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India Bombs Pak Terror Bases Deep In Pakistan Territory: Beginning Of An Ending?

They lied about Osama Bin Laden but were caught redhanded in Abottabad. They lied about Mumbai 26/11 but were caught redhanded with Ajmal Kasab. They are habitual liars. They will lie time and again. They violated our sea limits and sovereign territory when they executed Mumbai 26/11, so they have to gulp down today whatever India imposes on them and choke with shame and self-disgust. They earned this. This is Pakistan, the world’s epicenter of terrorism. Every single Pakistani is a terrorist one way or other: if not taken to arms, expect him/her to be a supporter of terror ideology. Sickening to see their published journalists writing for spy organizations selling their soul for a penny. That is Pakistan for you. There seems to be not a single ‘clean’ Pakistani untouched by terror. They are all TERRORISTS. 

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India in a pre-dawn daring airstrike yesterday, bombed three different locations in POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and deep within Pakistan territory destroying in a span of 21-25 minutes, major terror bases housing half to a dozen terror camps each training hardcore terrorists. In deed, India has rendered the world a great service. 

We Indians heaved a sigh of relief after our IAF avenged Pakistan for the massacre of our CRPF Jawans, 40 of them, in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir, this February 14th. Balakot, the Hizb and Jaish terror training base with over half a dozen camps reportedly, is 91 km inside Pakistan from LOC while the other two locations Chakoti and Muzaffarabad are in POK. 

Pakistan Defence minister admitted, it was ‘too dark’ when the attack happened !!! As Pakistan PM Imran Khan rocked away their high level meeting fitted in a stylish leather jacket, Indian television reeled out the probable list of important terrorists whose heads rolled this morning – as IAF liquidated high commands of terror in a daredevil retaliatory action (not to be mistaken for military attack). This is purely a Politico-Military Surgical Strike 2.0 after Uri – a counter terror operation. But if Pakistan is to treat this as war, they will be not exist to learn their third valuable lesson in reality. 

Time has also come for India to put things in proper perspective and assess various options. 

  • Can a perpetual liar like Pakistan be trusted (after Osama and Kasab)
  • Can a terror mastermind like Pakistan reform (after Kandahar Indian Airlines Hijack in 1999 and Mumbai 26/11 and a dozen or more bomb attacks throughout India in last 2-3 decades)
  • Can a saboteur like Pakistan be trusted. Because, it is unimaginable that a productive nation like India would waste energy and resources devising a destructive mission like Mumbai 26/11 to punish Pakistan. It is not in our DNA. It takes a very sick mind to go to this level of planning and execution of terror attacks. But Pakistan will not stop. 
  • Pakistan can be stopped only when it CEASES to exist. 70 years after India’s independence, this is the conclusion, Indian nation has arrived at. In order for India to live, Pakistan must not continue to exist. It has to be broken down into bits and pieces.
  • Pakistan is also a menace to the entire world. World is waking up to this undeniable irrefutable fact. India must capitalize on our goodwill hardearned through our channels of diplomacy. Both India and Pakistan were born as two independent nations in 1947. Each however traveled in a different direction. Pakistan is extremely jealous and filled with unabated hatred and vengeance for India. They will not come around or mature with time.
  • Pakistan economy is in doldrums. Their foreign reserves have plunged to under 6 billion $ and this would be right time for India to take them out. Is Modi thinking like me. 
  • China has vested interests in Pakistan. But China is also extremely self-centered. India can count on Chinese selfishness. China will stick to their CPEC corridor and may not venture out given the sheer size of business the Chinese do with Indians. One month of boycott of India of Chinese products could have a devastating effect on Chinese economy. Noticeably, China is not issuing statements for Pakistan any longer. Deafening silence from China, well, well, well….
  • India came menacingly close to CPEC corridor with Balakot strike. India must frustrate China-Pakistan. China has to feel the heat.
  • India has turned off the river waters for Pakistan right after Pulwama (will be secured completely in under six months). Over 90% of agricultural lands in Punjab province of Pakistan that is major wheat and food grain producer will be hit with this extremely crucial political maneuver by India. Pakistan can move any world court. Taps turned off, that is final. Bring in the waters from China, if you want. Lay water pipes in CPEC. Or ship from Saudi. This can have a debilitating effect on an already floundering Pakistan economy.
  • India holds the diplomatic leverage over Pakistan which stands totally and one hundred percent isolated today in world stage as Modi pushed relentlessly for just that in last 4 years. Pakistan is unwelcome even in Arab nations where their PM Imran Khan has to self-invite himself swallowing his pride. 
  • Close all Pakistan Lawn shops in Delhi and in other cities/places with immediate effect. Terminate contracts with all Pakistan artistes/sportsmen, cancel their visas and boot them out. 
  • India did cancel MFM status for Pakistan that was long pending.  No more trade sops or duty concessions to Pakistan. 
  • There is news of blockade on medicinal/pharmaceutical supplies to Pakistan from India. India is a global pharma leader. The common man in Pakistan will be hit drastically in this case. The Aam Aadmi in Pakistan must rally in unison to fight their terror propagators – their army – and bring them around which is the only solution for lasting peace in the Indian subcontinent and in the entire world.
  • Block Pakistan in every sphere in global forum. They stand isolated already. Take it to next level. Sever their contacts and relationships with a fresh vigour. Counter them at all levels. Kill them diplomatically.
  • We need a multi-pronged strategy when it comes to dealing with Pakistan: Military, Diplomatic and Economic blows all at the same time that could prove to be a lethal combination
  • India is aware, there  will be a little collateral damage in the process. Today as I blog this, Pakistan claims that IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman is in their custody. 
  • Pakistan’s curse is that, they will always have to live in India’s shadows. India does not need Pakistan, but Pakistan needs India for its very identity. 
  • Pakistanis overrate themselves especially their journalists. 1947 was a blessing in disguise. No Indian citizen wants to unite with Pakistan. We want only our Kashmir, WE DO NOT WANT PAKISTAN which is sick, sick, sick. The India of today is our own making from after our independence from the British. We will never share our success with yours. Salute to Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. You did us Indians a great favour!
  • Finally Kashmir is India with or without Kashmir Muslims. Choice is theirs to integrate wholeheartedly with rest of India or migrate. 
  • Repopulate Kashmir with non Kashmiri Hindus – from Bihar, Orissa and Bengal, India’s poorest states. And retired soldier families. Modi govt must consider this as serious option. 

India has had numerous occasions in the past to crush Pakistan, but previous Congress governments squandered every golden opportunity. In spite of winning the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, India failed to capitalize on the mammoth winning of war. India exercised restraint after Mumbai 26/11, but that was encashed as goodwill for the nation by isolating Pakistan in every field across the globe. Military attack pending, this still was a great diplomatic drive and huge success.India still was a soft state, and has always been. May be that has got to do with our Dharmic roots. Being Hindu changes everything. We just cannot kill like they so easily butcher in the name of God. Our God is not that. Our way is not that. It takes a lot for a Hindu dharmic nation to attack someone or even retaliate. It takes a great mental resolve and strategic thinking to steel yourself and arrive at such a drastic step given our history and DNA. With Balakot, this Hindu nation of ours breached a psychological barrier. After this, it will not be easy to stop us. 

Very few dynamic leaders in the world have it in them to ‘do or die.’ Fortunately for India and unfortunately for Pakistan, we have PM Narendra Modi wielding the power not a Congress weakling, to who they are used to deal with and shortchange. This man our man Narendra Modi is a hero. He is fearless. He has nothing to lose. He came with a single box to Delhi. He says, he will leave with that one box back to Gujarat in case he loses this upcoming general elections. Losers will be us Indians, not him or Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), if that has to happen.

So is this war hysteria. Or are we psychotics. Only a badly scared Pakistani can say this. Because Pakistanis on average breed eight to ten kids through every one of their four wives (or more). Dozens of wasted young  men and women. The extra fittings, if they are girls, are married (or rather sold) off to Saudi Arabs (on temporary basis like for one month when they come camping for buzzards hunting, to serve and ‘entertain’ the aging sheikhs as one of their unnumbered wives to crossbreed the fakes who will be later useful as camel boys in Middle East). The extra boys reproduced like Ajmal Kasab may be enrolled in Saudi sponsored Madarasas for free food and terror indoctrination brainwashed from very young age with convoluted ideas and misconceptions and abject hatred, to be recruited later as expendable terrorists serving the dreaded terror outfits operating in sovereign Paki soil under the auspices of Pakistan govt and their spy organization that runs their military. This is the blood culture of Pakistan. They have big useless families feeding free like this in every village of theirs. This shame is honour for them. This is how they are Arabising and corrupting their blood line deliberately wanting to produce fair skinned sons and daughters with pea brains. Not much of difference between Pakistan and Thailand, right. Why degrade Thailand. This society that asks no questions but who can become cannon fodder easily is what Pakistan govt and army want. The girls are like the golden goose. They can feed their big families from their harems. 

Coming to their Casanova PM, what can you expect from this 60+ man who married for a third time in a gap of two years, stealing the much married mother of five children who was giving him the so-called religious indoctrination. This woman was hooded head to foot with slits just for her eye. What a modesty. Paragon of virtues really! Watching their tv soaps, it is unbelievable how the third wife of a second husband discusses her children from the first husband with another wife say second or fourth of her current husband!!! She may decide to go for a third husband whose fourth wife she could be but note, she never raises her head that is always covered. No shortage for boys, as the reproductive machinery of Pakistan keeps running 24 hours, 365 days an year nonstop with world record output of dreaded terrorists. No need for industrial jobs or white collar jobs for this booming young population. Madarasas and Jaish will take care. Otherwise there is always the camel jockey opening in Arabia. Trusted drivers and servants for Saudis are mainly these crossbreed sons who will never become pedigree or belong, but remain unpaid and ‘taken care of’ lifelong as shameless but loyal slaves waiting on their bid and call. For a wage.

