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.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR THE TEEMING MILLIONS, THAT IS 135 CRORES.


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We may like it or not, the age of artificial intelligence, is upon us, even in a country of 135 crores, where unemployment is a constant problem.  With this thought  in my mind, a recent news that Axis bank evaluating the performance of their candidate  during recruitment, on the basis of artificial intelligence; required software was bought from Microsoft. The AI here analyzed, and determined the confidence level, happiness, hypocrisy  from the videographed interview. Candidates’ visual expression, eye movement etc was read by the AI, for the selection of the candidates. Human biases of the interviewer, cannot interfere, in this process.

Any common man in our society, from his day to day experience of living , is well aware that a man in our public service, cannot be so good as to attend to others’ needs in fair and honest way— there always are biases aplenty, inefficiency, carelessness, and , of course, human limitations. All go to cause dereliction of duty to the people of the society.

There are examples to cite. Nobody, want Railway accidents to happen, but yet then those keep happening with lakhs of people in employment, and it is because there are limitations  of human being, their failure.  Govt, is seriously thinking to apply  AI to increase the safety level of passengers. I believe anybody will like it because this will save life of fellow citizens.

AI is already being employed in healthcare. Some cancer –diagnosing,  which took 7/8 months previously, now is done through AI in a matter of week in our Tata center, Mumbai. Our healthcare system is unable to care for 135 crores people that we have. There is no personalized treatment, only block treatment, of course it is impossible in this country of teeming millions to do anything otherwise with the existing system. There is not enough number of doctors and paramedical staff; even those whom we have, in my opinion , mostly not efficient for the purpose. Who knows how many people die due to human errors in the course of receiving medical treatment? It is a luxury to ask this question where doctors are thought to be demi-God!!!. When I visit a hospital, I often see crowds of poor patients groaning under pain, with no medical staff around. I become sad to see the indignity of human living. Application of AI in healthcare will alleviate it. Modi Govt, has come back with a large majority in Govt, can take measures towards this.

Just not medical field, AI should be applied  in all matter of public service. When I am writing this article, there is no water supply in my area, it is so for last one month. Common man do not know what to do. Ideally, local municipality authority has to look into it, and find a way out for the public, but he cannot be located, even if he could be found out, it would be difficult to get him around to do the work. I look forward to the day when AI will note the problem of common man, take it through all the levels of administration to the Minister in charge instantly, fix accountability in terms of existing rules and procedures, in transparent manner. In this existing opaque and blocked system, the meager wealth of the nation owned by 135 crores , is usurped by those who are already wealthy, powerful and advantaged, leaving behind little or none. Developing AI will make the system of administration transparent, and ultimately an equal society. This present Govt can do it.

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!
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Slow Global Growth ahead, should be accepted as natural.


This is an economic article, written by Ruchir Sharma, wrote for The Newyork Times, republished in TOI. I am not a trained person in economics, but over the years grew to be fond of Indian and world economics. True, there are economists and economists, but I like a few of them, or better, you can say, whom I can understand a bit. These topics keep me engaging. I like Swaminathan Ankleswaria Ayer, Ruchir Sharma, Raghuram Rajan, Amartya sen. Real economics must be a very hard something, especially, for a person like me who is not trained, but I don’t know why exactly these discussion and topics attracts me. Swaminathan is the best of the lot to me, he writes so vividly!; his control of the language makes the reading more interesting, and engaging. Ruchir sharma, has more width of it, and has depth, often feel matter goes over my head, yet, don’t leave me disappointed.

