE HEALTHCARE SPACE?

“We are taking healthcare beyond the boundaries of hospitals and specialized clinics, and augmenting doctors with our artificially assisted technology. We currently work with hospitals to assist their physicians in diagnosing diseases, and also with providing new patients,” says Pradeep Walia, co-founder of Artelus. His team adds “As part of our focus on screening we filter out people who are healthy and only send the ones that need medical care, thus reducing the burden on the healthcare system through unwanted tests and diagnostics. We provide a complete screening solution which can be easily integrated with hospital/clinic’s infrastructure. Any hospital staff or medical assistants can effectively use it to screen patients.”

Artelus is just one company within this tech-cum-medical AI space. Many such companies exist in the country and several others get added to the list each year. Sigtuple, another AI healthcare company is involved in helping the healthcare delivery process by making it easy to perform blood tests and more. “The solution for blood, Shonit™, has already undergone three clinical trials and will be soon available for user adoption followed by commercials. Other solutions are in the advanced stages of development,” says Rohit Kumar Pandey, Co-Founder, and CEO of SigTuple.

There are several others players in this space. A key challenge in this space would be to integrate AI into the existing hospital infrastructure. One can only assume that the upper echelon of hospitals adopt these technologies and start a trickle-down effect. In addition, as this sector becomes increasingly mature, companies which cater to the small/personal setup healthcare clinics using AI will become increasingly common.

HOW DOES ONE TRUST AI TO DO THE RIGHT JOB?

“This is a very nascent and emerging field, and it is natural to be skeptical about it. We envisioned that, and have always emphasized the usage as a doctor assistance, or a virtual assistant to the doctor, thus increasing the doctors’ productivity, allowing them to see more patients, faster. And also to help them be more accurate with our tools as a second opinion tool.” the Artelus team has to say. But before all thumbs up are given, it becomes essential to look at the stakeholders in healthcare services to figure out if AI has a space in the Indian healthcare ecosystem.

The three key stakeholders are patients, doctors, and engineers. AI technology must achieve a check mark from all three.

Let’s take a look at engineers first. Most engineers trust artificial intelligence to perform a good job. Quoting examples of Apple’s ‘SIRI’ or Amazon’s ‘Alexa’, engineers have collectively been at the helm of developments in the AI space. Using data-driven methods such as deep learning, engineers stand firmly by AI. “AI learns only what we teach it to learn. Specialised AI programming for healthcare and other industries will be the gateway for the future. In fact, I believe they will mark the calendar date where Earth has an explosion of data. When talking about trust, it becomes essential to understanding learning. Teaching AI to do particular tasks is the same as teaching children multiplication. It takes time to trust the kid to do multiplication which has global effects. The same holds true for AI.” says Srinidhi R, engineer at 42hertz” who adds,  “How does one trust humans to do the right job anyway? Humans are more capable of making errors based on their fatigue levels, stress levels, emotional levels and how they want to see their career grow; AI isn’t limited by this.”

Next, doctors. AI needs to be a proven technology before doctors give their trust to it. Unlike engineers, who might be happy with a 97% success rate, doctors cannot take this risk. 3% of failure in getting exact results is extremely detrimental to medical practices and can have grave circumstances on 3% patients. However, it must be pointed out that these errors can occur from a human being too. Another key point, AI does not aim to replace or displace doctors from medical practices. This is impossible from both a machine and human viewpoint. 

AI is merely present to enhance doctor skill, diagnosis practices and help treat a patient in a more wholesome manner. Not just that AI will help reduce the number of cases that come to hospitals. It is estimated that over 90% accidents happen due to human errors; automating driving will reduce the hospital strain and resources on accident and trauma victims by roughly the same factor.

The last, and the most unique of these subsets, patients. Patients, unlike doctors and engineers, in most cases, have next to no idea about how either medicine or AI works and they make-up the biggest section of the stakeholders in this ecosystem. Due to misinformation, skepticism and the various challenges associated with the dissipation of technology, patients will be the hardest to convince in terms of AI benefits. Another big challenge associated with patients, is that they are going to spend the least time with AI. Convincing someone of the benefits of items they rarely interact with is absurdly complicated and challenging. Patients would much rather have their surgery performed by a human beings, humans that breathe and move and have the innate ability to get untimely cramps. A machine in this situation, is much more trustworthy and reliable at dissipating the right kind of treatment.

To sum up, one thing is clear, AI will have a noticeable impact on healthcare delivery. The extent to with which it will penetrate this space is unclear but it is definitely going to make it easier to minimize the problems that comes with a 1:1700 doctor-patient ratio. Another thing that can be said with certainty is that AI isn’t restricted to just the medical end; it has many other applications in healthcare space including record management, treatment scheduling, precision medicine, drug creation, patient communications and even facility design. It will, by all means, promote more empathy and human connect as machines will take over certain sub-sections of each jobs allowing more time for interpersonal relationships to develop. With all these possible application, AI is definitely going to be a game changer in the healthcare space. Time and technology will tell if the game is changed for the good or the bad.]]]

 

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Safety and dignity of passengers in the Indian Railway vis-a-vis repeated theft.


 