As noose  is tightening over Pakistan, we can expect them to undertake desperate measures. A Paki media guy was screaming, they were not jingoistic or sensationalizing things like Indian media. Oh is it. You only go ballistic LYING right. How many screeching headlines in your media owning upto Osama Bin Laden. How many of you hung your heads in shame for Ajmal Kasab. Can you even today write a line in your papers about Mumbai 26/11? You can, with your heads rolling in your press. Intellectual Honesty: this is the basic characteristic for any journalist. Not a single Paki journalist comes with it. A nation that lies like that, a nation that is cowardly can never be heroic. That is why you are producing scum. You deserve the Hafez Sayeds and Masood Azhars. This is what you are capable of. 

Today the Pak PM was already seen begging India not to escalate the tensions, but it is in India’s benefit to finish this issue once and for all. Nuclear or non nuclear. Anyday in a conventional warfare, India will outclass Pakistan because we have won each and every war with Pakistan in the past. It is our mistake, we failed to capitalize huge on the back of such glorious victories. Adharma does not deserve Dharma. Adharma has to be broken with Adharma only. 

Break Pakistan ECONOMICALLY first. Crush them from every side. Cut short their imports. Initiate the internal civil war. Make them like Rwanda and Zimbabwe – paupers with worthless currency. Get nations to eject Pakistanis from every fold. Let Pakistan break into bits and pieces. May be not today or tomorrow, but it will happen before the turn of this century because every single Pakistani who is in denial, who is a coward to admit truth, is working on that already.

What is her name, Shameem? Stripped of her UK citizenship for her IS association, very soon she will be flying back to Pakistan. This is your shame Pakistan. Take her back and flaunt her to the world in all your tv channels. All avenues closed for you as far as India is concerned. 

 

 

 

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A Billion Heartbreaks

A quick recap on terrorism in sovereign Indian soil sponsored by Pakistan in my adult memory. Interesting, how terror reporting has also evolved over years in India. By Pakistan I mean here, the involvement of Pakistan state, Pakistan army (armed forces) and their intelligence agency ISI who all tirelessly work together to wreck havoc not only in India but around the world.

As India grows and prospers, is terrorism a price we have to pay for our progress?

BOMBAY STOCK EXCHANGE BLAST (1993)

Bharat, my nation, has seen a series of bomb blasts owing to Pakistan terror outfits sponsored by both their military and elected governments over decades. The first earth shattering one happened in March 1993, the Bombay Stock Exchange blast. As a single and working girl about to be married, I recall hearing the radio commentaries in my workplace as my colleagues stayed glued to news bulletins on hourly basis. In those times, many of us were trading already albeit meagerly in equity markets – manually. Only brokers had access to computers (as our departments and workplaces were getting computerized one by one starting that year). BSE was computerized and my male colleagues would be frequently on phones talking to their brokers who then did a roaring business having access to computers in their workstations and internet. (I think I heard the word internet first in real life when a cousin got his dial up internet connection in the city for his new computer that cost six-figure in Indian currency). For the first time in financial markets, stock values were transmitted live which was a feat over a quarter century back. In fact my interest in stock markets perked in that phase of life. Which is why BSE mattered so much to me, especially in that exact point of time. Looking back, I realize how technologically advanced even then India was in a way – for a third world nation. Infosys and HCL and Wipro were starting to make waves. Bank reforms were on cards and the Indian economy was going for a big change. On top gear was BSE driving the growth indices of the India story that was at last kick-started by Narasimha Rao government.

So nothing could have devastated us more than the bomb blast at BSE masterminded by Dawood Ibrahim, planted by Pakistan, now living like a prince in Pakistan with their government and military protection. The blasts killed hundreds of innocent Indian traders and investors in the stock exchange and nerve center of the financial capital of India. The terror attacks aimed at bringing the Indian economy to a stunned standstill and collapse, and India to her knees. Well, the terrorists could not succeed on that ground. If anything, we Hindus are made of sterner stuff. We picked up from the pieces even if we had paid a huge price, and made good the huge human and financial losses through sheer spirited hard work, with a vengeance to succeed.

The Mumbai Stock Exchange blasts got etched in my mind in that young age as exchange brokers became our news bearers from national tv news that was relayed from Delhi. It was an age when credit cards and mobile phones and computers still remained a novelty in the nation, out of reach of the masses, privilege of very few. We had only the print media apart from radio and tv news casts. BSE bomb blast was the first major mass terror attack in India in my adult memory. Things as ghastly as that were unheard of until then. We had had two prime ministers assassinated beforehand, still that did not daze the nation as the bomb blasts did. Only train accidents killed us Indians in hundreds before that. That an Indian muslim and Pakistani govt/military together orchestrated the blasts was incomprehensible for us Indians. Although we put behind the economic losses in days, the shock and dismay stayed with us for a long time. We Hindus learned a hard lesson: who we should NOT AND NEVER TRUST. This is something America and UK and Europe and starting to learn just now.

MUMBAI 26/11 (2008)

MUMBAI, DELHI, BANGALORE, HYDERABAD, COIMBATORE, VARANASI, AHMEDABAD AND OTHER TERROR ATTACKS (VARIOUS DATES)  (MULIPLE AND SERIAL BLASTS)

Ever since there have been periodical and multiple bomb blasts in Mumbai (Zaveri Bazaar and other places), Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore (serial), Delhi (Karol Bagh and other places) and of course in Kashmir. Each killed and maimed hundreds of innocent Indian civilians. The Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks by Pakistanis gained media attention worldwide. Pakistan once again was in denial mode. But their own God spared Ajmal Kasab who would live on to reveal to the world the Pakistani hand in planning and executing terror attacks in sovereign Indian soil. This was one more mission of theirs that had the army and government connivance, sickening. Kasab was later hanged to death. Had it not been for Kasab, Pakistan and China and even our own leftists in India would have blamed Hindutva men for ‘staging’ the Mumbai attacks.

I have to share this on Coimbatore blasts. Friends from Coimbatore reported how they were personal witnesses to funds remittances to Coimbatore terrorists and muslims from Saudi Arabia for a long time after the blasts. These were direct eye witnesses, something that will never be reported by/in the media. The Coimbatore blasts of 1997 revealed to us how sinister the network of terror is and wherefrom it is fueled. All remittances to Indian muslims need a vigilant monitoring especially from offshore.

Everytime there is a bomb attack in India, we Indians go numb; we freeze; terrorism is such a dastardly cowardly act that you forget how to react for a moment. During Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 when Pakistan terrorists got to Mumbai via sea in unearthly hours hoodwinking patrol and laid siege ransacking the city in different locations, no fires burned in our kitchens; nobody celebrated or partied; whole of India went into mourning. I know, because I felt heartbroken, I remained so for days after that. It took time for us to return to normalcy. Social media was not as active then as it is now. Still, I know how India stumbled. There was round the clock news coverage in tv news channels from local to international like the BBC and CNN. Right then we Indians wanted a revenge on Pakistan. To blow up Pakistan. We missed a golden chance.

Mumbai stays fresh in world memory even today because it came after Newyork 9/11 that remained a raw wound in world psyche. By this time, world had woken up to ugly reality of Terrorism and Hatred the way it never did until then.

Through all this, Israel has been a good and trusted friend of India. India benefits from precious Israeli wisdom.When we have Israel on our side, we need none other. Love and respects and prayers from India.

KARGIL WAR (1999)

During Kargil war started by Pakistan, I was a resident of Malaysia. How much we hung on to tv news from India in those days in foreign news channels. Almost everyday we called home to check what was going on. Although we had internet even then by way of dial-up network (year was 1999), news was never up to date. What we NRIs went through then was miserable. Out of India, but our hearts beating for India. India had the moral support of all Asians then, no doubt. To my knowledge no one supported Pakistan at least in theory. No chinese liked Pakistan, at least Malaysian chinese. For one main guessable reason. Terrorism and war were still new vocabulary in the world gaining notoriety since the turn of the millennium only. India however was fighting her own lonely battles already.

At the start of the Kargil war I was in the last leg of our Singapore tour. Grateful forever to Singapore for unbiased news coverage in their television and radio and 100% moral support to India all the way! The tiny nation had the courage to call a spade a spade.

Ethnic Malaysian Indians expressed their solidarity with India and BJP government in particular during our Malaysian days. Hindu interests are important not only for the sake of India, but for the great Indian diaspora spread around the world as well.

INDO-PAK WAR & CREATION OF BANGLADESH (1971)

Kargil is the only Indo-Pak war in my memory as I was barely three during the last one in 1971 when India broke Pakistan into two parts carving Bangladesh out of their east wing. The first war after the 1947 violence was in 1965. PM Indira Gandhi the Iron Lady of India, took on the likes of US President Nixon and Henry Kissinger single handedly in 1971 and led India to a massive victory. America remained anti-India and pro-Pakistan for a long time. Indira Gandhi kicked out Coca Cola and IBM out of India which were to return to the nation after a 20 year hiatus, only in Rao period when Indian economy was opened up after globalization. China deserted Pakistan in the 1971 war and will do it again in future when it really matters. India can count on Chinese cunning and selfishness one hundred percent if not on Pakistan cowardice and ineptitude.

PATHANKOT & URI (2016)

Pathankot and Uri were very recent terror attacks by Pakistan in India. There have been terror attacks in India carried out by Pakistan on daily basis in Kashmir that we have lost count of our martyred brave soldiers ambushed and slain to death in connivance at times with local Indian muslims. This we call Cross-border Terrorism and it is worse than a full scale war. It takes a huge toll on soldiers’ morality and bleeds you gradually. It is proxy war really. This is the dirtiest work and injury inflicted by Pakistan on India.  Indian muslim implication is the hardest thing to digest. That your own blood could turn against you. This harsh reality tears your heart. Disloyalty and betrayal are the worst crosses we Indians especially Hindus have to bear. Yes, we breed local terrorists. I hope even America and UK will agree because they are facing a similar situation: homegrown terror.

