Journal : Weather, Labour, Capital…India

It was cool yesterday, the air comfortably crisp. I shut off the bedside fan but did not opt for the thin cover resting on the backrest of foldable chair. In the morning, even the overhead fan was unnecessary, with the tea cup steaming up its flavours. The problems of an older body had receded from my attention.

Why I do not stand with the communists, socialists and all those stridently on the left, is not as much of a mystery as my open empathy for much of what they call for would suggest. People on the margins, the poor and the weak, need those voices to champion their cause : for them to be heard in corridors of power and wealth, by men who could make a difference by their attitude, priority and decision.

However, for very personal values, I do not stand with the lot releasing those welcome notes : one, high in effect, is my pathological disagreement with making a career out of it, howsoever slight; secondly, far from endorsing their animosity for capital, I actually oppose their lack of appreciation of how businesses serve the very constituency leftists represent. And finally, not only do I find myself incapable of a definitive interpretation of history but am loathe at pre-empting it. History will be what it will be, only after we have put ourselves into its motions today.

I compulsorily oppose transgressions that ride on the power of wealth, emblemised in the american kind, but not the entrepreneurship that is universal, that all men and women have in their spirit to help themselves up at gathering capital, helping and taking the help of others along their way. Everybody appreciates labour and ability, and there’s no way an entrepreneur would not. To grudge the promoter’s disproportionate power and rights to decision-making is a non sequitur.

People who have taken the risk with their own money, who have paid others to engage them at their works where there was none, cannot be deprived of our trust just because they have made good ! I have issues with inheritance but there it is, entrenched and raised tall on laws that grant our freedoms. The issues with the inheritors however are more severe and statistically valid : they strut about more on the power of what they have than on the entrepreneurship which built it all up in the first place.

But, in summary, I am not pulling down anyone or anything except as the law allows. That I will beat upon the doors of politicians with my life, to change those laws, is another matter.

Thanks to democracy as we practise here, in India.

The Nothing that is Everything

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“Nothing big has happened. It’s just a normal field trip kind of day. But the cute girl in braids belongs to me. I am thankful for her teacher. I am thankful her friends call her name in such a silly way and then they hug. I am thankful for the sweet mothers and the dads that could make it. It’s that wonderful feeling. Even the light mist can not dampen this day. It is a day. I am so thankful to have just that. A day.”

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Packed a days’ bag the night before.  The dreaded alarm sang earlier than usual.  Why?  Oh Why is it so hard for me to get out of bed?!  Oh the cursed pain of those first steps!  But once I am up and going, it is the excitement of the early morning.  Madison gets ready a little faster.  I take a little more time getting ready.  It’s a day.  It’s a field trip day.

Meet everyone at the school.  Madison has a treasure.  She holds the hand of a friend that will ride with us.  I turn down the music so that I can hear them chatting in the car.  Silly silly girls!  Madison has prepared the car with a few goodies for the ride.  Two books and two stuffys.  Second grade loves.  Around the river and up hill, tucked away behind the trees.  It’s a day.  It’s a Nature Center…

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The Separation

A ‪#‎Haqeeqat‬ song that never fails to move me … Never !

It’s about a man then going to war, certain to never come back…

Main yeh soch kar uss ke dar se utha
Ki woh rok legi, manaa legi mujhko …

Hawaon mein lahrata aata tha daaman
Ki daaman pakad ke bitha legi mujhko

Kadam aise andaaz se uth rahen the
Ki awaaz de kar bula legi mujhko …

Magar usne roka, na usne manaya
Na daaman hi pakda, na usne bithaya
Na awaaz hi di, na wapas bulaya

Main aahista, aahista badhta hi aaya
Yahaan tak ki uss se judaa ho gaya main

Judaa ho gaya main, judaa ho gaya main
Judaa ho gaya main …

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A free – flow translation would read thus :

I got up, at her place, wishing

She would halt my steps

Reconcile, and stop me…

The loose cloth fluttered with breeze

Came up moving as if she would

Catch hold of it and make me stop…

My feet moved, laden as if

She would give a shout

And call me back…

But she did not stop, did not reconcile

Did not catch hold of the fluttering end

Did not ask me to sit down then

Did not give a shout nor call me back…

So far long … that I kept moving forward and away

Away from her, separated

Separating with each step

Separated by far …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ! … (2)

