Sunday, September 20, 2015

4 Questions by TRAI seeking public opinion on the issue of frequent Call Drops

TRAI asked for the public opinion on the call drop issue and requested the consumers to answer the following 4 questions:
Here are our answers.

Q1: Do you agree that calling consumers should not be charged for a call that got dropped within five seconds? In addition, if the call gets dropped any time after five seconds, the last pulse of the call (minute/second) which got dropped, should not be charged. Please support your viewpoint with reasons along with the methodologies for implementation.

Ans: This is without doubt that calling consumer should not be charged for the dropped call (within 5 sec) but even if the call gets dropped anytime during the length of the conversation, the complete call should not be charged if the length is below 5 minutes OR the first 5 minutes should not be charged if the length is more than that. The cap of five minutes is only in the support of Telecom Companies.

The motive of TRAI and the Ministry of Communications and IT is to meet the quality of service benchmarks and that can be done if strict rules are applied. We want to reach to a situation where calls are not dropped at all, and for that the Regulator and the Govt. should bind the Telecom Companies to take the issue seriously. First 5 sec and Last Pulse limit is very less for these cash rich companies who have ignored this issue since long and are still not serious about it.

Q2: Do you agree that calling consumer should also be compensated for call drops by the access service providers? If yes, which of the following methods would be appropriate for compensating the consumers upon call drop?
(i) Credit of talk-time in minutes/ seconds
(ii) Credit of talk-time in monetary terms
(iii) Any other method you may like to suggest.
Please support your viewpoint with reasons along with the methodologies for implementation.

Ans: Yes, the calling consumer should definitely be compensated and the compensation should be in monetary terms (point ii).

The amount as per the applied tariff should be credited to the consumers' prepaid or postpaid account with reference to the rules mentioned in the first point. The credit compensation is important because, Telecom users in the present time use various services in addition to the calling through the mobile phones. If the compensation is made in the monetary terms, the consumer can avail it in a better way.

Q3: If the answer to the Q2 is in the affirmative, suggest conditions/limits, if any, which should be imposed upon the provision of crediting talk-time upon call drop and usage thereof.

Ans:  The amount as per the tariff of the consumer should be credited to the consumers' prepaid or postpaid account in monetary terms with reference to the rules mentioned in the first point. He should be able to use that credit across services that the Telecom Operator provides.

Q4: Is there any other relevant issue which should be considered in the present consultation on the issue of call drops?

Ans: Apart from Call Drops, many customers are also facing the poor connectivity issues inside their houses or offices or at certain places. To overcome this, the Telecom Companies should be bound to release mapping of the signal strength at the different parts of the city like it happen in few other countries.

These questions can be accessed at the this link: 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Do One Mumbai, Loose Balochistan" - How Pakistan and Media misinterpreted it.

Media, Pakistan and many others are interpreting this comment of Shri Ajit Doval as a threat to Pakistan that if they do another Mumbai, they might loose Balochitstan. But probably, in the race to create headlines, or because of the cluttered mindset, people have overlooked and misinterpreted the statement.

Though, none other than Shri Doval can accurately tell us what he meant, here is one logical interpretation.
What Shri Doval said: 
"You can do one Mumbai, you may loose Balochistan."

If you look closely, there is no "One more Mumbai". Now, if you listen to the complete clipping of the below video (find the details here), you will see that he was giving a speech to students at a University and was telling them the Modes of Engagement.


What he actually meant:
After explaining the Modes of Engagement and the importance of the Defensive Offense Mode, he said if India has adopted this mode instead of the Defensive Mode which India was on at the time of Mumbai 2008, Pakistan would have known that if they go ahead with those attacks, they might loose Balochitsan and they might have never done it.

Though, it does not matter if Shri Doval has actually issued this threat; he is very much entitled to do that, but misinterpretation is a crime.

And dear Pakistan, you can always go ahead and take this as a threat; if that serves you better.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How India nailed Pakistan in the War of Words and Diplomacy

Even after the strict warning from the Indian side against the meeting of Pakistani Govt. with the separatist group Hurriyat's leaders alongside the NSA Level talks; defiant Pakistan continued to do whatever possible to make India cancel the talks and earn a brownie point in their fake International Diplomacy. (Though we believe that the matter of Terrorism, ceasefire violations and infiltration needs to be handled on ground with appropriate military action; but we also know that diplomacy should also proceed in it's own merit.)

On this, +Ministry of External Affairs, India spokesperson, Vikas Swarup issued a strict advisory to Pakistan against meeting with the separatist Hurriyat leaders from +Jammu & KashmirLink to the Media Video

Paksitan's MEA and NSA Sartaj Ajiz called a press conference and reiterated that Pakistan wants to include Kashmir in the talks and would meet Hurriyat leaders.

You can watch him in the following video:

To these points India's MEA Sushma Swaraj sent a stern and apt reply which every Indian should know and understand.

First she clarified the meaning of so called "Dialog" and stated that this scheduled meeting between the two NSAs is neither the Composite Dialog or the Resumed Dialog that started between India and Pakistan in 1998.

Rather, it is a meeting to proceed in the direction to enable the two countries to resume that Resumed Dialog.

She clearly mentioned that to resume the Composite Dialog which includes the topic of Jammu & Kashmir among the other topics, we have to first talk on Terrorism, Ceasefire violations and the issues that are obstructing the regular dialog process. This NSA Level, DG BSF & DG Pakistan Rangers, and DGMOs talks is a step in that direction.

But it takes a sensible person, entity, Nation or leadership to understand this.