Social media took over from mainstream media by this time. Social media is a double edged weapon. But it gave common man in India a forum to express his/her wrath on Pakistan and Kashmir during Uri.

KASHMIRIS WILL PAY THE PRICE

I shop for handloom textiles in exhibitions and fairs. We buy routinely from our Kashmiri muslim brothers wanting to give them business. Wanting them to grow.They always return to our cities and towns throughout India selling their wares. We invite them into our homes in case they are street hawkers and they normally invite us to Kashmir for tourism as well. Many have given us visiting cards. To be fair to them, most of them like and respect the Hindu literate and business mind and acknowledge that their growth and prospects are with rest of India only. They speak our language now, quite a few of them. Even a few months back I and my friend were chatting up two Kashmiri muslim men in Chennai. We shopped for 5 minutes but lingered with them for 50 minutes talking this and that. The guys were making us laugh with bits of Tamil they picked up singing to us Tamil songs. I doubt if any Indian will trust Kashmiris in future after Pulwama. Gone to wind is the bonhomie. In handloom expos, every state in India has representation. The Kashmiris never stood out of the crowd. They were one and the same as rest of India. As I frequent these expos, I and my friend are now familiar with our regular Punjabi, Gujarati, Bangali, Maharashtrian cooperative staff. To the extent we exchange pleasantries. The exhibitions are pan India bringing everyone together.

I wish Kashmiri youth who turn to terrorism can come and see for themselves how much they are loved and wanted and included in everything Indian. We send our Kashmir brothers back home with bags of money. Even if they have been stone pelting our soldiers. May be now, we must revise our opinion. I have not come across a single Indian threatening or troubling a Kashmiri in all these years. The Kashmiris know it deep down.

Amidst the Pulwama terror attack, Indian airforce still plied over 300 Kashmir students to their exam centers to enable them take up their GATE exams. Thousands of Kashmiri students attend universities all across India. Many thousands work in Indian banking sector/IT companies etc., earning their livelihood in India. Now how to trust them any longer. What if they are sleeper terror cells.

During Kashmir floods in 2014, the same Kashmiri terrorists were thrown lifeline by Indian army that saved hundreds of lives and restored their damaged properties.

The Hurriyat security is withdrawn finally today by Indian govt. India has been spending a whopping 5000-6000 crores of rupees on their security cover.

Music has started for Kashmiris as their undergrads are evicted from universities and sacked from their jobs across the length and breadth of India. Now this is new: this retaliation.

Pro-terror Kashmiri students get expelled from universities across India while their working counterparts get sacked. Bihar villages evict Kashmiri tradesmen as Indians rise in waves of unabated rage and disgust against Kashmiris (image from WhatsApp and Facebook posts)

Every Kashmiri muslim must ask himself/herself, why no Kashmiri Hindu Pundit is a terrorist. Why no Hindu pundit KILLS. After all, the Kashmiri terrorists had raped and killed thousands of Hindu Pundits burning their homes and evicting them from Kashmir. Today, the Kashmir Hindu Pundits are refugees in their own homeland living in pitched tents in and around Delhi in inhumane conditions. So what makes you a terrorist that does not make a Hindu a terrorist who has lost much more than you can ever give back. You have ethnic cleansed Kashmir of Hindus. If anything, the Hindu Pundits must have become hardcore terrorists by your own logic. Why haven’t they? Let me give a one word answer here that you can never bring yourself to admit: HINDU-DHARMA. The corollary is implicit.

PULWAMA (2019)

Pulwama has broken a billion hearts. Not seen such a collective rage and anguish in India in a long time. Precisely I am seeing the same reaction I saw after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. At that time however, it was Congress govt in power.  Now it is BJP headed by Modi. It makes one hell lot of a difference.

History shows how every single Indo-Pak war was initiated by the Pakistanis who were defeated in everyone of them. Every single terror act not only in India but also around the world similarly has a Pakistan hand in it.

The Times of India came under fire for underming the Indian sensitivities and security concerns as the group owned by foreign church came out with deliberately misleading headlines as usual. Many including me quit reading print/online TOI group of publications months/years back. Subscriber base wearig thin for anti-nationals like The Hindu and TOI owned by Christian conversion missionaries as the Hindu are on staff retrenchment mode reportedly. (Image from Whatsapp and Facebook posts)

Mainstream media has received flak for biased coverage of Pulwama, from Indian public who have gone on to put the anti-nationals in the dock with the aid of Social media. The pro-terror have had it coming, and a virtual war rages in social media where the common man again can express his angst without restraint, directly debating the national issues and security. For a first time, the public voice is heard loud and clear, and it is not one-way like it has been when mainstream media reigned supreme.

Media in India has proved to be untrustworthy as it has now emerged crystal clear how they are owned, managed and run by either pro-terror and terror sympathizers or foreign church/conversion missionaries.

Projecting terrorism and terrorists as normal and regular: How India Media act pro-terror and glorify terrorism (Image from Facebook). India Today and The Quint aware, most serial killer psychos are just your average guy next door on surface? Bet what the editors get slapped with. Sedition charges?

Over 25 years have passed since the Bombay Stock Exchange terror attack. India has come a long way. Now we are a booming economy and we are in driver seat. We command world respect and Hindus are a dominant and acknowledged intellectual community today on the global stage. We have a voice. We have powerful lobbies and we have sympathizers. We have bargaining capacity in the present as we have never had in the past. We can push agendas. We can dictate terms. We can broker and deal what is best for us. We can afford to take some collateral losses as well. And finally we are ready to deliver Pakistan the knock-out punch. At the same time our enemy has been spiraling down and down… that if they are not to be dealt with their death blows by us Indians, they will anyway have it coming from China the friendly neighbourhood backstabber. Either way it is win-win for India.

Hopefully the sacrifices of our bravehearts in Pulwama will not go in vain. The martyrs have laid down their lives for the motherland: 40 of them. It is easy to preach that hate is wrong, but then a venom must be and can be broken only with another equal venom. Adharma does not deserve Dharma. Adharm has to be fought with Adharm only. So says even Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita.

A billion hearts lie broken. They will heal only when we avenge Pakistan for our martyred heroes. Jai Hind!

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Where Did The 300 Kg RDX Come From.

Tweet by Arti Bajpai Dubey (hope that’s okay):

I am #Pulwama I am Charlie I am Paris I am Orlando I am Brussels I am Nice I am Munich I am Berlin I am Westminster I am Barcelona I am London I am Norway I am Manchester I am Kabul I am Uri I am Mumbai I am Madrid I am New York I am Ankara I am tired …

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Where did the 300 Kg of Explosives come from for one of the worst terrorist attacks in Indian soil. Of course from Pakistan, where else. Now cross check the Pakistan connection to all these terror attacks around the world.

Jammu & Kashmir is a landlocked state of India with Indian army troops guarding the Himalayan paradise from our terrorist neighbours. Kashmir shares borders with China and Pakistan. The explosives for the Pulwama terror attack on February 14th could have originated from only one source: Pakistan. Smuggled into India through our porous borders. This is if we are to give the benefit of doubt to China, unless otherwise China is hands in glove with Pakistan in masterminding terror attacks. China anyway has been blocking India from getting the terror chief Masud Azaar on the docks for a while now, at the United Nations. Role of China cannot be entirely ruled out in acts of terror given their nexus with Pakistan. At the least, the financial arrangement is a possibility given the Chinese vested interests in Pakistan.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pulwama-kashmir-terror-attack-mastermind-ghazi-abdul-rasheed-trained-adil-ahmad-dar-1457584-2019-02-16https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pulwama-kashmir-terror-attack-mastermind-ghazi-abdul-rasheed-trained-adil-ahmad-dar-1457584-2019-02-16

India is the wise old Elephant that shall neither forgive nor forget. For a first step, river waters flowing from India to Pakistan will be summarily stopped forthwith. Not a single drop of water. Taps to be turned off for Pakistan.

https://postcard.news/boond-boond-pani-ke-liye-tarhpega-ab-pakistan-modi-govt-decide-to-stop-the-flow-of-water-to-pakistan-and-divert-it-to-indian-states/?fbclid=IwAR2S5k0zVPssovwGUOei3_IDa-O-01Rm4zu7ldTpsIeEE9TlXKKU7tuNklc

The pro-terror tweets and social media comments of our desi anti-nationals to be viewed seriously by government and dealt with accordingly, because facts can be misconstrued easily here. Men and women who are terror sympathizers are losing their jobs and livelihood left and right with their misplaced loyalty. The idea is to make clear the India stance against terror ideology. Either you are with us or against us, that is it. All Indian citizens must furnish our government with proofs of any pro-terror remarks and posts in Indian mainstream media and social media for necessary legal and criminal action as deemed fit.

https://www.opindia.com/2019/02/ndtv-suspends-deputy-news-editor-for-celebrating-pulwama-terror-attack-may-take-further-action/?fbclid=IwAR29CeVpfiLTfpUctkL1cgcElODpNxc5I0emmERgHvBXVLgR2eDYRQidOqQ

Indian Army may be given full control of Kashmir shortly. India will choose where and how to bleed Pakistan and to what degree. Before the turn of the century, there won’t be a nation ‘Pakistan’ – India will erase the terror state from world map. This is a distinct possibility now.

Security cover to Hurriyat to be withdrawn laying them bare to decimation anytime, and stone pelters to be shot dead at sight. Very soon this will be a reality. Kashmiris were being funded with fake Indian currency notes (Rs.500/- denomination precisely) by Pakistanis who are notorious counterfeit currency printers and suppliers in the world blackmarket. PM Modi’s overnight Demonetization of higher denominations of our currency brought the stone pelting to a grinding halt in Kashmir as supplies dried up from our terrorist neighbour.

It is also time to throw out the Kashmir undergrads and post grads and research assistants from Indian universities into their own hell hole. Kashmiris to be stripped of their employments /positions through out India and businesses to Kashmiris to be actively discouraged.

