Mr PM, Are Families Legal Entities ?

Our cultural drift in recent decades prompt a gathering of thought on  ” Family,” especially for the youth and the younger ‘ professionals ‘ who are most empowered in the society, physically and financially.

It is easy for them to ignore the others, because they can. But as a direct consequence of their short-sight and their emotional self – absorption, which they can afford, they reinforce and aggravate faultlines in the collective that includes them. In addition to the misery and overall loss their attitude causes, the impact of backwaves reverberating from without often leaves them too deplete, both materially and mentally.

We may ignore or force our way against such after-effects of attitudinal change while we are still in our twenties and thirties, but the loss and negativity keeps building up and crashes upon us when it becomes unavoidable and can no longer be prevented. What is at stake here is the care, love and happiness we all have in our lives, individually and as a group.

A bad mother is likely to raise a rapacious warped mind; a selfish father, without respect for common decency, will spawn a monstrous progeny. It is families that constitute our larger social collectives : locality, town, state, diverse communities religious or secular, province, professional groups and the nation.


I take no religious cues and quote no reference text in saying that a Family is an institution. It has a purpose or mandate, an organisation and structure, values and attitudinal norms, and behavioural processes to abide by. But mostly, it is not a formal or legal entity, has no documented basis to existence and functioning, and hence can be easily flouted and transgressed. They keep getting dysfunctional all the time and are destroyed within the span of a generation or two.

But the family is the closest and the most important group, of which each one of us are a part. To avoid going generic, I would present my view of a ‘ fictional ‘ family as it would be in Indian context and as, perhaps, I myself would be happy to have despite the imperfections and peculiarities of its individual members !

Values, Organisation & Roles

Purpose, Values & Rules :

01 To Pursue Collective Material Abundance and Emotional Happiness

02 To Promote Personal Growth and Intellectual Evolution

03 To Honour Individual Goal of Spiritual Fulfillment

Not every member of the family would be inclined or capable of furthering along the stated purposes and values. There would be those who would stop at the material and the emotional. Others would be more willing to put in the effort for educating themselves further and a rare one might pitch for more morally evolved strengths and awareness.

The personal values and rules of behaviour however is set for all by the instituted purposes : at cooperating among themselves for collective material abundance and behaving with sufficient care and mindfulness, especially towards the weak and more disadvantaged, to allow collective emotional happiness. The family could have additional commandments in their values system… say, ” We will never wrong others,” ” We will respect facts and truths against our opinions or assumptions,” ” We will always restore trust amongst each other and act in fairness,” etc.

Father :

The Father in the family is the head of the institution, above all, by virtue of his being in a position to best represent the family values, guide it through the present and keep its future in his trust.

Mother :

The Mother, again, is a position in the family that keeps it together, serves its vital needs and answers the emotional call of individuals in the family.

It is clearly important that the Mother and Father have open and smooth communication line between them. They must have the maturity to come into conflict on occasions, even rage at each other on issues, but withdraw sufficiently well in time to reassess and cool off enough to understand the other’s stand. It is necessary to appreciate that what is on table is institutional in nature and not a matter of mere personal preference. For instance, a member’s need for food cannot be ignored just because one is busy or does not feel like it. Similarly, a decision to invest cannot be taken at the cost of essential need of a member or if it makes the family’s material life miserable.

Members :

All members are to be as children of the family. The adult must add to the family’s purposes to the best of their abilities. They also have a responsibility towards themselves which, if not attempted for, would adversely affect the family as a whole.

Children yet growing up must obviously strive to add to their learning, awareness of facts, experience and knowledge.

All children however, regardless of age, must defer to the Father and Mother of the family, which is working towards its purposes on behalf of all.

Personal :

A family that does not have a place for personal imperfections and peculiarities, even vice, of individual members is heading for extinction. Institutionally, it should be able to encourage the individuals with patience and love, for them to establish a moderation in respect of such deviations. The other members, despite their conflicting personal values, should be able to accommodate the departing behaviour and accept the person for what he or she means to the family in institutional terms.

No member of the family, including the Father and the Mother, should be expected to be a paragon of ALL personal virtues at ALL the time. And, it is actually easier to accept the odd weakness or failing of anyone when the our primary identity is institutional, rooted in the family.

Inviting you all to raise a happier family and to contribute better to the happiness of one you are already a part of !

We, The Good And The Bad…

The modern saga is about both liberty or freedom and collossal governance verticals to segregate, punish or remove the bad.

That’s a tall order, not only because the bad persist and even flourish but because those charged with the first order task, of catching, punishing and removing them, are themselves bad. Removing them becomes the second order task for govt verticals.


