Friday, October 24, 2014

Genesis of Taboo Secularism!!!

Jai Guru Deva!

Among several myths that were busted by Indian Elections of 2014, there is a tacit message to the politicians: "We ARE middle class; we PAY taxes for the common good of this country but not safeguarding secularism or any other ism that sound politically romantic; you better meet our expectations or GET LOST!" This message is clear and unequivocal. This blog post is a postmortem analysis of why and how secularism as a political argument failed to attract the masses and why today secularism is treated as unpatriotic, anti-national and synonymous to minority appeasement. As a close observer of Indian politics I am trying to chronicle ten instances which enhanced secularism as taboo. Years passed since some of these incidents yet I allude to them as they had successfully created a negative psyche about secularism among the Indian masses.

1. Manmohan singh's Minorities first comment:
As the prime minister of world's largest democracy Manmohan Singh was expected to articulate his stance and opinions on various issues. Albeit special instances he didn’t bother to do that in his decade long stay at 7 RCR New Delhi. But one such instance where he was very talkative was about the first right of minorities on the resources of this country. He failed to understand that the social landscape of this country has changed drastically in the last couple of decades and saying that somebody should have a preference only because of birth is neither understood nor condoned by the masses.

2. M F Hussain problem:
Padmavibhushan awardee M F Hussain was never a congenial personality but the kind of support he enjoyed in the print and electronic media irked a lot of Hindus. Lets accept that religion is a sensitive issue in India and attacking one religion and claiming the championship of liberalism-pluralism etc would make no sense. M F Hussain himself accepted in 2006 that he ran away to Qatar because of the legal advice which effectively means he ran away from this country failing to defend himself before the court of law. Prima Facie he is a fugitive of law. Actually, Mr N.Ram of The Hindu had written a detailed article how and why M F Hussain is champion of liberal thinking. However, many an Indian didn’t shared the same view. By supporting such person with all the enthusiasm in the world, mainstream media only did a damage its own credibility. 

3. Batla House Encounter:
A brave officer of the Delhi Police had laid down his life discharging his duties as the law enforcement officer and at the time of elections union minister Salman Khurshid says Sonia Gandhi had shed tears knowing that muslims are killed in the Batla house encounter. By giving such an irresponsible statement, Mr. Khurshid had belittled the sanctity of valour displayed by the brave officer. This was one of the outrageous statements supporting terrorists in the name of secularism. Indian public just did not accept this.

4. Threat from Bangladeshi immigrants:
It is an open secret that muslim immigrants from Bangladesh are changing the socio political landscape of bengal and assam. Reluctance of so called secular parties to take any action against the immigrants is shocking to say the least. Counting them as their vote bank to retain power is perhaps the lowest pedestal which the secular parties can touch. They did not even have the courage to acknowledge that the problem is turning chronic and some action is the need of the hour.

5. Homage to OBL by Indian Muslims:
After Osama was killed by the American Marines, there were reports in electronic media that several mosques have held special prayers for him. Even the Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid went on record saying that as a muslim he will pray for Osama. What message are these people giving? Did they ever bother to think about the implications of such a reckless and regressive statement? If Osama's death needs sympathy as a muslim his philosophy deserves the tag "Islamic Terrorism", Period!

6. 26/11 and the nonsense:
As the country is regrouping after a great tragedy called 26/11 one of the ministers of  Maharashtra Govt. went on saying "Small things happen in Big Cities". Not less than 183 people have lost their life and a responsible minister says its a small thing. My Foot! This is perhaps a classic case of adding insult to injury. Though the minister was temporarily ripped of his minister status he was reinstated within few months. This whole episode sent a message to the public: "Whatever happens, this is the way we are and we dont change!"

7. Anti Hindu rants by Owaisi, Karunanidhi et al:
This is perhaps the most telling part of secular parties. Every Tom Dick and Harry makes controversial rather insulting comments about Hindu religion, Hindu Gods etc and gets away in the name of freedom of speech. Karunanidhi asks "In which college did Rama studied Engg?" Definitely not the one benami owned by his nephew or grand nephew. And Owaisi says we will clear India of Hindus within 15minutes forgetting that it was a Hindu doctor who treated him when a fellow muslim sent an array of bullets into his chest. However,  more disgusting part was the apathy of Hyderabad police to take any action against him. It was after the outrage in social media that the FIR was lodged against him. What an irony!