In 1947, before the state of Jammu & Kashmir acceded to India there was a looting and raping spree by Pathans and other Paksitanis in entire Kashmir that the Maharaja of Kashmir begged PM Jawaharlal Nehru to rescue Kashmir and drive out intruders. As winter closed in, Indian army secured the rest of Kashmir except for what remains today as POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) driving out rapists and looters. Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir signed the letter of accession of Kashmir to India LEGALLY. If not for Indian intervention, there would be no Kashmiri left in today’s Kashmir with his/her dignity intact. Pakistanis would have resettled in the valley reducing and depopulating ethnic Kashmiri race. Present day Kashmiris have forgotten their turbulent past and especially the aftermath of 1947 and what could have happened to them if not for India. If not for the solid weight of India behind them, Kashmir would have been the next Afghanistan by now.

Kashmir has had a Hindu ancestry from before the time human history got recorded. Kashmiris were force converted by Aurangzeb as late as in the 17th century CE at the point of sword. It is not uncommon for Kashmiris to sport their surnames Butt/Bhat or Guru for instance even today, a telltale giveaway, as their ancestors never wanted to remain for long in the converted alien faith. The Kashmiri forefathers hoped for one day to return to their Hindu Dharmic roots, so they adhered to their surnames doggedly for centuries. Today it is the same Kashmiri Pundit and Baniya who are transformed into worst world terrorists. Three centuries of foreign faith seems to have erased the complete good of Dharma from their bloodstream. Thousands of years of Hindu roots destroyed beyond recognition. Kashmiri terrorists later ethnic cleansed the state of their Hindu neighbours in the 1980s, at the instigation of slain Pakistan PM Benazzir Bhutto. Kashmir is one classic case of what can happen to you if you are ‘infidel.’ Your own neighbour can take your life before raping your daughter in front of your eyes and setting your home to fire. Just ask the Kashmir Hindu Pundits driven out of Kashmir, forced to live as refugees in makeshift camps in their own native country India.

If Kashmiri terrorists are in the right, then Germany and Canada may follow suit and become Caliphates in near future. Canada is teeming with terrorists drawn from every corner of the globe. It is a pressure cooker waiting to burst anytime. This is what happens when a wrong ideology is supported baseless and the essential truth is brushed under the carpet.

Kashmir needs to be repopulated with Hindus, recolonized with Hindus once again. So long as Hindus formed majority of Kashmir, the region was peaceful. Along with the Kashmiri Pundits, Government of India must rehabilitate retired army personnel with their families and Biharis in Kashmir.

All Kashmiris living in other states of India to sign in nearest police station every fortnight. All Kashmiris with Indian passports working in foreign countries must be asked to sign in Indian embassy every month. This will help keep track of their sleeper cells of terror, just in case. Kashmiris are tainted blood who just cannot be reformed. Terror corruption runs deep in their veins. We Indians have been in denial of this acid truth for long. Time to let reality sink in and remove Kashmiris from Kashmir in entirety. These traitors belong in Af-Pak or in Middle East or wherever. No place for them in the land named after Hindu sage Kashyap or in the valley of Mother Vaishno Devi with capital ‘Sri Nagar.’

India to warn world nations to limit their business interactions with Pakistan. India must take up with each and every Arab nation in middle east on this on warfooting basis. Pakistanis need further isolation.

India must reduce trade contracts with nations which engage with Pakistan on favourable conditions. India must review relations with nations sponsoring or sporting Pakistanis or Pakistani businesses.

India should disrepair and undermine the CPEC project of Pakistan with China, but why bother. India will benefit hugely as Pakistan sells itself more and more to China like some African nations have done. Day is not far when the entire strip of their territory leading up to Gwadar will not only be under Chinese control but also under Chinese sovereignty.

Mutilating Pakistan must be first priority for India, breaking them to bits and pieces. Balochistan is ideal ground to start with. Not in a million years can Pakistan tear away Kashmir or Punjab from India. They know it well.

A low key but severely debilitating war that will bleed Pakistan slowly and surely to death is the best viable option. India has been steadily breaking their wings: stalled the sale of F16s to Pakistan by America, annulled the US aid to Pakistan among other things. Pakistan is steeped in debts and economically crushed already, head barely above waters where it concerns China. Last year India dealt a severe blow to Pakistan by way of Uri Surgical Strike that reportedly vaporized a Paki terror camp of 400 armed corps deep in their terrain. In 1971, India bifurcated Pakistan into two parts carving ‘Bangladesh’ out of the eastern one.

Hopefully Modi sarkar will be analyzing issues from all feasible angles and arrive at a tangible solution/plausible conclusion.

We cannot let this proxy war against India to go on forever. Let us get it over with.

Posted in History-Culture

Savithri Shaming, Besides Others…

So Loyola College has come out with an apology removing the ‘offensive and derogatory’ Art work on display in their premises this morning. The century old Jesuit institution can blame only the relentless missionary activity in the state/nation for drawing flak. Loyola is not above suspicion. Whether there is a hidden agenda is a million dollar question. Let me make that clear at the outset. 

https://swarajyamag.com/insta/chennais-loyola-college-apologises-for-art-exhibition-which-depicted-hindu-symbols-in-derogatory-manner

Recap of an earlier Blog post of mine. With Edits.

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From the pages of the SHE WORSHIPER HINDU WOMAN…

Not unusual for one to come across this new phrase in our hyper sensitive Social Media these days : SAVITRI SHAMING (Saavithri refering to Satyavaan’s dharm patni Savitri from Hindu Itihaas-Purana times)

This is in reference to women who take to the bottle.

Further detailing may kind of go on like how ‘rural women draped in saris are champions of chastity and character whereas urban Indian women are not averse to gulping down a peg or two (of alcohol what else).’ Urban Indian women lacked morals and are shameless (why limit us to alcohol, we women are not into the wrong side of 40s without watching our share of hard porn, take it from me).

I am not an experienced or routine traveler so there is not much I can draw from my life book in this respect.

But my visit to Italy changed in many ways how I perceived things for years. Conservative but not blind or superstitious – that’s me. Liberal wherever I can afford to be. Restrained at times – not because of religion or law but because of sheer will-power. Nothing can be forced upon me and neither is anything taboo to me. Sab Chaltha Hai! That’s the attitude. Well, of course, some people really have problem with that. I am asking, Padi Thaandadhava Ellam Pathiniyaa?? Nee Paarthiyaa??

Whatever little misgivings or apprehensions or confusions I had got lost when during my first foreign residence in Malaysia I had for neighbours two Chinese couples in the next villa. Who slept in the same room and who swapped partners overnight. Nothing more can shock me now therefore, and the strange encounters I have had and life experiences of half a century have made me different in many ways from most of my regular ‘dharam patni’ (self categorization) relatives and friends back home. Some of my views shock even my best friends. They have not been where I have been, they have not lived my life.

Loyola college Art show brings to my mind this: Have Hindu temples ever been criticized for their more explicit stone carvings on sex? Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism) is not an organized religion like Christianity or Islam or even Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. We have no founders, no holy book like the Bible or Koran, no Vatican or Mecca, no Pope or Imam who have set boundaries for us. No prescribed code of conduct. May be this is why Hindu Dharma has survived centuries of onslaught by alien cultures and invaders. I also had a chance to glance at the ancient Roman temples which had all been converted into Catholic places of worship in Italy. There is no more trace of the original faith of the land. The surviving few crumbling precincts are the only reminders to what Romans were before Catholicity took over.

Hindu Jain carvings at world famous tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage site the Khajuraho temples. These carvings depict men,women, gods and goddesses and Devas (angel like) in various positions of sexual union.
Erotic Vishwanath temple scultures at Khajuraho, India


The case of most Asian and European nations is poignant. They were all swept over by either Islam or Christianity, whichever reached their shores first or whichever fought successfully the other. Hinduism on the other hand was not to be vanquished from the soil of Bharatha. We are Bharath and hopefully we shall stay Bharatha to eternity.

Hinduism’s chief characteristic is its inherent ability to grow in the face of adversity, drawing in the positive influences in due course. However there have also been a few negative implications. Whereas you can be an atheist, you can still be Hindu, an idolator, you can still be a Hindu, a non-idolator, you can still be a Hindu, a meat-eater and you can still be a hindu, a vegetarian and you can still be a hindu, a ritualist and you can still be a Hindu,  and etc., and etc., Hinduism however did have a damaging impact by way of crippling practices borrowed or copied from practitioners of foreign faiths that confine women, subjugate women to a lower position than men and other corrupt ideas.

The millennia ancient Hindu temple sculptures reflect to us today what a liberal society India once was. After all this is the land of ‘Kama Sutra.’ The world’s first ever Sex manual was penned in India by Vatsayana two millennia past. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kama_Sutra

Homosexuality finds mention in ‘Mahabharat.’ ‘Soma bana’ (liquor) was the drink of celebration that even Gods could not resist. Shiva smoked chillum (Marijuana). But that did not prevent Him from being revered the Creator and Destroyer that He is of the universe. Neither has that stopped us Hindus from following Him. Shiva resided in the cremation grounds. Shiva’s extreme followers the Aghoris feed to this day on corpses – the dead human bodies in burial sites. Average Hindus do not shy of Aghoris who we regard as pantheons of the highest degree of spirituality and detachment and devotion: the true state of Nirvana.

A wonderful read on Homosexuality in Mahabharatha: http://devdutt.com/articles/mahabharata/on-krishnas-chariot-stands-shikhandi.html?fb_action_ids=778475405502878&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=feed_opengraph&action_object_map=%7B%22778475405502878%22%3A10150812094478251%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22778475405502878%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Relieved that Hindu vigilantism was not there in ancient India. Had it been, neither would we have Kamasutra today nor Khajuraho. An Aurangzeb or Tipu Sultan wouldn’t have become our favourite (anti) heroes! Our self-appointed custodians of Hindu Dharma would have seen to that! Shame on to you the so-called literates of India! All your education has come to a naught! 