In her own words,
  1. भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच में होने वाली हर बातचीत को वार्ता नहीं कहा जा सकता| 
  2. ... उस Composite Dialogue को ही हिंदी में वार्ता कहते हैं । बाकी जो भी बातचीत होती है वो साधारण बातचीत है । 
  3. (1998 में) ये पहला Composite Dialog था जिसमें यह शब्द आया जो बार बार सरताज़ अज़ीज साहब कह रहे हैं, All Outstanding Issues including Jammu & Kashmir ।
  4. 2010 में वापस इसको (Composite Dialog) बहाल करने की बात की गयी और इसका नाम बदल कर Resumed Dialog रख दिया गया । 
  5. लेकिन 2012 में जब सीमा पे फायरिंग हुई और beheading की घटना हुई, हेमराज जो हमारे सैनिक थे उसका सर गया, और उस समय प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह जी का बयान आया, 'There cannot be a Business as usual with Pakistan', तो यह प्रक्रिया रुक गई ।
  6. उफ़ा में जब प्रधानमंत्री नवाज़ शरीफ़ और प्रधानमंत्री +Narendra Modi मिले, तो Composite Dialog या Resumed Dialog की बहाली नहीं हुई... जो बार बार कह रहे हैं सरताज़ साहब कि On all outstanding issues including Jammu & Kashmir.
    On all outstanding issues [के बारे में] यह कहा गया की we are prepared for that, वो preamble में रखा गया । लेकिन एक Operative Part उफ़ा का बना । [Read it here].
  7. हम बार बार कहते हैं की Terror and Talks can't go together, आतंकवाद और बातचीत एक साथ नहीं चल सकते । और हम यह भी कहते हैं कि कोई भी सार्थक बातचीत आतंक और हिंसा से मुक्त वातावरण में ही हो सकती है । A productive dialog can take place in an environment free from Terror and Violence... तो दोनों प्रधानमंत्रियों के बेच यह सहमति बनी के क्यों न हम पहले आतंक और हिंसा के संदर्भ में ही बात कर लें। यानि Terror और Talks को de-link किया गया। 
  8.  और उफ़ा में यह सहमति बनी के हम एक बातचीत आतंक पर कर लेते हैं और एक बातचीत सीमा पर शांति के लिए कर लेते हैं । तो आप देखेंगे के Composite Dialog में जो स्तर था Counter Terrorism का वो Home Secretary level था। उस स्तर को बढ़ाया गया। 
  9. ये बात मौखिक नहीं हुई थी, ये बात लखित में हुई थी । 
  10. तीन मीटिंग इसमें तय हुई और वो तीन मीटिंग में से
    एक मीटिंग थी NSA स्तर की - जो आतंकवाद पे होनी थी
    एक मीटिंग थी DG-BSF और [DG-]Pakistan Rangers की - जो सीमा पर शांति के लिए होनी थी
    और एक मीटिंग थी DGMOs की - जो Ceasefire Violations के सन्दर्भ में होनी थी 
  11. ये तीनो चीज़ें इतनी क्लियर थी, दोनों ने सहमति दी और दोनों विदेश सचिवों ने पढ़कर सुनाई।
  12. भारत की तरफ से 23 July को खत चला गया, उसका जवाब कब आया आप जानते हैं - 14 अगस्त को। आज से 8 दिन पहले। हमने एक महीने का नोटिस दिया, वो 22 दिन तक उसको लेकर बैठे रहे। 
  13. DGMOs की तारीख़ आज तक नहीं आई। DG-BSF की मीटिंग की तारीख़ NSA की मीटिंग के बाद की दी - 6 सितम्बर की।
  14. तीनों मीटिंग्स न हो इसकी बुनियाद उन्होंने रख दी। 
  15. मित्रों दबाव हम पर काम नहीं था क्यूंकि उन्होंने जाने के बाद [उफ़ा से] आतंक का रास्ता छोड़ने के, उस आतंक को गहराया।
    उफ़ा से लेके अब तक 91 बार Ceasefire Violation हुआ है।
    केवल वो संघर्ष विराम के उल्लंघन तक नहीं रुके, 27 जुलाई को गुरदासपुर घटा। [Read about it here]
    एक सप्ताह के अंदर ही उधमपुर घटा जिसमें हमारे BSF के जवान भी मारे गए और एक आतंकवादी इनका ज़िंदा पकड़ा गया
    ।  [Read about it here]
  16. ये घटनाएं कारण बन रही है, और भी ज्यादा प्रासंगिक बन रही हैं के ये टॉक्स होनी चाहिए। हमने घर का हर दबाव झेला। हर राजनीतिक दल का दबाव झेला। 
  17. पर ultimately इन्होने एजेंडा जब हमारे पास व्यापक करके भेजा तब हमने इनको 18 तारीख़ को जवाब दिया और कहा कि देखिये आपने जो हमें कहा हैं के आतंकवाद के अलावा सो सारी बातें आपने Composite Dialog वाली कह दी; [लेकिन] यह जो मीटिंग NSA के स्तर पे होनी है, ये आतंकवाद पे ही होगी। इसमें कोई दूसरा विषय नहीं जुड़ सकता। 
  18. भारत वो माहौल बनाना चाहता है जिसमें वो [Composite Dialog वाली] बातचीत हो सके।  और उफ़ा में जो हुआ मित्रों, वो Resumed Dialog को बहाल करने के लिए नहीं हुआ, Composit Dialog को बहाल करने के लिए नहीं हुआ, बल्कि Composit Dialog जो बाद में Resumed Dialog के नाम से जाना जाता है, उसको शुरू करने का माहौल बने, इसलिए हुआ। 
  19. जितने विषय आज Pakistan कह रहा है, All outstanding issues including Jammu & Kashmir, उन सब पर बात होगी। लेकिन कब होगी, जब पहले आतंकवाद और हिंसा समाप्त होगी। और आतंकवाद और हिंसा समाप्त हो, इसके लिए ये बातचीत तय की गयी है।
  20. अब इस बातचीत को ही ख़त्म कर दो, इस बातचीत में ही मत आओ, उसके दायरे को बड़ा कर दो, फिर हुर्रियत को stakeholder मानो, मित्रों कोई शिमला के समझौते की spirit भी है। दोनों देश हस्ताक्षरी हैं उसपर। जिसमें हमने यह कहा है कि जब भी भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच में वार्ता होगी, मैं वार्ता शब्त इस्तेमाल कर रही हूँ, तो केवल भारत और पाकिस्तान दो देशों के बीच में होगी। ना कोई तीसरी पार्टी ना कोई तीसरा व्यक्ति उसमें मध्यहस्ता करेगा, ना भागिदार होगा।
  21. उफ़ा की spirit का सम्मान करते हुए आप बातचीत का दायरा आतंकवाद से आगे मत ले जाइये और आप आना चाहते हैं तो ये दोनों बातें मैं आपसे कहती हूँ, आप तीसरे को पक्षकार मत बनाइये - भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच में बातचीत होनी चाहिए - और आतंकवाद से आगे दायरा मत बढाइये, आपका स्वागत है। 
  22. Composite Dialog के issues NSA Level पे तय नहीं हो सकते।
  23. उफ़ा की सहमति बिलकुल एक अलग सहमति है और दोनों चुने हुए प्रधानमंत्रिओं के बीच में बनी है। 
  24. Terror and Talks नहीं हो सकते पर Talk on Terror तो desirable है। 
  25. मैं आज भी कह रही हूँ के आप तीसरे पक्ष को पक्षकार मत बनाइए, बात भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच में कीजिये और आतंकवाद से आगे इस बातचीत का दायरा मत ले जाइये। केवल आतंकवाद पे बात करने आइये, आपका स्वागत है। 

