Sunday, April 25, 2010


"You have good roads inside Infosys and your offices are well maintained to International standards but why we don’t see the same kind of atmosphere and roads outside the city." From Imagining India….

Recently cricket was in centre stage for all the  wrong reasons. Sensations, controversies, editorial erros in scripts, channel wars, TRPs..
Add to that I have read one miserable statement ‘is there a place in India where there is no corruption. Yes there is corruption in India like any where in the world.. so you want to come and contribute your share of  corruption.. Why can’t you be different?. There is corruption in this country but I prefer to be different.., educated people should think in that way. People throw garbage in our streets, why can’t you be different. It is difficult to be different. I met this friend of mine and she had a big difference with a top official in her office, she decided to question but none helped her. I asked her, how foolish are you??? but she said I respect the womb that carried me to this world and that one was noble. And that one taught me if thousand people are against you and  if you feel you are right, stand for the right; don’t stand the wrong.

I agree with her.
I remember one of our Professors' lectures on Rajaneethi:

Nadandosmin – King is above Punishment
Dharmadandosmin- But Dharma can punish the king.

May be in this world of web it is difficult to be different. But once you make a difference you progress in life and reach to one height and  remain there forever. It is true that it is easy to walk on a flowery road with millions to follow but when you walk on a thorny patch you realize how kind this world was to you. Words  are not corrupt but human minds distort it according to convenience. Why to blame our country.. we are all part of it. When we blame our nation we indirectly blame ourselves.
Incredible India- not a dream project but a realistic dream...
Navaratnas or Nauratan (Sanskrit dvigu nava-ratna- "nine gems") was a term applied to a group of nine extraordinary people in a king's court in India. Some well-known groups are in the court of King Janaka, Vikramaditya and in Akbar's darbar.
 In the court of Janaka

• Yajnavalkya
• Maitreyi
• Gargi
 Nine gems during the reign of Vikramaditya

• Dhanvantari panak
• Amarasimha
• Shanku
• Vetal bhatt
• Ghat karpar
• Varahamihira
• Vararuchi • Kalidas, the most notable among all of them.

In the court of Akbar
The Mughal ruler Akbar, despite his illiteracy, was a great lover of the artists and intellectuals. His passion for knowledge and interest in learning from great minds led him to attract men of genius to his court, known as the nine courtiers of King Akbar or Navratnas.