Majority of Hindus didnt take these as stray incidents and perceive them as a systematic assault on Hindu identity. When the culprits of these heinous acts proclaims themselves as secular, naturally all the wrong doings of these individuals are attributed to that ideology.

8. Media, Internet Hindus etc:

Sagarika Ghose coined a word "internet hindus" demonizing the hindus in the name of plural thinking and diversity. I wonder if she had the courage to say Islamic Terrorism when the country reeled under the series of bomb blasts. More significant point to note is the over enthusiasm of media personnel to malign hindus and hindu religion. There was an article in CNN IBN claiming the pre Narasimha Rao era slow growth rate of India as "Hindu" rate of growth. The channel might cry foul saying the word was invented by some economist. However, my question is, doesnt the media have any responsibility while discharging their duties? particularly when dealing about sensitive things like religion.

9. Only Gujarath policy:

The secular parties always used the Gujarath riots as the reason for terrorism, reason for growing extremism in muslim community. But they conveniently forget that the riots were started by the local muslim corporator who had planned the killings of karsevaks in the Sabarmati Express.  It should be noted that there was a purchase of dozens of litres of kerosene few days before the incident and the coach was locked from outside to ensure that the karsevaks have no chance of escape. Not many people supported the riots and loss of lives (both hindus and muslims), but by pointing out to the same thing again and again the secular parties lost their mileage very soon. Thus ended with the perception of "Cry Foul" parties.

10. International Politics:

All the barriers of secular baton are keen to criticize Israel and support the demand for separate palestine country. The communist approach of holding Israel alone for the bloodshed of middle east is seen as "Islamic Communism" and it lost its steam as social media became very active in establishing the terrorist acts done by Arab terrorists. In this context, I want to recall that as many as ten Arab nations did not agree to lower their flags when Israeli athletes were killed by Arab terrorists in Munich Olympics. This just shows the level of hatred the arabs have towards Israel and they expect Israel to be reasonable to them. How silly!


Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

oh God!





Jai Guru Deva,

I had come home today after meeting some of my juniors from college and was upbeat as i was sharing a lot of nostalgia. But as i switched on TV i found the news of a father killing his own children in hyderabad and I started shivering. None of the victims are any relatives of mine and I am hearing their names for the first time in my life. But still the news sent waves of fear across my spine. For some reason I cant comprehend, I am feeling very vulnerable to any act of violence. I distantly remember when some Israel soldiers killed a Palestine child by mistake (this was in 2002), I had no sympathy for the victim. I just convinced myself "Result of Islamic Terrorism". Though my political inclinations didnt change with time, I am feeling more vulnerable to any sort of violence. I cant pinpoint the reason for this but this is very annoying. One thing I always want is a smile on my face. As I mentioned many times earlier, my life is not a pursuit of happiness but rather a celebration of it. I had crossed a stage where materialistic things are failing to bother me, yet God is giving so many tests for my patience and character. I am fully cognizant of the fact that I have to enact my role in this divine play called life but still it is so disturbing. As a stranger I myself is feeling so much of pain imagine the situation of the kith and kin? distrubing; very very disturbing!!
As I said, I am lacking strength to handle this pain and surrender all this pain to My Guruji. 

let me finish this with the poem of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
   Where knowledge is free;
   Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
   Where words come out from the depth of truth;
   Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
   Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
   Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
   Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik



Saturday, October 04, 2014

My blabbering about feminism, polygamy et al

Jai Guru Deva

i had observed a couple of really good articles about polygamy in DAWN. These articles are written by Rafia Zakaria a pakistan based woman journalist. People say her opinions are feminist in nature. I personally dont endorse any ism, be it communism, feminism, my footism etc. But this two articles are an eye opener regarding a cruel practice that is a gross injustice to the woman folk. I am firm believer that the system of marriage is the first line of defence for a woman's rights and security. The moment this system collapses, I am afraid woman will become nothing more than sex dolls.




My aversion to feminists and feminism was driven by the reason that all self proclaimed feminists that I had seen had lacked basic ethics to call themselves feminists. Many of them remembered that they are woman only when they are in trouble. As long as they are succeeding, they are attacking people its all their skill and merit. When someone challenges them or puts them in a spot, it suddenly dawns to them that they are woman and thats the reason they are attacked. what a joke!