#AgreedNationalValues …

It troubles me no end to realise that ” WE The People ” of India cannot cite 10 values we espouse in common, derived from our shared nationhood. What are they, which our nationhood means or assures to each one of us ? We are intelligent people for sure; there are many who will would draw up a list on their own and the rest would be able to choose their lot from a more consolidated form. But what are those 10 things we all agree upon in common, that are a matter of pride and priviledge which our distinct nationhood uniquely bestows upon us, which we in turn accept and grant to each other and to ourselves ?

I am thinking of a short document, corporate like : crisp, clear and unambiguous, in few words and perhaps 10 – 20 bulletted lines. Would it include our historical heritage, the non-ideological corner stones of the Sanatan way — the Ram Rajya ? Language, cultural and literary heritage ? Would it include some of those socialistic values that our Constitution makers definitely had in mind, which our second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri speaks of ? Wouldn’t it include the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms ? The habitat and environment ? Education, work, food and shelter ? Taxation ceiling ? Heroes ? Our diversity, cultural and anthropological ?

What are our Agreed National Values, Mr Prime Minister, that we would distinguish ourselves at, individually and collectively ?

They must be distinctive enough and unimpeachable. If we do not know, yet, we should be able to notice that crucial all-important gap in our articulated commonness and set about the process to finalising a befitting expression of shared national values. It could be through a referendum or panels drawn from each pillar of our democracy : Judiciary, Executive and Parliament.

For the genesis of the matter, please read on … here.

A Blogful Of Scintillating Pics !

At http://vitpeyr.com/

Prime Minister Narendra Modi !

Allow me to congratulate you on all the right things you have done thus far to raise the mood of optimism within the country and the stock of this nation on global stage. But, as things have since turned, I am reminded of the corporate adage : Success is Failure … reserved for those who celebrate prematurely.

Mr Modi, it will be a mistake on your part to beleive that 1.25 billion Indians are your ‘ fan,’  your ‘bhakta’ as the mainstream media derisively addresses. We are not. We idolise the vision and goals you have set for the country going forward, the quality of governance you have promised. But that does not make us hero-worshippers by any stretch of imagination, as you may soon discover to your Party’s peril. We are waiting for you (and your Government) to deliver on those specific counts that you have shared with us through the electoral campaign, and since. But there are reasons for us to be alarmed, in the way things have begun to lapse…

One : Gandhi may be a Gujarati elder of yours but he is not, I repeat, not the ‘ Father of Our Nation ‘ to most of us. The way you have gone about selling Gandhi to us in India, I see the need for extreme caution. We respect Gandhi for some of the things he has done for the country; but there are many more reasons for us to be critical of : both his conduct and his ideological underpinnings. Far from being a saint, he is not even a man of knowledge in our book. A man of action, yes, but not someone who could be looked upon to set our moral compass. Much of our country’s problems can be traced back to Jawaharlal Nehru, and thence to Gandhi himself.

If you must declare a Father Of The Nation personality, Chanakya — Emperor Chandragupta’s mentor — would better suit the epithet. Or, Sri Ramachandra … Sri Krishna … Choose them, both for their appropriateness and for their wider acceptance.

Two : There is no reason for you to take yourself too seriously. We take the vision and goals you have shared with us seriously enough. They each are a tall order in themselves. We wish you the very best in leading your government’s endeavour to working at realising them for our people, especially the weakest and the most marginalised amongst us. But talking incessantly or prematurely would do liitle to further our effort. As it is, the fans and ‘bhaktas’ do not automatically acquire the necessary qualifications for executing and managing the governance processes. On top of it, the hint of basking in glory at this stage would more likely derail the momentum even before the steam has picked up in the set direction. You have spoken enough for an entire 5 – year term, I would suggest. And there would be occassions of State when you would be called upon to share further or reiterate some of the themes that have already broached from time to time. Which brings up the third matter.

