Took my first shot of Covishield, the corona vaccine made in India proudly today. Very neatly streamlined procedure. Our ID proof is mandatory as India is taking count of the vaccinated lot. I guess a certificate to the effect will be issued after the second dose to be administered after a gap of 28 days.
My husband called me from abroad to say, India made vaccines are not recognized in Middle East. I said, India exports corona vaccines to dozens of countries worldwide.
Medical studies suggest, India made Covishield (for Astrazeneca/Oxford) may be better than that marketed by the pharma giant Pfizer which is many multiple times more expensive than India vaccines.
Further 100% local India made Covaxin by Bharat Biotech, is reportedly rated the best as it is live vaccine. Hesitancy is therefore for this reason. However, our prime minister Shri Narendra Modi ji bravely opted for desi manufacture Covaxin silencing critics in one stroke.
Looks like the US is coming up with Johnson & Johnson or whatever that it touts to be the best. India is supplying vaccines free to many poor nations. India has also captured a sizeable chunk of world market for covid 19 vaccines. China made corona vaccines may be hardly reliable. (J & J vaccine may be made in India as well, truly mine is the Vaccine capital of the world!)
Countries where Pfizer vaccines are dumped naturally have ruled out India made vaccines coming at fraction of a cost compared to very, very expensive Pfizer vaccine. They have to clear their accumulated heaps first which need cold storage at -70 degree C at a very steep cost. Whereas India made vaccines can be preserved like any other normal vaccine in use so far at 2 to 8 C. Easy transport, storage and administration.
West will do whatever it can in this price war to thwart India. They are losing in a big way to India here in this pharmaceutical battle.
Hats off to PM Shri Narendra Modi ji for making available the local made Covishield as well as Covaxin FREE to Indian public through government hospitals and primary health centers around the nation in such a short span of time. I am talking about 1.3 billion population here. In private hospitals, the vaccine costs a mere Rs.250/- (approx US$ 3/-) Even as war clouds have been threatening nations for decades, what a wonderful peacetime initiative by India doing a quiet, commendable job. Brazil, Canada, Australia, Bangladesh etc are a mere handful of nations that have opted for the Indian manufacture Covid 19 vaccine.
I said NO to Pfizer and opted for India made Covishield. Covaxin is not yet available everywhere. Looking forward to a corona free world in near future… (Pfizer not marketed in India naturally).
Over three hours since I took the jab, so far no symptoms unlike as reported in Pfizer cases. Touchwood!
Update: As of now, confirmed corona cases in India crossed 150 with two dead.
Chennaiites continue to go out and shop and socialize in restaurants not heeding to round-the-clock warnings by government in tv channels and in phone messages advising the public to maintain social distancing to discourage the spread of Covid 19 in India. All the medical advice seems to fall on deaf ears. God knows what is in store for India in the coming weeks. Well, by the way our temples are still functional drawing devotees by hordes who are undeterred by the corona virus. You simply cannot reason with these people. A friend is determined to visit Tirupathi saying, ‘if it has to happen, it will happen!’
However schools (except for board exam candidates) and universities and anganwadis (creches run by municipal authorities) remain closed. Also all fitness centers, swimming pools, clubs. Most IT staff work from home and banks are encouraged to deal with clients online or via phone. Man-to-man contact is tried to be kept minimum. There was a media report claiming that the vegetable and the fruit wholesale markets of the city are shut. Not sure how far this is true as there is no news in local tv channel confirming the same. Petty hawkers and small traders are already hit, no doubt, but what to do.
Crowds are milling as ever at T. Nagar, the middle-class shopping district of the metro , and Saravana Stores is doing brisk business in their nine floors saying, the ban is applicable only to malls and cinemas and not to smaller establishments like proprietary stores. Trains and buses are full as usual. I finished my fifteen day grocery shopping yesterday and stocked my fridge to full capacity. I missed getting only long life milk as I have fresh regular supply at doorstep. Other than that, I am fully equipped for even a one month complete social distancing and house arrest, should need arise. Last noon, I shopped only for most essential items and topped up my medical supplies from pharmacists. Still, I could not find a single face mask N95 for protection on leaving home. I did with a chemist, but he quoted an exorbitant price so I ordered the same online. Same for hand sanitizer so I got handwash instead.
The fate of my nation and my state and my city have me worried. I don’t want to panic but it is impossible not to think about this when there is so much of ignorance even among the educated here. Government should penalize the private showrooms selling textiles and merchandise like in T Nagar, Anna Nagar etc., who do not have a concern for the greatest catastrophe that is waiting to strike India if we don’t stay alert. Profiteering even at trying times like these. If the system collapses, none of us stands a chance but who cares.
I would like my government to enforce rules and regulations more severely and strictly, restricting movements.
I understand that with a population of 1.3 billion, India’s medical facilities are already on the verge of being stretched to full capacity. I am told, testing is done on priority basis only because the testing kits and supplies are also limited. No use in blaming the government that is increasing production of masks, sanitizers, testing kits, antibiotics, everything, all at the same time. Hats off to our medical fraternity who are working twenty four hours nonstop and to Modi government and our respective state governments for all that they are doing in their capacity to keep the nation going. God be with you!