I am not to reveal anything exciting because what I suffered in the Rail is familiar to many many people from their own experience. People even don’f complain because they do not have confidence in Govt machinery. All have a store of their bitter experiences from direct incidents of their life .I want tell one of my experience about a train journey.
I boarded Train for my journey to Mumbai on 21.10.2016 from Howrah station, the name of the train was Howrah Mumbai Express, Train no was 12810, coach AC 1 15. Train was packed, usual pantry car staff and police as security guards, were all seen doing their rounds. Coach attendant was also present . Suddenly, in the next morning I woke up at about six in the morning to the alarm raised my wife , and other passengers, that our baggages were stolen. There was an uncommon medicinal smell in the coach. What is surprising in a coach of 72 passengers, all were in deep sleep. It was thought later that most likely that sleeping drug was sprayed sending us to unconscious sleep, making it convenient for the thieves to take out luggage from deep inside under the lower birth seat, my wife in her cautiousness placed the costly suitcase hidden at the far end behind other passenger’s luggage. None of us could be aware of taking out of the luggage by the thieves in the process, in our unconscious sleep under the influence of spayed drug. Total seven passengers lost their luggage through this theft. Quite surprisingly, none of the coach attendant, security guards, bedding supplying man, pantry men could be located , all of us running from end to end of the coach in desperation. Some of those must have been involved in thr theft.
Passengers were angry of the physical loss and insecurity. Some of the passengers telephoned to private channels like ABP ananda, 24 Ghanta etc. These channels did a great job, they talked to us live on the channel, contacted various Railway authorities, even Rail Ministry, everybody assured us that guilty would be punished, we would be compensated. Channels did a great job, for some channel it was day’s most important news. Awakened, a lot of men—Rail staff in civil and uniform came and enquired about the loss from us, a police troupe came and noted down details and got us signed, and assured us FIR will be lodged in Bilaspur PS. Out of 7 Passengers who lost the luggage, four did not show any interest to report saying that it was going to be a futile exercise. But I was pumped up with enthusiasm, that something would happen ultimately, our goods would be found out or else, compensation would be paid. Suddenly I started feeling I am an important man and thought good of our Govt. Now when I look back I realize it was only childish on my part, my temporary euphoria amidst loss of belongings later died down. All these police actions after the loss and their assurances in this connection was only a packaging without any content, on discovery of the same this filled me with frustration and hopelessness, cursing the self that we are unfortunate to be born as Indian. We do not have the dignity of living. If this is the condition of educated man travelling a AC class, what must be the condition of the multitudes totally uncared for living in far flung places. India exists in two levels, one is rich and corrupt who enjoy everything good in this world, and the other level is poor, half fed, unfed and deseased, they are born unnoticed, die unnoticed, remains uncounted during entire life.
A few days after reaching home I lodged my grievance in the PMO’s grievance redressal site, they forwarded my grievance to Bilaspur RPF police station because the crime primarily occurred in their jurisdction. After several reminder there was a reply after six months in the grievance site that Bilaspur police’s investigation was complete, the outcome of investigation was that they neither could catch the rogue , nor recover the Lost baggage—it was a foregone conclusion!!!!.
In reply to that I asked in the grievance site that now police acknowledged the loss, and their investigation could not recover the loss or catch the thief, I should now be paid compensation of Rs 40,000/- which at the time of first reporting was shown to be the value of my loss. Next, they informed in the site that they are not the compensation giving authority, I might approach the concerned authority—here they should have guided me by mentioning the name of the authority of the Deptt/Govt where I could next claim the related compensation. They kept mum as if compensation giving authority belongs to some other Govt of some other country on which they do not have control and they do not have the knowledge.
I then wanted to meet our Prime minister personally to apprise him the day- to -day suffering of common man in the hand of insensitive administration by citing my case. The reply was—“’ In completed details to passenger. Please submitted to complete details. “, must be the reply was given not more than a class IV staff. Any sensitive man will have a feeling that grievance redressal machinery at PMO office is not at all serious about your problem or intend to solve it at all, it is simply a window dressing, at its best it is an attempt to put up something looking good where there was none before. Differences amount to this only, nothing more; whereas on the ground we are dreaming that at last the man has come to deliver the Indians from the abysmal depth. In balance, I would like to say that this is the dignity we Indians live with. WHAT MUST MUST HAVE BEEN THE DIGNITY CITIZENS OF DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ENJOY!!!!! I….. I FEEL JELOUS OF THEM, AND YOU??.
12.jpg For information to my readers, my final submission to the PMO office is as follows—“ In this connection this is my last. I know your office will do nothing, still please read the disposal under ref at MORLY/E/2017/11738 dated 08.06.2017 in this site. Your office’s disposal done in a perfunctory manner. This is humiliating for any sensitive citizen, if I were born in a developed country-would it have been my fate?? You can understand the dignity with which we common Indians live. If this is the helplessness of an educated man, imagine what will be the kind of helplessness of the half- fed, unfed, deaseased, naked multitude Indians. My man-ki-baat is– can I be a citizen proud of my country with this treatment meted out to me ???? I know you are trying to change the country but administering a country of 130 crore people is Herculean.I have my support for you.
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Modiji—Take note, your popularity is declining.

united we stand, devided we fall


Right now what is at the top of my mind is that you are no longer popular, if your indicators have not yet recorded it , it is not that I am wrong, rather, your studies and indicators are faulty. It is time you must set yout indicators  right. How the pilgrims to Amarnath temple have been killed ?. Definitely, your international diplomacy against terrorism, so called deep thought on revamping the security machinery, constant talk of new zeal in administration in fight against terrorism and all associated ills, have turned out a flop. You told us your dramatic surgical strike inside Pakistan, broke the backbone of terrorism, we were made to believe that there was the end of terrorism. Just look at the comments in the social networking sites,  you will see how blindly people was supporting and reposing your faith in you.

Today what we see. Terrorism continuing unabated, armed men comng across the border to kill our soldiers, their body being mutilated. Just think of their family, they are mostly from the poor families. Your surgical strike did not produce any respite to the people of India, all of whom are affected by now. I want to ask you, did surgical strike happened at all?  If they were killed then, how they are around now?? Or it was only a publicity stant.

It is the job of terrorists to create terror aided by our enemy, calculated to bring destruction to our country and people, and they are successful. So far thousands of our people maimed, killed, crores of wealth destroyed. Who knows how many more will die???? Now common citizen is so much scared that when they come out of home, they ponder if at all will they will return home safely? Does not this insecurity sapping their happiness??

But there is nothing to be astonished that enemy will damage us–they think destroying us is their religious duty. We can not fault them, they find a virtue in it, they have been programmed this way. Just blaming them and cursing them will not help. It is the duty of those guarding the nation to make arrangement so that such violence do not occur at all. This has not been done.

This is not alone, we undergone the hardship of demonetization believing that whatever you do must be good for the nation. You saw how all the nation became one through common suffering, whole nation was in queue in front of ATMs day and night, some of them succumbed to death, but there was no uprising against the Govt while going by the scale of it, it contained such a potential really. I was your whole hearted admirer argued in favour of your demonitisation whenever even a lone voice rose against you. What the nation have got out of demonitization?  Nothing clear.  But I supported demonitisation because you did it.

You brought in some element which Indians did not know before. Your policy have set one community against the other. I live an area where Hindu, Muslim  and Christians were living peacefully one with other. But now one suspects the other thinking the other is a potential threat. When men of one community chit chat, while any from other community pass by, immediately, discussion stops and topics of discussion switches….such is the level of confidence of one community on the other!!!!. This was not the situation earlier.  We saw talk of Sanskrit making compulsory subject, Geeta to be read by all, all should respect cow, and then atrocities of cow vigilantes against muslims. There is clear discrimination against muslims. This has damaged Indian society irreparably. India did never know it before. Truly there is a clear separation emotionally of the minority community from the majority—the fiber of the society is torn which was built over hundreds of years.

