Looking outside my Window

Looking outside my Window

As I look outside my window, I find glimmer of hopes. Living one day at a time on daily basis keeps me going. Appreciate being human on this earth, not the consumer goods you acquire with currency. ( the pigeon on my room window and the honest friend in the water ) . Doing good to others is not a duty, it is a joy, for it increases our own health and happiness.

( the pigeon on my room window )

The heart has a window too. In this cacophony of life , retrace and competition , we are lacking sensibilities. The life I am so busy planning and worrying about will likely not be as I imagine it. I will have forgotten something or an unforeseen circumstance will alter my plan. Did I know ten years ago that this is what I would be doing now? If only I could let go of the constant low level of anxiety about my unknown future, I am sure today would feel longer, deeper and less complicated. I can only solve today – it is the only time that is actually within my reach.

(I found the nest of sparrow on the bar of the window screen in the morning . This makes my day . )

In the morning, I wake up and say, “God, thank You for another beautiful day. I commit this day, my plans and my future into your hands.” When I start the day like this, I am acknowledging God. He promises to crown your day with success. Before you go to bed, I review my entire day and say : “Lord, thank You for a good night’s rest.” When you’re acknowledging Him in all your ways, He promises to direct your paths. He promises to lead and guide you into paths of peace, joy and everlasting life and I forgive myself for the mistakes I have committed consciously or unconsciously. This makes me free.

 

Image may contain: outdoor

(my  honest friend in the water tank  )

We are our own rescuers. Our relationships will improve dramatically when we stop rescuing others and stop expecting them to rescue us.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Advertisements

Life is a revolution . Zindagi har kadam ek nayi jung hai

Life is a revolution …..

This lyrics goes along with me ….  ( 20914678_10213273118198950_7747386639508583132_n… Life at every step is a new battle… Hausla na chhod, kar saamna jahan ka
Hausla na chhod, kar saamna jahan ka,Woh badal raha dekh rang aasman ka,Rang aasman ka,Yeh shiqast ka nahi, yeh fateh ka rang hai,Zindagi har kadam ek nayi jung hai (Don’t give up and fight the world, Look, the colour of the sky is changing, This is the colour of victory and not defeat).

This is not only a song to me, a part me too. Life is a continuous battle. Every favourable situation weakens your mind, and odds strengthen you. We lack infirmity of will. But it is ok. We rise, we fall but we have to stand. This song not only motivates me but also hit my soul hard not to stop. I am a lawyer; I never fight in the street. But there are some hooligans /criminal lawyers who assaulted me in the street. I will fight with them still my last breath. They started the war in the street but I will end them at Apex.

We will not achieve, we will not master that which goes unplanned in our dream world. We imagine first, and then we conceive the execution of a plan. Our minds prepare us for success. They can also prepare us for failure if we let our thoughts become negative. In this path of my recovery, I have to rigorously honest. If I at all cheat, I will cheat to myself. Life is a continuous sadhana. In the words Paramhamsa Satyananda , “Assaults , abuses , injustices, taunts , harassments , discomforts , etc . have strengthen my personality . Let me – Adapt, Accept, Accommodate, . Bear Insult, Bear Injury; highest sadhana.  Be fearless, Cowards never acquire power of life.”

War is justified only when it is meant to fight evil and injustice, not for the purpose of aggression or terrorizing people. The real war is within … change of thoughts and our personalities. A rebel reforms himself. Everything in Mahabharata is symbolic. Krishna awakens Arjuna … how to control the senses and emotions through Yoga. It is an inner awakening rather I can say. It is to face the inner war within infected by self –centeredness, jealousy, self seeking, self-delusion, anger , envy and prideful self Confidence, Ego and Big I .

Bhagavad Gita enlightens us how to you face and overcome fears/worries/social pressures/envy/Jealousy. It is not a philosophy a practical tool. An action taken too soon can be as ineffective as one taken too late. Itcan backfire and cause more problems than it solves. Usually, when we wait until the time is right – sometimes only a matter of minutes or hours – the discomfort dissolves, and we’re empowered to accomplish what
we need to do.

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.

20914678_10213273118198950_7747386639508583132_nThis post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

30 Minutes and Beyond

30 Minutes and Beyond

No automatic alt text available.

My theory, my point, my constitution, an independent viewpoint. What to write what not to write, thoughts come and evaporate. Writing needs a flow and a passion. Some reject, some accept, some edit but just let it happen. Most of the eminent personalities of the world have faced rejection but they were persistent in their effort  and that matters in their life.