My only visitor is my housemaid who lives in my next street. I have educated her on sanitizing. Her two college going kids are home and her labourer husband has to still find a job everyday, so that is precisely India’s problem. The lower middle-class. Daily wage earners. Most of them have to necessarily work every single day to earn the bread for their family. I tried to convince my autowallah to take a break yesterday but he refused. At last he obliged and came to a compromise saying that he would tie a cloth towel over his mouth. He has to necessarily work from morning 8 to evening 8 to keep his kitchen fires going. I can understand his situation perfectly but there is no way I could drill into him the precarious nature and condition of Covid 19. As every other Indian citizen/Chennaiite, my automan believes the corona virus will bypass him or he would survive it anyway even if it strikes. To him, it is like any other flu. He can’t understand what the fuss is all about.
Under these circumstances, all I can do is only pray. Pray, pray and pray.
I may be an amateur blogger but I have blogged on this before. Pharmaceutical companies from US and Europe have patented what was/is originally traditional Indian home remedy/Ayurvedic medicine robbing us of our intellectual rights and entitlements. They have patented our bovine genes, native seeds, even part of Yoga (!) (and this is just the tip of the iceberg) to such an extent that in a very few years, we won’t have natural reproduction of anything in India. From foodgrains to animal breeding, US corporates will have to be paid royalty as they will hold back the poison seeds that killed the native flora. and the semen for our cattle. This is happening already right across the world and mostly the third world nations in Africa and Asia are since paying a heavy price for what is originally and truly ours. Biggest theft of the century. Recently I was visiting Arni, some 150 km from Chennai. My (regular) cabbie who drove me down, hails from Madurai. One look at the cattle grazing in the agricultural lands, he said the cows were IVF product and from the semen imported from US companies for a price . I was shocked. Such a layman he is, and not even a matriculate. But coming from a rural background, he knew these things growing up with farm animals and forestry, having worked as a farm hand engaging in cultivation before he left for the city in search of a job. He said the ‘Jallikattu’ (bull racing) was not just about reinforcing our traditional practices but about saving the indigenous bulls of India. As i have stated before in my previous blog posts, only the Asian cows can produce the brain stimulating A2 milk that is patented by America now! How is this. Now all efforts are on to deny Asia the A2 gene of cattle itself. You can sadly see the bottled A2 imported milk from US being sold even in Indian groceries! I have never supported foreign NGOs like the UNICEF or CRY or PETA or GREENPEACE for this reason. No.1 International frauds who steal from poorest of poor nations without an ounce of ethics or morality. Nothing is here in India from America without an agenda. To save our native flora and fauna, the battles we have to fight! South America is an easy scapegoat. We saw the recent fires in the Amazon. For whose benefit.
I am linking a few more of my own clumsy write-ups (!) on Biopiracy of India’s intellectual/native properties by MNCs.
The second link details the Karuvelam tree, an invasive species NOT native to India running dry the Tamil Nadu ground water table. My driver told me, some vested interests have obtained a ‘stay order’ in court stopping the removal and eventual eradication of Karuvelam from Tamil soil. I was beginning to see less of Karuvelam but the parasite species is back now in last one or two years with a vengeance.
Most north Indians could not relate to Jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu. The south still has saved hundreds of indigenous cattle and canine species, breeding them exclusively until today. Even at Isha Yoga in Coimbatore, for instance, they breed native pedigree bull and cow species without gene contamination. If PETA is allowed to have their way in India and if Jallikattu is to be stopped in Tamil Nadu, then there will be no reason to breed the native bulls and cows that are economically not viable. The Jallikattu is the greatest incentive for rural farmers to breed native bulls that are going extinct one by one. Today, natural breeding is very negligible in India where it concerns the cattle. Mostly commercialized artificial insemination. However, the exotic native breeds were excluded until now from the list. Looks like, not any more:
Difference between Indian and western bovine breeds:
Hindu temples play a huge role in the upkeep of pure cow breeds in ‘goshalas’ (cow sheds) within the temple precincts. Why cow dung and cow urine. This is why. Don’t be shocked, even the cow dung and cow urine revered by Hindus who were mocked for their belief systems are now patented by America for their medicinal benefits! Not that this is new to America. They have stolen strains of our turmeric, neem, basmati etc., that we did not bother to patent because we believed, it is ours, been ours traditionally for millennia. Government of India woke up only when an attempt was made to patent the ‘Surya Namaskar’ in Yoga.
“Goshalas’ are integral part of most ancient Hindu temples. However, the recent ones may not have them for lack of space.