Three : I guess symbolism has a place in a democratic polity. But considering that we have had a surfeit of it during the last 66 years, and nothing else, it would be nice to give it a rest for a decade or two. Symbolism is for paper tigers and propaganda personality build up, for the most part. Is that how you seek to position yourself ? I think not. The advisory then is a reasonable one : Desist from symbolic gestures and mere photo sessions. Because, even if you are not in that mould, your followers would end up using the opportunity for a public relations exercise for themselves.

The ” Clean India ” drive is the need of the hour. The way forward however is to restructure our muncipalities, redesign our infrastructure, and set executive and monitoring processes in place. We all keep our homes clean enough. The pile up happens because the the garbage handling is neither proper, timely, nor appropriately disposed. Poverty alleviation and beauty appreciation courses and enhancement programmes will go a long way in this regard, as will landscaping guidelines in rural and urban management agencies, state-of-the-art equipments, and training of manpower. These are amongst those not-so-easy part of what we have to do to keep India clean.

Mr Prime Minister, I hope this little well-meaning piece is not taken amiss. We all have supported you whole-heartedly and continue to hold heaps of good wishes for you and your government’s success at all those people-centric goals and nation-centred vision you have shared with us. It is because we wish to see you succeed that I am compelled to address this letter to you. For, I have a sense that few will or dare to be seen as kind of a spoilsport.

And, Sir, because the big ticket and well-publicised deeds of yours will mean little to the man in the street if the delivered values he receives from goods and service providers, in both private and public sectors, remain as before … in cost and quality of cereals and vegetables he buys, the house he obtains, the justice he is meted, the water he drinks, the electricity he consumes, the utility gadgets he needs, and the air he breathes. None of which can be improved by mere symbolism.

The need is to establish a convergence and define our agreed social values and to ground an organisation appropriate to each, both executive and regulatory. The processes for each primary, secondary and tertiary deliverables need to be defined and monitored; infrastructure needs to be put in place; equipments and training needs to be provided.

We have all along believed that these are the matters uppermost in your concerns. There would be ample opportunities for public relation exercises, once we have moved some distance along delivering those goals.

Yesterdays …

 by Rose Mary Boehm

On the rim of my haunting

there is a place

where all those I have loved         Ginosko II

merge with someone

I used to be.

I often conjure up your face

and it swims at the edge

of my vision.

As soon as recognition

brightens your features

they melt,

shy of the light.

Quoted from : http://ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/images/ginosko15.pdf

And another … ….

TONIGHT

By Silva Zanoyan Merjanian

Tonight a thousand eyelids will close on beautiful lies
and quivering lips will sleep unkissed
untouched by sultry blue jazz

in the dark tonight …

lust will blister on menopausal gritty tongues
and blind vultures will circle

parameters of a man’s heart ?                                                                                   Ginosko I

tonight middle aged men will look for love in midtown bars
and women selling artificial flavors to the tune of hallelujahs
will sharpen their knives

tonight poets will find the words to color their hell
and dip their pens in wounds that aren’t even theirs
tonight …

somewhere it will rain on wingless birds ?
their love songs mending broken pillows in high notes
tonight …

she will step out with her hair down, in new stilettos
she’ll blow a kiss with naked lips

through the door left ajar tonight …

tonight’s no different than any other night
the walls are thin,

the moon is skinned,

blindfolds handed free.

Read more …

 

Let Us Go Then …

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Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?”
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair—
(They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”)
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
(They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”)

Originally posted on Truth Within, Shines Without:

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

T S Eliot

     Let us go then, you and I,
     When the evening is spread out against the sky
     Like a patient etherized upon a table;
     Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
     The muttering retreats
     Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
     And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
     Streets that follow like a tedious argument
     Of insidious intent
     To lead you to an overwhelming question....
     Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"
     Let us go and make our visit.

     In the room the women come and go
     Talking of Michelangelo.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

 The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening, Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains, Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys, Slipped by the terrace, made…

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President Xi, #FreeTibet !

Originally posted on Truth Within, Shines Without:

You, and your clique in the CCP, may not know the Kantian value of every individual human being : It Is Absolute…

Equal to yours, if not more. The reminder becomes necessary because, in your worship at the alter of power, you have forgotten what it is to be a man, even while you act in his name, in his cause.

Why else would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Tibetan people, as if they were nothing ?