Today’s India’s backwardness can be explained with curtailment of our liberal creative ideas and a corroded outdated value system, and superficial imposition of caste divisions in the intermittent centuries (may be from 7th century CE to somewhat present day). Dominant sections of Hindus have been in the forefront promoting such a skewed and biased ideology and society that has rendered India the most damage. Europe soon woke up to rationality and there seems to be no looking back since.

Books like Da Vinci Code etc and those fictions I had read over decades did instill in me a strong sense of curiosity about what I was to witness in Vatican and Florence and Paris (although after a considerable lapse of time). I had indeed done but a mild and insignificant research before embarking on the trip. Yet nothing prepared me for the sense of awakening, rekindling and liberation and euphoria I felt walking through the galleries where centuries of indescribable creativity adorned their walls by way of oil paintings and tapestries and frescos that brought to life the uncountable facets of life and times in the middle-ages, as well as the rebel and cunning ways the wisest men devised to leave a piece of their mind for future generations to ponder over. It was for me, like walking through a time-machine. I literally transgressed into medieval age where men wore long robes (or none) and women strolled bare breasted and where in the chaos of the streets and war scapes, an arrow or sword piercing one’s chest was not as uncommon. Thank you Renaissance artists for the greatest gift. You gave life to my vivid imaginations. While I have found our Hindu temple sculptures enchanting, they were still mystical sort of. What I saw in the European museums was life frothing at full stream.

Michelangelo. I adored this genius for the rebel he was over his art. Taking a guide is advisable in Vatican. He can shed light into facts that you may otherwise overlook. Before Vatican I had already had an entralling visual treat of genitals of the French, the Roman, the Greek and others (from other galleries and museums only!) but nothing prepared me for what awaited me in the Catholic capital of the world.

The Sistine chapel was not to be photographed but many violated the rule clicking away their phones and cams clandestinely . I did not click pictures which I thought I could anyway google.

Here are some of Michelangelo’s mischiefs in the wall-to-wall frescos that I loved.  To borrow words from a critic, the Renaissance artists were the greatest trolls of all times. This at a time when an astronomer like Galileo could be guillotined for blasphemy (asserting that it was the Earth that revolved around the sun and not vice versa).

The six pack God in Creation
God’s exposed naked bums
The sissy priest Biagio Da Cesena with his crotch in snake’s jaw in Hell on the Day of Judgement
The Sistine Chapel, Vatican
The Renaissance Artists were the greatest trolls of all times!

To say that I was overcome with awe in Vatican could be the understatement of my lifetime. My admiration for the man was galloping in leaps and bounds by the minute that it hit soon the ceiling of the hundreds of years old chapel wherefrom the artist’s immortal life works caressed my eyes and soul at the same time. His damnation at hell of a priest (Biagio Da Cesena) who wanted to cover up the genitals (by way of boxers (?!)) (that the papal office successfully managed to in certain works of renaissance artists as we noticed in some cases) who was Michelangelo’s worst critic, with his crotch in the jaws of a snake was not nearly as shocking as looking at God’s bums after the rebel painted Him in six-packs because he reasoned, for a mortal man to be perfect when he knocked on the doors of the other world, the immortal God has to be perfect in the first place to receive him !

May be for seasoned travelers and voracious readers, this is stale news. Not for me. These details I never knew of, although I have read about renaissance artists. I skim, to be precise. Reading is for real intellectuals not for housewives like me. My knowledge of others’ scriptures (in this case the Bible) is also pathetic.

The rebel in the renaissance artists in an age when death stared from every corner of the street eager for any slight, their reckless courage and creativity – this is what impressed me the most.

Even in the holiest of holy shrines of Catholics, the excesses (?) were tolerated as a form of expression and art. In fact they were viewed as something aesthetic, the same way hindu kings imagined when they commissioned our temples.

History has recorded the bloody Crusades and to what extent Church unleashed brutality and exercised unrestrained powers matching that of emperors in the agonizing centuries.

But such a powerful tyranny hardly prevented the creative geniuses from expressing what they wanted to by way of sculptures, paintings, frescos and tapestries which have all survived the tumults and jolts of a war-torn era to present times to bring to  life in front of our eyes, proofs of rebellion and non-conformity and liberation of  mankind.

How many Hindus can deny what Hindu temple sculptures depict. Are you ashamed to look at them because our Gods are copulating in public. Do you denounce our temples because they are explicitly erotic carvings.

What happened to the spirit of Hinduism?

In the intervening centuries, Arabic/Persian/Mongol/Turk/European invaders had managed to wrap the ‘Sari pallu’ over the head of Hindu women (at least partially). South Indian Hindu women used to cover their heads with sari pallu only when widowed  (no more now). (some Hindu women do cover their heads when driving scooters with the dupatta serves as sun-screen. Very common sight in Indian roads these days). Right Wingers, you have anything to say on this.

If I am a vegetarian today, it is by choice. I recommend vegetarianism to anyone and everyone but would not want to force it down the throat of any one. I am spiritual, I follow the rituals that I am comfortable with, but I have still raised a son who, I can proudly say, claims to be agnostic. Logical, reasoning, scientific. Being rational is not a crime.

Covering up will not cover up your ‘karma’ and smoking or boozing or even prostituting has got nothing to do with one’s character or integrity. Smoking or Boozing or Eating Meat or Prostituting is still better than lying, cheating, betraying, judging people. Even lacking affection is a crime. Shirking responsibilities is the worst of all. Shifting blame no better. Dashing hopes? Get offended for right reasons. Know the difference.

I was reading a Karma story that went on like this:

A king was feeding the poor. An impoverished brahmin was in the queue to receive his thali from the king. A vulture was flying over the place then with a viper in its talons. A drop of the viper’s venom fell in the food from a height of over a hundred meters. It was a miniscule dose but enough to kill the brahmin who was relishing it in total trust in the cool shade of a tree.

A few days later, a traveler was visiting the kingdom. He noticed an old woman selling her wares in front of the king’s palace. The traveler was tired and asked the old woman whether he would receive charity of food if he knocked on the Raja’s doors.

The woman said, ‘don’t. because the king gave food to a poor brahmin. on eating it the man died. the king poisoned and killed the brahmin. so he could kill you.’

The traveler turned away from the palace gates on hearing the story, hungry to his bones.

Later, in (Hindu) hell (we also have heaven and hell, mind you!), Yama Raja was seated on his thrown when Chitra Gupta brought up the matter of deciding the Karma of this incidence.

‘Who should get the bad karma, my lord?’ Chitra Gupta asked Yama. ‘Because a man, that too a brahmin has been killed. This man did not meet his natural death. So the bad karma in this context needs to be accounted. The snake’s venom killed it. But the snake was carried by the vulture who had no intention of killing the man just like the raja. But if not for the king’s food, the brahmin would not have died. So should I apportion negative Karma to all the three parties – the snake, the vulture and the king?’

Yama Raj took a minute to ponder over his question. Then he addressed Chitra Gupta, ‘the king, the viper and the vulture are all parties to the bad karma that killed the brahmin but inadvertently, so are they all not innocent parties?’

‘But bad karma is bad karma, my lord, and the karma has to be accounted, as you know’ said Chitra Gupta, ‘this is the law of nature!’

And Yama Raj declared, ‘in that case add the bad karma to the old woman who gossiped not knowing facts, for lying,  for misconstruing facts and for misleading deliberately. Her involvement may not matter but in this case she must carry the unaccountable bad karma of the unnatural death!’

Chitra Gupta hailed Yama Raj’s ruling. The king of Death never made a mistake. Day of Judgement may be for Catholics but dear self-made Hindu vigilantes, this is what Hindu Philosophy is about. This is Hindu Dharma. This is Hindu Karma. I am not sure where I found this gem. Panchatantra?

Hinduism is the least judgmental fold in the entire world. There is no yardstick by which you can define the Sanathana Dharma.

Guys, keep your dharam patnis within four walls if you want to. But remember we have also had a Panchali in our history. Cross out your new lingo ‘Savithri Shaming.’ Shame on you. As Indian women make remarkable strides in the world arena, the prejudices against them ceaselessly persist. I am the woman who sports a bindhi and I am still the woman who has no qualms about raising a toast with my friend with – vodka or cognac even though I am vegetarian from birth. I am the woman who is Lalitha worshiper, I am the woman who celebrates ‘Her’ over ‘Him’ and I am also the woman who will brook no nonsense over branding or judging women. Cheers to that !

It is those societies who rise above a petty and narrow mind-set that finally succeed and excel.

America does, Europe does, China does because they are not advocating the diktats of a God who none of us have ever met with in heavens and come back from, to share our experiences.

If you are going to confine Hinduism to cows and sari pallus, getting offended for anything and everything and nothing, none can do more harm to the Dharmic fold than you. Give creativity the space it deserves. Hindu Dharma is so vast and diverse, a way of life like none other, that you don’t have to react to every Tom, Dick and Harry who may malign (intentionally or otherwise) the faith. Hinduism is all absorbing like the very Ganga that your sense of insecurity is unwarranted. After all this, I cannot suppress my rising jubilation that someone dares.

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PS: In Middle East, I am seeing a lot of rebel art from the war torn hell holes. I am in Loyola College position right now! Considering where I am, I cannot go forward and post pictures here! Art is representative. Art I understand is a subtle medium to convey a message. Art reveals the pain, the ache, the yearning, the craving and even the absence of soul. Art confronts the demons. Art speaks the unspoken word. Art is bold and Art can open your eyes. Art for Art’s sake please! The art that moved me to tears was from Iraq. At that time, I ceased to be a Thamizh, a Hindu, an Indian. I became Humanity.

