Sunday, October 31, 2010

The predicament of Being Arundhati Roy

“What does a writer do? A writer hones his or her own language, makes it as clear and private and individual as possible. And then you look around and see what’s happening to millions of people. You find yourself in the hear t of the crowd, saying things that millions of people are saying and it is not private and individual any more. How do you hold those two things down? These are very fundamental questions? This is why many writers are frightened of political engagement. They feel it is a risk, and yet I would rather do it than not.”
                                   -Arundhati Roy


And thus she does it again and again.


Arundhati Roy in her speech said:


- "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is an historical fact. Even the Indian Government has accepted this."


That is the truth; the Hindu Maharaja of Kashmir had signed the pact to join India like other princely states.


Now defining the separatists as pro-freedom fighters she did it right, it is hard to say.


The thoughts and ideas of a writer comes out in any form, it cannot be quelled no matter how hard you try. A good writer is a good observer and she must have felt what she made into a speech that dragged her in to trouble. Read the last statement of the 1st paragraph, “They feel it is a risk, and yet I would rather do it than not.”


She is a troubled writer? If she were a politician she would have got political back up. A writer does not have a boundary.


Did she misuse freedom of speech? May be, may not be. If it stirs political disaster then it is of course a misuse. Kashmir has always been a catastrophic political issue, starting from the day of freedom if India. Her statement was enough to cause hullabaloo as India has been protecting Kashmir for a long time, which she stated as the colonialism of the country.


One simply complex question. The country that was under tyrant rulers, the country that was time and again invaded by outer powers, today that is the biggest democratic country of the world. Is it true??? I doubt. In India, dynasty politics is going on, still we are democratic.

There are voices that will rise again and again and there will be attempts to crash them. That happened hundreds of years ago and few decades ago. From Socrates to Suu-Kyi and today Arundhati Roy.

But a voice that has no shape, no volume, yet with a great weight and consuming space in our minds, can never be suppressed. We will hear them again and again till we are on right path.

A writer can give a true picture of life.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It is time for Hindu Fatwa


Indian Fatwa say it Hindu Fatwa? Queer, is not it? Fatwa is there in Islam. Why do they issue fatwa is beyond our understanding. Because once it was issued against Rushdie, he was in too much rush to disrespect Islam in his book and now it is again issued for Musharraf.  It was declared in the meeting of religious scholars and a group of politicians.
Fatwa means ‘fit to be murdered’. Pretty interesting, someone deserves to be murdered. And when in Islam, there is no punishment for this kind of murders rather you is rewarded. If you behead Musharraf, you will get Rs 1 billion and 1000 acres of land.
Alas! There is no such thing defined as Fatwa in Hindu religion. Don’t you think we also need a kind of system like Fatwa?  Fatwa, I feel is announced against someone when their religion is endangered or it is a tool for political murder. You can conceive how aggressive and alert they are.
As I was wondering Fatwa seemed to be a system that should also be introduced in our country also. Now in India if you kill someone then you get severe punishment, either death sentence or life imprisonment. But if it is for self defense then it can be excused. So in Hindustan fatwa should be an act of self defense. Now it is to think against who it should be issued? See, there are a lot of scenarios. Take an account of Kasab and the plight of Indian Judiciary System. They know what Kasab did, yet due to the democracy they even provide him a lawyer. Till now they are unable to reach to a conclusion. So if Justice is delayed in such cases and Indian Govt. has made him their Son in law, the fatwa, must be issued to kill him.
Take fatwa to a higher level. The one who is against India and its national integrity, he is fit to be murdered. The leaders who are trying to split our country due to their political and personal benefit, such kind of people must be sentenced to death by the people of India. Someone in India or outside India, goes against India must be beheaded whoever he or she is. Behead the corrupt who are making our country weak. No Obama no Osama, any PM, CM or any leader should not be spared.
We people know what is happening around us still we don’t care about it. If you don’t care, you will not be cared and that day arrives soon.
The people of India must dare take such decision for national pride, national integrity and unity of our country, our motherland. We for India, then only India is for us. Wake up, no more time to sleep.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sena of destruction