We had what is called ‘panneer rose’ (panneer is rose water in Tamil) in our house until my teens. The yield was like some 20 flowers a day from the plant that was potted in a big rusted tin. The only natural manure we used then was tea or coffee powder after usage. Friends used to get us egg shells to fertilize soil. Our maid used to get fresh cow dung whenever possible. This rose used to be pale rose in colour, smaller in size. Amazingly the scent of the Panneer rose still lingers in my memory. Now it is no more to be seen in entire India, having been outbred by hybrid rose cultivation. I have never smelled that panneer rose scent ever again either. Nearly close, but never the same. Similarly even if you take the original reddish maroon hibiscus, it has become a rarity with more of mixed colours available in the nurseries. May be the originals are available if you search long and wide. Rare lucky instances. Same fate for what we used to call the original ‘December’ flower and Samanthi (chrysanthemum). The original white and yellow Samanthi strains we had at home still stay fresh in my memory. What I get for Puja at home today is the foreign variety Samanthi that is richer in colour and somewhat denser. That somehow dilutes something precious about the original Samanthi i have grown up with. Original native Indian samanthi used to be hardly like this. Not so rich or alluring. But the aromatic scent of the Samanthi was the game changer. Lightly moving in breeze with an elusive scent, pale in colour, the original Samanthi used to look delicate and sweet. As someone coming from a community that relates to different native flowers in daily life – from wearing flowers in hair everyday to school, college, work to adorning our home and pooja (worship) and temples and wedding halls and celebration parties and grooms and guests with flowers, I can vouch for how much even the flowers of India have altered in last twenty or so years. The native pedigree breeds have vanished almost completely from the scene which is shocking. To what extent the hybrids have done the damage will be next to impossible to gauge. We just no more live in the same India that was our ancestors, that kind of makes me sad. I am sure, the good old flower cultivators of Tamil Nadu/India will agree with me.
I don’t deny, our own greed and demand for more milk, more of food grains and even flowers may be driving our native exotic species to extinction, as we create an atmosphere where hybrid breeding with foreign species becomes inevitable to keep the supply chain moving.
How many of us can give up Chai for instance. I just gave up coffee although for a different reason. Now two months successfully without my passionate coffee. I became one less person harming nature and forcing more forest land into cultivation for coffee. How many of us can give up milk altogether.
Because none other seeks the light of knowledge for salvation, awakening of higher consciousness and liberation of the soul from the birth-death-rebirth cycle as Dharma does. No Abrahamic way is anywhere close to the truth. There is no heaven or hell. Only this. You attain supreme conscience or opt to be reborn up until you are ready to merge with the creation and become part of it all on attaining the state of ‘Mukthi’ or ‘Moksha’ (‘Nirvana’ – enlightenment). How easily said than done. Ant and the boot story as I have mentioned many a time in my blog posts. I can never reach up to higher level than this. I am stranded. I am all admiration for those Maha Avatars who have managed to transcend through time and space into the Infinity, with immense mind control. This is after all the land of Gautama Buddha and Mahavira and Vivekananda and Ramana Maharishi. Of great Sadhus (sages), Rishis and Yogis. Just listening to their life stories suffices for me. I may take a 1000 janams (births) or probably much, much more to reach there, but who cares. I am aware of my own limitations. Unable to rise above this ground level of the pyramid of spirituality. Materialistic aspirations have dulled not just me. The damaging impact is all across the world and the purpose is lost. The one Adi Yogi who always resides in my heart is Lord Shiva.
Other folds have fielded their self-proclaimed prophets and saints and supposed sons of Gods as if we are running a race – and how wrongfully they succeed in weaning away masses from the one right path. It is not even apt to talk about them here when I think of the Maha Yogis who have walked the length and breadth of not just my country India, but the universe. India has had many of them, India is ancient. Cradle of civilizations. Only Hindus believe we are re-evolving after we devolved. It is next to impossible to make an Abrahamic understand this ingrained belief in every Hindu. This is why Dharma has to survive. The one true path. The one visible only to the seeker. Seeker of higher intelligence and truth. The only way you can bust your physical body to enter the realm of supreme existence. Other than on embracing death that is. Our Karma decides where we belong. Whether we must be recycled.
The way I look at our timeless temples, our Gurus, our ancestors, our Gods, our saints and even our mountains …. all this has changed vastly in recent years. I am now a staunch advocate for Hindu Dharma for this reason. I may never unravel the truth in my limited capacity and confinement, but let the seekers who have it in them go after the truth…
Sometimes this moves me to tears. The inability to go beyond my level. Sheer greed I know. The physical, mental limitations. The insignificance of my being. The pointlessness of material life.
The significance of our brain size proportionate to our body mass – i never paid more attention to this like I do now.
My prayer these days is : I can never reach up to you Oh My Mother and Father, but you can reach down to me. Elevate me a little.
Meditation is not easy. But a wise path to tread. Focus sharpens for the starters. Long winding road ahead… Yoga and meditation are good tools to work with in this direction.
The more you become aware of the bonding chains, of your level of intelligence that really matters, the less is the pain of suffering. More acceptance. More Peace. Om Shanthi!
At the end of the day, I am still the materialistic average human. Self-serving and taking refuge in small pleasures. The whole life becomes a summary of such trivialities. But how to get rid of mortal attachments. If I have to wait a lifetime every time, I shall. In this assignment that i have willingly taken in (I believe), let me score my best.
In this birth, in this defined role of mortal life wherein familial duties get duly prioritized, here and whenever possible I gaze at Thee in wonder. Who I cannot reach in a zillion ages. But I am happy to SEE, Thou are incomprehensible. My brains may burst to dust defining Thy dimensions. Thy Immensity. I am fulfilled right now. No aspirations. Ground level view is good and satisfying. Self realization can be at multi-level. I am at the entry stage. To realize that I can’t realize ever is my greatest achievement in this janam!