The tasks are nonetheless ours to persist at with accuracy and vigour. But it is obvious that any puritanical ideology, religious or secular, will exacerbate the natural, commonly existing situation, and be self defeating. There is no way we’ll have all good someday; the bad will forever remain in our midst.

It is inescapable hence that we all need to be capable of embracing both bad and good. The least we demand of bad people is to aspire to be good, to not harm any other by their persisting badness.

The Kaveri Water War

#Kaveri issue … is a complex one :
How did the SC adjucate, 15000 cusecs award to TN or reduced it to 12000 cusecs upon representation by Karnataka ?


Curiously, the SC found it fit to preface its reduced award with a sermon on obedience expected of people and how its solemn pronouncements should be considered sacred. The bases of its judgement in this instance should fill it with enough merit instead, to seem transparently equitable and just to people of both the states.

— One, Karnataka is both the upper riparian state and the state with river catchment areas at its origin. It therefore has a natural right over the Kaveri River waters.

— Tamilnadu is lower riparian state in need of Kaveri River water for drinking and agriculture — lifeline, in short — for large number of its people. It also has catchment areas from which water drains into the Kaveri River.

— A just award for water distribution would vary with the total flow into the River from catchment areas in Karnataka and those in TN. If, say, the total flow through Karnataka is very low, in a drought year, the natural right of its people, as being in an upper riparian state, would gain primacy over the right of people in TN.

So, a just award of distribution of waters must not be a single figure for all months and years but in the form of a table, listing the total flows of waters measured in the river, as recorded from catchment areas in Karnataka and TN respectively, over the months in an year and over the years during monsoon adequacy and deficient seasons. The award of waters to be released by Karnataka may then be determined in each case, in order to seem equitable enough to TN people and just enough to people in Karnataka.

God knows, how the SC of India has gone about in granting its award of Kaveri waters to TN. It needs measured facts of actual water flows to seem equitable and just. The nonchalant manner in which it decided to reduce its award from 15000 to 12000 cusecs, just upon reports of mayhem in Karnataka, makes it seem too adhoc, too lottery like. That isn’t a just pronouncement, solemn and sacred, but more like escapist tomfoolery played by minds under pressure, if you ask me.

Maya : Oh, Dear…

Oh, dear, what would we be without it ? Generations of Brahmn obsessed truth seekers have lampooned this “causal veil” even while breathing and eating, and doing oneself to life, by its fundamentally empowering effects.

Every initiate to Vedic practice is shown the ultimate to be achieved (realised) : Brahmn, the supremely pervasive substratum to all realities in our experience and being. And Maya is posited as the mother of all obstructions in the way.

Enter the philosophising intellectuals and the morphs harden in their sermons : Brahmn is the desired God and Maya the devilish Satan to be broken and shunned. This sense then enters our vocabulary, language and expressions of what is spiritually good and what is bad.

In a post- scientific age, the missionary mascots take stage to dwell on “frontiers” of science to impress upon us how new research reconfirms the sanatan saying, ” Brahmn satya, jagan mithya.” That is, Brahmn alone is truth, all else is not. The particle physicists go about presenting the God particle while the rest of us still unsure of that one which was Brahmn. Of course, Maya, fie upon her, we sing in chorus, remains the primary accused for everything that fails us from clarifying and fixing the truth absolutely.

Let me get off this ignorance, dark and deep, and join the commoners — the farmers, painters and musicians, the workers with immediacy in thought, and the historians who know the entire event-filled journey we have travelled. It doesn’t take much science for us to know that there is no blueness in the sky. That, in fact, all colours and smells, and sensed presence of things, are in the way our brain and nerves work, and our mind consequently feels and understands : to keep us alive and be.

It’s plain that both flowers and crap have no smell in them. But aren’t we glad to have this Maya effect within us that enables us to distinguish the two ? We would find every Maya effect similarly fundamental to our being; and yes, there is no Maya other than in its effects.

It is then plain : there is this being, Brahmn, and all things fundamental to our being, Maya. That is us. Which shall we choose, and how ? It is One.


The Hindu Will Prevail

I would anyday have a laugh at this thought that #Christians ot #Islamists save people from hell when they convert. Except that their seriousness is frightening, as they go about this Satan and angels fib on television or the rooh and Shaitan drama on Fiji radio. They actually believe the crap, see it as real in their mind, and hence sound so menacingly sincere when they are convincing others.

Religiously open countries like India must have laws mandating such sickness of mind as a curable condition, requiring expert counselling until patients are able to sense the everyday wonders of the living God within and without us.