Abul Fazl (1551-1602) was the chronicler of Akbar’s rule. He authored the biographical Akbarnama. Abul Fazl documented the history meticulously, over seven years, in three volumes, the third volume is known as the Ain-i-Akbari and a Persian translation of the Bible.[1] He was also the brother of Faizi, the poet laureate of emperor Akbar.
• Faizi (1547-1595) was Abul Fazl’s brother. He was a poet who composed beautiful poetry father was Mubarak Nagori, a scholar in the philosophy and literature of Greece as well as in Islamic theology.
• Miyan Tansen was a singer for King Akbar, born as Tanna Mishra, a Hindu, in 1520, he was a poet himself. He learnt music from Swami Haridas and later from Hazrat Muhammad Ghaus. He was a court musician with the prince of Mewar and later was recruited by Akbar as his court musician. Tansen became a legendary name in India and was the composer of many classical ragas. He was an extraordinarily gifted vocalist, known for a large number of compositions, and also an instrumentalist who popularized and improved the rabab (of Central Asian origin). He was buried in Gwalior, where a tomb has been constructed for him. It is unclear if Tansen converted to Islam.
Raja Birbal (1528-1583) was a poor Hindu Brahmin who was appointed to the court of Akbar for his intelligence, and became the court jester. Born by the name Maheshdas, he was conferred the name Raja Birbal by the Emperor. Birbal's duties in Akbar's court were mostly military and administrative but he was also a very close friend of the emperor, who liked Birbal most for his wit and humor. There are many witty stories of exchanges and interactions between the monarch and his minister that are popular today. Birbal was also a poet and his collections under the pen name "Brahma” are preserved in Bharatpur Museum. Raja Birbal died in battle, attempting to quell unrest amongst Afghani tribes in Northwest India.
Raja Todar Mal was a Hindu khatri and was Akbar’s finance minister, who from 1560 onwards overhauled the revenue system in the kingdom. He introduced standard weights and measurements, revenue districts and officers. His systematic approach to revenue collection became a model for the future Mughals as well as the British. Raja Todar Mal was also a warrior who assisted Akbar in controlling the Afghan rebels in Bengal. Todar Mal had developed his expertise in Sher Shah's employment. In 1582, Akbar bestowed on the raja the title Diwan-I-Ashraf.
Raja Man Singh, was the Kacchwaha Rajah of Amber, a state later known as Jaipur. He was a trusted general in Akbar's army and was the grandson of Akbar’s father-in-law. His family had been inducted into Mughal hierarchy as amirs (nobles). Raja Man Singh was the formost ablest among Akbar's military commanders and assisted Akbar in many fronts including holding off advancing Hakim (Akbar’s half-brother, a governor of Kabul) in Lahore. He was also the Mughal viceroy of Afghanistan, led campaigns in Bihar, Orissa, Deccan and was also the viceroy of Bengal.
• Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, a poet was the son of Akbar’s trusted protector and caretaker when he was a teenager, Bairam Khan. After Bairam Khan was murdered treacherously, his wife became the second wife of Akbar. He is most known for his Hindi couplets and his books on Astrology.[2] The village of Khankhana, named after him, is located in the Nawanshahr district of the state of Punjab in northwest India.
Fakir Aziao-Din who was a mystic, and an advisor. Akbar regarded his advice in high esteem.
• Mullah Do Piaza, an advisor to Akbar who was known for his intelligence

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fatima Bhutto (born 29 May 1982) is a Pakistani poet and writer. Fatima is the daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Fatima belongs to a Sindhi family. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan while her father Murtaza Bhutto was in exile during the military regime of General Zia ul Haq. Murtaza Bhutto was son of former Pakistan's President and Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and her mother is Fauzia Fasihudin Bhutto, daughter of Afghanistan's former Foreign Affair official. Her father was killed by the police in 1996 in Karachi during the premiership of his sister, Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto completed her BA degree in Middle Eastern studies from Barnard College of Columbia University, after receiving her secondary education at the Karachi American School. She received a Master's degree in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She lives with her stepmother Ghinwa Bhutto, and her half-brother Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr. They live at the famous residence 70 Clifton Road in Old Clifton, Karachi.

She currently writes columns for The Daily Beast, New Statesman and other publications.

She came to fame after the appearance of her first book, a collection of poems, titled Whispers of the Desert.

Following the assassination of her aunt, Benazir Bhutto, her entrance into politics has been speculated. She has stated that for now she prefers to remain active through her writing, rather than through elected officeHowever, she actively supports her mother's chairmanship to the unpopular wing of the Pakistan People's Party (Shaheed Bhutto Group), which failed to win a single seat in the 2008 elections. She believes in Democracy rather than birth right politics.

“I don't believe in birth-right politics. I don't think, nor have I ever thought, that my name qualifies me for anything”

She was in India recently for her book launch Songs of Blood and Sword..

One of her PoemsBullets


Bullets riddle the air
Hate stalks
The streets
But sitting up high
They laugh
Nothing is wrong as long as I have power

Danger lurks around corners
Violence flows as freely as blood in the streets
Death is a part of everyday life
But those at top
Look down at the people and smile
Nothing is wrong
Nothing will go wrong as long as I have power

The city erupts, dissolves
The city collapses
But, at the top
They rejoice
They are in power


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


SUNIL DUTT won his Mumbai seat five times in a row and will be remembered for working tirelessly for slum dwellers

Sunil Dutt, was born 1929 in the village of Khurd in the Jhelum District of Punjab, Pakistan, and his family settled in a small village on the bank of river Yamuna called Mandoli which is in Yamunanagar district of Haryana. Later he moved to Mumbai to fulfill his dreams.In Mumbai, he joined Jai Hind College as an undergraduate and took up a job.