Posted in Pictures Desi

Pariyerum Perumal (Tamil) and Petta (Tamil)

Close on the heels of Petta, the Rajni Kanth superhit in the cinemas, happened to watch the Pongal screening of Pariyerum Perumal in tv. Nothing to write about Petta except that you see the young Rajni of his 30s-40s from late 80s and 90s with the same inimitable hairstyle, body and action of his. Why, Rajni even goes the extra mile to reenact the cigarette trick for his fans, his trademark style from 1970s which catapulted him to instant fame in Tamil cinema. That brings to your eyes the Rajni who we all fell in love with as school/college kids. He was such a fun in those days (no more now)! Well, Petta is somewhat an attempt to recapture that lost magic for Tamil audience. To some extent I must say, the production team succeeded. The picture is a reminder why Rajni became legend Rajnikanth the Superstar. And now touching 70, he has made the junior actor-directors Sashi Kumar and Vijay Sethupathi look pale and insignificant which is incredulous! I have always loved these two and I admire their current works. They are the best that could be happening to present day Tamil cinema, and yet how Rajni overshot them to cult status is unbelievable OMG! Nawazuddin Siddique’s first Tamil role I hope? He must know he will have to only play second fiddle in south stories yet he has made a brave attempt speaking Tamil without a dubbing artist’s help? The heroines Simran and Trisha are not even in the game! Such is the powerful screen presence of Rajni Kanth that all other stars fade in his presence! Neither has Rajni lost touch with his most natural acting form, that which pulled him to the forefront. In comparison, how unfit and pathetic the bloated heroes of today look! Weak and insufficient – that goes for Nawazuddin Siddhiqui! This is the only point I want to make about Petta: Age is just a number. The vigour and vitality called Rajni Kanth remains with you long after you leave the IMAX studios. Many language people watched the picture, different nationalities. How the crowds come to their feet when the Thalaivaa makes his first screen appearance!!! Kudos to new director Karthik Subburaj for not letting the film drag for a single moment. No time even for humour and romance in the considerably lengthy picture. You don’t fidget for 2.5 hours in your seat at all anytime which could be the greatest scoring point for the director. And finally the cinematography merits a standing ovation: Uttar Pradesh captured at its best. Overhead shots of locations known and imprinted in the memory of Indian masses given a fresh and interesting look and angle. Really appreciate that!

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I was aware Pariyerum Perumal received critical acclaim. Because it was screened yesterday the day of Pongal, I was busy and so happened to miss the opening scene and one or two more scenes. Caught up with that mostly in You Tube, yet waiting for a repeat watch.

One of the best of 2018, a clear contender for national/international Awards this year, you cannot relate a story better. Mari Selvaraj who has penned the screen play and dialogues is a man to watch out for. Directed by Pa Ranjith now known for this genre of scripts, the film still meets more than your expectations. I haven’t heard a story told more earnestly. At the end of day, I found myself shedding quiet tears in shame. Rather than vengeance as sought by Petta Rajnikanth, Pariyan seeks introspection. His character is solid. I grew up watching KB films, but I reckon, this generation of film makers is a different breed and their powerful way of storytelling may not subscribe to conventional norms yet their message reaches you across the most impressive way it can. It is not always the sophisticated Mani Ratnam way or KB way but it is raw and bare naked truth that we cannot overlook. Compulsive and lingering.

About the film content, it is tight script with not a single frame wasted. For a reasonably new team this is commendable. No loose ends untied. Not a single extra word spoken. Just what is necessary.

And what a timing! We have just had the 10% reservation quota for FCs passed in both houses in the Parliament which I view as darkest day in Indian democracy. I wish those who pushed for the bill happened to watch the picture.

Wouldn’t want to discuss it anymore. The film comes with subtitles. It has to be viewed with an open and fresh mind. And an unbiased one.

Just that the questions asked by Kadhir who plays the lead role Pari keep ringing in my ears:

Why should I not (come here)?

What is that you (people) want?

I will be here and I will learn what I want to . You can do nothing about it and I will do what I want to do.

Translated into English, the dialogues lose their intended effect. They come out so well in native Thamizh. The hero’s indignation for the injustice he suffers is substantiated and appreciable, still he abstains from nurturing vengeance. Something our communal political parties must take note of. Distinct demarcation between the two emotions that could very well overlap is the highlight of the script. The biggest strength of the story and character.

What a powerful medium Cinema can be. You cannot make every Indian read a book, but you can make them watch a film with a little success. It is only very recently I completed reading the ‘controversial (?!)’ Tamil novel ‘Madhorubhagan’ authored by Perumal Murugan (blog post pending) The author was forced to edit his original script and I got to read only the edited version. The book is now out in English titled ‘One part woman.’

It is heartening to see these new age Tamil film directors emerge bold from shadows. At the same time a word of caution: do not allow yourselves to be carried away or be used as a pawn in any political game by vested interests. Nobody is your friend. I would want our PM Modi to see the picture as well. To really understand what is Indian culture, how basic it is and how it is not the prerogative of the upper caste Hindu. Indian/Hindu culture also thrives at grass roots level: in our villages. Which is why Gandhi called some of us ‘Harijan’ – the children of Hari, Maha Vishnu.

Another well crafted character in the picture: Pariyan’s father. No comedy track but Yogi Babu seems to have taken the place of Vadivel in Tamil Cinema. Way to go! Love his innocence. Jo’s father and the climax of the picture and the final closing note almost like a post script give the story a beautiful and heart warming finish. I was bracing myself for a sadistic twisted end like some of them do: director Ameer of Paruthi Veeran has that cruel streak. Pa Ranjith has resisted it, hats off! Very wise of Mari Selvaraj and Ranjith to end the picture the way they did. This is why the Ameers of the world never win our sympathy. You don’t have to do like Bharathi Raja with his ‘Alaigal Oivadhillai’ kind of ‘they lived happily forever after’ thing. To leave you with the question hanging in mid air is brilliant direction.

Posted in Economic

Who Are We Stealing From

Modi’s 10% reservation for the so-called economically backward FCs is the reason for this post.

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My part-time maid lives off my street. Hers is a dead-end. No thatched roof can be seen within city limits (except in north Madras extension areas that are fishing colony) but since this is a fag end of the street with no traffic, the civic authorities have spared the little murky corner. Coming from a dirt poor family, it is also true that my girl’s home stands out like a sore thumb in the otherwise crudely made out cement and concrete lower middle-class neighbourhood of hers.  Most constructions here were originally unauthorized but gradually regularized by the corporation who routinely ratify illegal tenements/housing/encroachments within city limits. Is there any other way of providing decent shelter to the poorest of poor in our metro (other than in Housing Board colonies that have sprung up for the purpose). Displacing the masses is unthinkable. One has to consider their livelihood.

Let’s call my girl ‘S.’ She  lives in a single room thatched hut – the walls are exposed brick work cemented in patches and whitewashed here and there. Her husband is a house painter. She shares the meager living space with her husband and 2 grown-up children. Her In-law occupies the adjoining room. She says there is a 4 feet verandah running in the sides where she has built a rudimentary toilet. When the Jayalalitha government installed for her a free hand pump, my maid’s water woes were temporarily solved. Now in harsher times, once again in her late thirties, she is back to running after the water tankers to fetch precious potable water for her family. Minimum of 20 times a day that is. Tanker stops at the street turning. Calculate the distance of one street, the weight of each plastic pot loaded with water, the carrying time and energy. This is going on for years sans a small break in good monsoon years. The girl suffers greatly with painful hips and excess bleeding thanks to the ordeal. The hand pump was a blessing to her. Now it is useless.

Water tanker dispensation is also not free. Is in’t strange that a valuable two rupee is levied by the tanker crew per pot (officially or unofficially) from the poorest whereas we the upper middle classes have all along sat back to enjoy the corporation water from our sumps paying a flat tax and water charge. Pittance compared to what the lowest and most unprivileged menial work labourers have to shell out for water. In fact this is a good part of their daily wages.

My girl was using wood/coal for cooking. I booked an LPG connection for her over 10 years back when she started working for me, and got her the first gas cylinder. I did not know then how much it saved her money and energy. Thankfully, she gets her subsidy credited to her account these days.

A day in my maid’s life dawns at about 4 am. She cooks and cleans for her family, packs lunch, leaves food for in-law (rich or poor it is a must in most families in India to take care of husband’s elderly parents; and parents prefer staying over at their son’s over their daughter’s). Later she comes to work for me. Returns to her home to do the dishes and wash clothes. Goes to sleep with the lights on by 10 pm. Her husband is the chief earning member. Daily he brings home 200 bucks which is big sum for them.

During monsoons (lean season), the husband whose painting job is not regular but seasonal, opts for any kind of manual work like cleaning homes, water tanks etc in the neighbourhood. It is predictable he is out of job for over a month or perhaps longer whenever the skies open up. That is when the family suffers the most.

Husband and wife are hard and sincere workers. Whether standing in queue for hours to get their rations supply from the govt PDS shops or taking care of their children and aged parents, they discharge their familial duties without a murmur. Beach and cinema happen once an year during vacations. Holiday means a 2-day bus trip to Tirupathi Balaji temple, a bi-annual pilgrimage for the family. For lower middle class India, temple towns are the Himalayan hill stations.

Even if poor my maid’s family celebrate all our festivals as it fits their capacity and are very religious. My maid fasts many more times than me, and her kind of unadulterated raw piety always impresses me. When I chant the Lalitha Sahasranama, she would adjust her work near my pooja so she hears me. She comes to work after showering, so makes fresh flowers into garlands for my Mother Goddess. She is always my temple companion. I tell her, Shakthi will be more delighted with her than me – because it is her devotion that is matchless. Mother sees what we the mortals cannot see. Mother notes what we the earthlings miss.

Even as she is steeped in such an abject poverty, my girl’s cheer and zest for life always bowls me over. There is so much to complain if she has to. But she never does that. And no gossip either. Virtues you find nowhere these days.

The family though suffers from a strange but severe stress: 

They sleep with their single tubelight on during the nights  – as otherwise they have to deal with rodent menace. Once their boy’s toe was bitten by a furry rat and he had to get a shot to overrule any viral/bacterial infection. Ever since the family do not dare switching off the light when it is bedtime.