What to do ? The developed world is mostly xtian and many poorer ones are islamic. The rollicking frollicking pagans are in a minority, in comparison, but bear the burden of showing to the conditioned brutes what love and freedom and beauty means to our universally karma priviledged selves.

That is, since we really cannot join them in the methods they adopt : propaganda and fear, mental and physical. All of the rest of us must live up to be examples of this way of life, in our blissful solitudes and loving togetherness with seasons and other people.

Which is not to advocate any complacency in buildup of our armed forces, who are trained to be selectively brutal and ruthless in defence against hordes emptied of reason.

Hail India ! The Hindu will prevail.


Your Lordships, Don’t Mess…

There is no sagacity in this Supreme Court judgement #Arunachal

Now governors are not to bother themselves in unsavoury, unethical, even horsetrading amongst elected reps.

Who will ? The answer is important because what happens amongst our elected reps gains headline space and affects the society, esp the youth.

This judgement has ruled over the institutional framework of Central oversight over happenings in states. What happens when there is rampant, excessive undemocratic behaviour that threatens the desired social norms and distort personal values ? The SC judgement says, do not worry… let it be.

I recall the recent judgement on disproportionate assets : it practically endorses corruption and wheeling dealing when the SC deems that mere having DA does not violate the law.

The Arunachal Pradesh judgement is the law. But there is no justice value in it; it is not just. It will not promote the rule of law as to encourage right political ways and social values.

This SC judgement makes for law without perspective. It has far reaching effect without the much needed farsight.

“Your Lordships, please don’t mess with our life,” appeals the Vox Populi.


Reality And The Sight For It

It isn’t easy to spot amid our own strong want. But there is a reality staring at us. We, on the other hand, are driven by what is on our mind, which is a consequence of our nurtured conditioning, hormonal flooding or psychological impression come overpoweringly to life. In each case, the concern is with our business for ourself.


Reality is of a totally different league : it can do without us, completely. If we feel compelled to relate with it situationally, we can do so only in terms bound to the situation itself. It is a situational vanilla before the man of action sheens it over with the light of his own goal or purpose and thoughtfully positions himself within it to act in order to intercede over the dynamics, such as to move and direct things towards his own aims.

This material reality is beyond the sight of people who are filled with their own willfulness, swayed by those short cycle intense emotions which seize us for unproductive satisfactions and disappear without a trace thereafter. These are the multitudes wedded to personal want, need or greed, who are without the capacity for a long lasting resolve, in the nurturing of which we are self empowered with focus, patience, critical sight and strategic orientation.

There is a reality greater, more pervasive, than the material or situational one. But who has the capacity for eternal resolve to strive for that ?


Writing And The Writer

At first, you write while you do not know how and desperately want to.

Then, you write because you know how to and want to write.

Do you ever pass into phase when you can but no longer want to ? That, not out of laziness or incapacity of any kind.

To most Westerners, the answer is an instant, “No.” You write until it pays, in cash or kind. The Easterner has a more sophisticated, complicated, values perspective if he or she is initiated into the art of accessing the layers of subtle phenomenal being within.

All of us are caught up in the unceasing whirls of psychological or psychical effects, whether we know it as such or not. Few live through its tides and enter the portal of causal space of their own being, their own self. They verge on the rarest of rare opportunity : of being a Grand Zero, bathed in absolute freedom.

They have no want. It is all beautifully exhausted, depleted to its own wonderful nothingness.

What do they then do : write or not ?
God alone knows.

Or maybe, even he does not !


The Existential Man : His Predictable End And Cues To His Near-Impossible Transcendence

“The Being closest to being the Being is being-in-itself.

Instead, existentialists wax upon the objectified being-for-itself.”

Those who have read Being And Nothingness or Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre, the great clinical exponent of existentialism as a philosophy most appropriate to human condition, would remember the freezing realisation of the man who has come looking for his friend to a restaurant : “Pierre is here.” It describes the emotional and mental emptiness of man, who seconds earlier was filled with anticipation and the pleasure of meeting another person — another being : a close companion, the way he was, the way he looked, and the way he related. The nothingness he experiences instead, upon finding that his friend is not there in the restaurant, freezes his being.

The book however does not deal with being-in-itself, except as a couple footnotes to the main text. It is still dealing with the being-for-itself, of man, which is where existentialism ends up at : nothingness and the futility of “man.”

But, I sense, that the subjectivity of being-for-itself is yet to be exhausted. The vital mind and the intellectual mind are its domains, and the experienced emptiness in them affects the being-for-itself. The being-for-itself is yet there, standing as it were, facing its own extension shrunk in form and content. However, what is the form and content of this being-for-itself ? That is the question which awaits our answer.
It is a simple experiment that shows something about the nature of this being-for-itself. It commences with our man standing in pitch black darkness of a new moon night, out there in open under the cloudy sky, without the security of the four walls, the illumination that electricity brings into our homes, or the diversions of modern-day gadgets. He stands still in the solidified darkness, unable to spot a feature or object his senses could engage with.

