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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.

“Jannatyaan” – Mission to Paradise

Kapistan, Upgunistan and Jokistan along with other oil rich countries, envious of India’s success of the Mars orbiter “Mangalyaan” launched their own much awaited satellite called “Jannatyaan”, immediately following the news of Mangalyaan’s launch. “Jannatyaan” will explore the relatively unknown planet called “Jannat”. The “Jannat” planet was first discovered by an ancient Arab scientist and was kept as a close guarded secret until this time, known only to the secret society. While “Mangalyaan” is still to enter the orbit of Mars, it is claimed that “Jannatyaan” has already reached the “Jannat” planet’s orbit in record time, just in a day of its launch. Made from special material that resembles the camel skin and propelled by the rarest and special fuel with an efficiency of one million kilometers per liter and only found in the deserts of Arabia, the “Jannatyaan” is the most fuel efficient, most economical, and most sophisticated satellite to be ever developed in the history of mankind, sources claim.

It had been a long quest for many people faithful to BAIT – the coalition of the secret societies of ”Boko Haram”,“Al Qaida”, “ISIS” the new pioneer in space science and defense, and “Taliban” the society of pure students, to explore the “Jannat” planet that was much talked in the close circles of these secret societies. Now that the secret is being openly revealed to the world, the scientists of BAIT claim that the “Jannat” planet is not part of the solar system, but outside of it and much beyond it. Rotating alone on its own axis, “Jannat” is a secluded, beautiful milky planet, millions of miles away from earth and which the world has not known so far. The planet is abode to several million virgin “houris”, the celestial beauties with large black dove eyes, smooth fair milky skin and beautiful bodies. Rivers of milk and honey and wine and whisky and vodka and some desi daroo flow there in, between trees of dates and almonds and raisins and grapes and walnuts. The virgin “houris” on the planet never age, nor do they go through nature’s cycle, BAIT scientists claim. They are pure as pearl, in the words of the BAIT. The BAIT scientists are proud of their achievement and snob that their mission will cover more than million times the distance “Mangalyaan” would cover and costs one tenth the cost of Mangalyaan. Before “Jannatyaan”, “Mangalyaan” will look inferior, BAIT scientists grin. The “Jannatyaan” is capable of taking Hi-Definition 1080 pixel close-up pictures and videos of the “Jannat” planet and the “houris” and other nature’s beauty there, which “Mangalyaan” cannot. The idea behind using such hi-tech technology for photography on the satellite is to send back pictures of “houris” on “Jannat” planet directly to the cell phones of the soldiers of BAIT, the scientist say. BAIT believes that these pictures will motivate the soldiers of the army division of BAIT, who are fighting the non-believers around the world with a belief that one day they will get to see and meet the “houris” of “Jannat” which they are promised if they fight the non-believers and slay them in the fight. BAIT’s soldiers are presently demotivated because they only get to hear about the dove eyed seductive “houris” on jannat planet, and how their beauty never fades, and how their lustful gaze captivates the hearts of the bravest of the fighters, but they never get to meet or see pictures of any. They feel sad about it. Some of the soldiers have in fact boycotted the fight saying that unless they see a proof that of “houris” and “Jannat” for real, they will not fight. A section of the army in fact sat on dharna, inspired by the activist leader of India, Mr. Fekriwal, and demanded proof of “houris” of “Jannat” planet to continue the fight. The morale of the army is at all-time low. With “Jannatyaan” BAIT believes that the morale of the fighters on ground will boost again, once they see the hi-definition pictures of the houris with their lustful smiles and captivating beauty. It will rejuvenate them. It will also confirm that “Jannat” planet is not just an illusion but a reality and it will motivate the fighters to fight to their full strength. With these rejuvenated fighters, BAIT believes that it will capture the entire world and bring the non-believers to justice, especially America and its allies.