Sunil Dutt ( 6 June 1929 – 25 May 2005), born as Balraj Dutt was an Indian Hindi movie actor (also acted in some Punjabi movies), producer, director and politician. He was the cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Manmohan Singh government (2004-2005).

Starting out in radio, Sunil Dutt was a hugely popular on the Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia. He moved to acting in Hindi films and got introduced to the film industry in the 1955 film Railway Platform. He shot to the stardom in the 1957 film Mother India in which he co-starred with Nargis, whom he married on 11 March 1958. In the film, Dutt played a short-tempered, angry son of Nargis. During the making of this film a fire accident happened on the sets. It is believed that Dutt braved the raging fire to save Nargis and thereby won her love. . Sunil Dutt used to tell that his ancestor had participated in the struggle of Karbala. Due to this significance Sunil Dutt called himself a Hussaini Brahmin.

In 1984 he joined the Congress (I) party and was elected to Parliament for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.

A concise biography:

Balraj Dutt was born in Khurd, Jhelum District (now Pakistan) in 1929. He worked as an announcer on Radio Ceylon before launching his film career. Success came quickly with Mother India in which he played the outlaw hero son of Nargis, who later became his wife. He also played a series of clean- cut modern youths in the late 50's and was a talented comedian. He made his directorial debut in 1964 with Yaadein, an experimental one-man show, and was responsible for launching his son's career in 1981 when he directed him in Rocky. Like his wife he entered politics, becoming an MP representing Congress (I) in North Bombay in 1979.
Dutt never forgot the hardship his family experienced during partition (a riveting tale in the Actor's own words of how his Zamindar Uncle escaped with his life is here) and that past inspired acts of generosity that deserve to be recognised. During the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars Dutt emulated Bob Hope's USO activites and entertained Indian troops, on the advice of then Prime Minister Nehru. Dutt provided monetary support as well:
I did not dissolve myself only in films – I was very much aware of the problems within my country – because I had come through those problems too – the partition of India had virtually brought us on the footpath. I owe whatever I am today, to the people of my country. I became popular because of them, because of their love for me. I wanted to do something in return for their love. I had been in the film industry barely seven years when war broke out with China in 1962. I signed up a few films and gave the amount to Pandit Nehru – for our brave soldiers fighting under challenging conditions.
Though successful as a producer and director--he launched his son Sanjay Dutt's career in 1981's Rocky-- Dutt turned away from celluloid when he lost his beloved wife that same year.
Nargis died of cancer, leaving Dutt devastated. He turned pensively away from films to the cause of social work and politics. He set up the Nargis Dutt Foundation for the cure of cancer patients. He has brought medical equipment worth three million dollars into various hospitals of the country. He helped raise 1-lac pounds for the Imran Khan’s cancer charity fund and three million shillings for a cancer Hospital in Kenya.
Dutt's political career was relatively successful:
He won his Mumbai seat five times in a row and will be remembered for working tirelessly for slum dwellers .

Monday, April 12, 2010

Padmapaada was a disciple of Shri Jagadguru Aadi Shankaraachaarya. His original name was Sananda.

 Once Shri Aadi Shankaraachaarya overheard His other shishyas discussing why their Guru likes Sananda the most? What is so great about him? In order to show the Guru-bhakti of Sananda to other shishyas Shri Aadi Shankaraachaarya called Sananda who was on the other side of the pavitra Gangaa-nadi. Shri Aadi Shankaraachaarya said “come fast”.