Sena, the soldiers have caused enough devastation in Maharashtra. The sole purpose of sena should be protecting the people. The Sena boozed with power has gone mad. Like kinetic theory of gases in chemistry when the gas molecules have energy the keep on colliding till they lose their energy. In the same thing is with the sena. In Maharashtra the there was only one sena, later due to political family feud it was divided. One is led by Bal Thackray and Uddhab Thackray, the other is led by another Thackray Raj Thackray. Earlier it was Siva sena, and then another sena emerged Maharashtra NavaNirman sena (MNS).  These 2 senas have caused enough chaos in their home state, especially in Mumbai. Of course senas are very powerful there and they have not stopped its demonstration (how they misuse it).
Now if you want to display your power, then do it in a proper way. Now you would burn some author’s book or in valentine day the sena would go in a march that no one celebrates it. Sena does not even spare the TV shows. And now sena is eager to ban burkha. And the reason is that someone under burkha stole a baby from a hospital, this was seen in the footage of a camera. Is Banning burkha is way to stop that? Here they should have questioned about the security and the officials what they were doing when it happened? What the CCtv camera monitoring in-charge was doing? Instead they start anti-Muslim fulmination. People like you are responsible for creating gap between people.
Siva sena head Bal Thackray ka dimag kharab ho gaya hai due to his age. The MNS is doing nothing better. They have the only work to protest and those also absolutely baseless, insane. Once the MNS was protesting to change the official language and the documents of the state to be written in Marathi. It is good that you respect your state and the language and its culture. That does not mean that Marathalizing is the only way.
Such deeds can only cause a threat to the national integrity. You people will destroy the respect and esteem of your state that other people have towards your state.
And what an entrance music the young Aditya Thackray gave! Changed the syllabus of the Mumbai University. Like grandfather like the grandson. Ban a book, burn books. That’s how they treat and this is the culture of your family or state? Your father, grandfather and uncle have been in the same business. At least you as young and dynamic try to do something different in the same business, instead you followed suit. Launching of Yuva sena won’t make a difference if it goes the same way the other two senas are going. It will just be an integration to strengthen the extremist face. Another sena for the destruction of the image of Maharashtra.
If sena is so powerful in Mumbai then why it does not do what could be fruitful to the people. Why sena is eager to earn a bad name? Just retard from being the sena of destruction.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Brand called Terrorism


Initially terrorism was the only word that all the people knew as the effect of the deeds of terrorists. Terrorists, the kind of people with or without guns or some kind of antisocial group.
There was no category of terrorism. Now a days I see it is very wide spread, not limited or enclosed with in boundary or a region or mentality.
It seems there are various kinds of terrorism are socialized and widely acceptable, except those caused by the militant groups like Al-kaida, Lasker-e-toeba, jaish-e-Mohammed.
When the word 'terrorism' is socialized, commercialized, politicalized and popularized why should I stay behind?
How many types of terrorism are there? Think for a while and make a list. I also mused over it for some time and I discovered a few. As I will go on narrating about them you just match them to the list you have prepared.
There is one 'terrorism' that each and everyone knows that came at first and no need to mention about it. The rest of all come with a suffix or prefix to the word terrorism.
One month ago, home minister PC warned about 'saffron terrorism' and here Hindu Terrorists are involved according to him. He meant to say now Hindus are becoming terrorists. (Earlier there were other people who were in this job. This seems like a new drama.)
There were sudden hike in food and petroleum product prices like sudden explosion. What the poor will do? If a bomb explodes few people die and some get injured. In this blast people of the whole nation suffered (except paisawala). What would you say it? Price Terrorism.
You people must be watching TV. Of course it is rare to find a house without TV. And you can exclude Sarad Pawar from it, he does not have a TV and that's why he could not watch news that was showing the videos of rotten food grains.
Now you responsible citizens of our country must be watching news. There are so many news channels azz tak, kal tak, this news, that news, star news, war news and…. The people who watch news are really audacious because watching news is tantamount to watching a horror show. I also take interest in the horror show like Aahat, X-zone. But the day I watch news on some channel, the above shows don't really affect me. They represent a blob as a bomb. As the TV serials show a disclaimer in the beginning, the news channels should show caution.
CAUTION: HEART PATIENT & CHILDREN SHOULD NOT WATCH NEWS.
Now if someone comes and shouts on your screen 'chain se sona hai to jag jao' or cries 'sansani, uske upper aur ek sansani'. The one who represents it he himself looks like a criminal. One news channel I strictly suggest you not to watch that is 'INDIA TV'. I am ready to bet, you frequently watch the channel for a week and how brave you be on the 8th day you will no more be the same. All thanks to media terrorism.
Now, I will introduce one more category. Have you heard of white-terrorists? No. Then be careful. These are the terrorists in white clothes, they fight with themselves, and they have different groups. The groups clash among themselves and as consequence innocent citizen of the country are hurt. Despite of all the criminal records and wrong doings we don't call then terrorists, they are known as politician instead. They can drag the country towards light or opposite side, depends on them. Almost everyone is afraid of white terrorists.  I think you people know why. They are morally so immoral beyond your imagination. In the first category of terrorist there are suicide bombers who can kill themselves to achieve their goal but these white terrorists can kill any number of people to save themselves and the seldom commit suicide.
It would be so unfair if I drop America from the terrorist category. I don't know when terrorism became Americanized but it happened. From Daddy Bush to Son Bush and till now America is buying and selling terrorism. What I should tell you about America? To enter any country and distort its political balance and peace can only be termed as a terrorist activity; this does not need any example.
And now I define such a threat in which people only think of themselves and their family and no other thing. What has made him so weak that he turns his face away from the country? What has made him a coward? I don't find an exact word for it, may be personal terrorism. You are only worried about keeping your family safe. And what about the country which you say your motherland? Your country stays secure then only your existence with independence is confirmed.
If we go an analyzing, there will be no end to it and where it all begun no one knows. To put a full stop to this misery we have to take a step at first, to wake up mentally. After that perhaps something can be done so wake up, terrify terrorism, that's one of the ways.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

India or Bharat???