In a press conference telecasted live on the popular television channel, the bearded spokesperson of “BAIT” with a black turban, Mr. Bakbakuddin-All-Faiq declared that this is a victory to the faithful. With the exploration of “Jannat” planet, a new era has begun, he claims. Now that the planet has been discovered, BAIT plans to lay air routes directly from the battlefield to the “Jannat” planet. This special air route will be capable of instant transfer of the departed soldiers to “Jannat” planet in a special rocket made just for this, so that the martyred soldiers reach “Jannat” quickly and enjoy with the “houris” and the eternal bliss there in. In fact, just after the news about “Jannatyaan” broke, there was an overwhelming response to participate in this mission from faithful people around the world in anticipation of going to “Jannat”. So much has been the demand that the offices of BAIT are overflowing with applications from candidates around the world. Young and old are equally curious and excited about this “Jannatyaan” mission in general and the “houris” on the “Jannat” planet in particular. The spokesperson of BAIT however categorically stated that, the “Jannat” planet is only permitted to the believers and not to enemies, especially not for Americans, Israelis and Indians since they are non-believers and the enemies of BAIT, the society of believers. As the BAIT spokesperson closed his statements with the press, he praised the lord and slit the throat of a nearby American journalist to prove that BAIT’s words were final and there was no questioning them, when the journalist foolishly tried to question him about the authenticity of this mission. America and its allies have now started to take BAIT seriously, which they earlier ignored as small “bait”. They have realized that BAIT is big bait that has already lured large number of people in its mission.

Applauds and best wishes are flooding in to BAIT’s office from around the world. A grand camel procession stretching from Morocco in the west to Kapistan in the east is organized to celebrate this grand success of BAIT and is to be broadcasted live on television.

After the election results…

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Several days past the election results ………..

Modi supporters still continue celebrations while Rahul Gandhi is still quizzed, “Why?” even after so many empowering rallies, people failed him. Especially the women whom he had particularly empowered. He feels 10 out of 7 women deceived him. It is difficult for Rahul to understand the “state of mind of women”. He had expected the empowered woman would supply enormous votes to him, just the way they supply enormous milk (in his own words) to Amul factory in Gujarat He is surprised at Modi’s victory even though Modi never empowered any women. He often questions his Mom at dinner table ”How and why Modi?” Rahul plans to take a break and retreat to Columbia where one of his girlfriends, the daughter of the drug lord lives. He has taken oath to stay away from anything which has “bar” in it, like “beer bar”, “dance bar”, “Hookah bar” etc. because it reminds him of “Abki bar….. Modi Sarkar”. The words “Abki bar….Abki bar” have been haunting him since 2 weeks.

It is still hot summer. Kejri babu still has his woolen muffler wrapped around his head and neck. “Aam topi” still adorns his personality. Kejri is again at Jantar Manatar on dharna. This time his dharna is against the people themselves for giving mandate to Modi. A big banner on his back reads  “Sab mile huye hain. Sab chor hain. Janata bhi Modi sey mili hui hai. Hum sangharsh karenge. Hum janata ko bhi harayenge”. Unfortunately this time he is alone since all AAPians are back to their homes, families and jobs which they had left for Kejriwal’s krantikaari andolan. Kejri babu has also started coaching classes on “dharna” and “saaf rajneeti”. Meanwhile Bollywood is taking useful lessons from Kejiriwal about timings of release of new movies. Ramgopal Verma began work on his new movie called “AK49” – Bin goli ka pistol, inspired by Kejriwal. Scheduled to release in 49 days after election, this project will be completed in record time. Actors and actresses will be decided through a mandate from cinema viewers via SMSes and missed calls. RGV plans to offer first 1000 tickets for free. Street jhaduwalas and jhaduwalis are expected to get heavy discount on tickets for the entire period the movie runs in theater. To the jahduwallas’ delight, the theaters will be swept by former AAP karyakartas. “Aam” topis left during election campaign will be given as gift to the movie viewers before leaving the theater. After the sacrifice of Delhi CM seat and falling short only by 270 votes for PM seat, Kejri babu now plans to go global; for the US President’s seat. Off course the modus operandi will still be “dharna”. People close to him have however  cautioned him about the lack of good roads for dharna in USA. And also the risk of such plan on roads, since there are more cars than people on the roads in USA. Also, US drivers are drunk and nasty. We wish him well. Kumar Vishwas is found reciting his poems on streets and squares and thanking people for generous donations they are offering. He hopes to regain the money he had donated for the party during election.