Here, in this article, Ruchir tells us that the world economic growth, will go slow because it could not be otherwise; it is at the moment, given the environment, has to be so. We must not resent, rather accept it. One reason is that the population growth is slowing, and there is debt problem since the financial crisis of 2008. Before 2008, and after 1980, inflation was slowing, which encouraged the culture of accessing more debt, which went on increasing till it collapsed in 2008. That fear destroyed the confidence in the world financial market. Lack of availability of debt-fund, and negative demographics, is a fertile ground for growth going down. Here I desire to add as a side- point, which is poking me very much to come out . Just having more population with more hands for work, is not enough, unless those are properly educated/ or skilled. Population who are ignorant or ill educated is a liability to the nation, on the contrary, an well-educated is an asset to the nation, When Ruchir Sharma speaks of demographics, he has in his mind only well educated masses, who counts to increase the productivity of the nation. I write this as my observation of a layman, after reading Ruchir Sharma’s article. This will be my fodder for my next adda, in KACS. Read for yourself his article, bodily lifted from TOI, and don’t forget leave your take please—

Last week the US government revised its 2018 growth estimate down below 3% as economists were revising their 2019 forecasts down towards 2%, triggering another wave of disappointed commentary about doggedly “slow” growth in the United States.

But it’s not just an American story, and it’s not just President Trump who won’t deliver on promises of 3, 4 or even 5 per cent growth. Across the world, economists have had to downgrade growth forecasts in most years since the global financial crisis of 2008.

Defying the hopeful projections, Japan has rarely grown faster than 1%. Europe has struggled to sustain growth faster than 1.5%. No one quite knows how fast China is growing, but it’s clear that there, too, the economy is slowing. So why is the dismal science suddenly guilty of issuing overly optimistic forecasts that set the whole world up for disappointment?

Economists keep basing forecasts on trends established during the postwar miracle years, when growth was boosted by expanding populations, rising productivity and exploding debt. But population and productivity growth had stagnated by 2008, and the financial crisis put an end to the debt binge. The miracle is over.

Time to rethink what’s possible. Even during the Industrial Revolution, in the 19th century, the world economy rarely grew faster than 2.5% a year, until the post-World War II baby boom began to rapidly expand the labour force. After 1950, the combination of more workers and more output per worker lifted the pace of global growth to 4%.

Yet by last decade, the baby boom had faded from Europe to Asia. Even in the United States, young for a developed country, growth in the working-age population slowed to a mere 0.2% last year from 1.2% in the early 2000s. Fewer workers impact the economy directly, so that decrease implied a 1-point drop in economic growth.

Roughly, economists should have expected that United States economic growth would slow to 2% from 3% – and it has. Stimulus measures like the Trump tax cuts can lift growth above this path, but temporarily and at the risk of higher deficits and debt.

Political leaders should not be trying to reverse the new age of slow growth, they should be trying to explain to the public why it’s not so bad.

When populations are growing slowly, the economy doesn’t need to grow as fast to keep incomes high. Thus in the United States this decade, growth in per capita GDP has slowed much more gradually than the overall economy, to an average of 1.4%. Despite their laggard reputations, Europe has been growing just as fast – and Japan a bit faster – in per capita terms. In a rich country, that pace is hardly painful: Americans have rarely been more confident about the economy.

Slower growth in the working age population also means less competition for jobs, which helps explain why unemployment is now at record lows not only in the United States but also in Germany and Japan. Not a bad thing.

More than that, attempts to revive the miracle years are ill advised. Growth in the economy is driven by more workers and more output per worker, or productivity. But since the surges of 1950s and 60s, productivity growth has slowed, also defying government efforts to lift it.

For a time, the global economy kept motoring along, fuelled by debt. In the 1980s, central banks began to contain inflation, which allowed them to drop interest rates sharply. As borrowing costs fell, debt surged from 100% of global gross domestic product in the late 1980s to 300% by 2008.

Then the global financial crisis hit, ruining many private borrowers and lenders, many of whom are still wary of taking on new debt. After growing faster than the economy for three decades, debt growth in the United States and many other countries has fallen back in line with economic growth. Even China, the one major country where lending continued to surge after 2008, is wary of the debts that now weigh down its economy.

So the postwar miracle is over, undone by shifting demographics and debt. Yet because economists continue to base forecasts on miracle rates of growth – 4% for the world, 3% for the United States – policy makers keep fighting to hit these targets.