Adversity and rejection creates mental strength, equilibrium and stability, while favourable situations weaken the mind. Only the progress made in the face of opposition is everlasting. I never fix up a limit to my writing. Whatever comes to my mind I jot it in my diary – a pocket size. Then later on I try to elaborate.

941307_10201907528866320_2143463533_n

Serious writers like Lt Uma Shankar Panda – an Odia Literature writer didn’t wait to be inspired. Serious writers roll up their sleeves and get down to the business of writing. According to him “Being inspired” smacks of amateurish, daydream passivity, the notion that some supernatural presence must appear before us before the words can flow. He draws inspirations basically from nature, human psychology, and the human behaviour. To be inspired by people is to be continually rewarded with story ideas. People are walking, talking stories. Everyone we encounter has the potential for contributing to our understanding of human nature—if we allow ourselves to be inspired by human nature in all its diversity. Inspiration matters because it prods us to traverse the full spectrum of human experience. An important part of what it means to be a writer is to become so turned on to the business of being alive, to be so completely inspired by life, that you will harvest ideas for writing everywhere—from books, from people, from music and other art forms, from the natural world, and most of all from your own inner resources. There are ripples created in the mind and heart which is expressed in the themes of poetries and other prose writings such as stories, novels and plays. He was very frank about it and declared openly. His advice to Young writers, ” He replied , “ A progressive trend is flourishing. Mindset style of work is gradually changing with the influence of social, political and life style of the countrymen at present.

To me writing is a journey. Meditating on my writing is injurious to health. Just read it and toss it away from your mind. This is absolutely bizarre. But still I fix up the timer and wrote this nonsensical stuff. I hope here from my bloggers and writers friends sooner.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Let the Honeymoon Continues… 

images

|| Let the Honeymoon Continues… ||

According to Albert Einstein “Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.”

It is wedding season in India, the time of year when astrologers say the omens are best for a long and successful marriage. There’s been a 100% increase in divorce rates in the past five years alone. Most of those splitting up are members of India’s thriving, urban middle class whose lives have been transformed by India’s boom, and whose aspirations are radically different to those of their parents and grandparents, and also downtrodden. The pressures of the modern workplace make a bigger difference, than whether it was a traditional arranged marriage, or a so-called “love marriage”. Ultra smart and ultra modern attitude and that to be borrowed one is the cause. Most girls they won’t prefer to stay within laws, for the reason best known. I also feel they lack patience and tolerance. They don’t want to put more efforts into a relationship to fix the issues, and they feel that escapism is the solution. The courts are now seeing so many new cases that the government has proposed making divorce easier and faster, in line with other countries. I met a person working at a MNC; they fell in love as teenagers, married in their early 20s and separated three years ago when she walked out. What is this? If both husband and wife is earning then it is beneficial as now days inflation increases. As well as why we should we waste her knowledge no doubt if she is earning equal or more than husband it creates some issues but it depends upon love and understanding. Today’s working environment has changed drastically. The economy having opened up, most companies are facing intense competition and this leads to tremendous pressure on employees. Working late, 6 days a week, without holidays and with a boss who breathes down your throat can create a lot of frustration and tension. This can destroy a marriage, whether it’s just one partner working, or both.

Nuclear families have meant loneliness for the non-working partner, compounded by moving away from familiar environments. This can result in estrangement, affairs, sex. Its,” main kyu karu ?”. The woman in the relationship, thinks herself to be independent, and an independent woman does not compromise irrespective to anything. On the other hand, a man in the relationship is “The Man”, why should he also compromise on being a stay -home dad. As, a result the relationship breaks. It is a two way thing! I want to divorce my husband because he is not well-endowed- A lady version. A marriage counsellor could also help, provided both of you decide to get out of denial. In my opinion, a woman satisfaction is in her head. Indian parents are very involved with their adult children’s life and life choices. So if your son/daughter is divorced, you as a parent have failed. This is an additional  thing for couples to think about. It’s just not about them, its also about the family. Men and women are probably equally honest about who they are before marriage. The problem is, we all leave things out-and it’s really hard to recount every experience that you’ve ever had to your significant other, especially if the experience/trait/story doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight for you, personally. Many people are just unrealistic when it comes to their expectations in marriage. You are marrying another person that lived a whole lifetime before they met you. People are complex by design. Women are not out there seeking to ‘trap’ or trick a man…there are very few (very, very few) men that it would be worth a woman’s effort to trap. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, but marry someone having a soul . Well, whatever men want, the truth is that women are not going to go back to their traditional gender roles in fact the opposite is happening. More and more women are going out into the big bad world…and it’s good. Modern industrialized society is different from an agricultural economy and women need to contribute. Whether for men or women, I guess greater comfort levels with the changed gender roles is a must! Women need to value and respect men who earn less than them and men need to put aside their egos when faced with a woman who earns more. Obvious but easier said than done! I just hope we don’t have to wait for another hundred years.