By emotionally isolating  Muslims we are inviting ISIS influence to India. One must understand the psychology of any minority, even if there is no hostility there exists a perceived discrimination already. Add to this the actual discrimination being perpetrated against Muslims now a days. Muslim put to in such a situation will search for  sympathy and security. This is a fertile ground for recruitment from across the border from Pakistan, and from ISIS who will do everything to win over these unhappy Muslims, this will strengthened the hands of Muslim terrorist. Nobody should make the Muslims threatened, they should be given the place they enjoyed traditionally in Indian society. I would go to the extent to say that Majority community has some responsibility, it is their duty to protect the minority and see to their safety. This is in the interest of Indian nation.

Modiji, whole nation knows you are different from others. Their confidence and love put you where you are. You are honest, your oratory makes you a hero to all Indians, although by this time economic progress is not evident yet it looks you will deliver goods to Indian economy and businesses ultimately. But see that no discrimination against Muslims will help India . At the time of closing the article, there is news that driver of the Bus carrying the pilgrims to Amarnath, Salim Mirza, a 37 years young muslim drove the bus skillfully and bravely 2km while bullets were showered on it, he could have easily stop and surrender the pilgrims to the terrorist, he did not. He risked and saved pilgrim’s life. If there is one bad muslim, there are hundreds good.

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TO ENJOY MONSOON COME TO MUMBAI

In Mumbai, monsoon is of epic quality, unless you drown yourself in it, you do’t know what it is.


 

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Today is a day in the second week of July, monsoon is in full swing in Mumbai. I am enjoying. In fact, for the whole year I wait for this season, and that is on us now. I am now in form for enjoying the great gift of the nature –the rain of Mumbai.

It rains for four months from june to September, and in july, it is most active. It rains continuously often for several days without any respite. Without water no human being can live, it is true everywhere but for Mumbai the story is a little bit different. True, all around there is water but it is salty and undrinkable, underground water is also salty. Here comes the heavy rain as the saviour, without it Present life in Mumbai would not have been sustainable.  Rain water is  collected in a number of lakes in and around  Mumbai city, and this water is supplied to households throughout the year. Fortunately, there is abundance of rain, enough for the requirement of people for Mumbai. This rain water is soft , cleans clothes and produce excess leather with soap, helps maintain whiteness of white clothes.

In real sense rain is abundant here. From June to September, we get heavy shower. Rainy season is a festival  time. asarasya prathama divashe –on the first day of rain, many willfully get wet to celebrate and welcome  rainy season. All enjoys rain, sometime it rains incessantly for days together without any stop. Although there is wide storm water drain everywhere which is cleaned before the onset of rain, by BMC readying for monsoon rain , yet within hours of heavy downpour make the roads waterlogged. Sky is often dark with black clouds, sea swells with high tide; beaches of Juhu, Marina, sea front at Worli  are  great sights to be seen and enjoyed. Thousands of people rush there amid heavy rains and high tides in sea, completely drenched, dancing and shouting. Some cannot control themselves in their enthusiasm to enjoy the waves of sea defying police restriction, and at times costing their life unfortunately.

Mumbai is a business city and commercial capital of the country, here many people from all over the country, come to earn their livelihood. Most of them  are hardworking ones, enrich the city, and themselves become successful. Local Marathi people are warm, friendly and cooperative. People do not miss a chance to enjoy every bit of rain. In the midst of incessant, torrential rain, people do not have any complaints—its common sight that people, wet and drenched to the skin, go about doing their regular work with a smiling face, having no complaints against rain.

It is in sharp contrast with my native Kolkata. During scorching summer they beg for rains but as soon as it comes, they start complaining against stagnant water, clogged drain and eager to say  good bye to it. Actually, I have observed there people are intolerant, impatient and mostly of complaining nature. A complaining man/ woman can never get success of highest order.

Coming back to rain, I like to say  whole of Maharashtra is enjoyable in rains. Tourists from the city visit hills and waterfalls of Lonavela, Khandala, Mahabaleswar, Ganapatipule and many other places—those are simply superb. Those have not enjoyed the beauty of it till now, may come to enjoy. It is unforgettable.

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Given proper attention, tourism  can earn foreign exchange as much as IT does, or even more.


 

India has a tremendous potential for tourism, both in terms of geography and history. It is an important destination for the domestic and foreign tourists. There are desert, seas, hills and mountains—inhabited by people from diverse cultures, religions, languages, food habits wearing colourful costumes. Not this alone , look at our history from before Indus valley civilization through various reigns and kingdoms, their relics, monuments etc. What India projects as a single country to foreign tourist, a continent–say Europe, in its whole can not.  Even when our illiterate/ half-literate people colorfully attired goes to vote on foot or on the back of a camels is a sight  enjoyed by a foreigner.

Tourism is just not an event in isolation, it means a lot to our economy. In 2016, India Govt earned Rs 1,55,650 crores in foreign exchange from tourism. It contributes approx7%-directly and indirectly, as compared to 2% from mining and 7% from much touted IT outsourcing, to our GDP, and in direct and indirect way provides employment to approx 11% of our people. Tourisn brings business to cottage industries, agriculture, hotels etc.

But tourism potential has not been fully exploited. In spite of its size, India is 38th most visited nation in the world—8.89 million visitors received by continent-sized India in 2016 while 16.4 million received by city-sized Singapore. There is infrastructural problem, there are shortage of quality  hotels—above all there are acute security problem. Women tourists are not safe; often there are reports of rape. Judicial delays does not allow justice to be met in a reasonable time. All these damages the image of India, ultimately coming in the way of fully realizing the tourist potential. There is another sector which needs Govt attention. This is medical tourism. India has a huge no of efficient doctors and paramedic staff  as also some well equipped hospitals where patients from rich countries come and take medical treatment or undergo surgeries at much lesser cost than their own countries. This group of doctors and paramedical staff have worked in those developed countries, worked with sophisticated medical equipments for treating the patients. Those experiences will help them to treat the patients from developed countries at a much cheaper cost. Our Govt may create necessary infrastructure and improve law and order situation to attract foreign tourists. Thus, tourism as a whole can create a lot of wealth for the nation.

 

 

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GANAPATIPULE

Shri Rudra Mondal , leader of Milon mancha, enjoying a ride on the beach of Ganapatipule.


Ganapatipule is a small town located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, some 375 km south of Mumbai, along the Konkan coast. It is a calm, quite and serene place inhabitated by a very small no of people. There is a Ganesh temple 400 years old, hence it is a place of pilgrimage for devout Hindus. In addition to its clean beach and clean waters, Ganapatipule is rich in flora, including mangroves and coconut palms.

At the top of the world

Shri Rudra Mondal of Four Banglas in Andheri, is almost a wanderer. All his life he was an avid traveller. His retirement from job, has added a big opportunity to travel frequently. He leads a team of like minded people who lose no opportunity to travel  as soon as they arrive.  Not only this he is a great photographer, for him photography is an art. All the photographs used in this blog post were snapped by him, If you enjoy the beauty of photographs, do not forget to give credit to him.