Pranaams to the greatest Mahans of Bharat! I cannot feel their presence, but I believe they are all around us. The vibes I sense on setting foot in our temples are a proof that I do not expect others to understand. Why great souls are not born these days. Materialistic vision clouds mind. Rituals drown or dissolve the essence. Meaningless pursuits lead us astray from the one goal: Mukthi. Liberation.
Many (meaning Paki Bangla Indian muslims) question the exclusion of Muslim immigrants from the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) , 2019 in India.
Tejasvi Surya reflected best, what every Hindu in India already knew at heart.
Pakistan and Bangladesh were created exclusively for the muslims of the Indian subcontinent. Both today exist and function as theocratic Islamic republics. Ahmedias and Shias constitute a good percentage of these islamic nations. Note, these are muslims not non-muslims. As of 1947, they were muslims with a vengeful hatred for anything Hindu. If they are suffering persecution in their respective countries today that they helped form, it is still owing to sectarian violence not religious. These same Ahmedias and Shias were in the forefront of the struggle for founding of Pakistan. Pakistan was created as a synthetic state in 1947 IN THE NAME OF ISLAM thanks to their ceaseless efforts. Then how come today, some of these muslims are vying for Indian citizenship. You create an islamic republic. You live there for 70+ years. Now India has to accept you and award you Indian citizenship just because we are secular and democratic, is it.
Only Jews sought asylum in the aftermath of Nazism in the World war II, never heard of German Christians seeking refuge anywhere. Persecuted followers of Dharmic faiths the Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs along with Parsis and Christians therefore have a moral and ethical right to seek Indian citizenship (from the three islamic nations Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan). NO MUSLIM FROM PAKISTAN/BANGLADESH/AFGHANISTAN HOLDS LOCUS STANDI when it comes to seeking Indian citizenship which is the most basic, underlying fact.
Not even Nepali Hindus and Sri Lankan Hindus or Buddhists from elsewhere are extended this concession of fast tracking of Indian citizenship application that the CAA facilitates. Global Hindus have every right to seek Indian citizenship given, India is the only Hindu majority nation in the world next to Nepal. India may be constitutionally secular and democratic but our soul is Hindu. Not even the Pakistanis can deny this. Like Israel is there for the Jews all over the world, India holds the dharmic responsibility for global Hindus and Buddhists and Sikhs as the origins of these Dharmic folds lie in India. No room for more expansion of ‘desert cult’ in India therefore than the bare minimum necessary.
So what frustrates Pakistanis today. Why are these guys so wrought about what is happening in India these days.
Removal of Article 370 integrating Kashmir with India is a pain in the ass for entire Pakistan. It has shaken them to the core. The dare devil move of India was something that took Pakistanis by surprise and shock. Kashmir is now Sour Grapes story for them.
Shame from Balakot. Cannot even lick the wound in public.
Success of Ayodhya verdict. The peace that followed unsettled Pakistanis who rambled in the media of the injustice even as no Indian muslim heeded to their cries of war
Mother of all: The glorious return of BJP to power at the center. Not another word until 2024
Collapsing Pakistan Economy. Time running out for Pakistan as noose is tightening from all sides
Rising debts with China that will soon not be serviceable and Pakistan’s default is inevitable and irreversible.
Swathes of Pakistan territory to go to China starting with Gwadar for non servicing of Chinese loans
In contrast, just check how much of Pakistan coverage is Indian media alloting. What is Pakistan’s problem when Bangladesh has issued official statement offering to take back their illegal immigrants from India.
In the light of these facts, hopefully the nonsense from Indian muslims and Pakistan will stop.
Let the media that fans violence with biased views and news coverage try answering these questions:
How many Hindus from India have sought refuge in Pakistan since 1947. Also in Bangladesh.
Most importantly, HOW MANY INDIAN MUSLIMS WANT TO MIGRATE TO PAKISTAN. How many have migrated since 1947.
How many Indian muslims have migrated to Bangladesh since 1971.
How many Kashmiri Muslims want to forego Indian citizenship for Pakistan citizenship. How many are for migrating for good to Pakistan with doors closed from Indian side. Now that the Kashmiri muslims can no more have dual citizenship, let them choose. And if they are to choose the green passport over the blue, none can get more happier than a Hindu.
Why have not No.2 and No.3 or even No.4 happened in reality.
Compare No.1 + No.2 + No.3 with Number of Hindu/Sikh/Jain/Buddhist/Parsis seeking citizenship in India from these three islamic nations Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. As for N.o.4, Kashmiri Hindu Pundits hold record for their status of being Internally Displaced Refugees within India, driven out of their homes by Kashmiri terrorist muslims. Kashmir ethnic cleansed.
Any street or district or state in India or in our neighbourhood where the muslims have been ethnic cleansed similarly by Hindus.