Economists on the right and left are now calling for lower interest rates, or higher government spending, to boost growth even if that risks reigniting inflation. At the Federal Reserve, there is an emerging view that letting inflation rise above 2%, long considered a red line, may not be unwise.

The assumption seems to be that policy makers must take action because 2% GDP growth is intolerably slow. Yet the confidence surveys suggest Americans are content with record-low unemployment, benign inflation and 1.4% growth in GDP per capita. Why then rush to pump more money into the economy, which risks rekindling its debt problems and inflation?

Instead of trying to bring back the miracle years, economists need to adjust their forecasts and politicians need to rethink their policies to the new era of slower growth. Because trying to recreate a bygone golden age is a shaky way to build the future.

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.

 

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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EMPTY WORD OF PRAISE DO NOT WORK


” Slogan shouting and screaming ‘Zindabad’ or ‘ Murdabad’ will not make any difference. If you really want to do something, join the defence forces. Or encourage someone in your family to do so. If that is not possible, small things could help–keep your surroundings clean, don’t litter, don’t urinate in the open, and do not harass women. Stop spreading communal hatred. Small gestures go a long way.”.

This words are from the wife of NINAD MANDAVGANE , who died in the line of duty in a helicopter crash with five other IAF men near Budgam in central Kashmir on 27.2.2019. This was advised by his wife to a crowd of people shouting slogans when the deceased pilot was being taken for funeral.


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The above should be written in golden letters as a guide to lazy young Indian men –of whom we have too many in west Bengal, for all time to come, who does nothing worthwhile except uttering only noble words.These slogan mongers are either generally political people with an eye to catch vote, seeking opportunities for personal gain, or , for sheer entertainment. I repeat do not understand what they say, neither bother, they do not have any seriousness of purpose. These are hypocrites, caste them into dustbins–earliest best….. In my young days I have seen such people protested against events occurring in Cuba, America, China , Indonesia, while themselves keeping safe at home. One advantage in such behavior is that you pass for a progressive intellectual, without subjecting yourself to any acid test to qualify for same. This impression I have, deeply embedded in my bones, since young days, their hypocrisy always irritated me. The sane advice of the wife of the hero, gave voice to my long impression deeply buried in my mind. I easily identify with those hypocrites. What is your view???

Homeopathy–quackery and fraud?????–its sheer nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I was listening to a TED talk under the subject title. The page carried the introduction as “Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world’s psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I’ll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)”

I listened to the talk, you  may also listen for yourself, by clicking the above link. He strongly condemned all para normal and supernatural instances those we talk of, and at times, encounter on the streets; described those as be-fooling others and for making cheap money. Up to this I have no objection, but I have serious objection when he trashes Homeopathy as a whole. Whatever may be his reputation, I will say he does not have full knowledge of homeopathy. Although I am not  a Homeopathy doctor, I challenge his observation on Homeopathy. Homeopathy cures, I can provide evidence in support from my own experience, but it is true that advance guarantee can not be given that a particular homeo medicine, will cure certain diseases, with certainty as often happens with an allopathic medicine or surgery.

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I have a proof that homeopathy is a therapy, and it acts. Some 30 years back, my wife used to suffer from migraine, and no allopathy doctor, could cure her. I spent a lot on medicines and pathological tests. Next, being frustrated, myself a layman on the subject, studied a few books and applied ONOSMODIUM-30, she was cured like a magic in a few minuites. This gave me a deep conviction that –yes, it is therapy, real therapy at that. After this personal experience, should I believe anybody–however famous he may be, when he says homeopathy  is a quackery ?? I hope to write him a letter soon protesting his observation. Will you join me?? Thanks for reading.

BEST TED TALKS


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–Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it’s often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe is full of music, he says — we just need to learn how to hear it.

2.- https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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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.

 

#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 ..
Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66270763.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

I’m Indian Muslim, Not Pakistani Muslim – CPIM, Mohammed Salim.