According to surveys and being a lawyer , I find man are the worst sufferers . These husbands were unfortunate to get a bride from feminist/matriarchal families, who play by the simple rule that either husband is under their thumbs, or they file legal/criminal cases on him to extort a ‘mutual’ divorce and settlement running starting from  demand of 20 lakh to no upper limit, or/and properties of husband’s family.  After that, they may enjoy that settlement money or target their next victim.  But it has been seen that their intention in life is more about destroying things and it is probably true that they don’t care about their societal image or even giving second marriage any seriousness.  For them, the only serious business about marriage is how to enslave husband and get his property and money if he balks at it.

Most men facing 498A, DV, maintenance etc are into private sector jobs Most of such men facing these issues are into professional jobs like IT, finance, BPO etc.  Very few will be from business or such related work.  Also, it is rarer to see men from independent professions like CA, doctors etc. They are from typical middle-class families, with a mindset of playing by the rules, and being good citizens etc.  It is easier to manipulate such families. Many reasons leads to divorce , High expectations are the key to everything unless of course we are talking about marriage. Expectations and laziness can go hand in hand when it comes to predicting whether a marriage will end in divorce. Men and women both make a lot of assumptions when it comes to marriage and what to expect from a marriage. These assumptions are based on many variables and problems arise when the outcome (marriage) doesn’t meet the assumptions or expectations. Expectations rarely align with the realities of what life is like inside marriage. I’ll give you an example of unmet expectations from my own marriage. Women are taught by society that men want sex, that men think about sex and that sex is just second nature to men. According to society, if you marry a man you can expect that man to want sex with you. According to a lady , “I married a man who defined his own rules when it came to sex. He didn’t think about sex, it was not second nature to him and since he married a woman who expected her husband to desire her sexually it goes without saying that there were problems in the marriage, problems that lead to divorce. If he had communicated to me before marriage his lack of desire I would not have married him.”  This is where communication and expectations play a role in the outcome of marriages. Communication before marriage can keep down any unrealistic expectations one may have of marriage. Separation is not about infidelity or unhappiness. Divorce can be and is avoided by those willing to work hard at marriage, those who know how to effectively communicate and those whose expectations are realistic.

It has been seen couple together for 23 years filling for divorce, strange. The reasons are far less dramatic. Some relationships have been in decline for decades and finally lose all their juice. A marriage doesn’t usually just blow up. It’s more like a balloon that has been seeping air for a long time. After a while, it’s totally deflated. A typical scenario is where a husband and wife live increasingly different lives: He gets more and more involved into work and she gets more and more into her children. Lack of communication and loss of trust are also issues that can seriously push a marriage toward divorce. The overwhelming majority of marriages are not presented with such mega challenges. Still, plenty of breakups occur after a relationship of many years. Although some people are able to negotiate the inevitable bumps in the road, for others those bumps turn into a sinkhole — something that they cannot seem to climb out of. Men, bored by the constraints of monogamy and domesticity, heartlessly dump their girlfriends or leave their wives. While newly-single men enjoy the freedoms of single-hood, their exes sob into a pint of ice cream. Men crave relationships and marriage  much as women .  If you know a guy who has recently gone through a breakup, don’t assume that he’s taking it easily. Obviously, it is important to provide the same help and sympathy to women, but women may have an easier time seeking a confidant and asking for assistance. It is not easy for both the sexes.

Sex is also an important aspect too, it cannot be ignored. The spark has to be on, libido. It is a lucky and unusual couple who, decades into a marriage, still feel the same passion for each other that ignited their early relationship. Far more common is the story of the once-happy sex life that has waned as the years passed — that initial physical bond becoming fractured in the maelstrom of raising children, earning a living, running a house and growing older. Sex is the vital component in a functioning relationship, but it doesn’t have to be incredibly frequent. A couple just need to know they have those moments of intimacy which only they share, and which bond them together.