‘How do you manage to even get a wink of sleep’ I ask my girl and she says as a matter of fact, ‘now I can’t go to sleep with lights off!’

Sleeping with the lights on…

I have no tears left in my eyes to shed for my girl. The single factor that she and family sleep with the lights on was on my conscience for days when I learned of it the first time.

Monsoon times leave her place with damp walls, wet floors, drains overflowing. I try to help by giving out blankets, food etc. Whatever we do is simply not enough I know.

My heart goes out to millions in this country who jostle up in dungeon-like quarters for shelter that they call ‘home.’ My girl is a lot luckier – she has someplace to call ‘home’ and she owns her small plot of 600 sq ft which is still a good bet in a city like Chennai. Think about the homeless.

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I ask my girl about her daughter always. I still love and long for my unborn daughter.

‘She is still bed wetting!’ said she the last time i inquired.

Her 15 year daughter, was in the habit of wetting the bed during sleep. I keep asking ‘S’ to refer to a doc but she says, she had had such an anxiety problem herself. Now combined with her menarche, the problem has worsened for her daughter. ‘Why didn’t you tell me earlier?’ I asked her totally perplexed. The girl’s bed-wetting had totally slipped my mind. I could see the agitation in my maid’s face. I gave her a bunch of blankets. ‘Throw away the soiled ones. Use fresh ones, how much ever you want, ask me’ I said.

‘Akka my hands are aching washing the sheets day in and day out!’ she said, ‘our little house stinks and everytime my daughter has to change her napkin, we all have to troop out of the hut. Even if its midnight.’

How many ever bedrooms and bathrooms and wardrobes we have, we want more. How much ever clothes and jewels we own, we want new. Is ours the latest car? Cell phone? Well now, welcome to poor and miserable India. Come meet my girl ‘S.

We all come across so many, many stories in daily life, media and internet, but nothing moves me like this girl’s. I could get her a washing machine but its not advisable given the nature of their muddy damp walls. Besides there is not a square inch to spare. As such they live like cattle in a shed. The single room-hut serves as my maid’s family’s bedroom, kitchen and living. There is a tv, a fridge, a steel bureau and a cooking counter. Too many electronics and electricals to my comfort. There is barely any moving space and they sleep in the floor in a row. Any guests may mean, the family have to squeeze them in that cramped hole they call home. They don’t even use a ceiling fan – only a pedestal is possible in the low-roof thatched space.

My heart goes out to the little girl who has blossomed into a young woman last year. Where is the privacy the teenager desperately needs in this hour. The girl is upset and crying because she knows her condition and she is ashamed about it. She has no control over her bladder having slept with the lights on since the day she was born. And now onset of the menstrual cycle complicated matters for her. She is still a child – of 15 years. 

Quarrelsome abusive grandmother , alcoholic grandfather (who recently passed away), and an impoverished neighbourhood, the little girl seems to suffer from some suppressed emotions surrounded by misery from all sides, leave alone the economic condition.

I remember my doc’s warnings to me when my son was an infant and I was a working mom. That was a long, long time back. His first advice was to strictly keep the lights switched off after 9 pm so the baby learns the difference between day and night. My son stopped bedwetting in night hours under one year. He started sleeping the whole night around the same time, not keeping awake, giving me complete rest and full night’s sleep that I badly needed in those days. Many years may have rolled since, but whatever concerns my son as a mother, I never forget. (One more reason is, the Pampers (children’s napkin) commercial I see in tv bombarding Indian homes with misinformation and harmful ideas on parenting. Unhealthy things are wrongly promoted in the name of hygiene, soaking wet in diapers for hours is advised against quickest disposal of soiled napkins. Mothers of my generation never did that.) (My diapers I used for my son were my FIL’s old cleanly washed and cut white cotton dhotis! My MIL made a fine job out of them!) (That’s a keepsake for another blog post in future!) Anyway, things like these strangely remain in your memory forever for whatever reasons…

I think perhaps the girl would be alright with time. Would outgrow the habit. My maid who endured the same problem got okay only with her marriage. She was bed-wetting until her 18th year that is. Sudden thrust into married life must have done something to her psychologically. She says with her wedding night, she lost the bothersome habit unaware. I did not tell her, the reason was perhaps marriage freed her from her miserable existence easing her anxieties and giving her a sense of security. She needed no more to toil for hours in hot sun in farm lands in her village and walk back the long distance home to slog the rest of the waking hours until she went to sleep. Urban life was easy neither but comparably less daunting.

On my advice and on doctor’s the mother tries many remedial measures with the little girl. Like not giving her liquid food from the evening hours. From rousing her from sleep to take her to toilet every 1-2 hours. Still nothing works.

I said may be her daughter’s problem is hereditary. Then I suddenly remembered and asked her ‘Did you tell the doctor about sleeping with the lights on?’ She said no, she never thought that could be a reason. I said perhaps that is the main reason. My maid is too scared and shy to approach any doctor or psychologist any longer on the issue. She feels her daughter has grown too old for that. She is concerned about what her neighbours may think,. whether it would later on affect her daughter’s married life. How much ever I try to convince her to come with me to a specialist, she refuses. She believes her daughter will be fine some day as she herself grew out of the habit over time  …

May be she is right, we must try to ignore the problem. And the girl who is self-conscious up until now about the bedwetting would get alright on her own…

The mother and the girl – and their dreams and trials and tribulations… Its a moving story. I am ashamed of my nation, my society, of the class divide, of the insecurity of the masses, of the injustice they suffer from and more than all by the way they meekly surrender without a fight. They know they have lost it. What it is to be really poor and at receiving end in India – I am seeing before my eyes every single day.

The little girl’s menstruation coupled with the bedwetting habit totally funks me. Sleeping with the lights on…

The silver lining in the cloud is that hopefully one day in the future the teen girl will become a graduate – the first woman to earn a degree in her entire clan. So its high time her medical or psychological disorder is dealt with with the seriousness it deserves. More than anything, hygiene is important. If a qualified expert says all will be well without treatment, I am willing to consider that. Or whether the girl should wait until she marries as her mother says… Is it alright to meddle in others’ life. These are the questions I ask myself now.This is why I stop right here without overstepping certain boundaries.

What are the long term effects on health of individuals who are deprived for years, fitful night sleep. Is it normal to be in light all 24 hours a day – in sunlight during the day and electric light by the night hours. What are the psychological side effects. Very disturbing to think.

I keep calling my maid from wherever I am as I divide my time between places. Never fail to ask her about her daughter. She is getting her regular monthly periods. But the bed-wetting continues… The mother sometimes sounds tired and hopelessly sad. The men in the family – her husband and son are suffering in a way too. The little girl’s habit has now multiplied many times over. And then there is the grandparent to consider … ‘We all are keeping awake the whole nights for 5 days now every month’ said ‘S.’ Never have i felt more sick.

How many of us even bother to spare a moment to think of the lives of our house helps or drivers or cooks. Many times I think about helping the family with their housing needs but I decide, helping with the children’s education is more important. The family as I said, is very proud even if poor. Any extra help you may want to give them, they shy away with shame cursing their own helplessness. They are the kind of rural folks who can be easily wounded. They don’t want help – beyond a certain point. I am actually happy with that. How much they value self-respect, honour and dignity even in their desolate living conditions unwilling to compromise. What a difference from our politicians. And even our FCs who want to compare themselves with this poor lot of the nation. ‘Akka when my son starts working, he will raise a loan and build us a proper home’ says my maid.

I have tried to sleep with the lights on – never succeeded.

India’s issues are very complex, complicated. Poverty and gender discrimination and illiteracy compound to our woes. Those of us who are lucky are so very insensitive to care for those on who we tread over. Our greed snatches away the poors’ just share. Every 2nd or 3rd flat or house we buy, we are pushing the unfortunate into a further cramped dark corner.  Their petty world is bleak and hopeless. The day my maid told me she washed as many soiled sheets and mats of her daughter in their dirty bathroom after the night bed-wetting by her daughter on her getting her periods, I could not sleep in my comfortable bed. I tossed and turned for hours thinking of the girl, the family sitting or lying with the lights on, and mother and daughter making numerous trips to their dingy bathroom… the whole night… If I don’t feel guilty after this, I am not human.

Modi government, please think twice before any big decision/ruling. Be it Reservation or Land Acquisition. This is my hearty, earnest request to you. We can beat the mute and the invisible black and blue and they can take it, but it breaks my heart to see this happen to them. Industrialization, urbanization is necessary, but please do it without trampling upon our poor and squashing them into pathetic pieces. There is nobody to take their sides, nobody to argue their cases, they will give up easily – but think of the spirit we crush, the hopes we dash, the lives we crumple… I am certain my government will have some humanitarian considerations… If you have to uproot anyone at all, relocate them favourably.  Ambanis can have 27 storied palatial houses. The poor of India are not clamouring after big bungalows. All they want is to be left alone and not disturbed.

Giving the FCs of India equal footing with the suppressed and downtrodden communities of the nation is the most heartless injustice one can do to them. To be clubbed with their exploiters in one economic bracket is the worst thing that can happen to the poorest of India.

I have never felt as hopeless about my nation as I do now. Social Justice died a cruel death in India yesterday right in our parliament.

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Will elite schools in India now open up to Municipal school kids? Agama Temple priests one and all? Modi and Yogi answer!

“Pichai Eduthaanaam Aandi, Adhai Pidungi Thinnaanaam Perumal”

So Modi has come out with 10% reservation for economically backward FCs fine. So is it now time to throw open the doors of city’s elite bunch of schools Churchpark, Vidya Mandir, PSBB, PSSS, Shishya, Lady Andal, Chettinad Vidyashram, DAV, SBOA, Maharishi and Rajaji Vidyashram to BPL family kids by the same logic? A reservation of 10% to start with? After all in India, discrimination/disparities stem right at pre-school levels. The school you attend defines who you are and your future. The rags-to-riches stories of Abdul Kalam and Ambani are one in a million. Otherwise for average Indians, it is rat race all the way. The gulf the society creates right in our Kinder Garten stage among the future citizens of the nation is already unbridgeable and extreme that under-devepment and poverty and the resultant Reservation criteria will have to become a vicious circle, with no option. Reservation comes into play where recommendations or carefully accumulated/cultivated intelligence of generations of well bred forefathers/ancestors cannot come to the aid of certain sections of our society. Reservation is thus the lifeline to the hopeless lot of poorest of Indians.