 Without any doubt, Sananda closed his eyes and with ananya-bhakti started to run across the Nadi (which will be the nearest route). Then Ganga  made Padmas appear below Sananda feet, whereever he steps and made him cross the river, without drowning. From that day onwards Sananda was known as Padmapaada.
Padmapaada was born in Choladesham and right from childhood was a Shri Nrusimha-upaasaka. For Shri Nrusimha-saakshaatkaaram, he did Tapas for many years in Ahobilam, the pavitra Shri Nrusimha Kshetram in Aandhra Pradesh. But Swaami didnt appear before him..

 Knowing this, once Shri Aadi Shankaraachaarya, who was then near the Pavitra Phaala-dhaara Teertham in the Divya Shrishaila Kshetram, said to Padmapaada,  You are very eager to have the Divya-darshanam of Shri Narasimha Svaamy. Time for it has come. Not far from here, there is Chenchuguudem. There is one Parvata-Bilam there. Parvata-Bilams are like Maatru-garbham. They keep Jeevas away from usual Worldly things and make him go in the path of Moksham. So you immediately go there and do Tapas. You will get Mantra-siddhi”.

 Immediately Padmapaada reached the Parvata-Bilam in Chenchuguudem and started Ghora-Tapas. The King of the Aativikas, knowing this came running to Padmapaada and said, with great Vinayam, “Svaami! My name is Bayanna. I am the Chenchudora (King of Aativikas). This Bhuu-bhaagam is under my control, so just tell me what you are searching for in this place, I will get it to you”.

Padmapaada replied “Dora! I am looking for a Nrusimham which has Simham as head and Maanusha-shariiram”. Bayanna replied “Svaami! I know the whole of this forest. I saw many tigers, lions and many wild animals. But I never saw what you described”.

Padmapaada replied “It is there here only. However you will not be able to see It”. Bayanna replied “Svaami! If really there is some Thing like what you described, I will bind It and bring It before you, else I will leave my life”. Saying this, he left for searching Nrusimham.
 Always thinking about the ruupam that Padmapaada had described, leaving Nidra-aahaaram, Bayanna searched all day. But his shrama didnt get any phalitam. So he decided to do Praana-tyaagam. Then seeing the Nishkalmasha-bhakti of Bayanna, Shri Nrusimham appeared before him! Immediately Bayanna tied Shri Narasimha Svaamy with some creepers and brought him before Padmapaada!!

“Svaami! See I got What you were searching for. I put lot of effort. Finally I got Him. I tied and brought Him, see” said Bayanna. However Padmapaada was not able to see Shri Narasimha. He cried “Svaami! In one day You gave Your saakshaatkaaram to Bayanna. Even though I did Tapas for so many years I am not able to see you?”. “Putra! Padmapaada! The Ekaagrata which even after 1 crore years of Tapas is difficult to get, this Bayanna achieved it in one day.
Because of you being in his saagatyam (company), you are able to hear Me. Your Tapas gave you phalitam now. You got Mantra-siddhi. saying thus, Shri Narasimha Svaami dissappeared.
Having knowledge is important but how humble are you in your mind that matters. Lord understands who keeps Kalakootam in their veins and who the real Kaliya is. Lord prefers the tasteless flat rice of Kuchela than the nectar Kings offer him.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


People generally believe charity is a fat cheque you donate in front of a huge gathering amidst of roras and flashlights. It is turned out to be a fashionable word these days. The word charity attracts people. How charitable are you in your actions? To understand that you should  know first the meaning of that word.  

India has handed over five million dollars to Haiti's UN envoy Leo Merores, as aid for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation in January. India is now considering the second phase of its response that will be geared towards reconstruction and rebuilding of Haiti's infrastructure and economy. The ambassadors of both the countries discussed areas in which India would be able to best serve Haiti's need in the coming months,.India's envoy to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri said that New Delhi was "seriously studying" the situation and was considering providing the "Jaipur foot and low cost housing among other things."