 

 

A truthful autobiography


I understand that the title of this article is a little bit confusing. Many will question that when it is an autobiography, how the question of being truthfulness comes, as the writer is telling his own story.Yes it is possible. It is my experience that the writer of autobiographies does not always tell the whole  truth of their life, his ego  stands in the way. It is really difficult to tell the whole story truthfully about One’s own life. The writer says more about creditable happenings in life , and less about the negative aspects amongl his doings, or totally hides his negatives. This I would call an act of dishonesty on the part of an autobiographer. For public figures who  done great blunders in their life, autobiographical accounts were only to justify those. In this respect, biographies written by others, on named and famed, are nearer the truth.

When I say this I have the support of at least one important writer in Bengali , she is Ashapurna  academy award winner. She admitted that it is difficult to speak the truth about one’s own life, therefore,  she told her life story creating a character in her book. I can speak about her because I read her, there must be many more which I do not know of, written that all the autobiographies are not honestly truthful, those are to be taken with a grain of salt.

Recently I confronted one autobiography that is totally in contrast with my pre-set ideas as I have explained above. I say all this because I just read a memoir by Naseeruddin Shah, “ AND THEN ONE DAY”. He is a famous film star who has won not less than seven National and International Awards. I just finished it, therefore, my experience is fresh. His autobiography is brutally honest, and impressed me. We humans are most of the time a mix of base and good qualities and that is natural only. Only a filmi character is an epitome of virtues, never capable of doing any un-impressive work. 

But Nasiruddin shah, is a mix of virtues like a believable common real man. He is brutally honest about himself, he was hopelessly bad at studies, he was not found suitable for anything woryhy, parents were frustrated, flunked school, was a druggist, and did many other sinful unworthy acts in his childhood. Fully eccentric man, inaccomative to friends, relatives, brought a bad name for his family. Even if he is now famous, and has won seven national and international awards, no parent will like his kids to make him their role model.  So, I say he was brutally honest.

Mostly, he would pass only in one subject in his school exam, and that is english. He would score highest in English among his mates In his school, every exam. In school life itself, he mastered  many English literature, dramas, and fiercely thought of acting in them . A few really acted with his novice peers in makeshift stages. Loved Shakespearan thinking deeply. The famous drama company , SHAKESPEARE WALLAH owned by Oliver kendall ( father of Jenifer kendel married to Sashi Kapoor), a drama group of England, was making world tour, playing drama in small towns and cities, to popularise Shakespeare among common men.

 As he tells in his autobiography, the group acted plays with minimum articles, yet with lingering effect on the audience. They picked Nasiruddin for one of their  play, to his joy, and satisfied them by his acting. Later included in the team. I remember, Utpal Dutta, another acting genius, was also similarly accepted by the group in their team.

In Spite of his ” worthlessness ”  he made it to the National school of drama, Delhi, and National film institute, Poona. Being unconventional, he was disliked by many, he was unadjustable. Only, a few of his teachers understood the gem he was. Teachers stuck to him, despite of his eccentricities, he was called in to perform in some art films, he did wonderfully well, public accepted him. One film was SPARSH. 

He was mad to go after originality, he would try to play his part as it happens to characters in real life, but Hindi film directors wanted dramatic effect for commercial purpose, on the audience irrespective of reality. He wanted to act charactetd as it happens in life, and he would not believe in hypocrisy. He would not have money, had to borrow food, did not have shelter, yet would discard hefty offers from commercial directors, just because the story for acting was cut off from reality/ originality. Initially, Only Shekhar kapoor, did understand his inner strength, unseen in other Indian actors, gave him opening.

I should have referred to many from his countless films, but, I do not myself watch films as a matter of habit, seldom I watch film and TV serials, so I do not recall all his brilliant performances, to mention here. My article dwells on truthfulness of his autobiography. I must speak of his english, it’s really unconventional type of language, in places I could not grasp his language.

Lastly, I want to add a very personal comment. In my view most artists are revolutionary, always challenging conventionality. Their parents become frustrated in rearing them up. Actually, our system of education is tailored for average students, most genius or  most stupids, have no room in it. That’s why they do not shine to our mediocrity. Just to quote another example, Einstein may be named. He was a great scientist, adored world over, was judged by his teacher in early life,  that he was abnormal, a slow learner, advised his parents to take him back. Similar was the story of Edison, and many others.

Muslim intellectual, Nasiruddin shah, condemns Taliban rule.


It is more than 15 days since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan and started their atrocities on the common citizens. These are the same terrorists which was in power in the nineties, they have not changed. Their thoughts are medievale, says that they will impose the Islamic rule of 1400 years ago. Their rule will be as per Sharia laws. This means among other things that women will be dehumanised,  women will be compelled to stay back at home, they cannot be educated ,  they cannot come out of home on their own freely. If the women try to be independent they will be subjected to lashes and even be killed. 

Some of the Ultra Muslims in India are also supporting the taliban and their archaic  rule. This is a dangerous trend, both for the Muslims and India as a country.  Our country what it is today, will no longer be so. Have you seen as soon as the Taliban came to power, common people of Afghanistan for fear of their life crossing fleeing to nearby countries.

 I was wondering why the intellectual Muslims of our country are not condemning the fundamentalist Muslims, who are openly supporting the present Taliban rule in Afghanistan. I  am worried because if the Muslims do not protest, It will be misconstrued that the whole Muslim community in India are themselves with the  fundamentalist . I am very happy today that Naseeruddin Shah, the Great film star of India, has condemned the taliban rule. He said that Hindustani Muslims are different from Muslims any other place  in the world. He also said  Indian Muslims should not support taliban rule in Afghanistan.

This is not sufficient.  People like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi etc etc, the eminent people should come forward and publicly condemn. All this Muslim citizens are pride of India They brought name and fame for India from all over the world. Their voice goes far and wide and has a tremendous positive effect on common muslims. With their talent they created a great soft power for India, world wide. THEIR VOICE CARRIES WEIGHT.

Stop hating politics, instead encourage our children join politics.


Most of us except a few, hate politics yet we have endless expectations from our politicians. But we want they care for our education, health, Housing, law and order, and solve any social problems that we face. Whenever Politicians as minister in the Govt, fail to satisfy us, we use choicest expletives against them.