He is rather, completely taken aback by this peculiarly uniform expanse of undifferentiated formlessness in ‘view.’ He looks in it and sees nothing. That nothingness is however something quite, though wholly unfamiliar and unknown. It is trying in extreme, to say the least. There is nothing other than ‘fear’ within the self and disinterest for the monolith in which the man is buried.

What follows are prompts of the conscious entity within : the being-for-itself. Disinterest burdens the eyelids down to close, though sleep proper is farthest from reach on account of the unexplained ‘fear’ within. All manner of thoughts arise to replace the latter and occupy the dark domains, vital and mental. We choose one : a thought or a will to action, to fix the dangling for-object consciousness in the nature of the being-for-itself.
Whatever the fix, his choice is a distant second to that immediate urge to turn away and walk into the safety of illuminated space, the familiar world of objects and forms. Into the world of differentiated beings, in short. The dark, featureless environment rejects him as forcefully as he does the other. There is nothing to see there, nothing to reduce to being an object for the self. It is all completely ‘dark,’ one mammoth and unknown homogeniety that surrounds. What is one to do with it ? The intense flare up of the being-for-itself is found in that momentary inability to retreat into the safety of seeing, sizing, reacting, or doing; and, in the process, itself becoming an object-among-others that sees, sizes, reacts and does.

This then is the nature of the being-for-itself : reactive, reflecting its experience of the world, and an inevitable compulsion to reduce itself to becoming, and being, an object-among-others. The opposite nature — active, in-itself, lord unto self — would make one seem like mad, abnormal, propelled neither by the primordial need to survive nor by the everyday need to perpetuate and prosper. It is not the being-in-itself but, I suspect, could take the man close if he may be without the willfulness that is ‘naturally’ programmed to take over his being.

That liberation, freedom from the hold of will upon oneself, is the spiritual domain of our being-in-itself.

One Question, Please !

#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 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 that we would distinguish ourselves at, individually and collectively ?

Journal : Happy And Thoughtful

A headline about women and minorities triggers thought on an allied topic : radicalism. It morphed from being a cause to being a fad, and has since become a political corner stone of leftist ideology.

Radicalism was a cause proper against that traditional “rule by divine right” of monarchical institutions, clerical eminence, feudal social values system and supporting economic structure. Then, it became a political “holy cow,” ideologically. That socialistic phase saw much churn and upturning alongwith killing of tens of millions of people.

Radicalism remained thereafter as a slogan spouting fad, especially among the youth, and as a political creed for democratic power game.

What does radicalism mean today ? A perversion that fights for justice to rapists and for human rights of terrorists.

I would much rather prefer the reformed tradition, which still regards rape as heinous and terror as unacceptable. Sabka saath, sabka vikas is a good rallying point for the traditionalist mainstream.


How about a mob being led by a slogan : Rape is good. Give us your mother, aunts and sisters. Break up the family…

Is this acceptable admission to our right to freedom of speech, even as a slogan ?


I have no thought about revenge. #IndvsAus #WCT20

The play was extraordinary for the large, daring heart and exceptional skill that @ImViratKohli showed he has. The beauty of that play in the 3rd last over, the 2nd last, followed by Dhoni’s winning boundary in the first ball of the last over… it stayed in the mind like an unforgettable taste you tend to remember for long after the meal is over !


Illegal migrants from #Bangladesh have patrons in #MamataBanerjee #CPIM #Congress #TarunGogoi #ArvindKejriwal

Such are the current political leaders in our country today. These are people who are criminally ill-educated about the sanctity of nationhood, citizenship, demographic and social integrity.

#UP’s #SP of Mulayam and Azam Khan act similarly to protect their vote banks among #Muslim anti socials and anti nationals.


Supporters stand by ideas and programs.

Sycophants stand by persons and personalities.

Atharva Veda : A Farmer’s Song

A Farmer’s Song And Prayer :


Wise and devoted to the Gods

Skilful men fast bind ropes to the plough
And yoke (the oxen) on either side.

Lay on the yokes and fasten well the traces :

Sow the seeds in the furrow formed.

Viraj ! vouchsafe us

While we sense the plenty with restraint
Let the ripe grain come home

With drawing of the sickle.

The sharp share of the plough bringeth bliss

While traces on the oxen

And stilts on the ground

Hold it right and steady.