Sonia Gandhi, after 25 long years, finally, cleared the “Prarambhik Hindi Siksha” entrance exam and started her “Hindi” classes. All these years, the responsibility to control and operate Manmohan Singh with a sophisticated remote kept her busy and away from learning Hindi. Also the responsibility towards her favorite son, daughter and damad ji left no time for such extra-curricular activities. But now she has ample time to learn, after losing the elections. In fact, only from the first week’s class, she is able to clearly differentiate between “Bhartiyata” and “Bar Tea Aata”. Less Indians know about her allegiance to “Bar”, her skills in kneading “aata” and making “tea”. She is also able to clearly pronounce “Maut ka saudagar”, instead of  “Mooth Ka Soda Ghar”. The beloved lady has also gained confidence to debate facing people, without burying her face in the notes that her daughter prepares for her.

Meanwhile, Mani Shankar Ayyar is seen in the “Be a Tea expert in a week” classes newly opened in Anna Nagar, Chennai. He realized that he underestimated the power of “Chai”. He now acknowledges that “Making good Tea” is the foundation for making a good PM. Undoubtedly, Mani aspires to be a PM one day and so joined the classes on making “Tea”. He has pledged to make and sell tea to entire Tamil Nadu including daily service to BJP regional offices in Tamil Nadu, until he becomes expert in the art.

Manmohan Singh is finally free from all the wirings running over his body and the switches and sensors that controlled his hands, legs and mouth via remote. Manmohan’s wife had earlier stormed Sonia madam’s house just after the election results and snatched back the remote from her which rightly belonged to her but was illegally taken away by Sonia and used for 10 years. Mannu ji’s wife has smashed the remote so that it does not fall in bad hands again. Mannu ji can finally walk and talk by himselves without the wirings, switches, sensors and remote. Mannu ji is retired in a remote village by the hill, in Punjab. It has been reported by some villagers, who have seen him regularly on top of the hill, his voice very load and finally clearly heard from even 2 miles away, his fist clenched and hands raised in sky, shouting “Sonia mai tumhe nahi chchodunga. Pappu mai mere apmaan ka badla jaroor loonga” Villagers say that he does this exercise daily 10 times and then retires back home and relaxes for the rest of the day.

Mulayam, Laloo, Nitish, Akhilesh, Beni Prasad bought new dhotis and are headed to Varanasi to take a dip in Ganga to wash their campaign time sins. They plan a night visit to the banks of Ganga because of the fear of getting caught by Modi supporters at Varanasi ghats. By the way, Laloo changed his name as promised, that he will do so if Modi becomes PM. He has taken the new name “Chaloo Prasad Yadav”

Shahruk Khan is keeping his promise of leaving India after Modi becomes PM. He is packing his bags to leave to a place unknown. L K Advani still wakes up daily in the morning after dreaming of PM seat. Digvijaya Singh got married a week after election results and is happily settled. N D Tiwari at 88 is ready to welcome his new baby.

Arnab Goswami continues with his debates and rants and his evil plots of calling guest speakers on his show to only let himself speak and question and put his own words in the guest’s mouth and then to conclude that the guest has no answer for his questions. Viewers miss comedians like irritating “Sanjay Jha”, the camel neck “Randeep Surjewala”, the witch faced “Amee Yagnik” on Arnab’s show. Former AAPians now appear on the show since they are the only people available freely after the elections. They feel grateful to Arnab to offer a place to sit in his studio, an alternative to dharna.

Aam janata  is busy again in their life working morning to night to earn their bread. Retired janata still meets at public parks to discuss future politics and to remember the great old days of youth. Children are enjoying sweet “aam” as it is the “mango” season and there is large supply of “aam” in market.

And….. life goes on.

Why I wish to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister Of India.