God is worshiped as Shakti, the mother of all creation. The rites and rituals of Hindu marriage date back to our forefather Manu. In Manu Smriti it has been laid down that Hindus should conceive of marriage as a union meant for the performance of religious and spiritual duties. It could not take place without the performance of sacred rites and ceremonies. Although the modern age has given rise to adaptations to the way in which we carry out Hindu weddings, it seems appropriate that we continue passing down certain traditions that have been with us since time immemorial. Finally, when a relationship starts, there is usually an outpouring of affection. You want to show how much you care for that person and what better way than showering them with material gifts. These gestures will end, suddenly, whether it is because credit cards were maxed out, or annoyance creeps in. This can be a deal breaker. The truth is, slow and steady wins the race. If you are lucky enough to find someone who burns an eternal flame in your heart  – keep it that way. Feelings of butterflies don’t have to go away. True love is supposed to last forever, so why can’t the sensations last, as well?

By – Siddhartha shankar Mishra

( The author is a lawyer and work on Human Rights & Socio-Legal Awareness )

Media and its different shadows

Image result for journalism

Media and its different shadows

 Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, reporting and analyzing information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. Those who practice journalism are known as journalists. It is the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media such as newspapers or magazines. It is a style of writing for presenting bare facts to describe news events. Journalism plays a very important role in society.

Media should be the mirror of the society. Is the media to-day presenting the true reflection? For all the times Media tilt towards the big people. But in early days the tilt was for good cause. In present days the tilt is purely for deriving benefit. Media has not able to maintain it s status as a noble institution; but on the contrary is has turned into pure business.

In early days song, dance, drama and poetry etc. formed the media. It was more or less linked with religion. Its prime duty is to narrate greatness of the deities. But with that they propagate the good values in life and help to regulate the society with devotion & fear. Also it could create rebellion at the time of need. This form of media has not lost its relevancy.

Radio emerged during world war. It served the people and the government with dedication. It was a strong medium for cultural exchange worldwide. But its role was is limited as it remained under government control.

Emergence of print media provided scope for liberated and progressive views. It was the strong medium for spread of freedom, democracy and justice. It was given due importance in the liberated and democratic world. But misusing its status now a day it plays the role of power broker for rich & affluent people. Sometime before media people are struggling for batter pay and working condition etc. But now days they are able to generate all the benefits by any means.

Electronic media has emerged strong. Its audio visual effect has great impact. But its overdoses of information and focus on some particular class of people have a very demising effect. It sidelines the real issues and problems. The internet may break it barrier. It is immersing truly as peoples media. But it is an unruly brat.

 

Image result for journalism

In modern days Cinema is another strong media. Though it survives on the wealth of rich, even on criminally accumulated wealth; it would speak the problems of poor more effectively. It is able to raise the issues more sensitively and effectively. Perhaps it provides the closest reflection of the society and thoughts of its people. Even the Indian Cinema which is defamed for its unrealistic presentations is doing marvelous in presenting the reality of the society and people’s vies & thoughts in its own style.

Lots have been written so far about the tragic serial bomb blast at Mumbai’s Opera House,Zaveri Bazaar and Dadar, which had once again shattered the financial capital of world’s largest democracy. No doubt, it’s the most barbaric act of cruelty, yet again witnessed by the people of Mumbai. In the last one decade, the city of dreams has been deteriorated by five tragic bomb blasts. Though, each blast pillaged the city, it was unable to discolour the spirits of Mumbai people even by a stroke. These blasts were an act of mousiness by some miscellaneous group who think that by doing such things they can break the spirits of Indians. What they don’t know is that with every such incident, we Indian will become stronger.

No doubt, being the most prosperous city of the country, Mumbai is the most vulnerable location for such acts, which helps the instigators to gain maximum publicity, which is the central aim behind such terrorist activities. It’s not hidden from anyone that atrocious acts in big cities get maximum media coverage and attract global attention. Had these blasts taken place in some remote location of Jharkhand state or let’s say a tribal region of Assam, they would have surely have been forgotten within a day and might have been confined to the state news only.