As if they had no purpose of their own …

As if they were not raised by the soft loving touch of their parents on their cheek while they grew …

As if they mean nothing to the children they are raising with tender care …

As if they have no love for the land they tread and nurture and live by …

You presume you know better than the people, whose…

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President Xi, #FreeTibet !

You, and your clique in the CCP, may not know the Kantian value of every individual human being : It Is Absolute…

Equal to yours, if not more. The reminder becomes necessary because, in your worship at the alter of power, you have forgotten what it is to be a man, even while you act in his name, in his cause.

Why else would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Tibetan people, as if they were nothing ?

As if they had no purpose of their own …

As if they were not raised by the soft loving touch of their parents on their cheek while they grew …

As if they mean nothing to the children they are raising with tender care …

As if they have no love for the land they tread and nurture and live by …

You presume you know better than the people, whose affairs you rule, when you do not. No one does. Which is why history has consigned all ‘dictatorial’ forms of government to the dustbin and has in its stead fostered democracy … the system in which the rulers must go back to the people and ask to know their will.

You presume, President Xi, and do not know. Or perhaps, you know and do not care. More likely, you know and are afraid to heed, for the wrath of the very people you rule in the name of !

President Xi, Free Tibet today, before it is too late. Before you are chased by the millions and are lynched like ordinary criminals and murderers that your party and your government is.

Free Tibet now !

Free Tibet

Abode Concept : III

You might notice an ” error” between the two perspective views below.

The inconsistency however is deliberate.

NORTH – EAST CORNER PERSPECTIVE, 45 deg DOWN

Abode Concept II

SOUTH – WEST CORNER PERSPECTIVE, 45 deg DOWN

Abode Concept III

Soghomon Tehlirian : The Armenian Avenger

The film 588 Rue Paradis starts with news of the acquittal of Soghomon Tehlirian, who had killed Talaat Pasha in Berlin. The announcement is greeted with elation and everybody is rejoicing because Talaat Pasha, who was the Minister Of Interior and later the de facto Head Of The Turkish Government, had set and overseen the execution of the policy which had made the Armenian dispensable and had resulted in widespread massacres between 1915 and 1921. Soghomon was one of the Armenian survivors of that extreme experience, who was still in citizen of Turkey while living in Germany.

It was a very peculiar trial in which the defendant said he was not guilty because ” his conscience was clear !”

He said, ” I have killed a man but I am not a murderer.” He added that he saw his mother’s corpse, done in by the Turkish Government policies drawn by Talaat Pasha and his clique of Young Turks, which (the corpse) just stood up before him and and told him, “You know Talaat is here and yet you do not seem to be concerned. You are no longer my son.”

The events in the background of that trial were very close and important to people of Armenian origin everywhere.

Soghomon Tehlirian had witnessed the 1915 massacre at his hometown, Erzinga, in Asian Turkey. Thereafter, his well – off family went through the hell of displacement and suffered much privation. At his trial, he reported that there had been a massacre in Erzinga in 1894 as well. Some 40,000 Armenians were massacred in Adana in 1909. So, they all lived in fear of a repeat.

In May 1915, word had spread that all schools were to be closed and that the leaders of the Armenian community and the teachers were to be sent elsewhere in groups. In June early, the people were gathered, stripped of their money and valuables, and marched out. His parents were killed on the first day of march and the soldiers robbed them of whatever was left with them. He had no idea how many days it had gone on. They cracked open the skull of his brother, raped and killed his sister. He was left injured in the leg and a bleeding arm. He escaped and found shelter and care with an old Kurdish woman’s family; but that sanctuary was available to him only untill he had healed.

As a fugitive since then, Soghomon came across news of massacres elsewhere : they had been widespread. Without a hat or shoe, he crossed the mountains into Persia and was arrested by Russian soldiers. In 1916, when the Russians captured Erzinga, he returned to his hometown, only to find that just two Armenian families had survived and both had converted to Moslem faith. Of the 20,000 people in the village, only 20 odd had lived. He dug out 4800 gold pieces the family had hidden in the home, which he found shattered and in ruins. He shifted to another town, learnt Russian language for five months and, in 1919, went to Constantinople, where he placed an advertisement for his lost family members. He moved over to Greece, then to Salonika for curing his nervous disorder, and finally to Paris.