Here is a brilliant lecture by CPIM’s Mohammed Salim, in parliament. This lecture has the quality of textbook precision. Every school and college student listen to it, and that too quite often. Marxists, ruled 34 years in Bengal, although, initially, they did great job in teaching people their rights in this world–that they have equal right in the resources of this world. Their right is no less than that of a rich man, who unfairly, by virtue of their dexterity, cornered a great part of national wealth. Leftist Govt taught people the right…But at the latter part of the rule, they became greedy just like others. People’s representatives, soon became corrupt, and served their interest. Gradually, power shifted to the goondas, criminals. Education, industry spoiled in the state. Although,Govt changed, now TMC, is in power. These people are worse. Some think that if BJP comes to power next, things will improve, but I am not hopeful.

Sorry, I drifted from secularism to political degeneration. Getting back to the main issue, I would say, CPIM’s main philosophy is solid and laudable. They are really secular. This is very much essential for survival of India. Going by this, Mohd Salim’s lecture given above, is very important. After coming to power, BJP tried to reform many things, and like many economists, I also praise Modi on those count. In many fronts he has not produced result as promised, still I would not go against him on those count, especially because there is no other leader visible. But on secularism front he has failed miserable. He may have cured or in the process of curing many ills in the core sector, he is no good to maintain religious harmony, and India can not survive without religious harmony. I never say minorities are faultless, and as pure as Ganga water. There are many devisive elements among them, especially in the disadvantaged section in terms of education and wealth, but in upper class muslims, I do not see any devisive elements. For the interest of India, we must restore religious harmony. Hard religious practice do not survive, it will perish, along with its creators, just like ISIS, and alquaida, are perished or perishing. In this background, and associated philosophy of statecraft, Mohd Salim’s lecture in parliament, is relevant to me, and my kind of people. JAI HIND.

Wash Vegitable with baking soda.


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An important note:
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All of you are urged to send this information to all your friends and relatives.
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‘Idiocracy’ among 1,400 new words in Oxford dictionary ( collected from TOI )


A government formed of people considered
ignorant or idiotic — is among 1,400 new words, senses, and phrases
added in the latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The dictionary records over 100 words derived ultimately from the Greek
suffix -cracy, meaning ‘power’ or ‘rule’.
The new addition idiocracy, refers to a society consisting of or governed
by people characterized as idiots, or a government formed of people
considered stupid, ignorant, or idiotic.
Words like democracy and aristocracy originated in ancient Greek, but by
the 18th century, -ocracy was being added to English words, as in
statocracy and mobocracy.
In the 19th century, the trickle of such formations became a flood, with many of the new words being terms of ridicule, a
tradition to which idiocracy belongs; the earlier terms foolocracy (1832) and idiotocracy (used by Ambrose Bierce in 1909)
express a similar concept.
Idiocracy itself is first attested in 1967, but it owes its current prominence to the title of the satirical 2006 film Idiocracy, which
depicts a dystopian future in which the human race has become extremely ignorant, stupid, and anti-intellectual.

The quaterly update also added the term ‘trapo’. In Philippine English, trapo which describes a politician perceived as
belonging to a conventional and corrupt ruling class.
Trapo’s is an abbreviation of the English phrase ‘traditional politician’, but with punning allusion to the Tagalog word trapo (‘rag’),
which in turn is borrowed from Spanish.
Another new item from Philippine English is the adjective bongga, borrowed from Tagalog, which means extravagant,
flamboyant, impressive, stylish, or excellent.
The Oxford English Dictionary undergoes revision four times every year. Apart from new words and phrases, new senses are
added to existing words.
Some new entries are in fact extremely old, that were not identified in previous editions.
This update sees the addition of bedunged — that has been soiled with or covered in dung — which is first recorded from the
early 15th century.
It persists in modern use, but is now considered archaic or used self-consciously for stylistic effect, as in a newspaper article.

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.