As said by America’s all time great entertainer Will Rogers, “We don’t give our criminals much punishment, but surely give them plenty of publicity.” So, does it imply that most of the terrorist activities have been executed for the sole purpose of gaining outside publicity? And if it is so than, undoubtedly, media helps such obnoxious terrorist acts by providing them the unwarranted attention. Malcom X said once, “Media is the most powerful entity on the earth? It has the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, because Media control the mind of masses.” He had pictured media as a powerful medium in the mindset of common people. No doubt, media has huge competence but as they say, “big power comes with big responsibilities”. So here a question arises, whether today’s media is really responsible towards its duty or is it a victim of showering unwarranted prejudices towards some culled news only, to gain TRP which ultimately helps it to allure more advertisers.

The way the devoted endeavour of Swami Nigamanand had been neglected by Indian media long back in 2011; shows that it is attracted more towards hot cake type of saleable news and doesn’t bother a bit about news that’s related to life of common man. Not to forget that Swami Nigamanand died after fasting for nearly four months against illegal mining and stone crushing near the river Ganga in Haridwar in the same hospital of Dehradun where Baba Ram Dev was admitted. It’s an irony that the chivalrous effort of Swami Nigamanand could not attract the attention of India media whereas an uneventful hunger strike of Baba Ramdev, which was full of all sort of melo-drama, was covered by almost every media channel of the country.

In another outrageous event, when the Indian media was engaged in covering absconding Baba Ramdev in the capital city of the country, a small hamlet in remote Bihar was witnessing the brutal act of policy fiendishness, where almost 8 innocent villagers were killed from point blank. Two days prior, when Delhi was witnessing the hullabaloo of Baba Ramdev, in Forbesganj (small village of Bihar), around 200 people were protesting against the unjustified blockade of a connecting road between two villages, which has been blocked by a factory partially owned by a local MP. Instead of supporting the destitute villagers, police not only opened fire on the protestors and chased them to their homes, but also killed women and infants. Surprisingly, not a single media house covered this incident in its prime time news. It was only after a conscious team of an awaken society covered the news on their website that the local governing bodies came into action. But unfortunately, until now, this particular news of Bihar Police’s villainous act has not been able to gather the attention of national media. Quitesad!

Image result for journalism

The way media has celebrated the works of Jarnal Singh, Pavas Agarwal and Hitesh Chouhan, it deserves serious denouncement. You must be guessing what is common between these three men? All these people have been made popular by our media. They threw shoes at some of the most respected and designated figures of the country, like prime minister and home minister.

Similarly, at a point where media doesn’t leave any chance to cover live interviews of newbie cricketers like Virat Kohli or Ishant Sharma or telecast a full coverage of marriage ceremony of an athlete like boxer Vijender Singh, it’s painful to find that the coverage of National Games is not on their agenda. I am not questioning the contributions of Virat, Ishant or Vijendra. They have indeed brought huge laurels to the country and have received due acknowledgment from the society for it. But why always events like National Games suffer weird biasness. Aren’t national games importance? Despondently, it’s only the national doordarshan channel that covered the recently held National Games whereas all private news channels disaffiliate themselves from the games.

Today television channels and newspapers are making fast money by cashing on the news in wrong sense and wrong way. In the race to become more popular and to make money they have broken all the limits media must follow while serving to build a healthy and progressive society. They have no respect for the sentiments and ethics of the people and land whom they serve to, with their immense power to influence the masses they just make judgment like a true dictator rather than a good advice of a true friend as they previously used to do. If it will be going in the future then we people have to think about the role of media in our life.

I think media plays a very powerful role in bringing awareness in the society. And it has increased a lot off-the-late. The main reason is that common people rely on media to know all happenings. And the reach of media to common people has increased a lot nowadays. So the role of media is undismissable.

Lastly, according to me media is one of the most enlivening features of our life with fresh ideas and innovative use of technology. Admittedly, there has been a flood of wrong notions; medias are expression of creativity that need space and liberty to flourish. It is also the role of the media is to show the ugly picture of the society whatever may be the mirror reflects. Let not anybody play big brother and cripple the creative potential of the media.

All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.