At Constantinople, Soghomon had found out the main culprit behind the massacres, the Armenian genocide. It was Talaat Pasha who, along with Kemal and Erver, had been to sentenced to death by a court martial in the city. Kemal was found and hanged. Living in Paris, Soghomon studied French for a year, then went to Geneva before landing in Berlin, where he hired a tutor to teach him German. It was there that he saw Talaat Pasha and discovered the building in which he lived.

Soghomon too moved over to a building in Charlottenburg, just across from Pasha’s residence. He was still a nervous wreck, who played mandolin, took dancing lessons and, as the indictment declared, was a student of Mechanical Engineering. One day, he saw Pasha come out of his building, with all the gruesome images of the massacre in his mind and the wrenching loss of his parents and his family members in his heart. He pulled out the loaded pistol he’d concealed with his underclothes, followed Pasha from across the street untill he came level, then crossed over and shot Talaat Pasha point blank in the head.

Upon arrest, Soghomon admitted to the act of killing the killer of his parents and the Armenian people.

At the trial, one of the witnesses co-habiting the same building described Soghomon thus : The defendant lived in my building. I have only complimentary things to say about him. He was very well behaved and modest. I have no maid and, therefore, I do all the housework. The defendant always did whatever he could to make my job easier. For example, he used to polish his own shoes. In every respect, he was decent and modest.

In her deposition, the landlady said — He was a kind, modest, quiet, and clean young man. He kept everything in order. On the morning of March 15th, day the incident occurred, the maid came in to tell me that the defendant was in his room crying. A little while later, I thought I would go up to see how he was doing. I was surprised to find him sitting in his room, drinking cognac. Soghomon clarified that he a took a measure of cognac with his tea to overcome his weak physical condition.

At the same trial, one of the female survivor of the genocide spoke of the massacre in these terms : — Only the men were killed this way. When it grew somewhat dark, the gendarmes came and selected the most beautiful women and girls and kept them for themselves. A gendarme came and wanted me as his woman. Those who did not obey were pierced with bayonets and had their legs torn apart. They even crushed the pelvic bones of pregnant women, took out the fetuses and threw them away… They split open my brother’s head. My mother dropped dead upon seeing this. A Turk came toward me and wanted to take me as his woman; because I would not consent, he took my son and killed him.

PRESIDING JUSTICE — Is all this really true ? You are not imagining it ?

WITNESS — What I have said is the truth. In reality, it was much more horrible than it is possible for me to relate.

The complete transcript of the trial proceedings is available here. There are undeniable facts on record here, on the religious and political drives that made an entire Armenian population dispensable in the eyes of the Turkish Governement !

Not much different from what the Jews meant to the Nazis during World War II.

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The above narration is part of a comprehensive review of the films-duo : Mayrig and 588 Rue Paradis.

Vatican : Culpable Of Multiple Forgery

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“It is a fact of Christian history that the earliest Gospels did not record a resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that claim is supported in the oldest known complete Bible available to mankind today. Called the Codex Sinaiticus, or Sinai Bible, it was named after Mt. Sinai, the location of St. Catherine’s Monastery where it was discovered in 1859 by Dr. Constantine Von Tischendorf (1815-1874). The discovery of the Sinai Bible provided biblical scholars with irrefutable evidence of wilful falsifications in all modern-day Gospels, and a comparison identified a staggering 14,800 later editorial alterations in modern Bibles…”

Originally posted on Truth Within, Shines Without:

In fact, from the start …

Cover of "Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Ed...

Cover of Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Edition

It is a fact of Christian history that the earliest Gospels did not record a resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that claim is supported in the oldest known complete Bible available to mankind today. Called the Codex Sinaiticus, or Sinai Bible, it was named after Mt. Sinai, the location of St. Catherine’s Monastery where it was discovered in 1859 by Dr. Constantine Von Tischendorf (1815-1874). The discovery of the Sinai Bible provided biblical scholars with irrefutable evidence of wilful falsifications in all modern-day Gospels, and a comparison identified a staggering 14,800 later editorial alterations in modern Bibles.