Don't miss the video below:

Pakistan was not able to understand what they have signed in Ufa and they had to cancel the talks later to have a better understanding on it.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

जगाओ मेरा देश

Sunday की सुबह, आराम से अपने gadgets के साथ time बिता रहा था।  तभी flat के बहार से ढोल की तेज़ आवाज़ ने disturb कर दिया। मन में विचार आया की ये क्या अनन्याय है? अपने घर में भी शांति से नहीं रह सकते है क्या?
जब balcony में जा के देखा तो विचार गधे के सिंग की तरह गायब हो गए ।  एक 7 - 8 साल की लड़की पतली से रस्सी पे करतब दिखा रही थी। उसकी माँ थाली बजा रही थी और भाई ढोल। पहले round में सर पर बर्तन रख कर चलना था, फिर slipper पहन कर, फिर थाली को पैरों में ले कर, etc । हर round के साथ difficulty level और बढ़ जाता। इसी बीच 3 - 4 लोग अपने घर से बहार निकल के तमाशा देखने आ गए। अपने साथ अपने बच्चो को भी ले आये। 
तमाशा खत्म होने पर किसी ने ताली नहीं बजाई। सब पैसे देने के डर से ऐसे बर्ताव करने लगे जैसे उन्होंने तो कुछ देखा ही नहीं। कुछ लोगो ने चिल्लर निकल कर दान धर्म पूरा कर लिया। ये बताना ज़रूरी नहीं है की पैसे थाली में दूर से डाले गए जैसे की वो अछूत हो। पैसे ले कर ये 3 सदस्य परिवार बिना वक्त ज़ायर किये अपना सामान उठा कर आगे (अगले show के लिए) चला गया। और मैं नम आखो से blogger खोल कर बैठ गया। 

दोष किसको देता - 300 साल के मुग़ल राज को ? 200 साल के अंग्रेजी साम्राज्य को ? 60 साल के congress राज को ? या 7 महीने पुरानी अच्छी सरकार को ? क्युकी दोष देना तो ज़रूरी है न। हिन्दू मुस्लमान को  दोषी कहते है, मुस्लमान हिन्दू को। पिछड़े ब्राह्मण को और ब्राह्मण reservation को। congress bjp को और bjp  बाकी सबको। 
जिस देश में बच्ची को अपना पेट  भरने के लिए जानलेवा करतब करने पड़ते है वो देश तो दोष साबित करने में मग्न है। किसी और की बेटी को ऐसा करते दिखने के लिए अपनी बेटी को भी साथ में लाया जाता है। तमाशा ख़त्म होने पर साफ़ सुथरे कपडे पहनी convent स्कूल की बच्ची एक निर्जीव आँखों वाली लड़की को 10 का नोट देती है। क्या यही है वो गौरवशाली भारतीय संस्कृति जिसका उल्लेख Chinese, Greek और European किया करते थे। 
आजम खान, योगी आदित्यनाथ और ओवैसी के लिए हिन्दू या मुस्लमान होना बड़ा है चाहे ऐसी बच्चियों का पेट भरे या नहीं। उन्हें क्या मतलब। चाहे देश का प्रधान सेवक लाल किले से 10 साल कोमी एकता का आह्वान कर ले। निरंजन ज्योति को क्या मतलब। VHP को क्या मतलब। वो तो बस गिनती देखते है। इतने मुस्लमान और इतने हिन्दू। कितने भूखे मुस्लमान और कितने भूखे हिन्दू इससे उन्हें क्या लेना। बस गिनती बढ़ जानी चाहिए जैसे Agra में बढ़ गयी। 
आज देश की दुर्दशा ऐसी है की विकास के model को छोड़ कर सभी लोगो को अपना धर्म, अपनी जाति याद आ रही है। जब सत्यार्थी को दुनिया सम्मान दे रही होती है तब हम गोडसे जैसे हत्यारे को सम्मान स्वरूप clean-chit दे रहे होते है। वह रे मेरे देश। 

जन-गण-मन लिखने वाले Tagore ने "where the mind is without fear" भी लिखी थी। P V Vartak का बस चलता तो इस कविता को भी देश विरोधी बोल देते। पर मुझे लगता है आज के इस भारत को Tagore की बात को सुनने की ज़रूरत है। इसे संजीदगी से पढ़े और सोचे क्या हमे ऐसा भारत देश नहीं चाहिए, क्या अब इस देश को नींद से नहीं उठ जाना चाहिए। .... 