MAHATMA – THE PHENOMENON

Image result for mahatma gandhi

MAHATMA -THE PHENOMENON

“Where the corrupt are without fear and hypocrisy is held high
Where graft is rampant ,Where the nation has been broken up into fragments,By casteist and regional walls,Where words come out from the shallowness of heart,Where tireless shielding of the debauched inches towards perfection,Where the clear stream of reason has lost its way,Into the dreary desert sand of scams,Where the mind is led forward by those at 
the helm,Into an ever-widening chasm of disillusionment,Into that hell of discontent, my leaders, you have led my country astray”

Mahatma Gandhi was a world leader, a visionary, a Yug-Purush. As a scientist, I am tempted to attempt a definition of Yug-Purush. The American thinker Thoreau said, “ A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance”. This is true of people like me because we are ordinary people. A handful of people appear amidst us once in a while, who prove exception to this rule. At one level, these exceptional people are products of their time. But at another level they transcend their times. Their perceptions, their insights, their concerns are truly universal, in time and space; they are neither constrained by the circumstances of their birth nor are they limited by the ignorance of their time. Mahatma Gandhi is one such exceptional transcendental Yug-Purush, who belongs to all Yugas. In today’s times of turbulence and violence, his thinking, his teachings and his philosophy are even more relevant. I, therefore, appreciate this opportunity to pay my humble tributes to him.

In 2006, a bollywood movie, Lage raho munnabhai, where a member of mumbai mafia began to engage with Gandhigiri ( a term used in the movie means the tenents of Gandhian thinking) by quitting his non-violent activities sensationalised as the latest fashion in the revival of Gandhism. Anna Hazare , who has used the Gandhian method of fasting against the corrupt government , has been more recently acclaimed as a second Gandhi.

Indian society has undergone a rapid change since M.K. Gandhi passed away.So why Gandhi and why now ? The success of Munnabhai and Anna’s movement shown that people of India still recall’s Gandhi’s message and Gandhi is still relevant today.

Mahatma Gandhi is remembered in the world for four major virtues. They are non-violence, truth, love and fraternity. By applying these four virtues he brought freedom to India.He was born in Porebandar of Gujarat on 2 October 1869. On August 15, 1947 India became free. Gandhi refused to join the official ceremonies in Delhi and instead went on a fast in Calcutta, in protest against the communal violence erupting all over the newly-partitioned country. In January 1948 he went to New Delhi and began another fast for peace between Hindus and Muslims. On January 30,1948 he was shot dead by Nathuram Godse.

After passing the Entrance Examination he went to England to study law. M. K.Gandhi was not born great. He was an ordinary child like many of us. M.K.Gandhi completed his law in England and came back to India in 1893. He started his career as a lawyer. He supported the poor and truthful clients. He went to South Africa to deal with the cases of a famous merchant named Abdula Seth.

In South Africa he faced many hurdles. He discovered that the white men were ill treating the dark Indians there. He himself was tortured and insulted by the white often.  In the famous train journey when Gandhi is thrown off the train, his host Abdullah Seth wires all the Muslim merchants to meet Gandhi at each station to give him support and comfort. I interpret this as how  solidarity between religions was an essential part of Gandhi constructing a unified “Indian” diaspora. It is quite the opposite of the religious nationalism of today. But I think Gandhi’s real legacy is for the entire world’s downtrodden. His connection of personal integrity and self respect as something the poor can claim, so that they embrace simplicity with dignity, rather than have poverty thrust upon them, is an idea that always appeals to the downtrodden. But it does not make for violent change of the status quo.

 

On another occasion he wore a turban and attended the Court. But the judge who was a white man ordered him: to remove the turban because he was a coolie-lawyer. Gandhiji fought against this unjust and cruel treatment. He observed Satyagraha there and became successful.

In South Africa he built up his career as a Satyagrahi. He returned to India in 1915. In India he found similar unkind treatment by the white rulers. He started the Non-co-operation in 1930 and the Quit India Movement in 1942. During his struggle he applied no jealousy and violence against the rulers. Finally, he succeeded. The British Government granted independence to India.

Gandhi’s diasporic period helped define his nationalism is an idea. The point is that it is when one is outside, feeling exiled or fragmented, that one desires unities ~ among regions, religions, philosophies in one’s own land ~ one may not be looking for these formerly, at home.

The sufferings Gandhi saw inspired him, both that of the Indian labourers and that of the Zulu and other original people from the region. His writings show great sympathy with the African people and it would be fair to say that watching plantation capitalism revolutionised him. The other potentially revolutionary idea was that solidarity and action can make even the very poor strong. In this he was receptive to the protest and revolutionary thought in the Atlantic half of the world. The Haitian revolution had already taken place, where slaves overthrew the plantocracy. Latin American movements for Creole independence had taken place. Marroon communities of African slaves had established their own areas, as had other separatist peoples creating their spaces removed from colonial governments.

He always remains to my mind one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century and his non-violence continues to impress so many. Whenever we ask young people internationally, who from the past century most influences them, they still say Gandhi.