As of now our prime minister, Modi, is blamed for demonetization, GST, terrorism and many others. Before this, earlier Govts  were also blamed for 2G scam, coal scam and Bofors, it is almost sure that Govts 200 will come in future,will be similarly blamed. Yes, it is true that Govts are responsible for any action under the sun but who makes this Govt? Govt is formed by the politicians from amongst whom we elect. Politicians have their own ideals and thoughts which combine to form a philosophy, to set the direction for making policy, and its implementation. Thus directly we voters and common citizens are responsible for the actions of the Govt. Then why do we blame the Govt?

It’s true that voters normally do not have a choice, they vote for the available best, and in most of the cases the right person is not available because they are not in politics because their parents Forbidden them. 

There is dearth of right candidates in the fray most of the time because when our children join politics, we think that they have gone astray, never think that these are the very people who make policies/ procedure  to defend the country from enemies, give healthcare to the people, makes foreign policies etc etc all of which have far reaching consequences in determining every citizen’s life, just think of Afghanistan today. 

This is height of stupidity which we must change. But what we see around? as good people do not go to politics, bad people fill the vacuum. A sizeable percentage of our political leaders are from gutter, they are illiterate and have criminal background. Naturally, with their background, they hardly understand good things in life, their actions are all negative.

But we can very easily change our political environment and the performance of our Govt , by inviting good people into politics. There are many bright students coming out from IITs, IISc , and many other leading institutes. They are working with reputation in reputed educational institutes and multinational firms all over the world. They may instead join politics of the country, become ministers to work for the welfare of countrymen.

In above context, my mind turns to  Bertolt Brecht , an artist , play right and philosopher. He said that the worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.

The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”

― Bertolt Brecht

The trend has to be changed. Govt may think to introduce professional courses of duration 5/10 years like our medical, engineering , law  courses with very high income potential. Our bright students will see these new courses as the mother of all professional courses. Only then, we shall get the most talented students  to become politician and come in the Govt. I can quote some fitting examples to show that when right talent goes into politics, how things changes. Our ex-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was a highly talented person, ruled India with a strong hand, and liberated Bangladesh. Singapore was a marshy little known place. After its independence in 1965, Lee Kuan Yew was the prime minister, and he was a highly educated and disciplined man. With a strong hand he ruled Singapore to make it a highly developed industrialised country by employing his talent. Winston Churchill was a highly educated and talented man, by taking recourse to his talent he saved England from losing to Germany during second world war. There are numerous examples. It is high time that we encouraged our children to respect politics as a profession, and join it to give us better administration.

Young man joining politics, will make a complete man. Politics will teach the young ones in their most formative part of life, about our society and its problems, and what solutions are required. They can feel every cell of the society through interacting with common people. All these are real ingredients to make a perfect leader. A man who has passed through every stages of life starting with youth, will make a powerful  honest political leader to lead the country.

Country is in a bad state. At the moment there is no minimum educational qualification for our MLAs and MPs, naturally, people rejected from or failed at other professions, join politics, soon they make access to form Govt and rule us. They rule as per their capacity, being not mostly good students themselves, they rule us bad, because they are incapable to deliver better.  By changing our attitude to politics, we will have only good people in politics which will make the country a very developed one.

Last but not least, to my mind  Modi is the best leader for the country. There is no other leader in the country now to replace him. My request is to opposition parties , don’t pull his leg anymore, allow him to work for the country, he is a very capable leader, India has never seen before. At the moment India is in a grave crisis  surrounded by powerful enemies who can do any damage to the country.

Why Muslim intellectuals do not speak up against Talibans?


Talibans have come to power in Afghanistan. They have begun brutalizing people, including women and children. Lots of videos are available to see their kind of rule. They have said that they will rule the country as per Sharia law which means a mediaeval rule. Already they have killed thousands of people and it is very much expected that many more will be killed without any rhyme or reason, complete anarchy is just about to follow. In brief there’s’ a Jungle rule.

 These are Fundamentalists capable of destroying humanity. What is more scary is that Islamic fundamentalists all over this part of the world, including in India, are encouraged by the trend currently set by the Taliban, those may like to implement the same sort of rule in India also. 

While I am writing this article there is a news in television that a flight bound for Ukraine has been Hijacked by taliban. All of us should condemn the atrocities publicly in press and television. Muslim intellectual have a still greater role to play because of being from the same religion. This will discourage the potential Muslim Fundamentalists. I was expecting some of them already protesting, unfortunately I do not see any. This has disappointed me. My appeal to those intellectuals from the Muslim community to make public comments condemning the Taliban culture and properly guiding  the ordinary Muslims in India from falling prey to it. This will also stop giving excuses to anti-Msuslim forces in the country to cause disturbance.

As responsible Indian citizen this the best they could do in this hour of crisis. Thanks for reading.

Talibans will engulf the world


This Sunday morning’s swaminomics in Times of India (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/Swaminomics/tame-taliban-lets-not-kid-ourselves-their-win-is-just-the-tip-of-the-jihad-iceberg/–read it for yourself) made me full of disappointments. Usually, I have great confidence in his data collection and analysis. I read his long article, it is very engaging ; he is saying that this Talibani advancement is just the tip of the jihadi Iceberg. Undoubtedly their approach is destructive.Their bite and commitment to their single minded purpose is so forceful, that resisting forces consisting of big powers are just exhausted and now they are withdrawing from the scene leaving the field free for Taliban Raj. 

Like the America withdrawing from Afghanistan now, living  the field free for the Talibans, similarly in Africa French forces also have withdrawn leaving the field free for the violent islamists. Peace loving Muslims are no problem,  just like you and me , but the violent form of Islam is really a matter of concern.

 I think  menacing forces may win temporarily but it is incompatible with nature. Nature will correct this violent forces ultimately. No one can control the nature’s fury like tsunami or earthquake or covid-19. In a similar manner nature will rise up to appropriately take care of  this violent form of Islam, presently out to destroy the world. THE END.

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Covid–dear doctor, why are you so scared?


It’s a fact that when you aim for higher stations in life like doctors, nurses, politics  etc, you have to sacrifice a lot of your life for the society, instead, if you are all the time busy to secure your own interest, you are sheer a misfit, you should not have been in the profession. This thought has been dominating my mind since  yesterday.  I want to share the story with you in the cloud.This will help me release my anguish, and associated tension. I have a habit of protesting whenever I find anything detestable, of course, in my own way.

Let me explain the situation. Yesterday, I visited a new doctor for a cure. I was sitting outside his examination room awaiting my turn. His room is almost 20 ft by 10ft, he was sitting at the far side corner of his room, appropriately geared for covid.  I was also maintaining the covid protocol with mask on with maintaining physical distance.

 As soon as my turn came, I entered his room, and was approaching his examination table. He was gesturing to me, to stop at the very entrance of his examination room, from distance he would examine me. Its right to keep himself away and safe, from an unknown and potentially affected covid patient. But the way he was doing it, seemed to me that I was untouchable and coming out of a gutter, emitting a nauseating repelling smell.