जगाओ मेरा देश, जगाओ मेरा देश 
मन में भय की बूँद भी न हो , माथा ऊंचा लहराए 
ज्ञान मुक्त आज़ाद ले साँसे , धरती बाँट न पाये 
सच की कोख से शब्द जनम ले , कर्म की धरा कल कल 
दौड़े रेगिस्तान चीर दे नदी विचार की छल छल 
चौड़ा सीना अभिमान का, न हो टुकड़े टुकड़े 
भाव सुरीले बंदिश में हो और सुरीले मुखड़े 
प्रहार करो (हे प्रभु), प्रहार करो 
जगाओ मेरा देश, जगाओ मेरा देश 

(प्रसून जोशी का रहमान के लिए लिखा गया संस्करण)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What PM Modi said in UN in reply to Pakistan on Kashmir

India's Response to Pakistan on Kashmir in the UN

Nawaz Sharif : More than six decades ago, the United Nations passed resolutions to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting for the fulfillment of that promise.

Many generations of Kashmiris have lived their lives under occupation, accompanied by violence and abuse of their fundamental rights. Kashmiri women, in particular, have undergone immense suffering and humiliation. 

For decades, attempts have been made, both under UN auspices and bilaterally in the spirit of the Lahore Declaration, to resolve this dispute.

The core issue of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved. This is the responsibility of the international community. We cannot draw a veil on the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan is ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations. Our support and advocacy of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is our historic commitment and a duty; as a party to the Kashmir dispute.

Narendra Modi's response:

+Narendra Modi  : This includes Pakistan. I am prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism, to promote our friendship and cooperation. However, Pakistan must also take its responsibility seriously to create an appropriate environment. Raising issues in this forum is not the way to make progress towards resolving issues between our two countries. Instead, today, we should be thinking about the victims of floods in Jammu and Kashmir. In India, we have organized massive flood relief operations and have also offered assistance for Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Monday, September 1, 2014

PROud Kabaddi

Jaipur Pink Panthers have become first ever Pro Kabaddi champions beating UMumba 35-24 in an action-packed clash yesterday.

According to latest TRP ratings Kabaddi has become the second most watched game in India next to IPL. People are thrilled to see a gali-mohalla game to reach such heights of popularity while the other games like hockey and football has been striving for such popularity in India for many years now.

The Indianness of Kabaddi makes it special. It originated in Indian soil and hence has an Indian essence in it.

For example, the concept of 'revival' or 'sanjeevani' of a player when a raider scores touch point in oppositions's half. It means the 'out' player can be brought to life again. This is symbolically equal to the concept of rebirth in most of India-born religions like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism where life is cyclical. This concept in missing in other sports like cricket, boxing etc wherein out literally means out. You can not return back to the game once you are declared out. It strikes similarity with western mythology where life is linear and so you have only one life. Hence the sense of urgency arises to do everything, achieve everything in one lifetime.
Another example in Kabaddi is of a raider fighting for a point in opposition's half in order to revive his teammate. This exhibits Indian belief system of paropkar and karma. This is not evident in foreign games like relay race wherein a player passes batons to his teammate who then runs for fulfilling former's goal.

Signing off with a note - Lets enjoy this wonderful game and keep alive its essence. 'Khel Kabaddi!'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

गर्व से कहो हम हिन्दू है

सरे देश का मीडिया और Secularism के रक्षक बेचारे मोहन भागवत के ऊपर टूट पड़े है। जैसे उन्होंने कोई नया बयान दे दिया है या बहुत बड़ी बात बोल दी हो। वास्तव में मोहन भगवत ऐसे बयान देते रहे है और ये ही उनका काम भी है। जिस दल के वे सदस्य है वो ये सालो से करता आया है। शुरुवात सावरकर ने की थी (जो की RSS से जुड़े हुए नहीं थे) जब उन्होंने एक परचा बाटा था जिसमे हिन्दू की परिभाषा को चुनोती दी गयी थी। तब से आज तक ये सवाल कई बार उठता रहा है और उठता रहेग. क्यों? क्युकी idea cellular के विज्ञापन की तरह हम तब तक उल्लू बनते रहेंगे जब तक हम अपने अक्ल के परदे पीछे न कर दे।

जिन लोगों को पूरी बात मालूम नहीं है उनको में बता दू की हाल ही में मोहन भागवत के बयान आये जिसमे उन्होंने ऐसी बातें कही जो की कुछ लोगो को आपत्तिजनक लगी:-
  • यह देश एक हिन्दू राष्ट्र है और हिंदुत्व इसकी पहचान है
  • इस देश में रहने वाले सभी लोगो की पहचान हिन्दू है
  • अमेरिका में रहने वाला अमेरिकन, जर्मनी में जर्मन तो हिंदुस्तान में रहने वाला हिन्दू क्यों नहीं?
  • हिंदुत्व मतलब hinduism नहीं बल्कि hindu-ness है
Refer: Link 1 and Link 2

आप भी सोच रहे होगे की इसमें क्या गलत है? अब इन्ही बातो को किसी minority लीडर के मुख से सुने तो ये कैसी लगेगी:
  • भारत हिन्दू राष्ट्र नहीं है, भारत secular state है. और संविधान भी येही कहता है की हम भारतीय है और भारत हमारा देश है
  • किसी मुस्लमान की पहचान हिन्दू शब्द कैसे हो सकता है 
  • इस देश का नाम भारत है और हम सब भारतीय है. अगर हिंदुस्तान देश का नाम रखना है तो हम हिंदुस्तानी क्यों नहीं? सिर्फ हिन्दू क्यों?
  • हिंदुत्व का मतलब हिन्दू लोगो का मुसलमानों के ऊपर वर्चस्व बनाये रखने वाला आन्दोलन है
आपत्ति सिर्फ मुस्लमान minority के शुभचिंतक को हो रही है। बाकि सभी minorities जैसे सिख, christian को कोई परेशानी नहीं है। 

इस पुरे विवाद में भागवत जी उल्लू बना रहे है और बाकी सब उल्लू बन रहे है। क्युकी वे हिन्दू शब्द के साथ खेल रहे है। वे जब चाहे हिन्दू शब्द को धर्म से जोड़ देते है और जब चाहे उसे संस्कृति की परिभाषा दे देते है। शब्दों से खेलना भी एक कला है! ऐसा करने से उनका उल्लू तो सीधा हो जाता है मगर बेचारे 'भोले-भाले' लोग बहक जाते है और दंगा फसाद हो जाता है। अब इसमें भागवत जी की क्या गलती!