How many cases of forced abduction, rape and conversion of Hindu girls to Islam in Pakistan. How many muslim girls have faced such a situation in India at the hands of Hindus. On the contrary, there is the ‘Love Jehad’ where Indian muslim men target Hindu girls, trap them and convert and marry. Let us ask for statistics for all these actual scenarios.
Shame on Indian muslims and Indian media and Pakistan media and Pakistan muslims and Pakistan PM.
If Pakistan is such a heaven, why has not a single Indian muslim offered to migrate to Pakistan. If India is that very unsafe for (Indian) muslims, why are the Indian muslims here. Why have you not at least sought asylum in Pakistan by now. You have had 70+ years to know the difference.
Constitutional Amendment is India’s internal issue. Neither America nor Russia can have even a word on our internal matters. To hell with BBC and CNN. Who cares.
It is not that Pakistanis cannot decipher facts. It is just that their frustration is building up like a pressure cooker about to burst any day India is a quick release. Escapism.
How a supposedly minority community holds the majority to ransom; emotionally blackmails the majority; goes beserk with violence destroying public property; bombs mother country, wars with the majority abducting, raping, converting daughters of others; yet cries foul when pointed out.
Only one community in the world dares to murder, pillage, engage in arson and loot and even rape in the name of their God, you know who. This is programmed in their gene. Thanks to inbreeding for generations.
These are the violent arsonists engaged in setting fire to everything in India today. The progeny of the yesteryear Taliban aka Mugals. Their mad streak could be inherited from anyone from Turk to Persian to Mongol to Arab. None of them knows which gene went where. They are all from the harems of the rabid Sultans, invaders and marauders who built their empire bleeding natives, razing temples and plundering kingdoms. Not a single day’s hard work in their bloody history. What more can you expect from our bhais then.
Right now India is burning. Because muslims are setting fire to anything and everything in sight. There is every possibility of this being orchestrated from Pakistan. Clearly ISI hand in this. Anti-Hindu and anti-India and anti-Modi news propagated by Pakistan media (journalists) who have sold their soul to their terror spy organization bankrolled solely to spit venom against India. Our Indian bhais haven’t an iota of loyalty in their blood and gene either – not surprisingly. Biting the hand that feeds is their religious rite.
Reason for arson: Because India stood up to its stance and refused to legalize the illegal Bangladeshi muslim immigrants, some tens of thousands of them. Once muslims enter India illegally, they start outbreeding us native Hindus in every village, town and district. Our local Indian muslims are already reproducing like rats and rabbits. Then how to feed your family or educate your children. Join terror groups and receive handouts.
Ajmal Kasab the Pakistani who was hanged for Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks in India confessed to this wonderful truth.
The smugglers, the terrorists, the dope dealers, the pimps, the mafia, the gangsters with terror connections: all these are 99% muslims in India. Of course they are funded by our neighbours like Pakistan and some Arab countries to instill fear and stoke violence and unrest in India. These are the same groups who are also ‘hawala traders’ pumping terror funds into India.
India is unfinished agenda not only for the Christian cultural mafia from Vatican. India is also an unfinished business for muslims who want to realize their ‘Ghazwa Hind’ – of establishing caliphate in the Hindu majority India.
The shocking insensitivity of our media funded and owned by foreigners is appalling. Why can’t the same CNN IBN or NDTV that is very close and dear to Pakistan ask Pakistan to take in the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. Where were you when Syrians crossed over to Europe because the Gulf states shut their door on their faces. Will these guys run stories on abduction, rape and forceful conversion of Hindu girls in Pakistan.
Rahul Gandhi and the opposition Congress are siding with terrorists. Why should Sonia and Rahul bother. After all they are Italians. Non Indians and Non Hindus who have nothing to do with us.
Pakistan was created to give muslims a separate nation. Bangladesh also exists today for the same purpose. There is no reason for India to tolerate the muslim atrocity that is increasing day by day , threatening our national security. India must have been declared a Hindu nation in 1947. Better late, than never. We can still do it gradually. We will have our Hindu Rashtra, the world’s largest, one day in future.
Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan must confer citizenship to Syrians and Palestinians. They are welcome to absorb even Kashmir Muslims from India, and other muslims. With such broadminded gallant nations in our midst, why should India offer citizenship to muslim refugees. Isn’t there Saudi with open doors welcoming one and all of their Umma twenty four hours of the day, seven days of the week, thirty days of the month.
It is the Dharmic duty of the only Hindu nation India (Other than Nepal) to take care of global Hindus who may be persecuted elsewhere for religious reasons. It is our Karma. India is first for followers of Dharma. Until the British categorized Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism as separate religions a mere hundred years ago, all these folds were known as sects of Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism ) only. These are the Dharmic ways of life, not organized religions like the Abrahamic. Not a single extra Abrahamic is welcome in India, because the rest of the world is divided between Islam and Christianity. You have places to go to. Hindus have nowhere else to go as refugees. Except India.
When PM Shri Narendra Modi spoke of ‘achchae din’ in his election campaign, I hardly believed him. Now I do. Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 tabled by Home Minister Shri Amit Shah today is one more milestone in the direction. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha, the Lower House of India’s parliament with a thumping majority of 293 votes to 82 (against). One more election promise of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) kept/fulfilled.