How India gets donations, from the rich, industrialists, philanthropists, NGOs and other organizations. Indians pay a lot of indirect tax to the government on products, commodities apart from direct Income Tax. When we buy products from a showroom a manufacturer, dealer, shop owner, sales men are benefited and there are many other connecting links who also would benefit out of our one purchase. Directly or indirectly we contribute to the welfare of society. When you shop from an outlet with 30 sales personnel you contribute to the welfare of 30 Indians. How you distribute your money to the welfare of society is more important than holding a fat cheque in your hand to show the public you are an addict of charity. When you have more you contribute more. A rich industrialist who donates a lakh from his tax saver and his contribution is equal to that of an officer’s contribution of Rs.1000/- from his monthly income of Rs.10000/-  People of India       contribute to charity when Prime Minister of India offers aid from his relief fund that is formed out of public contributions. We talk about charity, what is our contribution to the welfare of our own CRPF Jawans. Their condition is worse than that of the victims of natural calamities.

Look at your own Backyard
CNN-IBN - exclusive Jawan’s life :

From Ground Zero: CRPF men feel neglected

Jagdalpur, (Chattisgarh): The Union Home Minister may have said that the buck stops with him and offered to resign, but that has not helped the morale of security forces fighting Maoists. The jawans are feeling more neglected and isolated than ever before.

Even before the coffins of the slain jawans left Chattisgarh, discontent among the CRPF jawans had come out in the open. Low salaries, abysmal living conditions, yet more and more CRPF boots are being set on the ground to tackle the Maoists


CNN-IBN: After this recent Maoist attack is your morale low?

CRPF JAWAN: The jawan is fighting on the ground, but are getting only Rs 300 allowance, the ones commanding are getting Rs 5000 - Rs 10000, the ones sitting in A/C offices are getting Rs 10000 - 15000 but what about the guys who are fighting with death everyday. Even after asking the government, we don't get anything.

CNN-IBN: Are there proper camps?

CRPF JAWAN: There are no proper camps, headquarters in Bastar are better, but we never go there. There are no proper schedules, officers tell us to go anywhere at anytime, sometimes till midnight or 1 am we are on the ground.

CNN-IBN: What if 76 IPS officers died today? Do you think the reaction of the government will be different?

CRPF JAWAN: Not 76, only two is enough.

CNN-IBN: Have you raised this issue ever

Is the government listening. Because if they are not, expect more demoralisation and casualties.

CRPF JAWAN: We can only request but only for our personal problems, if we raise any force level issues then we will be rebuked. The British have gone but left the babus behind. The Officers act like British babus with us. The condition will always remain like this, nothing will change. Even when Central government will declare some package in Parliament, the big bosses will fatten their pockets further. They are buying crores of machinery and getting commissions. We don't even get a deserving pay.

from pramodesinha at 14:49, Apr 10, 2010

Except for the politicians, bureaucrats and rich, all the rest are neglected and don't deserve to be alive.If all the expenses of an PM is calculated it may be well above 5 crores per month,leave apart the illegal money they mint,which also ultimately comes from the pocket of common people.

from raomeister at 09:47, Apr 10, 2010

from jay1jay1jay1 at 19:17, Apr 08, 2010
CRPF men need more facilities.. Nobody is against it.... But this is not the correct time to expose the weakness. It will be a advantage for naxals and their supporters... ...

from karunganni at 18:08, Apr 10, 2010
nothing new in this country under the nehru cln/when china attacked in 1962 or so our sodiers did not have weatherproof clothing proper footwear etc and Nehru's friend mr vk menon was the defence minister.these fellows the bureaucrats ands the politicians sitting in their airconditioned offices and having superclass facilities at home and drawing salaries and earning black money cannot be expected to know the conditions of the common soldier and the comman man.the pity our press and media has not cared to bring these out; they are more worried about the cineactors and sportsman and their private affiars and cater to the ugly rich.
Human rights is applicable when our forces are alive and battling as well. It is a shame that their working conditions are so pathetic and sub human and we expect them to put their lives on the block for us. The pomp surrounding the funerals of the braves slain is a mockery of the conditions they worked under when alive. We must improve their lot. For people who put their lives at risk for us we need to pay them well and ensure good human working conditions.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Mumbai terror attacks on November 11, 2008 shocked all Indians. Terror is like sting. It happens without your knowledge. But when you know about a terrorist group you can expect the worst. It is a fact that people of India not expected an open attack like that in Mumbai.. Like the sting group these terrorists also belong to one ruthless ethnic species; a species cause only nuisance to society.. Both operate on extortions. I salute the heroes who fought and the ones who sacrificed their life in Mumbai.. The following officials lost their precious life fighting for our country in Mumbai.