(Ho-ha-ha !) Shear out for me a cow or sheep

Get a rapid driver to the cart

And a blooming woman, plump and strong.

May Indra press the furrow down

May Pushan guard and cherish her.
May she, well stored with love

Yield lovingly for us

Through each succeeding year.

Happily let the share turn up the soil

The men happily follow the oxen.

Suna and Sira !

Pleased with our sacrifice

Make the plants bring

Abundant produce to this man.

Happily may our steers and men work.

May the plough furrow happily.
Happily be the traces bound.

Happily may the driving goad ply.

Suna and Sira !

Welcome ye to this laud.

Bedew ye both this earth of ours

With the milk that ye have made in heaven.

Auspicious Sita, come thou near :

We venerate and worship thee
That thou mayst bless us

Bestow prosperity upon us

And bring to us

Abundant fruits for our efforts.

Loved by the Visvedevas and the Maruts

Let Sita be bedewed with oil and honey.

Turn thou to us, O Sita

With the wealth of milk

In vigour and strength

And pouring streams of clarified butter.

Atharva Veda : The Commerce Man — 2500 B C … Sarasvati Indus Valley Civilisation

A Merchant’s Prayer For Success In His Business :


I stir and animate Indra, the merchant.

May he approach us

And be our guide and leader

Chasing ill will, wild beast and highway robber.

May He who has the power

Give to me the riches I seek.

The many paths that Gods are wont to travel

The paths that go between heaven and earth

May they all rejoice with me.

Through these oblations

I offer milk and clarified butter

That I may be rich

And profit by my purchase.


With fuel for thou. O Agni !

I offer butter and my longing

For strength and conquest.

And, with prayer for strength

I adore this holy hymn

To gain a hundred treasures.

O Agni, pardon our repeat submission.

We have trod this distant road.

Favour us in our effort

To sell and barter.

Make our merchandise exchange deals profitable.

Accept the twin offerings in our libations

And grant that they be propitious.

Make our ventures prosperous

And enhance our income.


Ye gods ! I seek to add

To the wealth I carry for my transactions.

This very wealth I offer to thee.

May this wealth grow for me, not less.

O Agni, upon this sacrifice

Chase away those that hinder our profit !

Ye gods ! I seek to add

To the wealth I carry for my transactions

This very wealth I offer to thee.

Herein, with this libation

May Indra, Savitr and Soma

Prajāpati and Agni

Give me splendour.


O Hotr-priest Vaisvanara !

We sing thy praise with reverence.

Keep thou watch over our children

Over our bodies, kine and lives.

Still to thee, O Jatavedas

Ever will we bring oblation

As to a stabled horse.

Joying in food, O Agni

And in the growth of our riches

May we, thy servants, never suffer.

Perspective : Expanse And Limit

Sky is not the limit. Nor is it wrapped around our loins. Both are occasional, however, once when we are euphoric and next when we are overcome with the lust for carnal. In both cases, natural to human beings, we lose sight of perspective of the kind that stays with our reason and steadies us through ethical and moral dilemma. The euphoric super — human perspective in our notion, of ourself in the world, overwhelms but soon shrinks to level with reality. The sub-human emotion coiled-up around the carnal objective in our exclusive focus, likewise, releases us one way or other and settles in subconscious as a faraway trace of a dream.

Recent happenings and public debate in India, and elsewhere, can be analysed in the light of perspectives we humans ought to keep. For instance, the freedom of expression forcefully invoked by individuals and groups, primarily for politikal purposes, never appends the “reasonable constraints” our constitution mandates. Similarly, the group identity raked up by individuals when convenient, in making demands from the State, overlooks the fact that there are millions more much worse off for whom the federal government is as responsible. A pinhole view is never of the same order as a panoramic view.

Assuming that states in modern democracies are reasonably moved to keep people interests centre-stage, and corruption off the table, it seems rich to me that there are special interest groups pressing for their with airy secular-liberal ideas and those more organised and vocal wanting benefits for themselves. The end result of their action is subversion of the democratic system of governance, in one case, and unwarranted mockery of sincere leadership, in the other.

Traditionally, we confer heart-felt benediction for good health and prosperity for all life everywhere, without failing to do our utmost for those in our family, community and the nation. Most amongst us may find themselves exhausted, trying to merely meet the two ends. Yet, I will not accuse them of hypocrisy when they prayfully voice their goodwill for other people. Never.

The limit to what we can do cannot be faulted for the well-being in our unreserved intent. At times, with most of us, wishing for good, beauty and truth, is all that is within our means. Let us hold on to that expansed perspective. There is a values system inhering in it.

What, A Higher Reality ?