If I were a kid I would not have bothered about it the least. And after the 63 years of the historical date that we says we became officially independent that day, no one even pays a few seconds of attention about it.
I have mentioned ‘it’ twice by now and if you are a wise reader, you must have developed an idea about what I am shouting at and about. It is something that has been perturbing me for a long time, almost about 4 years ago when I became self sufficient to discover new in old things. It even forced me to have it written in my diary ‘why it is so’ consuming a few pages.
Why my country has 2 names? Bharat and India.
In our constitution it is stated on the first page
                   ‘India that is Bharat..
Obviously one must be thinking why one should worry if a country has 2 names. A person can have 2 or 3 names. Lord Krishna has thousand names. Then why to put stress in our mind if our country has 2 names. Really we don’t sense much difference between Bharat and India.
Proud to be an Indian, we boast. Hope, after going through the article you may not feel the same pleasure.
Bharat, that we have converted into India today..
A very simple question to my readers,’ which country in the world except ours has 2 names at present?’
I did not feel like googling it, seeing that it would be wastage of my time. Take your time and answer me, it is a request.
If I were the Hitler born in this country, the I would have killed you for being an Indian and spared you for being a Bharatiya.
From the books of my school days I remember that there are 18 official languages and a lot of other local languages. I don’t have any idea whether another name exists for Bharat in those languages. In Oriya, Hindi, Telegu or Bengali or any other language it is the same Bharat. Is it different in the languages?
To develop the nation, to advance and communicate with the world we learnt the language English. But that does not justify that we should have a different name for our country in English. We have translated it. Simply. Why???????????
Why should we be using India instead of Bharat?
I know about the history of Bharat. The history of Bharat is very old and ancient. The name ‘Bharat’, I expect you people know how it came. The word ‘Bharat’ comes from the name of a dedicated character of Ramayana, Bharat a devoted brother of Lord Sri Ram. This brave prince used to count the teeth of lion in his childhood. In shastras, puranas, Vedas is there the word ‘India’ you find somewhere? In Ramayana or Mahabharata or Gita every where there is the word Bharat for this great country.
The younger Brother of Lord Sri Ram was not India, or Mahabharata is never MahaIndia or lord Krishna never said in Gita ‘Yada yadahi dharmasya glanirbhabati Indiye’.
The contribution of Bharat to the world is all these auspicious books, which are the store house of knowledge. Even great scientist Einstein used to read Gita.
This is a very small portion of the glorious history of Bharat. The history of Bharat is thousands of years old.
Now coming to the history of India, how old is it? Do you know when the word ‘India’ was coined and how did it come into existence? Of course it did not have its slightest hint earlier. As far as my knowledge is concerned, the word ‘India’ is not older than 400 years.
In 1600 A.D. the East India Company was formed, perhaps then the word occurred for the first time. I would say it the most convenient thing.
Many outsiders have invaded the country for a long time, but after British came and gradually took hold of the country. In 1857 the first movement for freedom of our country started, the intention was to drive them out of Bharat.
After a struggle of 90 years, in 1947 we at least succeeded to kick the out of our country. We became independent. Really?
Which was British India now we call that India .the name that developed during the British reign; we have adapted that without hesitation. We were so eager to defeat the British, and Bharat became independent? British India got freedom from British so it became India. But the glorious name that we should be using today remained in dark.
The real shame is only the people of this country know that the name of our country is Bharat (in regional languages). When it comes to English it is India and the whole world recognizes us as India and Indian.
The word India has replaced Bharat? It should not have happened. But it is happening.  Everywhere in the books, newspaper, in the currency and in the widely used internet and all other documents we use India. It feels like India has invaded Bharat.
If you are thinking I am a narrow-minded person, let it be. But I must argue here, you ought to think about it.
Did not the great leaders of our country who played very important role in freedom struggle muse over it? If they were alive today, I would have asked them.
The five or ten thousand years of Bharat is now humiliated by 400 year old India. And we are proud?
You must decide what you should be proud of. To bring ‘Bharat’ back, it will cause a great cost, because we are the reason it is lost today. So we should and must bring it back.
Now we want a glorified Bharat or stigmatized India, it is all up to us, we the people.
We can fight among ourselves to have a Bangaluru from Bangalore and for a Mumbai from Bombay. Cannot we people yearn for Bharat from India?
We have been lying dormant for a long time; it is no wiser to be in the same state.