Shri Narendra Modi

Shri Narendra Modi

Between allegations and counter allegations, mud-slinging, endless media debates aimed at drawing foolish political conclusions, with the graphs of speculations of people’s inclination rising and falling, charged campaigning; India’s election season is the most entertaining season among all. It is also the most followed live entertainment show of all times. The election year 2014 has been the most talked about, tweeted about, SMSed about, shared about election news in all these years. Social media forming a key role in online campaign. With the Hindu Nationalist party BJP gaining strong foot and its most controversial Leader Narendra Modi emerging as the strongest and the most popular leader across the country, this Indian election has also been the most polarized election ever in India’s history.

The emergence of Shri Narendra Modi is a phenomenon never seen before in India. The Shri Modi wave, as it is being called, has swept each and every part of the country. There may not be a single person in India today who has not been touched by the Modi wave – whether one loves Modi or hates him – no one has escaped his aura. While Modi’s agenda in the election has been development and only development, the agenda of his rivals has been Modi himself. With no concrete agenda on their plate, they have clung on to Modi for their own campaign. The unfortunate riot of Gujarat in 2002 is the only issue based on which his opposition has been trying hard to neutralize his popularity. Popular Media, which is mostly controlled by the ruling government has been raking up the riot issue over and over again to project him as communal and thus, not being good for the country. There are some other parties whose existence in politics is only because of Modi. All in all, the entire country is today gripped with this single name “Narendra Modi” and it does not seem to subside this soon. Not until the election results are out and several days pass after that.

This election also comes at a time when the people of India are fed-up of the dynastic, corrupt exemplar Congress party of the Gandhi family. Being in power over 60 years, the Gandhi family and its Congress party has benefited itself much more than anybody, amassing enormous wealth. People are looking for a person or a party that could be a good alternative for the ruling party. Someone who can get India out of the clutches of Congress and its misrule. The newly formed “Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)” of Arvind Kejrwal looked promising when it started as an anti-corruption movement against the Congress. But after its failure to deliver in Delhi as a state government, it lost trust and popularity. Moreover during due course, AAP resorted to the same appeasement politics that congress had been using for several decades. Added to it, its aimless policies, visionless leadership drove many Nationalists away from this party who had earlier seen to it with great hope. The best alternative in this scenario was someone who had already delivered successfully, someone who was head strong, someone who had clear vision and policy, and someone who cared only for development of the country, someone who was tough against internal and external threats. There was no better choice than Shri Narendra Modi.

In Modi, we have a statesman who has shown what development looks like. Gujarat has seen unprecedented development under Modi ever since he assumed power, a decade back. Though other states in India have also developed, but the growth that Gujarat has seen relative to the others clearly stands out. There may not be a single state in India like Gujarat that has such a nice network of roads. It feels good to drive on roads even to the remotest village in Gujarat. The infrastructure speaks itself of the development. Not long back, just over decade or so, in the Kutch region of Gujarat, poor people use to sell their daughters for a pot of water. But today, thanks to the ambitious Narmada dam project of Shri Modi, the same Kutch cultivates land and exports its produce. This speaks bounds. There is not a single sector which has not witnessed the development. May it be IT, Agriculture, Textile, Engineering, Industrial Production, Medicine, Education or Infrastructure. No wonder, Gujarat has been the hot destination for investors. Business stalwarts like Ambani, Adani and Tata proudly call Gujarat their business home. Modi developed a conducive environment for Business, without compromising the interests of locals. The happy Businesses in turn have fueled the growth of Gujarat , improving its GDP to a remarkable rate. Though Kejriwal is credited with anti-corruption movement in recent times, the media conveniently overlooks Modi’s crusade against corruption from a decade. Corruption is the lowest in Gujarat state. He has favored Information Technology for transparency in governance and to eliminate corruption.