I really do not know how to broach or present this one. Yet, it is what I want to, now, when it seems to me the most important…

Let just start, shall we ! Everyone has realised some time or other the one underlying fact which totally changed the sense we had of a situation or sight before us : suddenly, the apparent victims turn culpable and the hard core nuisance character appears to have a far more sound, fundamentally substantial, basis for his behaviour. First, it meant one way to us, as they appeared; then, they acquire a more real, truer basis of why and how they were. That is, things clarified after the realisation dawned and the meanings apparent to our emotional take of the matter gave way to another, quite, out of a more correct and solid understanding of things.

It is like a compelling realisation, now etched sharp and clear despite your self, from behind a haze, as it were, that had camouflaged the truth out of our vision.

* * *

Self realisation has the S of self in capital. It is because we are not speaking of our outgoing self, desiring and wanting, wishing and wisping, watching itself in the mirror surroung by an immense aura of exclusion and separation from the other individuals. It is realisation of the Self of ourself, within and behind. It is the Self on which our self rests, of which it is animated, which shines within ourself night and day.

If the suggestion means something to one, it is because he or she has found a way to travel within and see, rather sense, the being within but absolutely distinct and apart from the existential — feeling — emoting- — experiencing — self. How do we know ? By the absolute absence of this existential self just then, while the sense of the Self lasts. It is not if it is not thus overwhelming and absolute a presence.

Obviously, few would confirm such a realisation and be true about it. It does not just happen; and never through willfulness. It takes a seemingly endless self-effort, sensivity towards the phenomenon manifest within oneself, and the stupendous self-believe to ratify the reality witnessed by the unanimous consent of one.

It is then not necessary to be a student or practitioner of Dhrupad, the Indian classic oral music system, to understand the nature of the self effort it takes to master those pressure points of consciousness within the body, from which the Dhrupad singer draws to intently qualify the sounds issuing from the same common voice box in the throat.

It is a miracle, and would be equally miraculous if you see what I mean !

Hear the Gundecha brothers explain :

Tell us if you will…

When Kashmir Was Ethnically Cleansed…

While Farooq Abdulla and his National Conference was in office, in the State, and Rajiv Gandhi and the Indian National Congress were strutting about with plumes of power in Delhi… The quote below has historical and informational value at par with those pertaining to Netaji Subhas Bose under Gandhi-Nehru regime since the eve of India’s independence in 1942, when the die-hard nationalist was raising the National Flag in Port Blair.

The quote is a part of larger essay written as an open letter to Ayesha Begum, erstwhile well-known actress whose maiden name was Sharmila Tagore.

The entire essay can be read here.


Srinagar, January 4, 1990. Aftab, a local Urdu newspaper, publishes a press release issued by Hizb-ul Mujahideen, set up by the Jamaat-e-Islami in 1989 to wage jihad for Jammu and Kashmir’s secession from India and accession to Pakistan, asking all Hindus to pack up and leave. Another local paper, Al Safa, repeats this expulsion order.

In the following days, there is near chaos in the Kashmir valley with chief minister Farooq Abdullah and his National Conference government abdicating all responsibilities of the state. Masked men run amok, waving Kalashnikovs, shooting to kill and shouting anti-India slogans.

Reports of killing of Hindus, invariably Kashmiri Pandits, begin to trickle in; there are explosions; inflammatory speeches are made from the pulpits of mosques, using public address systems meant for calling the faithful to prayers. A terrifying fear psychosis begins to take grip of Kashmiri Pandits.

Walls are plastered with posters and handbills, summarily ordering all Kashmiris to strictly follow the Islamic dress code, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks and imposing a ban on video parlours and cinemas. The masked men with Kalashnikovs force people to re-set their watches and clocks to Pakistan Standard Time.

Shops, business establishments and homes of Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley with a recorded cultural and civilisational history dating back 5,000 years, are marked out. Notices are pasted on doors of Pandit houses, peremptorily asking the occupants to leave Kashmir within 24 hours or face death and worse. Some are more lucid: “Be one with us, run, or die!”

Srinagar, January 19, 1990. …. Curfew is imposed as a first measure to restore some semblance of law and order. But it fails to have a deterrent effect.

Throughout the day, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists use public address systems at mosques to exhort people to defy curfew and take to the streets. Masked men, firing from their Kalashnikovs, march up and down, terrorising cowering Pandits who, by then, have locked themselves in their homes.

As evening falls, the exhortations become louder and shriller. Three taped slogans are repeatedly played the whole night from mosques: “Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai” (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah-O-Akbar); “Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa” (What do we want here? Rule of Shariah); “Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san” (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men).