What reservations could not provide, recommendations/references have been taking care of for the upper middle classes. Schools to autonomous/deemed universities, the better-off of India have not been left out in the cold even in the so-called suffocating climate of Reservation. My autowallah makes almost 20-30 k per month in current times. He has always been able to give his family a decent living, being their sole bread winner. One of the things that touched my heart about him was, how his children were denied good schools because of his profession and because he and his wife were illiterates. Finally, he fought with a school management and secured his kids admission. Of course, they started with a clear disadvantage. Could not keep up with peers, could not follow up with brutal academics being first generation literates in their lineage. The poor father relented, pulled them out and enrolled them with a heavy heart in corporation school where the children at last could make some real friends. Denied bank loans as he can never produce a salary certificate, my autowallah still pawns his very source of income and livelihood : his auto (the three wheeled tuk tuk) if ever he has to change it/go for a new one or has to meet up with unexpected expenses. Whereas how generous India is with Ambani family, Mallya, Adani group.

Is not reservation meant for those like my autowallah. It is easiest to find excuses like the third generation dalit IAS benefiting out of quota system, in our urge to deny social justice to those who really deserve it. My maid who works for me for last 13 years for another thing. How come these men/women are in these menial professions, I ask myself. Where in India do we have dignity of labour about anything. Why is my subzi wala a subzi wala. Why is the corporation scavenger/sweeper in my street what he/she is. Why is not a FC working this profession. Why is a chakkili a chakkili. Why is a vettiyan a vettiyan.

Every FC who is rejoicing in Modi’s (anticipated) announcement today must ask these questions to himself/herself. And by the way if you are ever to enjoy an ancestral home, estate, heirloom, all the more reason to ask yourself, who and how your ancestors blocked from his/her path to progress that you could make it big today. Well, I do not know about my compatriots, but I sure do ask myself these tough questions.

These days one sees communist-bashing happening in a large scale in India. Communists are not a mushroom that sprouted out of nowhere. They may have become unfashionable today in the world of capitalism, but thanks to them, a lot of injustice has been corrected in the past as well. Someone has to ask the questions. Someone has to advocate. The ones who dared to ask difficult questions were probably called communists. Trade unions fought for just rights. Capitalist cronies can never figure out what it means by social justice and equality.

So reservation is social evil? Then why is reservation still practised in Agama temples throughout length and breadth of India, will Modi and Yogi answer? Not even the constitutionally granted Reservation Quota system could break the jinx could it? Salvation comes in many ways. But would it ever, to someone who by virtue of his birth (alone) has in fact the cheek to imagine that ONLY he was gene-selected and pre-programmed by God to serve His purpose in His abode over others.? How about opening a Vedic school cutting across communities and training priests for Agama temples impartially.

Recommendations can make an auditor an RBI director in India, so why should such a pampered community seek reservation. Recommendation plus Reservation to the privileged class could prove to be a deadly combo – lethal blow to India’s underprivileged. Very conveniently, Recommendations do not go into records.

Jayalalitha Jayaram, when she was Tamil Nadu chief minister, mandated a penalty of Rs.20,00,000/- for government medical college students who enrolled for their PG course at state expense – in case they were to opt out of three to eight years of rural health service on completion. Not sure whether the bond system still holds good in Tamil Nadu (after the NEET introduction in post Jayalalitha period: the only way they could do it). PM Modi must similarly enforce a strict penalty of minimum Rs.30,00,000/- on FC IIT undergrads and post grads and PhD scholars who graduate at the expense of tax paying citizens, if they want to flee abroad after having received the finest education the nation has to offer. Bond for IIT grads to be made mandatory.

Reservation for FCs can be compared to something like borrowing out of the beggar’s bowl. Though, Reservation is not a concession we are offering the most downtrodden and suppressed communities of India. Reservation is the compensation that they justly deserve.

Modi has been wrong in many matters. NEET for one. NEET they said got you medical seats on merit basis. Only that private medical institutions have since upped their antics in the knowledge of pricing it right for the right candidates. True medical colleges are accessible to aspirants today more than ever but there is a collateral that has been overlooked in the process.

Medical degree is unlike the technical engineering course. Medicine necessitates practice and intuition. Rural candidates in Tamil Nadu stood a good chance to medical admissions before the enforcement of NEET. On graduation, they went back to their villages and served the purpose, filling up void in the far flung areas and rural outposts. Reservation worked well on these grounds. How many NEET medicos of present times would serve rural India on graduation, will Modi answer. How long before Ambanis and Adanis take over our scattered village, taluk and district government hospitals and turn them to corporate businesses.

Like medical schools and hospitals, government of India also had established a banking network of thousands of service branches to cater to rural population along with post offices – not with a profit motive. Serviceability was the goal. Nation building was the idea. This is how the state owned banks have functioned for a good 30-40 years since the late 60s’ when the then PM Smt Indira Gandhi nationalized them in one stroke.

MBBS doctors in pre-NEET days were accorded service-record based MD/MS seats in government hospital-colleges after a customary entrance, on serving rural health centers for a length of time. No doubt quota doctors benefited immensely out of this which they passed on to the rural pockets they serviced. Depending on the discipline the MBBS doctors worked, their super specialty area was determined . No wonder a friend was 40+ when he won his PG seat finally in Madras GH/MMC after a 15 year practice. Experience counted and made difference. Now experience has no relevance as one sees how NEET has been securing the academically brilliant but practically nil experienced medicos the coveted PG seats. The friend who turned 45 when he finally added two alphabetical letters MD besides his MBBS is an epitome of knowledge with hands-on experience, no wonder. Diagnosis was accurate without the help of machines for these doctors of old school. The man served government hospitals in rural sector as stipulated by Tamil Nadu government for nearly eight years before he quit. Today we see under 30s so easily clear NEET PG entrance and secure the super specialty seats and MD seats in the state/country. And then making their way straight to swanky five star hospitals that bill /milk us patients in lakhs. Starting pay for these new age MDs is 1.5 lac, experience zilch but for a short stint that may be with private hospitals as well. Machines think for them. Thank you a ton Prime Minister Modi, what a great service to India in deed. And what a medical fraternity you have helped create for India’s future.

You think the former prime ministers of India, the men who drafted our constitution, the men who drew up our reservation bills did not do their home work? Probably they did a far better job than you. And a fair assessment.

I once had a procedure done with a lady gynaecologist who may not have been the brightest or ultra sophisticated in the block, but she was good with her hands. Quota doctor of course. She knew what she really needed to know. Just like midwives served the purpose until very recently not only in Indian but world history. More than learned knowledge, I understood it was a knack that you had to perfect in. A surgeon’s job is essentially a butcher’s. Only that, he/she knows the names to the blood vessels and arteries. Medical acumen comes from experience, practice, not to be gleaned out of mere journals and bound volumes of books. The community doctor’s ease and expertise, I did not find even in my regular hi-fi gynaec who boasted of a hotshot career. This one was known to me and she worked for a primary health center that charged me nothing. I was treated free. Ever since I have changed my opinion on reservation category doctors who muster experience with skill. This kind of medicos work with rural poor basically. They develop excellent rapport with nursing staff and paramedics. Primany health centers run by state government in Tamil Nadu are best in the line, run and managed very efficiently. The teams see infinite number of cases anyday. NEET just managed to destroy such a beautifully orchestrated, carefully constructed and self sufficient medical system in my state. I wonder what will be the future of these government health centers in the age of NEET aspirants. Whether the BPL family women will be comfortable with the suave NEET MBBS doctors who mostly pay their way to medical colleges?

Very soon, health care in rural India – the meticulously nurtured catacomb through the length and breadth of the country – will be replaced with sophisticated corporate business-like hospitals. Modifications? Ever since the IT boom in India from the 1990s, health care is already a mega buck maker, with health insurance companies playing an ace role in the scene. NEET is good, but the side-effects of NEET will be felt by poor rural Indians in the long run.

Indian judiciary prides itself that it is unconcerned of the guilty going unpunished using loopholes in the legal net. It takes care to ensure that not a single non-guilty is served with injustice.

Reservation in India must be viewed the same way. The idea has never been to exclude the creamiest but to include those disadvantaged by design. those living in the fringes.

India’s Karma is this. I , as an individual, cannot do much about it than empathize, given my limited capacity. But it is reckless of those in power to absolutely misuse their power.

For one thing, caste based quota system was enforced because social discrimination in India has always been and still is caste based. Reservation was devised as a formulation to correct the historical injustice done to certain sections of our society. For another, it is easy to manipulate one’s economic status and cook up figures. Reservation has still not been able to stop the FCs from furthering their goals because they have already established a deeply entrenched support system that will see them to economic safety whatever the circumstances. Things are in proper place for FCs.

Reservation is like parking slots for the disabled. Those who cannot get in can drive around and park elsewhere. They can still make their way to their destination. The disabled cannot, without difficulties.

I am based in gulf where it is not uncommon to see a particular state people from India holding advantageous position. A network. Some of us have not had such a helping hand in life. More than anyone, I have more merit and moral rights to air my views on Reservation.

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PS: Having said all this, I still hope, reservation of 10% for FCs materializes, for we can shut them up once and for all with that. Today, there is a tendency in India to downplay the achievements of the backward/stagnated classes who have made good with or without the crutch called reservation, fighting a tough battle all the way. First generation literates are mocked at, berated by those who have had headstart in academics and other arenas with plenty of opportunities thrown their way. India has never had a level playing field for everyone. After this move, the FCs will have none to blame for their stale genes or mediocrity.