The new Act (when the Bill transforms into one) will facilitate legalizing the residential status of global Hindus (refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh) seeking Indian citizenship, cutting short their agonizing waiting time by years. The Hindu brothers and sisters are in India fearing persecution back home in these Islamic nations.
The Bill in effect seeks to amend The Citizenship Act, 1955 to make Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship of India. I wish they can exempt Christian immigrants though.
In other words, the Bill intends to make it easier for non-Muslim immigrants from India’s three Muslim-majority neighbours to become citizens of India.
It must come as a great relief to Pakistan Hindus who fled the terrorist nation seeking asylum in India. Hindus have been systematically persecuted in Pakistan in the last 70 plus years. With their daughters abducted, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, the population of Hindus is down to 1.6% of total population of Pakistan, from 13% in 1947. Bangladesh is even worse. Hindu temples attacked randomly and razed, and Hindu properties seized forcibly, everyday is a living nightmare for the minority Hindus of Bangladesh.
Both Indian Media and foreign Media as well as the Leftists and Opposition in India are against the Citizenship Amendment Bill as it conspicuously excludes illegal MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS seeking Indian citizenship. The bill’s ramification will be felt across India’s Seven Sister states of North East, where the illegal muslim Bangladeshi immigrants are slowly and steadily outnumbering and displacing the non-muslim Indian citizens.
Who do you want us to host still. We hosted the Islamic invaders for a thousand years. We hosted the British for 300 years. We are done. Leave India free.
Bravo India! Good job!
Muslim refugees have many nations around the world to flee to. Why have not the oil rich Arab nations taken in the Palestinians. Why should the muslim Rohingya refugees come to India when there are over 50 islamic majority or islamic nations in the world. We are already a 1.3 billion nation.
India is the only Hindu majority nation in the world after Nepal. The only Hindu nation whose doors must be kept open always for any global Hindu seeking refuge. It need not have to be just an Afghan Hindu or Pakistan Hindu or Bangladesh Hindu.
Where were these sick and so-called secular media when ISIS decimated the Yazidis. Yazidis have Hindu roots seemingly. Or a lot of their customs and traditions are Hindu-like. When the Yazidi women were dragged out and raped 24 hours a day in the name of one particular God, where were you shameless journalists.
India must expel the illegal Bangla muslims next. Citizenship registry in every single district and state of India is a must. The Bengali muslims have penetrated deep into south India as well. Anyone employing them (in Coimbatore, Erode, Kerala for instance) for cheap labour must be prosecuted. It is extremely important for India to flush the vermin out.
How Muslims in India (and elsewhere) are multiplying like rats and rabbits drowning the sons of the soil:
Here is a small sample from just a single Indian state West Bengal.
This is why India’s next mission must be to introduce a strict Family Planning for every Indian citizen. PM Indira Gandhi forced the family planning in the 1970s and 80s only on Hindus exempting the muslims that is costing India dearly. Any Indian citizen irrespective of his/her religious affiliation should lose Passport and Aadhar (identity) if going for a third kid from a cut-off date for instance from 2020 (an idea) .
When will the Leftists in India talk about population explosion by Muslims in India and around the world that eats into the world produce hurting national and global economies.
When will our media talk about family planning for Indian muslims.
Democracy in India depends on Indian demography. The day Hindu population dips under 50% of our total population or the day Hindu population and Muslim population become equal in India (whichever is to happen first), will be the day India will become the world’s No.1 terror nation.
Last night was Shiv Rathri for us Indians across the globe. Not only did the resident Indians stay awake, but also NRIs and PIOs spread across continents. The entire Indian diaspora if I may say so. Chandrayaan 2 launched July 22nd from Sriharikota, almost created history. The Lander Vikram separated from Rover Pragyan from the Chandrayaan 2 (the mother satellite in good shape orbiting the Moon) stage by stage in text book precision absolutely following the trajectory of projection. The Rough Break phase was torturous wait for even those of us with not much of astrophysics knowledge. Stage 1 of clearance success, stage 2, success, stage 3, overwhelming success… only stage 4 remained of the tension filled 15 seconds that was more like one hour when we waited with our bated breath for a signal from Vikram … but then followed a lengthy silence from the ISRO Control Room at Bangalore as the radio communication from Vikram snapped… (the landing time was calculated at 1.53 am September 7th)… a billion hearts broke as the nation plunged into despair. The grief was writ large in the faces of ISRO scientists and engineers. Chairman Dr. K Sivan who was in tears was embraced by an emotional Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. What a moment to live for. The final crowing glory that was denied, no more mattered.
So is Chandrayaan 2 a failure? No way! Only 5% of the Mission was lost with losing contact with the Lander Vikram. Chandrayaan 2 will be orbiting the Moon for the next one year, its estimated life. The orbiter has already beamed pictures of space, Earth and Moon back to ISRO center. India was attempting in this second Moon Mission of ours to soft land on the polar end of the Moon where so far no other nation (of the four to five countries that have their flags on the moon already) had dared to venture. It was risky and the probability of failure was very high. It is almost the dark side of the moon. India’s first Moon mission Chandrayaan 1 landed its probe near the equator of the moon, favourite landing spot for astronauts and other landers.
Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram was as close as 2.1 km from the surface of the moon where it should have landed. Whether it crashed or what happened to it will be revealed only through the scientific data. It is impressive that our scientists, technicians and engineers have given us such a precision in landing. Down there lies mystery that so far mankind has not known of. Unexplored space. Simply anything is possible.
How August 1947 was, we never knew. Down south, hardly any ripple about the partition was felt. From what I learned from stories told and retold in my younger years, from the only transistor (public property) in Luz, Mylapore, the All India Radio broadcast Jawaharlal Nehru’s famous speech ‘when the whole world sleeps….’ – of the oft-quoted ‘Freedom At Midnight.’ Hundreds of men had gathered there waiting for hours to listen to this historic speech that was tuned to maximum volume. ‘National flag hoisting in schools and offices next day which was declared government holiday (August 15th) followed by sweets distribution, then all went home. Next day business as usual with schools reopening!!!’ is the exact way the Independence Day August 15, 1947 was described to me. As uninteresting as that!
72 years later, August 2019 is being a different one. Our Independence Day this year was a buoyant one, no doubt. What a journey this has been for India. A short recap of this whirlwind month of August’19:
CENTRE SCRAPPED ARTICLE 370 AND ARTICLE 35A GIVING SPECIAL STATUS TO JAMMU & KASHMIR ON AUGUST 5TH, 2019. LADAKH BECAME A DISTINCT UNION TERRITORY. FOR THE PRESENT, JAMMU & KASHMIR TO CONTINUE TO BE A UNION TERRITORY, TO BE RESTORED WITH STATEHOOD IN TIME. WITH THIS, THE NEHRU BLUNDER WAS RECTIFIED BY BJP PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI’S GOVERNMENT IN A SINGLE STROKE. HISTROY REWRITTEN, HISTORY MADE! AFTER 72 LONG YEARS, JAMMU & KASHMIR WAS INTEGRATED WITH THE UNION OF INDIA.
CHANDRAYAAN 2, INDIA’S SECOND LUNAR MISSION, LAUNCHED JULY 22ND, CONTINUED ITS VOYAGE TO THE MOON, BEAMING THE FIRST SET OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF EARTH & MOON THIS AUGUST. AT LEAST TWO INDIAN SCIENTISTS HAVE THEIR NAMES ETCHED IN THE MOON NOW: SISIR MITRA AND VIKRAM SARABHAI, FOUNDER OF ISRO, WITH LUNAR CRATERS NAMED AFTER THEM.
INDIA’S PV SINDHU CREATED HISTORY BECOMING THE FIRST INDIAN TO WIN THE WORLD BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS (BWF) ON AUGUST 25H, 2019
INDIA AT G7 ON AUGUST 26, 2019 ON INDIA’S TERMS.
Earlier, our Prime Minister was also presented with highest order of awards by the UAE and Bahrain- two of them in a single day. This takes the count to 6 – the number of islamic nations that have honoured Shri Narendra Modi with their highest civilian awards.
The other side:
INDIA LOST SMT SUSHMA SWARAJ, EX HOME MINISTER – INVALUABLE ASSET TO THE NATION, ON AUGUST 6TH 2019
INDIA LOST ARUN JAITLEY, EX FINANCE MINISTER ON AUGUST 24TH, 2019. JAITLEY WAS THE MAN BEHIND GST.
Two gems lost in a single month from the crown. This is not just BJP’s loss, this is national loss. With them, BJP and the nation have lost three precious sons and daughter of India including Manohar Parikkar who was our ex- Defence Minister. Irreparable loss.
What an August this has been for us. In between, there was the telecast of ‘Man Vs Wild’ featuring PM Modi with Bear Grylls in the Discovery channel. It came as a breather. None of us anticipated August 2019 to unfold this way. It has been one roller coaster ride for us Indians.
Neither is Rupee doing great. Once again after over an year or two, INR breached the 70 rupee mark against dollar, thanks to China-US trade spat. Markets are not good. Manufacturing slowing down. Registering Production losses and lay-offs. Monsoon mayhem everywhere in India except for in Chennai where it’s raining for a month now to no avail. Some gains and some losses.
We in India cannot say that the Amazon fires do not concern us. The enormous impact the fires will leave on our very existence in future is worth making the issue our top priority. My humble request to everyone who cannot directly do anything in his/her/their lone capacity to put off the raging fires: say a small prayer for Bhooma Devi, Mother Earth. Pray for quick extinguishing of fires. The array of flora and fauna lost to the fires is unimaginable! The loss of habitat for the wildlife and the native tribes is worse. There is every reason to believe this is corporate managed which makes this whole tragic affair a sordid one. Still, in whichever forum you can, please put in a word about the Amazon – Brazil and Bolivia fires. The fires now encompass nine Latin American nations. Wherever you are, write/add/speak a word about wildlife, environment, water resources, pollution. Thank you! You won’t be making a penny out of this probably, but neither will you be losing one!
What a man! Interesting to watch one of his many facets that make him what he is today.