Gandhi’s style of living was very simple. He removed the caste barrier. He called the untouchables as the Harijan, the children of God. He was a reformer. He told the Indians to do manual labour. He advised the students of his time to read vocational subjects in order to be self-dependent. He also advised to introduce hand-spinning as a subject in educational institutions. He was a strong supporter of agriculture.

Gandhiji was a spiritual man. He spiritualised the politics. He was pained to find that many politicians had become greedy for power soon after independence. He earnestly appealed them to work for the development of the country. He also told the people to love and tolerate each other. He read the Gita, the Koran, the Holy Bible and all other scriptures.

Gandhi has become, in India and around the globe, a simplified version of what he was: a smiling saint who wore a white loincloth and John Lennon spectacles, who ate little and succeeded in bringing down the greatest empire the world has ever known through non-violent civil disobedience. President Obama, who kept a portrait of Gandhi hanging on the wall of his Senate office, likes to cite him.

In post-colonial India, Ram Rajya as a concept was first projected by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji announced that Ram Rajya would be brought once Independence arrived. When he was asked about the ideal State, he talked about Ram Rajya. By using the Ram Rajya slogan, Gandhiji implied an ideal Rajya (without being communal) where values of justice, equality, idealism, renunciation and sacrifice are practised.

Gandhi dreamt about it.Some of our political parties has been talking about it. But Ram Rajya still remains a distant dream. But what exactly is Ram Rajya?

According to the Gandhi Ramrajya means “As he (Shri Ram) was incorruptible, people were prosperous: as he provided them complete security, they were able to engage themselves in creative and productive activities; as he offered them leadership by example, he was like a father unto them; and as in their hour of distress he was by their side to wipe their tears, he was like a son.”

The first criterion clearly shows that the prosperity of a nation as also that of an organisation is inversely proportional to the level of corruption at the top. Ram Rajya was not the complete monarchy. In this monarchy there was the full respect of public sentiments. There was no capitalism, no unemployment no castism a complete socialism.

Ram Rajya according to many scholars meant that the state (Rajya) was the sole legitimate agency wielding power (force), which imposes limits upon its exercise of power, either for the greater happiness of the people, or to evade a greater tyranny that could be caused by moral outrage or self-righteousness.

Historically, from the Ramayana, the chapter on Ayodhya gives a majestic description of Ram Rajya, where peace, prosperity and tranquility reigned, for there was no one to challenge the seat of Ayodhya, literally the land without wars. Incidentally in Hindi, “Ayodhya” means “a place where there is no war.” Hence “Ram Rajya” is described as an ideal society. Is there any country that doesn’t want peace, prosperity and tranquility?

According to many authors who have researched the Indian epic (Itihaas) Ramayana have concluded that Ram Rajya is not a myth or imagination, it is an historic truth of its time and for the time to come. It is not a proletysing concept and not a dystopian relic.

Just as an aside, though, I should point out that one could wonder whether it is completely fair to call Gandhi a revolutionary.  He didn’t lead an armed rebellion, like most revolutionaries.  He and many of his followers were willing to be killed, but they weren’t willing to kill.  And the term ‘revolutionary’ does tend to connote  the violent, rather than the peaceful overthrow of the old order.  So  I’m not sure we have a good word for exactly what Gandhi was.

Most revolutionaries – or whatever exactly Gandhi was – are utterly and inalterably convinced that they have morality wholly on their side.  Though Gandhi was a deeply principled man who constantly strove to be on the side of morality, he wasn’t big on claiming to know the moral truth.  And he actually thought that the ethical condemnation of one’s opponent was itself a form of violence.  And he rejected all forms of violence.

The change has been happening gradually over the last couple of decades. Mahatma Gandhi, the man who inspired people from Nelson Mandela to Steve Jobs, somehow began losing trust amongst his fellow countrymen.

Why does He not have a hallowed space amongst the youth today. Where and why did this change begin to happen? On the occasion of Gandhi’s death anniversary, it is a pertinent and significant question indeed.

Go to any city or town today and the only way people will smile at Gandhi is if they are looking at currency notes that have been imprinted with this face. In our hour of need, Gandhi stood up to the British and forged Independence with the help of others in a most peculiar fashion – through the use of non-violence.

But even his legacy of non-violence has steadily been pushed aside in favour of aggression. We worship individuals who show dominating traits in all fields today. A Narendra Modi over Rahul Gandhi, Salman Khan over Sharukh Khan.