भारत   नेपाल   भारत    सऊदी अरब 
 धर्म  सनातन सनातन  मुस्लमान   मुस्लमान 
 संस्कृति  हिन्दू  नेपाली  हिन्दू   अरबी (Saudi)
 नागरिकता  भारतीय  नेपाली  भारतीय   अरबी (Saudi)
हमे चाहिए की हम हिन्दू शब्द के मतलब को समझे। हिन्दू कोई धर्म नहीं है बल्कि संस्कृति है। जो लोग वेद पुराण को मानते है वो लोग सनातन धर्म के अनुयायी है ठीक वैसे ही जैसे कुरान को मानने वाले मुसल्मान। परन्तु भारत में रहने वाला हिन्दू नेपाल में रहने वाले हिन्दू से सांस्कृतिक रूप से अलग है ठीक वैसे ही जैसे भारत में रहने वाला मुसलमान अरब देशो वाले मुस्लमान से। 
हमे हिन्दू शब्द को बाँटने वाली नज़रो से नहीं जोड़ने वाली नज़रो से देखना होगा और इसे निःसंकोच अपनाना होगा। इसीमें देश हित है।  

आओ गर्व से कहे हम हिन्दू है
(सांस्कृतिक रूप से)

Friday, August 15, 2014

In search of Indian Independence Day

India is a country of festivals - this is an unforgettable line from school-time essay on Diwali. This line suddenly jumped from the subconscious section to the think-and-process section of my mind when few days back I read that Dainik Bhaskar has started a campaign to boycott Raksha Bandhan -a hindu festival. This initiative was named I pledge to respect woman:
Case I - Forced celebration
What happened next was a bunch of 'sanskriti ke rakshak' started #boycottdainikbhaskar movement online. They said it's anti-hindu and Dainik Bhaskar has no right to forcefully stop hindus from celebrating their festival.  Leading to Dainik Bhaskar abandoning the initiative with immediate effect.

Case II - Forced boycott
Bajarang Dal (another breed of sanskriti ke rakshak) are also known for all the hungama they create on Valentine's Day. Their point here is that Valentine's Day is not a hindu festival and it is against hindu sanskriti. Hence it is their moral duty to stop young boys and girls from celebrating it. And if found they have moral policing rights over them from beating, humiliating, stripping to whatever bad you could think off.

Case III - Forced way to celebrate
Mr. Dina Nath Batra, also known as 'Book Ban Man' recently published his books under the umbrella of 'Siksha Bachao Samiti'. These books were made 'compulsory readings' in government schools by Gujarat government. His books are aimed at teaching hindu culture to students which include following:

  1. Stop wearing western clothes, blowing off candles and cutting cake on your birthday
  2. Include countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Burma when drawing map of India (Akhand Bharat)
  3. Celebrate 14th Aug as 'Akhand Bharat Smriti Divas'
  4. Division of India is unnatural and it can be united again
Forced moral policing in above 3 cases raises following questions:

  • Dainik Bhaskar didn't do any thing wrong. It was an 'initiative' not 'compulsion'. It was an appeal for good cause. Since when appealing has become moral crime?
  • If someone want to force me to celebrate a festival (Raksha Bandhan) because it is Hindu festival and do not allow me to celebrate a festival (Valentine's Day) because it is foreign, then do they have courage to stand against the prime minister of country on 15th Aug and ask him not to celebrate 'Indian' Independence Day because the concept of celebration of independence day is also foreign?
  • Mr. Dina Nath Batra should 'sell' his books with intention of teaching 'good habits' to students and not hindu sanskriti or Indian culture. Because whatever is being taught by him is/was never part of this culture. Do you remember how Ram/Krishna celebrated his birthday? Is there an mention of not cutting cake and blowing off candles in Vedas? Where does this comes from? It comes from the minds of these sanskriti ke rakshak and not from any religious book. Should we celebrate Akhand Bharat Divas, just because someone thinks his philosophy is right? Is teaching students to unite India with neighboring countries equivalent to LeT's teaching in Madarsa?

When Ram won battle and Lanka was set free, it was celebrated. But not as 'Lankan' Independence Day! Hindus call this celebration as Vijayadashmi and they have not forgotten it. It is still celebrated and arguably larger than the 'Indian' Independence Day.

The point I want to make here is that there is a group of people who think that their version of story is the ultimate truth and they have right to impose their way of living on others. They forget that we are as much Indian as they are. We celebrate and enjoy our Indian-ness every day, each moment more than they can imagine. 
So why don't they just let us be free, each and every day of our life. Then will be a true 'Indian' Independence Day celebration in country.... through out the year.

Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!

Friday, July 25, 2014

CWG 2014: Weightlifting - Men's 56 Kg

India had a very good day in the weightlifting. After the Gold and Silver in the Woman's competition, both of the Indian Male lifters also lifted medals, Gold and Bronze this time.

Here is how the events unfolded in chronological order:

In the halfway, two participating Indians are doing fairly well occupying 1st and 3rd positions.

2nd is defending Malaysian champion and 5th is Pakistani weightlifter who failed in his 2nd and 3rd attempt.

Indian team members are Ganesh Mali and Sukhen Dey:

Ganesh Mali

Lot of Indian support in the hall.

The second half is not going that good for India.
Leader in the first half, Ganesh has failed the first two attempts in the second half, second being controversial. It was called clean at first but the Jury intervened and reversed the decision.