The ghost of Godhra

His political opponents have always accused Modi of being communal and turning a blind eye towards the Muslim community. He is accused of fomenting the Godhra riots of 2002. But frankly speaking, riots of much larger magnitude have happened in states that are ruled by Congress, more lives have been lost in riots before 2002. The Congress has conveniently covered them up. The reality of Gujarat riots actually speaks a different story. Over a period of 12 years, the central government machinery has not found a single evidence to prove Modi’s involvement in the riots. The Supreme Court itself has given him a clean chit after analyzing the circumstances and available evidences. As a matter of fact, the measures that Modi had taken to contain the riots are unmatched to measures taken in any other riots that happened before. With little cooperation from center, and neighboring states refusing to provide any help, he had to handle such a big riot in a short time when he had newly assumed office as a Chief Minister. It was a challenge by itself. But he did not run away from responsibility but handled the situation very efficiently.  Since 12 years Gujarat has not witnessed a single communal riot which by itself proves that all the allegations on him being communal, wrong. But the Ghost of Godhra still comes to haunt him. The ghost of Godhra is actually a creation of the central Congress government and its paid media. The accusation of riots on him is a plot to impede his popularity, to keep the Muslim population in fear and capitalize their votes. The real reason to create this ghost was to counter the tough stance of Modi against corruption, its strong opposition to appeasement politics, his clean and transparent governance. Just to keep him suppressed, the ghost of Godhra has been kept alive even after 12 yrs., while the people who actually suffered from it have already put it on their backs. From past 12 years the ruling party, its allies and its paid media and NGOs funded by vested interests have waged a war to frame Modi on false allegations. Some even joined hands with Jihadi terrorist, fundamentalists, just to put him down. But Modi has fought back with all these adversaries. He has stood like a rock against all. There is no person who has suffered this kind of criticism, so much adversities in Indian history. He has stood the test of time.

No to appeasement politics

Muslim population forms a major vote bank in India for any party. The big chunk of votes from Muslim community can tilt the political calculations for any party. So, there is a constant rat race among all the political parties to woe the Muslim population for political gains. Most parties have made it their main manifesto to appease Muslims in exchange for the big chunk of votes. In wake of getting Muslim votes, many parties go to any extent to appease them even if it means hurting the sentiments of the majority Hindu population. Modi is the only leader in present time that refused to go down on his knees for appeasement. He is the only person who has shown spine to call a spade a spade without fear. The Muslim community which is pampered over several years with benefits in exchange of votes feels that it will be deprived of all, so they fear  emergence of Shri Modi on political scene. Those parties that use the crutches of appeasement fear that their fate will be sealed and their appeasement politics will be halted if Modi comes to power. He was accused of hurting the sentiments of Muslims when he refused to wear the Muslim skull cap in one of his rallies. But such people who accuse him fail to understand the difference between cultural symbolism and religious symbolism. He has been very clear about his religious affiliation and his strong opposition to appeasement. Wearing a religious skull cap is not same as wearing a traditional attire of Tribal people. Wearing traditional attire is honoring the culture of that land and the people. That land may have different religious affiliations. Culture has much broader meaning than the religion. The Muslim skull cap is strongly tied to the religion; it is not a symbolism of culture. By refusing to accept religious symbolism he made it clear that he does not agree with the ideology of appeasement.

Tough views on foreign and internal policy

While India struggles with highly corrupt system spread like disease from top to bottom, it also suffers from threats internally and externally. While its external relations with its neighbors, Pakistan and China, are strained following adversaries over disputed lands, it is internally threated by terrorism, naxalism and Maoism. The corrupt present government with a weak Prime minister over the past decade has done nothing to overcome these threats and preserve the security and integrity of India. Nor there is any other party in this election that has any clear policy on these matters. Narendra Modi and his party have taken these threats seriously. Shri Modi has his stance very tough on these matters. Especially the issue of illegal immigrants that are contributing to a large extent to the growing problem of terrorism and crime in India. He has made his policy very clear on illegal immigration and that is, to send them back from where they came. No other leader or party has dared to say a word about the illegal immigrants in fear of hurting their vote bank, especially Muslim vote bank and since the largest number of illegal immigrants happen to be Muslims from Bangladesh.