In the preceding months, 300 Hindu men and women, nearly all of them Kashmiri Pandits, had been slaughtered ever since the brutal murder of Pandit Tika Lal Taploo, noted lawyer and BJP national executive member, by the JKLF in Srinagar on September 14, 1989. Soon after that, Justice N K Ganju of the Srinagar high court was shot dead. Pandit Sarwanand Premi, 80-year-old poet, and his son were kidnapped, tortured, their eyes gouged out, and hanged to death. A Kashmiri Pandit nurse working at the Soura Medical College Hospital in Srinagar was gang-raped and then beaten to death. Another woman was abducted, raped and sliced into bits and pieces at a sawmill.

In villages and towns across the Kashmir valley, terrorist hit lists have been floating about. All the names are of Kashmiri Pandits. With no government worth its name, the administration having collapsed and disappeared, the police nowhere to be seen, despondency sets in. As the night of January 19, 1990, wears itself out, despondency gives way to desperation.

And tens of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits across the valley take a painful decision: to flee their homeland to save their lives from rabid jihadis. Thus, takes place a 20th century exodus. …


Let’s never forget our history.

This Has To Change…

I like the expression but only with a quiet passion behind it. A militant loudness spells an emptiness within the sound of it. I naturally will myself to stand with it when it is a statement, not a declaration.

My views of homosexuals’ call is similar : make things change, by youUr own example. It isn’t something to be worn on the sleeve. The last time it was done with the Star of David badge in Nazi Germany, and we know how vulgar, oppressive, terror and ultimate discrimination it was. Nor can you start on converting those around to shore up your sense of security that being in a crowd tends to provide.

The real way forward is not to demand or expect much from the mainstream community and be a part of it, instead. There are very many common, mainstream issues of more basic nature, affecting millions. Their importance and urgency will not change because one or few among us have special needs. There are government institutions and policies to suport and facilitate. We need to take it and strengthen ourselves, create our own flow through the day, and find ways to be and seem one among all… aspiring, doing, reading, talking, laughing and loving.

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I heard the line coming from women wanting equality in public spaces like pubs and restaurants, and roads to loiter. Most of it is not only filled by men but dominated by them. A woman’s presence raises eyebrows, suggesting questions or even more aggressive or teasing volleys.

I can see why such behaviour and vibes are idiotic. Why can’t they see how they are driving beautiful people away ? People who are perhaps are the best of our kind !

The Human Clamour For Rights To Freedoms Is The Resolution Of A Monkey Council That Knew No Better ?

It’s in the constitution of every democratic country today. It also what occupies numerous national, non governmental and multilateral institutions : fundamental human rights and freedoms. They are in the manner of how a council of monkeys will resolve when they suddenly find themselves liberated of fear from higher predators in their midst.

What happens in the courts of law which adjudicates on related issues or upon complaints of breach ranges from the foolish to the ridiculous that yet pass the muster of law. The right to freedom to snore in sleep is found to contravene the right of a spouse to sleep in silence : enough to be a ground for divorce. The rights of a child supercedes the rights of a loving parent to raise their progeny as they deem culturally fit. The right of a government to snoop conflicts with an individual’s right to privacy…

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The law seems necessary but limiting to our evolution on to being a community of compassionate people. It is enough for us to mind our own business. But that has made the family redundant. Now who in the world would support all these people who have erred, not criminally but out of naivete, and are weak enough to be classified as ‘mentally disadvantaged’ ? There is no law to enforce the Right To Compassion.

So what would ? Life today is culturally structured to cause one to flow from secular education into a career, economy or business. If the person just minds his own business, there is nothing in law to lead into concerns about his wasting brother, who is an adult and must therefore take care of himself and his own. Only, he can’t. At first, he couldn’t judge things right and, secondly, he wasn’t smart. He was just honest, sincere and could be trusted. No ambitious employer or business owner will take him on a salary that would pay for a decent living. He is surrounded by law-abiding, upright and unimpeachable citizens.

The law then sounds like those quality standards, to be achieved through Go — NO GO control. It would enable some, for the monkeys, to prevent their fall back into chaos. But no more.