But he finally made the third attempt successful and still leads the table. But all his attempts are finished and others are yet to lift.

Mohd. Faisal from Malaysia is the defending champion. But he failed in all his three attempts in the second half and hence out of the medal race. Good news for India so far.

South African lifter suddenly comes into the game making a successful lift in the second attempt of the second half.

Sukhen Dey is leading the race with a wonderful lift in the first attempt.

Sukhen Dey is definitely getting the gold here with second successful lift.

Dey is going for the world record now. No he fails this attempt. He has to satisfy with the Gold.

Sukhen Dey:


Monday, June 16, 2014

Pakistan fighting Taliban is like taking antibiotics when the infection is peaked!

In an interesting development, Pakistani Air-force is executing it’s operation Prophet’s Sword in which it is bombing the Talibani hideouts. Something which India was demanding since long!

But when the Talibani militancy has gone completely out of hand and they have attacked Karachi last week, Pakistan seems to have woken up to the fact that if this Cancer – which it was feeding mostly because of Kashmir – is not controlled now, then they will have to worry about Islamabad rather than Kashmir.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How Modi's SAARC move is both Calculative and Foresighted ?

Modi is going to be sworn in the Prime Minister of the Nation on Monday 26th May 2014 at 6 PM. In the ceremony that is going to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, invitations are being sent to the guests suggested by the Modi's office through the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Even if we do not ponder on the depth and the dimensions of the move, it looks like a step in the right direction. India is too big a nation to ignore it's neighbours and not play a leaders role in the region; something that it was doing since decade and which has therefore tarnished it's image and supremacy in the world and especially South Asia.

So, firstly, this move is commendable as a step towards restoring that image and also for taking SAARC to a meaningful position.

Puting Sharif in a fix.

Secondly, extending an invite to Sharif as well, as a member of SAARC nation has many dimensions to it. One is not giving Pakistan any undue importance at the very beginning of the Modi era. Which otherwise would have been the case if only Nawaz Sharif was invited.

Another dimension is putting Sharif in a fix by extending him a invite knowing that it would be difficult for him to personally accept the invite as PM Manmohan Singh refused similar invitation extended by Pakistan at the time of Sharif's swearing-in ceremony. 

The Foresightedness 

Even before the results of the 16th Lok Sabha Elections were out, there was a huge uneasiness in Pakistan over the possible crowning of Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India.

BJP is perceived as pro-nation party with an image of having an ideology which is capable of taking strong steps when provoked. Be it the Kargil War or the Nuke test of Pokharan; BJP has certainly added feathers in the cap of the National strength.

This image get magnified many times when the name of Modi comes into picture. Another dimension of pro-hindu leader emerges which further increases the heartbeats of our neighbour.

In this backdrop, it is only suitable for Modi to project his willingness to work towards cooperation and peace with Pakistan though this step. In future, if there are any unfavourable circumstances because of seize-fire violations or terror attempts, Modi will be in a position to tell the world that he tried for peace but it did not work.

Whether Pakistani PM chooses to come himself or send his representative is secondary; the main thing is that Modi has made his first move which is no less than checkmate for many. Even Congress and Omer Abdullah are praising Modi for this move! Future is going to be interesting.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

लोकतंत्र में परिवारवाद

आज वरुण गांधी ने अपना नामांकन सुल्तानपुर से किया।  नामांकन करने के तुरंत बाद उन्होंने अपनी बहन प्रियंका के आरोपों का जवाब दिया। इन भाई-बहन के वाद-विवाद को सुन कर मन में यह प्रश्न उठा की परिवारवाद से राजनैतिक पार्टियो का फायदा हुआ है या नुकसान। सवाल जितना आसान है जवाब उतना ही मुश्किल।

बात भारत की हो रही है पर परिवारवाद भारत की उपज नहीं है। अमरीका का केनेडी परिवार, पडोसी पाकिस्तान का भुट्टो परिवार, उत्तर कोरिया का किम परिवार। अगर सूचि बनाने लगे तो अनगिनत परिवारवाद के उदाहरण मिल जाएंगे।

भारत में परिवारवाद की नीव रखने का श्रेय जाता है नेहरू-गांधी परिवार को। आज़ादी के बाद के लगभग ६० साल के राज में से ३५ साल सत्ता इसी परिवार के हाथ में रही है। अन्य राजनैतिक पार्टिया चाहे कांग्रेस के खिलाफ क्यों न हो पर एक चीज़ तो सभी ने कांग्रेस से सीख ली - परिवारवाद। अगर वामपंथी दलों को छोड़ दे तो शायद ऐसी कोई पार्टी न मिले जिसमे परिवारवाद की जड़े न फैली हो।

  • कांग्रेस - नेहरू-गांधी परिवार, हुड्डा परिवार
  • बी जे पी - राजनाथ परिवार, सिंधिया परिवार, जसवंत सिंह (पूर्व सदस्य)
  • स पा - मुलायम सिंह यादव परिवार (यू पी)
  • अकाली दल - बादल परिवार (पंजाब)
  • इ ने लो - चौटाला परिवार (हरियाणा)
  • लो ज पा - पासवान परिवार (बिहार)
  • जे के एन सी - अब्दुल्ला परिवार (कश्मीर)
  • एन सी पी -  पवार परिवार (महाराष्ट्र)
  • शिव सेना - ठाकरे परिवार (महाराष्ट्र)
  • बी ज द - पटनायक परिवार (ओडिसा)
  • रा ज द - लालू प्रसाद यादव परिवार (बिहार)
  • टी डी पी - एन टी आर परिवार (आंध्र प्रदेश)
  • वाय एस आर कांग्रेस - वाय एस आर परिवार (आंध्र प्रदेश)
  • डी एम के - करूणानिधि परिवार (तमिल नाडु)
  • आप - राजमोहन गांधी (सांकेतिक रूप से)