Common man with extraordinary will power

A country that has only seen a dynasty rule and its cult following,  had not expected an ordinary man to rise to such prominence in the national political scene. Many of the leaders who come from elite families and those who have been ruling the country from past several decades are not able to digest this bitter truth that an ordinary tea vendor on the railway platform of Gujarat will one day become Prime Minister. They had thought that such a high post is only reserved for a select few, especially those who waggle around the elite Gandhi family. Basically, the elite ruling class has formed a nexus with the western valued English media, bureaucrats and politicians in such a way that, no matter what, the power always resides in their hands. Emergence of Shri Modi is the threat to this nexus. By his sheer hard work, good governance, extraordinary will power, honesty and focused goal, Narendra Modi has won the hearts of the common man. His rise poses a big threat to such an elite nexus. The growing following of people, which has flocked in millions to just hear him talk, has sent shivers to such a nexus. Whatever Modi has achieved today is only because of his strong will power, hard work and dedication. He has a clear and far sighted vision. He has a passion to back his vision too. From being a tea vendor to becoming the most popular leader in India, to being the Prime Minister in waiting, the journey for Modi has been extremely tough. With highest criticism, ridicule, conspiracies on his way from past 12 years, the determination and strength with which he has stood against his odds has no match. With the ruling congress , its allies and paid media, the NGOs, those were specially created to cause hurdles in his plans and ambitions, the several conspiracies to malign him, the several governmental inquires to frame him, the innumerable false accusations against him, it was a valley of fire that Modi had to cross over to reach at this stage. Even during the election campaigning many of his rivals directly threatened him, talked about cutting him to pieces, called him butcher and what not. But he did not lose his patience and never responded back with the same foul language. It shows his strong resilience and patience. It reveals a lot about his personality. It shows how strong a leader he is. It proves beyond doubt that India can rest assured to place its responsibilities on his strong shoulders.  It is said that genuine Gold stands the test in burning fire without losing its purity. Even after burning in the fire for a decade Shri Modi has emerged victorious, a genuine Gold. And the luster of this gold is sure to cause blindness to his opponents.

There are very few leaders in India who put Nation first and fortunately in our times we see one such leader in Shri Narendra Modi. While other leaders are busy working their calculators to speculate the percentage of votes based on caste and religion, Modi is focused on the development of India alone. He believes in the ideology of taking everyone for development of everyone (sabka saath, sabka vikas). His vision has been “One India, Great India”.  An India, that will stride alongside other developed countries. An India, that will regain its past glory, the “Golden Bird” that it had been before, owing to its material riches, riches in culture, education, trade and philosophy. India today needs someone who can help regain that glory of its past. A leader who can develop a sense of pride in other fellow Indians of being Indian. One who can motivate Nationalism and self-respect. The youth of India has not seen a leader from several decades that can instill that pride in them, evoke that sense of Nationalism in them. Many Indians are ashamed of their culture, tradition, history because of the falsified and fabricated history fed to them over decades. Greedy, selfish leaders, completely devoid of National pride, with no respect for their own culture and history, completely drenched in corruption have misled the youth over decades. Such leaders can never inspire, nor instil a feeling of pride or Nationalism in the new generation. India needs revival. India needs a strong leader who can motivate and inspire the youth. India needs immense development. India needs change. I strongly believe that only Shri Modi in the present time has that ability to bring such a change. India needs someone who can light the lamp of hope which can lead the youth to a bright future. Only such a light can vanquish the darkness that has engulfed India. However deep the darkness may be it is still possible to spread the light. In Modi’s own words “Maana andhera Ghana Hai, lekin Diya jalana kahan mana hai”, meaning “Though there is deep darkness, there is no restriction to light the lamp of brightness”.