Walking the Jim Corbett with Bear Grylls – doing this at his age even if with invisible security cordon, is a feat. Yoga must be his fitness secret.
Luckily no wild elephant or a Bengal tiger crossed their path although PM Modi was quick and sharp enough to spot elephant dung in the thick bush. His observation is very good obviously. Wildlife spotting is not really that easy. In fact I have always spotted wild elephants both in Kerala and in Tamil Nadu only in the shoulder areas adjoining the national parks. Wild animals do not know of or respect man-made boundaries. Animal/bird watchers also must have immense patience for any ‘sighting.’ Rare are lucky spottings.
I caught my breath as our PM boarded the haphazardly hand-built coracle (by Grylls) (what we call parisal in Tamil). I recently took a (plastic) ‘parisal’ ride in Kodaikanal where the lake depth was not much. Still the risk of tipping over is enormous. In his age and position, I got alarmed and wondered aloud, whether the PM must be doing that. Of course, his security must have been hovering in the background. The coracles originally made of bamboo are very popular with rural Indians when it comes to river/lake crossings in lieu of boats. They come in handy especially when the river depth is not adequate for boating and the river width is easily navigable.
Fully drenched in rain, PM Modi was treated with as much affection like a son by Grylls. That was heartwarming. The PM answered back Grylls in Hindi for the benefit of all Indians including those who may not be knowing English.
To one of the questions on keeping India clean, Modi ji replied that Indians have good personal hygiene but lacked social hygiene. He couldn’t have put it more aptly. That is a 100% true fact. I realized this during our days in Malaysia. We Indians or those of Indian origin showered maximum. The Chinese went to work straight from bed and showered late in the evening. Showering too many times they believed, could get you cold and make you sick! Yet the Indians stank and the Chinese looked better. Probably this body odour is in our subcontinent gene! We Indians sweat more compared to many other races. Many friends and relatives have remarked on this aspect as to how we Indians maintain better personal hygiene. Yet our breath smells!! When it comes to social hygiene, we draw a big blank almost. Just look at the airport restrooms! You just cannot teach the concept of dry toilets to our masses! Water, water everywhere! Never mind, now many in the west are of opinion that wet toilets (meaning those fitted with hand faucets) are more hygienic, less infectious and environment friendly than those with toilet paper roll! In Yoga centers in India, you can see only Indian squatting toilets used by even foreigners comfortably. Its good for your knees and it is regaining its status. May be one day as they say coconut oil and groundnut oil are actually good (after denouncing them for years that is), the west will come around to this point. Even the way we measure hygiene is different in both worlds. That said, India leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to keeping the nation neat and clean. It is a social consciousness, not a government job. Still, ever since Swachch Bharat was introduced by Modi, I notice a welcome change. Even if it is not a lot, it is good and holds promise for a better future.
The conversation was kept minimal and interesting, going with the flow of the nature trail as Grylls and Modi walked through the tall bushes towards the river.
Normally I hope and look forward to wildlife spotting but today I was anxious! For once, I wished the tigers and the elephants stayed away! Remember it was none less than the Jim Corbett! The weather seemed awesome and amiable. Untiring, more than anything else. I am sure the rendezvous and the trail itself were handpicked and combed and checked out in advance. That may account for no chance encounter with the mighty Indian elephant or the Bengal tiger by the adventurous duo. Or even the venomous snakes.
The dollops of flashback from PM’s life right from his childhood told in his own words lent the show some extra spice. What a humble background and what an austere brought-up PM Modi has had. What a contrast this is from the spoilt Nehru-Gandhi lineage. His ascension to power is not surprising. The spark is still visible!
Critics of course will say, this is all stunt. So be it. Neither I care nor does Modi Ji hahaha! He is daring as only he can be. And he is curious. Very inquisitive. Open to learning. Not afraid to ask questions. Or try the turf. Not embarrassed an ounce! Comfortable in strange surroundings. It is easy to see why he is what he is and where he is today. India is truly a very beautiful and diverse and rich country! I am proud of my nation in every way and all ways possible! Grylls seems to share an affectionate bonding with India as well…
However I would request our PM to stay safe in future and let this be his first and last adventure in unchartered territory. As Bear Grylls himself says, PM Shri Narendra Modi is the No.1 and most important man in the country. Precious, priceless gem. We want him to live a 100 years and if possible 200. Please take better care of your health Prime Minister, India loves you. Love and adore your spirit and your sacrificing self. Sometimes I even wonder whether we Indians deserve such a committed man.
My personal request to you Mod ji, is to ban elephants from our temples and palaces and processions and tourism industry and conserve them in our forests. This way, you will be ensuring that Ganpati lives on for 100-200 more bargained years before going extinct (which will happen eventually in under 300 years. Of course, this will earn you the wrath of Kerala Devaswoms, Mysore and Rajasthan palaces and tourism industry. But Lord Ganesha will bless you and the nation. If anyone can do it, it is you Prime Minister. Believe me this has nothing to do with the Church. And even if this is a conspiracy theory by the missionaries, you will still be extending a fresh lease of life for the Indian Elephant. If you don’t, our grand children from 2100 will not be seeing a single Indian elephant in flesh and blood.