When Justice R Bhanumati in her farewell speech thanked her Lord Jesus today, India learnt that the R in her name stood for Ruth & some of the fog surrounding her judgements in Hindu sensitive cases became clearer. #Jallikattu#ChidambaramNararjarTempleCase
For 3 decades, this Judge opined & delivered judgements without us knowing her affiliations or ideology.
Thus it would not be unreasonable to make mandatory for Judges to declare the faith they practise when it comes to cases specifically related to other religions....
Specially since their names
may not give an indication of it.
As we have learnt the hard way over time, that the term & definition of secularism in India is warped & loaded against the majority community making it all the more imperative
For decades we watched films that catered to the lowest common denominator.
That not only dumbed down our cinematic sense but also froze us in a happy, unquestioning state that suited the powers-that-be.
With lazy scripts, mandatory songs, item numbers, puerile slapstick humour, unreal portrayal of Devis & ‘fallen’ women, heroes on celluloid that in real life should have been serving jail terms, the subliminal messaging of stereotypes we created Demi-Gods who sold us crap.
And those Demi-Gods exposed their goldfish level intelligence when they not only gave Headley a tour of the city, held up placards, lectured us, but instigated riots as well.
In 2013 during the course of a project I had the opportunity to work alongside a Scandinavian couple who had enjoyed their 3 year stint in India & had taken every opportunity to travel at length the country before returning home.
One day, as they were about to leave my office he turned to me & said:
~I have to ask you this ! Because I can no longer hold back the question.
How does a country of a billion people with a democratic tradition accept Sonia Gandhi, a foreigner, as the Super PM ?~
~I’m absolutely flabbergasted that Indians think they live in a democracy seemingly oblivious of the unconstitutionality of this person taking all major decisions. Worse than a dictatorship where at least the dictator pretends he has the mandate of the people~
Every time someone says #BoycottChineseProducts others pop up with -
Then throw your iPhone out…
Dump your car…
Close the pharma industry…
Bring down the statue…
For God’s sake the point is from NOW ONWARDS do whatever you can & make that dent no matter however small.
No one is expecting that big bonfire of Chinese goods
only in the last week I chose to buy -
an Indian oximeter over a Chinese one
Indian paint compressor
Indian plastic bucket
Indian LED strip lights
& I will continue to make that deliberate choice in whichever way I can.
So please don’t let the cynics & professional nay-sayers get you down.
Lead to bigger victories that affect the battle that eventually win the War.
Winning begins small~
So first thing this morning our Supervisor calls me to say that from our team of 60+ 3 left on Saturday via cycles for their village in Bihar.
This, despite salaries, an advance for any untoward requirement plus a supply of dry rations.
Reason: 5 men who worked from 9 am-9 pm on most days had now been cooped for 40 days in a claustrophobic small rented quarter.
After taking turns to cook their meals, wash their clothes they had absolutely nothing to do except except stare at the ceiling or check their phones.
On 4th May, when the reopening of the factory still seemed remote, they had run the idea of leaving for their homes to the Supervisor who had managed to dissuade them, then.
#RiyazNaikoo enjoyed spending time in his apple orchard & watching the apples scatter on the grass.
He didn’t come up with the Theory of Gravity because another Kashmiri boy had already cracked that.
So he tried his best to think up something smarter, but to no avail....
Till one day he said
‘Screw it’! & picked up the gun.
‘Not only will I look cool but some gushy journalist will call me a FB poster boy’.
Must admit I was a bit apprehensive about this military show of appreciation for #CovidWarriors ....
And that press briefing with the COD & three Chiefs didn’t exactly help assuage the uneasy newness of it all.
This morning however, received a WhatsApp message requesting the conference call scheduled for 9.30 am among supervisors, contractors & myself to discuss work & the graded opening tomorrow to be postponed by 90 mins or whenever the flypast gets over !
The general reaction thereafter on the conference call was of awe & respect.
In the words of my two most articulate co workers....
- Itne bade afsirron ne aake itna samman diya. Mera bhai hospital main kaam karta hai aur 2 hafte se ghar nahi aaya hai
By late 1949 after the Kashmir debacle General Nathu Singh recommended the Army begin recruitment in full swing.
From the usual 800-1000 recruits during my time in 1952,
a serious recruitment drive pushed by General Thimayya saw the Artillery Training Centre, Nasik Road flooded with 4-5000 to be trained.
However, with insufficient barracks, training equipment, beds, camp cots, mosquito nets & clothing.…
Depots sent us shorts leftover from the WW2 campaign of North African deserts where it was extremely hot in the day & cold at night.
So instead of issuing a pair of trousers these shorts could be brought down below knee level at sunset & folded up & buttoned in the morning !
A loose translation of the five suggestions recently made -
(inspired from the Doyenne of Loose Translations, Ms. Truschke)
You don’t have to repeatedly remind us of the work you are doing & the progress India is making.
The citizens must be kept ignorant as this kind of expectation can irrevocably spoil them.
We get our news from ShakerFaker’s The Sprint.
The figure of ₹20,000crs is as reliable as that story of the tanks rolling through the heart of Delhi one foggy, January night…
but we will not let you refurbish, upgrade any colonial edifice, even if its 100yrs old.…