Shri Hemant Karkare
Shri Ashok KamteShri
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
Shri Rahul Shinde
Shri Mukhesh B Jadhav
Shri Ambadas Pawar
Shri Jayant Patel
Shri Vijay Khandekar
MC Choudhari
Shri Rahul S Shinde
Shri Mukesh B Jadav

Shri Arun Chitte
Shri Vijay Salaskar
Shri Shashank Shinde
Shri Bapusaheb Durugade
Shri Tukararm G Omale
Shri Balasaheb Bhosale
Shri Prakash P More
Shri Arune Chitte

I have not seen any media house giving a cover page story of any of these heroes framing each one in their cover page. When the attack happened they capitalized through flash headlines and stories for a week. That is it; flash news generate waves; at least for a while. I was more shocked to see a human touch journalist house framed a cover page for a spy and a detailed cover up on his adventures. What is so great about to give a cover page for a spy or for a sting specialist? is it inspire more of such group like stingers to follow his footsteps.

They promote villains anti- heroes- a kind of human touch. I rememeber  an incident my friend has told me recently.. She was stung by a media house through satellite after a fight happened in a website. Big guys were involved. Who the big guys? Name them; she asks. They were all masks after all to be cautioned about. Now they keep announcing that they circulate the sting material. What sting material? she asks. What you see in your house or in your family members you would have got from her. I don’t think you install a sting lens on your daughter’s first night to know how she celebrated to watch it with friends. I don't think you circulate the same material to your friends to write stories or sell it for a price. I think if you do such a thing you are not a human. Her fights, tantrums, she nursing her mother in hospital her fight with siblings, husband. If you sting and claim and threaten through your so called manipulators, you will not get a place among the real heroes. People with real greatness and class will not even venture in to such a mission.
You lower yourself to one spy frame work or even a level lower than that of it if you involve in such activities.  Terrorists and bollywood/hollywood low rate villians do such gimmicks. Real heroes will fight and die and will not fall for such gimmicks.
Salutation to real Soldiers.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


This is an Era of speed messaging. SMS. I keep receiving SMS.s from one number 9844198446, one brand idea. Their messages interrupt my  silent mornings, peaceful evenings and all in all they arrive in different wavelengths; in mornings a message on music, after noon about hot and spicy jokes and about IPL in the evening. If the content of message is an awkward outdated joke you feel like asking the message centre what exactly your problem, are you gone or crazy or mad. It is true a pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. Messages can be friendly or it can be for attacking some one. If you expect respect you should give that first. You can not call some one a whore or ugly and expect them to respect you. You know rape is a crime but a powerful cop with his power and influence escaped  from punishment for more than 19 years. One girl alone fought against the mighty system. She fought it all alone to prove that he should not rape one more woman. With power of might he would have ventured in to the same game of crime again and again if she would not have fought. She must have suffered a lot and injured her soul and heart and even many would have laughed at her misadventure. Jesus is gone to cross in silence. Not attacking or humiliating the people around him. He surrendered to the Lord who watches everything from above. When you read bible you should understand it and when you act against it you just turn as mere reader. Narayan Murthy in his book quotes that he ventured not for a company with more wealth; he ventured for  respectable firm. You will not get respect by rape or sting or by justifying all that as righteousness. You will not receive honour by hiring people to spread  malignant propoaganda to degrade others.I don’t think Jesus will come down from his holy cross and endorse or support such actions or statements.

I hope people understand the real meaning of Good Friday.