सवाल यह उठता है की क्या राजनैतिक पार्टी बिना परिवार के नहीं चल सकती? या परिवार बिना पार्टी के नहीं चल सकते?
कांग्रेस की बात की जाये तो लगता है की बिना गांधी परिवार के कांग्रेस बिखर जाएगी। ऐसा हुआ भी है जब इंदिरा राजनीती में सक्रिय नहीं हुई थी और जब राजीव के जाने के बाद सीताराम केसरी अध्यक्ष पद संभल रहे थे। ऐसे वक़्त में हर कोंग्रेसी अध्यक्ष या प्रधान मंत्री बन जाना चाहता है। पर जैसे ही कोई गांधी आ जाता है सारे कोंग्रेसी उसकी सत्ता को स्वीकार कर लेते है और आजीवन उनके निचे काम करने को तैयार हो जाते है।
बी जे पी में परिवारवाद को खूब भुनाया गया है। परन्तु कभी बिना परिवार के बिखरती हुई नहीं दिखाई दि। इसका कारण है की बी जे पी के पीछे एक बहुत बड़ा परिवार काम कर रहा है - संघ परिवर। बी जे पी के द्वारा जुटाई गयी शक्ति का असली भोगी यह संघ परिवार है। बी जे पी के अन्य परिवार तो क्षेत्रीय लाभ ही भोग पाते है।
अन्य पार्टिया जैसे स पा, लो ज पा, जे के एन सी, शिव सेना, बी ज द, रा ज द, टी डी पी, वाय एस आर कांग्रेस, डी एम के सिर्फ एक ही परिवार के आधीन रही है और रहेंगी । इन पार्टियो का परिवार से पहले अस्तित्व ना था और ना ही परिवार के बाद रहने की सम्भावना है।

सवाल यह भी उठता है की परिवारवाद में क्या बुराई है, बाप की दुकान अगर बेटा नहीं संभालेगा तो कौन संभालेगा?
इस सवाल का जवाब भी सवाल में ही है। समस्या यही है की कुछ परिवारवादी लोगो ने इस देश की राजनीती को दुकान समझ लिया है। जबकि राजनीती में योग्यता के आधार पर स्थान मिलना चाहिए न की जन्म के आधार पर। इसमें अपवाद के तौर पर अगर कोई योग्य संतान हो तभी उसे स्थान देना चहिये। भारत के मतदाताओं को यह समझ लेना चाहिए की राजनीती में योग्यता सर्वप्रथम आती है। अगर हम आज अयोग्य संतानो को चुन रहे है तो वो दिन दूर नहीं जब हमारी भी स्तिथि सीरिया जैसी होंगी। सीरिया में वंशवादी बशर अल-असद अपने पिता के बाद राष्ट्रपति बने। वहाँ राष्ट्रपति बनने की योग्यता को ४० वर्ष से बदल कर ३४ वर्ष सिर्फ इसलिए कर दिया गया ताकि उस समय ३४ वर्ष के बशर आसानी से राष्ट्रपति बन सके।

परिवारवाद के लिए लोकतंत्र में कोई जगह नहीं है। परन्तु विडंबना देखिये की जो पार्टिया लोकतंत्र को सुरक्षित रखने का दवा कर रही है वे सभी परिवारवाद में फांसी हुई है।

हिंदी में ये मेरा पहला लेख है इसलिए त्रुटियों के लिए माफ़ी चाहता हूँ।

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The number game behind Representation of People Act

The world's biggest voting event is here. More than 81 crore voters are expected to choose their representative using the power of voting given by The Representation of People Act - 1951.

When we open Facebook, Twitter or TV set it is very likely to hear intensive debates on GDP, inflation, women empowerment, corruption, secularism etc. But for actual* voters these debates doesn't really matter. They still vote for food, cloth, shelter, water, roads, electricity etc.

Why this divide in voters?
To answer this I did some interesting calculations**, it goes like this:

Which effectively means that:

  1. Population of India is 2.51 times of what it was in first general election
  2. The number of constituencies in India is 0.11 times of what it was in first general election
  3. So while population of India increased from 35 crore to 123 crore (88 crore more) the constituencies has increased from 489 to 543 (54 more)
  4. In 1951 there was one elected representative for every 7 lakh people
  5. Whereas in 2014 there will be one elected representative for every 22 lakh people
  6. It means the elected representative (our hard working ministers) should work 3 times harder to serve their constituency in 2014 as compared to 1951
  7. And if the elected representative isn't able to work 3 times harder (obviously!) then the remaining 15 lakh people in every constituency becomes 'isolated'. They have no contact with their elected representative. They have no access to information, news and media. They are eventually deprived of basic livelihood needs.

This is what divides voter into 'well informed and connected' or an 'isolated'

Although I am no expert in politics still I could see some simple measures that could be taken to close up this gap:

  • Reforming the Representation of People Act
  • Demarcation of boundaries of constituencies should be done every 5 years instead of 25 years
  • Reduce the size of constituencies. We can't expect 1 M.P. to be reachable to 22 lakh people. It's highly impractical.
  • There should be mandatory mohalla meetings, gram sabhas, or something to connect M.P.s with people. By saying so I DO NOT become an AAPTard.
  • An M.P. must stay in his constituency for half of the hours spent in parliament in a year
  • "Right to News" should be introduced to ensure that TV or news-paper or radio or some medium is available to each and every citizen of India no matter how detached his village may be. Access to news is very important. In absence of news a poor may not know when he is kicked out of BPL zone or how much daily wages is an unemployed eligible under NAREGA.

*Visit a general bogie in train or a government hospital to see them
**Assuming in 1951 people were 100% connected with their representatives

Friday, February 7, 2014

Political Myths and Dharma

Recently when I visited my home town I witnessed what change the Indian politics has brought into the lives of residents. I saw green and saffron colored flags hosted on roof and balcony of houses. Instead of political achievement banners, religious banners are being used to lure votes. I was afraid for “where is such a polar and communal politics leading us?”
The house of green supporter

The house of saffron supporter
Earlier, I did not notice such things in my life because I was like many others, busy in routine job. But now I see them, daily. I see it in ‘kattar soch nahi, yuva josh’. I see it in ‘zehar ki kheti’. I see it destroying my dharma everywhere.