I understood his cautious approach, and it was to some extent OK. My mind shifted temporarily from my own illness to anguish, I soon  retaliated in an articulate language without making an ugly scene, which sobered him up. Imagine what happens to general patients!!!!!!!!

I know the dedication of doctors to their duty which I had the occasion to know by intimately working with them. Most are intimate to me, and have personal connections. Some of them I respect very much.

It is true that doctors’ profession is different from other professions, they save our life, by risking their own life.  They are true to the hippocratic oath they take. During this long covid period, many doctors laid down their lives to save their patient. 

But there are some unworthy people in the profession also. The latter are there just for a job for making money, for, it pays more than others. 

My message to the unworthy ones, is that when you rise in life, you have to sacrifice your own interest for the sake of others. This is why so many doctors in the course of covid duty died. I am sorry for them, through them nation lost, but it was not wholly unexpected for this partucular profession. They could save their life by running away from their duty. 

The covid has separated chaffs from the wheat. My doctor which prompted me to write the article, is a chaff,he should leave such a sacred profession, sooner than later. Those doctors who are obsessive to protect their own life, how will they care for the patients’ lives?

Do you believe in God?


I don’t know about you. But as to myself I am a great believer of God. I myself leave a very ethical life, and I pray to God  for the well being of self and all around us. When all around you, people  are happy and safe youself will be automatically happy and safe. A human being may collect all the confidence in the world for himself, yet he is a tiny creature in this endless universe, and naturally helpless in the midst of all uncertainties of life in this  world.

Its my matter of faith that God is kind to all of us because we are his Creation. Even when somebody questions it or does not believe in God, or call himself a rationalist ,  I would say God may not come to you with your prayer , prayer will help you organise yourself better to face your difficulties. There is a peace in surrendering to the almighty.

In the young age when there are no responsibility to bear on our  shoulder, live life under  care and responsibility of our parents,then life is free and easy, we do not need to think of God,and usually,  live in a don’t care attitude. But this is due to our sheer ignorance. As soon as we grow up, problems and responsibility rise, and then there is a real test of our strength, which often we fail , and then  support of God is required.

Rationalists contend that as soon as you have blind faith without any clear real logic in it, your intelligence becomes blunted, you are no better than a dead man. But instead, when you are in active have to prove something logically, you allow your intelligence to work, and by the process, intelligence  gets sharpened. This makes you a real living man kicking with life. In my opinion, actually there is no disbeliever;  when they say so, it is only their outward make-up.  When they are face to face with a real crisis in life,  they break down, pray for blessings of God to come to their rescue. 

Jyoti Basu, a great communist leader who ruled West Bengal for 35 years, was a communist whole life . True to his political philosophy, he was an atheist, but story doesn’t end here, his wife  was a 24 hour devotee of Goddess Kali, and used to  be worshipping God during most part of the day. I strongly believe that it was compensatory work. My source of this information is from a book by BBC correspondent Mark Tully, the name of the book is ‘ No full stop in India’. For a communist, worshipping God is blasphemy. In the sixties and seventies, in Kolkata, you were not called an intellectual, until you became a communist which means that you had to wear a visible label that you did not  believe in God. The same sort of thinking among intellectuals  prevailed in the thirties and forties in England also, here my source is George Orwells’ collected essays.

 Presently,  I am reading the  Autobiography of Naseeruddin Shah, an internationally acclaimed Indian film artist, an awardee of seven national and international awards . He is widely known to be a very progressive intellectual artist ,  even he admitted in his autobiography that some experience of his life turned him from a hardcore  disbeliever to a believer in God. In a biography on oscar awardee Satyajit Roy, biographer r mentions an incident where he started believing that an appearance of an owl ( carrier of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth), repeatedly on his windows seal brought him a good omen; soon after he got international recognition on his Pather Panchali, this sort of belief normally a believer in God, hold.

Further,  in this world everything cannot be proved straightaway scientifically .Science has not reached at that level yet. Astrophysicists say that the universe is full of DARK MATTER. We know only 4% of the universe, the rest  96% of the universe is totally unknown to us. This in simple language means that all physical laws known to us ,  are applicable only  to 4% of the universe.  Scientists all over the world are on a keen search for it. Recently, scientists from all over the world conducted an experiment in Switzerland , and collected multiple data from the result of it. Connected data are still being analysed. In such a scenario,  you cannot prove everything absolutely free from error. Based on this available  knowledge thus far, can you disprove the existence of god absolutely?.

When I speak of God or religion in this article, I speak of spirituality, not the conventional religious practices, which mostly has been commercialised, politicised. Religion always was  used as a political instrument, and it continues to be so even today. When I think of God, I think of him from a spiritual angle.

My view is that spiritualism is to be taught in schools to  our young kids. This will give them a sense of discipline, and if rightly taught,  will make them honest, and help them build a constructive society. 

My old habit of reading newspaper


Newspaper reading is an habit inculcated in me in my early childhood. Even at my 70, I am very fond of it. Actually, my morning gets meaningful with it. In the morning, I get up from my bed thinking that soon it will come, during morning walk in the back of my mind, go on calculating what will come on the first page. Real enjoyment starts when I collect the newspapers from the vendor in the morning. Two newspapers I read  , one is Times of India, the other is Economic times.

 A nice fine odour comes out of the printed material, quite invigorating, the energy of which sustains me throughout the day. After collecting the paper, I browse for over an hour. This is the first round only when I scour the titles  and share-market news. Rest of the paper I read in the noon and evening. Main attraction is  generally three editorials, and main articles, which generally appear in the middle pages.

In my childhood I started with Ananda Bazar Patrika, in Bengali; and, The Statesman, in english. Both the papers were quite addictive, just you could not do without those. 

Most of later-days novel writers in Bengali, started with journalism as a career, in Ananda Bazar Patrika. These writers presented the news in a very literary way. By this you just did not read news only, you read literature also. What I want to say is that they presented news in a very literary way, what is absent nowadays. It really was an addiction.  Ananda Bazar would be the largest selling newspaper in the country during those days, year after year. Common people including housewives were regular readers.

The same was true for Statesman, but catered to intellectuals only. Their editorials and articles were of topical interest in the superior english language. Their content would be a matter of discussion of the intellectuals of the day. I still remember the names of writers, Kuldip nayyer, C.R. Irani, A. G. Noorani etc etc. Their english were of high standard. It had a continuous reputation of having English editors, last in line was Lindsay Noriman who retired and left India in 1972. 