This has meant that the new generation, free from the qualms of having any memory associated with Independence, can view Gandhi as a man, not a phenomenon. Gandhi the man, it turned out, was full of faults. However, it is necessary to see how many of these faults are actually true.

The man who truly believed that India resided in its villages had a daily schedule that was daunting. Individuals who wish to experience Gandhi’s lifestyle should visit Sewagram near Nagpur where his disciples still follow the daily timetable set by Gandhi more than seven decades ago.

Today, we view dispassionately the way Gandhi went about achieving Independence. Some will argue we have become hungrier as a country – hungry for more success and getting a place in the sun for ourselves. Our capitalism is the best foot forward, some others will add as a rejoinder, conveniently forgetting the Swadeshi Movement.

Gandhiji’s altruistic philosophy may appear to be an utopian ideal. However, if we want to find permanent solutions to life’s problems, it is essential to adopt universal welfare as a central precept. Only an individual with considerable self-respect, unshakable faith in human nature and detachment can find sanity where alienation, soaring crime and unmitigated violence are ripping the society apart.

Today Mahatma Gandhi is no more a person, he has become a phenomenon. In his lifetime he fought for many causes; colonialism, racial discrimination, economic exploitation and India’s Independence, but predominantly he fought for human rights which was the pivot of his existence. His weapons were Satya (truth) and Ahimsa (non-violence).

Gandhiji’s entire life was a powerful message for mankind. His every breath was dedicated to the pursuit of truth (god), in its most pristine manifestations, justice and liberty for man.

I would sorry to state that “the mind is always with fear and the head down.” We are victim of insecurity, life always on threat , we camouflage our intention , we hide our conscience. A sense of guilt always hover around us.

The poet Rabindranath Tagore prays to God that Indians should be logical and progressive in thoughts and actions. They should have a power to reason out the bad thoughts and useless customs. Only God can help make India a paradise on earth.

Critically, The whole world of man must be re-integrated; narrow, parochial walls fragmenting the world are to be demolished for achieving this holistic oneness.Reason is like a ‘clear stream’, the transparency of which should not have been swallowed up by outdated and irrelevant customs–‘the dreary desert sand of dead habit’.

The Govt. is a reflection of the citizens who vote them into power. We are an ignorant, despicable, corrupt  and divisive lot who have a long way to go.

Today we have luminaries of a different kind. We have political leaders in jail fighting to save their skin in a scam of mammoth proportions, armymen colluding in a housing scam related to the land allocated to martyrs and certain leaders coming down hard on those who are protesting for a cause – a cause to free their nation of corruption.

It is said that change is a part of evolution. So, if the times change and the people change, so must our expressions. What made sense a 100 years ago for us is history. The present should search for its own interpretation of the times that we live in.

By forgetting Him who gave us our Independence is a grave offence.Actually it was not Godse who assasinated Gandhi , it is we who are assasinating Him each and every day by our deeds/karmas. And to mark Gandhi as a weak individual worthy of our contempt after all these years is going too far.

On this day, fellow Indians, let us pledge to act on our conscience and do our bit for the good of our beloved nation.

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,

SAMBALPUR,ODISHA 

’ I am taking my Alexa Rank to the next level with #MyFriendAlexa ’ with Blogchatter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shhh! Silent

Image result for silent

Shhh! Silent

“Shhh! Don’t tell anyone” – some says… a society troll you all lifelong. They say life is secret, don’t reveal it. But, life is an open book. Bang On! Be silent – Time will say…..

When zest is non-existent in our lives, no activity appears tempting. In fact, most situations foster fear. With fear, we’re ever so familiar. This life we’re committed to relieves us of all fear, when we progress on it with awareness. And it provides us the enthusiasm that will assure positive outcomes for our efforts, when we look to our inner core for the right attitude.

Don’t speak …. Until you are successful. That is the mantra. Keep on doing your sadhana , someday it will manifest. Those people who speak less achieve their target than who speak loud but no action. A steady and persistent approach is always the foundation behind every successful man.

There is always a purpose which much more than eating, sleeping and drinking. This is not a philosophy, this is practical. I can remember when I felt so isolated and alone. I used to look at people talking with their friends, families playing in the park, lovers holding hands, and I felt so different and awkward. I always looked at life from the outside. I was the boy without an invitation to the party. The symptoms of alcoholism!

Living a spiritual life without anybody’s approval gave a purpose to live life in full gusto.

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’