Vast dating discrepancies

With the Sinai Bible, Christian history is traced back as far as it can conceivably go, but it was still written, at best, more than 350 years after the time the Vatican says Jesus Christ walked the…

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Collage from Tennessee (Part 2)

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The pics ! The pics !!

Originally posted on Health, Wellness and Fitness Consultant:

This is the last of the Tennessee series. Some of the pictures dip into a part of North Carolina because the mountains are adjoined.  It is a land of greenery,  pasture, mountains, waterfalls, cascades, rivers and parks. It has visitor centers aplenty and they all offer tons of brochures that incite the visitors to go explore. I have to admit that this is the first state I have seen with so many visitor centers. Every single center that I visited had an outstanding, welcoming, gracious and overwhelmingly pleasant staff. It was a case of southern hospitality at its best. Congrats Tennessee!

At random you get to see the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove, Laurel Falls, Clingmans Dome, the city of Gatlinburg and a visitor center with surrounding picnic area.

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Collage from Tennessee (Part 1)

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For the charming pics …

Originally posted on Health, Wellness and Fitness Consultant:

This is the last of the Tennessee series. Some of the pictures dip into a part of North Carolina because the mountains are one.  It is a land of greenery,  pasture, mountains, waterfalls, cascades, rivers and parks. It has visitor centers aplenty and they all offer tons of brochures that incite the visitors to go explore. I have to admit that this is the first state I have seen with so many visitor centers. Every single center that I visited had an outstanding, welcoming, gracious and overwhelmingly pleasant staff. It was a case of southern hospitality at its best. Congrats Tennessee!

At random you get to see part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove, Laurel Falls, Clingmans Dome, the city of Gatlinburg and a visitor center with surrounding picnic area.

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New India : Happy India

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There is much else to commend the New India : Happy India today…

Originally posted on Truth Within, Shines Without:

On the eve of Independence Day — 2014…

The daily I read is a Congress Party mouthpiece, spiritedly in opposition to the ruling National Democratic Alliance. However, going through it today left me palpably happy at how remakably well this country is now governed, thanks to the people of India who chose Narendra Modi to lead the nation’s affairs. The marked degree of difference, compared to how it was during the preceeding decade under the UPA regime, was underscored by an observation of the Supreme Court headlined even by the avowedly antagonistic news and reports the Times Of India routinely carries … ” Stop acting like UPA on Ganga : SC to govt “. To mimick the media, I visualise “sources” reporting Manmohan Singh, the previous captive Prime Minister : “I am delighted and the country is relieved with my (and my Party’s) removal from power …” As I am, and vast majority of people are !

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The Writer As A Confused Nothing

Even as Narendra Modi embarked upon his visit to Japan, Pankaj Mishra asks the question :

” But can Modi’s old-fashioned reverence for all things Japanese, from the tea ceremony to nuclear plants, produce the right blueprint for India’s future ?” However, nothing in Prime Minister Modi’s background nor in Japan’s “all things” would place the rhetorical query in perspective; for that we need to read what the author’s bile threw up on the day India’s electoral results were declared, catapulting the forward-looking but culturally rooted man to the helm of affairs. The long piece published in The Guardian was pointedly titled : Narendra Modi and the new face of India @ http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/16/what-next-india-pankaj-mishra.

The latter is a ramble at best. It draws from such diverse symbols as Vikram Seth, the gay activist who in January this year made a dramatic show of an issue that was at most peripheral to most of us, already discredited Jawaharlal Nehru and since reviewed Mohandas K Gandhi, Indian economy, and the plethora which doesn’t even add up to something viably in context. It’s a babbling man in the make of what we now recognise as a reactionary fifth column, shooting off on prompt for sponsored effect.

The truth is that this country has moved past the elitist beats of accented delivery and much awarded english moulding intellectuals, who had taken over the media space and had settled back insured by their opinion creating prowess in an electoral process where demagoguery counted more than anything else. They could raise an issue to prominence, mould it to a different meaning, and kill it at will. That made for huge convenience for the powers lording over organised corruption in government corridors and bizmen caught up once on a while in light of public gaze. Bureaucrats and lowly lieutinents found it useful even to shield themselves from irresponsible consequences of their laziness and incompetence.