The smell of the rain soaked soil

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It was a hot summer afternoon, in the month of April in my home town in India; I must have been around ten-year old. The sun was baking the ground with its intense heat. I and my friends were playing in the hot sun, our favorite game, “cricket”. The hot sun was burning our skins while we played. But that did not deter us a bit from playing, as we were engrossed in the game. The playground was just a quarter mile away from my home. There were not many houses around the area. The ones that had been, were placed far distance from each other. The ground was surrounded with vast expanse of mango trees, tall tamarind trees with little white flowers that sprung up during that time of the year. There was a small fig tree beside a temple on one end of the ground. There were rows of guava and sapota trees on another corner of the ground. The spaces between the trees were covered with thick tall grass that had grown wildly. Butterflies and dragon flies usually flocked over the grass in large number. Hidden behind the thick expanse of trees, was a huge abandoned palace, partly visible from its rising tower. The ground was always filled with kids from surrounding neighborhood who played there the entire day. Some played “marbles”, some “Gulli Danda”, some “Cricket”; the girl folk mostly played “Lagori”- the game of hitting a heap of shells. Smaller kids kept busy chasing butterflies and dragon flies in the tall grass beneath the trees. Cricket had been my favorite game and I was on the ground for the same.

While we were playing, all of a sudden there was electrifying lightning. A roaring thunder followed it. The hot sun which was burning since morning was slowly covered by grey clouds those gathered. The atmosphere turned gloomy. Drops of water started dropping from the sky. Many of the kids who were on the ground started leaving the ground expecting heavy rain. Rains that happen in midsummer in tropical countries like India, pour for a short period but are often exceptionally heavy.

This was the first of the midsummer rain. I was excited to feel the first rain of the season. So I was reluctant to leave the ground though some friends kept calling me to leave as they departed from the ground. Couple of friends stayed back to enjoy the rain. As the rain drops fell on my head and body a chill ran through the body. Taking a break from the game I realized how much my body had heated in the sun. The drops of rain on the heated body were working like ice on fire. The rain intensified in some time. The tiny drops gave way to bigger and bigger drops until each drop seemed like big transparent gem. Our excitement had no bounds. We were enjoying each drop of the rain on our body. We danced and sang as the rain-soaked us. The lightning and thunder every now and then added to our excitement. With each roar of the thunder we screamed to tune up to the sound of the thunder. The wind blew strong and shook the trees on either sides. The sound of thunder frightened the little birds that flew with their chirping noise, from one tree to another to take refuge on the safest tree.Water started filling in the small pits around the ground slowly. The rain drops that fell on the accumulated water on the ground made a rhythmic sound. Each drop that hit the ground water rose slightly creating small ripples in the water. (more…)

Making Sense Of Phonics

Baby phonics

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As we get ready for our daughter’s phonics lessons , it is time for us to experience the English phonics lessons ourselves which we have never studied as students back in our native country. Coming from a non-English speaking country(India) pronouncing English according to Phonics as taught in the American schools is a new a different experience. Even though many of us learn in convent English medium schools back in our home country, the way English is pronounced is influenced by the native language phonetics. So we grow up learning to pronounce English the way we would do in our native languages. That results in an accent way different from native English speaker’s English, which though not obvious to non-English speaker’s ears, sounds unusual to the native English speakers. Often ridiculed to be wacky  and subject of satire  in some English movies and stand up comedy shows (If you have seen Russel Peters stand-up comedy you can recall Indian English accent getting tormented…. “Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad” ?? ). On the other side, non native speakers wonder why English speakers speak the way they do.

The same goes with writing English words following phonics. Non-Native English speakers who are used to writing as they hear and pronounce words find it difficult and confusing when certain words are not written the way they are pronounced per phonetics. It is challenging at the same time to explain why many words are not written the same way as they are pronounced to a kid who has just started learning phonics.” Cow”, “Cat”, “Cap” makes sense but “CYCLE”  which sounds as “S” does not make sense, why not write “Sycle” instead?. Why are many words which sound like “S” written starting with “C” , like  “Cinema”, “City” , “Circus” etc. It is difficult to explain these subtle differences to the curious little minds for which we struggle to seek an answer ourselves. When I ask my daughter which letter does “cereal”, that she is fond of eating daily for her breakfast, starts with, She replies with ease , “S”. When I say, “No” , it starts with “C” she questions me why? I do not have an answer why it should start with “C” rather than “S”. Many times it is confusing to make a difference between words that start with “K” and “C” the same way. And all those silent killers? Knee, Know, Knob, Knight.. Why use them when they don’t sound in the first place?. But off course , there must have been some reason the word structure is made the way it is. Back in the days as a student, we did not have much choice when learning in English medium in our native country. If the teacher said “Cereal” starts with “C”, it had to start with “C”, no questions asked. It would had been so much fun, if we were exposed to this area of learning English with phonics. Learning wouldn’t have seemed a liability but a joy. With all the complexities in phonics , writing and several exceptions to the stated rule however, English language remains “exceptional” indeed.