Like most of the middle class Bengalis, I learnt my english from Statesman. Initially, it would be tough for me as I had my schooling in vernacular medium, I would not understand even a small bit of it, but I would not be dissuaded; yet, I would read the paper daily from beginning to end, mostly without understanding. Whatever my english knowledge today, good or bad whatever, I owe it to the Statesman. I would love Statesman very much, even when I was posted in Madras, I would get the paper by parcel from Kolkata. By the time it would reach me in Madras, it would be 15 days old but I would swallow everything. Another newspaper I used to read then, wasTHE HINDU. It’s english and presentation would be immaculate. it was the next best for me.

But the good old days are gone, now in Mumbai, now I read TOI/ ET. Their language and presentation are not that good any more, but I am an old addict of reading paper.  Now, only The Economist, Swaminathan Ankleshwaria Ayaar’s writing , I like most, others are so so. His explanation of economic affairs of the day, presentation, and english language is superb. Although an economist he is a good english writer. The journalists of olden days had to have literary excellence also, along with their knowledge of journalism. But nowadays they do not read literature at all, that’s why news presentations are so dry. This I say after long reading of their writing. My suggestion is that study of literature should be made a necessary adjunct of their profession, the same should be true for professionals like doctors, engineers, computer experts.

It would be fitting for me to mention here that in my college days I had the opportunity of reading THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN, AND LONDON TIMES.  I would borrow those from my professor . Manchester Guardian, although initiated to serve the labour class initially, later changed its stand  entirely to cater to elites, elevating its english to high standard , beyond the reach of common masses. Journalists of Guardian, in their periodic review meeting informed the editor about the difficulty of common men to read and understand Manchester Guardian. In reply, the editor replied that his newspaper would not lower the standard to reach common men, rather common men would have to raise their standard to the Manchester Guardian. THE END.

SECULARISM IN INDIA IS ROCK-SOLID


India is a secular country, all communities live life co-existently. It’s true there are inter communities violence at times, especially between Muslims and Hindus, and those make front line news . No problems with christian. Those incidents are uncommon, that’s why those get the status of frontline. It is nothing more than that, had there been anything otherwise, there would have been massive movements. We don’t see any such.

But since Modi Govt came to power, a section of people increasingly creating noise about this so called discrimination by the Govt. This is initiated by only a small section of  Muslims and ‘secularists’. This is political, Mamata Banerjee , won election on this plank. Opposers have hidden agenda. Majority of Muslims have no concern. A section of press and media is desperate to sell the issue, to sensationalize it.

Pakistan was established on the basis of religion in 1947. Our history is that most wealthy  and educated Muslims left for Pakistan leaving behind only their poor and illiterate brethren to survive in India. since beginning they wanted to wrest Kashmir from India which was previously annexed to India as per will of their Raja. Now, Pakistan wants Kashmir by hook or by crook. For this they have a strategy. To weaken India as a part of strategy, from the very beginning,  Pakistan has been playing communal card to incite Muslims of India, and to a large extent has been successful. A section of Muslim , mainly from lower rung of society, have been influenced by Pakistan to sing their tune. “Secularists” under one guise or other, indirectly support the divisive forces, so as to weaken the central Govt. These “secularists” were originally led by Muslims who claimed Pakistan but after actual division preferred to remain in India. Modi’s is a strong Govt, oppositions want to remove the strong Govt to install a weak Govt which can easily be manipulated .

  Naturally Pakistan is using the divisive issues to malign India . They often allege that Muslims of India are illiterate, poor, living in ghettos, unlike Pakistanis, there heart bleed. But if it is really so, then Pakistanis themselves are responsible because they moved enmass from India with their wealth and education from India . But Indian Muslim’s lot is made better during last 70 years. Initial 2% Muslims, increased now to 27%. There are many success stories of Industrialists, professionals, professors, scientists, ministers , presidents etc etc from this community. Watch Just one success story –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNqrWRi_xGE.

Muslims also very well aware of that alleged discrimination against them is not true. It is only Pakistani propaganda. Problem is that majority of Muslims are peaceful , they do not speak out, while only the hostiles speak, and the irony is that they are heard and they make news. If saner Muslims starts speaking, justice can be done to image of India.

Recently, I stumbled upon three videos where Muslims themselves speak against Pakistani design. In one, an educated wealthy Keralite Muslim,  largely living  in Dubai, in an interview to a Pakistani journalist, speaking the truth of Muslim reality in India. There are another two similar appearing below. You may believe them or not, but I would request you to note the details in support of their statement. Then you draw your own conclusion. Please watch the following three videos.

Ashfaq Akbar: Indian Muslims are far better off than Pakistani Muslims.

A Pakistani Muslim Talks With An Indian Muslim

Hungry priests need the help of rich and super rich.


Covid has affected everybody except the super rich. As we switch on our mobile phone, disconcerting pictures of temple priests describing their penury, asking for donations to keep their body and soul together, keeps appearing. Little kids are hungry, a very moving scene really!!. I can not hold my tears. Among those of  elite society, many of whom relentlessly swear their abiding faith in God. They earned a lot of wealth during covid while the rest are dying. 

These are super rich people. Record highest no. of Mercedes car were sold during June/21, number of billionaires increased from 100 to 150 during the same covid period. These same people boast of Hinduism, and busy in doing noisy politics over it, toiling hard to make  India a Hindu Rashtra. It’s an irony that these priests, who link the devotees with God as a medium , passing days without food. 

The rich and the super rich should come forward to help them. By serving these priests, they would be serving the real God!!!. In this big bad world, power lies with the political parties.  BJP seems to be worried about protection of Hinduism, and desperate to spread it, should take upon their shoulder the entire burden to save the class of priests from penury. Why do I say this?–I am saying this because I am a practising Hindu, that too a Brahmin by inheritance, it pains me.

Here I should make one thing clear. As a ( my kind of) hindu, I believe in Advaita vedanta, i.e. non-dualism,  that whole existence is one  consciousness, manifested as many. By this analogy, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, all animate and inanimate things are one and same. Thus there is no scope for discrimination on my part. While Brahmin, I am all.

In balance, feeding the hungry priests should be the responsibility of rich and super rich. Priests are interface with God. If not for any other thing, they earned their all money from this very society.

India’s enemies at boundaries are active


” India’s neighbourhood is in ferment. Expansionist China is everywhere and America is withdrawing from Afghanistan. The wider impact of these aside, domestic politics in Nepal- which just witnessed another change in government- Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives present different challenges for India. And Pakistan, partly thanks to the Afghan situation, is even more of an uncertain entity now….”—TOI.