But the new India woke up to a man who didn’t just talk anti-corruption but walked it as an epitome, whose mother went in an ubiquitous ‘auto’ to cast her vote and still lived in a one-room abode. He lived the quintessential Indian values, was focussed on people-problems and making solutions happen, and had the carishma to attract competent and meritorious men who were equally passionate about this nation and its future. Unlike Pankaj Mishra, the sold messianic soul in search of his awards, Narendra Modi worked and delivered what mattered to people of India.

And that I believe is the real cause of the author’s heartburn : redundancy, before someone who had performance credentials that meant everything to the people against those accusations and insinuations Pankaj Mishra and his ilk have been hurling for over a decade without let up. These professing liberals, sloganeering seculars are diverse; but they all are now of a feather — clipped !

Frankly, Pankaj Mishra sounds like a fool trying to run down Japan.

India And Japan

Prime Minister Modi’s ongoing visit to Japan is about a new partnership between the two countries. Japan is already a top investor in India, even if China is the leading bilateral trade partner. There are over 1000 Japanese companies in India, and a very significant surge in their number is sure to follow in coming months.

Both the prime ministers at the scheduled bilateral summit are unabashed nationalists and have a hard nose for filling their agenda with decisions that back their vision for their respective countries. Abe and Modi are expected to strengthen security ties and finalise a framework for defence coordination. Supply of US-2 amphibian search and rescue aircraft to India has been discussed since December last and the Abe administration has eased the nation’s long-held ban on weapons exports, including technology transfers, in April this year. The two leaders are expected to continue joint maritime drills in addition to trilateral ones with the United States, possibly on a regular basis.

But the calling of “two major maritime democracies in Asia” is expected to affirm their willingness to work in tandem at ensuring a “peaceful and stable maritime order” to curb Beijing’s increasing activity in the East and South China seas, as well as in the Indian Ocean. Effectively, it is to halt and displace the ambitious Russia – China strategy emerging over the region, largely through an aggressive and belligerent show of power than a genuine desire at cultural appreciation,  economic and technological largesse and trade turnover.

It is a larger shared perspective for the East, South East and South Asia region at work between them. The summit itself coincides with much else : the just concluded visits of India’s Foreign Minister to Bangladesh and Myanmar, Indian President’s call on Vietnam later in September, and the coming visits by Prime Minister Abe to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. An agreement to meet Japan’s most crucial need for rare earth materials has already been signed with India, which is likely to ship over 2000 tonnes by February next year. It is to grow up to 4000 tonnes per year, a substantial bailout considering the intransigence shown by China — Japan’s major supplier — in recent months.

A nuclear deal will be discussed over the table, if not concluded, alongwith availability for huge funds by Japan for a whole array of India’s infrastructure projects, the scale of which is likely to arrest the global attention with surprise. The next week’s developments would also forge a convergence among all countries to the east of india and to the south of Japan.

The India – Japan summit could spell a remarkable momentum to peace and stability, growth and properity, in east, south and south-east Asia.

 

 

Abode Concept II

Abode Concept II

US & The West : Over The Long Term

vam:

I may not disagree there @ what US regimes might be assuring to its citizens. What you might be blind about is the mindless loot and destruction it caused the world over, the subhuman distortions it has introduced and warps it has perpetrated globally, and the willful manner in which it has subverted international institutions … That makes it nothing more than a criminal power on the prowl in the eye of much of the rest of the world !

Originally posted on Truth Within, Shines Without:

The thoughts below arose one morning on account of a conversation I had with a dear friend, an US citizen, who as a whole are never without the coloured pall of propaganda over their minds and beliefs that every successive US Government spreads in cohorts with its business and media oligarchs — its electoral fund providers and promoters. The talk started with a focus on the present but, in my concerns, soon extended over the longer term in view of humanity at large.

My friend observed, “Trust me, you need to visit the US to know its greatness. The concept of free market and Individuality is exercised here. This is the promised land…” over a pic carrying an Ayn Rand quote, appended at end of this essay.

My response at first : I may not disagree there @ what US regimes might be assuring to its citizens. What you might be…

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