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The world moving in “RIGHT” direction

The election of Donald Trump as the President of United States Of America came as a shock to many people around the world. Especially for the liberals and democrats who vehemently supported and expected Hillary Clinton to win the election and were confident of her win.To a large extent, not just the democrat supporters, but the entire main stream media, political analysts, poll predictors and economic pundits got it wrong. Contrary to the media speculation of Trump losing the  election , Trump emerged with a huge majority. Against all odds of media propaganda to project Trump as a demon with little respect for women, to publicizing him to be a narcissist, male chauvinist, misogynist in the leagues of Hitler,people of America preferred to elect Trump, ignoring the media propaganda.

With Trump’s election, a new shift in the world politics has emerged. Often looked at as a virulent individual opposing immigrants and having hostility towards Muslims as a religious group, a loose cannon who verbally attacked his opponents, Trump represented the voice of the silent majority who preferred remaining anonymous until the election day to support him.It was an example of growing consensus in people who believe their country, culture, values and lives are being affected by the over liberal policies and a blind eye of the liberal politicians towards the growing menace of terrorism coming from the Islamic faith. Unfortunately, most of the acts in recent times in America and other western countries was attributed to people belonging to the religion of Islam.

The explosive situation in Syria has brought hoards of Muslim refugees to the door steps of many western nations, including USA. A growing concern among the native people of these countries is about the refugees feeding on their tax benefits and at the same time the fear of infiltration of these countries with ISlamic militants like a trojan horse, with a political agenda to dominate these countries with huge influx of Muslim people, ultimately to dominate them. To add twist to the context, many of these countries have witnessed sharp increase in rapes, terrorist activities, suicide bombing and other crimes which the natives blame is the result of these mindless migration. This sense of fear among the natives is making way to the renewed ideology of nationalism,  especially among the youth. The mushrooming ghettos across many countries with people following private laws only applicable for themselves is further alienating them from the mainstream.A sense of insecurity, threat and loosing one’s national identity, cultural value is forcing the youth of these nations to align themselves to the right wing ideology which is based on the ideals of upholding Nationalism, one’s own culture and values and resisting culture and values imposed from others.

From east to west, this phenomenon seems to be gaining firm ground. In the east, India witnessed its highly polarized elections in 2014 resulting in emergence of the right wing nationalist party coming to power with a huge majority. In Austria, the popular right wing party narrowly missed the presidential elections but promises to be in power in the next election. Right wing ideology is on the rise in Netherlands, with Girt Wilder’s party gaining substantial support among people. One thing that seems common among all these, emergence of right wing ideology is in direct response to the threat of foreign faith and ideology impacting the people of the country. In the present context, it is the faith of Islam and its people. The turmoil in the middle east has pushed millions and millions of Muslim immigrants in most of the western countries. Along with the people, comes their faith, culture and laws. The problem emerges when the immigrants migrate to new lands, but do not give up their rigid beliefs, which makes it difficult for them to assimilate in the native culture resulting in friction with the native people.Adding fuel to the fire is the beliefs that since they believe in certain faith they are above the law of the land and that the laws relevant to them are those derived from their faith.

The dynamics of world politics is surely in for a big twist. With many countries leaning towards the Right Wing politics, it will be interesting to see how this all will shape the turn of the events in coming future. Not to forget, it was this fervent Nationalism that created Nazism in Germany and the world is witness to the horrific end results of it. Whenever something is stretched to the point of posing a threat to the existence of someone, it creates a terrible response.A common pattern seems to be happening in many country’s liberal politics. The liberal politics , in the name of secularism and inclusiveness , has long been ignoring the benefits of their own people. In the name of appeasement, the leftist politics has been letting some ideologies to override the beliefs of others. In the name of assimilation, they have turned a blind eye on the dilution of the culture and values of majority leading to more and more people joining the right wing ideology. The repercussions of these can be devastating. Only time will tell whether this is right or going in a wrong direction.

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Balloons of Hope – The story of AAP

A group of people-very enthusiastic, optimistic and with hopes once planned to go on a sky ride holding a bunch of balloons pumped with gas. There was one master balloon that was bigger than others-multi colored, strange and tensed, with extra gas. Other dozen balloons were filled equally to maximum capacity. With high expectations and confidence and trust on balloons, the group holding the balloons,rose high and high in the sky. They aimed to touch the sun.