Mahakumbh

India Kumbh Festival

Naga Sadhus at the Mahakumbh

On January 13th, commenced one of the biggest religious congregations in the human history. No, it wasn’t in Vatican, nor was it in Mecca or in Jerusalem.The biggest religious congregation was neither Christian nor of Islamic faith as would be invariably assumed because of the vast number of adherents of both the faiths around several countries in the world. The biggest congregation however was that of adherents of the Hindu faith. Adherents of Hinduism constitute  the third largest religious group in the world with 90 percent living in India. It is also the largest congregation of holy men anywhere in the world. This congregation is called the Mahakumbh. Around 11 Million people gathered for the holy bath on the banks of river Ganges, in Allahabad , India on January 14th alone. Over the next 2 months as many as 100 million people are expected to participate in this humongous congregation.Several thousands coming from countries other than India.

The tradition of Mahakumbh is believed to be  several thousand years old, which delves in the story of the Devas(noble me or gods) and Asuras(demons) who according to Hindu mythology, are believed to have fought for the pitcher of Amruta(nectar), consuming which would make them immortals. In this battle between good and evil, as expected, the Devas  or the noble ones, won. In the course of the fight four drops of nectar fell on four places on earth(apparently all those places were in the Indian subcontinent 🙂 ). The places where the nectar fell is considered holiest of the holy by the Hindus and that is where the holy congregation happens once in every three years to commemorate the victory of good over the evil. The last of the congregation is the fourth Kumbh which is on the twelfth year and is called Mahakumbh( Maha-Mega, Kumbh-Pitcher).

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A Sadhu taking bath in Holy Ganges

For the people who know about the Mahakumbh, it is more than just the holy congregation. It is the life time experience of the confluence of the spiritual thoughts that happens at the Kumbh. The real-time experience of Yogic mysticism attracts some people, especially people from western countries eager to learn about eastern religious philosophy. Yet many other curious enthusiasts flock the Kumbh to get glimpse of some of the most unbelievable and some bizarre practices demonstrated by the Sadhus and Yogis (Holy men) like,  lifting blocks of bricks with their genitals, pulling carts with genitals, rolling and twisting the genitals with stick much to the awe of the people. A show of yogic energy to control the sexual energy which forms the basis of sexual tantra. Some perform advanced forms of Yoga postures. It is very common to see naked Sadhus (called Naga Sadhus) with dreadlocks, , smeared with holy ash and vermillion all over their faces and bodies, roaming in thousands and demonstrating their martial arts. I had a chance to talk to a person recently who had once  visited Kumbh when it last happened. One account of his experience was hard to believe. He mentioned that he saw  a Sadhu who sucked a glass of Ghee(clarified butter) with his private part before a group of people. Yes, too bizarre to believe. He said this was a yogic Kriya(process) called Urdhva Rethi, or reversing the order of natural flow of fluids from the body,which is only possible through years of yogic practice and continence.

All the bizarreness and hustle of crowd, the rising decibel that deafen the ears, and all the nakedness  apart, the interesting thing however is to know how several thousand-year old tradition still coexists with the modern world (Just some hundreds of miles apart is Delhi , the urban bustling capital of India). And out of nowhere saffron clad holy men congregate at this place in millions in a short period. The fact that such a long tradition still survives and is growing every passing years is a great example of sustainability. The governmental arrangement to support such a huge crowd, with several million tents, makeshift hospitals, cell phone towers, eateries etc is also a demonstration of incredible mass scale planning. A vast vacant land is suddenly converted into a mega city with millions and millions of people. A Mahakumbh ( Mega Pitcher) of diverse and interesting people indeed.

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