The so called ‘right’ wing (doesn’t matter how wrong they are) wants to bring Ram Rajya back. They want India to be declared a Hindu Rashtra. They want to re-define Hindutva.
Meanwhile, the counterpart talks just opposite.

There are myths being spread. If one follows them he/she can never uphold his/her dharma.

Myth: HINDUTVA is proprietary Hindu
Fact: Hindutva, as per supreme court is the way of life. It is equivalent to Indian-ness. But people of India are being misinformed about it that Hindutva is subject to only Hindus. Hindutva doesn’t relate to one Hindu religion. It includes all religions of India.

Myth: We will bring back RAM RAJYA
Fact: Ram Rajya, as per Ramayan is the period of reign of Lord Ram. There is no pain, no injustice in Ram Rajya. No son dies before father. No couple remain childless. Everything is just perfect. Only Ram is king, the chakravarti ruler of Ram Rajya. Can a politician rule like him or is it a myth being spread?

Myth: RAM RAJYA begins in May 2014
Fact: Ram Rajya, was true in treta yuga. In Treta yuga, the bull of dharma stood on 3 legs. It symbolizes that dharma was held more firmly in treta yuga. In next yuga i.e. dwapar yuga, the bull of dharma stood on 2 legs symbolizing decline of dharma. In current yuga i.e. kalyug, the bull of dharma is standing on 1 leg. The decline of dharma has reached its bare minimum in this yuga. And finally at the end of Kalyug the nature will be destroyed and recreated. Then the life cycle will repeat itself. Then will be born one more Ram in treta yuga and his reign will be called Ram Rajya once again. Those who understand the essence of cycles in Hindu dharma knows that Ram Rajya can't be reality in kalyug.

Myth: RAM is a warrior figure
Fact: Often we come across a picture of Ram holding a bow and arrow, ready to aim and shoot. This is the picture we see in political banners. But do we worship this Ram? Do you recall the image of Ram seen in temple? As per temples images he is picturized as a family figure. A man who sit with his wife, brothers and devotees in peace. Similarly Krishna is worshiped as Bal-Gopal and Radha-Krishna holding flute in his hands. Do we worship his poster riding Arjun's chariot in battlefield? Is the politicization of Hindu God historically, culturally and morally correct?

Ram as a warrior
Myth: We have to fight and save AYODHYA
Fact: Ayodhya means A-Yudha. A place which should not be fought about. A kingdom which never attacked anyone. A kingdom of wise king and happy retinue. A kingdom where dharma is upheld. A kingdom where helpless, minority, untouchables each one is protected. How can someone save city without protecting citizens?

The political parties in India are well aware of above facts but they are deliberately trying to twist the truth just for their own interest. It is up to us, the people of India what should we follow ; Political Myths or Dharma.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Why BJP is making it Modi Vs. Kejriwal?

The rise of Kejriwal has definitely not gone well with other politicians. It's just like a yesterday's intern in a company gets into the board of directors within no time, how can it be digested by far experienced employees of that organisation?

But that does not give these politicians the licence to pull his legs like they do with one another! The way +Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) has come out against +Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) is surprising!

Why BJP is getting the momentum it presently enjoy is because of two things. Firstly, because of the infamous image that the ruling +Indian National Congress has earned over the last decade of it's governance, most of which coming in the latter and more recent part of the rule. This is probably way too much for the Nation to digest or forget. Even the Vedas say, अति सर्वत्र वर्जयेत् which means 'excess of everything is bad'. Perhaps, they have reached to those heights from where 'aam aadmi' cannot be seen. Secondly, it was because of the emergence of the iconic leaders such as +Narendra Modi. This person has enhanced the image of his party to an extent which is beyond the wildest imagination of Congress Party.

Riding on these two horses, BJP has stormed the Assembly elections leaving Congress lost in the mud beyond recognition. The picture is all very rosey for the BJP till we talk about the man of the moment, Arvind Kejriwal; the mention of whom brings the devil out of the 'Ram-bhakts'. Almost all the leaders of state level BJP party that definitely includes faces like Vijay Jolly and even Chief Ministerial candidate Dr. Harsh Vardhan are coming out openly to criticise AAP and Kejriwal.

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If we take a step back and think why people have voted for BJP, one reason that will overshadow all others will be the love of the people for the Nation. People want to see India progressing and the evils like corruption and bad governance be rooted out entirely. A party like BJP has shown some promise by its good governance in few states like Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh and through the emergence of few iconic leaders. Coupled with the failures of UPA, this change was inevitable. 

But similarly, a new sun has appeared at the political horizon of the country. With the dramatic rise of Aam Aadmi Party in state surrounding the National Capital, new pages are added to the books of history. The story of the emergence of AAP from it's inception to reality is so dramatic that it can give even  bestselling works of fiction run for their money.

If we talk about the reason of the success of AAP, we will see that it is not much different from the reason of the success of BJP. One of which is the failure of the present Government and other is the vision of a better Nation and a better Governance.

More than these political issues, a common nation loving individual would like these parties because of the care for the Nation shown by their popular leaders. You look at Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi, they are loved because people believe that they love the Nation more than anything else. Same cannot be claimed about Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi, who seems more worried for their party.

But the question remains, why the decision makes in BJP cannot see this? Why are they criticising a party which is voted in because of an ideology which is similar to the one their Prime Ministerial candidate propagates? The common man of India who has voted-in BJP with an overwhelming majority in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh only feels proud when he hear about the rise of Arvind Kejriwal in the National Political scenario; a feeling that BJP spokespersons in the media do not share! Even Narendra Modi, who is so much vocal about Rahul Gandhi has not spoken even a single word against Kejriwal yet! Perhaps his team is still trying to analyse whether it will do more harm than good for his campaign. Take a clue!