As they rose rapidly in the sky, they cheered their unusual success to fly high. As they crossed layers of clouds and came close to the sun, the balloons started to feel the immense heat. The heat created a chemical reaction in the gas inside the balloons and the balloons slowly started to feel the impact. One such balloon burst, as a result of the reaction. Slowly other balloons started to burst one by one. With each burst of a balloon, the group sunk down in air with a big jerk. The bunch of balloons went out of balance and started to rub and hit each other with force. It caused chaos and fear in the group that held and hung to them.

In the utter chaos, some in the group lost control and fell flat on ground to meet sad demise. Some broke their nose, some legs, and teeth few others. As most balloons went burst, the group sunk more, lower and lower, until the ground was in sight. Sensing the opportunity to land, and with a sigh of relief, many left the balloons and jumped and ran. The one’s still holding, tried to grab the ones falling, trying to convince that they will rise again. With little hope, most left and fled. Eventually, countable members, and couple of insignificant balloons with little air, clung to the master balloon, with bleak hope.

The left over balloons neither could rise again, for lack of more air, nor could land safe on ground because of the little air that pushed them up. They hung midway in air, low near ground, struggling to rise and failing to land.

Scene: Balloons of Hope – The story of #AAP
Characters in the scene:
Master balloon – Arvind Kejriwal
Other balloons – Yogendra Yadav, Shazia Ilmi, Mr Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas and other AAP leaders.
Group hanging to the balloons – Innocent #AAP supporters.
Gas in the balloons – Gas of arrogance, over confidence, egoism and anger
The sun – Obvious to the intelligent 

The countryside well where I learnt swimming.

As a child I always wished to swim like a fish; smoothly, swiftly and elegantly. The way the fishes maneuvered and propelled under the water, interested me immensely.

I was too afraid of water however. Every other visit to a local swimming pool with my dad, who took me there to teach swimming, would end up me watching others play in the pool and me sitting in one corner, scared. Every time my dad tried to hold me and get into the water, I ended up crying and pushing back. Tired of pursuing me, my dad would leave me on the side and go swimming in the pool alone.

It was not until I had grown a bit older; into my teenage, that I gathered a little courage to learn swimming. It took over ten years to finally shed the fear of water. The wish to swim like a fish kept the lamp of hope burning. It was always at the back of my mind. Thanks to a school friend of mine, an expert swimmer, who volunteered to teach me swimming.

My swimmer friend lived in the country side. He had big old house adjacent to a large garden of mango trees. A little distance from his house was a big well, rectangle in shape surrounded by a wall of stone and concrete. The water in the well was around thirty feet deep. The interior of the well was secured with construction of uneven stones and concrete. The uneven stones left gaps between them which lead to the growth of slippery creepers from the soil contained beneath them. The creepers had grown long and hung all over to decorate the walls of the well. One side of the well had stony steps descending from top of the well up to the level of water.

Besides serving as a source of irrigation to the farms, the well also served as a place for the kids to take a dive into it in the hot summer. During the summer vacations, school kids from the nearby area gathered at the well to swim. Kids as young as four years old dove from the top of the well.

One of those summer vacation days I planned to take my swimming lessons from my friend in that well, after he assured me that it was safe and as good as a swimming pool. I got myself a safety vest. The safety vest consisted of a throw away motor bike rubber tube blown with air that had to be worn around the waist.

Being the oldest boy at the well who didn’t know swimming, it embarrassed me a little. All other kids had not even reached their teens but swam proficiently. The small kids gave a strange look at me and giggled among themselves. I’m sure they thought it funny, that a boy this big didn’t know to swim. (more…)

Just to begin.

It is always difficult to begin anything and blogging is no exception. This is my first blog and I don’t know what to write. However, I know what I will include in the days to come. I will put my readings and thoughts in this to cover whichever topic I like anything from science, politics , entertainment, religion, faith, culture, technology, history, languages etc etc etc.
Hopefully I will find some who share same thoughts as mine.

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