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Is there a culture in which we could have the Right To Compassion and restoration of compassionate families ? There were such communities of culture over a long period in past…

“This is the age of Science and Rationalism. If there is one scripture, which is highly rational and challenges the human being to experiment upon himself, it is the Upanishads! Throughout its pages, one finds this theme running like a thread – Tad Vijijnasasva – find out for yourself. No wonder the rational minds of western philosophers brought up on the thought processes of the Age of Reason have found the Upanishads a gold mine of spirituality. When Swami Vivekananda was once asked why one should study the Vedas and the Upanishads, he said, “To get rid of superstitions.” This is precisely what appeals to the modern mind. It is not only philosophers of the East and the West who have experienced it. Scientists too are discovering in the Upanishads a way out of the predicament which quantum physics finds itself in as to the role of Consciousness in natural phenomena. A trend set off by Erwin Schrodinger in the 1930’s and 40’s has now gained momentum and is now engrossing the minds of scientists, as evidenced by the large number of seminars and conferences in India and around the world on the comparison of Scientific and Upanishadic principles. The fearless uncompromising pursuit of truth is, after all, what binds these two disciplines together so strongly.

“What is the message of the Upanishads to the modern mind? One cannot do better than to quote Swami Vivekananda, “Let me tell you that we want strength, strength and every time strength. And the Upanishads are the great mine of strength. Therein lies strength enough to invigorate the whole world; the whole world can be vivified, made strong, energised through them. They will call with trumpet voice upon the weak, the miserable and the downtrodden of all races, all creeds, and all sects, to stand on their own feet and be free. Freedom, physical freedom, mental freedom and spiritual freedom are the watchwords of the Upanishads.”

“The modern world is in the throes of a cultural crisis. We do not know whether we are steadily progressing towards a better tomorrow or tumbling helplessly to an inevitable destruction. No wonder, many thinkers have started paying attention to the eternal values of ancient cultures. The Upanishadic culture and philosophy of life stand out like a beacon light beckoning us to make a better world for ourselves. The message is there. All that is needed is the will.”

(Extract quoted from article featured at

Journal : Atharva Veda – Part II

Dharma, to the Vedic people and Sanatan followers, means a codified art of living as individuals and being as a community. It purported to build upon nature, its beauty and wealth, a human order that would be in accord, that would institute a way of life which allowed animal fulfilments in civilised ways and constantly point to ways and means to excel at that, both personally and collectively. It raised the perspective and values system oriented towards ” Liberation for Self and Welfare of All,” ” The World is One Family,” … very dictums that guide the informed Hindu even today.

Dharma endeavours to mould and form human beings who would not sink into animal attitudes and behaviour in personal life or take to socially destructive conduct upon assuming power or authority of sorts, who would instead become, contribute and continue to tread the path of excellence all his life. Every feature and practice of the Vedic order was instituted with that purpose in context, especially the Gurukul education and internship system that fostered such values as respect for truth, justice, love, friendship, liberty, forgiveness, uprightness, honesty, sincerity, humility and self restraint.

Truth Within, Shines Without


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Source :Hymns of the Atharva Veda [ 1895 ] by Ralph T.H. Griffith

Vedas, Vedic Age and Vedic People : A Brief contd

Vedas do not advocate any religion. It is a body of truth and practice, with a knowledge and belief system in accord, that projects the ” Sanatan ” way of life. It does not have a God apart from ourself, a Prophet for our exclusive salvation, an organised administrative structure headquartered in a particular place, a specific Book for veneration, and a plethora of rules with manned mechanism for watch and control over the laity.

The Vedas are panentheistic, the perspective concomiting with monism, which blows away the seeming idolatory in Vedic practice oft apparent to Western eyes. Even the proverbial ” beam in the eyes ” of the…

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Liberty, Equality And Fraternity Need The Secure Ground Of The Assured Freedom To Be

Those people, the perpetrators, need to be watched over 24/7, and everything should be done with them, to them, soft and hard, protective and pre-emptive, to prevent the next such tragedy from happening, in France and the world over.

That is a responsibility every government worth its salt owes to its people.

But I suspect many in India would still not understand my premise. They did not when Mumbai 26/11 happened. And even earlier, when a whole population was chased out of Kashmir Valley because they were Indian but not Muslim. Or, when followers of Islam infiltrated from across the border and changed the demographic profile of the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, and proximate regions in North Bihar.

That general agreement on the nature of the problem people are faced with has still to happen in India and in every other country of the world.

Truth Within, Shines Without


I believe many in the world are coming to realise this basic truth : liberty, equality and fraternity are add on values to the more fundamental one of secure life and assured freedom to be.

And yet there is a plethora of secular-liberal calls harking on openness and tolerance, the values people fear might get eroded in France’s response to these attacks that has resulted in 160+ dead.

Is that what comes to your mind just now ? Not to mine. No, not more of those candle light processions or laudatory speeches of how the French people have been strong… et al.

People have been killed. Families have been affected. Children, women young and old have been traumatised. It’s a tragedy caused through deliberation, by people with a particular profile. And they will do it again, in France and anywhere else, wherever. Because, they are committed to doing so…

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