Situation is at this moment is potentially serious. As a common citizen of India I am worried about India’s future and about me and my progeny’s future security of life. I had seen sights of turmoil in Syria, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan. Terrorists with arms were torturing people, made bomb blasts. Thousands of people lost life while crossing the Mediterranean sea to flee to Europe; at the bottom of sea remains of those unfortunates must be still available even now. I remember a small boy, name ALAN KURDI, was washed ashore while their overloaded boat upturned in turbulent high seas.

I am fearful. America is in the process of vacating Afghanistan, their major portion of forces fled unnoticed , rest few will soon follow. If Taliban wins finally, they will impose crude Islamic law. Pakistan has good rapport with Taliban because with American money, they only raised the Taliban originally. Now they will do the bidding of Pakistan; Infiltrate Pakistan, destabilize Kashmir, and may be the whole of India. All divisive forces will raise their head, communities and various groups will fight with each other, creating a blood bath. Nobody will be safe, Muslims who might be in sympathy with them, also will not be safe in the hand of same Islamic forces. America will abandon us like they have in the past in Libya, Iran, Iraq, and currently in Pakistan. I pray my fear become unfounded, then only my progenies will be safe.

With this ominous prospects in sight, whole country irrespective of caste, creed, religion, and language of we Indians, should unite, to embolden Modi’s hand. Our opposition parties are leaving no stone unturned to weaken the Central Govt. This kind of opposition are not any way less than enemy China and Pakistan. Now, as I see, except Modi, there is no strong leader in the country, to head the country. Govt also should discourage any discrimination against minorities, whatever may be their political compulsions. WE INDIVIDUALLY ARE SECURED TILL THE COUNTRY IS SECURED.

RAMDEV BABA MAY NOT ALWAYS BE RIGHT.


Yoga guru must not always be taken for granted. Its a fact that he popularized yoga in India and all over the world,, crores of people follow him. Even in Pakistan, which is hostile to India, there also his recommended yoga is practiced. Its true he did not invent yoga, he only popularized what is India’s heritage. Very few would take yoga seriously before him. Along with millions others, I follow him blindly. Whatever he says , he is very assertive, and this instill confidence among his watchers. I am no different, I do yogic exercises daily.

Recent two incidents shaken my confidence: one is that he said in TV that allopathic medicine is no good for cure of Covid, people only die after taking those allopathic medicine. But his ayurvedic medicine, cures all, none died because of covid, under his care. This was an audacious statement. All countrymen condemned it unanimously as it was appropriate. Then he was bound to retract it. Further, recently reported in newspapers that some people died due to irreversible liver damage from Giloy, an ayurvedic medicine, fiercely advocated by him. Of course, finality can be drawn only after proper investigation. Though I do not know for sure, but most likely, those took the cue from Ramdev.

Often it is claimed that ayurvedic medicine do not have side effect–how it can be? if any medicine ( if it is medicine at all!!!) have good effect, it will have bad effect, too. With the same analogy, if it does not have bad effect , it will not have good effect also. Because of this wrong notion, people recklessly consume ayurvedic/ homoeopathic medicine.

We must remember he is not formally/ professionally qualified in medicine, at least, to my knowledge he never claimed it. Its true he is assertive, and confident of whatever he utters. Its good to be confident, useful too, but ignorance, and a little knowledge, generates false confidence also. I remember an age old proverb: fools rushes in where angels fear to tread.

I am his follower, but above two incidents, shaken my confidence in him. In the wake of these, one must know whether his recommended medicine, and manner of exercises is all safe or not, for the millions; after all, he is not formally and professionally, educated , whereas, allopathic doctor prepares himself through a painstaking hard work for 10/15 years in average. I do not have any doubt about his good intention, yet his lack of knowledge may do the damage to the patients , although, unintentionally. Hence, there should be an authentic check on him.

ISO CERTIFICATION/ RERA APPROVAL IS NO GUARANTEE OF QUALITY.


It is my experience that ISO certification/ RERA approval, is no guarantee for quality, those of us, think it as a passport for quality, are wrong, Beware!!!!!!. Its true, those arranged by the our well intentioned Govt for common public so that they are protected from cheating by the unscrupulous people, here REAL ESTATE AGENTS. But my case is an eye-opener to show how , in stead of helping buyer, those are helping the REAL ESTATE AGENTS, creating a false trust in them, this facilitates cheating the public further. Thus, laws are observed against the very spirit for which those are made. Now a days , many real estate agent are getting themselves certified –GOD KNOWS HOW???? Now my case.

I along with 9 others purchased a land through the ISO CERTIFIED/ RERA APPROVED, REAL ESTATE COMPANY,  LANDSCAPE (ISO-9001:2008), Corporate office-505/506, Punit Plaza, S-11, CBD Belapur, New Mumbai, Maharashtra-4160046. Help line-8080606060. Details of the plot of the Land–Mauza parkhand, Taluk Khalapur, Zilla & nukdi Raigad, Sub-registrar Khalapur/ Simetal, Talati Saja Baboshi etc etc. Registered on 30.4.2014]

Till today possession of above purchased land has not been handed over to us. They cannot be contacted, whenever we go to meet them in their office, they evade us. Now the question is, can we really bank upon ISO CERTIFICATION/ RERA APPROVAL??–if so, their certification should immediately be withdrawn with a huge penalty.

ISO CERTIFICATION/ RERA APPROVAL IS NO GUARANTEE OF QUALITY.


It is my experience that ISO certification/ RERA approval, is no guarantee for quality, those of us, think it as a passport for quality, are wrong, Beware!!!!!!. Its true, those arranged by the our well intentioned Govt for common public so that they are protected from cheating by the unscrupulous people, here REAL ESTATE AGENTS. But my case is an eye-opener to show how , in stead of helping buyer, those are helping the REAL ESTATE AGENTS, creating a false trust in them, this facilitates cheating the public further. Thus, laws are observed against the very spirit for which those are made. Now a days , many real estate agent are getting themselves certified –GOD KNOWS HOW???? Now my case.

I along with 9 others purchased a land through the ISO CERTIFIED/ RERA APPROVED, REAL ESTATE COMPANY,  LANDSCAPE (ISO-9001:2008), Corporate office-505/506, Punit Plaza, S-11, CBD Belapur, New Mumbai, Maharashtra-4160046. Help line-8080606060. Details of the plot of the Land–Mauza parkhand, Taluk Khalapur, Zilla & nukdi Raigad, Sub-registrar Khalapur/ Simetal, Talati Saja Baboshi etc etc. Registered on 30.4.2014]

Till today possession of above purchased land has not been handed over to us. They cannot be contacted, whenever we go to meet them in their office, they evade us. Now the question is, can we really bank upon ISO CERTIFICATION/ RERA APPROVAL??–if so, their certification should immediately be withdrawn with a huge penalty.