And there are male feminists, I am better off not  talking about them. Most male feminists take the feminist stand just to get physically near to woman. I had seen several people who neither have the courage to make an own opinion about any issue nor they have an idea about the long term impact of a particular stance that they are taking. These halfwits just endorse whatever the woman they want say. I am not saying only feminists do such things, there are people from other schools of thought who resort such dirty tricks. In my online life of almost six years, i had seen people from different schools of thought trying to get near to woman on different pretexts. Some have the veil of feminism, some use vedas, upanishads et al to cover their lust and some use words like free thinking, liberal thinking etc to justify their lecherous traits.

Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quotes

Jai Guru Deva

Worlds 8 superb sentences
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Shakespeare :
Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time.
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Napoleon.
The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, But because of the silence of good people!
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Einstein :
I am thankful to all those who said NO to me It's because of them I did it myself.
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Abraham Lincoln :
If friendship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.
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Shakespeare :
Laughing faces do not mean that there is absence of sorrow! But it means that they have the ability to deal with it.
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William Arthur : 
Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you can miss them.
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Hitler : 
When you are in the light, Everything follows you, But when you enter into the dark, Even your own shadow doesn't follow you.
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Shakespeare : 
Coin always makes sound but the currency notes are always silent. So when your value increases
keep quiet ...!


Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu
-Karthik

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Home Alone 2 :))

Jai Guru Deva

I dont know when was the last time I had stayed alone in my home probably before 2010. Because after that there was always someone with me at my home, firstly my friends and then after marriage, my wife. Staying alone has its own set of advantages and setbacks. The biggest advantage i always found was the liberty, opportunity and possibility to read a book. Not everyday that one have all the above mentioned ingredients. Right now, I'm keenly waiting to read the book written by my co-blogger Bulusu Subrahmanyam garu. Being an ardent fan of him its always a pleasure reading his writings. Healthy humor is a rare find these days.



Other things that I wanted to do are my silence courses. My body needs physical/mental/emotional rest and silence is the best thing to get all these. My fascination towards silence has only increased as I face more and more challenges in my everyday life. I had just shifted my house and yet to set up in the new place. Believe me, house shifting is by far the most tiresome experience for me and I did that twice in the last six months. Apart from advance course I wanted to do my blessing course. YES! I want to be a blesser and I want the rest of my life in that path. Being a blesser is not a joke as it mandates a lot of sadhana and life style changes, yet I want to be that. Because thats perhaps the best way I can contribute to people around me. In the recent past there were several instances when I wished I am a blesser. Even last fortnight when I gave blood to someone, only I know how much I wanted to bless that boy. After all I have seen several miracles happening through blessing. On a personal front, I want my smile back and probably silence course will do that for me. Not sure when was the last time I had smiled 50+ times in my day. I am confident that I can  re-invent such days.

In 2014, I had not taken any leave of more than 2days. It was the same case in 2013 and its getting repeated again. phew!! Work pressure is not new for me, but this is crazy.  I lead four major projects and one of them is taking a toll on my life. Its not pressure its BURDEN! its like fighting a war knowing that you are going to lose and yet giving your best as you cant turn away from the battle. :(( Over the weekend, when I met my sister she said I became black. I replied that its because I probably lost my glow with too much of this non sense burden. Actually this is the year when I became a Program Manager and it is supposedly a better year. As of now, I cant say how much of better this year is. Probably year end would be a correct time to review.

Sarvejana Sukhinohavantu,
-Karthik

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Orkut Testimonials!!

Jai Guru Deva,

wanted to use this post to preserve the testimonials i got in orkut. Feeling nostalgic with the good old days! thanks everyone for your kind words.. I am blessed to ahve friends like you!

Ashok Kumar Burra Sep 28, 2006
One of the best individuals i ever met in my life. We can find in him, all the good characters which one can expect in anyone. An inspiration for me too, in some areas.

Abhineet Mishra Sep 3, 2006
Its has only been a year to know karthik, but this is more than enough for a gem to be esteemed* To put in one line "simply pure at heart" * Both intelligent & industrious at the same time* The way he moulded himself into hostel culture is terrific* Though he calls me H***** all the times, I know he never means it* Extremely helpful by nature* Very Down to earth, a rare quality found now a days* Wishing best of luck for his bright career*



Anonymous
Jun 22, 2006
Cant describe in few words..... All the good qualities one can expect in a man. Selfless, positive and ........

Krishna Mohan Gurajada Apr 24, 2006
The person who studies for 22 hours a day and sleeps for 2 hrs..just because he shd not sleep in the next day's class..real hardworking and intelligent guy
Sarvejana Sukhninobhavantu